Posts Tagged ‘Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce’

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

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 BED AND BREAKFAST HODGDON ISLAND INN CELEBRATES WINDJAMMER DAYS

June 22nd, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Windjammers!

Windjammers!

Windjammer Days 2013

11 Windjammers sail into the harbor

Submitted

By

Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce

11 tall ships will be at this year’s Windjammer Days Festival, according to the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce. The 2013 Windjammer Days is scheduled to take place June 25 and 26, with the schooners appearing in Linekin Bay on Tuesday the 25th and in the harbor on Wednesday, June 26.

The Windjammers include:Windjammer Days Boothbay Harbor photographed Richard B. Riley

American Eagle: A deep draft vessel designed to be safe and stable in open water. The schooner was the last New England fishing schooner engaged in commercial fishing and is captained by Perry Davis and Bethany Mcnelly-Davis. This schooner does 2, 4 and 6 hour charters along with “Island Adventure” trips to explore islands in Casco Bay from Bailey Island.

Alert: The schooner was the last New England fishing schooner engaged in commercial fishing and is now captained by Perry Davis and Bethany Mcnelly-Davis. This schooner does 2, 4 and 6 hour charters along with “Island Adventure” trips to explore islands in Casco Bay from Bailey Island.

Bowdoin: The Bowdoin is the official vessel of the state of Maine and a national historic landmark. It was was built in East Boothbay by Hodgdon Brothers (now Hodgdon Yachts) in 1921. Owned and operated by Maine Maritime Academy, the schooner provides a platform for students to demonstrate competencies in vessel operations and technology. Captain of the Bowdoin is Eric Jergenson. For more, visit www.mainemaritime.edu.

Nathaniel Bowditch: Built as a racing yacht in 1922 in East Boothbay, this 82′ schooner won special class honors in the Bermuda Race in 1923, and served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Owen and Cathie Dorr are the captains. This schooner offers may specialty cruises such as Sail and State Parks Package. For more, visit www.windjammervacation.com.

Eastwind: Herb and Doris Smith sailed around the world twice with their three children on schooners they built by hand; Eastwind is one of the schooners they built. Tom and Jennifer Smith are the owners and captains of the Eastwind. The Eastwind offers two-hour voyages out of Boothbay Harbor. For more, visit www.schoonereastwind.com.

Lazy Jack: A topsail schooner when fully rigged can carry up to eight sails; Lazy Jack sailed for 20 years from Massachusetts to Cuba carrying various cargo for her master. Joe Tassi is the captain. The Lazy Jack offers a two hour day sail or private charter adventures. For more, visit www.schoonerlazyjackcruises.com.

Lewis R. French: Launched in 1871 in Christmas Cove, Maine, the Lewis R. French is the oldest vessel in the fleet and the oldest commercial sailing vessel in the USA. Garth Wells and Jenny Tobin are the captains. This schooner offers 3, 4, 5 and 6 night excursions. For more, visit www.schoonerfrench.com.

Timberwind: This schooner is family-owned and operated and last year raced in “Jammers & Joggers.” Bob Tassi is the captain. The Timberwind offers 3, 4, and 6 day windjammer cruises. For more, visit www.schoonertimberwind.com.

Heritage: This ship was designed and built by Captains Doug and Linda Lee. The Heritage offers 3, 4, and 6 day windjammer cruises. For more, visit www.schoonerheritage.com.

Sherman Zwicker: Built in 1942, this schooner is the last remaining auxiliary fishing schooner and has all of its main original features still intact and operational. George McEvoy is the captain of this fully operational, traveling museum. For more, visit www.schoonermuseum.org.

Windfield Lash: The two-masted schooner was launched in 2000 after 18 years of hard labor to bring it to fruition. The captain is Dave Clarke. This schooner’s homeport is Friendship and cruises in Maine in the summer.

