Rockland can be considered a classic coastal town in the state of Maine, as well as one of the world’s biggest shipping centers for lobster, making the town the “lobster capital of the world.” The mid-coast Maine town has also been called the “Coolest Small Town in the United States” by Budget Travel, one of the “Top 9 Small Foodie Towns in Maine,” and National Geographic Travel’s “Top Adventure Town in Maine.” Restaurants and cafes serve fresh local seafood, in addition to the town hosting the Maine Lobster Festival every year. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Farnsworth Art Museum
2.Rockland Breakwater Light
3.Maine Lobster Festival
4.Project Puffin Visitor Center
5.Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA)
6.Harbor Square Gallery
7.Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
8.Home Kitchen Cafe
10 Best Things to Do in Rockland, ME
- Farnsworth Art Museum, Photo: Farnsworth Art Museum
- Rockland Breakwater Light, Photo: coachwood/stock.adobe.com
- Maine Lobster Festival, Photo: dbvirago/stock.adobe.com
- Project Puffin Visitor Center, Photo: Project Puffin Visitor Center
- Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), Photo: Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA)
- Harbor Square Gallery, Photo: Harbor Square Gallery
- Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Photo: Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
- Home Kitchen Cafe, Photo: Home Kitchen Cafe
- Primo, Photo: Primo
- Rustica, Photo: Rustica
- Cover Photo: Chee-Onn Leong/stock.adobe.com
Where to Stay: Island View Inn
Situated on 23 acres of lush hillside overlooking a serene tidal cove at the shores of Penobscot Bay, Island View Inn is a contemporary hotel that offers bright, nautically themed accommodations with private balconies and beautiful ocean views. The hotel also provides individual cottages and houses for families and groups of friends and has an outdoor heated infinity swimming pool and pretty garden trails. In-room amenities include cable television, mini fridges, and complimentary wireless Internet, while hotel amenities include complimentary refreshments in the morning, continental breakfast (for an additional fee), a comfortable lobby and lounge with a fireplace, and free parking. Island View Inn is ideally located for exploring the tranquil seaside town of Camden, which is just five miles away, and its attractions such as the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Owls Head Lighthouse.
Island View Inn features stylishly appointed ocean-facing guest rooms overlooking the picturesque Penobscot Bay near Camden. Guest rooms have comfortable king size beds with fresh linens, and en-suite bathrooms with bath/shower combinations, clean towels, and branded bath products. Living rooms open onto balconies or patios with table and chairs, and modern amenities in every room include air-conditioning and heating, mini fridges, televisions with cable channels, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, in-room telephones with free local calls, and complimentary wireless Internet.
Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee and tea every morning, and a continental breakfast is available for an additional fee, which includes fresh seasonal fruit, hot and cold cereals, homemade granola, yogurt, assorted bread for toasting, and homemade pastries.
Amenities and Recreation
Amenities at the Island View Inn include an outdoor heated infinity swimming pool and pretty garden trails to explore. Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee and tea every morning, and a continental breakfast is available for an additional fee, and in-room amenities include air-conditioning and heating, mini fridges, televisions with cable channels, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, in-room telephones with free local calls, and complimentary wireless Internet.
The Island View Inn is located on the shores of Penobscot Bay in the picturesque village of Rockport, which offers an array of activities and attractions for the whole family to enjoy, ranging from museums and art galleries to restaurants, cafés, and a variety of recreational and outdoor fun. The picturesque seaside town is home to a quiet and beautiful harbor filled with schooners and fishing boats and is renowned for its artists’ community, whose works are shown in numerous galleries and exhibitions in and around town. Outdoor lovers can hike and bike one of the many paths and trails around the city and further afield, while fishermen can fish off the harbor piers or take to the sea on a fishing charter.
Other things to see and do include a sunset schooner cruise on the 65-foot Schooner Yacht Heron, visiting Rockport Marine Park, which is home to several historical landmarks and offers day trips and sailing cruises, or enjoy a performance at the Rockport Opera House, which presents dance, music, plays and other activities all year round.
The nearby town of Camden also offers several attractions and activities, such as the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, 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. There are also several scenic hiking trails and lighthouses such as Marshall Point and Owls Head.
908 Commercial St, Rockport, ME 04856, Phone: 207-596-0040
More Ideas in Maine: Cranberry Hill Inn
The Cranberry Hill Inn is a charming, suites-only inn on Mt. Desert Island off the coast of Maine. Located in the town of Southwest Harbor, which is home to an appealing array of art galleries, museums, shops and restaurants, the lovely inn is the perfect place to enjoy a weekend getaway. The bed and breakfast-style hotel feature four stylishly appointed suites with kitchenettes, sleeper sofas, and private bathrooms and all accommodations boast stunning views of the gardens or the ocean. A gourmet breakfast is served every morning, and guests can soak up the views from one of the decks, patios or garden.
The Cranberry Hill Inn features four well-appointed and individually decorated guest suites with pretty country-style décor and comfortable furnishings, king, queen, or twin beds with pillowtop mattresses and deluxe linens, and en-suite bathrooms with shower/bath combinations, thick towels and bathrobes, and organic bath products. Modern amenities in each suite include kitchenettes with microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers, flat screen televisions with cable channels, climate control with heating and cooling, irons and ironing boards, hair dryers, and makeup mirrors, and complimentary wireless Internet throughout.
