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Squirrel Hunter’s Savings

October 23rd, 2016 by captain swift inn

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Ajax says, “Help Me Please!”
Ajax and I were strolling about the grounds here at the Inn, the great squirrel hunter and I were talking, yes, I speak fluent Westie, and he asked me to help him find some squirrels to chase. This time of year they are typically busy gathering for the winter, but they take the time to stop on our railing and look in to taunt Ajax.
As you can see, he stopped several times to look both ways, as he does when he crosses the driveway, but didn’t see any of the critters. We both know that they are hiding in the beautiful Fall foliage of our trees and are looking down and laughing at us!
We walked until we saw this gorgeous sunset and we decided to take up the hunt tomorrow.
Please search Ajax’s photos closely and let us know if you find any of those pesky squirrels in any of them. Better yet, why don’t you come to the Captain Swift Inn and help Ajax find the squirrels, he will give you a “Squirrel Finder’s” rate for our suites of $175.00  per night, plus tax, through the end of October, 2016.

An ‘Eventful’ Weekend in Camden, Maine

August 9th, 2016 by captain swift inn

August means the end of summer is just around the corner… people are planning their last vacations for the season and kids are getting ready to go back to school.

But we’re not ready for the end of summer in Camden, Maine.

There’s still plenty to see and do. And this weekend is no exception.

If you’re looking for a way to spend your weekend, we’ve got you covered. There are dozens and events and activities happening in and around Camden this weekend…. You’ll have a hard time deciding what to do.

One of the biggest events of the weekend is the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show – from August 12 to 14.

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There will be more than 60 boats of all kinds – fishing boats, schooners, yachts, and more – in the water. And you’ll also have a chance to meet some of Maine’s best boatbuilders, architects, and craftsmen.

There will be live music all weekends, exhibitors showing off their goods, and activities for the kids like the Marine Experience Park. And, of course, plenty of food! On Sunday, you can even watch the World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials.

For a full list of activities, visit www.maineboats.com/boatshow.

If you’re interested in cruising and looking at some of Maine’s famous lighthouses, look no further than Camden Public Landing. On Sunday, August 14, Camden Harbor Cruises is offering a three-hour cruise where you’ll see some of our most photographed lighthouses. You might even get a glimpse of local wildlife, including seals, porpoise, and sea birds.

Boats not your thing? No worries!

On Friday and Saturday, experience the Beatles as you never have before as the Camden Opera House hosts, A Day in the Life: The Beatles Experience.

Walk down to the Camden Public Library Amphitheatre on Saturday or Sunday to see the Camden Shakespeare Festival perform The Tempest.

This is just some of what’s going on this weekend. If you want to see more events, visit www.camdenrockland.com.

Your innkeepers,

Linda and Norm

 

 

 

 

The Maine Lobster Festival is Here!

August 2nd, 2016 by captain swift inn

When most people think of Maine, they think of Maine lobsters.

We’ve met people from all over the world who come to Maine just for a taste of our famous crustacean.

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The Maine lobster industry is huge… Each year, lobsterman catch more than 100 million pounds of lobster, adding hundreds of millions of dollars Maine’s economy.

Lobstering in Maine goes back more than 400 years…

The first recorded lobster catch happened in 1605. While today lobster is considered a delicacy, centuries ago, lobster was “paupers food.” This is due, in part, to its abundance and easy availability at the time.

This week – from August 3 to 7 – we’re celebrating lobster at the 69th Annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine.

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There will be plenty of fresh steamed lobster to eat. As well as lobster rolls and lobster Caesar salad. And you’ll find other great options like steamed Maine clams and fresh Maine mussels. If you still have room for dessert, check out the homemade Maine blueberry cobbler (one of our favorites).

There’s not just awesome food… Here are just of few of the events going on:

  • Smokey’s Carnival
  • The Art Show at Main Street
  • The Big Parade
  • Coast Guard base tours
  • The International Great Crate Race
  • And so much more!

