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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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Portland Jetport

Jun 9, 2009

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Airport Code: PWM
Drive Time to Camden: Two Hours
Airlines That Service: Airtran, Continental, Delta, Northwest, Jetblue, United Express, US Airways

There are more options for airlines and rental car companies, as well as the proximity of the lovely City of Portland Maine if you fly into the Portland Jetport. Although in the summer, it is a good idea to reserve a rental car as early as possible. This is a major airport with several major airlines serving as well as car rental companies. Flying into Portland can give you a chance to tour the Maine coast as you drive north to Camden. Many people enjoy Portland’s waterfront, as well as stopping at Red’s Eats in Wiscasset on Route 1 on the way North to Camden.

Google Map Directions to Camden Maine from Portland Maine Jetport



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Airport Code: RKD
Drive Time to Camden Maine: 20 Minutes
Connecting Airlines: Cape Air connects to RKD from Boston Logan Airport

This airport is the closest and most convenient, however, it can be the most expensive, and the commercial planes that fly into it are very small.

Pluses: the least amount of driving. If you fly into Rockland Airport in Owl’s Head Maine, (the airport code is “RKD”) you are about a twenty minute drive South of Camden Maine. The downside is that the commercial airplanes that fly into RKD are very small. Also, the fact that it is a very small airport means there are less options for ground transportation. While there are taxi services in this area, they tend to be limousine type, so you must call them to come pick you up, and also, they tend to be expensive.
There is a car rental place at RKD, but there are not a lot of cars there, so reserve a rental car well in advance if you plan to rent out of Rockland.

Google Map Directions from RKD to Camden Maine


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Spring has Sprung

May 22, 2009

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Camden Maine is alive with color and boats. Windward House survived another Winter. Jesse has been working non stop in the garden. The boats in the harbor are all unwrapped and starting to take passengers out on 2 hour tours. The Windjammer Cruises are hosting people over night and restaurants are all open. Soon the duck will have their babies and the lobster boats will be seen regularly.
The Lilacs just came out in the Windward Garden, the forsynthia was first but have changed to green now.
The picture here is of Summer leaves, my children named this tree. The tree is a plum tree, we only learned this last year when we discovered fruit on the tree. The tree has beautiful pink flowers in the spring. We are excited for another season of hosting guests.

Wedding Arch Blog

Garden Weddings in Camden Maine. The brides lovely family decorated the arch for her ceremony, with the cottage garden as a backdrop

Bok Amphitheatre Ceremony Photo Blog

Ceremony of Bride at the Bok Amphitheatre, Garden Weddings in Camden Maine

Wedding Tent Table Setting

Wedding in Camden Maine, another tent table setting

Tent Wedding Maine Coastal Garden Wedding

Wedding in Camden Maine, tent pitched in the backyard of Camden Windward House for a wedding.

Garden Wedding Table Setting

Wedding in Camden Maine Garden Wedding underneath the tent, the pretty table settings.

Bridal Carriage

Wedding in Camden Maine, here the Bride is in the carriage to be driven down to the amphitheater to her ceremony.

Bride Alights from the Inn

Wedding in Camden Maine, the bride is going out of the front door at 6 High Street, the Camden Windward House B&B. She is going to get into a carriage and be driven to the Bok Amphitheater for her ceremony. What a beautiful day it was and she and the setting look like something out of a movie.

Last week was fun with champagne and Irish Music, I was so moved by the Irish music that I became reminiscent of the past and have been practicing Irish dancing. I was a Staten Ireland Dancer in Staten Island New York for about 8 years. I signed up to teach an after school enrichment program here in Camden Maine about Irish step dancing to 2nd and 3rd graders. My daughter says no one is going to be interested. I told my daughter that I didn’t care because even if no one came, I would be dancing in the school cafeteria by myself and that would be fun.

The Irish Dancing is not the only thing I am excited about this week,  this week I became privy to the Camden Deli new menu ideas. The Camden Deli is my favorite lunch place. Tom and Angela (Owners) have a wonderful spot right over the waterfall and the best view in Camden. They use Boars Head products for their sandwiches and do a great job! I was excited to find out that the Camden Deli summer 2009 new menu will include sandwiches named after local boats. Angela was so excited about the Schooner Olad Sandwich. The Schooner Olad Sandwich will be: Sour Dough Bread, Mustard, and Cheddar cheese, grilled onions, roasted red peppers, sliced chicken breast all grilled together.  Sounds delicious. I wonder if Captain Aaron of the Olad knows about this dedication.  I am sure he will be thrilled. You can sit by the big picture window or deck and eat an Olad sandwich as you watch the Olad set sail on the Penobscot Bay.

Valentines Weekend at Windward was wonderful. We had a full house and I met some great new people.  I put roses in the all the rooms and in the dining room. I told my husband to take pictures so that we can put them on the website, he said the winter light this time of year is not right for pictures. I was upset because the house looked so romantic and althought the house always looks great, there was an air of romance that I thought we could catch on film. He said we would pick a day in the summer and call it picture day. He said I could put all the roses out again and light all the candles. I am sure I will be too busy in the summer to take Valentine pictures.

