Uncovering the Most Flavorous Coffee in Camden, Maine

Photo of a Barista Pouring a Cup of Coffee in Camden, Maine.

Travelers won’t find a Starbucks, Tim Hortons, or Dunkin’ in Camden, Maine, a quintessential Atlantic bay town, ideally saturated between Portland and Acadia National Park. The locals care too much about the town’s many small businesses, mainly the thriving cafes and delis that line the streets near coastal U.S. Route 1. Finding a steaming cup of coffee in Camden, Maine, is as easy as pie. However, unearthing a perfectly-balanced, ever-so-slightly-foamy latte takes a bit of digging. It’s worth noting that each Camden Harbour Inn suite boasts a state-of-the-art Illy coffee machine. That being said, sometimes a cup of joe inside an aromatic, down-to-earth cafe is precisely what the heart needs.

The Best Coffee in Camden, Maine: 5 Essential Stops

What draws an average patron to a coffee shop? Some folks relish the atmosphere—the indie folk music, the artisanal latte art, and the cheeky barista banter. Others simply need a place to relax with some light reading before taking on the day, whether with an opened laptop, a rustling newspaper, or an always convenient smartphone. Below, we highlight five unique cafes that, collectively, offer the tastiest coffee in Camden, Maine, starting with Zoot.

Zoot Coffee

Photo of Two Women Enjoying a Cup of Coffee in Camden, Maine.

Zoot’s Elm Street cafe is an eight-minute walk from Camden Harbour Inn. There’s nothing overly sophisticated about the decor or atmosphere; yet, that’s what allures out-of-towners: the authentic charm. The home-baked brownies, muffins, and quiche pair flawlessly with a signature latte, such as the cafe mocha; although, the chai is equally delightful on a crisp autumn morn. Don’t be surprised to hear the locals gushing about Zoot’s Scottish oat bars and dry-roasted espresso.

Owl & Turtle Bookshop Cafe

The Owl and Turtle, a cozy, multi-purpose neighborhood cafe, celebrated 50 years this summer. Gripping page-turners, instrumental music, and French press coffee go together like a needle and thread. New Englanders often roll into town to attend an author event at Owl and Turtle. While the book selection is undeniably superb, let’s shift the focus back to the roasty goodness that seeps into Bay View Street’s air every morning and afternoon. Most travelers appreciate Owl and Turtle’s flavored complements, including peppermint, pumpkin spice, and maple—available year-round.

The Best of the Rest: Seafolk, 47 West, and Green Tree

When reflecting on the best coffee in Camden, Maine, the two aforementioned cafes instantly come to mind. After that, opinions vary. However, Seafolk Coffee, 47 West, and Green Tree Coffee & Tea are no doubt worth mentioning, as each establishment has planted a footprint on the local roastery scene. Seafolk, while temporarily closed, offers jaw-dropping vistas of scenic Rockport Harbor. 47 West’s delectable baked goods pair perfectly with a tall cold press coffee. Lastly, travelers shouldn’t leave MidCoast Maine without purchasing a pound of daily-roasted coffee at Green Tree, home to the coziest porch in Lincolnville, Maine.

The Best Hotels in Camden, Maine

Photo of a Camden Harbour Suite, Only Minutes Away from the Best Coffee in Camden, Maine.When travelers aren’t consuming fresh-baked delights and sipping on house-roasted coffee in Camden, Maine, they’re likely picnicking near the sea, sailing through Penobscot Bay, hiking inside Camden Hills State Park, and savoring fine wine at a nearby vineyard. An idyllic place to start and finish each day of exploration and relaxation is Camden Harbour Inn, a Relais & Châteaux Top Destination. Camden Harbour Inn is a AAA Four Diamond culinary destination, a top-rated wedding venue, and an opulent, widely-beloved New England honeymoon locale. This historic, award-winning Camden hotel boasts the grandest suites in MidCoast, with in-suite amenities ranging from glowing fireplaces to Bain Ultra therapeutic air baths and Apple iPads. To book a long-awaited, last-minute fall escape to Camden, Maine, please check availability online (or contact a reservationist at 800-236-4266).

Picnic Date Ideas: Top 5 Picnic Locales near Camden Harbour

Photo of a Couple on an Early-Autumn Picnic. Click Here for MidCoast Maine Picnic Date Ideas.

