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Historical Traveler Reviews Hartstone Inn & Hideaway Camden
After seven days at sea aboard our 37 foot sailboat, having made a passage from Annapolis to Camden, we needed a restful place to recover ashore. We couldn't have imagined a more wonderful place than the Hartstone Inn. Mary Jo and Michael are gracious hosts, understated but attentive to all fine details. The food was delightful and elegant. It was wonderful to have such fine dining in such a quaint locale. The room was spacious and the convenience to the town of Camden is unrivaled. We drove about and found no other B & B within walking distance like the Inn.
We plan to return with our children and to stay in one of Mary Jo and Michael's offsite houses for rent. But we won't miss the breakfasts at the Inn each morning!!!
Lovely Inn - would return in an instant
In spite of the dismal foggy and cool July weather, we had a fantastic stay at this Inn. We were traveling with our children, so we stayed in the Manor Suite which is in a separate building off the main road. We felt like we had our own apartment. Our bedroom was gorgeous and comfortable. Nice linens, furniture, etc. The children had a cute small bedroom with twin beds, French toile wall paper - they loved it. There was a glassed in porch below for our own private use. The breakfast was excellent, and the Inn is immaculate. We really had a nice stay!
What an experience! We consider ourselves pretty well traveled and have frequented many inns but have to say that Hartstone Inn ranks as one of our all time favorites. We had read about it originally in Travel & Leisure magazine and had the opportunity to stay at the Inn 2 years ago and most recently, last week. This last time, we stayed in one of their suites, the Cottage Suite, and had our own private garden of wildflowers and the bed and linens were to die for. It's the Salmon's attention to detail and quality that brought us back and will keep us returning. We especially enjoy Michael's meals, always inventive and delicious. He changes the menu daily based on what the area offers and his culinary passion comes through in everything he does.....and Mary Jo is the consummate hostess. Together, they provide an experience beyond any other. You'll love it!!!!!!!!!
Do Not pass this one up !!!!!!!
Fantastic!!!! I have stayed at Hartstone Inn many, many times over the past years and each time is a new and wonderful experience. For me, going to the Inn is like visiting old friends. Mary Jo and Michael do everything to personalize anyone's stay. It has been fun for me to return each year since Michael and Mary Jo purchased ther property to see what changes and additions have been made. And the food..... Goes beyond description. The breakfast is, as they say , "to die for". Do not pass up one of Michael's gourmet dinners. An experience in itself. Be prepared to have a delightful and leisurely multi course meal with every course being described to a tee by Mary Jo or Michael.The decor is lovely and there is something new each time. The gardens are lovely and getting bigger all the time :-)). I think Mary Jo and Michael must have little elves working through the night to keep everything as near perfect as can be. However, you can feel as comfortable in a pair of shorts or chinos as you can dressed for an elegant outing. No pretentions at all here.I think that what makes the experience of staying at the Inn most special of all is the personal attention that is paid to every guest's comfort and needs.I found this treasure of an Inn one foggy night when I had arrived in Camden and had no place to stay . Another Innkeeper called Mary Jo to see if Hartstone had a vacancy. There was a vacany but for only one night and the rest is history.......... Don't pass this one up!! You will not be sorry.
Exceptional stay at an exceptional inn
I could not have had a better time. My stay at the Hartstone Inn exceeded my expectations in every way. I choose the Hartstone after seeing several favorable reviews in various culinary publications. The reviews while extremely favorable could hardly do justice to the expereience of actually dining at the inn. The atmosphere was romantic, the service perfect, and the food was exceptional! Mary Jo and Michael are the perfect hosts, every detail was attended to. It was great to be able to wake up enjoy a gourmet breakfast which far surpassed the usual continental style breakfast other inns serve. It was worth the trip in every way. Camden is the picture perfect New England town, and the Hartstone it the picture perfect inn. I can't wait to return.
Hartstone Inn - What a fabulous experience!
What a wonderful experience! Mary Jo and Michael Salmon are the 'ultimate' hosts and Michael is a fabulous chef ! Our experience at the Hartstone was top notch and one we will always remember. We've suggested the Inn to many of our friends and family since our last visit.
The best ever!!!
My husband and I have enjoyed many stays at the Hartstone. We loved it so much the first time that decided to have a family celebration there for my father's 75th birthday. The innkeepers as well as all of the staff are friendly and make you feel right at home. We always enjoy the privacy and comfort of our rooms but especially enjoy the common areas.
Both the living room and library are warm and cozy to relax in. The dining room is wonderful for both breakfast and dinner -- bright and cheerful to start your day and romanticly inviting for a wonderful dinner. The best part of all of our stays, THE FOOD!! The chef is so accommodating to special dietary needs, the portions are perfect and the variety divine. I can't say enough good things about the inn, its location and the inkeepers. They're the best!
Not quite what it was made out to be
I must mention that, while the Inn's rooms were quite attractively appointed, our experience at the Hartstone definitely did not meet our expectations. My husband and I are hardly gourmands but do appreciate creatively inspired cuisine, and the dinner we were served this past weekend was hardly up to par - bluntly, we felt "oversold and underserved". We were quite disappointed in all the meals we were served there - apart from the lackluster evening meal, both breakfasts included in our package were rather uninspired. We have attended cooking school at other B&B's across the country, so we perhaps looked at this "gourmet getaway" with a jaundiced eye - but based on our experience, would not decide to return to this inn again.
My husband and I have stayed at close to 100 different B&Bs; the Hartsone was probably the priciest and comes in next to last place on our list (last place being in Colorado years ago when the inn's plumbing froze and the innkeeper insinuated it was our fault)! Our room at the Hartstone was so crowded that it should have been for a single bed rather than two. The pocket door was off its track, and the fireplace didn't work. The scissors in the room were nice, as was the wooden roller back massager, but the guest book needs to be edited for offensive comments so the next guests in the room aren't put off by its contents. Worst of all was the hospitality! The administrative assistant welcomed us warmly and left for the weekend. The owners never introduced themselves or engaged us in conversation at all. After two nights there, they had to ask us our name when we were checking out. We can put up with a lot if we feel welcome, but if a warm welcome is what you are looking for, keep looking! This isn't the place. Try The Maples in Bar Harbor, Maine. It's the best ever!
Romantic Atmosphere Great
Simple and fabulous. The food at the inn is amazing and prepared by a world class chef.
TripAdvisor Reviews Hartstone Inn & Hideaway Camden
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