There will be music performances throughout… from jazz to bluegrass. Diamond Rio will play some of their hits on August 5. And Smash Mouth takes the stage on August 6.

From great food to activities for the whole family, you’ll have a hard time squeezing everything in, but you’ll have fun trying.

To see a full list of events, visit www.mainelobsterfestival.com.

Your innkeepers,

Linda and Norm

P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of lobstering in Maine, check out the University of Maine’s historical timeline. If you want to learn more about lobsters, Visit Maine has a great guide here.

July is National Blueberry Month

July 8th, 2016 by captain swift inn

Happy National Blueberry Month!

Did you know Maine’s state berry is the wild blueberry? We use blueberries all of the time here at the Inn. And we’re headed into prime blueberry season, which means we’re loading up!

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We buy hundreds of pounds of blueberries each year. We put them in pancakes, waffles, crepes, casseroles, parfaits, and more!

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Not only are blueberries delicious, they’re also extremely good for you. They help lower you risk of certain cancers, lower you cholesterol, and even slow aging! (Hello fountain of youth!!)

Today, we wanted to share a great article we read about the health benefits of eating blueberries and some of the best ways to enjoy them. (We’re pretty sure our parfaits would make the list!)

Give it a read and let us know your favorite ways to eat blueberries!

How to Enjoy the World’s Best Fruit

Your Innkeepers,

Linda & Norm

Don’t Miss the Great Schooner Race

July 3rd, 2016 by captain swift inn

Maine is well known for lots of things… Lobster… Blueberries… Moose… Maple… and Schooners.

The Captain Swift Inn has a long history with schooners.

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

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In the years that followed, Captain Swift’s passenger fleet thrived and still strongly influences our schooner tradition today.

If you’re not from New England (or familiar with sailing), you might not be familiar with schooners.

A schooner is a type of sailing ship with two or more masts.

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The first schooner was built by Andrew Robinson 1713 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Along the New England coast, schooners were used as a way to transport goods. The two mast design made these ships better at handling the coastal winds. Up until the 1920s they were an essential part of Maine’s economy.

Towns around Penobscot Bay contributed to building more than 3,000 vessels between the late 1700s and 1920.

(The Penobscot Marine Museum has an in-depth history of sailing in Maine. Check it out here.)

While schooners have lost out to more efficient modes of transport, you’ll still see plenty of schooners sailing along Maine’s coast.

People come to Camden from all over the world to spend time aboard our schooners. You can spend a day sailing Penobscot Bay (one of our favorites!). Or if you’re adventurous, book a weekly cruise where you can work as part of the crew.

This weekend, watch as more than 20 schooners compete in the 40th Annual Great Schooner Race. See the vessels race into Rockland Harbor this Friday, July 8. It’s “the largest gathering of traditional schooners in America.”

You won’t get a better chance to see these incredible vessels up close and racing. We hope to see you there.

Your Innkeepers,

Linda & Norm

Captain Swift Inn Has Gone Green

June 29th, 2016 by captain swift inn

Ralph Waldo Emerson said that, “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – that is to have succeeded.”

With six children and three grandchildren in the family, we’ve always known we wanted to do our part to ensure a good future for our family.

But running a B&B uses a lot of resources… from water to energy to trash. So over the past year we’ve worked on “going green.”

One of the first steps we took was reducing the amount of trash we generate. Once a week, we stuff the back of our truck with recycling. We even recycle nonfunctional electronics, thanks to the Camden Rotary.

We’ve also switched to environmentally friendly cleaning products. Some of it we even make ourselves!

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And we use LooHoo Balls in our dryers in place of disposable dryer sheets. (You can read all about LooHoo Balls here.)

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Our gardens are filled with native plants from local nurseries. Or we relocate plants from other areas of our gardens. These plants allow us to use less water and fertilizer. And we’ve found they look just as beautiful.

