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Relaxed, cozy, romantic, and very friendly, the Camden Maine Stay is a grand old home located in the historic district of Camden Maine, one of America's most beautiful seaside villages. A two-block walk down tree lined streets brings you to the harbor park, shops and restaurants.
Mid-coast Maine has it all. Guests at the Camden Maine Stay can walk four blocks to over thirty miles of wonderful Camden Hills State Park trails, play golf on one of the country's premier courses, sail in a windjammer, eat lobster within yards of where they are being caught or sit on the rock at the top of Mt. Battie where poet Edna St. Vincent Millay sat to gaze at the islands in the bay and gain inspiration.
In 1802, when Thomas Jefferson was President of the United States, Route 1 was a dirt road and Maine was still a part of the state of Massachusetts, Alden Bass built a house at 22 High Street here in Camden. A striking main house with an attached carriage house and a four-story barn, the home is an outstanding example of the progressive farm buildings common to 19th century Maine. The Camden Maine Stay is the second oldest of the sixty-six lovely homes that are listed on the National Register of Historical Places in the High Street Historic District.
Our three parlors, one with wood burning fireplace, are tastefully decorated with oriental rugs and period furnishings. Many of the rooms have original wide plank pine flooring. Some of the guestrooms have TVs and there is a TV, DVD and VCR in one of the first floor sitting rooms. And for those who carry their laptops with them, there is high speed internet access through our Wi-Fi network. With a pleasant grove to the south, the Camden Hills State Park to the west and charming historic homes to the north and east, the inn projects the essence of New England.
Breakfast is a special time at the Camden Maine Stay. Guests can choose to sit at a table for two on the sun porch which overlooks our lovely two acre garden or join a convivial group of travelers at the large harvest table in the dining room.
If you intend to take an early morning hike, you will find coffee ready by 7:30. Depending on the day, morning menus may include fresh juice, stuffed French toast, waffles and sausage, molasses or blueberry pancakes, homemade granola baked with pure Maine maple syrup, egg casserole, straight from the oven muffins, coffee cakes or scones.
Guests are always welcome in our big country kitchen where you can gather around the old Queen Atlantic stove and discuss the day's events. In the afternoon you can have tea or coffee and raid the cookie jar.
Although we do not serve dinner here at the inn, there are fifteen restaurants within a ten minute walk. You can enjoy picnic table lobster while you watch a lobsterman hauling traps, savor scallops within just a few yards of a million dollar schooner, try one of the ethnic eateries or dress up, bring money and dine on gourmet continental haute cuisine.
Things To Do
Things To Do: Summer
There are three things which every visitor to Camden should do: stroll through the park by the waterfall and enjoy the harbor, go for a sail on a windjammer, and see the incredible view from the summit of Mt. Battie in the Camden Hills State Park.
The story is often told of how a young girl from the village was so inspired by the vista that she wrote a poem which launched her literary career. A plaque at the peak marks the spot where Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote her best known poem "Renascence".
You might also enjoy a hike to Maiden Cliff, an 800 foot sheer cliff, or an eight-mile bike trip around Beauchamp Point, through woods and farmland -- most of the way just yards from the ocean.
Most people think about the Coast of Maine as a three-season vacation area, but in truth there are a lot of very good reasons why you should visit Camden in the winter. So many that they really need their own page.
Things To Do: Winter
Winter brings a quiet time to Camden - or at first glance it seems to. The truth of the matter is that when the last of the leafpeepers depart, the local folks get ready for a host of cold weather activities. The Camden Snow Bowl at Ragged Mountain leads the list with a wide variety of activities. There you will find the only community toboggan chute in Maine. This 400 foot long chute takes you flashing down the side of Ragged Mountain and out onto Hosmer Pond for a long slide on the ice. You will also find ski equipment for sale or rent, a ski school, night skiing, an attractive lodge, nine well-groomed trails, and the only chairlift in the United States with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Ice skating and cross-country skiing are also very popular.
The Camden Opera House offers occasional plays performed by the Civic Theater and a variety of musical programs. Shops and restaurants are very happy to see you. Walking through the Harbor Park you will see the windjammer fleet nestled in their winter cocoons. You could also visit the Camden Public Library and see one of the most beautiful historic buildings in the State of Maine. Another spot to visit is the Farnsworth Art Museum. Then come on back to the inn, get a cup of coffe or tea, and relax in one of our three living rooms. Life just doesn't get better than this!