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Hartstone Inn & Hideaway
Ranked #4 of 19 Camden B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is a great place to stay and eat and take cooking classes and happy hour! I went with two girlfriends in December 2012, took a cooking class. The food we ate during our classs was absolutely fabulous. I really felt comfortable making pasta and sauces we made in class, at home. We took advantage of the happy hour in the parlor. We met some very nice people and had fantastic food.The cocktails were fabulous and they shared their recipes for the cocktails with us. The food here is amazingly good. They serve delicious little appetizers when you order drinks. The dinner and breakfast menu is fabulous!!! The attention to detail is greatly appreciated. Oh yeah, I forgot to sya that I had such a great time that I retutned in Mazrch 2013 with my husband for a romatic weekend. We had a wonderful, wonderful time and ate lots of spectacular food. Definitely high quality...and Chef Michael does amazing things in the kithcen!!
My husband loved the homemade cookies in the afternoon.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We have been going to the Hartstone for many years. I believe the first time we stayed there was the year that owners Mary Jo Brink and Michael Salmon purchased the inn (14-15 years, I think). What keeps us coming back? Everything! Excellent, friendly service from everyone on staff. Glorious accommodations with the most comfortable beds. Location. And last but not least, the food! Chef Salmon and his kitchen staff are amazing and very attentive to every detail from the splendid breakfasts, hors d'ouevres with a happy hour cocktail to the fine dining experience. Its all amazing.

During our recent stay we were at the Hideaway for the first time and we loved it. Honestly? We've stayed in many rooms over the years and all of them are perfect in there own way. I highly recommend the Hartstone for a relaxing (and romantic) vacation or get-away.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We stayed at the Hartstone Inn for two nights. We arrived for late check in and received welcoming, friendly service from the moment we arrived. We had booked a room through Groupon and were delighted to receive a complimentary upgrade to a suite.

We stayed in the champagne suite, which has only been open one month and isn't even on the website yet. The location was in the Manor House and was so quiet. Everything was beautiful and comfortable. We enjoyed the fireplace and the soaking tub. We were within walking distance to downtown as well.

The food was incredible too. We had breakfast the first morning and it was so fresh and delightful. We chose to do the two course dinner on Saturday night. I had the beef tenderloin and my husband had the stuffed lobster tail. We were both loved our meals. We were so full we skipped breakfast the next morning!

Overall, it was a great experience and we can't wait to return.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

From beginning to end this place is a winner!!! The rooms are beautifully done. Dinner is fantastic and the breakfast is the best too!!! We are going back again in 2 weeks. It's our favorite getaway!!! We absolutely love it!!! It is right in the middle of town within walking distance of many great stores!!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank tishlangdon
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

We heard about this place from a friend that said it was the best meal he has had in years. It is true the food is amazing and the accomidations are nice. We were greeded with warm open arms and given a tour of the property as well as a walk to our lovely room. We met a very lovely couple at cocktails that ended up knowing someome we knew and had a enjoyable conversation with them. At breakfast we had the opportunity to meet Michael and Mary Jo and exchanged some grettings from friends here in Kennebunkport.
Hope to return again to enjoy the area and the accomidations. Thank you, Debbie & Russ

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Debbie K
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed in the main building, a historic old home in a bustling location on the main street two blocks from the shops and harbor, which is what we like but not geared for people who are looking for tranquility. Other quieter rooms in nearby buildings are also available. Be aware that the staircase leading upstairs is fairly steep and narrow, but as long as you’re healthy enough to climb them, you’ll find comfortable and nicely decorated rooms. Some are more spacious than others, and two are located right at the top of the stairs and also overlook the main street, so if noise bothers you ask for a room farther down the hall.

All the public areas are small. The innkeepers make use of every inch of space, but the problem is there’s not enough of it for the number of people staying at the inn. The parlor is a nice sunny place to enjoy afternoon tea, homemade cookies and a game of checkers, but if more than a few people show up at the same time it feels cramped. They have dining tables not only in the narrow dining room and cozy fireplace room but also in the room that multifunctions as the check-in area and gift shop. Not exactly a romantic ambiance to dine in surrounded by an assortment of kitchen utensils, cookbooks, jewelry and toiletries for sale. Also odd were the price tags on every piece of art on display in the rooms and hallways. We can appreciate the owners trying to help local artists, but the art was mostly oil portraits and paintings of flowers in keeping with the period of the house, not Maine inspired. To minimize tackiness we would prefer to enjoy the art without tags and instead be given a list of the pieces with prices to peruse at our leisure.

Breakfast is served only at two scheduled seatings of 8:30 and 9 am. I didn’t like how the first course of breakfast was already on the table when we arrived, and then the second course was brought out without us being told ahead of time what it would be. I don’t like shirred eggs and ham, so if I had known I would have told them not to bother bringing it to me. So be sure to ask before you’re served so you know! Dinner was much better. Service was a little rushed but the food was excellent. We enjoyed it so much the first night that we returned the next night for an encore. This is a high compliment to the chef, because we like to try out different restaurants when we travel. I recommend signing up for the cooking class – we enjoyed two hours in Chef Michael’s kitchen sipping wine and watching him prepare several dishes step by step, and then we got to eat the delicious finished products and take home all the recipes! It was the best part of the trip for me…SO interesting and fun since I love to cook.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

We were here over restaurant week and had a wonderful experience all around. We did not stay as hotel guests - just came in for dinner in the restaurant. We loved the atmosphere in the dining room and the attention to detail in the table setting. The food was excellent and my husband and I loved everything we had off the menu. Definitely a great place to go for a date night!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 41 Elm St, Camden, ME 04843-1910
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Location: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Camden
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Camden
Price Range: $129 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hartstone Inn & Hideaway 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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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