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We also donate unused soap to Clean the World, an organization dedicated to providing basic hygiene necessities to developing countries that are afflicted diarrheal diseases. Learn how you can help Clean the World at www.cleantheworld.org.

And now, thanks to our efforts, we’re proud to be certified by the State of Maine as an Environmental Leader.

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The motto here at the Inn is Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle, and Donate.

We encourage our guests to help us in our efforts to remain environmental leaders. We’re happy to take recyclables. And many of our guests request we don’t change their sheets during their stay to conserve water.

We’ll let you know some of the other ways we’re going green in another blog. (If you’re a fan of local main food, you won’t want to miss it!)

Linda & Norm

Gnorm And His Grounds Crew!!

June 22nd, 2016 by captain swift inn

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It’s that time of year again, at least here in Camden. Gnorm and his boys have been hard at work beautifying the grounds for the season! As you can see, he has lots to choose from after a trip to Plants Unlimited, a great local nursery. Gnorm loves to use local sources whenever possible.

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As everyone knows, gnomes work at incredible speeds, so it’s easy to get “before” shots, and the finished product is always great. However, there is no camera that is fast enough to catch them actually doing the work. Not bad for a bunch of guys who are almost a millenium old!

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Above we see Gneil with the hanging planters along our rails that he planted, under Gnorm’s watchful eye of course. These boxes will provide the Captain Swift with the flowers we use to decorate our delicious breakfasts! Best of all, all these gorgeous plants are edible, too! The lovely hanging planters hanging from tthe eaves were a group effort by all the boys.

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The flowers around the Inn’s sign and along the sidewalk at a great curb appeal. The hostas were relocated from our other gardens by Gnorm, the true leader and workhorse of the group, and the flowers are curtesy of Gned, who’s busy reading up on his next project, no hints yet on what it may be!

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Not to left behind, Gnick and Gnate have been extremely busy, also. They have been potting the delicious herbs that flavor all our wonderful starters and main courses here at the Captain swift Inn! Come stay with us and be treated to a filling breakfast to give you energy to explore Camden and the area.

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Take a hike and see great scenery! Enjoy a wonderful 2 hour sail on a historic Camden windjammer and see Camden Harbor from a different viewpoint! Rent a bike and tour the area, like Gnorm.

So You Say You Want To Go Hiking?…(and save money, too!)

June 7th, 2016 by captain swift inn

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We have hiking! There are many really great places around Camden for hikers of all levels, from beginners to advanced. There are about 30 miles of scenic trails throughout the park, including the Nature Trail, Maiden’s Cliff and the Tablelands Trail just to name a few. Maiden’s Cliff, a moderate trail and one of the most popular in the park, rewards the hiker with gorgeous views of Megunticook Lake and the surrounding forests.

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The Nature Trail is the trail of choice to get to the trail head for the Tablelands Trail. This beautiful trail descends from the summit of Mount Battie, winds its way northward through woodlands, rises to a series of plateaus, and then climbs steadily to the Ocean Lookout at 1300′.

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So you say you want to hike some more? Visit these trails from Coastal Mountain Landtrust, Beech Hill Preserve, Fernald’s Neck and Bald Mountain.

As the only bald hilltop in the area, Beech Hill is an extraordinary hiking, picnicking and birding destination that offers panoramic views of Penobscot Bay, the Camden hills and the St. George peninsula.

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Dominated by thick stands of pine and hardwoods, Fernald’s Neck Preserve covers most of a large peninsula that juts in to the north end of Megunticook Lake.

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At 1,280 feet, Bald Mountain is the fifth highest peak on the eastern seaboard. This Preserve offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a true sense of quiet solitude.

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So whatever your taste in hiling may be, we have something for your here around Camden, Maine.

 

Make a reservation with us to stay before June 30th, 2016, mention our “Hike Special” and we’ll give you 10% off your reservation! Can’t be combined with other offers. New reservations only.

