Saturday, February 19, 2022

It's Maple and Mud Season in Camden, Maine

March can feel like a bit of a waiting game. The snow is melting and spring is on the horizon, but it's not quite here yet. If you ask us, it sounds like the perfect time for a getaway to tide you over. Milder temperatures make it more enjoyable to get outside, and Camden Maine, has so much to offer this time of year.

Winter may be coming to a close, but skiing is still in full swing in Maine in March, and the warmer weather makes it a pleasure to be out on the slopes. Squeeze in a few more ski days before the end of the season at The Camden Snow Bowl.  You'll find some lovely skiing and snow tubing, complete with ocean views, less than ten minutes from the inn.

We are also lucky enough to have Camden Hills State Park nearby, just a five-minute drive up the road.  By March, much of the ice and snow has thawed, and you're left with easier, albeit muddy, hiking trails. (Mainers actually joke of a fifth season from mid-March through April: Mud!) Bring some good boots and a healthy sense of adventure, and you could climb Mt. Battie, which will reward you with gorgeous views of Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay from the top. Bonus: there are no bugs out in the woods this time of year!

Once you've worked up an appetite in the great outdoors, make sure to treat yourself to a meal at one of Camden's many delicious restaurants. Frannie's Bistro and Long Grain are open year-round. If you're looking for a quiet and cozy afternoon activity, hunker down with a hot drink and a book at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop Cafe near the waterfront. Foodies may even choose to center their trip around Maine Restaurant Week. This culinary event runs from March 1-12 and features special offers and tasting menus at some of the best eateries around. Participating local restaurants include 40 Paper Bistro & Bar, which serves up Italian food with a focus on local fish and produce, and Nina June, which brings a Mediterranean spirit to classic Maine ingredients. There's no shortage of great food in the area, so be sure to check out some of our other favorite local eats.

Ready for dessert? Maine's maple syrup season spans all of March, and travelers with a sweet tooth will love indulging in Maine Maple Sunday, an annual event that takes place the last weekend in March (March 26-27, 2022). Maple producers throughout Maine will be offering samples of their products and demonstrations of the syrup-making process. Both Sparky's Honey and Maple as well as Rock Acer Works are in nearby Hope, Maine, and will be participating in Maple Sunday festivities.

No matter how you choose to spend your days in Camden, there's no better way to wind down than with a drink by the fire back home at the Captain Swift Inn. We just know you'll love Maine in March and hope you'll join us for a sweet and cozy visit.