Camden & Rockport
Camden and its picture-perfect harbor, framed against the mountains of Camden Hills State Park, is one of the prettiest sites in the state. Home to Maine's large and justly famed fleet of windjammers, Camden continues its historic intimacy with the sea. Most vacationers come to sail, but Camden also has galleries, fine seafood restaurants and back streets ideal for exploring.
Once a beautiful little seafarers' village on a wide blue harbor, Boothbay Harbor is now an extremely popular tourist resort in the summer, when its narrow and winding streets are packed with visitors. Still, there's good reason to join the holiday masses in this picturesque place.
On the banks of the powerful Androscoggin River, Brunswick (first settled in 1628) is a handsome, well-kept town with a pretty village green and historic homes tucked along its tree-lined streets. It's home to the highly respected Bowdoin College (founded in 1794), which infuses the town with a lively intellectual and artistic culture.
Monhegan Island is not for the faint-hearted or easily bored. There are no TVs, no bars and no shopping, save for a few small convenience stores. The weather is unpredictable and often foggy. The 1½-hour mail-boat ride from the mainland can be bumpy. But for a world that's almost completely removed from the bustle of the 21st century, this tiny chunk of rock is a refuge.
Along a 3500-mile coastline famed for its natural beauty, Pemaquid Point stands out for its twisted rock formations pounded by the restless seas. Perched on top of the rocks in Lighthouse Park is the 11,000-candlepower Pemaquid Light, built in 1827. It's one of the 61 surviving lighthouses along the Maine coast, 52 of which are still in operation.
Bath & Around
Known as the 'City of Ships,' this quaint Kennebec River town was once home to more than 20 shipyards producing more than a quarter of early America's wooden sailing vessels. In Bath's 19th-century heyday, it was one of Maine's largest cities, with a bustling downtown lined with banks and grand municipal buildings.