Camden Calling To The Faraway Towns

My constant fantasizing about warm weather these days has prompted me to think about all the places I’m planning to haunt this summer.  One of my absolute favorite spots to visit when I’m in need of a little get away is Camden, Maine.  It is the most picturesque coastal town you could ever imagine.  Arriving into Camden city center…just seeing it, you will fall in love. 

Imagine the sun shining, a delicate salty breeze in the air, boats swaying back and forth on the glistening blue water….I don’t know anyone that wouldn’t be smitten with this place!  The best part of it is that I find the more I go back, the more things I discover and get to kick back and enjoy. 

If you get a chance to visit the New England area this summer or any time of the year, Camden is a place well worth putting on your itinerary.  If you’re a newbie to the area, here is a list of a few of my favorites that I would recommend checking out. 


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

 To Unwind

Ephemere Cafe & Wine Bar

This cafe is like a little piece of Europe plunked on the coast of Maine.  It has a great menu and a relaxed setting where you can sit on couches and over sized chairs if you choose.  I recommend stopping here for a nice glass of wine, some nibbles and great conversation.  Make sure to chat with the owner too…he makes the place even more enjoyable.

To Shop

Jo Ellen Designs

I stumbled upon this shop last year and ever since I have been daydreaming about going back.  They have everything from homemade rugs to dishware, home decor and unique bits and bobs you would have no idea where to find on your own.  This store has the most exquisite items that you can tell have been personally hand picked…even the displays are phenomenal.

To Nourish

Hartstone Inn

Although this is an inn, they have separate dining each night, which you do not need to be staying there to book.  The Hartstone offers an unforgettable five course meal made by renowned Chef Michael Salmon.  Each menu for the evening is decided upon by the chef, so it is a bit exciting to see what will be served.  I’ve been lucky enough to eat at the Hartstone numerous times and trust me, it never disappoints.  You do need to call ahead and book a reservation…and I would recommend not eating too much beforehand so you can survive all five courses!  To note: The Hartstone also serves breakfast which is as delightful as their evening meals.

To Sleep

Camden Harbour Inn

Although this inn is at the higher end of the price scale, the extra few dollars are well worth it.  Each room has been decorated amazingly and they all show you a side of comfort that is at an entirely new level than you have experienced before.  The inn offers rooms and suites, so you have a nice choice of price points that match your budget.  The downstairs of the inn has a restaurant, bar, common area with a fire place, DVDs to watch, coffees, teas, baked goods and to top it all off, upon arrival you are given a voucher for the bar to have a free glass of champagne.  To note: You can sign up for their newsletter which alerts you of specials, package deals, etc…which is helpful.  If you do decide to indulge yourself to the luxuries of the Camden Harbour, I would recommend the Ocean View Room Sumatra…it’s fantastic.


~ by pinkhoneybee on May 10, 2010.

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