Mount Desert Island Winner of Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards

For Immediate Release
July 14, 2017

Jessica Donahue, Marshall Communications on behalf of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
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“The Top Islands in the Continental US”

Bass Harbor Headlight, Mount Desert Island, captured by LightRocket via Getty Images.BAR HARBOR, Maine – Mount Desert Island has won a Travel + Leisure 2017 World’s Best Award in the category for “The Top 10 Islands in the Continental U.S.”

“It’s truly an honor that Mount Desert Island has been chosen as one of the top 10 islands by Travel + Leisure’s readers. Travelers of all ages and backgrounds come visit us for the naturally beautiful landscapes and welcoming communities, and for a relaxing island getaway without having to leave the United States. We’re humbled by the opportunity to share the beauty of Mount Desert Island with more people,” says Martha Searchfield, executive director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Every year for the World’s Best Awards, T+L sends out a survey to their readers asking them to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe. The categories included in the survey ask for opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more.

“The World’s Best Awards are one of the most significant accolades in travel, and this year was more competitive than ever. Over 300,000 T+L readers participated in a survey to identify the best of the best in the industry,” Travel + Leisure states.

Mount Desert Island is home to the well-known town of Bar Harbor, as well as Acadia National Park, the largest national park east of the Mississippi. This region of Maine is renowned for its incredible natural beauty, which boasts the only natural fjord on the east coast, and Cadillac Mountain, the highest east coast mountain north of Rio de Janeiro.

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Bass Harbor Headlight, Mount Desert Island, captured by LightRocket via Getty Images.

About Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor, Maine, ( is the gateway to Acadia National Park, one of the nation’s most visited national parks, and the largest community on Mount Desert Island. Visitors from around the world come to Bar Harbor to experience the region’s dramatic, varied scenery and see the historic summer “cottages” that were once the summer retreats of America’s wealthiest families. A five-hour drive from Boston and 50 miles from Bangor International Airport, Bar Harbor is the heart of island activity, including shopping, dining, entertainment and organized travel experiences. With a thriving year-round population, it also serves as the Downeast region’s center of economic activity, supporting a wide range of industries ranging from lobstering and boat building to banking and biomedical research.

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