Posts Tagged ‘Boothbay Maine’
March 7th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley
February 14th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley
RICH & EASY DARK CHOCOLATE POTS
Photo by Richard B. Riley
Innkeepers, Hodgdon Island Inn
Total time: 10 minutes
Makes 6 servings
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
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.
October 31st, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley
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.
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.
October 6th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley
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.
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
Join 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
September 13th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley
This morning while Richard and I were fixing breakfast here at Hodgdon Island Inn there was a loud knocking on the front door followed by the low murmuring of voices intent on not disturbing the guests still sleeping.
I have to admit that it is pretty unusual to have someone knock that early in the day, so I was trying to think who it might be. Of course! It was time for the “Apple Man” to come! I could not believe it!
Summer had changed to fall and apple season was upon us. The signs were all there: shorter days with really deep pink sunsets, heavy dew on the morning grass, Monarch butterflies heading in a southwesterly direction and the “apple man” at the front door.
The apple man comes twice a year from Augusta with his station wagon full of just picked Maine apples http://www.maineapples.org/varieties/ Yum! The smell is absolutely delightful. It reminds me of my childhood apple picking adventures down by the Ohio River at Parlor Grove Farm in Kentucky. The best ones of course, are always on the high, high branches. I hate ladders, being slightly afraid of heights, so I loved it when my dad would take me in his arms and swing me up high so I could pick the really good ones! Picking apples with the “apple man” is a lot easier and requires no ladder, but that same element of fun is there when one takes his paper basket and begins picking the assortment of apples one wants. A McIntosh here, a Jersymac there, a Jonamac or two and a Paulared … J
Apple season is here and so for the next few weeks Hodgdon Island Inn guests will be treated to a multitude of apple recipes including our most often requested signature dessert: apple pie cobbler cake (see September 12, 2012 BLOG for recipe).
December 12th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley
Today in Boothbay the sun is shining, the sky is bright blue and currently the temperature is about 34 degrees. High tide was around 11AM
this morning and as always, the water was beautiful – a bright, glistening deep dark blue. As I sit here at my desk and look out, I see the shadow of one of our resident bald eagles as he (or she) completes the daily fly-by (I am always amazed by how very big they are) enroute to its nesting place on Barter’s Island.
The gulls are hunkered down on the ridgeline of the roof across the street at the Trevett Store. And Mrs. Roberts, our neighbor and Hodgdon descendant, is coming back from one of her
walks with her dog, Foxie. Inside, there is fresh coffee brewing (maple flavored) and loaves of homemade applesauce bread baking providing that perfectly delicious Holiday scent of coffee, maple syrup, cloves and cinnamon. Can’t you just smell it?! As I begin to gather my
thoughts in preparation for this BLOG I find it hard to believe that it is
December already and that Richard and I have closed our second season as innkeepers here at our beloved Hodgdon Island Inn! 2011 was the perfect illustration of the saying “time flies when you’re having fun!”
OMG! How very true that is! What a season! What a year! And most importantly, what fun!
We had guests from all around the world and all around the country.
Each and every one of our guests is special and unique in his or her
way. The guests were Hodgdon Island Inn alumni, boaters, artists, authors, brides & grooms, scholars, teachers & professors, moms & dads, mothers and daughters, husbands & wives, doctors & lawyers, kayakers, cyclists, veterans, girlfriends shopping ‘til they dropped and those in need of respite and solitude. We had visitors from as far away as Swaziland, Japan and Denmark and as close as Maine, Massachusetts and New
The Inn was the perfect setting for a beautiful family wedding here on the Fourth of July as well as numerous milestone birthday and anniversary celebrations throughout the season and an artists’ retreat in the fall.
How cool is this?! Richard and I still find it hard to believe that we get to live in this very special place on the mid-coast of Maine and that we have the added bonus of crossing paths with so many special people! We look forward to welcoming you to our tiny little island here in Boothbay, Maine in 2012.
Normally, Hodgdon Island Inn would be open year round, but we ask your indulgence as we need to make a few minor upgrades to several of the rooms. To do this with as little inconvenience to our guests, we will be closed from December to March. Reservations can be made anytime online at www.boothbaybb.com or should you have a question for us, please leave a message on the voicemail at 1-800-314-5160 and we’ll get back to you.
Don’t forget to check the website www.boothbaybb.com for specials,
recipes, Hodgdon Island Inn Alumni discounts and more …
May 14th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley
Spring has come to Boothbay!
Spring is happening at Hodgdon Island Inn!
We have: tulips and tea at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens; tulips lining driveways; daffodils poking up on the roadside along Route 1; beautiful purple azaleas are towering over the fountain in the center of the inn’s circular driveway; forsythia bursting out on what used to be hen hill at the old Hodgdon farmstead and on the outer edges of the pool; and bumble bees are heard to be happily humming.
This year’s dandelion crop is making a real
show of spring yellow on the spring green grass!
The gentle rumbling of lawn mowers can be
heard from Barter’s Island to Hodgdon Island to Boothbay and from Boothbay to Boothbay Harbor.
Windows are being washed; porches and wicker
furniture are being hosed down; it’s time to call the “pool guy”.
Route 27 and Barter’s Island Road are being
blacktopped – good-bye potholes.
Restaurants and shops are opening; awnings and
umbrella tables are going up; “closed for season” signs are coming down.
The air is changing.
Spring is happening at Hodgdon Island Inn!
Spring has come to Boothbay!
May 14th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley