Wednesday, May 26, 2021

 


Things changed a little in Camden Maine this past year. We are pleased to announce that the town is still vibrant and charming. In addition to the lovely mountain and sea landscape that many come to visit, our guests enjoy the unique Maine gifts and treasures the Main Street stores offer. The Camden Restaurants provide local seafood and Maine brewed beers. While the consistent loveliness of the town is a reason to return year after year, we are pleased that there are some new businesses and activities to add to the mix.

Top (NEW) Things in Camden Maine:

There are new shops in the downtown. If you have been to Camden before, you know that there is an array of boutique shops. Camden’s Main Street is unique because it is not overwhelmed with touristy shops. The collection of stores offer beautiful and unique gifts. In addition to the long standing shops like Glendara Lavender Farm and Maine Sea Bags, there are several new shops in town. 

·       Wooden Alchemy, a wood art store, moved from Rockland to 19 Elm St. in Camden. Wooden Alchemy is the place where you can find the amazing wooden creations that have sprung from the mind of Rob Jones.  Taking birch plywood and other fine woods, he creates fun, collectible, and useful artistic pieces you'll cherish for yourself or as the perfect unique gift for someone special.

·       Oyster River Winegrowers - a small, farm winery in Warren is opening a retail and tasting room at 31 Elm Street, Camden. Enjoy locally made organic wine.

·       Blue Jay Baby Boutique – Located at 2 Main Street, the boutique sells adorable baby sweaters, blankets, books, stuffed animals and baskets. There are also products for moms, including jewelry, candles, bags and body products.

·       Conklin's Mercantile - located at 26 Main Street, recently relocated from Belfast Maine.  This store is committed to offering only American made products for sale, all fixtures, cabinets and furnishings, including lighting are American made.

·       Maine Seaside Treasures – located at 14 Main Street, is a new boutique on Main Street with a coastal theme, featuring decor, unique collections and crafts made by local artists.

Restaurants:

BOWA: Best of What’s Around – Located at 31 Elm Street - BOWA's meals are inspired by the seasons in Maine. Ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced. Dishes are inspired by many different cuisines and cultures.

Mixed Greens – Located on Main Street is a new take out restaurant offering handmade healthy food, salad bowls and more.

Taboo Taqueria - For taco and tequila lovers a new Mexican restaurant opened at 5 Country Inn Way called on May 5.

Ports of Italy Italian Restaurant and Ports Pizzeria - Located at 141 Commercial Street Rockport – is a welcomed upscale Italian restaurant with a casual pizzeria.

The Mill Nutrition – Located at 25 Mechanic Street Camden, offers healthy energy teas and shakes in Camden

New Art Gallery.  

·       TOPO Gallery -  Enjoy great art from young New England artists in Camden. We highly recommend you stroll through to see the art.

Blueberry Weekend

Maine’s first ever Wild Blueberry Weekend is scheduled for August 7-8, 2021 as a celebration of the state’s iconic fruit and the people behind it – the growers and processors. The weekend will revolve around an Eat. Drink. Experience. Stay tuned for more details

With lots to do in Camden, you don’t want to delay making a reservation at the Inn. The Captain Swift Inn is conveniently located near the downtown. After a fun day of perusing the shops and new restaurants, return to the Inn and enjoy a beverage in one of the many comfortable common areas, or in the privacy of your room. We look forward to welcoming you back to Camden Maine.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Fishing in MidCoast Maine


If you're vacationing in Camden, ME this summer, consider adding a fishing trip with a Master Maine Guide to your stay at the Captain Swift Inn. Camden, ME is a popular fishing destination due to its proximity to many lakes, ponds, and the Atlantic Ocean. When you embark on a fishing trip with a Master Maine Guide, you'll be able to soak up Maine's pristine outdoor scenery and create a lifetime of memories. Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or a novice, there’s a fishing hole for you.

Types of Fishing in Maine

The Midcoast Maine area is known for three types of fishing: pike fishing, brook trout fishing, and striper fishing.

Pike Fishing

Pike are also known as water wolves or freshwater sharks. With strong, long bodies and razor-sharp teeth, they are relentless predators in the water. They thrive in cold waters, making Maine's coastal and fresh waters ideal habitats for them. Pike fishing is best in early spring and fall.

Brook Trout Fishing

Wild brook trout populations are decreasing throughout the United States, but they are thriving in Maine. They are most prevalent in Maine's interior highlands due to cooler water temperatures and less competition with non-native fish species. The best months for trout fishing are May and June, late September, October, and November.

Striper Fishing

Striped Bass is Maine's most well-known saltwater fish, although they can also be found in freshwater. They prefer water temperatures between 55° F and 68° F. They don't like sunlight and will retreat to deeper waters in the middle of the day during the warm summer months. Striper fishing is best in the early morning or evening when the light is low since this is when the stripers are most active near the surface of the water.