The Harborview Suite is an inviting one-bedroom suite with a king-size in luxury linens and a fireplace, and an en-suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, shower, fresh towels and organic bath products. A charming sitting room decorated in soft yellow hues has a double sleeper sofa bed for additional guests, corner wood burning stove, tables and chairs, and a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. The suite opens onto a private deck with glorious views of the harbor.
The Garden Terrace Suites is a one-bedroom suite decorated in soft whites and creams with a splash of color, and features a queen-size bed with luxurious linens, an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, fresh towels and organic bath products and a spacious sitting area with a sofa and armchair and a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker. The suite opens onto a private terrace and patio with stunning views of the harbor.
The Captain Mayo Suite offers a queen-size bed with luxurious linens, an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, fresh towels and organic bath products and a spacious sitting area with a sofa and armchair and a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. The suite opens onto a lovely garden with outdoor seating.
The Downeast Suite features a queen-size bed with luxurious linens, an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, fresh towels and organic bath products and a spacious sitting area with a sofa and armchair and a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. The suite opens onto a lovely garden with outdoor seating.
A gourmet breakfast is served every morning in the sunny dining room or the sunroom or on the deck and includes cereals, granola, yogurt, fresh fruit, juices, hot entrées and egg dishes, freshly brewed artisan coffee and organic teas.
Amenities and Recreation
The Cranberry Hill Inn offers a delicious gourmet breakfast served every morning in the sunny dining room, sunroom or out on the deck, refreshments are available throughout the day, and beautiful gardens and outdoor decks and patios where guests can relax and soak up the gorgeous views. The Inn is situated within walking distance of Southwest Harbor which is home to an appealing array of art galleries, museums, shops, and restaurants. Looking out over the harbor and Cranberry Islands, the Inn is ideally placed for exploring the area and enjoying all its attractions and activities, including ferry trips to Little Cranberry Island, visiting the Acadia National Park, and enjoying the museums, art galleries, and historical sites. Outdoor recreational activities range from hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing to swimming, climbing, and long leisurely walks on the beaches and carriage paths.
60 Clark Point Road, Southwest Harbor, ME, Phone: 207-244-5007
More Ideas in Maine: Belfast Bay Inn
The Belfast Bay Inn is a charming family owned and operated boutique Inn in the heart of Belfast, Maine. Located on Main Street in a pair of row houses dating back to the 19th century, the award-winning guest house is a historic landmark in Belfast Bay and features eight beautifully appointed guest rooms that overlook the harbor pier. The individually decorated rooms boast elegant décor and classic furnishings, en-suite bathrooms with marble vanities and walk-in showers, and some have separate living areas, fireplaces, and private balconies. A complimentary gourmet in-room breakfast is served every morning and amenities at the Inn include a manicured courtyard garden, a gift shop, and in-room massage services. The Belfast Inn is a few miles drive from the Penobscot Marine Museum and the Moose Point State Park.
The Belfast Inn features eight beautifully appointed, individually decorated guest suites with elegant décor and antique furnishings, comfortable king or queen-size beds with pillow-top mattresses, deluxe linens, and hypoallergenic pillows. Oversize suites are located throughout the hotel and feature hardwood floors, exquisite woodwork and crown moldings, original French doors that open onto private balconies and gorgeous views over the Main Street.
Guest suites have spacious bedrooms with marble en-suite bathrooms that offer double vanities with granite counter tops, bath/shower combinations, thick towels and bathrobes and designer toiletries. Some suites have separate living areas with plush seating and fireplaces, and some have private outdoor sitting areas with tables and chairs. Modern amenities abound including flat screen televisions with cable channels, Bose clock radio and CD players with surround sound, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers, umbrellas and complimentary wireless Internet.
A hearty breakfast is served in the dining room every morning as part of the stay and includes fresh fruit and juices, cereals, yogurts, and freshly baked treats, along with hot entrées and coffee and tea.
Amenities and Recreation
Amenities and facilities at the Belfast Bay Inn include a manicured courtyard garden, comfortable communal areas throughout the Inn, a gift shop and in-room massage services on request. A complimentary breakfast is served every morning, and guests can relax in the garden over a drink in the evening.
Located halfway between Camden and Mount Desert Island on the mid-coast of Maine, Belfast Bay is a pretty little town that offers a variety of activities and attractions for the whole family. Accessed by the Belfast Bay Bridge, which arches over the meandering Passagassawakeag River, Belfast Bay is set on the banks of the river and offers beautiful views of the river to the east and the Atlantic Ocean horizon to the west.
The Belfast Harbor Walk offers a peaceful stroll along the river bank and extends all the way to Heritage Park, which features piers, docks, and a marina. The town’s main street is lined with historic brick and stone buildings with charming shops, cafés, and eateries and often hosts fairs and festivals in the summer months. Route One is home to an array of local art galleries that showcases work done by artists from the area. Footbridge Road, is an impressive masonry bridge built for walking and winds all the way to the harbor, and back to and boasts spectacular views of Belfast Bay.
Wedding & Events
The Belfast Bay Inn offers a variety of unique elopement packages, ranging from Diamond to Emerald Packages. These exclusive offers include two nights of luxurious accommodation at the Inn, complimentary breakfast delivered to the door every morning, a welcome glass of Prosecco, one-hour couple’s massage, and a wedding officiant for the marriage ceremony. Other extras include a choice of venue at the Inn for the function – either in the Great Room or the Courtyard, a bridal bouquet and boutonniere, a small wedding cake, and a bottle of Champagne on the day of the wedding.
72 Main St, Belfast, ME 04915, Phone: 207-338-5600