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Gardens & Nature Centers

April showers bring May flowers. It’s a saying we’ve all heard and that’s because it’s true. Up here in Maine, April is called “Mud Season” for a reason. The snow melts, rains come, and it gets muddy. But that’s okay because in May a whole new world emerges, full of every color, shape, and size […]

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Maine State Parks

There’s no denying the natural beauty of Maine. It’s spectacular regardless of Season. But during Spring and Summer, it begs you to be outside. Whether it’s hiking, kayaking, biking, swimming or enjoying a picnic while reading or soaking in the sun there’s no better place to be than at a Maine State Park. As we approach warmer […]

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Museums – Something for Everone

Most people don’t use world-class museums and Camden in the same sentence but they should. We are fortunate to have some amazing museums and not just for art lovers. These are great activities for a rainy day or for anyone who is inspired by art, the history of transportation, and lighthouses. Here are my four […]

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Sweet Treats

I definitely have the “sweet tooth” gene, which I inherited from my mother. After almost every dinner, I can still hear her saying “I need something just a little sweet.” And yes, Snicker’s do satisfy but there are times when I (and I assume you) want something really good, unique, decadent, hand-made, and a truly […]

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Concerts — Comedians — Clowns — Conferences

What do Kathy Mattea, Derek Gripper, Ranky Tanky, Palaver Strings, Bee Parks and the Hornets, Cold War, Tim Sample, The Hal McIntyre Orchestra, Mile Twelve and Low Lily, On The Basis of Sex, Odeon Chamber Orchestra, and Donizetti’s La Fille Du Regiment have in common? They are all entertainers, movies, or operas appearing at one of […]

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Lemon Chess Pie – Pies on Parade 2019

This past Saturday Elms of Camden participated in the 15th Annual Pies on Parade event to benefit the Area Interfaith Outreach organization. It was a lot of fun, a lot of hard work, and a lot of money was raised for a good cause. Being the fool I am, I volunteered to make and distribute samples of […]

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Grape Nut Pudding

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to do a food blog. I guess because I’m not a chef and my previous career was all about wireless telecommunications and nothing about food. But after cooking thousands of breakfasts a year for guests I know when a plate comes back clean time after time, […]

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It’s Only Soap, Right?

Two years ago if you had asked me does packaging or cost of soap, body wash, shampoo, or conditioner matter I would have said probably not. But ask me now, after owning a bed and breakfast in Camden, and my answer is a definite yes! Most people know I am highly sensitive to most fragrances and […]

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Fall Foliage – Maine’s Fifth Season

There is no better place to be for fall leaf peeping than in Maine. The melting of hues of leaves from green to yellow, to burnt orange and crimson begins as early as mid-September in Fort Kent in northern Maine, and as late as Halloween in Kittery, at Maine’s southern tip. The vibrant process begins […]

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Elms of Camden – How it All Started

  When your bed and breakfast is in one of the oldest homes in town you get asked a lot of questions about its history, its former owners, who built the house, etc.. I wish I had all the answers starting from 1806, but pictures and documents aren’t as available from that era. If only […]