Michael David Winery Dinner

February 7th, 2014

We have a very special dinner coming up on February 20, featuring the wines of Michael David Winery. The five course menu, created by Executive Chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens in partnership with Michael David Winery, pairs each dish perfectly with an accompanying glass of wine.

The menu features enticing pairings like the first course: Shellfish Terrine with Kiwi, Lemon Grass, Ginger and Kumquat paired with a 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. The third course, Monkfish with Lentils, Ham Hock, Charred Leeks, and Smoked Date Emulsion, is paired with Michael David’s 2010 Inkblot – a Cabernet Franc with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah blended in. You can view the full menu here.

The Philips family has been farming the Lodi region of California since the 1850s, and their current property, spanning 650 acres, is full of premium wine grapes, which are turned into quality wines available across the country. With future generations in mind, the winery has adopted some of the most progressive sustainable farming practices in the state.

For guests who are interested in spending the night, we’re offering a special Michael David Winery Overnight Package for $390, based on double occupancy. The package includes a one night stay with Prosecco welcome, reservations at the wine dinner for two, a la carte champagne breakfast, chocolate turndown service. It can be booked by calling Camden Harbour Inn at 207-236-4200.

Tickets to the dinner are $125 per person and you can reserve your spot at our upcoming dinner by calling Natalie’s at 207-236-7008.

 

U.S. National Toboggan Championship

February 3rd, 2014

Here in Camden, we’re lucky to have the U.S. National Toboggan Championship nearby at the Camden Snow Bowl. On February 7-9, participating teams and toboggan enthusiasts will gather for three days of excitement, ending in an award ceremony celebrating the best of the best

For easy access to the festivities, guests are encouraged to take the shuttle from downtown Camden to the Snow Bowl. The bus runs every 20 minutes 7:30-5 on Saturday and 8:30-4 on Sunday.

Did you know that Oscar is a member of the Royal Dutch Toboggan Team and three time winner of best costume contest?

The Toboggan Chute is open to the public 10am to 3pm, and guests are encouraged to spend the afternoon at the “Down the Chute” Beer and Wine Tasting, beginning at 3pm.

The Toboggan Championship ends Winterfest week, which began last weekend, and is our annual celebration of winter and community. For indoor fun, the Banff Film Festival takes place at the Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School both Friday and Saturday nights, Feb 7 & 8, at 7pm.

 

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Us

January 30th, 2014

Planning the perfect getaway for someone special this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got just the thing to show how much you care.

With our Valentine’s Package, you’ll be welcomed to the Inn with a split of champagne and chocolates when you arrive to your room. The next morning, enjoy a relaxing start to your day with our A La Carte Champagne breakfast.

Camden is as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer, and one of the best places to take advantage of Maine’s winter is at the Camden Snowbowl – our local ski resort offering skiing, snowboarding, tubing, cross country skiing and more. Hit the slopes for the day and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean as you make your way downhill. We’ll set you up with lift tickets and equipment for two.

While you’re in the area, you might also want to visit Cellardoor Winery for a personalized wine tasting and tour.

After a busy day of exploring beautiful coastal Maine, relax back at the Inn where we’ll treat you to a rejuvenating massage for two. Sip on our signature Victoria’s Secret cocktail before a 5-course Romance Dinner for two at Natalie’s.

A weekend with us this Valentine’s Day is bound to be one you’ll never forget.

New Winter Menu

January 23rd, 2014

With the reopening of Natalie’s last night, we’ve introduced a new Winter Menu from co-executive chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens.

First courses include Guinea Hen Terrine, Local Farm Egg, and Lobster served with fennel, grapefruit, and citrus gel. For the second course, choose from Heritage Pork Belly, Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Cauliflower Tortellini, or a number of deliciously prepared fresh seafood dishes.

Pastry Chef Jason Sturdivant has created a number of dessert offerings to end your meal on a sweet note. The selection includes Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Earl Grey Cake, and Crème Catalana Brûlée.

You can view the full menu here.

As always, our Chef’s Tasting Menu and 5-Course Lobster Tasting Menu are available.

Make your reservation by calling 207-236-7008 or book through OpenTable.

Stay tuned for details on our Wine Dinner with Michael David Winery.

Celebrating 140 Years

January 17th, 2014

We hope everyone had a joyful holiday season and a very happy New Year. After ringing in 2014, we took some time to remodel the Inn and are reopening our doors today. Natalie’s will reopen on January 22.

This is a big year for the Camden Harbour Inn, as the Inn celebrates its 140th anniversary.

