Camden Harbour Inn’s Favorite Ways to Get-Off the Beaten Path

maine travel guideAre you the type of person to choose the country back roads over the highway? Not worried about how quickly you reach a destination, but more concerned with the adventure on the way? Do standard, run of the mill vacations bore you? Maine is famous for its beaches and ski mountains but has so much more to offer to vacation goers. Let Camden Harbour Inn act as your Maine travel guide, as we suggest some highlights for a unique, off the beaten path vacation experience.

Self-Micro Brew Tour
Maine has a booming craft beer scene. The latest tally shows a total of 90 craft breweries located in the state. Portland is home to 17 of them. Recently named “Beer Capital, USA” by Forbes Magazine, little ole’ Portland has the most microbreweries per capita than any other city in America. A great way to tour the city is to embark on a self-craft brewery tour. Chew the fat with brew masters, watch how the beer is made, and sample some of the most diverse, mind-blowing brew the country has to offer. Below is a list of just some of the local favorite craft breweries the city has to offer:

  • Allagash – 50 Industrial Way
  • Shipyard – 86 Newbury St
  • Long Pine – 19 Anderson St
  • Austin Street – 1 Industrial Way #8
  • Bissell Brothers – 4 Thompsons Point #108
  • Rising Tide – 103 Fox St
  • Foul Mouthed Brewing – 15 Ocean St. (South Portland)

Rather experience the craft beer scene with one stop shopping? Pull a stool up at Novare Res, a bar located in the heart of the old port that serves all of the local brews on 25 rotating taps, plus 500-plus bottles from around the world.

  • Novare Res – 4 Canal Plaza

Explore the Maine Highlands
The Maine Highlands packs a wallop of adventure and variety in one punch. Located right in the breadbasket of Maine, the area incorporates Mt Katahdin Maine’s tallest peak, Moosehead Lake, Maine’s largest lake and a cosmopolitan hub that features shopping, fine dining, and nightlife. Hike trails and explore waterfalls by day, and enjoy a farm-to-table style meal by night. Truly a four season destination, Maine Highlands offers crystal clear clean lakes and rivers for kayaks and canoes, and trails upon trails for your snowmobiles, skis and ATV’s.

Learn How to Cook Local Seasonal Fare
Salt Water Farm in Lincolnville is a Cooking School for home cooks of all levels. Concentrating on the natural farm-to-table concept, the featured workshops and classes help you to prepare simple, nourishing meals using ingredients straight from the garden and sea. The classes are extremely hands-on, and take advantage of Salt Water Farms seaside vegetable and herb garden. Classes here push you to put the recipes aside and to rely more on your instincts. Create local, seasonal fare while gazing at the beauty of neighboring Penobscot Bay.

Sail Away
Speaking of Penobscot Bay, what better way to explore it than by schooner? A variety of schooners leaves Camden harbor daily for a two-hour sail. Explore the rocky coastline, famous lighthouses, seals and bald eagles, islands, lobster boats and hidden mansions. Private sails are also offered, fully catered with food, wines and spirits, and your own private chef. An optimal way to enjoy the rugged beauty Mid Coast Maine has to offer.

After each new off the beaten path adventure, round your day out by unwinding at the Camden Harbour Inn. Rejuvenate and relax in one of our charming suites, and wake up refreshed for your next day of fun and exploration.