We jsut returned from a week in Southwest Harbor and I wanted to share some thoughts with my fellow tripadvisor buddies. We loved SWH and Acadia. Bar Harbor is a liltle touristy for our taste, even in the off season, but fun to go to on a rainy day. We rented a cottage called "calm waters" in Southwest Harbor. You can walk to town, the causeway, town pier and with a little more effort, Acadia. A few moderate hikes we enjoyed were Fying Mt. (walk from cottage) Gorham Mt, Ship Harbor and another walk near there that I can't remember the name, sorry. Drove to the top of Cadilac MT, walked the carriage path near Jordan Pond(stopped in for popovers) and the shoreline path in Bar Harbor. We made many stops and short jaunts while exploring Mt. Desert Island. The loop in the park is a must as well. Don't miss the Thunderhole. Really fun to see whe it is thundering.
We were able to walk to town from our cottage and enjoyed walking to dinner or for ice cream. THE best peanut butter soft serve I have ever had!
Restaurants we tried (and liked):
Sips , casual with neat atmosphere
Gilley's, 3 lb lobster!
Beals, fried clams
Mainley Delight (Bass Harbor) lobster, BYOB
Cafe2, funky place with nffice outside dining
You will love SWH and Acadia...no black flies, restful views, nice people, great hiking/walking...what more could you want for a great vacation!
If you bike, bring them! We did not because we had our dog with us, who was welcome most everywhere.
Feel free to email me any questions you may have and enjoy our trip!