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Sorry! We do not allow dogs or other pets in our B&B. Unfortunately we simply cannot. But you can find dog friendly hotels in Camden Maine. For dog friendly hotels and B&Bs in Camden Maine check this website. Although we love dogs we do not allow them in our guest rooms. We have had many guests who have serious allergies so we cannot permit dogs or cats or other pets in the inn.
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Gluten-free breakfast B&B What is a Commitment to Gluten-Free?
The Camden Windward House is the only menu option B&B in Camden. Because of that, Gluten-Free is always an option. You never have to call ahead or explain your diet or condition. Your diet is your business, don’t let it become a long discussion with Innkeepers. At Windward we take every diet seriously and have made accommodations to be mindful of issue of cross contamination.
Our Gluten-Free commitment is part of a larger commitment to our guests. My husband and I sometimes wonder, when we see what other free breakfast options are being offered if we do too much. Our breakfast, after all, is complimentary. And yet we offer an entire made to order menu that starts every day with fresh, typically organic, fruit. A couple years back when guests began to ask about gluten free we investigated it. In the beginning we were skeptical of the value and validity of the claims. After all, fad diets come and go – is this really something we should invest in? Was there really a health issue? Were people really sick? It turns out that there is a lot of proof that gluten is not healthy for you. Aside and apart from the sufferers of Celiac disease, apparently there is a link to mental function and other possible problems. The stuff I read indicates that Celiac disease makes it difficult for the body to absorb certain necessary nutrients. This can lead to other problems like affective disorders, mental fog and depression. We were the first B&B in Camden to have a gluten free breakfast. And as far as I know, we are still the only B&B or lodging in Camden that offers such a breakfast – serving gluten free breakfasts every day, and not as a special request.
Gluten-Free Breakfast at the Windward House, You Are What You Eat
The old adage “You are what you eat” has a lot of truth in it. We at the Windward House have long been advocates of certain principles when it comes to eating. We believe that positive change is going to come from people voluntarily changing the way they spend their money. That’s part of the motto on the front page of our website – “Small Local Organic.” Just imagine how many of the problems of our society would disappear if people only bought from small local businesses? Small local businesses are the backbone of this country, and their independence and sometimes their downright eccentricity is what is going to make our country great again. For us that means changing what we eat. That first step is about eating healthy non-toxic humanely, locally grown food. It is that belief that underlies the breakfast we serve.
While we serve naturally raised local bacon and sausage, we also have a great deal of respect for people whose commitment goes further. People who won’t eat any meat not purely for health reasons, but ethical reasons. People who won’t eat fish, also for ethical reasons. The same holds true for gluten-free foods. And for many people it is a real health problem. The sufferers of Celiac disease literally suffer when they eat gluten. That’s why we are committed to providing a menu that includes gluten-free menu items and specials daily. Every day. And we take great pride when a guest asks to speak to Jesse to get his gluten-free recipe because, as they say, “we just haven’t been able to make it that good at home!”
Commitment to Gluten-Free Because We Eat it Too!
Yeah – we know it’s only breakfast but if you can’t do that right, well…. The truth is anything we cook for our guests we regularly cook for our children. Jesse and I both agree that multi-grains are better than a monolithic diet of high gluten bleached white flour. So our kids love our gluten-free pancakes and waffles and all their Maine permutations of blueberries and maple, and warm sticky rice with coconut and maple. Also the eggs benedict, the green smoothies, the gluten free cereals and all the other stuff that we serve, what people choose to order for breakfast at the Windward House. We believe in it so much that we started another company called AcadiaGreenProducts.com. At AcadiaGreenProducts.com you can find gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, organic, fair trade, vegetarian and vegan products.
