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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

1 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.

 

 

Gluten Free food label

1 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

Last 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.

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.

Blueberry 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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The 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. 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/

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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.

 

I 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.

Guests 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.

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Our 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

 

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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.

I 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.

I 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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Recently 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.)

 

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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 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside. 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. 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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This 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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