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.

Photo of Megunticook Lake from Maiden Cliff. Click Here for Romantic Picnic Date Ideas.Maiden Cliff

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.

Photo of Owls Head Lighthouse, One of the Prettiest Picnic Date Ideas in the Area.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).

The Sleekest Bars in Camden, Maine

Photo of a Happy Mixologist at Natalie's Restaurant, One of the Best Bars in Camden Maine.

Indulging in a region’s many delicacies, including its fare and libations, is an integral aspect of a New England getaway. In MidCoast Maine, a particularly picturesque slice of the Northeast, lucky travelers are surrounded by fresh seafood, farm-to-table creations, craft ales, and regionally-inspired cocktails. The sleekest bars in Camden, Maine, including Camden Harbour Inn’s AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, sublimely embrace creativity, sophistication, and exemplary New England-style techniques.

The Best Bars in Camden, Maine

While 2020 hasn’t been an overly kind year to local restaurants, taverns, and taprooms, the most beloved bars in Camden, Maine, remain as enticing as ever. Travelers will always need a quiet, elegant place to enjoy a glass of fine wine, a colorful cocktail, or a craft beer. Thankfully, these three staples are eagerly open for business as the Northeast readies itself for autumn.

Natalie’s Restaurant

Photo of Two Cocktails at Natalie's Restaurant, One of the Best Bars in Camden Maine.

Camden Harbour Inn’s AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, Natalie’s, is a multi-functional space that features lavish decor, head-turning Penobscot Bay views, and world-class mixologists. Natalie’s bar opens at 5 p.m., accompanied by the dinner rush, and closes at midnight. The bar’s mixologists craft an array of seasonal cocktails that are equally delicious and aesthetically pleasing. On occasion, Natalie’s offers cocktail-making courses. Of course, this dimly-lit, scarlet-clad bar also boasts the city’s largest wine menu (24 pages in length), featuring a multitude of varietals from across the globe. Top-shelf scotch, rum, and cognac are also readily available.

The Jack

Admittedly, The Jack is an idyllic after-dark, date-night hangout. Patrons can munch on Americanized grub, sip on classic Maine ales, and play bocce (or admire the shimmering stars high above). As one of the most laid-back bars in Camden, Maine, The Jack welcomes droves of locals and tourists alike. Keep an eye on its social media channels to learn more about hours, private seating, free games, and drink specials. The Jack’s staff continues to adjust their business practices, oftentimes for the better. Cornhole is now available, as is a sizable outdoor seating area. While The Jack mostly caters toward beer aficionados, their mixologists do craft some unique (and fruity) cocktails.

40 Paper Bistro & Bar

40 Paper boasts a small but lively bar known for its mules, red wines, and regional ales. Despite operating in such a cramped space, 40 Paper’s mixology team is swift, skilled, and charismatic. The house cocktail list features everything from espresso-infused vodka to Bulleit rye and locally-distilled gin. Many of the core ingredients, including bitters, fruit, and liqueurs, are locally sourced. It’s easy to appreciate 40 Paper’s extensively-detailed wine menu, which includes notes about every label.

Luxury Hotels in Camden, Maine

Photo of a Camden Harbour Suite, Just Steps from the Best Bars in Camden Maine.Enjoying an innovative cocktail or fine wine at one of the best bars in Camden, Maine, is the perfect way to cap a full day of classic outdoor pursuits, including a schooner cruise, state park hike, and winery tour. Camden Harbour Inn remains one of the top-rated romantic getaways in New England, mainly because of its culinary delights, sophisticated luxuries, and spa services. As a proud member of the Relais & Châteaux association, this luxurious Camden hotel remains a beacon of excellence during all four seasons. To book a well-deserved romantic escape to MidCoast Maine, please dial 800-236-4266 (or check availability online).

Plan a Visit to the Camden Maine Farmers Market

Photo of a Young Woman Perusing Vegetables at the Camden Maine Farmers Market.With summer’s golden radiance officially here, hundreds of thousands of Mainers continue to rediscover the coastal landscape via state park hikes, schooner cruises, and vineyard tours. Midcoast Maine is an ethereal destination filled to the brim with history, sophistication, and sprawling natural beauty. And the most desirable destination along the coast is Camden Harbour Inn, a proud member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux hotelier association. The inn’s roots date back to the late 1800s. Today, Camden Harbour Inn boasts a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, distinctive accommodations, and worldly concierge services. One of the many highlights of a mid-summer escape to this lavish respite is the local culinary scene, including the vibrant, twice-weekly Camden Maine Farmers Market located on Washington Street.

