Acadia National Park

  • AWFIn celebration of the 100th Birthday of Acadia National Park, and as a part of the year-long celebration of the National Park System, The Knowles Company would like to share exciting news! The Schoodic Institute and Camp Beech Cliff have joined together to co-sponsor the 2016 Winter Festival! The Festival begins February 26, 2016 at the Schoodic Institute located on the breathtaking Schoodic Peninsula, about 45 minutes from Bar Harbor. The events will then shift to Mount Desert Island from March 2-6 to culminate in 10 full days of more than 50 events (to be announced soon on the Acadia Centennial website, here)

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    July 8, 1916, Acadia National Park was born. At the time, known as Sieur de Monts National Monument, Acadia’s inception was part of the nation’s efforts to preserve natural spaces for future generations.
  • Acadia Quest 2016Acadia Quest returns for the ninth year, with the 2016 Acadia Centennial Quest! The 2016 Quest will focus on Acadia’s 100-year history with activities that celebrate its past and inspire its future. Acadia Quest is an experiential scavenger hunt: when your family/team registers for the Quest, you’ll get a list of experiences to “collect” in Acadia. Pick enough activities to fulfill the Quest requirements, complete them on your team’s own schedule, and send in your documentation to earn your Quest badge and be entered in the grand prize drawing in November.
  • POTFLPeople of the First Light, the Abbe Museum's new core exhibit, introduces visitors to the Wabanaki universe, engaging them with the culture and history of a people that is unfamiliar to many. Bringing together oral traditions, personal stories, cultural knowledge, language, and historical accounts with objects, photographs, multi-media, and digital interactives, People of the First Light shares a wide variety of content and perspectives around more than 12,000 years of history, conflict, adaptation, and survival in the Wabanaki homeland.
  • Nordgren 6 Trail Signs at SunsetJoin us for one of the premier night sky events on the eastern seaboard. The 8th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival is set for September 22-25, 2016, and will once again be packed with a full schedule of events. With workshops, internationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences, there truly is something for everyone from families to the serious amateur astronomer.