Meet the Guest Who Never Left

June 3rd, 2016 by captain swift inn

In 2012, the Captain Swift Inn acquired a guest we were never able to get rid of…

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Four years ago, a guest named Gnorman came to stay with us… and he never left!

Gnorman is a 968-year-old garden gnome (who knew they lived so long!). In 2013, he became the head groundskeeper. Since he started working for us our gardens have never looked better and our fresh herbs add the perfect touch to our hearty breakfasts.

He may look like he’s resting in the garden, but don’t let this picture fool you. He told us one of the best ways to keep your flowers growing is talking to them. We haven’t tried it, but the flowers are beautiful. So we’ll just take his word for it.

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Nowadays Gnorman holds many titles… Entertainment Director, Official Greeter, and of course he’s retained his title of Head Groundskeeper (he is a garden gnome, after all).

Gnorman may be nearly 1,000 years old, but that hasn’t slowed him down one bit. When Gnorman isn’t working hard at the inn, he’s enjoying all the pleasures Maine has to offer… Especially the outdoor sports.

Recently, Gnorman started training for his very first triathlon!

If like biking, you won’t find a more beautiful location to bike than the coast Maine!

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Gnorman enjoys the ocean views as he bikes the mountains along Maine’s coastline. He has his own bike, but there are plenty of places to rent for the day if you’re up for an adventure!

Every morning, Gnorman jogs to Rockport Harbor. This is where you can see a statue of Andre the Seal. If you’re not familiar with Andre’s incredible story, we recommend watching the 1994 movie Andre (perfect for watching with the family).

After a hard run, Gnorman goes for an invigorating swim in the bay. We only recommend this for the hardiest of folk though. The water always seems a little too cold for us. Gnorman doesn’t seem to mind. (Maybe it’s because he’s made of clay?)

We’re cheering Gnorman on throughout his training. You can see him in action all summer long at the Captain Swift Inn.

P.S. We’ll tell you how his triathlon goes!

LooHoo Balls Are Here!

March 20th, 2016 by captain swift inn

As part of the Captain Swift Inn’s efforts to sustain our environment, we are now using LooHoo Balls in our dryers. These are a natural alternative from local Camden resident Cyndi Prince and are a replacement for disposal dryer sheets. They are made in Maine with 100% domestic wool!

“LooHoos are made entirely with 100% domestic wool. We’ve committed to using only US wool in order to support American Sheep Farms and the US Farming Industry. Our wool comes from sheep farmers that raise their sheep humanely.

Our wool is processed in a historic wool mill in central Maine. They have a strict policy that supports animal welfare standards and encourages and supports the farmers that they buy from to use best management practices as established by the USDA.”
Read more at http://www.loo-hoo.com/

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Maine Maple Sunday is Fast Approaching!

March 8th, 2016 by captain swift inn

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Every year, on the fourth Sunday of March, we celebrate Maine Maple Sunday.

This is the day the Maine Maple Syrup Producers open their doors and invite the public in for educational demonstrations, Sugarbush Tours and, best of all, samples of maple syrup and more great Maine maple products! (Our family is a fan of maple candies!)

Maple syrup adds more than $27 million to Maine’s economy. Producers in Maine make enough syrup to fill an Olympic-sized pool! And our state has a long history of producing maple syrup…

The art of making syrup was handed down to us from the Native Americans. When the colonists arrived they brought a great addition, iron kettles. Maple syrup is made by boiling down the sap from maple trees and it takes 30-40 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of great syrup. These kettles made it easier to boil down the sap without burning up the pot.

To get the sap from maple trees, you need to “tap” the trees using a spile. It’s sort of like putting a faucet into a tree and out comes “sweetwater.”

The sparkling clear sweetwater flows from about late February through sometime in mid-April. Once the spring run starts the syrup makers work round the clock harvesting the sap, up to 60 gallons from a good tree, because the sap must be processed in a few hours to keep it from spoiling!

On Sunday, March 27th dozens of maple producers throughout the state are celebrating Maple Sunday. (You can view a map of participants here.) You can learn more about the history, how maple syrup is made, and enjoy delicious treats!

