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An enchanting bed and breakfast in the heart of Camden village that Fodor’s considers “An elegant and sophisticated retreat and culinary destination,” this Mansard style Victorian built in 1835 offers a unique experience in pampered luxury.

2014 Camden Windjammer Festival

Friday, August 29th – Sunday, August 31st
FIREWORKS AT 9PM ON FRIDAY!!

wimdjammer festivalCelebrate Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions at the annual Camden Windjammer Festival. From the great age of sail when coasting schooners were launched in the harbor, through the birth of the windjammer business in the 1930s, to today’s windjammer fleet and elegant yachts, sailing ships have always defined our lovely, vibrant community.

On Friday, watch the magnificent schooners as they maneuver into the harbor, bid on dinners aboard one of the fleet, and then watch a talent show by schooner crews in Harbor Park followed by fireworks over the harbor. The fun continues all weekend with a lobster crate race, a Build-A-Boat contest, displays of maritime activities and history, Chowder Challenge, Sea Dog Show, pirates, tours of the windjammers and fun for all.

View the full schedule here.

Camden Windjammer Festival 2014

Chilled Summer Gazpacho with an Herbed Sour Cream

It is the perfect time of year for chilled soup and Chef Michael’s Summer Gazpacho is sure to please on a hot day!  Have a garden?  Gazpacho is a great way to utilize your crop of cucumbers and tomatoes!

Chilled Summer Gazpacho with an Herbed Sour Cream
by Chef Michael Salmon

Serves 8

GazpachoHartstone Inn Gazpacho

2 medium-sized beefsteak tomatoes
1 small Vidalia onion
1/2 English cucumber (also known as seedless cucumbers)
1/2 red bell pepper
2 scallions
32 ounce tomato juice
8 ounce V8 juice
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste

  1. Core the tomatoes, cut them in half across the equator to expose the seeds and gently squeeze out the seeds. Dice the tomatoes, onion, cucumber and bell pepper into 1/2-inch cubes. Slice the scallions. Combine all the ingredients, mix and refrigerate, covered, for at least 2 hours. May be made up to 2 days in advance.  

Herbed Sour Cream

1/2 cup sour cream
4 sprigs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 scallion, green part only, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon of Caribbean dry spice mix (recipe, page 155)
salt to taste

  1. Mix all together.

Presentation

8 red cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 medium-sized golden tomatoes, cut into 8 wedges
8 sprigs of cilantro

  1. Ladle the soup into the desired serving bowls and decorate with a scoop of the herbed sour cream, 2 cherry tomato halves and 2 golden tomato wedges. Top with a sprig of cilantro and serve.

Samoset Fine Craft Show

Saturday, August 9th 10am-6pm & Sunday, August 10th 10am-5pm at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine. 

Samoset Fine Craft Show

The Samoset Fine Craft Show (formerly the Blue Hill Fine Craft Show)  is an invitational showcase of 40 of Maine’s best craftsmen, many of whom have won national awards and show at the most prestigious venues in the country.  Items include jewelry, clothing, home accessories, woven rugs, pottery, kitchen accessories, woven scarves, lighting, blown glass and more.  

Admission is $5 and children under 16 are free.   Click here for more information. 

2014-2015 Hartstone Inn Cooking Class Schedule

Join Chef Michael in his Hartstone Inn kitchen for a cooking class weekend, covering a wide range of topics from regional and ethnic cuisines to seasonal and holiday offerings. Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. Weekend packages are $357 – $575 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, our five course Chef’s Tasting Dinner Menu for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $45 per person. Classes are held on Saturdays some Sundays from 1-3 in the afternoon.

Live locally?  We’d love to have you join us for class as well!  This years class topics include French Specialties, Maine Seafood, Spanish Tapas, Hartstone Brunch and more! 

Click here for the complete schedule of classes and for specific class dates and topics.

Hartstone Inn Cooking Class Schedule

Merryspring Kitchen Tour – This Wednesday, August 6th!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
10am-3pm

Merryspring
ADMISSION
ALL KITCHENS (ADVANCE PURCHASE): $25
ALL KITCHENS (DAY OF TOUR): $35
INDIVIDUAL KITCHENS: $10 EACH

Visit 9 uniquely-designed kitchens in Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville and Northport, Maine and enjoy tastings from talented area chefs.  Our very own Chef Michael will be in kitchen #5 in Camden in the morning!

