Cynthia - Click to enlarge Edition #34, 26 January 2009

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Camden, Maine

Camden is located between Rockland and Belfast on the Penobscot Bay. The area was first settled in the early 1770's by James Richards. Camden was incorporated in 1791, and set off as a town in 1891. Here is a map of Camden.

The seventh annual Camden Winterfest will be held on January 31st and February first at the historic Bok Amphitheater. The event is presented by the Camden Public Library, and features food, theater, music, and art. The centerpiece of Winterfest activity is always the Community Ice Carving Event, so be sure to bring your camera.

On February 6th-8th, competitors from across the country will be hurling down an ice-covered chute in the US Toboggan Championships. If you can't be there to witness the chaos first hand, you can catch all the action on ESPN.

Camden Harbor from Mt. Battie New England has been having its share of snow this winter. Come join the fun in Camden! With skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, skating and more, you are sure to have a great time. Ski conditions are currently excellent!

There is plenty to do in the summer as well! Choose from bicycling, camping, swimming, fishing, golf, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, and much more. Later on, relax with a visit to a gallery or museum. There is always plenty to do here.

Do you hear the open water calling your name? I hear it quite often! It is time to get out on the water and cruise the bay. Both day trips and overnight cruises are available from Camden Harbor. This will be an adventure you will not soon forget.

All this activity has probably made you hungry. Make your way to Cappy's Chowder House in downtown Camden at 1 Main Street. Cappy's menu features creamy clam chowder [NE], burgers, sandwiches, salads, and lobster (summer only). Don't forget to take home a jar of blueberry jam, and a can or ten of clam chowder!

For a fine dining experience, visit Natalie's at Camden Harbour Inn, 83 Bayview Street. Start with an appetizer of Lobster and Mixed Greens, French Onion Soup, or Fricasse of Escargot. Then, choose one of the many fine entrees including Almond and Honey Roasted Breast of Duck, Roasted Lobster, Steamed Scottish Salmon, and Lamb Three Ways. Finish your meal with one of the many fine desserts. No need to call, make your dinner reservation from Natalie's web site.

Other restaurants worth noting include McMahon's Knox Grille at 43 Mechanic Street in Camden, and The Camden Deli at 37 Main Street. Both restaurants feature great food and a fantastic view.

Make your New England stay complete by spending the night at a local Bed and Breakfast. There are several excellent choices in Camden. Abigail's Inn is located at 8 High Street and features spacious rooms, private baths, delicious breakfasts, and off-street parking. No need to drive all around. There are a number of restaurants and shops within walking distance.

You will feel like a king or queen when you stay at the beautiful Norumbega Inn at 63 High Street. This stone castle offers spacious common rooms, oak paneling, and a large deck with spectacular ocean views. The Norumbega is open year round.

Find out more about Camden at and If you see me in the water, be sure to wave!


Have you ever been to Cappy's Chowder House in Camden, Maine? We had lunch there on our Maine trip years ago, loved the place and the food. Our friends ordered for us 24 cans of their chowder for Xmas... Had some for supper this evening... LOVED IT. It brought back all the neat memories.

Critt I.

Hi Critt,
Thank you for your note, and for the invitation to pay a visit to Camden this week. Best wishes to you and your family.


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