Monday, February 13, 2017

Snowmeggton



  What a messy Winter we have had. One day it snows 7" and is minus 0 with the wind and then the
next day it is raining and 43. Then it freezes and we have ice and then more snow. The last 5-6 days have had some of everything. We have had 36" of snow in these past few days. One day last week there was no school and 2 additional days of a 2hr delay.  Yesterday/ today's Storm has been dubbed Snowmeggeton. I can say they did start hyping it up early. Yesterday afternoon they had already called off school for today. Basically the entire State of Maine was closed today. We can handle our snow pretty well but 20" in one storm with wind gusts to 50mph is still overwhelming. We  have had to shovel 4 times so far today.  I am waiting for the plow guy to show up for his second trip. There isn't anywhere to pile it all. This was a Coastal Storm so we actually got the brunt of it. They kept reporting on the News,  Harpswell is the Winner with 20" so far. This is not a race I really want to be the Winner in. The Airport has been shut down for a day and a half . This  really concerns me because we are leaving for Florida tomorrow for 10 days! More snow is forecasted for Wednesday so I have a tight window.


A furniture delivery came to the Inn on one of the ice/snow days. We now have a new bed in the Westview Room and 2 new chairs in the Casco Bay Room. Both the Casco Bay and Bluefin Room are getting new carpet and counters and new paint. I can't wait to see them. Aimee and Matt have been busy with all these storms shoveling the decks.

I know many of you like to check out the parking lot to see who is working by our cars. This year we are going to fool you. Looks like 2017 is the Year of the New Car. Matt, Aimee, Sue and I all have new cars! Luckily Matt got a new truck with a plow because that has been working non stop. Aimee and I both bought our cars in a snow storm. Victoria usually walks so she will keep you guessing as well.

I have managed to take a stroll down Maine Street and find a new candy store called Maine Street Sweets. It is located on lower Maine St. near the Great Impasta and Frosty's donuts. They have all the old style candy and 65 flavors of Jelly Beans. My friends at Hatch have also renovated their store on Maine St. There are so many places to shop at and eat at it can fill your whole day.

Even though it is snowing and we are not at the Inn. We have taken many reservations so feel free to email or call at any time. Stay safe and warm.

Blessings,

Alicia

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Happy New Year 2017



Happy New Year !! Well,  New Years was actually a couple weeks ago but at least I am still in the month of January. I had a great New Years Celebration with my family and Aimee and Matt's at Kingfield in Northern Maine near Sugarloaf Mountain. It just so happens that they got about 2 1/2 ft of snow the day before we got there. It isn't to often that it is hard to snowshoe because it is to deep.
The kids had fun snow shoeing, sliding, skating and just messing around outside. As you can see I was supervising from my Beach Chair and thinking of the days that I was Celebrating New Years in Key Largo.  The gang has also started the Friday Night skiing with Lessons at Lost Valley which is in Auburn. This great program is sponsored by  Harpswell Recreation and runs for 6 weeks. They ski and I run the Lodge for 62 participants. Can you see a pattern with me and the Winter Sports :) Actually it isn't that I mind the Winter Sports but after still being in Physical Therapy for 3 months with my knee I don't feel like starting over. I will however take part in the Snow Tubing event this weekend.

A lot has been going on at the Former Brunswick Navy Base, now called Brunswick Landing. It is home to over 100 companies and 1,200 Employees. The Job Growth and Economic Redevelopment is greater than they envisioned 5 years ago. Of the 24 bases that the BRAC Commission closed in 2005 Brunswick has been cited as the leader in redevelopment.  Many are awaiting the Opening of a new Brew Pub called Flight Deck Brewing which should be open this Spring. I urge you all to go and drive around. You can always pop in to the Indoor track and take a walk before your beer.

The ground was bare until we got about 4-5 inches of snow today but before that Matt tackled a project I have been begging Sue for years to do. Many of you wouldn't even notice this but since I park my car in front of it almost every day it annoyed me. It was a tall I say Juniper type Tree kind of yellow in color.  Many named it Cousin It. I guess one day it must have annoyed Matt because a few chain saw buzzes later and the thing was gone. Now that I think about it Sue will have to buy more plants to fit in that space! The outside door in the Wiseman Room has been replaced. Often in a rain and wind storm the water would come in. Both the Hot tub deck door and the Main door to the Mt. Washington Room have also been replaced. Aimee has been busy writing a lot of Confirmations. It isn't  to early to book your favorite room so you don't miss out. When the Spouse says " What about our Anniversary? " You can say " Don't worry I have it covered."



I hope everyone is staying warm and healthy. You can always visit us on the webcam or on our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram.

Blessings,

Alicia


Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays




I am not even going to pretend that I have an excuse for not writing a Blog for the last two months. Out of sight out of mind. I could say that I am working around the clock on some Big project but that's not true either. I have been doing a lot of Volunteer work at School. Then Terrence was in a Community Theater Production of Beauty and the Beast which had practice for 3 months and  5 Shows last weekend. I also Volunteered Cooking for the Harpswell Aging at Home Cooking Class, where they also get to eat lunch and take home a meal.

