Holiday Hors d’ Oeuvres Cooking Class

Hartstone Inn Travel to Tuscany Cooking ClassSaturday, December 3rd, 2016 or Sunday, December 4th, 2016 from 1-3pm – $45 per person

Get ready for the Holiday season with a set or recipes of some of Chef Michael’s favorite hors d’ oeuvres!  Class will begin with one of our famous cocktails, the Cranberry-Limoncello Martini.  Hors d’ Oeuvres include: Phyllo-Brie Triangles with Dried Figs and Walnuts, Pan Forte with Cheese, Hot Smoked Salmon Mousse with Crisp Fingerling Potatoes and Spicy Beef Toasts with a Smoked Tomato Confit.  Our classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. 

Our Cooking Class Package includes two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, our five course Chef’s Tasting Menu for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $45 per person. Find package pricing here.  Find our complete Hartstone Inn 2016-2017 Cooking Class Schedule here.

$5 Cocktails & New Small Plates Menu!

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Joins us everyday from 5-6:30pm for our HAPPY HOUR!
All of our house specialty cocktails are just $5 and every drink you order is served with a complimentary hors d’ oeuvre! 
Sit on the by the fire in our parlor room or enjoy the fire pit on our patio!

Hungry? Order off our new small plates menu.  Each item pairs nicely with a cocktail.  We have a full bar – beer and wine too!
Join us!  NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED!

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HARTSTONE SPECIALTLY COCKTAILS
$5 each

CRANBERRY-LIMONCELLO MARTINI
citrus vodka, cranberry puree, fresh lemon juice

PUMPKIN SPICED MARTINI
pumpkin spiced liquor, vanilla vodka, Irish cream

KENTUCKY MULE
bourbon, ginger beer,

MOSCOW MUL
vodka, ginger beer, fresh lime juice

GREEN APPLE MARTINI
vanilla vodka, green apple schnapps, fresh lime juice

ROSEMARY LEMON DROP
citrus vodka, rosemary syrup, fresh lemon juice

BASIL MARTINI
vodka infused with fresh basil

RASPBERRY MOJITO
light rum, fresh mint, fresh raspberries

COCONUT MANGO MOJITO
coconut rum, fresh miny, mango puree

PEACH MARTINI
peach vodka, peach syrup, fresh lemon juice

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SMALL PLATES MENU

Bowl of Crispy Spiced Chickpeas  $5
(perfect for snacking!)

Mini Maine Lobster Rolls on Brioche  $12

Deviled Eggs with Bacon or Caviar  $6.50

Warm Ricotta with Fresh Thyme & Olive Oil  $9
Served in a skillet with grilled bread

Cup of the Soup du Jour $8
(This week – lobster chowder or  portabella mushroom soup)

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!

 

 

 

Greetings from Tuscany!

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Follow our foodie adventures on our new Foodie Facebook page.

Michael and I are cooking and playing in Italy this week and our travelers are CELEBRATING!  Anniversaries, birthdays and an empty nesters. 
 

 A FOODIE ADVENTURE is a one of a kind vacation sure to make your celebration extra special. Choose from 5 destinations and unique itineraries that will introduce you to our favorite local family producers and the historic highlights of each region.  Italian Winemakers, Sicilian UNESCO sites, Provenćal Hill Towns and markets, Loire Valley Chocolatier, Mushroom Caves and Castles…just to name a few.  We will greet you at the airport and your adventure begins immediately. Each evening Chef Michael will guide you thru the menu and assign tasks at every skill level.  You’ll have the opportunity to cook with the freshest local ingredients… imagine transforming porcini mushrooms into ravioli, a rich veal stock into crystal clear consume and the freshest seafood into Paella.  Now imagine the terrific meal that follows each evenings class.

Full Itineraries and the upcoming trips are available to preview at www.chefmichaelsalmon.com  Come Join The Fun!  Facebook foodie page

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Package

Leave the cooking to us and spend your Thanksgiving holiday at the Hartstone Inn!  Our Thanksgiving Dinner Package includes two night’s lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning and a five-course gourmet Thanksgiving dinner for two.   Enjoy cocktail hour before dinner, complete with delicious hors d’ oeuvres.

We have two seating times for our holiday dinner – 2:00 pm or 5:30 pm. 10-inspiring-thanksgiving-tables-3

The menu is as follows:

Maine Lobster and Portabella Mushroom Tartlet with a Parmesan Gratin

Butternut Squash Soup with a Honey-Nutmeg Cream

Cranberry-Lemon Sorbet

Rosemary-Roasted Turkey with a Pecan-Apricot Stuffing and Shallot-Smashed Potatoes with Gravy

Pumpkin Soufflé with a Spiced Crème Anglaise

View package pricing here.  Place your reservation today as this holiday celebration fills up fast!

