Maine staycations have become more popular in the past few years and can be a great way to enjoy a vacation without leaving town. Many blogs talk about traveling to destinations and visiting them from the eyes of a local by doing local activities. But less often, we think about seeing our hometown like a visitor and having excitement about things we do or see every day.
It may take a little thinking and planning, but if you want to have a staycation for your vacation, we have some great ideas that give you a fresh perspective and reignite some of that magic and enchantment you love so much about Camden!
If it’s been some time since you got out and done things in the area, you might like our free Vacation guide. It has all the best things to do and places to go around the area. You might find some things to do you’ve not yet done. Download your copy today and use it to help plan your Maine staycation this year!
5 Wonderful Things to Do on Maine Staycations
Explore Unique Shops and Restaurants
Visiting the same old shops day in and day out can make them less exciting in the sense of a vacation. When people take vacations to our town, they look for the most unique Midcoast Maine places. They, too, want an unforgettable experience.
Try finding some great shops you’ve never been to before or haven’t been to in a long time. You might like to try the Archipelago, the Curator Maine, or the Little Buoy. If you’ve already been to these shops, see if you can find some little out-of-the-way places you haven’t seen before.
Pick New Waterfront Restaurants Dining for Maine Staycations
Try a waterfront restaurant you haven’t been to before. Camden has beautiful spots to eat a wonderful meal with your loved ones. Take them somewhere unique and new. If you’ve already tried a lot of restaurants, consider picking a favorite but find great ways to change it up. Sit in a different location or order a dish you’ve never tried.
Stretch yourself to get adventurous with your comfort zone, try things you’ve never tried, and do something you’ve never done. If done enough, this can evoke an enchanting feeling of being somewhere new when you break out of habits and routines. The more you experiment with this idea, the more fun it can get! You can also try plenty of romantic ideas, like taking a wine and picnic dinner to a special scenic spot to watch the sunset!
Hike in Camden’s Gorgeous Forests
One thing a lot of people are lacking these days is a connection with nature. With our busy lives, it can be easy to forget how amazing it is to be out among the trees, fresh air, and sounds of nature.
Spending time in nature can be enough to reset our nervous systems and give us a genuinely relaxed sense of happiness. Camden has so many gorgeous places to go hiking. You can plan many adventures to get a different perspective of Camden and life!
Day Trip to Nearby Islands or Go Sailing
Spend the day on a nearby island exploring. Take a ferry ride to visit nearby islands, such as Islesboro or Vinalhaven, or one of the other fantastic islands.
Learn about the history, visit a lighthouse, hike, and see what all the island offers for a day of adventure and a new scenic view. Or, if you don’t get out on the water much, spend the day sailing the coastline. It can be a wonderful and exhilarating way to enjoy Maine staycations!
Visit Museums, Galleries, and Lighthouses for Maine Staycations
With its rich and long maritime history, there are plenty of museums, galleries, and lighthouses in Maine. Sometimes it’s great to get back for a refresher. Try to catch a new exhibit or visit one you haven’t been to before. Even if you have seen it before, try finding new things to awe over!
We hope this gave you some great ideas for new ways to see old things or maybe even some new ideas you haven’t tried yet or seen in Camden.
Taking a Maine staycation is a great way to get reacquainted with the area, and who knows what new and fascinating discoveries you will make. The important part is just taking some downtime away from daily life and giving yourself a chance to relax and breathe in the fresh air!
Staycation in a Beautiful Bed & Breakfast at the Camden Maine Stay Inn!
Another great way to make your hometown feel like an actual vacation is to find a beautiful place to stay in a home away from home! Pamper yourself so you can unwind and enjoy your vacation like a true traveler!
If you love a bit of history, and luxurious amenities like cozy beds, private en suite bathrooms, and plush robes, you’ll love it here. We have stylish guest rooms and the comforts of home in our charming historical B&B. Check availability and make plans for a glorious Maine staycation today!