are suggestions on how to spend your vacation time in Camden and the
surrounding area of Maine. There is so much to see and do that we believe
you need a minimum of 4 days to experience all that Midcoast Maine offers.
Here are a sample of day itineraries to help you plan your trip.
Day 1 - A Romantic
Evening in Camden
You are finally here! Check in to your room, get settled while enjoying some
of our afternoon refreshments, enjoy a short tour of the inns &
gardens...and perhaps even take a brief nap! Soon you will be refreshed and
eager to walk two blocks into the center of Camden village. Surrounded by
our spectacular harbor and shadowed under Mt. Battie, Camden is the
quintessential New England village. Wander through the shops and down to the
public landing to take a look at the historic schooners that fill the
harbor. Chat with the boat captains about the weather...and decide whether
to take a sunset sail tonight...or plan to board tomorrow. Restaurants along
the water and throughout downtown have their menu's posted with tonight's
specials tempting you! Walk back to the inn and enjoy a glass of wine (or
the drink of the day) and your innkeepers will help you make dinner plans.
- Sail aboard a classic Maine Schooner
Rise and have a cup of our own blend of fresh roasted coffee (from Rock City
Coffee Roasters, delivered every Thursday) while you wander the gardens.
After you enjoy a great multi course breakfast on the patio, we will be
happy to help you in booking passage on a schooner for a 2 hour or half day
sail on Penobscot Bay. Try your hand at the helm or help hoist the sails and
keep a lookout for bald eagles, harbor seals, and porpoises as you pass
Curtis Island and its historic lighthouse. Be sure you have a windbreaker
jacket and your camera! See Camden harbor and the coastline much the same as
it was viewed by Capt. George Weymouth and his crew abroad the Archangel as
they first sailed the bay in 1605.
Get your land legs back and walk along the "Most Beautiful Walk in the
World", according to Yankee Magazine, from Camden past many historic homes
and see our striped cows, the Belted Galloways, an open air chapel with
views of Penobscot Bay and a spectacular woodland garden into the village of
Rockport and the Rockport harbor. See the statue of Andre, the seal, and the
limestone kiln remains. Return via our multi use pathway to the Inns at
Blackberry Common and relax with fresh lemonade and a good book in the
garden. Dinner tonight? Perhaps it's time for lobster! We'll send you off
for a quiet drive to one of our favorite lobster pounds...nothing
fancy...cove side with a great view and the best lobster ever!
Day 3 - Hiking and Exploring in Midcoast Maine
If you are an early riser, it is a perfect time to stroll a few blocks to
Merryspring Gardens to enjoy wandering through one of Maine's finest nature
parks. After breakfast back at the Inn, it's a great time to explore Camden
Hills State Park. Either hike or drive to the summit and enjoy the fabulous
view that inspired Camden's own poet laureate, Edna St. Vincent Millay to
write "Renaissance" and launch her career. A stunning view of islands
dotting Penobscot Bay, overlooking Camden is yours to enjoy. There are over
30 miles of trails taking you from peak to peak, along the ridge tops, with
ocean and mountain vistas. Need more of the outdoors? How about a kayak or
canoe adventure with a Maine guide on a nearby lake or from Camden Harbor
out to Curtis Island. Or, perhaps you'd like to bicycle along our quiet back
roads and a carriage trail. Your innkeeper, Jim, is an avid bicyclist, and
he'll help you with equipment, gear and route maps. Make dinner plans and
perhaps a show at the Camden or Rockport Opera Houses or even an open-air
movie in the Camden amphitheatre.
Day 4 - Lighthouse tours
by land and sea!
You just have to see the lighthouses! What would a trip to coastal Maine be
without lighthouses! Within a short drive from the Inns at Blackberry Common
are several lighthouses for you to enjoy. We'll pack you a picnic lunch and
provide you with directions and binoculars! Don't forget your camera! Many
can be seen along the water's edge, walk right to others on rocky cliffs or
take a ferry to one of our islands to see the lighthouse and experience
Maine island living.
Up for a bit more touring? How about a wineries tour and a wine tasting?
Just a few miles inland are three award winning winemakers and distillers.
Beautiful rolling hillsides and farmland boast working wineries that welcome
visitors to tour the vineyards and enjoy learning about the winemaking
process and the distilleries. In autumn, many of the wineries have festivals
and special events for harvesting grapes.
Back to the Inn in time for dinner at one of the areas premier fine dining
establishments. Just ask your innkeepers for recommendations and
DAYS 5, 6 and 7 - More
adventures to make your Maine vacation perfect!
There's still more to do! We haven't even mentioned picking blueberries ...
a real Maine tradition! Or how about antiquing? Fly-fishing? Visits to world
class museums! And, it's a wonderful day trip to head north and visit Acadia
National Park for the day or take the ferry to Monhegan Island for a step
back in time ... island life changed little in 100 years.
One visit to Camden and the Inns at Blackberry Common just isn't enough!
Come back again soon!