Town of Southwest Harbor

Want to grow your business in a town that knows your name, where loyalty is a creed, and the beauty of the coast is breathtaking? Then Southwest Harbor is the place for you to call home.

Southwest Harbor is a year round village of 1800, but offers more amenities than larger towns. The Town was recently designated “Certified Business-Friendly” by Governor LePage.  As one of only 30 towns in the state to receive this certification, the Town has proven to provide exceptional service to business, while streamlining the regulatory processes. This designation puts the town on the short list for eligibility for funding from the Micro Enterprise Assistance Programs.

With a robust Chamber of Commerce, town governance supports new businesses. The anchors in the village are two banks, a state-of-the- art public library, a Title 1 K-8 elementary school, two medical clinics, and a full-service pharmacy. With grocery and specialty stores, a well-equipped hardware store, upscale restaurants and down-home eateries, as well as art and antique galleries, retail shops, and a florist, Southwest Harbor has it all, even a car wash!

“The Town of Southwest Harbor is a vibrant and flourishing community, showcasing the best of what Maine small towns have to offer,” said Don LaGrange, Town Manager. “It is our hope, through this certification, to make it even more inviting and user-friendly for those that choose to live and/or do business here.” Specific areas that address business and community interests are:

Southwest Harbor’s roots started in the fishing and ship building industries, but now flourish with year round residential life and seasonal cottage rentals. Businesses in the trades also call Southwest Harbor home. Auto repair, auto parts, electrical, plumbing, commercial & residential contractors, two construction companies, as well as other trades round out the business community.

Annual festivities bring visitors and the community together.  The Acadia Birding Festival, the Happy Tails Fair, the Fourth of July Fireworks display, and Flamingo Days comprise the early season offerings. The Coastal Fine Arts of Maine Shows, The Acadia Night Sky Festival, Oktoberfest, and the MDI Marathon add variety to the end of season.

If that isn’t enough to make you move here today, Acadia National Park is moments away for a quick walk at lunch or a long hike or bike.  Come, join us and the community and make Southwest Harbor home for you and your business.

Southwest Harbor

We’re here to help!

Don, Tabbetha, Marilyn and Chelsea
Municipal Office at 26 Village Green Way
Tel:  207-244-5404

Southwest Harbor town

Highlights from the review team:

  • Updated comprehensive plan and ordinances
  • Creative community events that highlight businesses
  • Significant infrastructure investment
  • Island connections providing free transportation and services for elderly and disabled.

What’s new in Southwest Harbor...

With the influx of tourism on Mount Desert Island, Southwest Harbor is known as the “Quietside” of the island.  We have the quaint village atmosphere with all the amenities featured elsewhere.

  • The Island Explorer bus service offers free transportation around the Island to visit Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Northeast Harbor and Tremont.  This service is available hourly during summer and fall.
  • For nature lovers, the Acadia National Park occupies nearly 50% of the Town of Southwest Harbor for all your hiking and biking or just a casual walk-about!
  • Southwest Harbor is fortunate to have three public piers for access to the waterfront, two with boat ramps to accommodate many oversized vessels.
  • Kayaking and boating, ocean side golfing, excellent camping at Smuggler’s Den and Seawall Campground.

Community Website: www.southwestharbor.org