As you might expect, not every day on the coast of Maine is a sunny one. While you’ll hear There is no bad weather, only bad clothing, we understand that some days—especially those long mornings when we’re socked in with a pea-soup fog or a soaking rain—are perhaps better spent indoors.
What’s a visitor to do? Many of our rental homes have a deck of cards stashed away, if not an old Monopoly set, a cribbage board, or an old puzzle or two. And when you tire of games, other interesting options for indoor fun abound in the Camden-Rockland area.
- Go to the movies. You’ve got a choice of the multiplex Flagship Cinemas in Thomaston, just south of Rockland; the Strand in downtown Rockland, which also offers live music and other entertainments throughout the year; and the Colonial in Belfast.
- Bowl some strikes. Oakland Park Lanes in Rockport still offers candlepin bowling, a New England tradition and a favorite back when I was a kid. There’s also an arcade room and pool table.
- Sample local wines. Cellardoor Winery offers tastings at two locations in summer: its farmhouse in Lincolnville with serene views of the vineyards, and the lovely Villa, on the corner of Route One & 90 in Rockport. In Union, both Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery and Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery offer locally-made wine and spirits. Breakwater Vineyards is located in scenic Owls Head.
- Wine and spirits not your thing? Try a local beer. The number of microbreweries is exploding in Maine. Good, locally brewed beers are produced by Andrew’s Ale, available at Andy’s Brewpub at the Lobster Pound right on Lincolnville Beach; the excellent Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. at Three Tides on the Belfast waterfront; and Rock Harbor Brewing Co. in downtown Rockland. Try a sampler and then bring some bottles home as souvenirs.
- Appreciate fine art. The Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland offers a world-class Maine collection, as well as changing exhibits year-round. The Wyeth Center features works by well-known artists N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth (who’s still painting in Maine). The museum also includes the historic Farnsworth Homestead next-door and the Olson House (which inspired many of Andrew Wyeth’s works) a short drive away in Cushing. You can easily spend a full day seeing everything the Farnsworth has to offer. Rockland is rich in art: the new site of the venerable Center for Maine Contemporary Art is just a block away, and many other fine galleries are nearby.
- Transport yourself. The Owls Head Transportation Museum just outside Rockland offers a wonderful collection of antique airplanes, vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles, and other things that go.
- Admire some fine wood-working. The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, a wood-working school in Rockport, also offers a gallery with changing exhibits that showcase hand-crafted furniture and other pieces. After seeing what’s on display, you may be inspired to take a class. You can also tour the workshop of Windsor Chairmakers in Lincolnville Beach.
- Learn more about iconic Maine lighthouses, puffins, and maritime history. Downtown Rockland is home to the Maine Lighthouse Museum, featuring lighthouse memorabilia and history. Maine’s adorable Atlantic Puffin is featured at the Project Puffin Visitors Center, where you can learn more about this charismatic bird and how it has recently been restored to local waters. A little farther afield, the Penobscot Maritime Museum up Route One in Searsport offers top-notch exhibits and events that celebrate the area’s rich and diverse maritime history. Collections of marine art, ship models, navigational instruments, furniture, ship-building artifacts and regional watercraft, and even archived genealogical records can be found among the several buildings on its campus.