Camden Maine Stay
December 11, 1620. When John Alden disembarked on Plymouth Rock as first passenger of the Pilgrims’ Mayflower he could not foresee that one of his direct descendant would have given birth to the mansion that now hosts the Maine Stay Inn. In 1802 in fact the carpenter Alden Bass built a house at 22 High Street. Those were the times when Thomas Jefferson was President of the United States, Route 1 was a dirt road and Maine was still a part of the state of Massachusetts. Click here to read the history of this house.
Relaxed, cozy and very friendly, the Maine Stay Inn is a grand old home located in the historic district of one of America’s most beau¬tiful seaside villages. A two block walk down tree lined streets brings you to the Camden Harbor Park and then on to the shops and restaurants.
With a pleasant grove to the south, the Camden Hills State Park to the west and charming old homes (all listed on the National Register of Historic Places) to the north and east, the inn projects the true essence of New England, its history and its tradition.
A striking main house with an attached carriage house and a four-story barn, the home is an outstanding example of the progressive farm buildings common to 19th century Maine. The Maine Stay Inn is the second oldest of the sixty-six lovely homes that are listed on the National Register of Historical Places in the High Street Historic District.
Our three parlors, one with a wood burning fireplace, are tastefully decorated with oriental rugs, period furnishings and beautiful paintings. Highly crafted ornate iron castings form the mantel and surround the hearth in the North Parlor. Many of the rooms have original wide plank pine flooring. Many antebellum pieces are scattered throughout the house.
You may take breakfast at the old harvest table in the dining room or at a table for two on the sun porch overlooking the garden. Guests are always welcome in the big country kitchen with its antique, impressive Queen Atlantic stove.
Some of the guestrooms have TVs and DVD players and there is a TV and DVD player in one of the first floor sitting rooms. High-speed Wi-Fi is available through all the house. The inn’s grounds include a one-acre garden with tree-lined winding paths, a brook with a granite bridge, benches, and a swing. With this pleasant grove to the south, the Camden Hills State Park to the west and charming historic homes to the north and east, the inn projects the essence of New England.
Guests at the Camden Maine Stay can walk four blocks to over thirty miles of wonderful Camden Hills State Park trails, play golf on one of the country’s premier courses, sail in a windjammer, eat lobster within yards of where they are being caught, or sit on the rock at the top of Mt. Battie where poet Edna St. Vincent Millay sat to gaze at the islands in the bay and gain inspiration.