If you have stayed with us in the past you will most likely be familiar with Brad Purdy, our executive chef here at the Inn at Sunrise Point. Chef Brad is known as a true magician in the kitchen as he creates beautiful and absolutely delicious dishes for breakfast every morning. He is also a fabulous baker and makes homemade bread, pastries, cookies, cakes, etc. for our guests. This weekend, however, Chef Brad will be taking his amazing skills to New York State to cook for the Clearwater Festival as he does every June.
The Clearwater Festival, or the Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, is an annual festival put on by Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc in order to preserve and protect the Hudson River as well as the communities in the river valley.
After many years of dumping sewage, industrial waste, and toxic chemicals into the Hudson River the river was declared dead in the mid 1960’s. Pete Seeger, a popular musician and respected activist understood the environmental and social importance of the river. As a result, Seeger decided, “to build a boat to save the river”. Holding small fundraising concerts throughout the Hudson River Valley he raised enough money to build the sloop Clearwater, a true symbol of environmental advocacy in America. The Clearwater has become a floating classroom to teach people about the Hudson River.
The small fundraising concerts that Seeger started in the 60’s have continued to grow and now the Clearwater Festival has grown into the country’s largest annual environmental celebration. The music, dance, storytelling, education and activism of the festival attract thousands of people of all ages to the shores of the Hudson River each year.
Chef Brad has been volunteering at the festival for 36 years, serving as the head Chef to feed all of the incredibly talented performers. Several thousand people attend this weekend-long event and there are approximately one thousand people who volunteer to make this event a success.
For more information on the Clearwater Festival visit their website http://www.clearwaterfestival.org
The 2015 Season is here! Have you seen our newest rooms?
Although the summer solstice has not yet arrived, it feels like summer here in the beautiful mid-coast Maine. Daina Hill, owner of the Inn at Sunrise Point, and her entire staff are thrilled for the 2015 season and are excited to welcome guests coming from across the globe. Whether this is your first trip to Camden, Maine or if you have been visiting us for the past ten years we are looking forward to your visit. This summer looks to be a great one and although rooms are booking up fast there is still time to plan your vacation to mid-coast Maine where the views of the gorgeous rocky coast, the magical forests, the charming boats, the historic lighthouses and more will take your breath away.
Those of you who followed us last season are aware of the exciting renovations we completed and the new gardens we planted last year but for our new guests here is a quick update of some wonderful additions we made to the Inn at Sunrise Point.
We transformed our beautiful Garden House by creating four new elegant and spacious luxury suits. The upper floor of the Garden House now contains three amazing rooms: the Wyeth Loft, the Longfellow Suite, and the Thaxter Loft. Each accommodation is simply exquisite. These rooms are perfect for a couple on a romantic and relaxing holiday as well as for larger groups celebrating a wedding, a family reunion, a birthday, etc. A very unique feature about the upper floor of the Garden House is that the three rooms can be connected to accommodate larger groups. Visit our website for more information regarding each individual accommodation.
We also renovated the bottom floor of the Garden House and are proud to introduce the Garden House Suite, the largest accommodation here at the Inn at Sunrise Point. The Garden House Suite is perfect for an extended stay as it features a full dining table, a fully outfitted kitchen, as well as an eating nook.
And of course we could not have a Garden House without stunning gardens surrounding it. Our favorite gardeners Al and Amanda designed and planted extensive new gardens last year. Despite the harsh winter here in Maine our gardens are truly flourishing this summer. Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts with more pictures of our charming gardens.
Visit our website for more information on any of our lovely accommodations or to book your stay with us. We hope to see you this season!
Spring is one of the best times to visit Camden, Maine. The snow has melted, the flowers are blooming, and the birds are singing! Best of all, the summer tourist season has not yet begun so you don’t have to share this beautiful scene with the crowds.
We are excited to start another season on the Maine Coast, and we are offering a very special rate to help you enjoy this magical time of year with us. Be sure to make your reservation soon so you can experience one of our new Garden House suites or lofts!
Save $75 per night when you book 3+ Nights*
*Valid for stays May 1 – June 10, 2015, new reservations only. May not be combined with other promotions or discounts.
