Destination guide

Franklin-Where the forest meets the bay

Named for Benjamin Franklin, the 'First American', this sleepy New England town is far from the bright city lights, and has been a popular getaway for city slickers for decades. Wedged between the dense forests of Hancock County and the pristine waters of the Mount Desert Narrows, it's a fantastic spot for going out on the water, wandering through lush forest, and taking in the colorful majesty of fall. Get back to nature, and book a Franklin vacation rental to be near the many natural attractions and family-friendly amenities.

Things to do

Riding the rail in Hancock County

Before the Interstates and the airports, visitors from across New England and beyond traveled to Hancock County on the Maine Central Railroad. Much of the old rails are now gone or have fallen into disrepair, but at the Downeast Scenic Railroad you can get a flavour of the good old ways of rail travel. Opened in 2012, visitors have the chance to ride in carefully refurbished carriages pulled by a 1940s diesel locomotive. The railroad runs on weekends from May through to September, and operates 2 10-mile trips.

Activities

Catch the fall in Franklin

With its mix of lush forest and pristine waters, there's lots to do in Franklin from spring right through fall. On bright summer days, you can enjoy the sheltered coves which are perfect for kayaking, canoeing and fishing, while hikers will love getting lost on one of the nature trails in the the sprawling woods (but please bring a map!). As the leaves turn, you'll find your Franklin vacation rental among a magnificent kaleidoscope of color. A particular highlight is the blueberry fields just north of the town, where you can enjoy a flurry of color, stretching to the distant hills..

Weather

When the sun hits the shore in Franklin

Franklin has a humid continental climate with warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. The warmest months are July and August, when the mercury pushes up into the high 70s, while temperatures in fall range from the lows 30s to the mid 60s. Although the region only experiences 80 days of rainfall a year, it can be heavy. If you want to avoid the worst of it book your Franklin vacation rental in either July or August. Also, if you find yourself in Franklin in winter, wrap up well, as it can get as low as 11 F in January.

Natural features

Get a little wild in Acadia National Park

If you look far enough from Franklin's shore, you might glimpse the mountains of Mount Desert Island in the Acadia National Park. Acadia is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi, and its high granite peaks, rugged coastline and lush forest draw millions of visitors every year. What's more, it's rich wildlife includes black bears, bobcats and coyotes, as well as moose and white-tailed deer. You can explore Acadia by foot, on its many scenic trails, or by car on the Park Loop Road, although parts of the road are closed from December through to mid April.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Franklin

The nearest airport is in Bar Harbor, ME (BHB-Hancock County - Bar Harbor), located 14 mi (22.5 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Bangor, ME (BGR-Bangor Intl.), which is 32 mi (51.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Franklin?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 636 vacation rentals near Franklin. From 341 Houses to 197 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Franklin for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Franklin:

  • Bass Harbor: 295 vacation rentals
  • Hall Quarry: 40 vacation rentals
  • Hancock Point: 26 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 Franklin?

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

  • Bar Harbor Whale Watching: 1,274 vacation rentals
  • Cadillac Mountain: 1,281 vacation rentals
  • Mount Desert Island Oceanarium: 1,396 vacation rentals
  • Bar Harbor Whale Museum: 1,278 vacation rentals
  • Indian Point: 1,231 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Franklin 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 Franklin?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 341 Houses in Franklin. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Franklin include:

  • Cabins: 197 rentals available
  • Cottages: 197 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 197 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Franklin?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 34 vacation rentals with pool available in Franklin. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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