“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill
Rich Northeasterners Sure Know What’s Good
Greetings, fellow travelers! How are you feeling on this beautiful and slightly chilly autumn day? If you’re feeling good, that’s great! On the other hand, if you’re a summer person and are feeling a bit gloom because of all those clouds outside, we might have the perfect cure right here. You’ve guessed it – it’s the latest addition to our small town series of articles, and we, your travel maniacs at HopAmerica.com, are more than happy to let you in on a little small town secret called Camden, Maine.
Now, the population of this beautiful New England town was just over 4,800 at the 2010 census, but you better believe it more than triples during the summer months because of all those tourists and summer residents who flock down to Camden to enjoy its beautiful beaches and summer events. That being said, Camden is a well-known summer colony in the Mid-Coast region of Maine, especially since it’s brimming with wealthy Northeasterners during the hottest months of every year.
The Slogan Ain’t Lying
But enough about that. Now, you might have noticed that we initially referred to Camden as a small town secret, and then stated that the place is a famous summer colony. Yeah, well, the thing is – it’s both, actually. Sure, it’s famous as a summer destination, but what most people don’t know is that it’s equally, if not more breathtaking during the rest of the year, and especially during fall! And even though many consider it to be affluent, Camden still boasts preserved buildings and historic structures, gorgeous views, friendly people and a charming small town sensibility.
Nestled at the foot of Camden Hill on Penobscot Bay, Camden can be characterized as a truly picturesque town in mid-coastal Maine, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful places in New England. Its official slogan is “Where The Mountains Meet The Sea,” and indeed – it is one of only two places on the Atlantic seaboard where the mountains actually meet the sea.
Camden, Maine – Rich With….Well, Whatever One Can Think Of
Officially, the place was known as Cambden Plantation back in 1768, when the first settlers came to the area. Unofficially, however, it was called Megunticook, which was a Native American name meaning “great swells of the sea.” The name Camden comes from the first Earl of Camden, Charles Pratt (Cambden was the British spelling), who was a sympathizer with the colonists during the American Revolution. In honor of his active support of the American Colonists, the town was named after him in 1791.
Offering an abundance of bed and breakfasts, inns, hotels, art galleries and locally-owned shops, Camden is truly rich with history, in addition to the fact that it represents a vital culinary center to the food lovers of New England and the world. That being said, the surrounding region as well represents the perfect playground to enjoy countless outdoor activities, most typical being lighthouse exploring, camping, skiing and snowboarding, sailing and paddle-boarding, mountain biking, hiking and many more.
Blame It On Holiday Spirit, But We Like The Sound Of It
There are also countless highly popular events that take place in and around Camden year-round, but a particular one that’s caught our eye is Christmas by the Sea. It’s scheduled to take place this year between the 4th and 6th of December, and it represents an end-of-the-year tradition in Camden that is eagerly anticipated by families as it kicks off the holiday season.
Plans this year include many activities, fairs and crafts throughout the Mid-coast communities, as well as the “real Santa,” carolers, a tree-lighting in Harbor Park, carriage rides, stores open late with ongoing sales and the inevitable holiday parade. So, if you’re not doing anything in December, you might want to see if we’re telling the truth.