Winter Fun in Camden – Hartstone Inn Ski Packages

Skiers Riding a Chair Lift

It is officially wintertime here at the Hartstone Inn.  The air is chilly and there’s snow on the ground.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of outdoor fun to be had!  The Camden Snow Bowl is just a short distance away from us and it offers skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, tubing and a toboggan chute.   It has a new 4,000-foot triple lift and it’s the only ski destination on the East Coast with stunning views of the ocean! 

Book one of our two winter getaway packages and enjoy all winter in Camden has to offer!

Down with Downhill Package

Package details: The Down with Downhill package offers a romantic, two-night getaway with a gourmet twist.  Down with Downhill welcomes with a multi-course breakfasts each morning, afternoon tea and cookies, our Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two prepared by award-winning chef-owner Michael Salmon, and two one-day lift tickets or snowshoe rentals at nearby Camden Snow Bowl.

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Learn To Ski Package

Package details: Have you always wanted to learn to ski?  Our Learn to Ski package includes everything you need – rental equipment, lift tickets and enrollment in a 1.5 hour group skiing lesson for two people at the Camden Snow Bowl.  Our package also includes two nights lodging, our Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two one night and a sumptuous two course breakfast each morning.   Enjoy Maine’s winter weather and learn something new at the same time.

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“Toboggan Building 101” Getaway Package

Our most popular winter package has returned!  Book your reservation today as space for this unique, hands-on package is very limited!

Available: Saturday & Sunday, January 23 & 24, 2016.  Check room availability here.

Package details: Our two night getaway package includes a fun filled weekend of toboggan building (Saturday & Sunday),  just in time for a winter of sledding! You’ll receive all the materials along with 2 days of instruction in basic techniques of bending, sanding, finishing and fastening your very own toboggan.  Mark your calendar to bring your handcrafted toboggan back to the Inn the first weekend of February and who knows… you may become the National Toboggan Champion!  Dinner for two is also included, featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu and of course, a sumptuous breakfast each morning.  (If booking this package online, please type TOBOGGAN in the “Special Requests” section.)

NEW – “In the Chef’s Kitchen” Friday, December 11th!

Join Chef Michael is his Camden kitchen for an evening of cooking and dining!  Assist in creating the evening’s four course menu which will be complimented with a wine paring. The goal is to recreate locally the fun that is enjoyed on their Foodie Adventures abroad!  

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Menu:

Baked Figs with Appleton Creamery Goat Cheese and Lavender Honey

Fall Apples, Arugula and Honey Walnut Dressing

Pan Seared Duck Breast with Herbes de Provence and a Honey Drizzle

Mead Poached Pair with Honey Sorbet

Additional dates and full course descriptions will be available on our website soon.  These events are available upon request for private groups as well.

5-9pm /$115 for guests of the Inn / $125 non guests
Space  is limited to 8 people.

Comedian Jon Rineman at the Camden Opera House

‘Event date/time:  Nov 27, 2015 at 7:30 PMjon RIneman

Jon Rineman is a writer and stand up comedian. A 2005 Emerson College graduate, Jon has been a regular at Harvard Square’s Comedy Studio since 2004. Based in Boston, he became a freelance monologue writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, contributing daily jokes about current events to the top-rated show in late-night television. In 2005, Jon was published in the Improper Bostonian’s annual humor edition. After honing his craft for a few years as a writer and comedian, Jon was hired to be a writer for NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which replaced Conan O’Brien’s Late Night show. Jon has continued to serve as a monologue writer for Jimmy Fallon. Recently, Jon also appeared as a featured stand up comedian on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He appears regularly at all of the top New York City comedy clubs, including Caroline’s on Broadway and Stand Up NY on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Jon lives in New York City.
 
At 32, he’s the head monologue writer for “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” the apex for someone whose ambition is to make people laugh.   “Everyone here is so fun and cool, and I’m just kind of this weird, lame guy,” he says. “Sometimes, I wonder how I’ve lasted.” His colleagues and fellow comics know. They say Rineman, a 2005 Emerson graduate who’s worked for Fallon for six years, is indeed dorky, but he’s also a skilled and prolific comedian. As relentlessly earnest as he may seem, Rineman can grind out dozens of gags a day, and a good percentage of them make it into Fallon’s monologue.  Still, it’s fatiguing being funny every day, and Rineman isn’t sure how long he can keep writing one-liners. Perhaps with an eye toward life after “The Tonight Show,” he’s been honing his stand-up routine, making three or four club appearances a week after wrapping up work at 30 Rock.”
 
Tickets are $20 and available here, by calling (207)470-7066 or stopping at the Camden Town Office M-F 9AM-3PM.
 

Location Address: Camden Opera House

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

 

“Travel to Tuscany” Cooking Class – November 7th & 8th

November 7th or November 8th, 2015 – 1-3pm

Our first cooking class of the year, “Travel to Tuscany” is fast approaching!  If you can’t join Chef Michael in Italy for one of his Culinary Adventures, then come to Camden and experience some of his favorite Tuscan dishes. “Travel to Tuscany” will begin with Baked Artichokes with fresh Ricotta, Aged Pecorino and Italian Herbs.  Next will be Roasted Bell Pepper, Arugula and Grilled Eggplant Salad followed by Seafood Risotto with White Truffle Oil.  Class will finish up with dessert, Salted Caramel Budino – Italian Butterscotch Pudding.

Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food!  Enrollment is $45 per person or make it a getaway and book our Cooking Class Package!

Click here for our complete cooking class schedule. 

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Summer Events in the Camden Amphitheatre

The Camden Public Library will again host a wide range of movies, concerts, and performances in the Amphitheatre! Click here to download the program of events.Our Summer Movies and Concerts are generously supported by Allen Insurance & Financial

Camden Movies in the Park

Music, Movies, and Shakespeare in the Amphitheatre!

JULY   Free concerts and movies. Bring your own lawn chairs for comfortable seating.
July 4, Saturday, 2:00-9:00 pm – annual Music-in-the-Park daytime concert hosted by Rotary, with Fireworks at the end!
July 6,  Monday, 8:30 pm – MOVIE:  Jurassic Park, 1993, 127 min,  PG-13
July 8, Wednesday-in-the-Park, 12:00 noon – CONCERT with Martin Gibson
July 9, Thursday, 7:00 pm – CONCERT with Midcoast Brass Quintet
July 13, Monday, 8:30 pm – MOVIE:  Harvey, 1950, 104 min, B&W
July 14, Tuesday, 7:00 pm – CONCERT with the Juke Rockets, blues
July 20, Monday, 8:30 pm – MOVIE:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990, 94 min, PG
July 22, Wednesday-in-the-Park, 12:00 noon – CONCERT with David Dodson
July 27, Monday, 8:15 pm – MOVIE:   Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein,1948,  B&W,  83 min.

AUGUST   Free concerts and movies. Bring your own lawn chairs for comfortable seating.
August 3, Monday, 8:15 pm –  MOVIE:  The Truman Show, 1998, 103 min, PG
August 5, Wednesday-in-the-Park, 12:00 noon – CONCERT with Jim Gallant
August 10, Monday, 8:00 pm – MOVIE:  The Incredibles,  2004, 115 min, PG
August 12, Wednesday-in-the-Park, 12:00 noon – CONCERT with Alice Limoges
August 17, Monday, 8:00 pm – MOVIE:  Makeup date
August 20, Thursday, 7:00 pm – CONCERT with the Gawler Family in the Amphitheatre
August 21-22-23 – Civil War Encampment featuring Company B of the 20th Maine Infantry Volunteers in Harbor Park
August 23, Sunday, 1:00 pm – CONCERT with Quantum (Jason Dean and Mike Whitehead)
August 27, Thursday, 7:00 pm – CONCERT with Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers. This is a ticketed event; $12.

Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 26, 2015

“Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout all 16 counties open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture.

Farms around the state participate to commit to ensuring the sustainability of agriculture. Maine’s farming industry has given back to their communities by providing a forum for education and learning in a fun atmosphere. Many farms will have demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale and animals and crops to experience. Activities include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments. Open Farm Day gives families the chance to visit local farms throughout the state. 

Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 26th, 2015 to experience Open Farm Day throughout the State of Maine!” – From Maine.gov

For a list of participating farms, click here

 Maine Open Farm Day

 

 

North Atlantic Blues Festival, July 11th & 12th

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Event date/time: July 11, 2015 – July 12, 2015 from 11am – 7pm

22nd annual blues music festival held outdoors overlooking picturesque Rockland Harbor. Touring blues artists from the U.S. and abroad will perform on the main stage. Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the famous Club Crawl.

Location Address: Public Landing, Rockland, ME

Contact Website: www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com

Don’t Miss the Camden Windjammer Festival

Camden Windjammer Festival

Photo Credit: Dan4th Nicholas / Camden, ME / Flickr

There’s no denying that coastal towns around the world have a deep connection with the water that surrounds them. Here in Camden, Maine, it’s no different. Local rivers, harbors and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean have provided not only jobs and sustenance for generations, but also recreational activities, serenity and much more. The Camden Windjammer Festival is just one of the ways residents and visitors alike celebrate Camden’s nautical heritage. When you attend this annual festival, you can expect to see plenty of beautiful sailboats, to enjoy craft and food vendors, and, perhaps most importantly, to learn about the maritime traditions that have been a part of our coastal culture for generations.

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The Most Beautiful Camden Hills State Park Hiking Trails

 

Hiking is one of those activities in which the rewards are many. While hiking can be strenuous at times, you have the opportunity to connect with nature, listen to the birds sing, dip your feet in cool streams and marvel at the view when you reach the top. Hiking in Camden, Maine is a very popular activity among visitors and locals alike. If you happen to experience any of these beautiful Camden Hills State Park hiking trails, you’ll quickly understand why.

It’s easy to access the hiking trails from the Hartstone Inn. After fueling up on a delicious breakfast in our restaurant, drive about two miles north of the inn to find an access point to the Multi-Use Trail. Continue reading “The Most Beautiful Camden Hills State Park Hiking Trails”