Sunday, September 26, 2021

Experience The Best Of Fall Foliage In Camden & MidCoast Maine


6 Ways to Enjoy Autumn in the Camden Maine Area

1. Hike the trails
2. Corn maze and hayrides
3. Enjoy local beer
4. Ocktoberfest
5. Enjoy a taste of fall at local restaurants
6. See the foliage from the sea

Leaf peeping season in MidCoast Maine is just beginning and lasts until the end of October. Some of the best fall foliage in New England can be found in the Camden and MidCoast areas, and there are a plethora of fun autumn activities. Located minutes away from shops, restaurants, and the coastline, our bed and breakfast serves as a base camp for exploring all that MidCoast Maine has to offer. Here are six activities that anyone can enjoy while taking in the beautiful Maine fall foliage.

Camden Hills State Park

Located along US Route 1, less than ten minutes from our inn, Camden Hills State Park has hiking and walking trails that lead to stunning views of fall foliage and Penobscot Bay. Each trail in Camden Hills ranges from easy to moderate difficulty, with most trails being less than one mile long. While every trail in this State Park is bounding with beautiful flora and fauna to learn about, two trails are part of Maine's Natural Heritage Hikes. These trails are historically significant and give hikers a chance to learn about Maine and New England history while basking in glorious fall foliage. The Megunticook and Ocean Lookout Trail lead to the summit of Mt. Megunticook, which has a stunning view of the ocean and forest that you just hiked through. You can read about the natural and cultural history of this trail here

Beth's Farm

Beth's Farm Market in Warren, Maine, has a quintessential fall corn maze and hayride. If you visit all the checkpoints within the maze, you get a free mini pumpkin. Beth's has a wide variety of fresh seasonal produce. In season now there are apples, beets, strawberries, and corn. 

Odd Alewives & Waterman's Beach Brewery

Odd Alewives Farm Brewery is located along Old Route 1 in Waldoboro. You can make reservations to sit by their fire pit and enjoy their variety of ales and wood-fired pizza. All of the ales at Odd Alewives are made with 95 to 100% Maine-grown ingredients. Their menu accommodates a variety of dietary restrictions and preferences, with ingredients like fennel and apple sausage, Tromboncino squash, and Cubanelle peppers. Located in South Thomaston, Waterman's Beach Brewery has a variety of artisanal brews including IPA's, stouts, and pale ales. Their Boat Builder Brown ale is perfect for fall with notes of dark caramel, cedar, and plum. Breathe in the salty air, listen to the waves, sip those hops, and relax before heading back to the inn.

Sterlingtown Public House - OktoberFest Beer Garden

The Sterlingtown Public House and Beer Garden is located in Union. Their menu includes appetizers like fresh bruschetta, main dishes like Baja tacos, and their Thai peanut rice bowl. Sterlingtown has non-alcoholic beverages like the local favorite Moxie. Their alcoholic beverage list changes regularly and includes Maine craft beer, local craft cider, and wines from around the world. Sterlingtown does not take reservations and has indoor and outdoor dining available.

Fresh & Co. and The Happy Clam - A Taste of Fall

One of our favorite fall menus is from Fresh & Co. The chef's use of local mushrooms, honeycomb, arugula, and apples throughout the menu sets the mood for fall enjoyment. Located in the heart of Camden, Fresh has global cuisine for every appetite. If you want to add a little Oktoberfest to your leaf-peeping, we suggest taking a drive out to South Thomaston to enjoy The Happy Clam. This pub is right near Tenants Harbor and is a favorite for fresh seafood and cocktails, like a Bloody Mary. The Happy Clam also has many classic German dishes such as Schnitzel and German Goulash. 

Schooner Surprise

For a view of the foliage from the ocean, there's no better boat than the Schooner Surprise. Located less than five minutes from our inn, Schooner Surprise invites passengers to come on day cruises and sunset sails through mid-October. The Surprise can even be rented on private charters for a minimum of two hours.  The Surprise offers birding and marine life tours during the day, so you can do your leaf-peeping and bird watching on the same cruise.

At the end of the day, retire and enjoy the Captain Swift Inn. We are Camden's newest totally renovated bed & breakfast inn, with inviting guest rooms and suites. Reflect on your leaf-peeping journey while lying on our plush mattresses, relax after a day of being outdoors in our spa showers and wrap yourself in a Turkish towel. Our three-course candlelit breakfast is a memorable way to begin your next adventure. Contact us today to book a stay at the Captain Swift Inn to receive the finest hospitality in Camden.                


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

A Day Trip to Acadia National Park from Camden Maine




Just a two-hour drive from Camden, ME lies one of America's premier natural environments, 
Acadia National Park. Boasting numerous ecosystems and enchanting seaside vistas, this park has beckoned travelers for generations. With a little planning, you can enjoy a day's adventure in Acadia during your stay with us at the Captain Swift Inn.

Check out our five must-sees for a day trip to Acadia. Pack a sturdy pair of hiking boots, fill your water bottle, and stock up on snacks before heading off to the park. You may also want to rent a bike from Maine Sport before leaving Camden. 

Start your day with our 8 a.m. candlelit breakfast seating so that you can maximize your time in the park. Then head out along Atlantic Highway (Rt. 1) through the towns of Belfast, Bangor, and Ellsworth, winding your way through Maine's famed pine forests. You should reach the park before 11 a.m. If you choose to drive through the park, consider that parking is at a premium. The Island Explorer Bus runs free throughout Acadia, hitting all the major destinations.

Sand Beach

With the sun high in the sky, you may want to head first to the aptly named Sand Beach. Changing rooms and restrooms are available so you can dress to hit the waves. Be mindful that water temperatures rarely rise above 55F/13C – prepare for a brisk swim! If the cold waters are too much, sunbathing is a reliable alternative. Lifeguard service is provided on a part-time basis.

