Camden Maine Stay Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews Camden Maine Stay Inn
Felt like History
This was my first trip to Camden Maine & it felt like I was
in a novel..There were many places to shop & see. The harbor
was relaxing but mostly it reminded me of the New England of yesterday.
We stayed at a B&B and it was more than enjoyable. It was
such a great place to relax & smell the roses.
Charming Beyond Compare!
I spent my first trip to Maine at the Maine Stay. It was incredible. The hosts were very gracious. The rooms were immaculate and cozy. The surroundings beautiful. It is a beautiful walk to town. I recommend it whole heartedly and can't wait to return.
Immaculate & beautiful inn but no air conditioning and unsympathetic innkeepers
While I take responsibility for not inquiring if this beautiful and very clean inn had air conditioning, it never occured to me to ask.
I have traveled to Maine before and know that if an inn does not offer air conditioning, they make the fact known to their prospective guests. At no point in the conversation, while I was making my reservation, was this fact mentioned. It was also not posted on their web site.
I am a middle aged woman on allergy injections who is also experiencing the symptoms of menopause. We had reserved the "Stichery Suite" which includes the entire third floor. We arrived on Sept. 28, 2004, and while it was very pleasant outside, the temperature on the third floor was uncomfortably warm with a slight musty odor that is often present in older homes. When I asked Bob, the inkeeper, about the air conditioning, he told me that I could open the windows and use the ceiling fans. With pollen allergies, you cannot sleep in a room wth open windows at night, unless you want to be sick the next day. And a warm room at night intensifies menopausal symptoms. We spent a quite uncomfortable night in a lovely room.
The next morning, we knew that we could not stay the other two nights under the same conditions. When I spoke to Juanita about my discomfort, she began telling me about several of her friends who had serious illnesses, and commented that we should be grateful for our own good health. I told her that I am very grateful to the Good Lord for all my many blessings, and that I was especially grateful that He had blessed me to the financial extent that I could afford to not have to sleep where my health and comfort were comproised.
I was prepared to pay for, and did pay for, the two additional nights already booked. Juanita said that if they could rent the rooms, my credit card would not be billed. I appreciated the offer of that possible compensation, but I did not expect anything other than to pay for what I had reserved. Since my credit card was billed, I assume that the rooms were vacant the two other nights.
I am posting my experience to advise guests with health concerns, who need air conditioning, to always ask in advance. Maine is a unique and beautiful place. Long days and pleasant nights to you all with God's Blessings!
Beautiful Inn but breakfast not bountiful
The Maine Stay Inn is without a doubt the most beautiful inn we ever stayed in. It was built in 1802 and retains much of the original structure yet is modernized to satisfy the requirements of any guest. The room was outstanding; most notable was the high quality of the bed mattress. We had basically the full run of the first floor and there were plenty of cozy sofas and chairs to chat, watch TV, or read a book. The breakfast although delicious and prepared exquisitely, was only one course and we actually left a bit hungry. Breakfast consisted of juice and coffee and a French Toast entree with a fruit syrup compote but that was it. Most other inns have muffins, pastry, granola, coffee cake or breakfast breads to accompany the entree. I make this comment since this is the #1 B&B in Camden and is on the cover of Karen Brown's Inn Guide. The breakfast was just not commensurate with that degree of acclaim and honor.
Gorgeous Inn...Terrific Innkeepers!
My husband and I spent Memorial Day Weekend at the Maine Stay. This is a beautiful inn and it's walking distance to lots of great restaurants and shops. There are special touches everywhere you look, whether its freshly baked cookies in the afternoon or hand painted do not disturb signs. Bob and Juanita are so gracious. Juanita's breakfasts are divine and Bob keeps the coffee flowing. I would recommend this inn to even the most discriminating traveler.
Down to Earth Luxury!!
