Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert Island, Maine, USA

  You are invited to rent the Rosehill House and experience Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island

Echo Lake Beach Echo Lake

Island Attractions

The history of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park reveals a rich tradition of both beautiful rugged nature and comfort. Imagine an island, surrounded by the ocean, with the tallest mountains on the east coast, with fresh water lakes, and the only fjord. Pink granite peaks, pine forests, carriage and hiking trails, wildlife of both ocean and land. This is what makes Acadia one of the most-visited national parks in the country, and the only National Park in the northeast.
Ocean kayaking off Bass Harbor Lighthouse
Ocean kayaking off Bass Harbor Lighthouse

What makes this island special

• John D. Rockefeller donated 11,000 acres, one-third of the park today. He personally designed the construction of over 45 miles of scenic carriage roads for walking, mountain biking, horseback and carriage riding.

• Drive, hike or bike the breathtaking twenty-seven mile ocean-side Park Loop Road, and the friendly pink granite summit of Cadillac Mountain (named after the same Frenchman who founded Detroit).

•Ocean and Lake swimming: Echo Lake, cradled by mountains, is a few minutes drive from the house. It is a national park beach with lifeguards.

• Hike 120 miles of trails from quiet, wooded lake-side and ocean-side paths to mountain views, and daring heights with ladder-rung steps. (Try the trails around Long Pond a few minutes from the house. Trails go up to the Beach Mountain Fire Tower (the view is incredible) and around the pond there are footbridges and steams). If you're brave, try the Precipice Trail!

•See the island deer and wildlife protected from hunting, and ride the ponys & carriages at Wildwood Stables.

•Best Maine lobster & seafood provided by local fisherman.

•Dine on the lawn of the famous Jordan Pond Tea House, where generations of Rockefellers, Carnegies, Mellons and other wealthy families frequented during the summers.

•Sail Frechman's Bay - daily sightseeing excursions.

•Whale-watching cruises and flights.

•Guided island-hopping lobster-boat and nature tours are great fun and educational....see basking seals, eagles, eiders, puffins, lobstering, and off-shore life & history.

•Enjoy guided off-shore "estate" tours, the who's who of the area.

•Numerous dock-side restaurants, art galleries, outdoor sport shops, etc.

•Shop trendy Bar Harbor, ferry gateway to Nova Scotia. Bar Harbor is a regular stop for cruise ships like the QE2.

•Bar Harbor's art deco movie theater and Reel Pizza show current hit movies every night.

•See Asticou Azalea and Zen gardens, and stroll the inspirational Thuya Garden and Lodge in Northeast Harbor. Enjoy Northeast's galleries, restaurants and pastry shop on Main street.

•Take the local Ferry to nearby Swan's Island and Cranberry Island. Visit Baker's Island on a guided ranger tour. Taste the rustic purity of Frenchboro. Much of the islands in the area are under national park care with trails & visitor services.

•See the private ANTIQUE AUTO collection in nearby Seal Cove displaying over 100 restored vehicles.

•Visit Bass Harbor Lighthouse at dusk- one of the most photographed Lighthouses-come experience why.

•Rent mountain bikes at Southwest Cycles in Southwest Harbor, enjoy touring the scenic carriage trails.

•Take in the striking views from Manset in the boat-building community of Southwest Harbor, where famous yachts are built.

Jordan Pond Tea House
Jordan Pond Tea House
The Margaret Todd
The Margaret Todd
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