With so much time spent sheltering indoors, we're all daydreaming of summer and the promise of exciting vacation getaways. Those warm, sunny days will soon be here and the cost of filling your gas tank is low. Now is the time to plan a glorious road trip along the scenic Maine coastline. Enjoy everything Maine has to offer, from charming fishing villages and historic lighthouses to picturesque state parks and of course….lobster!
Your perfect Maine destination: the Captain Swift Inn. Located in Camden, Maine, the Inn is only a little over 3 hours from Boston and under 7 hours from New York. It's the ideal home base to explore all that gorgeous Maine has to offer. Enjoy all these incredible Maine sights on the road to Camden:
Historic Portland, ME
Make the first stop on your journey in the historic seaport town of Portland. Maine's largest city is full of New England charm. Stroll the cobblestone streets of the Old Port District, browse the quaint shops and bookstores and enjoy artisanal coffee shops and craft breweries. Visit the Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in continuous use in the U.S.
Boothbay Botanical Gardens
Next stop: Boothbay, Maine for a visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, with 295 shorefront acres of ornamental gardens, waterfalls, fountains and woodland trails. Spend hours outside enjoying nature. The 2020 theme of the gardens is Wicked Wetland Wonders. Maine is lucky enough to feature a number of wetlands—the Gardens alone hosts over 250.
Maine's Best Lobster Roll
Of course, no visit to Maine is complete without at least one luscious lobster roll. Be sure to stop in Wiscasset for a bite at Red's Eats, often cited as Maine's best lobster roll. For 82 years, lobster lovers have been heading to the iconic red shack to enjoy Red's famous treat: big chunks of lobster piled high on a buttered and toasted roll. Afterwards, check out the Avalon Antiques Market. For a fun and full list of Maine Lobster Shacks click here: The Maine Travel Maven’s Favorite Maine Lobster Shacks
Finally, arrive in the charming seaside village of Camden for your stay at the Captain Swift Inn, the ideal location from which to explore Maine's Mid-Coast.
· Sail Camden Harbor on a schooner past the historic Curtis Island Lighthouse and tour the four lighthouses along Route 1, all only 35 minutes from the Inn.
· You'll find four breweries and as many wineries all within a 30 minute drive.
· While in Camden, kayak Lake Megunticook, mountain bike or hike in Camden Hills State Park.
· Plan a day trip to enjoy the incredible scenery at Acadia National Park. Hike along 158 miles of hiking trails, or kayak along the shoreline. The National Park is a beautiful 2 hour drive North from the Inn. Start early and return back to Camden in the evening.
After your drive up the coast, relax at the Captain Swift Inn in one of nine beautifully appointed guest rooms—all with private bath. Enjoy an evening meal in one of our many wonderful dining spots, from casual bistro menus to waterfront dining on fresh Maine seafood. The next morning, indulge with a three-course candlelit breakfast buffet or have breakfast delivered to your room.
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