The Best of Midcoast Maine: Rockland Travel Guide
Whether you're in town for the world-renowned Maine Lobster Festival or stopping through on your way to the coastal resort towns of Kennebunkport or Bar Harbor, Rockland serves as a cultural hub for Midcoast Maine with a world-class art museum, hyper-local food scene and beautiful harbor. Here's where to stay, where to eat and what to do for a quintessential Maine getaway.
1. Stay: Berry Manor InnBed and breakfasts aren't for everyone, but then again, not all of them are as inviting as Berry Manor. Each of the 12 rooms in this elegant Victorian inn offer what you'd expect from a luxury hotel (plush robes, private baths, flat screen TVs), and what you might not (working fireplaces, scented candles). Attentive without hovering, innkeepers Cheryl and Mike anticipate every need and keep the guest pantry stocked 24/7 with delicious, homemade pies by their moms (aw).
2. Stay: Captain Lindsey House InnThe former home of prominent Rockland sea captain, George Lindsey, the inn dates back to 1837 and is believed to be Rockland's first inn. Recently renovated in a "new nautical style," this Federal-style inn feels more like a boutique hotel, but with a locally-sourced breakfast. Its 9 spacious rooms each have private baths, which make it a comfortable mid-range option in the heart of Rockland's historic district and is just a block from the water.
3. Stay: Island View InnDon't let the "Inn" part fool you. This oceanfront hotel is a more affordable and lesser known alternative to Samoset Resort in nearby Rockport, just a few minutes from Rockland. Step out onto a private balcony and watch the ships come and go (with hotel-provided binoculars), swim a few laps in the heated outdoor pool or enjoy a glass of wine in an Adirondack chair by the bay. For larger groups looking to stay the week, consider renting 1 of the 3 private houses also on the beautifully manicured 23-acre property.
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