winter morning sun on Camden Harbor

Best time to visit Camden Maine

September 17th, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Top ten reasons why September is the best time to visit Camden Maine.

  • The leaves are beginning to change.
  • Day-time temperatures average in the low 70’s.
  • Water temperatures are at their warmest.
  • Most of the summer visitors have gone.Best time to visit camden; fall front of inn
  • The leaf peepers have not yet arrived.
  • Summer activities are ongoing.
  • Restaurants are still on summer schedules.
  • Lobster is generally abundant and market prices are low.


The day-time temperatures average in the 70’s, the perfect temperature for hiking. There are many scenic choices for hiking in the Camden area including Coastal Mountain Land Trust trails, the Georges River Land Trust trails (see Spruce Mountain Hike) and Camden Hills State Park. There are 30 miles of hiking in Camden Hills State Park alone, where trails to Bald Rock Mountain, Mount Battie and Maiden’s Cliff provide especially spectacular views. A trip to the top of Mount Battie is a must do when in Camden. It provides a magnificent view of the western Penobscot Bay and the coastal islands. On a clear day, visitors can see as far north as Cadillac Mountain. This view inspired Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem “Renascence.”  A map at the top depicts the view with the names of the islands and a stanza from “Renascence.”

Best time to visit Camden Maine

View from the top of Mount Battie

You can picnic at the top of the mountain without a lot of other people being around.

Water temperatures are at their warmest.  This makes swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding enjoyable on bright sunny days.

September is also an excellent time to go out for a schooner sail.

Take a look a this Outdoor Activities video for some of the outdoor activities  you can enjoy in or around Camden.


If you are a foodie, Camden should definitely be on your bucket list.  There are 25 restaurants in Camden including 7 restaurants with outdoor dining overlooking the harbor. Two chefs have been nominated multiple times as James Beard finalists.

restaurants and best time to visit Camden Maine

Camden Deli and Marriner’s; lunch spots with outdoor dining and waterfall and harbor views.

Many of the restaurants are farm to table. Check out the Rock Coast food guide for more information on the restaurant scene in Camden and nearby Rockland and Rockport.  Lincolnville and Belfast, also short drives away, provide even more options.

Best time to visit Camden Maine

September is the best time to visit Camden Maine.  As there are fewer travelers in town, the midweek visitor is often able to find reduced rates. A true value for the traveler.  See our Promotions page for the current specials and packages.  You deserve a break today. Come to Camden and enjoy!



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