Maine Coast Itineraries
Rockland is our home. We live here and we are experts in all there is to do this beautiful part of mid-coast Maine. Whether your idea of a perfect vacation includes lots of outdoor activities or discovering historical treasures at the area’s museums or eating your way through Maine with lobster at every meal -we are always available to help you plan your perfect Maine getaway. We have included three sample itineraries below to help jump start your own unique “bucket list” to do while visiting the area. You will soon see that there is so much to do in Rockland, Camden and mid-coast Maine that you are going to need at least a 3-day stay to begin to scratch the surface.
The Teaser – General Introduction to Rockland/Camden Area’s Activities
- Visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland Maine and learn about the rich maritime history of the Rockland/Camden area
- Walk the Rockland Breakwater light built at the turn of the century
- Drive Cheryl’s favorite scenic loop through the Rockland, Rockport, Camden and Lincolnville area – Rockport, quick walk up Beech Hill for spectacular views of Penobscot Bay, Rockport Marine park to sneak a peak at Indian Island light and the statue of Andre the seal, walk through Children’s Chapel and of course visit the Belted Galloways or Oreo Cows as we fondly call them.
- Drive up the auto-road in Camden Hills State Park to the top of Mt. Battie for breathtaking views of the islands, lighthouses and coastal harbors of this area.
- On to Lincolnville Beach for lunch at the Lobster Pound or McLaughlin’s Lobster and a stroll in the unique shops
- Visit Windsor Chairmakers in Lincolnville Maine
- Take a tour of Swan’s Island Blankets – incredible blankets all made by hand and organically
- Enjoy midcoast Maine’s wineries with a tour of Breakwater Vineyard, Cellar Door Winery, Sweet Grass and Savage Oakes Winery
- Have a picnic overlooking Lake Megunticook
- Enjoy Camden’s shops and take in a view of its picturesque harbor
- Pick up an afternoon snack and wine at Wine Seller, Market Basket, Megunticook Market, or Maine State Cheese company for local wine and cheese
- Return to your luxury guest room to enjoy a whirlpool, put your feet up and nap!
- Walk to dinner or hop a cab to In Good Company, Rustica, Café Miranda or opt for casual seafood dinner on the wharf.
- Up early
- Pick up a box lunch (order 24 hours in advance) that Cheryl ordered for you in advance and some frozen water
- Borrow knapsack, and binoculars head to Port Clyde – Monhegan Boat Line (to ensure space and to get an exclusive discount and free parking for our guests, have your innkeeper make reservations at least 1 day in advance), catch the 10:30 mailboat
- Enjoy the natural beauty of the cliffs and artist community and the 17 miles of hiking and walking trails and many artist studios
- Back to Port Clyde on the 4:30 ferry
- Drive by Marshall point lighthouse and Owl’s Head light on your way back to town
- Caress those feet in a whirlpool or soaking tub
- Dinner at Primo, Sammy’s, Eclipse or Suzuki Sushi Bar – (must have advanced reservations)
- Sleep in a little
- Enjoy a “Day on Penobscot Bay” with Captain Jack Lobster tour in the morning where you can pull traps and work aside of a real Maine lobsterman for an 1.5 (or watch if you prefer!), buy the lobsters you help catch a boat prices and head up the street to Jess’s market where the staff will cook up the lobsters you caught, then on to Morning in Maine for an afternoon sail where you can appreciate the rugged side of the maine coast and learn all about the marine life in Maine by a Marine Biologist. Or book this as a package through the inn and enjoy a lobster roll lunch.
- Stop in at the Audubon Society’s Puffin Visitor Center and watch the remote webcam of this unique birds and hear about the efforts to bring them back to the area. Ask your innkeeper about the special discount savings for our guests.
- Stop by the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Educational center located at 9 Water Street in Rockland. Learn about the efforts being made and needed to save the islands, marine life and sea birds, enjoy interactive exhibits and their art gallery.
- Walk Main Street and enjoy the unique shops, and art galleries. Enjoy olive oil tasting at FIORE Olive Oils. Stop in at the Farnsworth Art Museum or the Maine Center for Contemporary Art. If it is a Wednesday in the summer, enjoy extended hours at the Farnsworth. On the first Friday of every month is the gallery walk from 5-8pm.
- Grab and early dinner and take in a movie at Rockland’s renovated Strand Theater.
- Sleep well and dream about your next trip back to the Rockland Camden area of Maine…
Heavy on the Arts and Culture in the Rockland/Camden Area of Midcoast Maine
- Walk the historic downtown Rockland Main Street and visit the unique shops on the way to the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center. Take in the largest collection of Maine artists at this renowned art museum. Cross the street to the newly built Maine Center for Contemporary Art for a few hours. Visit the many unique galleries on Main Street (over 20 at last count!).
- Have lunch at Rockland Café, Clan McLaren, Atlantic Baking Company, Cafe Miranda, Hills Seafood, Landings or enjoy a lobster club sandwich at the Brass Compass.
