Hotel at a Glance: Whitehall
“All I could see from where I stood was three long mountains and a wood. I turned and looked another way and saw three islands in a bay.” American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay first recited these words—lines from her first major work “Renascence”—at Whitehall in 1912 after writing them atop nearby Mt. Battie. A hotel guest was so enraptured by Edna’s poetry that they went on to sponsor her education at Vassar, spurring the career of one of America’s most beloved poets. This is but a chapter in Whitehall’s lengthy history, which includes visits from royalty, a U.S. President, and Hollywood celebrities, as well as sun-soaked summers on the Camden coast.
- Where you’ll stay: Old meets new in guest rooms, where bold colors, iPad docking stations, and Apple TVs complement the furnishings.
- Pig and Poet: The on-site restaurant focuses on sustainable ingredients and local seafood in dishes such as grilled clams with nori butter.
- 100 years of history: The hotel dates back to 1901, but was freshly renovated in 2015 with comfort in mind.
- Rustic touches throughout the hotel, including weathered woods, aged metals, and rope
- Wake up to house-made, Maine-inspired small plates for breakfast
- Distance to Camden: Just a 10-minute walk away.
Camden, Maine: 19th-Century Charm on Sparkling Penobscot Bay
Ever since the first six-masted schooner was built here, in 1900, Camden has been known as a center for boating. From the many hills that look out to Penobscot Bay, you can see windjammers and kayaks cruising about the harbor, and the spires of century-old churches looming over downtown. Historical buildings abound here: You can dine at European-style bistros and pick up souvenirs in boutiques set in brownstone buildings that date back to the 19th century. Along the waterfront, colorful wooden buildings house restaurants and lobster joints that serve fresh-caught Maine lobster and rock crab.
The inland is just as beautiful as the coast. Trees on Camden’s hills bloom bright green in warm months and blaze red and gold during the fall. A few miles west of the water, you can hike the rolling trails of Camden Hills State Park to the top of Mount Battie for views that extend all the way to Penobscot Bay.