Weekender: A Perfect Day on the Maine Coast
Rockland’s Breakwater Lighthouse (Photo: Thinkstock)
Even though I’m a lifelong habitué of the Maine coast, when I’m planning my annual getaways there, I waffle between a sweet nostalgia for the traditional Maine and a desire to experience the “New Maine,” a sophisticated yet low-key mix of locavore dining, contemporary art, and chic boutique shopping — all while getting high on the sea air.
Everything I want comes together in the Camden/Rockland area, where Maine’s varied charms are obvious and plentiful. And best of all: It’s a place where you can have it all in one perfect day.
An affordable Maine inn (Photo: Windward House)
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Start off with perfectly brewed (and strong!) coffee, made-to-order breakfast, and a green juice at Camden’s comfy and vegan-friendly Windward House B & B, where rates start at just $130 in high season ($99 the rest of the year). Then set out to explore the spectacular natural beauty of the Penobscot Bay area.
Camden Harbor (Photo: Carolyn Ernst)
Take a Hike
The challenging trails of the Camden Hills State Park reward the motivated hiker with iconic views over the sailboat-dotted Camden Harbor. An easier stroll (and a local favorite) is Beech Hill Preserve, just south of Rockport. This gentle incline leads through sunny organic blueberry fields and pays off with an equally spectacular vista over the bay and the St. George Peninsula.