Hartstone Inn

Two-Night Stay with Fine-Dining Credit at Hartstone Inn in Camden, ME

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Historical AAA Four-Diamond Inn with Award-Winning Restaurant

Boston Globe correspondent Hilary Nangle summed it up best: "One doesn’t go hungry at the Hartstone Inn." Well-fed guests can thank chef and co-innkeeper Michael Salmon, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Salmon spent more than 25 years crafting gourmet fare for restaurants around the globe—including an award-winning stint in Aruba—before returning to the States. While vacationing with his wife, Mary Jo, the pair fell in love with the coastal town of Camden, and decided to open an inn and restaurant in a 19th-century Victorian mansion near the harbor.

Backed by Michael's culinary know-how, the Hartstone Inn's intimate restaurant soon garnered attention from local and national media, including Martha Stewart Living and Bon Appetit. Appropriately, the inn's activities revolve around its gourmet eats. At 3 p.m., guests snack on homemade cookies and freshly brewed tea. A few hours later, the terrace transforms into a cocktail party with complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Each night, Michael prepares a five-course prix fixe dinner of contemporary New England fare using locally sourced ingredients ($48.50/person). The menu rotates, but recent plates have included pan-seared duck breast and roasted lamb chops with mustard-rosemary bordelaise, a variation of the meal Julia Child once ordered on her trip to the Hartstone Inn. Everything is paired with the award-winning wine list.

Built in 1835, the Hartstone estate overlooks English-style gardens. Three historic homes dot the property, and the Hartstone building houses 14 individually decorated guest rooms, many furnished with gas fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs. The innkeepers have updated the classic French country decor with homey touches, such as original artwork, fresh flowers, and framed report cards. If you don’t mind waking up early, walk down to the harbor for a spectacular sunrise over the Fox Islands. You’ll have plenty of time to catch the Hartstone’s multicourse breakfast, which often includes berry crepes, smoked-salmon frittatas, and lobster-and-asparagus quiche.

Camden, Maine: Coastal New England Village near Mount Battie

Located about 80 miles from Portland to the southwest and Acadia National Park to the northeast, Camden, Maine, is a charming coastal community. The inn is close to Camden Harbor, where a historical fleet of windjammers sits moored to the dock. You can sign up for a cruise on one of the vessels, or opt to explore the bay via kayak.

The windjammers typically start their season in May, but if you arrive before then, there are still plenty of local activities. Less than 2 miles north of the inn, Camden Hills State Park offers a network of hiking trails—and cross-country ski trails if there’s still snow on the ground—along the hilly coastline. You can either hike or drive to the top of Mount Battie, which offers bird's-eye views of the harbor and the best sunset perspective in Camden. Another scenic option is to drive from Camden south to Damariscotta, following the coastline to pass by six lighthouses.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

  • $219 for a two-night stay in a non-suite room with a $50 fine-dining credit valid toward the five-course dinner, chocolates, and champagne (up to a $395 value)

Book by: 2/8/13
Travel window: 1/1/13–5/19/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Onsite restaurant
  • Tea and cookies each afternoon
  • Cocktail hour with complimentary hors d'oeuvres
  • Cooking classes available
  • Spa treatments available
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 2/8/13 or promo value expires
  • Valid for travel 1/1/13-5/19/13
  • Not valid 2/14-2/16
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $20 fee; 14-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in and 21 or older to drink alcohol
  • Not valid for Tally Ho Room
  • Not valid with other offers or existing reservations
  • Dining credit valid only toward 5-course dinner
  • 7% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Non-Suite Room

  • One king or queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.–6 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: upgrade to suite for an additional $20 per night

Getting There

  • By plane: about 58 miles from Bangor International Airport (BGR)
  • By car: about 54 miles south of Bangor

Traveler's Tips

  • The hotel offers an array of foodie adventures—culinary tours and events, including cooking classes with chef Michael Salmon.

Customer Reviews

170 Ratings

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Leona V. ·
Reviewed February 18, 2013
Exceptional hospitality!


Linda F. ·
Reviewed February 7, 2013
Great food and a lovely room. Having Camden outside your door is neat, as well.


Linda F. ·
Reviewed February 7, 2013
Thanks for a great get-away a few weeks ago. I can still taste the fabulous food! I love receiving the "Foodie" vacation info.
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