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How long should you stay on our island?

When guests are planning their first visit to Mt. Desert Island, they often ask how long they should plan to stay in Bar Harbor. If you enjoy outdoor activities, especially hiking and biking, we suggest that you plan on spending at least three days.

Acadia National Park offers over 120 miles of hiking trails, from easy walks to challenging climbs, and an additional 40 miles of carriage roads, that are perfect for easy hiking and are wonderful for biking. In the late spring, summer and early autumn, you can enjoy whale watching, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and many other activities. If you are the type that likes to "do it all", we suggest you spend at least a week. The diversity of the island can fill a week of activities, but there are also lovely day trips to places like Castine, Blue Hill, Deer Isle and Schoodic Peninsula.

Of course, you can always enjoy relaxing with a good book on our front porch, in our library area, or in our comfortable living room. No matter when you visit Mt. Desert Island, you will be captivated by its unique beauty, and like many of our guests, you will be planning your next visit before you leave.


We always love to speak with our guests. Please feel free to call us at (207) 288-3443 if you have questions or prefer to make your reservation over the phone. Looking forward to speaking with you!

- Mark Dresser, Innkeeper