Yacht Charters in Maine
Camden to Camden, Maine: 6 Days
Camden, Maine, also known as the "jewel of the main coast," offers your charter a little of everything. Leisurely cruise the bays and landmarks enjoying the many sights along the way. You might even catch a glimpse of a seal family. Camden hosts sheltered harbors nestled around beautiful sloping mountains and foothills. Enjoy this unspoiled New England ambiance by strolling down the tree-lined streets of this quaint area. There are numerous lighthouses to view and a spirited and fun fishing community. There are many adorable and interesting art galleries, boutiques and delightful restaurants where you can sample some of the local cuisine of lobster and bisques. You will love the atmosphere, scenery and appeal of this charming and captivating city.
What was once considered a small fishing and ship building community, Bar Harbor, Maine is now one of the desired destinations for many yacht charters. There's a magic and mystique to Bar Harbor. The rock bound coast and soaring granite cliffs offers a great backdrop to the tree and stone lined streets leading to the town. Surrounded by the Acadia National Park, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular beauty, adventure, and luster of this natural wonderment. There are many activities worth partaking while visiting Bar Harbor. Did I mention that Bar Harbor is home to the USA's eighth oldest golf course with views of both mountains and the shore? You can also take whale, seal and seabird watching tours. There is a little something for everyone in beautiful Bar Harbor.
Day 1: Camden
Arrive late afternoon in Camden, Maine. Get settled on the boat and enjoy a welcome cocktail! Explore the beauty of Camden and have dinner at one of the many restaurants Camden has to offer.
Day 2: Southwest Harbot
Sail across Penobscot Bay past Vinalhaven, Isle au Haut. Stop for lunch in " Frenchboro" ( Long Island ) and explore. That afternoon cruise to Southwest Harbor for the evening. Enjoy the quiet atmosphere and slow pace with great shopping, restaurants and galleries. Be sure to visit the famous Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving which features the works of the world-famous Wendell Gilley - widely recognized as one of the early pioneers of this American art form. Take advantage of all the antiques, clothing, craft and handcrafted jewelry stores that are unique to this area and don't forget to stock up on the world-famous Wild Maine Blueberry jams. After an enjoyable day of shopping and sight-seeing, cap the night off with a feast in one of the seaside eateries!
Day 3: Soames Sound & Cranberry Island
Soames Sound / Cranberry Island (Islesford) for your morning and for lunch. Sailing into Bar Harbor, take in the breathtaking rock-bound coast and soaring granite cliffs amongst the backdrop of Cadillac Mountain. Once the summer playground of wealthy and famous Americans, this picturesque town was celebrated as a quiet and beautiful resort village that provided relief from the hustle and bustle of New York City, Boston and Paris. Witness the beauty of humpback, finback and Minke whales as well as porpoises, seals, puffins and more on an exciting whale watch! Or take a tour of the spectacular surrounding waters by sea kayak and experience firsthand the beauty and wildlife that this area has to offer. If you want to learn about the area's fascinating creatures without ever setting foot off dry land then be sure to visit The Oceanarium and The Lobster Museum to discover information about the marshes and ocean's interesting inhabitants.
Day 4: Center Harbor
Sail down Frenchman's Bay to Swan's Island for lunch... Burnt Coat Harbor, visit Hockamock Head Lighthouse or Sand Cove at Marshall Island. After lunch sail up Eggemoggin Reach to Center Harbor
The town of Brooklin offers a General Store, the cozy Morning Moon café, and quite possibly the most charming public library on the planet! Plenty of craft shops and galleries are an easy stroll from here down to the Reach. Take in some local flavor at the Brooklin Inn where in the basement Pub you can chat with some of the local characters from the Wooden Boat School. The Brooklin Boatyard is a great place to check out the local marina life, opened in 1960 by Joel White and presently operated by his son Steve. They have the best craftsmen in the state and visitors are welcome! Ask for Steve, Frank or John to give you a tour! For dinner we will have a lobster bake at the Wooden Boat School Building .
Day 5: Merchants Isle
After a morning tour of the boat building classes at the Wooden Boat. Cruise down the islands of Merchants Row. Arriving in Stonington, note that fishing vessels far outnumber personal yachts. Fishing remains the mainstay of the economy much to the delight of the local restaurateurs. Deer Isle is also home to the internationally-known Haystack Mountain School of Crafts drawing talented artists, photographers and musicians to the area. Explore by launch or kayak - or visit the Deer Island Granite Museum in Stonington, history of the Maine granite quarries.
Day 6: Camden
Sail across Penobscot Bay for a morning arrival in Camden where we have breakfast before passengers disembark with beautiful memories of one of the most peaceful places ever.