When it comes to things to do in Rockport, Maine, we have the perfect ways to spend two days – the first occupied with the offerings at The Samoset Resort; the second, a full day in town.
Day On at The Samoset Resort
A Morning Round of Golf
Hit the links with an early tee time at the impeccably maintained Samoset Golf Course. Seven of the 18 holes are directly on the ocean, while seven more feature beautiful views of the bay. Whether it’s just you and a partner or the whole family, we think you’ll enjoy it – Golf Digest named the Samoset Golf Course one of their “Top 10 Destinations for Family Golf Trips” in 2016, and while it can be moderately challenging, it’s playable for golfers of all skill levels.
Games, Games, Games
Are you (or a member of the family) not a golfer? No problem. The Ultimate Backyard is a guest favorite at the resort. Anchored by a zero-entry pool, this outdoor activity center is home to tennis, basketball, shuffleboard, volleyball, badminton, and croquet courts. If you’re more of a lawn game guy or gal, take a turn at corn hole, or try your hand in the nine-hole disc golf course. If you have any climbers (read: kids) in the family, they’ll want to spend some time monkeying around on the playground.
They Call It the Perfect Massage for a Reason
Treat yourself to the (aptly named) Signature Perfect Massage at the Samoset Resort’s spa – you are on vacation, after all. After a consultation, where you’ll speak with a therapist about your needs (sore muscles, knots, poor circulation), you’ll savor every one of the 80 minutes that you’re being pampered with a massage perfectly tailored to you, based on your body’s unique needs.
A Taste of Italy
When you think of coastal Maine, it may not conjure images of the Italian countryside, but that’s what you get when you step into La Bella Vita. Richly furnished with wood finishes, romantic lighting, a wood-fired brick oven, and Italy-inspired artwork on the walls, this restaurant pulls out all the stops to deliver an authentic Italian dining experience. When it comes to the menu, it’s a classic can’t-go-wrong situation, but if you need a push in one direction, try the Chicken Piccata, with lemon, capers, white wine, romano, and fresh herbs over spaghetti.
Finish It off with a Nightcap
It’s been a busy day, and you may be ready to call it a night – but before returning to your suite, stop and enjoy a nightcap to put the day to rest. Continuing the Italian theme from dinner, Enoteca Lounge has the friendly, neighborhood feel of an urban Italian wine bar and is the ideal relaxed setting to reflect on your day and plan for the next with your travel companions. Sit inside by the fireplace in the living room area amid the authentic Italian decor or on the terrace outside by the fire pit.
Day Off in Rockland
Breakfast at Home
It’s not home, but it’s close. Home Kitchen Cafe, on Main Street in Rockland, Maine, is a favorite of locals and a Yelp darling to boot. The warmly decorated, folksy cafe has a menu packed with hearty and fresh dishes – all the favorites you’d expect at a place like this (and all made in-house) – but we recommend the Huevos Rancheros: two poached eggs with spicy ranchero sauce topped with pepperjack cheese over black beans, with homemade salsa, cilantro, sour cream, and avocado, on a handmade corn tortilla.
Take a Scenic Drive
A scenic drive from Rockport to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is a slower but no less spectacular way to enjoy Maine’s outdoor scenery. On the hour-long drive to Pemaquid Point, you’ll travel along some of the area’s prettiest stretches of coastal road before arriving at the lighthouse, which has been guiding sailors since 1827. On your way to and from Pemaquid Point, you’ll pass through Damariscotta, a quaint fishing village with an eclectic variety of shops, pubs, galleries, and more – the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat.
A Throwback Candy Shop
The family-owned Uncle Willy’s Candy Shoppe in Camden is a must-visit if you have kids, and let’s be real: it still is, even if you don’t. Customers visiting this charmingly decorated old-fashioned candy store will see walls and shelves packed with candy that they love, used to know, and have never seen before (something the shop’s owner prides herself on).
Eat at an Icon
Having occupied the same space in the ever-evolving downtown dining scene of Rockland for the last 10 years, In Good Company has become an icon among the Midcoast’s best restaurants. Managed by a Rockland native and grad of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, the restaurant – set in an old bank building with an ornate plaster ceiling – specializes in the town’s most expansive wine list and a dynamic, ever-changing menu (expect a new lineup each week) featuring small and large plates, often with a Mediterranean flair, but with Maine seafood and beef.
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