Thursday, April 15, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber member Heart and Harbor

Please join us in welcoming our new Chamber member, Hearth and Harbor!

Owner Kat Dougan and her team have opened an exciting wood-fire restaurant in downtown Southwest Harbor, and this is one you won't want to miss. Check out their menu at and be sure to stop in and give them a try! They'll soon be opening an outdoor seating area and are they are looking forward to a good season.

Locals who have dined at Hearth and Harbor say, "Great food and great staff!" 

Welcome to new Chamber member, The Davis Agency

 Please join us in welcoming The Davis Agency as our newest Chamber member!

Danielle Davis says, "We have a fine selection of residential and commercial properties available for purchase and over 400 choice Vacation Rental  properties, from country or village settings to exquisite oceanfront and lake front to remote pristine islands. Browse through some of our select listings, either to purchase or rent, by just clicking on the choices offered. If what you are looking for is not there, just fill out the Buyer or Vacation Rental Inquiry Form, e-mail, call ( 207  244  3891) or FAX (207  244  9454) us with your specific requirements. We'll do our best to find it for you!  You can be absolutely confident, no matter what your requirements are, our friendly and professional staff will make your visit or move an enjoyable one."

Next time you are downtown, be sure to stop by and say hello!

Monday, April 5, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Acadia Vendors Market!

 Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber Member, Acadia Vendors Market!

Holly says, "Acadia Vendors Market, Mount Desert Island's only collective goods market, is located at 55 Main Street in Southwest Harbor, Maine. The Acadia Vendors Market team strives to provide an authentic local goods market offering everything from live lobster and fresh seafood of all kinds, to take-out, kayak rentals, antiques, collectibles, artist goods & so much more!

"Acadia Vendors Market opens in mid-May, 2021 - mid-October, 2021. This is our Grand Opening season and we're proud to offer Mount Desert Island a collection of a wide variety of local vendors! The only way to know what we're about is to come on over and check us out!"

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Acadia Mindfulness Adventures!

Please join us in welcoming new Chamber Member, Acadia Mindfulness Adventures!

Jen Harry says, "I am passionate about providing busy people with tools & practices to transform stress, enhance well-being, and promote flourishing in mind, body, & spirit. This has led me on a continuous quest over the past 20 years to collect what I like to call "Tools for Well-Being"."

Along with earning her B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and working in the mental health field for over 15 years, she has also received certification in the Methods of Japanese Psychology in 2009 and trained at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington D.C. to facilitate Mind-Body Skills Groups in 2011. Jen received certification in both Applied Positive Psychology & as a Resiliency Trainer in 2017.

Jen offers individual sessions, groups, and workshops to the local community, businesses, & non-profits that bring together relaxation techniques, mindfulness practices, and the latest research from the field of wellness to help people slow down & de-stress so they can live more fully, consciously, & intentionally in today's busy world.

Jen's most recent offering, Acadia Mindfulness Adventures, weaves together her love of nature and her passion for practicing mindfulness in real life. These outdoor adventures are a great opportunity to cultivate mindfulness whether you are just learning or want to deepen your practice through guided excursions on beautiful Mount Desert Island.

Acadia National Park Announces Openings for 2021


Vehicle Reservations Required for Cadillac Summit Road May 26-Oct 19 


The National Park Service (NPS) will be opening roads and other visitor facilities at Acadia National Park for the 2021 season beginning with the Park Loop Road. The 27-mile scenic drive, including the Cadillac Summit Road, is expected to open to motor vehicles on April 15, depending on weather conditions. To provide a safer and more enjoyable experience, vehicle reservations will be required for the Cadillac Summit Road between sunrise and sunset from May 26 to October 19.  Vehicle reservations will be available for purchase online at starting April 1 at 10:00 am ET.   


In addition to needing a vehicle reservation for the Cadillac Summit Road, visitors must have a weekly, annual, or lifetime park entrance pass for all locations in Acadia National Park from May 1 to October 31All vehicles must clearly display a park entrance pass through the windshield. Park entrance passes are available for purchase in person at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, park campgrounds, and other outlets, but visitors are encouraged to purchase weekly and annual park entrance passes online at 


To prevent the spread of COVID-19, visitors are required to wear face masks in all federal buildings, including visitor centers, restrooms, gift shops, and concession facilities. Visitors over two years old are required to wear face masks outdoors when physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot be maintained, including sidewalkshiking trails, carriage roads, overlooks, campground amphitheaters, and Island Explorer bus stops. 


“The most important thing for us is to make sure that our employees and our visitors are safe.” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “Acadia and other outdoor recreation experiences are an important way for people to get outside and re-connect with nature throughout this pandemic.”  


