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Guidebook for Rockland

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Guidebook for Rockland

Food Scene
This is a must-visit breakfast (and lunch!) spot just blocks from our house. Baked goods are made in-house (bakery right down the block) and the service is fantastic. Don't miss it!
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Home Kitchen Cafe
650 Main Street
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This is a must-visit breakfast (and lunch!) spot just blocks from our house. Baked goods are made in-house (bakery right down the block) and the service is fantastic. Don't miss it!
One of the best views in Rockland from the outdoor area at this family-friendly seafood restaurant.
Hill's Seafood Co
266 Main St
One of the best views in Rockland from the outdoor area at this family-friendly seafood restaurant.
Get dinner or just oysters and small plates at this charming spot on Main Street. Sit in the window for people-watching at the counter!
North Beacon Oyster
421 Main St
Get dinner or just oysters and small plates at this charming spot on Main Street. Sit in the window for people-watching at the counter!
Yes, the bar is a big attraction, but the pub is extremely family-friendly and relaxed for those family outings after a long day of fun.
Rock Harbor Pub and Brewery
416 Main St
Yes, the bar is a big attraction, but the pub is extremely family-friendly and relaxed for those family outings after a long day of fun.
This is a popular local watering hole for watching events on TV and charity fundraisers, etc. However, it's also a really great family restaurant with helpful servers and a very kid-friendly atmosphere and menu. We go often! The old train station is a fun location for a meal with the kids.
Trackside Station
4 Union St
This is a popular local watering hole for watching events on TV and charity fundraisers, etc. However, it's also a really great family restaurant with helpful servers and a very kid-friendly atmosphere and menu. We go often! The old train station is a fun location for a meal with the kids.
No time to go out of town to hit a lobster shack? Never fear - we have some of the best lobster in Rockland right up the road from us. Covered porch in case it's raining. Order at the window.
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Claws
743 Main Street
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No time to go out of town to hit a lobster shack? Never fear - we have some of the best lobster in Rockland right up the road from us. Covered porch in case it's raining. Order at the window.
Cafe Miranda is a much-beloved favorite spot of locals and for good reason. The menu is large and eclectic and the food is wonderful. Outside seating is available for nice days. Also a great lunch spot!
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Cafe Miranda
15 Oak Street
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Cafe Miranda is a much-beloved favorite spot of locals and for good reason. The menu is large and eclectic and the food is wonderful. Outside seating is available for nice days. Also a great lunch spot!
I say "food scene" because this is one of the most iconic farm markets in the midcoast. They have gorgeous plants and produce as well as tasty local breads, cheeses, and even lobsters! Go see what's good and don't forget to try their famous strawberry shortcake.
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Beth's Farm Market
1986 Western Rd
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I say "food scene" because this is one of the most iconic farm markets in the midcoast. They have gorgeous plants and produce as well as tasty local breads, cheeses, and even lobsters! Go see what's good and don't forget to try their famous strawberry shortcake.
This amazing, long-standing purveyor of house-made sauerkraut, pickles, and European deli items also has a restaurant. It's not a secret for locals, but it's strangely not well-known to visitors. Bundle it with a trip to Beth's Farm Market and snag yourself a charcuterie feast!
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Morse's Sauerkraut
3856 Washington Road
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This amazing, long-standing purveyor of house-made sauerkraut, pickles, and European deli items also has a restaurant. It's not a secret for locals, but it's strangely not well-known to visitors. Bundle it with a trip to Beth's Farm Market and snag yourself a charcuterie feast!
Drinks & Nightlife
In Good Company also serves wonderful food, but its greatest feature is that it's a cozy wine bar with excellent appetizers, etc. Perfect for date night or meeting a small group of friends.
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In Good Company
415 Main Street
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In Good Company also serves wonderful food, but its greatest feature is that it's a cozy wine bar with excellent appetizers, etc. Perfect for date night or meeting a small group of friends.
Ada's is also a wonderful pasta and pizza-focused restaurant, but our favorite area is the bar. You can get a full menu of cocktails and they have excellent beers. Hopping almost all the time! Go just for drinks or stay for dinner.
