Road Trip: Camden, Maine
Don’t get us wrong – we love Boston in the summer. As evidenced here on The Boston Day Book, there are so many things to experience in a city summer – whether it’s a free concert, Shakespeare in the Common, or enjoying drinks on one of the many patios across the city.
As much as we love staying local during the summer months, it is so wonderful to have an abundance of small costal towns just a tank of gas away. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to experience the way life should be – Maine style – with a visit to Camden.
Camden, Maine is the epitome of New England, with its countless bread and breakfasts lining High Street – all beckoning you to come in for an evening’s rest. The center of town offers delicious lobster rolls, boutiques with New England essentials, and of course, a breathtaking harbor. We fell in love with Jo Ellen Designs, a boutique downtown filled with candles, jewelry, and beautiful things for your home.
On our quick weekend getaway, we spent the morning hiking Mount Battie – and thank goodness for a clear day. The views were incredible and after the steep hike, we were happy to relax with the oceanic breeze. In the afternoon, we celebrated with a bottle of bubbly (it was our anniversary, after all) on the Surprise, a historic schooner that takes small groups out for a two hour sail. Along the harbor, there are several boats to choose from – including a lobster boat! We had a wonderful time on the Surprise – aside from being out on the water – the company was great and we loved hearing all about the local history.
Although not in Camden proper, we knew we had to try Primo. We had heard such incredible things about the farm-to-table restaurant and couldn’t wait to check it out. Reservations are hard to come by, so we opted to walk-in. Primo has a second floor with more casual seating and a large bar – we had no problem grabbing two spots at the bar – a perfect place to watch the many cocktails being poured. My husband and I opted to share a few things – everything was delicious. His favorite: sausage stuffed fried olives, while my favorite was definitely the scallop entree.
One of the trickiest parts of planning our weekend away was deciding where to stay. Camden has an array of bed and breakfasts – all alluring and beautiful in their own right. We decided on A Little Dream, and we’re so glad we did. The owner, JoAnn, made us feel right at home. We stayed in the Carriage House and were greeted with coffee in the morning, before the incredible breakfast each morning. JoAnn and A Little Dream could easily have been our favorite part of visiting Camden.
On our way home, we stopped in a few of the many antique malls along the side of the road. We went home empty handed but had a great time while in Camden. It is about a four hour drive from Boston so perfect for a weekend (or even a week!) away.
Photo Credit: Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman