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Camden, Maine Winterfest 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012 From their website: “The Camden Winterfest returns for its 10th annual community celebration of winter on Saturday January 28th,2012. Presented by The Camden Public Library and the Winterfest Committee along with local sponsors. The centerpiece of Winterfest activity remains the Community Ice Carving Event.Community members transform ordinary blocks of ice into […]

Farnsworth Art Museum

On a snowy day like this one our guests are in for a treat, well several actually. Of course there are Michael’s homemade cookies set out in the afternoon with tea, to be enjoyed in the warmest of spaces (perhaps even in your own room by a fire), but there is also such beauty right […]

Jo Ellen Designs

One of the places we recommend to guests is the super smart shop Jo Ellen Designs at 21 Main Street in Camden, conveniently located across from Glendarragh Lavender.  Owner Jo Ellen Stammen was a fine artist and children’s book illustrator. Her training and success – 15 published titles, including a Caldecott nomination and Christopher Award […]

Glendarragh Lavender

One of the benefits to staying at the Hartstone or Hideaway is our proximity to the shops in downtown Camden. Guests often walk down to the harbor to see the boats and stroll about Camden visiting shops selling books, hand knit pieces, gourmet food items, toys, clothes, jewelry, antiques, souvenirs, and home goods. We will […]

New Year’s Eve Dinner 2010

Our sold out New Year’s Eve dinner last night was so much fun.  Chef Michael and Chef Zeph experimented with new flavors and received rave reviews from the guests.  For all of you who missed it, we have posted the menu and pictures of each course.  Happy New Year! We are looking forward to making new […]

Gourmet Specialties on a Budget

Going out to eat can sometimes take as much, if not more, effort than sitting down for a home-cooked meal. Hiring a babysitter, getting a reservation, deciding what to wear, making the reservation, and then mentally ticking off all those dollar signs (bottle of wine, check, appetizer, check, salad, check, main course, check, dessert, check, […]

Budget Travel Article

The December 2008/January 2009 issue of Budget Travel Magazine names the Hartstone Inn as one of it’s “40 Best Deals of the Month.” The Hartstone Inn is featured in a section titled “Down with Downhill! When you get tired of the slopes, these packages include other wintertime activities.” The package listed is our 2 night […]

Nineteen days till Spring?

With these huge bursts of snow, it’s hard to believe that the First Day of Spring (Thursday, March 20, 2008) is only 19 days away! Up to 10 inches of snow is expected today, and possibly a little more tomorrow. Last week I was purchasing seeds for my Spring vegetable garden and today the idea […]

Camden Snow Bowl

The Camden Snow Bowl is a community owned ski and recreation area and is located four miles from the Hartstone Inn and Hideaway. From the summit of 1300′ Ragged Mountain, home to the Snow Bowl’s trails, skiers and riders have an incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean. It is a view quite unlike any other […]

US National Toboggan Championships

Located only five minutes from the Hartstone Inn, the Camden Snow Bowl (perched upon Ragged Mountain) is home for our local downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating on the pond, tubing and of course tobogganing. The 400 foot toboggan chute is a great deal of fun and is open to the public when conditions are […]


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