MDI is roughly circular with a fjord, Somes Sound, through its center that nearly cuts it in two. Acadia NP covers just over half of MDI. Two thirds of the NP are on the east (Bar Harbor) side and about a third of the park is west (Quietside) of the Sound. Most tourists head to Bar Harbor on the northeast coast, which is home to several large hotels and close to most of the major tourist spots in Acadia NP.
In Somesville, we made a right onto Rt 198 and drove toward Northeast Harbor. We are no longer on the Quietside and the traffic picks up noticeably. Along the way, we turned right onto Sergeants Drive which runs along Somes Sound. It is a lovely road with nice pull-offs where you can get great views of Somes Sound. This road took us in the back way to Northeast Harbor. We got there just in time to visit the Thursday farmer market!!
Northeast Harbor is lovely and provides ferry services to many islands. We did get to see a beautiful sailboat name “Far Out.” We met the young man who overseas the care of this beautiful boat for its owner at the lobster boil we attended a few evenings ago. He was the one who managed to get all the lobsters for our wonderful dinner!! We found a bench along the harbor and enjoy watching the activity on the water as we enjoyed our picnic lunch.
From Northeast Harbor, we headed back to the campground on Rt. 198. We enjoyed our short tour of the Quietside and will definitely check it out in more detail on our next visit to Mt. Dessert Island!!