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B&B Camden Maine

Where can you find us on the web? Many of our guests have been having trouble lately finding us using the search term B&B Camden Maine. Although we’ve had similar issues in the past this year the game is particularly intense. We want to give you a little peak behind the curtain at how the internet helps you find things – and sometimes not what you were looking for!

What Kind of Experience Are You Looking For?

B&B in Camden Maine

All of our visitors, especially our new visitors want a great value. That means that they’re looking for something. When you find us you should be looking for: the best b&B Camden Me breakfast – which means

Price Your Stay

Also, you’re looking for fabulous sleep. With our high thread count Egyptian cotton bed sheets, hand pressed, and fluffy towels, our guest reviews and in person comments reflect very favorably on our bedding.

The statistics show that many people search for the kind of experience we offer using these terms:

  • B&B Camden Me
  • Find What You Are Looking for on The Web

    Find What You Are Looking for on The Web

  • Bed and Breakfast Camden Maine
  • Bed and Breakfast in Camden Maine
  • Bed and Breakfast in Maine
  • Bed and Breakfast, Maine
Since those terms are Windward House, why might you not find us?

What Does This Have to Do With Rates for B&B Camden Me?

This is the most popular time of year to travel to Maine, and stay at a B&B. But there are many lodging options and all of them want your travel dollars. From hotels, motels, to B&B’s in Camden Me, to illegal AirBNB’s and everything in between. All of these options are trying to pop up on your computer screen whenever you type in B&B Camden Me or any of those search terms listed above. So, they flood the web with ads and info-articles and experts to drive you to their sites. Their sites might be online travel agencies that sell our rooms. All of the rates on these travel websites will be higher than the rates offered on Windwardhouse.com. Why? Because we set them higher in order to cover the cost of the travel agent’s commission. Online travel websites are travel agents.

Getting the Best Rate

How do you get the best rate then? Here are some great tips on finding just what you’re looking for:
Look At A Map
Location is one of the primary reasons given by surveyed visitors to our B&B in Camden Me. They learned where we were, and then checked out what we offered
If you look at a map, Google Maps shows where each lodging is located. Zoom in a little and see what is within walking distance to the town’s attractions. In the case of Camden Maine the harbor, shops and dining are all very near the Windward House B&B. Price a room on our site, and then check the online travel agencies and you will find that ours is always much lower.
Reviews and TripAdvisor
Read Reviews. TripAdvisor has reviews from people who stay at our Inn. That is good. The bad thing is that they try to divert you to hotels and B&Bs that offer them the best reward. What TripAdvisor does is move lodgings to the top of the list that help TripAdvisor. That help can be in the form of links from the lodging’s own website to TripAdvisor, or getting more people to use TripAdvisor, or paying a commission to TripAdvisor or its parent company for reservations made through their online reservation system. So it’s not a simple as typing in the words”B&B Camden Maine”.

Look at the actual inn and what it offers rather than TripAdvisor’s top ten. And then once you have found the B&B Camden Maine that you’re looking for, go to that inn’s actual website and check the rates. At Windward House.com you will definitely find a better room rate.

Replica of the Nina in Camden Harbor, Maine

Camden Harbor, So Darn Photogenic!

Sunrise is a quiet time in this small coastal town. There are birds in the harbor, but not even the crews of the ships are up at dawn, when the sun comes up at 4:30am. But what a wonderful time to be awake – especially on a morning when a Canadian front pushes clean cool air down. The Camden Harbor is always full of an array of interesting boats. There are historic schooners, wooden sailing yachts, luxury power yachts, many larger than our 1854 Greek Revival house! This morning, the large dark hulks of the replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Nina and Pinta were among the beautiful boats in the glistening harbor. Here are some photos of Camden Harbor and the Harbor Park taken this morning, June 27, 2014, before I we began serving breakfast.

Camden Maine Harbor A Walk from the Windward House B&B

Our inn is mere steps from the harbor. The quiet and the stillness are the perfect place to sit and relax with a cup of coffee, or simply watch the sunlight fill the space above the water. The colors begin as subtle blues and grays and pinks and get more intense as the sun rises. There are many park benches in enclaves among the hydrangea and rugosa roses. This morning the roses were in full bloom and the air was that intoxicating mix of clean sea water, Canadian high pressure front and rose petals.

vegan cookies cookies

vegan cookies cookies

  • 1  tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil (do not melt)
  • 1/4 cup organic peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1.5 cups gluten-free rolled oats, processed into flour (or 1.5 cups oat flour)
  • 2-4 teaspoons coconut milk (only if needed to moisten batter)
  • ¾ cup vegan chocolate chips
  • ½ cup coconut flakes

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flax and water and set aside for a few minutes to thicken – creating the flax egg.
  2. Combine flax egg, coconut oil, organic peanut butter Add brown and cane sugars. With an electric mixer, beat the ingredients to combine and smooth.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients, Baking soda, baking powder, Salt, processed oats. Add to the wet ingredients.  If dough is dry, add a teaspoon (or two) of coconut milk and beat the mixture again.
  4. Fold the chocolate chips and coconut flakes in.
  5. take a tablespoon of dough, and place on the baking sheet 2-3 inches apart. Gently press down on each ball with a fork to flatten.
  6. Bake for about 17 minutes.
  7. Cool cookies on the baking sheet then transfer to a cooling rack

Please enjoy these Vegan Gluten Free Cookies: If you have any baking questions with this recipe, call me at 877-492-9656 -Kristi

MOFGA Common Ground Bed And Breakfast Package

MOFGA Common Ground Bed And Breakfast Package

Stay two nights or more and get $20 off to cover the cost of the admission to the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity Maine plus a fantastically refreshing bottle of organic Prosecco! Who says organic gardening can’t be romantic? When you stay at the Camden Windward House Bed and Breakfast in Camden Maine for your visit to the MOFGA Common Ground Country Fair enjoy this great package and the Romantic Historic town of Camden Maine USA!
What you get:
Admission for two
a Bottle of Organic Prosecco
Organic Local Menu Breakfasts each morning…
Remember – this is for a two night stay only!

healthy mac and cheese recipe

Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe

A friend came over to dinner the other night…
She was bemoaning the fact that we cook and cook for our families, yet our kids don’t seem to eat healthy food. It causes dinner making to be troublesome to say the least. One child eats one thing, the other child won’t eat the same thing, the parents enjoy and crave things with some sophistication. To quote my friend – “I try really hard to make good things, but the kids always only want to eat mushy white stuff.” I think she meant mac and cheese.
There really is no easy solution. But she was marveling at a family culture that was different from her own. She had dinner guests who also have children near her kids’ own ages. They said to her that the kids eat separately from the parents. She makes something for the kids, and then afterward the parents enjoy what they like to eat. These are really nice people with really nice kids – so it seems to work for them.
My family culture is to always share meals. It is very important to us to sit down together and eat together. With very few exceptions we all eat the same thing. With the onset of the teen years there has been some contention. One child is no longer eating fish out of solidarity with the man-made environmental destruction of the oceans. I used to make fish once a week. No more fish! I do get away with clam sauce once in a blue moon. And living in Maine without the ability to serve lobster once in a while is a little bit trying. But I don’t want my daughter to feel powerless at such a young age.
I have one son, bless him, who will eat anything I make. I have another who has a very circumscribed diet. The picky one eats primarily grains. Anything made from any kind of grain – wheat, rice, oats. And dairy – cheese in particular. (sounds like my friends “mushy white stuff” right?)
So, without further adieu here is a great tasty – and I think, healthy recipe that we can all, for the most part, enjoy.

Cauliflower & Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Since we serve local organically raised bacon we always have plenty of fat. I use it sparingly because it is rich. But I believe there is support that pork fat used in cooking is not unhealthy – especially if it is not a lot, and from a good source. Because fat is an important part of this recipe, and flavor, I use three kinds, but- as I said, not a lot. This recipe is for one pound of pasta and one cup of quinoa.
Ingredients:

  • One head of organic cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
  • dash of herbs – savory, thyme, ground red pepper, sea salt, black pepper
  • 1 lb of pasta (I use organic small rotini or multi-grain pasta if we’ve been having too much of the white stuff lately)
  • 1 cup organic chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup organic stone ground wheat flower
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese (I used aged cheddar or organic cheddar)

Directions:
Heat a large pan. I use a big black cast iron pan I bought at Renys. Once it’s warm I turn it off. I sprinkle the herbs onto the warm pan.
Cut the cauliflower into roughly one inch pieces. Something that is small enough to blend in nicely (be hidden by) with the macaroni. Boil water for the quinoa and the pasta. Put a little salt in the water.
Add the oils to the large frying pan, heat it, and lightly fry the cauliflower. You don’t want it mushy, and remember it will cook more when the cheese is added.
Once the cauliflower is lightly fried and coated with oil and herbs, pour the flour into the pan. Stir it around until it cooks to a light brown color. Add the chicken broth and stir until it begins to thicken. Then add the shredded cheese and put the lid on the pan. Turn off the heat. Tend to the past and quinoa.
Drain the past and the quinoi when it is cooked. I am assuming you know how to cook those. Then pour the pasta and the quinoi in an adequate sized serving bowl. Pour the cheese sauce on top and mix thoroughly. Serve it hot!

Varying the Recipe

Some alternative combinations are to add a half cup of plain yogurt to the recipe. You may also cut a slice of organic bacon into tiny bits and fry it in the olive oil before adding healthy lobster mac and cheese recipethe other ingredients. If you don’t have the dietary restriction of my house you can also add fresh Maine lobster meat to this recipe. Be careful not to cook the lobster twice. If you add it to the cheese sauce and pasta – add it at the end. You can also add a teaspoon of fresh lemon and rosemary to this recipe. I especially like the rosemary in the winter.
Another great seasoning for this recipe is curry powder. By adding light seasoning and a little at a time you can begin to give your picky children a more sophisticated pallet.

Side Dishes

We serve this recipe with a green salad dressed with olive oil vinaigrette.

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Chestnut Street, The Perfect Setting for Antique Cars in Camden Maine

The Mid Maine Sports Car Club had their annual display on Chestnut Street in Camden Maine. They always seem to be fortunate with the weather. This is about the middle of what I like to call lilac season. This year, due to a cool spring, lilac season and tulip season overlapped! The last couple of weeks have seen fabulous colors and cloud formations in the sky. The long days end like the prolonged goodbye of people who are loathe to part. The light in the sky fades by degrees until it’s gone late in the evening. It is a choice time of year for the select few who come to enjoy it. And one of the events that we enjoy this time of year is the beautiful cars assembled on Chestnut Street. The proud owners, restorers and clusters of appreciators gather around gleaming chrome and the kinds of hood colors only appropriate to what amount to feats of the imagination. A short stroll from the Windward House B&B downtown and you are standing in an auto-museum.

If You Need A Reason to Come in Early June!

Here are some images of these classic cars and antique cars. There were a nice group of Triumphs, a classic Jaguar, and more (I am no expert). Downtown Camden Village is the perfect setting for these recent anacronisms. With the old brick façade commercial buildings a foreground for the rolling Camden Hills, and the crica 1800’s federal and Greek revival style residences gathered around the Chestnut street, you feel as though you are at the joyous rally of a bygone era! These are not simply Antique Sports Cars in Camden Maine, but sports cars!
Camden Maine is a historic town, and it draws events such as the Mid Maine Sports Car Club’s display on Chestnut Street. It was a wonderful day for ice cream at River Ducks or Camden Cone, a stroll by the water, and a nice dinner at Fresh, or Atlantica Seafood Bistro – after snapping some shots of the amazing beauty of this place! This time of year is a nice quiet and amazingly beautiful time to come.
Enjoy these images of the Mid Maine Car Club’s 2014 meeting in Camden Maine!

ABOUT-About-Chris

This December during Christmas By the Sea Weekend in Camden Maine, the Camden Windward House Bed and Breakfast will host their first Vegan cooking class. The Modern Vegan from Portland Maine will instruct guests on the gaining confidence when cooking Vegan dishes. The class size is limited. Please call the Innkeeper for more details. Mark the date December 5-6, 2014.

wanderlust bed and breakfast innkeepers family portrait

How is Windward House A Wanderlust Bed And Breakfast?

wanderlust bed and breakfast pirates at the inn

Is There Any Better Symbol of Wanderlust Than a Pirate?

Wanderlust is about a sense of restlessness. But it is more than that. It’s about discovering, not just the topography of the land but the topography of the people who live there. The Maine coast is definitely a great place to exercise your wanderlust because so many passionate wanderers have decided to stay here. The end result of wanderlust for many is that they realize that their wanderlust was the result of some dissatisfaction or need to discover. But they only realize it once they decide to stop wandering for a while and live somewhere new. If you have wanderlust, than the place you settle, like the last sweetheart you’ll ever be with, the one you decide to stay with – has to be fascinating enough to surprise you every day. It is a very personal preference and it is different for everyone. But for whatever reason, perhaps the simplest, because it’s halfway between Bar Harbor and Portland – Windward House is a wanderlust bed and breakfast. What I mean is that we get many people who aren’t simply relaxing on their vacation – but they are questing – they have wanderlust.

Can An Innkeeper have Wanderlust?

The innkeepers at Windward House definitely had (have) wanderlust. We moved from New York to Maine. But before moving we looked all over the place for something. I think ultimately our journey was like a meditation where you come to some truth at the end. One of the truths for us was that our central concern was being the best parents we could be. The next question was – then what could we offer our children? Money? Perfect security? Material luxuries? The answer was we could offer those things, but all of them cost us our time. Time we had to spend earning the money to pay for the material lifestyle, time not spent being parents. And even with a lot of money perfect security just can’t be – it’s an illusion anyway. We looked around and saw that many of the affluent successful people had managed to undermine the security they thought they were buying with all the money they earned. But we had to work with what we had – but having prioritized things – our choice became clear. Perhaps if we could find a way to make a living and spend more time with our kids we could fulfill our priority. We came to the conclusion that the most valuable thing we had to offer was our time.

Our Guests Are Pathfinders

Sailors On Shore Leave at Camden Windjammer Festival - Wanderlust!

Sailors On Shore Leave at Camden Windjammer Festival – Wanderlust!

Windward House is a wanderlust bed and breakfast because so many of our guests are searching for something. Many have come looking to see if Camden is the kind of place they would like to live. Or they are interested in knowing whether we are happy or not having chosen to leave behind our former jobs careers and the proximity of family and connections. Many have wondered if that was something they might have done.
Everyone has a story and collecting stories is one of the goals of wanderlust. The stories that people share about their lives with travelers are often things they haven’t spoken even to their closest friends. Those are the kinds of conversations that are had in our dining room every morning. I believe that wanderlust is deeply rooted in our collective past. Hunter gatherers must have wondered if they would find something better in the next valley, – or if they would never find their way back – or – if they would ever want to stop traveling. When we find someplace it is a very common desire to meet someone who lives there and hear their story.

Where is Home if you have Wanderlust?

I’m rereading a great book that is in a way about wanderlust. It is called Pathfinders, A Global History of Exploration by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto. The author suggests that human history is divided into two general grand endeavors; divergence and convergence. The commonality of both is that the people were lead to migrate vast distances over land and sea by individuals who were inspired by what you could call wanderlust. The author suggests that there is a certain kind of person who is a discoverer. I would argue that we are all discoverers at some time in our lives – we just let people tell us we’re not because we are not physically traveling. Pathfinders reminded me of a sailor who was a guest here. He came to take care of a boat in the harbor and came two or three seasons and stayed with us while he worked on the boat. He said that it was very important to him to be able to go other places. He said that the foreignness of things excited him, the travel, the discovery the adventure. He referred to his home town, his home country as something that “will always be there…”
I find this to be a very interesting perception, because of course it will not always be there. Nothing remains the same. Our guest’s home town and country will be different each time he returns. But by thinking that it would always be the same, it allowed him to carry his home with him in his pocket wherever he went. Traveling and being away from home allowed this pathfinder to perpetuate the illusion that home is always there. And, ironically, by not visiting his home – for him – it created stability of thinking that your home is there and always the same.

wanderlust bed and breakfast innkeepers family

Then (2005) At The Beginning of this Journey

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Now (2014) A Family Portrait Nine Years Into the Journey

Another interesting fact from the book Pathfinders is that some of the first maps were drawn from the dream journeys of shamans. So the pathfinders in those instances were looking for things that another person only saw in a dream. Sometimes your dreams will reveal things you yearn for but cannot recognize in your waking life.
Another interesting fact – Pathfinders sail to Windward. Many of the pacific and Asian islands were originally populated by Pathfinders sailing along the windward route. This means that explorers coming from the mainland beat against the wind in their search for new lands. The author theorizes the reason they did this was to be able to return if they must. If you explore going into the wind – than, if things turn out bad, you can simply turn around and be assisted by the wind going straight back home. Physically that may be true, but, time is a one way journey – and really you cannot go back again. Even if you sail into the wind. And that is what the name of our Inn means to us. Windward House is a symbol of our windward journey the result of our pathfinder’s wanderlust, a wanderlust bed and breakfast. We have our families and our home towns forever in our hearts. We sail windward, or against the wind, in many ways having taken the more difficult path opened to us, and even though we don’t physically travel much anymore, we are perpetually discovering and pathfinding still.
So, if you have wanderlust sail to windward a wanderlust bed and breakfast!

front door typical new england bed and breakfast

Windward House: Come and Stay In Traditional New England Bed & Breakfast

A guest from Norway dropped in. “Ahh!” he exclaimed, “This is it!”

I said, this is what? He said that Windward House was what people from his country and Europe think of when they imagine visiting New England, and the Maine coast. It struck me because the last three guests had the same reaction. They had been traveling up the coast, and just stopped by when they spotted the vacancy sign. We have tried, as have the past owners of Windward House, to keep as much of the original house as possible. The moldings and trim, the essentially Greek revival style of this circa 1850’s everyman’s house. After Greek Revival there is a period of what is called Victorian, and more specifically Queen Anne Victorian. These houses are fairly easy to spot. They are designed for outward appearances and reflect a more affluent period of American history – a boom time – with money for frivolities like spandrels, mansard roofs, and turrets that don’t accommodate any living space. But the Greek Revival says something different. It says elegance in simplicity, it communicates egalitarianism, speaks to a more sincere time before the Country became so seduced by wealth for wealth’s sake. It is often called a Temple Style house because Greek Revival style architecture resembles a Greek temple more than any residential dwelling in ancient Greece. But how did that come about? Why might people think of the style of Windward House as being typically New England?
During the period of time between statehood in 1820 and 1861 the state of Maine enjoyed what has something of a zenith of its stature in this nation. Timber, farming, textiles, importing, and shipbuilding all flourished and combined to make Maine a force to be reckoned with. Suddenly in around 400 spread out towns and villages people could afford to build their own houses. The young nation was struggling to articulate an identity separate from the culture derived from Europe. On the forefront of that self-conscious endeavor was Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson wished to create a domestic style of architecture that reflected the optimism and idealism of a new nation governed by the principles that “all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” That brief phrase packs a lot of implications. It implies that all should be treated equal under the law. That the law should be blind to status or skin color or gender. In seeking for a symbol for this new but ancient system of government Jefferson looked to that first remarkable democratic experiment – the Greeks of Athens.
With a ratio of around 10 architects to 1500 builders, local carpenters shaped architecture and many of them used the same pattern book to style the decorated front doors. With a pediment above the front door, and stylized patterns of windows or pilasters, these houses typically express much in their entryways. Take a walk around Camden and look at the front doors of the historic houses. You’ll notice some patterns emerge, as well as some commonalities.
The original temples were not meant to be lived in, but the forms were aesthetically pleasing, and adaptation was possible. In the 1820s steam planes made boards and jointed trim easier and less expensive to make. So the Greek revival was stylish for the ordinary citizen.
Staying at Windward House is more than a lodging, but an experience. You can get an idea of what it felt like for those people in 1850’s American New England. Step back in time with the surroundings, the décor, the Greek Revival house.

