Known for its natural serenity and vast woodland, Southwest Harbor, ME, including the surrounding areas of Mount Desert and Bar Harbor, make the perfect northern escape. Walk just minutes from your vacation rental to an infinite number of outdoor recreation opportunities. Take in Southwest Harbor's striking ocean views and rocky coastlines while kayaking, swimming, sailing, fishing, or simply sunning along the coast. Launch a sailboat or paddle through the Western Bay, Blue Hill Bay, and Somes Sound. You can also spend a day admiring some of New England's most beautiful hand crafted Hinckley Yachts. This manufacturer has been making handcrafted boats since 1928, with new innovations that have evolved throughout the decades.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in the area:
-Spend a day on the water with Maine State Sea Kayak: This sea kayaking service offers guided ecological tours on the western side of Mount Desert Island.
-Visit the Atlantic Brewing Company: Learn about the secrets of the brewery process while tasting authentic Maine beer.
-Visit Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium: Located in downtown Bar Harbor, this classic family owned and operated candy shop offers homemade ice cream, chocolate and more.
-Stroll the Southwest Harbor Boardwalk: Walk or bike along a boardwalk that takes you to one of Maine's most beautiful beaches.
-Go Bar Harbor bird watching: Bar Harbor, Maine offers some of the best opportunities for close encounters with rare New England shorebirds. This area attracts birdwatchers from all over the country every year.
-Go on a Bar Harbor dinner cruise: Experience unforgettable Maine seafood on the deck of a luxury sailboat while watching the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean.
You'll never run out of fun things to do in Southwest Harbor. Experience the charms of the New England coast by staying in your own private luxury vacation rental. For your stay, find a quaint cottage above the rocky shoreline with views of the ocean and easy access to the very best shopping and nightlife. While you're exploring Southwest Harbor, take day trips to other beautiful Maine destinations like Camden and Greenville.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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