Hartstone Inn & Hideaway

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

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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Don’t Miss the North Atlantic Blues Festival 16 Apr 2015, 9:04 am

Photo Credit: madamjujujive / North Atlantic Blues Festival / Flickr

The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an incredible two-day event held each July in Rockland, Maine. The festival features an array of national blues performers and is held at a venue that overlooks beautiful Rockland Harbor. When you attend the festival, you can expect to enjoy two full days of live music on the main stage, as well as a Club Crawl Saturday night, and a plethora of food, beverage and craft vendors set up on Main Street.

The North Atlantic Blues Festival

The 2015 North Atlantic Blues Festival will be held July 11-12. A stage will be set up in The Public Landing on Main Street where ticket holders will be able to set up a chair or beach blanket to sit back, relax and enjoy the music. The festival gates open daily at 9 a.m. and the music begins at 11 a.m. Free, live music will also be performed on Main Street.

Saturday evening, Main Street will be closed to traffic for the Club Crawl. Concert-goers 21 and older with a wristband can go in any of the participating bars and restaurants to listen to top regional blues performers. Sixteen locations will be participating in the Club Crawl, including Trade Winds, The Pearl, Waterworks and Myrtle Street Tavern. Please visit the festival website for additional information about the Club Crawl.

The Venue: The Public Landing in Rockland

The North Atlantic Blues Festival takes place at The Public Landing in Rockland, a beautiful waterside park overlooking the Rockland Harbor. Bands set up with the harbor as their backdrop, giving festival-goers something incredible to listen to, as well as see, during the festival. The Public Landing is located at 275 Main Street. On-street parking is available throughout town, however, there is no on-site parking at the venue itself.

Where to get tickets

Tickets may be purchased online, in advance at ticket outlets, or at the gate (CASH ONLY) the day of the event. Click here for a list of the local ticket outlets. Advance tickets are available until July 6, 2015.

What to bring to the North Atlantic Blues Festival

This music event is held rain or shine, so pack sunscreen and a hat, as well as a rain jacket and an umbrella, just in case! The festival gates open daily at 9 a.m. and the music begins at 11 a.m., so plan to come early to stake out a good spot. You are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair for your comfort. Chairs are not permitted if they have a canopy. Sun umbrellas are not allowed, however, there is a tent set up on the grounds if you need to catch a little shade. Coolers are not allowed, however there are plenty of food and beverage vendors on Main Street to provide you with the sustenance you’ll need.

Who’s playing?

This year’s lineup includes Roberto Morbioli, Dexter Allen, Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling and the Jewel Tones, the Peterson Brothers and many more talented artists! Visit the event website for the full lineup and the latest updates!

THE HARTSTONE INN

If you’re planning to attend the North Atlantic Blues Festival, let The Hartstone Inn serve as your home base for the weekend. The Hartstone Inn is an enchanting bed and breakfast hideaway in the heart of downtown Camden, Maine, about a 20 minute drive from the festival. 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: madamjujujive / North Atlantic Blues Festival / Flickr

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“Dine and Donate” to Benefit the Georges River Land Trust 15 Apr 2015, 6:08 pm

The Hartstone Inn in Camden extends an invitation to the supporters of Georges River Land Trust for a night out to benefit their conservation efforts. Make your dinner reservation for May 4th, 11th or 18th and 50% of the food charges on your dinner bill will be donated to the Land Trust.

The mission of the Georges River Land Trust is to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education, and outdoor experiences.

Bring your friends and family for a sublime evening of dining and donating! Preview our dinner menu online here.


  

 

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Jonathan Edwards and Cheryl Wheeler at the Strand Theatre 12 Apr 2015, 10:47 am

Event date/time:  May 8, 2015 at 7:30pm

Four decades into a stellar career, folk singer/songwriter JONATHAN EDWARDS delivers songs of passion, insight, and humor with his pure and powerful tenor. His repertoire includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and the 1971 anthemic “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” the protest proclamation that resonated with thousands of young fans. EDWARDS has released 15 albums, including the bluegrass “Blue Ridge,” and his collection of children’s songs, “Little Hands.” Folk singer/songwriter CHERYL WHEELER is a natural storyteller with a beautiful voice; though her songs are often emotional portraits of people, her live concerts also include comic routines and serious discussions. A gifted writer, WHEELER’S songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O’Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near. WHEELER has released 13 albums since 1986.

