Hartstone Inn & Hideaway

41 Elm Street, Camden, Maine 04843
Innkeeper(s): Mary Jo Brink & Michael Salmon
 

“Mediterranean Cuisine” Cooking Class – June 13th & 14th 24 May 2015, 12:28 pm

Event date/time:  Saturday, June 13, 2015 or Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 1-3pm

Join Chef Michael here at the Hartstone Inn, as he shares some of his favorite recipes from the Mediterranean region. Participants will prepare four dishes: Roasted yellow pepper bruschetta with fresh mozzarella, beets in romesco sauce, Tunisian grilled cod with a roasted shallot compound butter and herbed tabbouleh, and for dessert, frittelle di riso – arborio Rice Fritters.  Classes are informative, fun and filled with delicious food.  $45 per person.  Planning to stay overnight?  Book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.

Location Address: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

Contact Website: www.hartstoneinn.com


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The State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is Delicious 23 May 2015, 3:11 am

Photo Credit: Blueberries/Pixabay

The annual Maine Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias features two fun days of entertainment, contests, shopping and of course blueberries! Held each August, the festival offers locals and visitors alike the chance to celebrate the little berry that some say helped put Maine on the map. After all, even though Maine is one of the nation’s smallest states, it still produces more blueberries than any other state. More than 90% of the nation’s blueberry crop comes from Maine.

Maine Wild Blueberry Festival Activities

Festival activities include:

  • Flea Market filled with local vendors featuring handmade crafts
  • Tours of a local Blueberry Farm
  • Children’s Parade
  • 5-mile Road Race and 1-mile Fun Run
  • Blueberry Pancake Breakfast
  • Blueberry Pie-Eating Contest

Festival Entertainment

From live music and performances to children’s activities, the Maine Wild Blueberry Festival offers a variety of exciting entertainment options for everyone in your party. The event kicks off with a flea market, farm tour and a parade on Friday, followed by a weekend full of activities including a cooking and a pie eating contest. Love to listen to live music? You can enjoy local bands and artists, including the Ukulele Club from the University of Maine at Machias! If you enjoy a good comedy, you may want to see the Musical Comedy the Centre Street Congregational Church puts on each year. Children’s activities include the parade, as well as face painting, an interactive puppet exhibit, and they can even decorate a birdhouse to take home with them.

Pie-Eating Contest

Children of (almost) all ages can participate in the annual Pie-Eating Contest. Contestants compete in four age groups: 7-10-year-olds, 11-14-year-olds, 15-18-year-olds, and adults. Each contestant receives a T-shirt to wear during the contest, as well as a clean one to take home and show off to friends and family. Winners receive certificates and serious bragging rights.

Blueberry Farm Tour

Find out how a working blueberry farm operates! Festival-goers can tour Welch Farms in Roque Bluffs to learn what it takes to grow and harvest wild blueberries.

Blueberry Treats

No festival would be complete without delicious food and this festival does not disappoint.  Enjoy crab rolls, lobster, hamburgers, a fish fry and more. When it comes to items featuring the star of the festival – blueberries – enjoy blueberry ice cream, a blueberry dessert bar,

PLANNING YOUR VISIT TO MAINE

Now’s the time to starting planning your trip to Maine for the Rockland Lobster Festival! Be sure to download our handy and FREE Vacation Guide to Camden, Maine. The guide is chocked full of information regarding things to do, places to see, restaurants to try and more. The Hartstone Inn is also happy to make arrangements for you to stay in one of our luxurious rooms or suites. After a rejuvenating night’s rest, enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning.

Photo Credit: Blueberries/Pixabay

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The Rockland Lobster Festival Cannot Be Missed 16 May 2015, 7:01 am

Photo Credit: Maine Lobster Festival

How many pounds of lobster do you think are eaten each year at the Rockland Lobster Festival? While you ponder that a moment, we’ll go ahead and tell you that in addition to delicious food, the annual Rockland Lobster Festival is a great place to enjoy a parade, live music, arts and craft vendors, a marine tent and much more. This five-day festival, held at Rockland Harbor Park on the city’s waterfront, draws tens of thousands of folks who share a deep love for lobster, as well as Maine.

And now the answer you’ve been waiting for! If you guessed that 20,000 pounds of lobster are consumed during the annual Rockland Lobster Festival, then you would be correct! Lobster is served a variety of mouth-watering ways during the festival. Don’t miss tasting the famous Maine Lobster Roll!

