We recently returned from a weekend trip to Camden, and we are now obsessed with this hidden gem of a town. A big part of what made the experience so perfect (other than the fact that we were celebrating our anniversary) was our choice of accommodation, the Hawthorn Inn.
Location, Location, Location
After we parked in the B&B driveway, we didn’t need to start our car again until it was time to leave on Sunday. We could walk to everything within minutes of our home base at the Hawthorn Inn. Located in the High Street Historic District, the inn is about a two minute walk into the heart of Camden where all of the best restaurants and shops are located and there is a gate in the back yard that leads directly down to the water. We walked to dinner at the Rhumb Line on Saturday night and we were there within minutes.
We stayed in the Caroline room with a King size bed. It was charming, comfortable, and clean – everything you’d hope for out of a New England B&B. As is true of many B&B’s, each of the rooms at the Hawthorn Inn is completely different both in terms of floor plan, decor, and amenities. Some of the rooms have private decks, some have fireplaces, and some have two-person whirlpool tubs. Some places advertise that they have whirlpool tubs but they’re smaller than an ordinary household bathtub. The ones at the Hawthorn Inn are huge. No false advertising here.
The Inn & Innkeepers
We spent a fair amount of time relaxing in the spacious 1.2 acre back yard overlooking the harbor. There are several lounge chairs around the massive yard where people can relax and read and there is a fire pit on the far end of the yard with a nice view of the water. The home itself, a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian, was built in 1894 and wasn’t actually converted to an inn until 90 years later. The old New England character is evident in every nook and cranny of the inn and the adjacent carriage house.
Ted and Lisa, the innkeepers, have owned and managed the Hawthorn inn since 2014 and they have done an impeccable job of maintaining the house’s character and providing an exceptional level of service. One of the best parts of staying in inns and B&B’s is getting to meet and interact with the people who run the establishment on a day-to-day basis. It’s an aspect of travel that is completely absent if you stay in a hotel. Ted and Lisa were extremely friendly and had an extensive knowledge of all available activities in the area. Their commitment to making everyone’s stay memorable was evident from the moment we walked through the door.
It wouldn’t be a bed & breakfast without breakfast. The two-course breakfast out on the deck lived up to their claim that it is the “best breakfast in Camden”. The sun was shining and the food was delicious. Couldn’t think of a better way to kick off a day out on the water.
Our weekend at the Hawthorn Inn helped solidify our newfound obsession with Camden and the entire midcoast region of Maine. The combination of location, charm, and service made it the perfect place to stay for a weekend in Camden.
Disclaimer: We were provided with a complimentary stay in exchange for our honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are our own and not influenced in any way by the Hawthorn Inn or its affiliates.