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

Sunday, August 14, 2016

LL Bean



You may have think I disappeared but that is not the case. I was on a weeks Vacation in Rangeley , Maine with my family. Rangeley is in the Western Mountain Part of the State. It is about a 2 1/2 hr drive from the Inn. There is so many things to do. It boasts one of the largest Lakes in Maine as well as many Mountains to hike. The Appalachian Trail runs through Rangeley. One of our hikes is to Piazza Rock which is on the Trail. If you want to visit another part of Maine I highly recommend Rangeley. Their High Season is actually Winter as they are home to Saddleback Mountain and many snow mobile trails.

I must talk about the Weather. What is going on??? This is Maine, we don't have humidity. Go away humidity. I can not remember a Summer that was this Hot and Humid for so long. The AC Units are running more this Summer than ever before. We had an intense Thunder,wind storm yesterday. It blew down several Large trees on the Islands. It even blew the window off the hinges at Sue's house. It felt like we were in Oz.

It's not like me to talk about Shopping. But  I have to tell you about my trip to LL Bean in Freeport. I had to return a headlamp that was broken and get a new one. LL Bean has the most lenient return policy of any store I have ever been to. The lady in front of me had a bunch of stuff to return. One of the items, ( I am not sure what it was)she returned  the clerk told her was bought 13 years ago! They would give her the credit of the price that it sold at then. Good Lord, really... 13 years is a long time to use something and return it. I got my headlamp credit, which was less than a year old, got a new one and went to checkout. I got joking with the clerk about how Hot it was out and that I was going to get an Ice Coffee. He said I wish I had an Ice Coffee on my break. I left the store and got to thinking. What a great store with great employees. I went back in to the CafĂ© bought an Ice Coffee and took it to him. It was a small gesture but what that store represents is Maine and the way Life Should be.

The Inn has been crazy busy. There are not to many days in August with vacancies. Terrence starts School in less than two weeks and before you know it the leaves will be turning colors. It will be interesting to see what happens with the colors this year as we have had such a drought. Our Fall rates will start September 6 . There is still time to book for my favorite time of year in Maine.  Yes, Sue is still alive and mostly well. She recently had rotator cuff surgery. It was successful and is on the mend. It also means she is taking a break from plant shopping..

Blessing, Alicia


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Yucca




  Here is a picture of our Beautiful Yucca Plant. It took awhile for us to figure out what it was. Sue doesn't remember planting it and as it was growing and taking shape we took a picture of it and sent it to our plant go to guy. He confirmed it was a Yucca Plant that apparently was transplanted several years ago to the road side and has finally decided to show its face.
Not to toot our own horn or anything but we just got back the AAA Report and got High Ratings on Landscaping and General Curb Appeal.

If you have been able to spend any time in Maine this Month you know that the weather has been amazing. A little bit warmer and more humidity than normal but great none the less. The only down side is that it has been so dry it takes a couple hours to water all the gardens. Speaking of Gardens the Vegetable Garden is going crazy. Before long we will have cucumbers and squashes like crazy. The many varieties of lettuce have kept the Dining Room in fresh salad for weeks now.

I had a great time last weekend with Aimee and the boys at the TailGate and Recreate Party at Mitchell Field,sponsored by Harpswell Rec. The boys even got their first lesson in Fly Fishing Casting.  They had all kinds of lawn games set up, food, music, craft tables and fun times down by the beach.  Mitchell Field is such an easy place to access the water. They always have picnic tables set up, a nice scenic walking trail, porta potty's, and also home to the Harpswell Community Gardens. Go check it out sometime, Rt 123 South about 6 miles past  the Mountain Rd.

Last week the Town also Celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Ewing Narrow Bridge. This is the Bridge that connects Main Land Harpswell with Great Island on the Mountain Road by the Town Hall. Before 1976 the Town was really split in Two. You had to drive all the way from Bailey Island to Brunswick and then back down Rt 123 near Bowdoin College just to get over to the other side of Harpswell. I certainly am glad they built this bridge when it is Stovers Friday!

Next week, July 25th is the start of the Bailey Island Tuna and Small Fish Tournament. This Tournament has been held on BI for 78 years. It is a running joke that the Fog will start on Monday as it always does for Tournament Week. All kidding aside this is a fabulous time to come down and try and catch a glimpse of an 800lb Tuna or a 1lb Mackerel. You never know what may come in. The kids have great fun weighing all their catches and the Tournament does a fantastic job rewarding each and every child even if they don't catch anything. Tight Lines and Fish On..