Rockland Lobster Festival Schedule of Events

The schedule of events is always packed with a range of live music and demonstrations. Here’s a sampling of what you can experience at the upcoming festival.

  • Enjoy watching  – or maybe even participate in – the Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest where top “chefs” compete for $500 in prize money, as well as some serious bragging rights.
  • If you enjoy beer or wine, be sure to visit the Steins & Vines Tasting Event, where you can sample local beers and wines made in Maine. There is an additional fee for this tasting event. This year’s participants include Rock Harbor, Sebago Brewing, Allaghash, Peak Organic Brewing, Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery and many more.
  • Additional entertainment includes live bands, storytellers, the coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess and more.
  • There is also plenty of fun for the kids. Just look for the Children’s Tent, where various activities will take place including face painting, storytelling, balloon animals, crafts and much more!

For more information on the festival’s events, please visit the website.

Where to buy tickets

The 2015 festival will be held July 29-August 2. Tickets can be purchased at the festival gates. The first day of the festival, Wednesday, tickets are just $5 for adults and $2 for children between the ages of 6-12. The festival opens at 12 and closes at 10 p.m. on opening day. Admission for Thursday through Saturday is $8 for adults and $2 for children between the ages of 6-12. Children age 5 and younger are free.

Speaking of children, don’t forget about the festival’s Family Fun Day on Sunday, which means no admission!

Getting to Rockland from Camden

Rockland is just about a 20-minute drive from Camden via U.S. 1. Enjoy the ride along the scenic highway, park for free at Oceanside East High School and take a free shuttle bus to the festival. The shuttles run every 30 minutes.

Planning Your Visit to Maine

Now’s the time to starting planning your trip to Maine for the Rockland Lobster Festival! Be sure to download our handy and FREE Vacation Guide to Camden, Maine. The guide is chocked full of information regarding things to do, places to see, restaurants to try and more. The Hartstone Inn is also happy to make arrangements for you to stay in one of our luxurious rooms or suites. After a rejuvenating night’s rest, enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning.

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The Sweetback Sisters at the Strand Theatre 15 May 2015, 1:46 pm

Event date/time:  May 30, 2015 at 7:30pm

Rollicking, infectious country swing! THE SWEETBACK SISTERS’ charismatic charm harkens back to the golden era of the silver screen cowgirl, wrapped around a core of deeply felt love for traditional country music styles. Emily Miller and Zara Bode’s precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson. Their repertoire combines country music from before they were born and new interpretations of those traditions — to create a fresh take on what it means to be country. THE SWEETBACKS have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Location Address: Rockland Strand Theatre

Contact Website: www.rocklandstrand.com

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Mangia: An Italian Cooking Class at Cellardoor Winery 14 May 2015, 4:25 pm

Event date/time: Sunday, May 23, 2015 from 5:30-8:30pm

From the Cellardoor Winery website:

‘With the unofficial start of summer upon us, the heavy, hearty comfort foods of winter give way to dishes influenced by the light, fresh and colorful bounty found at Maine’s farmers markets. We’re celebrating the start of a new season with an Italian twist, taking cues dai monti al mare (from the mountains to the sea). Chef Christina Sidoti will take over our Farmhouse Kitchen for a special cooking class and dinner, complete with making fresh pasta dough and summer-inspired sauces to creating decadent cannoli.”

Location Address: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

Contact Website: www.mainewine.com

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The Maine Antiques Festival is a Blast! 9 May 2015, 3:47 am

Photo Credit: Jeff Kubina / Typewriter / Flickr

The Maine Antiques Festival held each August at the Fairgrounds in Union, Maine, is a great way to find unique treasures. The festival features more than 350 vendors from across the country and Canada, which makes it Maine’s largest annual antiques show. Whether you’re a collector, a browser or looking for a specific piece of furniture to complete a room, a trip the Maine Antiques Festival is a blast. Union is only about a 20-minute drive from The Hartstone Inn in Camden, making it a fun and easy excursion while you’re in town.

Details about the Maine Antiques Festival

The three-day festival is held at the Fairgrounds in Union, Maine. There are several admission tickets available. You may choose to shop with the early birds and purchase a ticket for Friday. Or, you may choose to shop with the masses on Saturday and/or Sunday. This rain or shine event offers indoor and outdoor shopping areas. Be sure to take your time and look closely at the items that are offered. You just might find a valuable treasure!

