Day trips from Camden may include Freeport, home of L.L. Bean, Acadia National Park, or one of Penobscot Bay's unique island communities, such as North Haven, Islesboro, Monhegan, or Vinalhaven.
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Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland)
The museum offers a nationally recognized collection of American art in its elegantly appointed galleries. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth--America's first family of art.
Maine's Lighthouse Museum (Rockland)
One of the largest collections of lighthouse material in America, including working foghorns, flashing lights, search and rescue gear, Coast Guard buoys, bells and boats, is found in this museum.
Owl's Head Transportation Museum (Owls Head)
The museum has one of the finest collections of pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles in the world. More than 100 historic aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, carriages and engines are on permanent display.
Penobscot Marine Museum (Searsport)
This is Maine's Oldest Maritime Museum with exhibits of maritime art, industries of the penobscot bay, small craft boat collection, multi building historic village, and seasonal events.
Bay Chamber Concerts (Rockport)
Bay Chamber Concerts brings to the Midcoast some of the most respected names in classical, jazz, world music and dance.
Camden Civic Theatre (Camden)
The Camden Civic Theatre, as part of the many public and private organizations that enrich the community through the performing arts, has provided entertainment for more then three decades to the Midcoast.
Camden Opera House (Camden)
Built in 1894, the Opera House over the years has hosted town meetings, concerts, grand balls and a steady stream of notable performers such as Lillian Gish and Mae West. Today the Opera House is home to a variety of events. Local school children perform in school plays and concerts. The Camden Civic Theatre presents a lively and varied array of community theatre and notable entertainers throughout the year.
The Strand Theatre - (Rockland)
See films the way they were meant to be seen... On The Big Screen! The Strand presents the best of current and independent film as well as other special programming in the restored beauty of a 1923 classic movie house. The theatre is equipped with state-of-the art projection and dolby-digital surround sound.
Hike Camden Hills State Park (Camden)
This 5,500 acre park offers 30 miles of hiking trails with access from five major trail heads (the Mt. Battie trail head starts directly behind the inn). Once you reach the higher elevations you are offered spectacular views of the town of Camden, Camden Harbor, Penobscot Bay and the beautiful surrounding mountains. Cadillac Mountain (Bar Harbor) stands impressively to the east.
Sail the Schooner Surprise (Camden Harbor)
Proud to be the oldest (1918) daysailing windjammer in Camden. The Surprise offers two hours of adventure on board where you will experience Camden and Penobscot Bay the way it was meant to be...from the deck of this classic Gloucester Fisherman yacht.
Sail the Schooner Yacht Heron (Rockport Harbor)
This schooner offers lunch and dinner cruises around the islands and shoreline of the Camden/Rockport area. Beyond the breathtaking scenery of the Camden Hills you will enjoy seeing countless seals, porpoises and seabirds as you sail thebay. The numerous lighthouses in the area make for great photo opportunities.
Visit Merryspring (Rockport)
Merryspring is a privately-owned 66-acre sanctuary where horticulture and nature can be studied firsthand. It is open to the public free of charge every day of the year from dawn to dusk.
Explore Monhegan Island (From Port Clyde)
Spend the day and explore the island. Monhegan beckons to nature lovers, photographers, artists, writers, poets, and every traveler in search of a truly unspoiled hideaway. You can hike 17 miles of trails through towering evergreens and along the shore, visit art galleries and studios, and find special keepsakes in simple gift shops.
Goose River Golf Club (Rockport)
Scenic and challenging 9 hole course, 2,910 yards, par 36.
Rockland Golf Club (Rockland)
Nice 18 hole course, 6,300 yards, par 70
Samoset Resort (Rockport)
Scenic on the ocean 18 hole course, 6,352 yards, par 70. Phone 207-594-2511.
Camden Snow Bowl (Camden)
An excellent place for skiing, tubing, and tobogganing during the winter months.
There are several very nice restaurants in the area. These are some of our guest's favorites:
A world-class restaurant inside a restored Victorian home in coastal Maine. Very upscale and very fine food and service. Classical cooking methods with strong inspiration from the cuisines of the coastal regions of both Italy and France. Reservations weeks in advance are recommended.
The Youngtown Inn and Restaurant (Lincolnville)
About 10 minutes up the road from the Swan House on Rte. 52. Excellent French cuisine and other traditional favorites. Very cozy atmosphere and good service. An excellent choice for a special occasion.
The Waterfront Restaurant (Camden Harbor)
This seafood oriented restaurant is located on Camden Harbor. Both inside and outside deck dining is available. The ideal place to have lunch or dinner with outstanding harbor views and food as good as it gets.
Bayview Lobster (Camden Harbor)
One of the best places to experience Maine lobster and other seafood dishes. The restaurant is located on the waterfront. Good food and service at moderate prices.
One of our (and the "locals") favorite places to have lunch in the downtown. The atmosphere is both nostalgic and comfortable. The lunch selections are numerous, freshly made, and tasty. If your stay in Camden is longer that just a couple of days, you will visit here more than once.
Wherever your plans take you - whether it's off to explore midcoast Maine, or simply to relax and let the world go by - you'll find Swan House a welcome and special place to stay.
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