Here at the Captain Swift Inn, we love using Maine maple syrup in our recipes… It’s not just for pouring over you pancakes or waffles. One of our favorite recipes is our Roasted Pears with Maple Orange Sauce.

So come to Camden, Maine and visit one of our great Maine Maple Producers on Maine Maple Sunday, March 27th for fun and great syrup!

We hope to see you!

Your innkeepers,

Linda & Norm

Christmas by the Sea

November 29th, 2015 by captain swift inn

We’ve stuffed ourselves at Thanksgiving… and now the Christmas season is in full swing!

We’ve already decked out the Captain Swift Inn in Christmas decorations…

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And Camden is gearing up for one of our favorite weekends – Christmas by the Sea.

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Next weekend, December 4 through December 6, Christmas invades Camden.

For more than 20 years, the first weekend of December has been dedicated to getting people into the holiday spirit. And this year is no exception.

All weekend long, we’re celebrating the holidays in true New England style. From right here to Camden to Rockport and Lincolnville, there will be plenty to do for the young (and the young at heart)…

Friday, get discounts at restaurants and special sales at stores in downtown Camden through 9:00 pm.

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Watch the floats roll down Main Street in Christmas by the Sea Parade at 6:00 pm. Warm up with hot cocoa, cookies, and holiday tunes at Camden National Bank. And don’t miss the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony at Harbor Park!

On Saturday, run the toughest 5k in Maine – the Frozen 5k – at Point Lookout and browse local wares at the craft fair at Windward Gardens.

It wouldn’t be Maine if Santa just showed up in a sleigh… Santa – and his helper is Ellen the Elf – come into Camden Harbor on a lobster boat. He’ll be around Saturday and Sunday for the festivities. And kids can get their photo taken with Santa (for FREE!).

On Sunday, take the kids down to Camden Public Library for the holiday book fair or take in the Atlantic Ballet Company’s version of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, at the Camden Opera House.

For a full schedule of events visit: http://www.camdenmaineexperience.com/content/events/christmas_by_the_sea_2015_schedule.asp

No matter what you do, make sure you take a glance at Mt. Battie are you wonder around Camden. For over 50 years, the Camden Lions Club has lit a start on the top of the tower at the summit of Mt. Battie.

Don’t miss Camden at its best this winter! We still have some rooms available, so call us at (207) 236-8113 to book now or book online.

Happy Holidays!

Your Innkeepers,

Linda & Norm

Biggest Complaint We Get-Too Much Good Food

November 1st, 2015 by captain swift inn

For 12 years, there’s one complaint we get all the time…“You give us too much good food!”

We hear this nearly every day… Many of our guests tell us they don’t even need to eat lunch because they’re still full from breakfast.

We never want anyone to get up from the table hungry. That’s why we serve a two-course breakfast every morning: a starter and the main course.

Before we became innkeepers, we traveled across the U.S., regularly staying at Bed & Breakfasts. And a two-course breakfast is our favorite. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all!

We want to make sure all our of guests have enough food to fuel them for their adventures around Maine.

Today, we’re sharing two of our favorite menus: Grilled Pineapple with Ginger Cream and Tomato Herb Frittatas.

These are two of our easiest breakfast items, but two of the most popular. We hope you enjoy them too!

 

Grilled Pineapple with Ginger Cream

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Grilled Pineapple Ingredients:

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Melted butter

Grilled Pineapple Directions:

Cut pineapple into 1-1 ½ inch thick slices and drizzle with melted butter.

Bake at 400 for app. 30 minutes and then broil until golden.

Ginger Cream Ingredients:

½ cup sour cream

1 tbsp. brown sugar

1 tbsp. chopped fresh ginger

Ginger Cream Directions:

In a bowl, mix sour cream and brown sugar until smooth.

Add ginger and mix until combined.

Serve over pineapple.

