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MP and the kids traveled to Camden Winterfest in late January, and had the good fortune to stay at the Hawthorn Inn Bed & Breakfast. Built in 1894, the charming, 10-room inn is located in Camden’s High Street historic district and is within walking distance to Main Street. The visit marked the kids’ first bed and breakfast experience.

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“This is where we’re staying?” CP#2 asked when we arrived. “It’s not a hotel. It’s a mansion!” he announced. MP told the kids that B&B’s are often large, historic houses with multiple rooms for guests. “And in the morning,” she explained, “we get to meet other guests and enjoy a special homemade breakfast.” Delighted by the news, the kids grabbed their luggage from the car and hurried to the front porch. When we reached the door, we were greeted by Lisa Weiss, who co-owns the Hawthorn Inn with her husband, Ted. The couple moved to Maine from Pennsylvania in 2014, and have owned the inn for nearly two years.

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Our family recently traveled to Camden for the start of Winterfest — a week-long celebration that features an ice-carving contest, polar plunge, freestyle skiing competition, family-friendly activities and the 2016 U.S. National Toboggan Championships, which take place at the Camden Snow Bowl February 5-7.

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Colder evening temps keep the chute running, despite the lack of snow this season.

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Last Sunday, the team discovered the ever-so-gorgeous Merryspring Nature Center in Camden.Thanks to our friends, Nate and Mary Larlee, who celebrated their wedding at Merryspring, we were able to spend hours taking in the wildflowers, perennials and fields around the park.

Hydrangeas. A garden gazebo. What’s not to love?

MP fell for the gardens, especially a space designed just for kids. And it was fun to watch her duo, along with other wee wedding guests, launch foam stomp rockets into an open field nearby.

The children’s garden invites kids to explore without limits

Entrance to the children’s garden

CP#1 watches her stomp rocket take to the skies

CP #2 liked trying out the benches throughout the gardens, while his sister was charmed by a small cottage hidden among the blooms.

A boy and his bench

The 66-acre, nature preserve also offers easy, family- and pet- friendly walking trails, an arboretum and several shaded spots to enjoy a picnic lunch.

While MP was checking out Merryspring’s web site, she noticed the park also holds some free family activities, including an upcoming Fort Building and Fairy Houses event (September 12) and an Enchanted Forest party, featuring trails aglow with jack ‘o lanterns (Oct. 31).

Merryspring Nature Center
30 Conway Road (off Route 1)
Camden
236-2239
Free admission & parking

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