Hartstone Inn & Hideaway

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

3 Camden harbor cruises to enjoy 31 Mar 2015, 3:16 am

Photo Credit: PopTech / Camden, Maine / Flickr

There are so many great ways to explore the “prettiest spot in Maine,” one of them being aboard a boat. Several companies in town offer wonderful Camden harbor cruises, allowing you to sit back and relax as you cruise the waterways with views of lighthouses, mansions nestled in the rocky coastline, wildlife and more.

3 Camden harbor cruises to enjoy

Schooner Surprise

The Schooner Surprise has been offering day sails and charters for 28 years. Climb aboard the completely restored, historic 57-foot vessel for a 2-hour cruise during which you’ll enjoy a view from the sea to the mountains. What will you see? The wind will decide whether you sail towards Isleboro Island or down the coast to Rockland. Either way, you’ll view summer estates perched on the coast, lighthouses, look for seals and other wildlife, and more.

The Schooner Surprise seats 18 passengers and offers five daily cruises. Each Friday in July and August, the schooner’s sunset cruise is transformed into a special event, complete with live music and homemade desserts. The schooner also offers Full Moon sails, complete with live music and homemade desserts, as well as special cruises to watch the fireworks on July 4 and at the end of the season in August.

Private cruises are also available aboard the Schooner Surprise. Please visit their website for more information, schedule and pricing.

Camden Harbor Cruises

The aptly named Camden Harbor Cruises offers 1-hour tours in its classic wooden motor vessel, during which you can enjoy a beverage as you cruise around to look at lighthouses, mansions, wildlife and more. Camden Harbor Cruises kicks off its season in late May. They offer three public tours:

  • Lobstering and Lighthouse Harbor Cruise, a 1-hour tour that includes sightseeing and a lobster fishing demonstration.
  • Eco-Tour, a 1 ½-hour cruise that includes sightseeing, a lobster fishing demonstration and extra time to watch for wildlife, including seals.
  • Sunday Lighthouse Cruise, a relaxing 3-hour sightseeing cruise with snacks and refreshments.

If you’re celebrating a special occasion or are traveling with a group, you may want to consider one of Camden Harbor Cruises’ private charters. For schedules, prices and more info, please visit the Camden Harbor Cruises website.

Schooner Olad

Climb aboard the Schooner Olad, a classic 1927 yacht, and set sail for a relaxing 2-hour sightseeing cruise. The Schooner Olad sets sail several times daily, each trip offering a little something different in the way of wind and wildlife. Morning cruises are best for viewing wildlife, mid-day sails offer the best chance to catch a strong wind, and afternoon/evening cruises are best for relaxing.

The Schooner Olad seats 22 passengers. Private cruises are available. If you’d prefer a smaller vessel, the company also offers several daily tours on its 6-passenger sailboat The Owl.

No matter which boat you choose, you’ll enjoy seeing Camden in a different light. As the wind guides your vessel past lighthouses, beautiful homes, be sure to look out for seals, shorebirds and more.

Be sure to visit the Schooner Olad’s website for information on schedules, tours and pricing.

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: PopTech / Camden, Maine / Flickr

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Comedian Earl David Reed at the Strand Theatre 28 Mar 2015, 11:45 am

April 18, 2015 at 7:30pm
Rockland Strand Theatre

EARL DAVID REED is a trendsetter in the comedy and radio world. Within his 15 years of stand up comedy, EARL has performed at over 100 comedy clubs and colleges and is a favorite in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Alonrances, his improvisational style has become a favorite of radio and stage audiences all arog with his 10 years of morning broadcasting experience and numerous television appeaund. Tickets: $20/General Admission. Lobby and balcony bars will be open for 21+.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.rocklandstrand.com.

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Master Illusionist Lyn Dillies at the Camden Opera House 27 Mar 2015, 9:11 am

Saturday,  April 18, 2015 at 7pm
Camden Opera House

A Parent’s Choice Award Winner, Master Illusionist, Lyn Dillies brings the world of magic to our town. Lyn has rave reviews wherever she stages her shows of mystery, magic and illusion.Lyn has been deemed America’s Premier Female Illusionist by the Society of American Magicians, and is a pioneer in her field. With her stunning array of astounding illusions, Lyn’s talent ignites each show with energy and excitement. She has developed the perfectly balanced touring illusion show that has all the Las Vegas glitz while being family friendly.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.camdenoperahouse.com.

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Pairings 101- Italia at Cellardoor Winery 27 Mar 2015, 5:03 am

Saturday, April 11, from 2-4PM
The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

Pull a seat up to the table! Cellardoor Winery is about to embark on a culinary tour of Italy’s richly diverse culinary regions, all worthy of your palate’s exploration. Indulge yourself in the Italian lifestyle as they discover their passion for food and wine.  The class includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a specially crafted tasting menu created by Chef Lani Stiles and the team at Megunticook Market, as well as sensory evaluations and aroma identifications. As always, seats for this pairing are limited so early reservations are recommended.  $40 per person

For more information, visit www.mainewine.com.

