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Celebrate Summer Solstice on Cadillac Mountain

You don’t have to be spiritual, religious, or have any hippy dippy ideals to observe Summer Solstice. In fact, celebrating the Summer Solstice is a rather romantic notion – a celebration to welcome the summer season with your sweet heart, close friends or family. The best place to rejoice for the Summer Solstice in Maine is undoubtedly atop Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island. If you’re thinking about doing something special for your partner, treating your loved on to a Summer Solstice getaway to Downeast Acadia is certainly a top romantic gesture.

Cadillac Mountain view
Ocean view from Cadillac Mountain summit

Why Cadillac Mountain you ask? Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island are truly a place to inspire awe and humbleness for Mother Nature. Mount Desert is where the mountains greet the sea in a spectacular atmosphere that is a visual experience enough to quench a lifetime. Commanding an elevation of 1,528 feet, the highest summit in Hancock County, Cadillac Mountain offers the most stunning views of the Atlantic and outlying islands. Cadillac’s summit is the where you first see the sunrise over the ocean on the Eastern Seaboard. It is for this reason visitors travel to Mount Desert Island for the Summer Solstice to greet the advent of the summer season on that first summer morning in June.

Visiting Mount Desert Island during the Summer Solstice is still rather inexpensive in comparison to the rates during peak summer season when travelers from all over vacation in Bar Harbor or camp out in Acadia National Park. For a romantic getaway, couples can stay at a lovely bed and breakfast nestled in quaint neighborhoods of Bar Harbor, while receiving warm hospitality and gourmet breakfast from the innkeeper. Families may like to vacation in comfort and style in one of Bar Harbor’s oceanfront resort or hotel – perhaps swimming in a rooftop pool with views of Frenchman’s Bay. Outdoorsy folks will love spending their vacation in a Mount Desert Island campground where choices range throughout the island or camping in Acadia National Park. For quieter scenery, visitors may choose to stay in one of Mount Desert Island’s smaller towns including Northeast, Southwest or Bass Harbor, where there is less commotion than Bar Harbor, quieter and more charming.

Start planning your romantic Summer Solstice getaway now and kick off the summer season. See our Maine Lodging Guide and  Guide to Top 10 Things to Do at Acadia National Park

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