One of the best ways to get to know a place is shopping at its local grocery store. They usually have interesting things you don’t have at home, plus you can get supplies for meals or snacks to save a bit of cash while traveling. And whether you’re vacationing or living on Mount Desert Island,… Read More


echo lake beach

  Love beaches? So do we. Here are our top five here on Mount Desert Island. Note: We love Sand Beach as much as the next person (the one thing I’ll say, if you really want parking and are there in the middle of July or August, our tip is to just go in the… Read More


  Clams–they are quite tasty and there are many places to eat them on MDI. However if you want to DIY, there are opportunities right here on Mount Desert Island. Besides getting your own dinner, clamming can be a great family activity. Check out our Complete Guide To Clamming below and you will find that… 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


People go on vacation to relax (at least that’s the goal!)–make sure you get some good relaxation in on your MDI vacation. Or, perhaps you are a local working hard during the summer season–make sure to take off some stress by visiting a local spa. MDI has many of them–this is your compete guide. Bella… Read More


Congratulations, you’ve decided to start (or move) your business to MDI! Are you surprised there isn’t a counseling center, economic development director, or other resource to help you do this?  It’s not at all obvious what to do, which is why I thought I’d write this post with my 11 years experience of business on… 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


Santa is coming–and so are the accompanying local Christmas traditions! Some say MDI can be dreary this time of year but not if you are out enjoying these fun holiday celebrations! Witham Hotels Annual Charitable Christmas Celebration Every year in early December Witham Hotels holds a fundraiser for the Witham Family Hotels Charitable Fund. It… Read More