My name is Anita Zeno and I am the owner and innkeeper of this lovely bed and breakfast. In April, 2008, I moved to Maine from southern California, where I had lived for 34 years, to buy the Belmont Inn. With a dad in the Air Force when I was a child and a natural life-long wanderlust of my own, I have lived in many parts of the country and have traveled widely. But until moving to Maine, I had never lived in New England.
I have been asked often by my guests about my decision to leave my former life and start this new one. The short answer to those questions is that, once I realized that my children would never live in San Diego again, I felt the freedom to try something new. And, besides, it was time to shake things up! Every once in a while, you just have to.
The longer answer is that, after about 10 years in a particular field of work, I am ready to learn something new. Straight out of college I worked for a short time as a medical technologist followed by careers as a speech and language pathologist, a special education teacher, and a private practice psychotherapist. Then I left it all for more than a year and went traveling in Europe. About half way through the trip I was in Spain and I was the only passenger on a small tourist bus. As we drove from the top of one of Granada’s two hills, where the Alhambra is, to the top of the other, where the Albayzin is, I asked the driver where he was originally from. He said Madrid. And what had he previously done for work? He had been a social worker. He told me several stories about working in the inner city and then he said, “I tell people, I still help people with their problems. Only now, they’re happy problems!”
And now that’s what I do, too. I feed people, something I’ve always loved to do, and I help them have the experiences they’ve come here looking for, whether that means solitude and privacy or the opportunity to meet new people and have interesting conversations. I help my guests find great lobster, the best swimming holes, good bike routes, great hikes, interesting gifts and keepsakes, nationally renowned art, and good places to just hang out and enjoy life. And it is always my hope that each of my guests leaves with great memories of this beautiful part of the world.Check Availability
Camden, Maine is the quintessential New England village nestled between the mountains and the sea. And the Belmont Inn is nestled right in the center of the village, one quiet block off of busy Route 1.
It’s an easy walk to Camden’s special harbor and to shops, galleries, casual and fine dining restaurants, and the beautiful Camden Public Library 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 breathtaking 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 round. Come, join us, for a special time away that you will never forget.Check Availability
Innkeeper About Town
I’ve just spent a wonderful week at my daughter’s in upper New York state. She’s lived there less than 2 years and I was reminded for the second time of how late spring comes to the coast of Maine. The trees here are just leafing out and are that beautiful new-leaf green color. The forsythia and tulips are in full bloom and we’ve just top-dressed all the inn’s gardens with a dark, rich brown mulch. Next, I have the pleasure of my annual half-day tour of local nurseries to find the flats of pansies and inpatients we’ll plant next week. My go-to nurseries for annuals and perennials are Plants Unlimited in Rockport, ME and Green Thumb in West Rockport, ME. We get most of our tomato plants and hard-to-find herb plants from the Camden Farmers’ Market and the Belfast Co-Op.
In town things are really picking up. Camden Public Library is hard at work on plans for both the Summer Harbor Arts and Books Fair, July 16-17, and the Fall Harbor Arts and Books Fair, October 1-2. Held twice annually in Camden Harbor Park and Bok Amphitheatre, this is the first year that the Camden library will host these fairs; hence the addition of “Books” to the title because, of course, a library just has to! The Town of Camden is finalizing plans for the Windjammer Festival at Camden’s harbor September 2-4, and the Camden Garden Club is hard at work getting everything in place for the Annual House and Garden Tour on July 21. Then there’s the North Atlantic Blues Festival July 16-17; the Maine Lobster Festival August 3-7; and, looking well ahead, Christmas by the Sea in Camden, December 2-4. So many great things to do! Hope to see you here soon.
Best to all,
Below are directions to the Belmont Inn. We are conveniently located near area attractions such as Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.
From Boston and points South:
Drive north on Interstate 95 from Boston.
At Portland, Maine, take Exit 52 to I-295N. Continue on I-295 to Exit 28 towards Brunswick/Coastal Route 1.
From there, follow Route 1 North which will lead you through several small towns. Six (6) miles north of Waldoboro, turn left onto Route 90.
Follow Route 90 until it intersects with Route 1 North again, at Rockport. Turn left and follow Route 1 into Camden.
Just as you are about to enter the heart of Camden village, you’ll see a flashing red light and a stop sign in the middle of the street (the Stop ‘n Go convenience store and gas station will be on your right). Turn right. A few hundred feet along that road, the roadway bends right. You will not turn with it but will go straight ahead to Belmont Avenue. (Caution, oncoming cars have the right of way.) The Belmont Inn is just ahead on your left.
Long-term parking is behind the inn although you are welcome to pull up in front to unload your bags.Check Availability