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3 Days Pumpkin Cooking Vacations in USA

Maine Culinary Holidays

Take advantage of The Belmont Inn's travel specials for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, a friends’ reunion or sisters’ weekend, or any of the other special occasions in your life. Get ready and join them for an Autumn cooking class celebrating the great pumpkin, where you will have a incredible time learning and cooking delicious recipes! If you love pumpkins and have always wanted to learn how to cook delectable pumpkin dishes, then this is a special holiday for you.

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  • Hands-on cooking sessions
  • Learn how to cook with pumpkin
  • Visit an 18th century Maine island home
  • Take with you a jar of something canned by yourself
  • Receive a packet of recipes to take with you
  • Transfer by ferry from and to your class
  • 2 nights accommodation


1 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The Belmont Inn bed and breakfast in Maine is in the heart of the village of Camden, one quiet block away from the busy Route 1. Surrounded by great natural beauty, the Belmont Inn still feels like it could be a family home from a bygone era. Romantic and comfortably elegant, this 1891 Queen Anne Victorian with clean lines and spacious rooms, has lovely wraparound porches, wood burning fireplaces in common areas, and beautiful perennial gardens. From soft, fluffy towels and freshly ironed quality bed linens to soft music, fresh flowers from the garden, a glass of wine on the porch, and a full made-from-scratch breakfast using the best local ingredients the Belmont Inn offers treats for all the senses. Travel back in time to authentic old New England, stay at the lovingly cared for Belmont Inn, and have the experience of a lifetime without giving up the modern comforts that you have come to appreciate from luxury hotels.

Allen Room / Suite

The lovely Allen Room is the original master bedroom, beautifully decorated in deep, soothing colors. It has wonderful architectural details, a mahogany king sleigh bed, and an oriental carpet. Curl up in front of a fire in the old-fashioned-style gas stove or relax with a good book in the comfortable wing back chair. The private en-suite bathroom has a deep cast-iron tub / shower and soft, fluffy towels. The Allen Room easily becomes the Allen Suite by opening the door, connecting the main guest room with a charming little sitting room. The second room can be used as a private space for reading, working, or just relaxing. It can also be used as a second bedroom for one additional guest. The sitting room has a comfortable sofa bed and big, old double-hung windows, that look out on the neighborhood. The room is air-conditioned and has complimentary Wi-Fi.

Country Charm

Perfect for a romantic getaway, this room is warm and bright with rich golden yellow walls, large windows overlooking the gardens and the woods on the back of the property, and a queen-sized canopy bed. There is an old-fashioned-style cast-iron propane stove, perfect for snuggling up in bed and watching the fire on a cold night. There is also a private bath en-suite with combination tub / shower. The room is air-conditioned and has complimentary Wi-Fi.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Named after a very famous local poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay (the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for poetry), this room is decorated in a soft yellow with green and beige. It offers a charming double canopy bed, a writing desk, and a wing back chair. You will also find a bit of Ms. Millay’s poetry, a garden view, and lots of sunshine. It is the smallest room but it is very sweet. A perfect place to cocoon with a good book or a good friend. It has a private bathroom with shower, en-suite. The room is air-conditioned and has complimentary Wi-Fi.

Jo Spiller

This gracious and inviting room is tucked away at the back of the house on the second floor. It is a large room decorated in rich tones of forest green and burgundy with a queen mahogany four-poster bed, a sitting area with two comfortable wing back chairs, and an oriental carpet. There are five windows with lovely views of the gardens and of the woods out back. Named after local artist Jo Spiller, the room features her beautiful floral watercolors. This room has very pretty private en-suite bathroom with shower. The room is air-conditioned and has complimentary Wi-Fi.

Painted Lady

This room features charming 1920s French painted furniture and twin beds (or a king bed, only available if the Allen Room / Suite is already reserved). This room is light and airy, spacious, and really very pretty. There is a large window seat and also a comfortable wing back chair, a perfect place for enjoying a good book. Private bath en-suite with combination tub and shower. The room is air-conditioned and has complimentary Wi-Fi.

The Hideaway

On the third floor, with its own private inside stairway, the Hideaway is the perfect getaway. There are windows on three sides, with views of Mount Battie in Camden Hill State Park, the woods behind the house, and the gardens. In fact, the room feels very much like a large tree house for grownups. In the sitting area, there is a wing back chair, a window seat, an old-fashioned-style cast-iron propane stove, and a desk. The bed is queen-sized with a brass frame and the private en-suite bath has the charming original claw foot tub (converted now to a combination tub / shower). The room is air-conditioned and has complimentary Wi-Fi.