Vendors offer a wide variety of formal and informal items, including vintage linens, antique postcards, books, maps and prints, 18th and 19th early American furniture and accessories, china, collectibles, rugs, games, sports memorabilia, silver, crystal, estate jewelry, repurposed furniture, paintings, maritime antiques, glass, tools and much more.

Please visit the Maine Antiques Festival website for the latest information on dates, admission fees and participating vendors. You may also visit the event’s Facebook page for a selection of photos from past events that will give you a glimpse into the antique selection that will be available.

While you’re shopping, you will certainly work up an appetite. Not to worry, food vendors will be on-hand serving up everything from pizza to lobster to reenergize you.

Directions to the Maine Antiques Festival from Camden

To get to the Fairgrounds in Union from The Hartstone Inn in Camden, head Southwest on Elm Street toward Wood Street. Turn right onto ME-90 West and drive 2.7 miles. Then turn right onto ME-17 West and drive 8.7 miles. Turn left onto Common Road and in just .10 of a mile, turn right onto Fairgrounds Lane.

Antique Shops in Camden

Before or after your excursion to the Maine Antiques Festival, be sure to browse the selection at Camden stores carrying antiques, including Ten High Street Art & Antiques and Lucy’s Dollhouse.

Planning Your Visit to Maine

When you’re planning your next trip to Maine, or even if you’re still in the dreaming stages, be sure to download our FREE Vacation Guide to Camden, Maine. The guide is chocked full of information regarding things to do, places to see, restaurants to try and more. The Hartstone Inn is also happy to make arrangements for you to stay in one of our luxurious rooms or suites. After a rejuvenating night’s rest, enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning.

Photo Credit: Jeff Kubina / Typewriter / Flickr

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Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Camden Opera House 8 May 2015, 1:14 pm

Event date/time: June 30, 2015, 7:00pm

Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards, was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and in 2012 was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her compositions have also been covered by a diverse assortment of artists including Joan Baez, Wynonna Judd, Cyndi Lauper, Trisha Yearwood, Maura O’Connell, Mary Black and Dianne Reeves and has also collaborated, on record and/or on stage, with the likes of Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, the Indigo Girls and Tony Bennett. Tickets and reserved seats $48-$56 are available beginning April 4th at www.camdenopreahouse.com, by calling (207)470-7066 or stopping by Camden Town Office M-F 9am – 3pm.

Location Address: Camden Opera House

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

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Cucumber Martini Recipe 3 May 2015, 12:46 pm

Springtime means warmer days, tulips –  and new cocktails!  Our Cucumber Martini is the perfect addition to our specialty cocktail menu.  Follow the recipe below and enjoy one at home, or join us for Happy Hour every night beginning at 5pm!

Cucumber Martini
Makes 1

2 oz. cucumber infused vodka
1/2 fresh squeezed lime
2 to 3 slices cucumber
2 mint leaves
1/2 oz. simple syrup

In shaker, muddle 1 cucumber slice and one mint leaf.  Add vodka, lime juice and simple syrup.  Shake well.

Pour over ice and garnish with cucumber slice and mint leaf.  Enjoy!

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Penobscot Marine Museum Celebrates Marine History 30 Apr 2015, 2:38 am

Photo Credit: FraukeFeind / Pixabay

When you visit Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine, you experience the importance of the marine culture on the state of Maine and its residents. The emphasis is on the experience, as a small seaport village has been replicated for visitors to explore and enjoy.

Penobscot Marine Museum was founded in 1936 and originally located in the Old Town Hall, which was built in 1845 and donated to the Museum by the town. Since then, the museum has acquired and built structures that have allowed it to replicate a “seaport village from the Great Age of Sail.”

Penobscot Marine Museum’s seaport village

The Penobscot Marine Museum campus encompasses three acres and more than 12 buildings. Eight of the buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Things to see and do

Start your visit by stopping by Admission Center where you will buy tickets and pick up a map of the village. The museum store and the Main Street Gallery are also located in the Admission Center, allowing you to begin your journey back in maritime history within minutes of your arrival.

From there, the adventure is up to you. As you set out to explore the three-acre campus, you can visit a sea captain’s house, boat barns, the Old Town Hall, as well as the First Congregational Church of Searsport.

Artifacts, a library and a photography collection can be viewed in the Stephen Phillips Memorial Library. Rotating exhibits are featured in the Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Gallery.

Be sure to stop by the Captain Jeremiah Merithew House with two floors to explore. The Captains Gallery on the first floor features portraits of hundreds of Searsport captains and an interactive kiosk that give visitors a look at the life of a sea captain. The second floor includes exhibits of ship models, scrimshaw and marine art.

