Like so many New England towns we love, Camden has a main street lined with shops that feature locally-made goods. Maine has a strong tradition of makers and craftsmen, and Camden's boutiques are a great place to find a Maine-made souvenir or gift. Here are three of our favorite stops when shopping in Camden, that are just a short walk from our boutique hotel, Whitehall:
Prepare to swoon over the beautiful blankets, wraps, and scarves of Swans Island Company in this boutique that's tucked away near Camden's town dock. The muted colors of the yarn used in these knits, woven in nearby Northport, are inspired by the Maine coast and will last a lifetime. Knitters will love perusing the yarn selection, all beautifully dyed and super soft. Both a unique and cute stop when shopping in Camden.
This sprawling bookstore is a great stop for the whole family, with a wide variety of books on every subject. Art supplies, toys, and crafts will entertain the kids, while the selection of jewelry, local specialty food products, and Maine mementos means you can pick up a gift in addition to your next beach read. Look for the section from Maine authors if you want to brush up on your local history or take home one of Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar's beautifully illustrated children's books.
With its clean white walls, handmade pottery, and succulents, we pretty much want to live in owner Amy O'Donnell's shop. From gardening and housewares to toys and personal care products, everything in this beautifully curated shop is made with care and quality. Stop in for some design inspo that will help you hold onto that Maine vacation feeling all year long.