The Camden Riverhouse Hotel – Close to the Harbor

 Charming Hotel in Downtown Camden with Complimentary Parking

Featuring a nightly campfire with s’mores, this Camden, Maine hotel offers its guests free Wi-Fi and a deluxe continental breakfast featuring satisfying morning treats.   Each room at the Camden Riverhouse Hotel and Inn includes a refrigerator (for those overstuffed lobster rolls you didn’t get to finish earlier), a desk, ironing facilities and ensuite bathrooms equipped with hairdryers.   Guests can relax in the property’s hot tub and swimming pool  or work out at the on-site fitness center.   This property’s  location is the perfect home base.  Unpack once and you’re on your way to explore this coastal gem of a community.  The Camden town center is just a 3 minute walk from the Camden Riverhouse Hotel and Inn and Camden Harbor and the schooners are less than a 5 minute walk from this lovely hotel.    Feeling a bit more adventurous? Drive through the scenic Camden Hills State Forest and the summit of Mount Battie is only 20 minutes from the inn! What an incredible view.

Why we love it:  Quintessential Camden – and lobster is always close by!

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Graffam Bros. Seafood Shack – Pure Maine Lobster!

Lobsters To Go Since 1946

Located in Rockland, Maine  just minutes from the historic harbor, Graffam Bros. Seafood Shack is a roadside gem serving sandwiches, salads and fried seafood favorites such as haddock, clams, scallops, shrimp and more!   Indulge in the steamed lobster with the melted butter or enjoy lobster rolls overflowing with locally sourced lobster meat dressed in mayonnaise and served on a toasted bun. Order at the window and dine at one of the outdoor tables – or take your summer seafood to go!  Situated across from the Graffam Bros. Seafood Market which is open year round, the shack is open in the warmer months only. Yum!

Why we love it:  This place is fast, easy and worth the visit!

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  • Seasonal (May – October)
  • Lunch, Dinner (Hours Vary. Call Ahead)
  • 211 Union Street, Rockport, Maine
  • (207) 236-8391



Lobster Cooking Class in Camden – Get Cracking!

Lobster, Lobster, Lobster!

A trip to Maine should be based around eating as much lobster as one can. Hartstone Inn is going to help you with this cooking class. Recipes include: Maine Lobster with a Vanilla Beurre Blanc, Lobster and Gruyere Soufflé with a Grilled Corn Cream, Maine Lobster and Asparagus Salad with a Tangerine Dressing, and Avocado and Lobster Cakes with a Chive Sour Cream and Roasted Tomato Jus.

Join Chef Michael in his Camden Maine kitchen for a cooking class weekend, covering a wide range of topics from regional and ethnic cuisines to seasonal and holiday offerings. Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. Weekend packages include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, a gourmet candlelit dinner for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class.  Or call to enroll in the lobster cooking class separately!

Why we love it? Combines eating lobster and learning how to make the same yummy stuff at home!

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The Lobster Dock – With a Panoramic View

Authentic Maine Flavors

With a very cool location history, The Lobster Dock is built at the former Reed’s Shipyard property.  This was the site of a bustling shipyard in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Today the lobster “shack” offers a panoramic view of Boothbay Harbor’s East Side Waterfront.

A fun thing to do when you are here?  Choose your own lobster from the tank and then sit back and wait to enjoy!

Why we love it:  The lobster stew is famous!

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Shaw’s Fish and Lobster Wharf – In New Harbor

Rustic and Real 

Visit Shaw’s Wharf and you’re in for a true Maine experience.  Located just a little off the beaten path 60 miles north of Portland on the Pemaquid Peninsula, Shaw’s Wharf is in New Harbor – the scenic lobster village where Paul Newman and Kevin Costner filmed “Message in a Bottle”.

A rustic, salty lobster shack overlooking a working waterfront, Shaw’s Wharf offers the freshest lobster around.  Climb up to the second story deck, and watch local lobster fishermen unload their catch !   Shaw’s Wharf offers yummy lobster rolls made with “right off the boat” lobster meat, a hint of mayo and lemon. Worth the trip!

Why we love it:  Pull up a picnic table and enjoy steamed lobsters, clams and corn in the rough!

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Monhegan Island Inn – The Quieter Side of Maine

Relax and Eat Lobster!

Situated high on a bluff overlooking the west side of Monhegan Harbor, the Monhegan Island Inn is is perfect place to experience the quieter, more tranquil side of Maine.  Once you enter this charming property, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.  Dating back to early 1800’s with extensive renovations taking place over the years, the Inn retains some of its original structure and oak furnishings for guests to appreciate and enjoy!

Just as you’d expect from an elegantly appointed inn situated on a rustic island 10 miles from the coast of Maine, the dining is ocean-inspired featuring delicious mouth-watering lobster rolls and other fresh, local lobster and seafood dishes.  As you visit The Barnacle, the inn’s casual eatery located at the end of wharf, look for the lobster buoys that date back to the early 1900’s.

Why we love it: Here you can disconnect from the rest of the world. No air-conditioning, no electricity for hair dryers and limited internet service.   It’s pure Maine. 

