Thursday, February 25, 2021

Day Sails and Boat Trips in Camden Maine


Camden Maine Sailing

Go Sailing on the Coast Of Maine 

The calm waters and brisk ocean breezes make for perfect sailing conditions in Penobscot Bay. Take a 2-hour tour of the Bay and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of the Maine coast and nearby islands. If you are planning a trip to the Coast of Maine, you should reserve your spot early, as the tours fill quickly. Here are a few of the best Camden, Maine sailing tours available. 

·  Schooner Surprise – Whether you are looking to join a tour group or charter the boat privately, this crew can meet your needs. The tours leave from Camden and sail through the Bay. Patrons enjoy spectacular views of the coast, lighthouses, wildlife and grand summer estates. They also offer sunset tours with live music, moonlight sails filled with romance and special tours to view the fireworks. Their tours sail seven days a week from the middle of May to the middle of October.  

·  Schooner Anjacaa – Run by the same captain as Schooner Surprise, this boat offers more intimate tours with fewer passengers. It takes on only six passengers each tour and offers their guests the most in luxury and comfort. This boat is built for speed. Passengers are whisked from one beautiful vista to another. They offer public tours four times a day, seven days a week, from June 15th to September 30th. From May 20th to June 14th and all of October they are available for private charters only. 

·  Schooner Olad and Cutter Owl – these two ships sail out of Camden and tour Penobscot Bay. They promise incredible views of the rocky coastline, wildlife, including seals and magnificent seabirds, stately mansions, other sailing vessels and lobster boats. They offer five tours a day from the middle of May to the Middle of October. 

·  Schooner Appledore – this tour boat, the largest day sailor in the harbor, offers wonderful views of the coastline, wildlife, islands and other vessels on the bay. The crew is young and lively. They offer three tours a day from June through October and have cocktails, wine, beer and soft drinks as well as light fare available for purchase on board. Another unique feature of the Appledore is that they allow friendly dogs onboard. 

·  Camden Harbor Cruises – for something a bit different, this tour offers its passengers a chance to haul up lobster traps and see what's inside. Of course, there are still magnificent views of the coastline, islands and the other wildlife to enjoy. They run tours seven days a week from the middle of May until the middle of October. 

No matter which tour you choose, start and finish your journey from the Captain Swift Inn. Located less than a half a mile from the harbor, the Captain Swift Inn Bed and Breakfast offers beautifully appointed rooms and suites, balconies, decks and our unique candlelight breakfasts. Close to so many fun and fascinating tourist destinations, let us be the base for your remarkable Midcoast Maine vacation. Contact us for more information about planning a great vacation with us. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Golf Getaway in MidCoast Maine


Plan a Golf Getaway in MidCoast Maine this Spring, Summer & Fall. 

Stay at the Captain Swift Inn and enjoy these nearby golf courses. 

If you are daydreaming about rolling green hills and practicing your golf swing, consider planning a golf getaway in Midcoast Maine for this spring or summer.  Golf is a great getaway option because it is naturally a socially distanced activity. New England's golf courses offer beautiful ocean views paired with the seclusion that tall evergreens provide. Midcoast Maine offers a particularly special getaway with Camden charm combined with 3 great nearby public golf courses. 

Goose River Golf Course

This gorgeous green land was originally a dairy farm, but it was turned into a golf course in 1965. Goose River Golf Course feels like a hidden gem that is far away from civilization, but it is only a few minutes from downtown Camden. The 3,049-yard course consists of beautiful but challenging rolling hills surrounded by evergreen trees along the Goose River. The course rating is 67.8 and has 9 holes. Each round of golf at this course feels like a new challenge.  Goose River Golf Club invites you to "come play the Goose." Don’t feel like playing a whole round of golf? The practice range across the street is a favorite of locals and visitors. Only 1.8 miles from the Inn. 

Rockland Golf Course

Rockland Golf Course offers two unique courses: the Challenge Course and the Players Course. The Challenge Course is the longest par 54 course east of the Mississippi River. Its length and design will surprise you and challenge you. You can try to beat the course record, but they warn you that it is 4 under par. The Players Course (Executive Course) is meant for beginners or people who are looking for fun and laughs. Come practice your short game on this par 60 course. There is something for everyone in your group at Rockland Golf Course. Only 6.5 miles from the Inn. 

