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Bringing Acadia Visitors Comfortably Close To Nature

Bedrooms 1
Space 452 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 4 Sleeps


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Vacation in an ancient circular dwelling with all comforts of home

Acadia Yurts offers visitors the most unique way to stay on Mount Desert Island. Four fun, eco-friendly Yurts will bring you as close to nature as camping, with all the amenities of home. Located on 5 acres of lovely wooded land, surrounded by Acadia National Park property, Acadia Yurts offer a peaceful retreat for your small group (up to 4 guests per Yurt). Acadia Yurts is also ideal for large groups traveling with accommodations for up to 16 people on 1 site.

A yurt is a tent-like circular fabric structure with a wood lattice frame that originated among the nomadic tribes in Asia. These permanent structures have thick canvas exterior walls that include reflective insulation so they can be used in all seasons. Acadia Yurts also has electric heat inside each yurt so that you can be comfortable during any season. Yurts are quickly becoming a new vacation experience that vacationers are enjoying throughout the US from cliff side views in California to ski lodges in Colorado. This is a memorable place to stay while enjoying the beauty of Acadia!

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Karen Roper
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About Karen Roper

Aaron is an Maine native. He was born and raised across the bridge in Trenton and grew up attending local Bar Harbor schools. He has worked in the restaurant industry for the past 15+ years beginning as a prep cook in high school then moving toward general manager. Aaron's favorite extracurricular activity is learning all he can about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As often as he can he trains locally and loves sharing this passion with others.

Karen is a transplant. Originally from Chicago she made her way to Maine in 2009 and fell in love immediately. In Acadia she enjoys hiking, trail running, yoga, and long walks on the carriage roads. Karen teaches yoga during the summer months among some of Acadia's favorite vistas- Sand Beach, Cadillac Mountain, Parkman Mountain and ocean front in Bar Harbor. Karen is presently enrolled in massage school and will graduate April 2015 with hopes of sharing the gift of massage at Acadia Yurts.

As a couple we have done quite a bit of traveling and through that we have narrowed down the particular way we like to travel. The biggest factor for us is having a furnished kitchen in order to prepare health minded foods to nourish our bodies and support all our outdoor activities. The idea for Acadia Yurts has been brewing for quite some time. Friends of ours live off the grid in a yurt and we greatly appreciate the rustic, romantic feel of the yurt but wanted some of the comforts of home- running water, heat, electricity. From there Acadia Yurts was born. We deeply hope you enjoy our home as much as we do!!

Karen Roper purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Karen Roper chose Mount Desert Island

This property is a stones throw to Acadia National Park with hidden gems around every turn. Acadia Yurts is the most unique way to stay on MDI. We bring you local knowledge, passion for living mindfully and a desire to share our favorite place with you and your loved ones to create lasting memories.

What makes this cottage unique

Completely unique dwelling

Amenities of home including furnished kitchen, bathroom, heat, and furnished living spaces

Proximity to Acadia National Park

Located on quiet side of MDI to assist you in slowing down and reconnecting to yourself and loved ones


Southwest Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 452 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Stand up shower Toilet Sink Basic storage space available
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 1 queen size bed with all linens/pillows 1 queen size fold out couch with all linens/pillows Sleeps 4 comfortably Twin size roll away bed available upon request
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
On site yoga and massage available for extra charge. Beautiful lawn area allows for outdoor classes among trees or in yurt as per guest preference. Yoga mats provided. Massage in yurt- table provided. Recommended for 1 person at a time for maximum relaxation. Prices available upon request.


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Bringing Acadia Visitors Comfortably Close To Nature
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Peace & Comfort!

  • 5 of 5

When we first saw the photos of our yurt, I was hopeful that it looked like what we saw online. When we opened the door, every detail was exactly the same as what was online! We were very happy and stayed in our extremely comfortable yurt for the first night. How lovely to have AC, heat, hot showers, and a lovely kitchen complete with local coffee right in the middle of Acadia. We deemed ourselves "glampers" instead of campers as this was so very glamorous!

Aaron & Karen checked in on us via a phone call after first night and we knew they were there if we needed anything at all!

The red barn has so many supplies and board games for rainy days!