The annual Windjammer Days Festival will feature its classic line-up of events, which include a One Design Boat Race; Windjammer Days Golf Tournament fundraiser for Community Fireworks, the hometown street parade; an antique boat parade of more than 30 boats; second annual Artists Alley; 10 waterfront concerts; tours of the USCG and Maine State Aquarium; Kid’s tent; 2-day craft show; boat excursions; and a spectacular firework display over the harbor. Visitors can enjoy a complimentary 2-day shuttle during the festival.

To learn more about Windjammer Days and to track updates, visit www.boothbayharbor.com or find the Chamber on Facebook.

HODGDON ISLAND INN BED & BREAKFAST BOOTHBAY REGION OPENS FOR SEASON MARCH 1, 2013

March 1st, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Richard and I are looking forward to our fourth season as innkeepers here at Hodgdon Island Inn!  We join the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce in inviting you to come to not only our own little island getaway, but our lovely region as well where you can “relax, rejuvenate and reconnect in our friendly coastal community”.

Springtime Hodgdon ISland Inn photo by Richard B. RileyHodgdon Island Inn, located on the quiet side of Boothbay Harbor, is surrounded by deep water, nature preserves, hiking trails, Maine’s one and only botanical gardens, and one of the best places to launch a kayak in the area!  Our nine rooms have water views, fans and air-conditioners, our beds are comfy, our breakfasts sumptuous, our evening desserts decadent, our in-ground pool heated, our parking lot secure and your hosts love to pamper and spoil their guests!  Front row seats are available for rest and relaxation and the Trevett General Store, just across the road, is the place to get beer, wine and sodas along with the area’s best Lobster rolls, Whoopie Pies, chowders and even fish & chips.

If you are thinking about getting away for a few days to Maine this spring, here are some upcoming events in the Boothbay Harbor Region that you may want to add to your list:Waffles & Maine Maple Syrup Photo by Richard B. Riley

Maine Maple Syrup Sunday, March 24. This statewide event is sponsored by the Maine Maple Producers Association. They welcome you to join them as they celebrate the history and significance of Maine produced and harvested maple syrup. Most sugarhouses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugar bush tours, music, and so much more.

http://www.mainemapleproducers.com/maine-maple-sunday-map.html

Fisherman's Festival Boothbay Harbor Photo by Richard B. RileyFisherman’s Festival and Blessing of the Fleet the weekend of April 26-28 in Boothbay Harbor.  This long standing, annual celebration includes the Miss Shrimp Contest, trap hauling, codfish relay, fish fry, lobster crate races, tug-o-wars, church suppers, lobster bakes, popular bands, and more. The Blessing of the Fleet, Memorial Service and boat parade are on Sunday. Admission is free. http://chamber.boothbayharbor.com/events/details/fisherman-s-festival-5146/

Mother’s Day Weekend, May10-12.  If you’re looking for ways to spoil Mom this weekend, then Boothbay is the place to come!   We’re offering everything from days in the gardens, shopping and harbor cruises to champagne cocktails.

National Public Gardens Day 2013 Maine Photo by Richard B. Riley

Saturday, May 11 is the perfect time to take in the uniqueness of nearby Boothbay Harbor with all its amenities.  And on Mom’s Day, Sunday, May 12 at Hodgdon Island Inn, all moms and their companions are treated to a very special Mother’s Day breakfast complete with flowers and a champagne cocktail.

Hodgdon Island Inn is the closest Boothbay B B to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (http://www.mainegardens.com )

RESERVATIONS at Hodgdon Island Inn can be made year round online at http://www.boothbaybb.com by clicking on the Availability/Reservation line or by calling your hosts, Pamela Byrne Riley & Richard B. Riley, at 1-800-314-5160.  Hodgdon Island Inn is open March through November.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR REGION HODGDON ISLAND INN BED AND BREAKFAST LOOKS FORWARD TO 2013 SEASON

January 31st, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Our beloved HII

Our beloved HII

Oh my goodness!  How time does fly?!  I cannot believe that we are into the first month of a new year!  Happy belated 2013!  Richard and I wish you and yours all that is good and great.

