High above the harbor on nearby Mount Battie stands the best place to see just how beautiful Camden, Maine, is. This scenic lookout at the rocky top of Mount Battie looks like it is guarding the lovely little seaport and its quaint harbor in Penobscot Bay, dotted by sailboats of all sizes and colors. Camden, ME, is even more beautiful in the fall when the trees around the city perform their full colorful show. Here are the best things to do in Camden, Maine. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Mount Battie & Camden Hills State Park
2.Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheatre
3.Megunticook Lake, Camden, ME
4.Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, Maine
5.Camden Opera House, Camden, Maine
6.Camden Snow Bowl
7.The Schooner Surprise, Camden, Maine
8.Schooner Olad Windjammer Cruise
9.Mike Kinney Maine Guide, Camden, Maine
10.Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe, Camden, Maine
11.Spirit Soaring Glider Rides, Camden, Maine
12.Camden Windjammer Festival, Camden, Maine
13.Camden Harbor Cruises, Camden, Maine
14.Natalie's, Camden, Maine
16 Best Things to Do in Camden, Maine
- Mount Battie & Camden Hills State Park, Photo: Courtesy of Chris Soucy - Fotolia.com
- Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheatre, Photo: Courtesy of spiritofamerica - Fotolia.com
- Megunticook Lake, Camden, ME, Photo: Courtesy of Bert Folsom - Fotolia.com
- Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, Maine, Photo: Merryspring Nature Center
- Camden Opera House, Camden, Maine, Photo: Camden Opera House
- Camden Snow Bowl, Photo: Camden Snow Bowl
- The Schooner Surprise, Camden, Maine, Photo: The Schooner Surprise
- Schooner Olad Windjammer Cruise, Photo: Schooner Olad Windjammer Cruise
- Mike Kinney Maine Guide, Camden, Maine, Photo: Mike Kinney Maine Guide
- Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe, Camden, Maine, Photo: Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe
- Spirit Soaring Glider Rides, Camden, Maine, Photo: Spirit Soaring Glider Rides
- Camden Windjammer Festival, Camden, Maine, Photo: Camden Windjammer Festival
- Camden Harbor Cruises, Camden, Maine, Photo: Camden Harbor Cruises
- Natalie's, Camden, Maine, Photo: Natalie's
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of cfarmer - Fotolia.com
More Ideas: The Norumbega Inn
Set in a historic 1886 stone castle, the Norumbega Inn in Camden, ME is a luxurious bed and breakfast that offers elegant accommodations with fireplaces and private balconies with water views, modern amenities, and sumptuous cuisine. Located in the heart of beautiful mid-coast Maine, this iconic landmark is a short walk from the beach and close to various attractions in the area like the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Camden Hills State Park. Beautifully appointed guest rooms have en-suite bathrooms and private balconies, while deluxe suites boast separate living areas with pull-out sofas and/or fridges, whirlpool or claw-foot tubs, and stunning views. Guests are treated to a delicious hot breakfast every morning and have use of the hotel’s facilities such as a fine-dining restaurant, a fully-stocked library and several communal decks with outdoor seating and breathtaking panoramic vistas.
The Norumbega Inn features 11 beautifully appointed guest rooms, two of which are luxury suites. All accommodations have comfortable king-size beds in luxury linens, en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers, claw-foot tubs, thick towels and bathrobes, and Antica Farmacista bath products. Living areas have comfy armchairs and seating, gas fireplaces and air-conditioning in season, while suites offer separate living areas with plush pull-put sofas, armchairs, and mini fridges. Shared or private terraces have outdoor seating and provide spectacular water views, and modern amenities abound, including flat screen televisions with cable channels, Bluetooth wireless speaker systems, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers, and complimentary wireless Internet.
