Mount Desert Island Harbors & Villages

Discover the historic charm and craggy natural beauty of Mount Desert Island, a summer retreat of diplomats, celebrities and business magnates. Venture along Cooksey Drive and Sargent Drive, view Seal Harbor, enjoy free time in Northeast Harbor, and even venture past the entrance of Skylands, the summer home of Martha Stewart.

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    All ages
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    Approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours

Depart the pier by executive coach and proceed south down Main Street, traveling through the primary business district and passing the historic village green.

Leaving town, venture past the renowned Jackson Laboratory, one of the world’s foremost cancer research institutions. In fact, 26 Nobel Prizes in science have been awarded in relation to research conducted here.

After about five miles, your coach will turn onto Cooksey Drive, which wends its way through a cliffside area above the village of Seal Harbor. Pass the estate of Dick Wolf, the creator of the Law and Order television series, as well as the present trilogy of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med.

Also pass the area of Skylands, the summer home of America’s most famous homemaker, Martha Stewart. Built in 1925 for automotive executive Edsel Ford, the estate sits nestled in the trees, overlooking Seal Harbor.

Continuing on, venture into the town of Seal Harbor, viewing the bucolic village green and pausing above Seal Harbor Beach, one of only two sand beaches on Mount Desert Island. From here, you will glimpse the former Rockefeller boathouse.

Then head to Northeast Harbor, a village that seems untouched by time, with numerous mansions that have been handed down through the generations. Stop at the town’s marina, where you will view the pleasure boats—and perhaps even a few working boats—and visit the tony downtown area. You will have some free time to browse the shops and galleries, and maybe relax over a cup of coffee or other refreshment on your own.

Rejoining your coach, wind through one of the town’s most exclusive residential areas, populated by Victorian cottages exemplifying the Shingle Style architecture of the period.

Soon you will reach Sargent Drive, which borders Somes Sound, the only fjord on the east coast of North America. Closed to large motor coaches, the road is accessible to your smaller, executive coach.

Following your four-mile-long journey along Sargent Drive, return to the pier.

Important Notes:                                                                 

Although the sights visited a manual wheelchair accessible, guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach with little to no assistance. All manual wheelchairs must be collapsible and be easily stored onboard the coach. Availability for this service is extremely limited and confirmed on a first-come, first served basis; please contact the Shore Excursions Desk to ensure accommodation and availability. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions.