Vietnam’s The Moving Wall at the Knox Museum

Event date/time: Thursday, May 26 – Monday, May 30, 2016wall

Knox Museum will host the Vietnam Combat Veterans’ The Moving Wall, a half-scale replica of Maya Lin’s original design located on the National Mall in Washington, DC,  May 26 – 30, 2016.

Visiting hours will be 24 hours per day, except during special ceremonies. Admission is free, and all are encouraged to attend.

13,000 people are expected to visit The Moving Wall over Memorial Day weekend.

The Moving Wall – the first of its kind in 1984 – has been touring the country for over 30 years, offering thousands who would never have the chance to get to Washington, DC, the opportunity to witness this important American monument.

This will be its first appearance in mid-coast Maine.

Location Address: Knox Museum, Thomaston, Maine 04861

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“Stay in May” Getaway Special

 Celebrate the sunshine and warmer weather with a May getaway! The daffodils and tulips are blooming and our waterfront town is beginning to bustle. breakfast
Our “Stay in May”, two night package is just $239!
“Stay in May” Getaway Special includes:
  • Two nights in the traditional queen or king room of your choice
  • Wine and an assortment of our decadent, house-made chocolates in your room upon arrival
  • A sumptuous, two course breakfast each morning complete with fresh squeezed juice and coffee
  • A $55 dining credit to be applied to our five course dinner for two
  • Upgrade to a deluxe suite for only $20 more per night
Booking online? Just write MAY SPECIAL in the notes section of the online reservation form!

*Valid on through May 28, 2016 on new reservations only.  Can not be combined with any other promotion or special offer.


Mother’s Day Brunch – Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day Brunch












Baked Blintz with a Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote

Choice of Entree:

Baked Eggs with Chimichurri, Prosciutto and a Roasted Fingerling Potato Hash

Lobster, Asparagus and Gruyere Quiche with a Spring Salad

Brown Butter Banana Waffles with Dulce de Leche and Cumin Spiced Bacon


Dark Chocolate Espresso Tart with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Blueberry Crème Brûlée with a Lemon Madeline

$25 per person /Reservations 207.236.4259 

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Chef Michael’s Orange-Spiced Rice Pudding Recipe

Orange-Spiced Rice Puddingrice pudding

by Chef Michael Salmon  
yields 6 portions

If you’ve stayed with us at the Inn, you may have had this delicious breakfast dish.  
It is one of our most requested recipes!

1/2 cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Arborio rice
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cups heavy cream
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup regular raisins
1/2 orange, zest and cubed pcs
1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice

  1.  Boil water in a large pan.
  2. Add salt and rice. Cover and simmer over low heat (stirring occasionally) for 15-20 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed.
  3. Add milk, cream and sugar and increase heat to medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to maintain the simmer. Cook UNCOVERED, stirring frequently for 30 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to low (stirring every couple of minutes) and cook for 15 minutes more. Spoon should stand upright in the pan. Stir in the remaining ingredients and serve.

“Think Spring” Getaway Special


Spring is fast approaching and we are excited!  Why not celebrate the upcoming change in season with a luxurious overnight getaway complete with breakfast and dinner!

Stay one night, Sunday through Thursday in our best available room, enjoy our five course, Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two and a sumptuous breakfast in the morning – all for just $179!

Upgrade to a spacious suite complete with a gas fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, private entrance and more
only $199!

Added bonus – extend your stay for only $99 more per night!

*Valid through April 7th, 2016. Can not be combined with any other offer or promotion. Valid on new reservations only.



Join us for Easter Brunch!


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Honey Almond Crumb Cake with Brown Sugar Grilled Peaches and Chantilly Cream
Choice of Entree:
Maine Crab Cake Eggs Benedict on a Croissant with an Arugula Salad and Lemon Parmesan Dressing
Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Frittata with Rosemary-Grilled Potatoes
Cast Iron Baked Blueberry-Raspberry Pancakes with Powdered Sugar and Seared Ham
Chocolate Ganache Tart with Salted Caramel
Glazed Meyer Lemon Pound Cake with Whipped Cream and Fresh Raspberries



$25 per person / Seating times beginning at 11am




Recent Press

We were excited to discover two pieces of press on the Hartstone Inn in the last week! 

The first  – Live from Timeout blogger Katie Clark shared a review of our Inn in Sportport’s blog post titled : “Five Romantic Fit Getaway Ideas“.  Katie says “#4. Finely Dine & Toboggan. Maine is known for snow, so bundle up and embrace it like a true Northerner. Camden Snow Bowl Toboggan Chute will get your heart racing so the freezing temps won’t even matter, especially when you have a gourmet meal to look forward to.  Not only are the rooms luxurious and cozy, but the Sweetheart package includes a decadent five-course dinner and a breakfast the following morning, which will undoubtedly be the best tasting meal you’ve ever sampled.”  THANK YOU!














Second – an article in The Kennebec Journal, The Morning Sentinal and by the TRAVELIN MAINE(RS).  “From the mini cooking whip on your room keychain to photos of stunning plates of food on an iPad on your dining table, it is clear that the Hartstone Inn attracts people who appreciate fine food. We had recommendations from several friends that a stay at the Hartstone is a must. And they were so right. The rooms are stunning, and everyone is focused on making your stay here memorable. ” THANK YOU!  Find the entire article and many photos here.
















Concert ~ Christine Lavin and Don White at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time:  Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Location Address: Camden Opera House

















Since 2008 these two veteran performers have brought their unique brand of clean and hilarious musical comedy to audiences across the US proving night after night that comedy can be smart, friendly, and breathtakingly funny without being vulgar or pejorative. This is a show for anyone who wants to laugh, whether it’s a group of friends or a family gathering, and feel good on their way out of the venue.

