Not only is Camden officially known as “The Jewel of the Maine Coast™,” but our breathtaking slice of New England is conveniently located near some of the state’s best parks, lighthouses, and bays. Combine your week of exploration and adventure in coastal heaven with a stay at one of the most historic luxury hotels in Maine: Camden Harbour Inn, a proud member of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux and home to Natalie’s, an award-winning Penobscot Bay-view restaurant. Whether you’re hoping to sail through tranquil Penobscot Bay, hike inside Camden Hills State Park, or embark on a self-guided Midcoast Maine lighthouse tour, you’ll discover a seemingly endless outdoor playground near Camden. And luckily for you, we’ve hand-selected three of our favorite things to do in Camden for your upcoming springtime getaway!
Penobscot Bay Sailing
Beautiful Penobscot Bay is home to more than 200 islands, nearly two dozen harbor-front communities, and ten unique lighthouses. Camden Harbor comfortably holds the largest fleet of windjammers in Midcoast Maine. In fact, you can actually see these sturdy vessels scattered throughout the harbor on Google Maps. Sailing is a way of life here in Camden, and we’re lucky enough to be approximately 300 feet from the Camden Yacht Club. We welcome skippers from all across New England to our slice of sailing paradise! If you’ve never sailed before, we recommend embarking on a voyage on the Schooner Surprise, Schooner Olad, or Vessel Owl.
Hiking at Camden Hills State Park
For those who’re in the mood for some late-morning and early-afternoon adventure, we recommend visiting nearby Camden Hills State Park (which is located only two miles northeast of our lavish Camden hotel). Camden Hills State Park is a 5,710-acre natural wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts searching for some of the best hikes in Maine. You’ll discover 25 intertwining hiking trails that meander through lush forestry, including nearly a dozen mountain overlooks. You’ll obtain sweeping views of vast Penobscot Bay and the inland Megunticook Lake from several overlooks. We encourage our adventure-seeking guests to spend an entire day exploring all that Camden Hills State Park has to offer. And remember: there’s nothing better than fresh seafood, award-winning vino, and Jacuzzi tub relaxation following a rewarding day of hiking!
Self-Guided Lighthouse Tour
Self-guided lighthouse tours are unquestionably one of the top things to do in Maine, regardless of the season. Many of the best Midcoast Maine lighthouses are, for obvious reasons, quite busy during summer and autumn. During spring, however, you might have these beauties all to yourselves. Camden Harbour Inn, one of the premier year-round Maine resorts, is within 40 miles of ten lighthouses, including the ever-popular Owls Head, Marshall Point, Rockland Breakwater, and Fort Point. We particularly love Rockland’s lengthy jetty, Owl Head’s surrounding beauty, and Fort Point’s easy access to the nearby state park.
Memorable Maine Getaways to Camden Harbour Inn
Yes, Camden Harbour Inn is conveniently located near several of the best things to do in Camden (and beyond), but we’re known for our award-winning cuisine, lavish guest suites, and historic charm. Start each day with a steaming cup of freshly-brewed coffee at dawn and a therapeutic bath in your luxurious spa bathroom. After enjoying Camden’s beauty during the daytime on foot or via sailboat, retreat to Camden Harbour Inn for a AAA Four Diamond culinary journey inside Natalie’s dimly-lit, atmospheric dining room. Call us today at 1-800-236-4266 to book a well-deserved springtime escape to scenic Midcoast Maine!