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BOOTHBAY HODGDON ISLAND INN UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP AND FORMER INNKEEPERS PAMELA AND RICHARD RILEY BID FAREWELL

April 22nd, 2014 by richard-pamela-riley

Spring photo by Richard B. RileySince we last communicated spring arrived, Easter came and went, we had a spectacular lunar eclipse and we did indeed sell Hodgdon Island Inn – we have packed up and moved out of the Boothbay Region. Richard and I feel that we have been very lucky through all of these events. The packers came to finish getting us ready to move out on the first day of spring which of course was a very rainy day! And I do mean rainy – it just sheeted! They did a great job and we were all holding our collective breath that the rain would stop for our actual move the following day. It did. It was chilly and windy, but the sun was out and the sky was blue.

Three industrious young men photo by Richard b. RileyThree very industrious young men made short work of getting our belongings packed into crates and loading them onto an eighteen wheeler to take them to a storage facility in Portland, Maine. Richard and I spent the next two days packing those personal belongings that one just has to pack oneself and tidying the inn. Sunday evening we bid our final farewell to HII and headed north to Camden where we have rented a furnished condominium for the next couple of months.

HII Packing Crates photo by Richard B. Riley

It is a lovely place and we couldn’t be more pleased! We are staying in what’s known as the Bean House (as in shipbuilding, not boot making) and it is directly across the street from the library and the waterfalls in downtown Camden. Once the weather breaks Richard and I are looking forward to exploring all around the Rockland-Rockport-Camden area. Camden Harbor at rest by Richard B. Riley

The search for our new B&B inn in Maine continues and has taken us Down East to Bar Harbor; mid-coast to Belfast, Lincolnville, Camden and Rockland and further south to Bath and Freeport.  It has been fun to look and learn more about other coastal communities in Maine.  Now we’re off to checkout out of state properties.

We’ll keep you posted …

HODGDON ISLAND INN INNKEEPER SHARES FAVORITE FAT TUESDAY RECIPE

March 5th, 2014 by richard-pamela-riley

CARAMEL CAKE PANCAKES

Caramel Cake Pancakes with Caramel Sauce

Caramel Cake Pancakes with Caramel Sauce

Makes about 15 pancakes

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups self-rising flour

½ cup sugar

1 cup milk

2 large eggs

3 TBS butter, melted

2 tsp vanilla extract

Caramel Syrup

Whisk together first 2 ingredients in large bowl.  Whisk together milk and 3 ingredients in another bowl.  Gradually stir milk mixture into flour mixture just until dry ingredients are moistened. (For tender pancakes, don’t over mix the batter; it should be lumpy)

Heat griddle to 350 degrees.

Pour about ¼ cup batter for each pancake onto hot buttered griddle or large nonstick skillet.  Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look dry.  Turn and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until done.  Place in single layer on a baking sheet, and keep warm in a 200 degree oven up to 30 minutes.

Caramel Syrup:

Melt ½ cup butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat; add 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp fresh lemon juice, and cook, stirring constantly, 5 to 6 minutes or until mixture turns a caramel color.  Gradually add ¾ cup whipping cream and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth.  Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week.  Makes 1¾ cups.  To reheat:  microwave in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 10 to 15 seconds or just until warm; stir until smooth.

December 2012, Southern Living Volume 47.

HODGDON ISLAND INN BOOTHBAY HARBOR REGION WILL BE CLOSED FOR 2014 SEASON

March 5th, 2014 by richard-pamela-riley

The rumors are true ... HII has been sold!

The rumors are true … HII has been sold!

 The rumors are true – Richard and I have sold the inn and we will be vacating the premises as of March 24, 2014.  The new owners will NOT be open for the 2014 Season and beyond that, at the moment, no one can say. 

We have been asked for referrals so here are just a few:

Five Gables Inn http://www.fivegablesinn.com   (it is equal distance out of Boothbay Harbor like we are only over in East Boothbay)
The Inns at Greenleaf
http://www.greenleafinn.com (they are in town, but have nice views and are within walking distance to all the shops, restaurants, etc.)
Topside Inn
http://www.topsideinn.com (the kingpin of inns in the harbor – up on the hill overlooking the harbor, but within walking distance to the town – great water views)
or The Newcastle Inn
http://www.newcastleinn.com (on River Road halfway between Boothbay and Damariscotta – the best of both areas). 

Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor

We do hope this helps.  Again, we thank you for your interest in Hodgdon Island Inn!  Richard and I are sorry not to have been here to be able to welcome you, but hope you have a wonderful stay in the region. 

