Over the years, Northeast Harbor, Maine, has become famous as much for its summertime residents as it has for its beautiful and protected harbor full of exclusive yachts and sailing vessels. You may be surprised to hear that its actually not an official township but rather part of the town of Mount Desert which covers 25,699 acres and has an approximate population of 2,109 (per the year 2000 census). Northeast Harbor is located on the southern end of Mount Desert Island at the entrance to Somes Sound - the only fjord on the east coast of the United States. Acadia National Park is close by for easy access.
This part of Mount Desert Island is often referred to as the “quiet side” for its slower and more relaxed pace when compared to the better known Bar Harbor. Northeast Harbor has a feeling of understated “class” in a Maine coastal way. There are several small and attractive boutiques, some great galleries, and great places to eat including a very good bakery right on the Main Street. Park the car and walk around around visiting the various businesses donwtown.
Of particular note, and places that you should consider visiting, are the Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Gardens. Prime time for visiting the Asticou Azalea Garden is mid-May through mid-June when the spring bloom is spectacular but most anytime will do. This is a lovely oasis perfect for sitting in quiet reflection or for sharing with a loved one. The enchanted Thuya Garden features sculpted shrubbery and perennial borders. Both Gardens have touches of an Oriental ambiance.
There are basically two ways to get to Thuya Garden. One, for the more agile, is via a path that leads up the front of the granite cliffs (Asticou Terraces) that provides panoramic views of Northeast Harbor. Parking is provided across the street. The other is by driving up. If you can make the walk, I suggest the path as it is exceptionally well done. Once there, you will be surprised at how many beautiful flowering plants are in bloom during its season. As with the Asticou Azalea Garden, there are wonderful spots for sitting. Both the Asticou Azalea Garden and the Thuya Garden are great examples of the magic of Acadia on Mount Desert Island.
For Northeast Harbor, Maine, and surrounding area lodging, dining, activity, and Acadia National Park information, please refer to the links at the top of this page. Be sure to also click the photos above to see larger versions and Asticou and Thuya Gardens to see others. Also, view Upper Hadlock Pond Panoramic.
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Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce: (207) 276-5040
Fire Department: (207) 276-5111
Northeast Harbor Library: (207) 276-3333
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