Timbercliffe Cottage Bed & Breakfast

7 Timbercliffe Drive, Camden, Maine 04843
Innkeeper(s): the deCordre Family

My idea of fine dining in Midcoast Maine 7 Apr 2016, 11:41 am

Muscongus Bay Lobster Pound

This past fall I spent time with a guest prior to arrival addressing his questions about "fine dining" in the area.  Our guest was planning this trip for five couples traveling together.  I booked reservations at a few great area restaurants and then I recommended a visit to a lobster pound.  I said that in my opinion dining at a lobster pound is what I call "fine dining" along the midcoast.  It was early October so I suggested mid afternoon.  There are a number of really great lobster pounds nearby:   Waterman's Beach LobsterMillers LobsterMcLoons Lobster poundMuscongus Bay Lobster PoundShaws Lobster Pound.  After some discussions, I suggested McLoons Lobster Pound as it was near by.  We provided the group with a small cooler bag for their wine, that included a tablecloth, glasses, silverware and bottle opener.  McLoons graciously set aside a table since they were a large party.  They had a wonderful time, lobster right out of the bay, ocean views and sunset. They agreed with me that a visit to Maine should definitely include a trip for "fine dining" at a lobster pound.

 3 Jun 2015, 4:42 pm

Karen and I were in a meeting the other day downtown discussing how much there was to do in Camden when it occurred to me that I give guests this document and thought it would be a good idea to share it here to show how many adventures guests could have in Camden staying with us.

Four Days (and more) in Camden Maine.

First Day: Getting a sense of the place
Drive, bike, or walk Yankee Magazine’s “most beautiful walk in the world” from Rockport to Camden along the shore on Mechanic, Calderwood, Chestnut & Bayview Streets.
See the famous belted Galloway cattle on saltwater Aldemere Farm
Visit the Childrens’ Chapel and garden at Vesper Hill, overlooking the Bay.
See the Camden coast from the top of Mt. Battie
Buy a picnic lunch in town and choose a picnic table along the rocky coast on the water side of Camden Hills State Park (alternatives: Laite Beach along Chestnut, or the Camden Harbor Park.
Drive out Mountain Street (Rt 52) to Lake Megunticook (where the cliffs rise above the lake):
Climb Maiden Cliff for incredible views
Walk the paths through Fernald’s Point
Rent a kayak and explore long stretches of serene water.
Have dinner in Camden at one of our many excellent restaurants.
Catch a show:
Live comedy
Lectures at the Camden Opera House,
A Bay Chamber concert at the Rockport Opera House,
A movie at Camden’s Rockland’s multiplex.
Day Two: Exploring the shops (Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville) and the harbor.  Start your Christmas shopping early at beautiful specialty shops along Main, Bayview, and Mechanic Streets.
Visit the shops and galleries at Lincolnville Beach (6 miles north of Camden)
Just north of the beach, visit Windsor Chair, the showroom and workshop where beautiful furniture is made.
Have a personal wine tasting at the vineyards and barn shop at Cellar Door Winery just inland from Lincolnville Beach.
See the coast from the Bay.
Take a 2 hour schooner ride on Surprise, Olad, or Appledore out of Camden.
Take a 2 or 3 hour cruise (including a lobster roll lunch) on Heron, out of Rockport Harbor, just a mile south.
Watch lobstering and learn about coastal wildlife aboard Lively Lady, a lobster boat out of Camden.
Take a book and an ice cream cone to Harbor Park and watch the harbor. Listen to crying gulls and the Megunticook River as it falls into Camden Harbor.
Day Three: A day for the arts and lighthouses
Tour area artists’ and craftsmen’s studios.
Have lunch: at an outdoor restaurant overlooking the harbor in Camden or Rockland with a picnic packed by any of several places in Camden and unpack it at one of many parks with a harbor or bay view.
Visit the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, a world-class museum with a sizable Wyeth collection. Drive afterwards to Cushing to see the Olsen House (free with your Farnsworth admission), where Andrew Wyeth painted “Christina’s World” and many other works.
Visit the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum.  http://owlshead.org
Along the way you can visit some scenic lighthouses and enjoy a lobster pound.
Rockland Breakwater light.  http://www.rocklandharborlights.org
Marshall Point light (of Forest Gump fame).  http://www.marshallpoint.org
Pemiquid Point light (on the Maine quarter).  http://www.bristolparks.org/lighthouse.htm
Day Four: Island hopping. Choices!
Take a car-ferry to Islesboro (leaving from Lincolnville Beach every half hour).
Take a bicycle (rental places in Camden) or drive the coastal road looping the island: beautiful views, lovely homes.
Take a picnic lunch or buy sandwiches at the small general stores on the island.
Take the ferry to Monhegan Island (no cars on the island) out of Port Clyde, leaving at 10, returning by 5. Ten miles at sea, stunning cliffs, great hiking trails, dolphin sightings, lovely summer homes, a fishing village, many artist studios, lighthouse.
Pack a picnic or buy a simple lunch at two or three small stores.
Take a car ferry to Northhaven or Vinalhaven, both year round communities with villages to explore and lovely drives for sightseeing. Leaving from Rockland.
Rent a kayak, with or without a guide. Skim along the coast and Curtis and Indian Island lights and inland lakes.
So much to do! When will you ever find time for hiking the miles of marked trails, playing golf & tennis, reading a book on a rock, watching the tides…?

