winter morning sun on Camden Harbor

Category Archives: Outdoor Activities

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!

Things To Do in Maine in Winter – Ice Climbing and More

February 21, 2019 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Man ice climbing at Camden Hills State parkAt the beginning of each new year, many people resolve to learn a new skill or hobby or try something brand new.  Was this one of your resolutions this year?  Two months into the new year, did you do anything about it? If you have not, we have a few great suggestions of things to do in Maine in winter right here in Camden. One can experience ice climbing in Camden Hills State Park with Equinox Guiding Services, snowboarding, skiing or tobogganing.

Ice Climbing

Noah Kleiner of Equinox Guiding Service says of ice climbing, “It’s about celebrating a sense of adventure, challenges that widen our perception, and expand our comfort zones by getting outside.” Enticing, isn’t it?

Ice on the coast of Maine may vary significantly. The Atlantic, with her ebb and flow of moisture
and temperature swings, causes the ice flows to change with it. As a result, the same ice wall varies day to day.  This means the climb can be different each day.

Camden offers beginner friendly climbing with short flows of varying degree of steepness. The team at Equinox Guiding Services are certified guides. They provide all the climbing gear and knowledge of the Camden Hill State Park to customize your adventure. There are five locations in the park that 

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Top Winter Activities in Maine

October 31, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Many people realize Camden, Maine is the perfect place for travel during the summer months. Fewer people may realize that it is also the perfect place in the winter months as well!  This is the second in a series of Wellness Travel Guides and provides a list of winter activities in Maine for the the active traveler to enjoy in Camden.

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Wellness Travel Guide: Activities for Fit Travel in Camden Maine

August 16, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Are you looking for a destination that allows you to maintain your routine of fitness and healthy eating?  Look no further. Camden, Maine is the perfect place for fit travel.  This is the first in a series of Wellness Travel Guides and provides a list of experiences for the the active traveler to enjoy in Camden during high season (May through October).

Insider tips: Plan ahead! Make reservations for both the activities and the restaurants. Reserve a room with a jetted tub or a soaking tub to relax in after an activity filled day.

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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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Top 5 Hiking Trails Near Camden, Maine

March 27, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

There are numerous fabulous hikes near Camden, Maine in all types of terrain with breathtaking views. Camden Hills State Park has 20 trails covering over 30 miles. The Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Georges River land Trust offer even more scenic hiking options. Our Camden bed and breakfast is the perfect location to explore the great outdoors of Maine, then retreat back to a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere at our Victorian mansion.

With so many options, it can be difficult to choose. We’ve rounded up our top 5 spots for hiking near Camden, Maine!

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Top 10 Things To Do in Maine this February for NE School Vacation Week

February 15, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

This February is New England School Vacation Week. We know you love your children, but the thought of seeing your them bored all week is frightening.

We have the perfect solution. Pack the car and spend a few days at our Camden, Maine bed and breakfast. To help you enjoy your trip even more we have summed up the top 10 things to do in Maine in February. 

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Pies on Parade introduces a new Saturday Event in Camden

January 16, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Pies on Parade; New Camden Event; Key Lime Pie poster

 

 

As reported on Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) (Pantry and Emergency Assistance) website, Pies on Parade is their largest fund raiser of the year.  Over the past thirteen years, more than $150,000 has been donated to AIO’s Food Pantry from this event to help provide food for Knox County families. This fund raiser provides enough funds to feed 100 hungry families for a full year when paired with other matching donations. This year, a new Saturday event, in partnership with the Pies on Parade weekend, will take place in Camden. The Camden event will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the filming of Peyton Place in Camden.

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Holiday Happenings near Camden, Maine

November 26, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

As a Christmas junkie, I look forward to the Holiday happenings near Camden, Maine. Boothbay, Rockland, Camden, and Rockport all have entire weekends devoted to holiday activities. Then, there are all of the midweek activities to get you through to the next weekend. It requires serious planning to get in all of the midcoast Maine Christmas and holiday celebrations!

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Before you forget winter in Camden, ME

March 2, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Before you forget winter in Camden, ME, we want to show pictures on just how beautiful it is. It is hard to believe that 2 weeks ago, we had 30 inches of snow. Now with the warmer temperatures and rain, lots of snow is melting.

winter camden, me; front of Hawthorn Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Affordable NE School Vacation Week Your Family Will Love

February 9, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

A vacation in MidCoast Maine is the affordable NE school vacation week your family will love! Regardless if your family loves the great outdoors, or prefers being inside, MidCoast Maine offers a cost-effective way to vacation with your children.

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Camden Maine Winterfest

January 18, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Camden Maine Winterfest is another reason to get outdoors and enjoy what midcoast Maine has to offer. New York Times Travel speaks of the U. S. National Toboggan Championship as a reason to gather in the cold, dark months of the year to have some fun! The Camden Maine Winterfest began as an extension of that fun. It is more than a week long event. It starts on Saturday, February 4 with community ice sculpting in the Camden Public Library Amphitheater. For a complete list of all of the activities click here.

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Glacier Ice Bar

January 11, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

A visit to Samoset’s Glacier Ice bar is a “must-see” outdoor winter activity in the Maine midcoast. Samoset’s Executive Chef, Tim Pierce, and his team carve over 20,000 pounds of crystal-clear ice into one of the “hottest and coolest lounges” found in Maine for two January weekends a year.

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Gardens Aglow 2016

November 7, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

As the leaves fall, I start counting down the days for Gardens Aglow 2016.  The staff at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens transform the upper gardens into the biggest and brightest holiday light display in Maine. The display lights up Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (4:00 pm to 9 pm) November 18 through December 31, 2016. Last year, the first year, was absolutely amazing! I am an admitted holiday junkie therefore love this stuff!!

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Lobstering boat tour

August 29, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Learn about lobstering and enjoy the Camden Harbor aboard the Lively Lady, a lobstering boat tour. It is a fun activity for kids of all ages.

The Lively Lady has become one of our favorite Camden Harbor activities to share with guests.  “Kids” of all ages enjoy it! My niece and nephews that range from 6 to 13 years old as well as my 21 year old daughter and her friend thought is was one of the favorite things to do during their visit to Camden, Maine.

lobstering; 21 year old "kid" holding a lobster

21 year old “kid” holding a lobster during a lobster boat tour.

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Kennebec Whitewater River Rafting

July 17, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Camden, Maine is more than just a stop off between Portland and Bar Harbor.  Camden is a great destination to use as home-base for outdoor adventures.  A Kennebec Whitewater River Rafting trip with North Country Rivers is a great adventure and an easy day trip from Camden.  It takes two hours to get there. You raft all day and then drive back to Camden in time for dinner.  Alternatively, you can eat in any number of interesting places between Bingham and Camden.

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Spruce Mountain Hike

May 2, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

The short easy Spruce Mountain Hike provides amazing views of the surrounding mountains, lakes and Penobscot Bay.

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Hike Bald Rock Mountain

April 20, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Bald Rock Mountain is one of the highest mountain tops in Camden Hills State Park at 1200 feet. The climb to the top is easy to moderate. One is rewarded at the end of the climb with a majestic view of west Penobscot Bay including Camden, Rockport and Rockland harbors. 

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