The weather has been beautiful in the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Maine Area. Boats got uncovered early and spring clean up has begun. I received a phone call from the Steve Hale of the Captain Jack Lobster Boat in Rockland on Monday that the lobster boat was in the water and he is ready to share his lobster knowledge with tourists. On Tuesday I received a call from Schooner Olad. Charlotte, one of the Schooner Olad liaisons, ( if you don’t know Charlotte, get to know her, she is great) called to tell me that Schooner Olad is going out this Thursday, if weather permits. In addition to the early tour schedule, Captain Aaron has purchased another boat (The Owl) and will be offering 2 tour tours and charters for up to six people. The Owl will be perfect for small personal trips for families and friends.
Well, once Camden Maine was the little seaside village with only one pizzeria. Brian Hill from Francine’s Bistro has opened SeaBright Pizza down near the harbor in the old Paolinia’s Way spot. The pizza is (for now) reasonably priced. 2 people can share a pie for @ $14.00. The pizza, like Chef Hills many culinary creations, is full of flavor and spice. A lot of salt is used in the many variations of pizzas. SeaBright has a wonderful selection of beers and wines to quench your thirst from the many flavors. Stewart Smith, the generous Camden resident that owns much of Camden, is opening a pizzeria in the old Gilbert’s Pub location. I enjoy Smith’s restaurant Fresh and I look forward to another pizzeria. SeaBright and Smith’s restaurant will be 2 doors away from each other – Camden becoming a new pizza row?
A new pizzeria in Rockport is opening: Mama’s Five Boys of FiveTowns – 4 Strawberry Lane in Rockport. This new pizzeria is right next to the new cupcake bakery Laugh Loud Smile Big.
Many already know about the plethora of new restaurants in the area. Comida is a new Latin Kitchen that is getting great reviews. Unfortunately, I have not been there yet. Cappy’s is under new ownership and has purchased the Village restaurant right next door. Cappy’s is breaking through the walls and making one super Cappy’s. I heard that the upstairs room of the new establishment has already been booked for 10 rehearsal dinners this summer. The new Salt Water Farm Cafe opens in Rockport this Thursday 5/9/2013. The renovation of the Rockport building is beautiful. I look forward to welcoming them to the neighborhood.
Cellardoor Winery is constantly reinventing themselves and offering glamorous experiences. This year Cellardoor Winery is offering a Grape To Glass VIP Tour and Tasting. A personal guided tour of the vineyard, barn and farmhouse is offered with delicious samples along the way. The cost of the tour is $40.00 and has a maximum of 10 people. A reservation in advance is needed and tours are at 11:00am and 4:00pm. I heard Cellardoor Winery purchased an electric bus taking guests around the property – this is a rumor that I want to investigate.
Camden Maine is finally promoting all of its beautiful public park space. Did you know that Camden Maine has 24 beaches and parks. There is a Map and Guide that lists all 24. The Town of Camden Maine has a link to this document, but it is not working right now, you might want to check back. I called the town to coplain about the link. http://www.camdenmaine.gov/vertical/sites/%7B12179FA6-CABE-432E-868D-862BE81D9F03%7D/uploads/TOWN_PARKS__BEACHES_MAP.pdf
Save the Date: The Town of Camden Maine will be celebrating the designation of the Camden Amphitheatre as a National Landmark on July 13th. There will be an all day party in the park and library. Saturday July 13th 2013. ( I heard this date was chosen because no wedding were booked for that day – all the other Saturdays in the summer are booked solid for wedding ceremonies!)
I love seeing businesses redesign their websites. This year there are many new redesigns. Camden Maine has creative people and interesting businesses. Here are a couple of new web designs from some of my favorite businesses.
These are just a few things I could think of as I was sitting here, I am sure there will be more! I love this little seaside village, lots of good things going on! I didn’t even mention the National Oz Musuem! I am looking into this treasure and look forward to sharing the information.