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Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay Bed and Breakfast, Most Requested Dessert Recipe

September 13th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Apple Pie Cobbler Cake

A recipe from Pamela Byrne Riley,

Innkeeper, Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine

Photographed by Richard B. Riley

 

 

Apple Pie Cobbler Cake

 Ingredients:

1/2 c butter or margarine

1 c sugar

¾ c all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

¾ c milk

3 c  Apple  filling (I make my own, but any 20 -21 ounce can of pie filling works in a pinch)

Cinnamon sugar

 

Directions:

Place butter or margarine in an 8”x8” baking pan; set in a 325-degree oven to melt.

Combine sugar, flour, salt and milk; mix well with a wire whisk.

Pour over melted butter or margarine; do not stir.

Spoon pie filling on top of batter; again, do not stir.

Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of batter and fruit.

Bake at 325 degrees for about an hour, until golden.

Serve warm or cold with whipped cream.

Makes 6-8 servings.

HODGDON ISLAND INN BED & BREAKFAST HOST SHARES SPOTLIGHT ALONGSIDE EMILY POST’S GREAT-GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER IN COASTAL LIVING MAGAZINE

June 26th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

December 2011/January 2012 Issue

In the December 2011/January 2012 issue of Coastal Living Magazine (http://coastalliving.com /), in an article titled “Full House” written by Pamela Redmond Satran, Hodgdon Island Inn Host, Pamela Byrne Riley, provides insights along with Lizzie Post as to how to make your houseguests feel right at home.  Lizzie Post is the great-great-granddaughter of etiquette guru, Emily Post, and co-author of Emily Post’s Great Get-Togethers.

A summer’s day at HII

 

Pamela and her husband, Richard (http://www.stonehouse1817.com/ ), marked the beginning of their third season as owners and innkeepers at Hodgdon Island Inn or HII, as Pamela and Richard affectionately call the nine-room bed and breakfast inn, this past May and they are enjoying every minute of it!  “Running the inn is a natural for us”, says Pamela – “we love to entertain and we love people!” The Number One rule at HII is that the minute you walk through the door you become family”.

 

Hodgdon Island Inn is located just minutes from Boothbay Harbor and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (http://mainegardens.org).  The décor reflects a casual, tasteful elegance. Its dominant views are westward looking and each room is painted to frame the magnificent Maine sunsets in pinks and blues, and to echo the shoreline hues of gold and green. In addition to enjoying the first floor common rooms, guests may relax on the porch, explore the grounds, sit by the water’s edge in a super comfy Adirondack chair, sip a glass of wine while being hypnotized by the water, or take a dip in the beautiful heated in-ground pool.

The inn’s heated in-ground pool

 

The innkeepers take a great delight in spoiling their guests.  A full gourmet breakfast is served each morning and “Dessert & Conversation” is presented each evening. Complimentary hot beverages and bottled water are available throughout the day. Extra special touches include honoring special dietary needs/preferences, fresh flowers in the rooms, an ice machine on the porch and Pamela and Richard’s assistance in planning your stay.

 

 

To check out what Hodgdon Island Inn guests have to say about their visit to the inn and their hosts, go to (http://www.tripadvisor.com/The_Hodgdon_Island_Inn ) or to make a reservation, go to http://www.boothbaybb.com/ and click on the RESERVATION/AVAILABILITY line at the top right-hand side of the inn’s homepage or call Pamela & Richard at 1.800.314.5160

HODGDON ISLAND INN B&B LODGING NEAR CABBAGE ISLAND, BOOTHBAY HARBOR, MAINE

June 23rd, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Bennie Alice arrives at Cabbage Island

Last summer, Richard and I were invited to a 60th birthday celebration for a very dear friend and neighbor.  The celebration, she told us, was to be held on CabbageIsland as she had always wanted to have a clambake for her birthday so where better to do it than on the five and a half-acre CabbageIsland inLinekinBay.

We were psyched.  It was a beautiful Saturday evening in July; our guests had all checked in; good friends were inn-sitting for us and we were about to embark on a fact-finding mission: we were about to find out for ourselves if everything we had heard about “The Cabbage Island Clambake” http://www.cabbageislandclambakes.com/clambakes.htm was true.   The experience from start to finish was amazing – from the boat ride to the dinner to the friendly and professional staff to the island itself – we understood completely why this adventure is and continues to be a favoriteBoothbayHarborattraction!

