Camden Historic Landmarks

June 12th, 2014

Those of us who live in Camden are lucky enough to be surrounded by history in almost every corner of our town. Camden has been built by experts in their fields who have left us with their treasures scattered throughout the area.

For example, our much-loved Camden Harbor Park was designed by the Olmsted brothers who, after inheriting the nation’s first landscape architecture business from their father Frederick Law Olmsted (who designed Central Park), went on to play an influential role in creating the National Park Service and were among the founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Camden’s amphitheater was designed by Fletcher Steele, a landscape architect who designed over 700 gardens in his lifetime.

The Camden Yacht Club was established by Cyrus Curtis, founder of Curtis Publishing Company, which published the Ladies’ Home Journal (Cyrus’s wife Louisa Knapp was the original editor) and the Saturday Evening Post. Curtis also found Curtis-Martin Newspapers, Inc. which controlled several newspapers including the Public Ledger, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the New York Evening Post.

History has carried so many great names through our humble town, many of them leaving their mark for us to enjoy. If you haven’t yet experienced the rich history Camden has to offer, come see for yourself.

Maine Lobster Indulgence Package

June 3rd, 2014

No trip to Maine is complete without a meal of fresh Maine lobster, and for those who look forward to the delicacy each year we’ve put together the perfect getaway.

For all of the lobster lovers who are planning trips to Midcoast Maine, we offer a special Maine Lobster Indulgence package through September. Enjoy a two-night stay in one of our luxurious guest rooms, complete with all the signature amenities you’ve come to expect from the Camden Harbour Inn.

Start each morning with our a la carte champagne breakfast – we recommend the fabulous Lobster Eggs Benedict. During the day, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a lobster tour with Captain Jack, where you’ll take to the seas and learn the ins and outs of lobstering. Captain Jack will demonstrate how each trap is pulled from the water, and show the difference between hard and soft shell lobsters, male and female, and discuss how to properly measure each one.

Back at Natalie’s, you’ll be treated to a 5-course lobster tasting menu for dinner, prepared by our very own Executive Chef Chris Long, the 2013 Maine Lobster Chef of the Year.

Pricing and further package details are available on our website. Contact us at 800-236-4266 to reserve your spot today.

History of the doughnut hole

May 27th, 2014

Believe it or not, the history of the doughnut hole is a highly debated topic. That being said, it’s widely believed that the hole in the tasty pastry was created by a Dutch sailor who had made Midcoast Maine his home.

In the mid-19th century, a woman named Elizabeth Gregory, known for her ability to bake delicious treats, shared her recipe for doughy cakes with her sailor son to take on his voyages. Captain Hanson Gregory and his crew enjoyed the cakes and, somewhere along the way, he was credited with removing the center of the circular pastries to form what we now know as the doughnut.

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From here, the story gets slightly muddled. One version says that Hanson’s mother traditionally baked nuts in the centers of the pastries, which never cooked as thoroughly as the rest (this is where the name “doughnut” comes from). Not a fan, he began removing them, favoring the empty center.

Another story says that, according to an interview with Hanson himself, he didn’t like the doughy center of traditional doughnuts or the greasiness of twisted varieties, so he took it upon himself to punch a hole through the center one night with the ship’s pepper box – a tip he later took home to his mother.

Our favorite version tells of a sudden storm that came upon Hanson’s ship. To keep the ship on course, he stabbed the doughnut he was munching on onto one of the steering wheel spokes so he could steer with two hands. Liking the pastry better without its doughy center, he never went back.

Whatever the story may be, we’re lucky to have such flavorful history in our own backyard.

To see the plaque honoring Hanson Gregory as inventor of the doughnut hole, visit 179 Old County Road in Rockport.

 

Endless Summer in Maine package

May 21st, 2014

Don’t wait – make your summer plans now. We’ve got just the thing for the perfect Camden getaway.

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Our Summer Package includes a four night stay at Camden Harbour Inn, complete with our signature A La Carte Prosecco Breakfast every morning.