The Library Suite is an enchanting two-room suite situated in what was once the castle's original library and features an upper balcony of hand-carved mahogany, a king-size bed (can be converted into two twin beds) with deluxe linens, and breathtaking harbor views. An en-suite bathroom offers a bath/shower combination, thick towels and bathrobes, and Antica Farmacista bath products, and a cozy sitting room has a gas fireplace and comfortable pull-out sofa for relaxing and hosting additional guests.
The Penthouse Suite is Norumbega’s most luxurious room with spectacular panoramic views of the bay from the top floor of the castle. The suite has a spacious living area with pull-out sofa and comfortable armchairs, a mini-fridge stocked with soda and water and a gas fireplace. The bedroom boasts a king-size bed dressed in luxury linens, an en-suite bathroom with a marble shower and oversized oval soaking tub, thick towels and bathrobes, and Antica Farmacista bath products. Modern amenities include a flat screen television with cable channels, Bluetooth wireless speaker system, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, and complimentary wireless Internet.
A complimentary three-course hot breakfast is served every morning in the elegant dining room and includes a variety of warm made-to-order dishes, along with fresh fruit and juices, freshly baked goodies and hot coffee and tea. Optional dinner is available with a seven-course chef’s tasting menu offered on Thursday and Saturday evenings. Alternatively, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant is open for guests to enjoy at the leisure. The hotel also hosts exclusive dinner events for special occasions such as anniversaries, weddings and other gatherings.
Amenities and Recreation
Deluxe amenities at the Norumbega Inn include several communal spaces for guests to enjoy such as a central living room, an elegant sitting room, a fully stocked library, a 'couples' landing and the Inn’s beautiful dining room, where breakfast is served every morning. The Inn is surrounded by four acres of exquisitely manicured gardens and has several outdoor decks with seating where guests can relax and soak up the magnificent views. A fine dining restaurant serves award-winning cuisine, including seven-course chef’s tasting menu on Thursday and Saturday evenings and catering for special events.
The Norumbega Inn is ideally located for exploring Camden and its many attractions and activities, such as the Camden State Hills Park, the Farnsworth Art Museum, and the Penobscot Marine Museum. Other attractions include the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the Merryspring Nature Center, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
Wedding & Events
The Norumbega Inn caters for special events such as weddings, receptions, and anniversaries, with the full use of the inn, including overnight accommodation, amenities and facilities, and sumptuous cuisine. Receptions can be held indoors for up to 50 guests or outside on the lawn for up to 100 guests, and customized menus and catering services are available from the Inn’s award-winning chef.
63 High St, Camden, ME 04843, Phone: 207-236-4646
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More Ideas: Camden Harbour Inn in Camden
Camden Harbour Inn is a luxury bed and breakfast on the rugged coast of Maine. Hailed as one of New England’s most exclusive boutique hotels, the historic inn offers a unique blend of luxurious accommodation with breathtaking views, indulgent amenities and gourmet cuisine at an award-winning restaurant, and gracious hospitality to create a memorable experience.
Camden Harbour Inn offers a range of luxurious and beautifully appointed accommodations, ranging from Grand and Junior Suites to Oceanside Executive Rooms, Harbour View Deluxe Rooms, and Sea View Superior Rooms. All guest rooms and suites feature plush king or queen-size beds in designer linens, en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs, walk-in showers, thick bathrobes, and Molton Brown toiletries, and spacious living rooms with designer furniture and fine art, fireplaces, and modern conveniences. Premium amenities in every room and suite include flat screen televisions with cable channels, fully stocked refrigerators and wet bars, Illy Espresso Makers, Apple I-Pads (suites only), and complimentary wireless Internet.
The Grand Suites are opulent three-room suites with spacious living rooms with breathtaking views of the harbor, large master bedrooms with king-size beds dressed in designer linens, and en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs, walk-in showers, thick bathrobes, and Molton Brown toiletries. Spacious living rooms boast fireplaces, large flat screen televisions with cable channels, wet bars, and fully stocked refrigerators, and luxury amenities include Apple I-Pads, Illy Espresso Makers, and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet.
