“On the Rocks” Glass Blowing Getaway Package

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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.

Hartstone Inn 2013-2014 Cooking Class Schedule

Our 2013-2014 cooking class schedule has just been published and it includes many new class topics!!

Join Chef Michael in his Hartstone Inn kitchen for a cooking class weekend, covering a wide range of topics from regional and ethnic cuisines to seasonal and holiday offerings. Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food.  Weekend packages are $370 – $560 and include 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. Classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 in the afternoon. See schedule of classes below for specific class dates and topics.  Click on the course topics for detailed descriptions of each class and photos of the recipes to be created.  Watch the Video of our Scheduled Group Classes!

*Gingerbread House Decorating for Adults is from 12-3pm with Patricia Moroz of Starlight Custom Cakes.  $55 per person. 


Date Course Topic Course Instructor  
Saturday, November 23rd, 1-3 pm Crazy for Crêpes Michael Salmon  
Sunday, November 24th, 1-3 pm Crazy for Crêpes Michael Salmon  
Saturday, November 30th, 12-3pm Gingerbread House Decorating for Adults Patricia Moroz  
Saturday, December 7th, 1-3 pm Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres Michael Salmon  
Sunday, December 8th, 1-3 pm Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres Michael Salmon  
Date Course Topic Course Instructor  
Saturday, January 4th, 1-3 pm Nut Lovers Cuisine Michael Salmon  
Sunday, January 5th, 1-3 pm Nut Lovers Cuisine Michael Salmon  
Saturday, January 25th, 1-3 pm Cuisine for the Hands Michael Salmon  
Sunday, January 26th, 1-3 pm Cuisine for the Hands Michael Salmon  
Saturday, February 8th, 1-3 pm Chocolate Desserts Michael Salmon  
Sunday, February 9th, 1-3 pm Chocolate Desserts Michael Salmon  
Saturday, March 1st, 1-3 pm Soups 101 Michael Salmon  
Sunday, March 2nd, 1-3 pm Soups 101 Michael Salmon  
Saturday, March 29th, 1-3 pm Dim Sum Michael Salmon  
Sunday, March 30th, 1-3pm Dim Sum Michael Salmon  
Saturday, April 12th, 1-3 pm Lobster, Lobster, Lobster Michael Salmon  
Sunday, April 13th, 1-3 pm Lobster, Lobster, Lobster Michael Salmon  
Saturday, May 24th, 1-3pm More Pasta Favorites Michael Salmon  
Sunday, May 25th, 1-3 pm More Pasta Favorites Michael Salmon  
Saturday, June 7th, 1-3 pm Travel to Tuscany Michael Salmon  
Sunday, June 8th, 1-3 pm Travel to Tuscany Michael Salmon  

Hartstone Inn Receives 2013 Wine Specator Award of Excellence

Wine Spectator Award of ExcellenceWine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Award of Excellence recognizes “restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.” The Hartstone Inn is excited to have just received this award for 2013.  It has been an annual honor for us since 2005!

Featuring wonderful wines from around the country and world, our wine list offers a wide range of varietals at exceptional prices.  Click here to view our complete wine list.


Hartstone Inn Dinner Menu for July 27-August 9, 2013

Hartstone Inn

July 27-August 9, 2013
Available from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.by reservation


  • Summer Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil with a Balsamic-Olive Oil $11.50
  • Pan-Crisped Spinach Gnocchi with Roasted Chicken Thighs and Red Bell Peppers $10.75
  • Grilled Hearts of Romaine with Pancetta, Maytag Blue Cheese and a Vidalia Onion-Dressing $9.75
  • Hartstone Lobster Lover’s Sampler – Fresh from the Sea with Four Delicious Preparations $19.75


  • Parmesan-Crusted Cod Fillet with Garlic-Tiger Shrimp and an Arugula-Pesto $22.50
  • Sautéed Beef Tenderloin with a Shiitake-Cabernet Butter and Grilled Vegetables $25.25
  • Steamed Maine Lobster over Angel Hair Pasta with a Vanilla Beurre Blanc $27.50
  • Herb-Grilled Pork Chop with Soft Gruyere Polenta, Green Beans and a Madeira Cream $24.75


  • Maple-Walnut Soufflé with a Maine Maple Crème Anglaise $9.50
  • Maine Blueberry Crème Brûlée with a Lemon Madeleine $7.75
  • Chocolate Ganache Tart with a Raspberry-Star Anise Sauce and Almond Tuile $8.25
  • Hartstone Sorbet Trio with Diced Fresh Fruit $7.25

Our Chef’s Tasting Menu is also offered nightly
— $55
Menu changes nightly to utilize the freshest ingredients and challenge our Chef’s creativity.

 For Reservations Please Call 207-236-4259

Merryspring Nature Center Kitchen Tour 2013

Merryspring Nature Center Kitchen Tour

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Camden, Rockport and Hope

Visit 8 uniquely-designed kitchens and enjoy tastings from 16 area chefs.  Visit our very own Chef Michael Salmon as he will be in kitchen #4 – the home of Bettina Doulton. 

Click here for the map included with each ticket showing the location of the kitchens.


 Door prizes – enter for a chance to win a basket of Stonewall Kitchen Gourmet Foods!

 Raffle tickets – enter for chance to win a gift certificate at Francine Bistro or Shepherd’s Pie!



DAY OF TOUR: $35.00


All proceeds of the Kitchen Tour benefit Merryspring Nature Center, a nonprofit, privately owned park and education center in Camden and Rockport.  Click here for more information.  

“You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time: August 9-11, 2013 and August 16-18, 2013

Location Address: Camden Opera House, 29 Elm Street, Camden, MECharlie Brown at the Camden Openra House

Presented by the Camden Civic Theater is the 1967 musical comedy based on beloved Charles M. Schulz comic strip characters from his strip Peanuts.  Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award and the album from the Broadway musical was nominated for a Grammy. Kristin Chenoweth and Roger Bart both won the Drama Desk and Tony awards for featured actor and actress in a musical.

Purchase tickets here.  For more ticket information or to reserve tickets for pick up at the door one hour prior to the show call 207-236-2281.  Tickets: $14 adults; Students and seniors $12.

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


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