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Maine itinerary: Find arts and culture in the Rockland-Camden area

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Home to the nation’s largest lighthouse museum, the newly renovated Strand Theatre and 30-plus galleries at Farnsworth Art Museum, the Rockland-Camden area is thriving with arts and culture.

This itinerary was provided by Berry Manor Inn in Rockland.

Day One

Maine Lighthouse Museum, Rockland, Maine

Maine Lighthouse Museum, Rockland, Maine
Photo: Group Tour Media/David Hoekman

Walk the historic Rockland Main Street and visit the unique shops on the way to Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center. Take in the largest collection of Maine artists at this renowned art museum.

Have lunch at Rockland Cafe, Clan MacLaren, Atlantic Baking Co., Cafe Miranda, Hills Seafood Co., The Landings Restaurant or Brass Compass Cafe.

Take in the Maine Lighthouse Museum, which features the largest collection of lighthouse lenses and artifacts in the country. Then enjoy a visit to the area’s local lighthouses with a self-guided driving tour to Owl’s Head lighthouse, Marshall Point lighthouse and south to Pemaquid Point lighthouse. Enjoy the area’s latest museum celebrating the rich maritime history with a stop at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum at Sharp’s Point South.

Don’t miss the Owls Head Transportation Museum with a vast collection of antique cars and planes that display the history of transportation. Car enthusiasts may need all day to visit, but this museum will entertain any group for several hours.

For dinner, enjoy one of the area’s many wonderful restaurants, like Primo Restaurant, Suzuki’s Sushi Bar, La Comida Latin Kitchen, Rustica and perhaps a nightcap or just small plates at In Good Company, 3Crow Restaurant & Bar, or Fog Bar & Cafe.

Day Two

After breakfast, head to The General Henry Knox Museum for a little history, then go to the Olson House (part of the Farnsworth Museum), where Andrew Wyeth painted Christina’s World.

Have a late lunch at the Thomaston Cafe to savor homemade soups and breads.

Do a little antiquing, tour any of the four local wineries or visit local artisans to watch them at their crafts, like Trillium Soaps, Danica Candleworks or Windsor Chairmakers.

Back to rest and dinner at one of the wonderful chef-owned restaurants. There are more than 20 in downtown Rockland alone.

Day Three

Berry Manor Inn, Rockland, Maine

Berry Manor Inn, Rockland, Maine
Photo: Jumping Rocks

Have breakfast and head out to explore Camden’s Mount Battie.

Move on to the funky, historic town of Belfast with its beautiful architecture and unique stores, including Colburn Shoe Store, the country’s oldest continuously operating shoe store and The Green Store, which has been promoting planetary health since 1993 as “a general store for the 21st century.” The Green Store’s products range from compost toilets to organic underwear.

Stop at Swans Island Co., where artisans make beautiful blankets in their working studio.

Have lunch at Chase’s Daily or Delvino’s Grill & Pasta House.

Continue to Searsport, the self-proclaimed antiques capital of Maine and home to the largest collection of sea-captain homes and the Penobscot Marine Museum.

ASK:
Berry Manor Inn
(207) 596-7696
www.berrymanorinn.com

Maine Office of Tourism
(888) 624-6345
www.visitmaine.com

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