Stand Up Paddleboarding Getaway Package

We are always looking for outdoor adventure package ideas and paddleboarding happens to be one of the fastest growing sports in America!  Try something new with a 1.5 hour paddleboarding lesson for two people on a beautiful local lake.  Lesson includes the basics of stand up paddleboarding – gear and safety, proper stance and paddle techniques.  Board, paddle, PFD and a leash are included.   Also with this package, enjoy two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning and a gourmet dinner for two. Price is $192 in addition to room charge (double occupancy).

Dip Me In Chocolate Romance Package

Celebrating life, an anniversary, or just need some romantic time alone ? We’re here to help your loved one feel extra special!  Your getaway includes 2 nights lodging, a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a bottle of bubbly and a personalized chocolate plate with a delicious assortment of homemade chocolates & caramels.  Multi-course breakfast each morning and memorable five course dinner for two are included.

“Let Me Call You Sweetheart” Valentine Package

Surprise your Valentine anytime during the month of February!

Your romantic two night getaway in the seaside village of Camden, Maine will start off with a romantic bottle of bubbly, a dusting of rose petals and our decadent chocolate caramels sprinkled with Maine Sea Salt. Or award winning dining room will spoil you with memorable multi-course breakfasts each morning and our five course dinner for one evening. There are so many options for your day of fun – skiing, wine tasting, tobogganing, massages….When you are ready to wind down in the late afternoon, we’ll be ready with two signature martini’s and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

Packages start at $327 per couple.

Camden Bay Chamber Concert: Héctor Del Curto’s Eternal Tango Quartet

We are so fortunate to have the Bay Chamber Concerts here in Camden and Rockport.  Since 1961 this non profit organization has provided classical, jazz and world music plus dance events to our mid coast area.  They also provide educational opportunities to Maine musicians along with scholarship prizes. 

The next Bay Chamber Concert is Héctor Del Curto’s Eternal Tango Quartet.  This concert will be held on Sunday, May 8th at 7pm at the Camden Opera House.  The Bay Chamber Concerrts website states: “Heralded by The New York Times as a ‘splendid player,’ with special mention for his ‘wistful, piercing solos on the bandoneón,’ Argentinean musician Héctor Del Curto has captivated audiences around the world. Come experience tango at its finest with Héctor Del Curto’s Tango Quartet.  FeralTango, a professional Tango couple, will be dancing onstage to Héctor Del Curto’s music.” 

You can buy tickets to this event at the Bay Chamber Concerts website or book our Hartstone Inn Bay Chamber Concert Package and make it a “getaway”!  Our package includes 2 nights lodging, 2 concert tickets, sumptuous breakfasts and a five-course gourmet dinner for two.

Down with Downhill

With all the recent snowfall and we would imagine most people are thinking snowshoeing, cocoa and marshmallows, stone fireplaces and wool blankets, snowmen and snow angels,  shoveling, bags of sand, and skiing. Lots of skiing!  With this in mind we are offering our delicious and fun Down with Downhill package. Leave the shoveling and bags of sand at home and join us for a two-night getaway with a gourmet twist. $327 – 487, based on room selection (double occupancy) thru March, 2011. Enjoy multi-course breakfasts each morning, afternoon tea and cookies, a five-course feast for two prepared by award-winning chef owner Michael Salmon and two one-day lift tickets or snowshoe rentals at nearby Camden Snow Bowl. This package is valid for all winter holidays plus Dec. 15 – March 1. Rates start at $320 for the two-night stay, and guests can add a third night for an extra $50.

Top photo Etsy. Bottom photo Fenn Photo.

102 Days till Sailing Season

Mary Jo and I snuck away for lunch last week (to Boynton McKay) with Captain Jack and First Mate Barbara from the Schooner Surprise.  We had a great lunch, as usual, and enjoyed some great company. Jack and Barbara are enjoying their Winter break but are looking forward to the upcoming sailing season, only 102 days away. If you are planning a trip to Camden between Memorial day weekend and the third week of October, I insist that you get out on the Surprise for one of their outstanding 2 hour adventures. Their local and nautical knowledge paired with the vast beauty of Penobscot Bay (not to mention the thrill of sailing on an old historic schooner) add up to a vacation memory not to be missed. After lunch we wandered down to the waterfront in Camden and I took a snapshot of them with Surprise floating in the background in the icy waters. Check out our Sailing Packages on the Hartstone Inn website.

Budget Travel Article

The December 2008/January 2009 issue of Budget Travel Magazine names the Hartstone Inn as one of it’s “40 Best Deals of the Month.”

The Hartstone Inn is featured in a section titled “Down with Downhill! When you get tired of the slopes, these packages include other wintertime activities.”

The package listed is our 2 night getaway which includes a multi course breakfast each morning, afternoon tea and cookies, five course dinner for two and 2 one-day lift tickets (or snowshoe rentals) at the Camden Snow Bowl. We also have happy hour cocktails each afternoon by the fire and serve complimentary hors d’ouevres.

The rates are as follows:
$360 Orchid, Victorian Charm, Tally- Ho, Lemon Verbena, Viola or Sweet Woodruff
$385 Magnolia, Tea Cup, Mansard, Lark’s Nest, Rose Hip
$450 Sunflower, French Thyme, Arbor, Manor, Cottage, Carriage, Garden, Mt. Battie, Lavender
Click here to view a summary of the article online

Maine Foliage Report

“Maine’s Fall Foliage Show Expected to be Magnificent”, according to state officials.

Maine’s Department of Conservation has just released it’s first Fall Foliage report for 2008 and the forecast is for a colorful season.

If you are planning a trip up to Maine this fall, check out this link to view the current foliage conditions. On this site you will find a map of the state of Maine divided into seven zones, each color coded to the percentage of color change; from very low to past peak.

If you haven’t planned a fall trip to Maine, join us for our “Leaf Peepers” Gourmet getaway package; we look forward to seeing you in Camden.

Portland Magazine – Valentine Pick

Portland Magazine’s Winterguide 2008 has just published a list of “27 Romantic Getaways for the Ultimate Valentine’s Day!” We are proud to announce that the Hartstone Inn is listed as number 6.

To read the article, click here.

Celebrate Valentines Day everyday in the Month of February!

Your Two Night February Romance Package includes: a half bottle of champagne, chocolate truffles and a rose petal turndown. Memorable Breakfast Each Morning, Afternoon Tea and Cookies and Happy Hour Martini’s each afternoon by the fire. A five-course candle lit dinner for two.

If you would like to pamper yourself with one of our spa treatments (at our new “on property” massage room) we are offering 10% off in the month of February.

Rates: Rooms – $358, Jr. Suites- $388 and Suites – $438