Thursday, March 25, 2010

Final week til our 30th season!

So, we are on our last week to finish up "tasks" before we you can see, Aimee has set up the dining room, and gift shop, and is finishing the ladies and mens rooms. Matt has installed a new vanity in the York room, all sorts of other plumbing issues....(he hates plumbing).....installed some new flooring, a new cooktop in the kitchen, etc. etc. etc. It goes on and on. Oh, and Matt bought a couple new tvs too.

I have been busily taking reservations and doing confirmations. We are off to a good start even before we open. This week we order our food, soda, beer and wine. I went to the New England Gift Show a week ago, and I am pondering what new items to purchase for the gift shop.

Oh, and I have been busy figuring out our "30th Year Anniversary Party". It will be April 10th from 2-5 and all are welcome. We will have a local jazz group playing, some food and drink, and hope to see many of you! We have 3 rooms left if you would like to spend the night. But, if not, please drop in and help us celebrate. We are so very excited about the 30th year, and so very grateful to all that have helped us make it to 30 years.

Many Thanks to All who have contributed to our 30 year success, Sue

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Finishing touches

So, we are winding down with our "renovation" are a couple shots of new chairs in the Sunset room (they look out a picture window at the ocean).....and the York sitting room (Aimee rearranged and got a new rug and chair). It is fitting that Aimee redid the York room, as her and Matt's last name is York (we named the room for Matt and his brother). And, a picture of the crocus in front of the Casco Bay room. There are yellow ones in bloom in a different garden also.

I could have taken a picture of the "new" ladies and mens rooms--but Matt thought that was silly. It really is quite exciting, as the last time we re-did those was the first year of the Inn. I say "we", but Aimee painted and wallpapered 15 years ago, and she did them this year too! I do like to take credit for other peoples work!

Our "garden angels", Wanda and Inez have been hard at work too. I just cannot believe it is still winter, and the plants are growing. There have been years in the past that we are chipping ice off the walkways before we open. Of course, there is a possibility of a winter storm this year too.....No, that won't happen!

I am still busy with reservations and phone calls. I am also working on our 30th celebration on April 10th. Where did the years go?

All for now, Sue

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Three bridges to Bailey Island

Many people ask if they have to take a ferry to Bailey Island. The answer is no. Here are three shots taken today from the three bridges that lead to Bailey Island. The first is from the Bailey Island bridge, the second from the Orr's Island bridge, and the last from the Great Island bridge. We are located 13 miles from Cooks Corner in Brunswick, Maine. The drive is very beautiful with many, many scenic spots.

The weather has been spectacular this week, sunny and warm. We have no snow at all. Actually, the magnolia is budding, tulips are up a couple inches, perennials are starting to grow. I would say the gardens will be early this year. For those of you who have been to the Log Cabin, you know we love our gardens!

Some very good news for Maine Street Brunswick was in last nights paper. The very large space vacated by Grand City has been purchased, with plans to put shops in it and hopefully reopen the restaurant. This will be wonderful. Downtown Brunswick is a very pleasant town....many restaurants, art galleries and shops.

Yesterday the people of Harpswell voted to keep both elementary schools open. There has been a lot of controversy over this vote, and the vote was close. Over 1700 people voted. So, for at least one more year, we will have two elementary schools in our town.

We open in 23 days. The Inn is looking very happy with all of Matt and Aimees hard work. Remember, we are having a 30 year celebration on April 10th from 2-5 pm, with music and food. Hope you all will stop in to help us celebrate!

Til next time, Sue

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Really Bad Storm

Countdown to opening day

Well, 29 days until we open. Here is a picture of Aimee, my daughter-in-law who I have written about for those of you who have not met her (and her dog Daisy). I have also told this story a thousand, if you have heard it, stop reading.

15 years ago, Matt, Aimee and I were working when the Log Cabin was just a restaurant. I was cooking, Aimee was waitressing, and Matt was bartending. It was a very busy night and we were all tired. As Aimee left the kitchen with a tray on her shoulder she looked back at me and said "I don't know if I can keep this up". I looked at her, dumbfounded, wondering why would she say that.....she is 20 years younger than I am!

I have also said this a thousand times.....Aimee is smarter, prettier, and more ambitious than I am. Smarter is the operative word here. I had done restaurant work since I was 13, and was not smart enough to think I should do something else!!!! Those words that Aimee said that night was the best thing that ever happened to the Log Cabin. I did not want to run the place without my family. Thus, we transformed the restaurant into an Inn. And, we all love it.

So, thank you Aimee....for being so much smarter than your old mother-in law!

Til next time, Sue

Monday, March 1, 2010

Happy March!

Happy first day of March everyone! I love this month, as we open either the last weekend of March or first weekend in April--the first of April this year. We are going into the 15th year as an Inn and the 30th year of the Log Cabin. Very exciting. I am still having problems with my computer, and cannot upload pictures for some reason. (Maybe Alicia will do it again from Florida). Anyhow, it has been very stormy here. We had a huge wind and rain storm last week. We lost power from Thursday to Sunday. So, if you called the Inn and did not get an answer, that is why. We are back up and running now. I took advantage of the storm, and my new Flip camera and took a video of the area. I would insert the link here if I could.......Anyhow, if you go to You Tube and type "Really bad weathah" in the search you can see it. It is very windy today as well. No snow though..... I hope all is well with all of you, and look forward to seeing everyone this season! All for now, Sue