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Experience the Best of Fall in Camden, Maine

September 26, 2019 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Two well respected travel resources, Frommer’s and Travel and Leisure include Camden, Maine in the list of best places to see fall foliage in New England. We certainly agree and it is easy to see why!

fall foliage in Camden, Maine

Town and Country named Maine’s coastal Route 1 as one of the 14 Incredible Spots to See Fall Foliage Across New England. Town and Country suggests starting in Portland and ending in Camden. The drive along coastal Route 1 provides glimpses of the ocean through colorful leaves. You may ask, but where should we stop to not miss anything? Here is one insider’s view of where to stop for the best experience of fall in Camden, Maine.

Maine’s Pumpkin Trail

Heading north on Route 1 from Portland, Maine’s Pumpkin Trail includes Freeport, Maine Maritime Museum, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta. Click here for the complete calendar of events.

Maine Maritime Museum

At the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, one can board the Merrymeeting to cruise the Kennebec river viewing fall foliage, wildlife and lighthouses. The Merrymeeting offers an open upper deck and enclosed lower deck for those chillier days. There are a number of different cruises of varying length.  On Saturdays during the fall, one can take the Lighthouse Legends and Lore Cruise.  Red Cloak Haunted History Tours explore the legends and lore of up to 7 Midcoast Maine’s lighthouses (conditions permitting). This tour includes a shore landing at the Burnt Island Light for a look at the keeper’s house and tower.

Red Cloak Tour at Burnt Island

Red Cloak Tour at Burnt Island, Photo Credit: Red Cloak Haunted History Tours

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

The next stop on Maine’s Pumpkin Trail is the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Located on 295 tidal acres along the MidCoast, it is the largest botanical garden in New England and offers a true Maine experience. In addition to the fall foliage, one can still find flowers in bloom.  Scarecrows are found throughout the gardens during the fall to bring a smile to your face.

Scarecrow atop of a trellis at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Scarecrow, Photo Credit: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Scarecrow in row boat at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Tidely Idley Scarecrow, Photo Credit: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

If you have read any of our previous blog posts about Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Gardens Aglow, you know we are huge fans of the creativity and beauty.  In 2019, the Gardens introduce Scarecrows at the Gardens. Local artists, businesses, students, organizations and individuals will handcraft kooky, spooky and creative scarecrows.  After that, the scarecrows will be on display during the month of October. Visitors to the gardens will vote on the winners.

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta

Final stop on Maine’s Pumpkin Trail is Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta.  Most of the events take place over Columbus Day Weekend.  However, the decorated pumpkins line the streets of Damariscotta until the end of October.

Cinderella fairy godmother and coach pumpkins in Damariscotta

Cinderella Fairy Godmother and Coach Pumpkins

One of the most fun events to watch is the Pumpkin Regatta. There are 2 divisions of the regatta, the “Paddleboat” and the “Powerboat” Divisions. In the Powerboat division, participants craft boats out of pumpkins and outfit them with a 5-10 hp outboard motor.

Pumpkin Regatta in Damariscotta

Pumpkin Regatta in Damariscotta

And the winner in 2018 was the Viking, Russell Orms.

Man dressed as a viking in a boat carved out of a pumpkin

2018 Pumpkin Regatta Winner, Russell Orms

Best Ways to View the Fall Foliage in Camden, ME

After leaving Damariscotta, continue north on Route 1 until you reach your final destination of Camden, ME.

Main Street in Camden, Maine with fall foliage

Main Street in Camden, Maine

One can do a scenic drive or walk through the beautiful tree-lined streets.  There are however, more unique ways to view the foliage. Where the mountains meet the seas, one can view the colorful leaves from the top of Mount Battie.

View of Camden Fall Foliage from the top of Mount Battie

View of Camden Fall Foliage from the Top of Mount Battie

Auto road coming down from the top of Mount Battie

Auto Road from the Top of Mount Battie

From the Harbor

One can take one of the many tour boats that run out of Camden Harbor.  As you cruise through the harbor, you can admire the spectacular colors on the shore.