    Help us celebrate the starlit skies of Downeast Maine through education, science and the arts.
  • 15 Sound Drive 2With 7 private acres, this 5-bedroom, year-round residence offers gracious living adjacent to Acadia National Park and just minutes from the village of Northeast Harbor and Brown Mountain Gate House. The home blends open living spaces and cozy private rooms; the stables, storage barn and fields provide for a wonderful pastoral setting. A seasonal stream borders the eastern side of the property; the open fields with wild flowers are lovely in their own right or could be graced with horses once again.
  • CadillacNorthSuite.01This sleek and stylish second floor walk-up apartment is located in the heart of the "city." Complete with views of Cadillac Mountain and the village below, this sweet retreat enjoys all Bar Harbor has to offer right out the front door. Acadia National Park is just minutes down the road!
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    Acadia National Park celebrates its 100th birthday this year. In honor of that auspicious event The Knowles Company brokers and staff are sharing some of their favorite photos of the Park.
  • OakGrove.01Located in a quiet and pleasant neighborhood of rural Bar Harbor, not far from the historic Stone Barn, this newly decorated cape offers a spacious home base from which to enjoy Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park. If you prefer to stay put, take a stroll through the pretty neighborhood or settle in on the back deck and enjoy the beautiful grove of Oak Trees that abut this property. With its convenient location, however, you're sure to venture out and once you do, you'll find the charming village of Town Hill with its country store and playground just 2 miles west and The Chart Room and Pepper's Pizza overlooking the lovely shore of Hulls Cove just 3 miles east. With stylish interiors and a central Bar Harbor location, Oak Grove is sure to be just the right spot for your family's vacation to Acadia National Park.
  • 279Winter Rental: Built in 2003, this lovely property was updated in spring of 2006. Trails Edge has four bedrooms and three baths and is in a pretty, rural area of Bar Harbor. Visit any of MDI's other villages with ease from this wonderful location. It is also very close to Acadia National Park, where one can cross-country ski, snowshoe, or hike throughout the winter months. 
  • SSsidewithtreesSited high atop a bluff in a beautiful wooded setting, Summersalt is a light-filled oceanfront home with sweeping views of the Skillings River. Bold granite frontage with a pebble beach at lower tides and a deep water mooring. The contemporary residence is located in the desirable Marlboro section of Lamoine. It enjoys an open-concept floor plan with a large Great Room with cathedral ceilings, a wood stove and abundant windows that fill the room with light and take advantage of the beautiful views.
  • Shielin.01This classic and comfortable summer cottage shares its 100th birthday with Acadia's Centennial. Shielin, pronounced (Shay-Linn), the Scottish word for "cottage," was named by the owner as Mount Desert Island was reminiscent of his beloved homeland of Scotland. Shielin has seven bedrooms, use of the dock, a large deck, and pets will be considered.
  • Cadishack.01This attractive and comfortable home was lovingly rebuilt and renovated from a cozy little cabin into what is now a well furnished and spacious location for a family getaway in comfort and style. Situated on a hilltop just up the road from intown Bar Harbor, this peaceful and well landscaped house features views of the mountains of Mount Desert Island from the back deck.
  • AcadiaParkview.01Set in a quiet corner of Bar Harbor's village with a variety of separate living spaces, Acadia Parkview offers the perfect place to relax after a busy day of sightseeing! In just minutes, a short stroll or bike ride will lead you to either the village center or to one of many National Park trailheads. And when you find yourself back at the house after an active day, settle down in one of two living areas to converse about the fun you had or gather in the enclosed front porch for a game of cards. The fenced back yard and deck are also sure to please!
  • ToeHold.01Nestled at the crest of the Asticou Hill with distant water views, this beautifully furnished and decorated home offers plenty of comfortable living space throughout, and direct walking access to Acadia National Park's hiking trail up Sargent and Parkman Mountain hiking trail. Relax on the open deck, or curl up by the fire with a book. A short stroll down the hill and you can enjoy tea and popovers, or cocktails if you prefer, on the terrace and lawn of the renowned Asticou Inn.
  • Applewood.01Applewood Cottage is nestled in the hills of Otter Creek, the only town on Mount Desert Island that is completely surrounded by Acadia National Park. Just a short walk from the house and you can gain access to a Park trail leading to Gorham Mountain, Ocean Path, Otter Cliffs, Thunder Hole and Sand Beach. A very easy drive brings you to the Jordan Pond House, Little Hunter's Beach, Day Mountain, Asticou Gardens, Thuya Lodge, Sand Beach, Sieur de Mont, or wherever your heart desires.
  • Chasehouse.03This beautifully landscaped home, with fresh and cheerful interiors, will provide your family a relaxing reprieve after a busy day in the park. Only minutes from downtown Bar Harbor, and even closer to the Park Loop Road, Blackwoods Campground, and many trailheads. You'll enjoy the quiet neighborhood setting of Otter Creek.
  • JRCottage.01Clean and comfortable, JR Cottage is perfect for up to six people who wish to be within walking distance to the center of Bar Harbor. All of Mt. Desert's treasures are just around the corner from this home including the Shore Path, Restaurants and Shops, and entrances to Acadia National Park. Note: This house is for sale.
  • SoundoftheSea.01Sound of the Sea is currently under construction and will be ready for rental reservations as of June 2017. The photos are borrowed from its sister property, Rising Sun Cottage, to demonstrate the anticipated bedroom style and paint colors coming shortly. The house is set only 75 feet from the high tide mark and at low tide enjoy the glorious exposed granite ledges with Frenchman Bay lapping up over them. This is a perfect place to observe the spectacular thunderous waves during and after rain storms or enjoy a little bird watching as eagles frequently soar overhead. Sound of the Sea is conveniently located just a ten minute walk along the very private and beautiful Sols Cliff Road to reach nearby Acadia trails toward Sand Beach and Compass Harbor.
  • SeaGypsy.02Sea Gypsy has great karma, and is truly a feel-good cottage that you will love! Superbly sited on Western Bay in Trenton, Maine, this terrific shorefront getaway offers close-up views of Mount Desert Island from nearly every room. Relax with two master bedroom suites, a fireplace, and deep soaking tub. Stay connected with high-speed Internet and high-definition TVs. It's the best of both worlds! Conveniently located near the head of the island, all of Acadia's treasures are just a short drive away, if you can pry yourself away. Whatever the season, this upscale 3-bedroom, 3-bath home makes an ideal vacation getaway!
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