There's something for everyone in Camden and the surrounding area. Here you will find mountains and trails to hike, country roads to bike, and waters to paddle or sail.

Enjoy a round of golf overlooking the bay. Swim in warm lake waters or the brisk Atlantic. If you're ready to shop 'till you drop, the harbor front streets are lined with intriguing shops selling many made-in-Maine crafts as well as treasures from around the world. Purchase art work directly from artisans in their studios. Browse the antiques shops and flea markets. There are great country auctions, too!

Fresh-catch dining is a highlight for Camden. Stop in to one of our many restaurants and pubs for some delicious fresh Maine seafood or fabulous traditional cuisine. A Foodies delight!

 "Things-to-do" tour of Camden, Maine

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MapApp of Camden & Rockland, Maine

• Camden Harbor
Schooner Surprise / Schooner Olad
• Kayaking / Water Sports / Maine Sport Outfitters
Midcoast Adventure Rentals / Bikes & Scooters
• Restaurants (more details below)
• Town / Shopping
• Festivals / Town Events
• Art Galleries

Camden Hills State Park - 5 min drive
Goose River Golf Course Rockport - 5 min drive
• Beauchamp Point Rockport - 10 min scenic drive
Lincolnville Ferry (to Islesboro Island) - 10 min drive
Lincolnville Beach - 10 min drive
Camden Snow Bowl /Winter Sports - 10 min drive
Breakwater light Rockland - 15 min drive
Lighthouse Museum in Rockland - 15 min drive
Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland - 15 min drive
Shepherds pie Rockport Restaurant - 15 min drive
Primo Rockland Restaurant - 15 min drive
The Pearl Rockland Restaurant - 15 min drive
Rockland Golf Club Rockland - 15 min drive
Samoset Golf Course Rockport- 15 min drive

Montpelier Museum Thomaston - 20 min drive
Owls Head Transportation Museum Owls Head - 25 min drive
Belfast Maine - 30 min drive
Penobscot Marine Museum Searsport - 35 min drive
Monhegan island- 45 min drive to the ferry
Musical Wonder House Wiscasset - 50 min drive
Red Eats Take-Out Restaurant Wiscasset - 50 min drive
Marshall point Light Port Clyde - 50 min drive
Maine State Museum Augusta - 1 hr drive
Childrens Discovery Museum Augusta - 1 hr drive
Botanical Gardens Boothbay - 1 hr 10 min drive
Blue Hill Maine - 1hr 15 min drve
Freeport Outlet Shopping - 1 hr 20 min drive
Portland / Old Port - 1 hr 45 min drive
Acadia National Park - 2 hr drive

There are many choices for scrumptious dining just a short, leisurely stroll from the Inn. Whether you prefer a casual bite, fine dining, or a sweet treat, our diverse collection of cuisine is sure please every palate, preference, and budget. Some of our restaurants are located right on the water so as to enjoy beautiful views of the Harbor during your meal. We especially love dining on the Harbor during Camden sunsets. While all our restaurants in town are wonderful, here are a few we often recommend. For dining information and sample menus, please check individual websites.

Atlantica - waterfront fine dining, bar, fresh seafood, serves dinner
Francine - fine dining, varied artisan cuisine, bar, dinner service
Fromviandoux - fine dining, wine & spirits, afternoon light fare, dinner
Hartstone Inn - fine gourmet dining, wine list, dinner service
40 Paper - fine dining Italian bistro, full bar, dinner service
Cappys Chowder House - casual fare, serves lunch and dinner
Waterfront - waterfront casual fine dining, serves lunch and dinner
57 Bayview Bar & Bistro - casual fine dining, full bar, serves dinner
Long Grain - Asian fusion and Thai cuisine, full bar, serves dinner
  - New York Times review for Long Grain

For a complete listing of all dining in Camden (including specialty and home-made treats!) please click here

Touring the area via bike (or scooter) is a favorite among our guests. Camden and the surrounding areas have wonderful biking loops for every skill level. From light sightseeing scenic loops, to challenging trails for the advance biker. Take along a picnic lunch and you are set for a days adventure! We higly recommend Midcoast Adventure Rentals for a terrific selection of bicycles, scooters, and scoot coupes. Have your rental delivered to the Inn, or walk to the shop which is located just down the road from the Blue Harbor House.