The Hulls Cove Visitor Center opens May 7, offering park entrance pass sales and information. The adjoining Park Store will offer park-related sales items, including books and maps. The Thompson Island Information Center opens May 15. The Sieur de Monts Nature Center opens for weekends May 15-28, and daily hours starting May 29. The Islesford Museum on Little Cranberry Island, accessible by passenger ferry, opens June 27. 


Park campgrounds will open, but the number of campsites available will be reduced due to COVID-19. Blackwoods Campground opens May 7, and Seawall and Schoodic Woods campgrounds open May 26. All campsites must be reserved online at Campsites will be not be available for reservation in person. 


Park concessioners will be operating under COVID-19 prevention guidelines. The Jordan Pond House Restaurant opens May 19, Jordan Pond House Gift Shop opens April 26, and Cadillac Mountain Eco-Store and Thunder Hole Gift Shop open May 3. Wildwood Stables will open May 21 for equestrian camping and boarding and will open the next day for group carriage rides. 


The Island Explorer bus system will begin service on the Schoodic Peninsula on May 26 and will provide limited service with fewer routes on Mount Desert Island on June 23. To operate under COVID-19 prevention guidelines, bus rider capacity will be reduced to allow social distancing, and face masks will be required at bus stops and on board buses at all times. 


For more information and important updates on current conditions, please visit the Acadia National Park website at 


To view this news release online, visit AcadiaNews. 

YWCA MDI Launches Small-Dollar Donor Campaign for April


Have you ever decided not to give because you think your small gift wouldn’t make a difference? Think again. Donations of every size count and you don’t have to give a lot to make a difference in your community. The size of the donation does not matter, the heart of the donor is what counts. 

In April, the YWCA Mount Desert Island will be launching a Small-Dollar Donor campaign. During the month of April, donations given to the General Fund will be matched up to $1,500 by the Witham Family Hotels Charitable Fund. The YWCA MDI has set a goal of $1,500 so that our campaign with matching gifts could raise $3,000 for the organization. 

The campaign will kick-off on April 1st asking for gifts of $5 in support of the YWCA MDI. Gifts can be made through the YWCA MDI’s website at and selecting “SmallDollar Donor Campaign” or mailed to 36 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor ME 04609. Gifts can also be made as recurring donations through the YWCA’s website. When giving your gift online, select “Make My Donation Monthly.” 

About YWCA Mount Desert Island: The YWCA Mount Desert Island was founded in 1904 and is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The YWCA of Mount Desert Island, in honoring our history, welcomes women of all ages to participate in programs that provide affordable accommodations, provide safe places for all girls and women in crisis, encourage growth and development, promote self-confidence and pride, provide educational opportunities for and about women, and assist women to attain economic and political influence and leadership in our community. In addition, the YWCA of Mount Desert Island is deeply involved in social justice, partnering with several other organizations to provide training opportunities and programming designed to raise awareness and educate community members about the need for racial equity. To learn more, visit 

About the Witham Family Hotels Charitable Fund: The Witham Family Hotels Charitable Fund mission is to support the community in ways that are consistent with our goals, and in ways that also ensure our employees and the broader community of Hancock County is cared for. The Witham Family Hotels believe that we’ll have the greatest impact with our support by focusing our funding in five areas that are close to our hearts as hospitality professionals: Housing and Shelter, Food and Nourishment, Community-Based Health Education, and Culture Grass Roots Fundraising. To learn more about the fund, visit

Monday, March 29, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member Swan's Island Charters!

 Please join us in welcoming Swan's Island Charters to the Chamber!

Captain Jason Joyce says, "As a registered Maine Guide and an 8th generation Island fisherman with over 30 years of commercial fishing experience, I enjoy sharing my knowledge of Island fishing history and sustainable fishing practices during our signature “Lobster Charter” aboard the seaworthy 38’ commercial lobster boat ANDANAMRA.

"The fast and secure 25’ former Coast Guard SAFE-boat DEFENDER enables us to expand our range of eco-tours and a unique fast water taxi service with Bass Harbor to Swan’s Island crossing times of 10 minutes or less… weather-permitting.

"Whether it’s a Lobster Charter, Acadia National Park Tour, Lighthouse Tour, Puffin Excursion, or a water taxi….Your enjoyment and satisfaction is our #1 goal.

"If you have an idea for a charter that you don’t see listed, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your custom charter experience…

"Tour with a local. With over 200 years of family Island history, we know our way around. We’ll help you make memories your family or small group will cherish for years to come." 

Be ready to take a ride when they open for the season!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Town of Southwest Harbor


Please join us in welcoming the Town of Southwest Harbor as a Chamber Member!

Whatever you need, from a fishing license on up, you can probably find it at the Town Office in Southwest Harbor. Incorporated in 1905, Southwest Harbor has been a beautiful and friendly place to visit and live. 

