Camden International Film Festival

Event date/time: September 26 – 29, 2013Camden International Film Festivval

Nestled against the mighty Atlantic during fall’s explosion of color, the Camden International Film Festival becomes a uniquely intimate setting to experience the very best in international documentary film.  Recognized as one of the top 25 documentary film festivals in the world, one of the 12 best “small town” film festivals in the US and New England most respected documentary event, CIFF highlights work that shows dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story.  CIFF features films that blur the line between fact and fiction, films that inspire, inform and entertain.  Various times and locations in Camden, Rockport, and Rockland.  Individual screenings are $8.50; a festival pass costs $75; a VIP Festival Pass (which includes receptions and parties) costs $150.  All are available at the Camden Opera House box office, 29 Elm Street.

Contact Website:  http://www.camdenfilmfest.org

Camden International Film Festival

Camden Windjammer Festival

Event date/time: Friday. August 30, 2013 – Sunday, September 1, 2013

Celebrate Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions at the annual Camden Windjammer Festival. From the great age of sail when coasting schooners were launched in the harbor, through the birth of the windjammer business in the 1930s, to today’s windjammer fleet and elegant yachts, sailing ships have always defined our lovely, vibrant community.

On Friday, watch the magnificent schooners as they maneuver into the harbor, bid on dinners aboard one of the fleet, and then watch a talent show by schooner crews in Harbor Park followed by fireworks over the harbor. The fun continues all weekend with a lobster crate race, a Build-A-Boat contest, displays of maritime activities and history, Chowder Challenge, Sea Dog Show, pirates, tours of the windjammers and fun for all.

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Open Farm Day at Savage Oaks Winery

Savage Oaks Winery
 
Event date/time:  July 21, 2013 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

On Sunday, Maine farms will be open to the public. Visit a farm and see what farm life is all about. Watch farm activities and demonstrations from milking to felting; pet farm animals, pick berries, tour a barn or go on a hay ride. There will be farm-raised products for sale, displays to see and samples to taste.

Join us for a close up view of a working Farm Winery. Tour the vineyard where they grow ten varieties of cold hardy hybrid grapes. See wild blueberries in production and take a tour of the winery where the fruit becomes some of Maine’s most unique, award winning wines. The farm is also home to a herd of Belted Galloway beef cattle, our friendly sows, Lettuce and Rhubarb (Ruby), chickens, three cats, and of course, Quincy the dog.

Location Address: Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, 174 Barrett Hill Rd.Union, ME

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

Pepper Hill Farm

On a personal note, we would like to introduce the newest additions to our family.  Meet Blökk and Pilatus our Icelandic Horses.  Riding has always been my dream and Michael always needs a project to keep him busy… so he has built an Equestrian Center in South Thomaston, Pepper Hill Farm.  We are excited to introduce riding lessons late fall and by spring offer scenic trail rides for our guests.  Follow us here on Facebook and stay tuned for additional details as the project progresses.

Pepper Hill Farm

Coconut Mango Mojito

We have added a new mojito to our cocktail list here at the Hartstone Inn just for the summer!  Enjoy them at home with this easy recipe. Coconut Mango Mojito

6-8 fresh mint leaves
2 1/2 ounces of mint simple syrup
1 ounce of coconut rum
1 1/2 ounces of club soda
1-2 ounces of mango puree
the juice of one lime

To make the mango puree, combine 1 peeled + chopped, ripe mango in a food processor (or high speed blender) with the juice of 1 lime, and process until smooth (or at least almost smooth).

In the bottom of a glass, add 1 ounce of simple syrup and the mint leaves.  Muddle with a muddler or use the clean bottom of something blunt, like a screwdriver!  Add ice to the glass, and pour rum, syrup, mango puree, lime juice and club soda over top.  Mix and serve with an additional sprig of mint. ( Recipe makes one mojito.) 

Camden Weekly Rentals – Hot Deal!

Camden CottageIt is not too late to plan a family getaway!  We still have openings this summer and fall for our 4 and 5 bedroom rental homes, Harbor Watch Cottage and Camden Cottage.  We’ve just decreased the weekly rate by $200.  Not only that, if you book for September or October of this year, we’ll also throw in a $100 Hartstone Inn gift certificate.  Check rates and availability here.

The Hartstone Inn is Now à la Carte – All the Time!

We’re always trying to come up with new ideas to surprise you and as we celebrate our 16th summer we’ve decided it’s time to add some surprises to our restaurant menu. We’re excited to introduce our new à la carte menu with seating times between 5:30pm – 8:30pm.  For life’s special occasions, our five course Chefs Tasting Menu will still be offered every evening as well.  It will change nightly to utilize the freshest ingredients and challenge our Chef’s creativity.