 

The boat, named the Bennie Alice, departed from Pier 6 at Fisherman’s Wharf (the boat goes out daily in the summer and twice on Saturday and Sunday).  Along with about 150 other adventurers, we gently cruised out ofBoothbayHarbor, pastSquirrelIsland, around the Burnt Island Lighthouse, gazed at Ocean Point,RamIslandand other coastline treasures until we docked about forty-five minutes later atCabbageIsland.

Enjoying the fare!

 

Once we had disembarked, we made for the picnic tables that theCabbageIslandstaff had so thoughtfully set up for our party of 12.  Drink orders were placed (FYI – they do offer full liquor service on board the Bennie Alice and onCabbageIsland) and then our meal began with a cup of deliciousNew Englandseafood chowder (generous chunks of fish and clams swimming in a lightly seasoned broth).  Shortly afterward we heard the boat horn announcing that “lobsters were ready”.  We made our way to the area designated for picking up dinner.

Yum!

Dinner was sumptuous as we worked our way through two luscious bright red lobsters, tender white steamed clams wrapped in foil, an ear of sweet golden corn on the cob, an onion, and a full size newMainepotato accompanied by plenty of drawn butter for dipping.  It was a culinary delight!  Richard and I said to each other as we picked up our artfully arranged trays that there was no way we were going to be able to eat all of that food – well guess what?  We did.  It was delicious!  And to top it all off, we were served generous slices of the famous Cabbage Island Blueberry Cake with fresh coffee.  Did I mention that it was delicious?!

 

The magic, they claim, is in the cooking process.  The Original Downeast Clambake ofBoothbayHarboris cooked in seaweed, steamed from top to bottom, and covered with tarpaulins and rocks in order to capture all the flavor and sweetness of theMainelobsters and clams.

 

Keeping up the family tradition, owner Wayne Moore and Pamela

 

Magic is a good word to use in conjunction with the Cabbage Island Clambake.  Needless to say our friend enjoyed her birthday celebration as did we and the rest of her party – none of us wanted to see the evening end. It was perfect:  good friends, delicious food, a beautiful location, and all surrounded by the sea.  AUDIBLE SIGH …

Advance reservations are suggested as the clambakes are very popular.  Be sure to get there early as reservations are held until 15 minutes prior to departure.  For reservations call 207-633-7200.

THE WINDJAMMERS ARE COMING! THE WINDJAMMERS ARE COMING!

April 10th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Come celebrate over fifty years of maritime history in Boothbay Harbor when the majestic schooners drop anchor to take part in the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce’s 51st Annual Windjammer Days Festival, June 25-26, 2013.

Stay three nights at Hodgdon Island Inn and we’ll give you 50% off the third night in honor of this special occasion. The inn, a nine room Bed & Breakfast, just minutes from the hustle bustle of Boothbay Harbor, the Boothbay Country Club & Golf Course, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the area’s fun and fine dining establishments, offers casual elegance, private bathrooms, water views, free WiFi and lots of personalized service!

A full gourmet breakfast is included every morning along with fresh homemade desserts each evening.  Complimentary hot beverages and bottled water are available throughout the day.

Hodgdon Island Inn has a heated in-ground pool (open Memorial Day through Columbus Day, weather permitting) and a secure parking lot.

Exclusions: Offer does not apply for one or two-night stays and is good only on stays from June 23 –June 30, 2013. Cannot be used with other specials or discounts and is based on double occupancy and availability. 7% Maine state lodging tax is extra. Please mention this special at the time of booking or put in the “Comments Section” when making an on-line reservation and we’ll apply the discount when we confirm your reservation. Rates subject to change.

PLANNING A WEDDING IN THE BOOTHBAY MAINE REGION – HODGDON ISLAND INN CONVENIENTLY LOCATED FOR GUESTS AND BRIDAL PARTY ALIKE!

February 9th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Bridal Party at Hodgdon Island Inn

Hodgdon Island Inn, situated just minutes from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (http://www.mainegardens.org) the churches, restaurants and resorts of Boothbay Harbor, the Boothbay Region Greenhouses, Wilson Chapel at Ocean Point, Southport and/or Squirrel Island, is conveniently located, easy to get to and offers secure on-site parking.

Bridal Party enroute to Wilson Chapel at Ocean Point

The inn’s nine contemporary-traditionally decorated rooms with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning comfort, in-room refrigerators and water views provide the perfect home-away-from-home for you and/or your guests.

