Coming north from South America, you might search the entire coastline for a place where the mountains come right down to the ocean. You’d come up empty until you reached Camden, without doubt one of the most scenic harbors in Maine and perhaps anywhere on the planet. Mount Battie forms the backdrop for this stunning anchorage, providing a nice lee from northwesterlies as well as some of the most accessible hiking that boaters will find anywhere. The selection of shops and galleries in the postcard-perfect village will satisfy whatever needs you may have, and the locally owned French & Brawn marketplace satisfies all of your provisioning needs (they’ll even deliver to your dinghy or dock). And when your cook needs a break, Camden offers some of the finest dining in the Midcoast. Spend a weekend here, and you’ll see why more than a few mariners have stopped in Camden and never left.