Monday, July 21, 2014

Tuna Tournament




Many of you will recognize the Tuna on the wall from our Dining Room. Did you know that Blue Fin Tuna are caught right off the Coast of Bailey Island? This week starts the 76th Annual Bailey Island Tuna Tournament. The Tournament has also turned into more of a Sport fishing Tournament for kids as well. The Casco Bay Tuna Club is very generous when it comes to the Children. The application fee is only $5.00 and no kid goes without a prize. The fish are weighed every day at Cooks Restaurant which is also where the Tuna are brought in,  hung and weighed. No matter how Big or Small there is a prize for everyone. At the Banquet on Saturday each child is also presented with a brand new fishing pole. It is great family fun and I know 3 little boys that are ready to bring home the Big Trophy. Last year the Largest Tuna was 567lbs, right down to the smallest Bluefish ( child) of .05lbs.

The Gardens at the Inn are looking lovely as usual. The Lilly's are in blossom now along with the Rosa Ragosa and many other colors that compliment the yard. Nice job Victoria. Speaking of Victoria a big shout out for her Birthday this week. We have had some clear beautiful days lately and we have also had a few cancellations. If you called and we were full give another call so you can view our amazing sunset and take a swim in our heated pool.

I hope to post some pictures of the Boys Winning Catches!

Blessings,

Alicia

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Ice Machine



I know this is not the most exciting post but to me it is! After 30 years our Ice Machine finally
died. It was a slow death but I guess after that long it didn't really owe us much. We did get it fixed and as the repair man said, this wont last long and he was right, about 4 days later broken again.
I am sure it was not the most economically thing to run after all these years. Sue ordered a new one and believe it or not it was on back order for 3 Weeks. You know what 3 weeks without an ice machine is like during Summer? Many bags of ice to lug back and forth.
It was like a Christmas Day this week when the Tractor Trailer backed up to the garage and unloaded that new efficient fast ice making machine! Just in time for the Holiday Weekend.

Enough about that. The rain the last few days but a damper on all the Firework activities. We had a lot of rain and wind from the effects of the Hurricane. Some places in Town lost power but it just flickered for a bit here. Cooks Restaurant has rescheduled their fireworks for tonight and there are lot of people still around the Islands to watch them. We saw the  the Freeport Fireworks very well from the Log Cabin last night. They lasted quite a long time. Our swimming pool looks so refreshing right now, several people are out there enjoying a beautiful day with a gentle sea breeze.

We have had a few cancellations for July so if you were thinking of staying there is still time or if
you called before and we were full try us again.

Blessings,

Alicia
 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rose

This is a picture of our new rose bush. The winter got the best of the one that was there. I love this one.....looks like a carnation! The weather continues to be perfect....lots of sun, nice and warm, great breeze today. The island is hopping......I think the whole world has decided to check out Bailey Island. It is a beautiful, peaceful place.
We have been quite busy. We did get a cancellation for a room for 2 weeks in July, so that opens up some space. I am sure it will fill quickly. We also took on another "project". We bought a house on the island to renovate and rent out as a weekly rental. It has consumed a lot of time for the past 2 months, but it is very close to completion....another couple weeks. When it is done, I will post a link to its site. It's turning out quite nice. For those of you on FaceBook it is on there under West Shore House. Check it out!
Well, I must go water gardens and type in reservations. Hope you are all well.Sue

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Nina and Pinta



 Area Residents were in for an educational treat this weekend when Replicas of Christopher Columbus's Ships the Nina and the Pinta were docked at Dolphin Marina.  The ships were open to the Public throughout the weekend. The Nina was built by hand without any power tools. It is considered to be the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built. The Pinta was built in Brazil and is  larger. After their stay at the Dolphin the ships will then be in Camden and Portland and continue on their tour. As you can see Christopher Columbus was met by Danny, Terrence and Josh.

Speaking of Sailing Ships, the Windjammer Days start in Boothbay this week. It is quite a sight to see all those Sails coming in during the parade of ships. Bailey Island's own Alert Schooner will be Sailing this year. The pool is finally seeing some use with a few warm days and a repaired pool heather. Now that School is finally out I am sure a few of our resident kids will take advantage.
If you are here around July 4th, Cooks Restaurant will hold their Fireworks on July 3rd this year. We have some rooms still available for July so don't be shy and give a call.


Blessings,

Alicia

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Almost Summer

Summer officially arrives in 6 days. Longest day of the year! Sun sets at 8:26 that night. The Inn is a spectacular place to sit on the deck of your room and watch it set. Most nights you can see the outline of Mt. Washington. This particular photo is a bit to the left of the Mountain. Even on some cloudy days, we manage to get some sort of sunset. For those of you who are not familiar with the Inn, all 9 rooms have decks that face west.

We are very busy this year. I think there are only a couple weekends all summer with any room openings. We do have rooms during the week here and there if you would like to come see us. I am writing this during breakfast, and the smells coming out of the kitchen are making me hungry! Chocolate muffins, sausage and waffles with a maple cream sauce....yum!

Happy Fathers Day to all of the Dads out there. The weather is suppose to be perfect here on Bailey Island tomorrow.

Enjoy! Sue

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Lupine




When I see the first Lupine Flower of the Season I know it must be June. I love Lupine. I like all the different colors. I like seeing them on the side of the road along the Highway, all around the Islands and here in our very own yard.

I  also like June for many reasons. First of course being my Birthday on the 7th. Then the start of the Music Theater at Bowdoin College. Sue saw Buddy Holly yesterday and said it was fabulous. The Harpswell Hiking Challenge which is this weekend. Hike all 10 trails in Harpswell in 2 days and you shall be a Hero. It is the Windjammer Festival in Boothbay at the end of the month. The kids get out of School on the 19th ( so many snow days).  That will also be the start of our sought after Fridays at Stovers Cove in Harpswell. After the Winter and Spring of snow and cold those days are eagerly awaited by so many. The Sailing Schooner " Alert" has started its daily runs from Cooks Lobster House. It is so pretty to watch them Sail by at night during Sunset.

Matt has officially turned on the heater in the pool and I have a feeling it will see its first use this weekend.

June is getting busy in the rooms but we do still have some openings so give a call and come check out all these fabulous things to do.


Blessings,

Alicia

Friday, May 30, 2014

Yard sure is Pretty!

Our yard could not be any prettier than it is right now! The bulbs, crab apple trees, magnolias, early perennials.....all are out! The sun is out.....they just mowed the lawn.......Wow! I have planted between 200 and 300 annuals (and I am not done). If you are near Bailey Island....come walk around the yard. Soon.....before the rain wrecks the rest of the tulips.
Last weekend of May......how can that be? We have been open for almost 2 full months. Been very busy too. Just got a notice from the local farm that our crop share begins this week. Very exciting to get the farm fresh veggies.
Well, I am off for the day......hope you are all well! Sue