Pairings 101- Italia at Cellardoor Winery

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The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

Pull a seat up to the table! Cellardoor Winery is about to embark on a culinary tour of Italy’s richly diverse culinary regions, all worthy of your palate’s exploration. Indulge yourself in the Italian lifestyle as they discover their passion for food and wine.  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

For more information, visit www.mainewine.com.

Seth Glier and the Jason Spooner Band at the Strand Theatre

April 11, 2015 at 7:30pm
spoonerRockland Strand Theatre

Singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist SETH GLIER is a seasoned troubadour known for hispassionate live sets of Americana, folk, blues, pop and soul. Averaging over 250+ live performances annually he has played major folk festivals and shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams. The young songwriter has scored a Grammy nomination by weaving tales of love, pain and self-realization wrapped in sweeping melodies and striking vocals. Northern New England’s JASON SPOONER BAND includes singer/songwriter Jason Spooner, with his heavy roots, folk & blues influences; classically-trained bassist Adam Frederick’s jazz foundations; and rock-solid drummer Reed Chambers, who adds deep-seated roots in funk, soul & reggae. The award-winning folk festival veterans have a unique blend of roots, folk and blues, focused around Jason’s rhythmic flat-picking style and image-rich song-writing, and the band’s air-tight foundation.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.rocklandstrand.com.

Check out the Maine Lighthouse Museum

Maine Lighthouse Museum

Photo Credit: Tania Dey / Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse / Wikimedia Commons

There is much more to a lighthouse than its impressive structure and its life-saving beacon of light. While you’re in Maine, be sure to visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland where you can learn the heroic stories behind the lighthouses — and their keepers — that are steeped in tradition.

Visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum

The Maine Lighthouse Museum is located on the waterfront in historic downtown Rockland. The museum is open Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rockland is a short drive from the Hartstone Inn in Camden, making for a perfect daytrip.

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The best fishing spots in Maine

best fishing spots in Maine

Photo Credit: InAweofGod’sCreation / Lake Megunticook / Flickr

As a state on the coast, Maine offers a host of saltwater and freshwater fishing options. It might surprise you to know that Maine has more than 6,000 ponds and 32,000 miles of rivers and streams. It also has more than 3,400 miles of shoreline, which is more than California! With so many options, you’ll need some help deciding where to begin your fishing adventure. We’ve compiled a list of a few of the best fishing spots in Maine to get you started.

Didn’t bring your fishing gear? Local guides will provide all of the necessary equipment and licensing. Feel free to ask Hartstone’s innkeepers for information on suggested guides. Continue reading “The best fishing spots in Maine”

Easter Brunch Sunday, April 5th 2015

Hartstone Inn Easter Brunch

Starter:

Bananas Foster Crepe with a Rum Whipped Cream

Choice of Entree:

Maine Crab, Tomato and Scallion Quiche
with Herb-Grilled Potatoes

Prosciutto Eggs Benedict with a Pesto Hollandaise.
Baby Greens with a Champagne Vinaigrette

Cast Iron Baked Strawberry-Vanilla Pancake
with Whipped Cream, Powdered Sugar and Bacon

Dessert:

Blueberry Crème Brûlée with an Almond Lace Cookie

Trifle of Dark Chocolate, Butterscotch Pudding and Salted Caramel

$25 per person
Seating times beginning at 10:30am.
Call 207-236-4259 to place your reservation.

The Maine Maritime Museum is worth a visit

Maine Maritime Museum

Photo: Jack at Wikipedia / Sherman Zwicker at the Maine Maritime Museum / Flickr

For centuries, wooden ships featured an elegant, hand carved figurehead at its hull. The figureheads were intricate carvings, often depicting a woman, an animal or a coat of arms. They represented various things, including the name of the ship, strength, wealth, or the ship’s country of origin. One of the current exhibits at the Maine Maritime Museum pays homage to these beautiful carvings and the craftsmen who created them.

Maine Maritime Museum Exhibits

The exhibit “Ingrained: The Art of the Shipcarver” is on display at the Maine Maritime Museum through early July. Hand carved nautical artifacts include a figurehead and a pattern used to carve a figurehead, as well as a golden eagle, cornices and more. The exhibit also includes a collection of tools and the workbench of renowned Newcastle carver Edbury Hatch.

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Join us for Dinner and Support the Aldermere Farm 4H Club

Dine at The Hartstone Inn on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 or Thursday, Match 26th, 2015 and treat yourself to world class cuisine, while supporting The Aldermere Farm 4-H club!

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Aldermere Farm’s young 4-H members are raising money for a return trip to Louisville, Kentucky in November for the North American Livestock Expo.  It’s the world’s largest livestock exposition! They hope to once again prove that Maine Belted Galloways — our “Oreo cows” — and their young handlers rank among the best in the world.

Mention the 4-H club when placing your dinner reservation and 50% of your bill will be donated toward their $16,000 goal!

Call us at 207-236-4259 to place your reservation today!

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Don’t miss the Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum

Photo Credit: lcm1863 / Olson House, Maine / Flickr

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland celebrates “Maine’s Role in American Art.” Its main focus is to exhibit the work of nationally prominent artists whose careers have been associated closely with Maine.

The Farnsworth Art Museum is a beautiful 20-minute drive from The Hartstone Inn down Maine’s coast. The museum complex spans 20,000 square feet of gallery space and includes more than 15,000 works of art. It includes a library, two historic buildings (one is off-site) and a gallery for young artists.

The Farnsworth Art Museum features critically acclaimed exhibitions year-round. It has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson. It also features the works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.

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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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