Inspiration for your Summer Getaway: Water Activities in Maine

May 18th, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

As the weather starts to warm up and more boats are visible in the Camden Harbor, one starts to long for the top water activities in Camden, Maine and the surrounding area.

Camden Harbor

The two most popular things to do when you visit Camden between May and October are hike Mount Battie overlooking the Penobscot Bay and get out in a boat on the Penobscot Bay.

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Agri-Tourism in Maine – Celebrate Spring with One of Many Local Events

April 24th, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

vegetables at farmers market in Maine

People care about sustainable agriculture.  They want healthful foods from farming techniques that protect the environment. Animal welfare is a top priority.  Future generations must have the ability to produce the same.  Many farmers in Maine chose a simpler way of life but are using creativity and resourcefulness to make farming work. The Maine farmers want to share the fruits of their labor with people that share their same values. The sharing occurs at the local farmers market or cooperative, agri-tourism and the extremely popular farm-to-table restaurant movement.

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Top 5 Hiking Trails Near Camden, Maine

March 27th, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Top 5 Hikes near Camden, ME; Maiden Cliff Trail

There are numerous fabulous hikes near Camden, Maine in all types of terrain with breathtaking views. Camden Hills State Park has 20 trails covering over 30 miles. The Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Georges River land Trust offer even more scenic hiking options. Our Camden bed and breakfast is the perfect location to explore the great outdoors of Maine, then retreat back to a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere at our Victorian mansion.

With so many options, it can be difficult to choose. We’ve rounded up our top 5 spots for hiking near Camden, Maine!

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Top 10 Things To Do in Maine this February for NE School Vacation Week

February 15th, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

This February is New England School Vacation Week. We know you love your children, but the thought of seeing your them bored all week is frightening.

We have the perfect solution. Pack the car and spend a few days at our Camden, Maine bed and breakfast. To help you enjoy your trip even more we have summed up the top 10 things to do in Maine in February. 

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The Perfect Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways in Camden, Maine

January 31st, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Have you made plans yet? Here are some suggestions for the perfect romantic getaway to Camden, Maine to be enjoyed for a Valentine’s Day getaway, or year-round! Everyone has their own opinion of romance, but we think one of these getaways will kindle a spark.

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Pies on Parade introduces a new Saturday Event in Camden

January 16th, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Pies on Parade; New Camden Event; Key Lime Pie poster

 

 

As reported on Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) (Pantry and Emergency Assistance) website, Pies on Parade is their largest fund raiser of the year.  Over the past thirteen years, more than $150,000 has been donated to AIO’s Food Pantry from this event to help provide food for Knox County families. This fund raiser provides enough funds to feed 100 hungry families for a full year when paired with other matching donations. This year, a new Saturday event, in partnership with the Pies on Parade weekend, will take place in Camden. The Camden event will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the filming of Peyton Place in Camden.

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What you need to know about Owls Head Transportation Museum

December 7th, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Visitors to mid-coast Maine ask what to do on a rainy day, a cold day or during the slow season.  The answer includes a visit to the Owls Head Transportation Museum.  It is open 7 days per week year round and has something for everyone to enjoy.

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Holiday Happenings near Camden, Maine

November 26th, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Holiday Happenings near Camden, ME; Gardens Aglow

As a Christmas junkie, I look forward to the Holiday happenings near Camden, Maine.  Rockland, Camden, Rockport, and Belfast all have entire weekends devoted to holiday activities.  Then, there are all of the midweek activities to get you through to the next weekend.  It requires serious planning to get in all of the holiday festivities!

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Best time to visit Camden Maine

September 17th, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Top ten reasons why September is the best time to visit Camden Maine.

  • The leaves are beginning to change.
  • Day-time temperatures average in the low 70’s.
  • Water temperatures are at their warmest.
  • Most of the summer visitors have gone.Best time to visit camden; fall front of inn
  • The leaf peepers have not yet arrived.
  • Summer activities are ongoing.
  • Restaurants are still on summer schedules.
  • Lobster is generally abundant and market prices are low.
  • Hawthorn Inn is running a Summer’s End Get-Away Deal. 

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You’ll Love Sweet and Informative Maine Maple Sunday

March 30th, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Maine Maple Sunday

We missed Maine Maple Sunday our first 2 years in Maine. Ted and I could not wait to attend our first one in March of 2017. We had heard so much about it.  Initially enticed by trying new things, we were ultimately fascinated by all we learned. Be sure not to miss the 35th anniversary of Maine Maple Sunday on March 25, 2018.

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5 Behind The Scenes Details Of Hospitality For Humanity

March 8th, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Hospitality for humanity

The Maine Innkeepers Association (MIA) is sponsoring the 15th Annual Hospitality for Humanity. Member properties offer 50% off the regular rate in exchange for a $35 check to Habitat for Humanity. Each member property sets its own parameters for participation. Since the program’s inception in 2004, MIA has raised over $183,000. Last year (2016), MIA collected over $26,000, a record amount. 