Samoset Resort Golf Course

Samoset is an award-winning golf course that is one of the most beautiful in New England. From 7 of the holes, you have a view of Penobscot Bay, while 14 of the holes offer a gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean. This 6,600-yard, par 71 golf course also offers private instruction, group lessons, and golf clinics. You can also practice your putting on their 10,000-square-foot putting green. Samoset’s Maine golf complex also features a clubhouse with a golf range, practice green, short game facility with bunkers, fully-stocked Pro Shop and the Clubhouse Grille restaurant as well as private and group instruction with PGA professionals. Only 7.9 miles from the Inn

Relax and Unwind at The Captain Swift Inn, a Camden Maine Inn

If you are seeking some relaxation with your adventure, the Captain Swift Inn is a great choice. Pamper yourself with an in-room massage. Relax by a fireplace with a good book or a board game. Sip a glass of local wine on the deck after a day of golf. 

You'll start your day with a candlelight three-course breakfast, choosing from up to 20 items from our First Course Menu to include homemade granola, freshly baked morning and yeast breads; local cheeses and charcuterie items, slowly cooked rolled oats; free range eggs; six different fresh berries and assorted yogurts.  Second course follows which is our plated fruit dish, and might be a Maine Blueberry Tart w/Lemon Creme' and our third courses alternates between a "sweet" (think Maine Maple Syrup) or savory entree. It's a one of a kind experience that is a perfect way to start your day before begin your golf course adventures.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Best Shopping in Mid Coast Maine – Our Favorite Shops

Add to your Mid Coast Maine itinerary – Retail Therapy - the fun activity of shopping in small coastal downtowns. There is a plethora of unique and niche retailers in the seaside villages of Camden, Rockport, Rockland and Belfast. Find treasures to bring home with you. Maine local shops need us more than ever, so get out there and treat yourself.

Some of our favorite small shops in Mid Coast Maine

Glendarragh Lavender Shop – Camden Maine

How can you not enjoy a store that has a moto of “a labor of lavender love”? From the minute you get within 5 feet of this store, your senses are overwhelmed with the loveliness of lavender. This store carries a great selection of all-natural lotions, soaps and salves to the handwoven Irish woolen throws to the cashmere scarves made in Italy. In addition to having a store in downtown Camden Maine, they have a farm you can visit in Appleton. Check out their website for more details:

Cashmere Goat – Camden Maine

For those that have been coming to Camden Maine for years, you will remember a Camden downtown staple, the Cashmere Goat. First situated on Elm Street back in early 2000, it is now nestled on a cozy corner on Bayview Street. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels love this store for their large yarns, including traditional wools, alpaca, cashmere, cotton and other interesting blends. Locally hand-dyed and spun yarns are part of the mix. They are currently offering their products online, curbside and mail order. Check out their store online:

Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe- Camden Maine

Everyone that walks into Uncle Willy's feels like a kid again. This old style, traditional candy Shoppe offers a wide variety of candy favorites:  gourmet chocolates, fudge, brittles, “penny” candy, licorice, gummies, novelties, and many famous brands that you will remember from your youth. Visit this year round Candy Shop in downtown Camden Maine on Bayview Street.

The Grasshopper Shop – Rockland Maine

The Grasshopper Shop in Rockland is a great example of a Maine family business. The Grasshopper brand started in 1975, by Johanna Strassberg and Ken Schweikert, is now owned by their daughter, Sierra Dietz. Sierra stocks the store with Maine made and USA made items that provide comfort, charm, and surprise.  According to their website: “Everything on their shelves is hand-selected to make life a little brighter and more joyful”. Check out their online store and more details on their website:

Brambles – Belfast Maine

You are going to have to believe us on this one. Unfortunately, Brambles does not have a website, but that makes it more of a treasure hunt in Belfast Maine. This is a fun find. The shop offers a very interesting assortment of gifts and home decor as well as gardening/outdoor items, and a few antiques. A beautifully arranged store in a great building, gorgeous inside and extremely inviting. Friendly and experienced staff for a great shopping experience. Located in downtown Belfast Maine at: 2 Cross Street. If you put it in Google Maps, you will find it.

