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Southwest Harbor, Maine


Southwest Harbor Dinghies Sketch

Southwest Harbor is the loveliest town in the world. It’s on the Quiet Side of Mount Desert Island. We found out a long time ago that we prefer staying there rather than in the tourist craziness of Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor doesn’t even really seem like Maine – more of a tourist trap. While Southwest Harbor is a working fishing town with a thriving boat building industry (think Hinckley, Stanley, Ellis, etc.). It also happens to have a number of very nice bed and breakfasts.

A lobster boat, ready to go!

Our favorite breakfast is to get coffee and muffins and eat looking over the lower town dock. So much to see at a working dock!

Some of the most gorgeous wooden boats you’ve ever seen. It doesn’t hurt that the famous Ralph W. Stanley’s (“living national treasure”) boatworks is

Yes, I think Southwest Harbor is the most beautiful town in the world.
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