Our favorite Maine Lighthouse Tours

Maine Lighthouse Tours

Photo Credit: Mark Ittleman / Owls Head Light, Maine / Flickr

There are nearly 70 lighthouses along the coast of Maine, 57 of them still active. For hundreds of years, their job has been to keep the safe light burning through good weather and bad, protecting the coast and those navigating to Maine’s ports. The following are just a few of our favorite Maine lighthouse tours.

While the lighthouses themselves are not open to the public, the grounds around them are, giving you a chance to see the coastline and beyond as a light keeper did. The Wayside Inn is happy to provide you with our own personalized lighthouse guide. Just ask us at the front desk.

Rockland Breakwater Light, Rockland, ME

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The Camden Opera House schedule this winter

Camden Opera House Schedule

Photo Credit: Leapologist/Camden Opera House/Flickr

There is no shortage of things to do in Camden, whether you’re interested in catching a classic film, enjoying live music or immersing yourself in an opera. The Camden Opera House is a wonderful venue just down the street from Hartstone Inn that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Peruse the Camden Opera House schedule below to see what events are on the calendar during your stay.

The Camden Opera House Schedule

Feb. 25, 2015, 3 p.m. – Folk singer Greg Brown

Feb. 28, 2015, 3 p.m. – Original Annie (film)

March 1, 2015 – Benvenuto Cellini – English National Opera

March 21, 2015, 3 p.m. – Mary Poppins (film)

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Maine Restaurant Week – March 1-14, 2015

1505519_10151809826346755_817547889_nRestaurant Week  is a celebration of the culinary talents of area restaurants. During restaurant week, restaurants offer specially priced three-course meals. Chefs work hard year round to take care of their customers. During restaurant weeks, they go above and beyond. The first restaurant week concept originated in New York City in the early nineties and caught on in Maine in 2009.
At the Hartstone Inn, we offer a special three course menu for $35 during Maine Restaurant Week.

Maine Restaurant Week March 1-14, 2015
Three course menu / $35

Appetizers

  • SOUP – Green pea with smoked ham hock & soft herbed marscapone
  • SALMON – Beetroot and vodka salmon gravlax, whole grain mustard potato salad, watercress, crisp focaccia
  • DUCK – Confit duck & caramelized onion tartlet, shaved peccarino, aged balsamic & port reduction, chive creme fraiche

Entrees

  • CHICKEN – Roasted breast glazed with lemon & thyme, butternut squash purée, roasted fingerling potato, savoy cabbage, chicken jus
  • SEA BASS – Lobster risotto with spring onion & chive, wilted kale
  • BEEF – Slow cooked with Maine made root beer, horseradish creamed potato, heritage carrots, wild mushroom ragout

Desserts

  • SOUFFLE – Kahula coffee flavored, Maine sea salt caramel creme anglaise
  • CREME BRULEE – White chocolate & raspberry, home baked shortbread
  • LEMON TART – Toasted Italian meringue, vanilla ice cream

    Seatings begin at 5:30pm each night.  Call us at 207-236-4259 to reserve your table.

Witness the U.S. National Toboggan Championships

Photo Credit: Erik Hansen/US National Toboggan Championship/Flickr

Photo Credit: Erik Hansen/US National Toboggan Championship/Flickr

More than 400 teams will participate in the 25th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl Feb. 6-8, 2015. This fun-loving, yet very competitive event promises thrilling races down a 400-foot chute, comical costumes and loads of entertainment for participants and spectators alike.

What you can expect to see

There are race divisions for two-, three- and four-person “traditional” toboggan teams. These teams will race toboggans that meet strict standards outlined below. Just for fun, there is an experimental division, in which teams race toboggans that have been built with materials and design elements that do not meet traditional standards, but they sure look cool.

Team names range from “Chute I’m out of Beer” and “Two Wingnuts” to “Luge Mistake” and “Four Flakes,” proving the team names are as handcrafted as the toboggans. Team members often wear costumes to go along with their team name.

