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The idyllic coastal town of Camden, Maine may look familiar even if you've never made it up to Vacationland. You see, the popular tourist destination—population 5,000—is just so perfectly Maine it served as a backdrop for the movie In the Bedroom as well as Passions, that ultra-campy soap opera with all the witches and dwarfs.
Once an industrial force and producer of carriages, sashes and blinds, railroad cars, woolens, boots, and mattresses; Camden is now best known for the spectacular Camden Hills State Park and the yearly U.S. National Toboggan Championships.
If and when you find yourself in Camden and under pressure to host an impromptu wine and cheese party, look no further than Lily, Lupine & Fern.
Right on the harbor and housed in a Cape-style frame house with turquoise trim, the deceptively deep shop offers all the cut and silk flowers you'd imagine—given its name. But what's that amongst the roses and freesia in the refrigerator case? Why, it's chilled white wine and prosecco! And past that front room and its table of exotic orchids there are even more surprises.
Look for an impressive assortment of international wines and specialty beers; plus all the artisanal cheeses, small batch snacks, cured meats, and imported pastas you need to make that wine shine. And it's all housed so beautifully: Artfully crammed into a softly lit, wood-paneled space decorated with pine crates, wicker baskets, and red paper lanterns.
· Lily, Lupine & Fern [Official Site]
· All Maine Coverage [Racked]