The Area

The Rockland Talbot House is within walking distance to Rockland’s harbor and flourishing downtown area. Immerse yourself in the vibrant food, craft beer, adventure and art scene that thrives in this Coastal Maine community. Rockland’s historic Main Street is filled with local art galleries, unique shops and many great restaurants. As the art center of Maine, it is home to the Farnsworth Art Museum, Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the Maine Lighthouse Museum. The Rockland area is also widely recognized as one of Maine’s top foodie towns. Add being the gateway to Penobscot Bay, home of the largest historic windjammer fleet, ferry port to the local islands, the self-proclaimed Lobster Capital of the world and its central location between Portland and Bar Harbor and you will see why Rockland and the Rockland Talbot House is a fabulous place to call home for your Maine Coast vacation.

As a year-round community, each season brings a different set of activities to enjoy in the area.

  • The Farnsworth Art Museum, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Owls Head Transportation and the Maine Lighthouse museums, Strand Theatre, art galleries, antique and local stores and restaurants are generally open year-round although their hours will vary.
  • For the outdoor enthusiast, the area offers:
    • Year-round hiking, birding, lighthouse visits, and biking (fat bikes for the winter and mud season)
    • Kayaking, fishing, golfing, island hopping, sailing, paddle boarding, golfing and gardens in the summer and fall months
    • Snow-shoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing, maple syrup and a quieter time of year to visit lighthouses and explore the craggy coasts during the winter and late spring.

After hosting guests for over 20 years, we are local experts on all things to do in the area and can help you to experience the real Maine beyond your smart phone! We work with over fifty local small businesses to bring our guests special offers or activities to truly experience a taste of Maine. We will gladly help you plan your time to explore what is on your bucket list for your Maine coast vacation including the lobsters, lighthouses and the affordable luxury of the Rockland Talbot House.

Good Eats

With the Rockland/Camden area having one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per capita in the US, you are sure to eat well during your visit. Most of our restaurants are small and chef-owned and serve a variety of fresh, local and seasonal foods in their specific ethnic cuisine.  We have sample menus available for guests to peruse and of course will gladly help you find your perfect restaurant choice.

With over twenty-five restaurants in downtown Rockland alone and many more in the surrounding area we cannot mention them all but some of our local favorites are listed below or check out our GOOD EATS page with on-line links or the Rock Coast Maine restaurant guide.

Primo Restaurant – 2 South Main Street (Rt. 73), Rockland – 207-596-0770.
Primo is considered one of the best restaurants in Maine for people who truly enjoy an epicurean dining experience in a relaxed and definitely Maine atmosphere. Open seasonally May-January.

In Good Company – Wine Bar – 415 Main Street, Rockland – 207-593-9110
A wonderful place to go when you just want to hang with good wine, good food, and good friends. Certain Thursdays in the winter months, the restaurant offers food and wine from around the world with a different country featured each week. Open year-round. Schedule varies by season.

Dry Dock – 273 Main Street, Rockland – 207-594-2034
Casual waterfront restaurant frequented by locals serves great food at a reasonable price.  Open year round Thursday-Monday for lunch and dinner.  We recommend “grazing” and sharing assorted appetizers.

Rustica Cucina Italiana – 315 Main Street, Rockland – 207-593-8847
This casual Italian restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and serves classica italian food at a reasonable price. Open year-round for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday. No reservations.

Suzuki’s Sushi Bar – 419 Main Street, Rockland – 207-596-7447
Chef-owner Keiko Suzuki Steinberger has been nominated three times for a James Beard Award for her perfect balance of presentation and taste. “Simple elegance” is how she describes her food. Open year-round Wednesday through Saturday. Reservations strongly suggested.