Explore Camden and Beyond
From Schooners to lighthouses, outdoor adventure, shopping, sightseeing and more, there’s something for everyone in Camden, Maine and the surrounding area.
Here you will find mountains and trails to hike, country roads to bike, and waters to paddle or sail. Enjoy a round of golf overlooking the bay. Swim in warm lake waters or the brisk Atlantic. If you’re ready to shop ’till you drop, the harbor-front streets are lined with intriguing shops selling many made-in-Maine crafts and treasures from around the world. Purchase art work directly from artisans in their studios. Browse the antiques shops and flea markets. There are great country auctions, too!
Fresh-catch dining is a highlight in Camden. Stop in to one of our many restaurants and pubs for some delicious fresh Maine seafood or fabulous traditional cuisine: a foodie’s delight!
Short Walk From the Inn:
- Camden Harbor
- Schooner Surprise / Schooners Olad and Owl / Schooner Appledore / Camden Harbor Cruises
- Kayaking / Water Sports / Maine Sport Outfitters
- Town / Shopping
- Festival / Town Events
- Art Galleries
- Hiking at Camden Hills State Park
- Walking in Merryspring Gardens
Short Drive From the Inn:
- Camden Hills State Park – 3 min drive
- Goose River Golf Course, Rockport – 5 min drive
- Beauchamp Point, Rockport – 10 min scenic drive
- Lincolnville Ferry (to Islesboro Island) – 10 min drive
- Lincolnville Beach – 10 min drive
- Camden Snow Bowl / Winter Sports – 10 min drive
- Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockland – 15 min drive
- Lighthouse Museum, Rockland – 15 min drive
- Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland – 15 min drive
- Shepherds Pie Restaurant, Rockport – 15 min drive
- Primo Restaurant, Rockland – 15 min drive
- The Pearl Restaurant, Rockland – 15 min drive
- Rockland Golf Club, Rockland – 15 min drive
- Samoset Golf Course, Rockport -15 min drive
- Cellardoor Winery, Lincolnville – 10 min drive
- Savage Oaks Vine Sweetgrass Winery 20min dr(makers of fine wines and ‘Back River Gin’: quite possibly the best gin you will ever taste!)
- Breakwater Vineyards, Owls Head – 22 min drive
- Camden Snow Bowl / Ski Area – 10 min drive – National Toboggan championships also held here.
- Knox Museum, Thomaston – 20 min drive
- Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head – 25 min drive
- Belfast, Maine – 30 min drive
- Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport – 35 min drive
- Monhegan Island– 45 min drive to the ferry
- Red’s Eats Take-Out Restaurant, Wiscasset – 50 min drive
- Marshall Point Lighthouse, Port Clyde – 50 min drive
- Maine State Museum, Augusta – 1 hr drive
- Children’s Discovery Museum, Augusta – 1 hr drive
- Botanical Gardens, Boothbay – 1 hr 10 min drive
- Blue Hill, Maine – 1hr 15 min drive
- Freeport Outlet Shopping – 1 hr 20 min drive
- Portland / Old Port – 1 hr 45 min drive
- Acadia National Park – 2 hr drive
Dining in Camden:
There are many choices for scrumptious dining just a short, leisurely stroll from the Inn. Whether you prefer a casual bite, fine dining, or a sweet treat, Camden’s diverse collection of cuisine is sure please every palate, preference, and budget. Some of our restaurants are located right on the water where patrons enjoy beautiful views of the Harbor during their meal. We especially love dining on the Harbor during Camden sunsets. While all our restaurants in town are wonderful, here are a few we often recommend. For dining information and sample menus, please check individual websites.
- Francine – fine dining, varied artisan cuisine, bar, dinner service
- 40 Paper – fine dining Italian bistro, full bar, dinner service
- Waterfront – waterfront casual fine dining, serves lunch and dinner
- Long Grain – Asian fusion and Thai cuisine, full bar, serves dinner
- Fresh Restaurant – American contemporary dining
- Drouthy Bear – Scottish pub with great Scottish pub fare
- Natalie’s Restaurant – Fabulous fine dining for that special occasion
For a complete listing of all dining in Camden (including specialty and home-made treats!) please click here.
