Camden Maine Our Repeat Spot!
So, I was going to write about our most recent trip to New Orleans, but we’re kinda still processing everything we saw there. Since this is our first Spring Newsletter, and we’re all looking forward to warmer days, I thought we’d jump ahead even further to our favorite Summer destination. And really, I’m not jumping the gun at all, because if, after you read this, you’re thinking about going, you’re gonna to want to call and make reservations today. I had my eye on a balcony room with a view at the Grand Harbor Inn for two and a half years before I was able to score one for us on a Summer weekend. There were always some back of the Inn rooms available, but there are only four rooms right on the water, and when I say on the water, I mean the front of the Inn is literally on the wharf in Camden Harbor. If we’re going anywhere scenic, a balcony room is a must. This view of the Inn was taken from the harbor, and our room for the last two Summer Vacations has been the second balcony from the right.
I’m not just talking about a room with a view, or “View with a Room” as their brochures suggest, I’m talking about five days in a postcard, as these six pics taken from our balcony clearly corroborate. We like to relax on our Summer time off, yet be amused at the same time, and honestly, this is the place. Whether it’s morning, mid-day or night, as the sun moves across the sky, the scenery constantly changes with the boats moving in and out of the harbor.
And what’s the best part, you ask? Our little haven in the harbor is super ‘dog-friendly’. Jazzy and David are welcome to chill out and enjoy the spectacle with us. The Inn is also super comfy and extremely well-appointed. There’s plenty of space in the room, a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom and nice wicker chairs on the balcony. A small, but adequate and ‘good for you’ breakfast is included and delivered to your room at the time of your choosing each morning.
We were on the extreme side of lazy the last time we stayed and chose to have our lunches and/or dinners at Peter Ott’s. The food is great, and it just so happens to be on the bottom floor of the Inn, their patio right on the wharf, offering an even closer view of the Schooner Appledore which moors right out front. And yes, the dogs were welcome to join us there as well as we hung out boat and people-watching.
In the event you don’t want to spend your entire trip gazing out from your balcony, there are many things you can do in and around the quaint town of Camden. I spoke of the Schooner Appledore, and it’s only one of many sailboats that will take you and your dog out for a cruise around the harbor. We watched the Appledore come and go all day long, and picked a trip that wasn’t very crowded to bring Jazzy & David out on, and I’ll tell you it’s a fantastic, relaxing view of the town, the harbor and opening of Penobscot Bay. Educational, too. The crew has many tales to tell and will even let you help let out the sails if you’re so inclined. They also make great Bloody Marys. When we sailed last year there was a race from Camden to Newport that was just getting underway from the harbor, so we got to see tons of sailboats tooling around. Jazzy wasn’t thrilled about the whole sailing experience, but David seemed to enjoy it.
Into hiking? You’ve got two options one mile from the center of town. We’ve hiked up Mt. Battie twice, and there’s also Mt. Megunticook, which is the tallest coastal mountain on the Atlantic Ocean. Both afford phenomenal views of Penobscot Bay. Mt. Battie has an Auto Road, if you don’t feel like walking it, or unfortunately sprain your ankle on the way up and need a ride back down. Don’t laugh, it happens. Right Jen?
Looking to shop, dine or have drinks in town? There are outdoor dining options just outside the door of the Grand Harbor in the Town Landing, and everything is within walking distance. We only moved the car once to go hiking. If you can’t find it in Camden, you’re not looking very hard. You’ll even be able to purchase a cane if you twist your ankle hiking Mt Battie. Our favorite place was the giant park, literally a three minute walk, giving yet another amazing view of the Harbor. There are benches all over so you can sit and have a snack, read or just hang out people-watching. And right across the street from the park, next to the library, is an outdoor amphitheatre where there’s always something going on. Hint: The best pee spot in town can be found beside the Library parking lot.
So, if you’re thinking about a scenic, quiet getaway, where you can do as much or as little as you like, we highly recommend Camden, ME and the Grand Harbor Inn. The only bothersome thing I can think of is driving through the “Prettiest Little Town in Maine”, Wiscasset, on the way to and from Camden from our area. There is ‘always’ a long, barely moving, line of traffic in each direction. We can’t wait to go back, but will be looking for an alternate route this year.