Apple Picking Fun at Hope Orchards!

hope-orchardsIt’s fall and that means fresh apples, apple pie, apple cider, apple butter… and more!  Hope Orchards, located just 6 miles from the Hartstone Inn offers both pick-your-own and pre-picked apples.  Pears and pumpkins too!

Prices and Products

  • Pick-Your-Own Apples – Our standard varieties are $1.25/ pound, and specialties range from $1.50 to $1.60/ pound.
  • Retail (washed, sorted, and bagged) Apples– Standard varieties are $7/1/2 peck and $13 peck. Specialty apples are $8 to $9.50 1/2 peck
  • Pears- $1.50/pound at the stand
  • Fresh Pressed Cider– $4.00/1/2 gallon, $7.00/gallon
  • Pumpkins– (Bull Run Farm, Cushing, Maine)- Medium $8.00, Large $12.00
  • Pick-Your-Own Raspberries– $4.50/pint   At the Stand- $6.50/pint
  • Squash– $1.00/pound
  • Apple Rings– 8/$2.50
  • Emily’s Apple Crisp Mix- $4.75
  • Apple Butter- 4 oz/$4.50,  8 oz/$8.oo
  • Maine Maple Syrup
  • Cider spice– $2.00
  • Sparky’s Honey

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 9am – 5pm, through October 30th, 2016

Greetings from Tuscany!

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Follow our foodie adventures on our new Foodie Facebook page.

Michael and I are cooking and playing in Italy this week and our travelers are CELEBRATING!  Anniversaries, birthdays and an empty nesters. 
 

 A FOODIE ADVENTURE is a one of a kind vacation sure to make your celebration extra special. Choose from 5 destinations and unique itineraries that will introduce you to our favorite local family producers and the historic highlights of each region.  Italian Winemakers, Sicilian UNESCO sites, Provenćal Hill Towns and markets, Loire Valley Chocolatier, Mushroom Caves and Castles…just to name a few.  We will greet you at the airport and your adventure begins immediately. Each evening Chef Michael will guide you thru the menu and assign tasks at every skill level.  You’ll have the opportunity to cook with the freshest local ingredients… imagine transforming porcini mushrooms into ravioli, a rich veal stock into crystal clear consume and the freshest seafood into Paella.  Now imagine the terrific meal that follows each evenings class.

Full Itineraries and the upcoming trips are available to preview at www.chefmichaelsalmon.com  Come Join The Fun!  Facebook foodie page

 

November Getaway Special with Dinner

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Enjoy a discount when you book your last minute, mid-week, November getaway!  Stay one night, Sunday through Thursday in the room of your choice for just $199!  The price includes our five course, Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two and a sumptuous breakfast in the morningUpgrade to a suite and the price is only $229.  Stay a second night for just $99!

*Valid through November 22, 2016 on new reservations only. Rates based on double occupancy and subject to availability.  Can not be combined with any other promotion or special offer.

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Martini – It’s Back!

Pumpkin Spice MartiniIt’s back!  Our fall inspired martini has returned to our Specialty Cocktail list – a Pumpkin Spice Martini!  Can’t make it to Camden to try one yourself?  Enjoy one at home using our recipe (posted below).  Creamy with a hint of spice, it’s perfect for a cool autumn night by the fire!

Pumpkin Spice Martini

2 parts Vanilla Vodka
1 part Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liquor
1 part Irish Cream
Crushed Graham Crackers (for rim)
Ground Nutmeg or Pumpkin Pie Spices for garnish
Chilled martini glass
Ice

In your favorite shaker, add first three ingredients over ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker frosts. Pour into a chilled martini glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers. Garnish with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!

 

Brie Filled, Prosciutto Wrapped Fresh Figs

These delicious morsels are currently on our dinner menu!figs 2

Serves: 2 servings per fig

Ingredients

  • fresh figs, sliced in half
  • whipped brie cheese
  • prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • honey, for drizzling
  • sea salt 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Stuff a small ball of cheese into the center of each fig half.
  3. Wrap the fig halves with narrow strips of prosciutto. The prosciutto will easily stick to itself, so no need to be perfect.
  4. Place the fig halves on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly. Plate, and drizzle with honey and a light sprinkling of sea salt.

 

$240 September Suites – Hot Deal!

