Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Holidays from Bailey Island

Wow! Where does the time go? Cannot believe the Holidays are upon us. But they are. Thought I would decorate the moose, deer and bear so they did not feel left out! After all, we did name the moose George Bailey after "It's a Wonderful life"!

Been rather mild here on the island this month. We have had a couple snow storms and a couple ice storms, but the ground is bare on Bailey Island. You do not have to travel very far to see snow however. I love the fact that it is warmer here in the winter than Brunswick. Makes for scary driving sometimes, as the roads will be fine here.....then in a couple miles they become slippery.

Reservations continue to come in at a steady pace. I just did several confirmations. Looks like another busy year. Thanks to all of our guests old and new. Our West Shore house is also full right now for the next 2 months. Did not really expect that to fill in the winter.

Matt and Aimee are doing their off season fixing up and painting to assure that everything will be spiffy in 2015. We open in 108 days!!!!

Hope you all enjoy your Holiday season and have a Happy New Year. Stay safe! Sue

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cribstone Bridge




I just took a look at the Blog and didn't want any of you to think that Sue dropped off the face of the earth or that we had done anything to her since there hasn't been a post since we closed. I am sure that she is busy plotting her flower seed order or making plans for a new flower bed.

I actually do know for a fact that she is still alive because we, Matt, Aimee the boys and I all met at
Cooks Lobster House for the Annual Harpswell Home Heating Oil Dinner and Auction. They had a full house and many Auction items for a great cause. I know one person who religiously sits next to the bid sheet for the Log Cabin to make sure they win, and she did! Three years in a row. The Boys are very funny, they usually pick one thing every year and also guard it. They don't even let anyone else near the sheet.

It is hard to believe we have been closed almost a month now. Where does the time go? Projects at the Inn have started. The West Shore House is booked for 2 months Dec15-Feb15th. There is also many dates available in the Spring and Summer.

The Town is thrilled to have the Cribstone Bridge receive an Honor from the Maine Preservation this week. It was constructed in 1928 it is the only one of its kind in the country, made of strictly granite. It is also a Civil Engineering Landmark. In 2007 the DOT made the decision to rehab and restore the bridge. The preservation took 3 years. I for one am greatfull. Not only did they widen it slightly they added a better sidewalk. Plus I also got some of the old granite for my house and used it on our front walk way. Next time you visit Bailey Island get out and walk along the beach area there and check out this one of a kind marvel.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I am Thankful for my family
,friends my job and all the wonderful room guests I have met.

I just wanted to also give a Shout Out to all our room guests that we Love dearly in the Buffalo, NY area. We are thinking of you during your crazy Winter Snow Storm and wish you all the best.

Blessings,

Alicia

Photo Credit to Victoria

Monday, October 20, 2014

Last week of the season

This is our last Monday of the season. Just finishing up breakfast. Alicia is in the kitchen making Neal a from scratch chocolate cream pie for his birthday today! Alicia wrote the last blog on my birthday, now I am writing on Neals birthday. Yes, we are both Libras. I know, you are not suppose to marry someone with the same "sign".....but, it has worked for us for 36 years now.
I posted this picture of Aimee next to the very tall dahlia as we may lose all our dahlias this week if the weather guys are correct. They are predicting a nor'easter for us, so I assume the wind and/or rain will knock down the dahlias. We have bouquets everywhere!!! There are still many in the yard. All of the gardens are still very pretty. We shall see how tough they are.

Been a great year here at the Inn. Bailey Island has been a very popular place for
weddings.....sometimes more than one a weekend.  So, they bring many new folks to the island for the first time. And, for those of you who stay with us know, you come once.....you return! There is something magical about this island.

Well, I can speak for the crew, and tell you we are not ready to close!! (Well, Matt may be as hunting season is coming).  We all love our "job", even if it does not feel like a "job". We love the Inn, the island, and the guests. I have said this over and over.....we get the most amazing guests. Thanks to all of you for enriching our lives!

See you in the spring! We will open April 3rd, 2015. We are about 30% full for next year, so don't delay too long to reserve. I will continue to blog from time to time in the off season. Sue

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cedar Beach Update







I never thought I would be saying this,  this year at least but Cedar Beach Supporters Won their Court Case against the property owners and now the road easement is open to the Public! It does however have a few restrictions but basically you can now walk down to Cedar and Robinhood Beach from the Inn. This case has been going on for years and the Locals finally won and are very happy about it.

Aimee the boys and I recently did one of the new trails on the other side of Harpswell called Curtis Cove Farm Preserve.  We participated in a mapping outing and the kids had a great time. They especially like one of the points that had a cooler filled with cookies made by the Schoolhouse Cafe.
If you have never been to the Schoolhouse Cafe they are on the corner of the Mountain Rd and Rt 123. They serve all local and mostly organic food. The are open for breakfast and lunch.  They also supply the lunches to the Coastal Academy Charter School in Harpswell.

