Hartstone Inn & Hideaway

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

Our favorite Maine Lighthouse Tours 21 Feb 2015, 2:24 am

Photo Credit: Mark Ittleman / Owls Head Light, Maine / Flickr

There are nearly 70 lighthouses along the coast of Maine, 57 of them still active. For hundreds of years, their job has been to keep the safe light burning through good weather and bad, protecting the coast and those navigating to Maine’s ports. The following are just a few of our favorite Maine lighthouse tours.

While the lighthouses themselves are not open to the public, the grounds around them are, giving you a chance to see the coastline and beyond as a light keeper did. The Wayside Inn is happy to provide you with our own personalized lighthouse guide. Just ask us at the front desk.

Rockland Breakwater Light, Rockland, ME

The Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse sits at the end of a breakwater on the northern side of Rockland Harbor.

The breakwater was built to protect structures, businesses along the waterfront, as well as ships in the harbor. The 4,346-foot-long breakwater was constructed using nearly 700,000 tons of granite at a cost of $750,000. The breakwater took 18 years to complete. After it was finished in 1900, the lighthouse was completed in 1902.

Several temporary lights were set up at different locations along the breakwater until the lighthouse could be completed. The lighthouse itself stands 25 feet tall from the base and sits 39 feet above the water.

In the early days, the lighthouse was maintained by keepers who were paid up to $540 per year to keep the beacon lit. Eventually, the Coast Guard took over and maintained the light until it was fully automated in 1964.

The lighthouse is still in use today. The beacon flashes every 5 seconds and has a range of 17 nautical miles.

Weather permitting, the grounds surrounding Rockland Breakwater Light are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, holidays and other special event days between Memorial Day weekend and Columbus Day weekend. It can also be viewed by boat tour.

Owls Head Lighthouse, Owls Head, ME

Owls Head Lighthouse is located at the Owls Head Light State Park and sits at the top of a hill at the southern entrance to Rockland Harbor. The lighthouse sits 100 feet above sea level, yet the lighthouse itself is only about 30 feet tall. Built in 1825, the lighthouse was constructed using granite and brick. It was automated in 1989.

Owls Head Lighthouse is still in use today.

Owls Head and Rockland Breakwater lighthouses are both maintained by the Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights. The nonprofit organization has seen to the restoration of both lighthouses.

Weather permitting, the grounds around Owls’ Head Lighthouse are open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, holidays and other special event days between Memorial Day weekend and Columbus Day weekend. Carefully climb the staircase to the lighthouse for an amazing view of the harbor.

Browns Head Lighthouse, Vinalhaven, ME

The Browns Head Lighthouse was built near the northwestern tip of Vinalhaven Island in 1857. The station itself was established with a temporary light in 1832. The white tower stands 20 feet tall, but sits 39 feet above the water. It was automated in 1987.

In order to get there, you will need to take a ferry from Rockland to Vinalhaven. It’s recommended that you drive your own car onto the island, as the lighthouse is about 6 miles from the ferry.

Browns Head is still an active lighthouse; and while the lighthouse itself is not open to the public, you can explore the grounds and imagine what it’s like to experience hurricane force winds or dense fog in a place seafarers look to for safety.

Tips

When you visit any of the lighthouse grounds, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes and use caution as you walk around. Bring a rain coat and/or jacket just in case it’s a windy day and there is a bit of spray. All of the lighthouses have a “carry-in, carry-out” policy. Help keep our lighthouses and the grounds beautiful and please do not leave anything behind.

The Hartstone Inn

The Hartstone Inn is an enchanting bed and breakfast hideaway in the heart of downtown Camden, Maine. Choose from 21 elegant guest rooms and suites, appointed with luxurious amenities, including soft robes, fine linens and down quilts and pillows. Enjoy gourmet cuisine morning, afternoon and evening, and maybe even try your hand at preparing a gourmet meal or two yourself with our Foodie Adventure Packages. Our Camden bed and breakfast is the perfect place to get away from it all.

Photo Credit: Mark Ittleman / Owls Head Light, Maine / Flickr

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The Camden Opera House schedule this winter 12 Feb 2015, 12:06 pm

Photo Credit: Leapologist/Camden Opera House/Flickr

There is no shortage of things to do in Camden, whether you’re interested in catching a classic film, enjoying live music or immersing yourself in an opera. The Camden Opera House is a wonderful venue just down the street from Hartstone Inn that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Peruse the Camden Opera House schedule below to see what events are on the calendar during your stay.

