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Almost an Island

Cape Rosier is fortunately situated at the northern end of East Penobscot Bay, one of the finest sailing bays on the world and one of the most beautiful spots on the entire Maine coast. Sunny days are never excessively hot here; star-studded nights are refreshingly cool. Incomparable dawns and sunsets are mirrored in the constantly changing tidewaters of the Bay.

Cape Rosier is well off the beaten track; it gets almost none of the sight-seeing traffic that clogs the more heavily frequented parts of the Maine coast. Yet some of Maine's most inviting places—Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Blue Hill, Castine, and Isle Au Haut among them—are within 50 miles, an easy day trip by car.

The Proprietors

Hiram Blake Camp is a family operation, owned and run by the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Captain Hiram Blake and his wife, Iantha, who founded the camp in 1916.

The Camp has been managed co-operatively by each generation through the years. Lucy Blake Venno, daughter of Hiram and Iantha, was 6 years old when the Camp was established. Lucy and her husband, Maurice William Venno, a retired Episcopal clergyman, ran the Camp for more than 30 years and established a congenial and relaxed tone to the life there. Lucy's granddaughter, Deborah Venno Ludlow and her husband David make the day-to-day decisions and will answer if you call or write for further information. Sandy Venno, who with her husband Paul ran the Camp for over two decades, now maintains over an acre of gardens which provide the Camp dining room with much of the organically grown fruits and vegetables served there. Deb's husband Dave keeps the Camp well maintained and the cottages supplied with firewood and kindling.

Paul Venno, Sandy's husband, is a commerical lobsterman, one of the few left in Maine who fishes from his own dock. Paul's son Nathan Venno also berths his lobster boat in the Cove and works off the Camp dock.

100 Acres of Woodland and Shore

Stand Cove is the first cove east of Blake Point, the southernmost tip of Cape Rosier. Lining the western shore of the cove are the rocks, meadows, gardens, woods, cottages and workbuildings of Hiram Blake Camp.

All of the cottages are situated within 200 feet of the shore, and all have an excellent view of Penobscot Bay.

There are rowboats at the dock for the use of Camp guests, to explore the adjacent coves and nearby islands of the Bay. The boats will seat a family of four comfortably, with dog and picnic gear. Several of the boats are equipped with a centerboard and can be rigged as simple sailboats.

There's a playground for the kids, and rec room with a ping-pong table and board games, and a very extensive library.

There are hiking trails through the woods surrounding the Camp, and in nearby Holbrook Island Sanctuary, a Maine State Park. If you bring a bicycle, there are quiet roads to ride; if you bring a boat, there's the whole bright, island-studded Bay to sail.

Dress at the Camp is casual and functional; comfortable shoes, shorts or jeans for warm afternoons, sweatshirts for cool evenings, good rainwear for the occasional foggy morning or rainy day.

Country-Style Accommodations

There is one one-room cottage, six one-bedroom cottages, five with two bedrooms, and one with three. The Oaks Lodge is a duplex accommodating up to six per unit.

Bedrooms are furnished with twin and double beds. Roll-away beds can be supplied to accommodate additional guests.

Each cottage has a living room with a woodburning stove, and several have a fireplace as well. Each has a kitchen, a small bath with a shower stall, and a porch or deck. Pets are allowed if restrained.

Homecooked Maine Food

A delicious New England country-style dinner is served each evening in the spacious dining room. The main dish is typically fresh seafood, baked ham, roast beef, pork, lamb or turkey; fresh lobster is available at any meal, with advance notice and at an additional charge. Every meal includes soup, juice, salad, bread, dessert, and drinks.

Juice and fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, blueberry pancakes, doughnuts, bread and drinks are served every morning. Our breads and desserts are home baked, and most of the vegetables and fruits we serve are grown in our gardens. All meals are served family style, and you may have all you can eat.

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