Island adventure in Acadia National Park.
Explore Mount Desert Island, Maine
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Acadia National Park’s Mount Desert Island is the largest island off the coast of Maine. A reliable bus network stops throughout the park, but it’s the perfect cycling and kayaking destination, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by the celebrities who summer here, like Susan Sarandon, Martha Stewart, and more. Join the throngs, or head here during the spring or fall when it’s blissfully quiet.

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, seals, and loons. The three-hour kayaking trip from Pretty Marsh to Clark Cove is perfect for beginners. Or rent a bike from one of the many shops in town and explore the park’s 45 miles of carriage roads, which are closed to cars.


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 as it gets.

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. Opened in 2003 by husband-and-wife team Elizabeth and James Lindquist, Red Sky has a sophisticated but comfortable dining room with votive candles, a working fireplace, a mahogany bar, and framed landscape paintings. Like the wine list, the seasonal menu is constantly evolving and may include such dishes as pan-roasted halibut and slow-braised ribs with maple glaze. The restaurant is open year-round except for the month of January, although service during the off-season is limited to Thursday—Saturday.

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 booked, try one of the cottages.