The Camden Opera House Schedule

Feb. 25, 2015, 3 p.m. – Folk singer Greg Brown

Feb. 28, 2015, 3 p.m. – Original Annie (film)

March 1, 2015 – Benvenuto Cellini – English National Opera

March 21, 2015, 3 p.m. – Mary Poppins (film)

April 10, 2015, 7 p.m. – Dancing with the Local Stars

April 18, 2015, 7 p.m. – Master Illusionist Lyn Dillies

April 25, 2015, 3 p.m. – World Circus (film)

Visit the website to purchase tickets for any of these events.

History of the Camden Opera House

When the Camden Opera House was built in 1894, it was the talk of the town. As the tallest building in Knox County (3 stories), it had electricity and boasted a 45-horsepower boiler that provided heat throughout. The auditorium spanned 36 feet by 33 feet and was accented in gold and white. The building also housed several businesses and a businessman’s club.

The first event at the Opera House was a performance of “Maritama” by the Boston Opera Co., followed by a grand ball in the Banquet Hall. Through the years, the Opera House was the place to see a movie, dance the night away at a gala and even attend a town meeting.

The first improvements were made to the Opera House in the 1950s, when the flat floor of the auditorium was sloped to provide a better viewing experience. To celebrate the building’s 100th anniversary, the building was renovated and restored in 1993.

Camden Opera House Today

Today, the Opera House is still the place for community events and performances. It’s the home of the Camden Civic Theatre and hosts regular performances by members of the community and local students. It also hosts a variety of nationally and internationally known acts. Conferences are also held at the Opera House, including the annual Camden Conference on International Affairs and the annual Camden Technology Conference (Pop-Tech). The Opera House can be rented for special events, including weddings.

The Opera House auditorium seats 495 people with additional seating for two in each of the four loge boxes. The Tucker Room, often used for meetings and conferences, can accommodate up to 35 people sitting and 70 standing. It has a beautiful fireplace, chandeliers and a stained glass window. The Washington Street Conference Room seats 60-70 people and is typically used for meetings.

There is also the Third Floor space, which offers a large, airy gallery space overlooking the town Village Green. This space is used for workshops, meetings and small receptions. The Third Floor features a newly renovated Gentlemen’s Club that is often used for meetings. Each of the spaces on the Third Floor can accommodate 50-70 people standing and 20-40 people sitting.

In addition to the event space, the Opera House building is home to Camden’s municipal offices and the Camden Police Station.

Location of the Camden Opera House

Located in the center of town on Elm Street, the Camden Opera House is just a few doors down from The Hartstone Inn, making it very convenient for you to enjoy a performance during your stay.

The Hartstone Inn

The Hartstone Inn is an enchanting bed and breakfast hideaway in the heart of downtown Camden, Maine. Choose from 21 elegant guest rooms and suites, appointed with luxurious amenities, including soft robes, fine linens and down quilts and pillows. Enjoy gourmet cuisine morning, afternoon and evening, and maybe even try your hand at preparing a gourmet meal or two yourself with our Foodie Adventure Packages. Our Camden bed and breakfast is the perfect place to get away from it all.

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Maine Restaurant Week – March 1-14, 2015 9 Feb 2015, 6:22 am

Restaurant Week  is a celebration of the culinary talents of area restaurants. During restaurant week, restaurants offer specially priced three-course meals. Chefs work hard year round to take care of their customers. During restaurant weeks, they go above and beyond. The first restaurant week concept originated in New York City in the early nineties and caught on in Maine in 2009.
At the Hartstone Inn, we offer a special three course menu for $35 during Maine Restaurant Week.

