One thing that is well known about Mount Desert Island is its great school system. But we all know learning doesn’t have to stop after formal schooling is over. Participating in continuing education opportunities is a fun way to learn new things, meet new people, and even improve your career prospects. You can learn… Read More


Congratulations, you’ve decided to start (or move) your business to MDI! Are you surprised there isn’t a counseling center, economic development director, or other resource to help you do this?  It’s not at all obvious what to do, which is why I thought I’d write this post with my 11 years experience of business on… Read More


5Ks are great events to participate in. They get you outside and doing something healthy, you meet people, and usually the small registration fee also happens to support a good cause. When we realized there was no central location to find out about all the 5Ks on MDI, we decided to do a post that… Read More


One thing Mount Desert Island is known for is its strong sense of community. While there is no soup kitchen, there are plenty of community meals open to everyone. You can see a nice slice of life, people of all ages from all kinds of backgrounds, at these events… and get some great food. Here… Read More


We know that those who are attracted to MDI are inherently an intelligent group–after all, they are smart enough to come to this beautiful island. Here we want to help stimulate that intellect by offering you the top five museums on this island. Yes MDI has wonderful views, great shopping, and terrific food–but is also… Read More


Maine Advice is a semi-regular column where we find Mainers to answer your Maine questions (and we weigh in ourselves). This week’s guests are experienced and respected vacation renters from MDI.  Jennifer Booher is an artist and photographer in Bar Harbor. You can see her work at jenniferbooher.com. She has three rentals in the heart… Read More


Maine Advice is a semi regular column where we find Mainers to answer your Maine questions (and we weight in ourselves). This week’s guest is Carrie Jones. Carrie Jones is a New York Times and Internationally bestselling novelist, writing coach, and podcaster.  An award-winning newspaper editor and journalist, she’s also a content writer and photographer… Read More


  We’ve been trying to think with Gift MDI how we can reward our customers this important time of year. What makes us unique is that we are NOT a coupon based site. Businesses are not forced to discount their products to offer them. Actually, we want all businesses to get 100% of the money… 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: Where To Buy On MDI Full disclosure: we started this one. We found in terms of what we needed… Read More


This is a counterpart to our previous blog of a guide to those wanting to know more about the cruise ships docking in Bar Harbor. If you don’t want to interact with the cruise ship and passengers, this post is your guide for how to avoid the cruise ship scene. Understand the schedule and amount… Read More