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Make Southwest Harbor your next getaway

Each year, more than two million people pass through the borders of Acadia National Park, the 47,000-acre expanse that protects some of Maine's most scenic shorelines and bald granite summits. Some of these hikers and kayakers find a charming home base in Bar Harbor, the bustling resort town made famous by New England's vacationing elite. But others discover the Maine of their dreams on the peaceful streets of Southwest Harbor, a nearby seaside haven known as much for its sparkling beauty as its complete and utter tranquility. It's a place to rest and retreat into the "quietside" of Mount Desert Island - and you'll do it best at our beautiful Southwest Harbor vacation rentals.

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Southwest Harbor vacation rentals for every getaway

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Acadia Quietside Retreat
3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | Sleeps 8

Acadia Quietside Retreat - Southwest Harbor, ME

$452 avg / night
Mansett Overlook
4 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 9

Mansett Overlook - Southwest Harbor, ME

$625 avg / night
Southside at Cobb Nob
3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | Sleeps 6

Southside at Cobb Nob - Southwest Harbor, ME

$411 avg / night
Clarkside at Cobb Nob
4 Bed | 2.5 Bath | Sleeps 8

Clarkside at Cobb Nob - Southwest Harbor, ME

$461 avg / night
The Birdhouse of Maine
2 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 4

The Birdhouse of Maine - Southwest Harbor, ME

$416 avg / night

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Recent Southwest Harbor vacation rental reviews

Thank you to our hosts for providing just about every amenity we could have asked for. The house was very clean when we arrived, and we had no trouble getting in using the key code provided. Check-out was easy, too. The house itself is pretty cool and eclectic. Obviously the hosts have a flair for design. The bedding, lighting, bathroom fixtures, and kitchen appliances were all of good quality. Plenty of towels and blankets to use! Everything was incredibly well-organized and well-supplied in the kitchen. We were only two of us plus our dog, so we didn't use the entire house - but we did spread out, especially enjoying the downstairs (basement area done up as a fully-stocked game/entertainment area). The house could comfortably accommodate kids, grandparents, etc. We'd love to come back again and bring additional guests. Highly recommend this place if you're looking for a quieter option to Bar Harbor. To note: Many restaurants and shops in both Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor close or limit their hours after the 31st of October. Next time we will visit a little earlier. Loved the Acadia Quietside Retreat!
Karin Q. | Nov 2023
The home was clean and quiet. Additionally, the amenities-washer/dryer, outdoor deck, extra towels, adequate kitchen supplies(pots, pans and dishware) make a long stay enjoyable. The location is perfect for exploring Acadia National Park and the Maine coast. The quiet side is picturesque with much to do. A wonderful time was had by all.
Laurie Anne G. | Oct 2023
We enjoyed our stay here as we spent the days exploring Acadia. It was nice to come back to SW Harbor where it was quieter than Bar Harbor. This place is located next to the Claremont Hotel which was super convenient for getting a delicious meal one evening. They also have a coffee shop/bakery. The one downside being next door to this hotel was that their laundry facility was directly behind our bedroom and they had outdoor security lights on all night that shone into the bedroom. I think if there were room darkening curtains that would be really helpful. Otherwise the place was very clean and it was a comfortable bed (good for my back issues). Nice to have a full kitchen for making breakfast in the morning.
Jenna C. | Oct 2023
Southwest Harbor Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, 24 of our Southwest Harbor homes allow dogs—so feel free to bring Fido along. (Just make sure to check individual home listings for any limits on the number and size of dogs they allow).

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Yes. 79 of our Southwest Harbor vacation rentals have internet access, so you can stay connected throughout your trip.

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Some of the most popular amenities in our Southwest Harbor vacation rentals include:

Our standard check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and the check-out time is 10:00 a.m. Some exceptions apply—after you book, you’ll find check-in and check-out details in the Vacasa guest app or your Trip Manager.

Absolutely. Our local Southwest Harbor team includes professional housekeepers who care for all our homes here. They’ll clean thoroughly and restock amenities, so everything is ready for your arrival—and all you have to do is settle in and relax.

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No worries, plans change. Read over our cancellation policy for more information. And if you currently have a Vacasa reservation for Southwest Harbor, log in to Trip Manager to see options available for your specific trip.

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Where is Southwest Harbor?

First settled by Europeans in 1761 and incorporated as a town in 1905, Southwest Harbor is named for its position at the southwest entrance of Somes Sound - the body of water that cuts through the center of Mount Desert Island. With a population of just 1,800 people, Southwest Harbor is the largest town on the western quietside of Mount Desert Island, and one that sits only 20 miles south of Ellsworth on Route 102. You'll be directly across the sound from Northeast Harbor, 14 miles southwest of Bar Harbor, and 14 miles south of Acadia's Hulls Cove Visitor Center. 

Things to Do in Southwest Harbor

In its early years, Southwest Harbor was a community built upon fishing, lumber, agriculture, and trade. But since that time, the town has sustained itself as a yacht-building epicenter and an alluring summer respite for visitors to Acadia.

Your vacation begins on the quiet streets that trace the harbor, where you can peruse a lovely selection of shops, restaurants, and art galleries, or charter a boat to reach Sutton, Little Cranberry, and Great Cranberry Islands offshore. Spend your days kayaking, sailing, or visiting the Wendell Gilley Museum, a community institution that showcases and teaches the art of decorative bird carving.

Taste the incredible flavors of the ocean at Beal's Lobster Pier near the tip of Clark Point, or catch a glimpse of the Bear Island Lighthouse from the village of Manset to the south. Come sunset, there's no better view than the one from Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, a picturesque beacon that sits just four miles south.

Visiting Acadia National Park from Southwest Harbor

Roughly one-third of Acadia's lakes, summits, and shores sit on the quietside of Mount Desert Island, making them an easy drive, paddle, or bike ride from our Southwest Harbor vacation rentals.

Within a few miles of Southwest Harbor, you'll find a walking trail that traces the shoreline of Long Pond and several others that climb the summits of Beech Mountain, Bernard Mountain, and Mansell Mountain. Spend a summer day on the sand at Echo Lake Beach three miles north, or take a short drive to the west side of the island to experience some of the park's most famous landscapes.

Hit the Cadillac Mountain North Ridge Trail before dawn to catch the first rays of sunshine in the United States, or stroll along the Ocean Path to watch the waves crash on Acadia's most iconic cliffs. Thrill-seekers will relish an ascent of Champlain Mountain on the Precipice Trail, while leisure-lovers can sample homemade popovers and chowder in the dining room at Jordan Pond House.

Experience the rugged coast of Maine in its natural splendor - reserve your stay at one of our Southwest Harbor vacation rentals!

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