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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.
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
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)
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:
94B Washington St. , Camden, Maine, 04843
Schooner Bay Taxi
Don’s Taxi Svc
15 Thomas St , Camden, Maine, 04843
Belfast Taxi Co
146 Church St , Belfast, Maine, 04915
P.O. Box 32 , South Thomaston, Maine, 04858
Airport Code: BOS
Driving Time to Camden Maine: About 4 hours
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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