The Future Innkeepers Circa 2016. Smallest to Tallest; Terrence 9, Josh 10, and Danny 13






Blessings,

Alicia

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

DownEast



 I guess it is my duty to mostly write about the Harpswell area but this time I am going to tell you about a little overnight trip I made that you could do in a day from here or before or after you leave. DownEast Maine is actual North of Harpswell on Rt 1. The phrase DownEast  refers to the way the Sailors from Western Ports sailed downwind toward the East to reach this area. When I think of DownEast I think of the area from Rockland up towards Acadia. Our first stop was the well known Maine State Prison Store where the inmates, turned wood workers have carved out some great furniture and knick knacks. We then ventured on to the Owls Head Transportation Museum, just outside Rockland. My sons favorite part of this stop was his ride in the 1914 Rolls Royce. It  was great fun. After a stop for ice cream and stroll down Main Street in Camden we headed to Belfast which was our overnight stop. Belfast has a spectacular Harbor with a neat Main St full of shops and restaurants. The next day we went to a Car Show in Searsport followed by a trip to the Penobscot Bay Maritime Museum ( as you recall Terrence is the Museum nut). The next stop was the main thing  on my Bucket List, The Penobscot Bridge Observatory. It is 420 ft up in the Air. We took the Elevator up which took only about a minute. I was a little nervous at first looking out those windows but it was such a great sight that I was thrilled that we took the trip. Next to the Bridge is Fort Knox. The American Revolution and the War of 1812 brought British Ships to the Penobscot River. It took until 1844 for Construction on the Fort to begin and continued for 20 years. The Granite used to build the fort was from a quarry in nearby Waldo. The tunnels and two batteries that were built were quite dark and scary. They actually have ghost tours and overnight camp outs at the Fort.
Next we ventured on to Blue Hill for Lunch. We were also very close to Castine where Maine Maritime Academy is. If we had just a little bit more time I would have loved to gone further North to Acadia National Park which is Celebrating it's 100 th Anniversary this year. We had to get back to Bailey Island to see the Funk Band Motor Booty playing at Cooks and to watch the Fire Works. It was an exhausting 24hrs but so great to see other parts of Maine.
The Inn has been very busy this week. The weather for the Holiday Weekend was picture perfect. The pool is getting lots of use and  it is old home week here. All the guests have met over the years from staying and they have made some great friendships. It is so nice to see. We have cut down 2 Evergreen Trees near the front entrance that were blocking the sunlight and growth of some of the flowers. It frees up so much more space for Sue to buy flowers, which may not be a good thing. I have enjoyed watching the Casco Bay Ferry go by on their 2hr cruises every day. I would like to do that this Summer. I will pretend I am a tourist.  I am also going to launch my new kayak at Stover's Cove and row to Cooks for Lunch, stay tuned for that.



There is still time to book a room this Summer and Fall so give a call !!

Regards,  Alicia

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Clematis



Take a look at this Amazing Clematis. It almost looks fake it is so Beautiful. I don't even think it is something we planted. A bird or gust of wind planted a few seeds there and like Magic this work of Art appeared. The Iris and Poppy's will most likely be gone by the weekend. I am eagerly tracking the Dahlia's that we planted as they are showing some green. The roses have also come out this week along with some strawberries. The Lupine still looks like it has another week or so. The room flower boxes are so full they are thriving in the Summer time weather we have been having.

Sometime this week I am off to the Portland Science Center on the Waterfront to see the Highly anticipated Titanic Exhibit. Upon entrance you receive a boarding pass with the name of one of the actually passengers. You can following their journey along the way and find out at the end the fate of your passenger. There are also over 100 actual artifacts from the Ship. Several Rooms have also been recreated on site. The Exhibit will be on display until October.
The Maine State Music Theater is in Full Swing at Bowdoin College. Back in my other life before a Mom Sue and I had Season tickets to the Theater but now I squeeze in one Performance with Terrence a Summer. This year we are going to see Mama Mia. I highly recommended attending any of the performance's this Summer. They have both Matinees and Night Shows.
The Red Barn General Store is now open on Orrs Island. I haven't had the pizza yet but heard it was good. I did have an Italian Sandwich and it was good. Speaking of good I also had a great sandwich at the Salt Cod Cafe on Orrs Island. Can you see there is a food theme here :) My next food stop will be at the Cafe at the Great Island Boat Yard. Speaking of food... we are once again supplementing our own vegetable garden with the Farm Share that we have been getting the past few years from Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick. Our own lettuce is picture perfect right now. It is currently raining for the first time in weeks. The gardens were so dry even with our daily watering I was starting to get concerned.
We also have a room open for July 2nd weekend. I am looking forward to the Yearly Fireworks at Cooks Restaurant on the 2nd and this year they are featuring my all time favorite Funk- Disco Band called Motor Booty. If you are coming then make sure you get ticket ahead for the band. It will be a night to remember.


