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Maine Quarantine Information from Camden Hawthorn Inn B&B

July 20, 2020 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Updated on November 2, 2020 for the travel restriction modifications effective November 4, 2020.

There are many questions with regards to Governor Mills’ Keep Maine Healthy program and a Maine Quarantine. The well-intended premise is to keep both Maine residents and tourists safe! What could be better than that?  Tourists, from anywhere, knowing that not only are they coming to a beautiful state with a relatively low infection rate and wide variety of outdoor activities, but also know that other people here are either infection free or staying clear of other people.  Visitors from states other than ME, NH, VT, or MA must sign a Certificate of Compliance when staying in a lodging facility.  The visitor must attest that ONE of the following is true:Maine COVID-19 Prevention Checklist logo

  • I have received a negative test result for COVID-19 on a specimen taken no longer than 72 hours prior to my arrival, consistent with Maine CDC guidance.
    OR
  • I will quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Maine or for the duration of the stay;
    OR
  • I have completed a 14-day quarantine in Maine prior to my stay.

The first bullet causes much angst for several reasons:

  • With an uptick in COVID-19 cases in many places, testing is not readily accessible in some states
  • If testing is available, it is often not possible to get results within 72 hours
  • To some visitors, testing is cost prohibitive

In states where it is not possible to know before you go, you may test in Maine. They are working on expanding the number of swab and send sites.  This currently presents some problem in that one must quarantine while waiting for the results.

Personally, I am not sure that I would want to subject myself to a COVID-19 test to go on vacation.  However, once one understands the quarantine requirements, it is my idea of a perfect vacation anyway!

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Requested Breakfast Recipe at Bed and Breakfast in Camden ME

April 27, 2020 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

In case you have not asked for it before, we thought that we would share the most requested breakfast recipe at our bed and breakfast in Camden, ME.  Guests often ask Ted if he has any culinary training.  His answer, no but I can follow a recipe.  Long before we decided to purchase a bed and breakfast, we discovered Dana Moos’s The Art of Breakfast. It quickly became our “go to” cookbook for week-end breakfasts. You are likely to experience at least one breakfast from Dana’s cookbook when you stay at the Hawthorn Inn.

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Small Maine Wedding at the Hawthorn Inn in Camden

April 21, 2020 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

One of the knot’s The Top Wedding Trends of 2020 is the Micro-Wedding. Other top trends include a Green Wedding, Inclusive Menus, Edible Flowers, and the Cheese Hour.  A small Maine wedding can fit the bill for all of those trends. One can make it as affordable or as elaborate as one wants. The Hawthorn Inn can provide the perfect place for a small elegant wedding and reception for less than 25 people.

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COVID-19 update

March 17, 2020 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

As of May 21, 2020, we will not be keeping this page current.  Please see our Policies Page to know how our procedures and policies have changed in light of COVID-19.

We wanted to share with you what the Hawthorn Inn is doing with regards to COVID-19 in these unprecedented times.  The local situation in Maine has changed significantly in the last several weeks.  We are keeping abreast of these changes and continue to evaluate and modify our processes where appropriate. We are following the recommendations provided by the Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. CDC on COVID-19. We have instructed all of our team members on these measures.

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Experience the Best of Fall in Camden, Maine

September 26, 2019 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

This blog post was updated August 25, 2020 for current status due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Two well respected travel resources, Frommer’s and Travel and Leisure include Camden, Maine in the list of best places to see fall foliage in New England. We certainly agree and it is easy to see why! The spectacular colors and views can still be enjoyed while socially distancing!

fall foliage in Camden, Maine

Town and Country named Maine’s coastal Route 1 as one of the 14 Incredible Spots to See Fall Foliage Across New England. Town and Country suggests starting in Portland and ending in Camden. The drive along coastal Route 1 provides glimpses of the ocean through colorful leaves. You may ask, but where should we stop to not miss anything? Here is one insider’s view of where to stop for the best experience of fall in Camden, Maine.

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Top Reasons to Plan a Maine Getaway in September

August 14, 2019 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

This blog post was updated August 25, 2020 to account for changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is no better time to visit our quaint Camden Inn than in the fall! Outside of lovely day-time temperatures and fewer crowds, guests can enjoy an abundance of Maine attractions in September. This includes a plethora of ongoing summer outdoor activities, events, and seasonal happenings. Keep reading to learn the best time to visit Camden Maine for your fall getaway.

View of Hawthorn Inn, a Maine Bed and Breakfast

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Indoor Activities and Unique Crafts

May 14, 2019 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

“Why would I want to visit Camden, ME if I am not assured of beautiful weather”, you ask?  The answer is there is a plethora of indoor activities in Maine to experience and enjoy!  These activities are available all year round. If you are anything like me, they are not activities that I want to participate in if I could be enjoying the great outdoors. So uncertain weather condition provides the perfect opportunity to explore the indoors.

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Book Direct Guest Education Day

February 6, 2019 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

The #BookDirect Guest Education Day, recurs on the first Wednesday in February. The Second Annual Book Direct Guest Education Day is February 6, 2019.  It surprises me how many times a guest thinks they are on our website, but they are actually on a Online Travel Agent’s (OTA’s) website.Google's Book a room button

Then I learned of a Google survey conducted by a collaboration of bed and breakfast industry professionals. The results of the study indicate that 70% of travelers think that Google’s Book a Room button goes directly to the hotel or they do not know where it goes. We decided it was important to take this opportunity to educate potential guests.

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Lobster in Camden, Maine

July 24, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Eighty percent of U.S. Lobster is caught in Maine. The first question many visitors ask is “where can I get the best Lobster in Camden, Maine.” As with many “best” questions, the answer is “it depends.” Are you looking for a lobster shack, a whole lobster in a restaurant setting, a lobster roll, or a delicious dish prepared using the delicacy?

How to Eat Lobster in Camden Maine

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Inspiration for your Summer Getaway: Water Activities in Maine

May 18, 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 24, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

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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You’ll Love Sweet and Informative Maine Maple Sunday

March 30, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

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 36th anniversary of Maine Maple Sunday on March 24, 2019.

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5 Behind The Scenes Details Of Hospitality For Humanity

March 8, 2017 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

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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Pies on Parade 2017

December 4, 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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Home Page Video Description

April 15, 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 31, 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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