Matt, Aimee the boys and my family went to Boothbay Botanical Gardens for the Gardens Aglow Event.  It was a great event last year so we chose to go again. Last year they had 36,000 attend and this year they have already had over 50,000. They went from 180,000 LED lights to 360,000. It has really been a major boost for the Boothbay Community which is typically a Summer Tourist Town. Sue went to see the lights  on a package with a local Inn that also had a shuttle service. The Town itself has added quite a light show. If you decide to make a trip to Maine before the New Year the Lights are on Thursday-Sunday with Shows at 4,6 &8 you can buy tickets on line.

I did make a trip to Bailey Island ( mainly to return dishes at the Inn) but decided to do a little shopping at Lands End. Cooks Restaurant is still open. They just did a fabulous fundraiser for the Harpswell Heating Assistance and raised over $10,000. Melinda at the Candy Store  has been open on the weekends and you can also find her candy at the Indoor Winters Farmers Market in Brunswick. We have had some snow and ice on and off. One day of school has been canceled so far. Right now the snow is melting but tomorrow looks like more rain/ice and  Christmas Day back up to 35-40.

Matt has been busy scrubbing the Kitchen. Frankly I am glad it is him, as it is cold in there and no water. The screen doors have been painted. The contractor is putting in some new doors and siding.
There will be some changes to the Casco Bay and Bluefin Rooms with new paint, carpet and counters. If you haven't stayed in either of these rooms give them a try!   Sue, Aimee and I are doing a very boring Food Service Sanitation and Safety Class in January. Not that we weren't clean before but now you can feel safe with 3 Certified Food Handlers on Staff.

We are all home for Christmas this year. New Years we will be spending up North in Kingfield with Aimee, Matt and the Boys. We wish all our

 Guests a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Healthy New Year !!


Blessings,

Alicia


Friday, October 28, 2016

Closing Time







 I realize you thought I disappeared along with Sue but really it is not the case. Every time I think I have a minute to do the Blog something happens and the task never gets completed. We have had a splendid October. There were many warm days followed by some chilly nights and lately some cold morning temperatures. On Bailey Island we have yet to have a frost which is nice because we still have many Dahlia's still in bloom. We even had some rain the last two weeks. I am sure this happened because I finally found someone to finish painting the outside of my house. He has yet to get a few days in a row because of rain, next thing you know it will be because of snow. I just walked around the property looking at what has to be done to put the Gardens to bed for the Season. Victoria has already started in on the project and we just need the weather to cooperate so we can finish. Looks like a rainy weekend on and off.


As you know I have the Museum addict son. Last week I took him to the Cryptozoology Museum in Portland. What in the World is that you ask? It is a Museum for creatures that are considered otherwise extinct or beings from folklore. Most of the exhibits rely on anecdotal evidence, stories and alleged sightings. This was right up Terrence's ally and natural I just nodded my head often and said that is really cool. They had items like Big Foot, Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatch, etc. The only redeeming factor is that they are located between a Distillery and Cellar Door Winery. All this and more right behind the train/ bus station in Portland, who knew!!!


We have a quiet weekend coming up which will give us a chance to get started on closing up duties which in the Inn should only take most of Sunday and then an additional few days in the garden. I am sure Matt has some projects lined up that I will keep you posted on.




Until then have a spooky Halloween and Check out our new coffee mugs.


Blessings ,


Alicia

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Harpswell Days



It  seems like I was just saying how fast the Summer seems to have gone by. Now I am complaining about how fast September went by. One day it was the first day of School and now we are into October and have only 28  more days we are open as we close this year on October 30th. There is still time to get in on a couple weekends. Room Occupancy in September was Outstanding. I think it was just as busy as July. So many people ate Dinner and the Desserts were flying off the shelves. The Dahlia's couldn't be any more colorful this year. We have some different colors that we haven't had in the past. It is so fun to see what color is going to bloom next. Before you know it Victoria and I will be out there digging up the Dahlia's for the Winter.

The Town of Harpswell has started an Area on Aging Program. They have many different programs and one of them is called " Cooking With Friends ". They asked if I would be the Guest Chef. I did a cooking class for a group of 15. They ate what I prepared and I then made enough so they all could take a meal home. This was so well accepted that they plan on doing it every other month.

Today was Harpswell Day. From 12-4 in Harpswell Center there were all kinds of festivities going on. What I thought was going to be a 10 minute visit turned into about 2 hours. I had never been into the Old Meeting Hall and Church which was built in 1757. That's some old stuff in there. The Curator gave a great tour of that building as well as the adjacent cemetery. The Historical Society also had an Open House. We learned to make butter, press apples into cider, loom a rug, felt wool, and machine work  with some old tools. This building had many old fishing items and a couple Stage Coach's. There were so many interesting things right here in my own backyard. I suggest visiting some of these buildings in Harpswell Center the next time you are here.

