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An ‘Eventful’ Weekend in Camden, Maine

August 9, 2016 by captain swift inn

August means the end of summer is just around the corner… people are planning their last vacations for the season and kids are getting ready to go back to school.

But we’re not ready for the end of summer in Camden, Maine.

There’s still plenty to see and do. And this weekend is no exception.

If you’re looking for a way to spend your weekend, we’ve got you covered. There are dozens and events and activities happening in and around Camden this weekend…. You’ll have a hard time deciding what to do.

One of the biggest events of the weekend is the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show – from August 12 to 14.


There will be more than 60 boats of all kinds – fishing boats, schooners, yachts, and more – in the water. And you’ll also have a chance to meet some of Maine’s best boatbuilders, architects, and craftsmen.

There will be live music all weekends, exhibitors showing off their goods, and activities for the kids like the Marine Experience Park. And, of course, plenty of food! On Sunday, you can even watch the World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials.

For a full list of activities, visit

If you’re interested in cruising and looking at some of Maine’s famous lighthouses, look no further than Camden Public Landing. On Sunday, August 14, Camden Harbor Cruises is offering a three-hour cruise where you’ll see some of our most photographed lighthouses. You might even get a glimpse of local wildlife, including seals, porpoise, and sea birds.

Boats not your thing? No worries!

On Friday and Saturday, experience the Beatles as you never have before as the Camden Opera House hosts, A Day in the Life: The Beatles Experience.

Walk down to the Camden Public Library Amphitheatre on Saturday or Sunday to see the Camden Shakespeare Festival perform The Tempest.

This is just some of what’s going on this weekend. If you want to see more events, visit

Your innkeepers,

Linda and Norm





The Maine Lobster Festival is Here!

August 2, 2016 by captain swift inn

When most people think of Maine, they think of Maine lobsters.

We’ve met people from all over the world who come to Maine just for a taste of our famous crustacean.


The Maine lobster industry is huge… Each year, lobsterman catch more than 100 million pounds of lobster, adding hundreds of millions of dollars Maine’s economy.

Lobstering in Maine goes back more than 400 years…

The first recorded lobster catch happened in 1605. While today lobster is considered a delicacy, centuries ago, lobster was “paupers food.” This is due, in part, to its abundance and easy availability at the time.

This week – from August 3 to 7 – we’re celebrating lobster at the 69th Annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine.


There will be plenty of fresh steamed lobster to eat. As well as lobster rolls and lobster Caesar salad. And you’ll find other great options like steamed Maine clams and fresh Maine mussels. If you still have room for dessert, check out the homemade Maine blueberry cobbler (one of our favorites).

There’s not just awesome food… Here are just of few of the events going on:

  • Smokey’s Carnival
  • The Art Show at Main Street
  • The Big Parade
  • Coast Guard base tours
  • The International Great Crate Race
  • And so much more!

There will be music performances throughout… from jazz to bluegrass. Diamond Rio will play some of their hits on August 5. And Smash Mouth takes the stage on August 6.

From great food to activities for the whole family, you’ll have a hard time squeezing everything in, but you’ll have fun trying.

To see a full list of events, visit

Your innkeepers,

Linda and Norm

P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of lobstering in Maine, check out the University of Maine’s historical timeline. If you want to learn more about lobsters, Visit Maine has a great guide here.

Don’t Miss the Great Schooner Race

July 3, 2016 by captain swift inn

Maine is well known for lots of things… Lobster… Blueberries… Moose… Maple… and Schooners.

The Captain Swift Inn has a long history with schooners.

In 1936, Captain Frank Swift – our Inn’s namesake – established Maine’s first passenger schooner fleet while living in the white clapboard village landmark inn now known as the Captain Swift Inn.


In the years that followed, Captain Swift’s passenger fleet thrived and still strongly influences our schooner tradition today.

If you’re not from New England (or familiar with sailing), you might not be familiar with schooners.

A schooner is a type of sailing ship with two or more masts.


The first schooner was built by Andrew Robinson 1713 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Along the New England coast, schooners were used as a way to transport goods. The two mast design made these ships better at handling the coastal winds. Up until the 1920s they were an essential part of Maine’s economy.

Towns around Penobscot Bay contributed to building more than 3,000 vessels between the late 1700s and 1920.

(The Penobscot Marine Museum has an in-depth history of sailing in Maine. Check it out here.)

While schooners have lost out to more efficient modes of transport, you’ll still see plenty of schooners sailing along Maine’s coast.

People come to Camden from all over the world to spend time aboard our schooners. You can spend a day sailing Penobscot Bay (one of our favorites!). Or if you’re adventurous, book a weekly cruise where you can work as part of the crew.