When we fell in love with Maine several years ago, we never expected we’d find such a hidden gem that would give us the opportunity to invite guests from around the world to enjoy a relaxing, luxurious vacation on the coast of Maine. We’re honored to be the caretakers of such a magnificent property.

To celebrate the Inn’s 140th anniversary, we’ve put together the following special offers for our customers:

 

$140 Dinner at Natalie’s with a Night at the Inn
This dinner and overnight package is $140 per person and includes a one night stay at the Inn, a gourmet three course dinner for two at Natalie’s, and Champagne breakfast in the morning. The offer is non-refundable. When booking on a Saturday night, a minimum of town nights is required. Taxes and gratuity for dinner are not included. Reservations must be made before the end of January for stays before April 30, 2014.

$140 Night at Camden Harbour Inn
For a limited time, guests are invited to book a room at the Inn for just $140 per night. Based on double occupancy, this package includes a one night at stay at the Inn and Champagne breakfast with a minimum two night stay. Rooms can be booked through April for stays before April 30, 2014.

Packages can be booked by calling 800-236-4266 or 207-236-4200. 140th Anniversary offers are based on availability and rooms are assigned upon check-in.

Two for $14 Happy Hours
To celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Inn, Natalie’s will begin offering a daily Happy Hour starting January 22. From 5-6:30pm, Tuesday through Sunday, Natalie’s will offer the following specials: two specialty cocktails for a total of $14; appetizers priced at $14 each; oysters on the half shell for $1.40 each.

We’ll continue to celebrate this special anniversary throughout the year with celebratory events, packages, and discounts.

Guests can stay up to date with our most up to date news on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/camdenharbourinn.

Relais & Chateaux and Camden Harbour Inn

November 19th, 2013

The last few days have been a whirlwind of extraordinary events. We’re very excited to announce that the Camden Harbour Inn, and Natalie’s, have become members of Relais & Chateaux.   The Inn is one of only two Relais & Châteaux properties in Maine, the other is the White Barn Inn.

Established in 1954 by a small group of luxury hoteliers and restaurant owners in France, Relais & Chateaux has set the global standard for excellence in hospitality. Relais & Chateaux properties are one-of-a-kind destinations offering memorable experiences through world-class service. Today there are 515 properties worldwide.

To become a Relais & Chateaux property, hotels must have the equivalent of a 4-5 star rating and be focused on exceeding guest expectations. The hotel must contain a high quality gourmet restaurant with a focus on local cuisine. The rigorous selection process properties go through aims to find those that best embody the spirit of Relais & Chateaux through hospitality, kindness, generosity, and passion for their region. Relais & Chateaux properties redefine luxury hospitality by creating unique and personalized guest experiences, something we have worked very hard to accomplish, and have come to be known for.

We would like to thank all of our guests and our staff. We couldn’t have achieved this without your encouragement, loyalty and support. We are offering a special celebratory rate for rooms booked by November 30; details made it into the Globe. If you can’t access the story, give us a call at 207-236-4200.

We’re also happy to share a recent interview that ran in the Portland Press Herald about the Inn, the business of owning an Inn and Relais & Chateaux.

In other very exciting news, our mixologist, Seth Knowlton, was named Maine’s Best Bartender by Eater Maine. Come in to say hello and taste one of his delicious concoctions.

You’ll be glad you did. We hope to see you soon.

Spend Thanksgiving at one of the best places in the US to celebrate

November 5th, 2013

Holidays can get hectic, but we’re here to help. Come relax with us at the Camden Harbour Inn this Thanksgiving and let us take care of all the prepping and planning. We’ve been fortunate to be named one of the best places in the US to celebrate this holiday, so you can be sure you are in good hands.

Our Thanksgiving Package offers a two-night stay at the Inn for guests to enjoy the holiday in beautiful Camden, Maine.

Guests are treated to our signature a la carte Champagne breakfast each day, featuring a selection of  a la carte entrees and fresh pastries, prepared every morning. Enjoy the views of the bay from the dining room while you get ready for your day.

After breakfast, we’ll set you up with a map of Camden’s historic buildings so you can stroll leisurely through the town, taking in the sights. We’ll also arrange for you to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting at nearby Cellardoor Winery.

On Thanksgiving Day, you can spend the day relaxing or maybe taking a hike on one of the nearby trails. You won’t have to worry about dinner, though. We will prepare a gourmet five-course menu featuring turkey – of course – and traditional sides as well as much more to delight.

If you live in the area, or aren’t staying with us, we welcome guests for Thanksgiving dinner as well. Reservations are accepted between 1 and 7 p.m. The full menu is online.