So, if you agree with our guests, that the Greek Revival is the most traditional New England Bed & Breakfast, which rooms are the most in keeping with the original design and decor? The most traditional New England Bed & Breakfast rooms are probably Chart Room Suite, Windrose Suite, Elijah Glover Room and Brass Room. The Windrose Suite was actually Captain Elijah Glover’s business office when the house was first built.

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Brass Room B&B in MaineI was so pleased when a lovely German couple came to the door, without a reservation, and asked if we had a room for the night. I took them up to our Brass Room and they said “this is it, this is how we imagined New England”. I was so proud that they saw our property as quintessential. The next day a sweet Swiss couple came to the door and asked if we had a room. I showed them our Chart Room and they said “ahhhh, this feels like home”. The next morning the Swiss couple said the Chart room was the most comfortable room they have had on their trip so far. The following day a Chinese family rang the doorbell, also with out a reservation, and I rented them our Quarterdeck room. The family fit comfortably and appreciated the tea and cookies upon arrival. The family spoke very little English, but the international language of smiles conveyed to me that they too were happy with their New England Bed and Breakfast.

All three guests were stopping over in Camden on their way to Mount Dessert Island. They were on their way to Acadia National Park. Sometimes international guests look at maps of New England and do not realize how big Maine is. That is why I am so glad that our Inn has such a prominent place in the downtown of Camden. Once guests drive 2 hours from Portland, or 4 hours from Boston, they get to Camden and realize how charming it is. The boutique shops and the magnificent harbor encourages the weary travelers to stop and stay the night. The guests can check-in and walk right back down to the town and enjoy a Maine dinner consisting of either lobster, Aldermere farm hamburgers, local fish or head to Long Grain or Fresh for a vegetarian, vegan or Gluten Free option dinner.

2009_christmas_card_pictureNine years ago, when I purchased the Bed and Breakfast, I did not realize the important part I would play in international relations. It is important for Americans to be proud of their heritage, maintain the charm of historic New England Bed and Breakfasts and to be a kind face to travelers from other countries. We have to let our guests enjoy our country and to return home with the lasting impression that America is gracious.

 

 

Innkeeper At Bed And Breakfast

How to Choose a Bed & Breakfast

If you have never stayed at a B&B before this article will be helpful. Or if you have stayed at a bed and breakfast but want to know a little bit about Camden bed and breakfasts – then read on…

Bed and Breakfasts in Camden Maine

There are so many bed and breakfasts in Camden Maine. What does that mean for you? You have a choice. More than that, you have B&B’s competing for your business. Each of the bed and breakfasts in Camden Maine has unique features that appeal to different guests. Here is a list of the bed and breakfasts in Camden Maine:

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Bed and Breakfast: Is Choice Good?

Each of these bed and breakfasts is very different. They have locations in different neighborhoods. For instance the Windward House is in the Historic Village district. The Historic Village district is on the National Register of Historic places. Event better than that though is the proximity of Windward House to the attractions in town. Windward House bed and breakfast is just across from the library very near the corner of Mountain Street and High Street. What does that mean for this inn’s bed and breakfast guests? They can walk! It is an easy stroll to Camden Harbor Park, the Camden Library, restaurants, such as Peter Ott’s, Waterfront, Atlantica, Long Grain and Fresh – all within an easy walk.

Checklist of Things to Look for in a Bed and Breakfast in Camden Maine

While there are a couple of bed and breakfasts right in the down town or equidistant from the harbor – most are a further walk from the center of town. Also, on Mountain Street, a short walk from the bed and breakfast’s backyard is a trail head to all the trails of the Camden Hills State Park.
So – Windward House bed and breakfast if you want to walk to everything. Many guests ask if this bed and breakfast has an ocean view. Windward House does not offer an ocean view. The rates for inns with ocean views tend to be much higher. Camden Harbor Inn and Grand Harbor Inn both have ocean views. The Grand Harbor Inn is right on the water.
Windward House also features all offstreet parking. The best of both worlds – in town location with offstreet parking. Amenities vary at all the bed and breakfasts so you should read a little before booking.

Here is a checklist of items you should look at when choosing a bed and breakfast in Camden Maine:

Is it legal?

If you are staying in Camden for less than one week it is illegal to rent a vacation home.
A one through six night stay in a house in Camden is not legal to rent. There are some homestays which require the house owner to be there, and are not allowed to be advertised. The list contained on this page, and Windward House is a legal lodging.

Need the TV To Fall Asleep?

Bed and Breakfast King Sized Bed

King Sized Bed At Bed and Breakfast

Many of our guests say that they need a tv to fall asleep. While you don’t have to turn on the tv, if it is something you are used to, make sure the bed and breakfast has one.

Offstreet Parking

Do you not want to walk a couple of blocks to your car? Or do you feel insecure with your car on a public street? Many bed and breakfast guests prefer offstreet parking. The Windward House is especially convenient for that.

Breakfast? Choice? No Choice?

Most of the bed and breakfasts in Camden serve only one entre for breakfast. All guests have the same thing each morning. The true bed and breakfasts – where the host lives in the inn, typically have gourmet special breakfasts, but only one has a menu. Windward House has a full meny breakfast. This bed and breakfast serves locally made stuff. Organic food, bacon and eggs, daily specials, and a menu that always includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten free items.

Home-Like Amenities

Do you require a microwave? Or hot water and all hours of the night? Most of the bed and breakfasts have additional amenities, but some have coffee machines in the rooms, and a common area with microwave ovens. Windward House bed and breakfast does not have a microwave in the common area. We do have an ice machine and sell wine and beer. Many of our guests do not wish to spend time shopping for beer and wine. They tour and at the end of the day enjoy a glass of wine or a beer in the backyard or on the deck served and stocked by us.
Windward House also serves home baked treats every day. There are double chocolate cookies, blueberry muffins, and gluten free and vegan baked goods as well. Gourmet shade grown fair trade coffee, and tea in the dining room.

Free Wireless Internet

Most of the lodgings in Camden feature free internet wireless. The Windward House Bed and Breakfast has free internet wireless access.

The Hosts Philosophy

The Windward House is a small family owned business. The owners live on the premises and this small hotel is their livlihood. They are raising three kids and running this place.

What About the Bedding?

It’s surprising to see how few lodgings use high thread count egyptian cotton sheets. Even fewer hand press their sheets. Every bed, every time is made with care. We’ve prided ourselves at this bead and breakfast on the bedding. Our guests have responded. We hear almost every day how great the sleep was. They notice the difference our bedding and attention to detail for comfort, texture and touch in all seasons.

Decor?

Traditional Decor Bed and Breakfast

Traditional Decor Bed and Breakfast

Decorating a bed and breakfast is a personal matter. Many of the inns could win awards for their decorating. It is obvious how much care the innkeepers put into their styles. However, it the style is too personal it may not permit you to feel as comfortable. Windward House aims to make our guests feel comfortable – as though they’re in their own house. You will never have the velvet rope feeling, like you’re not sure if you can use the furniture. The decor is period in some rooms, contemporary in others, but always comfortable. We hear it constantly how experienced bed and breakfast guests find it refreshing – they have a place to set their stuff in the room uncluttered by Tchotchkes, there are enough pillows, but not too many, they feel comfortable, but not mortified that they have used something in the house. It’s little things like that the guests really appreciate.

Kid Friendly?

The unspoken rule at many bed and breakfasts is that kids are discouraged. Windward House bed and breakfast is a very friendly environment for kids. While not every room can accommodate groups or additional people, quite frequently we have just the right room for a family of three or four. We have children ourselves, and part of the reason we went into the small hotel business was to be with them more of the time. Kids are a priority for us and we enjoy having guests who feel the same way!

Dog Friendly Hotels in Camden Maine

Many guests travel with their pets today. As one guest recently told me he used to do that. He stopped when it occurred to him how many animals had been in the room before him. Even though he loves his dog, he now travels without him. There are dog friendly hotels in Camden Maine, and some of them are bed and breakfasts. However, the Windward House does not allow pets in the rooms. If you absolutely must travel with your dog here’s a great resource for travelers looking for dog friendly hotels in Camden Maine.

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Full Menu Complimentary Breakfast

I was insulted one day when another Innkeeper in town said that cooking a vegetarian breakfast was as easy as cooking a Vegan Breakfast. I truly believe this other Innkeeper does not know how to cook vegan. Nor does she know how cautious one needs to be in order to be really committed to a Vegan product for breakfast.

I started cooking vegan about 3 years ago when my young daughter announced that she was Vegan. I know for my daughter this choice was not based on any health issues and that it was an affirmation of her love for animals. I commended her for this and made it possible for her to have a Vegan diet. I was introduced to the world of vegan cooking and realized that it is a whole new ballgame. I was a science major in college and love food science. Cooking Vegan reminds me of following directions in chemistry projects. New ingredients and new ways of combining them is fascinating to me. The use of nutritional yeast, soy products and flax was brand new to me.

The Camden Windward House presents a complimentary (FREE) menu that is locavore in nature with Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options. Locavore includes meat that is local, sustainably and humanely raised. I mention this because I do not want to mislead anyone that Windward House is completely vegan. Windward House does have a commitment to presenting true vegan food. We offer more then a piece of toast with lettuce on it. We have created a creative selection of vegan options. Please see our menu below. This commitment is enforced by educating our staff about veganism. We only use Vegan certified products in our kitchen. We not only look at the ingredients on the package but we also look at the process in which a product was made. We do not use anything that was sifted through animal bones. White sugar is not used in our Vegan cooking. We do not add Dashi (a soup stock made from fish flakes) to our sticky rice breakfast option.  We also offer a lovely Vegan Friendly wine.

Please see this great article written about the Camden Windward House Commitment to Vegan/Vegetarian options

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/06/18/vegetarian-kitchen-a-handful-of-maine-innkeepers-offer-bed-and-meat-free-breakfast/

 

Bed and Breakfast Menu

 

 

 

Kayaking Camden Harbor

What better activity to add to your zero footprint green lifestyle then Kayaking. Gently glide across the water by the power or your own arms. See nature and relax as you enjoy a vegan lunch and snacks out on Fernald’s Neck. Jesse will deliver your kayak to the launching spot, point you in the right direction and be there to pick up the kayak when your done. A very stable tandem ocean kayak with rudder and comfortable seats. An easy way to enjoy Camden and a fantastic Maine lake without any fuss or bother. A wonderful Vegan lunch and snacks will be prepared for you to enjoy either out on a bench on a picnic table on a sunny rock viewing pine covered islands and hills out in the middle of a quiet and peaceful lake. This package can be made to accommodate different diets, vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Local-vore.

Kind Kayak Package includes:

Half Day rental of Ocean Kayak, pick up and delivery of Kayak.

Includes: 2 Comfortable Vests, Paddles, Dry Bag,  Lake Megunticook Map, 2 Small (iphone sized) Dryboxes, and 2 Beach Towels.

2 Vegan Lunches with Vegan Snacks to take with you.

$99.99

Link to Vegan Friendly commitment http://www.windwardhouse.com/category/vegan-2/

Vegan Travel in Camden Maine

 

 

tripadvisor

I am writing this on the morning of Memorial Day Weekend. I am anxious about the next 150 days ahead of me.  I was told today by my Innkeepers group that there are 150 days in the season – 150 days of  rising early, working hard and going to bed late. If you are in the tourism industry – you know what I mean. The reservations for the Inn this year are a little off, guests are not booking that far in advance and it is hard to plan for the season. I think the Internet, the weather, gas prices, the economy and trip advisor all play a big part in the picture. Travelers can see how many rooms you have available, how much your competitor is selling a similar room, what the weather is going to be, and what others are saying about you in roughly 30 seconds. After looking at the advance reservations I decided that I had to evaluate the businesses marketing plan and do something. I have been doing all the same strategies for the past 3 years and the last 3 years have been pretty good, I can not complain. This year seems different, and I am not sure why. Are people really starting to hold onto their money tighter? The tv keeps saying the economy is getting better. Are gas prices really keeping people home? The only thing I noticed that was different was that for the last 2 years, Camden Windward House was in the top 3 of lodgings in Camden Maine. This year we are #9.

Last month I did what I never thought I would do. I bought a business listing on Trip Advisor. I decided to give the site a chance. A chance to prove that good things can come from such a well visited site. Over the winter Jesse and I did a lot of maintenance at the Inn, trying to polish the rooms and put our best foot forward. We are confident in our product and hope the guests will acknowledge our good intentions and hard work.   Will the guests praise us and raise us to the top 3 lodgings in Camden?  Only time will tell.

yardflower

frontbackJesse and I are working so hard to get the Windward House property looking its best. After a long cold winter, it is hard to believe the natural color of the cherry trees and flowers will ever return. Slowly but surely, the forsythia, hostas and tulips are starting to bloom. I never know what color scheme Jesse is going to pick for the flowers in the front yard, it is always a pleasant surprise.

Every year I notice our lawn looks weedy. We made a pledge not to use any pesticides on the lawn or the house. It is a constant challenge to keep weeds down. Last year when I went to the organic farm to pick strawberries, I noticed that the farm had a lot of weeds. It was weird at first because I had this glamorized vision in my head about a lovely organic farm. I felt silly afterwards when I thought about it, Organic is natural and weeds are nature. The strawberries were awesome.

In addition to our “no pesticide pledge” we have made a pledge to be Kind, Kind to our indoor and outdoor environment. We will be presenting Kind food options with a kind smile. Comfortable beds and great sheets have also always been a priority. The best part about promoting Kindness is that you receive kindness. Our guests have been so lovely lately and we look forward to a great season of warm smiles. Kind and Comfortable Accommodations.

freedom tower

911 memorialEarly this spring Jesse and I took the kids to New York and New Jersey to visit family. While we were there we visited the Freedom Tower and 9/11 Memorial in New York (completely humbling and beautiful, everyone should go) and the Museum of Natural History. When we were tired of riding the subways and buses, we decided to take a trip to Jesse’s family farm in New Jersey. Bifulco Farms is in Pittsgrove New Jersey. We enjoyed our time both in the city and the country. When we got back to Windward House we reflected on our time down South. Jesse and I left NY after 9/11 and like every other NY’er have been changed by it. I am glad we made the trip to the Memorial. The memories came rushing back and a respect for the preciousness of life was renewed. The humbling experience gave us fresh eyes to look at our own property and decide that we would like to contribute to the earth, similar to the Bifulco Farm family and grow vegetables in our garden. If you have been to Windward House, you know that we have a big lot in the backyard. We decided to take up all the grass, till it and plant seeds. If you come this summer, please realize that this is a new endeavor and the beginning of something great. It might not look that pretty yet but it is a labor of love in progress.

Here are the before, during and after tilling pictures.

before-middle-after

 

 

farmflowers

Jesse’s Uncle Burt’s hobby – flowers.

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We came home with a whole bunch of Chicory that Jesse has been drinking in Green Smoothies

Bifulcotruck

I want a Bifulco Truck!

 

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chocolate cookies

chocolate cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1  tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil (do not melt)
  • 1/4 cup organic peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 3 1/2  tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1.5 cups gluten-free rolled oats, processed into flour (or 1.5 cups oat flour)
  • 2-4 teaspoons coconut milk (only if needed to moisten batter)
  • ¾ cup vegan chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flax and water and set aside for a few minutes to thicken – creating the flax egg.
  2. Combine flax egg, coconut oil, organic peanut butter, and vanilla. Add brown and cane sugars. With an electric mixer, beat the ingredients to combine and smooth.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients, Baking soda, baking powder, Salt, cocoa, processed oats. Add to the wet ingredients.  If dough is dry, add a teaspoon (or two) of coconut milk and beat the mixture again.
  4. Fold the chocolate chips in.
  5. take a tablespoon of dough, and place on the baking sheet 2-3 inches apart. Gently press down on each ball with a fork to flatten.
  6. Bake for about 12 minutes.
  7. Cool cookies on the baking sheet then transfer to a cooling rack.

Enjoy these Vegan gluten free cookies. We often have these available for our guests at snack time, a.k.a. tea time.

This recipe was modified from the One Bowl Double Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe from Oh She Glows Website.

 

breakfast

 

Breakfast room at Windward House B&B

Breakfast room at Windward House B&B

When Jesse and I first purchased the B&B, I often got aggravated with Jesse because the breakfasts were being cooked and served slowly to the guests. We were new to the job and there was definitely a learning curve. Jesse was an attorney in Staten Island before we moved to Maine. He had a successful practice that saw a lot of different civil cases. Jesse dealt with divorces, personal injury, estate planning, worker’s compensation and many other truly stressful situations that clients would bring to him day and night. When I started stressing about the breakfast coming out late, he would say “Kristi – please - it is only breakfast!” I would answer, “when you own a Bed and Breakfast – you can not get the breakfast wrong”. We both appreciated each other’s point. Since then, move ahead 9 years, we are doing a pretty good job on getting breakfast out on a timely basis. Once we got over that hurdle, I was able to truly appreciate the service that we provide. Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. Jesse and I try our best not only to get it out on time, but to provide a breakfast with wholesome ingredients that will power our guests for their Maine vacation day.  In addition to those wonderful characteristics of breakfast, a warm meal makes our guests comfortable and welcome in our Inn. Photo

This past weekend, we had a man from Dubai stay at the B&B. He was not originally from Dubai, but has lived in Dubai for the past 20 years. He was born and raised in England and very much had an English accent. The reason I mention this gentleman is because he opened my eyes a little more to my everyday task of serving breakfast. When I brought the food to the table, he said – “Yes, please give my girlfriend the traditional American breakfast” - she had ordered the blueberry pancakes. When he made this  observation, I felt obligated to mention that the breakfast that he ordered was a traditional English breakfast – poached eggs over toast with bacon and ketchup. I did note that I was surprised that he did not order a bowl of cereal before his meal, as many of our overseas English guests do. He agreed that the bowl of cereal is an English tradition. I  continued this dialogue of traditional breakfasts by sharing the orders I have taken in the breakfast room that have sometimes confused me. I know some orders are just personal taste, such as the peanut butter omelet that someone once ordered, but most of the time when a guest orders, they are looking for a familiar dish that perhaps they have not had in a couple of weeks because of traveling. If we could provide this familiar breakfast morsel, they would be so grateful. One truly confusing order for me was when a lovely couple from Israel ordered eggs and asked if we had any tomatoes and cucumbers to have on the side. I said yes and asked if they wanted to tomatoes and cucumbers cooked, because in my world salad is not for breakfast and everything is hot and cooked. They were polite and said, “no – just raw please”. We were able to accommodate them. I told the English Dubai man about this transaction and he noted that environment truly influences your eating patterns. He said “imagine living in the dessert and having a hot bowl of cereal or pancakes – doesn’t make sense right?” He said “here in New England you need a lot of calories and warm food just to get through your day”. I agreed and felt I better understood my service a little better. Breakfast is a important part of the day, it is influenced by our environments and to many it provides a memory that helps them get the warm feeling of home.vegan muffins

We hope when our guests come to Windward and see our complimentary breakfast menu, they will feel comfortable asking us for that breakfast they truly want that day. I love learning new recipes and traditions. Our menu now has many options including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free meals. If you love breakfast as much as we do, we hope you will join us between 7:30 – 10:00am every morning in the breakfast room. We promise to try to get the food out on time.