Our second journey to the Camden Maine Stay was WONDERFUL! The rooms really each have there own personality and are extremely clean and comfortable. The breakfast is simply delicious and varied over the course of our four day stay at the inn. Don't forget to take a stroll around the walking paths on the property as the plants and flowers are all over. The hosts at the Maine Stay, Bob and Juanita Topper are two of the most welcoming folks that we have met in our travels. My wife and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Camden Maine Stay. Email us if you have any questions.
A Dream Come True
This was one of my favorite B&B's. We were there in October 2002 after an awful stay in Castine,Me. We didn't have any reservations and the hosts were unbelievably nice and gracious. We were able to stay two nights even though we had to stay in two different rooms due to the last minute check-in. The ambiance, food, and especially the hosts made this a wonderful and memorable experience. I highly recommend it. The breakfasts were delicious and the hosts were very helpful with recommendations for the area.
Just like home!
You said that very well, Roosie. Ditto from me.....We will never forget your special touches. It felt allot like when you were a kid and you didn't feel too good and your Mom brings you toast and warm milk and maybe some jell-o. You just couldn't help but feel better. You are that kind of host and hostess..... very awesome. Maybe Roosie and I can return one winter when Camden is covered in snow. We are smiling, Roosie of Hillsboro and Louise of Carlton, Oregon.
Camden Maine Stay is the perfect stay!
Throughout the rest of our trip in New England, the Maine Stay was the standard we measured against, and no place came close to it. Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed the other places we stayed very much, but Bob & Juanita made the Maine Stay heads above the others in every way.
We so appreciated the attention to detail -- in the rooms, in the table settings, in the garden, in the warmth and comfort that we felt everytime we stepped foot inside. They have a wonderful home to share and they do it in such a gracious way.
Extraordinary Inn in a Great Location
My wife and I spent 2 nights at the Camden Maine Stay (May 2 - 4) and completely enjoyed evry moment of our stay. The innkeepers are two fine cordial people who are very attentive to making sure you have everything you need. You really feel comfortable, like a guest in their home. The rooms are big in comparison to other inns that we have stayed in. The breakfast served offered a variety of juices, coffee, fruit, homemade muffin's and a hot dish (spanish type omelet one day and stuffed French Toast). The location is literally no more than two blocks from the center of town, just far enough to get away from the hustle and bustle. I was surprised that the Inn sat on 2 acres. That is alot of land for being that close to town. The home was built in 1800 and is in such a condition that will allow you to go back in time with all the comforts of today! (For me the comfort was FOX NEW's that I could watch!) We recommend without any hesitation the Camden Maine Stay. Feel free to email me with any questions if you would like.Collier and Amanda Swecker
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The remainder of our meal was served with attentive care to our preferences.
The following day we visited the Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Project, which is the state's oldest and most productive alewife fishery. Alewives return to fresh water to spawn, as do wild salmon. Closely related to herring, alewives are fished primarily for lobster bait, which is a vital industry to Maine's ...
... set out for dinner. We opted again for a local pub which seems to be the best value and a great way to get a feel for the locals and life in the area. We are yet to have a poor impression. The ingrained courtesy in the American culture is evident for sure. There is also a sense of pride in the local people, of the area they live. If I compare that to home, I would say its the lack of cynicism I think. Even the fact ...
... steaming garlic mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables accompanied our tasty entrees. Thank goodness my appetite was healthy, even though I felt a little numb inside from today's events. I silently thanked the universe for the multitude of blessings in my life and my safe journey, as we watched the Eastern sky glow pink from the setting sun.
... ocean at Rockport's harbor. After our savory meal of gourmet sandwiches and local brews, we took Surly and White Lightening to the Atlantic for a dip. The afternoon sun sparkled magically on the scene as tears streamed down my face. A red tugboat and a vintage windjammer cruised into the harbor, ...
... Harbor, with a view of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Absolutely gorgeous!
There's a small memorial tower you can climb, which makes the views even more stunning by expanding it to 360 degrees. Perhaps local poet Edna St. Vincent Millay's words are best, from her poem Renascence:
All I could see from where I stood
Was three long mountains and a wood;
I turned and looked another way,
And saw three islands in a bay.