“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


  Everyone knows summer is tourist season on MDI. Millions of people flock to the island from across the globe as the weather warms. The warm weather also welcomes festival season. With a diverse grouping of festivals all over the island, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here we have organized everything nicely for… Read More


If you’ve ever traveled around MDI, you know that gas stations/convenience stores are a nice part of the local landscape. They are typically locally owned and you can count on certain things being there: gas, ready made food like chips and soda, as well as more homemade or warmer options like freshly brewed coffee or… 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


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


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


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


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


In our last post, we shared information about the different transfer and recycling stations available on the island… But you may be wondering about the whole system: Here is great visual from Acadia  Disposal District.  For Non Member Towns they sort, process, and sell on their own (we’re sure Southwest has some form of processing… Read More


Ah the local dump, there’s nothing like it whether you are looking to gather treasures or drop your refuse.   We have three transfer stations here on MDI and Tremont has a recycling area. Bar Harbor is about to start the renovation of their transfer station, so we are including the details for the temporary… Read More