Your vacation at Ocean Point Inn isn’t complete without a day trip to Camden-Rockport, only about an hour’s drive from OPI.

The Town of Camden, Maine, is a quaint, beautiful harbortown with many offerings. The town has seasonal events, gift shops, clothing and craft stores and of course restaurants!

A visit is not complete without lunch at the Camden Deli. The restaurant sits in the middle of town and boasts a second floor dining patio with views of the harbor and its sailboats. The food is reasonable and the staff is pleasant.  Eat in or get it to go and enjoy it at the top of Mt. Battie!

If you travel north one mile heading out of  town on Route 1 you will see an entrance to Camden Hills State Park on your left which is open daily from 9 a.m. to sunset. Upon entering you will pay a small fee and travel up a winding road to the top of Mt. Battie.  If you are adventurous you can park at the bottom and trek up the Megunticook Footpath and Adam’s Lookout Trail which is a 2.6 mile round trip hike.   You can relax and enjoy a picnic, explore Adam’s Lookout and take in the breathtaking views of Penobscot Bay, Camden Harbor, Mt. Desert Island and other ocean islands. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon!

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The view is spectacular and has been shown off in a number of Hollywood movies. The vistas are unmatched especially during Fall Foliage season and for watching fireworks on Independence Day or during Old Schooner Days. You can hike back down or take a leisurely walk down the 0.9 mile auto road to the parking lot.

On your return to the Boothbay peninsula you can stop off in Rockport to see the beloved statue of Andre the Seal who spent more than 20 summers in Rockport after swimming 150+ miles north from the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts each summer.

Continue on to Lincolnville to enjoy one last stop at Cellardoor Winery before returning home to OPI.  In addition to offering a free wine tasting, Cellardoor offers Classes & Pairings,  a Wine & Gift Shop, a viewing patio and afternoon tours.

What a great day trip to add to your Ocean Point memories!

 

 

You can’t walk or drive around the Ocean Point loop on Shore Road in East Boothbay, Maine without stopping to admire the Wilson Memorial Chapel.

The lovely, old stone chapel is non-demoninational and guest ministers, both local and those “from away,” lead the worship services on Sundays from the last weekend in June through the first weekend in September.  The Rev. Lewis Wilson honored his wife,  Janet M. Wilson, by naming the chapel for her and according to the Chapel records the first service was held in August of 1917 shortly after Rev. Wilson completed construction.

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As you walk up the stone steps and through the sturdy door of the Wilson Memorial Chapel you are transported back in time by the stonework, the brick, the woodwork and the gorgeous stained-glass windows. How many guest ministers have given a sermon here in 100 years? How many couples have walked down the brick aisle to pledge their love and speak their vows? How many friends who have passed away have been memorialized in this cozy, intimate place of worship? How many visitors have stood right where you are standing at that moment?

As you leave the chapel, the views of Fisherman’s Island and Ram Island greet you at the door. In winter the chapel gets blanketed in snow as it awaits the return of Ocean Point residents (Ocean Pointers as they’re called) and a host of new visitors who will appreciate its beauty, just as those who have come before them have.

The summer of 2017 will have many activities to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of this historic chapel. Here are a few activities from the Wilson Memorial Chapel’s March letter which can be downloaded here –> Wilson Chapel:

July 15-16 – 95th occasion of a visit to Ocean Point and the Chapel, from the Maine Seacoast Mission. The Sunbeam will be brought to the Boothbay Harbor area. Tours will be on Sunday, July 16th, from 11:00-1:00 via boat shuttles from the Card Cove dock.

July 21 – The Chapel will be included on the Boothbay Region Garden Club Home & Garden Tour

August 6 – Commemorative service at 1:30 p.m. followed by a reception at 2:30 and is open to all Ocean Pointers and friends, and their guests.

Check their new website (which will be online soon) for details of all activities.  www.wilsonmemorialchapel.org

Enjoy your visit to the Wilson Memorial Chapel . . . only a short walk away from the Ocean Point Inn!

Have you ever admired a stone wall winding through a field in New England? The most common antique structures in New England are its rock walls. Many were built by our European ancestors, but stone masons continue their craft even to this day, adding their personal, artistic touch to their work.

Before stone walls were built, farmers used wooden, zig-zag rail fences to separate their farms. It has been estimated that there are 16,000 miles of stonewalls across the six New England states. Most were built between 1790 and 1820 during an expansion of farmland.  The period from 1775 to 1825 was known as the Golden Age of stone wall building when more stone walls were built than at any other time. The walls served as boundary markers as farmers each spring moved them aside. Horses and oxen would drag stones on a wooden skid to the sides of their field. Taller walls served as pens for their farm animals.

Ocean Point Inn has been updating its gardens and rock walls. More photos coming after the “Spring Thaw.”

There are many online videos devoted to the construction of sturdy walls. Here are some helpful hints.

1. Safety – wear long pants, long sleeves, goggles, gloves and steel-toed shoes.
2. Work in an uncluttered workspace.
3. Sort and arrange your rocks in piles:
° Large, flat stones for your base
° Heartstones for filler rocks
° Pinning stones – smaller stone wedges to hold up the face rocks
° Face rock – to show off sides of the walls
° Through stones – long rocks placed sideways to tie face sides together
° Topping rocks – Flat, wide rocks to finish off wall and put weight on top
4. Dig your base 8″-12″ and level off.
5. Keep your course level. Use a string to keep your fence even.

The more time you take to place your stones, the better the outcome will be!