Penobscot Bay

“Ocean breezes, harbors, fishermen working right on the wharf, beautiful shops, and delicious food—[this Maine spot] has quintessential charm, but it also has your big-city necessities,” says Amber Small, a planner with Portland-based Sweetest Thing Weddings.

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Photograph Courtesy of Samoset Resort

LOCATION TO BOOK

Rockport’s newly renovated Samoset Resort, with its gorgeous ballroom, two restaurants, and luxurious guest rooms, reminds Small of Kellerman’s Hotel in Dirty Dancing. And with cross-country skiing and a skating rink on the grounds, the seaside venue is ideal for winter fetes.

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Photograph Courtesy of Natalie’s

GATHERING SPOT

Jon Gaboric helms the kitchen at Natalie’s, Camden Harbour Inn’s award-winning restaurant. “The food is insanely good,” Small says, and the Parisian-bistro-like interior is perfect for a sophisticated meal.

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Photograph by Russell Caron Wedding Photography, Wed-Pix.com

GUEST EXCURSION

Whether they hike the trail or drive the scenic road to the top, friends and family will enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Camden Harbor from the summit of Mount Battie, in Camden Hills State Park.

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Photograph Courtesy of Zoot Coffee

LOCAL FAVOR

Keep guests caffeinated for days with bags of beans from Camden landmark Zoot Coffee (try the full-bodied “Wilde Oscar” blend).

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Photograph Courtesy of Endless Summer Flower Farm

MUST-HIRE VENDOR

Endless Summer Flower Farm, in Camden, is a “little piece of heaven,” Small says. Owners Phil and Karen Clark can help DIY brides and planners select the ideal fresh blooms for any celebration.


Check out more of this month’s wedding getaways in “Destination Ahead.”