Book Now
View of Curtis Island off the coast of Camden, Maine.

Weekend Guide: Camden, Rockport & Rockland Coastal Scenes

Rockland, Rockport, and Camden are known for their classic coastal scenes, but follow our guide for the most scenic hikes, local bites, and where they hide a movie-worthy schooner.

Although the three share similar characteristics – salty characters, weathered historic homes, and dozens of lighthouses – these three Penobscot Bay towns have their own personalities. Sample Rockland’s theatrical pursuits, Rockport’s rugged coastal beauty, and Camden’s high-end shopping just blocks from the harbor. So where to start? We’ve combed the area for the best weekend away.


Afternoon Cruise

Sailing from June to the end of October, Rockport’s Schooner Heron is just one of the area’s classic sailboat tours, but choose this 65-foot classic wooden schooner to learn how it starred alongside Johnny Depp in the 2011 movie The Rum Diary. You’ll hear all about what it was like filming in the US Virgin Islands on a three-hour tour navigating around Penobscot Bay tour that includes a lobster roll lunch and sites like Indian Island Lighthouse.

Musical Pursuits

The historic facade of The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine.

The 1923 Rockland Strand Theater splits its evenings showing movies, plays, concerts, and musical acts. But the show isn’t the only act; gaze up to inspect the art deco–styled restoration work, including the stamped tin ceiling, which brought this local landmark out of disrepair in 2005.


Fresh Finds

Held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from May to the end of October, the Camden Farmers’ Market serves as the meeting place for all things local, including mixed heirloom tomatoes from Bahner Farm in Belmot, boxes of fresh wild mushrooms from Oyster Creek Mushroom Company in Damariscotta, and folk and fiddle music.

Sip & Savor

© Emily Qualey, courtesy of Cellardoor Winery

In the afternoon, explore the 5.5-acre vineyard and state-of-the-art winery at Lincolnville’s Cellardoor Winery, located on a 200-year-old farm. The on-site restored 1790s barn offers tastings of their 20 wines made largely from imported grapes (with the exception of their ice wine). For a more intimate and educational experience, hosted tasting bars are available by reservation on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with a Cellardoor host.


Rockland’s Rock City Coffee Roasters is a live-music venue as much as it is a used bookstore and coffee shop. With an extensive list of brews (some sustainable and organic), it’s the best spot to relax for an afternoon. Catch an acoustic act or admire the sky-high walls covered in eclectic local art. A short walk up the street, Archipelago is more than a gift shop. Spilling over with wares made from coastal Maine crafters, it’s a mini-art gallery with one-of-a-kind handcrafted works.



View of the Beech Nut Hut in Rockport, Maine.

An early-morning trip to Rockland’s 295-acre Beech Hill Preserve offers up two easy one-mile hikes (Woods Loop and Summit Road trails) with unobstructed coastal scenes and views of Chickawaukie Pond and the peaks of Acadia National Park across the bay. Both end at the 533-foot summit, home to the historic 1930s Beech Nut Hut, which is rumored to have been a German spy house during WWII.

Local Wares

Before heading out of the area, stop at Camden’s Once A Tree – a vast array of fine woodworking from local artists. Everything inside has been sculpted from wood, from the maple and cherry jewelry boxes to oak hanging chairs. It’s quintessential Maine without the kitsch.

Where to Stay Samoset Resort

You may also like
The Running of the Bulls with during the Hemingway Days event.

The Top 2024 Key West Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

A look at the conch-blowing contests, Hemingway lookalikes, and mind-blowing masquerades to frame a 2024 Key West vacation around. (Feature image) © Andy Newman | Florida Keys News Bureau For such a small island – sizing in at just 4.2…

Read more
The view of Wentworth by the Sea from above

5 Places to Glimpse Wentworth by the Sea History

While this historic hotel on the New Hampshire Seacoast is far from dusty thanks to a multitude of modern updates, alluring period details still remain throughout the property – if you know where to look. The spa features progressive therapies,…

Read more
A detail shots of glasses at the Winter Wine Fest.

6 Reasons To Visit Wentworth by the Sea’s Winter Wine Festival

Rubbing elbows with Napa’s top wine luminaries, hundreds of bottles of premier wine at your fingertips, and some of the most innovative dish pairings the Seacoast has ever seen. These are just a few of the reasons to check out…

Read more
Electric violinist Matt Dendy performs on the beach at Lido Beach Resort.

Sarasota’s Best Live Music Venues According to a Longtime Local Stringsman

Matt Dendy knows a few things about the Sarasota music scene. Not only is he an acclaimed violinist – boasting a unique sound not typical for this stringed instrument – he’s also a native who has played most major venues…

Read more