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Food and Lodging Information

The Acadia Trad Festival is conducted entirely on the College of The Atlantic campus. Participants are encouraged to be in residence on campus during the week if at all possible. Those with special needs should include a detailed, written description of those needs in the space provided on the registration form. There are also many options for other local accommodations (see below).



We regret that the 2020 Acadia Trad Festival has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2020 On-campus Food & Lodging (optional)

Rooms and meal plans must be purchased separately during the registration process. A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to hold your place. Full payment for room and board is due by April 15. After April 15, registrations should be accompanied by payment in full. 

  • Private Room  – $400.00 for the week (NOTE: private rooms are spoken for as of 3/3/20. If you prefer a private room, please select that as your preference during registration and you will be notified if one becomes available. They are first-come-first-served.)
    Includes single-occupancy room for six nights. These are private dormitory-style rooms with twin beds and a bath accessible from the hallway.
  • Shared Room – $300 per person for the week / $200 for top floor*  Includes (1) bed in a shared occupancy room for six nights. These are all dormitory-style rooms with twin beds and a bath accessible from the hallway. Configurations include double, triple and quad rooms.
  • Full Meal Plan – $180 with housing, $240 without housing
    Includes supper on Sunday, three meals a day at the college cafeteria in the Blair Dining Hall. There is no breakfast provided on Saturday at the end of the week.
  • Lunch-only plan – $80 for the week
    Includes lunch Monday through Friday at the college cafeteria in the Blair Dining Hall.

* A limited number of shared rooms are available on the top floors of the dormitory that has composting toilets. Depending on the weather, these rooms can sometimes have some odor. The discounted rate takes this into account. 

All rooms are offered on a first come first served basis. When room availability runs out, students may sign up for a waiting list in the event that additional on-campus housing becomes available, or there is a cancellation, but you are responsible for your own housing and are encouraged to seek a hotel, B&B, cottage reservation, or camp sites, at one of the many available in the Bar Harbor area (see below). Remember, this is peak tourist season, hotels and camp sites fill up quickly so don’t delay in securing your housing.

Basic linens will be provided: mattress pad, pillow, blanket, pillowcase, sheets, towels, and washcloths.

Parents with small children staying in the residence hall with adults will need to provide the child’s bedding, including air mattress or cot, pillow, blanket and linens. You must reserve either a single private room, or the entire double occupancy room for your own use, along with a meal plan for the children. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult for the entire week of classes.

Check-In Time: No earlier than 2:00 PM Sunday
Check-Out Time: No later than 9:00 a.m. Saturday

Other considerations for On-Campus Housing

  • Smoking is not permitted in or near any campus buildings.
  • Outdoor cooking (grills, campfires) is not permitted. Kitchens are available for use, but you must bring your own cookware and utensils.
  • Pets are not allowed, with the exception of service animals.
  • Alcohol is permitted only in your dormitory room. No open drinking is allowed!
  • Camping (including in cars) is not permitted on campus per town ordinance.
  • The residence hall has its own laundry facility, kitchen, and a furnished common area. Wireless connection (allowing you to connect directly into the campus network for high-speed internet access) is available.
  • Local ordinances require that all noise that can be heard outside of any College building must cease at 9:00 p.m. Gatherings outside are not permitted after 9:00 p.m; evening musical entertainment and jam sessions must be located inside a building.

NON-STUDENTS: As long as space permits, we will allow non-students to accompany enrolled students and be housed with them in student residence halls for the same payment rates offered to students. There is a 25% non-refundable deposit required to register as a non-student.

Local Area Accommodations

There are many places to stay on Mount Desert Island, but we recommend you stay nearby the College of the Atlantic to get the most of the experience. However, you can get anywhere on the island in 45 minutes drive and the free Island Explorer bus service stops at the college. Here are some other accommodations options:


The Colony Cottages

Bed & Breakfasts

Acacia House
Holland Inn


Hadley’s Point Campground
Black Woods Campground
Bar Harbor Campground
Smugglers Den Campground


Bar Harbor Motel: very near campus, ideal for easy access to COA (a short walk)

The Wonderview Inn: Walking distance from the college campus.

Robins Motel: A few miles away from campus.

Aurora Inn: In town, about a mile from campus.

Bar Harbor Ocean Side Hotel : On the water, a short walk to campus.

The Acadia Inn: Across the street. A very short walk to campus.