Mount Desert Island, Maine Ile de Monts Deserts

 
Mount Desert Island, Maine
 

Many visitors are unaware that Mount Desert Island—or MDI, as it's known locally—has a rich history, established culture and thriving economy separate from Acadia National Park. The island has a local population of approximately 10,000. This population swells in the summer, at which time you might see such "summer visitors" as Martha Stewart or Rockefeller heirs who have summer cottages here.