Additional scenic spots, clockwise from above: Schooner Head Overlook off of the Park Loop Road; The Shore Path after a winter storm; Downtown Bar Harbor; View of Sand Beach from the Great Head Trail; Compass Harbor; Sunset on the Park Loop Road; Agamont Park in downtown Bar Harbor; Champlain Mountain Summit
The Park Loop Road
The 27-mile Park Loop Road features many of Acadia's primary attractions including Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Jordan Pond, The Bubbles, and more. The photo at left was taken from one of the many shoulders where temporary parking is permitted for taking in the sights. Much of the road is one-way and the entire thing is beautifully maintained. Excellent for cycling, driving, or walking (particularly along the Ocean Path, a delightful walking trail which follows the Park Loop for two miles from Sand Beach to Otter Point). The main entrance to the Park Loop Road is just a couple miles from your doorstep, and the Cadillac Mountain entrance is even closer, only a mile away. The entire Park Loop is open from April to November, and the most scenic section called the Ocean Drive is open year round.
Asticou Terrace & Thuya Garden
Located just off of Route 3 between Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor, Thuya is arguably the single most magical destination on MDI. A 15-20 minute drive from your doorstep, there is a small parking area located on the side of the road nearest the ocean. A crosswalk leads to a stone staircase and a path up the hillside. A short distance up the hill the trees open up exposing a striking vista of Northeast Harbor. The photo at left was taken just before sunset from the lookout, a small wooden "hut" where you can sit down and take in the view. A short distance further up the hill the forest opens up into an expansive flower garden. The garden dates back more than five decades, was originally imagined by Charles K. Savage, utilized plants from Beatrix Farrand's Reef Point garden, and received financial backing from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. We are so thoroughly impressed by Thuya that we've hired Jason Ashur, a member of Thuya's landscaping team, to perform the landscape design of our new Inn. Thuya is a lesser-known spot but it's a "can't miss" in our opinion. When you visit please make a small donation at the entrance gate.
Located in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor along the historic Mount Desert Street corridor, our property features your ideal location! At the Mount Desert Street Motel you will be situated within easy walking distance of all of downtown's destinations, and mere minutes' drive to Acadia National Park (or just down the street from the free Island Explorer Shuttle to Acadia, if you prefer not to drive)! Featured here is just a small sample of some of our favorite of the countless nearby attractions you will discover during your stay with us!
Bass Harbor Head Light
Bass Harbor Head Light is the only lighthouse on Mount Desert Island which is accessible by land. It also appears on the back of the Maine quarter. The panoramic view of various outer islands is beautiful, and the accompanying ringing of the fog bell enhances the experience. At sunset, the view looking towards the lighthouse itself is absolutely stunning. The photo at left was taken at dusk in August. The Bass Harbor Head Light is on the "quiet side" of the island, about a 30-minute drive from your doorstep. The parking lot is relatively small so if you're visiting for sunset at peak season you will want to arrive a little early. A very brief walk into the woods leads to a pretty wooden staircase down to the rocks, where you can look back at the lighthouse.
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The Shore Path
Spectacular views of Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands to your left, gorgeous Gilded Age mansions to your right (or vice versa)--Bar Harbor's historic shore path is an enchanting stroll along the rugged coastline from one end of town to the other. Shore path access is just a 10-minute walk from your doorstep. The photo at left was taken at sunrise in September. Sunrises on the shore path are arguably no less breathtaking than the famed Cadillac Mountain sunrise, yet there are generally very few, if any, people on the shore path early in the morning. The shore path is gorgeous at sunset as well, especially walking north towards the town pier. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts summered at properties on the shore path, as did Evelyn Walsh McLean, the last private owner of the Hope Diamond.
Flying Mountain is a relatively easy hike on the "quiet side" in Southwest Harbor. While certainly not the highest point on the island at just a couple hundred feet, the view of the ocean is magnificent. The photo at left was taken in November, when the weather here is still quite acceptable for hiking and other outdoor activities, and can oftentimes be downright nice, even. Furthermore, the lack of leaves on the trees opens up views that are a little more obscured in the summertime by the trees. From Flying Mountain you can enjoy views of gorgeous oceanfront cottages [read: mansions] along Northeast Harbor's Sargeant Drive, many of them designed by the reputed shingle-style architect Fred Savage in the late 1800s. Hike down to Valley Cove, a pretty beach along Somes Sound, then loop back to where you started on a fire road through the forest. The whole walk might take an hour or two, and it takes just 25 minutes to drive there from your doorstep.