The Old Vestry is another interesting stop. This former schoolhouse and vestry of the First Congregational Church houses the museum’s Marine Science Lab, which offers hands-on science activities children of all ages will enjoy.

The Yard in the Yard is yet another must-see exhibit. Practice your sailing skills on this scaled-down model of a square-rigger’s mast. This exhibit also features a working capstan and a ship’s wheel.

Museum hours and admission

The Penobscot Marine Museum is open late May through late October. Please visit the museum website for the latest information.

Admission for the museum is as follows:

  • Children (6 and under): FREE
  • Seniors (65 and over): $10
  • Adults: $12
  • Children (7 to 15): $8

Planning your Camden, Maine Vacation

When you’re planning a trip to the Mid-coast Maine, be sure to download our Camden, Maine Vacation Guide. Whether you’re looking for adventure, a peaceful weekend for some “me time,” or a romantic weekend with the one you love, Mid-coast Maine offers a variety of options for things to do, see and experience. Let us at the Hartstone Inn, a Camden bed and breakfast, serve as your home base during your stay. Relax in one of our luxurious rooms and enjoy gourmet meals for breakfast and dinner at our restaurant.

Photo Credit: FraukeFeind / Pixabay

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Try Penobscot Bay Brewery’s Fine Brews 24 Apr 2015, 5:39 pm

Photo Credit Walknboston Penobscot Bay Brewery Half Moon Stout Flickr

Penobscot Bay Brewery in Winterport, Maine, serves up 9 locally made brews ranging from a blonde ale to a stout. The brewery’s tasting room is the perfect spot to try all of the popular local brews, as well as a range of wines produced by the brewery’s sister company Winterport Winery. Winterport is just an hour’s drive from Camden, making it an easy day trip to try Penobscot Bay Brewery’s fine brews.

Locally made handcrafted beer

Penobscot Bay Brewery began in 2009 and specializes in small batch, handcrafted brews. Its signature ale is the Old Factory Whistle, a rich red brew. Penobscot’s latest offering is the Mountain Man Double IPA, an American Double India Pale Ale. Other brews include a rye IPA, a spiced lager, a blonde ale and a stout, just to name a few.

Try them all at a tasting room called Pairings that features both Penobscot Bay Brewery’s beverages (brewed onsite), as well as the locally made selections produced by Winterport Winery. It’s called Pairings because the owners not only offer beer and wine tastings (to adults 21 years of age and up), they pair the selections with a range of appetizers for a full tasting experience.

Locally made wines

Winterport Winery and Penobscot Bay Brewery are owned by Michael and Joan Anderson. The business was reportedly born in the family basement and has since grown to a 3,200-square-foot winery and a 1,100-square-foot tasting room. The winery produces 20 locally made fruit wines.

Beer, wine and ice cream, too!

In addition to beer and wine, the owners of Winterport Winery and Penobscot Bay Brewery have also developed Bay Brew Ice Cream. The brew-inspired ice cream flavors include Half Moon Stout and Black & Tan.

General business hours for Pairings

January – February: Closed
Mid-March – April: Fri – Sat, 11am – 5pm
May – October: Tue – Sat, 11am – 5pm
November – December 19th: Fri – Sat, 11am – 5pm

Where to buy Penobscot Bay Brewery Products

In addition to visiting the tasting room, you can find Winterport Winery and Penobscot Bay Brewery products at these retailers in the Camden/Rockport/Rockland/Monhegan area:

  • Beverage Barn/Maritime Energy: 167 New County Road, Rockland – 596-9369
  • Hannaford-Rockland: 75 Maverick St. – 594-2173
  • Maritime Farms Riverside Market: 279 St. George Road, South Thomaston – 354-8372
  • Rockland Food Service: 195 Park St., Rockland – 594-5443
  • State of Maine Cheese Co.: Route 1, Rockport – 236-8895
  • The Wine Seller: 315 Main St., Rockland – 594-2610

The Hartstone Inn

After a fun day driving along the Maine coast to Winterport and back, return to the Hartstone Inn, a Camden, Maine bed and breakfast, where you can enjoy a gourmet dinner in our restaurant and retire to your luxurious and relaxing room for a little quiet time and a good night’s rest. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a full, hot breakfast at the Hartstone Inn.

Photo Credit: Walknboston / Penobscot Bay Brewery Half Moon Stout / Flickr

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