Mid Coast: Boothbay Harbor, Camden & Rockport offer waterfront hotels & resorts
Mid-Coast: Craggy coastlines, fishing towns, windjammers
Extending from the Freeport area to Penobscot Bay, the Mid Coast is an idyllic region of rocky inlets, lighthouses, fishing ports, and rugged islands where visitors can explore the coastline, eat fresh lobster, and rest in a comfortable inn. Famous towns include Boothbay Harbor, Monhegan Island, Vinalhaven, Rockland, Camden, and Bath.
Boothbay Harbor is a busy fishing village. Visitors, like families with curious kids, can mingle with lobstermen and watch boats come and go. Many visitors explore the shoreline around Boothbay Harbor in sea kayaks. About 900 acres of land is preserved from development and filled with miles of hiking trails. This town also is a departure point by ferry for trips to Monhegan Island. For more than 100 years, Monhegan has been a summer haven for artists.
Another special place along the Mid Coast is the town of Rockland, filled with delightful art galleries, award-winning restaurants, and shops. Owl’s Head Light, one of three lighthouses in the area, is visible in Rockland Harbor. A once-in-a-lifetime experience is a cruise on a Maine windjammer sailing vessel. The Maine Windjammer Association manages fleet of nine of these classic ships, whose spiky profiles have hugged Maine coasts for generations. They sail from Ports in Rockland and Camden on a variety of cruises.
At the town of Camden, between Penobscot Bay and the Camden Hills, vacationers can take an easy hike up Mount Battie. In the winter, skiers at Camden Snow Bowl on Ragged Mountain can simultaneously glide down challenging ski slopes while enjoying a thrilling ocean vista. Another must-see town is Rockport, which has a thriving arts community and a 19th-century opera house.
No matter where you land in the Mid Coast region, natural and small-town beauty is all around you. It is a place to browse for antiques, attend a country auction, visit a museum, take in a play or concert, or go biking or kayaking. In the winter, go skiing, skating, or tobogganing, or just curl up by the fire.