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 choosing 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)
- Primo - Chef Melissa Kelly (only two-time female chef JBF winner)
- 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.
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 at the town's deli for your day's excursions. From fancy to casual, with over 90 restaurants there's something for every palate.
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 northwesterlies, 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 some of the popular schooner ships below and all a short walk from Elms of Camden.
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.
Arts And Music
Create Your Own Composition
Activities abound along the Maine coast and you’ll be at the center of it all here in Camden.
- Lighthouses dot the coastline and are a wonderful place to enjoy a sunrise or sunset. Did I hear a proposal?
- Camden Harbor Juried Arts & Crafts Show - This annual outdoor show held in both the Summer and Fall celebrates the work of more than 100 artists and artisans in Camden’s dazzling Harbor Park. July & October
- Maine Lobster Festival - August
Are words necessary?
Camden is an all-season, all-year town and we want to show you the best of it! Oh, did we forget to mention Elms of Camden is now open year-round? Now there is no excuse not to visit Camden in the Fall or Winter. We'll have a fire waiting for you.
A complete visitors guide for all things Maine is available on the Visit Maine website.
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.