Opening day, Friday, Feb. 6, teams register and have their toboggans inspected between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The 400-foot toboggan chute is open to teams and, conditions permitting, the public ($5 per person) until 3 p.m. The first official toboggan runs begin at 4 p.m. for two- and three-person teams.

Also on Friday, the third annual Down the Chute Beer and Wine Tasting will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sample beverages from 14 Maine brewers and wineries, cast your vote for your favorite, and take home a souvenir drinking glass. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

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Camden Winterfest 2015

January 31–February 8, 2015
Located in both downtown Camden and at the Camden Snow Bowl, Winterfest is a community celebration of winter. With live music, downtown rail jams, snow sculptures, ice carving and ice skating—there’s fun for all ages!  All events are free and open to the public.

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 SCHEDULE:

Saturday, Jan 31st 
Winterfest Kickoff Celebration – noon-3pm, Camden Public Library Amphitheatre
Community ice carving, live music indoors & out, crafts for kids, hot food

Saturday, Jan 31st & Sunday, Feb 1st
Maine’s only Nationally-Sanctioned Snow Sculpture Competition – Village Green
Sculptors work all weekend, Judging takes place Sunday at noon
CamJam Harborside Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding – Harbor Park
Demonstrations Saturday all day and Sunday morning in Harbor Park
CamJam Freestyle Ski Competition — Sunday, 1-3pm

Monday, Feb 2nd
Alex the Jester — 6pm, Camden Opera House
Tickets available at the door and at local retailers: Clean Bee Laundry, Graffam Seafood,
Camden Public Library, Camden Town Office
Kids $2, adults $5, children up to age 3, free. Family rate $15.

Tuesday, Feb 3rd
Free Family Movie — 6pm, Camden Public Library
Frozen Singalong with Anna and Olaf

Wednesday, Feb 4th
Winter themed movie — 7pm, Camden Opera House
Cool Runnings – Film features the Jamaican Olympic Bobsled team!
Tickets available at the door:.
Admission $4, children up to age 3, free. Family rate $15.

Thursday, Feb 5th
Concert featuring Red Molly — 7pm, Camden Opera House
with opening acts: David and the Lowdown, Miners Creek
Tickets available at www.camdenoperahouse.com/events.cfm and at local retailers:
Manny’s, HAV II, Clean Bee Laundry, Grasshopper Shop (Rockland),
Side Country Sports (Rockland), Camden Town Office
$20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Friday, Feb 6th
25th Annual US National Toboggan Championships: 2 & 3-person teams, 4pm
Down the Chute Beer & Wine tasting – Camden Snow Bowl, 3-7pm
Downtown Dance – 8pm, Peter Ott’s Restaurant, Bay View Landing
Banff Film Festival, 7pm, Strom Auditorium (Camden Hills Regional High School)
Vote for your favorite winter-theme drink at www.camdenwinterfest.com in the “Frost Heave Challenge” featured at Camden’s bars all weekend

Saturday, Feb 7th
25th Annual US National Toboggan Championships – 8am-4pm, Camden Snow Bowl
Bus shuttle service from the Village Green to the Snow Bowl runs 7am – 5pm
Costume Contest – noon, Camden Snow Bowl
Chili Challenge, 11am – 1:30pm, Camden Snow Bowl
Pond Hockey: Rockport vs. Camden – Hosmer Pond, Snow Bowl
Snow Plow Parade – 5:30pm, Main Street, Camden
Fireworks over the Harbor, 6:15pm, Harbor Park
Banff Film Festival, 7pm, Strom Auditorium (Camden Hills Regional High School)

Sunday, Feb 8th
25th Annual US National Toboggan Championships — 9am-3pm, Camden Snow Bowl
Bus shuttle service from the Village Green to the Snow Bowl runs 8am – 4pm
Pancake Breakfast – 8am-11am, Camden Snow Bowl
World Championship Toboggan Races – 11:30am, Camden Snow Bowl
Award Ceremonies – 3pm, Camden Snow Bowl

Hartstone Inn Valentine’s Day Menu 2015

Treat the one you love to a romantic, candlelit dinner at the Hartstone Inn this Valentine’s Day.  Chef Michael has put together a delicious menu that is sure to please.   Don’t hesitate in placing your reservation as space in our intimate dining room is limited.

