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Top Choice Italian in Rockland


In a sprawling Victorian house a mile from downtown sits Primo, widely considered one of the best restaurants in Maine. Awarded chef Melissa Kelly has reached celebrity status for her creative ways with New England …
Top Choice Lighthouse in Rockland

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Tackle the rugged stone breakwater that stretches almost 1 mile into Rockland Harbor from Jameson Point at the harbor's northern shore. Made of granite blocks, this 'walkway' – which took 18 years to build – ends at…
Top Choice Museum in Rockland

Farnsworth Art Museum

One of the country's best small regional museums, the Farnsworth houses a collection spanning 200 years of American art. Artists who have lived or worked in Maine are the museum's definite strength – look for works …
Japanese in Rockland

Suzuki Sushi Bar

The super-fresh seafood of the Maine Midcoast is put to exquisite use at Suzuki’s, which sets itself apart from many sushi bars. Firstly because the sushi chefs are women (in a field dominated by men); but also, the…
Gallery in Rockland

Center for Maine Contemporary Art

The CMCA moved from Rockport to Rockland in summer 2016, and its fabulous new home is a clever, glass-enclosed space with a sawtooth roofline, designed by Toshiko Mori. The new digs are perfect for featuring exhibit…
Cultural in Rockland

Maine Lobster Festival

Lobster fanatics (and who isn't?!) won't want to miss the five-day Maine Lobster Festival, but it's not just an homage to the crusty crustacean. There's plenty of live music, parades, an art show and a fun run. Acco…
Bakery in Rockland

Atlantic Baking Co

This cheery bakery sells tasty sandwiches on fresh-made bread. Pastries, soups and salads are also available.
Museum in Rockland

Puffin Project Visitor Center

If birds are your bag, visit this interesting little nonprofit center, where you can learn about the National Audubon Society's success in bringing puffins and other rare Maine seabirds back to historic nesting isla…
Museum in Rockland

Olson House

This rawboned Maine farmhouse was made iconic when Andrew Wyeth painted it as the backdrop of his most famous painting, Christina's World. Wyeth viewed Christina Olson, the paralyzed daughter of the home's owner, as…
Lighthouse in Rockland

Owls Head Lighthouse

This photogenic mid-19th-century lighthouse and keeper's cottage sits in a small, scenic state park outside of Rockland. It's a five-minute walk from the parking lot to the light, which is open intermittently to vis…