Rockland is a vibrant town with a large protected harbor, interesting museums, shopping, cafes and bars and restaurants in town and on the water, plus waterfront resorts with golf and wedding facilities. Rockland is home to several large annual events including the popular Lobsterfest, North American Blues Festival and Maine Home and Boat Show.
Ferries, lobster fishermen, tour boats and schooners depart from Rockland Harbor toward the beautiful islands in and around Penobscot Bay past the Rockland Lighthouse daily. In Rockland village, several art galleries include the Farnsworth Museum with its wonderful exhibit of the Wyeth family’s art work, especially Andrew Wyeth.
Rockland is known for its lobstering and shipbuilding heritage and also its lime and granite quarries which have supplied stones to many of our famous federal buildings and landmarks. Stroll out the Rockland Breakwater made of 700,000 tons of granite blocks to the Rockland Lighthouse.
Having superbly scenic shoreline, Rockland offers a variety of lodging options. You will want to stay in Rockland at a coastal hotel with views of the harbor or one of the motor inns, BnBs and motels in the heart of town with nearby shops, museums and restaurants, you have many choices.
Enjoying Rockland’s Bed and Breakfasts and Inns
Slightly larger than Rockport, the sister town to the north, Rockland offers all the diversions of a vibrant Maine seaside village. With a local population of just 7,300, it may be surprising to those from away to find Rockland hosts such a big art, music, food and festival scene. Perhaps that is why Rockland is often mentioned among top US towns. Positioned at the mouth of the Penobscot Bay region, Rockland’s coastal village has grand views of the bay and outlying islands. Rockland is a popular area for many travelers seeking private vacation rentals and charming lodgings of inns and bed and breakfasts.
Few bed and breakfasts and inns in Rockland are situated along the oceanfront, but most are easily reached along US Route 1. You can choose from cozy b&bs to affordable Motor Inns in Rockland, some which have views of the harbor and Penobscot Bay – known for some of the best boating and sailing in Maine.
Most lodging properties are conveniently within walking distance of Rockland’s downtown district, where you will find historic Union and Main Streets full of tourist attractions, cafes and art galleries. From your Rockland bed and breakfast, you can usually walk to shops, restaurants and The Farnsworth Art Museum which houses an impressive collection of Wyeth family paintings.
Rockland’s waterfront is home to some of Maine’s best festivals including the annual Maine boat show, Maine Lobster Festival, and the North Atlantic Blues Festival each summer. The Maine Lighthouse Museum is located in Rockland featuring the largest collection of lighthouse lenses and artifacts. Of course, when you stay in the Lobster capital of the world, you must visit Rockland’s seafood restaurants for that classic fresh cooked Maine lobster.
Rockland offers recreational boating opportunities on the ocean from paddle boarding and kayaking in the harbor to sightseeing lighthouse tours, and ferry service to beautiful nearby islands including North Haven, Vinalhaven and Matinicus Island. While you will want to spend your days sightseeing in Penobscot and Rockland, there’s nothing more relaxing and romantic than returning from your ocean excursions to your charming Rockland bed and breakfast or inn.
While planning your Rockland vacation, remember that like many coastal Maine towns, smaller lodging accommodations, bed and breakfasts and inns are owned and operated by local Mainers – so the service is very personal, not your typical chain hotel take-a-number experience. Thus, before booking your stay at a b&b or inn in Rockland, you should know that some lodging properties are not pet friendly and do not accommodate large parties. Be sure to check with the inn if they welcome pets, children or large families.
Rockland is the southernmost major town along the west coast of pretty Penobscot Bay below Rockport, Camden and Lincolnville. Some visitors vacation in Maine to get away from it all and relax by staying in one coastal town. Others like to explore the coast staying a night in each seaside town during their Maine visit. Either way, staying in a bed and breakfast in Rockland is a great destination during your Maine vacation to enjoy the vibrant waterfront, maybe during one of Rockland’s seaside festivals, and be sure to enjoy some mouthwatering fresh seafood served with a view of the bay.
Rockland Area Inns, Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, Motels, Resorts, Lodges
Berry Manor Inn, Rockland l 207-596-7696
250 Maine Hotel, Rockland l 207-204-8414
Capt. Lindsey House Inn, Rockland l 207-596-7950
LimeRock Inn, Rockland l 207-594-2257
Navigator Motor Inn, Rockland l 207-207-594-2131, Reservations: 800-545-8026
Old Granite Inn, Rockland l 207-594 9036
Wheeler House, Rockland l 207-542-6938
Trade Winds Motor Inn, Rockland l 207-207-596-6661, Reservations: 800-834-3130
Rockport Area Inns, Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, Motels, Resorts, Lodges
Country Inn at Camden l 207-236-2725
Claddagh Motel and Suites, l 207-594-8479
Glen Cove Motel l 207-594-4062 l 800-453-6268
Island View Inn l 207-596-0040 l 866-711-8439
Ledges By the Bay l 207-594-8944 l 800-898-8944
Oakland Seashore Cabins and Motel l 207-594-8104
Samoset Resort l 207-594-2511 l 800-341-1650
Schooner Bay Motor Inn l 207-236-2205
Strawberry Hill Seaside Inn l 207-594-5462 l 800-589-4009
Thompson House Cottages, New Harbor l 207-677-2317
Spruce Head Area
Island View Oceanfront Cottages, Spruce Head l 207-594-7527
St. George Area
Craignair Inn, St. George l 207-594-7644
South Bristol Area
Coveside Inn & Restaurant, South Bristol l 207-644-8282
Tenants Harbor Area
Cindy Lang’s Vacation Rentals, Tenants Harbor l 207-372-8906
East Wind Inn, Tenants Harbor l 207-372-6366
Alpine Inn Bed and Breakfast, Thomaston 207-354-0089
Libby House, Vinalhaven l 207-863-4696
Lily’s Tuition Bed and Breakfast, Vinalhaven l 207-863-4302
Payne Homestead, Vinalhaven, l 207-863-9963
Tidewater Motel & Gathering Place, Vinalhaven l 207-863-4618
Dark Harbor Bed and Breakfast, l 207-734-9772
Le Vatout Bed and Breakfast l 207-832-5150