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.
The Blue Hill Inn (c.1830), a place to relax, a place to vacation. Visit a quiet and scenic place on the coast. Sail, cruise or kayak past the lighthouses of Penobscot Bay or shop for antiques and visit galleries. Sample food and cooking from local farmer’s and fishermen or attend a chamber music concert. Then return to a bed and breakfast of distinction where hors d’oeuvres and wine are served by the fireplace and where our priority is individualized attention to guests. Learn More
Lodging in Nearby Towns
Kingsleigh Inn is a turn of the century, turreted Queen Anne Victorian that sits high on a hill, 100 yards from the water. The Inn, with its elegant yet casual atmosphere, is located in the center of town surrounded by Acadia National Park. Enjoy rooms with water views, private decks and pampering amenities. A three-course gourmet breakfast is served as are afternoon baked goods, early evening wine and hors d oeurves and all day tea and espresso. Come see why Conde Nast featured us as the place to stay on Mount Desert Island! Learn More
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
Bucksport Motor Inn overlooking the Penobscot River is ideal as you tour the midcoast of Maine. Our family operated, family- friendly motel is a short drive to Maine attractions like the Penobscot Narrows Observation Bridge, Bangor, Belfast, Bluehill, Ellsworth, and Castine. Mount Desert Island is just 40 miles away. All of our rooms offer park at your door convenience, with microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, Cable TV, and A/C plus high speed internet. Our affordable rooms are non-smoking. We offer select pet friendly rooms as well. Learn More
Clean, affordable, family run. Acadia Sunrise Motel is a family-owned and operated property with Down East hospitality and great rates. Located just minutes to Mount Desert Island and 15 minutes to Bar Harbor in nearby Trenton. Clean comfortable newly renovated rooms offer full bath, A/C, Cable, and phone. Some rooms have kitchenettes. Property offers stunning views of the mountains of Mount Desert Island, wildflower gardens, and a heated outdoor pool. Open mid-April to end of October. Learn More