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Off-The-Beaten Path Maine Coastal Town You Need To Visit

Updated: Sep 6, 2023

Pack your preppy, nautical and coastal grandmother outfits and head to Camden, Maine. Camden is a beautiful, picturesque, quaint coastal town that is similar to Nantucket. This charming town is the perfect place to relax, unwind and explore with plenty of adventures for all. Camden has outstanding restaurants with harbor views, scenic places to stroll, a gorgeous lighthouse overlook, an enchanting downtown and stunning water views.

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Camden is the perfect location to visit during the summer as Maine does get quite chilly in the winter. Camden has numerous outdoor bars and restaurants to enjoy the beautiful scenery. I highly recommend this "fairytale" location for a weekend couples getaway or trip with the family. This lovely town has it all!

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Blue Barren Distillery and Restaurant - located dockside to the Camden Harbor is a great place for happy hour, dinner or a weekend lunch. Blue Barren has both an indoor and outdoor bar, numerous tables for indoor and outdoor seating as well as outdoor Adirondack chairs for drinks. Blue Barren has delicious food and fabulous drinks.

The View Restaurant at 16 Bay View - is a phenomenal rooftop bar and restaurant which overlooks the Camden Harbor and the Camden Hills State Park. This rooftop bar and restaurant has numerous tables with heaters. Even on a chilly night you can stay warm and enjoy the gorgeous views of the coastal town and boats in the Harbor.

Waterfront Restaurant - is a delicious lunch and dinner venue with both indoor and outdoor dining. The Waterfront Restaurant has a great view of the boats in the Camden Harbor. When you dine at the Waterfront Restaurant I recommend you order a serving of the sweet potato fries - they are delicious! Come hungry to The Waterfront Restaurant as the portion sizes are filling and tasty.

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Explore Downtown - Downtown Camden has great coffee shops, stores, ice cream parlors, a brewery, restaurants, bars and fun hidden gems throughout (i.e. a fun walking bridge with twinkle lights, the perfect place for a fun Instagram picture).

Curtis Lighthouse Overlook - Located a short drive from downtown Camden is a must see bucket list item! This gorgeous overlook is well tucked away so be sure to keep your eyes out for the Curtis Lighthouse Overlook sign.

Shop - There is a wide variety of places to shop from Owl and Turtle Bookshop and Cafe to The Smiling Cow for fun souvenirs and other trinkets to the Laugh Loud Smile Big Bakery for the most delicious cupcakes and other treats.

Stroll The Camden Harbor Walkway - When walking around this quintessential town be on the lookout for the waterfall, Camden Library and beautiful Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church. When you arrive at the Camden Library look down at the rock pathway for engraved stones with fun quotes. You are bound to be in awe of all of the gorgeous scenery.

Happy Travels!



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