Mount Desert Island, the third largest island in the continental United States, lies just off the coast of downeast Maine. It is accessible by a bridge and granite causeway via Route 3 from Ellsworth and coastal Route 1. MDI, marked by a rugged, glacially carved coastline extending into the Atlantic Ocean, is especially stunning in its beauty, boasting the most scenic seaside roads in eastern U.S.
The island has 17 mountains offering spectacular views of the many mirror-like deep blue lakes, out-islands and Somes Sound, a seven-mile long fjord. Almost one-half of MDI is encompassed by Acadia National Park, the fifth most visited park in the United States. The park offers over 100 miles of hiking trails and a network of carriage roads created by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in the early 20th century.
MDI‘s villages range from Bar Harbor, the island’s largest and most commercial town, to the quaint and quiet fishing villages of Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor and Somesville, all located on the western side of the island. This side of the island is truly quieter but no less scenic. Echo Lake is the premier “swimming hole” and is surrounded by Beech Mountain, Flying Mountain and Acadia Mountain. Long Pond, Seal Cove Pond, Seawall picnic area and Bass Harbor Lighthouse are other popular attractions.
From sunrise on Cadillac Mountain to sunset at Pretty Marsh, the island of Mount Desert captures an authentic lifestyle rarely experienced today. And the Causeway Club, true to its 97 year old heritage, embodies this lifestyle. Whether sitting poolside in an Adirondack chair, putting out on the ninth green or contemplating life from the deck of a classic 100 year-old barn, this land of rare beauty and dynamic diversity will spoil and, possibly, capture you.