A Commitment to Choice
Another one of our commitments that subsumes our gluten-free commitment is our belief that a fundamental core characteristic of what it means to be American is having a choice. I know it isn’t fashionable to speak about what’s American, but if choice ain’t it I don’t know what is! That’s another reason why we serve a menu breakfast, an organic, local ingredient, with Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-free options breakfast. And yes, you can get both bacon and sausage with your order! And yes, for us, it is more expensive, but it’s about choice. This may sound silly, or a little bit high blown for the topic of breakfast, but the fact is, if you believe in something, it should be translated into each and every decision you make from the smallest to the largest. Good stuff comes from the ground up – from what you believe, from who you are. That’s what the Windward House is all about.
Link to one of our gluten-free breakfast options
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The Best Maine Lobster Roll Recipe – Some Background
Whenever my father visits from New York, we go out to Rockport Lobster with a cooler and a freezer pack and buy a few fresh live lobsters. I boil them for dinner, and inevitably the kids don’t eat their lobster. They may eat some, but not all. So…. The next day I make lobster rolls. They are fantastic. I make them so that they are heaping and you need a fork to eat what falls over the side! Here is the recipe that my dad loves, the Best Maine Lobster Roll Recipe.
The Lobster Roll Basics: Lobster Cooking Temperature, Meat Extraction and more…
Andrea Geary in the Cook’s Illustrated Number 123, the July and August 2013 issue has a nicely terse yet entertaining and pertinently detailed article that covers the basics. The basics of lobster are extremely important if you haven’t cooked it before or if you haven’t cooked lobster very much. Ms Geary, with Cook’s usual highly practical black and white drawn illustrations makes it easy to quickly get on board and shove off. Cook’s Illustrated has this Lobster Roll article available in their online edition, as well as a nice lobster meat extraction video.
The Best Maine Lobster Roll Recipe: How Bad Could it Be? Do I need to know the basics?
The pitfalls to being unprepared for lobster are a few, but have serious consequences. You don’t want it undercooked for obvious reasons. It’s important to properly cook all shellfish and lobster is no exception.
My post here references other resources on the subject of Lobster Rolls to help you avoid those pitfalls. For cooking lobsters safely, and the best way to extract the lobster meat I refer the reader to the Cook’s Illustrated article. But, if you’re up on all that stuff, have your own method for measuring how much water you’ll need, the size of the pot and how to anesthetize the lobster if you’re squeamish about that sort of thing, then you can cut right to the recipe for the Best Maine Lobster Roll.
I call it the “Best” because what the heck – that’s what everyone seems to do in these online articles (it’s always “the best”). Anyway, I think it is, and so does my dad. So it’s not bragging.
The Secret About What is Truly THE Best Lobster Roll
Okay – here it is, the secret revealed: The truth is, if it’s fresh and made with care, the best lobster roll is made by someone else for you (but don’t tell anyone the secret – let them discover it by searching for “The Best Maine Lobster Roll”). Okay – so, how do I know the secret? I have objective proof of its truth. When we were little, my older brother used to tell my little sister that she made the best peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Perhaps not coincidentally, full of pride at this great accomplishment for so young a person, she would gladly make him a sandwich whenever he asked. I was a little concerned that perhaps she and I were being exploited. I mean, what else could explain the fact that before she came along, and I quit making sandwiches it was I who was called the best sandwich maker. Being the precocious child I was, I conducted a double blind taste test on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. There was one made by the eater (blind taste tester), as well as one made by me and my little sister. And guess what? The sandwich made by my little sister won every time. Because I suspect it was made with care and a dash of pride.
So, without further adieu here is the “The Best Maine Lobster Roll Recipe”
Here is what you will need for your lobster roll:
½ of a Morse’s garlic pickle (established in 1918, located in North Waldoboro, ME 04572)
2 tablespoons organic mayonnaise Spectrum is a good one – in most supermarkets.
Link to a Spectrum post on a new category called “Ingredients” in MyCamdenMaine
1 ½ teaspoons of fresh organic lemon juice
1 teaspoon Maine sea salt (to taste, but if you have “seasoned” your lobster with salt in the boiling water, you should taste it before you add more salt.
