Warmth and Maine in February may sound like an oxymoron but the Norumbega manages to make it a reality from the minute you step in from the frigid temperatures outside. The glow of the warm wood in entrance hall and the crackling log fire made us forget immediately how cold we had been just seconds earlier. The welcome and tour from Linda as she showed us to our room made us feel like old friends arriving for a visit. We settled into our room and and sank into the comfy armchairs to take in the incredible view while nibbling on some delicious lemon ginger and lavender blueberry shortbread cookies. Chef Phil with his Scottish background makes simply the best shortbread this side of the Atlantic so be sure you try them when you visit. This was my birthday trip and we had asked to have dinner but were totally unprepared for the feast that awaited us. Fish and chips, served in newspaper the perfect sized portion to start our multi course meal, Chef Phil's creativity and passion for food was very much in evidence as the evening unfolded, we loved every bite but after much discussion decided that the Mushroom Pot Pie was the favorite dish of the night. Perfectly cooked mushrooms and a local aged brie baked under a disc of flaky puff pastry that burst with flavor and melted in your mouth, it was sublime. Sue's warmth and graciousness made the evening perfect. Fires glowed and crackled in the fireplaces, music played, our every need seemed to have been anticipated and we felt so well taken care of. We awoke the next morning to find the world blanketed in a layer of fresh fallen snow and made our way down to breakfast served by the fire in the sunny dining room. Tea came British style brewed in a pot, coffee was served in a French press, orange juice was fresh squeezed. Oatmeal, served as the first course blended three kinds of oats with millet and quinoa topped with blueberry compote, followed by a choice of omelet or french toast with bananas, we chose one of each and happily shared, add to this a basket of home made pastries including some light and fluffy potatoes scones, served with sweet butter and strawberry rhubarb jam, it was the perfect way to start the day. We could not have been more sorry when it was time to leave and are looking forward to returning as soon as possible! Sue Phil and Linda are the perfect hosts and this a truly a magical spot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With stunning views of the Penobscot Bay, The Norumbega is in the quiet historic neighborhood in Camden, just a few minutes' walk from the bustling center of town. The castle provides an experience like no other in the Mid-Coast of Maine. Featuring both extraordinary lodging and cuisine, The Norumbega focuses on 'simple things done exceptionally well'. We feature fresh, local ingredients in our breakfasts (included in your stay) and dinner (an option for our guests). The Norumbega offers a chance for our guests to indulge, be comfortable and relax in an environment that is graciously distinguished - whether in the castle itself or outside on its four acres of lawn and gardens . Enjoy the fantastic craftsmanship and woodwork of days gone by coupled with modern amenities, delicious food and hosts that love what they do. Whether for an overnight stay or a visit for a week, there is always something new to discover and fantastic food prepared by Chef Phil to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you soon! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Norumbega Hotel Camden
- Norumbega Inn Camden, Maine