Sue has recovered nicely from her Rotator Cuff Surgery. She has her sling off and is busy shopping once again. I keep reminding her that we close in 4 weeks. Then the pumpkins, hay and cornstalks arrived. I should have known better.


Blessings,

Alicia

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Hays Lobster



Even though the Calendar says it is September I have a hard time believing it. Where did the Summer go? Why do the Winters drag on by and the Summer goes with a blink of an eye. One way I did know that it is September is the School Bus' are back on the road. Yeah for School! The Inn on the other hand hasn't slowed down. We are as full in September as we are in July. We did have a cancellation for a time frame in October in the Merriconeag Room. This is the only room we have that can sleep 4 people with 2 Queen Size beds. It is a Second Floor corner room  and has a Spectacular View.

Often guests ask where to buy lobsters. I try and spread the business around but this time I want to give a Big Shout Out to Hay


s Lobsters. On Sunday my husband, Jon and Terrence went to Hayes Lobsters which is family owned and located at the head of Mackerel Cove, Bailey Island. They got 6 lobsters and Jon paid by credit card. The credit card machine wasn't working and he didn't have enough cash on him. At this point I am not sure why he didn't come up to the Log Cabin and get the money from me(  but that's a story for another day.) The Owner said Oh don't worry about it. I will just put your slip on the wall and you can come pay whenever you are back this way. This kept me awake all night, knowing that we owed them money. The next day I drove down to the store and saw the owner waiting for the kids at the Bus Stop. I put the window down handed her the money and gave a Big Thank You. That folks is what this Town is made of. Nice people doing nice things.

The 610ft Zumwalt  Navy Destroyer first in its class was built nearby at Bath Iron Works. It is set to depart for Baltimore, MD today. It will be Christened in Baltimore and then sailed to the West Coast and docked in San Diego. There are 2 more of the Zumwalt Class already in the works at BIW. Matt and I took the boys to see the Zumwalt this Spring when it was on Sea Trail. The Zumwalt has cutting edge technology and features an all electric propulsion system.  It certainly is a stealth modern day marvel. I suggest if you are in the area to visit the Maritime Museum in Bath located next to BIW. They have trolley and boat tours that will take you right past the Zumwalt. 

Without any street lights or major intersection's  in Harpswell it is tough to have a true traffic jam but we did yesterday Harpswell style. On RT 123  near Skolfield Farms there has been a group of free range, actually they are penned in black pigs grazing. Yesterday they decided to escape and see how things were on the other side of the street. As pigs go they were not so fast about it. They stopped traffic for about 20 minutes, which got quite backed up. Police Officers had to come down from Brunswick along with the Sheriff to direct traffic and try and get the pigs to cross the street. This actually made the Bangor Daily News photo's and all. Ironically I would rather read about this than our Governor.

Blessings,

Alicia

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Maine News




Our regular guests are used to our Dinner policy and seem to work around our seating times and having to order Dinner by 3:00. There is actually a reason we do this. One is staffing but the other is food prep and waste. Take today for example, the lobster that you order at 3:00 is actually picked up from the lobster man that caught it at 4:00 and brought by one of us to the Inn.  You can't get much fresher than that. The salad and vegetables that you eat are most likely picked from our own garden on property or the farm share that we belong to. We grow our own herbs and flowers and take pride in being a Certified Green Business.

Maine has made National News on two accounts this week. One Good and one Bad. I will start with the good. President Obama named another National Park to our Beautiful State. The Katahdin Woods  and Waters National Monument. Katahdin is in the Northern Maine Woods near the Town of Millinocket and adjacent to Baxter State Park. The 87,500 acres was donated by Roxanne Quimby (Burt's Bees fame). The tough part now is going to be implementing a ground  plan for property that is twice the size of our other National park, Acadia. This property has plenty of rivers, mountains and moose but little roads or infrastructure. It is a long way up there but Beautiful once you arrive.

I am not one to get into a Political debate by any means. But the bad news from our State came from our out of control Governor LePage. I know some of you have been following his antics but for those of you newcomers. He is just a Big Playground Bully that lashes out verbally every time he doesn't get his way. This time he was caught by every Media Outlet for his obscenity  and threating filled  remarks made to a fellow lawmaker on their voice mail. We have two more years with this Hot Headed erratic and reckless Governor. Many hope he will resign but that will not happen because he wants to torture us. So don't let what you see on the National News, Today Show,  CNN etc. about this Bully s

top you from coming to see our Beautiful State. He is just one part of it and we hope to keep him Augusta.

We had an Amazing August. The Inn was more than Full. The weather was warmer than usual, sadly not much rain. As School started I am anxiously awaiting the cool Fall Days and the easy to sleep at night Air. We stay pretty busy until we close at the end of October but still have some dates available. You need to come check out some of our Dahlia's. The one below I call ''Bad Hair Day"


Trivia; Did you know Acadia National Park is the second most visited National Park?

Blessings, Alicia