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The Hartstone Inn
We recently spent a long weekend in January at the Hartstone Inn in Camden, Maine celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.
The Hartstone Inn is truly a wonderful Bed and Breakfast experience. The Inn is lovely and all of the rooms are decorated beautifully. We stayed in the Arbor Suite, which was very comfortable and cozy, complete with a whirlpool tub and gas stove.
The breakfasts and dinners were truly gourmet and delicious. Each meal was a wonderful dining experience. We attended a cooking class that Chef Michael and his assistant Josh conducted. They prepared two complete meals in under three hours...the class was not only fun and tasteful but also very informative!
More importantly, the service at the Inn was superb, our every need was tended to...if you needed anything, all you had to do was ask. Mary Jo and Michael and their assistants, Ruthie and Josh, are wonderful innkeepers. We definitely will return to the Inn in the future.
Fabulous Stay at the Hartstone Inn
I HIGHLY recommend the Hartstone Inn. My boyfriend and I spent a weekend in June at the Inn for his birthday and could not have had a better experience. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the Inn is beautiful. The food is truly terrific. Alternating between a sweet and savory breakfast is a great touch (and the morning juice is delicious). The portions are generous. If you stay, make sure you make reservations for dinner. When we mentioned to the locals in Camden where we were staying, everyone raved about the dinner. We took that as a good sign and we we right. Also, we made sure we were back at the Inn in the afternoon to enjoy the delicious tea and cookies.
A note about the noise -- I'd read reviews before we left that said the noise was terrible on Rt. 1 but we did not have a problem. We slept with all of the windows open and were not at all disturbed.
Definitely a wonderful spot for a romantic getaway!!
The Hartstone Inn is incredible
We stayed at the Hartsone Inn in July. Here are a number of ways that the Harstone Inn excels:
1. The rooms are beautifully appointed with luxurious beds and wonderful linnens. The bathrooms are picture perfect and the entire room was maintained impecably.
2. The dinner that we had at the Inn was delicious. One of our top five meals of all time. The service was prompt, and each dish delectible. We wanted to eat dinner at the Inn a second night, but the Inn was completely booked, so make your reservation early.
3. Breakfast was included with our room and the two mornings that we dined were two of the best breakfasts we have ever had. The Inn served its own combination of Orange, pineapple, Mango, banana juice. I don't know everything in it, but it was great.
This was truly the best B&B experience we have ever had and the Inn keepers treated us like family.
A True Delight
We just returned from a weekend stay at the Hartstone Inn, it was a true delight. The Inn is charming, with attention to every detail. It is elegant,comfortable and clean. The service is fantastic, friendly and welcoming. The food is terrific. What a wonderful way to spend out first anniversary. We are looking forward to returning to the Hartstone Inn sometime soon.
Great stay at the Hartstone
My husband and I stayed for the weekend at the Hartstone Inn after traveling down from Bar Harbor. We really liked the location. Walking distance to everything! We were also pleased that we were not on the strip of Rt. 1 with all the construction. Driving in and out of that mess was very detracting from the location and overall atmosphere of Camden. There was some noise at night at the Hartstone- but nothing that interfered with sleeping. We stayed in the Cottage Suite and loved it! Very clean and comfortable. Although we were part of a B&B- it had privacy and some separation from the rest of the inn. Breakfasts were tasty- but unique. Definately not what would be considered "standard" breakfast foods. Michael was very helpful in giving us directions to several lighthouses. We spend seven hours touring five different locations and never got lost once!
We would definately look into staying here again if we made it back to Camden!
Truely one of New Englands Best Bed and Breakfasts!
The Hartstone Inn was the perfect mini vacation for us. We found out about the Hartstone Inn on Boston. There was a discussion about "The Best" Bed and Breakfasts in New England, and the Hartstone Inn was listed. There was a glowing review from a couple that had just returned. We booked our trip hoping it would be as great as they said, and it exceeded our expectations! Mary Jo and Michael are excellent hosts. We were spoiled. Each day you woke up to freshly made juices and a delicious breakfast. Every morning our breakfast was prepared with perfection. If you do stay there, make sure you make reservations to join them for dinner. Once again Michael and Mary Jo will exceed your expectations with their food preparation, menu and service. The Inn has all of the right touches, and all the comforts a guest could want and more.
We are already talking about when we can return to the Inn for another fabulous get-a-way.
Kudos to Mary Jo and Michael Salmon!
Celebrated our 46th anniversary having dinner with our favorite couple at the Hartstone Inn. Mary Jo and Michael Salmon (the proprietors) in concert do a superlative job in their presentation of the most delicious food you can imagine. It seems that they were born to please! The company, the ambiance, the food and Mary Jo and Michael's presence all helped to make a very memorable evening for all.
Don't miss the experience!
Dr. irving A. Paul
Fabulous Inn - A perfect gourmet getaway
This is one of the finest inns that I have visited. My husband and I stayed here for two nights during our honeymoon and absolutely adored the inn. The hosts are lovely people and not at all distant. We conversed with both Mary Jo and innkeeper assistant Ruthie. I like innkeepers who engage you in conversation, rather than those who tape a key to the door for you (seems to be the standard innkeeper behavior in California these days, where we lived for 4 years. Can you tell this is a pet peeve of mine??).
