Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Postcards from Maine: Camden

On our drive home, we consoled ourselves after missing the House in Searsport by finally visiting Norumbega, a magnificent inn on Route 1 in Camden. We look for it and admire it on every drive, and I can now report that the inside fulfills every promise of the outside.

Just from driving past it for about 20 years, we could tell when the place was having its ups and downs, including some obvious "deferred maintenance" many years ago. The place has changed hands a few times, and the current owners have been in business for just a few years. They seem to be keeping it excellent shape. 

As soon as we set foot in the entry, we knew it was our kind of place:

I could almost live happily just in the entryway:

A young woman who worked in the kitchen answered the bell and gave us a tour in the innkeeper's absence. (She was so welcoming and well-informed that I thought she was the innkeeper.) I didn't take many photos but here's the library:

A sitting room with a piano. You can see the elegant oak hallway in the background:

There's original woodwork and detailing everywhere throughout the inn:

To see all the rooms and rates, here's the inn's website. We plan to stay there sometime soon, in the off-season when rates are much better. We saw a few rooms; the bigger ones, like the penthouse suite, are too upscale (and "mod") for us, but the smaller ones seem charming and comfortable. The best ones face the back, with ocean views in the distance and less street noise. Some have little balconies, some have clawfoot tubs, and each is different.

From Norumbega one can walk or drive to downtown Camden, which wraps around its lively harbor:

We wander and eat there, and walk down to the harbor to see the tall ships and other boats at their moorings. There's a Sherman's bookstore, a good deli with two cases of serious baked goods, and several independent shops selling home goods and Maine crafts. Camden's library is also worth a visit for its creative architecture inside and out. Here's the outdoor seating area, with a curved bench in the form of a bookshelf, set in a garden:


  1. The flower in the Thuya Garden that you wished to identify in your previous post is Tithonia Rotundifolia (Mexican Sunflower). The color is wonderful.
    Enjoy your blog very much! Marta

    1. Thank you for the kind words and identifying the flower! I have a bad memory for names, both human and floral.


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