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Seth Glier and the Jason Spooner Band at the Strand Theatre 26 Mar 2015, 10:56 am

April 11, 2015 at 7:30pm
Rockland Strand Theatre

Singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist SETH GLIER is a seasoned troubadour known for hispassionate live sets of Americana, folk, blues, pop and soul. Averaging over 250+ live performances annually he has played major folk festivals and shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams. The young songwriter has scored a Grammy nomination by weaving tales of love, pain and self-realization wrapped in sweeping melodies and striking vocals. Northern New England’s JASON SPOONER BAND includes singer/songwriter Jason Spooner, with his heavy roots, folk & blues influences; classically-trained bassist Adam Frederick’s jazz foundations; and rock-solid drummer Reed Chambers, who adds deep-seated roots in funk, soul & reggae. The award-winning folk festival veterans have a unique blend of roots, folk and blues, focused around Jason’s rhythmic flat-picking style and image-rich song-writing, and the band’s air-tight foundation.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.rocklandstrand.com.

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Check out the Maine Lighthouse Museum 21 Mar 2015, 2:52 am

Photo Credit: Tania Dey / Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse / Wikimedia Commons

There is much more to a lighthouse than its impressive structure and its life-saving beacon of light. While you’re in Maine, be sure to visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland where you can learn the heroic stories behind the lighthouses — and their keepers — that are steeped in tradition.

Visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum

The Maine Lighthouse Museum is located on the waterfront in historic downtown Rockland. The museum is open Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rockland is a short drive from the Hartstone Inn in Camden, making for a perfect daytrip.

The Maine Lighthouse Museum was founded in 1968 by Ken Black, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. It began with items from Black’s personal collection and is now home to the largest collection of lighthouse and U.S. Coast Guard Artifacts in the nation.

Exhibits at the Maine Lighthouse Museum

The collection of Fresnel lenses at the Lighthouse Museum offers an up-close look at the technology developed for the special purpose of casting light great distances from a lighthouse tower. One of the first things you’ll notice is the range of sizes of the lenses.

The Fresnel lens was developed by a French engineer and consists of many separate sections of glass or plastic mounted to a frame. There are several different “orders,” or sizes, of Fresnel lenses, the largest being the “first order.”  This large lens is about 12 feet tall and about 6 feet wide.

Both of the lighthouses in Rockland, the Rockland Breakwater Light and the Owls Head Light, contained a fourth order lens. This size lens was often used in major harbor lights to mark the entrance of a harbor mouth. It weighed nearly 700 pounds, could be seen from a maximum distance of 15 nautical miles in perfect conditions.

In addition to the Fresnel lens collection, take some time to explore the foghorns, flags and many other artifacts at the museum, as well as learn about the life of light keepers and their families. The museum also includes a gift shop.

Our Favorite Maine Lighthouse Tours

After you’ve visited the museum, be sure to visit the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and the Owls Head Lighthouse, both located in Rockland. While the lighthouses themselves are not open to the public, you can explore the grounds, both of which offer dramatic, sweeping views of the Maine coastline and surrounding harbor. Read more about these lighthouses, and a few others, in our blog about Our Favorite Maine Lighthouse Tours.

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.

For more information about the Maine Lighthouse Museum, please visit their website.

Photo Credit: Tania Dey / Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse / Wikimedia Commons

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The best fishing spots in Maine 15 Mar 2015, 11:55 am

Photo Credit: InAweofGod’sCreation / Lake Megunticook / Flickr

As a state on the coast, Maine offers a host of saltwater and freshwater fishing options. It might surprise you to know that Maine has more than 6,000 ponds and 32,000 miles of rivers and streams. It also has more than 3,400 miles of shoreline, which is more than California! With so many options, you’ll need some help deciding where to begin your fishing adventure. We’ve compiled a list of a few of the best fishing spots in Maine to get you started.

Didn’t bring your fishing gear? Local guides will provide all of the necessary equipment and licensing. Feel free to ask Hartstone’s innkeepers for information on suggested guides.

Best fishing spots in Maine – Freshwater

Megunticook Lake is not only a great place to hike, it’s also a great place for freshwater fishing. Located in Camden Hills State Park, about 5 minutes from the Hartstone Inn, this crystal clear public lake spans 1,220 acres and features several islands. It’s easy to fish from the bank or shore, or rent a canoe or boat so you can enjoy floating on the lake while you wait for the fish to bite. The principal fish caught in Megunticook Lake are brown smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and white perch. Overlooking the picturesque lake is Mount Megunticook, elevation 1,385. If you have time after a day spent fishing, consider hiking the beautiful 3.5 mile trail that offers an incredible view from the top of Mount Megunticook.

The Penobscot River is another hot spot for freshwater fishing, in fact, the West Branch of the Penobscot River is known as a world class landlocked salmon river. It’s interesting to note how landlocked salmon got its name. Landlocked salmon are Atlantic salmon that do not journey to the sea, usually because of past human interference. The Eastern Branch of the Penobscot River is known for its quantities of brook trout, landlocked salmon, and smallmouth bass

Best fishing spots in Maine – Saltwater

Penobscot Bay is a great place close to “home” to catch mackerel, striped bass, bluefish and more. If you like the challenge of catching a big fish, consider a guided deep sea fishing adventure to catch sharks and tuna.

