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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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 …
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Chef Michael’s Antique Chocolate Molds

When I was in my early twenties, I came across my first bunny chocolate mold at an antique store and I realized that I had found my niche. Whenever I traveled from that point on, I would search out antique shows and markets, purchasing every chocolate mold I happened upon. After years of collecting, my …
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Mary Jo’s Orchid Corner – Phalaenopsis

Camden, Maine may seem like a funny place to find tropical orchids, but Mary Jo has a rather large collection that she displays throughout the Hartstone Inn and the Hideaway Inn. Phalaenopsis (phals), Paphiopedilum (paphs) and Oncidiums (onc) are varieties that Mary Jo finds most easy to grow in the home. These hybrids are usually …
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Bay Chamber Concerts

We are very fortunate to have an active “Performing Arts Series” in the Camden/Rockport area organized by Bay Chamber Concerts. Below I have included a few highlights from their upcoming winter season, but the full schedule can be seen online. Tickets for all events are available online or we would be happy to make any arrangements …
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Ricotta Pudding Recipe

This is one of our most requested recipes from breakfast here at the Inn, so I thought the blog would be an excellent way to share the recipe with guests interested in making my pudding at home. This recipe will probably appear in my third cookbook, but don’t tell Mary Jo I’m working on it. …
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Newsletter Comments

We just published our winter 2007 newsletter and have been receiving a lot of great feedback. Thank you for your notes! Michael and Mary Jo___________________________________ Hello,Just to let you know, I still have a postcard of the Heartstone Inn at my desk at home. I paid you a visit about two years ago, in the …
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Carver Hill Gallery

Mary Jo and I came across this new gallery during a summer drive and fell in love with it. Carver Hill features an impressive collection of art, most of it created by local artists and artisans. Located a short 5 minute drive from the Hartstone Inn, the gallery is easy to get to. A beautifully …
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Hartstone Fashion Show Brunch

On Saturday, December 1, 2007, the Hartstone Inn hosted a “Fashion Show Brunch” during the annual Christmas by the Sea celebration, featuring fine apparel from Leonard’s. Nancy and Mona are pictured here modeling “New Year’s Eve” attire as brunch diners in the background admire their grace and beauty. Hartstone Brunch Menu: • Mango and Passion …
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Guest Chef Makes Cameo Appearance at Camden Inn

Winter Wonderland – The first major snowstorm of the season has arrived in Maine. Winter, it appears, is coming in — like a lion. According to the National Weather Service, Camden is expected to receive 8-14 inches of snow through Tuesday morning. This candid shot of celebrity chef “Frosty” was snapped by innkeeper Barbara during …
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Christmas by the Sea in Camden

The first weekend in December marks the beginning of the holiday season in Camden. This celebration is known as “Christmas by the Sea” and the town is bustling with activity. Festivities range from superb shopping at the village stores (many holiday sales), concerts, caroling, Inn tours, a Christmas parade, tree lighting, free horse drawn wagon …
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Christmas Dinner Menu – Reserve Now

We’re gearing up for the holidays. Come and savor the season with us and let our holiday decor put you in a festive mood. Our two-night gourmet getaway packages are available from $280-$440 (based on your room selection). If you’re feeling like a little extra pampering, we would be happy to schedule a spa treatment …
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