Next time you stop in, be sure to say "Hello" to the hard-working staff!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Fiore Olive Oils and Vinegars!


Please join us in welcoming new Chamber Member, Fiore Olive Oils and Vinegars!

Featuring Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Aged Balsamic Vinegars

With its roots firmly planted in tradition, FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars has forged a new image of the modern artisan.

From a true respect for the olive tree to the insistence on quality and authenticity, FIORE's extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) offers transparency and purity for the consumer who respects the harmony of nature and nutrition.

FIORE features in-store tasting rooms offering a wide selection of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from around the world and Aged Balsamic Vinegar from Modena, Italy.

To ensure ultimate freshness, FIORE “chases the crush” ensuring a constant supply of the freshest EVOO available from regions growing, harvesting and crushing olives each season.

FIORE and its importers partner with growers in Northern and Southern Hemispheres to identify the latest harvests. Each harvest is analyzed to ensure the consistency of quality and freshness year after year. Once harvested, these oils are available to FIORE and our customers within weeks.

The overemphasis on “Where” EVOO is produced continues to dominate perceptions at the expense of the more important “When, What and How” the oil is produced. The principle barometers of the IOC standard are Chemistry and Freshness. These two variables can be objectively measured and quantified. Since the highest quality EVOO comes from high quality fruit coupled with high quality production processes, the IOC standard encompasses strict requirements for not only the end product but the entire cycle of growth, harvesting and production.

Freshness is the key to quality. When an EVOO is fresh there are significantly more positive sensory attributes detectable by the palate. As any oil ages it oxidizes and loses positive sensory qualities as well as inheriting defects. New testing methods known as the “Fresh Pack” tests objectively quantify Diacylglycerol Content (DAGS) and Pyropheophytins (PPP) the key indicators of freshness of the oil throughout its lifecycle.

Welcome to new Chamber Member Energy Elements!


Please join us in welcoming new Chamber Member Energy Elements. Owner Sandy says, "Energy Elements facilitates healthy lifestyle experiences that Nurture through Nature. Through the Health, Hospitality and Tourism in Acadia National Park, Certified Association of Forest and Therapy Guide, Sandra Claire will guide you in the Practice of Shinrin Yoku, Mindful Nature Walk or Forest Bathing.
"Sandra Claire of Energy Elements in Winter Harbor and Bar Harbor offers Guided Walks in the practice of Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing. A Certified ANFT Nature and Forest Therapy Guide and Alternative Healing Practitioner in Reiki, Access Consciousness and Energy Psychology.
"As Founder and Executive Director of The Green Gem Holistic Healing Oasis, a Wellness and Alternative Healing Learning Center, she practiced walking/sitting Buddhist Meditation, Master Gardener skills and led tours of the historic Olmsted Landscaped gardens.
"Sandra has been nicknamed “Hummingbird” by hiking companions on the blazed trails of New England. She worked with LLBean and Husson University as a Wellness Coordinator bridging corporate wellness with alternative healing practices.
​"A lifetime of camping, hiking, biking and paddling has enabled Sandra to intimately build a relationship with nature playfully immersed in outdoors activities."

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member First Express!


Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber Member, First Express!

Your business services center in Bar Harbor, but serving the entire island! They offer UPS and FEDEX shipping, printing and copying services, computer access and even large format printer. Plus, they have a large assortments of paper, cards, stationary and all the office supplies you need. 

Be sure to say "Welcome!" next time you stop in!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member The Claremont Hotel!

 Please join us in welcoming The Claremont Hotel to the Chamber!

As you may have heard, the historic Claremont Hotel has new owners, and they have been giving the beautiful property a few updates!
"Exciting changes and luxurious upgrades are happening right now at The Claremont Hotel.
"We are taking great care to retain all the historic charm of this iconic Southwest Harbor property while elevating the guest experience in every way. From the linens and d├ęcor of every guest room to the completely reimagined restaurants and bar areas, The Claremont Hotel will deliver a vacation experience like nothing else in Acadia with one of the most beautiful ocean views in the world.
"We’re adding an outdoor swimming pool, multiple decks and an elegant patio with breathtaking views of Somes Sound and Cadillac Mountain. We’re offering more amenities, more services and more experiences to make your vacation as exhilarating or as relaxing as you wish. This is your opportunity to witness the re-birth of one of the most beautiful hotels in Maine while enjoying all the dining, outdoor recreation and boating opportunities that make Acadia so special.
We are delighted to welcome you back for Memorial Day weekend!"

Monday, January 25, 2021

Chris’s Pond needs your help!


