We are a family of 5 with three kids (14, 11 & 7) planning to visit Acadia in August 2009. I have been reading these forums for ideas and the NPS website as well. I am trying to figure out where to stay so we can have easy access to the park, biking, etc. We thought renting a waterfront property would be a great experience but are not sure what towns on MDS would be best. I was thinking that staying off the island would be a hassle with traffic driving back in each morning and thought a house vs. hotel was a better bet with meals and keeping the cost down. Was not sure if Bar Harbor is too overcrowded to enjoy and thought the other towns might be better.
Any suggestions about towns on MDI and how they are situated to the park, and relative ease of getting around. We would like to ocean kayack, explore the tidepools and shorelines in addition to hiking and biking.
I appreciate any suggestions!