We hope you’ll join us this Thanksgiving, let the stress of the holiday melt away and be thankful that you’re in beautiful Camden, Maine.

For more information on the Thanksgiving Package, you can click here.

Will the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year be from Natalie’s

October 22nd, 2013

Lobster Chef of the Year Competition

Two of our very own will be represented in this year’s Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition at the 2013 Harvest on the Harbor.

Each year in the competition, put on by the Maine Lobster Promotion Council, several Maine chefs compete for the title with their unique lobster dishes as part of Harvest on the Harbor.

Chef Chris Long's dish

Chef Chris Long’s dish

Chef Jon Gaboric's dish

Chef Jon Gaboric’s dish

 

This year, Executive Chef Jon Gaboric and Chef Chris Long have come up with dishes to outdo each other and astound audiences. Chef Gaboric will prepare butter poached lobster with a corn and miso puree, shaved radish salad, geoduck dressing, crispy quinoa, and yuzu foam. Chef Long has crafted a butter poached Maine lobster dish with grilled lobster mushrooms, corn and artichoke ragout, and tarragon butter.

This is the first time two chefs from the same restaurant have competed against each other, and we’re excited to see what the judges think about their different approaches. The competition is sold out but lobster is always on the menu at Natalie’s.

Harvest on the Harbor takes place October 23 – 26 and you can view other Harvest on the Harbor events at http://www.harvestontheharbor.com/.

A discussion of Maine hospitality

October 16th, 2013

Camden Harbour Inn owner Raymond Brunyanszki recently appeared on the Dr. Lisa radio show, which airs in Maine on WLOB but is also available on iTunes.  Raymond, a veteran of the hospitality world, joined Dr. Lisa Belisle to discuss what it takes to operate Maine’s most luxurious boutique hotel and nationally acclaimed fine dining restaurant, Natalie’s.

The interview included a focus on how the Camden Harbour Inn sets itself apart from other lodging facilities and how the industry will move forward in the future. Jonathan Cartwright of the White Barn Inn also appeared as a guest on the show, providing additional insight to Maine hospitality.

The Dr. Lisa Radio Show is focused on health and wellness, from an individual, family and community perspective. The show aims to create a peaceful oasis in the midst of a hectic world and encourages listeners to create their own joyful, happy and sustainable lives. In this way, Dr. Lisa supports a message we feel passionate about at the Camden Harbour Inn: it’s necessary to take time to slow down and appreciate the finer things in life.

You can listen for free via iTunes.

We hope you enjoy it!

Wizard of Oz Exhibit and Autumn Harvest Cooking Class

October 9th, 2013

It’s hard to believe but it’s true, Camden, Maine is home to the largest private collection of Wizard of Oz memorabilia.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, one local collector of memorabilia from the film is displaying his collection at Rockland’s Farnsworth Museum. Willard Carroll, a Camden resident, has spent the last 47 years building the world’s largest collection of Wizard of Oz merchandise and now he’s putting it on display at the Farnsworth for the public to enjoy.

The property that Willard shares with his partner Tom Wilhite will eventually house the National Oz Museum, but for now fans of the film can enjoy a portion of the collection at the museum. Willard’s collection consists of more than 100,000 items, and only a fraction of them will be displayed in the museum exhibit. Those that appear, though, will be well worth the trip for Oz fans. The displayed items will include the most complete costume remaining from the movie (that of the green Lollipop Guild Munchkin), rare posters from different productions, the hour glass that the Wicked Witch of the West used to show Dorothy how much longer she had to be alive, and several published versions of the original story.

Willard and Tom met while working at Walt Disney Studios and eventually left Disney in 1984 to start Hyperion Pictures, a production firm focused on children’s entertainment that they continue to run out of Camden today. Lovers of Hollywood and movies, the couple have a long history of collecting memorabilia.

After spending so many years hunting for the perfect Oz items, Willard is thrilled to be able to share them with the public.

The collection will be on display from October 12 through March 2014 in the Farnsworth’s Crosman Gallery. You can find more information on the exhibit here. The Camden Harbour Inn is a short drive from the museum and we have many great packages to enhance your stay. 

 Cellardoor Autumn Harvest Cooking Class

Also this month, 0ur friends at Cellardoor Winery are offering a special cooking class in their Farmhouse on Friday, October 18th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm with Chef Abigale Avey of Trillium Caterers. The class will focus on using the Autumn Harvest foods to create a hearty four course meal that you’ll prepare yourself and then enjoy paired with Cellardoor wines.

Tickets for the cooking class are $85 per person and reservations can be made by calling 207-763-4478.

We hope to see you soon, there is always a lot to do in Camden!