Don’t forget your fishing license

If you plan to fish, be sure to get a valid license. A license is required for all freshwater fishing and can be purchased at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.

You can purchase a saltwater fishing license from the Department of Marine Resources website.

If you are taking a guided fishing trip, the guides can help you obtain the proper licenses.

Free Fishing Days – No license required

Fish for free May 30 – 31, 2015. On these days, any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply on these days.

Hartstone Inn

The Hartstone Inn is an enchanting bed and breakfast hideaway in the heart of downtown Camden, Maine. Let the inn serve as your home base while you visit the area. Choose from any of our 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 a Foodie Adventure Packages. Our Camden bed and breakfast is the perfect place to get away from it all.

Photo Credit: InAweofGod’sCreation / Lake Megunticook / Flickr

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Easter Brunch Sunday, April 5th 2015 13 Mar 2015, 10:45 am

Starter:

Bananas Foster Crepe with a Rum Whipped Cream

Choice of Entree:

Maine Crab, Tomato and Scallion Quiche
with Herb-Grilled Potatoes

Prosciutto Eggs Benedict with a Pesto Hollandaise.
Baby Greens with a Champagne Vinaigrette

Cast Iron Baked Strawberry-Vanilla Pancake
with Whipped Cream, Powdered Sugar and Bacon

Dessert:

Blueberry Crème Brûlée with an Almond Lace Cookie

Trifle of Dark Chocolate, Butterscotch Pudding and Salted Caramel

$25 per person
Seating times beginning at 10:30am.
Call 207-236-4259 to place your reservation.

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The Maine Maritime Museum is worth a visit 12 Mar 2015, 6:02 pm

Photo: Jack at Wikipedia / Sherman Zwicker at the Maine Maritime Museum / Flickr

For centuries, wooden ships featured an elegant, hand carved figurehead at its hull. The figureheads were intricate carvings, often depicting a woman, an animal or a coat of arms. They represented various things, including the name of the ship, strength, wealth, or the ship’s country of origin. One of the current exhibits at the Maine Maritime Museum pays homage to these beautiful carvings and the craftsmen who created them.

Maine Maritime Museum Exhibits

The exhibit “Ingrained: The Art of the Shipcarver” is on display at the Maine Maritime Museum through early July. Hand carved nautical artifacts include a figurehead and a pattern used to carve a figurehead, as well as a golden eagle, cornices and more. The exhibit also includes a collection of tools and the workbench of renowned Newcastle carver Edbury Hatch.

In addition to rotating exhibits like “The Art of the Shipcarver,” eight permanent exhibits allow you to explore Maine’s maritime heritage and culture. The core exhibit, “A Maritime History of Maine,” offers a glimpse into the various professions that fueled the maritime industry, including fishing, coastal trades, wooden and steel shipbuilding, recreation and more.

Museum Tours

When you visit the museum, you’ll enjoy viewing the collection of more than 21,000 artifacts amassed over 50 years. You’ll see the world’s largest collection of shipbuilding tools, 550 ship models, 475 maritime paintings and more. Stroll through the museum at your leisure or register for one of the guided tours, including a Behind-the-Scenes tour and a Small Watercraft Collection Tour.

Museum History

The Maine Maritime Museum occupies a former shipyard that once produced large four-, five- and six-mast wooden ships. The shipyard and the Victorian-era home that belonged to the shipyard owner were donated to the museum in the 1970s and 1980s. The museum eventually acquired the building that now houses the Maine Lobstering Exhibit. It also landed a schooner, the Sherman Zwicker, which serves as a floating waterfront exhibit during the summer. The museum also opened a brand new Maritime History Building in 1989.

The Maine Maritime Museum is located Bath, Maine, about an hour south of Camden. The beautiful drive from Camden offers views of the coastline and the historic lighthouses that have protected it for hundreds of years. If you have time, stop and tour Maine lighthouses along the way.

The Hartstone Inn

The Hartstone Inn is an enchanting bed and breakfast hideaway in the heart of downtown Camden, Maine. Let the inn serve as your home base while you visit the area. Choose from any of our 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 a Foodie Adventure Packages. Our Camden bed and breakfast is the perfect place to get away from it all.

Photo: Jack at Wikipedia / Sherman Zwicker at the Maine Maritime Museum / Flickr

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Join us for Dinner and Support the Aldermere Farm 4H Club 8 Mar 2015, 1:36 pm

Dine at The Hartstone Inn on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 or Thursday, Match 26th, 2015 and treat yourself to world class cuisine, while supporting The Aldermere Farm 4-H club!

SEND ‘EM SOUTH!
Aldermere Farm’s young 4-H members are raising money for a return trip to Louisville, Kentucky in November for the North American Livestock Expo.  It’s the world’s largest livestock exposition! They hope to once again prove that Maine Belted Galloways — our “Oreo cows” — and their young handlers rank among the best in the world.

Mention the 4-H club when placing your dinner reservation and 50% of your bill will be donated toward their $16,000 goal!

Call us at 207-236-4259 to place your reservation today!

  

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