According to a survey of Down East readers, Camden is the prettiest village in Maine, and there aren’t many who would argue that.
Twenty years ago we drove into Camden for the first time,
and the minute we saw the white steeple standing above the trees we were in love.
Like most Maine villages, Camden’s “downtown” is a couple of blocks long on the main street. Many of the lowrise buildings date back to the late 1800’s which gives the village a certain charm.
One of the many wonderful things about Camden is that while it is definitely a tourist destination, it has not given itself to shops filled with Maine paraphernalia.
Rather the main area is comprised of tasteful shops like JoEllen Designs,
and Sugar Spoon as well as a host of excellent restaurants.
If you want to stay around to explore all there is to see and do, there are a number of delightful bed and breakfasts.
The crown jewel of Camden is the beautiful harbor. Whether you are looking out to the open water of Penobscot Bay
or toward Mount Battie, a great place to hike, the view is stunning.
Because of its amenities, Camden is a popular destination for large yachts or small cruise ships.
and it is home to Maine’s largest fleet of windjammers which are a great way to experience a week or a few hours exploring the coast.
Adding to Camden’s beauty are the homes, many more than 100 years old and possessing classic beauty.
Whether they are situated high on a hill, along the waterfront or nestled in the trees, most have a lovely view.
As pretty as Camden is, Rockport with its beautiful harbor and charming homes gets my vote. It is on the back road to Camden and is mostly residential so it doesn’t attract as many visitors. Those who did manage to come through though did vote it as one of Maine’s 10 prettiest villages. They weren’t wrong. Rockport is my little piece of heaven.
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