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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

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.

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

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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 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.

FALL FOLIAGE SPECIAL – AUTUMN IN BOOTHBAY

September 25th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Celebrate the fall season and take in the splendid fall colors – using the Hodgdon Island Inn Bed & Breakfast as your “Mid-coast Maine home base”, you can spend a day “Down East”, north or South, exploring state parks and coastal towns, museums and historic sites, lighthouses, go antiquing or outlet shopping, or just take a walk through the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens or our nearby nature trail, Porter Preserve – it’s all here for the doing and within a driving time from just minutes to a little over an hour.

Book your choice of room 1, 3,5, 7 or 8 for a three-night stay anytime during October or November and we’ll give you a 50% discount off your third night. These rooms at Hodgdon Island Inn have very comfortable king-size beds, private baths, in-room refrigerators, hair dryers, and water views. A full gourmet breakfast is served every morning and delicious homemade desserts are offered each evening. The inn offers secure parking, is minutes from Boothbay Harbor and seconds from the area’s best lobster rolls.

Exclusions: Special rate does not apply for one or two-night stays; offer cannot be used with any other specials and is based on availability and double occupancy. 7% Maine State Lodging Tax is extra. Please mention this package at the time of booking or include in the comments section when booking on line.

Offer applies only to stays from October 1 – November 17, 2013.

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

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! :-)

Boothbay Region beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

December 18th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

One week left … seven more days and it will be Christmas.  I have to admit that with yesterday’s snowfall and today’s chilly temperaures, it is beginning to feel like any miute Santa and Co. will be pulling up on our rooftop here at Hodgdon Island Inn in not-so-balmy Boothbay, Maine! (Richard just came in from outside and commented that the pool is beginning to get slushy – oh my!).  But none-the-less, we are listening to Christmas carols and sipping cappucinos while wrapping presents to take with us tomorrow for the folks back in Kentucky.  So before we left town, we decided to take a little stroll (yes, I said stroll) around the harbor.  The following images are just a few of the beautifully turned out windows we wanted you to see vicariously!  Happy Viewing!  And if you would like to share some pics of your hometown, please do so in the comment section.