When I first moved here, I joked that everyone seemed to be making jewelry. People on this island are pretty artistic, and a great way to remember your trip (instead of buying a cheesy t-shirt) is to get yourself a nice piece of jewelry. Here are some places you can check out. (I’ve tried to… Read More


If you’ve been on MDI year round, you may have gotten clever about figuring out ‘what’s open’ but to those of you who haven’t, here is a way you can figure out what’s open (until I become a millionaire and my extra money funds the development of the What’s Open On MDI app): Bar Harbor… Read More


Social media is a great way to join a community. Like most small towns, MDI has some active Facebook pages related to different aspects of the community. Here are a few you might want to join: Events On MDI Every business or non-profit that does anything pretty much posts it here (often several times). It’s… Read More


Let’s face it, a good old fashioned guidebook beats a phone app, especially when your phone charge is running low and your reception is a bit spotty. Here are a few guide books I think are great. Some are more maps, some are more like mini encyclopedias, and some are specialized. You could own all… Read More


When I moved to Bar Harbor almost ten years ago, I knew two people. Because of this, I had to grow my network. On this island, we have a mixture of civic organizations (which sort of recognize peoples’ occupations as part of membership) and networking/professional groups that will help you get connected faster and better… Read More


 Part of the function of this website is to bring attention to what’s going on here in this place and when we can, talk to local movers and shakers about what they are up to. Carrie Jones, a local New York Times bestselling author who happens to live here in Bar HArbor, has just… Read More


You’ve seen bike, kayak, climbing gear, and other outdoor equipment rentals on MDI, but there may be some things you haven’t thought to rent. Consider this your guide to the not-so-typical items that are available to rent here on Mount Desert Island. Baby Gear Traveling with a baby is tough work. They come with a… Read More


Whenever I unexpectedly find $5, I like to think the universe is telling me to treat myself. Because I live on MDI, I have no shortage of options when it comes to baked goods. The following are my favorite $5 (or less) carbohydrates (with a little help from my friends). (I will say my limit… Read More


Congratulations, you want to move to Mount Desert Island. Whether it’s a new job in the area, the idea of being near Acadia National Park, or any number of other reasons, we’re happy you’re considering living here year round. If you’ve begun to look for housing, chances are you’ve seen it’s not as straight forward… Read More


If you aren’t quite ready for summer to be over yet, a great way to resist is to eat some ice cream. Here are some ice cream stands we know about and what they have there. CJ’s Big Dipper.  On Main Street in Bar Harbor, CJ’s has a pretty large menu when it comes to… Read More