“Toboggan Building 101″ Getaway Package

Toboggan Building PackageA new package for winter – “Toboggan Building 101″!  Our two night getaway package includes a fun filled weekend of toboggan building (Saturday & Sunday),  just in time for a winter of sledding.  You’ll receive two days of instruction in basic techniques of bending, sanding, finishing and fastening your very own toboggan.  Mark your calendar to bring your handcrafted toboggan back to the Inn the first weekend of February and who knows… you may become the National Toboggan Champion!  Dinner for two is also included, featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu and of course, a sumptuous breakfast each morning.

Available: Saturday – Sundays, November 2-3, December 7-8, January 4-5, (2014)
Price: Traditional Room – $745, Suite – $845

 

Chef Michael’s Fall Apple-Maple Dressing

This is a good basic recipe for fruit-based dressings.  You may experiment with your own choice of fruits, but this combination of real Maine maple syrup and apples is perfect for fall salads and as a marinade.  This dressing will keep for several weeks under refrigeration.

image: mainelyapples.com

image: mainelyapples.com

Apple-Maple Salad Dressing
Michael Salmon, Hartstone Inn, Camden

½ cup cider vinegar
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup canola oil
¼ cup chopped vidalia onion
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1½ Tablespoons real Maine maple syrup
2 small Cortland apples, cored and coarsely chopped

Combine all ingredients listed above and mix in a blender until smooth.

Makes about 1½ cups.

Thanksgiving Dinner Getaway Package

ThanksgivingLeave the cooking to us and spend your Thanksgiving holiday at the Hartstone Inn!  Our Thanksgiving Dinner Package includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning and a five-course gourmet Thanksgiving dinner for two. Upon arrival, find champagne and homemade chocolates in your room.  Price is $90 in addition to room charge (double occupancy).  Click here to check room availability.

Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013 (seatings at 2:00 pm & 5:30 pm)

  • Maine Crab and Butternut Squash Cake with a Vermouth Beurre Blanc
  • Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Pecans and Dried Cranberries
  • Sweet Potato, Rutabaga and Green Apple Soup with a Maple Cream
  • Rosemary-Roasted Turkey with an Apple-Sausage Stuffing and Scallion-Smashed Potatoes
  • Pumpkin Soufflé with a Spiced Crème Anglaise

As always, we are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions or food allergies.

Chef Michael’s Baked Brie with Hazelnuts and Frangelico

 This dish is a delicious and perfect with a loaf of fresh baked french bread!

Baked Brie with Hazelnuts and FrangelicoBaked Brie
by Chef Michael Salmon

1 medium wheel brie cheese (500 gm)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons cumin spice mix (recipe below)
1/2 cup Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur)
1/2 cup hazelnuts, whole
1 loaf French bread

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the brie in an oven proof baking dish.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, cumin spice mix and Frangelico. Melt over medium heat and pour over the brie. Sprinkle with the hazelnuts and cover. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven.
  4. Serve immediately with sliced French bread.

Cumin Spice MixCumin Spice Mix

1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 Tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons whole cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons whole anise seeds

Mix the sugar and spices together.

Wonderful Wizard of Oz Exhibit Opening at the Farnsworth Museum

From farnsworthmuseum.org:

Farnsworth WiIzard of Oz“On Saturday, October 14, 2013, the Farnsworth Art Museum, in downtown Rockland, Maine, will open an exhibition entitled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, drawn from the largest collection of Oz material in the world. The exhibition will run through Spring 2014 in the museum’s Crosman Gallery.

Lyman Frank Baum’s 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, quickly became one of the country’s best-selling children’s books. It was eventually translated into several foreign languages and gained worldwide popularity. Its greatest success, however, was the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, in which she made the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow a national hit. In 2014, on the 75th anniversary of the film, Warner Brothers will rerelease The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. To celebrate the anniversary, the Farnsworth will present an exhibition that will help bring to life one of America’s most beloved movies and all its characters. The show will include one of Dorothy’s dresses, the only surviving complete munchkin costume, examples of the many illustrated versions of Baum’s books, movie posters, and a remarkable array of Oz memorabilia, all from the Willard Carroll and Tom Wilhite Collection.

 
The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 13,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead, the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark, and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. Please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.”
 

“On the Rocks” Glass Blowing Getaway Package

David Jacobson GlassDavid Jacobson Glass

Did you see the press release for our latest getaway package?  If you are someone who loves to create or just wants to  learn something new, this package is for you! Book now as it is only available for a limited time.

Hartstone Inn launches one-of-a-kind “On the Rocks” getaway
Package features glass blowing experience, five course dinner for two

Camden, ME – As cooler weather descends on New England, travelers looking for a unique experience will find it at Camden Maine’s historic Hartstone Inn.  Ideally located on Camden’s picturesque waterfront, the elegant inn offers an enchanting bed and breakfast. The inn’s new “On the Rocks” package will quench travelers’ thirst for adventure, offering a fun, yet refined getaway. Reservations and complete information on Hartstone Inn and its exceptional experiences are available at HartstoneInn.com or (800) 788-4823.

