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Explore Camden in Midcoast Maine

Camden – Where the Mountains Meet the Sea

The Camden area is a year-round vacation destination bursting with things to do. There is something for everyone! Camden is one of two places along the Atlantic Coast where the mountains meet the sea. This location gives visitors a plethora of land and water activities to enjoy. The area is rich in maritime history for the historian in you. Its great beauty inspires artists from all genres, and as a result arts and culture abound. Many Camden area restaurants are focused on locally sourced ingredients, featuring incredible seasonal specialties. There are microbreweries, distilleries, and wineries in the area to enjoy.

Camden is centrally located in Midcoast Maine, which is a great home base to explore all of the coast. One could easily spend multiple weeks in Midcoast Maine exploring the Camden area and then beyond. Guests can venture north to Acadia (the second place where the mountains meet the sea) and explore the southern Maine Coast on day trips.

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Take me to Camden Maine is an extremely detailed site covering Camden and the surrounding area including Lincolnville, Rockport and Rockland. It provides details on what to do, must-see attractions, where to eat, and where to shop. It is a great first site to explore to get the big picture of the area, then hone in on how you are going to spend your time in the area.  Perhaps even decide you need to extend your stay to do and see everything that you want to do.

The Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce provides details on all of the communities in the Midcoast region. You can find business directories for Chamber members as well as the events going on in the local communities.

Once you book your stay at the Hawthorn Inn, we will share with you a link to our Welcome Guide with our curated list of things to do. When you stay with us, we prepare a daily list of activities that are going on in the Camden area for that day. We are always happy to help plan your itinerary for your personal interests.

Beyond the Camden Area

When coming to Maine, many visitors want to experience as much of Vacation Land as possible. Ted and I are becoming familiar with all there is to see and do in the Midcoast of Maine. We are not familiar with many other areas in Maine. As a result, we have partnered with Your Maine Concierge, a Maine vacation planner. Vanessa Santarelli, the firm’s founder, was born and raised in Maine and has traveled the state extensively. Vanessa is familiar with where to eat, where to stay and what to do throughout the state.

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Winter Outdoor Activities

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The Camden area is a year-round destination. As the weather turns colder and many places turn to exclusively indoor activities, visitors to Midcoast Maine can still enjoy activities in the great outdoors but with more layers of clothes. Mainers whole heartily agree with Alfred Wainwright, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”

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Learning Opportunities

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One can learn a new skill while on vacation. The Camden area provides many opportunities to learn from skilled professionals/craftspeople.

Please be advised to check out these opportunities as they may be suspended due to current COVID-19 restrictions.

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Arts and Culture

Coastal Maine’s great beauty inspires artists from all genres; as a result, there is a tremendous arts and culture scene.

Please be advised to check out these venues as availability may be altered due to COVID-19 restrictions:

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Foodie Scene

Those living in Midcoast Maine have a hunger for great food, fantastic restaurants and a passion for sustainable agriculture. The farm-to-table movement is alive and well in the Camden area.

Some local restaurants source the menu from their own farms. Many of the others are supporting local farmers. These restaurant menus change frequently as the dishes prepared are featuring the freshest local products available/in season.

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Restaurants

Several local Maine chefs have been semifinalists in the prestigious James Beard awards over the last several years. Some of the chefs have been nominated multiple times:

  • Erin French of The Lost Kitchen in Freedom
  • Ravin Nakjaroen of Long Grain in Camden
  • Melissa Kelly, chef/owner of Primo in Rockland, in the Outstanding Chef category; Kelly has previously won the Best Chef: Northeast award twice
  • Keiko Suzuki Steinberger, owner of Suzuki’s Sushi Bar, in Rockland
  • Chases Daily, in Belfast, has made the semifinalist list for best restaurant

Here is a list of the restaurants that are a member of the local Chamber of Commerce. A more comprehensive list and insider tips are found in our Welcome Guide.

Farmer’s Markets

From May through October, one can find a local farmers’ market most days of the week. Our favorites include:

Agri-tourism

Agri-tourism is any agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch. One can plan your agriculturally based Maine visit using the Get Real Maine website. Read about the local agritourism experiences that we enjoy.

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Libations

According to the Maine Brewer’s Guild, “Maine has been the home of craft beer in the East” since 1986.

The Maine Winery Guild consists of 29 wineries. These wineries produce grape and fruit wines, distilled spirits, meads, ciders and fortified wines.

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Breweries

There are over 20 breweries in Maine’s Midcoast and Islands, plan your brewery trip. There are 2 breweries in Rockland that give tours:

In Camden, one can get a flight of their own brews at:

Wineries

If you are interested in wineries, you can use the Wine Trail Passport to plan your trip. Here are the 4 wineries within a 30-minute drive of Camden:

Additional Local Distilleries

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Museums

If you have an interest in history, art or culture, there is a museum in the Camden area that will intrigue you.

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By Land

Our “mountains” may not be tremendously high, but they offer beautiful vistas – wonderful rewards after a leisurely stroll, a strenuous hike, or a bike ride. There are also plenty of opportunities to bird watch.

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On the Water

Penobscot Bay is a water lover’s haven. Lake Megunticook, a short drive out Route 52, as well as ponds and rivers in the Midcoast provide lots of aquatic activities.

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Lighthouses/Islands

Six of Maine’s 15 ferry-accessible island communities are in the Penobscot Bay. Maine’s Midcoast is home to 13 lighthouses. Some are easily accessible; others are only accessible by boat. Seven of the lighthouses are open to the public at least part of the year.

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Shopping

Camden and the surrounding facilities are filled with one-of-a kind shops and boutiques.  From antiques to handblown glass to pottery to sea bags to innovative gifts to hand dyed and woven blankets to quaint book shops and boutique clothing shops just to name a few. Again something for everyone!

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