- Take in the Maine Lighthouse Museum which features the largest collection of lighthouse lenses and artifacts in the country.
- Enjoy a visit to the area’s local lighthouses with a self-guided driving tour (ask your innkeeper for a map) to Owl’s Head light, Marshall Point lighthouse and south to Pemaquid Point lighthouse.
- Learn about the area’s rich maritime history with a stop at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum at Sharp’s Point in Rockland. They have completed the first lime kiln built in the area in the past 80 years. They fire it up throughout the season and have hot dog roasts! It mirrors the kilns of old that lined the coast of this area.
- Don’t miss the Owls Head Transportation Museum with a vast collection of antique cars and planes and displays that detail the history of transportation. Car enthusiasts may need all day to visit but this museum will entertain everyone for several hours.
- Enjoy one of our many wonderful restaurants for dinner like Primo Restaurant, Suzuki Sushi, Sammy’s, Eclipse, Cafe Miranda, Rustica, Landings on the Water, and perhaps a night cap or just small plates at In Good Company or Fog Bar and Cafe.
- After Breakfast, on to the General Knox Museum for a little history then to the Olson House (part of the Farnsworth Museum) where Andrew Wyeth painted “Christina’s World”.
- Late lunch at the Thomaston Café with their homemade soups and breads, the Brass Compass, Home Kitchen Cafe or Claws Lobster take out.
- Do a little antiquing, tour any of the four local wineries or visit one of our local artisans and watch them at their craft like Trillium Soaps, Danica Candleworks, Windsor Chairmakers or Swan’s Island Blankets.
- Back to rest and dinner at one of our wonderful chef owned restaurants. There are over 20 in downtown Rockland alone and 5 of 31 top chef’s in Maine are in this area according to Maine Magazine.
- Breakfast and off to explore Camden village, the auto Drive at Mt. Battie and on to the funky historic town of Belfast with its beautiful architecture, unique stores including the country’s oldest continuously running shoe store and the “Green Store” that has been promoting planetary health since 1993 as “a general store for the 21st century” with products that range from compost toilets to organic underwear. Like cheese? Don’t miss the “Eat More Cheese” store on Main Street. Stop off at Swan’s Island blankets where they make the beautiful blankets in their working studio.
- Lunch at Chase’s Daily (organic and vegetarian specialties), Traci’s Dinner, Dockside Seafood, Darby’s or DelVino’s Pasta and Grill!
- Continue driving to Searsport, the self-proclaimed Antiques Capital of Maine and home to the largest collection of sea captain homes and the Penobscot Marine Museum.
- Dinner. Again, decisions, decisions about which of our great restaurants to try.
- Sleep and dream about your return trip some many museums, art galleries and historic sites you haven’t even seen yet…
- Alternatives: Continue to follow the Maine Art trail and take a day trip to Brunswick or Waterville
Give Me Some Maine Adventure
- Rent Bikes from Side Country Sports and head to Vinalhaven Island for a day of bike riding. Enjoy the ferry ride through the myriad of colorful lobster buoys and the quiet side streets of island life. Islands not your thing – take a ride down the St. George Peninsula and visit the Owls Head Lighthouse and Marshall Point Lighthouse. There are many options available depending on the miles you would like to pedal!
- Drop off the bikes and walk Main Street enjoying the many unique shops and galleries.
- Shower and re-charge and hop on one of the schooners for a sunset cruise (stop by the Wine Seller and pick up your own wine and cheese from the Wine Seller).
- Grab a late dinner.
- Sea Kayak on a guided tour of the bay with Port Clyde Kayak Tours.
- Grab lunch.
- Drive part of Cheryl’s favorite route and see the oreo cows on your way to Hike Camden Hills state Park and enjoy the spectacular views of the islands and Penobscot Bay.
- Pop up to the winery for a tour and a little tasting.
- Luxuriate in the whirlpool or soothe those aching muscles in the body jet shower or a soak in a claw foot tub.
- Dinner and a movie at the newly renovated Strand Theater.
- Tee time at Samoset, Rockland Country Club or Goose River.
- Pick up a picnic lunch or a lobster at The Lobster Shack and head to Birch Point State park for a quick dip or take a quick drive down the St. George pennisula to our favorite lobster shacks – McLoons. Continue on to Marshall Point Lighthouse and tour Owl’s Head light on the way back to town or grab the Maine Birding map and some binoculars and check out some of the wildlife in the area.
- Looking for a little more adventure – take a scenic helicopter ride and see more of the bay and lighthouses only accessible by air or boat.
- Come back to the inn and enjoy a massage en suite (must be booked in advance), pie in the whirlpool and off to another fabulous dinner. Think about the adventures that await in winter with snow shoeing, x-country skiing, tobogganing, skating, downhill skiing, etc..
Take a day trip to Acadia National Park for some more hiking.
Take a day trip to Monhegan Island and enjoy their 17 miles of scenic hiking and walking trails.
Take a half day fishing charter.
Find your perfect room at our Maine bed and breakfast and book a getaway of a lifetime.