Heading back into Camden Harbor after a boat tour in the fall.

Camden Harbor Fall Boat Tour, Photo Credit: Dan Dishner

Lake Megunticook

One can enjoy the colors as they reflect off the lake.

Trees lining Lake Megunticook in the fall

Tree-Lined Lake Megunticook

Or one can go rock climbing with Equinox Guiding Services, and get a whole different perspective.

Man rock climbing near Lake Megunticook during the fall.

Rock Climbing Near Lake Megunticook, Photo Credit: Equinox Guiding Services.

Camden Snow Bowl

Sundays in October, Camden Snow Bowl offers chair lift rides to see the amazing colors and the ocean.

Fall chairlift rides at Camden Snow Bowl.

Fall Chairlift Rides at Camden Snow Bowl, Photo Credit: Camden Snow Bowl.

Find Your Home Away from Home in Camden

Reserve a room at our Camden Maine Inn. Check out the Promotions page to find our current offerings to enjoy the spectacular fall foliage in the Camden area! Follow the official report for status/progress of the changing leaves in Maine.

Top Reasons to Plan a Maine Getaway in September

August 14, 2019 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

There is no better time to visit our quaint Camden Inn than in the fall! Outside of lovely day-time temperatures and fewer crowds, guests can enjoy an abundance of Maine attractions in September. This includes a plethora of ongoing summer outdoor activities, festivals, events, and seasonal happenings. Keep reading to learn why you should plan your fall getaway with us in Camden.

View of Hawthorn Inn, a Maine Bed and Breakfast

Perfect Temperatures

Unlike our neighbors to the north, Camden offers perfect fall temperatures averaging in the 70s throughout September. With gorgeous summer weather stretching into the fall months, guests are able to take advantage of all the wonderful outdoor things to do in Maine. As water temperatures are at their warmest, guest can enjoy sailing, kayaking, swimming, stand-up paddleboard, and other fun water activities without the crowds or cold weather.

Those wanting to explore the land and see the area from a different vantage point can choose from multiple scenic hikes in Camden. These include the Coastal Mountain Land Trust trails, the Georges River Land Trust trails, such as the Spruce Mountain hike, and Camden Hills State Park, which offers 30 miles of hiking bliss. We also recommend checking out trails to Bald Rock Mountain, Mount Battie, and Maiden’s Cliff, as they all offer spectacular views.

Maine lighthouse and coast view

Seasonal Festivals & Events

Like all seasons, fall offers a wide selection of unique festivals and Maine events which can only be appreciated in September, like apple picking in Hope Orchard. Some of the most popular events include:

  • The 2019 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Documentary Forum will take place September 12-15 in Camden, Rockport, and Rockland, Maine. This event is one of the top documentary film festivals in the world as it showcases over 80 documentary features and short films from around the globe each fall. Nearly all films are followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers, along with a number of musical performances, interactive installations, networking sessions, and special events that enrich participant experiences. Hawthorn Inn is a proud sponsor of CIFF!
  • The Foreign Auto Festival 2019 will be hosted at Owl’s Head Transportation Museum (OHTM) on September 14 -15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This fun event will feature Volkswagen, along with a world of imports such as Bugatti and Maserati. There will also be aircraft demonstrations with more than a dozen rare, restored and replica aircraft for visitors to admire.
  • The United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation are proud to sponsor Maine Open Lighthouse Day. Guests who attend this event on September 14 will have the rare opportunity to learn and climb over two dozen historic Maine lighthouses, including several that are close to Camden, such as Curtis Island Light, Owls Head, Pemaquid Point, Marshal Point, and Rockland Breakwater Lighthouses.

Couple eating pizza at a Maine Restaurant

Short Maine Getaways

For guests on a tight schedule who want to experience all the best things Maine has to offer, we recommend jumping on the 36 Hours in Camden and Rockport, Maine train, as seen in the New York Times Travel section. Below are our top recommendations for a quick trip.

