Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!
January 2, 2013
With the start of 2013, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the guests that have visited our inns as well as everyone in this wonderful Midcoast community that we live in. Like so many others, we feel very grateful for the people in our lives and for this beautiful place that we live. As we look back on 2012 and all of the great events and happenings that took place in and around Camden, we eagerly anticipate a New Year filled with annual traditions, new experiences, and many opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the “Jewel of the Maine Coast.”
No matter what time of year you visit, Camden offers a wonderful array of events and things to do all year long.
Although many associate the coast of Maine with summer and the season of sailing, lobster bakes and outdoor festivals, winter is the season when Maine truly shines. Whether you enjoy the beauty of the season indoors or out, there are so many ways to enjoy this winter wonderland. Set out on a snowshoe adventure, or enjoy some of the East Coast’s best downhill and cross-country skiing. If you’re more in the mood for a cozy winter getaway instead, look no further than one of our B&Bs for a little pampering and some downtime relaxing by the fire with a mug of hot cocoa.
Some of the best winter events in the area include Camden’s Winterfest celebration, the US National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl, and the world-renowned Camden Conference featuring foreign policy experts from around the globe.
The melting of the snow and the first signs of spring bring a whole new array of experiences to locals and visitors alike. With Maine Maple Sunday in March, people can visit traditional and modern-day sugarhouses and taste the new crop of Maine maple syrup. There’s nothing like fresh maple syrup still warm from the tap! Spring is also a time of numerous concerts and performances from the Camden Opera House to the nearby Strand Theatre in Rockland, as well as antique auto and airplane shows at the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum and a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the area.
We see the first signs of a new growing season with wildflower walks and plant sales, and the annual Mother’s Day Cake Walk offers an opportunity for guests to tour many of our inns and sample cake and goodies at each stop.
Summer is the quintessential time in Maine, and the Midcoast is the perfect place to be to enjoy the best that the season has to offer. Whether you choose to go on a daysail on one of the many schooners out of Camden harbor, feast on some fresh lobster at one of the areas lobster shacks, go on a lighthouse tour, or enjoy one of the many fairs and festivals that summertime brings, there is never a lack of things to do or experience here.
With special holiday sails, summer concerts, schooner tours, the North Atlantic Blues Festival, and the Maine Lobster Festival, this area provides many opportunities to enjoy the spectacular weather and experience the wonders of the Midcoast. And our annual Festival of Independence celebration features great events and fireworks over the harbor and offers the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of a small town Fourth of July.
The Camden Windjammer Festival helps us usher in autumn with a multi-day community celebration of Camden’s maritime history and traditions over Labor Day weekend. With talent shows, concerts and tours of these magnificent ships, this festival showcases much of what makes Camden so unique and the role that the water, the ships, and maritime heritage plays in making the town what it is.
October brings some of the season’s best colors and some of Camden’s most well-known events with the Camden International Film Festival and the PopTech Conference. The film festival features some of the year’s best independent documentary films and filmmakers and draws directors, film critics and audiences from across the country. PopTech is a three-day event that brings together some of the most progressive thinkers in science, technology, the arts, education and government. So whether you partake in these amazing events or simply explore the vibrant foliage and hiking trails of Camden Hills State Park and Mount Battie, you will find an array of things to do and see this time of year.
There is nothing like an old-fashioned Maine holiday, and Camden has its own unique way of celebrating this very special time of the year. The annual Christmas by the Sea weekend takes place the first weekend in December and includes parades, caroling, holiday symphonies and performances, craft fairs, and the lighting of the town Christmas tree.
And the arrival of Santa Claus by lobster boat in Camden harbor, followed by St. Nick’s traditional reading of “The Night before Christmas” at the Camden Public Library, is something to be enjoyed by young and old alike. A magical time in Camden, the town is decked with holiday lights and wreaths and everything glistens with the joy of the season.
As you can see, there is truly something for everyone here regardless of what time of year you visit. It is this incredible range of options and the natural beauty of the area that make this such a special place to be. We hope we have inspired you to explore the wonders of the Midcoast and make your plans to visit us very soon!