Maine Sport Outfitters- Rockport Maine

Our list would not be complete unless we mentioned Maine Sport Outfitters. This store is a favorite of locals and visitors. In the summer season, The Captain Swift Inn rents equipment and arranges guided outdoor tours for their guests at Maine Sport. They are known as the go to place for all Maine outdoor activities. Check out their website here:

Other Favorites:

Once A Tree - Camden -

Fiore - Rockland -

After shopping around the Mid Coast, return to the Captain Swift Inn, order a drink from the in- house drink menu and relax. The Captain Swift Inn is open year round, making it the ideal base to do a little retail therapy whenever you need it.


Monday, November 30, 2020

Top things to do this winter in Camden Maine 2020

Top Things To Do In Camden Maine This Winter 2020

Camden Maine is a Winter Wonderland

Although things have been unpredictable this year, we are certain that the upcoming winter here in Maine will not disappoint. The open spaces and crisp air will be a refreshing break that many pine for. The little seaside village of Camden Maine is ideal for those that want to surround themselves with seaside views, art, nature walks and some downhill or cross country skiing. The Captain Swift Inn is open this winter. Our cozy fireplace rooms and signature hot chocolate will be a wonderful compliment to your winter adventures.

The Camden Snow Bowl

The Camden Snow Bowl has announced that it will be open for their 2020-2021 season. The staff at the hill have enacted a Ski Well, Be Well program – encouraging visitors to work together for everyone’s safety. The lodge will temperature check all employees and increase cleaning and disinfection protocols per State directions. They are asking skiers to wear face coverings, social distance, arrive together – ski together, stay home if you are sick and asking everyone to plan ahead. Recreation is proven to improve mental and physical wellness – so get out there and enjoy this Maine winter. The Camden Snow Bowl has 20 trails, 11 glades, 2 chairlifts and night skiing, making it a great destination. In addition to the downhill options, The Snow Bowl is working with Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Mid-Coast NEMBA to provide a variety of winter experiences. There are fat biking, snow shoeing and Nordic trails available. Download a winter trail map here:

Camden Hills State Park

The trails of Camden Hills are open year-round. The auto road is closed when there is substantial snow. Many locals walk up the auto road in the winter. During the end of November and the whole month of December, in addition to the beautiful ocean views, hikers are rewarded with seeing the Mt. Battie Star. On the evening of Thanksgiving, the Town of Camden lights the traditional Mt. Battie Star. This star is lit each night until New Years Day. Experienced hikers know that winter hiking is enjoyed most when you are prepared. Be sure to bring, a heavy coat, ice trackers for your shoes and some hand warmers to keep in your pockets. The Inn is not far from the trails of Camden Hills which makes it an ideal spot to come back to and warm up.

The Camden Downtown

There are many options to dine in the downtown this winter. Whether you prefer to eat at a restaurant or take out and enjoy back at the inn, you have many selections. Long Grain, Tomi Sushi and Noodle Bar, Fresh and Camden Deli have been consistently good for take-out. Add a drink or a bottle of wine from the Captain Swift Inn drink list to complete your take out experience If you prefer dining at a restaurant, Blaze, Camden Waterfront, Camden Sea Dogs and the new Ports of Italy are larger restaurants with spaced out tables and in door dining.

Visit a Museum

The museums in downtown Rockland are a great place to get out of the cold and enjoy some Maine art. The Farnsworth Art Museum and the Center forMaine Contemporary Art are open. For detail about times and tickets, please see their websites.

We look forward to welcoming you to Camden Maine this winter. If you are not ready to travel yet, we understand and hope you are cozy and comphy where you are. If you are coming, please check out our Winter Lodging Packages here: and Winter Specials Here:

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Wedding planning in Camden Maine

Camden Maine Weddings

Imagine a wedding at sea, on a mountain top, near a lighthouse, in a small chapel or a historic landmark park, all of these options are here and what make Mid Coast Maine a picture perfect location to host a wedding or an elopement. Destination weddings are perfect for couples that have family and friends scattered all over the country. Your guests will be delighted to reunite where the mountains meet the sea. Rent the entire Captain Swift Inn for friends and family. For details on this option, read more here.

