We stayed in the Whalesback September 5-12. It was super quiet, being the end of the season. The bedroom with the two twin beds was perfect for our kids and the queen bed for us was very comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed and the washer/dryer in the bathroom was a life saver after long hikes or days at the beach. The cottage was clean and cozy. The drive to Bar Harbor or Acadia is about 30 minutes but it is a beautiful drive. Southwest Harbor is only about 5 minutes away. I am sure in season, this town gets hopping but it was very quiet the week we were there. Tried to get take out one night (a Friday night!!) and could only find one place open. Groceries are pretty expensive on the Island so if you plan on cooking, shop in Ellisworth before crossing over. The one downside is no water access.