Wining, Dining, and Enjoying Maine’s Mid Coast: Camden, Rockport, & Rockland, Maine!

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

Cellardoor winery

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

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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