We chose the Norumbega Inn for a mother-daughter reunion trip based on its exterior; we'd passed the castle many times, and we wanted to see if the interior could possibly live up to the beauty of the exterior. Well, we had no idea how good things were about to become . . .
Enter to a series of wood-panelled rooms, inviting chairs, bookshelves, a blazing fire, faint tantalizing fragrances, twilight skies framed by tall windows.
Based on other reviews, we opted to try Chef Phil Crispo's dinner, having no idea at the time that he'd won a Chopped TV competition. The chef is a modest man with immense talents, and the food was utterly divine. Course after course appeared, each one beautiful, surprising, and delicious. I'll try to attach a few pictures. Great attention to nuance, to precise balancing of flavors. We were enchanted. Breakfast the next morning was every bit as wonderful. The portions were paced, so that we didn't feel overwhelmed, but nourished in the best possible ways. We came away with all kinds of ideas for our own cooking!
Oh, and the room. We chose the Warwick, a lovely space with gas fireplace and view of Penobscot Bay. Sue made us welcome, giving us a tour of the inn and charming us with her humor and great spirit. Their plans for the inn sound delightful. A pub in the basement? Oh, yes!
Yes, we will return, and yes, you should go. It's an unforgettable place, a real gem. Nothing else in Maine comes close to this kind of magic. And we were there on a very cold day in March. Imagine what spring and summer might bring?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With stunning views of the Penobscot Bay, The Norumbega is in the quiet historic neighborhood in Camden, just a few minutes' walk from the bustling center of town. The castle provides an experience like no other in the Mid-Coast of Maine. Featuring both extraordinary lodging and cuisine, The Norumbega focuses on 'simple things done exceptionally well'. We feature fresh, local ingredients in our breakfasts (included in your stay) and dinner (an option for our guests). The Norumbega offers a chance for our guests to indulge, be comfortable and relax in an environment that is graciously distinguished - whether in the castle itself or outside on its four acres of lawn and gardens . Enjoy the fantastic craftsmanship and woodwork of days gone by coupled with modern amenities, delicious food and hosts that love what they do. Whether for an overnight stay or a visit for a week, there is always something new to discover and fantastic food prepared by Chef Phil to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you soon! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Norumbega Hotel Camden
- Norumbega Inn Camden, Maine