Last Friday I realized both Alden and I had MLK day off the following Monday, so we decided to be spontaneous and go to Camden, Maine for the weekend. Camden is a lovely little town in the Mid-coast region of Maine. We have been a number of times, but never in the off season.
It was largely empty of people, but most of the shops and restaurants were still open. We were very naughty and took our 5-year-old to Francine's Bistro, which was fantastic. It is definitely fine dining - no kid menu here, but we knew that going in. We were the first ones there at 5:30pm, Alden was a trooper, and it worked out beautifully. The food was some of the best I've had, even by Boston standards.
We stayed for the first time at a Bed and Breakfast called Abigail's Inn. I'd recommend it to anyone going to Camden. It is a little 4 room B&B, with a very nice couple running it. Three of the rooms were renovated this year, with very nice decor what wasn't fussy Victorian stuff (a plus for me, your mileage may vary). The bed was super comfy, causing my wife to want a new mattress at home. They have really good freestanding gas stoves in the room, which made things cozy.
If you're traveling with an only child then you have to stay in the Abigail and John Suite. It has a little second room with a twin bed. Alden really like having his own room. Despite the "Suite" name, it is the same price as their other rooms, which seemed a good value to me.
Breakfasts were really good. We had a baked apple and a fritatta one morning, and a fruit cup and German pancake the next.
The location is just at the top of the hill by the library, so you could walk down to town very easily.