Three beautifully appointed Junior Suites provide tranquil sanctuaries with décor inspired by the surrounding rugged landscapes and coastline and furnished with designer pieces. Spacious living areas have comfortable seating, modern fireplaces, wet bars and fully stocked refrigerators, and flat screen televisions with cable channels, while master bedrooms feature king-size beds dressed in designer linens, and en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs, walk-in showers, thick bathrobes, and Molton Brown toiletries. Luxury amenities include Apple I-Pads, Illy Espresso Makers, and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet.
Oceanside Executive Rooms are opulent retreats offer relaxing and private oases decorated in calming hues and dark jewel tones. Three expansive rooms boast beautiful views of the harbor and feature spacious master bedrooms with king-size beds dressed in designer linens, and en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs, walk-in showers, thick bathrobes, and Molton Brown toiletries. Stylish living rooms have fireplaces, large flat screen televisions with cable channels, wet bars, and fully stocked refrigerators.
Six well-appointed Harbour View Deluxe Rooms are accented with designer furniture and fine art and feature plush king size beds with fine linens, spa-inspired bathrooms with soaking tubs, walk-in showers, and Molton Brown products, and living areas have fully stocked refrigerators, wet bars, coffee makers, and beautiful harbor views.
Inspired by famous ports of trade and decorated in tones reminiscent of rich spices, Sea View Superior Rooms provide idyllic home-away-from-home retreats with plush king-size feather beds adorned with luxury linens, spa-inspired bathroom with rain showers, terry robes and Molton Brown toiletries and modern conveniences such as large flat screen televisions with cable channels, wet bars, and fully stocked refrigerators.
Natalie’s at the Camden Harbour offers an unrivaled dining experience. Boasting spectacular panoramic views of Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay, the award-winning Natalie’s blends European style with the inviting spirit of New England and serves a creative menu of modern New England cuisine. Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create their innovative dishes, Executive Chef Chris Long and Shelby Stevens present a menu that features classic regional dishes with a worldly sophistication. The adjacent bar serves an acclaimed cocktail and wine list with over 200 hand selected bottles representing some of the world’s best vineyards, and dining can be enjoyed on a covered and heated wrap-around porch with breathtaking views of the harbor in the winter months.
For guests staying at the Inn guests, a complimentary gourmet Champagne breakfast of a buffet with a selection of homemade granola and yogurt, cold cuts and cheese, fresh fruits, pastries, and marmalades, as well as a choice of savory or sweet entrees is served every morning, and coffee, tea, and snacks are provided all day in the Juliana Lounge.
Camden Harbour Inn offers an array of luxury amenities to enhance every guests’ stay, ranging from an award-winning restaurant and cocktail bar with beautiful ocean views to the luxury Juliana Lounge, which offers complimentary coffee, tea, pastries and snacks all day, along with a selection of magazines and newspapers, books, and board games. Other signature amenities and guest services include a nightly turndown service with premium Belgian chocolates, complimentary use of a guest computer, a library of DVDs and CDs, 24-hour front desk service, concierge services, a range of spa services including massages and Zero Balancing, and personal butler services. The Camden Harbour Inn is within walking distance of fitness, swimming, golf and tennis facilities, a small public beach, and downtown Camden’s boutiques and galleries.
Weddings & Events
Camden Harbour Inn provides a beautiful venue for the most elegant and memorable weddings in Maine. Surrounded by the natural beauty of exquisitely landscaped grounds and gardens and the backdrop of Camden Harbor, the Inn is the ideal place for a unique destination wedding. In addition to stunning venues, the Inn offers several all-inclusive wedding and event packages, which include gourmet cuisine and wine from the award-winning restaurant, Natalie’s, to luxurious accommodations and outstanding hospitality and personalized service.
83 Bayview Street, Camden, Maine, 04843, Phone: 800-236-4266 or 207-236-4200
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