Category Archives: Attractions

Christmas by the Sea 2014!

IMG_1154Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas?! The Holiday season seems to be here, whether we’re anxious or not, the yuletide is upon us. We have free Christmas wrapping paper/tape etc available for all those wonderful gifts you have to give, and a complimentary hot peppermint patty (hot choc and peppermint schnapps!) while you enjoy your stay!

In reality, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and those other “retail inspired” celebrations are NOTHING in comparison to what we “small townies” or “village people” call a good time. We have the lighting of the star atop Mt. Battie, the Parade of Lights in Downtown Rockland and a similar daytime idea for Camden as well. Breakfast with Santa at the Chowder House, and much, much more to occupy our time. Sheesh! Santa even takes the time to cruise into some local harbors by boat, as the reindeer stay on ice atop the North Pole. Whatever we’re doing, it’s all relevant, and made possible by hundreds of volunteers, business owners, and Community members alike who LOVE the season, and love to help out. We’re grateful for the good times, and memories that are made. For more information, if you’re here for the duration, we encourage you to visit our local Chamber of Commerce’s event on their Facebook page!

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Snag a fantastic last minute deal on any remaining available rooms when you book within 72 hours of arrival!  Book online at www.blueharborhouse.com only. Prices from $125 (regular$149) inc full breakfast and Afternoon Tea. Comfortable, affordable, hospitable.  In  town, close to Harbor. Or call 1800 248 3198

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The Niña and The Pinta! – Discover Columbus’ ships in the Camden Harbor!

For a short time this next week, two amazing vessels are docked right here, inside of our very own Camden Harbor. The Niña is in fact the most historically accurate Columbus replica ship that’s ever been built. The Pinta, although larger and more accommodating to tours and private parties or charters, accompanies her “sister ship” to offer tourists, onlookers, and guests the chance for the “big picture.”

These two “ladies” travel all around the World giving kids, adults, and seniors the chance to experience a little history in their own backyard. You can visit them here to find out where they’re going next, the cost of a tour, or perhaps a special request for a private charter or tour of your very own.

Enjoy!

Out for a stroll? Beauchamp Point – Rockport, Maine

We highly recommend walking and hiking around Beauchamp Point in Rockport!

Scenic views of the town, beautiful vistas with island views, and Rockport Harbor are among the many things you’ll see along the way. Beauchamp Point

Year round residents and those visiting for the Summer are welcome to park (respectfully) along the road, and take off from wherever they feel comfortable. Depending on where you begin, along the path you’ll run into a structure dubbed the “Children’s Chapel.” So named for the children that Helene Bok graciously remembered, Helene Bok built the Children’s Chapel after a hotel called the Tamarack Lodge burned to the ground in 1954. 6 years later the lush gardens, and beautiful Chapel were built, and have been enjoyed by locals and visitors ever since. Home to events, weddings, ceremonies, and more, it’s worth a stop (and a sit…)

Next on the round would be the Belted Galloway cows of Aldermere Farms. This farm is home to these magnificent animals, and evBelted Galloway 01eryone knows it. Quite the famous farm, they offer tours, and often participate in local events. In the proper season, the field across the street is the grazing spot, and you can get quite the “close-up” of the cows if you time it right.

Of course, if that’s not enough, you get the amazing views and ocean’s edge to gaze at. The point, as it’s so called, is probably the most magnificent of them all.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Let’s go for a swim!

Shirttail Point is one of our favorites, Terry is a certified diving instructor, and that’s where the lessons are held. It’s easy access from the main road, and has ample parking, and a nice grassy area for a picnic or a lounge. If you’re here in Camden at the moment, the crowds of people have yet to come, it’s a nice time to enjoy a warm day with a good book and a beach towel.

If you’re out and about, Lincolnville and their amazing coastline have what you’re looking for. There’s wonderful dining options on either side of you, and the nice calm bay area that’s suitable for an “all age” family. Incredible views to the islands nearby, and a good stretch to walk along in hopes of finding some sea glass!

Laite Beach here in Camden is another optimal choice. A little closer to town than Shirttail, it’s also got a pretty decent area to picnic or lounge.

Whatever your choice may be, we wish you the best of fun. Remember to find us on Facebook, and Twitter and comment below with your favorite spot here in Camden!

Hiking in Camden – Maiden’s Cliff

As a family, we love to hike. One of our favorite hike’s that we take here locally in Camden is up the stunning “Maiden’s Cliff”, in Camden’s National Park. At 800 feet in height, it’s one of Camden’s top sightseeing attractions, most noted from the ground by the white cross at the lookout point. Maidens cliff 015

A steep climb at first, the trail eventually levels out with breathtaking views and nice ocean breezes. The trail from start to finish is around a mile long, and will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete one way.

If you’re curious about the white cross at the summit, it was put there by Joseph B. Steams, a local resident who wished to pay homage to Elenora French. Elenora was the victim of a fall from the cliffside. She died the day after the fall, believe or not, succumbing to internal injuries she had suffered. Elenora’s cross memorial has seen it’s share of wear and tear, having been replaced numerous times due to weather, and sadly even vandalism. It still stands tall to this day.

From the top of the Maiden’s Cliff hike, you get breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Megunticook Lake, and the beautiful, lush and green Maine countryside. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can turn the mile long hike into an all day adventure, as the trail connects with two or three other routes that all end up back at the Summit.

We hope you enjoy, and take lots of pictures! Maidens cliff 029

 

Schooner Olad

How about this for a phenomenal sailing experience? Schooner Olad has a real Maine adventure coming up on 17 July. A half day sail and a traditional Lobster Bake! From 2.30 – 8.45PM, the Olad will sail around Penobscot Bay, through the archipelago of Islesboro to Warren Island where the crew will prepare a traditional Lobster bake! What a wonderful way to enjoy the rugged shoreline, lighthouses, seals, bald eagles and so much more…. Relax, and enjoy a marvelous day in Maine!

Lobsters and Lighthouses!

If you like Lobsters and lighthouses then this event is for you!  Lobster Bake on June 23rd, on the shores of Rockland Harbor (to benefit the Rockland Breakwater and Owl’s Head Lights)  Lobsters will be cooked Schooner Style’ on an open wood fire along the beach. Enjoy  lobster,  and listen to music as you admire the Harbor views!  Sounds good to me…