SW Harbor IS nicely off the beaten path
We were there just after Memorial Day this year. All of Mt. Desert (pronounced De-ZERT) Island is less busy and crowded that early in the season, but it was still more peaceful than Bar Harbor, which was pretty active even then. The locals say it never gets too crowded or busy there, but there were enough people around that it did not feel deserted (excuse the pun). It is centrally located to island sites and activities and, from late June to early October, the Island Explorer free shuttle buses come through, so you do not even have to drive. There are quite a few nice-looking B&Bs and rental properties there and everyone was very nice.
I love hitting mom-n-pop type bookstores...
'Off the wall' bookstores are the best and just up the street from Southwest Harbor is a really good one. It's also my favorite name for a bookstore that I have come across yet, the 'Port in a Storm' bookstore is actually located in Somesville and has a great nautical selection as well as a 'local' section featuring some of the writers and writings of Maine and Mount Desert Island.
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