A Little Dream
Travel Blogs from Camden
Our last leg of our two-month trip began in Albany, New York. We continued across Interstate 90 into Massachusetts, New Hampshire and finally Maine. While driving the last part of the trip, I wondered how long it would be before I wished I was back on the road, enjoying the sights, sounds and experiencing our great country. But, on our last day, both Dolly and I were glad it was about over. It was rather exciting to cross the river between ...
This is our last day at the RV park, but our first day of sightseeing as part of the SMART Caravan. So we formed up to carpool to the Fort Knox State Historical Site and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory in Bucksport, ME.
Fort Knox is the original "Fort Knox" although it was never completed. Nearly $1M was spent to build the fort over 25 years. The American Revolution and the War of ...
If you've never driven the roads in this part of the country you have no idea what a rough road is. If you are familiar with the roads here, you know what I'm talking about. In the northeast they don't even warn you when the road is going to be bad. Bad roads are just the norm. By bad roads I mean roads that will swallow the Mini. In fact something has broken or come loose, but I haven't figured ...
... and put where its supposed to be, its close enough and we even have some room left - big shock to me.
During one of my trips to Rockland, I parked as close to the Atlantic Ocean as I could without getting the tires wet - and will do the same thing in northern California to show the Pacific. See photo.
Access to Wifi will be hit and miss, we'll check in as we can - for the next 3 months.
Time to wake the dog.
Dixie and I went on yet another adventure to the Town of Owls Head, Maine capturing the true heart of this Coastal Community. Lobster. We learned that the Lobstermen of these parts pull out there Lobster traps and buoys just before winter because of the harsh weather conditions consistently staying in the teens and well into the negative temperatures. Most Lobstermen pull up these traps by hand hence why its absolutely understandable why they are all stacked on this ...
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Our decision to chose "A Little Dream" was based upon guest reviews and mainly from several, prominent magazine reviews. Upon arrival, we were instantly enchanted. Joann's and Bill's hospitality is by far the best that we have encountered over the past 20 years of vacationing. Joann offered recommendations and provided insight into what we needed to make our week's stay relaxing, enjoyable, and interesting. She never rattled off a list of choices--it was always tailored to our tastes. Breakfast was an extraordinary event ! Bill prepared delicious gourmet breakfast meals. The evening prior, an artistically designed menu was ribboned around our bedroom doorknob, allowing us to tick off our breakfast choices. There was not one repeat meal during our 7 day stay. Bill baked a signature muffin and prepared a breakfast appetizer (e.g., rasberry souffle' with framboise sauce; creme' anglaise) every morning along with the entree (eg.: fluffy blueberry pancakes, 3 choices of omelletes, delectable french toast). The dinner plate was framed artistically with at least 4 to 5 fresh fruit selections of melons, citrus, and berries.
Every once in a while you look through a magazine and you see a location so beautiful that you say to yourself, "Can you imagine staying at a place like that?" Well, imagine no longer. JoAnn and Bill take you into the pages of those travel magazines as soon as you walk into their charming parlor. With a welcoming hand shake, a smile on their faces and the soothing sounds of classical music playing in the background you cannot help but be swept away from all of the stressors of life. It became immediately apparent to us that this place would play a special part in our lives and we quickly decided that this was going to be a bed and breakfast that we would visit annually.
My wife and I have been coming to A LITTLE DREAM annually for the past ten years, usually for at least a week or more each time. During each vacation period in Camden, Maine, the owners have gone out of their way to suggest opportunities for our participation in the area and have assisted in the arrangements for many interesting activities. The arrangements have always included recommendations for the new restaurants, and identification of changes in the formats for the existing dining facilities. Because of their interest in our satisfaction in having an outstanding holiday, we continuously return to their Bed and Breakfast Inn. The accommodations are very attractive, with a wonderful view of the harbor. The breakfast is meticulously prepared and served in an unique setting. These vacation stays have become most memorable occasions for us. It really is "a little dream."
A Little Dream is a great mini-vacation!
We have stayed at A Little Dream each autumn for the past 13 years. We have tried other Inns at other locations, but no others measure up to our annual stay with Billy and Joanne. They are both always very helpful, and have always taken care of any special requests we have had. Billy prepares an excellent breakfast each morning (different each day), and Joanne engages each guest in conversation while serving breakfast. She has also consistently been a great resource for the current best local places to go for dinner. We are already looking forward to our autumn 2006 stay at A Little Dream.
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This was my second stay at Little Dream. The first time i stumbled on this bed and breakfast on the internet. The second time i knew what a treat i had in store for me.
The rooms are spacious yet so cozy. Every possible ammenity is included to make you feel so welcome and cared for. Breakfast is a huge treat both visually and for the tastebuds.
Most outstanding of all are the owners. They are so friendly and so caring and warm. You are made to feel instantly at home and comfortable and you leave wildly checking your datebook for a free weekend when you can sneak away from home and come back to A Little Dream.
We just spent 8 days at the Little Dream - a perfect week enjoying the beauty of what JoAnne Ball and Bill Fontana have created over the last 17 years. This special inn - the best in Camden - has both the appeal of a large, sprawling, wooded property and the intimacy of a small European inn. The rooms are really suites (and the actual suite is like a personal cottage), each designed around a color scheme, and all with "extras" that could include a beautifully-upholstered window seat, a waterview patio or a deep Victorian tub beside a modern tiled shower. In addition to the rooms themselves, all the public rooms and salons are decorated with period antiques exhibiting wit and great taste. The house and rooms are immaculate with an abundance of fluffy towels and quality toiletries. JoAnne has perfect pitch and knows exactly how much service/help her guests need - whether that's a lot or a little. Each night she puts out the menus for the next morning and so making breakfast choices becomes a favorite event. Breakfast - cooked to order by Bill - includes a hot, fresh muffin - made with nuts or fresh fruit or both - an appetiser, like whole poached pears in berry sauce and a choice of hot entree (delicious waffles, omelettes with cheese and/or ham or smoked salmon or any number of possibilities). With all this attention to detail, you never feel smothered. Bill and JoAnne present a sophisticated take on the B&B experience and make Camden as great a destination getaway as it can be.
I loved this B&B. The rooms are gorgeous. Mine had a refrigerator, a coffee maker, a luxurious bed, fluffy robe, a little snifter of sherry, an ironing board, TV, and a huge bathroom with a tub and shower.
Went to Camden - a town I know and love - for a getaway weekend. Found the Little Dream via the internet and booked the "TreeTops Suite" - which is the top 1/2 of the carriage house (located next to the main house) - and included a 4 room suite plus open rooftop wraparound porch.
We spent 3 nights at A Little Dream September 2004. We would not recommend this Inn because of the highway traffic noise and the inn keepers. On arriving and being shown to our carriage house suite, she pointed out all the not to do's, like not to use washclothes for makeup removal, don't sit glasses on marble tables, be quiet, and do not walk around in the main house- may disturb other guest. So from the begiining we felt as if we may do something wrong. We have stayed at many 5 star inns across the country and have never been treated in this manner. Also there was no coffee available except at breakfast seating. When we requested, the inn keeper said she would bring it but most of her guests never request coffee, and to have a coffee table set up in the lobby would disturb other guest. The breakfast was delicious but felt uncomfortable. When asked about reservations at restaurants and activites, she said it was best for us to call and not her. She seemed too busy to help. At $300.00 a night, one would expect more service and a quiet peaceful rest, not the sound of trucks driving by.