Wedding guests headed to Isle of Springs

“The 30’ long Loft, Room Number 9, is a favorite for our bridal couples” says innkeeper, Pamela Byrne Riley. “It has its own entrance, a super comfortable king bed, a sitting area, a large bathroom complete with a whirlpool tub (outfitted of course with candles and plenty of bubble bath) and outstanding views.”  It also has cable TV, a refrigerator and an electric fireplace for cuddling in front of during stays in the cooler seasons.

 

So whether you are:  1) looking for luxury accommodations for you and your new spouse to hole up in before, during and after your big day; 2) looking for the “perfect Maine getaway” to house family, friends, bridal party members or guests; and/or 3) looking for the picture-perfect spot for a small, intimate, casual wedding, Hodgdon Island Inn is the Maine destination for you and the innkeepers, Pamela & Richard, promise to love, pamper and spoil you and your guests from beginning to end.

Deb & Josh loved the Loft!

 

Megan & Matt married at Hodgdon Island Inn

Hodgdon Island Inn is located about an hour northeast of Portland; an hour south of Camden or three hours from Boston or Bar Harbor.  If coming by air:  fly into Portland International Jet Port; rent a car, call for a limousine service or make arrangements to be met by a Boothbay Harbor Region taxi.  Private planes may fly into Wiscasset Airport; rental cars and taxi services are available. If coming by car from points south follow I-295 to Brunswick.  Take Exit 28 or Exit 31 to Route 1 North.  Follow Route 1 through Wiscasset.  Just across the river bear right onto Route 27 out of Edgecomb south to Boothbay.  After 9.3 miles, bear right at the Boothbay Civil War monument, across from the town common. Go straight at the stop sign.  After a quarter mile, bear right onto Barters Island Road.

Tom & Sarah married at the Gardens

The Inn is about 1.2 miles down the road (you will go past the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, down a hill and cross over a bridge) and our driveway will be on your left just before the Trevett Draw Bridge, General Store and Post Office.

 

To find out how to rent the entire inn, or get a group rate, contact Pamela & Richard via e-mail at stay@boothbaybb.com or call them at 1-800-314-5160. Hodgdon Island Inn is open from March through November.

 

Beautiful bridesmaids

HOTTEST TRENDS IN HOT TEA, TEA ROOMS, TEA DRINKERS, JANE AUSTEN AND P. D. JAMES’S NEW BRITISH MURDER MYSTERY ALL BLEND TOGETHER AT COASTAL MAINE B&B BOOTHBAY MAINE

January 28th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Surrounded by cookbooks, magazines, and my dog-eared notebooks, my head is swimming with the possibilities

Today here at Hodgdon Island Inn, it is a stay-inside-and-drink-plenty-of-warm-beverages kind of day so I am using it to do some more research on one of my very favorite subjects:  recipe development!  As I sit here sipping a cup of Red Rooibos tea infused with blackcurrant extract I am in seventh heaven.  Surrounded by cookbooks, magazines, and my dog-eared notebooks, my head is swimming with the possibilities for new breakfast starters, entrees and desserts.  Just think poor Richard will have to suffer through yet another round of “taste testing”.

In between reading up on the latest cooking trends, healthy ingredients, the importance of shopping locally and thinking about which recipe(s) we will try this week, I have been riveted to P.D. James’s new mystery novel, Death Comes to Pemberly.  It is every bit an exciting sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice as it is one of James’s very British murder mysteries (I keep waiting for Commander Adam Dalgliesh to appear)!

But I digress … I digress because I came across an interesting fact on the Internet today – January is National Hot Tea Month – which caused my mind to begin to wander and connect the dots between my delicious cup of Red Rooibos tea (infused with blackcurrant extract – yum) with the cure-all cup of tea in Regency England with what the so-called hottest trend in hot teas is at the moment.

January is National Hot Tea Month

According to the experts, this year’s hottest trend is “flowering teas”.  It is amazing to watch as hand-sewn sachets of tea and dried flowers bloom!  If you have a few seconds to spare, check out this video link:   http://www.whas11.com/video/yahoo-video/January-is-National-Tea-Month-13 and once you get there you may have to type in “January is National Hot Tea Month” in the video search section …

Now we know there are wonderful coffee shops and bookshop/cafes around the Boothbay Harbor Region where we have the occasional fresh-brewed cup of coffee and the calorie-busting frappucino, but I have to admit, under normal circumstances, to being a dyed-in-the-wool tea drinker.  In fact, legend has it, that my mother (being fromIreland), used to put milk with tea in my baby bottle.  And I am afraid I am not just a tea drinker, but I am a discerning tea drinker which means that I require water that is at a rolling boil, the appropriate steeping time, coffee-free vessels, and whenever possible, china cups or mugs.

