Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Carriage House Renovations are Complete!

And the outcome is spectacular! This suite is now truly a home away from home, with all the extras. The two person jacuzzi and luxury bath is perfect for a long relaxing bath after a day of sightseeing! And the suite still contains two rooms, one with two twin beds, and a kitchenette, making this a perfect place for a family stay, and all the luxuries that come with it. We hope you will consider this room on your next visit!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Maple Sugaring Season Is Upon Us!

A long held tradition, Maple Sugaring in Maine always takes place on the 4th Sunday of March! This years it falls on Easter, good for some who may have a long weekend or maybe even a week off! What is this traditional all about? Basically, it is the process of turning all the sap collected over the last several weeks from our Maple trees into the delicious maple syrup so popular in our region! The sap is boiled down in a sugar house to produce the syrup. More on the process can be found on Wikipedia through this link, While these events are taking place thoughout the region, we have one of the best right down the street at Maine Gold in Rockland! Events for the day include an Easter Egg Hunt, the making of maple sugar in the new sugar house, a fantastic brunch, and shopping discounts. Visit the webpage, Maine Gold Maple Sunday, for more information and to search other sugaring events that weekend! What a great family event for all to enjoy!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Going Green at the Inns... every little bit counts!

Living in Maine, where every day you are close to nature, really has made us strive to do our part to preserve the land, water, air and our planet! Like our guests, we appreciate and value nature . Here are some of the things we currently do at the Inns to play our part!

Daily trips to the recycling center with glass, boxes, paper, plastics and more. If you have items you would like us to include while you are in our company, please pass them to any employee or leave them in your rooms and we will add to our next trip!

All of our "scraps" from the kitchen are composted to the extent possible and used in our many gardens!

It seems we are always doing laundry, and for that reason, have updgraded to energy efficient, low water and soap usage washing machines. And of course environmentally friendly products!
You will find in the guest rooms, requests to hang your towels for another use and help us minimize daily laundry if you will be staying with us for several nights.

To conserve energy, lighting is kept at a minimum when possible, as is heat when we do not have guests in our company, and you will notice the use of our fireplaces and wood stove to warm your rooms and our parlors. Whenever possible, we also use low wattage, low voltage and CFC lightbulbs. In addition, many of the windows in the Blackberry Inn have been replaced with new double pain "E" glass to conserve heat.

While we are not a recognized organic grower, we do not use any pesticides or chemicals in our flower, herb or vegetable gardens and our berry patch is on stock that is over 50 years old! Many of these ingredients are used in our cooking, as are local ingredients from our neighbors, the local farm markets and other growers dedicated to the same environmental visions as us!

Changes are being made daily, and please share your suggestions while you are here as our guests, helping us do our part to conserve our planets and the beautiful resources around us!