Home to the country's largest windjammer fleet, and the Gateway to Penobscot Bay.
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Camden Hills State Park
"Where the Mountains Meet the Sea", right off US Route 1.
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A scenic coastal town, full of unique shops, historic homes, and visiting sailboats.
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A working waterfront for both fishermen and pleasure boaters.
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Ledges By The Bay
Ledges By The Bay
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Only minutes south of Camden and set a top a small ledge overlooking Penobscot Bay, the Ledges By The Bay offers affordable Maine Lodging with breathtaking ocean views.
Our motel is the perfect vacation retreat for families, individuals, or small groups who seek affordable waterfront lodging as part of their Maine coast vacation experience.
We are only one of a few motels in Rockport Maine that sits on 9 oceanfront acres with direct access to the shorefront.
For over forty years, the Ledges By The Bay has been welcoming guests, many who return each year to enjoy our spectacular and expansive views of Penobscot Bay and the surrounding islands.
The Ledges By The Bay is a classic Maine motel with breathtaking ocean views. The motel is literally set a top a small ledge overlooking the blue waters of Penobscot Bay
Located in the heart of Midcoast Maine (Rockport), our property is nestled at the foot of a small cove (Glen Cove) which offers panoramic ocean views and quintessential Maine waterfront lodging and shore access on 9 oceanfront acres.
Our hillside location overlooking the bay offers our guests the perfect vantage point to spot tall masted schooners, sleek yachts cruising the bay, and lobster boats hauling their traps right off our shore.
Literally, set a top a ledge, our guests are delighted by the panorama offered from the motel’s commanding location. Here you'll see scores of islands, dozens of sailboats cruising the bay, and a quiet little protected cove.
The Ledges offers four types of guestrooms: Deluxe Oceanview, Superior Oceanview, Standard Oceanview and Economy class accommodations.
Our motel consists of modern rooms which feature beautiful, contemporary styling with either two queen beds, or a single king or single queen, remote control cable TV, high-speed cable internet access, wireless internet access points, and individual heat and air conditioning. Almost every room has a balcony with an ocean view.
Many of our guests have commented that we are one of the best values for Maine oceanfront lodging in the Camden, Maine or the Midcoast Maine area. As such, we are one of the most reviewed local Maine hotels in Midcoast Maine on TripAdvisor.
Our outdoor heated swimming pool has a view of the bay as well.
Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, classic Maine oceanfront lodging, or some rest and relaxation, our waterfront accommodations are designed to make you relax around the scenic beauty of Penobscot Bay.
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Rockland Maine is at the heart of Midcoast Maine
Rockland is a beautiful coastal town in Midcoast Maine situated alongside Penobscot Bay. Rockland is known for its lobster fishing industry and deep protected harbor, dotted with hundreds of inlets and coves throughout the area. Rockland Maine has a population of nearly 8,000 people and is characterized by its strong economy, historic roots, coastal views, art culture, and a tight knit friendly community of residents and local vendors.
Looking at the Brief History of Rockland Maine
In 1605, English sea captain George Weymouth of the Archangel first explored Penobscot Bay. On the East Coast, it is the only place where the coastal mountains meet the sea. Penobscot Bay, even in its earliest days of discovery, has always been characterized by a wealth of islands and small harbors. Today, after years of settlement, this area now is also known for its historic lighthouses and extensive wildlife like ospreys, bald eagles, puffins, and harbor seals.
Rockland Maine quickly transformed itself into an economic hub for the state of Maine. Initially, it was lime processing, shipbuilding, granite quarrying, commercial fishing, and commercial lobstering that fueled the prosperous industrial economy of this small coastal town. The profit from these activities became quite clear when Rockland Maine was designated as the commercial center of Knox County since the 1850’s.
Like any other town, Rockland Maine evolved as time progressed, populations increased, and technology methods improved. In 1900, the Rockland Breakwater Light was completed after eighteen years of conceptualizing and construction. This structure was initially built to provide a safe harbor for various vessels. It later incorporated the addition of a lighthouse to prevent ships from running into it. Today, this mile-long granite breakwater protects Rockland Harbor and establishes Rockland Maine as one of the premiere boating harbors on the East Coast.
Rockland is a Premiere Vacation Destination
Today, Rockland Maine is a vibrant and thriving coastal Maine town fueled by boat cruises and excursions, retail shopping, fine dining, art museums, and local festivals. When people first arrive to Rockland they will not only be exposed to the long-standing coastal landscape that has defined this region for thousands of years, but also will come into contact with beautiful historical buildings that were constructed as people began to populate the town.
One essential part of a summer Rockland vacation is a large fleet of tall-masted schooners called "windjammers," a type of merchant sailing ship used in the 19th to 20th century, clearly recognizable through their large masts and sails. These windjammers represent the legacy of Captain Frank Swift who started the leisure cruise schooner business in the nearby town of Camden during the 1940s. Today, visitors can reserve these windjammers for an extended cruise with friends and family and explore the breathtaking views of Penobscot Bay.
The historic Main Street of Rockland is filled with unique and eclectic shops ranging from specialty food items, nautical decorations, clothing and gift boutiques, art galleries, home goods, and children’s stores. Shopping is a large source of revenue for Rockland, and is a loved activity of tourists and guests. In addition to award winning restaurants, Rockland Maine is also known for its deep commitment and access to culture. The Farnsworth Art Museum, with its 20,000 square feet of gallery space, has a nationally recognized collection of over 10,000 works and frequently rotated exhibitions. This Rockland museum has one of the largest collections of sculptor Louise Nevelson’s work in the United States. It also includes a widely praised Wyeth Center that holds the works of Jamie, N.C., and Andrew Wyeth. Just a short distance away, the local Strand Theatre offers local visitors and tourists access to live musical performances, comedy shows, independent and world cinema, as well as live broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera and National Theatre of London Live.
In the summer, Rockland is home to annual festivals like the Maine Lobster Festival and The North Atlantic Blues Festival. These two events alone offer guests unparallel access to the greatest in Maine seafood and local cuisine, entertainment, crafts, art, and some of the best musical performers in the country.
With its long-established historical roots, delicious food and ocean views, and cultural outlets, people understand that the Rockland Maine experience is incredibly unique and unmatched by few other places in the country. For many people, one visit is simply not enough.