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Bernard is located in 'Downeast Maine," on the southwestern part of Mount Desert Island, which is often referred to as the quiet or back side of the island because it is on the opposite side from the more well known town of Bar Harbor. Bernard has all the charm and character of a historic fishing village, however, along with neighboring Bass Harbor, both are communities that are not actually separate towns, but a part of the larger municipality of Tremont. Mount Desert Island is internationally known as home to Acadia National Park, the first National Park established east of the Mississippi. The park covers 47,000 acres of coastline and mountains, woodlands, lakes and streams. Breathtaking scenery ranges from granite cliffs that plunge into the sea to pretty cobblestone beaches. More than 120 miles of hiking and nature trails are on the island, and other activities include sightseeing ferry excursions, whale watching, sailing, boating and fishing, kayaking, biking, antiquing, and shopping in art galleries and specialty shops and dining on fresh crabs and lobster. As a part of Mount Desert Island, Bernard offers visitors all of the attractions and scenic beauty of the national park and island, with a serene, relaxing atmosphere in which to retire at night.

Surrounding areas: Bass Harbor, Maine (3.1 mi), Seawall, Maine (3.1 mi), Southwest Harbor, Maine (3.2 mi), Northeast Harbor, Maine (4.9 mi), Swans Island, Maine (6.8 mi), Acadia, Maine (7.2 mi), Mount Desert Island, Maine (7.5 mi)

Bernard Vacation Rentals

Bernard Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bar Harbor Quality Inn40 Kebo StBar Harbor, ME11.8 mi.(207) 288-5403
Wonder View Inn50 Eden StBar Habor, ME12.4 mi.(207) 288-3358
Atlantic Oakes119 Eden StBar Harbor, ME12.5 mi.(207) 288-5801
Best Western InnRR 2 Box 1127Bar Harbor, ME12.6 mi.(207) 288-5823
Fairfield Inn125 Eden StBar Harbor, ME12.6 mi.(207) 288-8983
Fairfield Inn325 Eden StBar Harbor, ME12.6 mi.(207) 288-8883
Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort-bar Harbor123 Eden StBar Harbor, ME12.6 mi.(207) 288-9723
Snell House21 Atlantic AveBar Harbor, ME12.7 mi.(207) 288-8004
Colonial Travelodge321 High StEllsworth, ME20.3 mi.(207) 667-5548
Holiday Inn-ellsworth-acadia NTL Park215 High StEllsworth, ME20.6 mi.(207) 667-9341
Comfort Inn130 High StEllsworth, ME20.7 mi.(207) 667-1345

Bernard Weather & Climate

"Downeast Maine," along the Atlantic Seacoast, has a variable climate that can change quickly at any time. This area, which includes the Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island, has four distinct seasons where summer temperatures can range from 45 degrees F to 85 degrees F. Fog is quite common during the summer months, as well, but there is also plenty of sunshine. Spring and fall temperatures vary from 30 degrees F to 70 degrees F. You may also encounter rain in any month, and ice storms are regular in the winter and early spring. The Maine coastal climate is ranked second to only the Pacific Northwest in annual precipitation. Average annual rainfall is 48 inches and average annual snowfall is 61 inches. Snow tends to melt quickly along the coast - more continuous snow can be found inland.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 10°F 5.94 in. 38°F
February 34°F 13°F 4.52 in. 36°F
March 41°F 22°F 5.46 in. 38°F
April 52°F 32°F 4.93 in. 44°F
May 65°F 42°F 4.53 in. 50°F
June 74°F 51°F 4.10 in. 56°F
July 79°F 57°F 3.38 in. 60°F
August 78°F 56°F 2.93 in. 63°F
September 69°F 48°F 4.42 in. 58°F
October 57°F 38°F 4.86 in. 55°F
November 47°F 28°F 6.42 in. 52°F
December 36°F 16°F 5.81 in. 44°F

Bernard Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Hancock County Bar Harbor airport (BHB) located about 14 miles north of Bernard in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Knox County Regional airport (RKD) located approximately 38 miles west of Bernard in Rockland, Maine, the Bangor International airport (BGR) located roughly 45 miles northwest of Bernard in Bangor, Maine, the Waterville Robert Lafleur airport (WVL) located around 68 miles west of Bernard in Waterville, Maine, and finally the Augusta State airport (AUG) located about 71 miles west of Bernard in Augusta, Maine.

Bernard Attractions

Water Parks
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME13.7 mi.
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME115.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Causeway ClubSouthwest HarborME3.2 mi.
Northeast Harbor Golf ClubNortheast HarborME4.9 mi.
Kebo Valley ClubBar HarborME12.4 mi.
Grindstone Neck Golf CourseWinter HarborME16.4 mi.
Bar Harbor Golf CourseEllsworthME17.1 mi.
Island Country ClubSunsetME17.3 mi.
White Birches Country ClubEllsworthME23.6 mi.
Castine Golf ClubCastineME24.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME35.2 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME101.4 mi.
Big SquawGreenvilleME103.7 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME110.5 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME116.5 mi.
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME117.6 mi.
State Parks
Lamoine State ParkME14.8 mi. 
Fort Point State ParkME27.0 mi. 
Moose Point State ParkME31.7 mi. 
Camden Hills State ParkME33.4 mi. 
Owls Head State ParkME35.5 mi. 
Farnsworth Art MuseumRocklandME38.5 mi.(Art)

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