I recently visited Whitehall, a Lark hotel, in Camden Maine, for a weekend with some blogger gals. This seacoast town was so quintessential New England–it couldn’t have been more charming, it was like being inside of a postcard. Whitehall, known as Maine’s Summer Place, is perfectly nestled into the picturesque streets of Camden, with antique houses lining the roads and an eclectic mix of shops strung right along the bustling harbor.
Whitehall was so impeccably decorated, with every little nook so thoughtfully used. Each guest room had something slightly different, and all of the common spaces were unique, with unexpected pops of something special. The exterior was absolutely stunning with it’s wrap around porches, extra large rocking chairs, and multiple fire pits. My favorite space at Whitehall was the back patio, with it’s glowy bistro lights, I could have sat there forever with a glass of wine and good company.
What to pack. I packed modestly for my trip, which is a huge change from what I normally do! I recommend packing summer staples like solid dresses and tops so you can jazz and change up your look from day to night with the right accessories. For downtime, I love to do this when traveling alone right before bed, I recommend packing a face mask or two and wearing them to sleep. If I can’t squeeze in a many before my girls-trip, I like to paint my nails outside, while I read or tan. If you catch a little too much sun, I also keep my rose aloe spray handy in my bag. It’s great for a spritz to refresh or to soothe traveling skin.
What to do. The small town has a lot going on, especially if you enjoy being outdoors, soaking in our New England summer. I’ve rounded up some of the favorite things to do from the gals I weekended with.
My favorite activities of the weekend were having a brunch-time sail across the harbor and down the coast on a 100-year old sailboat, the Schooner Surprise. The boat was absolutely beautiful and the views could not be beat. The captain and co-captain even let us hoist the sales, take the helm and gave us a detailed tour of Maine’s rocky coast.
The other thing you MUST do, was just taking on Camden by foot. Whitehall is just a short walk from the center of town, and there are so many beautiful sites to take in, and you might just get lucky and find an estate sale on your way through. I found beautiful blue and white plates with lighthouses on them for $2!
Emily from Shell Chic’d: Get out your camera for Curtis Island Lighthouse (pictured above from our sail)! You’ll get a perfect view of this classic New England lighthouse from any sailboat ride around the harbor, but you can also spot it from Curtis Island Overlook on Bayview Street.
Have you been to Camden? What are your must do’s?
PS – Thank you so much to Whitehall for hosting us for the weekend. It was an absolutely perfect girls weekend away!