An important feature of a visit to the Camden Maine Stay Inn is the delicious food we serve in the morning, afternoon and evening. There is no other or better way to say it: We flat out love good food, and we love to share that good food with our guests! To us, food is much more than sustenance. It is a tried and true way of making connections with people and, if we’re fortunate enough, to turn those connections into lasting relationships and friendships.
When our guests arrive at the Inn in the afternoon, they are quickly shown a selection of homemade cookies, together with coffee and tea, which we serve on an antique Queen Atlantic stove in our kitchen. Guests can savor our signature mocha truffle cookies as well as our seasonal offerings such as lemon-lime butter cookies or white chocolate pumpkin treats. Our dark, rich coffee is brewed from beans roasted specially for us at Rock City Coffee’s roastery in nearby Rockland. We also offer over 20 varieties of regular, decaffeinated and herbal teas. Later in the evening, we also make our cookies, coffee and tea available for guests following dinner. They often take a cookie or two back to their rooms as a perfect complement to their dinners and as the culinary endpoint of their days.
In the morning, we treat our guests to a delicious, two-course, gourmet breakfast. Before sitting down to breakfast, guests often will come to the kitchen, pour themselves a cup of coffee or tea, and take it with them either back to their room or to one of our comfortable common rooms or out into our beautiful garden. We serve breakfast on the sun porch overlooking the garden and at an antique farm table in the traditional dining room. Breakfast begins with a selection of fruit juices, notably our signature blueberry juice, and an enticing mixture of fresh berries, melons or other fruit which, during the local growing season, are grown largely on farms within a 20-minute drive of the Inn. We then alternate on a daily basis between sweet and savory entrées which we prepare in our kitchen using the freshest local ingredients available, including tomatoes and herbs grown right here in the Inn’s garden. Deb’s blueberry pancakes and Janis’s eggs florentine and peach French toast are among our guests’ favorite entrées. Our breakfasts also include a meat such as our thick, slow-cooked bacon, sausage or ham as well as a bread such as Deb’s cranberry or cinnamon coffee cake or Peter’s mother’s banana bread. Not to toot our horn too loudly, but the Inn’s guests often are overheard saying that the breakfast is “the best I’ve ever eaten,” “absolutely delicious” and “wonderful.” Several guests have asked for our recipes which we gladly share with them.
We can accommodate most, if not all, dietary restrictions. All we ask is that you let us know far enough in advance so that we can prepare the right foods for you.