 

Tomato Herb Frittatas

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Ingredients:

12 large eggs

1 cup half- and-half

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground pepper

2 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

1 pint grape tomatoes- halved

1 ½ cups ( 6 oz. ) shredded Italian three- cheese blend

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450.

Process 1st four ingredients in blender until blended.

Stir together chives, parsley and oregano.

Place 8 lightly greased 4-inch ( 6oz.) ramekins on lined baking sheet.

Layer tomatoes, 1 cup of the cheese and chive mixture in ramekins.

Pour egg mixture over top and sprinkle with remaining ½ cup cheese.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes and the turn tray and then bake for another 10 minutes.

Bake until lightly brown.

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Captain Swift Inn’s Buttermilk Waffles

October 2nd, 2015 by captain swift inn

Before we became innkeepers, Norm and I weren’t great cooks.

Our kids could tell you horror stories of our cooking adventures… from setting the oven on fire with a pan of oil to burning water on the stove. (Fun fact: If you leave water boiling long enough, eventually the pot will burn. Who knew?)

But if there was something we could cook, it was breakfast. Pancakes or waffles on Saturdays… Crepes Chantilly for Christmas… Even after 12 years of making breakfast for dozens of people each day, we still love making long-time favorites and trying out new recipes.

One of our favorites breakfast foods is Belgian buttermilk waffles. Waffles are such a a staple in our family that when our family gets together, we know we’ll enjoy waffles at least once!

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Since Norm and I opened, waffles have been a favorite of our guests. And we’re often asked for the recipe.

So today, we’re sharing it with you. It’s simple – you probably have most of the ingredients in your fridge – and it’s quick to make. You can whip up a batch in less than half an hour. And you can mix the dry ingredients together ahead of time, which is especially helpful when you’re serving a large group.

Here at the Inn, we usually serve it with fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream. Feel free to be creative with this waffles. This is a basic recipe that can be changed as desired. We’ve added chocolate chips to the batter, Maine blueberries, or even a red velvet version!

Buttermilk Waffles

Ingredients:

1 ¾ cup flour

1 tbsp. baking powder

1 tbsp. sugar

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. baking soda

3 eggs – beaten

1 stick butter – melted

1 ½ cup buttermilk

Directions:

Whisk all dry ingredients together in large bowl.

Whisk eggs, butter, and buttermilk in another large bowl.

Gently mix wet and dry together.

Pour measured mix into hot waffle maker.

Top with fruit or serve with warm maple syrup.

Makes 3-4 waffles.

The Best Way to Enjoy Fall is Right Here in Maine

September 23rd, 2015 by captain swift inn

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Today is the first day of fall… this marks the start to our favorite time of year. The days are still warm with crisp cool nights. The town’s a bit quieter as visitors head back to work and cool after summer vacations.

But there’s still so much to do in Maine in the fall.

Our orchards are opening to allow you to get delicious apples! Nearby Hope Orchards is offering apple picking through October. You can see their full schedule here: http://www.hopeorchards.com/apple-picking-schedule

Camden Hills State Park offers the best views of Camden year round for those going to the top of Mt. Battie. Drive up the auto road or hike to the top and take advantage of the excellent photographic opportunities. The views are especially breathtaking as the foliage changes color.

We love visiting local wineries. There are more than two dozen wineries across the state. One of our longtime favorites – Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville – is hosting food and wine pairing events on Sundays through mid-October.

In 1936, Captain Frank Swift started using windjammers to transport passengers instead of cargo. Thanks to Captain Swift, today you can enjoy a totally relaxing cruise on the protected waters of Penobscot Bay. Sit back and watch the beautiful blue hills of Camden and the peaceful uninhabited islands, go by. Just don’t forget to take a warm winter coat!

Of course, the No. 1 fall activity in Maine is leaf peeping.

Maine is one of the top places in the U.S. to leaf peep. Our unique coastline “where the mountains meet the sea” provide stunning views you won’t get anywhere else.

