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Retirement Living in Acadia's Quietside - Maine

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Area Description

Mount Desert Island is roughly circular with a fjord, Somes Sound, through its center that nearly cuts it in two. Acadia National Park covers just over half of MDI, about a third of the park is west of the Sound. Tremont and Southwest Harbor are the principal towns on the west side of MDI. First settled by fishermen, the towns retain their maritime heritage boasting healthy fishing fleets and myriad boat yards. Although less traveled than the east side, the Quietside of Acadia offers plenty of services for visitors and those who choose a quieter lifestyle.

Includes Cities/Towns: Bass Harbor, Bernard, Seal Cove, Southwest Harbor.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   There is so much to see and do on Mount Desert Island year-round that it is hard to find the words for it all. You might visit the Quietside's Chamber of Commerce web-site for more info: www.acadiachamber.com, or go to the Acadia National Park website at: http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm.

Cultural Activities

Many activities are also available year round. From the Seal Cove Auto Museum to the lectures and concerts at the Claremont Hotel each summer, you can easily find something to satisfy your artistic nature.

Public transportation

During the summer, Island Explorer offers free shuttle service all over the island, as well as to the airport and Ellsworth on the mainland. The Bar Harbor-Hancock County airport is just a few miles from our Southwest MDI towns. There are several taxi companies that service the island as well. Rental cars are available at the airport.

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Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  14.0  22.5  31.0  4.9 "  17.7 "
 Feb  17.0  26.0  35.0  4.5 "  16.5 "
 Mar  25.0  33.5  42.0  5.4 "  13.5 "
 Apr  35.0  44.0  53.0  4.8 "  3.4 "
 May  45.0  55.0  65.0  4.6 "  0.0 "
 Jun  54.0  64.0  74.0  4.1 "  0.0 "
 Jul  59.0  69.0  79.0  3.5 "  0.0 "
 Aug  59.0  68.5  78.0  3.3 "  0.0 "
 Sep  52.0  61.5  71.0  4.5 "  0.0 "
 Oct  42.0  50.5  59.0  5.3 "  0.1 "
 Nov  33.0  40.5  48.0  6.5 "  2.4 "
 Dec  21.0  29.0  37.0  5.5 "  14.3 "

We definitely have 4 seasons here on MDI! Some winters are very snowy while others are mostly cold. Spring tends to be rainy. Summers can get hot but temperatures seldom get above 90 degrees. Fall is gorgeous here, with the yellows and reds in the turning leaves. We do get an occasional bad storm, but we have a lower risk of earthquakes and tornadoes than most places.

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Cost of Living for Acadia's Quietside, ME

Acadia's Quietside, Maine cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Assistance in Acadia's Quietside, ME

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