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The Landings Restaurant – Overlooking the Ocean

Cool and Casual

Reborn in 2013 when the Miller family took over, the Landings Restaurant offers fresh lobster entrees with a view!

One of three restaurants overlooking the bay, this casual eatery is open for lunch and dinner.   Offering lobster risotto, roasted lobster pie, lobster rolls with mayo and a hint of lemon and an incredible lobster BLT with a slab of (house-made, no preservatives) bacon, The Landings is a must stop when while visiting Rockland.

Why we love it:   Fresh lobster with a view!

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Samoset Resort – Overlooking the Ocean

Discover Coastal Maine

A premier property overlooking Penobscot Bay, Samoset Resort offers 230 acres of oceanfront elegance.  Stay in any one of the 178 guest accommodations or cottages and enjoy the relaxed ambiance that reflects Maine’s serene coastal setting.  Located approximately 6 miles north of Rockland (home to the Maine Lobster Festival), this AAA-Four Diamond resort offers endless, year-round activities for the whole family.

Dining offers several choices and of course lobster is on the menu!  Favs include lobster ravioli and a “two pounder” garlic butter poached lobster.

With a luxurious spa, 18-hole championship golf course, 200,000 glass “zero entry” pool  and a kids’ club where children can paint lobster buoys – you can do as much or as little as you’d like!

Why we love it:  It’s a classy, eco-friendly resort perfect for a romantic getaway or family vacation!

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  • Open Year Round
  • 220 Warrenton Street, Rockland, Maine 04855
  • Pet Friendly
  • (207) 594-2511

Joe Lane Lobsterman – Yes, a Lobster Cone!

Must Meals in the Summer

As you visit the Damariscotta region of Maine this summer, be sure to stop at Joe Lane Lobsterman for scrumptious lobster that’s sure to please!   A lobster food truck located on Elm Street, Joe Lane serves fresh lobster meat, lobster rolls, lobster BLTs, lobster tacos, lobster melts – and, yes, lobster cones!

Having nothing to do with ice cream, these lobster cones are a big hit! Joe Lane (a multi-generation lobsterman) makes each and every cone with the sweet and succulent meat of 1 1/2 local lobsters.  He loads chunks of lobster into his uniquely shaped paper cones and then adds packets of butter, mayo or even one of his dipping sauces in the side pockets.  He includes a few sea salt pita chips around the lobster – and there you have it!  The perfect low carb meal.

Why we love it:  Joe offers a massive 2 foot long lobster roll that won’t break the bank!

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  • Open Daily in the Summer; 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 93 Elm Street, Damariscotta, Maine (near the back entrance to Skidompha Public Library)
  • (207) 208-9418



Waterman’s Beach Lobster – True Maine

It’s All About Lobster!

A family-owned lobster shack serving lobster (fresh from the day’s catch), clams, homemade ice cream and pies, Waterman’s Beach Lobster is the real deal!    Enjoy your lobster overlooking Muscle Ridge Channel. If you bring your binoculars, you’ll be able to look out onto the islands and see lobstermen hauling hauling their traps!

For all you foodies  – the James Beard Foundation awarded Waterman’s Lobster with America’s Regional Classics Award in 2001 – a great honor for sure. As the James Beard Award proclaimed, “This restaurant is the quintessential Maine experience.”   Also featured on the Food Network in 2014. Enough said!

Why we love it.   Lobster – pure and simple.   You’ll need lots of napkins!  

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Camden Harbor Cruises – Lobstering Tours & More

Discover the Maine that You can Only See from the Water!

Join Capt. Dominic Gioia and his crew aboard the Lively Lady for a one hour Lobstering & Lighthouse harbor cruise and enjoy views of two lighthouses, wildlife (hopefully seals & birds!) and a lobster fishing demonstration.   Departing 7 days a week from the public landing, Camden Harbor Cruises offers a close-up look of Maine’s rugged coast as the wooden vessel glides past majestic lighthouses, seaside mansions, world famous windjammers, and visiting yachts.  Don’t be surprised to see seals, porpoises, osprey, and bald eagles along the way!

Why we love it:  It’s a scenic tour!

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Old Granite Inn – Overlooking the Harbor

Historic Yet Modern

Located in the national historic district of Rockland across from the harbor and Ferry Terminal, this property began in 1840 as a Federal Colonial house built of gray granite quarried nearby in St. George. Part of Historic Inns of Rockland, the inn has undergone extensive renovations and, in 2007, a front porch was added that extends the entire width of the building.  The porch offers the perfect place to relax with tea and conversation in the late afternoon.  It is the first sign of the welcoming atmosphere within.  

In 2008 Old Granite Inn received Environmental Leader certification from the State of Maine for its efforts to help save the planet through reduced water usage, conserving energy, recycling and reusing materials and using environmental-friendly detergents and cleaning products.   Old Granite Inn is a pet friendly property. 

Why we love it:  It’s ideally situated across from the Rockland Harbor and within walking distance of museums and restaurants!

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