Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Come Sail Away

No one forgets the experience of their first schooner ride, and for most that memory keeps them coming back for more.  As summer winds to a close, our schooners plan to let loose the lines and ease out the sails.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Clubs, Chowders, and Crab Fried Rice

Semolina dredged, sautéed calamari and fresh pasta, garlic, red pepper flakes, fresh oregano and marinara.  Spicy stir-fried with thai basils, organic greens, mushrooms, and pork.  Thick slices of toasted white bread containing 1 and 1/4 pounds of lobster, bacon, lettuce, and tomato.  Hungry yet? 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Blueberry Time is Back

Mid- July marked the beginning of blueberry season here in Camden.  For those of you who don’t know - Maine wild blueberries are very different from those you find in most supermarkets.  They are smaller, darker, and sweeter. PLUS they capture the sweet tooth of both visitors and locals in the summer.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coast of Maine Brings the Blues

The past weekend swarms of music enthusiasts flocked to coastal  Maine.  The reason was not a big name concert or one of the many eccentric teen-congested music festivals of the summer.  Instead the cause was a impressive yet welcoming gathering on the public landing near the harbor of small town Rockland, Maine. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Making Your Mark In Maine

When most people hear ‘Maine’ three key words immediately come to mind: lobster, moose, and mountains.  One of the top items on every visitor’s to-do list is a hike, so as a local innkeeper, I better have a good recommendation.  Over the past seventeen years I have explored almost every trail in the Camden state park, and all of them have distinct characteristics that make them unique and enjoyably variable.  Maiden’s Cliff provides an impressive overlook of Megunticook lake with a view of the ocean and surrounding mountains in the background.  Mt. Battie has the distinction of being one of the only spots on the east coast where the mountains meet the sea.  The ambitious Mt. Megunticook trail takes you along the ridge top and to the peak of our state park. However despite the differences in terrain, difficulty level, length, and scenery, all of our trails have one thing in common.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Magic of Monhegan Island

Exit the ferry and take a look around.  You've traveled an hour from the mainland to reach your destination: the captivating Monhegan Island.  You step off of the dock and survey your surroundings.  The large, elegant hotel to your right crowning a flowered slope does not match the image you had in mind.  It is beautiful and you are sure very hospitable, but where are the rustic cottages of the nearly cloistered community here.  Be patient. Walk to the top of the hill and then you will be rewarded with what you came here to see.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Maine's Free-spirited Bloom

 As we celebrated the Summer Solstice today, I was sure to check off all of the traditional summer “firsts” from my to-do-list.  I began with a brisk swim in one of our countless local lakes. Next I caught our first fish of the season off of our own dock! FINALLY I had to go for a short bike ride past the quaint harbor houses and into the surrounding hills to appreciate the lupines.  Lupines are Maine’s informal state flower and for the next few weeks they decorate the borders of every road in Camden!! These beautiful wild flowers sport tall columns of lush purple blossoms of every different shade.  I’ve travelled a lot around this country and lived on both the east coast AND the west, but I have NEVER come across a more appealing bloom than the Lupine!!