Click here for the map included with each ticket showing the location of the kitchens.

Merryspring Kitchen Tour 2014

EXTRAS
Door prizes – Enter to win a basket of Stonewall Kitchen Gourmet Foods!

Raffle Tickets – Enter for a chance to win a gift certificate to Seabright Pizza, Francine Bistro or Shepherd’s Pie!

For additional information, click here

All proceeds benefit Merryspring Nature Center, a non-profit, privately owned park and educational center in Camden and Rockport with nature trails and gardens open to the public every day. This member-supported organization offers talks, classes, and workshops throughout the year.

Maine Lobster Festival 2014

July 30 – August 3, 2014

What do you get when you mix nine tents, the world’s greatest lobster cooker, a sea goddess, a big parade, top notch entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, talented crafts people and vendors, all you can eat pancakes, free shuttle service, US Coast Guard Station tours, professional and amateur cooking contests, marine heritage, road races, kids events and over 20,000 pounds of lobster?  The MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL in Rockland, Maine! 

View the full schedule of events here

Maine Lobster Festival

Maine Lobster Festival

Captain Jack Lobsterboat Adventures, Rockland, Maine

We are always looking for fun new adventures for our guests.  Captain Jack Lobsterboat Adventures in Rockland is our latest find!

Captain Jack Lobsterboat Adventure

From their website…

“The “Captain Jack” is a 30 foot authentic downeast lobster boat. Experience a unique adventure on board a traditional working lobster boat. Join Captain Hale on a 1-1/4 hr. cruise. Catch a glimpse of seals, harbor porpoise, an occasional sunfish and maybe a whale. Watch as Captain Hale hauls his traps, get up close and personal with the lobsters, crabs, starfish, sea urchins and other exciting creatures from the sea.
 
Bring your camera to take panoramic pictures of the Owls Head Light house and the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. Enjoy the sounds of herring gulls, black back gulls, terns and osprey. Learn a little local history and experience the daily life of a local lobster man. There are fishing poles on board. You can try catching a mackerel or maybe a cod. We cannot haul traps on Sunday, but we do offer fishing trips and Lighthouse tours.
 
Mackerel fishing is $20.00 per hour per person. All tackle is provided.”

Click here for more information including tour times and rates.

 Captain Jack Lobsterboat Adventures Captain Jack Lobsterboat Adventures

Harbor Arts Summer Juried Arts & Crafts Show

Saturday, July 19 from 9-5pm and Sunday, July 20th from 9-5pm
Harbor Park, Camden

Harbor Arts Summer Juried Arts & Crafts Show

Over 100 artists and craftspeople display and sell their work in scenic Camden Amphitheater, Harbor Park, and along Atlantic Avenue. Stroll around the different vendor tents and shop for unique art and crafts while enjoying the view.

The event is free and open to the public. Featured fine works include watercolor, oil, acrylics, and pastels blend with spectacular photography, sculpture and mixed media, as well as exquisitely designed jewelry, metal and woodcraft, pottery and fine-crafted furniture.

North Atlantic Blues Festival

North Atlantic Blues FestivalJuly 12 & 13, 2014

The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been featured at this prestigious East Coast festival. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts.  Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the NABF Club Crawl. Attendees of legal age, wearing their wristband from the festival are allowed free admission to the many bars and restaurants featuring many of the top regional blues performers. There are also bands performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge.

For more information including the music lineup and details on the Club Crawl, click here

North Atlantic Blues Festival

2014 Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge

Maine Lighthouse Challenge

The Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge…visit 7 lights, enjoy a sunset cruise & more…

From pristine islands and windjammers to working lobster boats and seabirds, lighthouses give your imagination a chance to take flight as you admire the unchanging sea and the rich traditions that call it home.

If this sounds appealing, then we have just the event for YOU!

For two days only on June 28 & 29, 2014, don’t miss out on the chance to visit and climb these 7 alluring lighthouses (Event hours: 9am -5pm)…

Dyce Head, Fort Point, Grindle Point, Rockland Breakwater, Owls Head, Marshall Point and Pemaquid Point.

The 2014 Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge is sponsored by the American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF) and its chapter, Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights.

Visit the Official Midcoast Lighthouse Challenge Page for more information!

 
 

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