The Camden Maine Farmers Market: Support Local Business

Every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning, hundreds of locals and visitors alike flock to the Camden Maine Farmers Market to peruse produce, support the community, and learn a cooking tip or two. It’s common knowledge that most food travels approximately 1,500 miles before landing on the dinner table. Thus, a buoyant visit to the farmers market is exceedingly environmentally friendly. Yes, supporting local farmers and businesses is a focal point, but there’s also ample opportunity for a nutritional boost, as many of these delicacies are 100 percent organic. The team at Camden Harbour Inn always urges guests to spend some extra time getting to know the growers, primarily because they’re apt to divulge long-standing recipes, cooking tips, and insider knowledge about other fabulous vendors.

Classic New England Delicacies

The Camden Maine Farmers Market provides a splendid opportunity to learn more about the region’s thriving farmland and the many unique eats that grow particularly well in New England, such as okra, eggplant, asparagus, and cabbage. Some travelers purchase a bushel of goods for a mid-day picnic, while others gather unique ingredients for an on-site cooking class here at Camden Harbour Inn’s farmhouse kitchen. But, of course, many people bring their purchases home with them. Don’t leave the Camden Maine Farmers Market without purchasing a challah loaf from Atlantic Baking Co., the “catch of the week” from Pemaquid Lobster & Seafood, bourbon barrel-aged syrup from Frontier Maple Sugarworks, wild blueberries from Burke Hill Farm, and seedlings from Bahner Farm.

The Best Hotels in Maine: Camden Harbour

Photo of a Luxury Suite near the Camden Maine Farmers Market.There’s no better way to jumpstart a Saturday morning than a leisurely visit to the Camden Maine Farmers Market. Even if the day’s haul is minuscule, it’s always nice to experience the culture amid droves of grinning locals. Combine a brief trip to the market with a voyage aboard a fishing charter, a self-guided brewery tour, or an extensive lighthouse drive. On-site luxury services include chauffeured limousine rides, private helicopter flights, in-room artwork and jewelry viewings, and, of course, cooking classes. This luxurious Camden hotel remains a shining example of urbanity, hospitality, and historical significance. While there’s no offseason for romance, summer and autumn are quite popular amongst couples. So, please check availability online at your earliest convenience.

The 6 Best Maine Lighthouses near Camden Harbour

maine lighthousesMaine’s coast is known for its rocky, jagged shorelines, serene islands, and jaw-dropping oceanic wildlife viewing, but don’t forget about our region’s array of beautiful lighthouses. Every summer, thousands of travelers venture to the seaside town of Camden to observe some of the most stunning Midcoast Maine lighthouses, all of which are a short, scenic drive or a memorable sailing excursion from Camden Harbour Inn. Because there are dozens of Maine coast lighthouses on secluded islands deep at sea, many of these eager travelers arrive via sailboat at the Camden Yacht Club, located less than 350 feet from our luxury Relais & Châteaux hotel.

Top 6 Lighthouses near Camden, Maine

Several of the most beautiful lighthouses in Maine are just a short journey from Camden Harbour Inn, including all six of these magnificent structures. As a reminder, two of these crowd-pleasing Maine lighthouses are only accessible by boat: Curtis Island and Heron Neck.

1. Marshall Point Lighthouse

Marshall Point, one of the most iconic lighthouses in North America, is arguably Midcoast Maine’s top attraction. This peaceful, nearly-200-year-old light may only be 31 feet tall, but history buffs from across the country flock to this beautiful locale to observe a true American-made marvel. Marshall Point Lighthouse was featured in the 1994 classic film, Forrest Gump, gaining instant fame among history buffs. And luckily for you, Camden Harbour Inn has an exclusive two-night lighthouse package that includes a three-hour private VW tour, a four-course dinner at Natalie’s, a trip to the Farnsworth Art Museum, and a picnic lunch at Marshall Point.

maine lighthouses2. Owls Head Lighthouse

Without a doubt, Owls Head is one of the most beautiful Maine lighthouses, primarily because it’s perched high above the ocean’s edge on a tall, rocky bluff. Embark on a guided tour, enjoy a picnic at Owls Head State Park, and visit the gift shop before venturing to your next stop along this self-guided lighthouse trail.

3. Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Very few Maine lighthouses can rival Rockland’s breakwater “hike.” The leisurely stroll along this rocky, man-made path en route to the light is sublime in every sense of the word. Let the gentle breeze and Penobscot Bay views wisp you away to a simpler time.

4. Heron Neck Lighthouse

Greens Island’s Heron Neck is not open to the public and only accessible by boat, but it’s a hidden gem that’s well worth the mid-day sailing adventure, especially on a warm summer afternoon. Heron Neck, which is privately-owned land, looks quite similar to Owls Head thanks to its rocky base. The sprawling views of Maine’s coast from the south edge of the island are awe-inspiring.

5. Fort Point Lighthouse

While tours aren’t offered at Fort Point, the property is open to the public from 9 a.m. to dusk. The lighthouse rests along the eastern edge of Fort Point State Park, a small but beautiful preserve located in a tranquil cove at the mouth of the Penobscot River. Snap photos of the lighthouse, and don’t forget to visit the former site of Fort Pownall.

6. Curtis Island Lighthouse

Curtis Island, which is practically within a stone’s throw of Dillingham Point in Camden, is only accessible by boat. The first lighthouse on Curtis Island was built in 1835, and the city of Camden now owns the land that surrounds the lighthouse. Curtis Island is yet another one of our favorite Maine lighthouses because of its seclusion, preserved beauty, and proximity to downtown.

Luxury Camden Hotel

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Camden Harbour Inn is not only minutes away from several top-rated Maine lighthouses, but we offer guests with a sophisticated, charming, and conveniently-located stay. Watch the sun rise above Penobscot Bay from your private balcony. Indulge in authentic local cuisine inside Natalie’s, our on-site AAA Four Diamond restaurant. And bask in supreme luxury inside your lavishly-designed guest suite complete with a Jacuzzi, gas fireplaces, king-size feather bed, sauna, and rain shower. To book a well-deserved romantic escape to Midcoast Maine, please give us a call today at 1-800-236-4266, or reserve now online.

Downtown Camden Maine Shopping

camden maine shoppingAs we rapidly approach the much-anticipated summer season, which is highlighted by heartwarming weddings, romantic honeymoons, and world-class sailing expeditions, we welcome thousands of guests to our luxury Relais & Châteaux hotel. Camden Harbour Inn, one of the premier Midcoast Maine wedding venues, is just a three-minute stroll from the edge of downtown Camden Maine. While you’ll want to spend as much time as possible sailing in Penobscot Bay, savoring gourmet cuisine at Natalie’s, and receiving soothing spa treatments, we highly recommend walking downtown for some excellent Camden Maine shopping.

Camden Maine Shopping: Top 10 Shops

We’ve compiled a list of our ten favorite Camden Maine shopping experiences, ranging from designer clothing to fresh-made chocolate truffles.

  • Uncle Willy’s Candy Shoppe – For those with a sweet tooth or a chocolate obsession, don’t skip Uncle Willy’s. They have the area’s best chocolate truffles, fudge, and collection of obscure candies.
  • JoEllen Designs – JoEllen is one of our favorite stops along the Camden Maine shopping trail, primarily because of their designer wool rugs, pillows, and dinnerware.
  • Small Wonder Gallery – Whether you’re aiming to observe local art or hoping to return with a masterpiece, Small Wonder is the best bet for vacationing art lovers.
  • Theo B. Camisole & Co – If you’re aiming to spice up your love life during your New England honeymoon or romantic getaway, we recommend browsing the fine lingerie at Theo B. Camisole.
  • Owl & Turtle Bookshop Café – Purchase a steaming cup of gourmet coffee and a fresh-baked scone before strolling upstairs to peruse through the bookstore, which is filled with many of the latest hits as well as classics.
  • Once A Tree – You don’t have to be a lover of fine woodworking to appreciate the craftsmanship at Once A Tree, a jaw-dropping collection of woodworks created by artists from across the region.
  • The Smiling Cow – If you’re hoping to return home with a souvenir to commemorate your trip to Midcoast Maine, make a quick stop at The Smiling Cow.
  • Sea Bags – You might not find a larger collection of tote bags during your travels. These nautical-themed tote bags have become a popular keepsake for sailing enthusiasts.
  • Lily, Lupine & Fern – Grab a bottle of award-winning wine for your upcoming evening in your heavenly guest suite, which is complete with a private sauna, air bath, deck, and fireplace.
  • Swans Island Company – Swans Island operates out of a charming, historic brick building along Bay View Street. Their selection of blankets, apparel, and sachets is bound to grab your attention.

