Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bailey Island Winter

These chairs are not looking so inviting at the moment. We have had several snowstorms so far this winter. This last one was all powder, and the drifts are spectacular, especially with the sun shining on them. The colors are the thing I love about this time of year. The ocean is so blue in contrast to the snow.

Matt is home from his ski trip to Colorado. He, Danny and Josh plowed me out yesterday in the plow truck. Then Matt and Danny shovelled our porch. Josh dug his toy plow truck out from the sandbox and did his part plowing the deck. It was priceless.

They are predicting another large storm for Wednesday, but are not sure of the track yet. I am suppose to go to a seminar on marketing online. We will see if it gets cancelled.

Hope you all are surviving winter. Spring is 57 days away! We open in 68! Sue

Monday, January 17, 2011

Calm before the storm

Although it is quite cold today, as you can see the sun is bright and the wind is calm. Our forecast for tomorrow is not so nice.....snow, sleet, freezing rain. We have been lucky so far this winter with no ice.

It has been a very busy day for reservations. I have taken 6 so far....September being the popular month. We are over 50% full for September already! The rest of the season is filling up fast as well. This is quite exciting as it is still January!

The temporary bridge is coming down slowly. Cooks restaurant has been closed for a couple weeks for renovations--opening this Friday. I will go check it out. The Bailey Island store and Giant Stairs grill have stayed open all winter. It is nice to have a few places right on the island to get a meal. Of course, Maine Street Brunswick still supports dozens of places to eat as well. Lodging and restaurant sales were up over 4% in Maine from the previous year. I think the Brunswick area has contributed more than their fair share!

Hope all is well with all of you and winter is not too harsh. We open in 73 days! Sue

Friday, January 7, 2011

Bailey Island's major intersection

This sign just cracks me up! First of all, it has only been a few years since we had names for our roads on the island. They were established for 911. Although I am sure it has made the UPS guy happy. This is the only "street" sign the State decided was necessary on the island.....for the life of me I cannot figure out why. The island is only 2 miles long, and the speed limit is 30 mph. I would think you could read the signs as you were driving, without a "warning" sign from the State. And, of course, we named our "road" a lane. It is Log Cabin Lane, not Log Cabin Road. The Log Cabin is the only property on this "road". But, because we have 3 separate buildings, 911 wanted us to name it and number the buildings. So, we are 5, 7, and 9 Log Cabin Lane. But, anyhow, thanks to the State DOT for giving potential guests fair warning that the Log Cabin is coming up on the right by the oncoming curve! So, now when people ask where we are on the island we can say right after the new curve sign, instead of half mile past the bridge!

So, we open 83 days from today. Come see us! All for now, Sue