People come to Maine not only for lobster, amazing sailing and ocean views, but
also to hike some of the most beautiful and accessible trails in the country. While there
are many challenging hiking trails in Maine, such as the trails up Mt. Katahdin—near
Moosehead Lake, and Cadillac Mountain–in Acadia National Park, some of the best
hiking trails in the state are right here in Camden and Lincolnville, and you should check
them out while you are here! Camden Hills State Park, located in Camden and
Lincolnville, is one of the most popular hiking destinations. The main entrance to
Camden Hills Park is located just 2 miles from the Inn at Sunrise Point. There are several
different mountains and approximately 30 miles of trails in Camden Hills Park, and all of
the trails lead to stunning views of the coastline and Penobscot Bay
or the beautiful lakes and forests of the State of Maine. Mt. Battie is
the best known mountain and trail and from the top of the mountain
is a truly breathtaking view of the Mid Coast Maine coastline and
the charming town of Camden.
Another great trail is the Maiden’s Cliff trail. This trail is a
bit steeper but no less enjoyable. You will hike through the peaceful
Maine woods on this trail and will be able to see panoramic views of
Lake Megunticook at the top. And Bald Rock Mountain in
Lincolnville is a very nice hike with rewarding views towards Bar
Harbor, Blue Hill, and the islands that populate Penobscot Bay.
If you are looking for a trail that is a bit easier we would
recommend going to Beech Hill in Rockport or Fernald’s Neck in
Lincolnville. These trails are less intense but also beautiful. Each of
the innkeepers at the Inn at Sunrise Point has a favorite, so if you are undecided which trail appeals to
you, ask them. (And don’t forget that we are happy to provide bug spray and sunscreen
Many people come to Maine to see its beautiful coastline and the clear blue –but freezing—waters of the Atlantic Ocean. However, you do not get the full ocean experience from simply standing on the shore. You truly need to get out on the water here in Midcoast Maine. The town of Camden is one of the best locations in Maine as it has an easily accessible and charming harbor. And the winds for sailing are surprisingly constant, much to sailors’ delight. Because of Camden’s excellent harbor and the typically prevailing winds off the Camden Hills and Midcoast Maine, you will encounter world-class sailors in Camden harbor almost any time you visit.
In Camden harbor—famous the world over–you can board one of the six large ships who are part of the historic Windjammer Fleet. Your sailing trip can last up to seven days if you wish. But for those of us who just want to sample what it is like to sail on a tall-masted historic schooner, there is another great option to get out on the water– the day sailing schooners!
There are four schooners that run out of Camden harbor daily and offer two hour sails every summer: The Schooner Olad , the Schooner Surprise, The Schooner Lazy Jack II, and the Schooner Appledore. Hop on one of these magnificent and historic ships and prepare to sail the waters of Penobscot Bay. You will see amazing wildlife, classic lighthouses, charming islands, long rocky coastline, gorgeous coastal estates, as well as other beautiful boats and yachts. The captains and crew aboard the boats are extremely knowledgeable and will talk about the history of the area in addition to answering any other questions you may have about sailing or about Midcoast Maine in general. A two-hour trip aboard a schooner is an incredibly relaxing and enjoyable experience. If you are looking for proof of the value of Schooner ride simply ask a local how many times they have been out on one and many will tell you they treat themselves to an afternoon sail several times a summer—just for the fun of it!
Book Your Getaway at the Inn at Sunrise Point for a luxurious stay.
If you have stayed with us at the Inn at Sunrise Point in the past you will be familiar with our Richard Russo Cottage, named many years ago in honor of best-selling author Richard Russo, who lives not far from the Inn. This spacious cottage has a cathedral ceiling, a very comfortable four poster king bed, and a sitting area with wood burning fireplace and a deep sofa for lounging about. In addition, there are–of course–beautiful water views from the room and the private deck. While waiting for the Spring of 2014 to arrive, we redecorated the interior of the cottage. A new cream leather sofa, new art work chosen to compliment the nautical theme and calm soft blue colors now accent the Maine coast waterfront views that make this cottage so desirable. This particular cottage is a favorite with returning guests. For more pictures and descriptions on this newly renovated space visit our website. Or better yet, check it out on your next visit?
Other recent changes to make your stay more enjoyable…………..
