The Maine Antiques Festival – Treasures Galore!

The Maine Antiques Festival is August 4-6, 2017 at the Fairgrounds in Union, Maine, is a great way to find unique treasures. The festival features more than 350 vendors from across the country and Canada, which makes it Maine’s largest annual antiques show. Whether you’re a collector, a browser or looking for a specific piece of furniture to complete a room, a trip the Maine Antiques Festival is a blast. Union is only about a 20-minute drive from The Hartstone Inn in Camden, making it a fun and easy excursion while you’re in town.

Details about the Maine Antiques Festival

The three-day festival is held at the Fairgrounds in Union, Maine. There are several admission tickets available. You may choose to shop with the early birds and purchase a ticket for Friday. Or, you may choose to shop with the masses on Saturday and/or Sunday. This rain or shine event offers indoor and outdoor shopping areas. Be sure to take your time and look closely at the items that are offered. You just might find a valuable treasure!

Vendors offer a wide variety of formal and informal items, including vintage linens, antique postcards, books, maps and prints, 18th and 19th early American furniture and accessories, china, collectibles, rugs, games, sports memorabilia, silver, crystal, estate jewelry, repurposed furniture, paintings, maritime antiques, glass, tools and much more.

Please visit the Maine Antiques Festival website for the latest information on dates, admission fees and participating vendors. You may also visit the event’s Facebook page for a selection of photos from past events that will give you a glimpse into the antique selection that will be available.

While you’re shopping, you will certainly work up an appetite. Not to worry, food vendors will be on-hand serving up everything from pizza to lobster to reenergize you.

Directions to the Maine Antiques Festival from Camden

To get to the Fairgrounds in Union from The Hartstone Inn in Camden, head Southwest on Elm Street toward Wood Street. Turn right onto ME-90 West and drive 2.7 miles. Then turn right onto ME-17 West and drive 8.7 miles. Turn left onto Common Road and in just .10 of a mile, turn right onto Fairgrounds Lane.


Premiere Weekly Rentals – Sleep up to 10 People!

Harbor Watch Cottage – 4 bedrooms/sleeps 8
Camden Cottage – 5 bedrooms/sleeps 10

Our premiere rental cottages, located in the heart of downtown Camden are spacious for both families and friends traveling together. 

Both homes offer lovely views of the harbor — with panoramic vistas from many rooms at our Harbor Watch Cottage
and the porches and upper rooms of Camden Cottage
Plus, they couldn’t be closer to the boutiques and restaurants of charming downtown Camden! 

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!

Our rental homes have onsite parking, free WiFi, gas BBQ grills, decks/porches, cable TV, DVD players and more!

Find more information, including photos and check availability here

Space still available for summer/fall 2017!




Comedian Caroline Rhea at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time: Friday, July 14, 2017 at 7:30pm

“Caroline Rhea is a Canadian stand-up comedian and actress who is best known for her role as Hilda Spellman on the ABC show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. She has performed numerous comedy specials, including three one-hour standup specials for HBO, Showtime, and Bravo. She is also known as the voice of Linda Flynn-Fletcher on the Disney Channel series Phineas and Ferb and as a regular on Hollywood Squares with her friend Whoopi Goldberg. Rhea was chosen by Rosie O’Donnell as the new hostess of her syndicated talk show, renamed The Caroline Rhea Show and hosted the reality television show The Biggest Loser on NBC for the first three seasons. She appears regularly on ABC’s Match Game with Alec Baldwin and is reprising her roles as Eugenia Scrimmage in the Bruno & Boots movie franchise and Noleta Nethercott in A Very Sordid Wedding.

Opening for Caroline is local Comedian Erin Donovan. Erin Donovan is the creator of the I’m Gonna Kill Him blog, video series, and comedy show. She writes a column for The Bangor Daily News whose readers weekly request that she no longer be paid and assert that God must have been drunk when he created her. She is regularly featured around the internet at sites like Errant Parent, Aiming Low, Scary Mommy, The Mouthy Housewives, and BaristaNet.

Donovan’s blog was nominated by Nickelodeon for Best New Blog in 2010 and, most recently, Erin was named by BlogHer as a 2012 Voice of the Year and won the People’s Choice Award in Humor.  General Admission Tickets: $25 Advance; $30 at the door.

