On a Lark to Camden, ME

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Do you ever get the urge to just get out of town for a bit? Lately it seems the noise pollution in the city has been incessant, work has been non-stop, and I've been getting way too caught up in it all. So I borrowed a RAV-4 from the team at Toyota and hit the road with my eyes set on mid-Maine. I've been to Portland and Kennebunkport and felt it was time to head a little farther north to Camden and explore a bit more of the parks and terrain Maine is known for. And partly because they have a Lark Hotel in Camden, and you guys know how much I love Lark Hotels!

On the agenda for the weekend? Unplugging, lots of lobster, and lots of sunshine and trees. On the drive up to Camden we stopped in Portland at the Portland Lobster Company for our first lobster roll of the weekend. It was over a pound of fresh, clean lobster meat stuffed into a lettuce lined bun and it was amazing. After stuffing ourselves we got back on the road and headed towards our final destination in Camden.

Located just a couple miles from Camden Hills State Park is Lark's Whitehall Inn. In line with other Lark Hotel locations this locally owned boutique hotel serves a home-cooked breakfast as well as dinner at their on-site restaurant, Pig + Poet. We checked in, changed our clothes and headed to Pig + Poet for happy hour. We spent the rest of the evening enjoying Pig + Poets epic clam chowder and cocktails before heading into town and exploring the local nightlife.

The next day was all about kicking back and relaxing. I woke up and decided to go for a run, so I put on my gear and just started running. That's when I discovered the hotel's close proximity to Camden Hills State Park; it just kind of snuck up on me and after heading down a trail for a few minutes I found myself standing on the rocky coast of Maine staring out into the seemingly endless coastline. It was a picture perfect moment. After my run I headed back to the hotel, changed, and took a walk into town. A downpour ensued, so I took the opportunity to head back to my room, laze around and watch Forensic Files for the rest of the afternoon. If only it had been nice enough to play shuffle board in the backyard!

For dinner we headed back to Pig + Poet, this time for oysters and charcuterie. It was a gorgeous evening and many guests were enjoying glasses of wine by the outdoor fire place. I thought we were a little late in the season heading to Maine in mid-September, but it was the perfect time to visit. It wasn't very hard to find vacancies at local hotels, it wasn't too hot, and all the shops and local restaurants are still open and buzzing with visitors.

The next day I snapped a few blog photos before enjoying breakfast in the dining room and packing up the RAV-4 for the drive back to Maine. On the way back we stopped at Red's Eats for even more lobster. This famous lobster shack was no joke; we waited in line for almost two hours to enjoy one of the largest, freshest lobster rolls I've ever enjoyed. We ordered two giant lobster rolls, a pint of fried clams, fried shrimp, onion rings and it was nearly $100.  If you ask me, it was worth it and every minute we spent waiting in line, standing in direct sun in 80 degree heat!

Following our three hour detour we hit the road and headed back to Boston, ending our weekend getaway. It was just what I needed to recharge for the week ahead. If you haven't had your end-of-summer-getaway, Whitehall is open through the end of October and the weather is still very temperate. Plus you get the best of both worlds; lobster rolls and stunning foliage!

52 High Street
Camden, ME 04843
(207) 236-3391

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