I've gone to Mt. Desert Island, Maine every summer since I can remember, as has my father, my grandmother, and her parents before her. Needless to say, it holds a pretty solid place in my heart. No other houses or signs of civilization are visible from our family's home, and it's pretty easy to disconnect from the world. Or in my case, pretty uncomfortable; stranded with spotty cell phone reception and intermittent wireless internet, I was a bit of a nervous wreck at first.
The lack of wireless communication aside, I managed to have the usual wonderful time. I loved stopping at the small farmers markets to pick out fresh produce for our dinner, shopping in Northeast Harbor, hiking, sailing, and boating (my Harding-Lane hat came in very handy). One of my favorite outings is to Jordan Pond for the most delicious treat: fresh lobster bisque with a side of popovers. It is a little touristy, but putting up with a few amateur photographers (guilty) and bird watchers (not guilty) is completely worth the amazing menu of house-made classics and breathtaking views of Jordan Pond and surrounding mountains.