There are a lot of things to do in Rockland Maine: fine dining options, museums, windjammer excursions, mountains, shopping … the list goes on. (You really might be able to shop till you drop in Rockland. You can buy art, antiques, rare books, and fishing gear all on one street.) Visit Rockland for yourself to learn why BudgetTravel Magazine named it one of the “Top Ten Coolest Small Towns in America.”
Rockland is known as the Lobster Capital of the World, and is especially famous for its annual Maine Lobster Festival. The festival is usually held in August and has been helping Rockland and its visitors celebrate the lobster and lobstering industry for over 50 years.
Rockland is also known as the “Gateway to Penobscot Bay.” Rockland used to be a leading port for the limestone trade. Today, it is a working harbor for lobsterboats, and a pleasure harbor for schooners and yachts.
While you’re in town, be sure to visit the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center. Since its founding, the Farnsworth has worked to collect the work of nationally renowned artists whose careers are associated with Maine. The Farnsworth’s art is rooted in Maine’s history, people, industries, and values. The Museum’s Wyeth Center is one of only two centers in the country dedicated exclusively to the work of three generations of the Wyeth Family: Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth.
If lighthouses intrigue you, you’re in luck. Rockland is home to the Maine Lighthouse Museum, which features a variety of lighthouse-related exhibits. The Museum is known worldwide for its collection of Fresnel lenses; in fact, their collection is the largest collection on display in the country.
And if lighthouses intrigue you, be sure to make the trip to the end of the Rockland Breakwater. The Breakwater protecting Rockland’s harbor is 4,346’ long. (Yeah – that’s quite a hike!) At the end of the breakwater stands a 25’ tall, brick lighthouse with attached keeper’s dwelling. Open houses are held at the lighthouse from 9 to 5 every weekend during the summer months. But even if you’re there during the week, it might be worth your while to walk out into the ocean and lean against a real lighthouse.
And once you’ve worked up an appetite, visit Amalfi on the Water. Their slogan is “A view to remember, food not to forget.” The food is incomparable, and the views – well let’s just say, you can’t get much closer to the water. Enjoy a traditional steamed lobster, or a crab and lobster pie on an outdoor deck, while the ocean breeze tries to steal your napkin. Call (207) 596-0012 for reservations.
Or, if you are looking for less of a production, but still want good food, visit the Rockland Café, a family-friendly restaurant conveniently located on Main Street. They serve 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. Enjoy a traditional seafood chowder, or experiment with their seafood lasagna. And of course, you can get the lobster. Either way, you won’t leave hungry.
Rockland’s Berry Manor Inn is a luxury bed and breakfast that has enjoyed a AAA four-diamond rating since 2001. It was recently named one of the top ten best B&Bs in the United States by TripAdvisor.com. Down East Magazine called it “The Wow House.” If you’re vacationing in Rockland, The Berry Manor Inn can be your vacation within a vacation.