Kingsleigh Inn Casual Elegance overlooking Southwest Harbor

The Area, Activities & Excursions

Enjoy Popovers and Lobster Stew overlooking Jordan Pond near Bar Harbor - photo of Pond with surrounding MountainsHadlock Pond, Acadia National Park Maine, minutes from Northeast Harbor and Bar HarborPicturesque curved bridge in Somesville, Maine, the first village on Mt. Desert IslandLooking out off the west side of the Island at Indian Point-Relax overlooking Blue Hill BayHighest peak along the northeastern seaboard, Cadillac Mountain overlooking the Poucupine Islands off Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Maine

Mount Desert Island

Mount Desert Island (pronounced “dessert” with a French accent!) is 109 square miles and is the second largest on the eastern seaboard, outranked only by Long Island (Martha’s Vineyard takes third). It was discovered in 1604 by a French explorer named Samuel de Champlain. He named the island “Isles des Monts Deserts” which translates to “island of bare wilderness peaks” for the smooth granite mountain tops on the island. He then named the island’s tallest 1,532 foot peak Cadillac Mountain.

The island is separated from the mainland by Frenchman Bay (off the eastern coast near Bar Harbor), Mt. Desert Narrows, and Western Bay. The island’s rugged topography is a result of glacial action. It is split into two sections by the beautiful deep blue waters of Somes Sound (the only Fjord on the east coast). Acadia National Park (the only national park in New England) covers 41,000 acres; it's about 65% of the entire island. That means that no matter where you are on the island, you are only a few minutes from Acadia National Park.

There are miles and miles of carriage roads built by Rockefeller for hiking, biking, walking, or enjoying the romance of a horse drawn carriage ride, over one hundred miles of hiking trails of all levels of difficulty and the “Park Loop Road” which is the only peak on the island that is accessible by auto, circling the island’s summit, Cadillac Mountain (a popular sunrise and sunset spot). It is a spectacular location where your eyes can absorb the mountains and the ocean in one sweeping glance. Along the Park Loop Road, don't miss Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliff, The Ocean Path and the Jordan Pond House. There's a convenient free shuttle bus, the Island Explorer, that runs on a regular schedule around the entire island. It's a very convenient way to see busy Bar Harbor without worrying about where to park.

Located on the southwestern side of Mount Desert Island (nicknamed the “Quietside” as the island's less trampled, less commercial side of the island), the town of Southwest Harbor is thought to be a historically romantic icon of seafaring coastal life. It is ranked as one of the top ten commercial fishing harbors in the state of Maine. Some of the world’s most spectacular sailboats and yachts are built by more than ten boat builders on the island. The small but vibrant town has the perfect mix of harbor life, history, Maine crafts, local artists, shopping and restaurants to fulfill a tourist’s needs. Southwest Harbor is a wonderful home base for exploration of the island.

Our water views and warm hospitality make The Kingsleigh Inn in Southwest Harbor a perfect lodging choice on Mount Desert Island, Maine.

The view of Cadillac Mountain from the Sea Princess Nature Cruise Sail Boats on Somes Sound Bear Island Light off the coast of Northeast Harbor
Breathtaking views of the island from the water (Cadillac, Pemetic & the Bubbles above) Sailing on Somes Sound near Valley Cove, Acadia & Flying Mtns

Bear Island Light off the coast of Northeast Harbor

View of the waters off Mount Desert Island, Maine - Acadia National Park

Perched above Somes Sound, Acadia National Park, Maine

Echo Lake, Maine, Mount Desert Island,  Acadia National Park

Hike Norumbega Mountain for fabulous views of the islands surrounding Mount Desert Island

Hike Acadia Mountain for a fabulous view of Somes Sound, the only natural Fjord on the U.S. East Coast

Swim in the deep waters of

Echo Lake - view from the

Beech Cliff Ladder Trail

Paddle the calm waters of Long Pond, Southwest harbor Inn lodging, Kingsleigh Inn

Humpback Whale as seen from the Whale Watch boat

Thunder Hole, popular spot in Acadia National Park Maine

Paddle the calm waters

of Long Pond

Take a whale watching

trip (this photo was taken

by one of our guests)

Catch Thunder Hole before high tide for thundering, splashing waves! Check our local tide schedule!

Area Activities & Helpful Links

Acadia National Park

Hiking, Biking & Driving

Exploring the Carriage Roads

Map of Acadia National Park

Exploring Mount Desert Island by Water

Nature Cruises

Sailing Trips



Island Ferries

Seal & Puffin tours (Puffin photo at right)

Swimming & Beaches

Sand Beach

Echo Lake

Long Pond

Points of Interest & Popular Area Attractions

Park Loop Road

Jordan Pond

Bass Harbor Lighthouse

Seawall Coast

Carriage Rides

Local Events

Whale Watching

and Deep Sea Fishing

Area Yacht/Boat Builders

Golf Courses on MDI

Spa Treatments

Total Look Day Spa


Made in Maine

Maple Syrup




The Arts




Restaurants & Lobster Pounds

The Shops of Southwest Harbor

Sawyers Specialties (wine & cheese)

Sawyers Market (grocery/specialty)

Under The Dogwood Tree gift shop

Acadia Shop

Liquor Locker

The Lilac Lily Yarns & Gifts

Westside Florist

Old World Soaps

Salty Dog Gallery

Carroll Drug

Rue Cottage Books

Saltwater Farm Antiques/Collectibles

General Southwest Harbor  and Local Information

Maine Weather; what to pack

Fall Foliage

Getting Here by Air and some General Local Information & answers to FAQ

Welcome to Kingsleigh Inn sign

A Maine Puffin in action as taken by one of our guests in May 2007!

Brochure Rack at Kingsleigh Inn

Local Calendar of Events

Photos of MDI

Check out the Acadia National Park Live webcam

of Mount Desert Island, Maine

live webcam from Southwest Harbor, Acadia National Park


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