Like No Other Place
"Where the mountains meet the sea" and "the jewel of Mid-Coast Maine" are often used to describe Camden. And, Camden is stunning and a great destination for a long vacation or weekend getaway. Whether you're looking for outdoor activities on land or sea, lighthouses, museums, incredible food, arts and music, shopping, or simply a quiet retreat Camden has it all and then some. But, don't take our word for it. Here are a few travel recognitions Camden has received.
20 Ridiculously Romantic Getaways in New England
Best in the U.S. - The US destinations you need to see in 2018
Conde Nast Traveler
The Most Beautiful Towns in America
"This classic New England seaside town is so picture-perfect that it was the primary filming location for the 1957 movie about a seemingly idyllic town, Peyton Place. The motto of Camden has long been "Where the mountains meet the sea," and indeed, Mount Battie and Bald Mountain rise up above the harbor and the village, and a hike to the top of the former will reward you with a stellar view."
Explore And Discover
By Land or By Sea
Mount Battie - Located in Camden Hills State Park. Mount Battie is one of the peaks of the Camden Hills that loom above the harbor at Camden Maine. These mountains rival those on Mount Desert Island in height and grandeur, making them among the most impressive along North America's eastern coastline.
Megunticook Lake - Megunticook Lake is located at the base of the Camden Hills in Camden. At the eastern end of the lake, just three miles from the harbor and the ocean is Barrett’s Cove Beach, a beautiful spot for swimming and picnicking that is rarely crowded.
Camden Harbor - Where the mountains meet the sea. That's often used to describe Camden and it's true. Camden Harbor may be the prettiest harbor in all the US, perhaps the world. Mount Battie forms the backdrop for this stunning harbor, providing refuge from Nor'Westerlies, as well as some of the most accessible hiking boaters will find anywhere.
Schooner Excursions - No trip is complete without some adventure on the open water and Camden makes it easy with a wide assortment of schooner ships and tours. Check out our Sail & Spirits Package end enjoy the popular schooner ships below, all of which are a short walk from Elms of Camden. The Schooners Olad and Surprise sail out of Camden Harbor. Schooner Heron sails out of Rockport Harbor.
Kayak rentals, lessons, and even guided tours are readily available and for all skill levels. Check out some of the options below.
Get high! In terms of rock climbing that is and explore some of the options in and around Camden.
Acadia Mountain Guides is one of Maine's foremost rock climbing schools and has everything needed for a great adventure.
Equinox Guiding Service offers half and full-day climbs from the first-timer to the experienced climber.
Always Unique and Unexpected
If you're looking for run-of-the-mill shopping, you've come to the wrong place. Our shops are locally owned and operated with merchandise ranging from vintage books to handmade cashmere sweaters.
Experience the lost art of personal service, where questions are not only welcomed but encouraged. For one of a kind gifts or treasures for yourself, friends, or family you'll find it in Camden. Here are just some of the local shops in Camden that offer unique and one-of-a-kind items:
- Leslie Curtis Designs - For over 25 years, Leslie Curtis has been creating comfortable, effortless, and all the while luxurious, spaces for her clients.
- The Cashmere Goat - Offering a large selection of yarns, including traditional wools, alpaca, cashmere, cotton and other interesting blends.
- The Maine Dog - Anything and everything for your four-legged friend.
- Camden Jewelry - Fine jeweler and goldsmiths since 1974.
- Owl & Turtle Bookshop - Camden Maine's only fiercely independent, truly local bookshop for more than 45 years running.
- Stonewall Kitchen - From classic Wild Maine Blueberry Jam to mustards and condiments, baking mixes, and gift baskets for every occasion have been transforming everyday occasions since 1991.
Food Glorious Food
You won't go hungry in Camden. Maine's Rock Coast consists of Rockport, Rockland, and Camden and has more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in America. With something for every person, taste, and budget the only hard part is deciding where to go.
Here's a sampling of a few noteworthy restaurants that have helped make Camden and the Rock Coast area a true "foodie" destination.
- Long Grain - (JBF 2017 Best Chef Northeast nominee Ravin Nakjaroen) In 2009, Long Grain opened its doors in the beautiful seaside town of Camden, Maine. We call our cuisine "honest food" meaning we use seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, no inconvenient truths here. Although many consider Long Grain a Thai restaurant, our dishes are inspired by many different Asian cuisines and cultures.
- Primo - Chef Melissa Kelly (only two-time female chef JBF winner) After 19 seasons, numerous awards, and recognition Primo in Rockland has matured into what Chef Melissa Kelly calls a "Full Circle Kitchen..." the ultimate farm to table experience. What started with a garden, a few hens and a couple of pigs has now become an evolution of food; an endless pursuit to accomplish more. Primo is much more than a restaurant, it is about love and respect for food.
- Youngtown Inn - Chef/owner Manuel Mercier draws upon his French heritage to create an array of traditionally prepared dishes.
