This is the real deal in music: this festival is one of the most prestigious East Coast blues festivals in the U.S., featuring some of the top rated regional blues performers.
Another show you don't want to miss is the “Tradition Meets Innovation” 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, which will be held from August 10-12, 2012.
At the Maine Boats, Home & Harbors Show, you will see some of the finest artists, architects, boat builders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers, as well as marine gear vendors from Maine, all coming together to show off their stuff. If you are in Maine and a lover of all things boating, this is the show for you.
And even if you aren't strictly a boat lover, you are sure to revel in the live music and fine food, in addition to over 150 exhibits. There is a place specially set aside for children, and a beautiful model yacht pond. This boat show is the only place in the state of Maine that you are going to find more than 70 boats in the water. Ultimately, there's something for the entire family at this exciting summer classic.
Additional Rockland Maine Attractions
In Rockland Maine, there is no shortage of things to do. This is especially true when it comes to museums, shops, restaurants and other good indoor fun.
As varied as the city itself, several excellent museums await your visit.
The first is the Farnsworth Art Museum at 16 Museum Street, right in the heart of the city. Currently, the museum features an eclectic group of different collections.
Initially, before the museum opened its doors to the public they received work from George Bellows, William Zorach, in addition to Andrew Wyeth. Since then, the Farnsworth has continued to add to their collections through donations.
Of primary significance to the Farnsworth Museum collections is that the artists have all had careers with ties to Maine.
Its' sister museum, called the Wyeth Center, is worth a visit as well, especially if you are someone who loves Wyeth art. There, the entire collection is devoted to Andrew and Betsy Wyeth.
The Audubon Society's Project Puffin Visitor Center is located at 311 Main Street in downtown Rockland Maine. Kids in particular love this "museum"!
The long anticipated Center introduces people of all ages to the amazing lives of puffins and other Maine seabirds. The Center celebrates the success of Project Puffin in bringing puffins and other rare Maine seabirds back to historic nesting islands.
Here the public can view puffins and other seabirds in real time through a remarkable video system that delivers live video to the Center. Visitors can also learn about the success and challenges faced by Audubon and its conservation partners to restore and protect the seabirds on Maine islands and beaches.
Also provided is information on boat cruises out to the thriving puffin colony at Eastern Egg Rock in Muscongus Bay.
Open year-round with limited off season hours, the Maine Lighthouse Museum is located on the waterfront in historic downtown Rockland overlooking the beautiful mile-long walk along Rockland Breakwater out into Penobscot Bay. At the end of the breakwater is Rockland Breakwater lighthouse.
Not only is the scenery breathtaking, this one-of-a-kind museum is the "proud home of the largest collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses and the most important landmark collection of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the United States".
The Owls Head Transportation Museum has one of the finest collections of pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles in the world. More than 100 historic aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, carriages and engines are on permanent display.
The Aircraft Collection contains replicas and originals representing the first century of flight, from Cayley’s unmanned glider (1804) to the legendary Curtiss Jenny of the barnstorming era. An outstanding collection of automobiles spans the late 19th Century and early 20th century, from a recently refurbished 1908 Stanley K Semi-Racer to a 1935 Stout Scarab (called the world’s first mini-van, one of only six ever made).
The Museum is located on Route 73 in Owl's Head, Maine, just three miles from Rockland.
As if that isn't enough, Rockland offers a large assortment of even more galleries and other types of entertainment for people to enjoy.
Rockland Maine Hotels & Inns
Whether you stay a night or two (or ten), there are some exquisite local historical inns and hotels to choose from.
The Captain Lindsey House is an 18th century Federal style inn. Berry Manor Inn and LimeRock Inn are both Victorian homes from the 19th century. The Granite Inn is a graceful old home from the early 1800s.
Each of these lovely, romantic inns are within walking distance of the harbor and downtown.
All four antique inns are located in Rockland’s designated historic district.
Fortunately, Rockland Maine hotels aren't limited to just these four! There's a great newer Hampton Inn Suites, the AAA four-diamond resort and golf course at the oceanfront Samoset Resort, and many other terrific boutique hotels.
On one of my first trips to Rockland, I was with a Rockland native. She literally refused to leave her hometown until we went to Wasses Hot Dogs.
Being from York, I'm partial to our famous Flo's Hot Dogs, of course, but I have to say that if you're a weiner connessieur and you've had enough lobster, you've got to go to Wasses at 2 North Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841.
Overall, regardless of the different ages in your group, Rockland Maine has something for everyone. There is no shortage of fun festivals, shops, restaurants, museums, boats and natural beauty to enjoy. Ultimately, it offers peace and Maine entertainment at it's best, all at the same time.
A Side Trip To Wiscasset
If you drive up Route 1 from York to Rockland, as I usually do, there's two places worth mentioning as you pass through the little coastal town of Wiscasset Maine.
I'm a sucker for unusual museums, and I find the Musical Wonder House museum at 16-18 High Street in Wiscasset fascinating.
The internationally famous Musical Wonder House is "The showplace for mechanical musical instruments, featuring 5000+ restored musical boxes, player grand pianos and organs, spring-powered phonographs, musical birds, porcelains, furniture, clocks, steins, whistlers, and even a musical painting, restored, demonstrated, and displayed in opulent rooms furnished with antiques of the period.
This 32-room 1852 sea captain's mansion, complete with 23 antique coin-operated machines surrounding an impressive flying staircase with classical mouldings, is the backdrop for this awe-inspiring musical collection".
I promise you that it's one of the loveliest sounding museums you'll ever visit.
I have a love-hate relationship with Red's.
I love Red's because the lobster rolls are HUGE and definite contenders for the best lobster roll in Maine, but the food is so good there that there's always lots of people waiting in line.
And they cross the street to get to Red's and to get back to their cars. And there's so many people going to and fro from Red's that sometimes I have to wait forever to get across the dang bridge (Red's is on the water). But for food that good, all is forgiven. :-)
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