Thanksgiving has always been for family togetherness. Granted, some families would prefer football to time in the kitchen, but from it’s very roots, Thanksgiving has always been a time to gather, give thanks and enjoy time together. In Rockland, Maine, Thanksgiving is also time to kick off the holidays in the most local of ways. Santa arrives by lobster boat, a wonderful small-town holiday parade of lights proceeds down Main Street, people donate canned goods for people in need, the Historic Inns of Rockland open their doors to inns decorated for the holidays and not a single locally-owned store opens on Thanksgiving day. In Rockland, where the motto has always been “The Real Maine” Thanksgiving is all about local and small town traditions.
Small and local is the theme here in Rockland. The innkeepers at the Historic Inns of Rockland will greet you by name, offer up individualized advice for the perfect places to go and see for your interests. They know the restaurants, they know the perfect photo ops and they’re happy to share ideas with you. When was the last time you visited a chain hotel and got that kind of individualized advice?
You won’t find big box stores in Rockland. Here you’ll shop locally from stores that purchase locally. You’ll find fine artisan vinegars and Balsamics at Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars where the owner is most likely in the store to offer tastings, recipes and ideas. You’ll enjoy spa treatments at places like Rheal Day Spa, where community comes first. And you’ll find locally prepared and wholesome foods from farms and purveyors nearby at the new Main Street Market. Yes, the big box stores are on the outskirts of Rockland, but shop Main Street this holiday weekend and you’ll be assured that you’re buying from local artists, crafters, foodies and friends.
And dining in Rockland is a truly local experience. Enjoy a meal from the extensive menu at Café Miranda and you may just be eating food grown on the owner’s (Kerry Altiero) Headacre Farm, just miles down the road. You’ll enjoy recipes passed down from his Italian Grandmother and you’ll feast on fabulous bread prepared in Maine’s first brick oven. Enjoy a meal at In Good Company and you can chat with Melody, the owner who will also most likely have prepared your meal. It’s all about local at Rockland’s dining establishments.
While Black Friday is focused on shopping, don’t forget about Small Business Saturday. Rockland, Maine is a place to keep it local, where the three Historic Inns of Rockland – Granite Inn, Berry Manor Inn and LimeRock Inn will welcome you with their Holiday House tour, Festival of Lights package and a warm, welcoming smile.