Hartstone Inn Named Among Top Ten Culinary Inns

Hartstone InnThe Hartstone Inn is excited to have recently been named one of BedandBreakfast.com‘s Top Ten Culinary Inns.  This list is comprised of “10 B&Bs that offer the ultimate culinary experiences, whether you’re a serious foodie or new to the kitchen.” 

BedandBreakfast.com is the world’s largest bed and breakfast directory offering the most complete list of unique properties from historic inns and guest houses to cabins and farm stays. 

Read the Hartstone Inn feature article below.  See the entire top ten list of inns here.  Also, view a partner article done by SmarterTravel.com here

Play Chef for a Day
Hartstone Inn & Hideaway in Camden, ME

Maine cooking class

The innkeepers consider their Diamond Collection inn a culinary destination, and we agree. Sign up to be a “chef for a day” for a one-on-one cooking class with their expert chef. You can request a focus on certain types of cuisine, and your efforts will be used for that night’s dinner. Group cooking classes are also available to help you become versed in various regional, ethnic, and seasonal food. Your fresh breakfast incorporates local ingredients such as berries and lobster. Stay in for dinner and eat at the award-winning restaurant, which “infuses New England fare with an international flair” and features a massive wine list. The innkeepers also offer gourmet picnic basket adventures. Choose your picnic lunch, which ranges from Maine lobster to traditional fruit and potato salad. Select what adventure you want to take for your picnic, ranging from a lighthouse tour to a kayaking tour to a picnic overlooking Penobscot Bay. The innkeepers love to arrange tours for guests at the nearby Cellardoor Winery or send them to a nearby farm to take one-on-one cheese-making classes. For the ultimate foodie vacation, join the innkeepers/chefs for an annual culinary tour throughout Italy and France.

Camden Amphitheatre and Library Named as National Landmarks

Camden Amphitheatre

The Hartstone Inn wishes to congratulate the Camden Amphitheatre and Library for being designated national landmarks by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis.   Our guests enjoy the landscaping, architecture and overall beauty of the Amphitheatre each time they visit.  As for the  Public Library, it is an asset every community should be fortunate enough to have. 

The Camden Public Library and Amphitheatre join a list of approximately 2,500 other sites of historical significance in the U.S.

For more information view the March 12th, 2013 article in Village Soup here.


Inside the James Beard House with The Amateur Gourmet

We are thrilled to share this post from the popular food blog The Amateur Gourmet. (click on the link for the full post)

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Traditional Home Article

We are happy to be featured in the current (October 2010) issue of Traditional Home magazine which is on newsstands now. The article, written by Stephen Exel, a food editor and writer for the magazine, and photographed by photographer John Bessler, features our cooking school at the Inn.  Included are some great photographs, a nice story and recipes for a full fall meal from the Cranberry Martini and Stilton-Shrimp Tart starter, to the Sweet Potato & Green Apple Soup and Pork Medallions with Almond-Fig Cream entree. The meal is finished off with a glorious Pumpkin Soufflé. Pick up your copy today of visit the article online.

Read the full magazine article here.

To see the online version click here.

The Inn's New Logo

Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, here is our new logo! Look for it on our cooking class aprons, hand thrown coffee mugs and stitched on the staff’s chef jackets for starters.

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors

I just picked up the current issue of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, not noticing the caption on the cover that reads “Dining at the Hartstone,” and began paging through the articles. For some strange reason, I always flip through magazines from the back to the front, scan over articles and save the heavy reading for my day off, usually on my boat. No magazine could be more fitting to read while floating in Camden harbor. After two page flips, I see a dining photo that looks very familiar. “MJ” (Mary Jo) I yell, “we’re in this issue of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors.” I made an exception and read the article on land. Peter H. Spectre writes a restaurant review for each issue under the heading “Mainely Gourmet.”  The magazine features great articles on boating, Maine homes and, of course, dining. Here is the link to the article: http://www.maineboats.com/print/issue-111/mainely-gourmet-111

I’d like to thank Peter and the staff at Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors for the review and encourage anyone with an interest in Maine maritime to subscribe to this wonderful magazine.

Top 10 Romantic Inns

cottagesuiteWe are very proud to have been chosen as one of the “Top 10 Romantic Inns for 2010” by American Historic Inns and iLoveInns.com.

“The Top 10 Romantic Inns have been carefully selected for overall romantic attributes–scenic setting and location, interior beauty and design, subtle yet personable hospitality, pampering amenities and creative activities. Each inn offers a variety of romantic offerings personalized for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. These B&B inns are sure to surprise and delight couples celebrating their love.”

To read the full article visit iLoveInns.com.

Martha Stewart Recommends the Hartstone Inn

In the August 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Living, Martha writes about the “heavenly” hiking in Maine. Her house is located in Seal Harbor, on Mount Desert Island, the home of Acadia National Park. Acadia is known internationally for it’s wonderful network of hiking trails through (as Martha writes) “…rocky cliffs, gentle meadows, sand and rocky beaches, and dense evergreen forests.” In addition to the great hiking in her back yard, Martha dedicated a full page to hikes in other areas of Maine and lists Camden’s Mount Megunticook in her top ten. We happen to agree with her, so pack your hiking boots on your next visit to Maine and we will send you on your way with a map to Camden Hills State Park…you may even run across Martha on the trails!marketstewartb20092

Hartstone Inn Receives Award of Excellence

acfWe are very proud to have been awarded an Achievement of Excellence Award by the American Culinary Federation. The fine dining category includes nine prestigious restaurants from across the country including: Charlie Trotter’s (Chicago), The French Laundry (Yountville, Calif.) and The Inn at Little Washington (Washington, Va.). Following is a portion of the press release:

ACF Announces 2009 Achievement of Excellence Award Winners

St. Augustine, Fla., June 18, 2009—The American Culinary Federation (ACF) will honor 16 establishments nationwide with Achievement of Excellence Awards at the 2009 ACF National Convention held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla., July 11–14.

Achievement of Excellence Awards recognize foodservice establishments that exemplify a commitment to excellence in their area. Criteria for the award include being in operation for at least five consecutive years, nomination by an ACF chapter, member or individual in the foodservice profession, and being a recognized industry leader.

To read more, click on this link: 2009 ACF Achievement of Excellence Award