A legendary coastline and postcard-perfect small towns give midcoast Maine a feel all its own. With its gorgeous harbor and lively downtown, Camden is one of the area’s starring attractions. A popular year-round home for writers and retired intelligence officers, Camden is one of only two places on the Atlantic seaboard where the mountains meet the sea — which makes it a popular tourist destination, too. Planning a visit? Read on for a selection of some of our favorite Camden, Maine, hotels and inns.
Eleven luxurious rooms and suites await guests at this high-end B&B, which is located in a stone castle built in 1886 by the inventor of the duplex telegraph. The property was added to the National Historic Registry in the early 1970s and converted to a B&B in 1984. Gas fireplaces and sweeping views of Penobscot Bay adorn most of the rooms. Named a 2014 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best Castle by the Sea.”
Though the core of Whitehall may be an 1834 sea captain’s home, the building has progressively accreted rooms since becoming an inn in 1901. Reimagined in 2015 as a chic coastal getaway, the 36-room hotel and its rambling porches sprawl across green lawns between the rounded peak of Mount Battie and the lapping blue waters of Penobscot Bay. Touches like aged barn board and grass-cloth wall coverings produce a breezy contemporary decor that still echoes the leisurely rusticators of a century past. Named a 2018 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best Boutique Hotel.”
This Relais & Châteaux property puts midcoast Maine on full display. The front-row views include both mountains and water. No, a stay here isn’t cheap, but the amenities — on-site restaurant Natalie’s, champagne breakfast, turndown service with gourmet chocolates — make it memorable. Natalie’s was named a 2019 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best Special-Occasion Splurge.”
The inn features 36 rooms, including a two-room suite that comes equipped with the kinds of amenities — fireplace, Jacuzzi, and private balcony with river views — that may make you consider full-time residency.
Choose from rooms decorated with French country flair in the mansard-roofed main inn, the Manor House (tucked behind), or the Hideaway (about a block away). Even better: Downtown Camden is just steps away. Be sure to make reservations for dinner. Named a 2015 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best In-Town Country Inn” and a 2017 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Inn for Foodies.”
Located smack-dab in the downtown area, this 21-room boutique hotel makes its home in a historic brick building amid the bustle of Camden’s dining and shopping scenes. Rooms include private balconies and gas fireplaces.
As the name implies, this inn puts you right on the water with its unrivaled views of the harbor. The property features 10 rooms, all with private balconies, gas fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs, making it an ideal destination for couples. Named a 2019 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best Pet-Friendly Lodging.”
What are some of your favorite Camden, Maine, hotels and inns? Let us know!
This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated.