Rockland, Restaurants and Local Links of Interest
Rockland, Maine from above. A more conventional map is shown on the Directions page. Tilson Ave was the hub of transport for the Maine Coast in years past, with direct Steamship service daily to Boston and points East. Now a blend of uses continues forward along Rockland's dynamic downtown waterfront.
Rockland: a quick history and description
Rockland, the county seat and a city of 8,000 for 200 years, has become famous for its blend of gritty real working town, and mix of art, food, and recreation opporunities, matched by our community and people. We have motorboat marinas alongside busy fishing piers, cargo and manufacturing facilities and lots of sailing yachts.
Main Street has restaurants and shops and a harbor trail. Old limestone kilns burnt the limestone to make brick mortar to build the cities of southern New England. New England's only Cement plant still mines the rock which ships out by barge to Boston. We have inexpensive decent food and world famous restaurants, a great farmers market and a lot of local food production.
A mile long breakwater protects one of the largest harbors on the East coast, with plentiful islands and wildness close at hand. Here are some links to interesting things, and some of my friends and favorites.
These three webcams can see the water anytime. For details, the Harbor Master has weather and tide information.
Restaurants, Delis, Markets
Rockland has a host of great restaurants. In the last decade, we've become famous as a foodie town, without losing the gritty fried past of a working city. We sail from the center of town. You can walk to everything from Windjammer Wharf and the municipal parking lot. Many places close from 2-5. Some serve late. Many are busy. Reservations are recommended in the summertime, especially on weekends and around the festivals, North Atlantic Blues Fest, Lobster Fest, Maine Boats Homes & Harbors Show, Summer Solstice,
We partner with the magnificent wood-fired Cafe Miranda and can dish up your to-go order on the boat. They serve dinner starting at 5, and lunch 1130-2, 7 days a week, also Rockland's finest Sunday Brunch, 10:30-2, funky classy inside and a sweet patio with a fireplace. They serve until 9 pm usually.
A short walk from the our dock, or a drop off at their dock is the Landings restaurant, on the water with great fried seafood fare and a wizard chef making tasty, creative specials out of fresh local food, seafood, meat and vegetables, my crew's favorite place to go eat.
Atlantic Baking Company has great ready made sandwiches, cookies, breads, coffee, etc.
Clan MacLaren specializes in awesome fresh made-to-order sandwiches, has other treats and a selection of good beverages, including local beers and sodas. Run by a fishing family, they have some good chowdah.
(I get the "Bufflehead," Pastrami Reuben with extra Guacamole and Jalapeños.)
The Good Tern Natural Food Co-Op is great. Local farm fresh produce, sandwiches and treats as well as a full selection of organic produce and bulk grocery supplies. Member owned and operated for many years. Maine Street Meats in Rockport has a lot of good cheeses, meats, and meal essentials as well.
Uproot Pie Co for pizza. (whose wood-fired-oven-on-a-trailer I helped build) at the Rockland Farmer's Market, 9am-1pm.
The Wine Seller is located on Tilson Ave, right close to the pier and has a great selection of wines and some of our local beers. Very convenient as it's right next to the municipal lot, across from the public bathrooms.
More great stuff in Maine
Camden Hills State Park offers days worth of great hiking, awesome views and well marked trails. I love to go sailing and look at the hills, then go hiking and look at the Bay, or vice versa.
Maine's Tourism Website is great, with lots of links, listings, maps, and interesting content.
Want to bareboat charter? Buck's Harbor Marine, across the bay has quite a boat livery, power and sail, and based in a very lovely place.
We are lucky here to have WERU, community radio, 89.9 FM, playing a wide variety of music and informative programing.
You can't have a great day on the water if it's raining, but, in Midcoast Maine, you can still have a great day. First off, seafood always tastes better when the weather's bad. When you're enjoying that cozy meal at any one of the restaurants mentioned above, go through this handy list and you're sure to find something to help (almost) forget about not sailing on Bufflehead that day.
Coastal Children's Museum, located in the South End, close by Rockland's own Steam and Sail Power museum, a great place for kids, especially good rainy day activity.
Farnsworth Museum , world famous, great art museum.
The Owl's Head Transportation Museum (in Owl's Head)
Oakland Park Bowling Lanes (Candlepin lanes in Rockport)
We're just getting started, actually, here are more than twenty other suggestions for a rainy day in Midcoast Maine.
If you still can't decide on what to do, then leapfrog from store to store on Main Street in Rockland, then do the same over in Camden. By the time you're done, it'll be time for supper.
Unlike Camden Harbor, where they motor out for the first twenty minutes, and back into the tight harbor, we set sail right away, sometimes sailing right off the dock. With an interesting working harbor, with seals in it, less crowds, more parking, plenty of restaurants...Rockland is great.