Ellsworth, Maine is a unique small-town city, along your way to Acadia, Mount Desert and Bar Harbor. It is a place with a friendly atmosphere where visitors can explore the area by water or land. Discover the Ellsworth area by bike or visit the Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary where a nature walk through the 200-acre property will be alive with a vast assortment of birds.
Visitors can also attend a music or comedy act at the Grand Auditorium, stop by the Telephone Museum, take a walk in the gardens, or play croquet at the historic Woodlawn Museum. The Ellsworth Lumber Jack Show should make your top things to do in Maine list too.
Ellsworth’s waterfront has boat launches into the Union River for coastal excursions. Ellsworth is nicknamed the Gateway to Acadia, and it offers an ideal overnight stop with affordable and family friendly lodging, on the road to Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island with affordable motels, hotels, inns and cabin rentals.
Relax and vacation at The Blue Hill Inn (est. 1840). Visit a quiet town on the picturesque Maine coast. Sail, cruise or kayak past the lighthouses of Penobscot Bay or shop for antiques and visit galleries. Sample food from farmers and fishermen at one of the local restaurants. Then return to a romantic, historic inn complete with fireplaces and a hearty breakfast, drinks and hors d'oeuvres which are always served with extraordinary hospitality. Learn More
Lodging in Nearby Towns
The Bar Harbor Villager Motel is in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor close to shops, restaurants, activities, and the beautiful Bar Harbor Waterfront. With our in-town location, free off-street parking for guests, and the free Island Explorer bus service (May-October) which departs from just around the corner - you can access all the incredible features of downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park without ever getting back in your car. Learn More
Nestled close to Acadia National Park, the Bar Harbor Motel is offers so much. You can hike, bike, shop, and dine, all within a mile or two of our drive. The Motel also offers on-site amenities to make your trip spectacular. Our heated outdoor pool, playgrounds, lawn games, and kid-focused activities make your days filled with fun! The Island Explorer bus stop, on-site trail access to the park, bicycle storage, complimentary continental breakfast, and guest laundry make it simple. Learn More