Hotel at a Glance: Camden Maine Stay Inn
Camden Maine Stay Inn was built in 1802 as a home for one of President John Adams’s relatives. Today, innkeepers Roberta and Claudio Latanza maintain the Federal-style home’s historical charm while lending European elegance and hospitality from their native Italy. You can enjoy a housemade breakfast of warm pastries and inventive egg dishes, then spend a lazy afternoon reading in one of the parlors.
- Complimentary gourmet breakfast: Sit down to a hearty spread that includes such scrumptious items as housemade granola and french toast. It’s served from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.
- Guest rooms and suites are trimmed in floral accents and period furnishings that add touches of romance. WiFi access keeps you in touch with the outside world.
- Stop and smell the flowers in the inn’s 1-acre garden. Take a peaceful stroll over a bridge that crosses a small brook, or feel the breeze on a wooden swing set.
- Recent award: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014
Camden, Maine: 19th-Century Charm on Sparkling Bay
From the waters of Penobscot Bay, the town of Camden rises along a hillside topped with trees that bloom bright green in warm months and blaze red and gold during the fall. The pastoral view is interrupted only by the masts of ships on the water and the spires of century-old churches that line the streets downtown. The city is as known for sailing as it is for historical buildings. The first six-masted schooner was built here, and vacationers still come to sail on windjammers and paddle kayaks in the harbor. If you prefer being on land, you can hike the rolling trails of Camden Hills State Park for views atop Mount Battie that extend all the way to Penobscot Bay.
Along Camden’s waterfront, colorful wooden buildings house restaurants and lobster pounds that serve fresh-caught Maine lobster and rock crab. Downtown, you can dine at European-style bistros and pick up souvenirs in boutiques set in brownstone buildings that date back to the 19th century.