 

Camden Kayaking

March 24, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

Press Contact: Kristen Bifulco

phone: (207)236-9656

email: bnb@windwardhouse.com

SMALL TOWN, BIG SOFT ADVENTURE

CHALLENGING ACTIVITY, RELAXING LUXURY, INHERENTLY AFFORDABLE

Camden, Maine. Soft Adventure travel destinations offer opportunities for challenging activities in unique settings that are physical, but low risk, enjoyable and life enriching. The reward of ultimate comfort after an adventure is cleverly combined. Soft Adventure travelers are discovering  the mountains, trails and sea scapes that make Camden Maine the perfect Soft Adventure destination. After hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, rowing, or sailing, Soft Adventure travelers like to relax in luxury, have a gourmet dinner, and stroll this quintessential Maine coast village. Soft Adventure travelers appreciate the intimate lodging experience only a Bed and Breakfast can offer; their hosts have intimate area knowledge of trails, and outfitters, Maine guides, and the quickest way to get to the good stuff. Once they have satisfied their craving for activity, Bed and Breakfast guests relax on a porch and chat with their host, or their companions, or fellow guests, from all over the world, before strolling into town for a gourmet dinner. Kristen Bifulco Innkeeper and owner of the Camden Windward House stated, “Our Bed and Breakfast provides the perfect balance between thrilling nature and indulgent repose. “

Inherently Affordable – The Best Things in Life Are Free – since many Soft Adventure activities involve the great outdoors, and can be self-guided, many bring their own bikes, kayaks, gear and maps and just do it!

Accessible to the Amateur – With so many qualified guides and instructors, and skillsets that most already possess, Soft Adventure is something most travelers can enjoy with a minium of preparation making it perfect for short trips and weekend getaways.

Soft Adventure in Camden Maine

•           Master Maine Guide- Don Kleiner/ Fishing

•           Schooner Surprise/Sailing

•           Schooner Olad/Sailing

•           Schooner Heron/Sailing

•           Coastal MountainLand Trust/ Take A Hike Program – Hiking

•           Maine Sport Kayaking and Bike Rental

•           Camden Snowbowl – Mountain Bike Trails

•           Maine Windjammer Association – Overnight Sail trips

•           Megunticook Rowing – Rowing lessons

•           Acadia Mountain Guides – Rock Climbing – Camden Hills State Park

•           Megunticook Lake and Laite Beach – Perfect for swimming and kayaking.

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twitter12:57 p.m. on March 20, 2014 in Camden Maine, Spring will start I am told. I look forward to seeing the Elver Fisher men in the harbor and fiddleheads in the fields. I will only be wearing 1 layer of clothes and possibly open a window or two during the day. The extended exposure to sun will be refreshing and relaxing. More and more guests will flock to Camden to take a trip on a Windjammer or hike the mountain. I will have less time → Read more

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Lobster Travel Packages Maine Coast – Our Boat to Table

Back for the 2014 Season (Only available during the summer)

This wonderful package combines, luxury accommodations, delicious lobster and a lovely lighthouse. Stay at the Camden Windward House Bed and Breakfast, go out on a real lobster boat, see the breakwater lighthouse and catch your lobsters that you can bring back to the Camden Windward House – where the Innkeepers will cook for you and add a side salad, corn and bread. This is a great opportunity to eat fresh from the sea.
The Lobster Travel Package Maine Coast includes:

  • Boat Ride in the Harbor
  • Learn About Lobsterin’ from a Veteran Lobsterman
  • Catch Your Lobster
  • We’ll Steam Your Lobsters For You
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B&B guests enjoyed this last year so much that we brought it back. Travel packages on the Maine Coast are great opportunities for you to package together with your comfy b&b room the best stuff Camden has to offer.
Options for Eating the Lobster
Steamed by the innkeeper for dinner or made into our Windwardhouse Lobster Rolls for you to take hiking or picnicking.

Details

Available June through early October.
Add to your room rental: Package includes 2 tickets to Lobster boat in Rockland Harbor ( a short drive from the Inn), 2 cooked lobsters, 2 side salads, corn and bread & butter.  Wine and beer may be added for an additional charge.  This is a very popular package, book early to ensure a seat on the boat. $60.00 per person.

Reserve Early for the Best Selection…

Reserve Your Room Now!
Lobster Travel Package Maine Coast

This is a great way to enjoy lobster at a B&B in Maine. You have the option of going one of several daily tours aboard a genuine Maine lobster boat. The captain, a veteran lobsterman for more than 20 years tells you about the lobstering life, while you tour the harbor pulling traps. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like, how it’s done, or wanted to talk to someone who makes their living from the sea, it’s a fantastic experience.
Once you return to the Windward House Bed & Breakfast we cook your lobster for you and serve it in our dining room. Or you may opt for us to make your lobsters into lobster rolls to be packed for a picnic or hiking lunch on the go.
This is one of the best ways to enjoy the Camden area. Your guide is a living part of the nautical heritage of the Maine Coast.

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Photo3 large ripe bananas
1/2 cup creamy organic peanut butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons dark maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups gluten-free oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips  & 1/4 cup dried blueberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cookies sheets with cooking spray.

2. Mix bananas, peanut butter, coconut oil, agave, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth, if you are using a mixer, make sure it does not run too long, ingredients can heat up an become too runny.

3. In a separate medium bowl, stir together the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and dried blueberries.

4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until cookies are set. Let cool on baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

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Flourless cookies
  • Parchment paper
  • 2 1/2 cups walnut pieces
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

Heat oven to 350°.

Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in a bowl. Stir in walnuts.

Add egg whites and vanilla Mix  on medium until batter is just moistened. (Do not overbeat batter or it will stiffen.)

Drop batter by the teaspoonful onto baking sheets in evenly spaced mounds.

Bake cookies until tops are lightly cracked and glossy, about 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

These cookies are best if eaten 1-2 days after being made. Not a good cookie to store.

 

camden maine hotel offers complimentary breakfast

Nothing Beats Windward House Blend Coffee!

 

“I developed a fondness for Maine cooking,…and to the end of my days the simple foods…will seem to me more delicious than all the “specialties of the house” that can be produced by the world’s most famous chefs.” -Kenneth Roberts from Trending Into Maine, Grandma’s Kitchen

Our American Traditional Breakfast Menu features fresh local Maine ingredients and traditional comfort foods made from scratch. You can choose to sit alone or with others.  The only Bed and Breakfast in Camden that offers  you choices in the morning and is VEGAN FRIENDLY and has Gluten- Free options! Our Breakfast Menu Includes our standard Maine Fresh Offerings:

KIND BREAKFAST MENU

In your complementary (FREE) made to order menu breakfast we use local and organic ingredients and favor small local and organic providers.

Choices

  • Eggs – two farm fresh organic-fed free range eggs prepared to your liking
  • Pancakes – Buttermilk, Maine Wild blueberry, or Orange Yogurt (can be prepared vegan  and or gluten free at your request)
  • Waffles – American style waffle (can be prepared vegan and or gluten free at your request)  → Read more
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For a romantic weekend add the Vegan Romance Package to any room rate. With this simple and special package receive:

*Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries

*Vegan Friendly White Wine

*Locally made Vegan Chocolates

*Vegan Breakfast

*20% discount coupon to use in our Camden Maine made silver jewelry shop.

Price for this additional package is $60.00 plus 8% tax.

 

extreme freestyle ski jump

Stay 2 night and receive 2 all day ski lift tickets to the Camden Snow Bowl. This package is offered at a 40% discount off the normal ski lift ticket! You will also receive a bottle of bubbly upon arrival. Most rooms have a fireplace. Unlimited cookies, coffee and tea all day long! Add this Ski Package to your reservation at check out. Only an additional $55.00.

Windward House Bed & Breakfast Ski & Stay Package from Kristen Bifulco on Vimeo.

vegan muffins

Ingredients (makes 20 muffins)

3 cups organic all purpose flour

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 cup of organic sugar

1 tsp salt

4 tsps. baking powder

2/3 cup vegetable oil

2 large bananas, mashed

2/3 cups of coconut milk

2 cups blueberries

1 tablespoon of vanilla

1/4 cup organic sugar mixed with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon for the muffin tops

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin tins

2. combine flour, sugars, salt and baking powder. Add milk, banana, and oil. Mix well. Fold in blueberries. fill cups 3/4 full.

3. Bake 20-25 minutes.  Enjoy your Vegan Blueberry Muffins!

 

Vegan Breakfast Served Here

photo1 1/4 cups all-purpose King Arthur flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cup Dutch processed cocoa
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 of an avocado – mashed
1/4 cup granulated organic sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup coconut milk

1 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut ( You could add vegan chocolate chips instead of the coconut)

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray cooking sheets with non-stick spray.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa. Set aside.

Beat together the coconut oil, avocado, white and brown sugar, vanilla until creamy.

Slowly add the coconut milk and flour mixture to the coconut oil mixture.  Blend all together. Stir in the shredded coconut.

Form into small balls, flatten with a fork. Cook for 10 minutes, cool on rack.

I hope you enjoy these vegan cookies. Guests at the Inn, regardless if they follow a vegan diet, enjoy these vegan cookies.

 

 

 

organic cornucopia fresh local natural ingredients in our complimentary breakfastAdd the Vegan Voyager Package to your nightly rental and upon arrival receive a gift pack of vegan snacks that you can take with you during a day of hiking or kayaking. For details of what is in the pack, please contact Kristi our Vegan Connoisseur Innkeeper. Additional $40.00 to room rate.

Gluten Free food label

Gluten Free food label1 cup dry mix Pamela’s gluten free mix

1 egg

1 tablespoon Pompeian canola and virgin olive oil blend

Squirt of juice from fresh lemon

Teaspoon of vanilla

1 tablespoon of whole milk organic yogurt – use the most liquid part

Put the mix in the bowl, add the lemon

Add the egg, add the oil, and the yogurt

Add ½ cup orange juice and the rest water

Mix and cook at 350 degrees on flat smooth griddle

photoLast week I put on my boots and headed inland to pick strawberries from an organic farm. There are some farms locally but for strawberries you really should have organic. Not all local farms are organic. I clean about 5 pounds of strawberries everyday for breakfast and at the end of the season I have touched over 400 pounds of strawberries. For me, I feel an imperative to make sure that there are no pesticides. kristipicking

I picked 13 pounds the first day I was there. I will go back this week and pick more. We use the strawberries in our fruit cups and our green smoothies. Our green smoothies are also made with local kale, spinach and blueberries (organic of course). Eating local has become a learning experience for me. Learning what local food compliment each other is as much as a learning curve as learning how to bake vegan. There are fine lines I believe that should be respected. I am not sure why people think chocolate could ever be local to Maine. Taking ingredients from other parts of the world and preparing them in Maine, does not make it from Maine.  Making Maine wine from California grapes, that just does not equal my definition of local.

Jesse prepared a wonderful organic french toast with local organic strawberry compote for breakfast yesterday. Our bacon from Maine Street Meats  is a nice addition to any of our entrees.

natural uncured bacon griddle pressedBlueberry season is right around the corner. Blueberries are much harder to pick than strawberries. The berry is smaller and if you do not have a proper rake it can be difficult to accumulate quantity. For the blueberries, I make a donation to the Coastal Mountain Land Trust, the organization that helps to preserve a lot of land, including Beech Hill. Beech Hill is a wonderful hill that has organic blueberry fields. If you are a contributing member, you get first pick at the harvested berries.  In my opinion, a great deal! Here is a link to my last blog post on Health Eats in Camden Maine

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new_years_eve_toasTThe long running sitcom of How I Met Your Mother could not have picked a better place for the epic proposal of Ted to “the Mother”.  That romantic lighthouse backdrop is the Camden Curtis Island Lighthouse. Just a few miles off the shore of Camden Harbor, 1 block from the Camden Windward House Bed and breakfast, the lighthouse is on a Town owned island that you can get to by kayaking. Package includes:  A bottle of bubbly, lighthouse itinerary and Curtis Island silver lighthouse charm and silver chain- wrapped up and waiting for you upon arrival.curtisislandClose This is an additional $93.00 to room rate. We can even rent you a kayak if you would like to row out to the Island and hike around. Add as you are checking out online or mention when you call. See more romantic details here http://mycamdenmaine.com/curtis-island-lighthouse-how-i-met-your-mother/

#HIMYMFarewell

Kale and juice

Kale and juice

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup coconut unsweetened milk
  • 1 cup kale – packed
  • 1 full banana
  • Handful of spinach
  • Hand full of organic strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • Handful of Blueberries, fresh or frozen

Put water and coconut milk in first, then kale and spinach – the kale needs a little more time in the blender to breakdown then the fruit. Blend the liquids and the kale and spinach for a minute or 2 then add the fruit. Blend all together. Do not blend for too long, ingredients can heat up from blender. This smoothie is best cold! Makes 2 cups of smoothie. I hope you enjoy this green smoothie recipe.

 

AgreementI love the online Wikipedia definition of hospitality -  “the relationship between the guest and the host, or the act or practice of being hospitable. Specifically, this includes the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers”. The relationship starts with that first phone call from the guest or from the guest visiting a properties website. The Internet gives potential guests the ability to find out a lot of information about a property before they commit to a reservation, a.k.a. a business relationship. A guest can look at pictures, visit Facebook, Twitter and read reviews. The Innkeeper unfortunately, if the guest is a first time visitor, does not know anything about the person that will sleep in their establishment. The ability to know as much about a guest before they come to stay at a lodging is priceless for the proprietor. Small details about a guest can lead to little touches made to the room before the guests checks in. My online reservation system has a notes section. A guest can indicate that they have a food allergy or they are allergic to feathers.  There is also a small pull down button that a guest can indicate if they are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon or other special occasion. These small details are good, but more information about the guest would be helpful in managing expectations and the business relationship.

I recently had a guest that wrote a Trip Advisor review for the Camden Windward House Bed and Breakfast. The review was very favorable and I was delighted that the guest was happy with his stay. What I found most interesting was that this guest was a Top Contributor Reviewer on Trip Advisor. If I had known that this person had such a designation, perhaps I would have tried a little harder to impress him. Fortunately the service was great without having known. Current travel trends show travelers trying to leverage the review benefits. A community of reviewers have developed the Reviewer Card. The Reviewer Card rewards members with the promise of premium service. Flash this card at a hospitality business and the staff knows to impress.  So here is my idea, reservation systems should allow guests to make a reservation with their Trip Advisor Id. You can log into Trip Advisor with your Facebook Account, why not log in to a reservation system with the Trip Advisor Id? The guest can expect a special kind of service and the Innkeeper will have the chance to wow the guest. Knowing that a guest writes reviews put staff on their toes. Not only will the proprietor try to impress, but after reading the guests past reviews, the proprietor will know if there are specific issues that the guest had in the past. For example, if a guest reviewed a property and complained about a noisy street, then the proprietor can move the guest to a room that is quiet and away from the street. If a guest wrote that she or she enjoyed having fresh flowers in their room, then the proprietor could put flowers in the room.

I think it is time that the hospitality business insist that the relationship between the guest and the proprietor be on a level field to foster a beautiful relationship. I encourage Trip Advisor and Reservation Systems to work together to benefit the hospitality business.

questionsGuests that have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before often have many questions. I would like to share a recent conversations with a Bed and Breakfast newbie.

Two days ago I got a phone call from a guest that felt obligated to tell me that she and her partner had never been in a Bed and Breakfast and were concerned about what time they could check in. I told her, please call if you will be later than 9:00pm. Check in is at 3:00pm, but I am always here so a later check in is no problem. I also told her to ring the doorbell when she got here.

One day later, the same lady called to see what the weather was and if she should bring a hair dryer? I updated her on the current weather and told her to bring a sweater – it is Maine. All of our rooms do have hair dryers.

Ongoing conversations with B&B Newbie:

Guest: Do you have air conditioning if it is too hot? Answer: Yes, all rooms have air conditioners

Day of Arrival: Guest: Does our room have towels? Answer: Yes, all the rooms have towels, unless the housekeeper forgets, which can happen, so please let us know if you do not have towels.

Guest: Can I have a cup of tea? Answer: Of course, we have a hot water machine with a selection of tea and Hot chocolate in the dining room all day long.

Guest: Can I get ice? Answer: Of course, the ice machine is on the second floor. Please help yourself.

Guest: Do I have to pay for breakfast? Answer: No, the breakfast is complimentary.

Guest: Can I have another cup of coffee? Answer: Yes, please do.

Guest: Will there be housekeeping in my room? answer: Yes, of course.

Guest: Do I have to pay for the bottled water in my room? Answer: No, it is complimentary, please enjoy.

Finally, I said – Sweetie, B&B’s are similar to hotels, but better. Guest: I agree.

garden

hope plantsOur senior garden advisor, a.k.a. Grandpa Bifulco, is coming from New York today. Jesse flew down to NY and will drive back to Camden Maine with his dad. Jesse’s dad is a great help when he comes to visit. Grandpa, Pat Bifulco, has a very distinguished history in the law profession in NY. From lawyer to Judge to NY Senate candidate.  But before Pat entered the law field he grew up on a farm in Staten Island. Yes, Staten Island had farm land. The Bifulco family had acres and acres of land on Staten Island and grew vegetables. Pat’s father and mother were immigrants from Italy. Pat would often tell stories about how hard the family had to work on the farm. The children in the family worked from dawn to dusk in the fields.  Pat’s brothers stayed in the farm business and today their children own a family farm in New Jersey – Bifulco Farms: http://www.bifulcos.com/bifulco_farms.html . Bifulco Farms has grown into a large storage, cooling, brokers and transportation station for produce.

In Pat’s senior years he enjoys gardening and his family. He has been a great help to Jesse and I as we try to make our property more sustainable. When Pat comes he quickly evaluates the property, even draws maps. Our children are then given duties, cleaning plots and weeding. Hope has been growing seedlings since early March. The rule of thumb around here is, do not plant before Mother’s Day. There is less of a chance of a frost after Mother’s Day. Since we turned that corner on the season, it is time to start planting.

We plant kale, celery, arugula, giant pumpkins, basil, parsley, spinach, tomatoes, squash, and corn. The kale, celery and spinach are used in our green smoothies. We have a beautiful cutting flower garden and this year I hope to add rose bushes. I hope our guests will enjoy our garden as much as we enjoy planting it.

Senior Gardener/Junior Gardeners

Senior Gardener/Junior Gardeners

 

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I recently discovered the USA Today series: Thriving on the Road – Travel Ideas. I learned about this series from a tweet on Twitter . The topics discussed are interesting and thought-provoking. As an Innkeeper, it is important for me to learn about my guests concerns about travel. A  recent article published in USA Today “How to Make your Hotel Room Feel Like Home” caught my attention because this is the very idea the Bed and Breakfast industry has been promoting for decades. I generated a couple of new “house-warming” ideas from this article that I will use to make my B&B more “homier” for the traveler. I understand that staying at a Bed and Breakfast might not always be practical for a business traveler, but if the concern is to feel like you are in your home, then a Bed and Breakfast property is the best way to go. I will elaborate the benefits of a Bed and Breakfast property later, I would now like to comment on the ideas expressed in this article.

26DJ7083I love the attention the writer gives to the stress factor the business traveler endures. Business travel can be very trying on the body and the soul. Sleeping and eating well when you travel are imperative. Select hotels are addressing the issue of business travel stress with offering to frame a picture of a loved one and put it in your room upon arrival, stocking the mini bar with comfort food and some travel experts suggest moving the furniture to make it more amenable to your comfort. The author of the article mentions a guest that travels with candles of familiar scents. I do not recommend this fire hazard idea and I am sure some hoteliers are rubbing their heads about this suggestion. Be careful with lighting anything in a hotel room. Candles and incense may leave a lingering smell or smoke on the wall that if the hotel is conscious of their room environments, will add a cleaning fee, further leading to more travel stress. I do like the simple suggestion for the guest to learn the staff’s name at the hotel. Unfortunately, the article does not suggest that the hotel staff try to learn the guest’s name. These tiny acts of kindness by the hotel are sweet but perhaps they could go take the kindness a little further. The Bed and Breakfast industry has made a career of hospitality from the “homey” feeling. Naturally, a bed and breakfast is someone’s home. Here are few of my ideas that I am wiling to share with the hotel world.