Places to Fish in Maine

There are plenty of places to fish in Maine, but your private fishing tour will take you to Saint George River and Seven Tree Pond.

Saint George River

Set against a backdrop of mountains and flowing through several lakes and ponds, the Saint George River in Thomaston spans 225 square miles. It is well-stocked with bass and trout. The Saint George River is also a popular destination for kayakers and canoers.

Seven Tree Pond

The Seven Tree Pond in Union spans 528 acres. Its waters can get as deep as 45 feet. Like the Saint George River, Seven Tree Pond is known for its bass and trout populations. Pickerel and white perch are also abundant.

Book Your Fishing Trip through Captain Swift Inn

Our unique fishing excursion package can be added to any reservation at Captain Swift Inn with a minimum of a one-night stay. You'll fish from an 18' Alumacraft center console boat and learn all about Maine's geography, wildlife, and history from your Master Maine Guide.

The package includes a Captain Swift Inn water bottle, a twill cap, and sunscreen. Lunch, water, and soft drinks will be provided. Enjoy a plate of tortilla chips, guacamole, and salsa along with a selection of local IPAs upon your return.

Tours are available between June 4, 2021, and September 26, 2021.

Contact us today to make a reservation and book your private fishing tour.









Sunday, March 28, 2021

Spring Time Lobster Shacks in MidCoast Maine

Now that spring has sprung in MidCoast Maine, everyone's eager to jump in the car and have an adventure. If you love crisp sea air on your nature hikes and lobster on your plate, turn your car north and head for Camden, Maine. Enjoy a unique weekend getaway at the Captain Swift Inn. Just two blocks from Camden's shops, restaurants and idyllic harbor, our newly renovated Inn offers luxurious lodging and impeccable service. Spring in the Midcoast means blooming crocuses, ice out on the lake and the return of Maine lobster shacks. Some shacks open in early April. Here are our fun Spring Lobster Adventure Ideas.

McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack

McLaughlin's Lobster Shack, a quick drive up Rt1 to Lincolnville, announced they will reopen April 2. They serve chowders, oysters and fried clams all with a water vista. You might also enjoy their Maine lobster dinner complete with corn on the cob, cornbread and French fries. Or maybe try their take on a lobster roll at their brand new Wheel House Beach Bar offering tropical cocktails and local ales out of a converted sardine carrier boat. Either way, McLaughlin's "wicked fresh" seafood will be the star and the bay vistas the backdrop.

Red’s Eats

If you make the trip on April 19 or after, don't miss stopping at the famous Red's Eats in Wiscasset. The 81-year-old lobster shack is one of the most written about road side shacks in the country, and you'll see why with one bite of their iconic lobster roll. And don't forget to grab a homemade whoopie pie or two for later. 

Claws

If you head up after May 19, you'll want to check out Claws in Rockland, a lively water-side shack with a menu to please everyone. Enjoy their fantastic and affordable seafood on their expansive deck with views of the inner harbor, breakwater and lighthouse. This is a local favorite. 


McLoon’s Lobstah Shack

After Memorial Day lots more lobster shacks open, including McLoon’s.  This sweet little red shack is located on Sprucehead Island. Sit by the sea and watch the lobster boats come in. Your lobster is fresh and caught that day – right there. 


Camden Harbor Cruises 

If you're ever ready for a break from seafood, make a reservation for a cruise. Just a 7-minute walk down to the harbor from the Inn, Camden Harbor Cruises offers a Lobstering & Lighthouse Cruise. During this cruise, you'll learn the history of the bay and how lobstering is done on the Maine coast. If you would like to learn more about the birds and marine life, choose the Eco-Tour Cruise which comes with sightings of seals, sunfish, porpoises and more. 

Wherever your adventure takes you during the day, you will be thrilled to come back to The Captain Swift Inn. Whether relaxing around the fire pit under the stars or a fire in one of our cozy fireplaces inside, you'll be well taken care of with a drink of your choice and a fantastic local cheese plate. 

Book a room for a weekend, a week, or however long it'll take you to try every great lobster shack in Mid-Coast Maine. 


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: https://mainelavender.com/.

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: https://cashmeregoatyarn.com/

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. https://www.unclewillyscandyshoppe.com/

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: https://www.grasshoppershopofrockland.com/

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: https://mainesport.com/

Other Favorites:

Once A Tree - Camden - https://onceatreecamden.com/

Fiore - Rockland - https://www.fioreoliveoils.com/

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: https://www.camdensnowbowl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/RaggedWinter16.pdf


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: https://www.captainswiftinn.com/packages.htm and Winter Specials Here: https://www.captainswiftinn.com/specials.htm