The Inn & Policies

For Our Camden Inn on the Maine Midcoast

Take a step back in time, before this was a premier Camden Inn…

In 1806, lumber merchant Simon Hunt moved to Camden, Maine. In 1810, Hunt built a Federal-style home in the heart of the town.

In 1936, Captain Frank Swift – the Inn’s namesake – established Maine’s first passenger schooner fleet while living in this white clapboard village landmark inn.

While the house has been expanded over the years, the original house still retains its wonderful wide plank pine floors, chair rails, exposed beams, intricate moldings, and five fireplaces, including one with a beehive oven.

Our Camden inn today…

Owners and innkeepers Norm and Linda Henthorn strive to maintain the Captain Swift Inn’s historic feel. Both Baltimore, Maryland natives, Norm and Linda spent their lives growing up on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. They developed of a love of boating and fresh seafood, which guided their travels to New England.

After years of vacationing in New England, dreaming of establishing a bed and breakfast, Norm and Linda found Camden, Maine… and the Captain Swift Inn. They fell in love with Camden’s understated charm, breathtaking vistas, and the welcoming locals. And they’re sure you’ll love it, and their Camden inn, too.

While away your days where the “mountains meet the sea”…

Each morning you start your day with a full multicourse breakfast. The menu changes daily, but the first and second courses always feature inn specialties. For your first course, you might enjoy roasted pears, fresh fruit parfaits, or grilled pineapple with ginger cream.

The second course contains guest favorites such as sausage and brie puff, potato and basil frittatas, pecan-crusted French toast, and Maine blueberry pancakes. We get many of our ingredients from local merchants and farmers’ markets. Don’t forget there are always great home made refreshments in the afternoon.

We can accommodate special dietary needs with 24-hour notice.

Things to do near our Camden inn…

Once you’ve enjoyed your complimentary breakfast, there’s no shortage of activities to fill your day… Spend the afternoon sailing on a schooner… Take a drive up Mount Battie where you’ll see the best views of Camden… Enjoy year-round recreation at the Camden Snow Bowl… Or take a stroll around the historic downtown area of Camden where you’ll find art galleries featuring local artists, the Camden Opera House, and the freshest lobster you’ve ever had.

If you need help planning your stay, Norm and Linda are happy to suggest activities, dining options, and directions. If you’re interested in learning more about the activities you can enjoy in and around Camden, click here for our About the Area page.

The best time to visit…

Camden is beautiful year-round and the Captain Swift is open for guests throughout the year.

We can’t boast enough about our summers in Maine. The days are warm, but not often hot, and nights are cool. The weather is perfect for hiking, sailing, or simply taking a drive along Maine’s Midcoast region.

In the autumn, enjoy stunning views of the changing foliage. Our mountainous coast affords visitors views they won’t find anywhere else.

In the winter, a restorative peacefulness settles over the village. And once the snow falls, the town resembles a Thomas Kinkade painting. The Camden Snow Bowl offers skiing and hosts the U.S. National Toboggan Championships.

In the spring, our gardens announce the arrival of the season with the blossoming of flowers. And farmers’ markets begin to flow with locally-grown produce.

No matter the season, the Captain Swift Inn is perfect for a special or romantic getaway.

Your innkeepers, Norm and Linda welcome you into their home and look forward to having you stay with them.

Learn about our rooms and amenities here.


Policies of Our Historic Camden Inn

After completing your reservation you will receive an email confirmation of your reservation. Please be sure to read your confirmation carefully to insure that the dates of your stay and your room choice are correct. If you have any questions, special requirements or special requests, please contact us as you’re completing your reservation so that we may help you choose the proper room for you. Phone 1-800-251-0865, between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm Eastern time, or email

Cancellation, Deposit & Booking Policies
If we receive your cancellation or change of dates notification more than fourteen days before your arrival date, your deposit will be refunded. Cancellations or changes of dates received fourteen, or less, days prior to the arrival date will be charged the full charge for the period reserved.

Cancellations or date changes for reservations involving multiple rooms received more than 30 days prior to your arrival date, will have the deposit refunded. Cancellations or date changes for reservations involving multiple rooms received less than 30 days, or less, prior to your arrival date will be charged the full charge for all rooms reserved.

Cancellations or date changes during the PopTech conference received more than 30 days before your arrival date will have the deposit refunded. Cancellations or date changes during PopTech received 30 days, or less, prior to the arrival date will be charged the full charge for the period reserved.

All cancellations will be charged a $25 processing fee. All notifications of cancellation or date changes must by made verbally by calling us between the hours of 9 am and 7 pm EST.

Arrival & Checkout Times at Our Camden Inn
In order to prepare our rooms for our guests’ arrival, check in is from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm (exceptions with advance notice). Check out by 11am.

Reservations at Our Camden Inn
Your reservation can be guaranteed with a Visa or Mastercard account number. A deposit equal to one night’s rate is required for a one or two night stay. A deposit of 50% is required for longer stays. For those reserving multiple rooms for the same stay, a deposit of 50% of the total for all rooms is required.

  • Rates are for double occupancy.
  • There is a $30 charge per additional person in the room.
  • A two night minimum is required on weekends June through October, as well as during Lobster Fest.
  • A four night minimum is required during PopTech.
  • All rates subject to Maine lodging tax of 9%.


Inn Amenities

  • A full multicourse breakfast is included.
  • Complimentary WiFi throughout the Inn
  • Home baked afternoon refreshments
  • Off street parking
  • Daily newspapers
  • Guest refrigerator
  • Ice and ice buckets
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Books and movies
  • Telephone
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day
  • Guest computer with printer


Room Amenities

  • Cable television with DVD player
  • Hair dryers
  • AM/FM alarm clock iPod docking stations
  • All rooms have private in room baths.
  • All rooms have air-conditioning.
  • Four poster beds.
  • Gas fireplaces in Hunt Room, Swift Room and our luxurious suites.
  • Wireless internet availability for your electronic devices.


Important Information

  • Inn and room amenities are subject to change without notice.
  • Children and families are welcome.
  • Sorry, we are not able to accommodate pets.
  • We are happy to provide gift certificates.
  • We are a smoke-free inn and property. Violation of this policy will incur a minimum $200.00 cleaning fee.