As innkeepers we hear it all the time. “Tell us about the most special gem of a place here in Rockland,” we’re asked over and over again. The difference between the Historic Inns of Rockland and our vacation rental and Airbnb counterparts is that we’re here to not only offer the answer, but to give directions and even sometimes pass along our exclusive discounts to our guests. Having the owner on site is such a bonus for any B&B stay. Not only are the innkeepers there to greet you with a smile and a tour when you arrive, but they’re on hand to answer questions, give directions and let you in on the great photo spots and treasured out-of-the-way gems of the region. So for your next romantic getaway, choose one of the three Historic Inns of Rockland and learn how to live it up like the locals do.
The locals know what’s special and what’s run of the mill in Midcoast Maine. The three Historic Inns of Rockland want their guests to discover those really special places that make living in Rockland and Maine’s Midcoast so wonderful for the locals. Here are a few inside tips from questions posed to Cheryl and Mike at the Berry Manor Inn, PJ and Frank at the LimeRock Inn and Ed and Joan at the Old Granite Inn.
5 gems that the locals love in and around Rockland
Where’s the best place for lobster?
We send our guests to many of the Rockland restaurants for lobster, but if you want the real Maine quintessential eat-by-the-wharf experience, you simply must try McLoons Lobster Shack in South Thomaston. You’ll dine on grilled oysters, lobster stew, and oh yes, the best lobster rolls in Maine while overlooking a beautiful view of granite coves dotted with lobster boats and tall green pines.
Where’s the best place for Pizza?
That’s a tough choice because there are a number of pizza places in Rockland, but we love Café Miranda’s pizza. Home to Maine’s first brick oven, owner Kerry Altiero was at the forefront of the brick oven pizza craze before it was even trendy. His pizzas go from the traditional to quite untraditional. And speaking of untraditional, check out the whole menu. The motto here is “we do not serve the food of cowards,” meaning you’ll find big, bold and sometimes spicy dishes.
What’s the best undiscovered museum?
Rockland is filled with wonderful museums. The Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center and the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum are two popular favorites. Yet the Maine Lighthouse Museum sometimes flies under the radar. Housing the largest collection of lighthouse artifacts in the country, this is one Maine museum you won’t want to miss. What’s more “Maine” than lighthouses? You’ll come out knowing more than the average bear after a visit here. Don’t miss the lighthouse gift shop on the way out too.
What’s the best way to spend time on the water?
We love recommending Captain Jack’s Lobster Boat Adventure to guests coming between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. Take a ride on a working lobster boat and learn all about the love and lore of the lobster from experienced lobsterman, Steve Hale. You’ll participate in pulling traps (if you wish) and leave after a two-hour ride out on Penobscot Bay knowing more about lobsters than anyone else back at the office.
What’s the one thing we shouldn’t miss?
Now that’s a tough question, but we like to tell guests they really must take a walk out the Rockland Breakwater to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. Wait until a nice, warm sunny day then walk out the granite jetty to the end where you can stand and photograph the lighthouse. If you go on a Saturday morning, you may be able to get some shots with the Maine Windjammers coming or going on trips for the week!
Bonus: What day will the leaves turn?
While we get that question often, your guess is as good as ours. Only Mother Nature knows when the leaves will peak, but we can tell you that with recent cooler weather, we’re suddenly seeing a lot of color begin to show up!
To live like a local on your vacation, choose one of the three Historic Inns of Rockland for your next getaway. We’ll clue you in on five more local favorites you simply won’t find at other lodging choices where owners are not on premise and offer custom maps with a wonderful itinerary for the day!