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.

Top 3 Things to Do in Camden This Spring

things to do in CamdenNot 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

things to do in CamdenFor 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

things to do in CamdenYes, 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!

Start Planning a Summertime Wedding in Camden, Maine

camden wedding venueThere’s still time to start planning a picturesque summertime wedding here at Camden Harbour Inn, the premier Camden wedding venue. Unlike most Maine resorts, we provide private ceremony locales, ample reception space, countless photography opportunities, deluxe wedding packages, grand bridal suites, and a kick-start to a Midcoast Maine honeymoon. Our talented, professional wedding staff provides impeccable service, unflinching pampering, and world-class cuisine inside Natalie’s, our AAA Four Diamond restaurant. Keep reading to learn more about our first-rate wedding facilities, services, and packages.

Breathtaking Camden Wedding Venue

camden wedding venueFirst and foremost, we provide eager brides and grooms with a scenic, private ceremony locale on our sizable outdoor patio. Recite your heartfelt vows with our lush surrounding forestry as a backdrop with the soothing sounds of native birds and the smell of the fresh, slightly-salty ocean air as an added bonus. Other on-site possibilities include our great lawn and garden, but you’re also encouraged to choose the ever-popular Camden Harbor Park & Amphitheater. Pose for photos inside our historic estate, in a sailboat, on the harbor’s edge, or at nearby Camden Hills State Park.

An Elegant Reception at Natalie’s

We wouldn’t be the premier Camden wedding venue without our award-winning cuisine at Natalie’s. During the summertime, we can accommodate up to 110 wedding guests with the addition of our mountain-view outdoor seating. Our award-winning staff invites you and your guests to join us on a sophisticated, inventive, and seasonally-inspired culinary journey. The Michelin-trained culinary team here at Natalie’s customizes every wedding reception to suit each couple’s specific tastes and preferred presentation. Some couples wish to be surprised by our award-winning team, while others have particular requirements – both ways are perfectly fine with us! Executive Chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens’ utilize modern techniques, European inspiration, and fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to please all senses.

Grand Suites

camden wedding venueSpend your first night as a married couple inside one of our three-room Grand Suites, complete with an ultra-comfortable king-sized featherbed, private deck, gleaming fireplaces, Apple iPad, and an Illy espresso machine. The Royal Dutch Suite, in particular, is a popular accommodation among newlyweds because of its lavish bathroom, highlighted by its rain shower, sauna, fireplace, and therapeutic air bath. Remember to browse through our deluxe wedding packages to find one that fills your needs.

Maine Getaways: Start Your Honeymoon in Camden

Start your honeymoon with a quiet morning in beautiful Camden before venturing into our vast wilderness for countless outdoor adventures. Camden Harbour Inn is a short, scenic drive from some of the best Maine lighthouses, breathtaking hiking trails, historic districts, and, of course, Acadia National Park. Camden is also a splendid Midcoast Maine destination for summertime lighthouse and wildlife cruises, sailing adventures, and deep sea fishing excursions. To inquire about our beautiful Camden wedding venue, please dial 1-800-236-4266. If summertime is fully booked, remember that Camden Harbour Inn is also one of the premier four-season Maine luxury resorts – we’ve accommodated a Maine wedding during every season, even winter!

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