We’re still at least a few weeks away from peak fall foliage. So if you want to plan your visit around viewing foliage, you can follow Maine’s weekly fall foliage report here: http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/projects/fall_foliage/index.shtml

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

Linda and Norm

The Common Ground Country Fair in Unity This Weekend

September 21st, 2015 by captain swift inn

The Common Ground Country Fair starts in Unity, Maine this weekend from the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. From Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, spend your weekend learning, eating, and enjoy the beautiful fall weather in Maine.

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Start your holiday shopping early with locally made products and foods. Or peruse the farmer’s market for some of the best fruits and vegetables Maine has to offer (we’re already loving the apple harvest!). There’s even an apple tasting where you can vote for your favorites!

Learn about life on working farm in Maine with demonstrations and discusses. You can watch sheep dogs herd, get up-close and personal with large livestock, or learn about the types of farms we have in Maine.

If you feel like dancing, there will be plenty of folk music playing. You can also visit some of the workshops to watch sheep shearing, learn to play spoons, how to trim a goat’s hoof (we didn’t even know you had to!), and so much more.

Wondering if there’s anything to keep your kids busy? There’s PLENTY!

For the hands-on kids, they can learn how to make bread, butter, and cider… make puppets… and dress up for the Garden Parade!  There will also be plenty of animals for the kids to see.

No matter who you are, the Common Ground Country Fair offers plenty for everyone in your family to enjoy!

Unity is a gorgeous hour drive from The Captain Swift Inn. The air is crisp and leaves are just starting to turn. Ask Norm to give you one of his favorite maps to help you see some incredible sites on your way.

We only have a few rooms left for this weekend. So call us now at 800-251-0865.

If you want to learn more about the Common Grounds Country fair (and to see a full schedule of events), visit http://www.mofga.org/thefair.

Your Chance to Explore Maine’s Majestic Lighthouses – For Free!

September 9th, 2015 by captain swift inn

In 1791, construction finished on Maine’s first lighthouse – the Portland Head Light in South Portland. At the time, Maine was still part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. And the man who commissioned the Portland Head Light? George Washington.

Like many of Maine’s lighthouses, the Portland Head Light is still in use. And, as one of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine, it’s also a big attraction for visitors from all over the world.

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The Portland Head Light is just one of the more than 60 lighthouses still working today in Maine.

For centuries, lighthouses have played an important role in the state’s maritime heritage. Maine’s rocky coastline and islands combined for perilous conditions for sailors. And if you’ve ever visited the Maine coast in the summer, you’ve probably experienced our thick – and often sudden – fog. (Which explains why Maine has more lighthouses on its coast than any other state!)

Before the advent of electronic navigation system, lighthouses provided sailors with warnings of dangerous conditions and helped guide ships to shore… A role most lighthouses in Maine play to this day.

During World War II, lighthouses along the East Coast were shut off – like the Nubble Light in York. This hindered the navigation of German U-boats, preventing them from finding towns. Some, like Nubble, were used by the U.S. Coast Guard as observation towers.

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You might think that if you’ve seen one lighthouse, you’ve seen them all.

But each lighthouse is unique. Some sit along beachy shores, some sit atop cliffs, and others sit well offshore, only reachable by boat. And each lighthouse has its own stories – from haunted histories to tales of daring sea rescues.

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the lighthouses of Maine, this Saturday, September 12 is a great opportunity. More than two dozen lighthouses – including Camden’s Curtis Island Lighthouse and nearby Owl’s Head Lighthouse – are offering free admission to visitors.

This is a perfect excuse to spend a day driving along Maine’s mountainous coast, soaking in the beautiful scenery and some incredible lighthouse history.

For a full list of participating lighthouses visit, http://www.lighthousefoundation.org/maine-open-lighthouse-day/

Your innkeepers,

Linda & Norm

Celebrate Camden’s Maritime History This Weekend at the Windjammer Festival

September 3rd, 2015 by captain swift inn

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

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In the years that followed, Captain Swift’s passenger fleet thrived and still strongly influences our schooner tradition today.

