So, you’re headed to Camden for a weekend getaway! YAY, we can’t wait to host you. Maybe it’s a romantic getaway, maybe you’re coming with your kids, maybe you’re coming solo to get some R&R. Heading somewhere new can be a bit overwhelming, especially when you only have 48 hours, but its just the right amount to do a little exploring and, if you’re from away, get a feel for the midcoast area.
If you’re on the hunt for some fun things to do, look no further…
4pm: Check in at 16 Bay View. Settle into your room, make sure to check out the bathroom (the tubs are amazing!), enjoy the view of Camden Harbor for a moment.
5pm: Head down to the Vintage Room for cocktails. One of our very skilled bartenders will mix you up a fabulous drink- maybe our cocktail of the week, maybe something classic like a martini, or one of our exclusive zero-proof drinks- which our bartender, Red, created exclusively for Vintage Room- there’s something for everyone.
7pm: A few steps away from 16 Bay View, on Bay View landing, is the restaurant Hoxbill. Head on down for a delicious dinner- right on Camden harbor, they have a wood fired grill and some excellent dining options, it’s also home to Blaze Brewing- so you’ll have some excellent beer options for dinner, and it has a fabulous view of the harbor!
Enjoy a delicious breakfast in bed- our breakfasts are prepared fresh each morning by Executive Chef Andrea Barbour.
Around town, a few shops to make sure you visit are:
- Barefoot In Denim- for the perfect pair of jeans, curated clothing, accessories and more. Stop by and have Jennel fit you to the perfect pair of jeans. This boutique just celebrated its one year anniversary and shouldn’t be missed.
02. Owl & Turtle- a staple in Camden since 1970, they have an awesome selection of books and a really great variety of Maine authors- one of our favorites being Chris Van Dusen- if you have young kids and don’t have any of his books, make sure you swing by O&T and pick up a few- your kids will thank you!
03. Planet Toys is a must, regardless of your age, there’s something whimsical for everyone.
04. The Cashmere Goat is one of the best yarn shops in the midcoast area; offering a large selection of beautiful yarns including those made from traditional wools, alpaca, cashmere, cotton and other interesting blends.
….Head to Rockland and enjoy lunch at Cafe Miranda. You simply cannot come to the midcoast without a visit to there! Opened in 1993 by Chef Kerry Altiero, this super edgy and funky restaurant is renowned for its extensive and diverse seasonal menu. Apparently, the only thing on the menu that hasn’t changed since Cafe Miranda opened is the meatballs.
To finish your afternoon off, visit the Farnsworth. Visit https://www.farnsworthmuseum.org/exhibitions/ for a list of their current exhibitions- there are two exhibitions right now that are simply stellar- ANDREW WYETH: MAINE LEGACY & ELIOT PORTER: ALL THE WILD PLACES
To relax after your day of exploring, enjoy a glass of wine or beer in Vintage Room- we serve a wide variety of delicious Maine brewed beer.
Enjoy an early dinner, there’s quite a few places to choose from – some of the local favorites are Franny’s Bistro, Kurafuto, Long Grain, 40 Paper… there’s so many awesome choices and you really can’t go wrong.
If you’re here during the weekend of March 14th, enjoy MaineMadeMusic: Dirigo Rocks! at the Camden Opera House featuring ThunderHeart Lion, The Rugged and Shirttail Kin. This Maine Bicentennial Commission endorsed concert starts at 7:30pm and looks like its going to be a lot of fun.
Before you check out (check out time is at 11am) walk up to Zoot’s for a fresh cup of coffee/ tea. Zoot’s is a small independent coffee shop with a comfortable atmosphere and it’s a local favorite. As you head home, swing up to Lincolnville and stop into Green Tree Coffee & Tea (2456 Atlantic Hwy Lincolnville, Maine)- they specialize in gourmet roasted coffee- roasted on site, premium whole leaf and single serve teas and they also carry Maine-made jams, honeys & syrups as well as a wide assortment of brewing products.