While we were camping at Camden Hills State Park I read an article in the Bangor Daily News about a blog called swimmaine.com. This useful new blog is dedicated to recommending and documenting great swims in the great state of Maine. It motivated me to get some more swim in during our New England expedition. Luckily, towards the end of our trip one of our co-campers discovered a great little beach for swimming about 5 miles north of the park on U.S. Route 1.
Our group decided to head to Lincolnville Beach for our last afternoon/evening in Camden before heading up to the full summer glory of Acadia National Park. It was magical. A perfect afternoon of swimming and relaxation and great food. Everyone swam and splashed and soaked up the late afternoon sun. The boys, as they so often do, had a complete blast and spent an impressive amount of time in the cool water.
After some good swimming and splashing we walked down the sandy beach and discovered a restaurant on the water called The Lobster Pound. They had a large, uncrowded, grassy picnic area that looked perfect for the kids. We went back to base camp and dried off and changed bathing suits and diapers and headed off to dinner. I don’t know about you, but eating a good meal after an afternoon of swimming at the beach is about as good as life gets. The food at the Lobster Pound did not disappoint. Stephanie had an “excellent” bucket of steamers and one of our friends had the chunkiest bowl of lobster chowder I have ever seen. Prices were fair and nothing about it seemed touristy. Eveyone was very happy with their food. Everyone was very happy.
You know that you love a place when you start planning a return trip before you have even left. This was the case with Camden. We stayed at a lovely campground. We ate delicious food. And we spent quality time with our kids and with our friends. There were also great bookstores. What more can a camper ask for?
Onward to Acadia….