Mainely Gourmet - Heartstone Inn, Camden, Maine
Hartstone Inn, Camden
By Peter H. Spectre
Fresh ingredients, appropriate to the season, cooked to perfection. Credit: photographs courtesy Hartstone Inn(3)Many years ago I worked in an office building that had originally been a home. Actually, it had been what is euphemistically known along the Maine coast as a “cottage”—that is, a summer mansion with all the bells and whistles of a winter mansion but in a rustic setting. My office was in the middle of the building, on the second floor. Formerly one of the principal bedrooms, it had a fireplace, its own tiled bathroom, and a buzzer (which no longer worked) for summoning the help. The view was of Eggemoggin Reach and Deer Isle beyond. One day I was at my desk, scribbling away about one thing or another, when a little old lady stuck her head in at the door. “You know, young man,” she said, “I spent my honeymoon right there where your desk is.” “I bet you had more fun than I’m having now,” I said, and we both laughed, and then she told me some war stories and that was the end of it. But it wasn’t. Every time I walked into that room afterwards, I had an uneasy feeling that I was intruding in a private space, that I knew more about it than I ought to have known. A trespasser, I imagined that my mundane presence might annoy the ghosts of summers past. www.hartstoneinn.com Open year round. Reservations strongly suggested.