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The Hawthorn Inn is a spacious, elegantly appointed Queen Anne Victorian mansion situated on 1.2 acres of with lovely gardens, multilevel decks and a beautiful terrace for al fresco dining. Steps from the harbor and town, the Hawthorn is a serene oasis in the village of Camden. Two course breakfast is distinctive using local and organic foods where possible. Dietary restrictions graciously accommodated. No detail is overlooked at the lovely, warm and welcoming Hawthorn Inn.
5 on May 08, 2016
My wife and I just wanted to celebrate our anniversary in New England off season to discover places to return too. We found the Hawthorn Inn to be that place. Service, inn keepers, location, amenities all top notch. We definitely will be back here.
5 on July 27, 2015
Immaculate, friendly and a great location to walk to any venue in Camden. Ted and Lisa together with their staff provide an atmosphere which that makes it difficult to say goodbye. You are treated like family and enjoy all the conveniences of being at home but without the chores which go with being at home. The breakfasts were delicious and the afternoon snacks baked by Lisa were extraordinary. We look forward to returning for a longer stay. We would have completed each circle but for some reason the program would not accept the fifth "completed circle." Ted, Lisa and staff please continue your fine work, we had a great time. Tom & Laura - Fairfield, CT
Thanks for your review! It was difficult to say goodbye to all of you! The best part about being an innkeeper is meeting wonderful guests. Hope to see you again soon.
5 on October 08, 2014
Had a great time at this quaint, friendly B&B. Terrific gormet breakfast. Relaxing feeling throughout. Mike & Mala
5 on July 28, 2014
We were very happy with our recent stay at the Hawthorn Inn. Ted and Lisa were excellent hosts and the Inn was clean and well kept up. The location was ideal and the breakfasts were delicious. Very happy.
5 on August 18, 2013
The Hawthorn Inn has become my Maine home away from home when I come to Maine to take the incredible weekend woodworking classes at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in nearby Warren. Now, I can’t imagine staying anywhere but the Hawthorn inn. The lovely old house quietly tells its history, the rooms are lovingly appointed with guests’ comfort in mind, and the back garden is simply glorious. Innkeeper Maryanne Shanahan offers a warm and charming welcome, along with knowledgeable and spirited advice about the area. Do you want an extraordinary “French-New England fusion” meal? She knows just the enchanting restaurant. Do you need a lovely walk with which to end the day? She quickly produces a map and draws the route of the three-mile “Camden Loop” for you – and no walk could better feed the spirit and refresh the body. Do you have a special request? She will find a way to grant it. Maryanne and her husband Bill are sophisticated and engaging conversationalists, interested in everything…or just as subtly and considerately ready to recognize when you want peace and quiet. Wait a moment: I said the Hawthorn Inn was my home away from home, but I have to take that back – the breakfasts at Hawthorn Inn are vastly beyond what I ever provide myself at home! Maryanne presents beautiful, fresh, seasonal, healthy, and utterly imaginative breakfasts that are like a still life in the beauty of their presentation, and taste even better than they look. Breakfast at the Hawthorn Inn is a restorative, sustaining pleasure to be savored every morning. My first stay at the Hawthorn Inn convinced me I’d have to return. Now I can’t imagine being in Maine without staying there. May Maryanne and Bill go on welcoming all their grateful guests for many years to come!
5 on June 03, 2013
We were so impressed by the beautiful, spacious rooms, and the friendly , inviting atmosphere set by Maryann and Bill, the innkeepers. The breakfast is an amazing part of the experience. The location is also fabulous, close to some great day hikes and a beautiful coastline. Perfect for a couple looking for a seaside escape!
5 on May 10, 2013
and why not?? everything about the Hawthorn Inn calls for a return visit. Having been a guest there several times prior to this trip, it felt like coming home again to a lovely family home, which it is! I met with friends there to celebrate a BIg-0 birthday together (I won't say which one!), and the whole mood of the house was celebratory and special. Luxurious beds, pillows, linens, sweet touches like flowers in each room, gardens just waiting to burst into bloom,sumptuous breakfasts, all was perfection. Many thanks to Maryanne and Bill for providing the perfect getaway once again.
5 on March 11, 2013
I wish I could give them more stars...this was the best b&b experience I have had. Wonderful room, breakfast and company - both the other guests and the terrific hosts. Maryanne and Bill were helpful, welcoming and the kind of people you want to make your friends. Because of a snowstorm in Boston our arrangements were confused and Maryanne had not expected us the day we arrived. She welcomed us graciously and upgraded our room and we stayed in the carriage house in a lovely room with a gas fireplace, balcony and jacuzzi. It was beautifully appointed, clean, comfortable and had a lovely view of the harbor (and in the summer the view includes the garden). The breakfasts were imaginative and delicious. Maryanne gave us suggestions about a trip north to look at the views and gave us a map so we wouldn’t get lost. She would have gladly made restaurant reservations for us if we had wished it. When we raved about the wild Maine blueberries she offered to sell us a box from the batch she had frozen. We will think of her, Bill and our lovely stay with every bite. My husband has requested that I make him a Maine blueberry pie for his birthday. Thank you Maryanne and Bill for making our brief stay so enjoyable and memorable. We stayed in the Brougham room - it was quiet, away from street noise (although it is hard to imagine there would be much noise). The rooms were well-insulated and we never heard our neighbors - in fact we were surprised we had neighbors.