This weekend, watch as more than 20 schooners compete in the 40th Annual Great Schooner Race. See the vessels race into Rockland Harbor this Friday, July 8. It’s “the largest gathering of traditional schooners in America.”

You won’t get a better chance to see these incredible vessels up close and racing. We hope to see you there.

Your Innkeepers,

Linda & Norm

Maine Maple Sunday is Fast Approaching!

March 8, 2016 by captain swift inn


Every year, on the fourth Sunday of March, we celebrate Maine Maple Sunday.

This is the day the Maine Maple Syrup Producers open their doors and invite the public in for educational demonstrations, Sugarbush Tours and, best of all, samples of maple syrup and more great Maine maple products! (Our family is a fan of maple candies!)

Maple syrup adds more than $27 million to Maine’s economy. Producers in Maine make enough syrup to fill an Olympic-sized pool! And our state has a long history of producing maple syrup…

The art of making syrup was handed down to us from the Native Americans. When the colonists arrived they brought a great addition, iron kettles. Maple syrup is made by boiling down the sap from maple trees and it takes 30-40 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of great syrup. These kettles made it easier to boil down the sap without burning up the pot.

To get the sap from maple trees, you need to “tap” the trees using a spile. It’s sort of like putting a faucet into a tree and out comes “sweetwater.”

The sparkling clear sweetwater flows from about late February through sometime in mid-April. Once the spring run starts the syrup makers work round the clock harvesting the sap, up to 60 gallons from a good tree, because the sap must be processed in a few hours to keep it from spoiling!

On Sunday, March 27th dozens of maple producers throughout the state are celebrating Maple Sunday. (You can view a map of participants here.) You can learn more about the history, how maple syrup is made, and enjoy delicious treats!

Here at the Captain Swift Inn, we love using Maine maple syrup in our recipes… It’s not just for pouring over you pancakes or waffles. One of our favorite recipes is our Roasted Pears with Maple Orange Sauce.

So come to Camden, Maine and visit one of our great Maine Maple Producers on Maine Maple Sunday, March 27th for fun and great syrup!

We hope to see you!

Your innkeepers,

Linda & Norm

Christmas by the Sea

November 29, 2015 by captain swift inn

We’ve stuffed ourselves at Thanksgiving… and now the Christmas season is in full swing!

We’ve already decked out the Captain Swift Inn in Christmas decorations…


And Camden is gearing up for one of our favorite weekends – Christmas by the Sea.


Next weekend, December 4 through December 6, Christmas invades Camden.

For more than 20 years, the first weekend of December has been dedicated to getting people into the holiday spirit. And this year is no exception.

All weekend long, we’re celebrating the holidays in true New England style. From right here to Camden to Rockport and Lincolnville, there will be plenty to do for the young (and the young at heart)…

Friday, get discounts at restaurants and special sales at stores in downtown Camden through 9:00 pm.


Watch the floats roll down Main Street in Christmas by the Sea Parade at 6:00 pm. Warm up with hot cocoa, cookies, and holiday tunes at Camden National Bank. And don’t miss the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony at Harbor Park!

On Saturday, run the toughest 5k in Maine – the Frozen 5k – at Point Lookout and browse local wares at the craft fair at Windward Gardens.

It wouldn’t be Maine if Santa just showed up in a sleigh… Santa – and his helper is Ellen the Elf – come into Camden Harbor on a lobster boat. He’ll be around Saturday and Sunday for the festivities. And kids can get their photo taken with Santa (for FREE!).

On Sunday, take the kids down to Camden Public Library for the holiday book fair or take in the Atlantic Ballet Company’s version of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, at the Camden Opera House.

For a full schedule of events visit:

No matter what you do, make sure you take a glance at Mt. Battie are you wonder around Camden. For over 50 years, the Camden Lions Club has lit a start on the top of the tower at the summit of Mt. Battie.

Don’t miss Camden at its best this winter! We still have some rooms available, so call us at (207) 236-8113 to book now or book online.

Happy Holidays!

Your Innkeepers,

Linda & Norm

The Common Ground Country Fair in Unity This Weekend

September 21, 2015 by captain swift inn

The Common Ground Country Fair starts in Unity, Maine this weekend from the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. From Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, spend your weekend learning, eating, and enjoy the beautiful fall weather in Maine.


Start your holiday shopping early with locally made products and foods. Or peruse the farmer’s market for some of the best fruits and vegetables Maine has to offer (we’re already loving the apple harvest!). There’s even an apple tasting where you can vote for your favorites!

Learn about life on working farm in Maine with demonstrations and discusses. You can watch sheep dogs herd, get up-close and personal with large livestock, or learn about the types of farms we have in Maine.