Touring the area via bike is a favorite among our guests. Camden and the surrounding areas have wonderful biking loops for every skill level: from light scenic loops for sightseeing, to challenging trails for the advanced biker. Take along a picnic lunch and you are set for a day’s adventure! We recommend Maine Sport Outfitters for a terrific selection of bicycles, and helpful service. Another great option for bikes is Side Country Sports in Rockland.
Below are two of our favorite biking loops. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenic views of Beauchamp Point. Be sure to stop by the Whales Tooth Pub, while visiting Lincolnville Beach, and sample their award winning British style fish & chips!
Click on each Map for a larger view
Maiden’s Cliff – Camden Hills State Park, Camden ME:
An easy-to-moderate 1.8 mile trail where, at cliffs top, you’ll experience a breath-taking panoramic view of Megunticook Lake.
Mount Battie Trail – Camden Hills State Park, Camden ME:
Hike (or drive) to the top of this amazing 600-foot elevation scenic park. The stunning and famous view of Camden Harbor and the Atlantic ocean are a highlight not to be missed!
Mount Megunticook Trail – Camden Hills State Park, Camden ME
Mount Megunticook is the tallest of the Camden Hills reaching peak height at 1,100 ft. The “loop” trial is suitable for hikers of all skill levels. Most hikers complete this journey in around three hours.
As you can imagine, the Camden area offers an enormous amount of adventures on the water. kayaks, canoes, or stand-up paddleboards (SUP) are favorites you can rent at Maine Sport Outfitters which is not far from the Inn. Sign up for a guided trip on nearby lakes or the beautiful coastline. Schooner excursions on the Heron, Surprise, and Olad are additional guest favorites. Nothing compares to a breezy sail around the harbor and Atlantic while aboard these gorgeous wooden crafts. Fresh sea air is an amazing source of renewal. If you prefer a private vessel for your excursion, many local boating companies offer private charters.
Discover the Camden coastline or Metgunticook Lake with an underwater view! Experience the ocean blue with a “PADI Try-Dive” beginner scuba lesson. Blue Harbor Scuba offers diving classes for both beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels. Instructor Terry Hazzard leads courses that are fun, safe, and economical. Blue Harbor House Inn offers a terrific “Try Dive” beginner scuba lesson vacation package. Your aquatic Camden adventure starts here! » Read More
Islesboro Island: This small little island rests quietly in picturesque Penobscot Bay. It is about three miles off the Maine coastline and is easily reached by a 30-minute ferry ride from Lincolnville Beach. Visit shops in the quaint village, which is nearly untouched by commercialism. Explore the island with nature walks, hiking, and bicycling. Arts exhibits and musicians are highlight throughout warmer months.
Curtis Island: Just a short paddle from Camden Harbor is Curtis Island and lighthouse. Explore the seven-acre refuge, filled with amazing wildlife. The now solar-powered lighthouse was built in 1896 and is well maintained, making it a perfect destination for a warm-weather picnic. We offer an adventuresome paddling package which includes a registered Maine guide, lodging, and breakfast.
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Maine is world-famous for its abundance of historic lighthouses, and seeing them all is the dream of many a visitor. The Camden mid-coast region and nearby islands are home to several, some of which are just a few minutes’ drive from the Inn. Others are a bit further Down East, or reside off shore on a peaceful island. Be sure to stop by the famous Marshall Point Lighthouse (Port Clyde), which was featured in the movie “Forrest Gump”. For additional information and directions to each, click this link: Mid-Coast Maine Lighthouses
Maine’s Mid-Coast Region is home to several interesting museums. A few of our favorites are: the Farnsworth Art Museum & Wyeth Center in Rockland (short drive), Penobscot Marine Museum – Searsport, and the Owls Head Transportation Museum located in Owl’s Head, Maine.
Below is a complete listing of interesting museums to consider visiting while exploring the Mid-Coast region of Maine: Mid-Coast Museums