Vacationing in Maine in Joyful June!

Rogers and Hammersteins song 
from Carousel is a joyful song about JUNE. 
Ironically the 1950's musical "CAROUSEL" starring
Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae was filled on location
in Boothbay Harbor and Camden, Maine.

The 1950's musical "CAROUSEL" was filled in Boothbay Harbor and Camden, MAINE

There's something special about the month of June in New England. Nature is in full bloom;the trees are verdant, flowers are colorful, the skies are blue, the days are warm and long, and the children are off from school. Soon it's vacation time and those seeking an idyllic getaway couldn't pick a more beautiful place to be than MAINE. Quaint fishing towns, peaceful harbors, rocky beaches,winding country roads, clapboard houses, lobster shacks, historic lighthouses, and farms with belted galloway cows are just some of the things that await you in the "Pine Tree State." Maine is located in the easternmost part of the United States with close proximity to Canada. 

Whether you want to visit Acadia National Park, hike the mountains, swim in the Atlantic, shop the outlets, explore a major city, or ride a carousel chances are you'll find what you're looking for in Maine. From campgrounds to bed and breakfast to five star hotels there's no shortage of accommodations. The only difficult part is choosing which region to visit in Maine. Why not visit all of them? Maine is divided into eight tourism regions:

1.Greater Portland

2. South Coast
3.Western Lakes & Mountains
4.Kennebec Valley and Moose River Valley
6.Downeast & Acadia
8.Katadin & Moosewood

Working in New England for a few summers gave me the opportunity to really explore Maine and even when I lived and worked in New York City I made a point to visit Maine when time permitted. There are so many places in Maine that are dear to my heart; Bar Harbor, Bangor, Bethel, Camden, Caribou, Kezar Lake, Monhegan Island, Ogunquit, Portland, Wells.....but one of my favorites is Camden.


Camden has never left my mind. The moment the bus dropped me off in town, it was love at first sight.
I stayed in a private home for several days owned by a very kind woman. Her home was located 2 miles from town in a serene setting close to the Camden Hills State Park. Each morning I'd wake up to the sounds of birds singing from my window. I'd enter the kitchen and brew coffee and than make blueberry pancakes or eggs with toast. Afterwards I had the rest of the day to explore the beaches, the farms, the mountains and shops. Plenty of hiking at Camden Hills State Park, excellent kayaking on the bay, bicycling through the countryside and on a rainy day there's the Camden Public Library for reading books. One afternoon I went strawberry picking and made strawberry pies for an authentic Maine picnic. A picnic in coastal Maine is like no other.


The picturesque Camden Harbor on Penobscot Bay feels likes the pages of a children's fairytale. It's June and all the shops and restaurants are open longer this time of year. The waters beckon and no trip to Camden would be complete without a windjammer cruise. If you prefer to be ashore than head to Barrett's Cove and enjoy swimming in Megunticook Lake. This grassy area with a sandy beach is relaxing and has lovely views of Camden Hills State Park.

Camden Attractions:     

Aldermere Farm in nearby Rockport. Visit the famous belted galloway cows. These breed of cows hail from Scotland

Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheater

Curtis Island

Kayaking on Penobscot Bay connects you to the Atlantic waters

Maine Windjammer Cruise

A picnic and swimming at Barrett's Cove

Shopping; lots of unique shops in Camden

Maine Windjammer


                    Belted Galloway Cows at Aldermere Farm in Rockport                                 

Where to Find Good Food:

Boynton-McKay; winner of best breakfast in Maine by "Food Network Magazine"

Camden Farmer's Market, baked goods, breads, cheese, produce, it's all here.

French& Brawn Market; an array of specialty food choices

Natalie's Restaurant; sophisticated French fare, located on the harbor

Waterfront Restaurant; serves very tasty local seafood, on the waterfront

The Classic Maine Lobster Roll can be found all over Maine!

           Boynton-McKay is a super popular place to dine in Camden


An hour's drive from Camden, Boothbay Harbor is quintessential Maine.
Known as "the boating capital of New England" Boothbay Harbor is a summer getaway dream.


Boothbay Railway Village, Carousel Music Theater, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Maine State Aquarium, Schooner Lazy Jack Cruises.


Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront
The Thistle Inn & Restaurant

It's June in beautiful Maine; come visit the "New England Pine Tree State"and be swept away by all the marvelous things it has to offer!



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