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

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Schooner Roseway





 We were treated this past week by a visit of the Schooner Roseway to Merriconeag Sound.
The Roseway is a 137ft Wooden Gaff Rigged Schooner Launched in Essex, MA in 1925. It is now
on the Historic Registry. It was a Pilot Boat in Boston Harbor in 1941 for the Coast Guard Reserve. It was restored in 2005 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and now is part of the World Ocean School in Boston.  Our local Schooner the Alert, which is 70ft did a special Sail that day to Welcome the Roseway to Casco Bay. Schooner Roseway anchored just south of the Inn on the Bay overnight.

Some of you may be wondering where is Sue? How come she hasn't been doing the blog. Is she to busy buying flowers or is she out playing in the garden. Both of those things are true but she has also spent the last few months ( with some help) renovating a rental home in front of the Log Cabin on the water side.
The renovation is spectacular and is renting year round on a weekly basis. You can view the house on www.vrbo.com listing #610479.  It is a 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath totally furnished with AC and Wifi and an amazing sunset view. The house is rented independent of the Log Cabin. You can get information through the VRBO website or email 56westshorehouse@gmail.com

August is finding us quite busy with our regulars, it is so nice to welcome everyone back. We did have a cancellation next week in the Sunset Room if you want a last minute get away while the weather is still beautiful and the pool so inviting.

Blessings,

Alicia

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Results




I just wanted to give an update on the Tournament. There were 6 Tuna Fish caught for the week. The largest fish was 813lbs and caught by a former Junior fisherman who is in his 20's and fishing for Tuna. Great job.
Our boys did a fabulous job. They all got many mackerel. They were trying desperately for a Striped Bass but no luck. They all got very nice fishing poles, hats, and lures. Ironically Josh received for the second year in a row the "smallest" fish award and a mighty fine reel and trophy.  Terrence got a new reel, check, gift card and trophy for the largest mackerel on the last day. They had over 120 Juniors ( under 12) participate.

A great Big Thank You to the Casco Bay Tuna Club and all the Volunteers for making so many kids smile and feel good about themselves.


Blessings,

Alicia