Hang Out in the Harbor of Rockland
When the New York Yacht Club came to Maine last summer as part of their annual cruise, they built a layday into their schedule to allow their well-heeled members to sample a few of Maine's off-the-water attractions. Though they might have selected a tony port such as Camden or Bar Harbor for the break, they paused instead in Rockland. This working harbor has in recent years become much more of a yachting destination as sailors discover the cultural offerings of museums such as the Farnsworth, the culinary opportunities of restaurants like Primo and Amalfi, and performance venues that include the newly renovated Strand Theatre.
While not everyone can arrange a private function with artist Jamie Wyeth like the New York yachties did, fogbound mariners can take in the very same sights. Moorings are readily available through the harbormaster or Knight Marine Service (207-596-7216), and if you call early enough you might even score a slip at the town-owned public docks (207-594-0312). The Farnsworth (207-596-6457) is one of the top museums in Maine, with works by Fitz Henry Lane and Alex Katz adding to the impressive paintings by three generations of Wyeths. The fresh greens that come out of Melissa Kelly's garden at Primo (207-596-0770) are reason enough to stop in this midcoast harbor, but if you need more excitement before heading back to your bunk, an after-dinner glass of port at In Good Company (207-593-9110) provides the ideal nightcap.