Your destination: Camden. So you know you want to stop in Portland on your way through Downeast Maine, but where else? There are so many destinations than the ones everyone knows about! Get yourself off the beaten path and check out some of these other highly anticipated destinations, both for tourists and locals. Make your Maine vacation an incredible journey that you’ll never forget and you never know what hidden secrets you may come across!
The World’s Largest Rotating Globe, Yarmouth
When driving through Yarmouth, be sure to make a stop to visit Eartha. Eartha, standing 3 stories tall, is the world’s largest rotating globe. Located at the DeLorme Center, you can find yourself immersed in not only Maine’s geographic culture but also the world’s! Check out the DeLorme map store and gift shop after checking out Eartha. Don’t have time to stop? Keep your eyes peeled on the highway, as the route to Camden takes you right past this highlighted destination!
L.L. Bean Stores, Freeport
This stop may be a given, but a lot of people don’t know that there’s much more to Freeport than just L.L. Bean. In fact, L.L. Bean has multiple stores there, from the factory store to the home store, to the main store, to the outdoors store! It’s no joke that you could spend an entire day exploring what this massive Maine-based brand has to offer. From interactive nooks to beautiful displays, stopping by these stores are a must! In addition, there are many other outlets and factory stores in Freeport’s Village Station and the surrounding malls such as J. Crew, Patagonia, Vineyard Vines, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, and more!
Bowdoin College, Brunswick
If you end of stopping in Brunswick, make sure to take a stroll through the beautiful Bowdoin College. Bowdoin is Maine’s premier and nationally renowned college of liberal arts and science. Chartered in 1794, Bowdoin College has a lot of history! The campus landscaping is impeccable and provides a beautiful 200-acre summary of what the environment Maine has to offer truly looks like. The Bowdoin Museum of Art is also a must see when visiting this campus.
Red’s Eats, Wiscasset
As mentioned in our previous blog featuring the top 5 lobster rolls in Maine, Red’s Eats is worth the mention once again! Boasting being the “Home of Maine’s #1 Lobster Roll,” this tiny, cash-only restaurant has been up and running in Wiscasset since 1938 and family owned since 1977. However, there’s a lot more than lobster rolls on the menu! Their traditional Maine twist to American fast food, sandwiches, and seafood is well worth the wait and a Wiscasset lunch stop, no matter what you end up ordering.
Morse’s Sauerkraut, Waldoboro
Morse’s is one of Maine’s best-kept secrets. Slightly off the beaten path in Waldoboro, this little German Restaurant and European Deli looks and feels like it’s straight out of the German countryside. You can sit down and eat lunch or brunch, or take a look and see what they have in their market. You can find candies, chocolates, and other delicious goods that you can really only find in Europe! Not to mention, their sauerkraut and pickles are locally famous.
Is there something we missed? Did you happen upon a noteworthy location on your trip? Let us know! For other suggestions of stops on the way to Camden from Portland, feel free to call our knowledgeable concierge at (207) 236-4200.