Morning overlooking Penobscot Bay and Samoset Resort’s Oceanfront golf course in Rockport.
On Maine’s Mid Coast, I spent several fun-filled days enjoying an array of activities and delicious food, as well as local wine! For fine dining and luxurious lodging, you will find Relais & Chateaux elegance and world class service at Camden Harbour Inn, a new Platinum Palate. It is everything devotees and gourmands will expect and more!
The Camden Harbour Inn, a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel and gourmet restaurant in Camden, Maine, the newest Platinum Palate in Maine!
Impeccable service with a smile at Camden Harbour Inn.
#theartofplating: Local Razor Clam
Local Striped Bass at Camden Harbour Inn
Sunrise at Samoset Resort
View from the room of the golf course and water
Especially if you love golf, a great place to stay is Samoset Resort in Rockland, overlooking the Atlantic with a beautiful oceanfront course and amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, bocce, and La Bella Vita Restaurant (must try the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes).
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes at La Bella Vita
For dining, the area features a number of James Beard finalists and excellent choices! Start in Camden at Long Grain (gourmet Thai) with a beer from nearby Lincolnville Brewery. Next, head to Café Miranda and Francine Cafe. If you love the water, you’ll enjoy a cruise aboard the Surprise Schooner in Penobscot Bay.
In Rockport, head to Nina June for gourmet Italian cuisine overlooking Rockport Harbor, and check out the trendy 18 Central Oyster Bar and Rhumb Line.
Cocktail on the deck overlooking the water at Nina June (pronounced Nine-a)
Zucchini Flowers at Nina June.
Exceptional Pasta at Nina June
Local Swordfish with Cucumber Salad at Nina June
The farm and gardens at Primo
Seared Local Tuna at Primo
In Rockland, don’t miss Primo (farm to table Italian at its best and visit the small farm out back), and Suzuki Sushi will absolutely amaze you with their fresh, colorful creations!
Incredible platter perfect for sharing at Suzuki Sushi. They are truly artists! The seafood was exquisitely fresh, and the presentations were amazing.
Wine lovers listen up! While Maine may be better known for its craft beer scene, there are a number of wineries. Two musts are Cellardoor in Lincolnville (also a tasting room and restaurant in Portland, called “The Point), and Breakwater Vineyards in Owl’s Head (try sparkling wine made from local grapes, as well as delicious Riesling.
At Breakwater Vineyards checking out the Riesling
The view from Owl’s Head of the Atlantic Ocean (above) and Owl’s Head Lighthouse (below).
Hope this inspires you to plan your next active and culinary adventure in Maine! If you have any specific questions or recommendations to help plan your visit, please e-mail me email@example.com