6 New England style hot dog buns (smallish and cut on the top rather than the side)
2 tablespoons minced celery
½ teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon Sewall’s Cider Vinegar &the Mother (mofga cert organic)
1 slice of Spanish onion
1 ¼ to 1 ½ Pounds Lobster Meat
Chop finely the onion, the pickle and the celery.
Chop the lobster meat. I don’t use large chunks. I find that the flavor of the lobster is better distributed and the sandwich is much easier to eat if I am not pulling pieces of tail out of the bun with each bite. The tail should be chopped into small pieces, almost minced while the claw meat can be left into larger pieces because it is tenderer and will disintegrate if you try to cut it that small.
Heat the curry powder and then whisk it into the may, then add the lobster, the celery, the pickle, the onion, the vinegar, and the lemon. Mix it well.
Toast the buns on top. Add the mix to the buns and it is ready to eat.
Windward House Apple Walnut Pancakes
We’re getting ready for our Leaf Peepers here at the Windward House. Sure it’s a little early for ordinary folks to think about, but really it’s just a few short weeks away. While there is still plenty of brilliant sunshine, lake swimming, and blooming flowers, here in Camden, soon the leaves will turn and it is the time of year when thoughts turn to the fall colors, warm sweaters, robin’s egg blue skies, the smell of apples simmering in a magical concoction of rum, cinnamon, brown sugar and butter. If you your loved one, or kids are a little glum on a dark morning, or are excited about the unfolding beautiful fall day, Celebrate! With this great recipe. Kristi says it warms the cockles of your heart, and I agree. When you have a forkful, with melting butter and a little Maine maple syrup, you literally can feel the warmth spread inside you and when it reaches the cockles.
Goes awfully well with naturally raised pork maple sausages or naturally raised uncured hickory smoked bacon!
So without further adieu – here it is, one of our Fall Foliage Pantacular recipes -
Windward House Apple Walnut Pancakes
Makes six quarter cup batter pancakes
2 McIntosh Apples
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar, Dark Rum, Walnuts, Butter
Dry pancake mix with four or five drops of fresh lemon juice (substitute for milk, half whole organic milk, and half powdered milk, the purpose is to leave the batter a little dry to accommodate the apple mixture)
Put apple stuff into a pan, apples, nuts, rum, sugar, butter and sprinkle with cinnamon – I use a non-stick pan, to keep the sugar from sticking.
Put a lid on, preferably a clear lid so you can observe what’s going on inside the pan.
Cook at high heat until it all bubbles together and the apples are slightly soft, but not mush.
With the pancake mix prepared but very thick add a little bit of water, and then while very hot and bubbling add the apple mix. Mix thoroughly.
Using a scoop or quarter cup measure scoop out batter onto a preheated 325 degree griddle.
The smell of the sautéing apples and cinnamon will brighten your day, even if you feel too guilty to eat these pantacular pancakes!
We are getting ready for the fall season. Putting up places to leaf peep, and things to do in Autumn when Labor Day and Windjammer Dayshaven’t come yet makes you feel time passing. You can feel it beginning to cool off, soon the tomatoes will be ripe, the corn will be ready, (if some creature doesn’t eat it first) and Hope’s majestic giant pumpkin patch will probably inundate the entire back lot soon, before they turn orange for her big Fall season finally, and we start to think about the summer. It seems like just yesterday she bought giant pumpkin seeds
from the hardware store and planted them in peat pots in the boy’s bedroom. It’s amazing how they have taken off after a little tlc from her grandfather. Summer’s in Maine frequently bring to mind the old saw about how as soon as you realize what it is, how beautiful and special it is, it’s already begun to end. The day after the solstice after all is when the days begin to shorten again. And here in the Midcoast the days begin to shorten precipitously after September. We get a little introspective with all the work and ask ourselves was it worth it?