When to Get Married in Mid Coast Maine:

Mid Coast Maine and Camden Maine are year-round communities. Although summer and fall are prime times to be outside, winter has its own charm. We recommend choosing the late spring to early fall for an event. The weather is warm and there will be many activities for your guests to choose from in their down time. If you and your friends are snow fanatics, the Camden Snow Bowl is usually open for skiing mid-December to early March.

Where to Get Married in Mid Coast Maine:

Your guest list will determine where you should host your wedding ceremony. The celebration may have to be at another location. In MidCoast Maine, the popular ceremony locations are: A schooner, on top of Mt. Battie, Vesper Children’s Chapel in Rockport, the famous Camden Amphitheatre or at one of the many churches in the area. If you are eloping, you might want to consider kayaking out to Curtis Island, or walking out to the Breakwater Lighthouse.

Where to host a Wedding Celebration:

Again, you guest list will determine your wedding celebration venue. Some of our favorites are the Barn at Primo, The Camden Yacht Club and the Group Picnic Shelter at Camden Hills State Park. Each one has a unique feel and can be catered to different budgets. At Primo you will have seasonal food created by two time James Beard award winning chef, Melissa Kelly, in a unique, customizable post and beam Barn. At the Camden Yacht Club, you will have a front row view of Camden Harbor that can be customized with a stargazing tent and your choice of many caterers. The clubhouse and facilities are available to the public for rentals from mid-May to mid-June, and again after Labor day until the club closes in mid-October. The Picnic Shelter at Camden Hills State Park is a fun park experience with amazing views of Penobscot Bay. If you are planning on hosting in the winter, Union Hall in Rockport is a great option. Located near Rockport Harbor, this beautifully restored building is perfect for a classic New England wedding.

A few fun details for planning:

Horse drawn Carriage: St George Carriage Company

Trolley company: All Aboard Trolley

Wine Tasting and Rehearsal Dinners: Cellardoor Winery

Whether your wedding is big or small, and if your celebration is in summer or winter, your guests will be delighted to spend a weekend in Camden Maine. Consider booking all nine rooms at The Captain Swift Inn and enjoy a 10% discount off your lodging during non-peak periods!  You’ll have the run of the Inn, can select the music you’d like to hear in our common sitting rooms; can suggest the breakfast entrĂ©e of the day as well as schedule a later breakfast time if you prefer! We can work with you to tailor your get-away to best suit your group’s needs.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Best Bike Routes in Camden Maine

MidCoast Maine is a unique place to ride your bike. The fantastic views and hilly landscape make a day of cycling very enjoyable. Whether you prefer road riding or dirt trails, MidCoast Maine has a ride for you. Many people call us to ask about riding on the nearby islands, but we prefer to recommend paths on the mainland. The roads on the islands are narrow and the views are not as spectacular. Also, you need to take a ferry to the islands, and getting to the ferries on a bike usually involves riding on State roads with limited side lanes. The paths we are recommending are near the Inn and in the backroads. Ideal places to stop and have a picnic or a quick swim. So whether you choose a paved lake view road or a rocky dirt road in the Camden Snow Bowl, we are sure your will enjoy a day of bike riding in MidCoast Maine. If you have a bike great, if you need a bike, we have bikes available at the inn on a first come basis.  

Scenic with Ocean views, historic homes and cows – 5 miles and very scenic – Casual and Easy. 

This easy 5-mile ride takes you around Camden and Rockport Harbor. Enjoy the historic homes and ocean views. There are many side stops you can make along the way. Enjoy the Andre the Seal Statue in Rockport Harbor, divert off Russel Avenue to the Children’s Chapel, or stop in and enjoy the belted Galloway Cows at Aldermere Farm. Link for: Beautiful, Scenic Bike Ride in Camden Maine and Rockport. 

To see loop - Click here: Casual Bike Ride in Maine 

Lake Views and backroads of Camden Maine. 

Enjoy a filling breakfast before you head out on this 16-mile, hilly bike ride. This ride takes you up Rt 52 to Lake Megunticook. We are cautioning you about the road near the lake, be attentive, the road gets narrow for about a mile. Stop at Barret’s Cove for a quick dip or picnic.  This ride can be difficult, please take caution. 

Link for Moderate to Expert Bike Trail in Camden Maine.