The homey feeling on vacation and traveling on business is nice, but lets face it, it is not home. In the Camden Windward House, all the rooms have private bathrooms, televisions, free wifi, air conditioning and windows that you can open. Having all those amenities in a room are basic to being comfortable. The things that I have added to make it feel like home, or perhaps nicer then home are the 600 thread count sheets, feather mattresses and egyptian cotton towels. I chose egyptian cotton towels because they are 100% softer than turkish towels. Our sheets are ironed for added luxury. Complimentary bottled water is refreshed in your room each day free of charge. In the afternoon there are baked treats left in the living room for you to enjoy with the complimentary tea. As I write this, the word complimentary seems like a nice word to use with homey. At home you are not asked to pay for every little thing. Not having to dip into your wallet every two seconds is very relaxing. No need to keep all those receipts for the business trip reimbursement excel spreadsheet you will need to fill out.

photoI have adopted the idea of getting to know someone’s name and letting others know my name. I like this idea. We can accommodate up to 20 people a night so sometimes it is a challenge, but I try. I have made a point to have my name stitched on my shirt so guests will be comfortable asking me for assistance.  This is my home and I enjoy sharing with travelers.

 

 

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bed and breakfastRecently we had some wonderful guests from Texas that stayed with us right after they attended a B&B Conference in Kennebunk Maine. They attended a conference with The B&B Team. The B&B Team is a diverse group of professionals in the Bed and Breakfast Industry that promote, teach and sell B&B’s.  When you meet anyone on the team, you know that they all have a special connection to Bed and Breakfasts and love what they do. For me, as an innkeeper, it is fun to see the B&B Team promote the industry and teach the basics in Bed and Breakfast hospitality. The Bed and Breakfast industry is definitely in a league all its own. Because this niche in the lodging market is primarily small business owners,  there are unique facets to the B&B business that a potential innkeeper should consider before entering the market. The B&B Conferences are set up to help you learn what you will need to know if you plan to embark on a B&B venture.  I never went to a B&B Conference before I bought our Inn, but I have gone to a few instructional talks with The B&B Team. I enjoyed a lecture about marketing at a Maine Innkeepers Conference a few years ago and before that a talk on managing reviews. As an Innkeeper, there are always trends and issues you should stay on top of. I like to consider the B&B Team lectures and newsletters as my Innkeeper continuing education.

The couple that stayed with us was very polite and enjoyed furthering their experience at the conference with a stay at our Bed and Breakfast. They were curious about our breakfast menu and our rooms. The questions they asked were interesting. I could tell they had been thinking about the information they learned over the weekend at the B&B Conference.  Questions about seasonal income and packaging, when can we get a day off and how we got into this business were fun for me to discuss over a hot cup of coffee this morning. It is rare that I take a minute and try to explain all that I do on a day-to-day basis. This couple was anxious to learn and I had fun summarizing my thoughts in clear easy words in order to teach. I think I conveyed to them that I love what I do. I say that because after our conversation, I myself, felt happy and motivated to stay in the business and enjoy it. When you do things day-to-day and do not analyze it, you can not appreciate the fine points of the job. It was nice to reflect on my eight years of Innkeeping and share with a potential new Innkeeper.

I am thankful that those guests came after their conference.

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salmon waffles

Windward House Sweet & Savory Double Cooked Smoked Salmon Waffles

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons marscapone cheese

1 teaspoon Ground fresh black pepper

1 teaspoon Maine sea salt

2 ounces Samaki organic smoked salmon

2 teaspoons Fresh dill finely minced

1 teaspoon Fresh Lemon juice

1 teaspoon Horseradish

1 1/2 cups lukewarm Maine’s Own Organic milk

3/4 teaspoon Maine sea salt

2 large organic free range eggs

2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast

2 tablespoons organic corn meal

DIRECTIONS

1. Mix the cheese, herbs and salmon in a food processor until whipped and uniform.

2. Mix the batter (milk, eggs flour and yeast)

3. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for about two hours in the fridge.

4. Remove from fridge and mix the batter with the whipped cheese mixture. Mix until almost smooth.

5. Preheat the waffle iron at maximum heat and spray with non-stick vegetable oil.

6. Separate the batter into enough for one waffle, and put half in the waffle iron. When it is almost toasted on the outside, remove it, and mix it back into the batter.

7. Spray the waffle iron again and then put one hundred percent of one waffle’s worth of batter into the iron, and cook until golden brown.

 

This makes about 4 deep 7 inch waffles.

Serve with vegetable cream cheese and maple butter!(you can ask us for these recipes also.)

 

Bed and Breakfasts

Mar 22, 2013

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There are no franchise hotels in Camden Maine. There was one lodging franchise over 10 years ago, but franchises just can’t last in Camden. Those that live and travel to Camden want an experience that is not cookie cutter. An experience of being near the ocean and feeling the history of the town. Many beautiful historic homes in this small coastal village offer the Bed and Breakfast experience.

Bed and Breakfasts started popping up in the 1920′s during the Depression Era. Many unemployed workers had to travel around the country to try to find work. People started opening up their homes to these weary travelers, creating a new revenue stream to those that managed to keep their homes. Over the years the Bed and Breakfast business became more defined and regulated. The local governments required lodging to be licensed by the health department and meet standards of safety for the visitors. Although regulations were placed on the small business owners, hospitality endured and Bed and Breakfasts are the friendliest genre of lodging establishments there are.

Camden Windward House is a Greek Revival home that has been in the hospitality business for over 28 years. Windward is originally the home of a sea-captain from Isleboro. The house fortunately or unfortunately is not in the style of the grand sea-captain houses because when Elijah Glover, the sea-captain, came to Camden in the 1850′s he was retired and working on a career as a ship builder and lumberman. His wife had passed away and he lived in the house with his daughter. Since Windward House is older than the houses across the street, it is obvious why Glover chose the location of Windward House on High Street. This historic home was and is near the downtown and the ocean, except in the 1850′s there was a view of the ocean from the front porch. This Bed and Breakfast’s lot is long and was once ideal for a farming lifestyle (still is and we are trying little by little to grow our vegetables on it – but we are city folk, may take us longer to learn). Windward House has a long lodging history. Before Windward House was a Bed and Breakfast, it was a rooming house for lobster men and artists.

Properties like Windward House make ideal Bed and Breakfasts. Those that purchase historic properties with the intention of sharing it with travelers, know the importance of a great, comfortable bed and warm, filling breakfasts. Most people who travel to the Mid Coast of Maine are weary from a long drive up the coast and are instantly de-stressed when they walk into the welcoming foyer of Windward. The smell of cookies and tea eases everyone. Bed and Breakfasts are the way to go in Maine. Learn about the history, see the unique architecture and enjoy the warm hospitality of a charming New England Home.

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March 11, 2013
Contact: Jessica Kershaw (DOI) 202-208-6416
Mike Litterst (NPS) 202-513-0354

AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS:
 Secretary Salazar, Director Jarvis Designate 13 New National Historic Landmarks
New Sites Recognize More Complete Story of America, including Significant Latino, African American and Indian Sites

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the designation of 13 new national historic landmarks, including an Alabama bridge that was site of “Bloody Sunday” during the civil rights movement, a 400-year-old historic district showcasing the influence of Spanish culture in Puerto Rico, the home of author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe, and a historic stadium used by Negro league baseball teams in 20th-century segregated America.

“These national historic landmark designations span more than two centuries of our country’s history, from 17th century architecture to a Civil War battlefield to a 19th century-Kentucky whiskey distillery that continued to operate through the Prohibition era,” Secretary Salazar said. “Today’s designations include significant sites that help tell the story of America and the contributions that all people from all walks of life have made as we strive for a more perfect union.”

“From the Civil War to civil rights, to the struggles and accomplishments of women, African Americans and Latinos, these sites highlight the mosaic of our nation’s historic past,” said Director Jarvis. “We are proud to administer the National Historic Landmarks Program to educate and inspire Americans through their country’s rich and complex history.”

National historic landmarks are nationally significant historic places that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. The program, established in 1935, is administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. Currently there are 2,540 designated national historic landmarks.

The new national historic landmarks include the following sites:

  • ·   Camden Amphitheatre and Public      Library, Camden, Maine.  The Camden Amphitheatre and Public      Library is one of the few public projects of Fletcher Steele, one of      America’s premier practitioners of 20th-century landscape      design.  It is an outstanding representation of the contributions      made by the landscape architecture profession, private benefactors, and      national associations to develop public landscapes in the United States      that celebrated natural regional beauty, scenic character, and rich      cultural history.
  • ·   Camp Nelson Historic      and Archeological District, Jessamine County, Ky.  One of      the nation’s largest recruitment and training centers for African American      soldiers during the American Civil War, Camp Nelson is also significant as      the site of a large refugee camp for the wives and children of the      soldiers who were escaping slavery and seeking freedom.
  • ·   Casa Dra. Concha Meléndez Ramírez,      San Juan, Puerto Rico.  This was the residence and workspace of Dra.      Concha Meléndez Ramírez, a prolific and prominent literary criticism voice      in Generación del Treinta (Generation of 1930), a literary movement that      shaped Puerto Rico’s 20th-century national cultural identity.
  • ·   Edmund Pettus Bridge,      Selma, Ala.  On March 7, 1965, civil rights marchers drawing      attention to the need for voting rights legislation were attacked by law      enforcement officials as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  The      attack, which came to be known as “Bloody Sunday,” contributed to the      introduction and passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, considered to      be the single most effective piece of civil rightslegislation ever passed      by the US Congress.
  • ·   The Epic of American Civilization      Murals, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.  These murals are      the most important work in the United States by muralist José Clemente      Orozco, one of Mexico’s foremost mural artists of the early 20th      century.  Orozco conceived the murals as a representation of a North      American continent characterized by the duality of indigenous and European      historical experiences.  Though highly controversial in their day,      the murals challenged traditional ways of thinking about the development      of Aztec and Anglo-American civilizations in North America.
  • ·      George T. Stagg      Distillery, Franklin County, Ky.  With      resources dating from approximately 1880 to 1953, the George T. Stagg      Distillery is a rare, intact example of an operating distillery before,      during and after Prohibition.  It provides an unparalleled      opportunity to study at one site the evolution of buildings and technology      associated with the American whiskey industry.
  • ·   Harriet Beecher Stowe House,      Hartford, Conn.  Though best known to modern audiences for her      antislavery work, Harriet Beecher Stowe was widely recognized in her      lifetime as a highly prolific and nationally significant reformer for a      wide variety of causes.  Her longtime home in Hartford is associated      with Stowe’s later career as a reformer on issues relating to the family      and women’s roles.
  • ·   Hinchliffe Stadium, Paterson,      N.J.  Hinchliffe Stadium the institutionalized practice of “separate      but equal” facilities was the accepted norm.
  • ·   Honey Springs Battlefield,      McIntosh and Muskogee Counties, Okla.  By far the largest Civil War      engagement of the 1861-1865 period of conflict within Indian Territory,      the Battle of Honey Springs was the largest battle in Indian Territory in      which Native Americans fought as members of both Union and Confederate      armies.  It is also significant as the first and largest engagement      in which Indian troops of both sides fought in the formalized style of      Anglo-American warfare.
  • ·   Old San Juan Historic      District/Distrito Histórico del Viejo San Juan, San Juan, Puerto      Rico.  Old San Juan is the only existing representation of an almost      400-year-old Spanish Colonial city in the United States, and contains the      largest collection of buildings representing four centuries of Spanish      culture, religion, politics, and architecture.  It is the oldest city      within the United States and its territories, and the district includes      the oldest house, Christian church, executive mansion, convent, and      military defenses in the country as well.
  • ·   Pear Valley, Eastville,      Va.  Dating to 1740, the wood-frame house known as Pear Valley is an      excellent, rare surviving example of the distinctive form of architecture      that developed in the Chesapeake Bay region, illustrating how early      settlers in the colonies adapted to their new environment.
  • ·   Second Presbyterian Church,      Chicago, Ill.  The Second Presbyterian Church      represents the visual and philosophical precepts of the turn of the      century Arts and Crafts design movement.  Its interior, the      masterwork of noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, presents some of the      finest examples of Arts and Crafts mural painting, sculpture, stained      glass and crafting in metals, fabrics, wood and plaster.
  • ·   Yaddo, Saratoga Springs,      N.Y.  One of the country’s oldest artists’ retreats, Yaddo has hosted      more than 6,000 influential writers, visual artists and composers who      shaped and imprinted American culture with a distinct national identity in      the 20th century.  Among the notable artists who have      worked at Yaddo are Aaron Copland, Truman Capote, Leonard Bernstein,      Flannery O’Connor, Sylvia Plath and Langston Hughes.

Salazar also announced the acceptance of updated documentation and a boundary revision for the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.

The National Historic Landmarks Program, established in 1935, is administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior.  The agency works with preservation officials and other partners interested in nominating a landmark. Completed applications are reviewed by the National Park System Advisory Board, which makes recommendations for designation to the Secretary of the Interior.  If selected, property ownership remains intact but each site receives a designation letter, a plaque, and technical preservation advice.

Additional information on the designations can be found at MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “links.govdelivery.comtrack” claiming to be www.nps.gov/history/nhl.

cookie
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup vegan butter, softened (Earth Balance)
  • 1 1/2 cups organic (vegan) sugar and 1/4 cup to roll the dough in before cooking
  • 1 banana
  • 1  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the vegan butter and organic sugar until smooth. Beat in banana and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, roll in sugar,  and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

Enjoy your vegan cookies. No substitutes needed!

I was careful to use organic sugar. Some new vegan bakers are not aware that white sugar goes through a refining process. Bone char (charcoal made from animal bones) is an activated carbon source for this refinement process. Some Vegans do not mind this and some do. The Jewish faith believes the charcoal is so far removed that there is not meat or dairy on the bones.  I always choose to use organic vegan sugar – If your going to go Vegan – go all the way!

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Making it easy for everyone: Valentine’s Day in Camden Maine

The little coastal village of Camden Maine is one of the romantic destinations wrapped up in a bow. The town is small and walkable from lovely historic lodgings. Following are a selection of restaurants that your Valentine will be very happy with. She/he however, will not be happy if you do not have a reservation. Please book early. In addition to a lovely dinner and a stay at a historic Inn, add a little entertainment at the Camden Maine Opera House. The Indie Artist Showcase: Real Music for Real Music Lovers is Thursday February 14th at 8:00pm. Price of admission is only $15.00.

Valentine  selections in Camden Maine:

Fromviandoux - 207 230 7444

Hartstone Inn – 207 236-4259

Natalie’s – 207- 236-7008

Long Grain – 207 – 236-9001

Place to buy chocolate in Camden Maine: Maine Gatherings 8 Bayview Street Camden.

Camden Maine Valentines Packages

♥Windward House Love ME Valentines Package

♥Windward House Very Vegan Valentines Package

♥Windward House Romance Package

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February is truly the month the world falls in love. I took this little saying from an old Christmas song, A Christmas Waltz by the Carpenters. This phrase caught me when I heard it, of course it was around Christmas time, but I thought it more appropriate for Valentine’s Day. I have found that couples celebrate Valentine’s Day all month-long in February. Whenever they can make a quick getaway they validate it with the notion that they are doing it for love, for Valentine’s Day. My husband thinks I am crazy to fall for the “month of love” but I think it is important to embrace this concept and make that significant other feel special. In Camden Maine you can go ice skating, skiing, hiking, or relax by your in-room fireplace!

A special Valentines post from 2012 http://wp.me/p2o6Vv-2Pe

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A little love story left in one of our room guest books (written by young lovers at Windward House Bed and Breakfast)(2007)

“Oh Sofia, This room was a great idea. I thought we were going to have to sleep on your sister’s floor. With the dog to boot. I mean I like the dog but this is so much better than sleeping with the dog.  And the bath…. OMG how nice was that?  Maybe a 25% larger tub would make it more fun for two of us. I have to say you do look good in the tub….”

“Oh Rick, When Mamma said she would treat us to a room,(my mamma, not yours or ours, that would be weird!) I had no idea there would be a canopy. I luuuvvvv canopies. I even love to say the word can oh pea! It just feels good on the tip of my tongue. Mmmm! Thank you for un-tucking the bed linen for me. I like to feel free even my feet like to feel free and they are warm and toasty and happy!!”

I sent this story to T&L’s short tweetable love stories, but since it was too long for a tweet, it was not acknowledged. I still love it, tweetable or not.

 

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LOVE ME Getaway Ideas Camden Maine Style…

valentine's day weekend getaway ideasThis Romance package is available all year long, please mention package when booking.  This package is in addition to your room rental and includes breakfast each morning, a bottle of champagne and box of candy upon arrival, couples (1 hr) massage in your room. My apologies, this package is reserved for only the Quarterdeck room, Chart room and the Windrose Suite. A couples massage can not be accomodated in the smaller rooms.

  • (More tips and things to do listed below)

Additional $260.00.00 plus tax all rooms. Must be 21. CWH is licensed to serve alcohol in ME.

Love Maine in Camden Package

Things to Do

Camden Maine is a fabulously romantic getaway in the quiet season. Rates are reasonable this time of year, leaving you with enough to spend on a great dinner at one of the local restaurants within walking distance of this romantic historic bed and breakfast, or an in room couple’s massage, or just a quiet night watching a dvd by the fireplace. The cool fresh air of Midcoast Maine promotes cuddling, and our fabulous comfort bedding personally assembled with meticulous care makes sleep a luxury item.

Tips

  • Reservations

Camden Maine is a small town, so reservations are a good idea. Also, massages and inn room extras should be ordered well in advance to make sure things are just the way you like them.
Another Great Idea
How about a cooking class? Either as a couple or one of you could learn a new cooking technique to try out at home and bring back memories of your romantic weekend getaway. Camden Maine has become a fantastic culinary “foodie” spot for learning and enjoying great food wine and craft beer.

  • Call Ahead

With any special arrangements like flowers or chocolate covered strawberries or champagne in the room, or something more creative, you should call ahead. We welcome your requests and can and have made many arrangements.

        • Some Ideas

Many of these items may be ordered when reserving your room. Of course it’s always a good idea to let us know if there’s something special you would like to do…

        • Chocolate Covered Strawberries – hand dipped and freshly selected a classic!
        • Champagne – Want to try something new?  How about Italian Prosecco, California Champagne Method Sparkling, Spanish Cava, or be traditional with French bubbly the original Champagne
        • In Room Massage – order well ahead, a couples’ massage is a great way to relax and connect with your partner
        • Beer? Yes, craft Maine beers are also a great way to celebrate your weekend getaway
Canning tomatoes at home

When Jesse and I bought the Camden Windward House Bed and Breakfast, we made a pledge to only serve food that we would eat. We reworked the menu that was already in service at the Bed and Breakfast and added vegan, vegetarian, gluten – free options and use organic and local ingredients. When you are traveling it is difficult to eat healthy and we understand that. Many of our guests ask for our recipes and we are delighted to share our knowledge on healthy eating. We are delighted to be able to offer local cooking classes to our guests as an addition to their stay. Learn how to create a sustainable lifestyle with the monthly workshop classes at Salt Water Farm. These Maine Cooking Classes are a great addition to your travels in Maine. The Cooking School, Salt Water Farm is only 4.7 miles from the Bed and Breakfast and we believe it is a complimentary addition to staying at Windward House. In the morning you will be treated to a delicious made to order breakfast with many dietary options. Eating a healthy breakfast is a great start to your day.  Learn how to can fruit and vegetables. Wonderful warm your bones meals such as Maine cooking classes  about stews, soups and braising are also taught.  Fun classes such as cocktails and pies are also included. There is something for everyone. The final class, at the end of October, is Cooking With Fire, and I could not think of a better way leave the season of fall and welcome a Maine winter. Check Full Calendar of Cooking School Classes  click here.

Camden Windward House has developed a package to encourage you to start living a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle with opportunities at a great cooking school. Please see details of package here.

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 The days are much shorter here in the winter in Maine. The mornings are dark and often very cold. I feel like Santa Clause each morning when I wake at 6:00am to set the breakfast tables, put on the coffee, start the tea water, turn up the heat, start the fireplace and have my own cup of coffee. I tip toe around the house to make sure I do not make any noise. The house is very quiet and warm.  This morning. I took a picture of our Christmas tree that I have in the dining room. My daughter strung some cranberries and made moose ornaments. Our guests will slowely wake and they will be treated with a lovely breakfast. Every day should be like this! The Bed and Breakfast lifestyle is pretty amazing.

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We have guests that come to Camden Maine each year for Christmas By the Sea for different reasons. I know there is a hotel in the downtown that is completely reserved by 2 grandparents to host all their children and grandchildren for a family reunion. They all enjoy the Christmas By the Sea festivities together. The timing of Christmas By the Sea is good, in that it is early in December. Windward House has a lovely couple that comes every year just for a nice getaway. The couple lives in Maine, a few towns over from Camden, and come because the town is alive in the winter. The stores are open late. The couple said they do not care too much for all the Santa sightings and caroling. For a young couple that just wants to have a fun town, lovely restaurants and the romantic winter feeling, this is a great weekend. Stay in one Windward House’s rooms with a fireplace and walk to and from dinner, a great weekend.

Some people come to see the ships that are still in the ocean all wrapped up for the winter. The Mary Day puts a Christmas Tree at the top of one of their main masts. It is a fantastic thing to see click here: http://mainewindjammerblog.com/

Some come to see Santa Clause. This Santa is the real deal! Check it out: http://www.camdenmainevacation.com/christmas-by-the-sea-camden-maine.php

Windward House also has another couple that has come every year since 2009 for one special reason, to buy the Garden Club Gingerbread houses at the Rockport Opera House. They get up early and wait in line outside the Opera House. They buy a couple of candy houses and then get back to Windward House for a delightful breakfast.

It is snowing today in Camden Maine and it completes that great holiday feeling.

Happy Holidays.

Travelers from around the world – I do not speak Italian – but I think it is good!
“Peccato una sola notte!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed November 23, 2012 NEW

Il B&B è davvero carino, l’abitazione tipica del Maine. Le camere sono spaziosissime, comode e molto pulite. I letti grandi e avvolgenti. La biancheria ricercata e morbidissima. Il bagno funzionale e pulito (la doccia, in particolare, é fantastica). La camera aveva anche un caminetto a gas d’atmosfera e, in una fredda giornata di pioggia é stato l’ideale per riscaldare un po’ l’ambiente e regalarci un po’ di relax dopo una lunga traversata in auto sotto una pioggia battente che non ci ha dato tregua un minuto. Il “Windward B&B” è stato solo una tappa del nostro lungo viaggio nel New England, ma avrebbe sicuramente meritato di più. Le colazioni di Kristi, poi sono state davvero fantastiche, naturali, ricche e anche la stanza in cui vengono servite ha l’atmosfera giusta e Kristi stessa é stata molto gentile e ci ha consigliato un percorso in auto al termine del quale si poteva godere di un panorama davvero imperdibile. Buono il rapporto qualità/prezzo, anche se devo precisare che abbiamo viaggiato in bassa stagione. Il paesino di Camden é delizioso.

Bowl of brown rice with milk

Warm Breakfast Sticky Rice Vegan Recipe

  • One cup organic sticky rice (rice for sushi)
  • One cup water, one cup coconut milk
  • One tablespoon vegan buttery sticks
  • Maple Syrup to taste

Melt vegan butter in pot, stir in rice until it is all coated in oil. Add the liquids and put a lid on the pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Be careful not to let it stick. You may stir it if you are worried about that but remember to put the lid back on to keep the moisture in.

Portion the rice while hot, add a little warm coconut milk, cinnamon and maple syrup to taste.

Serve hot.

For non-vegan recipe substitute organic butter salted or unsalted for the vegan buttery sticks.

Thank you note of guests.

I was at French and Brawn this afternoon and the lovely lady that works at the counter looked at me and asked me how I was. I appreciated her concern, but she seemed over concerned. I told her I was felling ok. She said that she sees a lot of people in the store from the hospitality business and they look so bedraggled. That the working folk are tired and some seem angry. I told her that every end of August in Camden, Maine, probably in all of Mid Coast Maine, the hospitality people are tired. By this time most have worked 3 months without a day off.  I told the lady at French and Brawn that the bad reviews start to come in around this time of year. Trip advisor gets a boost in the negative reviews for all local businesses. I fortunately have been drinking green smoothies all summer and feel stronger than ever. I had a few days of short patience but I snapped out of it and managed a genuine smile. I felt  tested this summer with employees not showing up and guests cancelling. But, today in the mail I received a surprising letter. A fun older couple stayed with us for 5 nights. They loved blueberries and sitting out on the deck. The husband had been to the MidCoast before but the wife had not. This is a second marriage for both of them and they are sharing their fond memories of their pasts. I enjoyed having them here. They have very southern gentle accents. They were very polite and entertaining. The letter I received in the mail was from this southern couple. It reads:

Kristen and Jesse,

Enclosed please find a very modest gratuity to say Thank You for the nicest 5 – day visit to Camden that we could possibly have had. We loved Camden but we loved your charming B&B, & the two of you even more. We had a most memorable & relaxing vacation. We wanted to express our thanks!

With fond good wishes,

Irene

This letter will help me get through to the end of October with a smile on my face. I hope the rest of Camden receives a letter and understands that tourists truly do love our beautiful area, Camden Maine.

 

Thank you note of guests.

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Windward House Facebook Page

I thought it frivolous to post on Facebook last week. The destruction in NY and NJ was so disturbing that I could not get myself to post anything on the business page for Camden Windward House. Small details of things happening in our town and Inn seemed unimportant. I wanted to write that I was concerned for those in the south but I couldn’t even do that. My words on a computer screen could not make up for the fact that I was here and not there helping those affected by the storm. How could a short post from a Bed and Breakfast in Camden Maine make a difference to anyone?

I did however post on my personal facebook page. On October 31st I posted  “If any of my NY or NJ family sees this – Please give us a call, we are starting to get worried! Much Love!” I did not get an immediate response from my family and was very concerned.  I remember thinking, even if they do not have electricity, their gadgets must still have battery, they must be able to see this post. It was weird to see no posts on facebook from NY and NJ. About 2 hours later I started to get phone calls and returned posts on facebook. Friends and family started to connect and I felt much better.

The feelings I had last week were similar to those I had on 9/11.  I wanted to account for everyone and know where everyone in my life was.  During 9/11 my dad was at ground zero and running away from the disaster. My mom and I knew he was there and frantically tried to get in touch with him. Hours went by before we heard from him. When my dad finally got a phone line to us, he spoke to us and then handed his phone to people next to him so they could give us their name and family member’s phone numbers to call and tell them they were ok. I was calling strangers to tell them that their loved ones were ok.  It was very difficult to call out, if you remember the phone lines were jammed, but I called and called everyone I was instructed to call. If facebook was around during 9/11, it would be amazing to look back on the posts.

I hope all past visitors to Camden Windward House are well. After much contemplation about facebook, I have resigned that it is a good thing. I am grateful to be able to stay connected to those of you that have come to Camden and became a part of our lives. I hope you will stay connected.  If the Windward House posts make you laugh or smile one day, or helps you feel connected, then that is all the justification that is needed.

 

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Winter in Maine means, cold, quiet, snow, hockey, ice skating, skiing, tubing, tobogganing – oh yah and did I say hockey!!! Yes - I am a hockey mom. The ice just went in at the MidCoast Recreational Center this past Friday. I have been watching on Facebook and am delighted that this is the earliest the rink has been completed. My kids will start playing any day now.

Here in the midcoast we love ice. The Camden Public Library will once again install the outside ice skating rink at the Camden Amphitheatre. The Camden Winterfest will delight guests with ice sculptures that form a wonderful ice garden for almost the entire month of February. You can almost guarantee that Natalie’s will have its famous Ice Bar during the Toboggan Nationals.

I love climbing the Maiden Cliff Hike Trail in the winter. The water fall on the hike is frozen over and the ice is fantastic. From the top of the trail you overlook Lake Megunticook and get a great view of winter in Maine. The lake is frozen over and is home to several ice fishing shacks, snow mobilers and cross-country skiers. To play pond hockey – you must bring a shovel and a broom to find the ice and create your rink.

If you grew up in a city and only know winter as an inconvenient time of the year, you really should come to the mid coast of Maine. Winter is more than dirty snow and slippery back roads. I grew up in Staten Island NY, and I never really appreciated winter until I moved here.

Winter is my favorite time of the year. I am hoping for lots of snow, cold temperatures and plenty of ice. I could write more about winter but realized I already have a whole web page dedicated to winter in the midcoast

Dont forget to check out winter package: http://www.windwardhouse.com/12426/maine-travel-packages/stay-and-ski-package-2/

 

 

We are delighted to welcome back so many return guests to Camden Windward House. This summer has been unique in that the weddings we hosted were in the early June and July. Prime summer time (August) has been open to all our guests. Last year we had several weddings in August, making it difficult for return guests to get a reservation. This year those previous guests called early and have returned to Windward. I have to admit, I was a little afraid when I turned these guests away last year, they would not return, but they did!

I remember when we first bought the Inn and Del (previous owner) was helping us learn the business. Del was cooking breakfast for the guests and teaching us some great Innkeeper tips. One morning a guest was checking out and said to me, “I will be back”. Del asked me how the guest liked their stay and I said, they said – they will be back. I thought they were being polite, but Del – whom is a veteran Innkeeper, said if a guest says they will be back – they are sincere and you can bet they will be back. Del was right; we have seen many guests return. I know so many faces and names, favorite breakfast specials and can tell you what room they prefer.

I make blueberry coffee and have sugar–free syrup for Jim and Eggs Benedict for Bill. Bruce stays every year for a couple of days. He has a boat north of here but like to visit Camden on his way north. Dorothy and friends are salty dogs, coming each year to go out on Timberwind. Kathy and Ron love reading in the garden, they can read for hours and hours.  I did a report on our reservation software and we have over 600 return guests.

I never thought when I moved from NY I would meet so many interesting people from all over the world. I actually miss one of our annual guests from Australia. He did not come this year, but I bet he will be here next year.

 

weather in camden

This morning I leaped out of bed because I promised a woman staying with us that I would make her coffee at 6:00am. I awoke at 6:05am and had coffee on literally by 6:08am. The woman was nowhere to be found, and I thought I had missed her by the 8 minutes that I was late. She like many people who visit Camden, like to get up early and walk to the harbor to see the boats and stare out into the horizon with a warm cup of coffee. Morning people who head to the harbor, if you ask them, call themselves “harbor rats”, I personally do not like the term rats and am trying to think of a new cute term for this behavior. It turns out that I did not miss the woman, as I sat at my computer she came in around 6:30am to get her coffee and go to the sea. She said that the cool temperature and the comfortable bed kept her asleep. The temperature as I write this is 51 degrees, which is warm in the winter but is a bit chilly in the summer. It is however, always beautiful. 51 degrees in the summer is nice because you can wear that warm sweater with your shorts, knowing that later it will come off and you will be warmed by the sun. Camden is experiencing a delightful summer. We get many guests from all over the country that are escaping the heat and enjoying sleeping with the windows open. The air is a natural air conditioner. This reminds me of one of my first posts on this blog about the air quality in Camden Maine. http://www.windwardhouse.com/8908/uncategorized/maine-the-lung-of-the-usa

I hope you will consider coming to Camden this summer! Cool off and enjoy the great outdoors.

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I usually start each season with a post. Last year I was concerned about Trip Advisor, this year I’m not. This year I am concerned that I will not be able to go out on my kayak enough. I met a friend here and she recently reminded me that I came to Camden Maine, bought this Bed and Breakfast to live a certain lifestyle. She reminded me that Camden is absolutely beautiful in summer and I better start enjoying it. I still am concerned about the service at Windward House, but this year am more confident about it. I am almost able to predict what “terrible” things will happen and, in my head, created a game plan on how to solve those issues. Camden Maine truly is a beautiful place to stay for a couple of days. Jesse and I have made a commitment to organic and local foods, so don’t even think about what you eat in our Inn, it is good and good for you (well, maybe not the French Toast with Orange Rum bananas, but they certainly are good!!!).

Lots of new things here in Camden for me to enjoy this year. There is a new scooter rental place, a bamboo bike shop, lots of walking tours, some new stores and restuarants  in the downtown.  We have a great Boat to Table Package. The captain of the lobster boat has promised to take me out on a special tour of the harbor! Tomorrow I am going with the kids to an organic farm to pick strawberries.  So far summer 2012 is great!

 

schooner surprise

We are extremely happy to announce that we will begin our 26th season with Surprise tomorrow morning, May 26 .  Our schedule will feature departures at 10:30, 1:30 and 4:30 until July 1 when our summer schedule begins.  The Surprise which is in her 94th year looks quite amazing and has responded well to our efforts with paint and varnish as well as the skilled crew at Rockport Marine who do the heavy lifting literally.  As always, we look forward to greeting your guests and providing them with a sailing experience that will ensure that they return to us every year.  We continue to be amazed and encouraged by the enthusiastic response of an overwhelming number of repeat passengers we welcome on our deck.  We appreciate your support and we will continue to ensure that your guests will bring home fond memories of their experience onboard Surprise.

We wish you “fair winds” in your business and we would love to see you onboard as our guests anytime you take the opportunity.    Now it is time to get the weatherman to provide a nice summer pattern.

- Captain Jack and Barbara

Sailing In Camden Maine

Breakfast Smoothie

When you serve a hot breakfast everyday for 7 years, you start to notice trends in food. First it was a concern for diabetes, then it was gluten free, then vegetarian, then vegan – now raw. Jesse is an amazing cook – I often kid with the guests that I think Jesse’s 20 years as a lawyer prepared him to be a short order cook. He researches everything he does. When he sets his mind to a task, he goes at it head on and tries his best. Jes has truly created an awesome morning menu.  This  Maine B&B that has a complimentary breakfast menu that is made to order. We hope people order as much or as little as they like, we don’t want anyone walking away hungry. But more importantly, we like making items that are unique to our guests diets. Jesse is great at learning about different diets and he does a great job with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Jes does not have any dietary restrictions, other than being a locavore, so he makes traditional american meals just as good. He loves his bacon and sausage (local of course). To further widen our breakfast options, and our own eating routines, I recently bought Jes a Vitamix for his birthday.  We will now be able to offer our guests a raw green shake in the morning. Green shakes consist of vegetables and fruits. Lesson learned with the green smoothie in the picture – Kale, Beet, Flax seed, Blueberries – once you put beets in anything, it will be beet colored. This tasted great and the guest loved it.

 

Sandy beach

April is a little early for the Maine tourist season to start, but over the weekend we were fortunate enough to host a whole Inn full of guests. Jesse and I are a little out of practice serving 18 breakfasts, but I think we did well. We got up very early and prepped everything (secret to success is preparation!). Everyone left the breakfast room happy and Jes and I were pleased. Monday morning came and everyone left the Bed and Breakfast. The house was quiet once again. I realized that I had better start taking advantage of the time and good weather that we have been given. 9:00am Monday, I packed my camera, some bottles of water and headed out with the family. First stop Willow Bake Shop for some homemade donuts.

My favorite: Butter Crunch

Next stop – The Breakwater Lighthouse. The Breakwater is one of my favorite spots on the MidCoast. At low tide there is a little beach there that many scour for sea glass. I like it because the waters there are real working waters. In the summer you can see lobster boats rushing from buoy to buoy for their lobsters. The Breakwater is a nice granite walk out into the ocean and at the end is a lighthouse. Unfortunately, the lighthouse is never open when I get there, but that’s ok, the rocks in front are a great place to sit and relax.

I made the kids walk all the way before they could have their donuts. Walk is a 7/8ths of a mile (each way). They did a great job and really enjoyed their donuts.

Since I felt an urgency to continue enjoying the beautiful day, next stop with the family, Birch Point Beach.

Birch Point is definitely a hidden gem and I feel a little unsure if I should share it with the world. I first discovered this wonderful beach with the my son’s first grade class. The beach at low tide has a lot of tidal pools that small and big children can explore. This beach area in Owls Head has a sand beach, wonderful picnic tables, bathrooms and great views.

A great way to end our little staycation – near Birch Point Beach, Owls Head General Store for hamburgers, not just any hamburger, the best burger in Maine – per Food Network.

We sat outside on some picnic benches and enjoyed our food.

After a long day, we returned to Camden Maine and relaxed at our quiet, wonderful downtown property! I encourage you to come now to the Mid Coast of Maine. Some things are not open yet, but the things that are, WOW are they wonderful. I had a great day!

Hope to see you soon.

-Kristi

 

 

Culinary Tourism

Mar 25, 2012

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Camden Maine is a New England Epicenter for Culinary tourism. Culinary tourism is defined as experiential travel, including local, domestic, and international tours, whereby one learns about and/or consumes food and drink reflecting a region’s cuisine and/or culture.  The food and drink of the coast of Maine are superb and should be experienced by all. I have children and recently we went to NY for the traditional Italian family Christmas Eve fish dinner. My 10 year old son commented that the lobster in NY was not as good as the lobster in Maine. Most people at the party agreed. It was then that I realized the asset I have in my Maine neighborhood. The wonderful bounty of the sea: Frutta di Mar. The flavors of the coast are like no other.  Potatoes, vodka, fiddleheads,blueberries, lobster, fish are all worth trying when in Camden Maine.

I hestitate to share this wonderful website I recently came upon (don’t want everyone to know my great find). For those that want truely Maine Made products, should check out http://www.transfigurationhermitage.org/. These nuns can make some awesome cookies and jams. They also make a great lasagna, but you can’t buy that online.

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Camden Maine is truly a unique place on the East Coast. It is amazing how the town keeps its secret. There are amazing hiking trails, several warm lake swimming spots, lake islands you can row out to, an ocean island that is not further than a mile away -  if you are strong – you can actually swim to it, and great skiing trails. All of these places are special because anyone can enjoy them. The gradient skill level for these activities start at novice and reaches expert. I like to call Camden the “Soft Adventure” capital of the world. Where else can you check into someones’ house (B&B) drop your stuff, head out the back door and run up a mountain, come back down freshen up, walk 1 block and board a kayak, row out to an island that has 1 resident (the lighthouse keeper)? Rockland is a good place to head when it rains (the Farnsworth Museum), but Camden is the place to be when it is sunny.

Next week an olympian snow boarder (Scott Westcott) will be visiting Camden Maine. I remember seeing an interview with him. He commented that if you can ski in Maine – you can ski anywhere. I totally agree with him. I went skiing in Camden Maine yesterday and the conditions: 40 degrees, windy and ICE. I loved it. You must remember, just go over the ice straight, do not try to turn or swerve and you are fine. I always comment to guests that the Camden Snow Bowl is “family friendly” hoping to get my point across that it is an easy and fun workout. I love these hill for new skiers, particularly my kids. They are learning to ski with confidence and feel comfortable trying new things like jumps and “dinosaur backs”.  But, if you compare the hills of the Camden Snow Bowl with trails of Colorado, the extremes are similar. The glade trails of Camden Maine are shorter, but just as difficult and dangerous as Colorado.  The trails of Camden Maine are cut narrower then the trails of Colorado, forcing you to swerve from other skiers, stay on course and maneuver your skis to fit narrow places. Our Soft Adventure capital has all extreme skiing factors!

With A New Twist

Feb 25, 2012

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I walked into a friend’s store the other day and everything was different. She had changed the aisles and got rid of a lot of products. I asked if she was going out of business, she said she was getting rid of the things that did not sell and “re-imagining” the store. She definitely was not going out of business but re-inventing her business. This was very refreshing.
Ever since that experience with my friend, I have been looking at my own “store”, my website and my bed and breakfast. Our website was re-designed this winter. I contacted a web designer last fall and was quoted twenty thousand dollars for a redesign. Needless to say, we decided to do it ourselves. I am pleased with the way it came out. Jesse and I are constantly learning new things. 10 years ago I never would have guessed Jesse and I could write computer code. It is amazing what you learn when you are a small business owner.

