Just returned from another great weekend at the Blackberry Inn – our first time back in almost 2 years, and we were not disappointed! We were there for Christmas by the Sea in Camden this time, and the inn was decorated to the nines and looking gorgeous.
We stayed in one of the lower garden rooms (Garden Gate, I think?) and were cozy and comfortable throughout our chilly and slightly snowy winter getaway. With the fireplace cranking and the dangerously comfortable king bed (loved those linens), it was that much harder to leave the room! But there was lots to see and do during Xmas by the Sea – highly recommend it for next year, especially if you have kids. The room had everything we could possible need – lots of extra blankets, a Jacuzzi tub, wineglasses, TV, wifi, fridge, super-plush robes... We also stocked up on some brownies and chocolates from the common area and appreciated being able to buy a very reasonably priced bottle of nice red wine for our room. (You see what I mean about having a hard time leaving??)
The food, as always, was superb, fresh and abundant. Loved the big waffles with blackberry-sage sauce our first morning and had some of the best oatmeal I’ve ever had the second morning. Oatmeal is such a simple dish – but done right, it can really become something special. (Need to get that recipe from Jim…) I’d eaten so much at dinner the night before that I skipped the main breakfast entrée (eggs with a béchamel-y sauce) and stuck with oatmeal and fruit, but my husband practically licked his plate clean.
We were also lucky enough to be there for a dinner weekend when Jim cooks for guests. What an amazing dinner… Carrot soup with candied ginger crème and fresh nutmeg, salad with baked pears and a delicious blueberry vinaigrette, a homemade blackberry granita that was out of this world, and huge fresh scallops with a sort of grape reduction thingy that sounds odd but worked beautifully. All topped off with a flourless chocolate cake with blackberry sauce. Needless to say, it’s juice diet for the rest of the week...
We also want to give a shout out to some great new spots in town (or new to us anyway)… Long Grain has some of the best Thai homestyle food we’ve ever had outside of Thailand. Seriously amazing stuff (and recently written up in the NYT). Josephine is a cool little shop with covetable homewares and jewelry, and though we didn’t get to 40 Paper this time, a bunch of friends have said the food is amazing. Just one more reason to come back.
After living in Asia for nearly two years and staying in some very nice but BIG luxury hotels there, it was such a treat to come back to The Blackberry for wonderful food, personable service and unique Maine charm. We look forward to our next stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of Camden's best bed and breakfast inns, member of Select Registry! Just 3 blocks to harbor, shops & restaurants. Beautiful guest rooms many with fireplaces; all air conditioned. Private baths, many with soaking or whirlpool tubs. Choose a garden room with private entrance overlooking an acre of Maine perennial gardens with our own herbs and blackberry patch. Multi course gourmet breakfast daily. Special packages! Free wireless internet; free parking. ... more less
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