To find out more about the Boothbay Harbor Region, or seek additional referrals, please check out the Boothbay Harbor Region’s Chamber of Commerce’s website at http://www.boothbayharbor.com

BOOTHBAY HODGDON ISLAND INN COUNTDOWN TO CLOSING, EASTER AND CARAMEL CAKE PANCAKES

March 5th, 2014 by richard-pamela-riley

Hodgdon Island Inn under new ownership and closed for 2014 season

Hodgdon Island Inn under new ownership and closed for 2014 season

 As many of you know, Richard and I have sold the inn and as of March 24, 2014, we will be as our friends like to say “homeless and unemployed”.  :-)

It is truly an exciting, scary and fun time even though craziness abounds!  Days are whizzing by and important dates are fast approaching:  Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Easter and last, but definitely not least, Hodgdon Island Inn Closing.

In the midst of it all, we are researching and viewing properties not only here in Maine, but “down south” as well; we are sorting and packing (as evidenced by the ever-growing wall of boxes); developing a business plan for our next adventure and we are saying “thank you” to friends, neighbors, guests and business associates – all of whom we have become very attached to!

Tomorrow we will be viewing a property for the second time (HII Alumni clue:  the town is crossed by US Route 1 and state routes 52 and 105.  It borders the towns of Rockport to the south, Hope to the southwest, and Lincolnville to the north). 

Tomorrow is also Ash Wednesday.  Having been raised by Catholics and Anglicans, I was taught that Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar (directly following Shrove Tuesday).  Ash Wednesday occurs 46 days before Easter and as it is a moveable feast it can fall as early as February 4 and as late as March 10.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. Of the 46 days until Easter, six are Sundays. As a child, this fact was very important because as the Christian Sabbath, Sundays, are not included in the fasting period and are instead “feast” days during Lent.  Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a celebration and reminder of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. (The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday.)  The imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday has been historically observed by Anglican, Catholic, and Lutheran Christians. It has also become a standard practice in the Methodist Church.

So where am I going with all of this you ask?  Well, if tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, then that means today is Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, or in our house it is known as Pancake Tuesday, and that means pancakes for supper!  Yum!  Because as we all know, pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. (The liturgical fasting emphasized eating plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure: in many cultures, this means no meat, dairy products, or eggs).

Caramel Cake Pancakes with Caramel Sauce

Caramel Cake Pancakes with Caramel Sauce

Tonight it’s Caramel Cake Pancakes with Caramel Syrup here at Hodgdon Island Inn and tomorrow it’s Fish & Chips at the King Eider Pub in Damariscotta.  Be sure to check the Hodgdon Island Inn Blog for the recipe  http://www.boothbaybb.com/blog

HODGDON ISLAND INN BOOTHBAY MAINE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

February 14th, 2014 by richard-pamela-riley

Snow blankets Hodgdon Island

Snow blankets Hodgdon Island

A very short time ago while in the midst of preparing to open for our fifth season here at Hodgdon Island Inn (HII), Richard and I received a call out of the blue asking if we would be interested in selling the inn.  Of course it took us by surprise and since we had no thought of doing so, politely turned it down.  The prospective buyer, however, was very persistent, not to mention generous, and in the end made us an offer that we could not refuse.   So on March 24, 2014 we will bid good-bye to our beloved HII and undertake the next phase of this wonderful adventure we’re on!  Richard and I are very grateful to all of you who helped to not only make our time here so much fun, but so successful as well.

We are sorry to say that the new owner has decided not to operate HII this coming season.

Should you be interested in where we end up in our search for a new B&B, we will be keeping the Hodgdon Island Inn BLOG updated as to what we’re doing on our adventure. http://www.boothbaybb.com/blog

Thank you for your friendship, your business and the opportunity to serve you.  We sincerely hope our paths cross again.

BOOTHBAY HODGDON ISLAND INN BED & BREAKFAST WINDS DOWN 2013 SEASON

November 16th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Fall is waning at Hodgdon Island Inn

Fall is waning at Hodgdon Island Inn

Fall is waning and the 2013 season in the Boothbay Harbor Region is winding down.

The days are shorter.  The trees are dropping their bright red, pink and orange leaves.   The heavy morning dew on the grass is giving way to frost.  “Closed for Season” signs have appeared overnight.  Favorite summertime haunts are being boarded up for another year.  Boats are being brought in and “shrink-wrapped” for winter storage.  And the only traffic jams now are those caused by road construction projects, Friday night sporting events and swing bridges at high tide.

