About Hawthorn Inn
The Hawthorn Inn is only Queen Anne style bed and breakfast in Camden. Located overlooking Camden Harbor, near the base of the Camden Hills and a few miles from Lake Megunticook, the outdoor recreation, arts and adventure of the Camden region is all within easy reach.
With an expansive back yard offering peaceful harbor views, guests enjoy breakfast on the deck in the warmer months, while observing the comings and goings of boats from Camden Harbor. In the cooler months, breakfast is served in the dining room and/or in a nook of the turret in the parlor. Exit the back gate of the property and Camden’s Harbor Park, with its beautiful water-view amphitheater, is front and center. The Hawthorn Inn is a four-minute walk into the center of town and all its shops, galleries, restaurants, plus live entertainment and workshops at the Camden Opera House.
Each of the inn’s ten guest rooms is uniquely distinctive; some with Victorian décor, others with a more contemporary flair. Rooms vary in their amenities, with some offering harbor views and private decks or balconies, whirlpool tubs and private fireplaces. Three of the guest rooms can accommodate families and guests of all ages are welcomed to the Hawthorn Inn. Room rates range from $119 to $399 per night per night depending on room chosen, time of year and day of week.
GUEST ROOMS, AMENITIES AND RATES
The Hawthorn Inn offers ten spacious individually decorated guest rooms located between the inn’s two buildings. There are six guest rooms in the main house and four guest rooms in the adjacent Carriage House, just steps from the main inn. Three of the inn’s guest rooms offer either a trundled daybed or a sleeper sofa to allow for more flexibility in sleeping arrangements for travel parties larger than two. Two guest rooms can be configured with either two twin size beds or one king size bed.
There are four guest rooms on the second floor of the main inn, and one guest room on the first floor of inn. This first-floor guest room offers a “true” king size bed and can be equipped with a shower bench and raised toilet seat. (Note – while this room is outfitted for handicapped travelers, it is not fully ADA compliant as one still needs to walk up 6 steps to enter the inn.) One of the second-floor rooms in the main house has a gas log stove (for use in the winter months). The sixth room in the main house is located on the lower level, and can be set up as a two-bedroom suite for larger travel parties. Four guest rooms in the main house offer queen size beds. Two have claw foot Victorian soaking tubs and showers, the rest have showers. All baths are privately accessed ensuite.
The four premier Carriage House guest rooms have king size beds, DVD players, two-person whirlpool tubs in addition to the stall showers, and a private deck or patio overlooking the gardens and a view of the harbor. Three of the four carriage house rooms have gas log fireplaces for use in the winter months. All rooms are spacious with ensuite luxurious baths.
The Hawthorn Inn is non-smoking and offers free high speed Wi-Fi access throughout the property. Other amenities include air conditioning (in the warmer months) and separate heat control, private, ensuite bathrooms/showers, private label soap and shampoos, use of microfiber twill robes, television, clock radio and alarm, umbrellas, iron and ironing boards, hair dryers, and magazines/reading material. Each afternoon home baked refreshments are served in the library. Bottled water, coffee, hot chocolate, a selection of teas and fresh fruit are available 24/7 too. Additionally, the Hawthorn Inn’s liquor license allows guests to order from a wine list handpicked by innkeepers, Ted and Lisa, and offered at very reasonable prices. In the warmer months, a communal refrigerator in the outdoor service area is available for guests to store leftovers or take-out meals to enjoy in their rooms or at the many tables and chairs on the deck and throughout the inn’s back yard.
As of April 2017, Quiet Season rates (late Oct – late May) range from $109 to 210 per night per room, double occupancy. Shoulder Season (Late May to June 30) rates range from $150 to $255 per night, per room double occupancy. High season (July 1 to late October) rates range from $175 to 295 per night, per room double occupancy. Maine state lodging tax (9% as of April, 2017) is added to all rates. All specific room configurations, rates and online booking are available at http://camdenhawthorn.com. Rates are subject to change.
COMMON ROOMS & GROUNDSTurrets and a double parlor/library are hallmarks of the Hawthorn Inn. During the winter months guests gather in the parlor and in the library. The original stained glass above the rectangular bay window in the parlor along with period furniture, ornate radiators, and two toned wood floor are often noted and admired by guests. The parlor naturally extends into the inn’s brightly-lit library where there is additional seating to enjoy a book or play one of the many board and card games found there. Maine guide books, coffee table books, a collection of fiction books, and a CD player with an eclectic collection of music are all available for guest use. In a bright sunny nook of the library, tucked into the turret and overlooking the garden, a game table is a popular guest gathering spot for coffee, tea and board or games.
The dining room overlooks the inn’s gardens, with a view of the harbor beyond. There is a large table for those who enjoy meeting other guests during breakfast. There are also smaller private tables as an option too. The dining room is also accessible as a common room after breakfast.
