Sunday, July 12, 2015

Wicked Joe



 Did you know that we serve Wicked Joe Coffee in the Dining Room? This company is owned by
Harpswell Residents and is roasted locally in Topsham. Wicked Joe is committed to sustainability,organic and free trade beans. As of July 1, 100 of percent of their beans are either organic, Fair Trade or both. Their new coffee roaster uses 80% less fossil fuel and and puts out 80% fewer emissions. The Garvers make several trips a year to check on the beans. They look for beans that are "bird Friendly" these beans are grown under a three layer level of canopy composed of a dozen or so variety of trees. Even their vans that they use for delivery are all electric, including their forklift. Next time you take a sip of your coffee while you are enjoying our lovely breakfast think about all that went into that cup of Joe.  You can buy Wicked Joe locally at the Vegetable Corner or Hannaford Grocery Store.

It was super Hot today, 90. Between my shifts  I took a ride around the Island on a small boat, something I haven't done in a very long time. I urge everyone staying here to get out on the water while you are here. There are many choices and so much to see. It is not to late we still have rooms open this Summer.

Blessings,

Alicia

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

This is George Bailey, our dining room Moose. One of our guests named him, because "It's a wonderful life" here on Bailey Island. He replaced our original moose that came with the building when we purchased it in 1979......he was tired.
Hard to believe it's the 4th of July.....time is speeding by. We are very busy.....yard is looking great.....weather is perfect for the holiday. As we can see so many miles in so many directions, our yard is a great place to watch fireworks.....there were many last night, will be more tonight, and tomorrow Cooks does them on their point.
Hope you all have a great holiday! Sue

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Vegetables



Many of you may think that cooking Dinner is a bother to us. That actually isn't so. We stay until 8:00pm every night. It is nice to visit with you while you enjoy our very local and very fresh food. As you know you must reserve by 3:00pm if you want to eat Dinner with us. That is mainly in part because we ( Sue mostly) shop every day for our food. We also get the lobster every afternoon fresh out of the local waters, caught by local lobstermen. In keeping with our ranking as an Environmental Leader we also grow our own vegetables. On the side of the building close to the dining room we have a vegetable garden. At the moment we have several kinds of lettuce, radishes, carrots, chive, herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and I know I must be missing something that we planted and didn't mark. Along with our own garden we have belonged to the local CSA. We pick up once a week at the Farm in Brunswick. It is a surprise to what we may get every week so being creative is something I am challenged with. If you are here on a Saturday I urge you to visit the Farmers Market at Crystal Springs Farm. Not only are there some fabulous food items and crafts they usually have music as well. Brunswick also has a Farmers Market on Tuesday and Thursdays Downtown on the Green Space. With all this Fresh Food how can you not be enticed! Not to mention our homemade desserts, like the rhubarb item that I just finished making with rhubarb from our garden of course.

The pool is open for the Season and the heat is on. We have been real busy this week, No Vacancy all week.  Victoria is doing magic out there in the gardens the Iris' are blooming and look amazing. One of the Poppy's just "popped" out today.

Terrence gets out of School tomorrow so it looks like my Summer has just started as well. I better start looking for some projects.

Blessings,

Alicia

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

End of May already?

Hi, This was taken from our dining room at sunset. The sun is setting around 8pm, and is almost setting behind Mt Washington. Still amazes me how clear we can see Mt Washington from here!
Well, we have passes the Memorial Day weekend. The weather was beautiful. Bowdoin College had their graduation.....I guess it was a bit windy and chilly that morning....people wrapped up in blankets! But it was sunny and clear.
Our gardens are spectacular this year. Apparently, they liked the ton of snow we got. Glad there was some benefit to that winter!
As always, it is so great to see so many returning guests. Makes me very happy that the Inn makes them very happy! This really is a super rewarding job. I know I have said it and said it, but we are so lucky to live on Bailey Island and have such a special place like the Log Cabin to share with so many folks.
I am reminded from time to time that I am getting older....guess we all are.....but hope to be active here for many, many more years!

Hope to see you this year, if you have not been here yet! Sue

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mothers Day



After spending 34 years working  in the Hospitality Business I think I have worked every Mothers Day. Some better than others. I worked for many years in a Convention Center where we served about 1200 people for Mothers Day lunch. After that I came to work at the Log Cabin when it was a Restaurant. Those days were so busy. The waiting line started as soon as we opened and went until we closed. I think I bought a new pair of sneakers every year just for that day. So today even though I am working and a Mother it is with great pleasure that I only had to cook lunch for 3 of us,  Roast Duck with Asian Slaw.
It is also a Beautiful Day. The fog burned off the sun is shinning and the flowers are bursting out. Victoria has done a fantastic job weeding the Gardens and Sue has already started buying plants and flowers. I can't complain quite yet about it because they had such a depressing Winter I figure she deserves it.
It has been nice starting to see the familiar faces as they check in. So many have followed our families and lives that it is nice to give them updates and find out what they have been doing all Winter. Local Business' have started to open. If you haven't tried any of our miles of Hiking Trails they are a must. The Town has many trails of all abilities which can keep you busy for days. Last Year I did the Harpswell Hiking Challenge all the trails in 2 days. It takes place again this year on June 6&7th.

Have you seen our Harpswell Room or stayed in it? If not let us give you a tour.


Blessings,

Alicia












Sunday, April 26, 2015

I am Back!!!  Wow what a Winter on Bailey Island. I am glad I missed most of it. I just got back from Florida on Friday the 24th. I can't talk to much about the Amazing Winter and above average temperatures and my tan because the people here will kill me :)  I stayed in Florida about a week longer than I normally do. I figured why not? Aimee and Matt had all the hard work done and there was still a pile of snow in my driveway.

The buds are starting to pop up at the Inn. The Forsithia is starting to bloom. We haven't seen any tulips yet but the daffodils are not far behind. Victoria has already started in the garden so I am sure this year will be just as fabulous as years past.

I am excited to report that we have 2 new King Beds in the Sunset and Casco Bay Rooms. These will be a definite bonus to the already fantastic setups. We have some very inviting new Adirondack Chairs. The Westview Room also has a new vanity in the Bathroom.
 We have a contest for anyone that stays this Spring they can put their name in a jar for every night they stay and win this fantastic basket which will be drawn on June 19th. Stay 4 nights you get 4 chances. It even includes a $50 Dinner Certificate here at the Inn.



I look forward to all my old pals that have been coming for years and look forward to meeting some new guests that will join our Big Happy Family.

Blessings,

Alicia

Monday, March 30, 2015

Opening week!

Sunset from Bailey Island.....hard to beat! We open up this Friday! Very excited after the long winter. Rooms are looking super....got a couple new beds, new pillows, one new bathroom counter. Everything is sparkly clean thanks to Matt and Aimee's work. Reservations are coming in rapidly now. Everyone must have cabin fever.
We do have lots of rooms open for April......we are dreaming up some sort of special. Will post it on Facebook soon.
I am headed to the grocery store to start on the very long opening list. Think I will do it in several trips--less overwhelming.
Can't wait to smell the fresh coffee, muffins baking.....bacon......great breakfast smells! Oh, and getting some beautiful fresh flowers for the tables!
Give us a call!
Happy spring! Sue