Camden & Mount Battie Summit
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: RKD-003
The area in and around seaside Camden has enthralled visitors for centuries, and you'll enjoy it from two vantage points: atop Mount Battie and walking about town.
Depart from the pier and first enjoy a short panoramic tour of Rockland, with its bustling main street and signature Breakwater Lighthouse in the distance. The scenery becomes breathtaking as you pass through the countryside to Mount Battie, your first stop. Its bare, rocky summit affords outstanding views of Penobscot Bay and the town of Camden below. In 1614, Captain John Smith was enamored of the area, poetically describing it as "the high mountains of Penobscot, against whose feet doth beat the sea." Echoing his appreciation for scenery, Pulitzer Prize-winner Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote numerous poems immortalizing the vista. You will also be inspired, especially if it's a clear day and you can catch sight of Acadia National Park, the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard. It's an excellent spot for photos.
Traveling down the mountain into Camden, you'll enjoy nearly two hours of free time to enjoy the town at your leisure. Being a quintessential New England harbor town, it was the setting for the film Peyton Place, and is always bustling with activity. You might linger in the shade around the Village Green, sit on the seawall and watch the harbor traffic, stroll the quaint streets, or browse the shops. There are plenty of art galleries, where you'll find hand-painted pottery, sea-themed paintings and handmade jewelry. Camden is also known for its seafood, especially creamy chowder and stuffed lobster rolls.
After touring the town, you'll rejoin your coach for the transfer back to Rockland pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. There will be various gradients and surfaces to negotiate, including dirt/gravel paths at Mount Battie. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Scooters under 60 lbs. are permitted. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Rain resistant layered clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.