Camden Harbour Inn
What We Love
- A la carte champagne breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Great location on a hilltop above downtown Camden
- Each room is named after a former Dutch colony and decorated accordingly
- Home to one of Maine’s best restaurants, Natalie's; Executive chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens meld Down East ingredients with continental styles
What To Know
- The structure dates from 1874, but the inn underwent a considerable overhaul by the owners
- Modern touches include Molton Brown products in the bathroom, cushy featherbeds, and fireplaces and balconies in some rooms
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a design that’s equal parts Dutch and Down East and an award-winning restaurant, the Camden Harbour Inn attracts guests from around the world. The crisp white and gray inn sits on a hill overlooking the staunchly old-school town of Camden, and folks from Boston and guests from foreign shores can be found together on the inn’s porch overlooking Penobscot Bay. This 140-year-old property is suffused with love for both its home state and for European style. The structure dates from 1874, but the inn underwent a considerable overhaul by the owners, a Dutch duo who stay close to the action here.
Bed and Bath
Each room is named after a former Dutch colony and decorated accordingly. The Sumatra, for example, has a rich, dark wooden bed and overlooks Penobscot Bay; the Malacca has Southeast Asian–inflected splashes of red and gold. Though it sounds eclectic in concept, it feels cohesive in execution. There are plenty of modern touches, too: Molton Brown products in the bathroom, cushy featherbeds, and fireplaces and balconies in some rooms.
The Camden Harbour is also home to one of Maine’s best restaurants, Natalie’s. Executive chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens meld Down East ingredients with continental styles — hence the large number of Europeans you’ll see in the dining room or on the porch, munching on fiddleheads and crustaceans. Reservations are strongly recommended, as is a light lunch — the last reservation is at 9 p.m., so you’ll be dining on the early side. For a dose of pampering, there’s a single-room spa for massage treatments.
In the Area
At the base of Camden Hills on Penobscot Bay, the petite and picturesque town of Camden has been a summer vacation destination since the late 19th century. Today nature lovers head out on hikes through the 5,500-acre Camden Hills State Park or explore the area by water on a power boat or daytrip across Penobscot Bay. Out of season, make the most of Camden’s indoor activities, from the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in nearby Rockland to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, in Boothbay. Beyond onsite Natalie’s restaurant, Camden offers a raft of top eateries, including Melissa Kelly’s modern Italian restaurant, Primo, Suzuki’s Sushi Bar for Japanese fare and buzzing Francine for mostly local and organic dishes.
How to Get There
This was a true delight. From the moment we entered the Inn to the moment we left the people and the place was the most beautiful experience I have had. My wife and I had our anniversary while staying here and it will be remembered forever.
We've gone to the Inn many times at different seasons over the years and never been disappointed in the accommodations or restaurant. We're big fans of the five course lobster tasting menu and the premium win pairings and rarely have any thing else. The chefs are very talented and always come up with unique lobster preparations.
I stayed three nights at the Inn - the service was amazing - room is very comfortable with excellent room service - the breakfast is excellent-
The view is spectacular - it is within a short walk to Curtis Island Lighthouse overlook, a great walk and great view.
Overall, I am so happy to find this gem in Maine.