Destination guide

An island getaway in Bass Harbor

The DownEast and Acadia region of Maine is a haven of lighthouses, lobster boats and lovely seaside towns, and Bass Harbor is the place to go to experience it all. Nature walks and wildlife sightings are just around the corner in Acadia National Park, but the village also offers a chance to get out on the water in summer for boat trips around the islets out in the bay. With a range of charming New England cottages and picturesque seaside homes here, you're sure to find the perfect Bass Harbor vacation rental to launch your adventures on Mount Desert Island.

Things to do

Exploring islands near Bass Harbor

Just a quick ferry ride from Bass Harbor, a quaint summer paradise awaits on Swan's Island. There are a number of attractions around the community but a great place to start is the Swan's Island Lobster and Marine Museum which displays antique fishing gear, boat models and a collection of photos that give insight to the island's heritage. You'll also want to visit the 1870's lighthouse here, where you can climb to the top of the light tower and check out art and history exhibits in the keeper's house. There's also a white-sand beach on the island, perfect for swimming and sunning on warm days.

Activities

Out on the waves in Bass Harbor

There's so much to do on land in the Acadia area but don't miss the opportunity to take in the incredible scenery from the surrounding waters. Boat rides from Bass Harbor offer the chance to cruise around the offshore islands and national park aboard sail boats and lobster boats, spying lazing seals and nesting birds along the way. Perfect for the whole family, these excursions usually take place during the warmer months. If you're traveling without kids, sunset sails are the perfect way to add a touch of romance as you witness the incredible show of pinks and oranges painted across the evening sky.

Weather

Summers outside in Bass Harbor

Summers in Bass Harbor are ideal for all the outdoor activities that Mount Desert Island and the surrounding waters have to offer. From boat excursions out on the waves to hikes along the rocky coast, there are endless ways to enjoy warm days in this season. June through August are the ideal time to visit, as average highs peak close to 80 degrees and evenings cool off enough to call for sweaters. If you visit in summer, why not look for a Bass Harbor vacation rental on the water, perfect for watching the sun rise with a cup of coffee each morning.

Natural features

Hitting the trails near Bass Harbor

Mount Desert Island is a nature-lover's paradise and the area around Bass Harbor brims with opportunities to spot wildlife. With the huge expanse of Acadia National Park on the outskirts of the village, there's a wealth of hiking routes to explore and a couple of coastal trailheads are just a quick jaunt from your Bass Harbor vacation rental. The 1.5-mile Wonderland Trail is a family-friendly option that follows a well-marked path along pine forests to oceanside tide pools. Longer treks for all levels of hikers can be found in other areas of the Park, whether you prefer to follow the coast or head for mountain summits.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Bass Harbor

The nearest airport is in Bar Harbor, ME (BHB-Hancock County - Bar Harbor), located 14.8 mi (23.8 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Bass Harbor?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 282 vacation rentals near Bass Harbor. From 90 Cabins to 131 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bass Harbor for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bass Harbor?

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 Bass Harbor:

  • Seal Harbor: 18 vacation rentals
  • Northeast Harbor: 266 vacation rentals
  • Hancock Point: 28 vacation rentals
  • Seal Cove: 54 vacation rentals
  • Hulls Cove: 31 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 Bass Harbor?

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

  • Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse: 1,210 vacation rentals
  • Ship Harbor Nature Trailhead: 1,226 vacation rentals
  • Bar Harbor Whale Watching: 1,277 vacation rentals
  • Cadillac Mountain: 1,283 vacation rentals
  • Mount Desert Island Oceanarium: 1,411 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bass Harbor 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 Cabins in Bass Harbor?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 90 Cabins in Bass Harbor. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bass Harbor include:

  • Houses: 131 rentals available
  • Cottages: 90 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 90 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bass Harbor?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 7 vacation rentals with pool available in Bass Harbor. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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