On a quiet side street in the heart of Camden village… Exceptional!
Romantic and comfortably elegant, the Belmont Inn has been a welcoming home-away-from-home for travelers since the 1920’s. Built as a family home in 1891, this free classic Queen Anne Victorian has lovely wraparound porches, wood burning fireplaces in the first floor living room and dining room, large perennial gardens and the understated but charming architectural details of a home built in the late 19th century.
The inn’s 6 guest rooms each have their own unique character and every guest has a special favorite. All rooms are carefully and tastefully decorated and all offer the important modern amenities. From soft, fluffy towels and freshly ironed quality bed linens, to soft music, fresh flowers from the garden, a glass of wine on the porch and a full, made-from-scratch breakfast served on the lovely breakfast porch, the Belmont Inn offers treats for all the senses. Anita Zeno, the inn’s owner and innkeeper since early 2008, has traveled extensively and has loved cooking for special occasions since she was a kid. So it’s no surprise to her family and friends that two of the things that bring her the greatest joy in running the inn are meeting and enjoying conversations with people from all over the world and preparing special dishes using many of the wonderful locally grown or locally produced foods. Time and again, guests ask her if she would share a recipe for something they’ve particularly loved. What a compliment! The answer is always, “I’d be happy to!”
Camden is a quintessential New England village nestled between the mountains and the sea and the Belmont Inn is nestled right in the center of Camden, one quiet block off of busy Route 1. It’s an easy walk to the harbor and to shops, galleries, casual and fine dining restaurants, and the beautiful Camden Public Library (where 85% of Camden residents have a library card!) with Harbor Park on one side of the library and the outdoor Bok Amphitheatre on the other side. Camden Hills State Park on the edge of town offers great hiking and spectacular views of Penobscot Bay and its many islands. There’s skiing, snow shoeing and tobogganing in the winter; the peaceful intimacy of early spring as the trees slowly turn that lovely color of spring green and maple sap gets turned into the world’s best maple syrup over fast-burning wood fires; golfing, biking, swimming, birding, kayaking, canoeing and just hanging out in the warm weather; and the glory of Indian summers. The Midcoast of Maine, the town of Camden and the Belmont Inn really do offer special opportunities to enjoy nature and the people, culture, foods, history and architecture of New England year around. Come, join us, for a special time away that you will never forget.
“Anita, thanks for your hospitality, insight, and passion for sharing your place with us. Beautiful home, fantastic food, all with grace!” – R&J (South Carolina)
“Thank you so much – a beautiful breakfast and kind hospitality. We will certainly stay longer next time!” – J&P (Australia)
“We had a fabulous time! Everything was beautiful – your suggestions were great! Thank you.” – C&S (Illinois)
Dear Past and Future Guests,
I had the best day yesterday and as often happens for me here, in Maine, it was because I got to meet and spend some time with yet another very creative, talented and interesting local. A neighbor, really. It’s long been my observation, confirmed in many conversations in the three years that I’ve lived in Maine, that this state has an unusually large proportion of creative people. Many who were born and raised here but also many who have been drawn here for any of a variety of reasons. The fellow I met yesterday, Peter Ralston, is a professional photographer who, after years of doing other things, has just opened a gallery in little downtown Rockport. His photographs are wonderful but visiting Peter’s gallery and meeting Peter is kind of a wrap-around experience. Peter’s a reader and thinker, a storyteller and people-person, an explorer and community leader, and a man who knows seemingly everyone including Andrew and Betsy Wyeth with whom he had (in Andy’s case) and has (in Betsy’s) close relationships going back many, many years.Come visit my little town and let me introduce you to some of the people in my neighborhood. Talented artists, photographers, chefs, performers, furniture makers, weavers. And the list goes on.
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