Camden Named One of America’s Prettiest Small Town Vacations



TripAdvisor recently named Camden as one of “America’s Prettiest Small Town Vacations”, “Whoever said that bigger is better never set foot in these postcard-perfect small towns.  Regarding their list, they said  – “…discover gems across the country, from Camden and Cooperstown on the East Coast to Avalon and Port Angeles out West. ” 

They’ve opened up voting to TripAdvisor members to determine which is the #1 prettiest town in America! 

You know who has our vote – Camden!


Baltimore Sun Article – Cooking School Vacations

baltimore-sunDays before we left for Tuscany to start our fall foodie adventures in Europe, I hosted a food and travel writer, Stephanie Citron, for a chef for a day cooking class in Camden. Stephanie was a lot of fun to work with and was focusing on a piece about cooking school vacations. This morning, her fantastic article was published in the Baltimore Sun. Thank you Stephanie…come back and see us soon!




Recent Press

We were excited to discover two pieces of press on the Hartstone Inn in the last week! 

The first  – Live from Timeout blogger Katie Clark shared a review of our Inn in Sportport’s blog post titled : “Five Romantic Fit Getaway Ideas“.  Katie says “#4. Finely Dine & Toboggan. Maine is known for snow, so bundle up and embrace it like a true Northerner. Camden Snow Bowl Toboggan Chute will get your heart racing so the freezing temps won’t even matter, especially when you have a gourmet meal to look forward to.  Not only are the rooms luxurious and cozy, but the Sweetheart package includes a decadent five-course dinner and a breakfast the following morning, which will undoubtedly be the best tasting meal you’ve ever sampled.”  THANK YOU!














Second – an article in The Kennebec Journal, The Morning Sentinal and by the TRAVELIN MAINE(RS).  “From the mini cooking whip on your room keychain to photos of stunning plates of food on an iPad on your dining table, it is clear that the Hartstone Inn attracts people who appreciate fine food. We had recommendations from several friends that a stay at the Hartstone is a must. And they were so right. The rooms are stunning, and everyone is focused on making your stay here memorable. ” THANK YOU!  Find the entire article and many photos here.
















Hartstone Inn Named Among Top Ten Culinary Inns

Hartstone InnThe Hartstone Inn is excited to have recently been named one of‘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.” 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 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:

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.