Elms of Camden

84 Elm Street , Camden, ME 04843-1907 USA (Show map)
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Built in 1806 as a private residence by Captain Calvin C. Curtis, this authentic New England Colonial is a fine example of preservation and restoration. Original wide board pine floors, interior shutters, windows, and the original cooking stove maintain the historical integrity of the home. All guestrooms, updated in Fall 2017, are individually decorated and feature Queen or King beds with custom linens and quality amenities. All rooms have a private bath with showers, some with a jetted or soaking tub. Rooms have flat-screen TVs, free and secure WiFi, are air-conditioned, and most have a gas fireplace. A comfortable Keeping Room welcomes guests to gather and relax by the fireplace where there's lively conversation, relaxing chairs, good music, and a guest pantry. During the summer months, guests enjoy a large outdoor garden patio area tucked away for a bit of quiet and escape after a busy day! Each morning, guests enjoy a delicious, home-cooked breakfast served on either the patio (weather permitting) or in the Keeping Room. The menu, inspired by Southern roots, local ingredients, and a bit of adventure changes daily; using only the freshest of local and seasonal ingredients. We welcome the opportunity to introduce our guests to our "simple breakfast...done right" motto that is the hallmark of our service. Fresh roasted coffee and tea are available 24/7 and an afternoon treat for snacking is usually always available!




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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Great B&B near Camden Harbor/Downtown

5 on June 24, 2017

Jim makes a gourmet breakfast each morning. Old, historic B&B. Easy walk to everything! They will help plan your day if you want. The schooners at the harbor are beautiful! We took a 2 hour sail on the Olad (don't go if foggy ... you won't see anything). Recommend eating at Claws in Rockport for an authentic lobster lunch/dinner! It is a wonderful place. The Elms Inn is top notch and reasonably priced.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of your stay with us! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and Chef Jim's breakfasts! That coast of Maine fog does roll in on occasion... but somehow it can add to the mystique of a Maine adventure! Just means you'll need to come back and try another sail experience on a Maine schooner .... Thanks again so much for staying with us at Elms Inn Bed and Breakfast !

- Cyndi responding... (innkeeper)

Inns at Blackberry Common

5 on November 21, 2016

This was one of the Best Inns we have ever stayed at. Tastefully restored, beyond clean and their 2 course healthy breakfast's to die for! The Inn keepers very friendly and helpful with local interest. We will definitely be going back.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so very much for taking time to write a review of your stay with us! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and to hear that you will return! Jim and I love welcoming guests to Camden and to our inn and creating adventures that turn into great memories. Again thanks for staying with us and for your kind words... it really does mean a lot.

- Cyndi (innkeeper)

Delightful Stay in a beautiful Inn

5 on June 24, 2015

We would highly recommend this Inn, the staff, food, rooms, location were all Outstanding. We will return here! I think that is all I need to know when choosing An Inn. Kevin & Leisa Kniery

Fabulous and Wonderful 25th Anniversary

5 on September 21, 2012

We had a wonderful stay at the Blackberry Inn. The rooms were impeccably decorated and the food breakfasts were fabulous. Jim and Cindy are gracious Inn Owners so happy to talk and help the guests. The staff were go out of their way to please. Our bed was even made one morning while we were at breakfast! It was a great few nights at an great inn we will happily recommend to friends and family! Diane S.

Every Camden Needs a Blackberry Common

5 on August 24, 2012

Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed and shown to a beautiful, bright bed chamber overlooking a lush green garden...just a couple of blocks from the harbor! The bed chamber was well appointed and hosted everything on could need -- it was spotless clean. At check-in we had been given a great walking map of the area and a wonderful dinner recommendation. The bed was so comfortable and the cool Maine air made the evening dreamy. The first morning we enjoyed a wonderful sweet breakfast that featured garden fresh blackberries. After breakfast, the owners took extra time to learn of our interests and to guide us around the area...at their recommendation, we was the Windsor Chair company, Mt Battie (a must), a renouned decoy carver, striped cows, cute shops and much more. That evening we enjoyed a great meal at Shepard's Pie. The savory breakfast the next morning was delicious. As frequent b&b visitors, the breakfast at Inns At Blackberry Common were right at the top of the list of the best we have enjoyed in recent years. If you can only stay in one place in Maine -- this is it!

Charming & Restful

4.8 on July 30, 2012

Several years ago, we spent a few days at the "Inn at Blackberry Commons" -- it was wonderful. We have come back and plan yearly visits.

A Pleasant Place to Stay

4.0 on November 16, 2011

Clean, quaint and the little comforts that make your visit more enjoyable, like a one-cup fresh coffee maker and pay-by honor system wine and beer in the fridge. We found it very charming and quiet, (except for some upstairs "neighbors" with small kids) Breakfast was excellent. This inn is walking distance to downtown, which hosts a great bookstore, too! We would stay there again if we are in the area.

Great Stay at Blackberry Common

4.4 on September 12, 2011

Only stopped for one night, but we found the staff to be very accommodating and the rooms outstanding. Breakfast was also outstanding. We left a raincoat and Jim said it was no problem to mail it to us. All in all, we will enjoyed it very much and will be back.