And still more!
Camden is mid-way on the Mid-coast

Day trips from Camden to wonderful villages and harbors are easy:

Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park 1.5 hours north

 Castine, Blue Hill 1 hour north

Damariscotta-Newcastle half hour south

Pemiquid Peninsula and New Harbor 1 hour south

Boothbay Harbor 1 hour south

Freeport (LL Bean and outlets galore) 1.5 hours south

It's about time to enjoy spring 7 May 2015, 3:21 pm

After a very cold and snowy winter in Maine, we welcomed our first guest May1, 2015.  As a very good friend mentioned to me you need to be "hearty" to live in Maine in the winter.  We don't mind being called "wimpy".  As many might know we spend our off season time with our precious family in a warmer climate.  Our lifestyle is amazing because we spend quality time with our guests in the spring, summer and autumn and quality time in the slow season with our sons and our amazing grandchildren.

This year we discussed some other breakfast options for our guests that would include a healthy, gluten free alternative.  So now we will be offering fresh, organic fruit/green smoothies as an alternative to our standard homemade breakfast or for those with a early morning departure a smoothie to-go.

We are offering two vacation packages this year as well, Saltwater Farm Cooking Class and an Inn to Inn, Sea to Shore package coordinated with the Whitecedar Inn in Freeport, Maine.  Please refer to our Specials page for details.

The inn looks amazing and the daffodils / tulips are starting to bloom.  Madie, our golden, is loving Maine.  Spring and early summer can be a perfect time to visit Maine.  Please look over our website and call us so we can help you plan your Maine vacation.  We hope to welcome you soon to our little B&B by the sea.

Autumn Arrived 15 Oct 2014, 11:56 am

It's been a great summer season at Timbercliffe Cottage and autumn arrived just as schedule and we welcomed it with open arms.  As many know we love decorating the inn with pumpkins everywhere.  Karen enjoys driving to Beth's farm in Warren, Maine at least once or twice a week.  A majority of our produce is purchased here.   From the interesting pumpkin varieties to heirloom apples and fall berries, in our opinion it just doesn't get any better.

Cool nights and warm sunny days have cooperated with mother nature this year and the colors have been fantastic.  We have been burning wood in the library fireplace each evening for our guests and of course they have enjoyed the fireplace in the parlor with interesting conversation and also late night quiet times to read a book.

We sincerely hope that as the the seasons change you have time to spend with your family and loved ones.

Here is the recipe for Karen's Pumpkin Pancakes adapted from Taste of Home.  Karen changed the recipe to incorporate seasonal spices in the finished recipe.

