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Enjoy the "quietside" of Maine

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Enjoy the Quiet-side
Southwest Harbor is known for being the more quaint and mellow side of Maine, while also being a short distance from the more lively and active areas of New England. Southwest Harbor has a wonderful variety of museums, activities, restaurants and much more. Located in the area is Dysart's Great Harbor Marina. Go ahead, visit Southwest Harbor and enjoy the "quietside" of Maine.

What to do:

Southwest Harbor is known for having some of the best yacht builders in the nation. 
The Hinckley Company
The Hinckley Company is an outstanding place to stop in.  This company began in 1928 and is known around the world for it's incredible shipbuilding craftmenship. (130 Shore Road, 207.244.5572, www.hinckleyyachts.com)

Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving
Visit the Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving for a unique experience.  This museum is filled with a variety of different types of bird carvings done by Wendell Gilley and teaches the art of bird carving at exhibitions.  It's focus is to teach the community and visitors about the art of nature and the ability of making nature art.  (4 Herrick Road, 207.244.7555, www.wendellgilleymuseum.org)

Vagabond Deep Sea Fishing
Take a trip out on the water and give deep sea fishing a try.  Learn all of the basics of fishing while also having the privilege of being able to observe the seals as they rest on the rocks around you.  The crew is known for it's incredible assitance and patience and ability of making a learning experience a fun one! (182 Clark Point Road, 207.244.5385)

Downeast Friendship Sloop Charters
Hop aboard and sail the seas with Captain Karl, who will be sure to make your boat trip memorable.  Captain Karl has a bundle of knowledge from sailing and boating to wildlife and lobster fishing.  He'll make a day on the water one that you will never forget!  (11 Apple Lane, 207.266.5210, www.downeastfriendshipsloop.com)

Maine State Sea Kayak Guide Services
Take a tour on the water around Mt. Desert Island with the Maine State Sea Kayak Guide. The tour guides are extremely knowledgable of the area and are bound to make kayaking enjoyable!  Tours last up to four hours.  (254 Main Street, 207.244.9500)

Where to dine:

Fiddlers' Green
Just blocks from downtown Southwest Harbor, Fiddlers' Green is a town favorite.  Known for it's imaginative American cuisine that has an eclectic spin, this restaurant is sure to satisfy. Has a wonderful selection of beer and wine and reasonably priced. (411 Main Street, 207.244.9416, www.fiddlersgreenrestaurant.com)

Red Sky
If you are looking for a more upscale dining experience, Red Sky is just the place to go.  This restaurant is known for it's excellent, attentive service, outstanding menu and for it's innovative style that separates it from other restaurants in Southwest Harbor.  Please be sure to make a reservation!  (14 Clark Point Road, 207.244.0476, www.redskyrestaurant.com)

Beal's Lobster Pier
Pick your lobster, watch and wait for it to cook, and there you go!  Sit outside and enjoy your lobster along with a side, such as the corn on the cob.  A fresh, delicious New England style meal for a great price. Try the fish n' chips and you will leave pleasantly pleased! (182 Clark Point Road, 207.244.3202, www.bealslobster.com)

Quietside Ice Cream Shop

The Quietside Ice Cream Shop has wonderful, welcoming service along with delicious food.  They have not only desserts but serve lunch and dinner as well.  They are best known for their emormous and delicious blueberry pie.  A great place to take the family! (360 Main Street, 207.244.9444)

The Claremont

Stop in at the Claremont Hotel and try their restaurant.  It is perfect if you would like to have a gorgeous view of the harbor.  Try to snag a table close to the window and you will not be disappointed.  The menu is American cuisine and filled with New England seafood specialities.  Interested in a cocktail?  Try the Mainetini! (Claremont Road, 207.244.5036, www.theclaremonthotel.com)

Head of The Harbor Restaurant
This is a great place to take the family.  There is a large lobster tank that the kids can explore.  This restaurant has plenty of different food options so both adults and children are sure to find something they fancy!  (433 Main Street, 207.244.3508)

Sawyer's Specialities
If interested in having a picnic by the water, stop in at Sawyer's Specialities first.  This small, eclectic market has an asorted collection of different cheese, wines, freshly cut meats, breads and other gormouet treats.  (344 Main Street, 207.244.3315, www.sawyersmarket.com)

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