Offered now through May, 2014, Hartstone Inn’s “On the Rocks” package starts at $520 for two in a traditional room or $620 for a suite, based on double occupancy.  This unique package includes:

  • Innkeeper welcome with signature Hartstone Inn cocktails “on the rocks” 
  • Reception hors d’oeuvres crafted in the Hartstone kitchen
  • Personalized glass blowing adventure with a renowned local glass artist 
  • Dinner for two, featuring Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu
  • Deluxe overnight accommodations in an inn room or suite 
  • Multi-course, gourmet breakfast for two

 In addition to the exceptional culinary experience of welcome cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a five-course tasting dinner and a full gourmet breakfast, guests will receive individual instruction in basic glass-blowing techniques.  They’ll work one-on-one with one of the region’s finest local artists to blow their very own custom rocks glasses to take home. In the evening, they can relax by the fire and enjoy the five-course dinner.  Hartstone Inn’s staff is skilled at helping visitors find other local attractions, shops and experiences to enjoy during their stay. Or, guests are encouraged to simply kick back and enjoy the inn’s many comforts.

Owned by husband-wife team Chef Michael Salmon and Mary Jo Brink, Hartstone Inn & Hideaway is situated in mid-coast Maine in the historic town of Camden. Every Hartstone Inn guestroom and suite is distinctive, with each featuring the finest appointments, carefully chosen furnishings and original artwork. Guests are welcomed with lavish comfort, luxe furnishings, fine amenities and a culinary experience unlike any other on this scenic slice of the East Coast.  A Select Registry property, Harstone Inn is just steps from the picturesque Camden Harbor, with historic Windjammers, lighthouses, marine wildlife. Secluded islands, hiking, skiing, fishing, charming shops and area attractions make Hartstone Inn the ultimate getaway for couples, girlfriend getaways, multi generations or groups of friends. Complete information is available online at HartstoneInn.com or by calling (800) 788-4823.  

“Rabbit Hole” presented by Everyman Repertory Theatre

Rabbit Hole Camden

Event date/time: September 7th & 8th, 14th & 15th, 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2013

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down, and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places, and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. “Grade: A! A transcendent and deeply affecting new play, which shifts perfectly from hilarity to grief.” –Entertainment Weekly.

A perfectly written play dealing with a challenging subject. David Lindsay-Abaires’ script won the Pulitzer Price for best Drama in 2007. With not a word out of place, his script leavens the sadness with hilarity in flawless balance.

The Broadway play won a Tony Award and was nominated for a total of five Tony awards.

General Admission tickets: Adults: $20 in advance; $10 for students; $25 at door. Available at:
HAV II (Camden), Owl and Turtle Bookstore (Camden), the Reading Room (Rockland), BellaBooks (Belfast) or at www.camdenoperahouse.com or box office

Location Address: Camden Opera House

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

Maine Open Lighthouse Day

September 14, 2013   9:00am – 3:00pmMaine Open Lighthouse Day

Don’t miss the 5th Annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day on September 14, 2013!
This annual event is coordinated by the American Lighthouse Foundation, Maine Office of Tourism, and United States Coast Guard.

Over 20 lighthouses throughout the state participate in this special event and will open for visitors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guided or self-guided tours of keeper’s houses and light towers.

The event website, www.lighthouseday.com, has details about visitor hours, fees, activities, and transportation to each participating lighthouse.

Contact Website: http://www.lighthouseday.com

Maine Lobsterpalooza 2013

Maine Lobsterpalooza 2013
Event date/time: September 8-14, 2013

A week-long celebration of all things lobster in the Penobscot Bay Region. Lobster cash mobs and specials at stores, inns, and restaurants. Lobster dishes morning, noon, and night. Lobster and wine tasting tours. Lobster and olive oil tastings. Vote in “Best Lobster Roll” contest.  Visit the “Lobstacle Course”. Pull traps with a Maine lobsterman.  Attend the lobstermen’s talent show.  Children’s events and activities.  Discussions, workshops, and learning opportunities.

All topped off with a Lobster in the Street Party, complete with lobster tastings, live music, games and fun for the family, a lobster meat picking contest, and more.

Enter to win a Lobster Lovers Getaway. Entry forms at participating businesses throughout the Penobscot Bay Region Sept. 8-14. One lucky person will win two nights accommodations at your choice of four Historic Inns of Rockland between June 1 and June 30, 2014, based on availability. The prize package also includes two dinners and other treats.

Contact Website: http://www.mainelobsterpalooza.com

Comedian Paula Poundstone Performs at The Strand Theatre

From www.rocklandstrand.com:

“Comedian Paula Poundstone returns to the Strand

25 years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country — stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.  She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.”

Her newest comedy CD, I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Boston was recorded during a performance at the Wilbur Theatre in the heart of the city and will be released on April Fool’s Day 2013.

Its always a fun time when Paula is in town!  Get tickets early, this popular show sells out quickly!”  Find more information and purchase tickets here.

 
 

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