Maine Restaurant Week March 1-14, 2015
Three course menu / $35

Appetizers

  • SOUP – Green pea with smoked ham hock & soft herbed marscapone
  • SALMON – Beetroot and vodka salmon gravlax, whole grain mustard potato salad, watercress, crisp focaccia
  • DUCK – Confit duck & caramelized onion tartlet, shaved peccarino, aged balsamic & port reduction, chive creme fraiche

Entrees

  • CHICKEN – Roasted breast glazed with lemon & thyme, butternut squash purée, roasted fingerling potato, savoy cabbage, chicken jus
  • SEA BASS – Lobster risotto with spring onion & chive, wilted kale
  • BEEF – Slow cooked with Maine made root beer, horseradish creamed potato, heritage carrots, wild mushroom ragout

Desserts

  • SOUFFLE – Kahula coffee flavored, Maine sea salt caramel creme anglaise
  • CREME BRULEE – White chocolate & raspberry, home baked shortbread
  • LEMON TART – Toasted Italian meringue, vanilla ice cream

    Seatings begin at 5:30pm each night.  Call us at 207-236-4259 to reserve your table.

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Witness the U.S. National Toboggan Championships 3 Feb 2015, 9:09 am

Photo Credit: Erik Hansen/US National Toboggan Championship/Flickr

More than 400 teams will participate in the 25th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl Feb. 6-8, 2015. This fun-loving, yet very competitive event promises thrilling races down a 400-foot chute, comical costumes and loads of entertainment for participants and spectators alike.

What you can expect to see

There are race divisions for two-, three- and four-person “traditional” toboggan teams. These teams will race toboggans that meet strict standards outlined below. Just for fun, there is an experimental division, in which teams race toboggans that have been built with materials and design elements that do not meet traditional standards, but they sure look cool.

Team names range from “Chute I’m out of Beer” and “Two Wingnuts” to “Luge Mistake” and “Four Flakes,” proving the team names are as handcrafted as the toboggans. Team members often wear costumes to go along with their team name.

Opening day, Friday, Feb. 6, teams register and have their toboggans inspected between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The 400-foot toboggan chute is open to teams and, conditions permitting, the public ($5 per person) until 3 p.m. The first official toboggan runs begin at 4 p.m. for two- and three-person teams.

Also on Friday, the third annual Down the Chute Beer and Wine Tasting will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sample beverages from 14 Maine brewers and wineries, cast your vote for your favorite, and take home a souvenir drinking glass. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Saturday, Feb. 7, the competition kicks off at 8 a.m. with first runs for the remaining two- and three-person teams. Second runs begin immediately after that and the fastest times are logged. The experimental division will begin competing at 11:30 a.m., followed by four-person teams at 1 p.m.

In addition to all of the exciting toboggan action on Saturday, there will be a Chili Challenge from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and a Costume Contest from 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 8, the competition continues with second qualifying runs for four-person teams beginning at 9 a.m., followed by the experimental division at 11 a.m.

After all of the qualifying times have been tallied, the Championship will begin at 11:30 a.m. with only the top runners in each category. The coveted awards will be handed out at 3 p.m.

All day each day, there will be a bonfire, food vendors, souvenir sales and music. In addition, the slopes will be open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for skiing, tubing and snowboarding.

Anatomy of a toboggan

Photo Credit: Erik Hansen/US National Toboggan Championship/Flickr

By definition, a toboggan is a long, narrow, flat-bottomed sled made of thin boards with the front curved upward and then backward.  The curve at the front of the toboggan must be large enough to cover the first set of rider’s feet. Riders may sit on a pad.

The rules state vehicles for the traditional toboggan races must be the traditional shape described above. They must be made with wood and not exceed 50 pounds, including the pad. They must measure a minimum of 15 3/4 inches wide and a max of 20 inches wide. They can be 6 to 12 feet in length (depending on the number of riders). For example, 6-foot toboggans can be used for the kids and two-person division. All other toboggans must be 7 to 12 feet long.

The bottom of the traditional toboggan must have a flat bottom constructed of wood slats. No synthetic materials are allowed. All toboggans are inspected before and after the race for safety and to ensure they meet race regulations. In the experimental division, modifications are allowed.

Once launched on the 400-foot run that delivers a 70-foot drop, all toboggans have the potential of reaching speeds of up to 40 MPH.

Getting there and parking

There is limited parking at the event. We recommend taking a shuttle bus from downtown Camden. The shuttle bus picks up at Washington Street, a short walk around the corner from the Hartstone Inn. Shuttle tickets are $2 per person round-trip. Service starts Saturday at 7 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. and runs every 20 minutes.

