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The charming coastal town of Camden offers a truly scenic setting for a relaxing getaway. From seafood and sailing to mountain biking and hiking, you'll have plenty to choose from when you stay at one of our Camden vacation rentals. 

Located about 80 miles north of Portland and 40 miles west of Augusta, the small city of Camden is in the midcoast region of Maine. As a popular summer destination, Camden is one of many New England towns that swells in population both when the weather warms up and the scenic fall foliage arrives. 

History of Camden, ME

Camden's history dates back to 1605, when Captain George Weymouth spotted the Camden Hills while voyaging to midcoast Maine. The area was known as Megunticook by the Native Americans, meaning "big mountain harbor." An apt name for this scenic area, where the rolling hills come right up to the coastline. 

Years later in the mid-1700s, settlers came to the area and dubbed it Camden Plantation. The area once included the surrounding towns of Rockport, Rockville, and Glen Cove, and was home to a variety of manufacturing businesses. In the late 19th century, vacationers started arriving in the area and built large summer cottages with stunning views of the hills and sea. 

Things to Do in Camden, ME

Downtown Camden offers an abundance of charming shops, boutiques, and delicious local cuisine. Spend the afternoon exploring the shops on Bay View Street, Main Street, and Elm Street, then enjoy some dockside seafood for lunch or dinner. 

In the winter, the Camden Snow Bowl offers the only ski resort on the east coast with ocean views. When the snow falls, enjoy fun ski slopes with the whole family and unforgettable views to complete the experience. 

Take your pick of award-winning restaurants, stroll along the picturesque harbor, and check out the Village Green Park. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., one of America's prominent landscape architects, it features an expansive lawn with lots of trees and charming plants. 

When you're visiting anywhere in Maine, you'll also have lots of outdoor recreation to choose from year-round. In the summer, sailing and boating remain popular pastimes, along with swimming, hiking, and mountain biking in the hills. 

Day Trips near Camden, ME

About 45 miles south, the yachting destination of Boothbay Harbor offers plenty to do and see. The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens features 27 acres of stunning floral and plant gardens right along the waterfront. This scenic spot is a must-see in the spring and summertime for the rhododendrons, peonies, roses, and more. 

Nearby, the charming small town of Nobleboro offers an unparalleled fishing destination to explore. Stop by for a classic lobster roll for lunch, then head to Boothbay Harbor to check out the botanical gardens, scenic lighthouses, and the Maine State Aquarium. 

Stay at one of our Camden vacation rentals for an unforgettable, picturesque retreat on the Maine coast. 

Photo Credit: maureen_lederhos via Flickr

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