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Enjoy a discount when you book your last minute, mid-week, September stay
Stay one night, Sunday through Thursday in the suite of your choice for just $240

Our spacious suites included amenities like Jacuzzi tubs, gas fireplaces, private entrances and more.
Already booked a room?  Take advantage of this special rate and upgrade!

Booking online? Just write SEPTEMBER SPECIAL in the notes section of the online reservation form!
 

*Valid Sunday though Thursday until September 29, 2016 on new suite reservations only. Rates based on double occupancy and subject to availability. 
Can not be combined with any other promotion or special offer.

Thanksgiving Dinner Package

Leave the cooking to us and spend your Thanksgiving holiday at the Hartstone Inn!  Our Thanksgiving Dinner Package includes two night’s lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning and a five-course gourmet Thanksgiving dinner for two.   Enjoy cocktail hour before dinner, complete with delicious hors d’ oeuvres.

We have two seating times for our holiday dinner – 2:00 pm or 5:30 pm. 10-inspiring-thanksgiving-tables-3

The menu is as follows:

Maine Lobster and Portabella Mushroom Tartlet with a Parmesan Gratin

Butternut Squash Soup with a Honey-Nutmeg Cream

Cranberry-Lemon Sorbet

Rosemary-Roasted Turkey with a Pecan-Apricot Stuffing and Shallot-Smashed Potatoes with Gravy

Pumpkin Soufflé with a Spiced Crème Anglaise

View package pricing here.  Place your reservation today as this holiday celebration fills up fast!

 

Endless Summer Flower Farm – Dahlia Gardens

Endless Summer Flower Farm, located just two and a half miles from downtown Camden is a favorite destination of both Hartstone Inn guests and locals alike.  Featuring spectacular dahlia gardens, the over 180 varieties are a breathtaking sea of colors.  Do you garden?  They have over 2500 plants that are all labeled and available to purchase!  Do you enjoy photography?  Bring your camera as there are so many beautiful flowers and lush gardens to capture!  Want to take a bouquet or just a few stems home to adorn your kitchen table?  They have small and large ready-made bouquets and a wide selection of precut stems.   In addition, they cut flowers for both and weddings and special occasions, and their blooms are available locally to florists and caterers. 

We guarantee, these are not your average gardens and definitely worth a visit!  For directions and more information, click here.   They are open daily August 1st – first frost, early-mid October.  9:00 AM – 5:00PM.

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Camden Windjammer Festival, September 2nd-4th, 2016

Camden Windjammer Festival 2015Celebrate 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, fish relay race, nautical skills, displays of maritime activities and history, Chowder Challenge, tours of the windjammers and fun for all.

See the full schedule of events here.

 

 

Appleton Cheese Trail – Foodie Fun!

Appleton Creamery and ME Water Buffalo Co., two local creameries will be offering their cheeses for sale and farm visits every Saturday through the month of October (fall weather permitting).  You can pick up the Appleton Cheese Trail rack card from their booths at many Midcoast Maine farmers’ markets and local info kiosks.  On it you will find a map showing each farm along with other agricultural attractions in the Appleton area and details about open hours and such. Download Appleton-Cheese-Trail Map pdf. Find Appleton Cheese Trail on FacebookAppleton-Cheese-Trail-Details

 

APPLETON CREAMERY
780 Gurneytown Road
Appleton Maine
Saturdays 11am to 5pm
other times by appointment
207 785-4431 please leave message
info([email protected]

Farm Stand open for cheese and farm
products. Guided cheese tastings $5 per person, accompanied children free. Relax and watch the goats from our
observation deck.. 
appletoncreamery.com

 

ME WATER BUFFALO CO
232 Old County Road
Appleton Maine
Saturdays 10am to 2pm
Hay Rides at 1pm
207 785-6493
mewaterbuffaloco(at)gmail(dot)com

Farm stand open for water buffalo cheeses, yogurt, gelato, meat and other farm
products. Visit with the water buffalo.
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APPLETON AREA AGRICULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

Deer Foot Farm – 1221 Union Road, Appleton
Savage Oakes Wineyard –  174 Barret Hill Road,  (off Rt 17) Union
Sweetgrass Farm – 347 Carroll Road, Union
Glendarragh Lavender – Rt 131, Appleton Village & Camden