What Our Guests Say
“If I were told that Janis is a chef at a high-end restaurant, I would certainly believe it. Her meals are perfect in every way, both in presentation and wonderful flavors.” (2021)
“We had breakfast on the sun porch, a sweet little room off the kitchen that overlooks the gardens. . . . The food was delicious, with local ingredients and lots of care and attention paid to the flavors and presentation.” (2021)
An important feature of a visit to the Camden Maine Stay Inn is the delicious food we serve in the morning, afternoon and evening. There is no better way to say it: We flat out love good food, and we love to share that good food with our guests! To us, food is much more than sustenance. It is a tried and true way of making connections with people, and, if we’re fortunate enough, to turn those connections into lasting relationships and friendships.
In the afternoon and evening when our guests arrive at the Inn, we make sure to show them our selection of fresh, homemade cookies which we serve together with coffee and tea on an antique Queen Atlantic stove in the kitchen. Guests can savor our signature Maine Stay Mocha Truffle cookies as well as various other offerings. Our dark, rich coffee is brewed from beans roasted at Rock City Coffee in nearby Rockland. We also offer more than 30 varieties of regular, decaffeinated and herbal teas. Later in the evening, our cookies, coffee and tea are available for guests to savor following dinner. They often take a cookie or two back to their rooms as a perfect complement to their dinners and the culinary endpoint of their days.
In the morning, we treat our guests to a delicious two-course, gourmet breakfast. Before sitting down to breakfast, guests often will come to the kitchen, pour themselves a cup of coffee or tea, and take it with them either back to their room, to one of our comfortable common areas, or out into our beautiful garden. We serve breakfast on wicker tables in the sun porch overlooking the garden and at an antique farm table in the traditional dining room. Our gourmet breakfast begins with a selection of fruit juices and an enticing mixture of fresh berries, melons or other fruit, which, during the warmer months, are grown largely on farms within a 15-minute drive of the Inn. We then alternate on a daily basis between sweet and savory entrées which we prepare with the freshest local ingredients available, including tomatoes and herbs grown in the Inn’s garden. Some of our guests’ favorite dishes are Belgian waffles, eggs Florentine, peach French toast, southwest frittata, blueberry and apple pancakes, and vegetable quiche. Our gourmet breakfasts also include a meat such as our thick, slow-cooked bacon, sausage or ham as well as a bread such as orange poppyseed bread, banana bread, or cranberry or cinnamon coffee cake.
Not to toot our horn too loudly, but the Inn’s guests often are overheard saying that the food we serve is “the best I’ve ever eaten,” “absolutely delicious” and “wonderful.” Guests often ask for our recipes which we are more than happy to share with them.
We can accommodate most, if not all, dietary restrictions. We ask only that you let us know a couple of days in advance so that we can prepare the right foods for you.