2012, like the years before it, had its fair share of things to celebrate and its moments of sadness.  Here in our little corner of the world those moments ranged from that of an earthquake registering 2.4 on the Richter Scale whose epicenter was three miles north of Boothbay Harbor to the sinking of the HMS Bounty in Hurricane Sandy and to the grand opening of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences; from a local girl, Eleanor “Ellie” Logan, earning her second Olympic gold medal to the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce celebrating its 50th anniversary along with its very own 50th annual Windjammer Days Festival; and lastly to the lobstermen of mid coast Maine surviving one of the worst gluts on the market due to warm weather conditions last spring which interrupted the lobster’s normal life cycle doubling the number of lobsters on the market.

We are very thankful to be here in Boothbay at our beloved Hodgdon Island Inn and preparing to launch Season 4.  Season 4 – we can hardly believe it as it seems like only yesterday we rolled into town, zipped past the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Barters Island Road, bounced across the old Knickerkane bridge (which has since been replaced by our beautiful new bridge) and pulled into the driveway at HII unsure of what awaited us, but fast-forward three seasons which include welcoming guests and alumni from all across the country and all around the world, creating thousands of breakfasts and desserts, making hundreds of beds and being part of so many magic moments called memories.

The 2013 season?  Bring it on!! :-)

Innkeepers’s note:  Hodgdon Island Inn will be open March 1 – November 17, 2013.  Reservations can be made online at http://www.boothbaybb.com.  Should you have a question, or need to speak with us, we can be reached via voicemail at 1-800-314-5160 or by e-mail stay@boothbaybb.com  We would love to have the opportunity of welcoming you to our tiny little island getaway here on the mid coast of Maine.

HODGDON ISLAND INN B&B BOOTHBAY HARBOR REGION AND HURRICANE SANDY

October 31st, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Driving rain and gale-force winds at HII during Sandy

Richard and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have texted, e-mailed and/or called us during the last two days to check up on us here at Hodgdon Island Inn – we are greatly touched by your care and concern!  It has kept us strong as we prepared for and waited out Hurricane Sandy.  By the same token, we hope that all of you, our HII Alumni, your families, friends and relatives are safe.  For those of you in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy, know that your friends in the Boothbay Harbor Region of mid coast Maine, are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as we follow the latest developments.

We are able to report that the inn along with the rest of the region is in pretty good shape, albeit a bit soggy and windblown.  We once again have power and internet thanks to the dedicated and hardworking teams at Central Maine Power and Time Warner Cable.

HMS Bounty at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, October, 2012

It is with sadness, however, that we offer our deepest and most sincere sympathy to all the families, friends, colleagues and fellow sailors of the HMS Bounty.  Fourteen crew members were rescued; one crew member is dead and another missing after a replica of the historic HMS Bounty, overhauled in recent years at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, sank off the coast of North Carolina yesterday. The ship was well-known in Maine, where it had visited several ports this summer before docking at the Boothbay yard for some minor repairs.

The HMS Bounty replica was built in 1960, and was featured in the 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Marlon Brando, and was also was used in “Treasure Island” in 1989 and two of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.  Its permanent home was in Florida.

BOOTHBAY’S HODGDON ISLAND INN B&B INNKEEPERS JOIN THE FOLIAGE NETWORK AS OFFICIAL SPOTTERS

October 7th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

An explosion of color!

Each fall, thousands of people from all over the world come to Maine to see the explosion of color that the New England states are famous for.

The most often asked question Richard and I get asked at the end of summer is “When is the best time to see fall colors?” Unfortunately, we cannot provide an exact answer.  In general, based on our research, the peak supposedly comes in mid-October, but the best time may be anywhere from the first to the third week of the month. And some leaves start to change in late September.  As October approaches and the temperatures start to cool, leaves begin to change color.  The peak time of fall foliage in Maine also varies depending on weather conditions, and what part of the state you visit.  Historically, however, it is typically during early to mid-October that the colors are most brilliant.