We stayed in the Cottage Suite, which I highly recommend (very cozy with fireplace and jacuzzi). The Hartstone Inn is located close to the road, but you can allay your fears of road noise by booking this room, which is located at the back of the inn, and has a sweet little courtyard to itself.
The real reason I am writing this review is because I must mention the food at this inn. It is absolutely spectacular. Michael Salmon is an accomplished chef, and we adored the food here. The meals are delicious and creative (without being "wacky"). I cannot recall eating better food at an inn, and we have stayed in many different inns over the years. The inn recently offered a Gourmet Getaway package, which included one several course dinner along with a two-night stay. This is a terrific deal and well worth the money. I will never forget the gingerbread souflee at the Hartstone. It was an unbelievably delicious dessert.
Afternoon cookies were delicious!! One observation - unless I didn't see it, no milk was served during afternoon tea and cookies. Just a very small observation from someone who drinks her tea British-style. ;-)
Doesn't matter though - we will most definitely be back. Can't wait!!
Our favorite B&B yet!
My husband surprised me with a weekend trip to Camden for our 10th anniversary, and although we are frequent B&B-goers, this may have been our favorite B&B experience yet. The two-level garden suite was lovely, and the "upstairs/downstairs" configuration was truly comfortable. We loved the little gardens, the wonderful details of the room (earplugs, botanical soaps and shampoos, a bed with down-everything, bathrobes, a wonderful chenile throw, even a gas woodstove!), and -- most importantly -- our two breakfasts and one dinner. Absolutely amazing food in a gorgeous environment. Mary Jo was the perfect host (as was her assistant, who greeted us our first night). Dinner is an integral part of the Hartstone Inn, and not to be missed. One more thought for the Camden-traveler: we also dined at Primo restaurant in Rockport, which (for nights when you're not dining at the Hartstone) was also an incredible dining experience that we highly recommend!
Camden and Rockland Maine
"Hartstone Inn B&B"
The Hartstone Inn has been our home away from home on 3 trips to picturesque Camden, Maine. Conveniently located on the South edge of the business district, it's walking distance from specialty shops, restaurants, the library, a "waterfall," and the wharf with sailboats and yachts. The scrumptious breakfast changes daily. This year we started with a mango smoothie, bread pudding with lemon sauce, fruit, and an egg dish. Skip lunch and save room for the optional 5 course gourmet dinner prepared by Michael Salmon, chef-owner ($45 per person in 2008 plus drinks, tax and gratuity). Adirondack chairs in the shade are perfect for relaxing and reading a good paperback. Bedrooms are tastefully decorated. www.hartstoneinn.com
The Sage Market, with espresso, gourmet cheeses, deli meats and sandwiches, and a variety of $10 wines, is located in a restored mill (the Knox Mill in the 60's film, Payton Place) turned condo two blocks down on Washington Street. The original Sage Market down the road in Rockland, ME, is a treat with many specialty food items. I loved the Hayley sandwich with hot capicola ham, a delicious cheese and olive tapenade. www.sage-market.com
Peter Ott's Restaurant in Camden offered a 1 lb. lobster dinner for $15. The butternut ravioli appetizer was delicious.
Francine Bistro, 55 Chestnut, is touted as a gourmet choice, but I was not overwhelmed with the Tuscan offerings we had in 2007. However, the food was fresh. The setting is rustic with garden flowers and twinkling lights. www.francinebistro.com
A new French restaurant, Lily Bistro on Main Street in Rockland, was exceptional. I had a beef tartare appetizer. The menu changes daily. The small restaurant has a contemporary flair with a lime and brown color scheme. Very pretty.
Thorndike Creamery on Main Street in Rockland had sinfully delicious creamy ice cream with many hard to find flavors like ginger and mango.
"Farnsworth Museum and Andrew Wyeth Family"
The highlight of our trips to Rockland is the Farnsworth Museum which features 21 paintings by Andrew Wyeth as well as other Maine artists. The Wyeth Center across the way is dedicated to paintings and illustrations by N.C. Wyeth and James (Jaime) Wyeth. It includes Jamie Wyeth's painting of John Kennedy which was a Time Magazine cover after the Bay of Pigs. Last year an Andy Warhol exhibit was included. Jamie Wyeth collaborated with Andy Warhol in the 1970's. www.farnsworthmuseum.org
For Andrew Wyeth devotees, a side trip (about 15 miles away) to the Olson House in Cushing, ME is worthwhile and is included in the admission to the Farnsworth. This home of Christina Olson and her brother Alvaro was the setting for hundreds of Andrew Wyeth paintings including the famous "Christina's World." The furniture was sold but the rugged simplicity of the house and the muted colors were striking. A neighbor's old horse is a regular visitor and brought me a warm smile.
THE COUNTRYSIDE, FROM THE TOWER
Megunticoook River falls going to the bay
Map of CAmden