You’ll receive a welcome bottle of Cellardoor wine when you arrive, but you might want to save it to enjoy with the lobster roll picnic lunch we’ll pack you before you head out for a full day of enjoying the beautiful outdoors in Camden.

Spend your time hiking, swimming, and so much more. The options are endless; we’ll include a one-day bike rental, a tandem kayak to paddle Megunticook Lake, and a sail on the Schooner Olad.

Of course, we’ll also treat you to a 5-course dinner at Natalie’s during your stay. And when it’s time to relax, enjoy a 1-hour massage for two.

From $2350 based on two guests in the room and tax (8%) and gratuity (20% for a 5-course dinner at Natalie’s) not included.

View complete details here.

Summer in Camden

May 15th, 2014

Now that the weather is warmer, we hope you’ll join us in Camden sometime over the summer. As a reminder, rooms are already filling up quickly, so make your reservations for summer and fall now.

For the most up-to-date list of packages that are offered, please view our website.

If you’re passing through but can’t spend the night, we’d love to see you for dinner at Natalie’s. Our Executive Chefs have created a selection of dishes featuring the best seafood, meats, and produce that Maine has to offer.

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Memorial Day in Maine package

May 5th, 2014

If you spend Memorial Day with us this year, you’ll be able to enjoy Maine in the months to come with a complimentary 1-year subscription to Maine Magazine.

When Maine Magazine’s Food Editor Joe Ricchio stayed at Camden Harbour Inn, he enjoyed our elegant accommodations, legendary service and a 5-course dinner at our award winning restaurant Natalie’s. Ricchio described the restaurant as “truly one of the finest in the country,” enjoying the Inn’s Royal Dutch Suite as “the most decadent, and therefore fitting base of operations for this kind of gastronomic journey.”

This luxurious long weekend package includes:

- 2 night stay in a luxurious Superior Room
- a la carte Champagne breakfast every morning
- 5-course set dinner at award winning Natalie’s restaurant
- 1 year Subscription to Maine Magazine
- Welcome Prosecco & hors d’oeuvres upon arrival
- Upgrade to a Harbor View Room when available upon arrival.

As always, all of our guests enjoy our signature lifestyle service.

Further details on the package are available on our website.

Starting at $327 per person based on double occupancy in shoulder season.

Contact us at 800-236-4266 to reserve your room today!

Celebrate Mom with us in Camden

April 24th, 2014

Is there a mom in your life who deserves something extra special this Mother’s Day. We’ve got just the thing.

Our Mother’s Day in Camden Maine package is the perfect way to say thanks to the special woman in your life who goes above and beyond.

Upon arrival, we’ll welcome you with a glass of Prosecco and an assortment of chocolate-dipped strawberries and macaroons. During your stay you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy our fabulous A La Carte Champagne Breakfast and our Gourmet Mother’s Day Brunch. You’ll also be treated to a 3-course dinner at Natalie’s.

Relax with a 30-minute massage for two and explore the nearby Cellardoor Winery, where you’ll experience a wine tasting and get to take home a bottle of the wine you like best.

This package starts at $373 per person, based on double occupancy.

Your stay includes:

  • 2 night stay in a luxurious guestroom or suite
  • Welcome Prosecco upon arrival
  • Chocolate dipped Strawberries and Macaroons
  • A la carte Champagne breakfast
  • Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday morning
  • 3-course dinner at award winning Natalie’s
  • 30 minute massage for two persons
  • Wine Tasting at Cellardoor Vineyard
  • Bottle of Cellardoor Wine

This promotion is based on availability and excludes taxes and gratuity (20% for dinner will be added) & alcoholic drinks.

Contact us at 800-236-4266 to reserve today!

 

If a weekend with us doesn’t fit into your schedule, join us for our Mother’s Day Brunch. Our special annual celebration is one of the few opportunities during the year for the public to visit Natalie’s for brunch.

We’ll have blueberry pancakes; cod with fennel, grapefruit, and lemon butter;  roasted turkey and cooked to order omelet stations. Not to mention a selection of salads and pastries, plus so much more. View the full menu on Natalie’s website.

Adults $39, Kids under 10 $15. Call us at 207-236-7008 or reserve your spot online.

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.