Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAY-JUN 2018

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More restrained than its bigger city sister 80 miles south, there is a discernible sense of calm that pervades the Camden Harbour Inn, which was originally constructed in 1874. Feeling more homelike than hotel, the property was also designed in classic European fashion within a larger quintessential New England framework. The 20 lavish and uniquely outfitted guest rooms and six luxury suites all include a fireplace, and six of the rooms boast a private balcony. e Inn's hillside placement permits all accommodations to have a view of Mt. Battie and the 5,700-acre Camden Hills State Park or the Camden Harbor. Original artworks from the owners' private collections adorn the walls throughout the property. A destination in its own right, the AAA Four Diamond Natalie's Restaurant celebrates the bounty of Maine using contemporary techniques and global influences. Guests of the Inn are treated to a signature gourmet champagne breakfast each morning. During dinner, Brunyanzski's family ties to show business play out well in the kitchen theatre, where he serves as conductor in conjunction with Executive Co-Chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens. "Dining is the process of coming together and enjoying one another, and I enjoy assembling and working with a team of creative people to make the experience the centerpiece of the evening," explained Brunyanski. Lobster lovers will want to add their Homard Grand Cru (Grand Lobster Menu) to their bucket list; the multi-course lobster feast was a delight for all of the senses that I won't soon forget. Under the direction of mixologist Alexa Doyer, Natalie's cocktails are as highly venerated as the food; the wine list features an impressive selection of more than 200 carefully selected bottles. With just 5,000 year-round residents, the population of Camden nearly triples during the summer months. Located on Penobscot Bay, there is much to explore in the immediate area of this charming small town, including the 19th century homes that comprise the High Street Historic District, the landscaped amphitheater of the Camden Public Library, the restored Camden Opera House, and ample hiking trails in Camden Hills State Park. Local restaurants of note include tiny ai restaurant Long Grain (longgraincamden. com) and Francine Bistro (francinebistro.com), whose constantly changing menu celebrates the best of what's local. Further afoot is the exquisite tasting room of Cellar Door Winery in Lincolnville (mainewine.com) and the town of Rockland, Maine, whose world- famous Farnsworth Art Museum contains an impressive collection of paintings by Andrew Wyeth and other well-known New England artists (farnsworthmuseum.org). While the rain in Maine persisted for all five days of my town and country tour of the state, the superb staff at both properties helped me find plenty to do. As I warmed myself in front of the fire each evening following my daily excursions, I may have been drenched, but I was by no means defeated. sl slmag.net 51

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