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Before you forget winter in Camden, ME

March 2nd, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Before you forget winter in Camden, ME, we want to show pictures on just how beautiful it is. It is hard to believe that 2 weeks ago, we had 30 inches of snow. Now with the warmer temperatures and rain, lots of snow is melting.

winter camden, me; front of Hawthorn Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Affordable NE School Vacation Week Your Family Will Love

February 9th, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

NE school vacation week

A vacation in MidCoast Maine is the affordable NE school vacation week your family will love! Regardless if your family loves the great outdoors, or prefers being inside, MidCoast Maine offers a cost-effective way to vacation with your children.

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Camden Maine Winterfest

January 18th, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Camden Maine Winterfest, community ice sculpture

Camden Maine Winterfest is another reason to get outdoors and enjoy what midcoast Maine has to offer. New York Times Travel speaks of the U. S. National Toboggan Championship as a reason to gather in the cold, dark months of the year to have some fun! The Camden Maine Winterfest began as an extension of that fun. It is more than a week long event. It starts on Saturday, February 4 with community ice sculpting in the Camden Public Library Amphitheater. For a complete list of all of the activities click here.

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Glacier Ice Bar

January 11th, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

glacier ice bar and bartenders

A visit to Samoset’s Glacier Ice bar is a “must-see” outdoor winter activity in the Maine midcoast. Samoset’s Executive Chef, Tim Pierce, and his team carve over 20,000 pounds of crystal-clear ice into one of the “hottest and coolest lounges” found in Maine for two January weekends a year.

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Pies on Parade 2017

December 4th, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

As a new comer to the winters of mid-coast Maine in 2015, we were pleased to learn of a community event called Pies on Parade. Two years later, we are starting our preparations for Pies on Parade 2017.

Pies on Parade 2017; shiitake mushroom and leek quiche

Picture from last year’s Pies on Parade, 25 Shiitake mushroom and leek quiches

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Christmas by the Sea

November 13th, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Christmas by the sea; Santa in parade

Camden, Maine celebrates Christmas by the Sea on the first weekend in December. It is a family-friendly event that puts one in the mood for Christmas.  Some events happen year after year. Periodically, the organizers add new events. Click here for the schedule. The annual recurring events include

  • Community Christmas parade
  • Arrival of Santa
  • a tree lighting in Harbor Park
  • Caroling
  • Craft fairs
  • Concerts
  • Tree lighting and bonfire at Lincolnville Beach
  • Atlantic Ballet Company’s production of the Nutcracker
  • A Walk Through Bethlehem

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Gardens Aglow 2016

November 7th, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

gardens aglow

As the leaves fall, I start counting down the days for Gardens Aglow 2016.  The staff at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens transform the upper gardens into the biggest and brightest holiday light display in Maine. The display lights up Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (4:00 pm to 9 pm) November 18 through December 31, 2016. Last year, the first year, was absolutely amazing! I am an admitted holiday junkie therefore love this stuff!!

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Lobstering boat tour

August 29th, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Learn about lobstering and enjoy the Camden Harbor aboard the Lively Lady, a lobstering boat tour. It is a fun activity for kids of all ages.

The Lively Lady has become one of our favorite Camden Harbor activities to share with guests.  “Kids” of all ages enjoy it! My niece and nephews that range from 6 to 13 years old as well as my 21 year old daughter and her friend thought is was one of the favorite things to do during their visit to Camden, Maine.

lobstering; 21 year old "kid" holding a lobster

21 year old “kid” holding a lobster during a lobster boat tour.

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Kennebec Whitewater River Rafting

July 17th, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

North Country Rivers -Kennebec Whitewater River Rafting

Camden, Maine is more than just a stop off between Portland and Bar Harbor.  Camden is a great destination to use as home-base for outdoor adventures.  A Kennebec Whitewater River Rafting trip with North Country Rivers is a great adventure and an easy day trip from Camden.  It takes two hours to get there. You raft all day and then drive back to Camden in time for dinner.  Alternatively, you can eat in any number of interesting places between Bingham and Camden.

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Spruce Mountain Hike

May 2nd, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Spruce Mountain Hike

The short easy Spruce Mountain Hike provides amazing views of the surrounding mountains, lakes and Penobscot Bay.

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Hike Bald Rock Mountain

April 20th, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Bald Rock Mountain overlooking Camden, Rockport and Rockland harbors

Bald Rock Mountain is one of the highest mountain tops in Camden Hills State Park at 1200 feet. The climb to the top is easy to moderate. One is rewarded at the end of the climb with a majestic view of west Penobscot Bay including Camden, Rockport and Rockland harbors. 

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Our New Website

March 31st, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

We have a new website!  Stay tuned for news about the inn and the Camden area.

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