In addition to creating 3 new accommodations and substantially renovating the Wyeth Loft and Russo Cottage this past winter, we recently completely renovated and upgraded the luxury bathrooms in the Fitz Henry Lane Cottage and the Winslow Homer Cottage. These 2 bathrooms now each contain a deep soaking tub (reminiscent of small swimming pools). The double-sized, glass enclosed showers also feature beautiful mosaic tile work designed to feature the colors of the Maine coastline. And these showers of course feature multiple showerheads and enhanced water pressure technology to ensure your shower is an absolute delight. Guest reaction to date has been overwhelmingly positive!
The third of our new guest accommodations at the Inn at Sunrise Point is the Garden House Suite. We frequently are asked about longer stay capacity and the possibility of kitchen facilities. So the Garden House Suite is designed to respond to those requests and is structured much like an efficiency apartment. The main room is spacious and has a comfortable king bed (or 2 twins upon request) in addition to a queen sleep sofa for extra sleeping space. In addition, the main room also has a full dining room table with chairs and a comfortable sitting area. The Suite features a fully outfitted galley kitchen with an eating nook if you are interested in cooking meals — or eating that take out lobster in a place where no one else will see you wearing a bib and making a horrendous mess of everything! Finally, the Garden Suite, with its large private outdoor deck, is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The ocean view is a “peek-a-boo” view, so the ocean sound effects far exceed the ocean view. But when you stay in the Garden House Suite, you will feel like you are in a secret garden… and it is a very short walk to the ocean front lawn where a cushioned Adirondack chair is calling your name.
We are very pleased to present new additions to the inn. We spent the winter creating 3 new luxury accommodations—the Thaxter Loft, the Longfellow Suite, and the Garden House Suite. All three are located in the Garden House at the Inn at Sunrise Point.
Daina’s personal favorite is the Thaxter Loft located on the second floor of the Garden House. This spacious, vibrant and airy king bedroom is named after Celia Thaxter, an extraordinary woman in the 19th century New England, famous in her day as a poet, writer, painter, and gardener. As it happens, Celia Thaxter also managed an inn on Appledore Island in Maine and returning guests drawn by her charm included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Whittier, William Morris Hunt and Childe Hassam. The Thaxter Loft features both ocean and garden views. When you walk into this room you are going to think “Now I am on vacation!”
Next door to the Thaxter Loft is a lovely and soothing accommodation- the Longfellow Suite. The Longfellow Suite is one of our most versatile and unique spaces at the inn. The room contains a lovely king bed from which you can both hear and see the Atlantic Ocean outside your bedroom window. The Suite also has a separate sitting room with a double sized arched window as well as a large outdoor deck overlooking the inn’s newest gardens. The sitting room in the Longfellow Suite is special because it can be opened to the Longfellow Suite bedroom, and if you so choose, to either or both of the two neighboring rooms: the Thaxter Loft and the Wyeth Loft. This makes it the perfect spot to stay if you are traveling with a larger group of friends or family members.
For more information on what these beautiful new rooms have to offer visit out website. You do not want to miss staying in one (or both) of these amazing new spaces!
The 2014 season is well underway here at the Inn at Sunrise Point in Midcoast Maine!
Our bed and breakfast inn, hidden away on the coast of Maine just north of Camden, has had a very exciting start to the summer season. We’ve been lucky to have some beautiful and sunny weather here in Lincolnville Beach and Camden to start the summer. Now that July is here the temperature is rising but the cool ocean breeze is keeping things very comfortable at the inn. We have already welcomed many amazing guests who have come to stay with us from all over the globe and we are looking forward to greeting many more throughout the 2014 Season.
We are extremely proud to present several new additions to the Inn this summer. Over the long winter months we completed extensive renovations and as a result have 3 new luxury guest accommodations, each with amazing views and elegant but comfortable surroundings. They are spacious, airy and lovely spaces and we look forward to showing them off. We redecorated the Richard Russo Cottage and made significant improvements to the Wyeth Loft. We are also proud to present our new Garden Spa, where guests can receive a relaxing massage in a calming and beautiful space. Finally, we added several new flower gardens and flowering trees around the buildings and are excitedly waiting to see what blooms next.
We are just posting new photos and descriptions to our website www.sunrisepoint.com and Facebook page this month. Stay tuned for more information and updates as well as pictures from the Inn at Sunrise Point and –believe it or not — blog posts to come over the course of the summer.