Headed to Camden and wondering what you can do for fun during the times of Covid? We thought we’d share a few fun things that you can do in the area that will give you a true midcoast experience:
- Visit a lobster pound! Today’s lobster pounds aren’t the same as the original lobster pounds. The very first lobster pound dates back to the 1870s and was located across Penobscot Bay on the island on Vinalhaven. However, for a very long-time, lobster pounds were only for storing fresh lobsters. Today’s lobster pounds can be found all over the coast, from Kittery to Eastport. For a true Maine lobster pound experience, we recommend two that are a short drive from our three hotels- 1) McLoons Lobster Shack in Spruce Head Island, about a 30-minute ride from downtown Camden. McLoon’s is family owned and sits across from a working lobster wharf. You can also buy their homemade clam dip, it’s amazing! 2) 30 minutes north of downtown Camden, is Young’s Lobster Pound in Belfast, overlooking Penobscot Bay. Young’s dates back to the 1930s, with the current restaurant being built in 1980. This local staple is also a working lobster wharf and, as you’re sitting and enjoying your meal, you can watch lobstermen unloading their catch. Oh, and at Young’s, you can even select which lobster you want from the holding tank!
- Take a trip out to the island of Islesboro. The ferry, which departs from Lincolnville, is about 10 minutes north of downtown Camden and takes about 20 minutes for its 3-mile crossing. Visit https://www.maine.gov/mdot/ferry/islesboro/ for up to date information/ferry schedule. Islesboro is the home of the Grindle Point Lighthouse, which unfortunately isn’t open right now, but you can still get an up-close look at it. Some of the more well-known residents, both past and present include Kirstie Alley, John Travolta, John P. Morgan, Chris O’Donnell and Sister Parish. During the summer you can grab lunch to go at The Dark Harbor Shop in Dark Harbor or at The Sandcastle Grille located right at Grindle Point, next to the ferry terminal. The local land trust, Islesboro Island Trust, also has many trails open for easy hiking. Make sure to grab an island brochure at the ticket office when you purchase your tickets.
- Take a trip with a Maine Guide from Maine Sport Outfitters. They have an interesting mix of guided trips that all provide a different experience. From a Camden Harbor kayak tour, to SUP yoga or a guided fishing trip, there’s something for everyone. Visit https://mainesport.com/guidedtrips/ for up-to-date tours and tour information.
- There are a few boats in Camden Harbor that are doing tours this summer. The Schooner’s Olad and Appledore are both offering day sails. The Lively Lady is offering lobstering tours- these interactive lobstering demonstrations allow you to actually help haul the trap, bait it, and the re-set the trap. If you’re looking for a quintessential Maine experience, this tour is where it’s at. You can’t get much more “Maine” than lobstering. Oh, don’t forget you camera!