The Most Beautiful Camden Hills State Park Hiking Trails

 

Hiking is one of those activities in which the rewards are many. While hiking can be strenuous at times, you have the opportunity to connect with nature, listen to the birds sing, dip your feet in cool streams and marvel at the view when you reach the top. Hiking in Camden, Maine is a very popular activity among visitors and locals alike. If you happen to experience any of these beautiful Camden Hills State Park hiking trails, you’ll quickly understand why.

It’s easy to access the hiking trails from the Hartstone Inn. After fueling up on a delicious breakfast in our restaurant, drive about two miles north of the inn to find an access point to the Multi-Use Trail. Continue reading “The Most Beautiful Camden Hills State Park Hiking Trails”

Rockland ME Restaurants to Explore for Lunch

Rockland ME restaurants

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If you are heading to nearby Rockland, Maine for a day trip, you will likely need to grab a bite to eat while you’re there! We put together a list of just a few Rockland ME restaurants to explore for lunch.

Rockland hosts several festivals including the Rockland Lobster Festival and the North Atlantic Blues Festival. It’s also home to the Strand Theatre, two beautiful lighthouses and the Maine Lighthouse Museum. Even if you fuel up on a delicious breakfast at the Hartstone Inn before you head out, you’ll still need to refuel mid-day before returning to the Hartstone Inn for a delicious gourmet dinner.

From Maine lobster to salads and pizza, you’re sure to find a great Rockland ME restaurant to fit the bill. Continue reading “Rockland ME Restaurants to Explore for Lunch”

Pairings 101 – Greece at Cellardoor Winery

Event date/time: Wednesday June 17, 2015 from 5-7pmCellardoor Winery

From the Cellardoor Winery website:

“Think: crystal clear blue waters contrasted by an impressive island hillside draped in crisp white. We’re taking inspiration from the mediterranean and exploring the bright, fresh flavors with our Greece edition of Pairings 101 on June 17. Join us as we dive behind the scenes of food & wine pairings, testing your senses and learning all about the basics of aroma identification and sensory evaluations. 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.”

Location Address: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

Contact Website:www.mainewine.com

 

“Mediterranean Cuisine” Cooking Class – June 13th & 14th

Event date/time:  Saturday, June 13, 2015 or Sunday, June 1Hartstone Inn Cooking Class4, 2015 from 1-3pm

Join Chef Michael here at the Hartstone Inn, as he shares some of his favorite recipes from the Mediterranean region. Participants will prepare four dishes: Roasted yellow pepper bruschetta with fresh mozzarella, beets in romesco sauce, Tunisian grilled cod with a roasted shallot compound butter and herbed tabbouleh, and for dessert, frittelle di riso – arborio Rice Fritters.  Classes are informative, fun and filled with delicious food.  $45 per person.  Planning to stay overnight?  Book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.

Location Address: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

Contact Website: hartstone2014.wpengine.com

 


The State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is Delicious

maine wild blueberry festival

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The annual Maine Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias features two fun days of entertainment, contests, shopping and of course blueberries! Held each August, the festival offers locals and visitors alike the chance to celebrate the little berry that some say helped put Maine on the map. After all, even though Maine is one of the nation’s smallest states, it still produces more blueberries than any other state. More than 90% of the nation’s blueberry crop comes from Maine. Continue reading “The State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is Delicious”

The Rockland Lobster Festival Cannot Be Missed

Rockland Lobster Festival

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How many pounds of lobster do you think are eaten each year at the Rockland Lobster Festival? While you ponder that a moment, we’ll go ahead and tell you that in addition to delicious food, the annual Rockland Lobster Festival is a great place to enjoy a parade, live music, arts and craft vendors, a marine tent and much more. This five-day festival, held at Rockland Harbor Park on the city’s waterfront, draws tens of thousands of folks who share a deep love for lobster, as well as Maine.

And now the answer you’ve been waiting for! If you guessed that 20,000 pounds of lobster are consumed during the annual Rockland Lobster Festival, then you would be correct! Lobster is served a variety of mouth-watering ways during the festival. Don’t miss tasting the famous Maine Lobster Roll! Continue reading “The Rockland Lobster Festival Cannot Be Missed”

The Sweetback Sisters at the Strand Theatre

Event date/time:  May 30, 2015 at 7:30pmThe Sweetback Sisters

Rollicking, infectious country swing! THE SWEETBACK SISTERS’ charismatic charm harkens back to the golden era of the silver screen cowgirl, wrapped around a core of deeply felt love for traditional country music styles. Emily Miller and Zara Bode’s precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson. Their repertoire combines country music from before they were born and new interpretations of those traditions — to create a fresh take on what it means to be country. THE SWEETBACKS have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Location Address: Rockland Strand Theatre

Contact Website: www.rocklandstrand.com

Mangia: An Italian Cooking Class at Cellardoor Winery

Event date/time: Sunday, May 23, 2015 from 5:30-8:30pmCellardoor Winery

From the Cellardoor Winery website:

‘With the unofficial start of summer upon us, the heavy, hearty comfort foods of winter give way to dishes influenced by the light, fresh and colorful bounty found at Maine’s farmers markets. We’re celebrating the start of a new season with an Italian twist, taking cues dai monti al mare (from the mountains to the sea). Chef Christina Sidoti will take over our Farmhouse Kitchen for a special cooking class and dinner, complete with making fresh pasta dough and summer-inspired sauces to creating decadent cannoli.”

Location Address: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

Contact Website: www.mainewine.com

The Maine Antiques Festival is a Blast!

Maine Antiques Festival

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The Maine Antiques Festival held each August at the Fairgrounds in Union, Maine, is a great way to find unique treasures. The festival features more than 350 vendors from across the country and Canada, which makes it Maine’s largest annual antiques show. Whether you’re a collector, a browser or looking for a specific piece of furniture to complete a room, a trip the Maine Antiques Festival is a blast. Union is only about a 20-minute drive from The Hartstone Inn in Camden, making it a fun and easy excursion while you’re in town.

Details about the Maine Antiques Festival

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Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time: June 30, 2015, 7:00pm

Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards, was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and in 2012 was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her compositions have also been covered by a diverse assortment of artists including Joan Baez, Wynonna Judd, Cyndi Lauper, Trisha Yearwood, Maura O’Connell, Mary Black and Dianne Reeves and has also collaborated, on record and/or on stage, with the likes of Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, the Indigo Girls and Tony Bennett. Tickets and reserved seats $48-$56 are available beginning April 4th at www.camdenopreahouse.com, by calling (207)470-7066 or stopping by Camden Town Office M-F 9am – 3pm.

Location Address: Camden Opera House

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com