Just like there are many interesting book stores all over the island, you can also find plenty of libraries with character. Below is a list of the libraries you can find, and what you can expect to find (besides books, of course): Southwest Harbor Public Library. Located on the Clark Point Road in Southwest Harbor… 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


Have a hankering for something sweet? MDI has a lot to offer on the sweet tooth front, so you are in for a treat. Please note that in this post we’re just focusing on bakeries and cafes and not getting into the amazing desserts you can get from some of the local restaurants, but let… Read More


Maine Advice is going to be a monthly feature on GiftMDI.com featuring Nicole Ouellette (former advice columnist who misses the gig) and a guest columnist. This month’s columnist is Betsy Arntzen, a licensed massage therapist with a practice in Ellsworth, Maine. She works at the University of Maine and serves as the secretary for the… Read More


Almost everyone I went to middle school with had one of two summer jobs: lobster fishing or blueberry raking (these were jobs that, if you worked for family members, you could do before the age of 15). Since I wasn’t a huge success on the field, once I turned 16 I applied for work in… Read More


It’s no secret that MDI is a great place for being active (whether on land or on the water). Sometimes, it’s nice to have company for these activities, or at least a place to share knowledge and news (road conditions, upcoming events, that sort of thing). There are more than a few Facebook Groups dedicated… 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 is a place a lot of people visit to have a great time. And whether you’re into craft beers on a laid back afternoon or cocktails at a giant party (or something in between), here are the top five regular events where you can raise a glass (or two). First Friday Art… 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


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