Please send letters of support for the expansion project at Chris’s Pond to the Southwest Harbor Selectmen before February 3rd. This exciting project is in partnership with the Town of Southwest Harbor, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Island Housing Authority. If the project is successful we will secure improved access to the pond, more land to use around the pond for the SWH community and safer parking. Letters can be brief and include personal stories of your visits to the pond or just your support for the project. Please email letters to the Conservation Commission at: or send to: Southwest Harbor Conservation Commission, PO Box 263, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679. The Conservation Commission will be collecting your letters of support and sharing them with the Selectmen prior to a February 9th meeting when they will review the proposal to continue moving the project forward.

Friday, January 15, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Public Service Announcement - 1.13.21


Mount Desert Island Hospital administered its first vaccinations for COVID-19 to frontline healthcare staff in late December. Since then, it has received a limited supply of doses designated for frontline and community healthcare workers and older adults living in congregate care facilities.

Governor Janet Mills announced today, January 13, updates to Maine’s vaccine distribution strategy that prioritizes older residents, those with underlying conditions, emergency service personnel and others critical to Maine’s COVID-19 response. Under the new guidelines, Maine’s limited vaccine supply will be prioritized for those 70 and older, additional emergency service personnel such as police and firefighters; and those critical to Maine’s COVID-19 response. The updated strategy also focuses on adults of all ages with underlying medical conditions that place them at greater risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.

Current recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include two phases. Phase 1 includes three tiers, 1a, 1b and 1c. Phase 2 includes community vaccination. The State of Maine has set vaccination priorities in accordance with this guidance as well as sub-tiering instructions for hospitals and health care facilities.

Current priorities in Maine Phase 1a include healthcare workers, EMS and residents of long-term care facilities. Phase 1b includes people age 70 and older and frontline essential workers. Phase 1c includes people ages 65-70, people of all ages with high-risk medical conditions, and other essential workers. Phase 2 includes all people ages 16 and older who are not in Phase 1, with vaccine starting to become available to the general public. This approach is subject to change as Maine updates vaccination priorities and strategy in accordance with federal guidelines.

MDI Hospital is continually monitoring state and federal vaccine planning guidelines and availability to ensure that our community can be vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible when supply becomes available. Our ability to vaccinate our community is currently contingent on the supply we are allocated each week. Due to the limited supply of vaccine, MDI Hospital does not currently have a guaranteed weekly allocation of doses. MDI Hospital will be notified by the state when supply will be available to begin the updated prioritization strategy and will continue to update our community as new information is received. The Governor has said that additional information on vaccination for people age 70 and older in Maine will be available the week of January 18 and asked older Mainers to wait to contact their health care providers about getting vaccinated.

When supply becomes consistently available, vaccines will be available through our primary care clinics based on state guidance. We thank you for your patience during these dynamic times. If you would like more information, MDI Hospital has set up an email address for vaccine-related questions,

Monday, January 4, 2021

COVID-19 Public Service Announcement

Mount Desert Island Hospital has seen an increase in COVID-19 positivity on MDI and surrounding communities following the holiday season. We strongly encourage everyone to remain vigilant, monitor for symptoms, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distancing and avoid crowded situations with poor ventilation.

Due to the increase in positivity, MDI Hospital will be providing access to our Winter Testing Facility on Sunday, January 3, 2021. The call line 207-801-5520 will open at 8:00 am to schedule testing for anyone who believes they may have come in contact with a COVID-19 positive community member. If we are on the line when you call, please leave a message so we can ensure your call is returned. Testing on Sunday will take place from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm.  The facility is located adjacent to 6 Stanwood Place in Bar Harbor.

In recent weeks, our state has seen the highest increase in cases since the beginning of the pandemic. We have also seen the first shipments of COVID-19 vaccination arrive in our state. As we have been throughout the pandemic, MDI Hospital remains committed to being as transparent as possible throughout this process. Supply of vaccine will be limited at first, and it is more important than ever that we maintain COVID-19 safety precautions.

Over the next several months, vaccines will begin to be available to protect those in Maine at the highest risk. The State of Maine has set vaccination priorities in accordance with the latest federal guidelines. Current recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include two phases. Phase 1 includes three tiers, 1a, 1b and 1c. Phase 1a includes health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Phase 1b includes people age 75 and older and frontline essential workers. Phase 1c includes people ages 65 to 74, people ages 16 to 64 with high-risk medical conditions, and other essential workers. Phase 2 includes all people ages 16 and older who are not in Phase 1, with vaccine starting to become available to the general public.

This approach is subject to change as Maine receives new vaccination guidance. The State has established a new webpage to help everyone stay up to date on the latest vaccine information: As we wait for COVID-19 vaccine supply to increase, please continue to maintain physical distancing, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene and avoid crowded situations with poor ventilation. Thank you for helping to protect the health and well-being of our invaluable community.