When the snow flies, insiders know that the best of winter in Rockland and Camden Maine is about to begin. Snow bunny or indoor cat, the options for enjoying the cooler temps along the mid-coast continue to entice visitors from near and far. Whether you want to shush down a ski run with an ocean view or cozy up to a warm fire with a steaming cup of cocoa, winter in Maine has just what the doctor ordered.
Rockland and Camden, two of Maine’s most charming destinations, brim with activity throughout the year. Located in the heart of the mid-coast area, with access to all manner of indoor and outdoor adventure, the Berry Manor Inn welcomes visitors in every season. In winter, of course, challenging ski slopes and cross-country trails lure those with a zest for an adrenaline rush. But, for those who prefer their winter vacations without a thrill ride, Rockland and Camden also offer world-class museums, dozens of shops to browse, and infinite opportunities to stop and take a coffee (or beer) break.
So, pack up your snow toys and warm woolen mittens for a winter escape to Maine. Here’s what you can expect to find.
There’s no shortage of ways to play in the snow in Maine. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing at the Camden Snow Bowl top the list. However, you’ll also find fat-bike trails, a terrain park, and challenging glades to explore. If you really want to feed your inner child, take a ride down the toboggan run. Sail down a 400-foot icy chute across a frozen pond on a wooden toboggan for the thrill of a lifetime.
Hikers and bikers head for the hills at the Camden Hills State Park. With a network of challenging trails and scenic overlooks, hiking or biking off-road definitely puts a spring in your step. Another great spot for snowshoeing or Nordic skiing, the park remains open year-round. Although the road to the top of Mt. Battie may be closed due to weather conditions, the view from the summit offers a sweeping view of Penobscot Bay and the islands in the distance.
If you’re not a fan of cold noses and toes, feel free to stay indoors. With fireplaces in every room and pie and ice cream in the pantry, you could spend the day wrapped in warmth with a good book or movie. But, if you feel the need to stretch your legs, stroll downtown and visit some of our local museums. The Farnsworth, with its collection of American artists, including three generations of Wyeth’s, provides a fascinating look at the evolution of Maine-inspired art.
The stunning beauty of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) makes a trip outside well worth the effort. But, inside the sunlit galleries, an array of experimental and cutting-edge artworks grabs your attention. Fill your senses with color and light, abstract creations, and spatial sculptures.
Whatever your pleasure, spending some time in Maine’s mid-coast should definitely be on your bucket list this winter. Book a warm and cozy room at the Berry Manor Inn and discover the best of winter in Rockland and Camden, Maine.
Published: December 2021