Maine Trivia-- did you know 90% of the country's toothpick supply is produced in Maine!

Blessings to All.

Alicia

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Reversing Falls




This has been a crazy busy week, for me anyway. The tulips at the Inn have gone by ,  Victoria and I have been cutting those away making room for our  famous Dahlia's. If all goes well those should be in bloom by Mid August. The Poppies are in  bloom along with the Iris'. The purple Iris' are filling the front garden and we are waiting for the yellow ones to open. We have Purple and White Lupine in bloom. I am not sure what happened to the pink. It must be around here somewhere.  The recent rainfall has given the Vegetable garden a boost and the lettuce is ready to pick.

I stopped in at a new Gallery on Orrs Island called Meraki. It is where Hatch used to be. They have Maine craftsman with a variety of things from pottery, to paintings to jewelry. Stop by and say Hi.  The Salt Cod Cafe is also open on the Orrs Island side of the Bridge. My son swears by the Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with crumb topping. They make take out sandwich's and have great chowder as well.

Saturday I did the Harpswell Hiking Challenge and was at the Ground breaking of the new Devil's Back East Trail. What a great trail. I think it is my new favorite Town Trail. If you go at mid to low tide you can see the Seals on what appropriately is named Seal Rock. Ironically we happen to cross paths with Matt and the Boys while on the hike. The challenge was 8 trails, 10 miles in 2 days. One of the trails happen to take us by Erica's Seafood in South Harpswell where I got my favorite Lobster/ Crab Roll Combo. Again since I was over that way I decided to go to the Reversing Falls. I have heard about the Falls but have never seen it. It is the result of an old Gris Mill that collapsed into the water. It creates a fickle tidal current that flows in and out of Basin Cove. You can access it by Basin Cove Rd, the property to park at is Town owned but be respectful of the close neighborhood.
I keep getting emails of Fun Facts about Maine Trivia so I thought I would share them with you. Maine has 16 counties, 22 cities, 435 towns,33 plantations, 424 unorganized townships and 3 Indian Reservations.

I topped off the end of the week with a fabulous 50th Birthday Luncheon at the Inn. When I was young a 50 year old was a very old. Now 50 is the new 30 :).  I'll let you know if that's how feel at the end of the Season.

Blessings,

Alicia

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Opening Day



It is  Memorial Day Weekend and Saturday was the picture of a perfect warm August Day. Today is like a day in early April, cold, cloudy and just blah. We usually have our first pool goers the first weekend in June but yesterday was so nice Matt turned the heater on and along with the room guests our own kids were in the pool until closing time at 8:00pm.

We look so forward to Summer and then Bam! Everything happens all at once. Most of all the flowers have been planted, the vegetable garden is in and the Lilac Trees are just about to bloom. The local Motels are open, the Salt Cod Cafe opened this weekend and I saw people taking some kayak lessons at H2O Outfitters by the bridge. The new Store on Orrs Island is set to open June 13th.

 The Town of Harpswell has a fabulous Recreation Department headed by my dear friend Gina. They have many things planned for the Summer. Next weekend June 4th is the Harpswell Hiking Challenge. You can take the 2 days to experience eight of the trails for a total of ten miles. Did you realize that Harpswell has 216 miles of oceanfront, the longest of any Town in Maine. They will also have the Grand Opening of the new Devil's Back East Trail on June 4th.

On Saturday July 16th there will be a Tail Gate Party at Mitchell Field. It will be very family friendly with low key events during the day. There will be music  and vehicle access all the way to the shore. Mitchell Field is also the home to our Thursday Night Bandstand Concerts. Starting June 16th at 6:00pm pack your chairs and picnic dinner and head out to a gem in Harpswell where you can access the shore and  see a great sunset.

The Schooner Alert has started Sailing daily from Cooks Lobster House.New this year is a 27ft Boat called " Fantasea" it will be leaving from the Cribstone Grill dock for private 2hr Tours by reservation.
We are full this weekend and look forward to a great Summer. We still have availability so if you have been putting off calling now is the time. As the saying goes " Maine, the Way life should be."

Blessings,

Alicia