Last weekend, I had the opportunity to experience Maine for the first time with Lark Hotels. They shacked us up at their property in Camden, The Whitehall. Needless to say, the trip was full of great food, Maine's breathtaking nature, and no lack of an adventure. Like most places in Camden, the Whitehall is a historic building with a plethora of history behind its wall. The boutique hall was recently given a "new lease on life" with its current decor of an unique mix of classic New England style and bright, quirky details- like those carpets. You'd think that the inner minimalist in me would be screaming with all the color, but it was surprisingly refreshing. It gets better the second you step outside into the relaxed back patio completed with twinkly lights, a swinging chair (personal favorite) and a fire pit to warm up around on chilly Maine nights (which we didn't get the chance to experience during our stay.)
If you didn't know, I'm quite a foodie... but also quite a health-nut. So you can guess excitement regarding all the farm-to-table restaurants up in Camden, like Pig + Poet (the Whitehall's own dining). And oh man, the breakfast hit the spot each morning. I've left a few more dining suggestions below, along with my favorite dishes at the respective place. Because you know, if this whole blogging thing doesn't work out, I'm always up for becoming a food critic.
Located within Camden Hills State Park, this beautiful peak offers a 360* view of Camden. So, you'll be able to experience the scenic harbor and Atlantic, but also get to see the mountains. It's a win-win. If you're into hiking, the state park offers plenty of trails ranging in skill ability. We actually planned on doing the hike to Mt.Battie, but it was one of the steamiest days during the summer when we went to Mt.Battie, so driving won.
Another gem within Camden Hills State Park, this 800ft cliff overlooks the forest and lake, instead of the harbor. I wish we made it over here, but instead we ventured to the Breakwater Lighthouse.
The Breakwater Lighthouse is about a 15-20 minute drive from Camden. The lighthouse (which is currently active) sits on a mile long breakwater in the port town of Rockland. If I can suggest doing one activity during your trip, it would be the lighthouse. Not only because it is on the water, but it's not a rigorous workout and it's something that everyone in the group can enjoy.
My final suggestion is for the people who aren't the nature buffs. Camden Harbor is your idyllic New England harbor complete with antique shops, a fleet of Schooners, and fresh lob-stah rolls around every corner.
Location: The Whitehall 52 High Street
Suggestions: Lamb Bacon a la Plancha, Local Greens, Buttermilk Fried Chicken,
Location: Camden Harbour Inn, 83 Bay View St
Suggestion: Maine lobster himachi, Rib eye, and the B-R-E-A-D is like heaven to your tastebuds.
Location: 1 Main Street
Suggestion: Any of the tacos... I had the lobster.
** This post is in collaboration with Lark Hotels, all thoughts are my own. **