In an effort to assist our guests with the planning of their trips to see the colors here in the Boothbay Region and along the mid coast, Richard and I researched what resources were available and came to depend on a couple of sites in particular:  the Maine Foliage Report (updated every Wednesday during season), Maine Department of Conservation  http://www.MaineFoliage.com/ ; The Foliage Network  http://www.foliagenetwork.com/; and Yankee Magazine’s foliage map http://www.yankeefoliage.com/live-fall-foliage-map/

So when the call came through the Maine Innkeepers Association to sign up to be an Official Fall Foliage Spotter this year for the Foliage Network, Richard and I signed on!   The Foliage Network was developed to provide accurate foliage information for various locations across the United States. During the months of September, October, and November, the Foliage Network collects data from its foliage spotters twice a week. This data is collected, plotted, analyzed by The Foliage Network and translated into a user-friendly report which can be used by travelers to find the best foliage conditions in the Northeast in CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA and VT; in the Southeast in MD, NC, TN, VA, and WVA; and in the Midwest in OH, MI, and WI.

Being a spotter is a lot of fun!  Now I wish I could tell you it was like the “storm chasers” – you know that intrepid group of scientists and filmmakers who hunt down tornadoes to capture stunning severe weather video footage and gather valuable scientific data, but I can’t.  Twice a week we do hunt down foliage around our neighborhood (the Boothbay Harbor Region, the Pemaquid Peninsula and other mid- coast Maine points) and Richard does photograph the subject at hand and I do record the whereabouts of the subject at hand, and while it has rained and it has been windy on occasion, we do not have to outrun the trees.

Sometimes we even reward ourselves with the occasional cappuccino smoothie from the Maine Coast Book Shop Café http://www.mainecoastbookshop.com/  in Damariscotta or a delicious cup of herbal tea from the café at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens http://www.mainegardens.org/  in our own backyard.

Fall is definitely here and the much anticipated fall colors that New England is famous for are also here:   pinks, reds, golds, oranges and ambers like none other. Come experience Maine in the fall and be sure to check out our “Fall Foliage Special here at HII”!  Now, I must dash – it’s time to go leaf-peeping … :)

GUESTS AT HODGDON ISLAND INN BOOTHBAY MAINE PREPARING FOR CULINARY DELIGHTS AS RESTAURANT WEEK KICKS OFF

September 20th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Restaurant Week: September 22-28, 2012

lobster dinner

RestaurantFor the great price of $24.95, enjoy an appetizer, entree, and dessert from a special menu at participating restaurants. This great bargain will allow you to sample some of the wonderful dishes the chefs in our region have to offer. Participating restaurants include:

BOOTHBAY HARBOR REGION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FIRST ANNUAL CLAW DOWN TO KICK OFF RESTAURANT WEEK 2012

September 19th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

First Annual Claw Down Chef’s “Lobster Bite” Competition

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 6:00-8:00 p.m., The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor

 

ClawJoin us for a memorable evening at the Opera House with Emcee Lynn Archer, (a.k.a. The Queen of Clubs), owner of the Brass Compass Cafe and winner of the “Lobster Dekkah” challenge on the Food Network Show: Throwdown with Bobby Flay

 

Be there when local chefs vie for the best “Lobster Bite” to be determined by three renowned judges:

  • Meredith Goad, Portland Press Herald food writer “Soup to Nuts” column
  • Dane Somers, Executive Director of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council
  • Kelly Patrick Farrin, 2010 Maine Lobster Chef of the Year, Sous Chef at Primo restaurant, Rockland.

Cast your vote for the people’s choice award and sample savory lobster bites from the following restaurants:

 

  • The Boathouse Bistro  & Tapas Bar
  • Boothbay Lobster Wharf
  • Brown’s Wharf
  • Davis Island Grill
  • Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant and Lounge on Pier 6
  • McSeagull’s Restaurant
  • Newagen Seaside Inn
  • Oliver’s at Cozy Harbor
  • Ports of Italy
  • Robinson’s Wharf & Tug’s Pub
  • Rocktide Inn and Restaurant
  • The Lobster Dock
  • The Thistle Inn
  • The World is Mine Oyster
  • Tugboat Inn and Restaurant
  • Under Currach Tavern
  • Windows on the Harbor