Destination guide

Rugged coastal adventures in Hancock

Ocean views, natural beauty and picturesque villages to explore nearby are just a few of the reasons for choosing a Hancock vacation rental. On Maine's Atlantic shore, at the head of Frenchman Bay, this small seaside town has commanding views across the water to Mount Desert Island. Explore the rugged shoreline of the bay to enjoy breezy strolls along the beach, rock pooling, coastal picnics and relaxed outdoor adventures. And it's just a 30-minute drive from your Hancock vacation rental to some of the country's most beautiful scenery at Acadia National Park.

Things to do

Hancock's natural attractions

The closest hike to your Hancock vacation rental is the stroll along the inlet at Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. Spot seals, puffins and ospreys and enjoy the sea views across the bay across to Petit Manan Light. If you're staying at your Hancock vacation rental with kids, check out the neighboring town of Trenton, which has a small wildlife rescue center and a water park with rides and go-karts. In the summer months, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the rustic lobster shacks serving up this quintessential Maine gastronomic treat. Wash it down with a craft tipple from Bar Harbor's brewery or local winery.

Activities

Get outdoors in Hancock

Hancock's coastal location makes it a haven for water-sports enthusiasts – whether you wish to kayak across the calm blue waters of the bay, scuba or snorkel from a little tourist drifter, or book tickets on a whale-watching cruise from the picturesque port of Bar Harbor on nearby Mount Desert Island. Its trails, beaches and mountain paths are an unmissable highlight of any Hancock vacation. Drive across the Mount Desert Narrows, call in at the visitor center to pick up your trail maps and explore the forested hillsides, granite mountain tops and a rocky coastline studded with sea stacks.

Weather

All-weather enjoyment in Hancock

Winters in Maine are cold and snowy, making this the season for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. In spring, as the weather warms, the local trout ponds team with life, attracting keen anglers to the area. By summer, the temperatures are pushing into the 70s and the beaches and rocky shores are calling. Over on Mount Desert Island, the golden stretch of Sand Beach is a perfect picnic spot – ideal for sunny family days out. As the leaves begin to change to their glorious autumnal reds and golds, fall is one of the most beautiful times of year to hike, bike or horseback ride on local trails.

Natural features

Explore Acadia from Hancock

Across the narrows on Mount Desert Island, the Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful in the country. The thrilling power of the ocean is on display at one of the park's most popular visitor spots, the Thunder Hole. Here, you can hear the awesome sound of ocean waves crashing into this little cavern hewn by white water into the rock. You can enjoy more serene views of the water from the hiking trails that cut across the hillsides. Quartz glitters in the granite rocks, seabirds call overhead, and the forests sweep out in front of you down to the endless blue waters of the Atlantic.

How to get there

How to get to and around Hancock

The nearest airport is in Bar Harbor, ME (BHB-Hancock County - Bar Harbor), located 6.2 mi (9.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Bangor, ME (BGR-Bangor Intl.), which is 33.3 mi (53.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Hancock?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 675 vacation rentals near Hancock. From 373 Houses to 195 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Hancock for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Hancock?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hancock:

  • Hancock Point: 26 vacation rentals
  • Bass Harbor: 295 vacation rentals
  • Hall Quarry: 39 vacation rentals
  • Otter Creek: 28 vacation rentals
  • Lucerne-in-Maine: 17 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Hancock?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Hancock. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tidal Falls: 1,207 vacation rentals
  • Bar Harbor Whale Watching: 1,279 vacation rentals
  • Cadillac Mountain: 1,281 vacation rentals
  • Mount Desert Island Oceanarium: 1,396 vacation rentals
  • Bar Harbor Whale Museum: 1,278 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hancock listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Hancock?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 373 Houses in Hancock. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Hancock include:

  • Cabins: 195 rentals available
  • Cottages: 195 rentals available
  • Estates: 6 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Country houses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Hancock?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 35 vacation rentals with pool available in Hancock. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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