Punch Needle Rug Hooking Workshop – Farnsworth Art Museum

Saturday and Sunday, January 6 & 7, 2018 from 10am to 3 pm

Punch needle rug hooking, also called “New England Style,” is easy to learn and fun to do. Create a small square or circular wool hooked mat of your own design. With a punch needle threaded with yarn, the rug is worked from the back to form the loops, instead of from the front, as in traditional rug hooking. Simple, graphic designs work best for this method. Time will be spent introducing and practicing technique, creating a design (perhaps inspired by the museum collection), choosing colors of available 100% wool rug yarn, hooking, and finishing off the project. Participants will have use of Oxford punch needles, hoops and frames during class time as well as all necessary supplies and equipment to complete their project.  Cost is $80 for members, $100 for nonmembers (A $30 materials fee for wool and backing cloth is payable to instructor on the first day of class.)

Instructor Holly Berry, from Waldoboro, is a children’s book illustrator and block printer. She also enjoys making punch needle rugs of her own designs and has taught rug hooking to children and adults. See examples of her work at www.hollyberrydesign.com

Suzy Bogguss in Concert – Camden Opera House

April 21, 2018 at 7:30pm

Versatile country and folk music legend Suzy Bogguss LIVE! Grammy award-winning and Platinum selling artist Suzy Bogguss is one to constantly chase the muse wherever it may lead. She has covered Country, Swing, Jazz, Folk, Americana and Roots music with style and grace. The live performance of her last album, American Folk Songbook, has been lauded by fans, critics and buyers as “a show not to miss!” Suzy’s appeal has never wavered and her fan base continues to grow with constant touring around the globe including regular appearances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion tour and the Grand Ole Opry!

2014 saw the release of “Lucky”, Suzy’s latest album and a heartfelt homage to the songwriting of Merle Haggard. “He really is the poet of the common man,” says Bogguss of the man who is at the center of her new album. Some may recall she kicked off her career with 1989’s “Somewhere Between,” her debut album named after one of Haggard’s early songs. “Not every artist has music that is as universal as Merle’s. It’s pretty heavy-duty stuff, and I think that’s why to so many of us who sing and write songs, he’s such a king among us.”
Bogguss dove deeper into Haggard’s catalog, taking care to hold on to that original vision of finding songs that resonated with her not just pulling out and recycling the hits. The result is a modern record with a classic vibe, featuring jewels like “Silver Wings,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “If We Make It Through December,” “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink” and many more. Merle has given her the big thumbs up on this project and Suzy has embarked on international tour to support the album throughout 2014. Rolling Stone magazine included her in The Top 48 Things We Saw At SXSW 2014 and said “She’s as country as they come.” She truly is an artist that knows no boundaries and always leaves everyone wondering what she’ll do next!  Buy tickets online here

Side Pork Butchery Workshop

Saturday, February 17, 2018   11am-2pm
Hosted by Sowbelly Butchery at the United Farmers Marker of Maine in Belfast


Get intimate with heritage breed pork! A small group will learn some of the particulars of pasture raised livestock and get familiar with a side of pork. All of the meat butchered during the workshop will go home with participants! A workshop fee of $125 awards you the following immersive experience:

About Heritage Breed Hogs:
Participants will talk hogs with Kebly of Olde Haven Farm. Kelby will share about his family farm, his pastured pigs and about his breed lines. We’ll demonstrate the difference in Kelby’s pork and pork from away, showing how Maine’s array of elements add to the flavor of meat- the pork chops speak for themselves!

About Meat:
With Logan of Sowbelly Butchery, we’ll talk charcuterie, one of the oldest food preservation traditions. We’ll introduce the basics of the process and the ingredients to make it happen. We’ll share our recipe for the custom sausage to be made during class as practice.

About Butchery:
Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and get hands on with a half pig from Olde Haven Farm. The group will do an elemental review from primal break down to finished cuts covering knife technique and butchery styles as we proceed.

About Cooking:
There will be meat treats to share, cooked right up during class for inspirational purposes, of course. We’ll wrap and pack finished cuts to be brought home, complete with recipes and educational resources to review while you’re in your own kitchen.

Interested?  Send inquires to sowbelly@gmail.com.  Make it a getaway and spend the night with us!  Join us for dinner too and round out a fun filled weekend!

French Holiday Baking Class

Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 5:45pm – 8:45pm

Love France, baking or holiday cookies?  This class includes all three!

Join Clovis Anjard of Normandy, France at the Penobscot Language School in Rockland to create French holiday cookies!  Start with some langues de chat (cats’ tongues!) and continue on to create other buttery delights.  Take home recipes to create gifts for family and friends.  You will work in our state-of-the-art kitchen under the direction of a native speaker who has just recently taught French cooking and conversation.  Bring a creative spirit, an apron, and some containers for take-homes!   

Make it a getaway and stay overnight!  We are offering a special $99 rate for those who are attending the class!


Two More Craft Breweries

Good news for all our craft beer fans!   Since our blog post “Craft Breweries in Mid-Coast Maine“, we have two more microbreweries
to be added to the “must visit” list! They are open year round!