Here at Hodgdon Island Inn we are enjoying the fall season and continue to welcome guests from all over the U.S. and around the world.  Breakfasts and desserts are good excuses to celebrate the season as we serve our signature French toast stuffed with apples and Brie or our apple cheddar omelets – not to mention our guests most favorite dessert for our fourth season now:  Pamela’s apple pie cobbler cake with whipped cream (optional of course).  :-)

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As we prepare to wind things down here at HII, Richard and I would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG “thank you” to all of our guests and to our seasonal staff:  Danielle, Felicia, Matt and Rob without whom Hodgdon Island Inn’s rooms would not be so sparkling clean and our yard would not be so lovely!  We not only appreciate their hard work and dedication to HII, but we love their smiles and the joy they bring to the job!

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The inn will be open until the eighteenth of November when we too will hang up our “Closed for Season” sign, but until then there are plenty of people to meet, places to see, lobster to eat and adventures to enjoy!

Hodgdon Island Inn will re-open March 1, 2014, but reservations for next year can be made at any time on our secure website at http://www.boothbaybb.com or by calling us at 1-800-314-5160.

HODGDON ISLAND INN BED AND BREAKFAST, NEAR BOOTHBAY HARBOR, HEADQUARTERS FOR FALL COLORS, LUSCIOUS LOBSTER AND FUN THINGS TO DO IN OCTOBER

October 4th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Early Fall at HII

Fall at HII

Hodgdon Island Inn is a nine-room bed & breakfast located on the quiet side of Boothbay Harbor on Hodgdon Island (no boat needed) in the town of Boothbay.  J Surrounded by water on two sides, the inn is the perfect place to escape to for a little R&R.  It is the closest B&B to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and within walking distance of two nature preserves.  Restaurants and shops are only 15 minutes away and Hodgdon Island Inn is a good home base for adventures along the mid coast of Maine.

October 5-14 … Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta, Damariscotta … join the fun for all things pumpkin:  pumpkin parade, pumpkin regatta, pumpkin derby, pumpkin pie eating contest, giant pumpkins, pumpkin artists at work and pumpkin train rides.  Go to http://www.damariscottapumpkinfest.com/ for more information and schedules.

October 5-27 … LL Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Courses, Freeport … try a new outdoor activity – no experience necessary – sign up for an introduction to Fly Casting, Kayaking, Sporting Clays or Archery.  Go to http://www.llbean.com

October 6, 13, 20 & 27 … For a bird’s eye view of the fall colors in mid coast Maine head to the Camden Snow Bowl.  The Snow Bowl offers chairlift rides every Sunday in October from 9AM to 4PM.  Cost is $5 for a single ride or $15 for the whole day.  Located at 20 Barnestown Road, Camden or go to http://www.camdensnowbowl.com

A perfect fall Day

A perfect fall Day

October 5 & 6 … Owl’s Head Transportation Museum, 117 Museum Street, Owl’s Head, Maine – Foreign Auto Festival to feature new Jaguar F-Type, 1930 Bentley Speed Six, 1955 Jaguar XK140, Down East Porsche Club, Mid Maine Sports Car Club and more … open 9AM – 3PM.  For more information go to http://www.ohtm.org

October 12, 2013-March, 2014 … Travel down the yellow brick road and view the world’s largest Collection of Wizard of Oz merchandise at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland.  The Farnsworth specializes in 20th century American art.  For more information about the Wizard of Oz Collection or the museum’s permanent collection go to http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org

October 12-13 … Wander through the Fall Foliage Craft Fair, Boothbay Railway Village and enjoy not only the fall colors in an historic setting, but good food, superb crafts and great entertainment as well.  The museum has one of the finest exhibits of classic, vintage and antique automobiles in New England coupled with historic village displays and an operating live steam narrow gauge train.  For more information go to http://www.railwayvillage.org

October 24, 25, 26 & 27 … The DaPonte String Quartet (DSQ) has been – and continues to be – sought after to perform and teach string chamber music all over the United States and around the world.  The DSQ is proud to call Maine home and is now in its 21st season.  For the complete October schedule and more information about the DSQ go to http://www.daponte.org   Tickets are $20 per person.View shared post

October 23 -26 … Harvest on the Harbor, Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland is Maine’s Premier Food & Wine Festival.  This year’s event promises to bring even more of what Maine is renowned for – delectably delicious culinary creations from Maine’s top chefs and producers who take pride in presenting products that are locally grown and responsibly harvested.  For more information go to http://www.harvestontheharbor.com/

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

To check out our fall specials or to make a reservation at the inn, go to http://www.boothbaybb.com/ or call 1-800-314-5160.

