Camden

Where the mountains meet the sea

From the peak of Mount Battie to New England’s most picturesque harbor, this sparkling midcoast Maine town truly shines. Routinely landing on “best of” lists of all sorts, Camden is quaint charm mixed with equal parts creative vibe. It is home to the innovation conferences PopTech and Juice, as well as an acclaimed international film festival. Active pursuits abound for the outdoorsy crowd (hiking, kayaking, sailing), but life is just as sweet simply strolling the delighful streets.

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Whitehall

Camden

A true midcoast Maine experience, Whitehall brings to life the Camden motto, "where the mountains meet the sea" through a mixture of wood textures, plaids and hip Artisan furniture and textiles. Onsite dining at Pig + Poet.

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Where to Dine

Pig + PoetBuzz-Worthy

(207) 236-3391   View Website   52 High St, Camden, ME 04843

Our onsite restaurant, anchored by acclaimed chef Sam Talbot, features true farm to fork American dining at its best. Working with Maine’s farmland, fisheries and game, Pig + Poet offers a raw bar, signature roast pork dishes, Sam’s fresh take on lobster rolls, chowder and blueberry-sweet corn cobbler just to name few items. A charcuterie bar offers locally sourced sausages and cheese selections. The “poet” in the name is a nod to the chef’s role in the creative process, as well as a subtle wink to Edna St. Vincent Millay, a Pulitzer-prize winning poet who was discovered at Whitehall in 1912.

PrimoNoteable

(207) 596-0770   View Website   Rockland, Maine 04841

In the words of James Beard award winning chef Melissa Kelley, Primo is a "full circle restaurant."  What started with a garden and a few hens and pigs has become a true farm-to-table, Italian-inspired dining experience. Portions are hearty and the flavors are distinct and divine.

Suzuki Sushi

(207) 596-7447   View Website   419 Main Street, Rockland, Maine 04841

While Rockland is about as far as you can get from the Bay of Tokyo, you wouldn't know it from the fresh sushi and steamed dumplings offered at Suzuki. An expert team of female sushi chefs uses innovative techniques to transform the daily catch from the Gulf of Maine into tiny morsels of deliciousness. 

Natalie's

(207) 236-7008   View Website   83 Bayview Street, Camden, Maine 04843

Lipstick red chairs, fringed drum lights and white tablecloths. You'll step into Natalie's and think you've been transported to a chic European city. Romantic fine dining is on the menu here. Flavors are fresh - some familiar, some surprising - always locally sourced, and brought together with extraordinary results.

Long GrainNoteable

(207) 236-9001   View Website   31 Elm Street, Camden, Maine 04843

In the running for the best Asian food in Maine, Long Grain takes Thai and Vietnamese street food to another level. Tiny (30 seats) and always buzzing, it's a great spot for an early or late lunch. The best thing? Long Grain refuses to dumb down flavors for American palates. Try the Spicy Night Market Noodle Soup with Ground Pork & Peanuts.

FrancineNoteable

(207) 230-0083   View Website   55 Chestnut Street, Camden, Maine 04843

Acclaimed chef Brian Hill leads the charge at this warm and welcoming bistro. A meal here is a full experience of the senses. Moody lighting with candles and twinkle lights, great wine (served in the best stems), terrific service and, of course, exceptional cuisine. The menu changes daily, but if you spy them, the rabbit ravioli, duck confit or slow smoked pork ribs are musts.

Where to Drink

Marshall Wharf Brewing Co.

207-338-1707   View Website   Two pinchy lane, Belfast, ME

Just a short drive up Route 1 to Belfast, stop at the Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. for a beer tasting! They have approximately 17 draft lines and you can even take home a growler of your favorite brew.

Cappy's Chowder House

(207) 236-2254   View Website   1 Main Street, Camden, Maine 04843

This brew pub in the heart of town is good place to unwind with a cold one and eavesdrop on tall tales and sailing lore.

40 PaperBuzz-Worthy

(207) 230-0111   View Website   40 Washington Street, Camden, Maine 04843

Located in a former paper mill, this hip urban-style bar and bistro is the perfect place to start an evening. The impressively stocked bar is filled with the usual suspects, plus obscure liquors, locally made spirits, single malt scotches, and house-infusions. Gin drinker? Try the Bijou. Bourbon lover? Don't miss the Brooklyn.