Great service

4.0 on August 30, 2011

We stayed 2 nights over the summer. We loved the property and the food was excellent. It had the best of a B&B (great food, charming environment) and boutique hotel (no pressure to interact with the host/staff unless we sought it out). This set the bar high for other B&B's. We'll be back.

What a lovely stay!

4.8 on June 24, 2011

The Inns at Blackberry Commons in Camden, Maine is one of the nicest B&Bs I have stayed in....the service was fantastic, the staff was so friendly (thanks, Aspen), the food was top notch, and the location is great for anywhere you might be headed!

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Rooms & Rates


The Iris flower is said to represent love and power. It is also the inspiration for the 'Fleur de Lys'. You will fall in love and be inspired by this charming cottage style room located in the restored Tinker's Cottage with its own private entrance off the garden patio. This spacious room has a sitting area with flat screen tv, wireless Internet, and a comfortable king size bed dressed with luxurious linens. Enjoy the private bath with a large glass shower. Take advantage of the air conditioning on warmer days or enjoy the charm and fresh garden air through a screened patio door on milder days or the gas fireplace in winter. This room was updated in October 2017 with new lighting, bedding, linens, artwork, accent furniture, and room decor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


The Aster flower, so named for the stars because of the shape of its blossoms, symbolizes elegance and refinement. The Aster, once the original master bedroom, also exemplifies elegance and refinement. This second-floor guest room is a spacious retreat complete with a four poster queen size bed piled high with pillows and dressed in luxury linens. There is a comfortable sitting area with winged back chairs, perfect for a quiet read at the end of a day's adventure. Enjoy the flat screen tv or relax in the private bath with a tub/shower combination. Air conditioning, a gas fireplace, and free WiFi round out the modern conveniences.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Daisies are believed to be more than 4000 years old. Celtic legend tells us that the spirits of children would sprinkle daisies upon the earth to spread comfort and cheer. This cozy second-floor guest room is filled with an innate cheerfulness that promises to lift your spirits. It hearkens back to the village homes on the island and has a warm, quiet and comfortable atmosphere which makes it a great alternative to Camden hotels. The original wide pine floors are rare and in early colonial times would have been considered “king’s wood” and shipped to England. A gas stove is inset into the original fireplace and is conveniently controlled by a wall mounted thermostat. In early American times, this fireplace would have been the only heat for this room. Now, a comfortable queen size bed, dressed with fine custom linens, awaits guests. A jetted tub, cozy sitting corner, and flat screen TV provide today’s desired conveniences.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


The Violet is considered the traditional Valentine's Day flower and we feel you'll understand why we chose this beauty to represent our third-floor room. Tucked away at the top of the house, this guest room is a perfect hideaway with no adjourning walls and no one above you! Perfect for a romantic retreat or a private getaway. Dormer ceilings create a cozy atmosphere and the wide board plank floors create a cottage-like feeling. A queen bed with custom linens, gas fireplace, private bath with shower, and a second private entrance round out this 'Crows Nest' room. This room is not recommended for persons with mobility issues or who desire high ceilings as the maximum ceiling height is 6'5" and the room is on the third floor of the house. Other features include air conditioning, WiFi, and luxury bath products.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


The Dahlia flower symbolizes the drawing upon inner strength to succeed. This room was the true heart of the home, the kitchen, and represents well the strength of our early-American ancestors and their desire to succeed in their strange, new land. Located on the ground floor, this room is the inn's flagship room and an excellent choice for guests with mobility issues. The original cooking fireplace is trimmed by wide plank moldings and rich wide-pine floors. A large bay window lets in plenty of light, high ceilings add to the feeling of spaciousness, and a private patio entrance adds charm to this room. The room is furnished with a queen-size mahogany bed dressed with custom bedding. Enjoy the luxury of the spacious tile bath with whirlpool tub and shower. Air conditioning keeps you comfortable during the summer months.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


Lupines are symbolic of imagination and possess the scent of honey. It's little wonder they attract the Karner Blue Butterfly. We feel you'll be attracted to this gem of a room tucked away with its own private entrance off the cottage garden. This first-floor guest room is located in the restored Tinker's Cottage. Enjoy the patio with its bistro tables or curl up on the window seat with a good book. Updated in October 2017, this room has enhanced lighting, a gas fireplace, air conditioning, new bedding, furniture, room decor, and artwork. A private bath with shower complete the room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Downtown, Mountains, Small town, Wine country


Portland, ME (PWM-Intl. Jet Port) 80 miles

Directions to property:

North on I-295 to exit 28 (Brunswick). take Route 1 north for approx. 45 miles to RIGHT turn on Rte 90 Camden. Follow to end (approx 10 miles). Turn left on Rte 1 North for 1.25 miles. Inns at Blackberry Common on the right. free parking. walk 2 blocks to center of village and harbor.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, windjammer trips , lighthouses, island ferries, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Parking , wireless internet throughout inn

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, iPhone docking station

Check Dates


  • Check In:: flexible
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Two pet-friendly rooms, Iris & Lupine
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions



Gary Born and James Carmack

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

Check Dates




  • Time Served: 8:00 to 9:00
  • Serving Location: Garden Patio weather permitting, Breakfast Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian gluten-free with advance request

Signature Dish

Frozen Pineapple Picnic
It's an old recipe from Texas that I use on several items and guests love it!!