This Summer Travel Where You've Never Been - Mount Desert Island

Jun 25, 2010, 09:47 ET from OUR ACADIA

MOUNT DESERT, Maine, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine 24 mountain peaks on an island the size of Martha's Vineyard.  That's Maine's Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park, where the mountains meet the sea.

"Once you visit," says NYC-based publisher of OUR ACADIA (, "then it's hard to settle afterwards for either the mountains or the sea.  On Mount Desert Island you get both."

As vacationers get serious about their summer plans, OUR ACADIA offers a curated guide to explore, eat, and relax on Mount Desert Island.  Itineraries identify the best kayaking trips, off-the-beaten-path inns, and harbor side lobster pounds.  Fantom, who now owns a home in the island's oldest (1761) village, has spent the last six summers compiling her favorite spots.  Notes Andre Lonzano, owner of the award-winning microbrewery Bar Harbor Brewing Company, "These are places a lot of people have missed."

Mount Desert Island is about three hours north of Portland.  Two-thirds of the island is Acadia National Park, which has 130 miles of hiking trails and 57 miles of biking roads weaving through spruce forests and glacial lakes.  A key attraction is watching the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak along the North Atlantic seaboard.

The rest of the island is dotted with fishing villages, lighthouses, and wild blueberry fields and is year-round home to artists, lobstermen, and restaurateurs.  College of the Atlantic, where the only major is Human Ecology, operates an organic farm.

"Mount Desert Island is a great place for foodies," Fantom adds, "not only because of the seafood, but also the farms.  I once ordered an asparagus appetizer at one of my favorite restaurants, Red Sky.  When the chef set the plate before me, he said the asparagus had been in the ground that afternoon."

Alan Feuer, owner of Ann's Point, a four-room inn on a peninsula, features local Seal Cove goat cheese and wine from Bartlett Winery at cocktail hour.  Most popular among his guests are kayaking trips and dinners at local lobster pounds.

Ann's Point is located in Bass Harbor in the area of the island known as the "Quiet Side," in contrast to Bar Harbor, the best-known town on Mount Desert Island.  "Like Martha's Vineyard, it's an island of assorted villages with different characters," says Fantom. "That makes it fun to explore."