Pumpin Pancakes

1 - 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 eggs
1-1/3 cups whole milk
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese

In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients.  In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, pumpkin and ricotta cheese.  Stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened (approximately 4 min).  Cook until the second side is gold brown.  Serve with butter, toasted pecans and Maine maple syrup.

Summer is here 23 Jun 2014, 5:19 pm

With the arrival of summer we have been busy updating our new website and learning social media as we want to share more of our beautiful bed and breakfast with everyone who has a passion for travel and experiencing Coastal Maine.  Our Facebook page is showcasing photos on how we prepare breakfast at the B&B and serve it to our guests.  We also post photos of current Camden events and a little B&B humor.  We sincerely hope that you enjoy your summer vacation at Timbercliffe Cottage.  We know it's going to be a bountiful summer on mid-coast Maine.  Below are two current photos of our  garden and our lovely porch.  Happy summer to everyone!

On this Mother's Day weekend it's all about the memories and family. 10 May 2014, 6:57 am

Here is a recipe that's been passed down from our family to yours.  It's not a gourmet recipe but it's a favorite of our family and part of our family history and we hope that you enjoy making memories around the kitchen table with a glass milk and apple cake.  Thank you MeeMaw, you taught each of us so much about love and life.  Happy Mother's Day to all!!

Rotten Apple Cake

4 eggs beaten till foamy - add 1 3/4 cup sugar and beat well - add 1 cup canola oil & 1 tsp vanilla - mix till well blended.  Add 2 cups sifted flour - 1 tsp soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 tsp cinnamon.  Then fold in 4 apples peeled and cubed & 1/2 cup chopped toasted nuts.  (I think MeeMaw used walnuts.)

Bake 350 degrees - 40 to 50 minutes in a greased 9"x13" pan.

Here's a photo of our apple cake appetizer straight from the Timbercliffe Cottage kitchen.

May is here! 2 May 2014, 5:49 pm

May is here and there is so much happening at the B&B. Besides the big news that we have the "perfect" Golden Retriever puppy, who can do no wrong, not really but we love to live in denial. She is certainly going to make the B&B exciting this season.  Madie is really adorable, easy to love and she is so excited to greet our guests.

So what else is new at Timbercliffe Cottage B&B?  We just finished deep cleaning the entire inn, you know painting, scrubbing floors, washing curtains, driving to the dry cleaners etc. The latest update is the newly sanded and varnished antique fir floor in the Chauncey Keep Chamber.  This room is beautiful on its own but now with a fresh coat of paint and the beautiful floor it's not to be missed. And in case you did not know this room has an amazing view of Penobscot Bay (see photos below).

Our garden is starting to come to life and in a few weeks the tulips and daffodils will be in full bloom.   Here is a photo of last year's garden and we think this year will be just as delightful. With the longer days and temperature rising it is surely going to be an amazing season on the Maine coastline.

 20 Apr 2014, 11:53 am

Our new puppy arrived at the B&B yesterday.  Missing Caffrey but Madie will be a great successor and she is looking forward to meeting our guests.

 22 Mar 2014, 1:34 pm

Spring is finally here at Timbercliffe Cottage B&B , "according to the calendar".  A good thing it has not sprung yet with the predicted nor'easter due Tuesday/Wednesday.

Thought this would be a good time to start back up with some restaurant changes in Camden:
Fresh is under new ownership; Graffam's closed on the pier and Peter Ott's is moving to that location and Fromviandoux has closed.

In Rockland one of our favorite spots Waterworks has opened Water Dog Tavern in Thomaston ME where Billy's used to be.

Of course we have to mention our favorite lobster pound (pictured)  Muscongus Bay Lobster in Round Pound ME.  A favorite to enjoy the views and fresh seafood with nothing fried.

 13 Jan 2014, 12:18 pm

I have been avoiding this entry but it is time to write it.
Caffrey, our Golden Retriever companion for 12 1/2 years passed away on her own laying next to Karen at home September 1, 2013.  She was wonderful for both of us and the B&B.  She never missed a beat even going through two cancer treatments over three years and her right leg amputation last year.  She was greeting guests up to the time she passed away and will be greatly missed.