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Autumn on Mount Desert Island

Katie Dunn Canoeing on Lake Massawippi, in North Hatley, Quebec.

Photo: Katie Dunn

Spruce-strewn Mount Desert Island, which accounts for 35,000 of the 47,000 acres of Acadia National Park, teems with visitors during the summer months. But in September, the island's trees explode with color, and osprey, seals, and deer have the place practically to themselves.

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Destinations: Downeast + Acadia · Keene

Hotels (1)

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    Claremont Hotel

    The 19th-century proeprty has a wraparound porch, and 11 of the 24 rooms have views of Somes Sound (considered the United States' only fjord). If b

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    Jordan Pond House

    After biking around the trail, stop in for warm popovers and chai.

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    Pectic Seafood

    The hidden, pint-size shop sells everything to go: lobster stew, smoked salmon sausage, and blueberry pies.

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    Docksider

    To passersby, the no-frills seafood shack won't look like much, but the "fisherman's lunch"— a cup of clam chowder with a lobster roll—is as good a

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    Red Sky

    A local favorite on Mount Desert Island, this New American restaurant emphasizes organic local produce and fresh seafood from the coast of Maine. O

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Activities (3)

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    Around the Mountain Trail

    Bike the 12-mile Around the Mountain Trail, which runs from Brown Mountain past Eagle Lake.

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    Maine State Sea Kayak

    Unlike other outfitters in the area, Maine State Sea Kayak brings you to the remote western side of the island on four-hour tours to see osprey, se

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    Steve Boucher's Island Bike Rental

    Swing by Steve Boucher's Island Bike Rental in Northeast Harbor to rent a bike and learn the ins and outs of the island's paths.

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