6 Ways to Enjoy Autumn in the Camden Maine Area
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 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.
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.