The YWCA of Mount Desert Island is the huge brick building on Mount Desert Street with the warm, friendly interior. This building has been home to thousands of women and girls in the past 100 years who have sought affordable accommodations here on MDI. Our doors are open to all women.

The YWCA located on Route 3, at 36 Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor, is within walking distance of the ocean, harbor, stores, restaurants and places of employment, some of which are open year round. Single rooms (one bed), double rooms (two twin beds) and the solarium (seven bed dorm open in the summer only) are offered at low rates by the night or by the week. The facility includes a large community kitchen, community TV room and shared bathrooms (no private baths).

Accommodations for the summer season 2019 will be offered by lottery.  The lottery will open on December 1st, 2018 and run through February 2019.  If you want to stay at the YWCA for the summer 2019 season, you will need to fill out the form.  If your name is drawn on March 1, 2019 you will be assigned a time to contact the YWCA to reserve a space.  This process is to ensure that all have an equal chance for a space.

Childrens Programming

The YWCA offers children’s programming throughout the year to foster a sense of community here on Mount Desert Island. We are well known on and around the island for our Children’s Christmas Bazaar, Valentine’s Tea for Girls and Dolls and the Spring Fling & Easter Egg Hunt.
We continue to add programs to enrich girls lives and foster a healthy body image.

Community Programming

The Community programs we offer are designed to inform, uplift, and support everyone living in our island towns. We present strong and empowering women as role models, through movies, discussions and support groups.

  • Amazing Women Talks and Discussions
  • Blood Drives
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Walk
  • Sponsorship of Carol Dyer Memorial Luminary Evening
  • Women’s Support Groups