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In 1604, Samuel de Champlain sailed along the coast of what would one day become the state of Maine. The French explorer's ship ran aground on a large island marked with treeless granite mountains - summits that would inspire him to name the place "Île des Monts Déserts," or the island of barren mountains.

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Compass Rose 3D Tour
4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | Sleeps 8

Compass Rose - Seal Cove, ME

From $430
The Colonels Suites Unit 2 3D Tour
1 Bed | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

The Colonels Suites Unit 2 - Northeast Harbor, ME

From $156
Hyewood House 3D Tour
4 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 9 (7 Adults Max)

Hyewood House - Southwest Harbor, ME

From $431
Blaney's Bight 3D Tour
3 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 6

Blaney's Bight - Bar Harbor, ME

From $308
Bar Harbor Penthouse 3D Tour
3 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 10

Bar Harbor Penthouse - Bar Harbor, ME

From $394

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Recent Mount Desert Island vacation rental reviews

A very nice home in a magnificent location. the home was well laid out and kitchen was well stocked. Master bedroom was very comfortable with plenty of towels and bedding throughout.That said, furniture was a bit tired and downstairs beds "well used". The downstairs oven went into a fault code resulting in a beeping warning when we tried to use it and when we consulted the manual, the same code had been circled by someone, indicating that this had been a recurring issue. Otherwise, our group had a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
Keith Q. | Oct 2021
My wife and I rented this house for our families vacation. We had a great stay and the pictures do not do this place justice. New construction, the beds were comfortable and we enjoyed having the play area for the kids to unwind at the end of the day. Highly recommend. 10 minutes outside of Bar Harbor, 5-7 minutes into Acadia.
Andrew M. | Oct 2021
The house was large enough for eight adults to spread out and was furnished nicely. Watching sunsets from the back deck was amazing. Whoever uses the master bedroom should be aware that there are NO curtains or blinds on the double glass doors leading to the large back deck, hence no privacy from anyone on that side of the deck. We asked our companions to please not go to that area. We all had a great stay here and would rent again.
Barbara S. | Oct 2021

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In the centuries since Champlain's arrival, Mount Desert Island has made its name as a summer escape for New England's elite and the home of Acadia National Park, a spectacular meeting of land and sea that covers two-thirds of the island's landscape. Add in several charming towns and world-class hiking and kayaking, and you'll come to understand what makes our Mount Desert Island vacation rentals so memorable.

Where is Mount Desert Island?

Mount Desert Island sits just beyond the gateway to Downeast Maine, directly south of the town of Ellsworth on the state's ocean coast. Encompassing an area of nearly 108 square miles, the island is the largest in Maine, the second largest on the Eastern seaboard, and the sixth largest in the contiguous United States. It's also only 37 miles south of Bangor, 91 miles east of the capital city of Augusta, and 152 miles east of historic downtown Portland.

The Towns of Mount Desert Island

Although its population swells in the sparkling summer months, Mount Desert Island has roughly 10,000 year-round residents who make their homes in four townships: Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont.

Scenically perched on the island's eastern shores, the lively town of Bar Harbor spent decades as a playground for wealthy "cottagers" from New York and Boston. Today, it is full of families, ice cream parlors, cruise ship day-trippers, and tasty cuisine, from the homestyle breakfasts at Cafe This Way to the contemporary Latin dishes at Havana.

A picturesque drive east will bring you to the "quietside" of the island, where the communities of Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont offer galleries, boutiques, and tranquil glimpses of everyday life. Bring your camera along to photograph the morning fog on Seal Cove and catch the beautiful sunset view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on the island's southern tip.

Visiting Acadia National Park

The island's crown jewel is the stunning expanse of Acadia National Park, which offers 125 miles of trails, 45 miles of carriage roads, and a 47,000-acre backyard for our Mount Desert Island vacation homes.

Established as a national park in 1919, Acadia attracts nearly two million visitors each year to admire some of the nation's most iconic coastal scenery. Follow the North or South Ridge Trail (or simply hop in the car) to reach the 1,532-foot summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on Mount Desert Island that catches the nation's first sunrise between October and March.

The 2.2-mile Ocean Path between Sand Beach and Otter Point traverses some of the park's most famous rugged shoreline, while the Precipice Trail provides unrivaled views of Frenchman Bay for those brave enough to make the ascent. And there's no better place to spend an autumn afternoon than the dining room at Jordan Pond House, where you can snack on seafood chowder and piping hot popovers with a view of the lake and mountains.

Experience the peace and tranquility of this truly unique landscape - book your stay at one of our Mount Desert Island vacation homes today!

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