Rockland Maine, tucked between Camden and Rockport in the mid-coast area of Maine, is well worth visiting at any time of year. Brimming with cultural activities, outdoor adventure, and a noteworthy food scene, the list of fun things to see and do in the area literally spans the alphabet.
Autumn brings glorious foliage and great fall hiking. When the snow flies, break out the skis and your winter garb for a run down a mountainside with an ocean view. Then, as the weather warms, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens burst into bloom while the birds return from their winter migration. And in summer, boats of all sizes dot the harbor, whales frolic in the ocean, and puffins gather on Egg Rock.
So, let’s break it down for you. Here are our favorite places to explore nearby, plus a couple of great restaurants to tempt you. Drumroll please. Here’s Rockland Maine from A to Z.
Rockland Maine From A to F
- A= Aldemere Farm. Meet the adorable “oreo” cows. This unique breed of cattle, Belted Galloways, was originally brought to Maine from Scotland.
- B= Breakwater Lighthouse. Take a mile-long hike out in Rockland Harbor to see this famous lighthouse.
- C= Camden Harbor. Climb Mount Battie on foot on by car for a magnificent view of the harbor and nearby islands.
- D= David Jacobson Glass. Visit the studio of a renowned glassblower in nearby Montville.
- E= Eclipse Restaurant. Enjoy an afternoon or evening meal at this local hangout.
- F = Farnsworth Museum. Stop by this lovely museum in downtown Rockland to view their amazing collection of American artists.
Rockland Maine From G to M
- G= General Henry Knox Homestead Museum. Expand your knowledge of American history by visiting this recreated version of his Montpelier mansion.
- H= Handpies. Stop by the School House Farm in Warren for homemade handpies and cider donuts.
- I= Indulge in a luxurious relaxing massage at the Berry Manor Inn.
- J= Jesse’s Market. Pick up some fresh Maine lobster to take home in the south end of Rockland.
- K= Kayaking. Join Breakwater Kayak Co. for an exhilarating guided sea kayak paddle on the coast of Maine.
- L= Lobster. Try it boiled, steamed, in a bisque or stew, or opt for the quintessential lobster roll at any of dozens of lobster shacks seafood restaurants along the coast.
- M= Monhegan Island. Take a ferry out to this famed island brought to canvas by numerous artists seeking the distinctive light of the island.
Rockland Maine From N to S
- N= New Harbor. Travel south to this tiny fishing village and take a trip out to see the puffins with Hardy Boat Cruises.
- O= Owls Head Transportation Museum. A “fun for the whole family” museum in Owls Head, this museum features a unique collection of vintage race cars, airplanes, and other eclectic modes of transportation.
- P= Primo. Splurge on an exquisite farm-to-table dining experience at this well-loved restaurant, helmed by James Beard award-winner, Chef Kelly.
- Q= Quench Your Thirst at a Brew Pub. Try the Rock Harbor Pub and Brewery on Main Street for some great craft beer and pub grub.
- R= Rustica. Winning “Best of the Best for Italian cuisine and fresh pasta, so you’ll think you’re in the heart of Italy when you dine here.
- S= Schooner Olad. Book a morning, afternoon, or sunset ail on this authentic windjammer sail in Pennobscot Bay.
Rockland Maine From T to Z
- T= The Brass Compass Cafe. Stop in for homemade soups and chowders, and order the “King of Clubs” a Bobby Flay Throwdown winning creation by owner, Lynn Archer.
- U= Unwind with a cocktail at In Good Company. Famous for their clever and inventive drink menu, it’s a great place to just chill with some nibbles.
- V= Vineyards. Sample some fine wines, ciders, and craft beers at our local wineries and vineyards. Try Cellardoor, Savage Oaks, or Sweetgrass Farm winery and Distillery.
- W= Windjammer Cruise. If a windjammer cruise is on your bucket list, then Camden, Rockland, and Rockport absolutely must be on your radar. Home to a fleet of 8 sailing vessels, the Maine Windjammer Association offers the premier sailing experience.
- Y= Yuletide fun at Christmas by the Sea in Camden. Get in the holiday spirit at this annual event held the first weekend in December.
- Z= Zip down the toboggan run at the Camden Snow Bowl. So you can let the wind whistle through your hair on a traditional wooden toboggan while you zip down a mountainside and across a frozen lake.
A vacation in Maine is perfect, no matter what season you choose to visit. And when you stay here at the Berry Manor Inn, you’ll be in the heart of it all. Let us pamper you in luxury and feed your soul with our delicious homemade breakfasts and 24-hour pantry.