26th Annual Christmas by the Sea Weekend in Camden

Join us in Camden for a weekend celebration of the holiday season!

Shopping, musical entertainment, parade, community tree-lighting ceremony, horse-drawn wagon rides, and fireworks! Holiday sales and dining specials. Photos and children’s story hour with Santa (who arrives by boat!). Sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Find the compete schedule of events here.  Don’t miss our Hartstone Inn Fashion Show Brunch that weekend!

Have Your Holiday Luncheon, Dinner or Office Party at the Hartstone Inn

It’s the time of year to start thinking about holiday parties!  Celebrate in our festive surroundings while you treat your staff, friends or family to s special holiday meal with us.

Sample menus:


Hot Soup: Carrot, Butternut Squash, Lobster Chowder, Shrimp Bisque, Celeriac, Tomato-Basil

Italian Antipasto Plate

Seasonal House Salad


Maine Crab Cakes with a Lemongrass Beurre Blanc and Baby Greens

Grilled Bistro Steak with Béarnaise Sauce and Crisped New Potatoes

Chicken Saltimbocca stuffed with Prosciutto and Provolone Cheese

Duck Leg Confit with a Sweet Potato Risotto

Haddock “Oscar” with Maine Crabmeat and Grilled Asparagus

Pan-Seared Cod Fillet with an Arugula Pesto and Garlic-Smashed Potatoes

Grilled Salmon Fillet with Poached Maine Lobster and Sauce Américaine

Cavatappi Pasta with Grilled Chicken, Sweet Peas, Roasted Peppers and a Roquefort Cream

Wild Mushroom and Ricotta Crêpe with Roasted Duckling and a Dry Sherry Cream

Grilled Pork Chop “Caprese” with Ripe Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil

Pan-Seared Cod Fillet with an Arugula Pesto and Garlic-Smashed Potatoes


Rustic Pear and Raspberry Galette with Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Lemon Meringue Tartlet with Candied Lemon Peel

Apple Tarte Tatin with Pecans and Vanilla Ice Cream

Crème Brûlée: Raspberry-Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee, Blueberry-Hazelnut or Ginger

Chocolate Ganache Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream and Raspberry Coulis

Design your own 1, 2 or 3-course menu.  We are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions and special requests.  Come early and enjoy cocktails or exchange gifts by the fire in our parlor.  Call us today to schedule your perfect holiday get-together!

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“Very Merry” Christmas Getaway Package

Experience the magic of Christmas in Camden with our “Very Merry” Christmas Getaway Package.  The Inn is beautifully decorated and full of holiday cheer!  Package includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning and a five-course gourmet Christmas Eve or Christmas day dinner for two.  Also with this package, receive two complimentary cocktails of your choice to be enjoyed by the fire and a homemade Christmas cookie turn down service one evening.  Enjoy the cookies yourself or leave them out for Santa!

Price: $100 in addition to room charge (double occupancy). Click here to check room availability.

It is not too early to make your holiday plans.  Believe it or not, Christmas is only seven weeks away!

Hartstone Inn Christmas Dinner Menus

Christmas is a magical time of year here at the Hartstone Inn.  The Inn is fully decorated and full of Christmas cheer.  Come spend your holiday with us!  To check room availability, click here.

Christmas Eve Dinner

Monday. December 24, 2012

  • Lobster Cannelloni with Smoked Tomatoes
  • Maine Shrimp Bisque with a Cognac Cream
  • Tangerine Sorbet with a Splash of Champagne
  • Braised Veal Osso Bucco with Herb-Smashed Potatoes
  • Gingerbread Soufflé with a Spiced Crème Anglaise

Christmas Dinner

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • Rosemary- Seared Lamb Chops with a Hubbard Squash Custard
  • Lobster and Sweet Potato Chowder
  • Tangerine Sorbet with a Splash of Champagne
  • Hartstone Inn Surf & Turf – Seafood Stuffed Lobster Tail with Mushroom-Seared Tenderloin of Beef
  • Eggnog Soufflé with a Vanilla-Rum Crème Anglaise

Brunch and Fashion Show featuring Fashions by Leonard’s

Saturday, December 1, 2012

11:00 am

Brunch Menu


Lemon Mousse Trifle with Fresh Fruit


Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict on a Croissant with Hollandaise Sauce


Maine Lobster and Asparagus Quiche with Swiss Cheese


Cranberry and Apple French Toast with Cumin Spice Bacon


Assorted Desserts

$23.95 per person

Enjoy both the fashion show and delicious food!  Call 236-4259 to reserve your table. 

