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CAMDEN, MAINE

Exploring Maine’s Link to the Sea: Camden, Rockland and Belfast

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Program #15211RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Itinerary for Jun 16 — Jun 21, 2013

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Type: Inn

Description: In the heart of downtown Camden, this eleven room inn offers privacy and quiet, convenience and comfort. Tucked behind the main street, but within walking distance of Camden Harbor and all it has to offer - boats and bookstores, cafes, shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
14 Tannery Lane
Camden, ME 04843 USA
phone: 207-236-4616
web: www.theinnatcamdenplace.com

Room amenities: Each room is unique - some with views of Megunticook River, some with sitting areas. All rooms equipped with irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, clock radios, telephones and televisions.

Facility amenities: Three floors (STAIRS ONLY), parking directly in front of the inn, complimentary wireless internet. The Inn's Common Room has coffee and tea available 24 hours, and a refrigerator and microwave for the use of the guests.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price varies with the season
Check with Inn for price and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 16 - Welcome Reception and Orientation
Arrive To: Check-in to The Inn at Camden Place anytime after 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Join your fellow travellers in the Common Room of the Inn for a welcome reception and brief orientation to the stimulating week ahead. Receive your welcome packets .

Dinner: Welcome dinner in town. View the beautiful Camden Harbor.

Lodging: The Inn at Camden Place

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: In the heart of downtown Camden, this eleven room inn offers privacy and quiet, convenience and comfort. Tucked behind the main street, but within walking distance of Camden Harbor and all it has to offer - boats and bookstores, cafes, shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
14 Tannery Lane
Camden, ME 04843 USA
phone: 207-236-4616
web: www.theinnatcamdenplace.com

Room amenities: Each room is unique - some with views of Megunticook River, some with sitting areas. All rooms equipped with irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, clock radios, telephones and televisions.

Facility amenities: Three floors (STAIRS ONLY), parking directly in front of the inn, complimentary wireless internet. The Inn's Common Room has coffee and tea available 24 hours, and a refrigerator and microwave for the use of the guests.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price varies with the season
Check with Inn for price and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 17 - Sail, Power and Steam Museum and The Island Insti...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at your leisure. Coffee and tea is available in the Inn's Common Room - 24 hours.

Morning: Listen to sea stories, shanties and other heroics on the high seas at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum on the grounds of the historic Snow's Shipyard in Rockland. neighborhoods.

Lunch: Lunch together.

Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy about The Island Institute - a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and maintaining the working waterfronts and islands off the coast of Maine. Of the 5000 miles of coastline, only 20 miles are still designated "working waterfront" and of the over 300 once inhabited islands, only 15 have year round residents today. The challenges facing the fishermen and islanders are daunting. Learn about a lobsterman's life and life on an island.

Dinner: Dinner together at a local Camden restaurant.

Lodging: The Inn at Camden Place

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: In the heart of downtown Camden, this eleven room inn offers privacy and quiet, convenience and comfort. Tucked behind the main street, but within walking distance of Camden Harbor and all it has to offer - boats and bookstores, cafes, shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
14 Tannery Lane
Camden, ME 04843 USA
phone: 207-236-4616
web: www.theinnatcamdenplace.com

Room amenities: Each room is unique - some with views of Megunticook River, some with sitting areas. All rooms equipped with irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, clock radios, telephones and televisions.

Facility amenities: Three floors (STAIRS ONLY), parking directly in front of the inn, complimentary wireless internet. The Inn's Common Room has coffee and tea available 24 hours, and a refrigerator and microwave for the use of the guests.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price varies with the season
Check with Inn for price and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 18 - Searsport - The Penobscot Marine Museum and Belfa...
Searsport - The Penobscot Marine Museum and Belfast - The Museum in the Streets

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Enjoy the early morning ride up the coast to BlueJacket Shipcrafters, the oldest ship and boat modeling company in the U.S.. Go on a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the workshops, metal foundry and gallery where more than 100 ship models are on display. The next stop is the oldest maritime museum in Maine - the Penobscot Marine Museum. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the campus - including a classic New England Town Hall, the First Congregational Church and a 19th-century sea captain's home. The buildings house the various exhibits depicting a life of "working the bay." It's the focus on the real-life experiences of the men, women and children who lived and worked on the great square-rigged ships in the 19th-century that brings the "Great Age of Sail" to life and makes the Penobscot Marine Museum unique.

Lunch: Lunch together in Belfast.

Afternoon: Join your historian for a walk through Belfast's historic downtown whose architecture reflects the affluence generated by the wealthy sea captains and ship builders of the 19th-century. Belfast and Searsport were once considered the most affluent towns on the east coast due to the extremely prolific and lucrative shipbuilding and seafaring merchant class. After its heyday in the 19th-century to its decline in the 1970's, Belfast's present day eclectic mix of working class Maine, back-to-the-landers, artists, boatbuilders and retirees have brought about its recent emergence as one of the "top ten culturally cool towns in the country" as sited by USA Today.