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Ada's Kitchen
449 Main St
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Ada's is also a wonderful pasta and pizza-focused restaurant, but our favorite area is the bar. You can get a full menu of cocktails and they have excellent beers. Hopping almost all the time! Go just for drinks or stay for dinner.
We always seem to end our dates at Fog, where there is sometimes music and often a classic film playing on the wall. It's also a restaurant, but we mainly love the excellent bar menu and the fun vibe. Great for date nights.
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Fog Bar & Cafe
328 Main Street
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We always seem to end our dates at Fog, where there is sometimes music and often a classic film playing on the wall. It's also a restaurant, but we mainly love the excellent bar menu and the fun vibe. Great for date nights.
Sightseeing
There is no more iconic Rockland activity than walking part or all of the Breakwater with your family. Be aware that toddlers may not be able to handle the cracks in the stones - it should be fine for all other ages.
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Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
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There is no more iconic Rockland activity than walking part or all of the Breakwater with your family. Be aware that toddlers may not be able to handle the cracks in the stones - it should be fine for all other ages.
IF you watched Forrest Gump, you' ve seen this gem of a lighthouse. Take a leisurely drive down, check it out, and then go to McLoon's or Miller's Lobster for a bite!
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Marshall Point Lighthouse
Marshall Point Road
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IF you watched Forrest Gump, you' ve seen this gem of a lighthouse. Take a leisurely drive down, check it out, and then go to McLoon's or Miller's Lobster for a bite!
I need to upload a better photo here, but this charming little lighthouse has a fantastic view and, by the way, is supposedly haunted. A great stop when also seeing the Transportation Museum or when hitting up Marshall Point Light in an afternoon.
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Owls Head Lighthouse
Lighthouse Rd
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I need to upload a better photo here, but this charming little lighthouse has a fantastic view and, by the way, is supposedly haunted. A great stop when also seeing the Transportation Museum or when hitting up Marshall Point Light in an afternoon.
Arts & Culture
You can't come to Rockland without seeing this gem of a museum! Read up on the Wyeth family first for maximum enjoyment of its treasures. There is an activity room for kids.
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Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum Street
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You can't come to Rockland without seeing this gem of a museum! Read up on the Wyeth family first for maximum enjoyment of its treasures. There is an activity room for kids.
Rockland's newest museum, this compact stunner is a great trip for the entire family.
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Center for Maine Contemporary Art
21 Winter St
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Rockland's newest museum, this compact stunner is a great trip for the entire family.
Operated in the warmer seasons by the Farnsworth, this is the homestead of the Olson family, made famous by Wyeth through his many paintings, most notably "Christina's World." The tour guides are excellent and a wealth of info. May be a little lecture-centric for younger kids, but is fascinating to anyone old enough to absorb the stories. For extra benefit, read the creative nonfiction "A Piece of the World" by Christina Baker Kline first. Combo tickets available at the Farnsworth for cheaper same-day visits.
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Olson House
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Operated in the warmer seasons by the Farnsworth, this is the homestead of the Olson family, made famous by Wyeth through his many paintings, most notably "Christina's World." The tour guides are excellent and a wealth of info. May be a little lecture-centric for younger kids, but is fascinating to anyone old enough to absorb the stories. For extra benefit, read the creative nonfiction "A Piece of the World" by Christina Baker Kline first. Combo tickets available at the Farnsworth for cheaper same-day visits.
Even if you're not a huge antique car fan, there's plenty to enjoy here. This is truly the coolest transportation museum I've ever seen - large and with varied and thoughtful displays. Perfect rainy day activity and great for kids!
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Owls Head Transportation Museum
117 Museum Street
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Even if you're not a huge antique car fan, there's plenty to enjoy here. This is truly the coolest transportation museum I've ever seen - large and with varied and thoughtful displays. Perfect rainy day activity and great for kids!