- Fresh & Co. - Owners Steven Steeves and Rada Valkova take inspiration from their roots, travels, and experiences to create a globally inspired, locally sourced cuisine.
- Peter Ott's - Peter Ott’s Steakhouse & Tavern relocated to the waterfront on Camden Harbor in 2014 becoming Peter Ott’s on the Water. Striving to always offer fresh, quality food, now paired with a panoramic view of Camden Harbor.
- Waterfront - The Waterfront balances the basics with the innovative styles of cooking, bringing goodness to your table. We buy from area fishermen and farmers, hire the local kids, and stay open year round as a place for the winter hardy to gather by the fireplace.
Visit us and experience a restaurant that has been part of the midcoast for thirty-five years!
- Cuzzy's - For casual food popular with the locals Cuzzy's is the place to go.
- Sea Dog Brewing Company - Sea Dog Brewing returns to Camden! Located in the heart of downtown Camden, Sea Dog offers signature craft beers, a huge seafood selection, creative pub fare, and harbor-side dining for the whole family.
But, life isn't always white tablecloths, crystal, and fine china. Grab a lobster roll at one of the many lobster shacks or a sandwich to go from Camden Deli, Market Basket, or Megunticook Market for your day's excursions. From fancy to casual, with over 90 restaurants there's something for every palate.
Arts And Music
Create Your Own Composition
If you like arts and music you better plan on staying at least three days. Galleries, museums, concerts, and so much more. Listed below are just a few of the galleries and museums to enjoy.
- Bayview Gallery
(207) 729-5500 | Website | 58 Maine St, Brunswick, ME
A fine art gallery specializing in contemporary american impressionist & realist paintings
- Camden Falls Gallery
(207) 470-7027 | Website | 5 Public Landing, Camden
Awaken your senses with vibrant paintings by emerging and established artists from throughout the northeast.
- Ironbound Gallery
(207) 236-4100 | Website | 37 Bayview St, Camden
Showcasing over 65 artists.
- Jacobson Glass Studio
(914) 715-6848 | Website | 210 Choate Rd, South Montville, ME 04941
Experience the thrill of glassblowing with David Jacobson in his renovated 200-year-old barn studio.
- Maine Artisans Co-op
(207) 789-5376 | Website | Across from the beach on Rte 1, Lincolnville Beach, ME 04849
Fine crafts by Maine artists and craftspeople.
- Center for Maine Contemporary Art
(207) 701-5005 | Website | 21 Winter Street, Rockland
Experience the art of this generation and the next. CMCA's exhibitions and educational programs are made to inspire and attract visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
- Farnsworth Art Museum & Wyeth Center
(207) 596-6457 | Website | 16 Museum St, Rockland
The Farnsworth Art Museum invites you to visit its nationally renowned collection of more than 15,000 paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs throughout 12 galleries and two historic properties.
- Maine Lighthouse Museum
(207) 594-3301 | Website | One Park Dr, Rockland, ME 04841
The mission of the Maine Lighthouse Museum is to educate the public regarding the long-standing traditions, heroism and progress of America's Lighthouse and Lifesaving services and the United States Coast Guard through the conservation and interpretation of the nation's most significant collection of lighthouse and artifacts.
- Owls Head Transportation Museum
(207) 594-4418 | Website | 117 Museum St, Owls Head
The Owls Head Transportation Museum is home to a world-class operating collection of antique automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles, engines and more.
- Camden Opera House
(207) 236-7963 | Website | 29 Elm St. Camden
Step off the bustling streets of Downtown Camden into this exquisitely renovated Victorian Opera House. The unexpected grandeur mirrors the excellence and variety of our programs.
- Strand Theatre
(207) 594-0070 | Website | 345 Main St, Rockland
The Historic Strand Theatre, located in downtown Rockland (less than a 15-minute drive from Elms of Camden), has been entertaining audiences since 1923. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the theater recently underwent an extensive renovation, balancing the building's rich heritage with the latest in sound technology.
- Bay Chamber Concerts
(207) 236-2823 | Website | 18 Central St. Rockport
Bay Chamber has a rich history of presenting the best in performing arts inMidcoast Maine.
ALL YEAR, ALL-AROUND OUTSTANDING.
Founded in 1961 by brothers Andrew and Thomas Wolf, Bay Chamber Concerts features world-renowned artists year-round. Our Summer Concert Series and Screen Door Summer Music Festival in July and August feature over 30 events that redefine the standards for chamber music. From September to June the Performing Arts Series features classical, jazz, world music and dance events in a variety of venues throughout the region.
From Wine to Wood, Baking to Boating
Camden is a great place to get an education. An education in FUN. There are great classes on wine, cooking, even fine woodworking. Listed below are a sample of classes or educational opportunities available in or around Camden.
When in Maine, you can't go far without seeing a lighthouse. The shorelines are filled with hundreds of light stations. The one-stop-site for light stations is lighthousefriends.com. The site provides filters so you can find those with easy access, are private, active, and even haunted. Some of the more popular ones close to Camden include: