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Home to quaint bed and breakfasts, fishing villages and pictorial outdoor sights, Maine’s Middle Coast is a great place for restful and rugged vacations alike. And although this area may feel a little sleepy at first, it has plenty to offer would-be adventurers. Be sure to visit Camden, one of the prettiest towns in the region and situated between the waters of Penobscot Bay and the peaks of the Camden Hills. Three more classic New England experiences include:
Camden Snow Bowl. Pack up your skiing gear and head to Camden Snow Bowl. The community-owned ski and recreation area uses a double chairlift and two T-bars to climb 1,300-foot Mount Ragged. (Once skiers reach the top, they’re treated to great views of the Atlantic Ocean.) Non-skiers will appreciate the toboggan chute, snack bar and lounge. Ski patrol runs regularly, and novices can rent equipment and attend ski school.
Windjammer Sailing. Book a Windjammer trip on an old-timey schooner departing from Camden or Rockport Harbor. (Voyage options range from 12 hours to six days.) While at sea, you’re treated to views of lighthouses, seabirds, seals and whales. You’ll be well fed, too. The operators provide generous meals, including a traditional Maine lobster feast.
Mohegan Island Lighthouse and Museum. Constructed in 1824, the Mohegan Island Lighthouse and Museum resides atop a hill on Monhegan Island. Today it’s surrounded by a museum (where you’ll learn everything there is to know about Middle Coast history) and an art gallery, both filled with artifacts of the island. Notably, the museum also owns the large bell portrayed by Jamie Wyeth in his famous painting Bronze Age, on display at the nearby Farnsworth Museum.