If you feel like dancing, there will be plenty of folk music playing. You can also visit some of the workshops to watch sheep shearing, learn to play spoons, how to trim a goat’s hoof (we didn’t even know you had to!), and so much more.

Wondering if there’s anything to keep your kids busy? There’s PLENTY!

For the hands-on kids, they can learn how to make bread, butter, and cider… make puppets… and dress up for the Garden Parade!  There will also be plenty of animals for the kids to see.

No matter who you are, the Common Ground Country Fair offers plenty for everyone in your family to enjoy!

Unity is a gorgeous hour drive from The Captain Swift Inn. The air is crisp and leaves are just starting to turn. Ask Norm to give you one of his favorite maps to help you see some incredible sites on your way.

We only have a few rooms left for this weekend. So call us now at 800-251-0865.

If you want to learn more about the Common Grounds Country fair (and to see a full schedule of events), visit

Your Chance to Explore Maine’s Majestic Lighthouses – For Free!

September 9, 2015 by captain swift inn

In 1791, construction finished on Maine’s first lighthouse – the Portland Head Light in South Portland. At the time, Maine was still part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. And the man who commissioned the Portland Head Light? George Washington.

Like many of Maine’s lighthouses, the Portland Head Light is still in use. And, as one of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine, it’s also a big attraction for visitors from all over the world.


The Portland Head Light is just one of the more than 60 lighthouses still working today in Maine.

For centuries, lighthouses have played an important role in the state’s maritime heritage. Maine’s rocky coastline and islands combined for perilous conditions for sailors. And if you’ve ever visited the Maine coast in the summer, you’ve probably experienced our thick – and often sudden – fog. (Which explains why Maine has more lighthouses on its coast than any other state!)

Before the advent of electronic navigation system, lighthouses provided sailors with warnings of dangerous conditions and helped guide ships to shore… A role most lighthouses in Maine play to this day.

During World War II, lighthouses along the East Coast were shut off – like the Nubble Light in York. This hindered the navigation of German U-boats, preventing them from finding towns. Some, like Nubble, were used by the U.S. Coast Guard as observation towers.


You might think that if you’ve seen one lighthouse, you’ve seen them all.

But each lighthouse is unique. Some sit along beachy shores, some sit atop cliffs, and others sit well offshore, only reachable by boat. And each lighthouse has its own stories – from haunted histories to tales of daring sea rescues.

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the lighthouses of Maine, this Saturday, September 12 is a great opportunity. More than two dozen lighthouses – including Camden’s Curtis Island Lighthouse and nearby Owl’s Head Lighthouse – are offering free admission to visitors.

This is a perfect excuse to spend a day driving along Maine’s mountainous coast, soaking in the beautiful scenery and some incredible lighthouse history.

For a full list of participating lighthouses visit,

Your innkeepers,

Linda & Norm

Celebrate Camden’s Maritime History This Weekend at the Windjammer Festival

September 3, 2015 by captain swift inn

In 1936, Captain Frank Swift – our Inn’s namesake – established Maine’s first passenger schooner fleet while living in the white clapboard village landmark inn now known as the Captain Swift Inn.


In the years that followed, Captain Swift’s passenger fleet thrived and still strongly influences our schooner tradition today.

For 75 years, Camden has celebrated its maritime heritage at the annual Windjammer Festival. And you can join us this year from September 4 to September 6 in Camden Harbor.

If you don’t know…  a schooner is a type of sailing ship with two or most masts.


People come to Camden from all over the world to spend time aboard our schooners. You can spend a day sailing Penobscot Bay (one of our favorites!). Or if you’re adventurous, book a weekly cruise where you can work as part of the crew.

This weekend you can get up close to Camden’s world-renowned Sailing Fleet.

There’s plenty for everyone to do…

Throughout the weekend, you can learn about the history and tradition of schooners in Maine at the Maritime History Fair.

On Friday afternoon, watch as the schooners come into Camden Harbor… Bid for a romantic dinner aboard a schooner at a silent auction… Watch schooner crews compete in the talent show… And end your day with fireworks over the harbor.

On Saturday, you can design your own boat, vote for your favor chowder in the West Bay Rotary Chowder Challenge, and take tours of the schooners during the schooner open house.

On Sunday, watch a demonstration of lobster hauling and learn a little bit about Maine lobster… Test your nautical skills for a Windjammer Mate Certification… And watch the Boat Parade led by Camden’s very own Schooner Olad.

The weather looks perfect for enjoying a weekend with our majestic schooners. And seeing Camden Harbor filled with these beautiful ships is a sight you won’t forget!

Learn more at

We hope to see you there!

Linda & Norm