This family owned brewery is located Liberty, Maine – just a stones throw from Lake St. George,   Set in a beautifully restored born, this 15 barrel brewery has as tasting room featuring their six small batch brews.  They offer both original bottles and their new style cans.  View their beer list here.  Locally sourced snacks are available daily. Freshly baked pretzels, courtesy of the Washington General Store are available on the weekends..  They often host Trivia Nights, bands, musicians and food trucks.  Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date in all their special events! 

Located in a section of an old saw mill in Searsmont, Maine, this microbrewery has six beers on tap and growers to take home.  The tasting room is rustic and has the casual feel of a home bar room.  There is a Korean BBQ food truck Thursday through Saturday and Karaoke on Friday’s.  They feature comedians, musicians, bands and other special events.  Follow them on Facebook as well to stay current or their events and happenings! 


Hartstone Inn Gift Certificates Make the Perfect Holiday Gift!

Do you have someone who loves to cook on your Christmas list? An aspiring chef? A foodie or just someone who’d like to getaway?  Hartstone Inn gift certificates are the perfect gift for all of the above!  They can be purchased in any denomination and can be applied to lodging, including unique getaway packages, a memorable dinner in our restaurant or a cooking classes with Chef Michael! 

Purchase them online here and the certificate will be emailed to you directly! 
You can print it and include it in a holiday card.  Or – call us at 207-236-4259 and we’ll mail you one! 

Happy holidays from the Hartstone Inn!


Make Your Own Holiday Gifts at Jacobson Glass Studio

Experience the excitement of glassblowing at the Jacobson Glass Studio by creating two hand-blown ornaments, one drinking glass, one bud vase, one air plant hanger or one votive candle holder — for yourself or as gifts!
Who hasn’t wanted to try their hand at glassblowing? You’ll roll the glass in the color(s) of your choice, blow into the pipe, and help shape the piece. You’ll experience first hand the thrill of working with molten glass as David Jacobson, one of the area most talented local artists, helps you create a unique work of art from start to finish. You’ll walk away with your own, one-of-a-kind creation the next day. This special Holiday Gift Making Class is available though Dec 20th, 2017!  Alternate glass blowing classes are offered year round.  
Book our Glass Blowing Package and make it a getaway complete with

Hartstone Inn New Years Eve Menu

For all of you who have reservations and have been anxiously awaiting the publication of our New Years Eve dinner menu, the wait is over!!  Chef Michael has completed the menu!  Book your stay today and celebrate the New Year with an unforgettable, eight course dinner!

Sunday, December 31, 2017
$75 per person / Seatings at 6pm & 8:30pm

  • FOIE GRAS MOUSSE – Lingonberries, Rye Crisp
  • SMOKED SALMON AND SCALLOP MOUSSE – Fennel Slaw, Caviar, Yuzu Emulsion
  • DUCK CANNELLONI – Celeriac, Port Wine Reduction, Parmesan Reggiano Crisp
  • CRAB BISQUE – Prosciutto Crisped Monkfish, Coriander Cream
  • BUTTER POACHED MAINE LOBSTER – Lemon Spätzle, Crisp Shallots, Carrot Jus
  • SEARED VEAL MEDALLION – Morel-Cepe Cream, Truffle Brioche Pudding, Roasted Parsnips
  • HARTSTONE DESSERT TRIO – Salted Caramel Budino, Marcona Almond and Pistachio Cheesecake, Dark Chocolate Ganache Layer Cake

Sous Vide Cooking Class

Saturday, December 16, 2017 or Sunday, December 17, 2017 at the Hartstone Inn  

Sous Vide cooking is just starting to take off with home cooks, and this course will introduce you to the equipment, concepts and basic techniques needed to get you started. Recipes from Chef Michael’s Foodie Trip to Provence will be featured and include: Chicken Breast with a Foie Gras-Fig Cream and Herbed New Potatoes, Olive Oil-Poached Salmon with Roasted Pepper, Provençal Vegetables, Beef Tenderloin with a Ratatouille Butter and Creme Brûlée.

Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. Planning to stay overnight?  Book our Cooking Class Getaway Package. Weekend packages are $366 – $566 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, our Chef’s Tasting Menu for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class.

View our complete 2017-2018 Cooking Class Schedule here.


Winter Getaway Special –

$229 Two-Night Getaway with a $55 Dinner Credit, Wine and Chocolates!

Enjoy two night’s lodging in the traditional room of your choice, a sumptuous breakfast each morning
and a $55 dinner credit to be applied to our Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two. 
As an added bonus, find red wine and our handmade chocolates in your room on arrival.  
All for JUST $229!

(Weekends stays that include a Saturday night are $249)

Upgrade to a spacious suite complete with a Jacuzzi tub and a gas fireplace for just $20 more per night!

This special is available January 2, 2018 through May 24, 2018!

Start making your travel plans now as
you MUST BOOK your reservation by
January 15, 2018! 

Call us directly to book this super deal at 207-236-4259.

*Valid on new reservations only.  Can not be combined with any other offer or promotion.
Excludes February
9, 10, 14 & February 17, 18, 2018