New Year's Eve Dinner 2010

Our sold out New Year’s Eve dinner last night was so much fun.  Chef Michael and Chef Zeph experimented with new flavors and received rave reviews from the guests.  For all of you who missed it, we have posted the menu and pictures of each course.  Happy New Year! We are looking forward to making new memories in 2011! 

New Year’s Eve

Friday, December 31, 2010
7:00 p.m. seating

Slow Cooked Quail Egg with a Black Truffle & Parmesan Crouton

Lobster Carpaccio with Osetra Caviar, Frisee and a Yuzu Emulsion

Seared Maine Scallop with Squid Ink Pasta, Sea Urchin Roe and
Fried Basil

Smoked Berkshire Pork Dumpling with a Barbecue Jus,
Kohlrabi Slaw and Pickled Watermelon Rind

Caramelized Onion Soup with Duck Confit and Foie Gras Toast

Poached Halibut with a Black Trumpet Mousseline, Crispy Veal Sweetbreads
and Asparagus

Strawberry Champagne Sorbet

Herb Crusted Double Lamb Chop with a Pinot Noir Reduction
and a Leek & Hazelnut Brioche Pudding

Garlic Grilled Beef Tenderloin with a Roasted Shallot & Balsamic Glaze.
Scalloped Potatoes & Parsnips with Gorgonzola

Chocolate Textures
Dark Chocolate Cake, White Chocolate Mousse, Aerated Chocolate,
Hot Chocolate-Cognac Shot and Valhrona “Powder”





Egg Nog Latte

We recently decided we needed a hot, holiday drink to offer our guests this weekend.  One of our innkeepers suggested an Egg Nog Latte.  Nothing says Christmas like egg nog!  All of you who make cappuccino at home can try this delicious drink too.  In place of milk, just add hot eggnog.  We offer an alcoholic version also in which we add spiced rum. (YUM!)  Egg nog does not froth very well so you may have to top it off with steamed milk.   Sprinkle some Gingerbread Spice on top, throw in a festive candy cane and ta-da!  A cup of hot, holiday cheer!

Gourmet Specialties on a Budget

Going out to eat can sometimes take as much, if not more, effort than sitting down for a home-cooked meal. Hiring a babysitter, getting a reservation, deciding what to wear, making the reservation, and then mentally ticking off all those dollar signs (bottle of wine, check, appetizer, check, salad, check, main course, check, dessert, check, after dinner drink question mark, tip, check…). Regardless of the logistics and the expense, eating out can be justified by the pure experience of having a talented chef, friendly wait staff, and intricate dishes with layer after layer of undeniable flavor.  Let’s not forget there is no sink full of pots and pans awaiting rubber gloves either. Is dining out a luxury, it can be depending on the cost associated with it. What that means is maybe, in today’s financial times, adjusting how much one eats out. Instead of dinner out several times a month, maybe it is a once a week occasion.

Chef Michael Salmon realized the need for people to stretch their dollars and thus created the cooking class “Gourmet Specialties on a Budget.”  Chef Michael makes gourmet approachable. He brings it into your home and practically sits it down on your dining room table.  Think of the times you have said or thought “Who cooks like that?” in response to a recipe in a cookbook or food magazine.  After this class maybe you!


The menu for “Gourmet Specialties on a Budget” (February 5 or 6)

  • Mozzarella and Charred Bell Pepper Bruschetta
  • Roasted Tomato Soup with Chopped Basil
  • Sweet Potato Crusted Salmon
  • Tarte Tatin of Pears

Weekend packages are $325/$515 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, a gourmet candelit dinner for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $45 per person. Classes are held Saturdays and Sundays from 1 -3 in the afternoon.

p.s. this is an excellent Christmas present!!!

Hartstone Gingerbread Men


Mary, our culinary intern from Peru decided that we needed to add some holiday cheer to our afternoon cookie selection.  With that in mind, she set out to bake some gingerbread men this afternoon with a Hart(HEART)stone theme. They turned out so cute that the chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies are green with envy.  

What are you baking this holiday season?

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

It is officially Christmas time here at the Inn.  We are decorated from head to toe!  We encourage those of you have not visited us during the Christmas season to do so.  It is a magical time of year here in Camden.  Don’t forget, Hartstone Inn GIFT CERTIFICATES are a thoughtful way to say “Happy Holidays” to that someone special!