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COASTAL MAINE INNKEEPER’S WINTERTIME REMINISCENCES, RESOLUTIONS, RECIPES AND WRITING BLOGS – PART ONE

February 15th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Our "Old Kentucky Home", the Piatt-Fowler House, circa 1817

It’s Friday, February 11, 2011, the sun is shining, the sky is bright blue, the water is deep, dark blue, the temperature has warmed up to 14 degrees (Fahrenheit, that is) and I find myself sitting at my desk looking out at the receding snow piles that once stood 10 feet high and looked liked lookout posts for our fortress.  It’s beautiful!  But life does go at a slower pace here in the winter than where we came from (the bluegrass state) and it gives one more time to reflect …

This morning over breakfast (which by the way was Oatmeal Brule with blueberries, walnuts and bananas), Richard and I were reminiscing about where we were and what we were doing this time last year?  Now, we do have to admit that parts of last year went by in a bit of a blur, but this particular week we can recall with perfect clarity!

Moving Day! Of course, Mother Nature does not always cooperate ...

We were back in Kentucky, packing up the last of our belongings while our moving crew was simultaneously beginning to load said belongings.  Of course, Mother Nature does not always cooperate, and while this move was underway, we had some serious snow.  So serious in fact that they couldn’t get the moving truck up our old driveway to the Piatt-Fowler House and the movers had to resort to using a small rent-a-truck to shuttle loads out, but of course it didn’t stop snowing in between loads and every time, Richard and the guys had to dig the shuttle out.  We hoped it wasn’t an omen … at the end of the second day; everything was onboard except for our second car (which we had packed with everything from Richard’s paintings to the large antique family portraits).  As we stood in the cold, pitch black of night being whipped with blinding snow watching our car being crept up two narrow planks into the dark cavern of the moving van, I finally understood the expression: “my heart was in my throat”.  It all seemed so unreal, surreal and not to mention scary!

Unloading the car was a different story ... going into the truck my heart was in my throat!

The next couple of days were indeed unreal as we said good-bye to family and friends and began the 1,060 mile trek, with our beloved feline companion, Charlie Darlie, to our new home in Mid Coast Maine.

Thankfully we, our belongings and the fantastic North American Van Lines crew arrived safely in Boothbay and on Saturday, February 13th.  Richard went up to meet the truck and guide them to Hodgdon Island Inn.  He said then, and again this morning, that the sight which greeted him is one that he would never forget: 

It caused quite a commotion in Boothbay!

there was this huge moving van straddling the side of Route 27 as close as was possible to the Civil War monument right in the middle of Boothbay Common!  As you can imagine, it caused quite a commotion, especially as they made their way down Barter’s Island Road past the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (www.mainegardens.org), over the bridge and onto our tiny little island, but I’ll save that story for another day …

The perfect end to the 1,060 mile trek from the bluegrass state to the pine tree state.

New Website for Hodgdon Island Inn

June 18th, 2010 by richard-pamela-riley

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Boothbay Bed and Breakfast website for the Hodgdon Island Inn.  This site, like the previous one, was designed in WordPress by InsideOut Solutions, also our website host.  The new website offers many pages in addition to the upgraded blog and features a design that we are sure you will find attractive and easy to navigate.

Hodgdon Island Inn Open For Business!

May 25th, 2010 by richard-pamela-riley

Sullivan, Maine

Visitors from Switzerland, Brazil and the US

Kindred Spirits

Annual Mother Daughter Getaway

Princess Ellie and Court

On Saturday, May 1, 2010, Boothbay’s own Hodgdon Island Inn re-opened its doors as a coastal Maine Bed and Breakfast once again. As we hung up our virtual “Open for Business” sign the phone rang and before we knew it we had guests on our very first night! Wow! What fun! And even more fun is the fact that the phone keeps ringing, the online reservations keep coming and folks are dropping by for tours, gift certificates, etc. (To see what our guests had to say about their stays here at the Inn, please go to www.tripadvisor.com/hodgdonislandinn )
Richard and I, and Ms. Charlie, (the regal feline to whom we belong) have been very touched by the response! We feel as though we have become instant members of several families now and are looking forward to celebrating these new and wonderful friendships for many years to come. Here are some snap shots that we’re including in the Hodgdon Island Inn photo album. We hope you enjoy them.
We’d also like to say “thank you” to the staff at the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce (www.boothbayharbor.com ) for their help and support. The Chamber has proved to be an invaluable resource to us and we highly recommend that you check out their site if you’re planning a trip to the Boothbays.

We’ve launched our new (temporary) website

April 7th, 2010 by richard-pamela-riley

We are pleased to announce that our new (temporary) website has launched while InsideOut Solutions works on putting together our full website.  Please return often and watch our progress.