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