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Northeast Harbor Maine

Northeast Harbor is a village within the Town of Mount Desert. Those who live here and visitors to this community discover it is one of balance and of moderation.

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  • The safest harbor on the coast.
  • Gateway to the outer islands of Big Cranberry, Little Cranberry, and Suttons.
  • Known as a residence to many notable artists and writers.
  • A place to get away from it all. 


Northeast Harbor was once a center for boat building, timber export, and colonized industry. Northeast Harbor became more settled over time, and those from the first original settlement relocated as generations passed into the village with its convenient harbor and commerce center.

Northeast Harbor is famous for being the safest harbor along the Coast. Its harbor runs in a northeasterly direction providing protection from the fiercest of storms. Whether you’re in the midst of a storm or not, one could not ask for a better place to hold up. Many vessels, from working lobster boats to those of summer residents, call Northeast Harbor home.

This inviting village has been home to those looking to get away from it all. Throughout the years many notable writers and artists have made Northeast Harbor their year-round home.

The beauty of Northeast Harbor is notable no matter of season. Framed in snow, evergreens, or colorful fall foliage it is one of the most picturesque villages on the island. It is no doubt that the exclusiveness of Northeast Harbor is naturally ordained.


Northeast Harbor is the gateway to the outer islands of Big Cranberry, Little Cranberry, and Suttons with its ferry, and barge services. Located harbor side is the Chamber of Commerce building, boat refueling, and boat yard facilities. The Harbor Master for the Town of Mount Desert is also located here.

You'll also find accommodations like hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals. Northeast Harbor caters to every need and varying tastes.

Upon Main Street is the United States Post Office, on the corner is a bank, and further up the hill on the Joy Road is the Northeast Harbor Public Library.


In this peaceful village is fine dining, yachting, and fashionable shopping. Everything is close at hand, as well as access to the islands of the coast, including Bear Island lighthouse.

A bicycle ride along Somes Sound invigorates all the senses with the forested pink granite ledges on one side and Somes Sound on the other.

The trails of Acadia National Park are easily accessible from here. For those who enjoy garden strolls Northeast Harbor is one of the largest gardening enthusiast enclaves, with Asticou Gardens, and Thuya Lodge and Gardens close by.

From the harbor one can launch a boat or kayak and go exploring.

Local Events
Located also within Northeast Harbor is the Neighborhood House which puts on various events throughout the seasons. Within this community are several sports clubs and organizations that may offer community access and events at certain times.

Getting Here

If traveling from the south, follow I-95 to Bangor. Follow I-395 to 1A until Ellsworth, where state routes 1 and 3 will eventually lead to Bar Harbor.

Visitors who are taking scenic Coastal Maine's Route 1 will travel through many communities offering small novelty shops, factory outlets, and dining. Eventually arriving on Main Street in Ellsworth, which is lined with many more shops, and restaurants offering visitors the chance to find special gifts, and souvenirs. From there visitors can take High Street, which ME-3 and US- 1A merge together, leading to the head of Mount Desert Island. At the head of the island bear right following ME-102, ME-198 to the stop light in Somesville, Maine. At this point turn left onto ME-3, ME-198 heading straight into Northeast Harbor, Maine.