3 Camden harbor cruises to enjoy

Camden Harbor Cruises

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.

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Comedian Earl David Reed at the Strand Theatre

April 18, 2015 at 7:30pmEarl David Reed
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.

Master Illusionist Lyn Dillies at the Camden Opera House

Saturday,  April 18, 2015 at 7pmLynn Davies
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.

Pairings 101- Italia at Cellardoor Winery

Saturday, April 11, from 2-4PMitalia
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.

Seth Glier and the Jason Spooner Band at the Strand Theatre

April 11, 2015 at 7:30pm
spoonerRockland 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.

Check out the Maine Lighthouse Museum

Maine Lighthouse Museum

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.

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The best fishing spots in Maine

best fishing spots in Maine

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. Continue reading 

Easter Brunch Sunday, April 5th 2015

Hartstone Inn Easter Brunch

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.

The Maine Maritime Museum is worth a visit

Maine Maritime Museum

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.

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Join us for Dinner and Support the Aldermere Farm 4H Club

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!

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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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