Monday, June 30, 2008

Shopping in Camden, Maine

While Camden may be a quaint ocean side town, with irresistible views and a laid back Maine atmosphere, the shopping you will find is irresistible too! With an array of attractive and unusual shops to choose from, you will be sure to find just the right keepsakes and gifts to commemorate your visit, as well as some of the finest goods Maine has to offer. We offer everything from books stores, antique shops and local art, to furniture stores, clothing, novelty stores, marine supplies and more. Some of our favorite specialty stores include a Stonewall Kitchen Company Store, Lucy's Dollhouse, and the best little market, French & Brawns for all of your picnic needs. And if this isn't enough, some of Maine's finest furniture makers and craftsmen are in the area, a short drive away, including Windsor Chairmakers! Of course Camden also offers a great selection of restaurants to choose from, also with the town harbor area, a few blocks from the Inns. Stay tuned for more information on our favorite restaurants, and feel free to ask for recommendations on shopping and more when your visit!
Photo courtesy of CRL Chamber

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Recipe: Sun Tea with Fresh Mint

Place about 6 tea bags and 3 or 4 fresh sprigs of mint into a clean 2 quart glass container and fill with warm water. Cover. Place the container outside in the sun or anywhere the container will be exposed to plenty of sun for the next 5 or 6 hours. After the tea has steeped and reached its desired strength, refrigerate. You can leave the tea bags in for added flavor development, or remove them if desired, but do remove the mint leaves while storing. You may add a new sprig of mint or muddle some mint in the bottom of your glass when serving. Use within 2 to 3 days. Enjoy on a hot summer day!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Our Herb Garden and Yours!

Did you know that a large percentage of the herbs we use in our daily cooking at the inns are grown right here on the property? If you haven't visited our herb garden in the past, be sure to do so on your next trip! The herbed omelets in the morning are my favorite!

Tips for your herb garden:

  • Make sure you understand what size each planting will mature to, and make sure you have adequate room for their growth
  • Separate your plantings by rocks, bricks or artificial borders so the more aggressive plants don't suffocate the more delicate plantings
  • Ensure your trimmings are done appropriately to encourage new growth. Techniques vary for each variety so make sure you find out before trimming!
  • Label each planting as you go or make a map so your remember locations and can find more quickly at harvest time
  • Let varieties, like basil, flower at the end of the season and save the seeds for next years garden!

Herb gardens are a lot of fun, don't take a tremendous amount of space, and can be widely used in food and drinks! Try some fresh mint in your iced tea this summer... you'll be hooked!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Schooners are back in the Harbor!

Summer is here and all of our Maine schooners are back in the harbor! Generally sailing between the months of April and October, the schooners have been ramping up their sailing and have rolled out their full schedules for the summer months. If you have not taken a day trip on one of our Maine schooners in the past, make this your year! Most of the schooners offer hourly, half day and full day excursions, or you can even charter a trip for a personal adventure! Just some of our schooners include the Olad, Heron, the Surprise, the Appledore and the Windjammer Mary Day. Visit the Camden Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.camdenme.org/ and click on the boating page for all of the available excursions and links to the ships websites. Give us a call if you prefer and we will help you plan your excursion and give you all of the tips you'll need to make your sailing trip a success!