Things To Do During Your Visit – Camden, Rockland, Lincolnville Beach & Beyond
Whether you’re here for a day or a week, you’ll find plenty of activities on the coast of Maine, and Victorian by the Sea is located in the center of it all. The Camden area is aptly described as “where the mountains meet the sea,” and offers recreation on both land and water. Our central location is convenient for an unforgettable Maine vacation. Check out our suggested four-day itinerary below, Four Perfect Days in Maine, or contact Jeanne prior to your visit and she will help you plan your perfect Maine vacation.
FOUR PERFECT DAYTRIPS ON THE MAINE COAST
For energetic folks, a perfect day breaks early with a hike at sunrise on one of 30 trails in the Camden Hills State Park or nature trails maintained by the Coastal Mountain Land Trust. You may either drive or hike to the top of Mt. Battie in in the Camden Hills State Park which is just two mile from the B&B. The breathtaking view of the islands and harbor from the top of Mt. Battie is a “must” activity for any visitor to the area.
Seeing the sunrise over the Atlantic is hard to beat. But if you prefer a more leisurely start to your day, you may relax with your steaming hot coffee or tea on the veranda of Victorian by the Sea listening to the birds while watching the dawn break on Penobscot Bay. Many guests enjoy the hummingbird visits to the feeder on the porch.
No visit to the coast of Maine is complete without a sail on the Bay, simply the best way to experience the area’s nautical heritage. Try a 10:30 a.m. or later departure with one of several different companies offering two-hour sails from Camden Harbor. We recommend sailing with Ramiro and Nicole, the new owners of the Historic Schooner Surprise or with Captain Aaron Lincoln on the restored classic yacht, the Schooner Olad. Both captains offer numerous special trips for lobster bakes or wildlife sightings, full moon sails or watching fireworks on an iconic, restored sailing ship.
After your sail, get your “land-legs” back with a stroll along the harbor docks, city parks, and the shopping streets of Camden. One of my favorite shops is Glendarragh Lavender. The moment you walk into the shop at 22 Main St. you are enchanted by this fragrant herb. Proprietor Lorie and her husband started a 26-acre lavender farm several years ago, and the shop offers hundreds of items made from their lavender harvest. Handcrafted Maine gifts are also available.
From the Camden Harbor, drive five miles north on Highway 1 to Lincolnville Beach where you will find one street of delightful shops directly across from the beach and the Islesboro Ferry Terminal. Lincolnville is home to Windsor Chairmakers and Swan’s Island Blankets both producing heirloom quality, handcrafted products.
By mid-afternoon, you’re ready for a break so take a short drive to Cellardoor Winery on Youngtown Road in Lincolnville. In a restored 1790’s post and beam barn, the folks at Cellardoor will treat you to a complimentary wine tasting of their locally produced wines. You’ll want to have your camera with you, as the tasting room overlooks the picturesque vineyards.
For further relaxation, continue a mile or two past the majestic cliffs of the Camden Hills and arrive at beautiful Lake Megunticook. Swim either at the public beach at Barrett’s Cove or ask for directions to a “locals” swimming hole where you can take a midday nap on the rocks, or swim in the crystal clear waters. Barrett’s Cove is also home to Megunticook Rowing Club and the Megunticook Mini-Marathon Regatta in September.
Following dinner, relax and watch the moonrise over the bay from Victorian by the Sea’s veranda — the perfect way to end the day.
Following breakfast, start your drive south on Highway 1 to tour the lighthouses of Rockland and the St. George Peninsula. Check our Light House Itinerary page for directions to some of our favorite lighthouses. While on the Peninsula you will want to search out one of the lobster pounds for the freshest dockside lobster you’ll ever find. Our favorite is McLoons Lobster Shack. Most pounds have walk-up windows with picnic tables overlooking the water.
On your way back, you may enjoy the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum, and in Rockland we recommend the Farnsworth Art Museum showcasing three generations of Wyeth’s paintings. The museum also houses the Maine in America collection with representative art of Maine. The Maine Lighthouse Museum is also in Rockland and hosts a large collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses and Coast Guard artifacts. Downtown Rockland offers an eclectic mix of galleries, restaurants and shops along its Main Street. We recommend Archipelago, which features art and crafts produced on Maine’s islands. It is part of the non-profit Maine Island Institute established to preserve the island way of life.
How about a kayak or bike trip today? For a kayak rental try Duck Trap Kayak near our B&B, or Maine Sports, a few miles south in Rockport, which offers both bicycle and kayak rentals. Let us know the day before your planned outing, and we will arrange for a picnic lunch prepared by Dot’s deli of Lincolnville Beach. For a very special dinner, our favorites are the Youngtown Inn & Restaurant on Route 52 in Lincolnville Center, which offers exceptional French cuisine with a local flavor. Youngtown Inn Restaurant require reservations. Another favorite is Annemarie Ahearn cooking school Salt Water Farm located half mile from our B&B, offers delicious farm-to-table fare with a creative touch. Whether you want gourmet farm to table dining, a casual seaside walk-up window or anything in-between, let your hosts know about your dining preferences and they will recommend a fabulous option for you.
If the sun shines bright today, it’s your day to travel 70 miles north to visit Acadia National Park. Let us know the day before if you want to get an early start, and we will prepare a special “to go” breakfast for you. In addition to the breathtaking scenery in the Park, you may want to catch a whale-watching tour from Bar Harbor. Take the Park Loop Road to visit Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Point, and the Carriage Road trails. But don’t leave the Park until you try one of the popover sundaes at Jordan Pond’s outdoor dining area overlooking the pond. It evokes images of the early tourists in the late 1800s. Or you may want to stop in Searsport at the Penobscot Marine Museum and visit the 19th century seaport village and museum.
If you would like additional ideas, or have questions while planning your holiday, call us at 207-236-3785. We’re happy to help. More area activities and history are available on the Camden Area Business Group website.