Camden Snow Bowl

The Toboggan Championship is held at the Camden Snow Bowl, a community owned ski and recreation area. The Snow Bowl offers alpine skiing, snowboard, ice skating, snowshoeing, and of course the 400-foot toboggan chute.

In addition, the Snow Bowl affords incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean from atop Rugged Mountain’s 1,300-foot summit.

Hartstone Inn

The Hartstone Inn offers an enchanting bed and breakfast hideaway in the heart of downtown Camden, Maine. Choose from 21 elegant guest rooms and suites, appointed with luxurious amenities, including soft robes, fine linens and down quilts and pillows. Enjoy gourmet cuisine morning, afternoon and evening, and maybe even try your hand at preparing a gourmet meal or two yourself with our Foodie Adventure Packages. Our Camden bed and breakfast is the perfect place to get away from it all.

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Camden Winterfest 2015 9 Jan 2015, 6:08 pm

January 31–February 8, 2015
Located in both downtown Camden and at the Camden Snow Bowl, Winterfest is a community celebration of winter. With live music, downtown rail jams, snow sculptures, ice carving and ice skating—there’s fun for all ages!  All events are free and open to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SCHEDULE:

Saturday, Jan 31st 
Winterfest Kickoff Celebration – noon-3pm, Camden Public Library Amphitheatre
Community ice carving, live music indoors & out, crafts for kids, hot food

Saturday, Jan 31st & Sunday, Feb 1st
Maine’s only Nationally-Sanctioned Snow Sculpture Competition – Village Green
Sculptors work all weekend, Judging takes place Sunday at noon
CamJam Harborside Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding – Harbor Park
Demonstrations Saturday all day and Sunday morning in Harbor Park
CamJam Freestyle Ski Competition — Sunday, 1-3pm

Monday, Feb 2nd
Alex the Jester — 6pm, Camden Opera House
Tickets available at the door and at local retailers: Clean Bee Laundry, Graffam Seafood,
Camden Public Library, Camden Town Office
Kids $2, adults $5, children up to age 3, free. Family rate $15.

Tuesday, Feb 3rd
Free Family Movie — 6pm, Camden Public Library
Frozen Singalong with Anna and Olaf

Wednesday, Feb 4th
Winter themed movie — 7pm, Camden Opera House
Cool Runnings – Film features the Jamaican Olympic Bobsled team!
Tickets available at the door:.
Admission $4, children up to age 3, free. Family rate $15.

Thursday, Feb 5th
Concert featuring Red Molly — 7pm, Camden Opera House
with opening acts: David and the Lowdown, Miners Creek
Tickets available at www.camdenoperahouse.com/events.cfm and at local retailers:
Manny’s, HAV II, Clean Bee Laundry, Grasshopper Shop (Rockland),
Side Country Sports (Rockland), Camden Town Office
$20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Friday, Feb 6th
25th Annual US National Toboggan Championships: 2 & 3-person teams, 4pm
Down the Chute Beer & Wine tasting – Camden Snow Bowl, 3-7pm
Downtown Dance – 8pm, Peter Ott’s Restaurant, Bay View Landing
Banff Film Festival, 7pm, Strom Auditorium (Camden Hills Regional High School)
Vote for your favorite winter-theme drink at www.camdenwinterfest.com in the “Frost Heave Challenge” featured at Camden’s bars all weekend

Saturday, Feb 7th
25th Annual US National Toboggan Championships – 8am-4pm, Camden Snow Bowl
Bus shuttle service from the Village Green to the Snow Bowl runs 7am – 5pm
Costume Contest – noon, Camden Snow Bowl
Chili Challenge, 11am – 1:30pm, Camden Snow Bowl
Pond Hockey: Rockport vs. Camden – Hosmer Pond, Snow Bowl
Snow Plow Parade – 5:30pm, Main Street, Camden
Fireworks over the Harbor, 6:15pm, Harbor Park
Banff Film Festival, 7pm, Strom Auditorium (Camden Hills Regional High School)

Sunday, Feb 8th
25th Annual US National Toboggan Championships — 9am-3pm, Camden Snow Bowl
Bus shuttle service from the Village Green to the Snow Bowl runs 8am – 4pm
Pancake Breakfast – 8am-11am, Camden Snow Bowl
World Championship Toboggan Races – 11:30am, Camden Snow Bowl
Award Ceremonies – 3pm, Camden Snow Bowl

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Hartstone Inn Valentine’s Day Menu 2015 8 Jan 2015, 4:02 pm

Treat the one you love to a romantic, candlelit dinner at the Hartstone Inn this Valentine’s Day.  Chef Michael has put together a delicious menu that is sure to please.   Don’t hesitate in placing your reservation as space in our intimate dining room is limited.