Valentine’s Day – Saturday, February 14, 2015
$65 per person

AMUSE BOUCHE – Oysters Rockefeller
SCALLOPS – Iberico ham, pea puree, coriander shoots
PARSNIP VELOUTE – bosc pear syrup, toasted walnuts, brioche
SORBET – pineapple & coconut
BEEF FILLET – slow roasted, pomme anna, caramelized shallot
& garlic puree, watercress, cognac pepper cream sauce
DARK CHOCOLATE TART – cinnamon & sea salt ice cream, fudge sauce
SWEET TREATS BOX – selection of the Hartstone Inn’s signature treats to take home

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Whoopie Pie Cooking Class and Cookbook Signing

Saturday, May 16, 2015
1pm-3pm

Did you know that the whoopie pie is Maine’s official state treat?  Nancy Griffin, author of the book “Making Whoopies” will lead a fun class on this iconic New England dessert.  Four flavor combinations will be made and then enjoyed – classic, red velvet, banana with cream cheese frosting and chocolate with peanut butter frosting.  Bring your sweet tooth as eating freshly baked whoopie pies will be the best part of class!   Each participant will leave with a signed copy of Nancy’s cookbook so they can recreate each whoopie recipe at home for friends and family.  

Make it a getaway and book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.  Live locally?  Join us just for the class, only $45.  Space is limited.  Reserve today!

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Holiday Fashion Show & Brunch

December 6th, 2014 at 11am
$23.95 per person

The holiday season is upon us once again, which means it is time for our annual Fashion Show Brunch.  All fashions featured will be by Leonard’s of Rockport.  This event is a fun way to kick off the Christmas season.  Join us!

Hartstone Inn Fashion Show BrunchBrunch Menu

Starter:

Poached Bosc Pear with a Raspberry-Star Anise Sauce

Choice of Entree:

Eggs Benedict with Grilled Filet Medallions and a Roasted Pepper Hollandaise

Grilled Salmon Filet over Baby Greens with a Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette

Cast Iron Baked Apple-Cinnamon Pancake with Seared Ham

Dessert:

Bourbon-Pecan Tart with a Wild Turkey Crème Anglaise

Blueberry Crème Brûlée with a Lemon Madeline

Reservations required.  Please call 207-236-4259

$199 All Inclusive Fall Special

Fall is breathtaking in coastal Maine. Cool temperatures and beautiful scenery make it a season that’s not to be missed!

$199 SPECIAL: Stay one night, Sunday through Thursday in our best available room or suite, enjoy a five course gourmet dinner for two and a sumptuous breakfast in the morning for just $199! As a welcome gift, find red wine and an assortment of our decadent, house made chocolates in your room. Extend your stay for only $99 more per night!

*Valid on new reservations only through November 20th, 2014.

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Artisan Chocolate Making Class

Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1-3pm

NEW ADDITION TO OUR UPCOMING COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE:

Join Kate Shaffer of Black Dinah Chocolatiers as she guides you through the magic world of professional chocolate making.  Kate’s beautiful and delicious, handmade chocolate treats have been featured in both Gourmet and Martha Stewart Living magazines.  The two hour class will include:

  • A brief overview of how chocolate is made, from bean to bar
  • Tasting chocolate and figuring out what you like
  • What does it take to be a truffle?  Making ganache
  • Working with chocolate: Melting and tempering, enrobing, moulding, decorating
  • Storing chocolate
  • Sampling and enjoying chocolate

This is a hands-on course, and though some of the techniques are advanced, all that’s required of participants is a willingness to have fun and a LOVE of chocolate!

Make it a getaway and book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.  Live locally?  Join us just for the class, only $45.  Space is limited.  Reserve today!

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