Inevitably, winter will rear its “ugly” head, providing a semi-lengthy chill to picturesque MidCoast Maine. While winter itself is an idyllic season for holiday-themed romantic getaways, Camden’s townsfolk aren’t quite ready to say “sayonara” to autumn. In an effort to provide a healthy dosage of seductive spice to its prospective guests, Camden Harbour Inn’s concierge team has compiled five distinctive picnic date ideas, perfect for a late-summer or autumnal escape. After all, a picnic in the park is best enjoyed when accompanied by flannel, falling leaves, and seasonal fruits.
5 Romantic Picnic Date Ideas: MidCoast Maine
Most of these picnic date ideas are within minutes of Camden Harbour Inn’s spacious estate; however, guests are also encouraged to branch to a nearby lighthouse, vineyard, or state park if the destination matches the desired ambiance. Don’t forget to fill the picnic basket with a bevy of artisanal goods from the Camden Farmers Market, such as a challah loaf, wild blueberries, or maple candies.
Most hikers throw a blanket down on Mount Battie’s rocky summit to observe ships traversing through Camden Harbor while indulging in a basket full of New England delicacies. However, Maiden Cliff, which peers inland, sees much less foot traffic and is equally beautiful. Megunticook Lake (and its many islands) is a sublime backdrop for a delicious, tantalizing picnic for two.
Barrett’s Cove Beach (Megunticook Lake)
Directly below Maiden Cliff lies a semi-frequent public beach, complete with a spacious picnic area. Relishing a basket of edible delights on a sandy beach remains one of the most common picnic date ideas. That being said, Barrett’s Cove isn’t a prototypical beach destination. With faraway mountains, azure lake water, and thriving birdlife, Barrett’s Cove is sure to be a memorable experience.
A Picnic at Sea
There’s nothing wrong with thinking outside the box. Unlike most picnic date ideas, an aquatic adventure into the heart of Penobscot Bay is less about the fare and more about the sights, sounds, and sheer thrill of life at sea. Several local boat tours, schooner cruises, and deep-sea fishing voyages either include a picnic or encourage it.
Beside a MidCoast Maine Lighthouse
There are nearly a dozen lighthouses within 60 miles of Camden, including six true coastal jewels. Pair a well-planned meal with the soothing sea breeze and the lapping Atlantic beside a towering light station. There’s ample acreage beside Owls Head, Heron Neck (although it requires a boat ride), and Fort Point for an hour-long picnic in the grass.
Grapevines, Fine Vino, and Picnic Baskets
A handful of local vineyards boast acres upon acres of private topography that’s equally romantic, scenic, and remote. Potential destinations include Cellardoor Winery, Sweetgrass Winery’s Union farmstead, and Savage Oakes Vineyard. Couples cannot resist a vineyard’s aesthetic during autumn’s peak, especially when combined with artisanal, picnic-style fare.
Romantic Getaways in Maine: Camden Harbour Inn
As droves of couples line up mid-fall travel plans, it’s important to note that there’s still time to book a late-minute escape before winter’s arrival. Camden Harbour Inn, a Relais & Châteaux Top Destination, boasts a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, an on-site spa, a worldly team of travel experts, and sumptuous accommodations. In-room luxuries vary from walk-out balconies to private saunas and grand fireplaces. To learn more about a potential late-summer or autumn escape to this award-winning Camden hotel, please call 800-236-4266 (or check availability online).