Festivals are one of the many great attractions Mount Desert Island offers. We’ve written posts about Bar Harbor based festivals and Southwest Harbor based festivals. This third and final blog post covers cool festivals happening and around on the rest of the island. Acadia Birding Festival Happening: end of May/beginning of June every year across… Read More


  Summer festivals are a fun part of living on and visiting Mount Desert Island. Check out our previous post about festivals happening regularly in Bar Harbor.  This post is about festivals that happen in Southwest Harbor, which some people nickname the ‘backside’ or ‘quiet side’. (Next week’s blog post, and the final in this… Read More


I can’t believe I’m coming up on ten years living on MDI year round. It took me awhile but I’ve figured out how to make a life here (lots of trial and error, honestly). Here are a few things I’ve learned. Truth #1: Most people are underemployed, we are making a lifestyle choice. Probably the… 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


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


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


When I first moved here, I joked that everyone seemed to be making jewelry. People on this island are pretty artistic, and a great way to remember your trip (instead of buying a cheesy t-shirt) is to get yourself a nice piece of jewelry. Here are some places you can check out. (I’ve tried to… Read More


  As the summer season winds down and the nights draw in, our thoughts tend to turn back to home and community, especially reconnecting with our friends and neighbors. And what could be better than meeting and breaking bread with friends old and new? Here’s our guide to Community Suppahs, meals and coffee breaks on… Read More


 Part of the function of this website is to bring attention to what’s going on here in this place and when we can, talk to local movers and shakers about what they are up to. Carrie Jones, a local New York Times bestselling author who happens to live here in Bar HArbor, has just… Read More


Whenever I unexpectedly find $5, I like to think the universe is telling me to treat myself. Because I live on MDI, I have no shortage of options when it comes to baked goods. The following are my favorite $5 (or less) carbohydrates (with a little help from my friends). (I will say my limit… Read More