Destination guide

Eastern delights at Mount Desert

The town of Mount Desert has long been a hotspot for travelers hoping to enjoy a little downtime with family and friends. It stretches across Mount Desert Island, which itself nestles off the coast of Maine and is one of the largest islands on the US eastern seaboard. The area is perhaps best known for the Acadia National Park, a sprawling recreation area with woodland, wildlife and rocky beaches, although charming villages, including Otter Creek and Seal Harbor, offer plenty of reasons to explore elsewhere. And, if you're looking for a place to stay, you'll find Mount Desert vacation rentals offer all the comforts of home.


Outdoor appeal in Mount Desert

Outdoor adventure is rarely off the agenda here. On the doorstep of your rental, an array of activities awaits, with some of the best experiences found squarely on the water. From June through October, cruises ferry passengers from neighboring Bar Harbor into the Gulf of Maine to get a closer look at minke, finback and humpback whales, while journeys until mid-August often add sightings of North Atlantic puffins and bald eagles. Looking for something different? Specialty cruises, such as sightseeing, lobster fishing and lighthouse tours, ensure everyone gets a chance to enjoy a little time offshore.


Summer fun in Mount Desert

Sunny days and toasty temperatures in the high 70s see the island teeming with visitors over the months of July and August – reason enough to make sure you nab your preferred Mount Desert vacation rentals early on. This pleasant summer season might see you attend the music or fine arts festival in neighboring Bar Harbor, although it's worth hanging fire until September or October if exploring the national park is part of your plans. Those fall months are decidedly chillier, but the opportunity to enjoy the changing of the colors and a blissful lack of crowds often prove an appealing combination.

Natural features

Sensational sunrises in Mount Desert

You'll likely enjoy a host of experiences during stays in Mount Desert vacation rentals, but perhaps none quite as exhilarating as reaching the summit of Cadillac Mountain. It soars more than 1,500 feet above Eagle Lake, it's the star turn in the Acadia National Park and, for around 6 months each year, the first point in the US to welcome sunrise. Ready to take on the challenge? After parking at the entrance, hike to the summit along the North Ridge. It evens out to be a 10-mile round trip – a not inconsiderable effort, but one that is rewarded with a feeling of being on top of the world.


Traveling to and around Mount Desert

The nearest airport is in Bar Harbor, ME (BHB-Hancock County - Bar Harbor), located 7 mi (11.3 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Mount Desert?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 629 vacation rentals near Mount Desert. From 217 Cottages to 304 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mount Desert for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Mount Desert?

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 Mount Desert:

  • Somesville: 21 vacation rentals
  • Otter Creek: 26 vacation rentals
  • Hall Quarry: 36 vacation rentals
  • Bass Harbor: 274 vacation rentals
  • Hancock Point: 30 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 Mount Desert?

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

  • Pretty Marsh: 1,269 vacation rentals
  • Asticou Azalea Garden: 1,164 vacation rentals
  • Thuya Garden: 1,155 vacation rentals
  • Acadia Repertory Theater: 1,240 vacation rentals
  • Northeast Harbor Golf Club: 1,188 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mount Desert 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 Cottages in Mount Desert?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 217 Cottages in Mount Desert. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Mount Desert include:

  • Houses: 304 rentals available
  • Cabins: 217 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 217 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Mount Desert?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 23 vacation rentals with pool available in Mount Desert. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.