Seven land-accessible lighthouses along the mid-Maine coast will open for the Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge, a two-day self-guided driving tour along the coastline from Pemaquid Point, tipping the peninsula south of Damariscotta, to Castine, on the western edge of the Blue Hill peninsula. Most will open their towers to visitors. Also part of the itinerary is the Maine Lighthouse Museum, in Rockland, just nine miles from the Blue harbor House Inn.
Included on the tour are: Dyce’s Head Light, Castine; Fort Point, Stockton Springs; Grindle Point Light, Islesboro; Rockland Breakwater Light, Rockland; Owls HeadLight, Owls Head; Marshall PointLight, Port Clyde; and Pemaquid Point Light, Pemaquid.
Special displays at the Rockand Breakwater Lighthouse, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., will highlight modern optics for lighthouses and navigation and show how the Coast Guard keeps the lights at many of Maine’s offshore stations. The M/V Rendezvous will offer water passage to the lighthouse throughout the day, from Middle Pier in Rockland, or hike nearly one-mile hike along the breakwater to reach the lighthouse at its tip.
When you stay at the Blue Harbor House, we provide a lighthouse tour map, directions and history of each lighthouse.
Camden was today listed at no 8 in the top 10 of ‘Charming small towns in America by Trip Advisor’. Carmel, CA was number 1, with Charlottesville Va, Telluride CO, and Rockport, MA also listed in the top 10. We are just tickled pink!
Camden has also recently been declared the best Main Street in New England by Boston Magazine, the prettiest harbor in Maine by the readers of Down East, one of New England’s top 25 foliage towns by Yankee magazine.
“The view from the forested slopes of Mount Battie straight down to the forest of masts in Camden Harbor is one of the most dramatic in New England — and never more beautiful than in fall,” writes Michael Blanding, author of the article. “For a closer look at the trees, hike nearby Mount Megunticook or Bald Rock Mountain.”
Of course, everyone who lives here already knows how beautiful Camden is in the Fall. We would love you to experience the magnificent beauty for yourselves. We hope to see you soon!
The Festival of Independence is coming! For four days throughout the midcoast (July 1-4) you can celebrate our nation’s birthday with everything from music, to plays, to hiking and biking, to parades, and of course, fireworks!
Schooner ‘Olad’ has a super Father’s Day gift. Dad will receive half off the regular rate when accompanied by a family member. Book a two night stay at the Blue Harbor House Inn, and we will pay the other half! (subject to availability) Book online and quote ‘Olad’ special when booking. www.blueharborhouse.com
Set sail from Camden harbor, 10.00am, 12.30pm, and 5.15 pm
A new Maine State Parks passport program has been launched in recognition of the 75th anniversary of State Parks in Maine. An informative passport book has been created and color coded by the eight regons in Maine, with descriptive information on each park. In the Midcoast region alone there are 16 State Parks. Get your passport from any Maine State park.
Join ‘The Lady in the Red Cloak” for a lantern lit walk exploring the mysterious haunts and untold history of Camden, Maine. A thoroughly enjoyable tour with ghostly stories and interesting history of the town. Cost $10.00 adults. Tours start at 7pm. Check website www.redcloakhauntedhistorytours.com for dates in July and August.