Welcome to Otter Creek Acadia


It's hard to get everybody together these days.  Between work, school, activities, and distance, vacations with extended family members or friends are few.  But so precious.

That's why Otter Creek Acadia is so special for families traveling together.  With six bedrooms, there's plenty of space to spread out.  Yet  you stay connected. in one house.

Otter Creek Acadia is the perfect homebase for your Acadia vacation.  It's centrally located, with three easy entrance points to Acadia National Park.  

Even with its serene forest views from the extra-large windows, you're only minutes from the shopping and restaurants of Bar Harbor.

Whether you stay for one or two weeks in the summer, or a long fall weekend, you're sure to fall in love with Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island.




Welcome to our home!


At breakfast, gaze out the large windows which overlook the tall pines, birch and maples, trademarks of the park landscape.  In fact, the home is situated at the bottom of Cadillac Mountain, so you'll feel like you're in the park itself when you're reading, playing games, cooking out on the deck, or just taking a nap.  The home sleeps eleven people and can accommodate various arrangements to suit the needs of your traveling party. 

The Rooms

Main Level - Living Area

The main level offers expansive views of the wooded setting.  The oversized windows light up the open concept living/dining/kitchen area.  The living room has a cathedral ceiling, providing views to the second-floor loft.  Cable TV, phone, and wireless internet are available in the living/dining area.  The fully stocked kitchen has loads of counter space, and a breakfast bar that seats three.  The kitchen looks out over the living/dining area.  A large deck with grill can be accessed from the kitchen.

Lower Level - Living Area

Pine-clad sunroom lets in the sun.  You'll appreciate having a separate living area for different activities.  It's a lounge area for games, puzzles, reading, etc.  Ten-foot windows offer tremendous views of the treed lot, and skylights let in even more light.  Stairs from the living/dining area lead to the sunroom, which can also be reached from the first lower level bedroom.

Main Level - Beds & Bath

The main level also has two bedrooms.  A large bedroom with four windows offers a queen sized bed and cable TV.  A small room with two bunk beds is perfect for kids.  There is also a bathroom with shower, toilet and vanity.

Upper Level - Loft

The single room on the second level overlooks the living/dining area.  The room is curtained for privacy and offers a twin bed.

Lower Level - Beds & Bath

There are three bedrooms.  The largest of the rooms has a queen bed and French doors which open to the 2-story sunroom.  It is connected by a short hallway to a second bedroom with two twin beds, perfect for a family of four.  A privacy curtain separates the the two rooms.  The third bedroom has a queen bed, cable TV, phone and two large windows which overlook the front yard.  This level features a full bathroom with bathtub, sink and toilet.  There is a large hall closet for storing your luggage and personal items.


The home is equipped with wireless internet and phone service.  There are three TVs in the home.  The main level has coat closet.  The laundry room is on the lower level.  Lower level also has deep hall closet for luggage storage.  Feel free to keep your gear dry in the garage.


The Amenities

Cooking & Eating

  • Coffee Maker, Keurig machine, Nespresso machine
  • Microwave Oven
  • Belgian Waffle Iron
  • Four-Slice Toaster
  • Electric Range and Stove
  • Coffee Mugs, Wine Glasses
  • Full-Sized Refrigerator Freezer
  • Dishwasher with Detergent
  • Basic Spices
  • Lobster Pot and Utensils
  • Large, Outdoor Deck with Cedar Furniture
  • Propane Gas Grill and Utensils

Entertainment & Technology

  • Cable Television
  • DVD Players with family-friendly Movies
  • Blue-ray/DVD Player in main level Master Bedroom
  • Stereo with CD Player
  • Wireless High-Speed Internet
  • Board and Card Games
  • Books

Odds & Ends

  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryers
  • High-Efficiency Washer and Electric Dryer
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Laundry Baskets and Detergent

Welcome to Acadia and Mount Desert Island!

Enjoy the best of both worlds - vacation in a park-like setting, with easy access to all the natural beauty that Acadia National Park offers, while bustling and charming Bar Harbor Village is just a short drive away.



The home is ideally located a few miles south of Bar Harbor, with easy access to the Park Loop Road, including Sand Beach and Thunder Hole.  Otter Cliff, a quick drive or bike ride away, will invigorate you as you watch the power of the ocean upon the pinkish-orange granite of the cliffs.  Otter Cove, also a quick jaunt, offers a serene perspective of the Atlantic Ocean.  Hiking, biking, kayaking and more await you within the park's vast borders.

The Village of Bar Harbor is only five miles away.  Fantastic dining, shopping, art galleries, museums and views await you.  Get your fill of blueberry pie or ice cream at various cafes.  You'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting a place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

Only 10 minutes from the house, Northeast Harbor is a quaint and seaside village filled with shops, restaurants and yachts.

On the "quiet side" of the island, you'll find freshwater swimming at Echo Lake and Long Pond.  Southwest Harbor has many restaurants and shops to visit.  Don't forget the blueberry pie and ice cream after a day at the beach or hiking the trails!

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Activities on Mount Desert Island

Otter Creek runs to Otter Cove, which is only one mile from our home.There is so much to see and do on the island, one week won't be enough!  We've been traveling together to Acadia National Park since 2005 and have rarely done the same thing twice.

Be sure to stop at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center at the beginning of your trip.  You'll get a map of the island, list of hikes with difficulty ratings, and a schedule of ranger-led activities.  You can also purchase a weekly auto pass for $20.  Kids will enjoy participating in the Junior Ranger program, collecting and submitting info and having a brief ceremony upon completion.  Check the schedule for highly informative ranger-led talks and hikes about the landscape, wildlife, flora and fauna of the park.