We absolutely loved Acadia Yurts and look forward to only staying there in the future! What a find! THANK YOU!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The BEST place to stay on MDI!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Acadia Yurts! Aaron & Karen have thought of everything and our yurt was immaculate when we arrived. We most definitely will be back and we're already looking forward to our next stay with them!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, cozy, and a wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We really loved staying at Acadia Yurts on our recent trip to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. The yurts were clean, cozy, and welcoming. While the location is a bit farther away from the classic Acadia sights than I expected, we loved being on the quieter side of the island and exploring Southwest Harbor. Communication with the hosts was excellent - they called to check that we were settled in okay and made sure we were aware of tree planting that was happening during our stay. The hosts also left a great binder full of favorite spots, restaurants, and suggested activities, plus a ton of brochures and a guide book, which was super helpful when exploring areas we hadn't been to before and finding new places to eat. It felt like a personal touch without being intrusive, which was really nice. For a week long vacation, it was also great to have a kitchen so we didn't have to eat out for every single meal and could save leftovers from when we did go out to eat. Other amenities, like a picnic area with grills, hammocks, a barn with laundry and additional appliances like a crockpot, were wonderful to have on site, and I loved that the hosts had eco-friendly composting and recycling set up as well. The yurts tend to attract people who value these type of things, so I found all of the other guests to be polite, respectful, and great neighbors.

The only kind of downside to staying at Acadia Yurts was the location. The area right around the yurts isn't too exciting (I go on runs every morning and the dirt roads nearby got old really fast) and it's too far to walk to anything so you end up using your car every day. The yurts are not close to any of the park's main attractions. There is also a quarry down the road that was sometimes loud. What you miss in convenience you make up for in privacy though, and we ended up exploring areas outside the park and spending time in Southwest Harbor which is far less busy than Bar Harbor but still has great food and shops.

Overall, I really enjoyed our stay, would not hesitate to recommend Acadia Yurts to anyone else, and would happily stay there again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very pleased!

  • 5 of 5

Exceeded our expectations in every possible way.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your stay! It was wonderful to meet you and your family and we look forward to hosting you again :)
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Wonderful stay near Acadia National Park!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at Acadia Yurts this Fall! Karen and Aaron have truly thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. While we didn't get to meet them on our trip, they made sure we knew they were available for any questions, gave us their cell numbers if we had any problems and had a detailed info packet ready to go for us when we arrived on dining, exploring and everything Acadia has to offer. The yurts are such a fun alternative to a hotel and we wanted to try something different. We were mostly coming for the wonderful fall hiking and views that Acadia offers and we were not disappointed! I would recommend the yurts to anyone that wants to stay somewhere that is relaxing, homey, and close to Acadia.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your stay- we apologize for not meeting you in person but greatly appreciate you knew we were there if you needed anything! Fall hiking in Acadia is truly magical and we look forward to hosting you again in the future!
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Great experience!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our two dogs stayed at Acadia Yurts for a week and had a great experience! The yurt was clean, in a great location on MDI and very comfortable. I was amazed you could have running water, heat, a kitchen and bathroom inside a yurt! It was also a beautiful structure.

We were minutes away from hiking and enjoying beautiful Long Pond plus downtown Southwest Harbor restaurants and a grocery store. I would recommend the yurt experience to anyone who wants to have a great new experience!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your stay- we are thrilled your family of 4 enjoyed everything and that what was provided met your travel needs. We look forward to hosting you on your next yurtcation
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Nearest Airport
13.2 Miles
Bar Harbor Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.9 Miles
Eat- A- Pita
Nearest Golf
1.8 Miles
Causeway Club
Nearest Restaurant
1.9 Miles
Eat- A- Pita
Nearest Beach
3.3 Miles
Echo Lake Beach
Car: necessary

Southwest Harbor is affectionately known as the 'Quiet Side' of Mount Desert Island. Home to Acadia National Park, rated one of America's favorite places by Good Morning America in 2014, the activities are endless. With hiking, biking, walking trails, swimming and ocean views there is something for everyone.


Rates & Availability

Southwest Harbor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest
Oct 7 2017 - Nov 3 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $8 per person per night
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

Deposits and rental fees are non-refundable unless cottage can be re-rented prior to rental date (if necessary, purchase travel insurance in event of family emergency). While we make every effort to re-rent your rental period we cannot guarantee full refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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