Thunder Hole

A half-hour hike from Sand Beach, or a mere five minutes by car, Thunder Hole offers an unparalleled glimpse of the power of the Atlantic. The waves crash into this unique rock formation, creating the illusion of distant thunder. Walk right down the stairs to the shore, where the water can splash up to 40 feet high!

Jordan Pond

Jordan Pond lies inland about a 20-minute drive from Sand Beach.  Hiking trails of varying difficulty encircle this idyllic body of water.  Plan on a circuit of anywhere from one to four hours depending on your chosen route. Also, consider whether you would like to dine before or after your hike at Jordan Pond House, Acadia's only restaurant. (Note: business is lightest after 4 p.m.) Famous for its afternoon teas accompanied by fresh popovers, Jordan Pond House also features iconic Maine dishes like lobster stew and blueberry sorbet.

Cadillac Mountain

At a height of 1,530 feet (466 meters), Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the Atlantic seaboard. Through fall and winter, the mountain is the first place in the U.S. to see the sunrise. A trip up the mountain requires extra precautions. Obtain registration for your car before your trip, and stick to designated pathways to preserve the numerous endangered plant species found here. It is worth the extra effort to enjoy one of the most majestic panoramas in New England.

Carriage Roads

These century-old broken-stone roads meander throughout Acadia. Forty-five miles' worth of biking and hiking await you, taking you to most major sites in the park. Cycling enthusiasts can easily ditch their car at the park entrance and spend the day exploring the wonders of Acadia through pedal power.

The Captain Swift Inn in Camden, ME makes the perfect "base camp" for your adventures to Acadia and other parts of the great state of Maine. Contact us today!


Monday, July 26, 2021

Visiting the MidCoast Maine Islands from Camden Maine

 


If you're not familiar with Maine's MidCoast islands yet, now is the time to change that. With countless hiking trails and scenic cliff views, these islands are magical retreats from the main town of Camden that can generally be explored within a day. Most of these islands are only accessible via kayak or boat, making it even more of an adventure to visit. Whether you are seeking a relaxing staycation or an epic adventure, we've got you covered with our beautifully renovated guest rooms, impeccable hospitality, and local-only trip recommendations. Here are our top four day trip picks for exploring MidCoast Maine:

Curtis Island

Curtis Island is a quaint, gem-like 5-acre island located on the exterior of Camden Harbor. It is only accessible via boat or kayak. After enjoying a candlelit breakfast at the inn, head over to Maine Sport Outfitters. Rent a kayak or canoe and make your way across the calm, soothing waters. The island has multiple trails that you can explore, along with wooden chairs all around where you can picnic and enjoy lunch with beautiful views of the water. During low-tide seasons, you can also dip your toes or go for a light swim in the water. Get up close and personal with the Curtis Island Lighthouse, the pride and joy of this island. Although it is not open to visitors, you will find yourself in awe by simply looking at this magnificent landmark.

Monhegan Island

One of the best day trips from Camden is taking a boat to Monhegan Island, a treasured retreat about 10 miles off the coast of the mainland. Make sure that you start your day early to ensure that you have plenty of time to explore the island. From the inn, drive about 35 minutes south to Port Clyde. From there, you can take a one-hour ride on a ferry boat to Monhegan Island. It is highly recommended that you follow the ferry schedule here and reserve tickets in advance. Once you are on the island, you will have access to many hiking trails and scenic views. For lunch, treat yourself to a creamy bowl of homemade chowder at The Barnacle. Wash it all down with craft beer at the family-owned Monhegan Brewing Company. After you are refueled, take a nature hike to the east side of the island where you can see a shipwreck and soak in incredible views of the coast. 

Mount Desert Island

For a jam-packed day trip, look no further than Mount Desert Island. This island is covered by Acadia National Park and is home to 18 mountains (blessing you with a myriad of hiking paths). This island is accessible by car and is about an hour and a half drive away from the inn. Start your day as early as possible so you can trek the glorious Cadillac Mountain and catch an epic sunrise. Due to the number of people that visit, there are timed entries, so make sure you reserve that in advance. Make your way to the town of Bar Harbor and feast on a well-deserved brunch at Cafe This Way. Before embarking on another hike, check out the local gift stores and house-made ice cream shops. Spend the rest of your day exploring the beautiful trails, beaches, waterfront cliffs, and mountains that this island has to offer.

Islesboro

Islesboro is a fourteen-mile island in Penobscot Bay known for its beautiful nature preserves and peaceful island life. Only a 20-minute ferry ride from Lincolnville, this island is mostly free of commercialization and prides itself on offering raw and untouched landscapes for those who want to really experience nature at its finest. Make sure that you prepare your own food prior to going, as there are no food options available on the island. Go on a bike ride to explore hidden coves and nature preserves such as Herbert Preserve. For a more unique and remote adventure, take a boat to Warren Island State Park for an unbeatable nature experience. After exploring the beautiful coves and hiking trails, you will realize that you have discovered one of Maine's best-kept secrets. 

After a full day of exploring any of these islands, make your way back to Camden and treat yourself to one of the many neighborhood eats that we recommend. Take off those hiking boots and indulge in a relaxing bubble bath in our whirlpool tubs. Slip your feet into our plush room slippers and order a glass of wine from our extensive wine and spirits menu before ending the night. After all that exploring, don't hesitate to set aside a full day with us at the inn and book one of our relaxing in-room massages. Your body will thank you. Contact us today at Captain Swift Inn to book one of our beautifully appointed guest rooms and get treated with the best hospitality you will ever experience!

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.