You can decrease traffic within the park by using the Island Explorer, a free bus which has various routes through different parts of the park.  Get a schedule at the visitor center or the Island Explorer info center in the Bar Harbor Village Green.

Some of our favorite activities include:

Biking - bring your own or rent a bicycle from Bar Harbor from Acadia Bike.  The park offers spectacular carriage roads which are off limits to cars, so you can have a relaxed ride without worrying about traffic.  If you plan to rent a bike, make a reservation a few days ahead of time during the high season.  The Island Explorer bus can accommodate bikes for a drop off in the park, or a pick up at the end of the day.  Be sure to check the schedule.

Hiking - bring a pair of sturdy shoes or boots, some water bottles, and a camera.  Trails range from short to long, from easy to difficult.  You can do several trails in one day, so grab a box lunch from one of the restaurants in town to enjoy a mountaintop picnic.  Coordinate your hike with the Island Explorer bus schedule so you can leave your car at the visitor center or at the trail head, and take the bus back to your car.  Some of our favorites are Great Head, Gorham Mountain, and the Beehive.

Swimming - Take a dip at Sand Beach, only 4 miles from the house, or at the public beach in Seal Harbor, only 3 miles from the house.  Freshwater swimming is available at Echo Lake, a 20 minute drive to the quiet side of the island.  Leave early, as the parking fills up fast!

Jordan Pond Tea House - Take a break from your hike or bike ride by treating yourself to lunch or tea and popovers.  There's a good Acadia Shop for souvenirs or snacks.  In a hurry - a Harbor Bar (chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich, dipped in chocolate) usually hits the spot for us!

Park Loop Road - Take the Island Explorer, drive or bike this gorgeous 20-mile one-way loop around the park's most scenic vistas.  The bus stops at the most popular sites along this and many other roads.  Hop on/off at Sand Bay, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Jordan Pond, or Eagle Lake.

Whale Watch, Harbor or Nature Cruise - Some of these leave from Northeast Harbor or Southwest Harbor, though many also depart from Bar Harbor.  Seals, seabirds, birds of prey, and whales can all be viewed on various cruises.  Bring warm clothing if you plan on a whale watch, as it gets cold on the ocean no matter the season. We love Diver Ed's Dive-in Theatre for hands-on viewing of sea creatures and Acadian Nature Cruises for getting up close to bald eagles, harbor seals, and Egg Rock Lighthouse.

The Quiet Side - The western side of the island is worth a visit.  Take a dip in Echo Lake or Long Pond, drive along the spectacular coast line, climb the fire tower on Beech Mountain, or watch the sunset at Bass Harbor Lighthouse.

Northeast Harbor: Have breakfast or lunch with popovers at the Asticou Inn. They have a fantastic view of the harbor. Their restaurant is run by Acadia Corporation, which operated the Jordan Pond House for several decades.

Kayaking - We haven't tried it, but it's very popular.  Ocean or lake kayaks are available, with or without a tour guide.  Contact the local bike & kayak shops for details, or bring your own. 

Shopping & Dining - Bar Harbor has great shopping for all price ranges.  Pick up some local art or a t-shirt to remember your vacation.  There is no shortage of excellent places to eat for all three meals.  Cafe This Way and 2 Cats are our favorites for breakfast, the Side Street Cafe is great for lunch, and Blaze has tasy options for dinner. For pizza, you cannot beat Rosalie's.  Don't forget to get a drugstore counter malted milkshake or an ice cream soda at West End Drug Company! Stewman's Lobster Pound is right on the water and serves steamed lobster.

If you're worn out from all the physical activities, head to Otter Cliff to read a book, or puzzle at Balance Rock, on Shore Path, in Bar Harbor.  There are so many activities – you will not run out of things do! 

About Your Hosts

Wendy and Dan have been traveling together to Mount Desert Island annually since 2005. Dan, a city boy from Massachusetts, traveled here with his family as a youngster. When he met Wendy, he showed her the beauty of Acadia and Mount Desert Island. Wendy, from the Midwest, fell in love with the mix of mountain, sea, and forest, so different from home. We treasure our trips to Mount Desert Island, enjoying new hikes, bike rides, park tours, restaurants, boat trips, and any other number of activities on the island with every visit.

Rates, Availability, and Policies

Rental is for a maximum of 11 people. Infants can be accommodated with prior notice.

So that you may enjoy a clean home for your vacation, we regret that pets and smoking are prohibited in our home. We love pets too, but cannot allow them due to concern for allergies.



Check-in  4:00 PM on Saturdays - no early check-ins

Check-out  10:00 AM on Saturdays - no late check-outs


2016 Rates

See our listing on Homeaway.com for up-to-date listing prices and specials.

Damage deposit, cleaning fee, and Maine 8% sales tax are extra.

The rates are negotiable for visits during the off-peak season, based on occupancy and number of nights.



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Payment Terms

  • A refundable $500 deposit is required to hold a reservation. The deposit will be refunded within 14 days after checkout if property was not damaged.
  • 50% of fee is due immediately
  • 50% of fee is due 60 days prior to check-in
  • A signed rental agreement, deposit of $500, and 50% of rental fee are required to hold a reservation date.


Cancellation Policy

  • More than 60 days in advance of check-in date: full refund of deposit and rental fee paid to date
  • Less than 60 days in advance of check-in date: full forfeit of reservation deposit and rental deposits
  • Why 60 days?  If you're looking at this page, it's because you are traveling with 9 or more people in two or three families.  When you're planning six months in advance, it's hard for you to coordinate time off from work, school, camps, and so on.  It's even harder to get two or three families to commit to a "spur-of-the-moment" trip to Downeast Maine.  And so we don't get last-minute bookings which might compensate for a last-minute cancellation.  Please plan your dates carefully, and get the cash from your other traveling companions when the agree to the trip.