Valentine’s Day – Saturday, February 14, 2015
$65 per person

AMUSE BOUCHE – Oysters Rockefeller
SCALLOPS – Iberico ham, pea puree, coriander shoots
PARSNIP VELOUTE – bosc pear syrup, toasted walnuts, brioche
SORBET – pineapple & coconut
BEEF FILLET – slow roasted, pomme anna, caramelized shallot
& garlic puree, watercress, cognac pepper cream sauce
DARK CHOCOLATE TART – cinnamon & sea salt ice cream, fudge sauce
SWEET TREATS BOX – selection of the Hartstone Inn’s signature treats to take home

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Whoopie Pie Cooking Class and Cookbook Signing 13 Nov 2014, 12:03 pm

Saturday, May 16, 2015
1pm-3pm

Did you know that the whoopie pie is Maine’s official state treat?  Nancy Griffin, author of the book “Making Whoopies” will lead a fun class on this iconic New England dessert.  Four flavor combinations will be made and then enjoyed – classic, red velvet, banana with cream cheese frosting and chocolate with peanut butter frosting.  Bring your sweet tooth as eating freshly baked whoopie pies will be the best part of class!   Each participant will leave with a signed copy of Nancy’s cookbook so they can recreate each whoopie recipe at home for friends and family.  

Make it a getaway and book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.  Live locally?  Join us just for the class, only $45.  Space is limited.  Reserve today!

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Holiday Fashion Show & Brunch 1 Nov 2014, 12:40 pm

December 6th, 2014 at 11am
$23.95 per person

The holiday season is upon us once again, which means it is time for our annual Fashion Show Brunch.  All fashions featured will be by Leonard’s of Rockport.  This event is a fun way to kick off the Christmas season.  Join us!

Brunch Menu

Starter:

Poached Bosc Pear with a Raspberry-Star Anise Sauce

Choice of Entree:

Eggs Benedict with Grilled Filet Medallions and a Roasted Pepper Hollandaise

Grilled Salmon Filet over Baby Greens with a Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette

Cast Iron Baked Apple-Cinnamon Pancake with Seared Ham

Dessert:

Bourbon-Pecan Tart with a Wild Turkey Crème Anglaise

Blueberry Crème Brûlée with a Lemon Madeline

Reservations required.  Please call 207-236-4259

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$199 All Inclusive Fall Special 21 Oct 2014, 6:37 pm

Fall is breathtaking in coastal Maine. Cool temperatures and beautiful scenery make it a season that’s not to be missed!

$199 SPECIAL: Stay one night, Sunday through Thursday in our best available room or suite, enjoy a five course gourmet dinner for two and a sumptuous breakfast in the morning for just $199! As a welcome gift, find red wine and an assortment of our decadent, house made chocolates in your room. Extend your stay for only $99 more per night!

*Valid on new reservations only through November 20th, 2014.

 

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Artisan Chocolate Making Class 20 Oct 2014, 6:01 pm

Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1-3pm

NEW ADDITION TO OUR UPCOMING COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE:

Join Kate Shaffer of Black Dinah Chocolatiers as she guides you through the magic world of professional chocolate making.  Kate’s beautiful and delicious, handmade chocolate treats have been featured in both Gourmet and Martha Stewart Living magazines.  The two hour class will include:

  • A brief overview of how chocolate is made, from bean to bar
  • Tasting chocolate and figuring out what you like
  • What does it take to be a truffle?  Making ganache
  • Working with chocolate: Melting and tempering, enrobing, moulding, decorating
  • Storing chocolate
  • Sampling and enjoying chocolate

This is a hands-on course, and though some of the techniques are advanced, all that’s required of participants is a willingness to have fun and a LOVE of chocolate!

Make it a getaway and book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.  Live locally?  Join us just for the class, only $45.  Space is limited.  Reserve today!

 

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