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Best things to do in Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Thuya Garden is a gorgeous flowering garden located on a granite hillside overlooking Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine. It was originally designed and built in 1956 - 1961 by Charles K. Savage, a long-time resident of Northeast Harbor, along with financial support from John D. Rockefeller. The garden exhibits an English style influence with special input from Beatrix Farrand so that it will incorporate the unique character of the Maine coast. A variety of annuals and perennials line the two long sides of the garden. An open observation pavilion sits at the top of a slight incline on the north end overlooking the main garden that cascades down to a shallow reflecting pool below. Thuya Lodge was constructed from 1912 - 1916 by summer resident Joseph H. Curtis, its owner and Boston based landscape architect. The garden was constructed in an orchard also owned by Curtis. A memorial in his honor is located part way up the Asticou Terrace Trail. Thuya got its name from the abundance of white cedar (Thuya Occidentalis) located in the area.”
7 locals recommend
Store
“Up market boutique, beautiful home items, baby gifts, kids toys, kitchen items, cards, decorations. A lovely selection”
4 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“They have wonderful pastries in the morning. Their take-out pizza is also great. Family friendly restaurant.”
5 locals recommend
Cafe
“Owners Eliza and Billy make breakfast and lunch fun! The menu changes often - and there’s always something that’ll put a smile in your belly. On Thursday nights in the summer they have a fried chicken and oyster dinner, with tons of great wines and beers - it’s such a good time!”
7 locals recommend
Food & Drink Shop
“Main St. in Northeast Harbor is great fun, with art and jewelry stores. This market has good wines and groceries, although not cheap.”
4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Boat cruises leaving Northeast Harbor, ME...for points of interest in and around the islands of Mt. Desert.”
1 local recommends
American Restaurant
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“Generous servings, prompt service, locally owned. Avoid the crowds of Bar Harbor and have enjoy a mean by the Northeast Harbor Marina. ”
3 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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1 local recommends
Jewelry Store
“Locally made jewelry, including sea glass jewelry. A 20 minute drive from Bar Harbor”
1 local recommends
Home Goods Store
“A lovely store curated by an artist with fun cards, kitchen items and other worthwhile gifts!”
2 locals recommend
Art Gallery
1 local recommends
Neighborhood
“Northeast Harbor is the ritzy neighborhood on Mt. Desert Island, and it is connected to Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor by a pretty coastal road....Start in Bar Harbor and finish at Jordan Pond tea ho”
2 locals recommend
Hotel
“Good family style restaurant. Carrot cake and blue berry doughnuts to go are awesome.”
1 local recommends
Art Gallery
1 local recommends
Travel Agency
“Take a boat ride on a traditional Friendship Sloop or lobster boat and see our area from the water. ”
1 local recommends