Holiday Hors d’ Oeuvres Cooking Class

Hartstone Inn Travel to Tuscany Cooking ClassSaturday, December 3rd, 2016 or Sunday, December 4th, 2016 from 1-3pm – $45 per person

Get ready for the Holiday season with a set or recipes of some of Chef Michael’s favorite hors d’ oeuvres!  Class will begin with one of our famous cocktails, the Cranberry-Limoncello Martini.  Hors d’ Oeuvres include: Phyllo-Brie Triangles with Dried Figs and Walnuts, Pan Forte with Cheese, Hot Smoked Salmon Mousse with Crisp Fingerling Potatoes and Spicy Beef Toasts with a Smoked Tomato Confit.  Our classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. 

Our Cooking Class Package includes two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, our five course Chef’s Tasting Menu for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $45 per person. Find package pricing here.  Find our complete Hartstone Inn 2016-2017 Cooking Class Schedule here.

$5 Cocktails & New Small Plates Menu!


Joins us everyday from 5-6:30pm for our HAPPY HOUR!
All of our house specialty cocktails are just $5 and every drink you order is served with a complimentary hors d’ oeuvre! 
Sit on the by the fire in our parlor room or enjoy the fire pit on our patio!

Hungry? Order off our new small plates menu.  Each item pairs nicely with a cocktail.  We have a full bar – beer and wine too!


$5 each

citrus vodka, cranberry puree, fresh lemon juice

pumpkin spiced liquor, vanilla vodka, Irish cream

bourbon, ginger beer,

vodka, ginger beer, fresh lime juice

vanilla vodka, green apple schnapps, fresh lime juice

citrus vodka, rosemary syrup, fresh lemon juice

vodka infused with fresh basil

light rum, fresh mint, fresh raspberries

coconut rum, fresh miny, mango puree

peach vodka, peach syrup, fresh lemon juice



Bowl of Crispy Spiced Chickpeas  $5
(perfect for snacking!)

Mini Maine Lobster Rolls on Brioche  $12

Deviled Eggs with Bacon or Caviar  $6.50

Warm Ricotta with Fresh Thyme & Olive Oil  $9
Served in a skillet with grilled bread

Cup of the Soup du Jour $8
(This week – lobster chowder or  portabella mushroom soup)

Baltimore Sun Article – Cooking School Vacations

baltimore-sunDays before we left for Tuscany to start our fall foodie adventures in Europe, I hosted a food and travel writer, Stephanie Citron, for a chef for a day cooking class in Camden. Stephanie was a lot of fun to work with and was focusing on a piece about cooking school vacations. This morning, her fantastic article was published in the Baltimore Sun. Thank you Stephanie…come back and see us soon!




“Very Merry” Christmas Package

rarebrick_20111228_0373-300x200Experience the magic of Christmas in Camden with our “Very Merry” Christmas Getaway Package.  The Inn is beautifully decorated and full of holiday cheer!  Our package includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning and our five-course Chef’s tasting menu for dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.  Find a plate of our delicious, homemade Christmas cookies in your room upon arrival.  Save them for Santa or enjoy them yourself!

Two night package pricing begins at just $332!

View our Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner menu here



Free Rooms for Veterans on November 10h, 2016



The Hartstone Inn is happy to once again be providing TWO rooms free of charge in observance of Veterans Day 2016 through B&Bs for Vets.  We are extending this offer to honor military service personnel currently serving or who have previously served their country.

We will be offering these rooms on Thursday, November 10th, 2016.  Our rooms include a full, two course breakfast in the morning with fresh squeezed juice and coffee.  It’s our way of saying – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!





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!


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  Come Join The Fun!  Facebook foodie page


November Getaway Special with Dinner



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

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


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


  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.