Southwest Harbor, Maine, is located just west of the southern entrance to Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County. It is the largest municipality on the southwestern “quiet side” of the island. The town has some great shops, galleries and eateries worth checking out. Many people choose to stay here during their visit to Acadia National Park for its more relaxed pace and for the many excellent accommodation options available from single home vacatiohn rentals to bed & breakfast and inns. Access to the offshore islands by boat can be found here as well. The approximate population is 1,764 (per year 2010 census). One of the more picturesque sections is in Manset where you have a distant view of Bear Island Lighthouse, Sutton Island, Little & Great Cranberry Islands, and the open ocean.
This area is home to some great yacht builders. The Hinckley Company, located just south of the town center on the Manset Shore Road, is world renown for its quality workmanship. Another, Morris Yachts, Inc., is located on the Clark Point Road just east of the town center. No doubt, many of the beautiful yachts you will enjoy in the harbor and other areas offshore from Mount Desert Island were made by them.
Another place of note is the Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving. Featured are the exceptional works of the world famous Wendell Gilley – widely recognized as one of the early pioneers of this American art form. Another unique nearby place is the Seal Cove Auto Museum with an extraordinary collection of „Brass Era“ (1886 – 1917) automobiles. If you like fresh baked goods, there is a very nice bakery right on Main Street in the center of town on the right side as you enter town.