Romance is alive and well in Rockland, Maine. With an abundance of world-class museums, spectacular boating, and a lively food and arts scene, it’s a haven for couples seeking a romantic getaway. Tucked along the coast between Rockport and Owls Head, Rockland stands out for its vibrant main street attractions and eateries. And beyond Main Street, adventure awaits. Here are our top 10 ways to enjoy a romantic getaway in Rockland, Maine.
So, pack your bags, grab your partner, and head for the coast of Maine. No matter what the season, Rockland knows how to up the ante on romance.
#1 Explore the Local Arts Scene
The Farnsworth Museum and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art usually grab the spotlight for art enthusiasts. But don’t ignore the many unique and unusual galleries that line the streets of downtown. Artists have been flocking to Rockland for years. As a result, the city garnered the “arts capital of Maine” moniker. Fiber art, mixed media, contemporary, photography, and sculpture, all commingle pleasantly here.
#2 Stroll the Breakwater
The Rockland Breakwater juts out into the harbor nearly a mile. At the end, the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse stands as a welcome beacon to approaching sailors. A popular destination for tourists, a walk along the breakwater hand-in-hand with a lover tops the charts for romantic adventure.
#3 Island Time
Hop a ferry and motor out to Vinalhaven for an island adventure. Sit back and relax on the 15-mile journey out to this remote island paradise. Spectacular scenery of Penobscot Bay entertains you along the way. Keep an eye out for wildlife on land, in the air, or on the ocean. Hike the scenic trails. Learn the history of the island through artifacts and exhibits at the charming historical society museum. Swim in the quarry ponds, or rent a kayak and explore by sea.
#4 Table for Two
The food scene in Rockland alone is enough to draw a crowd. You have your choice of dozens of cafes, brew pubs, bistros, and fine dining venues for a wonderful dining adventure. Café Miranda, Primo, Archers on the Pier, In Good Company, and Rustica are among our favorites. Order a special bottle of wine or a local craft brew and spend the evening quietly appreciating good food and fine company.
#5 Date Night at the Strand
The historic Strand Theater in downtown Rockland offers a wide variety of entertainment. The theater features an assortment of films, live performances, and events, as it has since its inception in 1922. Check their calendar of events when planning your next romantic getaway for up-to-date programming and tickets.
#6 Bicycle Built for Two
Strike out under your own power on a tandem bicycle to explore the main streets and back roads of Rockland. According to John F. Kennedy, “nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” With the sun on your back and blue skies above, choose from any number of coastal routes for a ride with breathtaking views of Penobscot Bay.
#7 Take a Lighthouse Tour
Tour the iconic lighthouses of mid-coast Maine by land, sea, or air. Nothing stirs the imagination more than seeing a lighthouse at the ocean’s edge. A defining feature of the landscape, Maine’s lighthouses are as beautiful as they are purposeful. They make the perfect backdrop for an Instagram-worthy photo op, so be sure to have your camera handy.
#8 Visit the Maine Maritime Museum
Spend some time learning about Maine’s seafaring history on a visit to the Maine Maritime Museum. Founded in 1962, the museum is dedicated to sharing an appreciation of Maine’s rich maritime heritage and culture. With year-round exhibits and galleries, the museum is worth a visit.
#9 Sunrise on Top of Mount Battie
Whether you hike to the top or motor up in your vehicle, the view from the top of Mount Battie deserves your undivided attention. As the stars slowly begin to fade, the sun starts to rise over the ocean. No words could begin to describe the colors that emerge slowly over Camden Harbor. Even if you’re not an early riser, this experience is a show stopper.
#10 Romantic Getaway at Berry Manor Inn
Romance and Rockland go hand-in-hand. Book your stay at the luxurious Berry Manor Inn for the perfect romantic getaway. And, make it special by adding one of our exclusive enhancements.
Published: October 2021