The award-winning Camden Harbour Inn stands as a sophisticated, romantic beacon of light located in the very heart of MidCoast Maine. Camden, Maine, itself is an idyllic four-season haven for foodies, honeymooners, and nature enthusiasts alike. When winter inevitably arrives, the sprawling, semi-rugged landscape transforms into a winter wonderland, seemingly cut, copy, and pasted from a classic holiday film. It’s a picturesque Penobscot Bay town tailor-made for romance, thanks in large part to its renowned culinary scene, head-turning architecture, and instant access to deep-forest beauty and seclusion. One of the many ways to embrace winter’s arrival is by snowshoeing in MidCoast Maine with your partner.
Snowshoeing in MidCoast Maine’s Camden Hills State Park
While MidCoast Maine is known for its superb cross-country skiing (and, to a lesser degree, alpine skiing), snowshoeing is perhaps the most memorable method of recreation. The Camden Harbour team misses sailing, playing tennis, and lobstering as much as our readers. However, there’s something genuinely magical about tramping through several layers of snow near the Atlantic Ocean’s rugged coast en route to a mountain lookout, backcountry lake, or frozen waterfall.
For those who plan on snowshoeing in MidCoast Maine this winter, there’s no better place to start than Camden Hills State Park, one of New England’s prized wilderness areas. Camden Hills is home to a handful of enthralling valley overlooks, as noted in this area hiking guide, including Mount Battie, Maiden Cliff, and Bald Mountain. In particular, Mount Battie offers unobstructed views of Penobscot Bay, Main Street, and, yes, even Camden Harbour Inn.
For those who plan to visit the Camden Snow Bowl for an afternoon of thrills and spills, don’t forget that it’s also home to several snowshoe-only woodland trails, including treks to Hosmer Brook and Ragged Mountain. The mostly-flat, 70-mile-long Georges Highland Path is a sublime trail system for beginners. Some of Georges’ prettiest jaunts are near the land-locked village of Searsmont. Lastly, MidCoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center is always a treasure, especially for snowshoers who value solitude and wildlife. It’s a bit of a drive from Camden, so please plan accordingly.
Paradisal Winter Resorts in Maine: Camden Harbour Inn
Truth be told, winter in Camden can look and feel as paradisal as a summer day on the beach. Camden’s rolling topography transforms from a leaf-less Paul Nash-esque painting to a pearly, snow-kissed terrain, complete with morning hoarfrost, dazzling ice crystals, and shiny icicles. And there’s no better time of year to snuggle close to your partner beside a cozy fireplace inside one of Camden Harbour Inn’s opulent suites. This award-winning Relais & Châteaux inn is also home to a AAA Four Diamond restaurant, Natalie’s—a sophisticated, bay-view marvel serving fresh-caught seafood and eye-popping cocktails in an elegant, ruby-red setting.