The last weekend of September caught us all by surprise.  Who would have thought it would be 80 degrees and people would be in the pool

. September was an outstanding month at the Inn. We were just as busy in September as we were in July. I am happy to say that the amount of people eating Dinner increased substantially from last year.

Only 3 more weekends until we close for the Season on the 26th.  We have been very happy with the entire Season and if you want to visit the Islands after we close the Rental House will be available and you can visit www.vrbo.com unit # 610479  to view availability.


Of course I must say a BIG  Happy Birthday today to Sue!!!!  I am not even mentioning how young she is but lets just say she will not be on Medicare til next year :)

Blessings,

Alicia

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Travel Adventures

I love this picture! Must give credits to Jamie Ramsey who posted it on Facebook. It is taken from a spot I spent many years. Before the Log Cabin I ran Rock Ovens, which is now Morses Cribstone Grill. And that property was in my family for generations. So it has a special meaning to me.

So, I have been on a couple trips this month. Went to a beautiful wedding on the Cape for one of my many, many nieces. It was outside on the water, just a perfect day. The trip there was not so fun however, as our GPS warned us of severe traffic ahead and asked if we would like to detour as we were just entering Boston. Well...............we then spent the next hour and a half touring every section of Boston before we finally got onto 93 headed to the Cape. I was doing the driving, and by the time we got to the wedding with minutes to spare I was wiped out. But, luckily we had 2 nice days there before returning to Maine.

Then 2 days later, as some of you know, we headed to Key West to do some renovations on a duplex we have there. We got 1800 pounds of furniture sent down from LLBean by freight. We were warned it would arrive curbside and that we should have some help. That was true!!!! Neal had to help the truck driver get the palettes on the dolly, as the driver was in his 80's! Then, luckily, in the nick of time, our 4 young strong movers arrived! They were like the furniture angels!!! Anyhow, all the furniture looks great. The bad side was Neal threw his back out helping and was in bed for the next 5 days. But he is better now, and that job is done! Phew!!!

Weather continues to be beautiful, and we are still quite busy. Have openings in October if you want to come see us. Last day of the season is October 25th!

Hope you are all well, Sue

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rainbows




What a storm we had here last weekend. Heavy rain, thunder,lightning and high winds. It did however produce this beautiful rainbow.

We are always talking about how awesome our room guests are, this week not only did Tony and Linda bring us box tops for the School. Tony played in the Golf Scramble Fundraiser for Terrence's School. I must say we did shoot a respectable score, bummer is I forgot to take a picture.Linda must have taken one look at my purse because then she came back with some Coach Bag cleaner for me.

Most people are asking about how the Season was. As I see it the Season hasn't  ended yet. We are still  out straight in September. Weekends in September are full but we do have more openings in October and the West Shore House is available in October. For example I started this Blog 5 days ago and haven't been able to finish it until now. The past 3 weeks have brought about an unusual amount of people eating Dinner here and we are excited about that. I have served so many Scallop Dinners this year and if I do say so they are extraordinary this year. We have a local gentleman who dives on the scallop, not  dragging or net involved so they are extra special.

Today is so beautiful the air is crisp and clear again. The Dahlias are bigger and better than ever. Mt. Washington can be seen again in all its Glory. Tomorrow should be the same which will be a bonus for the tourism industry as tomorrow is Maine Lighthouse Day. Free Admission to all the Lighthouses. The problem is which one should I chose???


Fondly,

Alicia


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dahlias

It is a beautiful Sunday morning here on Bailey Island! I just had to share this picture of the white dahlia....it is over 10 inches in diameter!! We have many other colors in the yard, but this one is the biggest so far.
This is Sue, finally with a few minutes to do the blog. If you follow our blog, you know that we bought a house to rent as a vacation rental, and it consumed my time for most of the season. Our first 3 week renters are leaving tomorrow. They came up to tell us how much they love the house. They are returning next year for 5 weeks. So, I guess it was a good idea after all. Worth the hard work....except I have not been able to do many of the things I normally do. Thanks to my wonderful co-workers at the Inn for picking up all the pieces. I am so thankful to the most wonderful crew that anyone could be lucky enough to work with.
Alicia returns today after a few days off in Rangely. Will be good to have her back.
School starts Sept. 2nd. Danny starts middle school. Josh still at Harpswell elementary school, and Terrence is off to St. Johns in Brunswick.
We have rooms open here and there in Sept.....more open in October. Come see us!
Love to all, Sue