Photograph by Annie Higbee, Imagewright/Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce
GPS: 44°07’N 69°07’W
A jumping-off point for ferries bound for the midcoast islands, the harbor town of Rockland rocks the mainland in its own right. From its mid-summer lobster fest to the Farnsworth Art Museum, the crustaceans and culture provide as much of a draw to this region as the great outdoors.
Take to the sea: H2Outfitters launches a few of its midcoast kayak trips from Rockland and the nearby town of Stonington. Choose to camp or B&B your way through a multiday paddle in and around Penobscot Bay’s archipelago—and even venture up to Acadia National Park (www.h2outfitters.com).
Start your mornings off right at local roaster Rock City Books & Coffee; plenty to peruse while you’re waiting for your java (www.rockcitycoffee.com). For dinner, try Primo—in a renovated 1880s Victorian home—which plans its menu around what’s in the garden and on the farm, and laces desserts with honey from its own bees (www.primorestaurant.com).
In town, book a night yourself at the Berry Manor Inn, just two blocks from the harbor (doubles from $115; www.berrymanorinn.com). Or, plan an overnight on the peaceful isle of North Haven, just 12 miles (19 kilometers) offshore, and book a room at the Nebo Lodge B&B. A friendly staff and great local fare await (doubles from $100; www.nebolodge.com).