Location Address: Rockland Strand Theatre

Contact Website: www.rocklandstrand.com

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Sausage Making Class at Maine Street Meats 10 Apr 2015, 11:22 am

Thursday, April 16th 6-8pm

Head butcher, Sean Durnan, will guide participants in all aspects of fresh sausage making, from choosing the right cuts of pork, grinding, seasoning, mixing and stuffing.  Sean has been practicing whole animal butchery for over 6 years and is experienced with cutting beef, pork, lamb and poultry.

This class will be held at Maine Street Meats.  The cost is $75 per person includes 2 hours of hands on instruction and fresh homemade sausage to take home.

Call the shop to register or for more information. 207-236-6328 (236-MEAT)

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Mother’s Day Brunch at the Hartstone Inn 10 Apr 2015, 5:00 am

Sunday, May 10th, 2015
10:30am-1pm /  $25 per person

Starter:

Pound Cake and Lemon Mousse Trifle and Fresh Fruit

Choice of Entree:

Maine Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with an Arugula Salad and Lemon Parmesan Dressing

Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quiche with Rosemary-Grilled Potatoes

Cast Iron Baked Blueberry-Raspberry Pancakes with Whipped Cream, Powdered Sugar and Seared Ham

Dessert:

Chocolate Ganache Tart with Homemade Coffee Ice Creamand Toasted Hazelnuts

Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with a Shortbread Cookie

Call 207-236-4259 to reserve your table.

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$225 Overnight, Midweek Spring Special with Dinner 9 Apr 2015, 1:41 pm

Come fall under the spell of our Camden, Maine bed and breakfast — one of the grandest historic inns in our seaside village and enjoy special, spring pricing!

Stay one night, Sunday through Thursday in our best available room or suite, enjoy dinner for two featuring our five course, Chef’s Tasting Menu and a sumptuous breakfast in the morning for just $225!  Extend your stay for only $99 more per night!  With free WiFi, onsite parking and complimentary afternoon tea and cookies, this all inclusive getaway at $225 can’t be beat!

Call us today at 207-236-4259 and let the spring savings begin!

*Valid through May 21st, 2015 on new reservations only. Rates based on double occupancy and subject to availability.  Can’t be combined with any other promotion or special.

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Spring Special – Weekly Rental Cottages 9 Apr 2015, 12:58 pm

Spring is here!  Enjoy a seven night stay in one of our premier, Camden weekly rental cottages through May 23rd, 2015 for just $1400.  That’s only $200 per night for up to 10 people and a savings of $400-$800!

Spacious for families and friends traveling together, these two beautiful Camden rental homes are located right in the heart of Camden town. Both Camden Cottage and our Harbor Watch Cottage offer lovely views of the harbor and couldn’t be closer to the boutiques and restaurants of charming downtown Camden.

Find more information on both homes along with photos here.  Call us directly at 207-236-4259 to take advantage of this last minute, spring special!

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5 Great Restaurants in Camden, Maine 9 Apr 2015, 6:22 am

Experience fine cuisine at the Hartstone Inn’s restaurant.

One of the best parts about going on vacation is going out to eat. Not only do you get the chance to experience local fare, you also get to indulge in delicious meals that you didn’t have to prepare yourself. While you’re visiting, be sure to check out the following restaurants in Camden, Maine.

The Hartstone Inn

The Hartstone Inn’s Camden restaurant offers breakfast exclusively for Inn guests, and it is open to the public for dinner. The restaurant changes its menu regularly to reflect seasonal ingredients, as well as inspiration from its award winning chef. Click here to preview the Inn’s weekly menu

Evening Dining at Hartstone Inn
Experience the cuisine of Hartstone Inn’s internationally award-winning Chef/Owner Michael Salmon. The restaurant is open to the public, as well as guests of the inn, for dinner every night beginning at 5:30 p.m. Our acclaimed evening meals are a sumptuous gourmet treat presented in our elegantly appointed Camden, Maine dining room on fine china. Come early and enjoy one of our famous cocktails in the Inn’s parlor. 

