Posts Tagged ‘Boothbay Maine Bed and Breakfast’

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.

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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.

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.

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 NEAR BOOTHBAY HARBOR SHARES EASY RECIPE FOR MEMORIAL DAY TREATS

May 24th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Honey-Baked Wonton Napoleons Honey Glazed Wonton Napoleon

Honey-Baked Wonton Napoleons – Stack honey-glazed wonton wrappers with sweetened cream cheese, blueberries, and strawberries to make this incredible dessert in less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

Wontons:

¼ c honey

24 refrigerated wonton wrappers

Filling:

1 tub (8 oz) spreadable cream cheese, at room temperature

2 TBS honey

½ tsp vanilla extract

Berries:

1 pint strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced

1 pint blueberries

Directions:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with non stick aluminum foil, or line the baking sheets with regular aluminum foil coated with nonstick cooking spray.

Wontons: In microwave-safe bowl, microwave honey at 100% power to liquefy, 20-30 seconds.  Brush one side of each wonton with honey.  Place wontons, honey side up, on prepared sheets.

Bake in 400 degree oven until nicely browned (about 7 minutes).  Transfer wontons to wire rack; let cool completely.

Filling:  In bowl, beat cream cheese, honey, vanilla until smooth.

To assemble:  Place 1 wonton on serving dish; spread with 1 TBS filling.  Top with sliced berries. Place second wonton on top; spread 1 TBS filling.  Top with blueberries.  Top the third wonton.  Garnish with sliced strawberries and blueberries.  Repeat with remaining ingredients for a total of 8 napoleons.

IN BOOTHBAY ON HODGDON ISLAND INNKEEPERS CELEBRATE J.R.R. TOLKIEN AND SECOND BREAKFAST

March 23rd, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Ten years ago on March 25th, The Tolkien Society launched its first annual Tolkien Reading Day – a day set aside to honor the writer J.R.R. Tolkien and to encourage the reading of his works.  How fun is that?!  To have another excuse to read some of my favorite all time stories?!Tolkien Reading Day

Richard and I are avid readers and we owe our parents a huge debt of gratitude for encouraging us in this habit of a lifetime.  Both sets of parents loved to read and we were both treated to hours and hours of magic time involving the sound of our parents’ voices reading aloud from the pages of our favorite books:  Tolkien’s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, or The Silmarillion; Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia; L. Frank Baum’s Oz books and of course J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.  Fantasy at its best.  (AUDIBLE SIGH).

Fantasies that we have carried with us so long that they have involved into a certain kind of reality.  I mean, some days don’t we all think “I don’t want to grow up”? or “wish I had a bucket of water to melt the wicked witch” or “can’t I just disappear down that rabbit hole”?  And of course, the all-time favorite: “what about second breakfast?!”

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the hero, Bilbo Baggins (hobbit extraordinaire), eats second breakfast.  In the preface to its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien mentions that the hobbits’ preference is to eat six meals a day.   In Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring, Pippin, one of the hobbits, in a dialogue with Merry, another of the hobbits, references both second breakfast and elvenses while on the run and under the protection of the human, Aragorn.

Aragorn: Gentlemen, we do not stop ’til nightfall.
Pippin: What about breakfast?
Aragorn: You’ve already had it.
Pippin: We’ve had one, yes. What about second breakfast?
[Aragorn turns and walks off in disgust]
Merry: I don’t think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn’t he?
Merry: I wouldn’t count on it.
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According to tradition in the United Kingdom and Ireland elevenses is a snack that is similar to afternoon tea, but eaten in the latter part of the morning.  It could include cake, cookies, scones or tarts with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. The name refers to the time of day that it is taken: around 11AM.

If you have occasion to celebrate a second breakfast in the true style of J.R.R. Tolkien’s hobbits, be sure to check out the 75th anniversary “Hobbit Second Breakfast Kit” at www.hobbitsecondbreakfast.com

Here at Hodgdon Island Inn we do our very best to not only meet our guests’ every dietary need, but to serve a breakfast sumptuous enough to get you through elevenses all the way to luncheon.

Happy Reading!

Maine Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Share Fast, Fun and Easy Foods to Play with on St. Patrick’s Day

March 16th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

“This St. Patrick’s Day go ahead and play with your food” advises innkeeper Pamela Byrne Riley of Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine.  Pamela, first generation American-born of Irish ancestry, loves March 17th!

Here are a few of Pamela’s quick and easy ideas to fun up mealtimes on the big day:

Shamrock Toast for St. Patrick's Day photo by Richard B.RileyShamrock cookie cutters make cute cutouts for toast, PB&Js, scones, French toast, or croutons.  You can even put little hands to work cutting the shamrocks out of slices of bread.

Shamrock toast – cut out shapes and toast under the broiler or pop in toaster.  Top with butter and cinnamon sugar or your favorite jam or honey.

Pesto toasts – cut out shapes and toast under the broiler, then top with your favorite brand of prepared pesto.  Serve on steaming bowls of potato soup.  Pesto Toasts photo by Richard B. Riley

Scones or biscuits – make your favorite recipe and cut shamrock shapes instead of the round or triangle shape.  Bake as directed.

Yum!  Have a great St. Paddy’s Day!

 

 

BOOTHBAY BED AND BREAKFAST HODGDON ISLAND INN SENDS FRIENDLY REMINDER DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

March 7th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

 

Daylight Savings Time 2012 Reminder

HODGDON ISLAND INN BOOTHBAY BB FAVORITE VALENTINE’S DAY CHOCOLATE DESSERT RECIPE – FAST, EASY & FUN

February 14th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

RICH & EASY DARK CHOCOLATE POTS

Chocolate Pots for Valentine's Day photo by Richard B. RileyFrom the kitchen of Pamela Byrne Riley

Photo by Richard B. Riley

Innkeepers, Hodgdon Island Inn

Boothbay, Maine

Total time:  10 minutes

Makes 6 servings

 

INGREDIENTS:

3oz Stone Ground TAZA dark chocolate* or 4oz Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate

11/3 c  heavy cream

1 TBS  orange liqueur

1 egg, lightly beaten

 

DIRECTIONS:

Bring cream to a boil, make sure it doesn’t burn

Break chocolate into small pieces, put in blender

Pour cream over the chocolate, blend until chocolate is dissolved

Beat egg with fork, add liqueur while stirring egg slightly, add to chocolate mixture and blend until incorporated

Pour into Espresso cups and refrigerate until set

Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings or a chocolate covered coffee bean if desired.

*TAZA Chocolate is Dairy Free, Gluten free and Soy Free.

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