DETAILS: Camden, Maine
GETTING THERE: Camden is about 85 miles northeast of Portland, along U.S. Route 1. Flights from Washington airports to Portland take less than 90 minutes; AirTran, US Airways and United offer nonstop service starting at about $200 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY: A few miles from town, the High Tide Inn (505 Belfast Rd., 800-778-7068, http:/
WHERE TO EAT: When in Camden, eat from the sea. Cappy's (1 Main St., 207-236-2254) serves Matinicus Island lobster pie ($19.99), seafood stew ($9.99), clam chowder (from $6.99) and more. There is also a bakery and a lively bar scene. Dine inches away from the harbor at the Waterfront (40 Bayview St., 207-236-3747), which serves rock crab and artichoke fondue ($11), salmon burgers ($10), lobster crepes ($18), etc. Camden Deli (27 Main St., 207-236- 8343) has seating inside and out (on a rooftop deck). Sandwiches include a spinach balsamic wrap ($6.25), hot pastrami and Swiss on rye ($7.50) and lobster or crab salad rolls (market price). Thai Kitchen by Yang (31 Elm St., 207-236-9799) prepares pad Thai (from $12.95) and a variety of curry dishes (from $14.95).
WHAT TO DO: Drive or hike up Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park (280 Belfast Rd., 207-236-3109, http:/
INFO: Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, 207-236- 4404, http:/