Another re-invention, our menu…

Our guests are always a source of inspiration to us. More and more we are hosting vegans for breakfast. Each year we see changes in dietary habits and we have always been able to accommodate our guests. First it was diabetics, then gluten-free, peanut-free, then vegetarians, now vegans. I am waiting for someone to say they are on the raw diet. Recently a guest wrote on their reservation that both he and his wife were vegans and hoped that we could accommodate them. The first morning of their stay I handed them a menu and said, I understand you have restrictions, but we can accommodate you with these options. As I was saying it I realized that it was not the guest that was restricted, it was my menu that was restricted. From that moment on I have seen food in a new way. It is very easy to convert most breakfast items into a vegan, and also a gluten-free option. I investigated new ingredients and we still have almost the same menu but there is a little (V) next to the items that we can make Vegan.

I am so proud of myself for looking at things a little different this year at the Bed and Breakfast. I am 38, been doing this for 7 years now and still willing to re-imagine this business each year. I hope you will like the new things happening at Windward House.

Skating Enthusiasts! (by Camden Local Anita Brosius – Scott)

Just thought I’d let you know that we were out skating on Hosmer Pond yesterday
(Tuesday afternoon Jan. 3) and this morning (Wednesday Jan. 4) and the
conditions there are TERRIFIC – 4-5” of ice, wonderful smooth skating. There is
open water at the outlet of the creeks (ie the creek that runs along the side
of the drive up to the pond edge (ie, don’t skate towards the toboggan chute
from the put-in), and the one over by Molyneaux Road and also along the edge
in a few places, but the whole pond otherwise is great. Catch the breeze right
and you can cruise the length of the pond from the put-in just by standing
still! But dress warmly for the skate back upwind!
A bald eagle has been hanging out, flying over or standing on the ice pecking at
goodies or hoping for cast-off bait from the ice fishermen.

Of course, always wear self-rescue devices when skating on ponds; be conscious of
ice fishermen’s holes, too. Better safe than sorry!  http://www.nordicskater.com/safety/index.html

Ice claws with attached whistle are available at Maine Sport. De rigeur neck
fashion for pond skaters!

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Oct 31, 2011

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I love this job. I get to meet so many interesting people. Everyone with their own unique story. Although all have a unique story, recently I have noticed a common thread in their stories. Most B&B guests are looking for a little adventure in life. I know this sounds odd that they would look for it at a B&B but if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Here we are, a loving family that provides a safe shelter for travelers in Maine – what better backdrop to focus on something new. Stepping out of your comfort zone for a little adventure is hard, and when you have a friendly smile, a great breakfast and smooth comfortable sheets - adventure is much easier.

I will start with Betty:

I received a phone call from a young woman that was looking for a ground floor bedroom with 2 twin beds. I explained that our Coastal Garden room is a nice option. It is ground floor, 2 twin beds, has a TV, air-conditioner and fireplace, private bathroom and shower. The young woman was polite and said she wanted to see what everyone had and would call me back.  After calling and looking around town , the young woman  called us back and booked the room for 5 nights in July. She could not put a deposit down right away because she had to speak to her grandmother, the woman that would actually be staying in the room with her friend. A few days later she called with her grandmother’s credit card and one month later I got to meet Betty and Gisella. Betty and Gisella showed up beaming and very excited to see their room. They were accompanied by several members of their family. We offered them coffee, tea or juice upon arrival, but they did not want anything, they just wanted to relax before their grandchildren came to take them to dinner.

The next morning, the women, dressed very well, came to the breakfast room and were delighted they had a choice from our menu. They took out their glasses and read the menu to each another. Later that day I spoke to Betty and she said she was having a wonderful time and that she was enjoying the Inn and my family.

The 5 days came and went. Upon check out I said to Betty and Gisella that I hoped I would see them again and Betty said, “well I don’t know about that, I am 91.” She looked marvelous for 91 and I think she still has a good number of years left. After they left, with the help of many family members, I was speaking to Jesse and didn’t realize that he had also had some conversations with the elderly ladies. He told me that he spoke to them and found out that they wanted a little adventure. They normally live in an assisted old age home and wanted to “escape”  for a while. They did not want to stay with family, they wanted to be independent again.  We are so pleased that the grandchildren listened to their elders, found a comfortable and safe place for them and granted Betty and Gisella their moment of adventure.

Next Adventure: The 50th birthday party

We see many birthday celebrations at the Inn. Sometimes a person will treat themselves and come by themselves, sometimes with a partner and sometimes with a group of friends. This past weekend we had a group of friends that were trying to ease the emotional pain of their one friend that was turning 50. Three couples traveled from NJ to Maine to celebrate. The weather was beautiful and the rooms were so comfortable for them. They sat on the Brass Room deck and drank wine and then walked down to the restaurant for dinner. You could see they enjoyed each others company and were having a great time. You could tell they felt at home. At breakfast I would hear that they stayed out a little too late. One man with them said he was feeling so adventurous while he was out that previous night, he tried the fried twinkie that was offered at Cuzzy’s bar. He said he had heard about them and always wanted to try one. Well, he tried it and loved it. He said he probably would never have one again, but was happy to at least try it. The newly aged 50 year old woman laughed at her husband and looked like she was a school girl again.

Next Adventure: The Bucket List

One day I got a call from a travel agent. Which is pretty common. But this travel agent was asking so many questions. Not just about the rooms and amenities, which are standard questions, but about the quality of the lobster, the pricing and the availability of the places to get lobster dinners. One lobster question after the next. I was delighted to share all my lobster knowledge with the travel agent, and by the end of the conversation, the agent booked a room for 2 nights. I was curious why she was asking all the lobster questions, but I did not ask why. The next month the guests came with an itinerary that I had somewhat dictated to the travel agent about where the best places to eat lobster were. I helped the nice southern couple find the places and they were pleased. At breakfast the gentleman brought down his leftover lobster and asked if we could cook it up in some eggs for him. What a great idea, we did and he enjoyed eating it for breakfast. Upon leaving the inn, the man said, “thank you for helping me take – eating lobster –  off my bucket list. ” He never realized that he enjoyed lobster and at the age of 60 he found a new food to enjoy.

Last but not least… the new B&B guest – Adventure

Every year we get a dozen or so first time B&B guests. They always look the same when the come in the front door – scared. They ask lots of questions and walk very slowly. Sometimes I ask if they are first time B&B people, but most of the time, they offer right away that they had never done this before and that they don’t know what to expect. Sometimes they ask to see the room before they pay. Implying that if they don’t like what they see, they are out of here. It is really cute to see the new B&B couples hold each others arms and look to each other for comfort in this new experience. A step out of their comfort zone, something different, a little adventure. We are so happy that we could make the new experience as painless as possible and have seen many non- B&B guests leave saying they will be back.

We recently had a guest that wasn’t a first time B&B guest but a 2nd time B&B guest. The couple came in and you could tell they were nervous. The wife said – “Honey – only pay for one night, in case it is like the last time we were in a B&B”. Jesse tried to get out of them their past B&B experience, but they weren’t talking. After seeing their room, they decided pay and see how things went. The next morning they were all a glow. The guests seemed very comfortable and were willing to share with me at breakfast their last B&B experience. They said that the last time they went to a Bed and Breakfast the Innkeeper was not very friendly. The room was dark and there was only 1 thing for breakfast. They were so happy to see that we had a selection and that they could have whatever they wanted.  I was surprised that they experienced such bad hospitality at a B&B. Finally I asked when this experience had happened. The woman said 20 years ago. I almost fell on the floor. This couple wrote off B&B’s for 20 years because of 1 bad experience. They said they were willing to give it another try – they were feeling adventurous and they were happy they found us.

So when you are ready to step out of your comfort zone, need some adventure, look online for a nice couple that own a B&B. Not only will their hospitality make you feel welcome it will open the door to new adventures.

-Kristi

 

Last year about this time, I wrote about wanting to get out to Curtis Island. At the time of writing, I had been here for 5 years and had never been to the closest island to Camden. It looks so close, but I could not get to it. Well, if you remember the post, I finally tried to swim to Curtis Island, but did not make it.  I had to get in the row boat that was following me. The row boat did finally take me to the island. I was so happy to finally get there. The same year, my husband bought me a kayak, I guess he was scared I would try to swim out to the island again.

I was fortunate this year to get to another cluster of islands off the coast of Maine. No I did not swim, I did not kayak, I sailed on a boat that you can rent for charters – Redwings. Redwings is a Peterson 46 center cockpit offshore cruiser for your rental pleasure. Aaron Henderson is the captain and a local Maine native. Aaron grew up here and is very familiar with the water and nearby islands. I laughed every-time he picked out an island and told me the name of it. To me the islands all looked the same. He said that most islands look like their names, Saddle Island – looks like a saddle. I wasn’t convinced that it looked like a saddle, but maybe if I had looked at it as many times as he has, it might start to resemble a saddle. Anyway, Aaron took me and my boys out to White Islands. White Islands are a group of Islands off the coast of mid coast Maine. Redwings is a beautiful sail boat that is very comfortable. My boys are taking sailing classes and Aaron was great to reinforce the things the boys had learned and helped them to understand the many details of sailing Redwings out in the ocean. The sail was both visually beautiful and intellectually  stimulating. When we got to White Islands, I was a little concerned because it it was high tide and the only thing you could see were tops of rocks and I was not sure these rocks were islands. But then Aaron steered us into a narrow channel and we sailed into a beautiful beach. The boys got out and ran around looking for treasures, which they found, 7 lobster buoys that had drifted ashore. Each buoy a different color for the lobster-man that had put it out in this part of the ocean. I should mention that White Islands are near Vinalhaven. Vinalhaven is populated by many lobster-men. The waters near Vinalhaven are filled with lobster buoys. It’s really amazing to see how many buoys are near each other in the waters near Vinalhaven. While the boys were gathering their buoys, I walked around the island. I was surprised to see rugosa roses and small bushes growing in between the rocks. White rocks and pink roses. I told Aaron that I thought this must be what heaven looks like. The island was so beautiful. We stayed for about an hour, the tide was going out so we had to move the boat. I regrettably left this wonderful paradise in the ocean. I am so happy that I have it now in my memory and it is one of those happy places I can go to when I am cleaning rooms and ironing sheets. Aaron told me after that trip that he had never been to those islands before. He said there are so many islands, each one very unique. A friend of his told him about that island the day before and he decided to check it out. I think he was as pleasantly surprised as I was. I did however get a little disappointed,  when I felt a little empowered by the sea, feeling knowledgeable from all of Aaron’s teachings, I offered up that I thought the islands were named White Islands because they were white in color. Aaron actually disagreed with me and said that it was probably because some sailor named White discovered them. Let me tell you if they can name an island saddle because it looks like a saddle, they can name these islands White, because they are white.

I am past my urge to swim to the nearby islands. I do have a kayak, but don’t think I could make it past Curtis Island. I am so pleased that I found Redwings and now have a wonderful new option to exploring Penobscot Bay. If you are staying in Camden Maine, I highly recommend contacting Aaron and arranging a trip on Redwings. You can spend the day exploring the islands off the coast of Maine. It truly is a wonderful and memorable experience that you can take back with you after your Maine vacation.

Check out our page for RedWings: http://www.windwardhouse.com/things-to-do-here-in-camden-maine/sailing-in-maine-kayaking-in-maine-biking-in-maine/sail-redwings/

Kids enjoying the White islands off the coast of Maine.Redwings

The harbor in Camden Maine is coming alive, as is our quaint little seaside town. The boats are all open and starting to take salty dogs out to sea. The lobster men can be seen racing between traps in their boats. The lilacs are blooming at Camden Windward House and yesterday I noticed my favorite black eyed suzie’s are starting to come out of the ground. Jesse, has successfully made a wisteria flower on the front porch. Baby birds are nesting over the Chart Room back door and the humming birds have come back. Yesterday my children swam in Lake Megunticook for the first time this season. While we were at Barrett’s Cove, Megunticook Lake, we noticed a person rock climbing Mt. Battie. Yes, spring has finaly arrived in Camden Maine.

This is a recipe from the SeasonalFamily.com A very nice blog that we highly recommend. We are surely going to make these muffins this season!
 
Carrot Cake Muffins
yields 18 medium sized muffins
2 cups of barley flour (or whole wheat flour)
 2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
1 cup of milk
1 cup of applesauce or grated apples
1 cup of  maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup crushed walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350*
In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients. Now in a medium bowl, combine all the wet ingredients.
Slowly add the wet ingredients in with the dry, stir to combine.
With an ice cream scoop (or spoon), add batter into either a well greased muffin tray or into unbleached baking cups.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a fork inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before eating.

A bit of advice, you may want to make a double batch of these since they seem to go rather quickly… My mother, sister and cousin were over when I made them and by the next morning, there were none left. Between those three, my husband, my daughter and myself all 18 muffins were gone! Poor Reid does not get to try any until his birthday, and even then it will be a special treat that he will not get again for awhile.

These muffins can also be made into a cake for a first birthday party or any celebration!

Bon Appétit!

Chef Momma

SeasonalFamily.com

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

3/4 cup of mashed sweet potato
 1/3 cup cream cheese at room temperature or soft unripened goat cheese at room temperature
2 tablespoons of softened butter
4-5 tablespoons of maple syrup (add extra tablespoon for very sweet)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon plus extra for dusting on the cake as garnish
In a large mixing bowl add all of the ingredients (except for the dusting cinnamon). You can either hand whip it with a whisk or use a hand mixer or food processor. I used my hand with a whisk (it’s a great upper arm work out!), I find that hand whipping it adds an umph to the frosting, where as beating it makes it a bit airy, but it’s a personal choice.
Whip, blend or process until the frosting becomes spreadable, then with a spatula, take a large glob and throw in on the top of the cake, spreading the frosting around carefully

Spring has sprung and my husband has put out the Maypole. We have a joke each year that he has the biggest Maypole on the street. This is true because we are the only ones on the block that have a pole out to welcome spring. You may ask why a couple from NY that is Irish, English, Polish and Italian in heritage would put out a maypole. If you look at Wikipedia, it seems like every culture has some form of this spring ritual, believe it or not. The Italians grease the pole and have contests to see who can get to the top and steal the crown. Not sure how to interpret this one.

We like the idea of welcoming spring after a hard winter. We celebrate the renewal of life and hope for a successful summer.

This years pole is our largest one. Jesse stood on the roof of the porch to put it together. I told him, he is not try to beat this record next year. He would have to stand on the roof of the house, and that could get ugly.

Please stop by to see the pole, we keep it up for almost the whole month of May.

One might think to drive 5 hours is a little extreme for a weekend getaway. I’m grateful for the beautiful website that led us to this quaint town and the photos of your B&B did nothing but confirm we had found our weekend destination. You walk in the door and the warmth we were met with, stayed with us the entire time. It was a pleasure to have been invited and welcomed into your house. Thank you so much for the stories and wonderful food . We wish you all the success. - Angela- MA.

PhotoA guest emailed me this recipe. She said one of the former Innkeepers gave it to her. It is nice to see the simplicity of this recipe. I thought I was the only Innkeeper that tried to make things delicious and easy. I guess it is the Windward Way.

Windward Muffins

1 cup flour

1 cup oats

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup walnuts

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup oil

Combine wet ingredients.  Add dry ingredients (except nuts)  and stir until just moistened.  Add nuts. Put into greased muffin tins (2/3 full).  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes.  Enjoy!

Windward Granola:

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup whole almonds

3/4 cup walnuts (Crush to desired texture)

3/4 Sunflower seeds

3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup (may need more depending on how it is coming together.)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.

In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto a sheet pan. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to achieve an even color.

Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl.

2 large eggs

½ cup whole milk

1 cup buttermilk

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 cup malted milk powder

Sift together dry ingredients

Add a pinch of baking powder to the top, and squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice on the powder

Add the eggs, milk, oil etc

Mix with a rubber spoon until smooth but a little lumpy

Add frozen blueberries, Maine blueberries are the best

I add a handful and a half – to taste

 Cook on a griddle at 350 degrees, I use a quarter cup measure for each pancake, cook until golden on each side. Enjoy with real Maine Maple Syrup.

Adam’s Holidays Eggs – by Jesse & Kristi Bifulco Camden Windward House B&B

I made the mistake of making my 5 year old Eggs Benedict one morning. After that he would always ask for Holidays Eggs (mispronouncing Hollandaise), even when I had only 5 minutes left to leave to make it to Court on time, throwing an apron over my navy suit and silk tie:

Hollandaise: make it first whip four yolks until about 2-2 ½ times original volume. Keep warm, either in double boiler, or on a griddle about 175 degrees. Pour in slowly clarified or just melted butter about 1 cup give or take, a little at a time as you whisk. Finely chop a shallot put in a pan with cracked pepper corns white vinegar and reduce. I like to use apple cider, or wine, or champagne vinegar if I have it. After the yolks and butter begin to thicken, throw a little cold water on your reduced shallots, and pour that into the sauce with about 4 ounces of fresh lemon juice to taste. Now worry the judge is going to yell at you for being late to Court. Add sea salt to taste. Keep it at a warm temperature, or use it right away for safety sake. Now poach a couple of eggs. Depending on what we are making I may serve the eggs with sauce over it on top of a fried Canadian Bacon or maple smoked thick sliced bacon, and an English Muffin, or better yet, over a stack of silver dollar sized butter milk wild Maine blueberry pancakes. Worry once more about Court, quite, buy and bed and breakfast and move to Maine, … and voila! Enjoy your benedict, such as it is.

Ingredients
1 cup Kates homemade butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg (cage-free, organic)
1 cup real Maine maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (sweetgrass farm vanilla)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration
Directions
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
2.In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg, syrup and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir into mixture until well blended. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly.
3.Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Let cool on wire rack.

Wanted to share with the Camden Windward House followers this new State of Maine concept to help tourists. http://memoir.mainetourism.com/ . If you have any fond memories of Camden, please share with the world.

Kristi & Jesse,
Greetings, I hope that all is well with the kids, construction and the business. I wanted to thank you for the lovely stay. Our room was splendid (Quarterdeck) and the view breathtaking. I do’t think we had a better breakfast on our trip either. We are both huge fans of the Eggs Benedict.

Thank you again for the great service and hospitality. Maybe we can do it again when it’s a spot warmer!
Best Regards,
CT.