  • Salt Water Farm is a cooking school for chefs of all levels. Head Chef and instructor, Annemarie, teaches traditional cooking methods and resourcefulness in the kitchen during fun classes and workshops. Each session helps you to prepare simple, nourishing meals using local ingredients. Her summer classes and workshops fill up fast, but she still has some availability in her fall classes, sign up today if your fall dream is to be a master of cuisine.
  • If you’re a foodie, these Camden restaurants should definitely be on your bucket list. There are many restaurants in Camden and Rockport including seven with outdoor dining options overlooking the Camden Harbor and two overlooking the Rockport Harbor. Some of our favorites include The Drouthy Bear Pub, Rhumb Line, Fresh and Company, and Nina June.

With fewer travelers in town, comfortable temperatures, and a ton of things to do in Maine during fall, I think we can all agree, September is the best month to visit Camden for your fall getaway. Make sure to check out our specials and packages and book your incredible Maine getaway today!

Indoor Activities and Unique Crafts

May 14, 2019 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

“Why would I want to visit Camden, ME if I am not assured of beautiful weather”, you ask?  The answer is there is a plethora of indoor activities in Maine to experience and enjoy!  These activities are available all year round. If you are anything like me, they are not activities that I want to participate in if I could be enjoying the great outdoors. So uncertain weather condition provides the perfect opportunity to explore the indoors.

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Book Direct Guest Education Day

February 6, 2019 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

The #BookDirect Guest Education Day, recurs on the first Wednesday in February. The Second Annual Book Direct Guest Education Day is February 6, 2019.  It surprises me how many times a guest thinks they are on our website, but they are actually on a Online Travel Agent’s (OTA’s) website.Google's Book a room button

Then I learned of a Google survey conducted by a collaboration of bed and breakfast industry professionals. The results of the study indicate that 70% of travelers think that Google’s Book a Room button goes directly to the hotel or they do not know where it goes. We decided it was important to take this opportunity to educate potential guests.

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Lobster in Camden, Maine

July 24, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Eighty percent of U.S. Lobster is caught in Maine. The first question many visitors ask is “where can I get the best Lobster in Camden, Maine.” As with many “best” questions, the answer is “it depends.” Are you looking for a lobster shack, a whole lobster in a restaurant setting, a lobster roll, or a delicious dish prepared using the delicacy?

How to Eat Lobster in Camden Maine

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Inspiration for your Summer Getaway: Water Activities in Maine

May 18, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

As the weather starts to warm up and more boats are visible in the Camden Harbor, one starts to long for the top water activities in Camden, Maine and the surrounding area.

Camden Harbor

The two most popular things to do when you visit Camden between May and October are hike Mount Battie overlooking the Penobscot Bay and get out in a boat on the Penobscot Bay.

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Agri-Tourism in Maine – Celebrate Spring with One of Many Local Events

April 24, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

People care about sustainable agriculture.  They want healthful foods from farming techniques that protect the environment. Animal welfare is a top priority.  Future generations must have the ability to produce the same.  Many farmers in Maine chose a simpler way of life but are using creativity and resourcefulness to make farming work. The Maine farmers want to share the fruits of their labor with people that share their same values. The sharing occurs at the local farmers market or cooperative, agri-tourism and the extremely popular farm-to-table restaurant movement.

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The Perfect Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways in Camden, Maine

January 31, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Have you made plans yet? Here are some suggestions for the perfect romantic getaway to Camden, Maine to be enjoyed for a Valentine’s Day getaway, or year-round! Everyone has their own opinion of romance, but we think one of these getaways will kindle a spark.

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You’ll Love Sweet and Informative Maine Maple Sunday

March 30, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

We missed Maine Maple Sunday our first 2 years in Maine. Ted and I could not wait to attend our first one in March of 2017. We had heard so much about it.  Initially enticed by trying new things, we were ultimately fascinated by all we learned. Be sure not to miss the 36th anniversary of Maine Maple Sunday on March 24, 2019.

