Camden on the Big Screen

April 14th, 2014

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Anyone who’s been to Camden knows what a beautiful place it is, but did you know Camden’s made it onto the big screen more than a few times?

Some of the scenes from 1956’s Carousel were filmed in Camden, and around that same time crews arrived in Camden to film the controversial Peyton Place – a bestselling novel that was so shocking for its time that it couldn’t be found at the town library.

While 1995’s Casper is set in Friendship, most of the coastal Maine town that’s seen in the movie was filmed right here in Camden.

The film version of Thinner, a thriller from prolific Maine horror writer Stephen King, was filmed in Camden and other Mid-Coast Maine locations.

In the Bedroom was shot up and down the coast of Maine, including the Camden and Rockport region. After its release it won an award at the Sundance Film Festival.

The late soap opera Passions used shots of Camden to represent the fictional town of Harmony in its opening credits.

Have you noticed Camden anywhere we haven’t?

Mud Package

April 7th, 2014

3698_RitualsHammamBodyMud_1336681144Spring has sprung, and with it comes budding trees, flower buds, new life.. and mud. Any Mainer can tell you that “Mud Season” is a good sign – an indicator that warm weather has arrived to melt away the last of the winter snow. At Camden Harbour Inn we embrace mud in our own way with our “Mud Package.”

The package includes a 2 night stay in one of our luxurious guestrooms or suites, but don’t let your handsomely appointed accommodations fool you – there will be no shortage of “mud” during your stay.

Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed with a Mudslide cocktail at the bar (or a glass of bubbles if you’re not ready to jump right in). In your room we’ve left a special gift: Rituals Hammam Body Mud, a purifying clay with refreshing eucalyptus that will wash your winter blues away. You’re invited to start each day with our a la carte Champagne breakfast, featuring our “Muddy Chip Pancakes,” freshly baked pastries, homemade signature granola, and so much more.

Spend the afternoon relaxing at Cellardoor Winery or pamper yourself with a hot stone massage in the spa before a 5-course tasting dinner at Natalie’s. You will, of course, have  the option to choose our delectable “Muddy Molten Chocolate Cake” for dessert.

Mud Season only lasts for so long, and so does this limited time offer. Book today and stay through May 16.

Easter Brunch

April 1st, 2014

With Easter Sunday just a few short weeks away, we’re eagerly anticipating our annual Easter Brunch at Natalie’s.

Typically reserved for guests at the Inn, we encourage members of the community to join us for brunch at Natalie’s only twice each year: on Easter and Mother’s Day. We hope you’ll join us for Easter (or both!) this year.

Our one-of-a-kind Easter Brunch features our famous carving station, a number of exquisite savory and sweet dishes, and the opportunity to have your Easter eggs prepared by our chef any way you like them. Pastry chef Jason Sturdivant will be busy baking a selection of fresh pastries and danish, warm breads, and delectable desserts throughout the morning. And, since sweets are a traditional holiday treat, we will also have a delicious selection of offerings from Black Dinah Chocolatiers.

Our Easter Brunch sold out last year, so plan to spend the morning with us and reserve your spot today. Brunch is offered at $39 per person, including non-alcoholic drinks, with mimosas and cocktails also available. Price excludes tax and gratuity.

Call Natalie’s today for reservations at 207-236-7008.

Kennebunkport Festival

March 26th, 2014

kportfestThis summer, Executive Chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens will bring a taste of Natalie’s to the Kennebunkport Festival as the featured chefs at an intimate dinner at the Hurlbutt Residence on Friday, June 6.

As always, Chef Long and Chef Stevens will source their ingredients from local Maine fishermen and farmers for an exquisite presentation of Maine’s freshest summer offerings. Paired with wine from Cellardoor Winery, the meal will be an unforgettable experience.

We are proud to be a part of an event that supports Share Our Strength Maine’s effort to eliminate child hunger.

For further information about the festival and other events that will be taking place throughout the week, visit kennebunkportfestival.com.