For 75 years, Camden has celebrated its maritime heritage at the annual Windjammer Festival. And you can join us this year from September 4 to September 6 in Camden Harbor.

If you don’t know…  a schooner is a type of sailing ship with two or most masts.

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People come to Camden from all over the world to spend time aboard our schooners. You can spend a day sailing Penobscot Bay (one of our favorites!). Or if you’re adventurous, book a weekly cruise where you can work as part of the crew.

This weekend you can get up close to Camden’s world-renowned Sailing Fleet.

There’s plenty for everyone to do…

Throughout the weekend, you can learn about the history and tradition of schooners in Maine at the Maritime History Fair.

On Friday afternoon, watch as the schooners come into Camden Harbor… Bid for a romantic dinner aboard a schooner at a silent auction… Watch schooner crews compete in the talent show… And end your day with fireworks over the harbor.

On Saturday, you can design your own boat, vote for your favor chowder in the West Bay Rotary Chowder Challenge, and take tours of the schooners during the schooner open house.

On Sunday, watch a demonstration of lobster hauling and learn a little bit about Maine lobster… Test your nautical skills for a Windjammer Mate Certification… And watch the Boat Parade led by Camden’s very own Schooner Olad.

The weather looks perfect for enjoying a weekend with our majestic schooners. And seeing Camden Harbor filled with these beautiful ships is a sight you won’t forget!

Learn more at http://www.camdenwindjammerfestival.org/.

We hope to see you there!

Linda & Norm

Harbor Arts Show in Camden, Maine!

July 10th, 2015 by captain swift inn

Join us in Camden, Maine on July 18th and 19th for the Carol Sebold Harbor Arts and Juried Crafts Show! Still a few rooms left! Camden Harbor Arts

Recipe of the Week at The Captain Swift Inn in Camden, Maine!

July 6th, 2015 by captain swift inn

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Starting this week we will feature a different recipe for the great things we serve here at the Captain Swift Inn! What’s your favorite? Tell us and on Wednesday we’ll tally the votes and post the recipe on Friday! Let us know what you liked the best during your stay here in Camden, Maine!

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July 5th, 2015 by captain swift inn

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GNORM SAID THERE ARE GNOME-EATING NASTURTIUMS IN THE GARDEN!!!!!

 

 

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WHAT?!
Sorry, imagine my embarrassment, I misunderstood!
Gnorm said there are gnomes eating nasturtiums in the garden!
Well, it was an honest mistake! Look how great the herbs and edible flowers Gnorm raises are doing! The humans here use them to grace the great breakfasts here at the Captain Swift Inn in Camden, Maine!
They certainly look big and healthy enough to eat a gnome! I’m not turning my back on any of them!

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Happy 4th of July from Captain Swift Inn, Camden, Maine!!

July 3rd, 2015 by captain swift inn

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Happy 4th of July from the boys, Gnorm, Gneil, Gned, Gnick and Gnate invite you to join them in Camden, Maine for fireworks at 9 pm in the harbor. During the day there will be free concerts in Harbor Park and the Amphitheater! Don’t miss the fun!

 

 

New Food

June 13th, 2015 by captain swift inn

New recipes we tried this morning! Check our Facebook page!
https://business.facebook.com/Captain.Swift.Inn?business_id=969994449685570

Model Ford A Visits the Inn

June 11th, 2015 by captain swift inn

Check out our Facebook page for a photo of the Model A Ford that stayed with us during the Model A Ford Club of Americs’s Lobsters and Lighthouses Tour!
http://www.mafca.com

Owl’s Head’s All-American Auto Meet

June 5th, 2015 by captain swift inn

Owl’s Head’s All-American Auto Meet! A great way to celebrate Father’s Day and there’s no better place to stay than with us at Captain Swift Inn!

http://owlshead.org/events/detail/all-american-auto-meet

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