Often referred to as "the quiet side" of Mount Desert Island, Northeast Harbor’s location promotes a slower pace than the neighboring Bar Harbor bustle. A search for vacation rentals in Northeast Harbor places you in the center of one of Maine's most traditionally classy communities, and a popular getaway for the rich and famous. One of the most prominent ports on the coast, Northeast Harbor comes alive with extravagant yachts and sporty powerboats seasonally, providing a hum of activity alongside the stroll-able village streets lined with unique boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Nature lovers and photographers are sure to appreciate the aesthetic wonders of the Japanese-inspired Asticou Azalea Garden and the flowering English-style Thuya Gardens. Bear Island Light Station was established in 1839 as a guide to Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island. Though no longer in operation, the station still stands at Acadia National Park. Situated on the southern end of Mount Desert Island, Northeast Harbor is near the entrance to Somes Sound (the only naturally formed fjord on the east coast of the United States), and a pathway to tours of the fabulous Cranberry Isles. The cool waters, rocky coastline, and numerous out islands provide the ideal location for kayaking, sailing, and fishing on both guided and non-guided excursions.