We stayed at the Hideaway, not the main building, this past summer -- in mid-July, at the height of the season. We stayed in the Sunflower Suite on the third floor of the Hideaway. And it was huge. I can only say great things. The Hideaway is just a short walk from the main building, so going over for dinner was quite lovely.
We arrived in the afternoon, where they had some lovely tea and cookies waiting. Our room was beautifully appointed, and the young ladies who took care of us were outstanding. Every morning started with an incredibly good breakfast and our server was eager to help us plan out a day with just the right activities for us. One of them helped us choose a mountaintop location for our lobster picnic lunch, and it was incredible. She also urged us to stop and see the Vespers (a little outdoor chapel in Rockport). Actually, she helped us plan the whole day we spent in Rockport, and it was fabulous. I wish I could remember the names of the two young ladies who took care of us. I think the first was named Katie, and the second has a name that I've completely forgotten, but I do know she was not born in America.
We did a cooking lesson with Michael, and he and his kitchen staff were so warm and inviting -- it was delightful. We really enjoyed every minute of it! Michael is quite patient, and so friendly. His staff was altogether gracious, too. His sous-chef, in particular, was informative, friendly, and had lots of input. (yet another name I’ve forgotten…)
Breakfasts were always scrumptious and always different. The night we did the cooking lesson...we also enjoyed dinner at the main inn. Michael is a superb host. We only saw Mary Jo, his wife, in passing, but that makes sense, since we weren't staying at the main inn. I wouldn't change one thing about the Hartstone Hideaway...everything was just right.
There were some very rude guests one morning, and the young lady handled them in an incredibly good way. She was patient and polite. Even when they asked to speak to someone who spoke better English (she's Eastern European, and she speaks with an accent. Her English, though, is flawless.) She was very calm throughout a very difficult conversation, and I thoroughly appreciated her professionalism. She was really quite impressive.
This is a destination I would happily return to; I’d relish the chance to go back. Hope this helps you decide!
- Also Known As:
- Hartstone Inn & Hideaway Hotel
- Hartstone Inn And Hideaway
- Hartstone Inn & Hideaway Hotel Camden
- Hartstone Inn & Hideaway Camden, Maine
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A fine dining B&B Fodor's considers "An elegant and sophisticated retreat and culinary destination offering a unique experience in pampered luxury." Recipient of AAA's 4 Diamond Award of excellence for lodging and dining. Luxurious amenities include: memorable multi-course breakfast, fine linens & robes, down comforters and pillows, gas fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, MP3 players, TV/DVD, complementary WiFi and guest computers. Enhance your stay w/a gourmet picnic, massage or become Chef for the Day! ... more less
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