Relais & Châteaux Camden Maine Resorts

camden maine shoppingCamden Harbour Inn is a proud member of Relais & Châteaux, a worldwide association of the finest hoteliers, restaurateurs, and chefs. Natalie’s, our on-site AAA Four Diamond restaurant, is a shining example of visual sophistication, culinary creativity, and delicious, locally-sourced ingredients. Not only are we within walking distance from eclectic downtown Camden Maine shopping, but we’re also less than 350 feet from the Yacht Club. Many of our luxurious accommodations feature modern gas fireplaces, rain showers, saunas, air tubs, and visually-striking interior decor. To learn more about our award-winning Camden hotel, please give us a call at 1-800-236-4266, or simply visit us online.

Start Planning a Midcoast Maine Honeymoon

maine honeymoonWe’re quickly approaching the ever-popular mid-summer wedding season here in charming Camden, Maine. Not only is our elegant Relais & Châteaux inn one of the premier Midcoast Maine wedding venues, but you won’t find a more romantic honeymoon locale in New England than Camden Harbour Inn. Thanks to the brilliant vision of Dutch co-owners, Raymond Brunyanszki and Oscar Verest, the historic Camden Harbour Inn is a shining example of beauty, elegance, and luxury. Spend your days sailing along tranquil West Penobscot Bay, hiking at Camden Hills State Park, and indulging in gourmet European-style cuisine at Natalie’s, our AAA Four Diamond restaurant, before retiring to one of our lavish honeymoon suites. Keep reading to learn more about a potential once-in-a-lifetime Midcoast Maine honeymoon to Camden Harbour Inn.

Romantic Midcoast Maine Honeymoon Activities

maine honeymoonThe bayfront city of Camden, Maine, is filled with history, charm, and sophistication. Whether you’re hoping to hop aboard a 90-year-old schooner, stroll along Main Street for some mid-day shopping, or catch a rousing live performance at the Camden Opera House, you’ll quickly discover that our charming community is the perfect Midcoast Maine honeymoon destination. We’ve compiled ten of our favorite things to do in Camden, Maine, to ensure that your stay with us is flawless.

Romantic Fine Dining

maine honeymoonNo Midcoast Maine honeymoon is complete without a romantic gourmet dinner inside our on-site AAA Four Diamond restaurant: Natalie’s. Executive Chef Chris Long, Shelby Stevens, and their team of culinary artists have curated an innovative menu that is a sophisticated meld of European-style and classic New England-style recipes, flavors, and presentation. Pair your four-course prix fare with an expertly-selected bottle of vino from our collection of over 200 award-winning labels. Natalie’s seasonal menu is consistently evolving so that no two visits to Camden Harbour Inn are alike. You’ll discover a wide-ranging menu that’s highlighted by fresh Maine lobster, half-shell oysters, and farm-raised ribeye. Dine inside our elegant dining room which is accented by dazzling flora, repurposed wood floors, and arresting rose-colored lampshades and chairs, or enjoy the coastal mountain views on our private outdoor patio.

Lavish Guest Suites

Perhaps the most important aspect of an unforgettable Midcoast Maine honeymoon is a sumptuous guest suite. The Royal Dutch Suite is a favorite among honeymooners because of its sleek design, two-person soaking tub, modern fireplace, and private sauna. The New Amsterdam, meanwhile, is the perfect combination of luxury and old-world charm as this two-room suite has a classy interior, king-size featherbed, two decks, and an air bath. All of these well-preserved guest suites were modernly renovated with honeymooners in mind. To start planning a lavish Midcoast Maine honeymoon at our bay-view Camden hotel, please give us a call at 1-800-236-4266, or visit us online.

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