Camden | Rockland | Rockport
Mid‑coast Maine is considered to be one of the most beautiful regions in New England, and the historic coastal towns of Camden, Rockland and Rockport are its heart. Camden is best known for its dramatic natural landscape – “Where the Mountains meet the Sea” – and has long been a popular destination for hikers, skiers, and sportsmen. Camden’s world‑class harbor makes it a favorite for yachtsmen, and kayakers enjoy paddling among the islands that line the coast. Rockland and Rockport are also on Penobscot Bay, and the ferry service at Rockland provides access to several of Maine's island destinations including Vinalhaven and North Haven. Both Camden and Rockland are homeports to the historic “Windjammer” schooners.
The region offers a rich concentration of history, art and culture that rivals that of Portland. All three towns have at least one historic district listed on the National Register. Rockland offers a thriving arts scene anchored by the Farnsworth Museum and its collection of three generations of Wyeth art. The more recent Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the numerous galleries along Main Street offer more art and fine crafts. Rockport’s Bay Chamber Concerts hosts top‑level performances of traditional pieces and work from new composers. The Rockport Opera House offers film screenings, lectures, and concerts. Camden is host to an international film festival every summer and the Camden Conference produces lectures and panels discussing a range of political and scientific topics.
The mid‑coast’s dining scene also rivals that of Portland. Rockland’s Primo was an early leader in farm‑to‑table dining and chef Melissa Kelly is a two‑time James Beard Award winner. Camden’s Natalie’s is a popular dining spot for upscale French cuisine. Café Miranda in Rockland is a more casual bistro with a little bit of everything for everybody, including vegetarians and kids. Long Grain in Camden is a local favorite for Asian cuisine prepared with local ingredients. There are also more lobster and clam shacks than one can name, and everyone has their own top pick.
The Camden Hills area is a busy destination in the summer and host to numerous festivals and events during July and August. But it is also a year‑round home to its residents, who treasure their neighbors and a true feeling of community. Locals enjoy hiking in autumn’s brilliant colors and shopping at the farmer’s markets and farm stands for apples and cider. Winter brings skiing at the Snow Bowl, skating on the ponds, and cross‑country skiing and snowshoeing on the trails through the numerous land trusts and preserves in the area. The public libraries are excellent, and the Camden Hills Regional High School was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best in both the state and the country. Camden is a wonderful place to live, learn and work in every season.