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Morning comes early to Mount Desert Island

But you can sleep in…

The island ushers in the dawn as one of the most eastern points in the U.S. For early birds it’s just one more incentive to get a jumpstart on each day of their vacation stay—whether it’s going for a brisk walk in the woods or hiking up Cadillac Mountain, the tallest peak on the eastern seaboard, to be the first in the U.S. to see the sunrise.

Mount Desert Island offers a unique blend of rocky beaches, quaint villages, quiet lakes, vast forests and the seven-mile long Somes Sound, the only fjord found on the entire East Coast. The star attraction is Acadia National Park, a 47,000-acre protected preserve that has helped keep more than half the island’s natural splendor largely untouched. A network of carriage roads, created by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., in the first part of the 20th Century, allow visitors to travel back in time, crunching on gravel paths and over granite bridges—with not a car in sight.

Bar Harbor is the island’s largest town, and its shops and restaurants are nestled along a vibrant waterfront that includes the winding, much traveled, Shore Path. Bar Harbor was once the exclusive playground for the well to-do, but it has broader appeal these days as a gateway to Acadia National Park. The park borders the island’s many communities, giving visitors the chance to enjoy scenic wilderness along with local culture and down-to-earth island charm wherever they go. If you prefer the quiet side of the island Southwest Harbor and Bass Harbor offer a slower, more relaxed pace.

Whether you’re dining on lobster or savoring a handful of ripe blueberries, you’ll get an authentic Maine coast vacation experience on Mount Desert Island—all while enjoying a sunrise or two.

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