We’ve been rather busy the last couple of months, and it gets very hectic. With help unreliable, and the work unceasing sometimes you wonder if it’s worth it. Just as I wondered that after a long breakfast,
a delightful young couple checked out, and said some really nice things to Jesse, but I wasn’t there to say goodbye. They stayed one night in the Brass Room. Breakfast was a bit crazy that morning, with a full house.
When I went into the room, a lovely handwritten note scrawled across a Smiling Cow shopping bag made us smile.
Here’s what it said, in case you can’t read it from the picture:
Kristen and Jesse-
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality! This was our 1st B&B experience, and we loved it! Your home and your sweet little town are great! ….
Well I guess our job was done- we converted another one to the B&B experience! The note reminded me of all the great sentiments, well wishes and blessings our guests have showered upon us this summer.
We’ve gotten a lot of really nice notes from the guests this season, online on TripAdvisor, the lady’s of the Victory Chimes, who along with the note gave us a gourmet selection from the Stonewall Kitchen, nice things written in our guestbooks in the room, as well as this one, on the Smiling Cow bag.
Thank you for all your good wishes, for admiring the tree house, for telling us you think we made the right choice by moving here, and raising our kids in this “sweet little town”, for expressing the thought that Jesse is a great cook, for being gracious, interesting, charming and lovely guests! Thanks! And here’s to a great Fall Season!
Just read a romantic recollection of a couple that were together for 60 years. They met on a blind date and a year later he proposed. He brought her to the bottom of a ski trail, had skiers come down the hill with torches as he gave his love a box that had a circle of carnations with a ring in the middle. He read a poem to her that he wrote about the things they did together. She said yes and they have been together for the past 60 years!
This love story is so inspiring. http://knox.villagesoup.com/news/story/rockport-couple-reflects-on-60-years-of-marriage/379907
Don’t forget you can celebrate Valentines Day, The day of Love any day. Our Bed and Breakfast is a great place to start your celebration of love.
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Non Smoking and Reservation Deposit Policy
Non-Smoking policy: There is no smoking permitted anywhere on the premises, either within the rooms and buildings, or on the grounds. The word smoking as used herein shall be construed to mean the burning of any substance whether for aromatic, cooking purposes or for any purpose including but not limited to candles, cigarettes and or cigars. The guest agrees that due to the fact that it is impossible or impracticable to the calculate the actual damage done by smoking including damage to the marketability of the room, lost revenue, and costs incurred to abate odors discoloration and the imitation by others of the guests smoking behavior, and further, in consideration for being permitted to stay at the inn, all guests accept and agree as a precondition that if they smoke anywhere on the premises, in exchange for smoking against our policy, the guest shall owe the greater of a charge of $300 plus one night’s room rental or the actual cost of abatement of smoke and or odor damage. The guests agree that the opinion of the innkeeper and or housekeeper as to whether or not a guest smoked in the room without having been seen smoking, will be sufficient to establish the fact that the guest smoked, and incurred the penalty. The penalty may be charged on the guests’ credit card by the inn.
A properly cancelled reservation is entitled to a refund.
A deposit refund which is a credit to the guest’s credit card will have a transaction fee subtracted from it. The transaction fee is the amount charged the inn for crediting the guest’s credit card which is charged by your credit card issuer and is approximately $25.
Cancellation period Reservations More Than 30 Days In Advance
You may cancel a reservation made thirty or more days in advance of the date of intended stay no later than 14 days after you have made the reservation.
Reservations Less Than 30 Days In Advance
You may cancel a reservation made less than thirty days in advance of the date of intended stay no later than 14 days before the start of the first day of your reservation period. You may not cancel the reservation outside of this period. The guest owes the full reservation amount for a reservation that has commenced and has not been canceled.
A cancellation is effected by notice to the innkeepers. Notice is not effective unless it has been given via telephone to the innkeeper directly, and same has been acknowledged by the innkeeper to the guest via email. No reservation may be canceled by voicemail message, email or facsimile transmission, or any method other than described. Any reservation made constitutes acceptance of all the bed & breakfast’s policies. Travel insurance can be purchased from third parties to insure the cost of your trip in the event it must be canceled outside the cancellation period due to circumstances outside of your control.
