winter morning sun on Camden Harbor

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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Home Page Video Description

April 15th, 2016 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

This is the Video Description for the video on our home page
There is not any narration to this video, just background music. Opening picture is the Hawthorn Inn Logo superimposed on the tower at the top of Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park.  The following frames are drone footage flying down Mount Battie and over top of the Hawthorn Inn, a Camden, Maine bed and breakfast.  The Hawthorn Inn is located a few blocks from the base of Mount Battie.

The next scene is the Hawthorn Inn sign on the front lawn. Next is the view of the inn as one walks up the driveway of the inn.  The inn is a grand yellow Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion with a turreted front. A young couple walks up the front stairs of the Hawthorn Inn. Ted and Lisa Weiss, the proprietors of the inn, warmly greet the young couple with a hearty hand shake and smiles all around.

The camera surveys some of the details of the common areas, the intricately carved post at the bottom of the open stairwell to the second floor and the antique rocker in the living room.  The young couple is all smiles as they look around the inn’s library.

The camera follows as the couple walks over to their Carriage House room. The camera scans the room with the King-size bed with its white bed spread and red accents.  The couple stands by the window looking out at the gardens and glimpse of Camden Harbor. There is a vase with fresh wildflowers on the table in the foreground.

The camera comes down the stairs from the back decks of the main house. The young couple sits relaxing in the zero gravity lounge chairs in the lush green backyard of the inn.  The couple rises and walks through the gate in the back yard into the Camden Public Library parking lot.

A drone lifts straight up from the zero gravity lounge chairs, flies over the fire pit at the end of the yard and moves forward to Camden Harbor. This demonstrates the proximity of the inn’s backyard and gate to the harbor. The couple walks past the Camden Amphitheater and Public Library. They continue down Main Street to the public landing to board the Schooner Olad.

Schooner Olad sails into the Penobscot Bay in the bright sunshine.  Schooner Olad sails around Curtis Island and the Curtis Island Lighthouse. The drone flies over Curtis Island and Curtis Island Lighthouse past the sailboats in the harbor and Lyman Morse marina.  The sun is setting.

The couple sits smiling at a table at Rhumbline, the restaurant at the Lyman Morse Marina.  The lights of the businesses along the other side of the harbor are in the background.

It is now dark.  The young couple are sitting holding hands enjoying the firepit at the rear of the inn’s back yard. The inn is lit up behind them in the background.

Sun high over Camden Hills, a new day awaits.  The couple starts breakfast with a cup of coffee in a Hawthorn Inn hand thrown pottery mug.  Fresh flowers adorn the breakfast table.  Maine maple syrup pouring over a stack of blueberry pancakes with Maine blueberries tacked on top of the pancakes with a side of Canadian bacon.

After breakfast the couple enjoy playing backgammon in the inn’s common spaces.  The young man enjoys sitting in the inn’s library reading a book, with shelves of books behind him. Young woman writes in the room journals about what a lovely stay that they had at the Hawthorn Inn bed and breakfast in Camden, Maine.

Video ends as if walking backwards away from the inn, with one last view in the bright shining sun.


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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