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The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce offers the following services to authorized representatives of the travel and news media:

  • We will assist in securing photography.

  • We will provide background for your story including: arts and culture, attractions, lobsters/lobstering, lighthouses, islands, accommodations, restaurants, meetings and conventions, shopping, entertainment, history and travel-related services and trends.

  • We will provide fact-checking services for stories pertaining to Mid-Coast, Maine.

  • Our staff will coordinate research and/or assignment visits for print and electronic media both nationally and internationally. We will serve as a liaison with the community.

  • We will assist with accommodations for travel writers as available.

  • The staff will organize press trips for individuals and small FAMs.

Dear Travel Writers...

Please accept our warm invitation to visit timeless perfection in Midcoast Maine. We are the small towns that live in everyone's imagination: a picture-postcard setting of colorful harbors and tree-shaded greens, plus friendly shops, historic opera houses, and four seasons of recreation, including a fleet of graceful schooners, called windjammers, that take passengers sailing for a few hours or a few days.

Let us help you put your own polish on these popular story angles:

Our Historic Fleet. Under billowing sail, passengers bask in the majesty of the Camden Hills and Penobscot Bay on board windjammer schooners that once carried cargo from Maine throughout the world. Some of these vessels were built in the 19th century; others are faithful re-creations. All are skippered by talented crews with an intimate knowledge of local waters and lore. Sails that range from two hours to five days offer passengers a chance to take photos, take a turn at the wheel, or just relax.

Charter and Sightseeing Cruises. Our region's sightseeing and charter boats offer passengers a true Maine experience. Daytrips aboard sail- and powerboats bring passengers close to seals and seabirds, historic lighthouses, and exclusive waterfront properties. Many vessels feature meals, live music, and stops to explore uninhabited islands; some even show how lobsters are caught. On longer cruises, passengers are invited to take the helm or raise the sails.

Coastal Cuisine. The corner chowder house was in Bon Appetit, the local lunch wagon earned raves from Glamour, and Cordon Bleu graduates staff B&B kitchens. Food is key to the culture here. Local restaurants offer a wide range of sumptuous entrees, especially seafood so fresh you can almost see where it was caught. Ours is a region of culinary artisans who showcase their perspective--and a bounty of native, local, and often organic ingredients--on your plate.

Beacons of History. Keeping watch over our coastline are a dozen historic lighthouses. Located on islands and granite promontories, these sentinels are fascinating in their storied history, and provide a portal into our past. Most can be reached by car; others require a boat ride. All treat visitors to a spectacular perspective on the Maine coastline.

Blues on the Bay. When the Mississippi Blues Commission wanted to place their 2010 Blues Trail Marker they didn't pick Biloxi, they picked Rockland, Maine! The reason was the North Atlantic Blues Festival, an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been featured at this prestigious East Coast festival. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts.  Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the NABF Club Crawl. Attendees of legal age, wearing their wristband from the festival are allowed admission to the many bars and restaurants featuring many of the top regional blues performers. There are also bands performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge.

Hit the Trails. Backed by pine-shrouded mountains, our region is a haven for hikers. Whether you're a casual hiker, a backcountry pro, or a seasoned rock-climber, our landscape offers the right fit. Trails lead to picnic-friendly peaks with amazing vistas and up-close observation of two of North America’s largest birds, the American Bald Eagle and the osprey. Local nature conservancies protect trails through blueberry fields and unspoiled woodlands, while others are perfect for mountain biking.

A Paddler's Perspective. The cockpit of a sea kayak is the perfect vantage point to take in the unique beauty of our landscape "where the mountains meet the sea". By making your own way you’ll also gain rare access to lighthouses, marine life, and a waterline view of historic schooners. Lessons, rentals, and guided tours make it easy for visitors or first-timers to try this peaceful pasttime.

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping! Century-old storefronts--no prefab shopping malls here--house a wealth of wares ranging from spectacular to sublime. Fine art and fabrics, hand-crafted wares and furniture, books, gifts, toys, and clothing to suit every taste and need lure residents and travelers alike. Shopping in our region is an experience both contemporary and historical.

Antiquing at the Source. In a region where many homes are over 200 years old, this area is an antiquer's paradise. From yard sales to estate auctions and group shops, yesteryear's treasures await discovery. Even the odd roadside barn can unveil a piece of Colonial silver, nautical memorabilia, or China-trade imports.

Golf in the Midcoast. Four local courses are open to the public from Northport to Rockland, including the spectacular oceanside links at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. All of these courses offer breathtaking scenery, challenging 18-hole tracks, affordable greens fees, and an unrushed pace.

Flora & Finery. A pair of annual tours takes visitors inside the doors and dooryards of our area's most elegant homes. In mid July, the Camden Garden Club’s House & Garden Tour treats participants to a dazzling display of color, beauty, and exquisite decor. In early August, the Merryspring Kitchen Tour offers chef's tastings within kitchens that range from contemporary to eclectic.

Spend the Night in History. A dozen century-old homes, built by prominent citizens and ship captains, have been restored as guest lodgings--with some receiving historic designation. Luxurious yet charming, these inns and B&Bs offer the perfect accommodation for travelers seeking the essence of coastal living. The pampering encompasses a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary interiors, country and village locations, and rates to suit every budget.

Ever the Muse. The simplicity of life along the Maine coast fosters an appreciation for beauty. Work in two and three dimensions, traditional and non-traditional media, and by established and emerging artists fills a number of galleries as well as indoor and outdoor shows throughout the year. Our region--the same land- and seascapes that inspired three generations of the Wyeth family and Edna St. Vincent Millay--is home to hundreds of artists, artisans, and authors.

Ski by the Sea. Our region's winter wonderland, Ragged Mountain Recreation Area is home to the Camden Snow Bowl, the only place on the Atlantic coast where you can ski with an ocean view. Enjoy trails for every skill level, a quaint lodge, a tubing hill, and the famous Jack Williams Toboggan Chute, home to the U.S. National Toboggan Championships each February.

U.S. Toboggan National Championships. The only recognized championship of its kind in the country, the televised U.S. National Toboggan Championships are held at Camden Snow Bowl in early February. Thousands of spectators watch more than 350 teams, from around the country and abroad, compete in two-, three-, and four-person races. Sleds reach speeds of 45 mph in this event that is equal parts competition and costume party. In 2011, the event will celebrate its 21st year.

Retiring in Midcoast Maine Business Week cited this as one of America’s top places to retire with good reason. These region blends traditional small-town life with progressive amenities. Neighbors know each other here. They socialize in clubs, on volunteer committees, and at local golf courses. They lend their expertise to service organizations, local schools, and town government. Our safe and welcoming neighborhoods offer residential options from retirement communities to condos. With its diverse cultural activities and ocean-tempered climate, this is a great place to retire.

Getting Married in the Midcoast. Whether pledging your love for the first time or renewing your vows, plan to be wed in a place as timeless, beautiful, and enduring as your commitment. Here you'll find the perfect union of pastoral beauty, elegant catering, and inspired photography, all with a Maine flavor. Hold your ceremony in a sun-dappled harbor-view outdoor amphitheatre, atop a mountain surrounded by breathtaking vistas, aboard a schooner as a breeze guides you past postcard islands, or in a century-old church topped by a classic New England spire.