Yet another radiant summer in MidCoast Maine is nearing its final chapter. While this summer has certainly had its fair share of twists and turns, the landscape in and around Camden, Maine, has never been more celestial. There’s still ample time to experience the coastline’s ideal temperatures, mouthwatering culinary delights, and enthralling terrain. Camden Harbour Inn, a Relais & Châteaux Top Destination, remains a lavish, romantic haven for couples in need of a well-deserved escape from the city. One of the main attractions in the area is the vast, deep-blue Atlantic. Thus, many guests often ask our worldly concierge team about the most desirable boat tours in Camden, Maine.
4 Distinctive Boat Tours in Camden, Maine
The majority of boat tours in Camden, Maine, require a trip aboard a towering, snow-white schooner. However, it’s vitally important to shine a light on the region’s many distinctive offerings, such as lobster hauls, lighthouse cruises, and trips to nearby Monhegan Island. There’s a little slice of heaven around every corner of Penobscot Bay and its 200-plus islands. It’s worth noting that Camden Harbour Inn’s concierge can swiftly arrange a reservation aboard all four of these boat tours in Camden, Maine, including private or customized charters.
Camden Harbor Cruises
The well-traveled team at Camden Harbor Cruises offers a little bit of everything, including eco-tours, lobstering, lighthouse voyages, cocktail hours, and private cruises. Learn to haul in fresh Maine lobster, snap photos of jovial seals, drift past Owls Head Lighthouse, and gaze at jaw-dropping seaside mansions. The Lively Lady runs from mid-May through mid-October.
Schooner Surprise or Schooner Olad
Camden Harbour Inn is proud to partner with two spectacular local schooners, Surprise and Olad, a couple of the finest windjammer cruises in Maine. There’s nothing more relaxing than gliding through Penobscot Bay’s wavy, azure water with the soothing sounds of the fluttering sail and chipper seabirds as your mid-day soundtrack. Both cruises focus on lighthouses, marine life, islands, and rocky shorelines. Full moon and sunset sails are quite popular during peak seasons, so please book well in advance.
Downeast Boat Company
For those who wish to become fully immersed in lobster hauling, Downeast Boat Company’s Summer Wind is the vessel of choice. In just 105 minutes, tourists can learn how to haul traps, measure lobsters, and, eventually, ensure the catch is ready for market. Lobster harvesting is a way of life here in MidCoast Maine, and the perfect place to learn the trade is aboard the Summer Wind.
Monhegan Boat Line
A short trek to Port Clyde should be on the itinerary this summer, as the ferry ride to and from Monhegan Island is a must. The island has been an artist colony for over 150 years. It’s easy to see why famous realist painters, landscape printmakers, illustrators, and visual artists find so much inspiration on this 1,000-acre respite. Hike through the island’s core, enjoy a picnic, and try birding near the shoreline.
Romantic Getaways in New England
Combine a couple of hours on one of the best boat tours in Camden, Maine, with a trip to the farmers market, a state park hike, and a stop a local winery. Upon return to Camden Harbour Inn, soak in a BainUltra air bath and relax in a private sauna before readying for a culinary voyage across the seven seas at Natalie’s, the on-site AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, where locally-sourced ingredients meet world-class culinary expertise. As one of the best hotels in Maine, the inn frequently lures New England honeymooners, yachters, and culinary savants. To book a long-awaited escape to MidCoast Maine, please dial 800-236-4266 (or check availability online).