So Richard and I have set out in search of local tea purveyors and found a gem right here in Boothbay:  McNab’s Tea Room up the road from the inn off Back River Road.  http://www.mcnabsteatoom.com/

Well, I’m off to put the kettle on and make dinner.  A possible new breakfast entrée is on taps for tonight:  baked eggs in bread bowls with Panko-crusted baked tomatoes.  I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out – you know if it is thumbs up or thumbs down from Richard.  Be sure to stay tuned … :-)

SNOW DAY AT HODGDON ISLAND INN BED AND BREAKFAST NEAR BOOTHBAY HARBOR, MAINE

January 19th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Snow Day at Hodgdon Island Inn

In nearby Boothbay Harbor today it is 28 degrees Fahrenheit, the humidity is at 92%, the winds are from the north at 5mph and it’s snowing!  Here at Hodgdon Island Inn I am sitting at my desk looking out at a landscape which only can be described in terms of not black and white, but grey and white.

A multitude of grey for that matter!  As I look westward across the Inn’s circular driveway I can just barely discern the water at the end of the yard.  It looks like molten pewter, the sky overhead looks like a soft dove grey, the trunks of the horse chestnut trees are the color of ashes and the boughs of the giant pines standing watch over the north corner of the yard appear to be a dark brownish grey.

The water looks like molten pewter beneath a soft dove grey sky

The seagulls that can normally be seen perching on the rooflines of both the Trevett General Store and the Mill Cove Lobster Pond across the street are almost invisible as their grey and white feathers blend perfectly into the background. Of course all of these surfaces are being covered with lots of very wet and very white snowflakes.  In short, it’s beautiful!

It is so nice to be at home sitting at my desk.  Richard and I (and Charlie) have just returned from our annual sojourn south to celebrate the holidays with family and friends back in Kentucky.  We hope your holiday season was as joyous as was ours.  It is always nice to catch up on the “gossip”, overeat, visit the old haunts and in short, make wonderful new memories, but it is always good to come home.  And home it is here at Hodgdon Island Inn!  Last night’s run to Hannaford’s in Boothbay proves it:  we ran into someone we know at the grocery store! :-)

FOR HODGDON ISLAND INN ALUMNI ONLY

December 18th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

All Hodgdon Island Inn Alumni from 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons qualify for the HII Alumni discount of 15% on all 2013 stays of two or more nights.

Offer is good through the 2013 Season; cannot be used with other specials or discounts;  and is based on double occupancy and availability.  7% Maine state lodging tax is extra.  Rates subject to change.  Please mention being an “2010, 2011 or 2012 HII Alum” at the time of booking or put in the “Comments Section” when making an on-line reservation.  Rates subject to change.

Be sure to tell your friends to ask about the HII Referral Program … we have a little something for them too!

2011 Season Comes to an end at Hodgdon Island Inn Bed and Breakfast near East Boothbay, Maine.

December 12th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Heavy Frost at Hodgdon Island Inn

Today in Boothbay the sun is shining, the sky is bright blue and currently the temperature is about 34 degrees.  High tide was around 11AM
this morning and as always, the water was beautiful – a bright, glistening deep dark blue.   As I sit here at my desk and look out, I see the shadow of one of our resident bald eagles as he (or she) completes the daily fly-by (I am always amazed by how very big they are) enroute to its nesting place on Barter’s Island. 

Looking out at the Sheepscot - the water is a deep, dark blue

The gulls are hunkered down on the ridgeline of the roof across the street at the Trevett Store.  And Mrs. Roberts, our neighbor and Hodgdon descendant, is coming back from one of her
walks with her dog, Foxie.  Inside, there is fresh coffee brewing (maple flavored) and loaves of homemade applesauce bread baking providing that perfectly delicious Holiday scent of coffee, maple syrup, cloves and cinnamon.  Can’t you just smell it?!  As I begin to gather my
thoughts in preparation for this BLOG I find it hard to believe that it is
December already and that Richard and I have closed our second season as innkeepers here at our beloved Hodgdon Island Inn!  2011 was the perfect illustration of the saying “time flies when you’re having fun!”
OMG!  How very true that is!  What a season!  What a year!  And most importantly, what fun!

We had guests from all around the world and all around the country.
Each and every one of our guests is special and unique in his or her
way.  The guests were Hodgdon Island Inn alumni, boaters, artists, authors, brides & grooms, scholars, teachers & professors, moms & dads, mothers and daughters, husbands & wives, doctors & lawyers, kayakers, cyclists, veterans, girlfriends shopping ‘til they dropped and those in need of respite and solitude.  We had visitors from as far away as Swaziland, Japan and Denmark and as close as Maine, Massachusetts and New
Hampshire. 

