The floats on the NW side of the Somesville town landing are privately owned, but visiting boaters are welcome to come ashore and leave their dinghies in the designated area at the SW corner of the large float. The village is a short walk away.
Ashore you’ll find the picturesque village of Somesville, the first village to be settled by Europeans on Mount Desert Island. It’s part of the Town of Mount Desert. Like the sound, it’s named for Abraham Somes (1732-1831), who is considered the pioneer settler on Mount Desert Island. Visitors come to Somesville to take in the sight of beautifully preserved examples of early New England architecture, the Acadia Repertory Theater, and what must be one of the most photographed bridges in the state – a simple white footbridge in the center of town that arches over the stream flowing from Somes Pond to Somes Sound. Somesville enjoys close proximity to Echo Lake, Long Pond, and Acadia National Park hiking trails.
Among the very limited services in Somesville is Freshies, a convenience store with fresh food for take-out. Freshies is in the opposite direction from “downtown” Somesville. Turn left for the museum, gardens, church, and library. Turn right for Freshies.
Across Somes Sound to the east of Somes Harbor is the Henry R. Abel Yacht Yard (207-276-5057) and the ever-popular Abel’s Lobster Pound restaurant. The yard offers summer rental mooring and slips for lease, and there’s plenty of room for anchoring in good-holding mud off Abel’s at the head of the sound. With two Marine Travelifts and nine inside storage buildings, Abel’s offers mechanical, electrical, fiberglass, engine and generator, gel coat, painting, buffing and waxing, rigging services, and carpentry, plus winter and summer storage.