If you love to enjoy a glass of wine with your meal, the Hartstone Inn’s wine lists features
wonderful wines from across the country and around the world. Our wine list offers a wide range of varietals at exceptional prices, and it has received the Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” award since 2005.

Breakfast at the Hartstone Inn
Breakfast at the Hartstone Inn is served exclusively to Inn guests and is included in the room rate. It is decidedly different from your everyday fare. Prepared with care, our breakfasts are an enticing reason to get out of our comfy beds each morning! Wake up to the aroma of freshly brewed Green Mountain coffee, sizzling bacon and house-made pastries from the kitchen. Linger over a complete gourmet breakfast on the sunny porch or in front of the Inn’s dining room fireplace.

Lunchtime Restaurants in Camden, Maine

While you’re out and about exploring Camden, stop and grab a delicious bite to eat at one of these restaurants:
  • Home Kitchen Café on Main Street is open year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Home Kitchen Café is closed on Tuesdays. 
  • Boynton McKay on Main Street serves breakfast and lunch. Boynton McKay is open Tuesday-Sunday. 
  • Camden Deli on Main Street is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. 
  • Waterfront is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week year-round. Located on Bayview Street, this restaurant offers views of the harbor. 

Lobster Picnic Pail to go

If you’re interested in a picnic lunch, the Hartstone Inn will be happy to order a Lobster Picnic Pail or Gourmet Backpack Lunch for you! We’ll have it waiting for you so you can enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch while you explore Camden. 

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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The Strand Theatre in Rockland is Great for Live Music 5 Apr 2015, 2:54 am

Photo Credit: David Brossard / Strand Theater, Rockland, Maine / Flickr

Do you love listening to live music? Going to a live show offers the chance to feel the music and experience musicians and singers offer a heartfelt performance in their element. When you’re visiting Midcoast Maine, the historic Strand Theatre in Rockland on Main Street is a great place to catch a live show.

With 258 seats on the main floor and 92 in the balcony, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Famous names that have graced the stage include Arlo Guthrie, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Roseanne Cash, just to name a few.

Live music, comedy, movies and more

The Strand Theatre was built in the 1920s and fully renovated in 2005 to feature the latest in sound and projection equipment. This multi-use venue offers “the best of current independent and world cinema, live musical performances and concerts, comedy, conferences, The Metropolitan Opera and National Theatre of London Live in HD broadcasts, and other special events on our stage and screen.” For a complete calendar of events at the Strand Theatre, please visit the website.

History of the Strand Theatre in Rockland

In the 1920s, Rockland had three movie theaters, the Park, the Empire and the Strand. The Strand first opened in 1923 with a sold-out showing of My Wild Irish Rose, a silent film. Since there were two other theaters to compete with, the owner of the Strand Theater added a stage, fly tower and a balcony, which allowed it to host local dance recitals, theatrical productions and popular vaudeville shows.

The single-screen theater was built by Rockland businessman James Dondis with a steel frame and an ornamental brick façade. The canopy that stretched out over the sidewalk was crowned with a “blade” sign with the word Strand displayed vertically.

Today, the Strand is the only remaining 1920s theatre. Through the years, the building has been preserved and renovated to offer modern conveniences — including concessions in the 1930s — however it remains a beloved place to see a movie or a live music performance.

Concessions at the Strand Theatre

Whether you’re sitting on the main floor or in the balcony, a refreshing beverage or a snack is never far away. The Strand offers a full concession stand is located on the main floor, offering popcorn, candy, beverages and more. Beer and wine are available at the main floor concession stand during select events. The balcony bar serves a selection of fine wines, champagne and premium beer. The balcony bar is only open during live concerts, special events and all Saturday evening screenings.

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: David Brossard / Strand Theater, Rockland, Maine / Flickr

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