 

Endless Summer Flower Farm – Dahlia Gardens

Endless Summer Flower Farm, located just two and a half miles from downtown Camden is a favorite destination of both Hartstone Inn guests and locals alike.  Featuring spectacular dahlia gardens, the over 180 varieties are a breathtaking sea of colors.  Do you garden?  They have over 2500 plants that are all labeled and available to purchase!  Do you enjoy photography?  Bring your camera as there are so many beautiful flowers and lush gardens to capture!  Want to take a bouquet or just a few stems home to adorn your kitchen table?  They have small and large ready-made bouquets and a wide selection of precut stems.   In addition, they cut flowers for both and weddings and special occasions, and their blooms are available locally to florists and caterers. 

We guarantee, these are not your average gardens and definitely worth a visit!  For directions and more information, click here.   They are open daily August 1st – first frost, early-mid October.  9:00 AM – 5:00PM.

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Camden Windjammer Festival, September 2nd-4th, 2016

Camden Windjammer Festival 2015Celebrate Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions at the annual Camden Windjammer Festival. From the great age of sail when coasting schooners were launched in the harbor, through the birth of the windjammer business in the 1930s, to today’s windjammer fleet and elegant yachts, sailing ships have always defined our lovely, vibrant community.

On Friday, watch the magnificent schooners as they maneuver into the harbor, bid on dinners aboard one of the fleet, and then watch a talent show by schooner crews in Harbor Park followed by fireworks over the harbor. The fun continues all weekend with a lobster crate race, a Build-A-Boat contest, fish relay race, nautical skills, displays of maritime activities and history, Chowder Challenge, tours of the windjammers and fun for all.

See the full schedule of events here.

 

 

Icelandic Trail Riding Adventure Package

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Available: May through October – Click here to check room availability.

Package details: Package includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning, dinner for two, featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu and a 90 minute introduction to Icelandic Horses.   Your riding adventure will begin at noon at our very own Pepper Hill Farm, located just 15 minutes away in South Thomaston.  The Icelandic Horse is renowned for its five natural gaits. While most other breeds have only three or four gaits, the Icelandic Horse can Walk, Tölt, Trot, Pace, Canter or Gallop. Your guide will demonstrate the various gaits and assist you with your questions. You will have the chance to get to know your horse in our indoor or outdoor arena. You’ll learn why Icelandic horses are so unique!  Once comfortable you will be riding the trails through the woods and fields on the farm with your guide. We also have an onsite track which gives the horses good footing and distance to show off their gaits and their very smooth ride. 

As an added bonus, we’ll send you with a picnic lunch for two complete with an Italian Grinder, homemade dill-potato salad, fresh seasonal fruit and for dessert, a Maine whoopie pie!  Find pricing information HERE.

• Horseback Riding Requirements HERE.

 

 

 

 

New Center for Maine Contemporary Arts – Opens June 26th

Experience the art of this generation and the next. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s exhibitions and educational programs are made to inspire and attract visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

With its iconic sawtooth roofline, CMCA’s striking new building—designed by architect Toshiko Mori—provides exceptional exhibition space for presentation of work by contemporary artists. The complex also includes a gift shop, an ArtLab classroom, and a courtyard open to the public.

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Located in the heart of Rockland’s downtown arts district, CMCA is in walking distance of the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, the Strand Theatre, and dozens of art galleries, restaurants, and hotels. Be ready to say wow!

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Upcoming Exhibitions
 

Jonathan Borofsky, Human Structures, June 26  -August 21, 2016
Alex Katz, Small Paintings, June 26 – August 17, 2016
Rollin Leonard, Vernal Pool, June 26 – August 14, 2016
Lauren Henkin, Second Nature, June 26 – August 14, 2016
Don Voisine, X/V, September 2October 28, 2016
2016 Biennial, November 4, 2016January 24, 2017

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Harbor Watch Cottage – Save 20%! Sleeps Eight People!

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HOT DEAL!  Rent our spacious Harbor Watch Cottage the week of June 18-25, 2016 for only $1999.

Our premiere rental cottage is spacious for families and/or friends traveling together.  Harbor Watch Cottage sleeps eight and  is located in the heart the village.  It offers lovely views of the harbor — with panoramic vistas from many rooms!  The harbor is just outside your door, with its fleet of windjammers and bustle of activity.  Early risers won’t want to miss the sun rising over Camden Harbor!  Plus, it couldn’t be closer to the boutiques and restaurants of charming downtown Camden!

Find more information on our home and to check availability of additional weeks here.  Call us at 207-236-4259 to take advantage of this super discount!

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