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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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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

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