Activities

Fill your days with fun!

Family Friendly From a competitive game of croquet or a dip in the pool to the simple pleasure of watching the sunset, memories of a lifetime are waiting to be made.
For Couples No matter how you prefer to spend your days, our hotel offers an array of on-site activities and nearby excursions to delight you and your partner.
Outdoor Explorers Where else can you sea kayak in the morning and rock climb in the afternoon? Few places on Earth offer a greater concentration of outdoor activities in a more scenic location.

Overview

Tucked away in elegant Southwest Harbor, The Claremont Hotel is close to all of Acadia’s best attractions. Of course, with so many on-site amenities, services and dining options, it’s entirely possible to enjoy a perfect vacation without ever leaving our waterfront property. We’ve carefully designed every common area in our Main Hotel and every outdoor seating area, including our numerous decks and porches, to take advantage of our spectacular view of Somes Sound and Acadia National Park. This majestic backdrop combined with our attention to detail at every point of your stay creates a vacation experience like no other.

On-Site Activities & Amenities

Watercolor Classes

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a painting is truly priceless—especially when you create the painting yourself under the instruction of our Artist in Residence. What better way to remember your visit to Southwest Harbor than a work of art of your own creation?

Game Night at The Croquet Club

From chess tournaments to bingo, Tuesday nights at The Claremont Hotel are all about matching wits and friendly competition. Each week, our Game Master selects a game for our guests to play at The Croquet Club.

Celestial Lawn Parties

These breezy affairs featuring live music, passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and cash bars are worth planning your summer vacation around. Each party coincides with something special happening in the night sky to add even more excitement and intrigue. Each event features a unique specialty cocktail along with a local Maine beer or spirit you’re sure to love. Tickets are $50/person and include two complimentary specialty cocktails.

July 10 – New Moon | July 24 – Full Moon
August 12 – Perseids Meteor Shower | August 22 – Blue Moon
September 7 – New Moon | September 21 – Full Moon

drink closeup for moon parties

Swimming Pool

What better way to spend a summer day than lounging by our heated pool overlooking Somes Sound? Whether for a swim or to simply admire the panoramic view of Acadia National Park’s stunning mountains, next-level relaxation awaits.

Botanica Spa | Opening July 1

Prepare your body and mind for an exceptional vacation experience with a relaxing massage, an invigorating reflexology session, or a soothing body treatment in one of our four massage rooms. Our skilled and experienced staff of massage therapists and aestheticians is at your service.

The Gardens

Lovingly tended by our Head Gardener as a source of the freshest produce possible for our restaurants and fresh flowers for our Historic Main Inn, our on-site farm is a delightful place for an afternoon stroll. Here you’ll also find our Artist in Residence who conducts a variety of classes throughout the summer to indulge your creativity. Check reception to learn about the latest workshops, schedule a tour, or inquire about reserving our garden dining shed for celebrations or family gatherings of up to eight guests.

Boat Moorings

With thirty feet of depth at the mouth of Somes Sound and wide-open spaces throughout its five-mile length, the waters beyond our private dock are ideal for vessels of all sizes. Registered guests arriving by boat will have access to boat moorings for $45/night. We also have relationships with a host of local marina service providers.

Croquet Court & Lessons

For 43 years, The Claremont Hotel was home to The Claremont Classic, a spirited croquet tournament where players from all over the country squared off on our three on-site courts. This tradition lives on with a single court where the stakes aren’t nearly as high and the competition is decidedly less intense. We invite you to experience the exhilaration and satisfaction of this regal game by learning from local croquet masters.

Bikes

Explore our corner of Mount Desert Island at your leisure on one of our cruiser bikes. Southwest Harbor is home to some wonderful restaurants, delightful shops, and beautiful views that are even more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot for your car.

Claremont Excursions

As our guest, you’ll have access to exclusive boating excursions departing from our private dock.

Sunset Cruise

For an evening experience like no other, take our sunset cruise around Somes Sound with cocktail in hand and enjoy a boating excursion that is a vacation unto itself.

Boat Cruises

No visit to Acadia is complete without a boating excursion. That’s why we’re proud to offer daytime cruises and Acadia boat tours that depart daily.

Full Moon Cruise

Step aboard a spacious and luxurious vessel for an unforgettable evening of stargazing and socializing and enjoy the light of the full moon in first-class comfort.

Explore Mount Desert Island

Where else can you spend the morning watching whales, the afternoon riding your bike in a national park, and the evening at the top of a mountain? Only on Mount Desert Island.