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5 Behind The Scenes Details Of Hospitality For Humanity

March 8, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

The Maine Innkeepers Association (MIA) is sponsoring the 15th Annual Hospitality for Humanity. Member properties offer 50% off the regular rate in exchange for a $35 check to Habitat for Humanity. Each member property sets its own parameters for participation. Since the program’s inception in 2004, MIA has raised over $183,000. Last year (2016), MIA collected over $26,000, a record amount. 

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Pies on Parade 2017

December 4, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

As a new comer to the winters of mid-coast Maine in 2015, we were pleased to learn of a community event called Pies on Parade. Two years later, we are starting our preparations for Pies on Parade 2017.

Pies on Parade 2017; shiitake mushroom and leek quiche

Picture from last year’s Pies on Parade, 25 Shiitake mushroom and leek quiches

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Home Page Video Description

April 15, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

This is the Video Description for the video on our home page
There is not any narration to this video, just background music. Opening picture is the Hawthorn Inn Logo superimposed on the tower at the top of Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park.  The following frames are drone footage flying down Mount Battie and over top of the Hawthorn Inn, a Camden, Maine bed and breakfast.  The Hawthorn Inn is located a few blocks from the base of Mount Battie.

The next scene is the Hawthorn Inn sign on the front lawn. Next is the view of the inn as one walks up the driveway of the inn.  The inn is a grand yellow Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion with a turreted front. A young couple walks up the front stairs of the Hawthorn Inn. Ted and Lisa Weiss, the proprietors of the inn, warmly greet the young couple with a hearty hand shake and smiles all around.

The camera surveys some of the details of the common areas, the intricately carved post at the bottom of the open stairwell to the second floor and the antique rocker in the living room.  The young couple is all smiles as they look around the inn’s library.

The camera follows as the couple walks over to their Carriage House room. The camera scans the room with the King-size bed with its white bed spread and red accents.  The couple stands by the window looking out at the gardens and glimpse of Camden Harbor. There is a vase with fresh wildflowers on the table in the foreground.

The camera comes down the stairs from the back decks of the main house. The young couple sits relaxing in the zero gravity lounge chairs in the lush green backyard of the inn.  The couple rises and walks through the gate in the back yard into the Camden Public Library parking lot.

A drone lifts straight up from the zero gravity lounge chairs, flies over the fire pit at the end of the yard and moves forward to Camden Harbor. This demonstrates the proximity of the inn’s backyard and gate to the harbor. The couple walks past the Camden Amphitheater and Public Library. They continue down Main Street to the public landing to board the Schooner Olad.

Schooner Olad sails into the Penobscot Bay in the bright sunshine.  Schooner Olad sails around Curtis Island and the Curtis Island Lighthouse. The drone flies over Curtis Island and Curtis Island Lighthouse past the sailboats in the harbor and Lyman Morse marina.  The sun is setting.

The couple sits smiling at a table at Rhumbline, the restaurant at the Lyman Morse Marina.  The lights of the businesses along the other side of the harbor are in the background.

It is now dark.  The young couple are sitting holding hands enjoying the firepit at the rear of the inn’s back yard. The inn is lit up behind them in the background.

Sun high over Camden Hills, a new day awaits.  The couple starts breakfast with a cup of coffee in a Hawthorn Inn hand thrown pottery mug.  Fresh flowers adorn the breakfast table.  Maine maple syrup pouring over a stack of blueberry pancakes with Maine blueberries tacked on top of the pancakes with a side of Canadian bacon.

After breakfast the couple enjoy playing backgammon in the inn’s common spaces.  The young man enjoys sitting in the inn’s library reading a book, with shelves of books behind him. Young woman writes in the room journals about what a lovely stay that they had at the Hawthorn Inn bed and breakfast in Camden, Maine.

Video ends as if walking backwards away from the inn, with one last view in the bright shining sun.


Our New Website

March 31, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

We have a new website!  Stay tuned for news about the inn and the Camden area.

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