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Camden has some world-class lodging that will satisfy even the most well-heeled travelers. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the best places to stay in Camden:
1. Inn at Sunrise Point. Perched on Penobscot Bay, the cozy inn’s five secluded acres offer privacy and the rocky shoreline. Enjoy the three-course breakfast from the ocean-facing conservatory and dining room; or sip coffee in your robe from your own private deck — if you can tear yourself away from the fireplace.
2. Camden Harbour Inn. This luxury boutique hotel and its companion restaurant, Natalie’s, have been showered with awards in recent years, and deservedly so. Atop a hill with 180-degree views, the inn is both luxurious and approachable — a blend of high-end European design and New England seaside tradition. Richly appointed rooms offer views of either Penobscot Bay or the mountains.
3. Samoset Resort. Just south of Camden, the recently restored Samoset Resort sits on 230 ocean-side acres. It has all the amenities of a coastal resort — championship golf, a variety of dining options, view-filled guest rooms — plus a storied history dating back to the late 1800s. The upscale guest cottages have stunning views and plenty of privacy.
4. Lord Camden Inn. Its downtown location makes the boutique Lord Camden Inn ideal for those preferring to be right in the middle of the action. Recently renovated suites are cozy with private balconies, gas fireplaces and exposed brick. And feel free to bring Fido — the inn is pet-friendly.
5. Maine Stay Inn & Cottages. If a bed and breakfast is more your style, then the Maine Stay Inn is the place for you. Italian-born innkeepers Roberta and Claudio are known for their hospitality, and the inn — listed in the National Register of Historic Places — was built in 1802 by a nephew of President John Adams. Rooms are charming, and each one is different. Plus, you can enjoy breakfast overlooking the gardens.