Ingredients:Yield: 24 miniature cupcakes
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup butter, melted
2 eggs

Directions:
Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 33 mins
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
3. Spray a miniature muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
4. Fill each 3/4 full.
5. Bake in preheated oven for approx. 18 minutes.
ENJOY.
Recipe from food.com

Windward House’s Green Valentines.
February is a special, lovable month. Our romantic Bed and Breakfast getaway definitely sees an increase in traffic this month. It is so pleasing to see the happy faces at the breakfast tables, both young and mature love. We have been honored to hear love stories of both newly engaged partners to those celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
One special room at the B&B, the Windrose Suite, has a love note box from the Love Project. A young and in-love couple came to the Inn two years ago and left a beautiful wooden box and a request that you write a love letter to someone special and place it in the locked box, and one day they will publish it in a book about love. Two years later, it’s full of notes locked inside. I can only imagine what sweet nothings are in this box (http://aloveproject.net/A_Love_Project.php ).
I love all things love and have constructed this top ten Windward House Maine Valentine’s Day gift ideas. Since we are a green B&B I decided to make this a green valentine list.
1. A special gift from the downtown of Camden Maine: Dolan Geiman (DG) MINIS and Lovebird collection. These handmade & eco-friendly artworks by mixed media artist Dolan Geiman including paintings, collages, and BOX PRINT® reproductions on wood are sold in Glendarragh Farm Lavender Store 22 Main Street Camden Maine. http://www.etsy.com/people/dolangeiman?ref=ls_profile

2. Chocolate: Coastline Confections chocolate bars are all natural. Coastline Confections has no additives, preservatives, glazes, or waxes. The only thing they add to the chocolate is the essential flavors and ingredients to achieve a delicate flavor profile. I prefer the Lobsterman bar, dark Chocolate. Bitter. Rich. Belgian. http://www.coastlineconfections.com/Coastline_Confections/Coastline_Confections.html

3. Danica Candles : Add a little romance to the bedroom or the dinner table with candles. All of the Danica candles are made in Maine. They never use animal byproducts or lead, they only use naturally made beeswax, . The best waxes and cotton wicks made in the U.S.A. http://www.danicacandles.com/home.html

4. Jewelry from Russell’s of Camden : My favorite little jewelry store in Camden Maine. Russell and Paulette craft wonderful pieces of jewelry, right here in Camden Maine. http://www.russellsofcamden.com/index.htm

5. Oyster River Winery : Complete a perfect dinner menu with a wonderful local Maine wine: The Villager from Oyster River Winery represents a house style — off-dry, crisp, and aromatic. This blend of Seyval Blanc and Cayuga are fermented for three months at low temperatures for good fruit retention, then is filtered and bottled soon after to capture freshness and retain a bit of CO2. The wine has “fatness” on the mid-palate and a “leesy” character from extended contact with the yeast. http://www.oysterriverwinegrowers.com/

6. Dolcelinos: I was so happy when I discovered these little treats in the local grocery store. A caterer started making these treats for parties and they were so successful, she started to sell them in stores. The Dolcelino is designed after the Woopie Pie, and the ice cream sandwich. There is a wonderful outside cookie filled with a delicious, mousse-like frozen cream. I found this simple and fun dessert you can serve your sweetie. THE CHOCOLATE TURTLE: A little hot fudge on the plate, place a “topless” chocolate Dolcelino on top of the hot fudge, sprinkle pecans on top and drizzle with caramel sauce. http://www.dolcelinos.com/

7. Atlantica Seafood Bistro: We at Windward highly recommend the only Maine Green Leader certified restaurant in downtown Camden Maine. Atlantica will be open the month of February. Located on the dock overlooking the harbor, it is a sure way to please your valentine. http://www.atlanticarestaurant.com/

8. Swan Island Blankets : Warm up your sweetheart with a blanket or a scarf. Swans Island is a company and a community centered in Maine and determined to create objects of beauty and utility in authentic and earth-friendly ways. Swans Island rare wool blankets are made from naturally occurring brown and black sheep. These sheep aren’t common, and after three or four years, their fleeces tend to go grey, so they are only able to weave a limited number of rare brown and black wool blankets each year.
http://www.swansislandblankets.com/ Swan Island Blankets has free shipping until Feb. 28th, so if even if you don’t live in Maine, you can get these beautiful items.

9. Floral Greeting cards by Ann McKendry: Merryspring Park in Camden Maine sells these special hand crafted cards. Remember, sometimes the best gifts are simple. http://www.merryspring.org/

10. Special getaway at a “green” Bed and Breakfast: If you can take your love away for a night, I highly recommend making it a green getaway. Your partner will love you for being good to both him/her and the earth. http://www.maine.gov/dep/innovation/greencert/lodg_participants.htm

Greek Pizza
Ingredients
Pizza
Baby spinach

Sauce
1 large can of Pastene kitchen ready ground peeled tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Pepper
Basil
Parsley
Thyme
Fresh herbs or dried and McCormak’s Italian herbs grinder)
White wine
Baby spinach
Marinated artichoke hearts (goya or imported Italian in glass jars)

Pizza Sauce
Cover bottom of a small saucepan/pot with the olive oil
Put in some salt and pepper and the garlic, and turn on the flame
Once the garlic starts to sizzle put in some white wine
Let the wine reduce a short while, then pour in tomatoes
Stir it, then put in the other herbs. I like to use fresh herbs when I have them. If not, dried are okay, just don’t use too much.
Then use a hand blender to make sure all the herbs and the garlic are chopped up very small.
Then cook it about ten minutes longer on a simmer. (I don’t cook pizza sauce very long)
Taste it. If it needs it you can add a little brown sugar – although I rarely do that, but sometimes the tomatoes are not very sweet, and pizza sauce I think should be a little more sweet and seasoned. Don’t add more than a half teaspoon or so.
Don’t cook it with the lid on, as you want it to be a little bit thick.

The pizza
Kristi or my dad make dough, but I don’t, so I usually get the Portland Pie co. dough at Hannafords. I get white or beer, occasionally wheat.
Blanch the baby spinach in hot water
Roll the dough out very flat and thin.
Apply a little sheen of olive oil to the pan. That gives it a little brown crispness.
Bake @15 -20 minutes at 450degrees.

These cookies are easy and great!

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar and 1/4 cup to roll the dough in before cooking
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, roll in sugar,  and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

Calling all middle-schoolers who want to keep Camden the “jewel of Maine”, and make sure the kids and pets who live here stay healthy. A large map displayed in the window of the Camden town office shows properties in town painted green where homeowners have agreed not to use poisons on their lawn to get rid of dandelions and other “weeds””Kids for a Greener Camden”  There is a group of middleschoolerswho want to turn the whole map — and town –green. First step: One student or a group of friends adopts a street. Next step: Receive a packet and with the help of this packet get every homeowner on that street to agree not to use harmful lawn chemicals. Once everyone on the street agrees, the street is painted green on the town map and is a street that is now healthy for kids and pets. Everyone who “greens” a street gets a “Kids for a Greener Camden” button, is invited to a party in April, plus is eligible for a Middle School community service Schooner Tag. To adopt a street, sign up on the Kids for a Greener Camden sheet in the office. For more information, check out the KIDS page on the  citizensforagreencamden.org sixth-graders Molly Mann, Liv Berez or Jade Hazzard or email website, talk with kidsforagreenercamden@gmail.com.

This Green Inn – loves this Green Idea.

Some pictures and video.

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New Ice Rink in Camden Maine

Happy Holidays

Dec 27, 2010

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Just some holiday pictures….

Jesse says we should finally unpack our bags. We moved here to Camden Maine 5 years ago from NY. I was  in my early 30′s and none of my children were in school yet. Everyday was a surprise in this new state. Things are  definately different here in Maine. My kids are “growing up Maine”. They know things about hiking, sailing, hockey, &  hunting. They are also watching their parents try to make a living selling rooms in an historic home. They see us get up every morning and prep for breakfast. They watch us interact with guests. They are learning alot, whether they know it or not. After 5 years we finally feel like we are home in this 1854 house.

Come January we will be doing some renovations to the Inn, but also renovating the owners quarters to make it more warm and comfortable for us and the kids. Most Bed and Breakfasts use every square inch for the guests, to generate revenue. Some innkeepers live in the attic or the basement. We are lucky, when we found windward house, the owners’ quarters consists of a large part the house. We have 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The former owners however did not focus on making the owners’ quarters warm and comfortable, and that is the challenge Jesse and I will go about tackeling this winter.

But, not to neglect our guests for the next season, we are making improvements to our guest rooms also. We are tiling a bathroom in Windrose, adding a beautiful accent wall of wood in Coastal Garden and extending the bathroom wall in Quarterdeck. We will be able to offer our guests two more King sized bed options and one more two twin bed options, and the King bed in Chart should look spectacular with posts and a canopy. All great things to make the guest rooms even more comfortable. We will be the only Bed & Breakfast in Camden Maine that has 3 ground floor rooms with King sized beds. We are also finding more ways to be green by bringing lines of amentities that are environmentally and socially good. 

We are excited and nervous about all the new things we are trying to do. The economy, as everyone knows is still giving people the jitters, but in a sense it makes a Maine vacation, and our rates, which haven’t gone up, but have gone down in the last five years, a real great vacation or weekend getaway or Camden Conference or PopTech or Maine Coast Fall Leaf Peeping good deal!  And with more King beds, there’s more room to stretch out.

So we have many reasons to be optimistic and thanks to our guests, and providence we keep moving forward. We hope you will come to visit in the spring and summer to see our improvements and enjoy Camden Maine the way we do. There will be no price increases in 2011, just more added value. Happy Holidays and see you in the New Year.

Children love making cookies but sometimes their innocent kitchen habits are not that welcoming when making Christmas cookies for groups of loved ones. Although children always have good intentions, they don’t always know how to cover a sneeze at the right time. That is why I was so happy when I was invited to help the elementary school make cookies. These cookies were not for people but for dogs. We made Christmas Doggie biscuits. I love dogs and I was relieved that an animal would be eating this lovingly made cookie from the children. This is a great and unique gift that you might want to try for your favorite dog. The children used all different types of cookie cutters. Dog bones, christmas trees, snow men, bells and candy canes.

Dog Biscuits

Need:

2 cups of whole wheat flour

2 cups of all purpose flour

¾ cups of cornmeal

4 tablespoons of Vegetable oil

2 Cups beef or chicken broth

bacon bits, or garlic or bacon drippings

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in bowl.
  2. Add broth and mix.
  3. Roll out onto floured surface, cut with cookie cutter.
  4. Bake in preheated 300 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Cool before giving to doggie.

So proud to live in a town that is taking going “green” seriously.I just got back from going to the local dump. As a town, we do not have garbage pick up. You can hire a service to take your garbage, or you can take it yourself. Growing up in Staten Island, NY, I know a thing or two about dumps. Funny enough, I think all Staten Islanders have memories of going to the dump once or twice. When I was real young you could actually walk amongst the garbage and pick stuff up. When I was older, you drove in to special sections and it was very organized, you were no longer allowed to walk in the garbage. Finally after I left Staten Island the dump was closed. Here in Camden Maine, I am impressed by all the recycling efforts that go on in the dump. You have to separate paper, plastic, cardboard, glass and tin. It usually takes me about an hour to do all this sorting but in the end, I know it will be recycled and not end up in a huge dump somewhere. In addition to the great recycling program in this area, there is this great citizens initiative: http://www.citizensforagreencamden.org/ Camden Windward House is on the Citizens for a Green Camden “green map” and has pledged not use pesticides on our lawns. The absence of pesticides has made a big difference in the number of birds we have been seeing on our property. We always look forward to spring because we know we will have several robin families around us. In the past we have had morning dove babies.  In the beginning of starting this no pesticide program, I admit we were nervous about how the yard would look. But when you cut your grass regularly and plant lots of flowers it looks great. We encourage all of our friends to try going green. Recycle and don’t use pesticides.

Guests got engaged at Windward House Bed and Breakfast this weekend in Camden Maine. Halloween Weekend brought cool temps, mild winds, gray skis and romance in the air. 2 lovely guests came from NY City to get away from the hustle of the city and to focus on love. They went up to the top of mountain, but it was way to cold, and they said there were alot of people up there, so they came down and the proposal was right here in the Inn, in front of a fireplace. We are so pleased they chose Windward in the winter for their special moment in time. Cheers.

2010 Windward House Maypole

We found an old photo of a Maypole on the lawn of the Windward House in a box in the basement, and ever since then we've put one up for the month of May. People comment on it every year, and tell us they've come to look forward to it. This year the kids got all caught up in it. (you should see the video!)

Moxy the Windward House labradoodle
We bribed the kids when we first moved – we said if they didn’t complain about leaving NY we’d get a dog. They love Moxy- We got her in Farmington – she’s the only real Mainer in the family.
mums of Maine

Chrysanthemums for Autumn in Camden Maine

- As we approach the end of the 25th year of operation of the Windward House B&B, the spring, summer….late fall foliage season we always get a little introspective.

The season started out with a really great Maypole this year.

sugar maple maine camden

Camden Maine Sugar Maple

I would like to share some amazing statistics for the Camden Windward House Bed and Breakfast. The Camden Windward House B&B, which has been on High Street for about 150 years, opened its doors in Camden Maine as a B&B in 1985, and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010. This year, so far, the Bed and Breakfast had approximately 2,000 guests, the ground floor, Chart Room Suite having had the best occupancy rate of all 8 rooms this year. Approximately 2000 cups of fresh fruit

Windward House Fresh Fruit

Every morning Kristi cuts up fruit for the guests. It looks and smells so beautiful

were served and 2,000 brownies and cookies were baked for afternoon snacks. About 4,000 free range eggs have been cooked in omelets, French toast, pancakes, waffles, sunny – up, over easy, poached, egg white only, juevos rancheros, eggs benedicts, and my favorite – scrambled. More than 80 pounds of fair trade shade grown Windward House Blend coffee have been brewed and enjoyed in the breakfast room. 1,600 beds were made and approximately 3,000 pillow cases and sheets have been lovingly pressed.

Considering all the hard work you have to wonder, especially at this time of year, was it worth it!

In spring our youngest turned 8, and three children and a labradoodle (when we first came we bribed the kids out of missing the folks back in NY by telling them we’d get a dog -Moxy)  danced around our fourth Maypole (this year it had live flowers and vines), now in autumn, it’s our oldest’s turn to celebrate a birthday, and our middle one will have her turn at year’s end, – they were only five, four and three years old when we started this experiment. We used to pull them around town in a flexible flyer wagon

Windward Kids' Wagon

The Windward House kids' wagon was used to pull them around town until it broke. We actually wore out two before the kids got too big to pull around....

because they were so little and walked so slow, (for a little while I was known as the lady with kids in the wagon).

When we first came here, our two youngest made the whole world look bigger.

Our two youngest in the Harbor Park across from the Camden Maine library

Across from the Camden library, our two youngest when we first came here

Now we can’t keep up with them; on the hiking trails,

Mt Battie view camden maine

Top 'o theWorld - the view from Mt. Battie a block from the house where the kids like to hike

swimming in the lake, skating at hockey, running at soccer. My oldest has had to bring it my attention on three occasions that I was wrong – and he right, about the correct answers on his math homework. On this the 25th anniversary year of Windward House, three children danced around the promised-for-three-years tree house finally built. Along with our guests we celebrated, we sailed, kayaked and

piggy back ride

Hiking - Our oldest is getting too big to carry

hiked, we shopped downtown, and ate at Camden’s great restaurants, and we loved it here more than ever! Wow! Thanks to all our guests, our friends, neighbors and family for another blessed season! Oh, and happy 25th anniversary Windward House, the house that Elijah Glover built in Camden Maine!

Bride dancing

 The Camden Yacht Club Dingy Parade is today Friday July 2nd, 2010 at 10:00am. The community children go out on boats in the harbor all decorated for the fourth. My daughter, Hope, is dressed like George Washington. She is wearing a pair of my nice black leather boats! If she ruins them I will scream, anyway what we do for our children and our country! God Bless America!

This is my post from last year 2009: I will write about the wonderful Camden Yacht Club dingy parade and add some pictures, but first i want to share some fourth of July history that I learned this evening. I was googling about Elijah Glover, the ship builder that built this Inn and I found out that he was not only a ship builder but a sea captain. More interesting than that, there is documentation that there was a family wedding here on the 4th of July 1854, the same year he finished building the house. I find great joy in this news, because it further proves to me that this house was always great for hosting groups of people and sharing wonderful moments.

The children dressed in red, white and blue and set out on their dingys, turn abouts and optys. They waved their flags, blew their wistles and yelled happy 4th of July. All of this took place in Camden Harbour. The rain stopped for their wonderul parade. It probally is the cutest thing you can witness.

VABLOOM: A vacation where one visits gardens and blooming flowers. A new word created by the children at Windward House. Steve Colbert of Comedy Central would be so proud. He recently ranted about the NY Times banning the word Tweet because it was not a real word. Steve Colbert is famous for making new words up, such as truthiness. Now for my blog entry…. A guest called yesterday to reserve for July 14, 15, and 16th at our Camden Maine Bed and Breakfast. He specifically was coming to Camden Maine for the Camden Garden Club Tour http://www.camdengardenclub.com/index.html . The Camden Windward House is a “Friend” Sponsor of this event. The gentleman stated that after coming to the Camden garden tour he was headed to Kennebunk for the Private Gardens of Kennebunk Tour. He enjoys gardening and said that going on these trips were cheaper than therapy. The Kennenbunk Tour is on July 17th. http://www.kidsfreetogrow.org/Events_Calendar.htm. I thought this was such a great itinerary that I wanted to share it with anyone that is reading this Windward Blog.  I suggested to the man that he should add  a quick visit to the  Coastal  Maine Botanical Gardens: http://www.mainegardens.org/ 

I made dinner reservation for this lovely couple at Atlantica Seafood Bistro and Francines.

Dear Jesse and Kristi. We love your B&B. Thanks for taking us in at the last minute and especially for the early morning coffee. I am glad I got to see Peyton Place the movie. The room, bathroom and tub and breakfast were such a treat after a hectic day. I will spread the word about Windward House to the people of North Haven, so you’ll get some business. Many Thanks.

1 hour solo or Couples Massage. Enjoy a massage in the comfort of your room. Solo massage: $105.00, couples $210.00.
Please specify when ordering your relaxing massage if you prefer a male or female masseuse, and what day and time you are interested in. We will contact you with the options available depending upon the schedule of the masseuse. If you do not specify a preference your masseuse may be either male or female depending on scheduling. All charges for spa services are non refundable.

Local cheeses and fresh market items

Local cheeses and fresh market items

Maine artisan cheese plate, featuring organic and naturally made local small family farm products.

Personally selected to complement our selection of wines and beers, including our great new offerings from Allagash and Maine Spirits winery!

Enough for two to share, perfect with any of our wines or beers, our cheese plate includes three local Maine artisan cheeses, varies by market, nuts, fresh fruit and crackers, enjoy on our deck, in our yard, in the dining room, the bar or in your room! Or, ask us to pack it to go for a picnic!

$13.50

My eyes opened widely when my guest asked about consignment shops in the area. No one has ever asked me about these. Antiques are very popular in this area but I have never fielded a question about recyled clothing. I was reluctant at first to go to the  area consignment shops  but I am so happy that I discovered these great places that recycle mostly designer clothes. Most consignment shops have very strict limits on clothing, has to be clean, not out dated, big brands are preferred.

 Recently I went to a clothing swap with some friends. Everyone brings there clothes, that they never wear but think are too god to put in the goodwill bin. If you have never had a clothing swap, I highly recommend it. Bunch of women, trying on each other’s clothes, wine and snacks, a wonderful evening.

This weekend we hosted 4 lovely women from Texas. They were here to have fun and shop. I first directed them to the wonderful boutique shops in out downtown, but then also guided them to the consignment shops for more hidden treasures.

Here is a great list of consignment shops in the Camden Area. Items change everyday and it is a fun rainy day activity.  If you are at home, you might enjoy: http://www.clothingswap.com/ whose moto is Be Good, Be Green, Be Glam! If you have really great clothing to swap you might want to try : http://refashioner.com/ .

Maine Consignment shops:

Camden Merchant’s Co-op: Mechanic Street – Downtown Camden (good antique furniture)  

Cottage Consignment http://cottageconsignment.com/

Frugal Suzies: 44 Elm Street Camden Maine

Heavenly Threads Thrift Shop: 55 Elm Street, next to the Congregational Church. http://www.camdenucc.org/heavenly%20threads%20+%20SOS.html

Happy Treasure Hunting!!

This is a picture of our new Waste-Not Recycle Baskets that we have in all our guest rooms at Windward House. At first, I was a little nervous about putting this odd looking container in my beautiful rooms. It is broken into 4 compartments, 1 for glass, 1 for paper, 1 for plastic, 1 for cans. So far the guests have not mentioned it, but they definitely are using them. We had a generic looking basket with the word recycle on it, but guests did not seem to use it. With the words right on it, people are making a connection and recycling everything. I did not expect so much to be recycled from the guests. It just proves, if you make it obvious and easy, people will do the right thing for the environment.