Shopping
You haven't read wrong - this amazing storefront in Thomaston features the gorgeous crafts (wood and textile) of the Maine State Prison inmates. The proceeds from the store go back to their jobs program. You will not find lovelier wood crafts, toys, and more! Seriously - go.
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Maine State Prison Showroom
358 Main Street
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You haven't read wrong - this amazing storefront in Thomaston features the gorgeous crafts (wood and textile) of the Maine State Prison inmates. The proceeds from the store go back to their jobs program. You will not find lovelier wood crafts, toys, and more! Seriously - go.
Parks & Nature
Rising just above the iconic town of Camden, you can drive up to the top of Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State Park and see a view that is poster-worthy. Have a picnic and call it a day or go hiking on one of the many trails of varying difficulty in this park. On the way home, stop in Camden for some relaxation, shopping, and dining!
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Mount Battie
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Rising just above the iconic town of Camden, you can drive up to the top of Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State Park and see a view that is poster-worthy. Have a picnic and call it a day or go hiking on one of the many trails of varying difficulty in this park. On the way home, stop in Camden for some relaxation, shopping, and dining!
The Beech Hill side of this preserve has a wide path up that is is extremely accessible for families and provides a fantastic vista at the top. A great short walk for a day when you may have just an hour or two. The other side is a very woodsy trail full of poison ivy (wish I'd known THAT before we started). Totally different routes up to the same beautiful view at the top (yes, there is a porta-potty there). Highly recommend the first side for a great family activity very close to home. I would avoid the Woods Loop trail on the second side, as a parent.
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Beech Hill Preserve
316 Beech Hill Road
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The Beech Hill side of this preserve has a wide path up that is is extremely accessible for families and provides a fantastic vista at the top. A great short walk for a day when you may have just an hour or two. The other side is a very woodsy trail full of poison ivy (wish I'd known THAT before we started). Totally different routes up to the same beautiful view at the top (yes, there is a porta-potty there). Highly recommend the first side for a great family activity very close to home. I would avoid the Woods Loop trail on the second side, as a parent.
Lobster Shacks
Try all the lobster rolls you can!
Waterman's was a BYOB lobster shack for years. James Beard stopped there once and wrote them up for their fantastic rolls. We really shed a tear when they closed (after decades) a few years ago. Now they are open as a beach brewery, but they are still serving lobster rolls and some other foods out of a permanent truck attached to the back. Kids can play on the little beach there, so it's great for parents to grab a moment of peace and there is sometimes live music. A must-see for lovers of beer and lobster rolls!
Waterman's Beach Brewery
343 Waterman Beach Road
Waterman's was a BYOB lobster shack for years. James Beard stopped there once and wrote them up for their fantastic rolls. We really shed a tear when they closed (after decades) a few years ago. Now they are open as a beach brewery, but they are still serving lobster rolls and some other foods out of a permanent truck attached to the back. Kids can play on the little beach there, so it's great for parents to grab a moment of peace and there is sometimes live music. A must-see for lovers of beer and lobster rolls!
McLoon's is an undisputed local favorite lobster shack with a view straight out of a coastal dream. It can get a little breezy in their nook of the harbor, so take a sweatshirt if you get cold easily!
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McLoons Lobster Shack
315 Island Rd
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McLoon's is an undisputed local favorite lobster shack with a view straight out of a coastal dream. It can get a little breezy in their nook of the harbor, so take a sweatshirt if you get cold easily!
Miller's is sometimes overlooked, but they have a great dock with lots of seating and our personal favorite secret is their mussels, which have some sort of magic, being cooked in the saltwater pot.
Millers Lobster Company
92 Eagle Quarry Rd
Miller's is sometimes overlooked, but they have a great dock with lots of seating and our personal favorite secret is their mussels, which have some sort of magic, being cooked in the saltwater pot.
This is RIGHT downtown in Rockland so it's super convenient. Their dilly beans as a side are an unusual twist. We love them!
The Lobster Shack
346 Main Street
This is RIGHT downtown in Rockland so it's super convenient. Their dilly beans as a side are an unusual twist. We love them!