Fourth of July Wedding at the Inn

The Inn was the perfect setting for a beautiful family wedding here on the Fourth of July as well as numerous milestone birthday and anniversary celebrations throughout the season and an artists’ retreat in the fall.

How cool is this?!  Richard and I still find it hard to believe that we get to live in this very special place on the mid-coast of Maine and that we have the added bonus of crossing paths with so many special people!  We look forward to welcoming you to our tiny little island here in Boothbay,  Maine in 2012.

Artists from Ten Pound Studio, Gloucester, MA

Normally, Hodgdon Island Inn would be open year round, but we ask your indulgence as we need to make a few minor upgrades to several of the rooms. To do this with as little inconvenience to our guests, we will be closed from December to March.  Reservations can be made anytime online at www.boothbaybb.com or should you have a question for us, please leave a message on the voicemail at 1-800-314-5160 and we’ll get back to you.

Don’t forget to check the website www.boothbaybb.com for specials,
recipes, Hodgdon Island Inn Alumni discounts and more …

 

Events Calendar

June 15th, 2010 by richard-pamela-riley

Below we’ve listed some of the top area events however there are many, many more, from festivals to fairs, music events, car shows, and more. Please visit www.visitmaine.com; www.mainetourism.com; www.gotravelmaine.com or www.boothbayharbor.com for a full list of all events in the region.

 

MARCH

 

23        Mid-Coast Model Festival, Owls Head Transportation Museum (through March 24)

24        Maine Maple Syrup Sunday, Statewide

 

APRIL

 

13        Maine Photography Show, Boothbay Region Art Foundation (through May 3)

26        Fisherman’s Festival & Blessing of the Fleet, Boothbay Harbor (through April 28)

 

MAY

19      Tea & Tulips, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay (Mother’s Day weekend)

25        Maine Days, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Free Admission for all Maine residents through May 27)

25        Owls Head Spring Antique Auto & Aeroplane Show (through May 26)

 

JUNE

 

01        “2nd Annual Hop Swap Days in the Boothbays”, Boothbay Harbor Region

02        12th Annual Women’s Ride, Freeport

08        1st Annual Owls Head Horse Power Power Vehicle Auction & Show (through June 9)

09        40th  Annual Old Port Festival, Portland

14        7th Annual Maine Blues Festival, Naples (Father’s Day weekend)

22        Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brunswick (through August 3)

25        51st Annual Windjammer Days Festival, Boothbay Harbor (through June 26)

27        The Boothbay Playhouse:  SPAMALOT (though July 13)

 

JULY

 

03        40th Anniversary Heritage Days, Bath (through July 7)

04        Old fashioned Fourth of July fun, fireworks and celebrations, Boothbay Harbor

04        Reading of the Declaration of Independence, 2PM, Colonial Pemaquid, Bristol

12        Camden Maine Windjammer Parade of Sail, Rockland Breakwater

13        Camden Open Schooner Tours, North End Shipyard and Windjammer Wharf, 4PM

13        North Atlantic Blues Festival, Rockland (through July 14)

19        Celtic Celebration, Belfast (through July 21)

19        50th  Annual Clam Festival, Yarmouth (through July 21)

21        12th Annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll, Rockland (Please note this will be the first time for the ride to be on a Sunday)

25        The Boothbay Playhouse:  ONCE ON THIS ISLAND  (through August 10)

31        66th Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland (through August 4)

 

AUGUST

 

August Open Boatyard Days, Statewide

05        Camden Music festival

12        Olde Bristol Days, Bristol

16        34th Annual Highland Games, Topsham Fairgrounds, Thomas Point Beach (through August 18)

17        36th Annual New England Auto Auction, Owl’s Head

30        Camden Windjammer festival (through September 1)

31        Owls Head Vintage Motorcycle Meet

 

SEPTEMBER

 

14        Open Lighthouse Day, Statewide

2nd Annual Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce Claw Down

30        Pemaquid Oyster Festival, Damariscotta

 

OCTOBER

 

05        Pumpkin Fest and Regatta, Damariscotta (through October 14)

12        Fall Foliage Festival, Boothbay Railway Village, Boothbay (through October 13)

26        Owls Head Great Fall Auction & Flea Market (through October 27)

 

DECEMBER

 

26th Annual Harbor Lights Festival, Boothbay Harbor