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Trip List by FingerlakesEmigrant

Camden and Rockland, ME.. rain or shine

Jun 28, 2006  Just celebrated our second anniversary :)
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 6 votes

What we did on our anniversary.. and other things we think we will do next time we visit Maine

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Camden, Searsport, Rockland, Port Clyde
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Camden Windward House
    Camden Windward House, Camden

    My husband and I were caught in traffic on the way to Maine and were quite late.. our hosts waited up for us, greeted us personally,and recommended several places that were still open for dinner. Our room was spectacular! We could see Mount Battie from our deck, and our room was spacious and private.. complete with a Jacuzzi bath. Breakfast each day, cooked specially for us from a menu was a real treat. Stay in the Quarterdeck room... It is just great!

  • 2. Peter Ott's
    Peter Ott's on the water, Camden

    We ate here our first night in Camden. We arrived just before closing.. and the hostess didn't even blink an eye. She seated us, and we had excellent service through the whole meal. We even had desert! They did not hurry us at all despite the hour.

    The food was excellent.. My husband and I ordered almost the same thing.. a stuffed chicken with a starch. I had mashed potatos and he had rice. The chicken was perfectly cooked and amazingly tender. It was the best I have had and I enjoyed the potatoes. My husband thought the rice could be cooked better but enjoyed the chicken as much as I did.

  • 3. Atlantica
    Atlantica, Camden

    This restaurant is excellent.. we had reservations for this evening and sat out on the deck.

    We ate here on our anniversary and were truly pleased with every dish. We started with an appetizer of scallops, ham and peach and the flavors were truly a delight! I had the special, a haddock in a garlic sauce, and my husband had (I think) cod with a lobster risotto. He found the rice at this restaurant to be superb. Desert was completed with a truly excellent cappucino.

    I had considered ordering the lobster, as I was in Maine, but I decided against it. The seating here is somewhat tighter than at Peter Ott's, and I was worried I would try to break off the lobster shell and send butter or shell across the room or off onto someone else's table.

  • 4. Quarterdeck Restaurant

    We're not sure, but this restaurant seems to be a chain. The food is okay but there are nicer places to eat.

  • 5. Cedarville Winery, Lincolnsville, ME

    This was a disappointment. I grew up in the Fingerlakes and my aunt and uncle have recently started a winery, so I always try to visit the wineries in an area. My husband and I came into this winery, and they were already giving a tasting. We wandered around for 15 minutes looking at items on the floor, as we could see the woman was giving a tasting and seemed to be engrossed in doing so. We examined the wines for sale to see what we would like to taste. No one acknowledged our presence. We figured she was just too busy.

    We were surprised when a grey haired couple came in and started looking at the wines as we had. The woman giving the tasting interupted her tasting and went over towards them and invited them to a tasting. She still did not acknowledge that we were there!!!

    I suppose we look too young to buy wine.. anyhow.. try to look older than thirty if you'd like to taste the wine you may want to purchase for your romantic evening..

  • 6. Penobscot Marine Museum
    Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport

    This is a 12 building museum with a lot of detail about shipbuilding and what it was like to be a sailor and be a family member of a sailor in the 19th century.

    We enjoyed reading the accounts taken from a sailor and his family's journal about their life at sea. There are also several different boats being refurbished there and information about lobster fishing and fishing methods in the 1900's. It was interesting, but after 6 of the buildings we were about museumed-out for the day. It is self guided for the most part, but there are people stationed in every building if you would like to ask questions.

  • 7. Rockland Breakwater Light
    Rockland Breakwater Light, Rockland

    This is a nice walk in the morning, on a nice day. I say a nice day, because to get to the lighthouse, you walk on the breakwater out to the lighthouse. In the rain, I think it could be dangerous and you may slip.

    The lighthouse is in the process of being refurbished by friends of the lighthouse. Several people kayaked out to the lighthouse and tied their kayaks to the dock there to see the lighthouse.

    It is a beautiful view, and there are some articles about the history there, but they are just getting started in restoring it. Go for the walk and the view! For a historical tour of a lighthouse and the surrounding community, drive down to the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde.

  • 8. Farnsworth Art Museum
    Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland

    We hadn't intended to go to the art museum, but the weather changed when we left the breakwater lighthouse. We were going to go kayaking so we were wearing our swim suits and tank tops and shorts when rain began to threated. We weren't really dressed for an art museum.. so we got funny looks from everyone who was dressed 'appropriately'.

    However, the guards at the museum loved us as we chatted about which Wyeth we liked best and what we liked about the Homer exhibit. We were about done with the main museum when the guard said to us, "Now make sure you go across the street to the church... in my opinion the ones inside here are nice, but the church is a real treat on its own." He was correct and we enjoyed James Wyeth's paintings in the church across the street.

  • 9. Thorndike Creamery Rockland,Maine

    Good "Light" Pizza and Good Ice Cream. A great lunch after the art museum or a trip to the breakwater lighthouse. It is in Rockland near the Farnsworth Art Museum.

  • 10. Left Bank Books Searsport, ME

    This bookstore is in Searsport near the Marine Museum.. stop in and check it out. It is a small bookstore, but has a title for everyone and has better selection than I have ever found at Barnes and Noble or Borders.

  • 11. ABCD Books Camden, Maine

    This bookstore made me want to become a book collector! They had many old books and a rare book room that you could go in. I didn't buy anything simply because having an early edition of my favorite novel seemed too much of a luxury item for me at the moment.

  • 12. Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum
    Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, Port Clyde

    We discovered this lighthouse by looking at a cartoonish map of Rockland and by saying," I wonder what this Port Clyde area looks like". We drove down the scenic highway and it was gorgeous.. rocky coast and small islands in the distance.. and it was sunny!

    We went inside the keeper's house, and found an amazing museum and volunteers working there that were very knowledgable and happy to answer all of our questions. They have taken great care to put a lot of information about the town in the lighthouse, so if you have any curiosity, you find lots of things to read and to ask about.

    They have also turned the area into a small park. I recommend bringing a lunch with you and having a picnic. If we had known how beautiful it was going to be there we would have done that.

  • 13. Port Clyde Kayaking

    We saw a flyer for this outfit at the lighthouse. They kayak to the beautiful islands you see at the shore at the Marshall Point Lighthouse. We did not do this because we did not have time, but I think on our next trek to Maine we will.