Dinner: Dinner together at one of Camden's favorite local restaurants.

Lodging: The Inn at Camden Place

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: In the heart of downtown Camden, this eleven room inn offers privacy and quiet, convenience and comfort. Tucked behind the main street, but within walking distance of Camden Harbor and all it has to offer - boats and bookstores, cafes, shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
14 Tannery Lane
Camden, ME 04843 USA
phone: 207-236-4616
web: www.theinnatcamdenplace.com

Room amenities: Each room is unique - some with views of Megunticook River, some with sitting areas. All rooms equipped with irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, clock radios, telephones and televisions.

Facility amenities: Three floors (STAIRS ONLY), parking directly in front of the inn, complimentary wireless internet. The Inn's Common Room has coffee and tea available 24 hours, and a refrigerator and microwave for the use of the guests.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price varies with the season
Check with Inn for price and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 19 - Historic Windjammer Cruise
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Welcome to the world of the Maine Windjammer! All aboard one of oldest and original daysailing windjammers in Camden Harbor for a two-hour adventure. The captain regales you with stories, points out the varied wildlife, lobster pots and lighthouses and explains why the lobster fishing industry is so important to Maine's economy and "sense of place."

Lunch: Lunch together.

Afternoon: This afternoon is yours to explore! Perhaps a hike up Mt. Battie, or a trip to the Farnsworth Art Museum, or, or, or . . . so much to do!

Dinner: You are on your own for dinner this evening and the choice is yours - stay in Camden, go next door to Rockport or down to Rockland.

Lodging: The Inn at Camden Place

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Description: In the heart of downtown Camden, this eleven room inn offers privacy and quiet, convenience and comfort. Tucked behind the main street, but within walking distance of Camden Harbor and all it has to offer - boats and bookstores, cafes, shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
14 Tannery Lane
Camden, ME 04843 USA
phone: 207-236-4616
web: www.theinnatcamdenplace.com

Room amenities: Each room is unique - some with views of Megunticook River, some with sitting areas. All rooms equipped with irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, clock radios, telephones and televisions.

Facility amenities: Three floors (STAIRS ONLY), parking directly in front of the inn, complimentary wireless internet. The Inn's Common Room has coffee and tea available 24 hours, and a refrigerator and microwave for the use of the guests.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price varies with the season
Check with Inn for price and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 20 - Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, Maine's Lighthous...
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, Maine's Lighthouse Museum and Owl's Head Light

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: This morning you head "up" on the way down to Rockland with a stop at the Rockland Breakwater Light. In 1827, a small lantern was placed at Jameson Point at the entrance to Rockland Harbor. By 1881, at the height of the shipping trade, it was apparent that a proper lighthouse was needed and work began on the 0.8 mile stone breakwater. Construction lasted until 1899 and the small beacon was moved farther and farther out as the breakwater extended. The next stop is the Maine Lighthouse Museum where you are joined by an authentic lighthouse keepers daughter for a private presentation of "Living in a Lighthouse", stories and slides of her childhood. Afterwards, Marla is your private guide to the Museum's exensive collection of Fresnel lenses. Learn about the history of this collection and the importance of the Maine coast's lighthouses.

Lunch: Lunch together.

Afternoon: This afternoon Marla joins you at her childhood home - the Owl's Head Lighthouse, authorized in 1825 by President John Quincy Adams. There are many stories associated with Owl's Head Light . . . and a dog named Spot. You'll hear them all!

Dinner: A farewell dinner celebration tonight at one of Camden's premier seafood restaurants.

Lodging: The Inn at Camden Place

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 21 - Everything You Wanted to Know About Lobsters . . ...
Everything You Wanted to Know About Lobsters . . . But Were Afraid to Ask

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at your leisure.

Morning: How can you tell the males from the females? What's a keepah? Join Captain Alan Philbrick as he answers those questions and more! A lobsterman for over 30 years, the captain has vast knowledge of various habitats, history and local ocean ecology as well as all things lobster - past, present and future.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Camden, Maine
Camden Hills State Park30 miles of hiking trails with access from five major trailheads. Auto road and hiking trail to the summit of Mt. Battie and Mt. Megunticook.
For additional information, visit: www.maine.gov
The Farnsworth Art MuseumThis world-class art museum has over 10,000 paintings, sculptures, watercolors and fine art objects throughout 12 galleries and two historic properties. "Maine in America", the permanent collection, showcases the works of the greatest names in 19th and 20th-century American art from Homer to Hopper. American Impressionists are represented by Frank Benson, Childe Hassam and others who found inspiration in the Maine landscape. The Wyeth Center showcases works from three generations of Wyeths and provides one of the world's most prominent venues for viewing the breadth of their work.
For additional information, visit: www.farnsworthmuseum.org

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Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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7 Expert-led lectures
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