Just step outside, take a left and walk down the street for fifteen minutes to fully appreciate the charm of Camden village. Cedar Crest Inn rests at the top of a hill on the south side of Camden, Maine and leads to a town filled with well-maintained white clapboard houses and Victorian ship captain’s homes converted into impressive B&Bs. Eventually the journey will lead to a boat-filled harbor on the right side of town. There is so much to do in our small village and in the surrounding areas, that it would be difficult to make a complete list of all our favorite things to do!
We have listened to our guests and have compiled a suggestion list below for those who wish to stay with us while in Camden, Maine. We also have a lobby book and room directories available to better inform our guests of area day trips. The development of the list will include many additions and changes over time, and this is but a small sampling! We are centrally located between the L.L. Bean outlet in Freeport and Bar Harbor’s Acadia National Park for day trips on the coast of Maine. There are many quaint villages and wilderness areas for you to explore and we hope that you have fun while doing it. Please don’t forget to check the events page for specific events taking place May through October.
*Indicates staff favorites
*Indicates places to eat
Belfast is a small working town north of Camden and Lincolnville on Route 1. This typical Maine town has cute stores and picturesque views of the ocean. What more can you ask for!
*Ocean State Job Lots – 95 Lincolnville Ave. (Route 1 north of Camden) Belfast (207) 338-3114. Ever wonder what happens to the leftovers in the container ships? It ends up in this crazy store, which makes it a fun place to shop and explore.
Belfast Places to Eat: Chase’s Daily - 96 Main St, Belfast, ME 04915. (207) 338-0555.
Camden, Maine Harbor hosts visiting sailboats and yachts from around the world. You can launch a kayak in the harbor, just a few steps from the shops and eateries. Take a two-hour sail around the bay on one of several day trips, or book several days’ passage on a vintage schooner where you can hoist the sails and take a turn at the helm or just relax and enjoy the sea breezes.
Curtis Island with its historic lighthouse rests on its own little island.
*View of Camden’s Curtis Island Lighthouse – Laite Memorial Beach. You can see a path at the corner of Bayview St. and Penobscot Ave. (it looks like private property but is open to the public). This little path provides short (only a few yards) walk down to the ocean, with a little bench to sit and watch the water and lighthouse. Perfect picnic opportunity and no fees.
Enjoy a sea kayaking tour. Or perhaps swim, picnic and canoe at Megunticook Lake. You may see the lake from above on one of your day hikes through *Camden Hills State Park in Camden and take in spectacular panoramic views of the area. At the east 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. The beach has a designated swimming area and a shallow area for children. A diving platform floats offshore. Adjacent to the beach is a grassy area with picnic tables and grills, and an outhouse nearby. Parking is free and close to the beach. A boat launch is located just around the cove, where kayakers and boaters can set off to explore the sights of the lake.
Camden, Maine is truly a harbor town unlike any other and is known as a treasure trove for our regular guests. We can point you in the right direction to make your visit memorable and experience coastal Maine as it should be. Spend the afternoon in our charming library after picnicking at nearby Harbor Park or the attached outdoor amphitheater just ½ mile north of Cedar Crest Inn. The biggest challenge you may have while here is fitting it all in!
*Smiling Cow – 41 Main Street Camden, ME (207) 236-3351*Great View Alert!
*Jo Ellen Designs - Home decor must! 21 Main Street Camden, Maine (207) 236-1160
*Owl and Turtle – 32 Washington Street Camden, ME
This is a terrific independent bookstore in the heart of Camden. You can pick up a book for vacation. In addition, the store has a number unique features, including a glass floor that enables book buyers to see the rushing water of the Megunticook river below.
Camden Places To Eat:
*Atlantica Restaurant – Alfresco dining – 9 Bay View Landing Camden, ME 04843 (207) 236-6019
*The Waterfront – 40 Bay View Street Camden, ME 04843 (207) 236-3747
*Elm Street Grille – On property restaurant – Breakfast & pick-a-size lobster! (207) 236-7722
*Camden Cone – 33 Bay View Street Camden, ME 04843 (207) 236-6448
*Francine Bistro - 55 Chestnut Street Camden, ME 04843 (207) 230-0083
*Cappy’s Chowder House – 1 Maine Street Camden, ME 04843 (207) 236-2254
*The Camden Deli - 41 Main Street Camden, ME 04843 (207) 236-8343
*Cellardoor Winery and Vineyard. Located at 367 Youngtown Road Lincolnville, Maine 04849
(207) 763-4478. Open daily, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., May through December. Visit the Winery’s home base at the restored 200-year-old dairy barn set on 68 beautiful acres of land. Complimentary wine tastings are offered daily and complimentary food and wine pairings on Sunday afternoons from noon to 3 p.m.