Below are two of our favorite biking loops. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenic views of Beauchamp Point. Be sure to stop by the Whales Tooth Pub, while visiting Lincolnville Beach, and sample their award winning British style fish & chips!
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Maiden's Cliff - Camden Hills State Park, Camden ME:
An easy to moderate 1.8 mile trail where, at cliffs top, you'll experience a breath-taking panoramic view of Megunticook Lake.

Mount Battie Trail - Camden Hills State Park, Camden ME:
Hike (or drive) to the top of this amazing 600 foot elevation scenic park. The stunning and famous view of Camden Harbor and the Atlanitc ocean are a highlight not to be missed!

Mount Megunticook Trail - Camden Hills State Park, Camden ME
Mount Megunticook is the tallest of the Camden Hills reaching peak height at 1,100 ft. The "loop" trial is suitable for hikers of all skill levels. Most hikers complete this journey in around three hours.
View from Mt. Battie

As you can imagine, the Camden area offers an enormous amount of adventures on the water. kayaks, canoes, or stand-up paddleboards (SUP) are favorites you can rent at Maine Sport Outfitters which is walking distance from the Inn. Sign up for a guided trip on nearby lakes or the beautiful coastline. Schooner excursions on the Heron, Surprise, and Olad are another favorite of our guests. Nothing compares to a breezy sail around the harbor and Atlantic while aboard these gorgeous wooden crafts. Fresh sea air is an amazing source of renewal. If you prefer a private vessel for your excursion , many local boating companies offer private charters.

Discover Camden coastline or Metgunticook Lake with an underwater view! Experience the ocean blue with a "PADI Try-Dive" beginner scuba lesson. Blue Harbor Scuba offers diving classes for both beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels. Instructor Terry Hazzard leads courses that are fun, safe, and economical. Blue Harbor House offers a terrific "Try Dive" beginner scuba lesson vacation package. Your aquatic Camden adventure starts here! » Read More

Islesboro Island: This small little island rests quietly in picturesque Penobscot Bay. It is about three miles off the Maine coastline and is easily reached by a 30 minute ferry ride from Lincolnville Beach. Visit shops in the quaint village, which is nearly untouched by commercialism. Explore the island with nature walks, hiking, and bicycling. Arts exhibits and musicians are highlight during the warmer months.

Curtis Island: Just a short paddle from Camden Harbor is Curtis Island and lighthouse. Explore the seven-acre refuge which is filled with amazing wildlife. The now solar powered lighthouse was built in 1896 and is well maintained. A perfect destination for a warm weather picnic. We offer an adventuresome paddling package which includes a registered Maine guide, lodging, and breakfast.
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Marshall Point Light

Maine is world famous for its abundance of historic lighthouses. The Camden mid-coast region and nearby islands are home to several. Some of which are just a few minutes drive from the Inn. Others are a bit further Down East, or reside off shore on a peaceful island. We think you will agree this is an adventure not to be missed during your mid coast visit! Be sure to stop by the famous Marshall Point Lighthouse (Port Clyde), which was featured in the movie "Forrest Gump". For more information and directions to each, click this link: Mid-Coast Maine Lighthouses

Wyeth Center

The Mid-Coast Region of Maine is home to several interesting museums. A few of our favorites are: the Farnsworth Art Museum & Wyeth Center in Rockland (short drive), Penobscot Marine Museum - Searsport, and the Owls Head Transportation Museum located in Owl's Head Maine.

Below is a complete listing of intersting museums to consider visiting while exploring the Mid-Coast region of Maine: Mid-Coast Museums

Blue Harbor House Inn ~ Bed and Breakfast
67 Elm Street Camden, Maine 04843-1904
Phone: (207) 236-3196
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Camden photography by Carolyn Cavanagh