The seaside village of Camden, Maine is ideal for those that want to surround themselves with stunning winter harbor views, unique shopping, nature walks, and picturesque skiing. The Captain Swift Inn is open all year and is a great place to make your base for the perfect winter getaway. This list is in addition to our previous Winter blog, you can read here: Top Things To Do In Camden Maine This Winter 2020
The cozy fireplace rooms and signature hot chocolate of the Captain Swift Inn will be a wonderful complement to your winter adventures. Explore our favorite shops on Main Street - just walking distance from Inn -, or enjoy some winter outdoor fun nearby.
Some of our Favorite Main Street Shops
Stay warm going in and out of charming downtown stores, collecting little trinkets for you or someone special. Here are some of our favorite Camden Maine downtown shops.
Swan Island Company is a gift and apparel store on Main Street that specializes in all of those comfy, cozy, warm, and fuzzy things that remind you of wintertime. Whether you want to pick up something for yourself to keep you toasty on your winter vacation, or something special to take home to a loved one, Swan Island Company has something for everyone to enjoy, from baby clothes to blankets!
Once A Tree specializes in unique locally handcrafted gifts that you will not find anywhere else. These gifts range from gorgeous one-of-a-kind oyster shell bakers to rustic table lamps crafted with ocean-smoothed stones from the local shores. There are handcrafted bowls and furniture fashioned from the cherry and maple trees of Maine. Words truly cannot describe the care and quality that has been put into each of these masterpieces. You simply must stop in and see for yourself.
Before creating and collecting home decor, Jo Ellen Designs was a fine artist and illustrator! Using these skills, she has crafted and curated a stunning collection of hand hooked rugs and pillows, that each tells a tale or portrays a unique perspective. There are other things to browse as well, including cute children's toys and painted ceramics. Jo Ellen Designs has been featured on The Today Show for her distinct style and you can stop by to see or purchase a piece for yourself in downtown Camden, a short walk from The Captain Swift Inn.
Take a winter nature hike at Beech Hill Preserve, in nearby Rockport. This nature trail weaves through lush wild blueberry fields. Because of the blueberry bushes, there is a lack of foliage or evergreen trees, allowing the sun to warm winter hikers as they meander up the hill. You will find wonderful views of Penobscot Bay from the top of Beech Hill. Another highlight is a historic sod-roofed hut known as Beech-Nut near the summit.
Skiing, Downhill Tubing
Camden Snow Bowl is the place for winter sports and it's not far from The Captain Swift Inn. Here you can grab a half a day or full day lift pass and enjoy downhill skiing on one of their many trails of varying levels appropriate for all skiing levels - all with views of Penobscot Bay in the distance. There are also a number of beautiful nature trails for cross-country skiing, and the new one for the 2021-2022 season is DOWNHILL TUBING!
Whether you're looking to book a family winter vacation or a romantic couples getaway, The Captain Swift Inn is the perfect place for you to lay your heads between memorable winter excursions. Located in beautiful downtown Camden, with new ownership and a total renovation in 2019, you can expect upscale lodging with a great breakfast!