Join Maine cookbook author, Sandy Oliver, in her kitchen on the island of Islesboro, as she shares her Maine recipes and experiences in these fun, interactive classes. You can either join in for a hands-on experience or sit back and cheer on your comrades as Sandy shares her unique dishes and tales of kitchen lore and island life. For each class, you will take the 10:30 ferry from Lincolnville Beach to Sandy’s home on Islesboro, and return to the mainland on the late afternoon ferry. You will enjoy several hours spent cooking with Sandy, a bountiful lunch, and the unique experience of visiting an 18th century Maine island home. You will also take home a packet of recipes and jar of something that you canned yourself.

What you will prepare

  • Pumpkin bread
  • Pumpkin pecan pie
  • Side of roasted root vegetables
  • Tender pumpkin butterscotch cookies
  • Thai-style pumpkin soup

Included excursions

  • Visit to an 18th century Maine island home.


Sandy Oliver
Sandy is a soft-spoken, lifelong New Englander, with a smile that lights up her whole being. She loves the history of food; particularly, as it pertains to this part of the country, home cooking, gardening, and writing. She has recently published her latest book, Maine Home Cooking: 175 Recipes from Downeast Kitchens.


This holiday will take place in Maine, USA. Camden, Maine, is the quintessential New England village; nestled between the mountains and the sea. It is an easy walk to Camden’s special harbor and to shops, galleries, casual and fine dining restaurants, and the beautiful Camden Public Library, with Harbor Park on one side of the library and the outdoor Bok Amphitheatre on the other side.



  • Cycling nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby
  • Skiing nearby
  • Spa
  • Swimming nearby


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Restaurant nearby


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library nearby
  • Parking lot


This holiday will be focused on pumpkin. You will spend several hours learning how to use this delicious ingredient to create amazing dishes that you will get to try after your class. Besides trying your creations, you will enjoy a full breakfast every morning, which will be served at 8:30. Coffee will be out by 7:30, while the tea kettle and a large selection of teas are always available.

Things to do (optional)

You will have plenty of opportunities to dine at local restaurants and get to know the surroundings at your own pace. Camden Hills State Park, on the edge of town, offers great hiking and spectacular views of Penobscot Bay and its many islands. Enjoy skiing, snow shoeing, and tobogganing in the winter; the peaceful intimacy of early spring, as the trees slowly turn that lovely color of spring green, and maple sap gets turned into the world’s best maple syrup over fast-burning wood fires; golfing, biking, swimming, birding, kayaking, canoeing, and just hanging out in the warm weather; and the breathtaking glory of Indian summers. The mid-coast of Maine and the town of Camden really do offer special opportunities to enjoy nature and the people, culture, foods, history, and architecture of New England year round.

On one of your days, you could hike or picnic on Mt. Battie, one of the mountains that meet the sea, just behind the village of Camden in Camden Hills State Park. And the Coastal Mountains Land Trust would like you to know about their 23 miles of beautiful trails, that range from easy to strenuous, and offer woodland and water views. Access to the preserves is free and open to the public.

If you like to swim or to just lay on a beach and catch some rays, you can go to the Pretty Laite Beach on Camden Harbor, which is a five-minute walk from the inn, or the (warm) Megunticook River at Shirt Tail Point, which is just a short drive. The inn stocks a supply of beach towels and chairs. Also, there are all the possibilities for day trips. Camden is 1 hours 30 minutes south of Bar Harbor / Acadia National Park and 45 minutes north of Boothbay Harbor, another popular coastal village, with its nearby Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. It is also only 1.5 hours (south) to Freeport and shopping mecca L.L. Bean. In between, in every direction including east, there are charming places not to be missed. Must see places include Belfast, Damariscotta, Castine, Blue Hill, Port Clyde, Wiscassetm, and Monhegan, where painters in the tradition of the French Impressionists come to catch the light.

What's included

  • 1 hands-on cooking class
  • 1 jar with something canned by yourself
  • 1 packet of recipes to take with you
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast coffee
  • Daily breakfast
  • Tea
  • Transfers by ferry to and from cooking class

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional drinks
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

How to get there

Driving directions from Boston and points South

  • Drive north on Interstate 95 from Boston
  • At Portland, Maine, take Exit 52 to I-295N
  • Continue on I-295 to Exit 28 towards Brunswick / Coastal Route 1
  • From there, follow Route 1 North, which will lead you through several small towns
  • 6 miles north of Waldoboro, turn left onto Route 90
  • Follow Route 90, until it intersects with Route 1 North again, at Rockport
  • Turn left and follow Route 1 into Camden
  • Just as you are about to enter the heart of Camden village, you will see a flashing red light and a stop sign in the middle of the street (the Stop ‘n Go convenience store and gas station will be on your right). Turn right
  • A few hundred feet along that road, the roadway bends right. You will not turn with it, but will go straight ahead to Belmont Avenue. (Caution, oncoming cars have the right of way)
  • The Belmont Inn is just ahead on your left
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