Small Towns and Traditions
July 4, 2012
As we prepare to celebrate the July 4th holiday, we are welcoming guests from far and wide who are joining us for this week’s annual Festival of Independence events. Guests often come to the Midcoast in the summer to enjoy its harbors, its stunning panoramas, and the abundance of things to do. But what makes a small town like Camden, dubbed the “Jewel of the Maine Coast,” so special and unique?
A quintessential New England town, Camden offers postcard-perfect scenery, with a picturesque Main Street that features quaint shops and restaurants, and a harbor that has been voted the prettiest in Maine. Less than 26 square miles, this coastal village is nestled on Penobscot Bay with Mt. Battie stretching upwards to the West. Historically a shipbuilding town settled in the late 1700s, Camden still gives you a feeling of stepping back into a quieter time.
As Camden resident and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay so eloquently captured in her 1912 poem “Renascence”:
All I could see from where I stood
Was three long mountains and a wood;
I turned and looked the other way,
And saw three islands in a bay.
So with my eyes I traced the line
Of the horizon, thin and fine,
Straight around till I was come
Back to where I’d started from;
And all I saw from where I stood
Was three long mountains and a wood.
And while major metropolitan areas aren’t very far away, in many ways we are worlds apart from them. The pace here is definitely slower, neighbors know neighbors, people say “hello” as they pass you on the street, and the stars are brighter and fill the night sky in abundance on a clear night.
In fact, a small town is very similar to a Bed & Breakfast. Both offer a type of warmth and connection that are often missing in their counterparts. With a history that can be traced back to the time of the early settlers in the U.S., the first B&Bs were private residences that provided overnight accommodations to pioneers, miners, and professionals traveling from one area to another. Most offered a room for the night with breakfast the next morning for hungry travelers before they continued on their journeys. Today, B&Bs offer a warm and cozy alternative to hotels, motels, and other types of commercial lodging. Our innkeepers open their homes and provide each and every guest with individual attention, service, and a personal connection to the area.
With all of the craziness and business in the world today, we often miss connecting with each other the way we used to. Holidays often bring back childhood memories of time spent with friends and family and traditions handed down throughout the generations. Whether your memories involve parades, music, fireworks, or sharing the day with friends and family, our small town brings you back to those special moments in your life. Whether it’s the 4th of July or just a summertime excursion, this magical area will help you reconnect, relax, and appreciate the little things in life.
Here’s to a happy 4th of July & a wonderful summer!