Since emerging from the NYC singer/songwriter scene in the late 1980s, (along with Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, John Gorka, etc), Lavin quickly established herself as an entertaining tour de force. Quick on her feet, witty, insightful, engaging, she remains one of the most popular and respected performers in the genre.

Christine has also been at the forefront of finding and promoting extraordinary new talent. She founded a songwriter’s retreat on Martha’s Vineyard, the On a Winter’s (and Summer’s) Night tours), The Four Bitchin’ Babes, Laugh tracks among many other projects, in the process releasing more than 10 compilations CDs, as well as more than 20 of her own.

Her co-conspirator, Don White, is the latest artist that Christine has championed. “He’s such an original; I call him sometimes a ‘blue collar intellectual,’” Lavin says. “Don has extremely high standards when it comes to what he does onstage. And he hits a grand slam every time. The first time we worked together he opened for me and it’s the only time in my entire career that I opened with a ballad because he was so funny, the audience was so laughed out.”

“It doesn’t sound like a folk concert, it sounds like a comedy concert,” says White of his laughter-inducing co-bills with Lavin. “We rehearse and we rehearse and then inevitably, she’ll throw something at me that I have no idea about, with a mischievous grin that lets me know she’s been thinking about it all afternoon. Just to see what will happen. And she’s taught me to do the same.”  Tickets are general admission and $22 in advance and $26 the night of the show. They are available at the Camden Opera House website or by calling (207)470-7066, or for no fee walk-up at the Camden Town Office M-F 9AM-3P

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Concert ~ Lunasa with Tim O’Brien at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time:  February 26,, 2016 at 7 PM

Location Address: Camden Opera House



From the Camden Opera House website:

Returning to the Camden Opera House is the ever popular Celtic band Lunasa with special guest Tim O’Brien!

Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien embark on a transatlantic journey exploring the common roots, interplay and mutual influences at the heart of American and Irish music.
Musicoligists and fans of the two styles of music – bluegrass and Celtic – agree that both styles of music have the same roots, share a lot of the same characteristics, and even some of the same instruments – fiddle, guitar, upright bass. Both are known for their liveliness and danceability, all the while tugging at your heart strings in some nostalgic but inexplicable way. Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien are masters of their respective genres and, over the years, both have more than dipped their feet in the waters of each other’s musical ponds. With great respect for the traditions from which they all came, O’Brien and Lúnasa keep those same traditions fresh with their virtuosic musicianship and frequent original compositions.

Since coming together in 1996, Lúnasa has performed over 1800 concerts and achieved a worldwide reputation as a different kind of Irish traditional music band. The all-instrumental quintet is noted for double bass and guitar-driven rhythms, original compositions mixed with material from Celtic regions such as Brittany, Galicia, and Asturias, and a surprising focus on slower melodies involving three-part harmonies played on the traditional pipes, fiddle, and flute. By any reckoning, Lúnasa is regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest traditional music bands. with an enviable back catalogue of seven highly acclaimed, award-winning studio albums boasting more than a quarter of a million sales. . Their recordings have been hailed as some of the most important world music albums anywhere. The music of Lúnasa is typified by the drive and passion that defines Irish music itself. Lúnasa is Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Colin Farrell (fiddle and whistles), and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles).

Tim O’Brien is one of the spearheads of contemporary bluegrass. As co- founder and lead vocalist of Hot Rize and Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, O’Brien served as a bridge between the traditional sounds of the hill country and the modern styles of bluegrass in the 1980s. Since the band’s breakup, O’Brien has continued to expand the music’s borders as a soloist, a duo partner with his sister Mollie, and with his band, the O’Boys. O’Brien’s songs have additionally been recorded by Kathy Mattea, the Seldom Scene, New Grass Revival, and the Johnson Mountain Boys. Playing guitar since the age of 10, O’Brien also plays fiddle, mandolin, and banjo. New CD Pompadour is his first solo release in four years. The album swirls together bits of bluegrass, deep-roots Appalachian music, field hollars, old-school rock ‘n roll, traditional jazz, and even James Brown funk. Lúnasa’s bass player, Trevor Hutchinson, joins O’Brien on Pompadour; and the two have toured together in New Zealand. The band’s piper, Cillian Vallely, has also toured with O’Brien in The Crossing, a group that combined Appalachian and Celtic sounds.
Coincidentally, both Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien recently performed separately at Scotland’s acclaimed festival Celtic Connections. American audiences will have the opportunity that Glasgow audiences did not – to see these artists perform together and blend their two traditions. O’Brien has just returned from a tour in Ireland and the U.K., while Lúnasa is coming off their sold-out headlining appearance at Dublin’s Tradfest 2016, as well as shows in Letterkenny and Derry. These concerts provide a rare opportunity to see (and of course, hear) an epic collaboration.

Reserved seating tickets available here $22, $25 and $28 or by calling 207-470-7066 or stopping at Camden Town Office for no fee walk-up.

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$179 MIDWEEK SPECIAL – Overnight with dinner EXTENDED through March 10th!

Ready to relax and unwind after this winter? How about a luxurious getaway, complete with delicious food at a rate that can’t be beat!
Stay one night, Sunday through Thursday in our best available room, enjoy our five course, Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two and a sumptuous breakfast in the morning – all for just $179! 

Upgrade to a spacious suite complete with a gas fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, private entrance and more – only $199!     

Added bonus – extend your stay for only $99 more per night!

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*Valid through March 10th, 2016. Can not be combined with any other offer or promotion. Valid on new reservations only.  Excludes February 14th, 2016.