The four of us (2 adults & 2 children) camped with a very small pop-up (Coleman Colorado), a large tent (REI Hobitat 6) and an LL Bean screen room. There was plenty of room on the site and it was level with just enough slope to keep it dry in case it rained. Water and electric were conveniently located on our site (#42).
The campground was beautiful, with wooded sites, a quarry in the center, and shore access. The staff was pleasant and helpful. There was space to store our kayak near the water. The sites are small enough to restrict the campground to only accommodating small RVs, pop-ups, and tents, which is what attracted us. There is not a lot of room between sites and there are a lot of them packed into a relatively small area. This is what we have come to expect outside of the state or national park campgrounds. Fortunately, with the exception of one car alarm followed by uncontrollable giggling for more than a hour until near midnight, everyone was quiet and respected the campground's quiet hours. Early morning walks down to see the sound were rewarded with the beautiful sights and sounds of an active harbor and there are plenty of things to see and do nearby. Kayaking in the sound was very enjoyable although at low tide the boat ramp gets very steep.
The bathhouse was clean and there were conveniently located Port-o-pottys that were also kept very clean.
My one nitpick would be the extra charges. $5 per night for our tent, even though it did not change the occupancy numbers for our site, and tokens needed to shower - $1 for 5 minutes.
One incredible discovery was "The Common Good Cafe" a short drive away in Seawall, which served fresh hot homemade Popovers and Oatmeal along with coffee and juices every morning for the price of a donation (pay what you think it's worth). The money goes to a very good cause.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Somes Sound View Campground is a small campground centrally located on Mount Desert Island along the rocky coast of Maine. Enjoy the peaceful setting surrounded by gorgeous woods, mountains, ocean and natural wildlife. See everything Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park have to offer, join us! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Somes Sound View Campground Hotel Mount Desert