Mount Desert Island is a wonderful place to explore the wonders and bounty of nature. With our special mix of mountains, marshes, lakes, ocean, tidal areas, fields, and forests, our island is home to a wide variety of plant species. Just take a walk anywhere on the island and you will encounter a variety of… Read More


Little Free Libraries are typically small wooden structures that contain books that people are free to take and bring back or exchange for another book without a library card or other formal registration. Usually there is a person in charge of that specific Little Free Library who maintains it and restocks the books as they… Read More


We know that those who are attracted to MDI are inherently an intelligent group–after all, they are smart enough to come to this beautiful island. Here we want to help stimulate that intellect by offering you the top five museums on this island. Yes MDI has wonderful views, great shopping, and terrific food–but is also… Read More


Maine Advice is a semi-regular column where we find Mainers to answer your Maine questions (and we weigh in ourselves). This week’s guests are experienced and respected vacation renters from MDI.  Jennifer Booher is an artist and photographer in Bar Harbor. You can see her work at jenniferbooher.com. She has three rentals in the heart… Read More


In the winter time, many locals come out of the woodwork, put on their snowshoes, etc., and enjoy winter sports, like ice fishing. For most of the country, January 1st is the time to start New Year’s Resolutions, but for many on MDI, it marks the start of ice fishing season, which typically concludes towards… Read More


We all drive through Seal Harbor at some point, but have you ever stopped to really look around? As with most places on MDI, Seal Harbor was first a native American domain and then settled as a fishing village which developed into a resort area with the requisite Summer Cottages and hotel facilities of the… Read More


You may not know about The Maine Sculpture Trail but you might have seen a granite statue in an unlikely location somewhere in Downeast Maine. The reality is these sculptures were built over the course of years by world class artists for the towns they now live in. Local Mainer and Steuben native, Jesse Salisbury,… Read More


This is a counterpart to our previous blog of a guide to those wanting to know more about the cruise ships docking in Bar Harbor. If you don’t want to interact with the cruise ship and passengers, this post is your guide for how to avoid the cruise ship scene. Understand the schedule and amount… Read More


While cruise ships come into Bar Harbor throughout the summer, the height of cruise ship season comes in September and October when cruises come nearly every day. Sometimes more than one are scheduled for a single day! If you want to know what’s going on related to cruise ships in Bar Harbor, this post has… Read More


Whether you live on MDI or just visit us a lot, it can be sometimes nice to have an adventure in the form of a day trip. Day trips mean you can keep your home base and maybe see a little something you weren’t planning on. We are going to feature regular day trip destinations… Read More