End of Winter Activities

March 19th, 2014

We’re ready for spring, but if you want to make the most of these last few wintery weeks, here are some places to take advantage of the cold weather:

Camden Hills State Park
A popular spot in summer, Camden Hills State Park stays busy throughout the winter months as well. Well-groomed trails allow for year-round hiking and snowshoeing in the winter.

snowshoeCamden Snow Bowl
With groomed Nordic trails throughout the season, the Snow Bowl offers the perfect opportunity for skiers and snowshoers to enjoy a day outdoors. The 2 mile “22 Tacks” trail connects to a 3 mile loop on a an adjacent property and, when conditions permit, there is both a classic track and a lane for skate skiing.

The winter trail map can be viewed here.

Georges River Land Trust
Parts of the Georges River Land Trust are open for exploration throughout the year. Click above to view the various preserves, plan some winter adventuring, and learn more about places you might like to visit when the weather gets warmer.

Merryspring Nature Center
At the Camden/Rockport border sits the Merryspring Nature Center, a privately owned 66-acre park that’s open year-round. Open to hikers, snowshoers, and skiers, the park also houses an education center and regularly holds a “Talk Series” and weekend workshops.

Of course, we’ll save a spot for you when you’re ready to come warm up by the fire.

Holland-America Package

March 14th, 2014

chefsIn honor of the 60th anniversary of Relais & Chateâux, we’re celebrating with a trip to the Netherlands – and you’re invited. Join us on our journey as we partner the exclusive Hotel Landgoed Het Roode Koper and travel to Holland, May 25- June 1.

On this dream trip to Holland, you will be able to enjoy canal and walking tours of Amsterdam, have the opportunity to explore the surroundings of Hotel Landgoed Het Roode Koper by bike, take advantage of the nearby 27-hole golf course at Nunspeet golf club, and so much more.

At Het Roode Koper, a celebrated Relais & Chateâux estate, you’ll stay in a Grand Luxe Room with antique furniture, a king size bed, private bath with modern fixtures, flat screen TV and Espresso Machine. Each room is different; some are located in the villa with beautiful views of the romantic gardens, other rooms are in the historical Coach House with private decks.

The highlight of the trip will be the chef’s dinner on the last night at Landgoed Het Roode Koper. Arjen Bonder, Executive Chef at Landgoed Het Roode Koper, and our own Chris Long will prepare a 5-course tasting menu featuring local Dutch ingredients and Maine seasonal ingredients for a meal that embraces the best of both worlds.

The celebration of these two incredible properties doesn’t end when you return home. In October, Award Winning Executive Chef Arjen Bonder from Landgoed Het Roode Koper will visit Camden, Maine to prepare a dinner at the Camden Harbour Inn.

The Holland & American Package

May 26 – June 1, includes:

  • Two nights at The Pulitzer Hotel in Amsterdam with breakfast
  • Canal Tour in Amsterdam and a Rijsttafel Dinner including wine, coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam
  • Dinner at De Kas, a Greenhouse in Amsterdam including wine, coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • Visit to Zaanse Schans
  • Four nights at Hotel Landgoed Het Roode Koper in a double room including breakfast
  • Four course dinner on Wednesday, including wines
  • Tickets and tour at the Kröller Müller Museum
  • Lunch after the tour
  • Barbecue on Thursday, including wines
  • Game spotting
  • Dinner at Witte Pauwen on Friday, including wines and wagon ride
  • Cocktail, Champagne and canapés Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Five- course Tasting Dinner including wines in Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Relais & Chateâux on Saturday
  • Transport by luxurious coach bus

Price of this trip is $3,298.00 per person based on Double Occupancy. Single supplement $1,425.00. The package excludes taxes, gratuity and personal expenses.

Call to reserve your spot on this package today, there are a limited amount of rooms available. You can reach us at 800-236-4266 or 207-236-4200.

Maine Restaurant Week Signature Event

March 10th, 2014

Last night we had the pleasure of attending the Maine Restaurant Week Signature Event, an evening celebrating sips and sweets from some of Maine’s best bartenders and dessert makers.

The entire team from Natalie’s had an incredible evening, and in the end Executive Chef Shelby Stevens took home the prize for Down East Magazine’s Best of Maine cocktail – a new award this year – with her “Maine Pinetini.” The cocktail won judges over with its great taste and Maine theme, complete with a pine foam topper made by steeping pine needles in water and then adding gelatin to create a foam.

