There is definitely no shortage of quality places to stay on MDI in terms of hotels, bed and breakfasts, weekly rentals, and campgraounds. Here are some of the more unique places to rest your head on MDI and let the lights go out.


Yurts are from central Asia, but you can sleep in one right here on MDI. At Acadia Yurts in Southwest Harbor they have “luxury” yurts. Not your grandfather’s yurt, these have a queen-size bed, a sleeper couch, kitchenette, full bathroom, A/C, and other amenities not often available in yurts traditionally. Go to the ‘quietside’ of the island and have this unique experience.

Tiny Home

Located on the quietside of MDI in Seal Cove, The Howling Woods is a magical place amidst moss covered spruce woods. After all, it is not often you get to enter a village of tiny homes and misfit animals! There is Henry the Horse and a three-legged “guard dog” that patrols the kitchen. There are chickens and geese and other animals. You can stay in The Coyotes Den (the inaugural little home) or in Little Frog. There is the Spidewood Castle and other interesting otherwordly structures.

We also did find this tiny-house looking spot on Hipcamp called Murphy’s Bunkhouse.

(There are other tiny homes on MDI, let us know if you know other rentable ones and we’ll put them on our list!)


Kim Hunter in Southwest Harbor rents out her yacht at the local Great Harbor Marina. The yacht stays dockside, but you feel the rhythm of the water rocking you to sleep as you also have many luxuries at your disposal like a double bed with bathtub and shower, air-conditioning, a bar area, cable, and WiFi. Go off your little oasis that is the boat and go up the ramp to access the marina BBQ and much more on the marina property. But you never even have to leave the boat to enjoy sweet dreams.


Atlantic Shoreline Airstream Glamping Adventure in Bar Harbor lets visitors sleep in Airstreams flanked by a porch, dining table, and gorgeous views of Acadia. You can sleep in a twin or queen bed and enjoy all the amenities you need in a bathroom and kitchenette. There is a playground for children and a “fun train.” You can also shoot some hoops on the basketball court.

Are we missing some geodesic domes, converted space ships, or other cool places on or close to Mount Desert Island? Let us know!

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