A funny thing about this weekend, I sold so many Cheese plates. I usually get the Maine Cheese company cheese and make a nice plate that is given to the guests upon arrival. I was not the one buying the cheese this time, too busy fiddling with the roses, Jesse bought the cheese and he bought different cheeses than I usually get. Jesse got this great Blue cheese. I usually don’t put blue cheese on the cheese platter because not everyone likes blue cheese. This blue cheese is so good that I agreed to the change in vendors. The Blue Cheese is Great Hill Blue from Marion Mass. The Cheese plate used to be labled the Maine Cheese plate but I have upgraded it to the New England Cheese plate. 

We have a nice selection of wines to go with the cheese so it made the cheese plate a wonderful Valentine.

Order cheese plate to your room upon arrival.

Handmade Chocolate Kissed Strawberries

Red ripe berries dipped in luscious dark chocolate prepared fresh for your arrival!

Perfect with champagne bubbly. Order them when booking your room, or add them via email afterward. Just let us know when you would like to have them ready, and voila!

Chocolate covered strawberries are a classic and a wonderful, romantic addition to your stay. $13.00

Non-Smoking policy: There is no smoking permitted anywhere on the premises, either within the rooms and buildings, or on the grounds. The word smoking as used herein shall be construed to mean the burning of any substance whether for aromatic, cooking purposes or for any purpose including but not limited to candles, cigarettes and or cigars. The guest agrees that due to the fact that it is impossible or impracticable to the calculate the actual damage done by smoking including damage to the marketability of the room, lost revenue, and costs incurred to abate odors discoloration and the imitation by others of the guests smoking behavior, and further, in consideration for being permitted to stay at the inn, all guests accept and agree as a precondition that if they smoke anywhere on the premises, in exchange for smoking against our policy, the guest shall owe the greater of a charge of $300 plus one night’s room rental or the actual cost of abatement of smoke and or odor damage. The guests agree that the opinion of the innkeeper and or housekeeper as to whether or not a guest smoked in the room without having been seen smoking, will be sufficient to establish the fact that the guest smoked, and incurred the penalty. The penalty may be charged on the guests’ credit card by the inn.

Refund of Deposit Depends on How Far In Advance You Made the Reservation

In consideration of Windward House taking the reserved room off of the market the guest agrees to the following reservation policy. Making a reservation and tendering the room deposit is the guest’s assent to all Windward House policies including pet, non-smoking, and reservation deposit as set forth here.

In order to receive a refund of deposit you must cancel a reservation made thirty or more days in advance of the date of intended stay no later than 14 days from the date you have made the reservation. You must cancel a reservation made less than thirty days in advance of the date of intended stay no later than 14 days before the start of the first day of your intended stay. Cancellation outside of this period forfeits refund of deposit. The guest owes the full reservation amount for any reservation that has commenced and has not been canceled.

Cancellation

A cancellation is effected by notice to the innkeepers. Notice is not effective unless it has been given via telephone to the innkeeper directly, and same has been acknowledged by the innkeeper to the guest via email. No reservation may be canceled by voicemail message, email or facsimile transmission, or any method other than described. Any reservation made constitutes acceptance of all the bed & breakfast’s policies. Travel insurance can be purchased from third parties to insure the cost of your trip in the event it must be canceled outside the cancellation period due to circumstances outside of your control. Room Reservation Deposit

To confirm a reservation and reserve a room, a deposit of one night’s lodging cost or 50% of the entire reservation cost, whichever is greater, is due at the time of booking per room reserved. The deposit is applied to room charges, and the balance is due upon arrival at check-in. We accept cash payment, Visa, Mastercard or Discover.

 

All rates listed are per night, single or double occupancy, and are subject to Maine’s seven percent lodging tax. Additional persons (when the room allows and at the Innkeeper’s discretion) are $50 per person, per night. Prime season weekend reservations require a two-night minimum stay. Certain holiday periods require a two or three-night minimum stay. Please call to check specific availability.

 

Room Reservation Deposit

To confirm a reservation and reserve a room, a deposit of one night’s lodging cost or 50% of the entire reservation cost, whichever is greater, is due at the time of booking per room reserved. The deposit is applied to room charges, and the balance is due upon arrival at check-in. We accept cash payment, Visa, Mastercard or Discover.

Check In and Check Out Times

Check in is at 3PM and check out is at 11am. We are a small staff, and in order to provide the best possible experience for our guests late check in is not advised and in some cases may result in forfeiture of deposit and registration as a guest at Windward House.

Please call and let us know if you are checking in after 4PM so that we may be prepared for your arrival. Typically it is difficult to accommodate check ins or guest registration beyond 10PM EST. If you cannot arrive before then you may have forfeited your room rate for the evening. If you anticipate arriving after 10PM EST it is recommended that you make alternative arrangements for your sleeping accommodations.

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