Falling for Maine-Camden and more

The perfect way to start a New England coastal journey through Maine- land at Portland , hop on our waiting bus to the downtown port area, grab a famous lobsta roll, and a local PumpkinHead beer from  joint at the docklands, sit back and relax ’cause you are there! After a bit of time browsing the interesting and unique shops surrounding this area,back on the bus for a little drive up the coast to our home for the next 4 nights Camden, Maine. What a quaint,coastal village surrounding the harbor. Lots of artistic shops, restaurants and bars all within a short walk of our superb accommodations at the Whitehall Inn. We were met by the owners, Russ & Rebecca and their staff including the chef who all helped us unload the bus and get the luggage to our rooms. This 100 year old establishment was a great place to relax and unwind.  Giant front porch with rockers, the “lobby” was actually several rooms with fireplace, memorabilia from the movie Peyton Place and a Steven King movie that was filmed here and couches to relax, read, drink tea or coffee that was always brewing nearby. There was a small well stocked bar and the restaurant was fabulous. Breakfast was included and you could not only choose the buffet, but could also order off the menu. Fresh blueberry pancakes, omelets or Jean and Mike’s special request of lobster eggs benedict were all very good! MidCoast adventures outfitted several of us that had signed up with motor scooters for a half day journey along the coast,past the Oreo cows, the hidden chapel, the Curtis Lighthouse, Rockland and food stop at Graffan Brothers seafood shack-you guessed it lobsta rolls. Then a day trip to Bar Harbor to experience the one of a kind Captain John and Lulu’s lobster boat. A short ride to a nearby island to pull up his catch of the day as he explains the life and times of a lobster and the fisherman that pursue them. Never a dull moment! Byron, our bus driver, insisted we take a short detour to the top of Mount Battie overlooking Camden on the way back and are we glad we did. What a beautiful view! A group dinner at Peter Ott’s was deeeelicious, several of us enjoyed dinner at Atlantico Restaurant one night along with entertainment by Barb and her famous girls camp song. Then “whatta ya gonna do” on a Sunday night in Camden- how about a show at the old Opera House featuring Bob Marley…of Maine! A nonstop 90 minute laugh session by one of the funniest comedians I have seen in a long time. Then a quick stop at our, by now, famous watering hole Cappy’s. As always, the good times come to an end, but not before a shopping stop at LL Bean and surrounding shop in Freeport.- Hoped we could get it all back on the plane- even those snowshoes Fred! First time in Maine and we look forward to going back-the lobster is calling– John & Joan