HODGDON ISLAND INN BED AND BREAKFAST NEAR BOOTHBAY HARBOR OPEN FOR MAINE’S FOLIAGE SEASON – REPORTS SUGGEST THIS YEAR’S SEASON ON TAP TO BE ONE OF THE BEST EVER

September 22nd, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

The  official start of the fall foliage season began last week here in Maine. The
2013 Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports that the northernmost part of the state is experiencing subtle color changes of less than 30% with very low leaf drop at less than 10%.  However, the state anticipates an outstanding foliage season according to the  Maine Forest Service.

An explosion of color!

An explosion of color!

“The native maples, particularly the red and sugar maples, which are
considered to provide the great backdrop of seasonal color, have vigorous,
healthy foliage with no notable problems. Given our moderate summer weather,
and allowing for this trend into the fall, I expect an outstanding vibrant
show, overall,” said Bill Ostrofsky, forest pathologist for the Maine
Forest Service.

Maine Forest Service rangers and state park rangers in Aroostook County and
northern Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties are reporting subtle changes in the
foliage with peak conditions still weeks away.

As overnight temperatures drop into the 40s and daylight decreases, rangers
expect a gradual change in leaf color from north to south culminating in peak
conditions in late October.

For continuous weekly updates every Wednesday through October 16th, visit the
state’s official foliage website www.mainefoliage.com.
The web site will also list dates, times and locations for fall foliage hikes
in the state parks as the season progresses. Visitors can sign up to receive
weekly reports by e-mails while sharing their photos of the vibrant color
throughout the state as the leaves slowly change on the Maine Fall Foliage page
on Facebook. Additionally, the foliage website will list the fall foliage
ranger-led hikes in the state parks.

Hodgdon Island Inn is a nine-room inn located on the quiet side of Boothbay and about 15 minutes from downtown Boothbay Harbor.  The inn is close to several nature preserves and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  Reservations can be made online at http://www.boothbaybb.com or by calling 1-800-314-5160.  Be sure to check out the Fall Foliage Special as well – stay three nights and the third night is half off!

THE HODGDON ISLAND INN, BOOTHBAY B&B, PROUD SPONSOR CLAW DOWN 2013

September 16th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Proud sponsor 2nd Annual Claw Down

Proud sponsor 2nd Annual Claw Down

For the second straight year, the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce has issued a Claw Down for local chefs, challenging them to come up with the best lobster bite for the title of the 2013 Claw Down Lobster Bite Chef of the Year: Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice.

This signature chamber fundraiser will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at Ocean Point Marina, East Boothbay. The marina will be transformed, thanks to the Greg Powers Agency and Boothbay Region Greenhouses, into a venue with nautically accented up-lighting and decor, music and a giant screen to feature Claw Down highlights. Proceeds from the event will help to underwrite the cost of Claw Down with a stipend to each participating restaurant to help cover the cost of lobster.

More than 400 lobster-lovers will enjoy savory lobster bites (using 475 pounds of locally shucked lobster) and vote on the People’s Choice Award while sampling a selection of wines from Central Distributors. Attendees already registered are from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont, Oregon, Ohio, New York, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana and California — and of course, Maine.

“Last year, the regional economic impact on the lobster industry just for Claw Down was $34,000,” said Catherine Wygant Fossett, executive director of the Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce. “This year we expect an even larger impact as we’ve doubled the size of the event.”

Before the doors open to the public, 19 chefs will present their prize-worthy bites in a blind judging competition to industry-renowned experts who will decide the winner of the Judge’s Choice title based on presentation, originality and taste. A first, second and third place will be awarded in both the Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice categories at the end of the night.

Michele Ragussis, chef at The Pearl restaurant in Rockland and a finalist in the Food Network show, “The Next Food Network Star” and “Chopped,” will emcee the event. Judges will include Lobster Chef of the Year Kerry Altiero from Cafe Miranda in Rockland; Rockland’s Lynn Archer, a.k.a. The Queen of Clubs, owner of Archer’s on the Pier and the Brass Compass Cafe and winner of the “Lobster Dekkah” challenge on the Food Network Show “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”; and Sandy Oliver, Maine food historian, Bangor Daily News food columnist and author of “Maine Home Cooking.”

At the first Claw Down, Chef Micah Jones of Brown’s Wharf Inn received the Judge’s Choice Award in a blind judging competition for the Claw Down Chef of the Year. Chef Fiona Dunlap of the Newagen Seaside Inn & Restaurant was voted as the People’s Choice Award winner. Dunlap’s honor earned her an appearance WCHS’s “207” televised news magazine program.