Lincolnville Beach Places To Eat:
*The Lobster Pound – Very casual. Rt 1 Lincolnville, ME 04849 (207) 789-5550
Chez Michel – Rt 1 Lincolnville, ME 04849 (207) 789-5600
Whales Tooth Pub & Restaurant – Rt1 Lincolnville, ME 04849 (207) 789-5200
*Owls Head Lighthouse -A wonderful lighthouse to photograph with beautiful ocean views.
*Owls Head Transportation Museum – 117 Museum Street Owls, Head, ME 04854 (207) 594-4410
Owls Head Places To Eat:
*Owls Head General Store – Great Burger! S Shore Drive Owls head, ME (207) 596-6038
Rockland is a town 7 miles south of Camden. It is home to many natural and man-made wonders, a renowned art center, a thriving downtown with boutique shops and restaurants and the largest working harbor in the region.
*Walk the Breakwater to the lighthouse (one mile each way).
*Maine State Ferry to Vinalhaven - Mostly for the relaxing ride 1hr 15 minutes each way.
*Visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum
*Visit the Farnsworth Museum and the Wyeth Gallery
*Rockland Antiques Marketplace – Group shop. 25 rakin Street Rockland, ME 04841 (207) 596-9972
Rockland Places To Eat:
*Rustica – Great Italian Dinners. 315 Main Street Rockland, Maine 04841 (207) 594-0015
*Wasses Hot Dogs Best Take-out Hot Dog in Maine. Fast, friendly and simply good.
*Home Kitchen Cafe 650 Main Street Rockland, Maine 04841 (207) 596-2449
*Brown Bag – Best sandwiches in Rockland. 606 Main Street Rockland, ME 04841 (207) 596-7272
*Primo – High-end. 2 South Main Street Rockland, ME 04841 (207) 596-0770
Rockport is a small residential town with a snug harbor that celebrates boats and boat-building. Its Marine Park attractions feature a statue of Andre the Seal. A charming story that even after 20+ years, still delights children through books and a movie.
*Aldermere Farm Visit the Belted Galloway cows known as “Oreo cookie cows”.
*Schooner Yacht HERON – Great Sail! 111 Pascal Avenue Rockport, ME 04856 (207) 236-8605
*Market Basket – Perfect picnic items. Corner Rt 1 & Rt 90 Rockport, ME 04856 (207) 236-4371
*Prism Glass Gallery & Cafe -Art glass. 297 Commercial Street Rockport, ME 04856 (207) 230-0061
Rockport Places To Eat:
*New! Mr. Wat Sushi – Small portions, but great!
*Three Dogs Cafe – wonderful bakery items and full service coffee bar.
Thomaston is steeped in timeless landscape, classic architecture, and traditional events and activities. Thomaston’s tree-lined streets and beautiful village green, overlook the head of the St. George River. A feature of the town is Henry Knox Mansion—now a living museum. Nearby Cushing is the heart of Maine’s “Wyeth Country”. Visit the *Olson House. To reach Cushing where Andrew Wyeth painted, take Wadsworth Street from U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston at the Maine State Prison Showroom Store.The biggest event of the year in Thomaston is its exhilarating Fourth of July celebration. A parade marches down Main Street during the day and fireworks brighten the night each year, as Thomaston hosts the primary Independence Day event in the Mid-Coast area.
*Maine State Prison Showroom Store – 358 Main Street Thomaston, ME 04861 (207) 354-9237
*Rockland Mercantile – Used goods & collectibles. 350 Main Street Thomaston, ME (207) 354-0777
*Thomaston Place Auction Galleries – Great auctions. (Rt1 ) Thomaston, ME 04861 (207) 354-8141
*Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Mansion Rt1 and Rt 131 intersection, Thomaston, Maine.
Thomaston places to eat:
*Billy’s Tavern- One Starr Street Thomaston, ME (207) 354-1177