Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns
Rockland Ms

Rockland, Maine

Plan a long weekend getaway with our Rockland adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay, and where to eat. Then chime in with your picks.

Photograph by Jenny Daughtry, My Shot

Pop. 7,658
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.

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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 (

Start your mornings off right at local roaster Rock City Books & Coffee; plenty to peruse while you’re waiting for your java ( 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 (

In town, book a night yourself at the Berry Manor Inn, just two blocks from the harbor (doubles from $115; Or, plan an overnight on the peaceful isle of North Haven, just 12 miles offshore, and book a room at the Nebo Lodge B&B. A friendly staff and great local fare await (doubles from $100;

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