A recent Conde Nast Traveler list of the most beautiful towns in America includes Camden.

The picturesque Knox County town earned the No. 5 slot, beating out 12 other towns — like Breckenridge, Colorado and Lake Placid, New York — in an incredibly subjective analysis that we normally would not argue with, because: Yay, Maine.

Here’s how Conde Nast Traveler writer Laura Vogel puts it:

This classic New England seaside town is so picture-perfect that it was the primary filming location for the 1957 movie about a seemingly idyllic town, Peyton Place. The motto of Camden has long been “Where the mountains meet the sea.” (Indeed, Mount Battie and Bald Mountain rise up above the harbor and the village, and a hike to the top of the former will reward you with a stellar view.) Though most of the village’s commerce is aimed squarely at tourists, there are some gems; boutique hotel Whitehall is a white-clapboard beauty, and its restaurant, Pig + Poet, manned by chef Sam Talbot (a Montauk Surf Lodge alum), sources fresh ingredients from nearby farms.

You can almost taste those “fresh ingredients from nearby farms,” huh?

The writer called Woodstock, Vermont, the prettiest after being bowled over by its “absurdly quaint New England charm.”

Now, that’s all well and good. Camden is certainly pretty. No argument there. And a Maine town definitely belongs on this list.

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But just for the sake of arguing, let’s throw a few others into the mix — maybe some that don’t get the same level of acclaim from national news outlets. These are a few that struck us as equal in beauty to Camden:

  • Rangeley
  • Harpswell
  • Georgetown
  • Castine
  • Wiscasset
  • Brooklin
  • Stonington

What do you think?

Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...