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

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