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THE LOCAL’S TRAVEL GUIDE TO CAMDEN, MAINE

Whenever I travel, I find myself yearning to do whatever it is the locals do. To me, talking to the locals, going to the restaurants and places they go, and walking around while you do so, is how you truly get to know a town or city. It’s also where you can receive the best recommendations. Let’s be honest, a lot of places that we encounter along our travels are “tourist traps.” You know the deal… It’s rated #1 on TripAdvisor + Yelp, but really it’s nothing special. I try to avoid tourist traps at all costs, because they’re exactly that, tourist traps. Not worth your time or hard earned money!

I grew up on the coast of Maine (Owls Head to be exact), which is an area about half way up the coastline of Maine (known as the Midcoast area). The Midcoast is brimming with cute little towns that beg to be explored. Camden, Maine is one of those towns that makes up the Midcoast, that’s so quaint, it will have you dreaming of packing your bags and calling the moving truck. It overlooks beautiful Penobscot Bay, has a very walkable downtown Main Street, and is a wonderful foodie destination. In my opinion, the best time to visit is in September when the majority of tourists have cleared out; when the weather’s still sunny and warm during the day, yet a bit crisp during the evening and morning. The perfect cozy town for cuddling up with a cup of clam chowder, a blanket, and a good book. Continue reading to find my top picks for things you need to do in Camden, Maine and my complete Camden, Maine travel guide.

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Camden, Maine Travel Guide

Camden, Maine Travel Guide

Camden, Maine Travel Guide

 

NOTABLE SPOTS / THINGS TO DO:

  • Camden Hills State Park / Hike Mt. Battie (Note: you can also drive up if you’re just interested in seeing the view or if the weather’s bad)
  • Go sailing (this is a good option + also here + here)
  • Have a picnic or just take a blanket and lounge in Camden Harbor Park / Amphitheater
  • Sip wine and treat yourself to a wine tasting at Cellardoor Winery in nearby Lincolnville (SUCH a gorgeous property both inside + out)
  • Walk the Rockland Breakwater in nearby Rockland, Maine (almost a mile long each way + leads to a beautiful lighthouse. Don’t forget your sneakers)!
  • Take a boat to Curtis Island Light
  • Relax at Lincolnville Beach
  • Go apple picking at Hope Orchards (if visiting in the fall)
  • Hike a trail to Beech Hill Preserve
  • Explore some of the many art galleries, including the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland

 


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WHEN TO VISIT:

While Camden, Maine is gorgeous all year round, I recommend visiting in the summer or fall. If you like things more lively and don’t mind being around other tourists, the middle of August is a great time to visit. It’s when the weather’s the best for sitting on a patio and enjoying a glass of rosé paired with a lobster roll. On the other hand, if you don’t mind the cooler weather, and want a slower-paced, more relaxed atmosphere, the fall is also a great time to visit. For optimal leaf-peeping, plan on visiting near the end of September or the beginning of October.

 


 

Any questions about traveling to Midcoast Maine, Camden, Maine, or Maine in general? I’d be happy to help. You can comment below or email me at contact@brunchonsunday.com. Make sure to check out my Instagram for snaps of my weekend home in Maine.

 


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