Shelby has shared her recipe so you can try your hand at the winning cocktail at home:

 

Maine Pinetini

1.5 oz Double Cross Vodka

1 oz of Ginger Liquor

1/4 oz Cardamom Simple Syrup

2.5 oz of Clementine Juice

1 oz of Lime Juice & Zest

Pinch of Ground Cardamom

Pine Foam on Top

 

- Mix the first six ingredients together and shake with ice then strain into a martini glass. To garnish top with pine foam.

*Pine foam is made by steeping pine needles in water as you would tea. The pine “tea” is then mixed with gelatin and placed in an ISI charger.

* Cardamom simple syrup is made by mixing two parts sugar with one part water and whole cardamom.

 

Thank you to all of our guests who joined us during Maine Restaurant Week!

The Second City Touring Company returns to Camden

March 4th, 2014

On March 14, we have the pleasure of welcoming the return of Chicago’s famous sketch comedy theatre, The Second City Touring Company, to Camden.

The Second City will present “Happily Ever Laughter,” a show that draws from classic comedy as well as current affairs, at the Camden Opera House. You may even be one of the first to see the next big comic legend – The Second City Touring Company has been graced by some of comedy’s biggest stars over the years including Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, and Amy Poehler.

Make the night even more special with our Second City Lodging Package. The one-night package includes breakfast, a 3-course dinner at our award-winning restaurant Natalie’s, VIP seating for the show and admission to a special after party Meet and Greet with the up and coming comedy stars. For $180 per person, our overnight package is the perfect getaway to get you through the cold March days.

If you’re not spending the night with us, we’re also offering dinner at Natalie’s, VIP seating at the show and the after party for $80 per person.

We’ll also be hosting a meet and great with The Second City crew immediately following the performance at Natalie’s.

Get more information about tickets to the show and package deals online or by calling 1-800-236-4266.

We’ve been nominated in the Travel + Leisure “World’s Best” survey, and we hope you’ll take a moment and vote for us. Once you follow the link you will need to select hotels, then the United States, then Maine, and finally, we hope you will select the Camden Harbour Inn. Those who participate are entered to win a prize.

Maine Restaurant Week

February 19th, 2014

Maine Restaurant Week is just around the corner and we have some special events planned in addition to the tasting menu we’ll be offering during Restaurant Week, March 1-10.

On Wednesday March 5, we will host a wine dinner featuring SoPo Wines with Joe Ricchio at Natalie’s. Joe currently manages the sake bar at Miyake Diner in Portland and is the Food Editor for Maine Magazine. He is an established food writer and has been published in the London Guardian, Bon Appetit, and Vice.

Friday March 7 and Saturday March 8 you can join us for a Champagne Ice Bar and two very special cocktail dinners with guest mixologist Greg Bell, who is a bartender at the Michelin Star gastropub The Spotted Pig in NYC. He studied the craft of cocktail making under one of this century’s best bartenders, Sasha Petraske.

Greg Bell will join Natalie’s mixologist Seth Knowlton for a Master Class in Cocktail Making on Saturday March 8, from 2-4pm. The $15 registration fee includes tastings of different cocktails, liquors, spirits discussed during the Master Class. Call us to reserve your spot.

Finally, our mixologist Seth Knowlton and Pastry Chef Jason Sturdivant will be participating in the cocktail and dessert competitions at Maine Restaurant Week’s Signature Event in Portland on Sunday March 9. Tickets to this event are available online and sell out each year. We have won the title of Best Cocktail twice and have been ranked at the top every other year.

And, of course, you can view our Restaurant Week menu here. We will be offering a five-course gourmet tasting menu for $55.

If you’d like to spend the night with us, you can view our Maine Restaurant Week overnight package here.

Anniversary Specials

February 11th, 2014

We’ve announced some additional special offers for the month of February to celebrate our anniversary. Call us at 207-236-4200 to make a reservation at Natalie’s or Camden Harbour Inn before the month is over.

$140 Gourmet Dinner for Two in February
Enjoy a special evening at Natalie’s during the month of February (some dates excluded) with a three course gourmet dinner for two, including a select glass of wine with the first and second course for $140.

Overnight with gourmet dinner or a massage:
Guests may make reservations for a one night stay any time before the end of April (the reservation must be made during the month of February) including the Champagne breakfast and a three course dinner at Natalie’s or a one night stay including the Champagne breakfast and a 30 minute massage. This package is $140 per person, based on double occupancy.