Dirt Trails at The Camden Snow Bowl. 

There are some fairly easy dirt bike trails at the bottom of Ragged Mountain, not to mention a pump track, most of the Snow Bowl's trails involve climbing. The climbs are manageable and lead to an extensive network of semi-technical trails. For more information on this unique riding experience in Camden Hills, see this link. 

If you want to ride on the islands (Isleboro, North Haven), or down the nearby peninsulas, we recommend that you pack your bike on your car and drive to a convenient starting point. Route 1 is not ideal to ride a bicycle because of narrow roads and lots of truck traffic. There are many great biking destinations. For more information see our Chamber of Commerce Biking Web page for more information. 

Rest assured, when you arrive back at the Captain Swift Inn, you can relax in one of our many common areas or in the comfort of your own private room. Refresh in your spa shower with 3 massage body sprays or put your feet up in front of a warm fireplace. Bike riding is a great way to see the coast and enjoy the fresh air of Maine. You will sleep well after your long ride in one of our luxurious beds with fine Comphy lines and down alternative blankets and pillows.  

Monday, August 31, 2020

MidCoast Maine Brewery Trail

Believe it or not, Maine has some of the best craft beers out there. There are more than 70 breweries in the State of Maine creating a fun itinerary for a stay-cation or getaway. Unlike a bar crawl, a brewery tour submerges you in a town’s culture. Each brewery reflects their landscape and showcases different Maine assets. In this blog post, we highlight 3 different breweries, each with their own unique experience. One on the beach, one near the lake and one in the back roads of Mid-Coast Maine. These are fun additions to any day-trip from the Inn.

-If you want to just want to stay local and walk from the Inn, you can enjoy the Camden Maine Breweries: Camden Sea Dog and Camden Blaze.  

Beach Brewery

Waterman’s Beach Brewery

Head down the peninsula to South Thomaston and this seaside brewery. For those that have been to Maine before, they might remember this place used to Waterman’s Beach Lobster. You can still get a great lobster roll here in addition to some tasty beer.   Waterman Beach Brewery offers three beers—a blueberry wheat, a pale ale or an IPA. Please note they only accept cash.. There is an ATM on the premise. Customers can sit under the cover of a roofed-in deck and enjoy the view or they can walk past the rows of lobster traps and grab a seat outside.  You can even show up in a boat and order right off the pier.  The beach is small, but has real sand! So kick off your shoes and enjoy a local ale. 

The brewery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 2 to 7 p.m.

For more information visit their Facebook page.

Lake Brewery

Lake St. George Brewery

Going to enjoy a day on the lake? Lake St. George is a State Park and loved by the locals as a special swimming spot. Only about a half hour drive from Camden downtown, this lake is easy to get to. Enjoy the morning swimming and kayaking on the lake, then in the afternoon, head to the nearby barn for some local beer and snacks. The location houses a new 15-barrel brewery. The courtyard is comfortable in the shade with a fire pit that seems to be lit all summer long. You can find locals sitting by the fire knitting and enjoying libations. The brewery is presently open seven days a week and will remain open year-round with truncated hours in the winter (likely Thursday through Sunday). For more information go to their website:

Back Road Brewery

Odd Alewives Farm Brewery

Although it’s nice to have views of a lake or a beach, the backroads of Waldoboro, also known as, Old Rt 1, is a lot of fun. The location of this brewery may be off the beaten path, but many already know where it is because it is near the famous Moody’s Diner. At the top of Old Rt 1 is a colorful, welcoming farm. Like the Lake St. George Brewery, the courtyard has a big fire pit with large comfortable chairs. The surrounding buildings are painted in bright colors and there are gardens to stroll through. In addition to the great beer here, the farm offers brick oven pizza! This is a great place to enjoy lunch or a light dinner. After your visit, you can either stop in Moody’s for some pie or drive down the peninsula to enjoy a sunset at nearby Marshall Point Lighthouse. 

Whatever brewery you choose, we are sure you will not be disappointed. Since we suggest not drinking too much while you are site seeing, know that you are welcome to bring these great beers back to the Captain Swift Inn and enjoy them near the firepit or in the comfort of your room. We also sell many beers and can have them waiting for you when you check in or after a day out sightseeing. Cheers!