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Saturday September 15, 2012 8:10 AM

Moose, you say? Are there moose on Mount Desert Island

Well, when we first came to MDI to open the Inn in 2003 the general consensus was that there were really no moose on Mount Desert Island. Too bad, we thought, because Maine is known for lobsters, blueberries, rocky coasts and MOOSE.

But, the moose are once again on the loose near Acadia. Just last winter, someone with an iPhone captured a video of a moose walking around downtown Bar Harbor. And, just a couple of days ago a local merchant snapped this younger male moose having a stroll near the Hulls Cover Visitors' Center in Acadia National Park.

So we have some moose here around Bar Harbor. And squirrels, too. Hmmm, "moose and squirrel"...where have I heard that before.

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Monday September 10, 2012 7:37 AM

Cooler, pleasant weather is the harbinger of September in Bar Harbor

After Labor Day the super-heated tourist season here in Acadia cools off a bit as we welcome the warm days and cool nights of early autumn.

This photo shows what a Canadian cool front looks like as it edges over Mount Desert Island just last night. A spectacular show of nature's beauty that, while not unique to Downeast Maine, sure looks best from Downeast Maine.

While it's still hot and humid in other parts of the US, we expect our typical September weather pattern over the next 5 days: highs around 70F, overnight lows in the upper 40s. So, pull the covers up to your nose and get a good night's sleep before a great breakfast and a hike in Acadia National Park.

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Monday August 27, 2012 1:12 PM

Acadia Night Sky Festival (Sept 13-17)

Acadia Night Sky Festival
Celebrating the starlit skies of Downeast Maine
September 13-17, 2012

Enjoy some of the last pristine night skies in the eastern United States. The festival’s many events feature art, science, and stargazing in Acadia National Park and surrounding communities.

Discover Downeast Maine’s unique commitment to measuring the quality of its starlit nights. We invite you to help us enjoy and protect this inspiring resource for generations to come.

Enjoy a night hikes up Precipice Trail or Otter Cliffs (experts onl), star gazing on Sand Beach, Cadillac Mountain and Seawall, a Night Sky "Under the Stars" cruise on the whale watch boat, photography, documentary films, informative lectures and an art show.

Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park and some of the last star filled skies in the country. Here the Milky Way shines bright in the largest expanse of naturally dark sky, east of the Mississippi. As the rapid loss of dark skies to light pollution receives national recognition, Maine is increasingly referred to as someplace “that still has stars.”

For more information visit acadianightskyfestival.org

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