5 on August 14, 2012
There are many things you wish for in a bed and breakfast you dont't get. It's a personal experience that should feel like home, but with strangers around--YET--my recent experience at the Hawthorne in Camden was the BEST yet, and my wife and I travel frequently. You can eat more lobster because the breakfasts are healthy, fresh, and very tasty (good for all palates and if you don't want what's offered there's a second amazing option--for those gluten free, can't eat greens, etc). You can walk into town and figure your own way, OR you can ask Maryanne and Bill and they will have the best suggestion 100% of the time. Like you're a local, just with a camera. The rooms are clean, spacious and nice--the staff is friendly as can be--and I guarantee you this will be above par with what you've stayed in so far, and is the best in the area. As for Camden--go, just go. Perfect town with amazing food, great hikes and scenery, good water and land activities, and also a nice place to just rest. There are tourists, but they all came for the same reason, to get away, but not be so away you can't enjoy yourself.
5 on March 11, 2012
Let me start by saying that I have never written an accommodations review before. However, my experiences with the Hawthorn Inn have been so exceptional that I find myself compelled to do so now. Last week my wife and I were married. We planned on having a short honeymoon in Camden at the Hawthorn Inn as we had stayed there twice before in the past for "get away" weekends and we had always enjoyed it. We stayed in a beautiful room in the carriage house that has it all: gas fired fireplace, oversize Jacuzzi, sitting area and two French doors onto a balcony overlooking a wooded stream running down to the harbor which can be seen through the trees. Peaceful is the operative word here. In the mornings, the proprietors, Maryanne and her husband Bill provide what I can only describe as a gourmet breakfast; fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits along with individually prepared Fritatas, for example. This served in their sunny breakfast nook. An excellent start to a day! I just can't say enough about this place. The inn itself is beautiful, the accommodations outstanding and Maryanne and Bill are warm and welcoming. We had a honeymoon that could not have been better; the third time for us staying at the Hawthorn Inn, and we will be back for more!
Our most popular mid-priced room is spacious with a Queen four-poster bed. Features a very large bath with Victorian soaking tub. On the second floor of the Main House, it overlooks the rear property gardens, and has views of Camden Harbor in late fall, winter and early spring (when there are no leaves on the tree-lined property).
Spacious room on second floor of Carriage House. King bed and full-sized day bed with pullout trundle. Suitable for families of up to five persons. The 2 person whirlpool tub, gas log stove/fireplace make this room a favorite of brides and grooms and anniversary/birthday celebrants. The room overlooks the rear of the property and its gardens. In late fall, winter and early spring (when there are no leaves on the trees), the room has views of Camden Harbor. When sitting on the private balcony, one can unwind listening to the sounds of the babbling brook that borders the inn's property.
Views of Mount Battie from this second floor room of the Main House facing Route 1. Queen four-poster bed. It is a favorite for its sitting room and spacious feel. Convertible loveseat in sitting room accommodates a third person. The sitting room door can be closed for privacy as well as to filter some noise from Route 1. Gas-log stove in sitting room for cozy evenings in the fall and winter seasons.
Romantic and cozy room in Carriage House with king-size bed. Two-person whirlpool tub, separate shower, DVD player, gas-log stove and private deck. Overlooks the rear property gardens and has views of Camden Harbor in late fall, winter and early spring (when there are no leaves on the trees).
Room is located in the front of the Main House (facing Route 1) on the first floor. Rooms towards the street may be noisy for light sleepers. King bed. Bathroom is large, airy and full of natural light. Bedroom ceilings are high, windows tall and room full of light.
On the first floor of the Carriage House, this room has a private patio which overlooks the rear property gardens and has views of Camden Harbor in late fall, winter and early spring (when there are no leaves on the trees). Beds can be configured as 2 XL Twins or a King, DVD player and two-person corner whirlpool tub.
Steps from the harbor, Mountains
Bangor, ME (BGR) 24 miles
On Route 1, 4 houses on the right past the Public Library in the Village of Camden.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Art Museums, Lighthouses, Marine Museums, Mountains, Pottery, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Tours, Vineyard, Winery
Other, Historic Inn
Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, Library, Parking, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , Wine for purchase
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi
Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Light houses, museums, Gardening talks, Music and musical performances, Plays, Exhibitions-art, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts
Lisa & Ted Weiss
Ted and Lisa stayed at a B&B 10 years ago. The innkeepers defined themselves as corporate refugees. They were loving their lifestyle change. We were hooked. We spent the next 10 years trying to figure how when and how to make it happen. We made the leap in June 2014. Owning the Hawthorn Inn has been everything that we dreamed it would be and then some. We love hearing our guests stories and can't wait to hear yours!
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Low carb; Gluten free; lactose free; vegan
Sweet potato cake with Poached egg
Poached egg served on a sweet potato caked topped with caramelized shallots and poblano pepper cream sauce