Southwest Harbor, Maine, affectionately known as the "Quietside", is a quaint, fishing village located on Mount Desert Island, Maine, at the southwest entrance of Somes Sound.
Southwest Harbor offers a number of delectable restaurants, unique shops, and fine museums and galleries. World renowned boat builders Hinckley, Morris Yachts & Wilber Yachts also call Southwest Harbor home.
Clark Point Inn and Southwest Harbor are located just a scenic, 15 minute drive from Bar Harbor, Maine and moments from some of the more notable Acadia National Park landmarks such as Echo Lake, Bass Harbor Lighthouse and Seawall. Hiking trails aplenty on the Quietside!
Mount Desert Island (pronounced dessert) is the largest island off coastal Maine and is most famous for being the home of Acadia National Park. At an area of 108 square miles, Mount Desert island is the third largest island along the eastern seaboard.
While the resident population of Mount Desert Island, Maine is approximately 10,000 people, it is estimated that more than two and a half million people pay a visit to the island each year!
Mount Desert Island was discovered by Samuel de Champlain, a frenchman who led the expedition that that arrived on the island in 1604.He named the island "Isles de Monts Desert". Frenchman Bay is named is honor of champlain.
Over the last 2 million years, many glaciations have occurred and glaciers have eroded Mt. Desert Island. Deep, glacier formed ravines contained small lakes and streams that we know, today, as Jordan Pond, Echo Lake and Somes Sound.
The most recent glaciers were melting back across the Maine coast about 14,000 years ago. The southeastern edge of the glaciers stood across Somes Sound, for a period of time, creating mounds of sand, gravel and mud. These mounds are called moraines. Today, Jordan Pond House, in Acadia National Park, is built on one of the moraines.
When you are on vacation, what is one of the things you look forward to the most? That's right ...Eating! It just so happens that Southwest Harbor and the surrounding villages offer some unique, locally owned and operated dining opportunities. Most of the restaurants listed below are located in the village of Southwest Harbor and are walking distance from Clark Point Inn. Area restaurants enjoy a relaxed, casual casual dress code and reservations are recommended.
'WD' - location is within walking distance of our bed & breakfast
Red Sky - Creative, Upscale dining, casual dress. A fabulous culinary experience. . Open year round -WD
Sips - A delicious wine bar style cafe - Often featuring local, live musical entertainment. Open year round - WD
Eat a Pita/ Cafe2 - A local favorite -Outdoor, flower-filled dining and bar area. Delicious overstuffed Pita Sandwiches for lunch, casual fine dining in the evening - WD
Top of the Hill - Casual family style restaurant, located less than 2 miles from us. Outdoor dining - Pasta, Steaks, Seafood, Soups, Salads and Lobster
XYZ - Locally sourced food creating recipes from the Mexican interior. A unique & delicious dining experience -
Beal's Lobster Pier - A traditional Maine lobster pound just a short walk down the street form us
Just a leisurely drive down the road...
Seafood Ketch - Relaxed dining on the huge outdoor deck overlooking the harbor - Located in Bass Harbor, a short 4 mile drive. Lift your feet at high tide!
Town Hill Bistro - Locally sourced, imaginative menu items - Intimate, casual atmosphere.
Thurston's Lobster Pound - A traditional Maine lobster pound located in Bernard - less than 4 miles from us