Mary Jo and Her Orchids make the Local Newspaper

There’s something about orchids: A Camden innkeeper in her greenhouse
Mary Jo and her orchids were featured in a local newspaper “Village Soup” this week. The article was written by Lynda Clancy (a VillageSoup/Knox County Times Reporter) as she toured Mary Jo’s greenhouse and caught her in action. Photo by Lynda Clancy.

To learn more about orchids, click on the “orchid” label below and read other blog entries on the subject and follow links to various orchid websites including the American Orchid Society.

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

Inns Magazine Article


“Chefs that are Innkeepers” is the title of this article (written by Pamela Delaney) in Inns Magazine. Delaney, a former restaurant owner, interviewed two Chef/Innkeepers in a quest to find out why there are not more chefs that own inns.

The two chef/innkeepers interviewed were:
Chef Michael Salmon of the Hartstone Inn, Camden, Maine
Chef Peter Egger of the Breadalbane Inn, Fergus, Ontario

Click here to read the article

Port City Life Magazine Article

The December 2007 issue of Port City Life Magazine features an article on the Hartstone Inn and Chef Michael. The cover of the magazine reads “Camden Tarts,” and inside you will find an article by contributing writer Mindy Favreau titled “Festive Fruit Tartlets.” The article gives a brief background of the Inn and highlights Michael’s recipe for Macadamia Nut and Wild Blueberry Tartlets with Ginger Ice Cream.

Chef Michael Cooks at the James Beard House

New York City – Greenwich Village – James Beard House – October 1, 2007.

Chef Michael Salmon prepared dinner at the James Beard House in New York City on October 1, 2007 for 80 guests. The menu, chosen to bring awareness to Maine Tourism, focused on Maine Lobster. In fact, 240 lobsters (or 3 lobsters per person) were cooked, picked, transported and prepared for the evening.

Flanked by his wife Mary Jo and a staff of friends and Inn guests, Michael prepared 4 passed Hors d’oeuvres (each containing lobster) for the reception and a five-course menu with lobster as the key ingredient in the first four courses.

Slideshow of event: View this montage created at One True MediaHartstone Inn – James Beard Dinner

Following is the menu for the evening:
James Beard Foundation Dinner
Maine Lobster Dégustation Menu
October 1, 2007
7:00 pm Reception – 4 passed hors d’oeuvre
  • • Maine Lobster Toast view photo
  • • Cucumber and Dill Panini with Riesling Poached Maine Lobster Tails view photo
  • • Gruyere Funchi Rounds with Maine Lobster Claws and a Spicy Lemon Aioli view photo
  • • Parmigiano-Reggiano Crisps with Maine Lobster Knuckles and a Smoked Tomato Confit view photo

N/V Carpenè Malvolti Rosé Cuvée Brut, Veneto

8:00 pm Seated Tasting Menu – 5 course dinner

  • • Maine Lobster and Scallop Timbale with a Roasted Pepper Coulis and Fennel Slaw view photo 2006 Condes de Albarei Albarino, Rias Baixas
  • • Red Curry of Maine Lobster with Jasmine Rice view photo 2005 Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer, Pfaltz
  • • Roasted Sweet Potato, Rutabaga and Green Apple Soup with a Maine Lobster Cream view photo 2004 St. Michael Eppan Pinot Bianco Schulthauser, Alto Adige
  • • Lazy Man’s Maine Lobster with a Vanilla Beurre Blanc and Crisp Zucchini-Spaghetti Cake view photo 2004 Garofoli Podium Verdicchio dei Castelli de Jesi Superiore, Marche Warm
  • • Maine Blueberry and Macadamia Nut Tartlet with Ginger Ice Cream view photo
    2000 Royal Tokaji Wine Company Red Label 5 Puttonyos, Hungary
  • • Hartstone Chocolates view photo

photos courtesy of Joan Garvin