“Do I need to have a car on MDI?” While this question comes to us mostly from visitors, we know people who don’t drive that live here year round, so here are some thoughts for all who are wondering if they can spend time on MDI without their own car. In this first part, we… Read More


The sun is out and we’re hungry – Picnic time! Living on MDI, we are truly spoiled for beautiful scenery and there is nothing better than packing a lunch stealing away  from it all. Here are 5 lesser known favorite picnic spots of mine… but before we give it all away here’s some basic picnic etiquette!… Read More


  Though understandably famous as an outdoor and coastal resort location, Mount Desert Island also has a thriving year rounds arts and cultural community. The longer lazy days of summer offer plenty of cultural opportunities and performances. Here are 5 of our favorite annual music festivals. Mount Desert Festival Of Chamber Music Started in 1963, Mount… Read More


Farmers markets have sprung up everywhere over the last few years, there is even a National Farmer’s Market Week in August. If you aren’t taking advantage of MDI’s offerings, here are a few reasons why you should! Fresh and ripe – Your foods don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to reach the shelves, be picked unripe… Read More


  Did you grow up watching Bob Newhart or the Gilmore Girls? Are you at work, pondering packing it all in, selling everything and buying that B&B in Maine? I did just that! We’d been coming to Mount Desert Island for years and knew we wanted to move here. It was with great joy that… Read More


You may remember we just did a blog covering the Fine Art Fairs on MDI, and now it’s the turn of the more local craft fairs. These fairs feature the treasures created by your family, friends and neighbors. Some have a competitive portion, but many are fundraisers for our communities, a chance to meet local… Read More


Mount Desert Island has been an inspiration and haven for artists since the mid 1800s when it was popularized by the Hudson School Painters such as Thomas Cole and Fredric Edwin Church. This brought both additional artists and the summer resort community to our island – a tradition that continues to this day and has… Read More


Do you ever feel that our MDI Small Businesses only care about the tourists? Well we’re happy to say you’re wrong. I hear this grumble from time to time and today, whilst sipping my coffee, was no exception. Of course the fact that I’d forgotten my Choco-Latte card was my fault (and yes I could… Read More


 Since we’ve talked sunrise previously, it only makes sense to offer you some non Cadillac Mountain sunset spots for the Night Owls.   Hadley Point Beach:  Owned by the Town of Bar Harbor, and managed as a multi-use area, Hadley Point is a popular picnic area and boat launch. Bring some firewood with you and have a… Read More


Mount Desert Island is the home of Cadillac Mountain, the first place in the United States to receive the morning sun for much of the year. This makes Sunrise on Cadillac a check on everyone’s to do list, but what if you want somewhere a little less busy or a slightly different experience? Anywhere that… Read More