Rockland Shops - Courtesy www.VisitMaine.net

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Having settled into life at Ocean Point Inn, I am ready to call a friend and say, “Let’s do a day trip!”  Of course, my first day trip of the season must be my favorite…..Seagull Cottage here I come!

Head out of Boothbay Harbor to Route 1 and “down east” toward Rockland.  As you drive through Waldoboro note Moody’s Diner, an old Maine tradition, on the right with the best homemade pies imaginable.  As you drive through Thomaston enjoy the beautiful old sea captains’ houses with the unique Widow Walks.  The Maine Prison Store on the right in Thomaston has nice gifts made by the prisoners – really!

rockland shop Courtesy www.VisitMaine.net

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In Rockland, my first stop is the Seagull Cottage which is a dream of  coastal decor.  You can walk through the store several times and still not “sea” everything.

Then I cross the street to the Island Institute Shop that sells beautifully made crafts by people living on Maine Islands. Close by is the Grasshopper shop for clothes and kitchen ware.

If time permits, the Farnsworth Museum is a must.  I never tire of the Wyeth work.  Before leaving Rockland, stroll down along the waterfront and see what Windjammers are in port that day.

From Rockland continue on Route 1 to Camden.  The homes in both Rockland and Camden are excellent examples of old Maine coastal architecture.  Seaside gardens explode with colorful flowers.

A walk along the waterfront will show you boats in port that day.  Camden’s main street is full of interesting shops with something to please everyone.

Mt Battie View Camden - Courtesy www.VisitMaine.net

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There are too many choices for lunch in Camden to list them.  I often just pick one I have not been to before or get something to go and head for Mt. Battie. The views from the top of the mountain down into Camden and over Penobscot Bay to Vinalhaven Island are simply spectacular!.  This is a wonderful place to have a picnic and walk around.  Be sure to bring your camera.

One suggestion for lunch is the 3Dog Cafe in Camden – great sandwiches.  There are many places specializing in seafood if that is your desire.  The choices are endless and up to you!

camden-harbor-sailboatHere’s hoping you enjoy this day trip as much as I do.  If you have questions, stop by the Ocean Point Inn Front Desk and see me before you go.  See our Favorite Things to Do List, including the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, The Maine State Aquarium and boat charters from Boothbay Harbor.

Remember, you may order a Box Lunch at Ocean Point Inn the night before if you have a trip like this planned. See more Ocean Point Inn things to do in the area including a boat ride to Monhegan Island and other day trips to Damariscotta, Bath, and Boothbay Harbor.

flowers-ocean-point-innThe past few weeks I have been transitioning from winter in the Bahamas to summer at Ocean Point Inn – trading crystal clear aqua seas for sparkling deep blue waters off the rocky coast of Maine. Both locations are little slices of paradise that I am fortunate to enjoy.  However, Ocean Point is “home!”

Spring comes slowly to Ocean Point but the trees are finally budding and flowers are popping open.  The osprey are building nests and the ducks are laying eggs.

air2_800Ocean Point Inn is bustling with activity.  New gardens have been created and all the landscaping has had a spring spruce up.  Painting as well as siding and new windows have been added to some buildings.  The Penthouse is getting a lovely new kitchen. Some Lodge rooms are getting new carpeting and window shades and Hatchard House rooms new entry flooring. The living room in the Main Inn is being totally redecorated.  It is very exciting to see this wonderful transition in decor.

Most of the Jamaican workers started work on Tuesday.  Dennis, Johnny, Frank, Patricia, Ronnie and Wayne are working away every day.  The water and heat came on in the Main Inn yesterday so I hope to be back in my office starting today.

breakfast-buffet-full-hb4Every guest will receive Ocean Point’s Hot Buffet Breakfast this year starting on June 13th.  We are discontinuing the Continental Breakfast after June 12th.  The many, many guests I have talked with over the winter seem delighted with this change.

Another change for this season that guests seem very happy about is food being served in Ocean Point’s Dining Room starting on opening day, May 22, 2015.  It will be a minimal menu until June 12th.  The full dining room menu will be offered every night this season and the Bar will be opening at 4 P.M.  The “Tavern Nights” will be discontinued.

breakfast-buffet-full-french-toastJim LaValle will be doing the breakfasts with all of his delicious surprises!  He will also be entertaining one evening a week.

The Gift Shop has lots of new creative handmade surprises as well as the very popular repeat items.  Many crafts are produced from local beach walks.

I am very excited about the opening of the 117th year at the Ocean Point Inn.  The location of the Inn is spectacular, the staff are extremely friendly and helpful and the food is delicious – a winning combination.  Join us this summer and let us show you why some of our guests have been coming to this special place on the coast of Maine for over 50 years.