Southwest Harbor, Maine

"How life should be."

Maine: "How life should be."

Welcome to Southwest Harbor, home to Acadia National Park, Mt Desert Island and the wonders of the beautiful coastal Maine. Rated among the top National Parks and an important “don’t miss” experience, the time you spend exploring Acadia, less than five minutes from Pier One Vacation Rentals, will be one of your best lifetime memories, we’re sure. We have selected some of our favorite activities to help make the most of your stay.



Sailing in Acadia


Experience Acadia’s maritime history aboard the lobster boat of the 1800’s. Private Charters-Sunset Sails-Lobster Bake Cruises Day Sails. Discover lighthouses, eagles, seals, porpoise, and the islands of Acadia.

Downeast Friendship Sloop Charters

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Cycling on the Carriage Paths at Acadia National Park


The carriage paths in Acadia National Park provide over 40 miles of auto free cycling. Originally built for horse drawn carriages, these paths have gentle grades with wide, crushed stone lanes, and are the ideal way to view the park. The ambitious cyclist will find challenge and reward by taking an early morning ride on the 20-mile Park Loop road. The spectacular scenery is not to be missed. Stop by Southwest Cycle for personalized Service. The Harbour Cottage Inn is happy to provide our guests with casual "beach cruiser" style bicycles at no additional charge for short rides around town.

Southwest Cycles

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Kayak Acadia National Park

Canoeing and Kayaking

Any day on the water is a great time! While you're staying in Southwest Harbor Maine, you'll definitely want to enjoy the protected waters of Long Pond, Echo Lake, Seal Cove Pond, or Bass Harbor Marsh. Or, if you're feeling more adventurous, try the open waters of Southwest Harbor, Somes Sound, and beyond. A wide array of rental boats are available at nearby shops and guide services are offered.

Maine State Sea Kayak

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Birds on the Carriage Paths at Acadia National Park

Nature and Birding Tours

Welcome to Down East Nature Tours, the leader in birding adventures in and around Acadia. Michael J. Good, MS has been offering personalized bird watching and nature tours since 1993, for individuals, couples, families and small groups. Michael helps you discover the flora and fauna of Mt. Desert Island and Down East and northern Maine with a special emphasis on native and migratory birds such as Bald Eagles, Osprey, Peregrine Falcons, Shorebirds, Warblers, Flycatchers and more. Tours can be custom tailored to suit individual interests.

Downeast Nature Tours

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Massage at Carriage Paths at Acadia National Park

Pamper Yourself, Southwest Harbor Massage

The energy that radiates from Bella Skin and Body Boutique is embracing, nourishing, and cherishing. Simply entering will lift your spirits. Aromatherapy, serene music, the purest natural products, colors and textures promote an atmosphere that soothes and calms. The spa offers total wellness and beauty care; from hair styling and coloring, to facials, body treatments, massage, alternative health and healing, and Ayurvedic sessions to improve your lifestyle and continued well-being. Each treatment begins by assessing your needs, and designing the session to best meet them. Find your way to being well, at Bella.

Bella, Skin and Body Boutique

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Golfing at Carriage Paths at Acadia National Park

Golf and Tennis

Attention golfers! Some of New England's most picturesque courses are just minutes away from the Inn. Test your golfing skills at Kebo one of the oldest golf grounds in America… here since 1892. Many tennis courts are available all season.

Causeway Club

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Other Exceptional Activites



Fabulous Food


Lobster with Lemon and Drawn Butter

Southwest Harbor Restaurants

From the finest fresh seafood to creative international food, all can be found within a mile of The Harbour Cottage. Many are within walking distance. Allow us to recommend our favorites. We will be more than happy to assist you in making reservations.

  • Seafood Ketch: Specializes in a rewarding mix of continental and traditional Downeast cooking.  207-244-7463   Visit Website
  • Sips: A contemporary casual wine and coffee bar serving creative Tapas (small plates) and other fresh dishes.  207-244-4550   Visit Website
  • Red Sky: Hand-cut meats, fresh local seafood, varying vegetarian choices, and a sinful selection of house-made desserts  207-244-0476   Visit Website
  • XYZ: Authentic Mexican food from several regions of Mexico beautifully presented in a casual atmosphere.  207-244-5221   Visit Website
  • Cafe Dry Dock: Menu includes Lobster, Chicken Boursin, Scallops Mornay, Walkers Wellington, Great salads, home made soups and chowders, burgers & numerous entrees made with fresh native fish and seafood.  207-244-5842   Visit Website
  • Eat A Pita: Serves breakfast lunch and dinner features an interesting array of gourmet healthy, homemade dining pleasures for practically every taste. Enjoy fine dining in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Whether dining inside or outside, you will enjoy the charm and warmth of English antiques.  207-244-4344   Visit Website