We know a lot of people love MDI… but what about falling in love on MDI? A Collection Of Contemporary Local Love Stories You Can Listen To The My Desert Island Podcast did a series of interviews with local couples a couple years ago. You can listen to the couples tell the stories in their… Read More


Winter’s a great time for all of us to catch up on our reading (what’s better than getting cozy with a good book?). Thankfully, we have a few bookstores to check out, right here on MDI: Sherman’s 6 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 Known for: A bookstore with more, Sherman’s is also part gift… Read More


If you’ve been to MDI, you’re well aware that the scenery alone is enough to awaken your inner muse. If your goal is to create a work of art, MDI is a great place to be (whatever your skill level or preferred medium). For instance, Artwaves in Town Hill is a great place to check… Read More


In a previous post, we mentioned how you can stay active on land… but being on an island, we realize that is only half the fun. Here are some ways you can take advantage of the lakes and oceans in and around Mount Desert Island. Kayaking. No matter what your experience level, you can head… Read More


If you’re the type of person who likes to get up and go, MDI is a great place to be. We decided to break your options for being active on Mount Desert Island into ‘land’ and ‘water’ options. Here’s what we know that’s on dry land: Gyms & Fitness Centers For a gym experience, Bar Harbor… Read More


If you prefer sight-seeing on foot, MDI has a few different walking tours available. Each tour has it’s own unique theme. All of these tours are designed to be enjoyable for locals and visitors alike, so there’s something for everyone. The Red Cloak Tour in Bar Harbor. These tours are designed to explore the spookier… Read More


Want to bring your best friend to MDI with you for some adventures? You’re in luck! It’s a pretty dog-friendly community overall, from lodging to dining to exploring the park, and more. Here are some dining, lodging, and general activities that welcome well-behaved dogs (and humans). Food The Coffee Hound in Bar Harbor not only welcomes… Read More


Whether you’re looking for gut-busting laughs, a classical theater production, something more original and unique, a child friendly-atmosphere, or the creative work of other individuals, there’s something for you on the island! MDI has a robust offering of live performances (not including music- we had to make a separate post for that!). ImprovAcadia on Cottage… Read More


Quality live music is not hard to come by here on MDI, whether or not it’s during the busy summer season. Year Round Options At the Thirsty Whale Tavern on Cottage Street in Bar Harbor, you can also find live music on Friday and Saturday nights, typically “rhythm and blues, jazz, rock and roll, and some old-time fiddle.” Another… Read More