Maine’s Mid-Coast, an area stretching roughly from Brunswick in the south to Belfast in the east, is a region just now coming into its own. For most of the latter half of the 20th century only a few towns along the coast here, such as Boothbay Harbor and Camden, were known as tourist magnets. But all that has changed.
While the traditional stops are busy as ever and still retain their charm, older, working-class harbors such as Belfast and Rockland have enjoyed a renaissance of sorts. Belfast has shed its past as a chicken-processing port and sports a lively downtown, picturesque harbor, and popular train rides on the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad.
Rockland, once best known for the odors emanating from its many fish processing plants, now hosts more windjammers than any other port on the coast. It is home to the Farnsworth Museum and the Wyeth Center, which harbor fine collections of Wyeths.
Camden’s harbor is as crowded with visiting yachts as ever. And, the entire region has benefited from the largess of credit card giant MBNA. This success has translated into thousands of jobs in processing centers in Camden and Belfast.
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