All rates listed are per night, single or double occupancy, and are subject to Maine’s seven percent lodging tax. Additional persons (when the room allows and at the Innkeeper’s discretion) are $50 per person, per night except for the *Crow’s Nest Room which is an additional $125 for up to two additional persons the *Crow’s Nest double occupancy rate is for one bedroom only. Prime season weekend reservations require a two-night minimum stay. Certain holiday periods require a two or three-night minimum stay. Please call to check specific availability. When booking Crow’s Nest please express your preference for either one or two beds in the room if the stay is for two persons.
To confirm a reservation and reserve a room, a deposit of one night’s lodging cost or 50% of the entire reservation cost, whichever is greater, is due at the time of booking per room reserved. The deposit is applied to room charges, and the balance is due upon arrival at check-in. We accept cash payment, Visa, or Mastercard. We do not accept American Express at this time.
I told my husband this year I want to have a picnic on Curtis Island for my birthday. Since we moved here, I have looked out on this island everyday. I have been curious about what is out there, and what it looks like. We do not own a boat or a kayak so getting out to Curtis Island would be a challenge. Curtis Island is the closest island to our lovely coastal village of Camden Maine. The Curtis Island Light House is on the island. The day sailors take tourist around the island to see the beautiful town owned property. The property is public and can be used by anyone. It is a lovely spot with a trail, benches and a little beach. I was talking to one of my friends that does own a boat, trying to drop a hint for him to sail us out there, but he had a funny answer, he said, well, you don’t need a boat, you can walk out there from Laite Beach at low tide. Although this might be true, barely, considering I would be walking in 4 – 5 feet of water with my picnic basket and cooler, this did not seem practical. My children sail out to Curtis Island with the Camden Sailing program. The kids have been to Curtis Island at least a dozen times, they go out there and have treasure hunts and play capture the flag. They think it is funny that I have never been there and that they know more then me about a jewel of Camden.
So onward toward my goal of getting to Curtis Island….
The other day I got a phone call around 9:30pm. My friend called and said she had a hankering to swim out to Curtis Island and wanted to know if I wanted to join her. She swims out there a couple times a year and thinks it is a pretty easy swim. I swam competitively in college. In fact my specialty was the mile race. I was not a fast swimmer but I had endurance. I was a lifeguard throughout college also, so I figured the 3/4 mile swim with a seasoned swimmer was probably going to be my only chance to get out to Curtis Island so I jumped at the chance. The next day we met at Laite Beach for the swim. I insisted that we have a paddle boat, just in case. I had my goggles, my speedo swim suite and was ready to go. I did not care that the water was approximately 60 degrees, that my feet and arms were freezing, I was going to swim to Curtis island and enjoy it. Well, I made it half way. I had a hard time breathing, I don’t know if it was me being out of practice, out of shape or if the cold water was crushing my lungs. I told the paddle boat that I would swim back by myself and that they should go on with my friend, whom was doing a great job. The person in the boat insisted that I get in and take the ride out to Curtis Island. I was disappointed that I was not going to make the full swim, but filled with joy that I was finally getting to Curtis Island. We paddled over there, while my friend swam. We docked the boat and I set foot on the lovely Island. There is a sign- in book on the island to show that you were there. I signed it saying, “early birthday present to me!”. I walked around the nature trail and stopped to look at the lighthouse. The light house keepers were sitting on the porch enjoying there little piece of heaven. I said hello and then continued back to the beach were the boat was docked. My friend got back in the water and swam and I took a ride in the paddle boat. There was no picnic but what a great experience.
The song “Small Island”, by Gordon Bok was playing while I wrote this post. A song about people on the small island not liking new comers on the island, “go back where you come from”. I thought it was ironic that this was playing on my itunes while I wrote about my journey and longing to go out to this small island .