Camden (Maine) Cruise Port

Port of Camden (Maine): An Overview

Classic schooners bobbing in the harbor: check. Pristine steepled churches: check. Tidy cottages with coastal roses climbing white picket fences: check. Camden is the New England town of your dreams, so picture-perfect, it could be a movie set. And it has been. Fifties-era tearjerker "Peyton Place" was filmed there, as were scenes from the musical "Carousel."

There are no franchises and no neon in this upscale waterfront enclave whose part-time residents include Hollywood glitterati like actor John Travolta and producer J.J. Abrams. Its classic, red-shingled yacht club dates to 1920. Its Victorian opera house has been lovingly restored. Its 19th-century Knox Woolen Mill now hosts shops.

The town is also the homeport of Maine Windjammer Cruises, a consortium of mostly historic schooners, making its harbor especially picturesque when the vessels are in port.

--By Jayne Clark, Cruise Critic contributor

Don't Miss

Camden Harbor Park & Amphitheater: Designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted on former shipyard land, it's a short walk from the harbor and offers wonderful views of the waterfront. (55 Main Street; open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Mount Battie and Camden Hills State Park: If you're energetic, you can make the one- to two-hour trek up the mountain. Or take a cab to the picnic area. A variety of hiking trails allow you to leisurely explore the terrain. Or climb to the top of the stone observation tower. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, a Camden resident from 1903 to 1913, was so moved by this view, it inspired her poem Renascence. (280 Belfast Road; open year-round from 9 a.m. to sunset)

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The closest ATM is at Camden National Bank on Elm Street (Route 1).

Language

English is the official language.