Looking forward to summer!

Although, it has snowed today on the third day of spring I am ever hopeful that warm temperatures are right around the corner.   That said before we kick into high-season I want to remind everyone that our off-season rates extend to June 30th.  So you can come up for early summer and enjoy lower rates.  The schooners will be sailing, the hiking trails will be less busy, and the restaurants will be open.  We are looking forward to seeing you this summer!

Hoping for an early Spring!

So winter has not produced the snow or the cold of last year, consequently, we are hoping for an early spring.  With that in mind there are some fun events coming up in what is still the off-season. 

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The Camden Opera House has Jungle Jack Hanna coming on March 4, 2016 which should be a great show for all ages.  Jack Hanna has made frequent appearances on the Tonight Show and The Late Night with David Letterman.  There will be numerous animals for the audience to see and learn about.  Tickets are going fast so visit www.camdenoperahouse.com to reserve yours today.  Also, while on the Camden Opera House page see all the upcoming events.  If you are planning on coming up to stay and see a show let us know and we will give you a 10% discount on your room.

Maine Restaurant Week kicks off on March 1 and goes to March 12, 2016.  This is a great time to come and enjoy the culinary delights that Camden and the surrounding areas have to offer. Most restaurants will be offering specially priced three course meals for you to savor.  We will happily make reservations for you at participating restaurants.

Finally, if you just want to be outdoors Camden Hills State Park has tons of beautiful trails to hike.  Also, the Camden Snow Bowl will be open for skiing as long as they have some snow on the ground.  The new redevelopment at the Snow Bowl has opened up more beginner skiing trails, as well as, great hiking and biking trails.  New this year, you can rent Fat Tire bikes from Sidecountry Sports right at the Snow Bowl making it easy for you to check out all the new bike terrain.

There is plenty to do in the "quiet season" so come take advantage of less people and lower room rates.  We hope to see you in the coming weeks.

Spring is in the air!

Spring is beginning to make its way to Camden, ME.  After about 113 inches of snow this winter we are ready for warm temps and sunny skies.  Although, many be people do not think of Camden as a spring time hot spot it really can be quite nice to travel in our direction this time of year.  The crowds are far less and Abigail's Inn still offers our off season rates.

There are so many wonderful things to do that I will give just a taste of what a weekend stay at Abigail's Inn could look like:

Day 1:  Arrive and check-in.  Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and maybe and afternoon treat.  Take a stroll into town peruse some shops and dining menus.  I would recommend 40 Paper 40paper.com
for happy hour and Fresh for dinner.

CLIMBING MT. BATTIE - CAMDEN HILLS STATE PARK - PENOBSCOT BAY  

CLIMBING MT. BATTIE - CAMDEN HILLS STATE PARK - PENOBSCOT BAY

 

Day 2:  Wake up and enjoy one of Kipp's awesome breakfasts.  Take a hike up the Mt. Battie trail (picture shows view from Mt.Battie trail), the start of the trail is a short walk from the inn.  Once at the top enjoy the beautiful views of the bay and the town.  Linger on a rock soaking in some springtime sun.  If you are so inclined you can continue to the Megunticook Mountain trail.  Follow the hike with a delicious sandwich from the Camden Deli that offers seating overlooking the Harbor.   A leisurely walk through town visiting all of the unique stores and maybe a quick stop in Lily, Lupin and Fern  for a nice bottle of wine.  A walk through the Harbor Park would be in order and a trip into the beautiful Camden Public Library.  Head back to the inn to enjoy a glass of wine in one of our very comfortable parlors. Dinner at Francine's Bistro would be the perfect end to a perfect day. 

Day 3:  Enjoy another delicious breakfast.  Take a hike up Beech Hill, one of my very favorite spots. A little gourmet food shopping and a fantastic lunch at Morse's Sauerkraut.  An excursion to Sweet Grass Winery in Washington, ME to pick up some Cranberry Smash and other Maine made libations.  Back to the inn for some reading on the front porch.  Dinner at Atlantica would cap off a great weekend.

Of course there is much more to do but the above selection should tempt your traveling spirit.  We look forward to seeing you this spring!

Winter Fun in Camden, Maine

Winter took its sweet time arriving this year but when it decided to join us it did so with a cold, hard slap.  This morning the temperature outside was -10 degrees.  It is the kind of cold that when you go outside your eyelashes freeze.

Now all that said it is also incredibly beautiful.  When I was taking the boys to school the sun was shining on the harbor and sea smoke was dancing on the water.  There is a quiet energy that this time of year gives you.  You embrace the daylight hours and cuddle down when night falls with hot cup of tea and good book.  I love winter in Maine!

There are also a ton of great activities happening this time of year for the hearty outdoor soul. As the  picture shows one of our favorites is sledding in the Harbor Park.  Also, the Camden Snow Bowl is due to open on January 10th after the first phase of improvements.  From what I understand ski trails will be wider, there is more snow making equipment and there are now two chair lifts making it easier to get to the trails.

SLEDDING IN CAMDEN HARBOR PARK

SLEDDING IN CAMDEN HARBOR PARK

Camden Winterfest will begin on January 31st with the annual community ice sculpture contest in the Camden Amphitheater.  See local artists come out and turn blocks of ice into works of art.  There will be craft making for children in the library, some food vendors and the 2nd annual "CamJam" harborside freestyle ski event located in the Harbor Park.  Watch some of our young local talent do amazing tricks on their skis and snowboards.  Winterfest is a week long event leading into Toboggan Nationals.  During the week there will be great shows at the Camden Opera House and at the Camden Public Library.  For additional information on the event you can check out http://www.camdenmaineexperience./content/events/camden_winterfest.asp.

 The 25th Annual US Toboggan Nationals will be taking place the weekend of February 5, 6, and 7.  This is a fun filled event with people from all over the country and some from across the globe attending.  The event kicks off on Friday, February 5 with practice runs for teams and the chute is open to the public.  Who doesn't want to hop on a toboggan and drop down a 400 ft chute onto a frozen lake?  After sliding down the chute you can enjoy an adult beverage at the "Down the chute and Wine challenge" at the Snow Bowl.  All weekend food vendors will be on the ice serving up chili, chowder, pizza and burgers.  Skiing, snowboarding and tubing will be happening on the hill and of course toboggan teams will by vying for the fastest times all weekend.  For additional information on the event or to register your team check out http://www.camdensnowbowl.com/25th-annual-us-national-toboggan-championships.

If after a day outdoors you are looking to warm-up the Camden Opera House has some great entertainment scheduled.  A new event called Community Supported Music begins Friday, January 23 and will continue every fourth Friday for the next 4 months.  Artists featured for the Community Supported Music are all fantastic local musicians.  Tickets are $10 per show or you can buy the whole series for $35.00.   The Camden Opera House is also showing movies and a children's classic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" will be shown on Saturday, January 24th.  These are but a
few events that will be taking place this winter at the Camden Opera House and you can visit their website to check out others http://www.camdenoperahouse.com/events.cfm.

With all the events happening I hope that some of you will come visit us in our winter wonderland!