Maine has long attracted industrious Yankee artists who have managed to couple their aesthetic impulses with mercantile practicality. On my most recent trip, I visited several artisanal enterprises, all located within a half-hour of one another along U.S. Route 1 north of Camden. This pleasant drive is an ideal diversion for those not-infrequent days when the fog rolls in.
On its license plates, the state of Maine proudly proclaims itself “Vacationland” — and while I’m seldom persuaded by such slogans, this one is more than justified. The northernmost and largest part of New England, Maine contains more than 2,200 lakes, dense forests (which cover almost 80 percent of the state) and an astonishing 3,500 miles of...
Mid-coastal wags used to say, “See Camden, smell Rockland,” a pointed commentary on the latter’s rough fishing-industrial port. No more. Rockland’s streets are now lined with galleries, shops and restaurants, and at the center of this vibrant revival is the Farnsworth Art Museum, one of the finest regional museums I have had the pleasure to visit.
Given Maine's deserved reputation for seafood and varied produce, one might expect the restaurants to be good, but only in the last few years have they begun to do the ingredients full justice. Here are the highspots from our journey.