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July 13-26, 2013

Appetizers

  • Greek Salad with Feta Cheese, Cucumber and Tomatoes. Basil-Oregano Dressing $9.50
  • Mosaic of Maine Seafood – Our signature chilled Seafood plate including Lobster, Scallops, Shrimp and more $19.75
  • Chilled Summer Gazpacho with Maine Shrimp, Chive Sour Cream and Herbed-Crostini $8.25
  • Parmesan Risotto with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Duck $10.50

Entrees

  • Grilled Salmon Tapenade with Israeli Cous Cous, Zucchini Ribbons and Tiger Shrimp $22.50
  • Cavatappi Pasta with Grilled Chicken, Peas and Roasted Peppers in a Garlic Cream $19.95
  • Seared Short Loin Steak with Gorgonzola Butter, Crispy Onions, Grilled Vegetables and Shallot Smashed Potatoes $25.50
  • Slow-Poached Maine Lobster with a Sweet Corn Custard, Sugar Snap Peas and a Lemon Beurre Blanc $26.75

Desserts

  • Grand Marnier Soufflé with an Orange Crème Anglaise $9.50
  • Rum Raisin Crème Brûlée with Spiced-Short Bread Cookies $7.75
  • Peach Cobbler with Homemade Cinnamon-Vanilla Ice Cream $8.50
  • Hartstone Sorbet Trio with Diced Fresh Fruit $7.25

July 27-Aug. 9, 2013

Appetizers

  • 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

Entrees

  • 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

Desserts (additional $5)

  • 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

207-236-4259 for reservations

Hartstone Inn Rainy Day Activities

We realize it’s sometimes difficult to love rainy days while you are on vacation but rest assured, there are still many fun things to do and see!  We have put together this list of  activities in Camden and the surrounding area.

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  • Ask us for a complimentary day pass to the Penobscot Bay YMCA located on Union St. in Rockport.  Work out, climb the rock wall or maybe  take a dip in the pool!
  • Take a scenic drive along Chestnut Street to Beauchamp Point and visit Aldemere Farm – home of the legendary Belted Galloway (aka Oreo Cookie) Cows along the way.
  • Visit the Ross Center at Merry Spring Nature Park in Camden
  • Visit the Camden Public Library on Atlantic Ave.  Great place just to hang out, enjoy the harbor view and use the WiFi.
  • Go shopping, not only for rainy days!   Here is a list of some of our favorite shops in Camden: Admiral’s Buttons, House of Logan, Margo Moore Interiors, Jo Ellen Designs, Glendarragh Lavender and Leonard’s.
  • Go Antiquing- tons of shops in Camden – Rockport – Lincolnville area.  Ask us!
  • Get lost in a book at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop or Sherman’s Book Store in Camden.
  • Visit the State of Maine Cheese Company on Rte 1 in Rockport or better yet, call them to set up a cheese making class or catch a demo: 207-236-8895.

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Salt Water Farm Cafe and Market

written by Meghan Small, Hartstone Inn General Manager

Salt Water Farm Rockport

At the Hartstone Inn, we like to keep our guests current on what is new on the local “foodie” scene.  This includes of course, the opening of new restaurants.  Last Tuesday, I decided I would try the recently opened Salt Water Farm Cafe and Market first hand. 

Upon entering SWF, which is located in the Union Hall building in downtown Rockport,  I was greeted by their market   It offers a variety of products, primarily from Maine.  I noticed high quality oils, vinegars, local cheese and spring greens.   There were also nonfood items such as copper pots, cookbooks and ceramics.  Owner Annemarie Ahearn also owns a salt water farm (hence the name) in Lincolnville which allows them to source fresh produce, eggs and other items for both the market and cafe. 

As for the restaurant/cafe, they have both indoor and outdoor seating.  I desperately wanted to sit outside and enjoy their amazing view of Rockport Harbor, but it was raining so I was forced to remain inside.  The dining room however, was both comfortable and inviting.  I ordered the Spanish tortilla with chorizo, Swiss chard, potatoes and caramelized onions.  It was served with a  SWF sunflower seed salad.   I also enjoyed a soy cappuccino.   All were tasty and it was fun to watch some of the preparation in their exhibition style kitchen. 

SWF”s restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Dinners are served “family style” and they also offer a three course brunch on Sunday’s.  In addition, they offer house-made pastries and bread along with a wine selection and coffee bar.  

It is always fun to experience new restaurants in the area.  Salt Water Farm did not disappoint.

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Salt Water Farm Rockport

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Salt Water Farm Rockport

 

Sail Camden’s Schooner Surprise

A summer stay at the Hartstone Inn just isn’t complete without a day sail on one of the many windjammers in the Camden Harbor. We highly recommend the Schooner Surprise for a 2-hour day trip out into Penobscot Bay. Captain’s Jack and Barbara offer wonderful hospitality on their 57-foot schooner.  With a maximum of 18 passengers (children over 12 years old only), the Surprise experience is very intimate allowing passengers to hoist sails and listen to some of Jack and Barbara’s sailing adventures.  They have some stories to tell!   The Surprise sails from May to October and snacks are offered during the sail. Visit their website here.

Book our Whatever Floats Your Boat Package and we’ll send you off on your sail with a lobster roll picnic lunch.  You’ll also enjoy a five course dinner for two in our restaurant. 

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