Entering the winding, shaded driveway of Island Watch gives you quick hints of what lies ahead. As you approach the horizon expands. When you enter and walk to the common area, it can take your breath away. The view is nothing short of spectacular. Before you to the east is the fjord of Somes Sound and as your eyes progress, you see Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor, a more intimate view of Southwest Harbor, and several of the offshore islands. The mountains of Acadia provide a dramatic canvas for the sunsets. If you choose to rise early, the sunrises over Great Harbor will be an incredible start to your day. Evenings watching the lighthouse beacons, flashing red or green navigation bouys, or returning fishing vessels can be a peaceful diversion at the end of a busy day.
Island Watch sits on a ridge above the village of Southwest Harbor and has a vista that is as unique as any on the Maine coast, yet is removed from the busier, in-town atmosphere. We are a bit more secluded, but we do have our own private path that will take you into the center of Southwest Harbor. From there you can board the free Island Explorer bus, wander through an art gallery, have a gourmet dinner, or just have an ice cream at the local café. We are only minutes away from some of the least used and most scenic trails in Acadia National Park.
Formerly run as a Bed and Breakfast, Island Watch is now available to rent on a weekly basis. The seven bedrooms of the main house each have their own bathroom. The suite on the lower level has a complete kitchen and fireplace. Several of the rooms have their own private balconies. The main deck area provides a relaxing gathering area for your entire group, where you can kick back and watch the boating activities below.
The views are spectacular from our several decks. Sit and relax in the quiet splendor of the Maine woods, while taking in the panoramic beauty of the islands, mountains, harbors and the village of Southwest Harbor!
You're within walking distance to the local restaurants, bike rental, sailing, boating, and exclusive shops or just an ice cream! Some of our local establishments are Beal's Lobster pound, Cristina's Antiques, The Liquor Locker, The Dry Dock, Sawyer's Market, The Second Wind, Red Sky Restaurant, Fiddler's Green Restaurant, and the Wendell Gilley Museum.
You will enjoy spectacular Ocean and Island views, beautiful sunrises, quiet times, and the many activities in nearby Acadia National Park. The Rockefeller family constructed beautiful carriage roads throughout the park in which you can enjoy on foot, in a horse-drawn carriage, or by bike.
Come and stay at one of the most beautiful places in the Maine. Experience a quiet family vacation or one with friends. Be active or just kick back and read a book or paint a picture — all while enjoying the fresh air and pristine views from our many decks.
We can easily accommodate multiple family's for a reunion, or weddings, or just getting away! It is a peaceful, spacious location with a killer view!
Island Watch has two kitchens, so you can do pizzas in one, and a gourmet dinner in the other.
Island Watch has an appeal to writers and artists. based on an island that they see from the front porch.
Southwest Harbor has an active marine industry base of boat builders, marinas, and lobster and sail boats.
Island Watch watches all of this from it’s peaceful perch. It is the Real Maine...Simple! “The way Life Should Be!”