Recent Press

June, 2012

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

We are proud to have earned the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award from Trip Advisor with a "5" rating. Visit our Trip Advisor page.

May, 2012

Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report

We are honored to be recommended in the May 2012 issue of Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, the leading luxury travel publication. View article

October, 2010

Traditional Home

We are thrilled that our Cooking School received this wonderful 4-page feature in the October 2010 issue of Traditional Home.

January, 2010

The Miami Herald

With its warm and friendly atmosphere, the Hartstone is tailor-made for relaxation.

December, 2007

Portland City Life

December, 2007

Inns Magazine

October, 2007

Boston Globe

October, 2007

Boston Globe

June, 2007

Rachel Ray Magazine

Lobster Cooking Classes

January, 2007

New England Travel

Weekend Cooking Getaways

Accolades & Awards

January, 2010

The Miami Herald

Where to Stay and Where to Eat - "With its warm and friendly atmosphere, the Hartstone is tailor-made for relaxation."

December, 2009

Boston Globe

Paying to Cook with a Pro – (Salmon) moves about the space with graceful speed slowing only to instruct or to chat during short breaks...I ask Jeff how he enjoyed his sous-chef status. "I loved it," he says. "Every minute."

August, 2009

Martha Stewart Living

A Maine classic with sumptous breakfasts and five-course dinners

June, 2009


We are very proud to have been awarded an Achievement of Excellence Award by the American Culinary Federation. The fine dining category includes nine prestigious restaurants from across the country including: Charlie Trotter’s (Chicago), The French Laundry (Yountville, Calif.), The Inn at Little Washington (Washington, Va.) and us! 

October, 2007

Boston Globe

Michael and Mary Jo Salmon are the ideal bed-and-breakfast team...they've earned a reputation for providing an elegant retreat combined with excellent fare.

October, 2007

Boston Globe

For a Romantic retreat with a gourmet twist, look no further than the Hartstone Inn

November, 2004

Bon Appetit

The Victorian inn with a mansard roof has 12 guest rooms, each distinguished by period accessories like Wedgwood china in the Wedgwood Room and botanical prints in the Garden Room. Many have fireplaces, elegantly tiled bathrooms, Jacuzzi baths. Public rooms are just as cozy, and home-baked cookies are served in the library every afternoon. It all feels like grandmother’s house—until you sit down for dinner. 

September, 2004

Down East Magazine

The nightly dinner prepared by chef-owner Michael Salmon is anything but typical; the 20-seat restaurant serves just five dishes (a single entrée and four other courses), an intimate menu custom-created anew each night. So while you may have enjoyed quail over snow peas and red peppers in a ginger dressing on your last visit, this time you’re bound to encounter some equally wonderful surprise.

August, 2004

Travel Guide to New England

Chef/owner Michael Salmon left the corporate restaurant track to better cater to guests, and he does so with superb five-course dinners that change nightly, depending on which ingredients are freshest.

January, 2004

Yankee Magazine

Relax in the beautifully decorated rooms and experience superb five-course dinners that change nightly, depending on which ingredients are freshest.

September, 2003

Fodor's 25th Edition

Michael and Mary Jo Salmon have turned this downtown 1835 Mansard-style Victorian into an elegant and sophisticated retreat and culinary destination. No detail has been overlooked, from soft robes, down comforters, and chocolate truffles in the guest rooms to china, crystal, and silver in the dining room. The five-course, prix-fixe menu changes daily. The inn hosts seasonal food festivals and off-season cooking classes.

September, 2003

An Explorer's Guide to Maine

From the Quimper faience and luscious linens in the guest rooms to the world-class cuisine in the dining room and the collection of 400 live orchids in the common areas, Mary Jo and and Michael Salmon get absolutely everything right.

January, 2002

Travel & Leisure

The guest rooms are delightfully cozy, most of them with fireplaces, lace-canopy beds, and big, claw-foot bathtubs. Make reservations for the superb five-course dinner prepared by Michael, a talented chef. 

February, 2001

Food & Wine

The Hartstone’s beautiful dining rooms are special—under Mary Jo’s direction, they even include crystal knife rests. Michael trained in classic French techniques, but he also spent many years in the Caribbean and shows a strong appreciation for the spices and seasonings of a part of the world that has historic links with the Maine coast.


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