To many people Midcoast Maine is lobsters, lighthouses, sandy beaches, windjammers, historic inns and antiquing. Having lived in the region for several years I have my own list of can’t miss places and cravings to indulge during return visits. Here are a handful of places my traveling companions should expect to hit with me.
Camden Harbor Park was featured in the Academy Award nominated film IN THE BEDROOM. The benches overlooking Camden Harbor are a nice place to have lunch.
The Waterfront Restaurant is a Camden institution. A year-round favorite of locals, the view from the deck cannot be beat. In the background of this photo is (the barely visible masts of) the Schooner Olad, which takes passengers on a two-hour sail around Penobscot Bay.
Hands down the best photography book store I have been to period. Tim Whelan is the enthusiastic owner whose stock includes signed, hard to find and well priced copies of photography books on every subject from Afghanistan to high fashion. Just up the road the Maine Media Workshops offer week long classes led by some of the world’s best known photographers (Joyce Tenneson, Antonin Kratochvil, John Goodman…). During the summer I try to make as many of their free slideshows and gallery shows as possible.
The Loyal Biscuit Co. in Rockland is an independent dog and cat supply boutique with a stock of high quality, natural edible goodies. The owners are true pet enthusiasts who have really helped me find foods that meet my dog’s dietary restrictions (she has chronic ear infections the vet thinks may be caused by food allergies).
My dog Paige enjoying a visit to her favorite Midcoast locale.
A social destination for locals Rock City Books and Coffee has a fun staff serving up really good coffee (roasted by Rock City Roasters down the street) and yummy treats (I love their Morning Glory muffins and chocolate dipped macaroons). I’ve found a number of good books in their used and new sections. Die hards (like me who move away) can order a pound or more of their favorite roast online.