Today I went to our local recycling center, a.k.a., the dump, they have bins that you have to sort your garbage. I was so excited because this year we were actually able to recycle all the plastic flower pots. We buy alot of flowers for the garden but in the past just threw the plastic containers in the garbage because our recycle center only took #2 plastics, but now they take plastics 1,2,3,4,5,6, & 7. It felt great to recycle those pots. If you interested in the waste not basket here is the link: www.waste-not-basket.com 

Information on different plastics: http://www.wasteonline.org.uk/resources/InformationSheets/Plastics.htm#_Types_of_plastic

A lovely entry in one of our guest journals..

When I came to Camden, I was quite burned out. I’d been working very long hours the entire year and knew that on my return I would be working very long hours again, in addition also traveling for work every week for the next year. I wanted desperately to relax and unwind. I love the water and my dad had mentioned windjammers. I fell in love with the idea immediately. I found the Mary Day Schooner online and planned my trip around their 3 day first cruise of the season. I planned to visit St. Louis first and then stay in Camden. Little did I realize how much an impact my stay in your carriage house would affect me. I suspect it will be as profound an impact as the long awaited cruise will have. The room is so lovely, and inviting. Just stepping through the door lifted a huge weight from my shoulders. The hot soak in your beautiful tub and sinking deep into sleep on that fabulous bed did the rest. It truly was a magical time for me. I enjoyed talking to your Australian yachting guest in the morning. I adored your perfect (and beautiful) blueberry pancakes (the blueberries here really do taste better) and the bottomless cup of coffee.I hope to come back many times. You’ve really made a wonderful place here, in a wonderful town. Thanks for everything. Best wishes to you and your family….

I was so happy to hear that Local Master Maine Guide, Don Kleiner has been fishing already on Lake Megunticook. Lake Megunticook is a hidden treasure of Camden Maine. It is off  Maine rt. 1 and a short drive up rt. 52. It at the base of Mt. Battie and can be seen from the Maiden Cliff trail. In Don Kleiner’s blog, he mentions that pickerel and bass were seen in the lake. I highly recommend adding a Master Guide trip to your vacation in Maine. Read more about Don Kleiner and Maine Outdoors:  http://ow.ly/1B93y Camden Windward House is only3.7 miles from the lake and the Innkeepers can help you arrange a trip with Maine Outdoors. We can also guide you to the hiking trails that give this spectacular view.

This weekend was very odd, strange weather and a lot of guests (it is only April!). Friday started out nice and sunny, Saturday the rain came and then it snowed, Sunday it rained. Camden is a great sea coast town and is very pleasant when the sun is out. You can hike, walk around,  or just sit by the water. When the weather is odd, it is nice to have a beautiful Inn room to sit by the fire and read a book. If it is nice out, we definitely have more interest in overnight guests, business picks up. When it is going to rain business is very slow. That’s why when we had a lot of guests this weekend, I was very confused. The weather was not great but the phone would not stop ringing. This weekend we had so many that I questioned a guest and said, “Why are you here?”  He said it is Patriot’s Day. Having grown up in New York, I had not been familiar with Patriot’s Day.  Patriot’s Day is not on my radar as a travel weekend. Some businesses actually give a paid holiday.  It is acknowledged in Massachusets, Maine and Wisconsin. For more info on Patriot’s Day : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriots’_Day . Guests were all different this weekend. The range ran from Minnesota Dairy Farmers to Tax Lawyers from Massachusetts. We even had a lovely newly wed couple celebrating their honeymoon. (That is the fourth honeymooning couple we have had  for so far this year).

My friend in Connecticut (Anna) saw that I was interested in healthy food at schools. I sent an invite a couple of days ago on my facebook page to all my friends to join the Jami Oliver Food Revolution. Anna directed me to this other great website that helps you write a letter to your local legislatures. I sent the following letter to Rep. Chellie Pingree, Sen Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine.  I sent a letter to these reps about a month ago for Earth hour. Earth Hour is another great initiative to save energy! The Internet is making it easier to get on board with these great ideas.  For more info on the healthy food campaign go to: http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/campaign/time_for_lunch/ Thanks Anna!

Dear Rep Chellie Pingree, Sen Olympia Snowe, Sen Susan Collins,

I’m concerned about child obesity. Right now, nearly one third of American children are overweight or obese. That’s a major threat to their health and to the future security and economic prosperity of our country.

It’s time to act, starting with the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. As a voter in your district, I urge you to invest at least $1 billion per year, to strengthen nutrition standards and to link schools to local farms.

Right now, schools receive $2.68 for each lunch served  – only about $1 of which goes towards food. As a result, most schools have to rely on the cheap processed foods that are fueling the obesity and diabetes epidemics.

To help America’s children get back on the track towards good health, the Child Nutrition Act must include:

1. A full investment of at least $1 billion per year, as proposed by the Administration. School meal providers say a truly healthy meal costs $1 more, which is the goal we need to work towards. Investing in healthy food now will save hundreds of billions in health care costs down the line.

2.  Stronger nutrition standards for all the food sold at school, including the food sold in school vending machines.

3.  $10 million per year in mandatory funding for Farm to School programs, which create local jobs and help schools teach healthy eating.

When you reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, please keep America’s kids in mind and put their needs first. Thank you for your support.

-Kristen Bifulco

Camden Maine

The Camden Windward House Bed and Breakfast is hosting its first Cookie Walk. I baked 84 cookies today and prepared cookies dough for another 100 to baked off tomorrow. Tomorrow is the kick off to the Christmas By the Sea Holiday in the Mid Coast of Maine. It is a wonderful time to visit the area. There will be a parade in the downtown and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Saturday, Camden Windward House is the sponsor of Santa coming to Camden Harbor by Lobster Boat @ 11:30am. Santa motors in and then walks up to the Camden Public Library (12:00pm) to read the Night Before Christmas to the children. at 1:00 The Camden Windward House will host the Cookie Walk. The cookie fundraiser benefits local school nurse Judy Clossey. Judy has been helping area children for over 35 years.

1st coookie for the WALK:

White Chocolate and Rasperry Cookies:
11 ounces white baking chocolate
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp Salt
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup seedless jam
1/2 tsp shortening
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheet. Melt 4 ounces of white baking chocolate and let cool. Ta ke another 4 ounces of white chocolate and chop int small pieces.
2. Beat in  butter, sugar, baking soda and salt, beat until combined. Beat in eggs and melted white chocolate. Beat in flour, and then stir in extra 4 ounces of chopped white chocolat.
3. Drop by tsp onto cookie sheet. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Bake until brown around the  edges and bottom. Let stand for 1 minute on the sheet then cool on rack.
4. Before serving, melt jam over low hea. Spoon onto of cookie. Heat the remaing 3 ounces of white chocolate and the shortening. Dizzle over the cookies, refrigerate for 15 minutes to firm.
ENJOY!!!

Sign of the times, you can’t take your kids into a wine tasting room. Maine will pass a new law that children can not see you tasting wine. Although I somewhat agree with this law, I thought this article about the law was hysterical: http://kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com/news/local/6729883.html , The last line, “We had a wine tasting this weekend and a couple with a baby stroller came in,” she said. “They would have had to leave the baby on the street or I guess the parents could take turns.” 

There are some wonderful wineries in the Mid coast of maine. The Cellardoor winery this year has decided to make their Wine stomping festival an adult only event, which makes sense, but boy was it fun to bring the kids the last 2 years. The winery had lots of things for the kids and it was fun for all. This year there will be a grand tent with orchestra music and dancing. Oct 2nd and 3rd, 2009.

Friday night, October 2, with a ticketed wine dinner-dance. Dinner will be served in the vineyard at Cellardoor Winery and each course will be paired with Cellardoor’s wines.  Dinner will be followed by desserts and dancing – dance music provided by Maine Pro Musica.
The Saturday, October 3 Vinfest lineup includes a stellar array of food, wine, music and activities for grown-ups. Cellardoor Winery will host grape stomping, a homemade wine competition, wine tastings, lunch prepared and served by Riverfront Barbeque & Grille of Augusta, wine cellar tours, live music all day, farm stands, hot air balloon rides and many other interesting activities.

Tickets for all Vinfest events will be on sale online. Tickets for the Friday night Vinfest dinner/dance are $100/person and will also gain you admission to the Saturday Vinfest activities. Saturday admission is $10/person.

Take 95 to Maine follow the signs for I-295 North, Portland.

Take I-295 North.

Take Exit 28, (Coastal Route 1/Bath)

Follow Route 1, North, until you reach Waldoboro. Just passed Waldoboro, you will see a sign for Route 90 (Camden Road, Route 90).

Turn Left at Route 90. Follow Route 90 to where it intersects with Route 1 again. Turn Left and follow Route 1 North.

Stay on Route 1 North for about 2 miles. After passing through the center of Camden you will pass the Camden Public Library on your Right. Bear right on Route 1 and look to your left. You will see the Windward House, which is the third house from the corner of Route 52 and Route 1.

Turn left into our driveway, come to the front door, which is not the door on the porch, but the larger door under the flag. It is at the end of the path leading from the driveway. Please ring the front doorbell before entering the house.

Thanks!

I start today’s blog with this great quote from a guest from Sweden. This couple has traveled to the US several times, but this was their first time in Maine. She told me she thought the area was so green and being near the ocean made this area the Lung of America. I had never thought of our little oasis as a lung but what a great reference. Jesse and I moved to Maine because we have 3 small children and we want to give them a healthy environment up bringing. Jes and I grew up in Staten Island, the home of Americas largest garbage dump. If anyone needed some new air it was me and Jes. Staten Island was a great place to grow up, and now the dump is closed, but nothing beats the fresh air of trees & Ocean.

The Summer has started and the gardens are bloom. Since we stopped using pesticides in the garden we have been host to several bird families. We currently have 2 nests with eggs. The mama Robins can be seen pulling the worms out the ground all day long. Jesse planted canadian roses this year. I am so proud of him for making this native choice. I keep trying to get him to plant potatoes, Maine is know for its potatoes – in case you didnt know (just ask Homer Simpson – he wore a t-shirt saying Maine Potatoes on the famous, long running Simpson’s show), but Jes insists on planting Tomatoes, being Italian and all, he thinks he can grow the best tomatoes, even if he is in MAINE.

The boats are going out, the hiking trails are open and the kayak guides are all anxious to paddle to curtis island with guests. A new addition to the area is the Megunticook Rowing. Life is good in Maine.

Here in Camden, 6 High Street, Route 1

Our guests frequently ask what the address is for their GPS. It appears that GPS doesn’t know 6 High Street. So you may use 1 Mountain Street just to get you to the corner of Mountain Street and High Street, but then, once you are, please don’t bother our neighbor at 1 Mountain Street, thinking his house is a Bed and Breakfast!
Frequent Driving Errors Our Guests Make

High Street is Route 1

There is a sign on Mountain Street that says High Street. It gets turned around, so many of our guests follow it, turning left at Mountain Street, and not seeing our house on High Street. A landmark to know if you’ve gone the wrong way is the High Mountain Hall. If you see that building as you drive by, on the right, you can then correct the error, by turning right on Megunticook Street, and then taking the second right into our back driveway. The driveway in back, which leads to parking for most of our rooms is marked by a lighted painted sign that reads “Windward Parking”.

The front of the house is indicated by a large blue lawn sign with gold lettering that says Windward House Bed and Breakfast. Also, usually, we have a large green and blue flag flying over the front door.
Route One and Route 90
Many of our guests when driving to Camden from the South to take the following Route:
Take Interstate 295 North. Do not take Interstate 95 once you get up near Portland, because you may drive a lot further than you need to.

Here are directions from the south once inside of Maine:
I-295 N (22.8 mi)
Take exit 28 for US-1/Coastal Rte toward Bath/Brunswick
Merge onto US-1. Stay on Route 1 until you reach Route 90 About 45 miles.
Route 90 is just after the town of Waldoboro, and the sign reads for Warren turn left.
Turn left at Camden Rd/ME-90
Continue to follow ME-90 for about 10 miles.
You will come back to Route 1 again, Turn left on Route 1, and when you see the sign that says Camden Hills State Park four miles, you are about two miles from our house.
Some guests accidentally turn at High Street in Rockport. Unless you have driven into Camden Village, you haven’t reached us yet.

New York City to Camden Maine

Driving from New York to Camden Maine is a bit of a hall for one day, but it can be done. It takes about 7 hours with good traffic conditions, and longer if you drive near cities during rush hours. When we travel to New York we tend to leave very early, say around four a.m. so that we are awake while we drive, and so it feels like we have some of the day left when we arrive.
Leaving late is dangerous, because the darkness and monotony of the long drive causes drowsiness.
The Google map below and linked directions will take you through Connecticut using I-95, however this link is to the route that I prefer, using the parkways, and the Merritt Parkway through Connecticut.

Map and Directions from New York City to Camden Maine



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Since the train only goes as far north as Portland, you will have to take the bus from there or rent a car.
The Downeaster Service of Amtrak offers 5 departures daily from Boston to Portland Maine. They offer free high speed wireless internet aboard the train. The duration of the trip is a little over two hours and there are snacks available, some seating options and you may bring your bicycle aboard.
The train leaves out of Boston’s North Station and stops at the following stations along the way:

Portland, ME (POR)
Old Orchard Beach, ME (ORB)
Saco, ME (SAO)
Wells, ME (WEM)
Dover, NH (DOV)
Durham, NH (DHM)
Exeter, NH (EXR)
Haverhill, MA (HHL)
Woburn, MA (WOB)
Boston – North Station, MA (BON)

Link to the Amtrak Downeaster schedule.

Concord Coach’s Maine Coastal Route runs bus service between Boston and Bangor Maine.
Bus schedule for Maine coastal Route One service to and from Boston South Station, Logan International Airport and points in between. This route includes: Brunswick, Bowdoin College, Bath, Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Waldoboro, Rockland, Camden/Rockport, Lincolnville, Belfast, Searsport, and Bangor, ME.
With these stops the travel time is increased significantly over a direct travel, however, it is the more Green way to go.
Link to the Coastal Route 1 Bus Schedule

Here are listed the Taxi and Limousine Services that might drive you from the airport to Camden Maine, or from the bus station to the Windward House Bed and Breakfast:
Taxi/Limousine that Service Camden Maine:

Mid-Coast Limousine
94B Washington St. , Camden, Maine, 04843
207-236-2424

Schooner Bay Taxi
(207) 594-5000
Don’s Taxi Svc
15 Thomas St , Camden, Maine, 04843
Ph: 207-236-4762

Belfast Taxi Co
146 Church St , Belfast, Maine, 04915
Ph: 207-338-2943

Joe’s Taxi
P.O. Box 32 , South Thomaston, Maine, 04858
Ph: 207-975-3560

Boston Logan Airport

Jun 9, 2009

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Airport Code: BOS
Driving Time to Camden Maine: About 4 hours
Airlines Served:
Aer Lingus Terminal E (800) 474-7424, www.aerlingus.ie
Air Canada/Air Canada Jazz Terminal B (888) 247-2262, www.aircanada.ca
Air France Terminal E (800) 237-2747, www.airfrance.com
AirTran Airways Terminal C (800) 247-8726, www.airtran.com
Alaska Airlines Terminal B (800) 252-7522, www.alaskaair.com
Alitalia Terminal E (800) 223-5730, www.alitaliausa.com
American (except int’l arrivals) Terminal B (800) 433-7300, www.aa.com
American (int’l arrivals only) Terminal E (800) 433-7300, www.aa.com
American Eagle Terminal B (800) 433-7300, www.aa.com
British Airways Terminal E (800) 247-9297, www.british-airways.com
Cape Air Terminal C (800) 352-0714, www.flycapeair.com
Charters Terminal BTerminal CTerminal E(Check with Tour Operator)
Continental Terminal A (800) 525-0280, www.continental.com
Delta Air Lines Terminal A (800) 221-1212, www.delta.com
Delta Shuttle (LaGuardia) Terminal A (800) 221-1212 , www.delta.com
Finnair* Terminal E (800) 950-5000, www.finnair.com
Iberia Terminal E (800) 772-4642, www.Iberia.com
Icelandair Terminal E (800) 223-5500, www.icelandair.com
JetBlue Airways (except int’l arrivals) Terminal C (800) 538-2583, www.JetBlue.com
JetBlue Airways (int’l arrivals only) Terminal E (800) 538-2583, www.JetBlue.com
Lufthansa Terminal E (800) 645-3880, www.lufthansa.com
Midwest Terminal C (800) 452-2022, www.midwestexpress.com
Northwest/KLM (except int’l arrivals) Terminal A (800) 225-2525, www.nwa.com
Northwest/KLM (int’l arrivals only) Terminal E (800) 225-2525, www.nwa.com
SATA (Azores Express) Terminal E (800) 762-9995, www.sata.pt
Spirit Airlines Terminal B (800) 772-7117, www.spiritair.com
Sun Country* Terminal C (800) 359-6786, www.suncountry.com
Swiss Terminal E (877) 359-7947, www.swiss.com
TACV Terminal E (866) 359-8228, www.caboverde.com
United Terminal C (800) 241-6522, www.ual.com
United Express Terminal C (800) 241-6522, www.ual.com
US Airways Shuttle (LaGuardia & D.C.)Terminal B (800) 428-4322, www.usairways.com
US Airways Terminal B (800) 428-4322, www.usairways.com
US Airways Express Terminal B (800) 428-4322, www.usairways.com
Virgin America Terminal B (877) 359-8474, www.virginamerica.com
Virgin Atlantic Airways Terminal E (800) 862-8621, www.virginatlantic.com

Needless to say, Logan airport is a major airport. If you are visiting Boston it is ideal. You can rent a car, and tour the city. However, be ware of rush hour traffic, and the other small annoyances that can be a part of travel in a city. Just getting out of Boston at the wrong time can be add an hour to your drive time.

Google Map of Logan Airport and Directions to Camden Maine


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Airport Code:AUG1
Drive Time to Camden: About an Hour
Airports that Service: Colgan Air

Colgan Air serves Augusta with small commuter planes that fly from Boston Massachusetts.
Augusta is the state Capital, and is about on parallel with Camden but about 50 miles west. If you plan a trip through lake country, or playing golf at the Belgrade Lakes, perhaps you should consider this airport. Augusta is a small city so there are more options for car rentals than Rockland, even though the airport is not much larger.

Google Map Directions from Augusta Airport to Camden Maine


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Airport Code:BGR
Drive Time to Camden: 1 hour 15 minutes (57 miles)
Airlines That Service: Allegiant Air(Direct, Non-Stop Jet Service to Orlando/Sanford Airport
), Continental (Newark New Jersey), Delta(daily nonstop service from Bangor to Atlanta, Cincinnati, and New York’s JFK airport, not to mention our nonstop service to Boston), Northwest Airlines (Detroit’s World Gateway as well as seasonal weekend jet service to Minneapolis), US Airways(Philadelphia)

Bangor is a nice alternative to Portland if you plan on seeing Northern and or Western Maine before you arrive in Camden or on your way back to Bangor to the airport. Bangor is about equidistant to Camden Maine from the northwest. Although its name is a misnomer, because there are no international flights available at Bangor International Airport. The City of Bangor now has a slots casino that some may be interested in.

Google Map of Bangor Airport Directions to Camden Maine



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Airport Code:MHT
Drive Time to Camden: 3.5 hours (184 miles)
Airlines That Service: Air Canada, Continental, Delta, Southwest, United, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express

The Manchester Airport in Manchester New Hampshire is near Boston. It can be a good alternative to Logan Airport if you are planning on driving from there. I have found that the rates can be cheaper flying into Manchester and then driving up to Camden Maine, but you should check around. If you have time to tour, the small section of New Hampshire’s coastline can be quite interesting to visit. Also Portsmouth New Hampshire is a nice small New England Town with a lot of charm and good restaurants. The Strawberry Banke area with its beautiful park and gardens on the waterfront is a nice mix of old urban sea town and small city culture.

Directions to Camden Maine for Manchester Airport Courtesy of Google Maps



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