In the summer months, Hawthorn Inn guests can enjoy the many outdoor common areas at the inn. A front porch with cushioned wicker chairs, and a two-tiered deck and gravel patio with tables and chairs at the rear of the inn offer plenty of space for relaxing. In the mild weather, breakfast is served on the back deck. There are also Adirondack chairs and lounge chairs scattered around the large back yard for guests to sit and relax and take in a view of Camden Harbor. The proximity to Harbor Park and its unique outdoor Amphitheater allows guests to enjoy the summer concerts in person – just steps from the inn- or without leaving the property as the sounds waft through the yard given its unique close location.
Beginning at 7:00am, guests can start the morning with a cup of customized Hawthorn Inn coffee, roasted locally by Rock City Roasters and placed in the library for early risers. An assortment of black and herbal teas from Harney and Sons is also an option. Breakfast is served at Hawthorn Inn between 8:30am and 9:30am, but alternate times can be accommodated upon request, and “to-go” bags with juice, granola bars and fresh fruit can be arranged for those who need to leave early.
At Hawthorn Inn, breakfast is a work of art. Breakfast chef, Ted Weiss, offers not only beautifully crafted recipes but an exquisite presentation. Breakfast starts with an assortment of juice options (cranberry, orange, or a blend of these) and two courses - a fruit course and a main course featuring locally grown/produced and organic foods whenever available. The main course alternates daily between a sweet and savory dish which varies seasonally to match the weather and the availability of fresh produce. Some guests’ favorite dishes include Panna Cotta with fresh berries, Rum raisin pears, Smoked Salmon and Brie Quesadilla, Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata, Maine Blueberry Pancakes, and Banana Nut Waffles. Food allergies and dietary restrictions are always gladly accommodated when communicated prior to arrival or at check-in. Scrambled eggs, toast (including gluten free) and yogurt and fresh fruit are available daily as an alternative. During the summer months, plates are garnished with mint, herbs, and edible flowers grown in the inn’s garden. Tables are adorned with fresh wild flowers grown at the local Golden Brook Flower Farm.
INN HISTORYWhile historic maps of Camden show that a house existed at its present site as early as 1856, it is not clear if the existing Queen Anne style house was an addition to the original structure or a new home. The Hawthorn Inn was built as a private residence for Emma Knight sometime in the 1890s. S.G. Ritterbush, a well-known architect and builder with many handsome “cottages” to attest to his skills, built the Emma Knight house. Local folklore tells tale that Ritterbush’s wife, Laura, wanted this house very much but he had built it for someone else.
The Hawthorn Inn’s site has been the home to many prominent business people in Camden. William Alden who owned the Camden Anchor Works, the largest manufacturer of anchors in the United States, owned the site prior to Emma Knight. Pearl G. Willey, the founder of P. G. Willey and Co., the local coal and lumber, and eventually, fuel company, owned the residence for more more than 50 years too.
The private residence that is now the Hawthorn Inn was converted to a bed and breakfast in 1984. The Hawthorn Inn was originally listed as the Emma Knight House, one of the 66 homes in the historic High Street District, on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988, and it is still listed that way today. It was renamed to Hawthorn Inn when it became a B&B in 1984. Ted and Lisa Weiss are the sixth owners of the inn.
YOUR INNKEEPERS, TED AND LISA WEISS
Ted and Lisa are both Pennsylvania natives. Ted was born in Greenville, PA and moved to Philadelphia in 1951 but spent most of his formative years in Quakertown, PA. Ted graduated with an electrical engineering degree from Drexel University. Lisa was born and raised in Hazleton, PA. She graduated from the University of the Sciences with a degree in Medical Technology. Each lived in Philadelphia’s University City, at different times, and quite a few years apart. Both Ted and Lisa married other spouses after college and started careers.
Fast forward and Ted and Lisa met at Base Ten Systems in Trenton, NJ when assigned to a project together. They were both in a different stages of ending a marriage and not looking for another relationship. One day Lisa asked Ted out to lunch. The rest, as they say, is history.
Lisa has always been drawn to the water and loves being on or near it. In fact, the innkeeping seed was planted when they attended an Annapolis Maryland sailing school after buying their 26-foot MacGregor sailboat and stayed at a B&B during the sailing course.
As Ted approached retirement age and the pharmaceutical company that Lisa was working for planned a major reorganization, it was clear that it was time to start the search for their dream B&B. In 2013 Ted and Lisa attended an Aspiring Innkeeper’s Seminar and decided that being innkeepers in Maine would suit them. In February 2014, the Weiss’s looked at four inns in coastal Maine. Hawthorn Inn was the first one of the four they looked at and per usual, it was the winner.They purchased the inn in June, 2014 and started checking in guests that same day.