Rockland Maine
Lodging, Restaurants and Fun Things To Do

Rockland Maine

Rockland Maine, with its enviable location at the heart of the mid-coast region of the state, is widely considered to be one of the finest vacation towns in the area. Known far and wide as the Lobster Capital of the World, its main livelihood is centered on the generosity of the seas.

More of a small year-round city than the neighboring tourist towns of Rockport and Camden Maine, Rockland offers a lot to visitors each year including the Maine Lobster Festival and the North Atlantic Blues Festival, which draw people by the thousands.

Rockland reminds me a bit of Portland Maine, but on a smaller scale. The Main Street (Rt. 1, actually) is home to most of the action with several great restaurants, the highly respected Farnsworth Art Museum, galleries and plenty of shops for some retail therapy. Rockland is one of the best places in Maine to take a windjammer cruise or to hop aboard the ferry to venture out to nearby islands. In short, Rockland is a great stop for your Maine vacation.

Rockland Maine Lodging

Rockland Maine Lodging Capt. Lindsey House Inn

If you're looking for a place to stay in Rockland, you can choose from several very nice bed and breakfast inns that are located on quiet side streets within a couple blocks of Main Street, a couple mid-range hotels in town or venture a bit out of town to pricey Samoset Resort.

Well loved accommodations in Rockland are the Lime Rock Inn, The Berry Manor Inn and the Captain Lindsey House Inn. Rooms at these lovely inns will run you from about $140 to $275 during the peak summer season, but the experience will be well worth the cost. Breakfasts are delicious and thoughtfully prepared, hosts are warm and engaging and a relaxing time is sure to be had.

There are a couple of hotels (motels really) in Rockland, close to all the action. Costs are reasonable, but reviews are mixed so be sure to check them out carefully. The Navigator and Trade Winds Motor Inns will put you in the heart of it all with great veiws of the harbor for an average of $150 a night, give or take $50 depending on the room and the view.

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Rockland Maine Restaurants

Primo Restaurant - Rockland Maine/>

If there is one thing for certain, you won't go hungry in Rockland. Home to several really great restaurants, you'll find what you're craving here whether it is seafood (it is the lobster capital after all!), Italian, Japanese, fine dining and much, much more.

Top honors go to Primo - dine there for a wonderful evening of gourmet food prepared with the freshest possible ingredients. Truly a special place, you'll be glad it was part of your Rockland experience.

You'll also love the Park Street Grille and Rustica, both on Main Street. While the Park Street Grille has a decidedly southwestern flair, Rustica offers Italian cuisine.

For a great cafe with home cooked, local food, check out the Home Kitchen Cafe. Breakfast here is outstanding and they also serve lunch. Both are available all day.

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Rockland Maine Attractions and Activities

Rockland Maine Breakwater Lighthouse

While many people flock into town for the Maine Lobster Festival or the North Atlantic Blues Festival, there is much to do even when these great events are not taking place.

Spend your days in Rockland at one of the art museums or galleries, take a cruise aboard a magnificent windjammer, walk the mile long breakwater out to the lighthouse, go sailing or stand up paddle boarding, learn all about Maine's lighthouses at the Rockland Lighthouse Museum, and so much more.

Ferries to and from the equally beautiful North Haven and Vinalhaven summer colonies are also available from Rockland. You will find that island hopping becomes a new experience you'll look forward to no matter how many times you've done the crossings. What a great way to spend the day!

Closely neighboring towns of Owl's Head, Rockport and Camden offer even more to do, they are within very easy driving distance. Rockland is a great home base to enjoy the whole area!

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Rockland Maine offers so much for tourists and locals alike. Be sure to stop by or stay a while on your next Maine vacation. You won't regret it!

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