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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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Pond Hill
1 Bed | 1 Bath | Sleeps 2

Pond Hill - Mount Desert, ME

$220 avg / night
Pine Cottage
3 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 6

Pine Cottage - Seal Harbor, ME

$555 avg / night
Acadia View Cottage
3 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 8

Acadia View Cottage - Mount Desert, ME

$369 avg / night
A Little Mad Stay
2 Bed | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

A Little Mad Stay - Bar Harbor, ME

$569 avg / night
Albert Meadow Hideaway
1 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 3

Albert Meadow Hideaway - Bar Harbor, ME

$391 avg / night

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Recent Mount Desert Island vacation rental reviews

Well equipped kitchen, Acadia maps, comfortable beds, super clean.
William J. | Dec 2023
We recently escaped to Maine to enjoy the fall colors. This house was the perfect peaceful resting place for our family. We loved the location. Situated right outside the quaint village of Southwest Harbor, we had easy access to restaurants and shops without the crowds of Bar Harbor. Naturally there were endless hiking options nearby. The house itself is quaint and cozy - which really make us feel like we were escaping it all! It was fun to see deer in the yard as well as lovely views. The home is well appointed and clean. The stairs are steep, so be aware if anyone in your party has trouble navigating them. We liked that the house had a plug in option for our electric vehicle since there are no charging stations on the island!
Laura H. | Nov 2023
Our stay was very peaceful and quiet. Most businesses nearby were closed for the season, but there was a nice little grocery store just down the block. We would definitely stay here again.
Joseph F. | Nov 2023
Mount Desert Island Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, 24 of our Mount Desert Island 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. 73 of our Mount Desert Island vacation rentals have internet access, so you can stay connected throughout your trip.

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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 Mount Desert Island 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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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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