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Camden Farmer’s Market has Returned!

New location!

Maine Media Workshops & College – Food Memoir Writing Workshop

A Sliver Of Life: The Art And Practice Of Writing Food Memoir

Event date/time: June 3 & 4, 2017

“In a literary world that demands our increasingly splintered attention and focus, it is the sensate that best anchors and grounds both the writer and the reader, and provides the necessary ingredients for a transportive story. It is food that strongly connects us to our humanity, history, and well-being, which is why readers have such a visceral response to narrative writing about the primal act of eating; whoever we are, wherever we come from, we all engage in it. To eat is to live; to not eat is to die. The successful food memoir, then, engages and engrosses the reader at the very place where the mundane — the simple, commonplace act — becomes a provocative and compelling narrative catalyst.

In this weekend class, learn how to create food writing that teems with life at the most basic and primitive level. Practice effective methods for writing with authenticity both gastronomical and beyond; develop your individual, unique voice that reaches out from the page and engages the reader; create a trustworthy narrative persona writing from the past; wrap personal narrative around the act of eating; and craft knife-sharp description using taste, olfactory sense, and reliable (and unreliable) memory.

The class will engage in active, short-form writing exercises, explorations of style, sharing of work, readings from and discussions of classic food memoir and narrative of other genres, and individual work review meetings with instructor. By the end of the course, transform your writing skills to create compelling writing for a personal essay, blog, magazine or longer book form in a way  that will leave your readers hungry for more.”

Instructor: Elissa Altman

Elissa Altman is the critically-acclaimed, award-winning author of Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, the James Beard Award-winning blog of the same name, the Washington Post column “Feeding My Mother”, and a finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize. She is a contributor to publications ranging from Tin House and Dame Magazine to O: The Oprah Magazine, Saveur, and the New York Times and has spoken live at TEDx on the moral imperative to care for senior citizens. 

Location Address:  Maine Media Workshop and College, Rockport, Maine

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“Romantic Dinner for Two” Cooking Class This Sunday!

romantic dinner
Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Chef Michael will walk you through a full gourmet meal that you can prepare at home for that special someone. These recipes are created especially for a special occasion celebrated by two. The menu starts with a special Valentine Red-Raspberry Mojito followed by a Stilton Cheese and Shrimp Tartlet with Toasted Pine Nuts and Bosc Pears and then a soup of Portabella Mushroom with a Sherry Cream.  The main course we will be a Grill-Smoked Hanger Steak and serve it with a Chimi Churri Sauce.  For dessert Tangerine Crème Caramels with Plumped Apricots.  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food! 

This Sunday, February 12th, 2017 from 1-3pm.  $45 per person.  Call us to reserve your spot at 207-236-4259!  View our full cooking class schedule here


Winter Fun in Camden – Hartstone Inn Ski Packages

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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Caribbean Cooking Class Sunday, December 18th!

Sunday, December 18th, 2016 from 1-3pm / Hartstone Inn Kitchen / $45 per person

Our Chef Michael was named Caribbean Chef of the year in 1996. Join in preparing some of his favorite dishes and creations using tropical fruits and local ingredients.

The class will start with a cocktail – a Coconut-Mango Mojito!  To follow will be: Annatto Grilled Shrimp with a Pineapple-Avocado Salsa, Coconut-Steamed Mussels, Caribbean-Seared Tenderloin of Pork, and Fried Bananas with Lychees and Papaya.  Our cooking classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food!

Cook and stay with us – our Hartstone Inn 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.


“Christmas by the Sea” Overnight Package

Christmas by the SeaJoin us in Camden for a weekend celebration of the holiday season December 2-4, 2016 !

Christmas by the Sea is a December tradition in Camden that kicks off the holiday season, eagerly anticipated by families both near and far. This year is no exception: plans include a holiday parade, stores open late with ongoing sales, carriage rides, a tree-lighting in Harbor Park, carolers, the “real Santa”, and many crafts, fairs and activities throughout the Mid-coast communities.

Find the compete schedule of events here.

“CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA” PACKAGE – One night’s lodging with our five course Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two and a sumptuous breakfast in the morning – $225 room / $249 suite We still have available rooms so plan your holiday inspired getaway today!  Check availability here.

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.