This year’s participating restaurants and Chefs in the “Claw Down” include:

  1. Boathouse Bistro & Tapas Bar, Chef & co-owner Karin Guerin, www.theboathousebistro.com
  2. Boothbay Harbor Country Club, Executive Chef Geoff Cornell, www.boothbayharborcc.com
  3. Boothbay Lobster Wharf, Chef Kostas Rigas, www.boothbaylobsterwharf.com
  4. Brown’s Wharf, Chef Micah Jones, www.brownswharfinn.com
  5. Eventide Specialties, Chef & co-owner Kim Martin, www.eventidespecialties.com
  6. Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Chef John Reed, www.fishermanshwarfinn.com
  7. Kaler’s Restaurant, Chef & co-owner Sam Kaler, www.kalers.com
  8. McSeagull’s Restaurant, Chef & co-owner Ralph Smith, www.mcseagullsonline.com
  9. Newagen Seaside Inn, Chef Fiona Dunlap, www.newagenseasideinn.com
  10. Oliver’s at Cozy Harbor Wharf, Chef Stacy McLellan, www.oliversrestaurant.com
  11. Ports of Italy, Chef Fabrizio Ventricini, www.portsofitaly.com
  12. Robinson’s Wharf & Tugs Pub, Chef Jason Chamness, www.robinsons-wharf.com
  13. The Lobster Dock, Chef & co-owner Mitch Weiss, www.thelobsterdock.com
  14. The Rocktide Inn & Restaurant, Chef Joe Pinkham, www.rocktideinn.com
  15. The Thistle Inn, Chef Tony Bickford, www.thethistleinn.com
  16. The World Is Mine Oyster, Chef Steve Richards, www.mineoyster.net
  17. The World Is Mine Oyster – Sushi, Chef Harrison Maung, www.mineoyster.com
  18. Tugboat Inn & Restaurant, Chef Mike Ham, www.tugboatinn.com
  19. Windows on the Harbor, Chef Patrick Jones, www.boothbayharborinn.com

What makes this event more than just a competition is that it provides attendees an opportunity to eat, stay and play in the region after the Claw Down. Various chamber members are posting “Hot Deals” with special pricing, promotions and lodging packages on the Chamber’s websites directly tied into Claw Down. Check out the Chamber’s website for the latest listings and specials at www.boothbayharbor.com.

Cocktail attire is suggested. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online by visiting Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce (www.boothbayharbor.com) or by calling 207-633-2353. A complimentary Country Coach Charter shuttle will be available for those attendees parking at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Hodgdon Yachts and Washburn & Doughty.

Presenting sponsors include the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce, Maine Magazine and the Brand Company, BDN Maine, Central Distributors, Boothbay Region Greenhouses, Ocean Point Marina along with the Maine Lobster Promotion Council, Ames True Value Supply, Tindal & Callahan Real Estate, BIG 104FM Blueberry Broadcasting, Marshall Tent and Event Rental, Tile Connection, Stone Cove Catering, US. Foods, The Hodgdon Island Inn, Topside Inn, Flagship Inn & Suites, The Inns at Greenleaf Lane, Dead River Company, Greg Powers Agency, Ted Axelrod Photography, Harbor Embroidery, Channel 7-BRCTV, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Hodgdon Yachts, Washburn & Doughty Associates, Lincoln Arts Festival, Martin Page, Country Coach Charters and NEMA Northeast Media Associates.

BOOTHBAY MAINE B&B HODGDON ISLAND INN RECOGNIZED BY TRIPADVISOR

July 6th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of ExcellenceTripAdvisor is delighted to recognize The Hodgdon Island Inn with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence.

This prestigious award, which places HII in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.

Hodgdon Island Inn has received this distinction for four consecutive years and is rated by TripAdvisor travelers as the Number 1 B&B in Boothbay, Maine.

The inn offers ultra-comfortable beds, private baths, in-room refrigerators, hair dryers, air-conditioners, water views; free WiFi; secure on-site parking; and a heated in-ground swimming pool (Memorial Day – Columbus Day, weather permitting).

A stay at the inn includes a full gourmet breakfast each morning and fresh homemade desserts every evening.

Hodgdon Island Inn is located within walking distance of several Boothbay Region Land Trust Preserves as well as one of the most distinguished botanical destinations in the country – the 250 acre Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

 Hodgdon Island Inn is located about an hour northeast of Portland; an hour south of Camden or three hours from Boston or Bar Harbor.