Posts Tagged ‘Boothbay’

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 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

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.
 

 

PACO’S TACOS, DAMARISCOTTA, A FAVORITE EATERY OFTHE INNKEEPERS AT BOOTHBAY B&B HODGDON ISLAND INN

June 17th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

PACO’S TACOS Damariscotta, Maine

By now if you’ve read any of our blogs, you know that Richard and I, in addition to spending time in Boothbay Harbor, like to hang out in
Damariscotta.  Damariscotta is a great little riverfront town on the Pemaquid Peninsula located about twenty minutes from Hodgdon Island Inn www.boothbaybb.com, Boothbay.  The town has a wonderful array of shops, fun things to do and some great eateries.

One such eatery is Paco’s Tacos www.pacostacos.info.  Paco’s is located at 1 Tacos Alley. The alley is just off Main Street, between Sheepscot River Pottery and Puffin’s Nest (really neat shops by the way, but I won’t digress). Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Free WiFi is available (and it works better than a lot of public accessible WiFi we have encountered throughout our travels). Their telephone number is 207-563-5355.

Paco’s is in the basement of the Sheepscott River Pottery Building

Their menu www.pacosme.com/menu2.html
offers a wide range of tasty dishes that not only please the palate, but are very easy on the wallet (everything is priced under $10)!
We plan on working our way through the menu, but our favorites to date include in no particular order:  the Loaded Veggie Burrito with choice of beans (red or black), cheeses, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, rice, onions, olives and sour cream; Nacho Grande – a large plate full of yummy salsa chips topped with your choice of meat or beans, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, salsa, guacamole and sour cream; and the Taco Pescado (aka Fish Taco) which features a fried redfish fillet wrapped in a soft tortilla seasoned with a mildly spiced tartar sauce and topped with lettuce and tomato, served with a side of chips and salsa. Most days we prefer the Medium Salsa, but our best friend really likes the Hot Salsa.

Paco’s is in the basement of Sheepscot River Pottery building.  We love
opening the door and inhaling the air thickly permeated with the smell of fresh chili peppers, cilantro and all of your other favorite Mexican spices.  The décor is
very pleasant – fun colored tables, chairs, and benches with lots of striped
pillows and exposed brick walls painted white and all spotlessly clean.  Owner Mike Frame and his crew are very pleasant and take excellent care of all their patrons.  As you can probably tell, Richard and I give Paco’s Tacos in Damariscotta a “thumb’s up”, but don’t take our word for it, stop by and try it for yourself.  To
visit them on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/pages/Pacos-Tacos/225673352787

Innkeepers’ Note:  Unfortunately Paco’s Tacos closed their doors this past season. We miss them.  :-(

B&B BOOTHBAY HODGDON ISLAND INN WELCOMES SPRING!

May 14th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Hodgdon Island Inn Welcomes Spring!

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

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”.

Front porch gets gussied up!

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!

THREE AND A HALF HOUR DRIVE FROM BAR HARBOR TO BOOTHBAY’S NUMBER ONE RATED ACCOMODATION, HODGDON ISLAND INN

March 27th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Boothbay’s Number One Rated Accomodation the nine-room Hodgdon Island Inn is at the halfway point between Boston and Bar Harbor.   Driving time is three and half hours each way.

 

They searched for years to find it.  Pamela and Richard love Boston and they love Acadia National Park and feel that the Boothbay Region allows them easier access to both.Innkeepers Pamela Byrne Riley  and Richard B. Riley are particularly fond of their home on their tiny island in Maine. 

Bar Harbor, Maine

For the trip to and/or from Bar Harbor they recommend taking Route 1 as there are so many real Maine places to see and explore along the way.  Leaving Bar Harbor, the first recommended stop is in the Searsport area.  The Penobscot Narrows Observatory and Fort Knox State Historic Site which is open daily 9-5 May through November.  Another not-to-be-missed stop in this area is the Blue Jacket Shipcrafters.  Blue Jacket is Maine’s largest selection of classic and contemporary ship models and nautical crafts.

Mt. Battie Round Tower & Overlook

From there Route 1 meanders along to the Greater Camden area and the next recommended sights to see include the 6,000+ acre Camden Hills State Park  with Mt. Battie at its summit and can be reached from the road that starts at the park entrance off Route 1 just north of the town of Camden.  The views are spectacular.  Also in the park is Mount Megunticook (1,380), one of the highest points on the Atlantic seaboard.

Sightseeing can make one hungry and if that’s the case by the time you arrive in Camden a great place to eat is Cappy’s Chowder House. It’s located on Main Street and is open year-round.

Scenic Drive - Belted Galloway Cows at Aldermere Farm

If time allows be sure to take Pamela and Richard’s favorite “scenic drive”.  Begin on Chestnut Street in Camden and follow this incredibly peaceful road by a lily pond and by the herd of belted Galloway cows (black on both ends and white in the middle). Take Calder Lane through the woods; continue along Beauchamp Avenue to Rockport Village and harbor, and return to Camden via Union Street.

The next area for sightseeing along Route 1 after Camden is the Rockland area.  You will be spoilt for choice here as well.  Located in the heart of Rockland is the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Wyeth Center.  The museum is incredible!  It houses a 6,000 piece collection of 19th and 20th century Maine-related American Art and features works of three generations of the Wyeth Family (Nathaniel, Andrew and Jamie).

Owl's Head Light

Directly outside of town is the Owl’s Head Light State Park – one of Maine’s many dramatically placed lighthouses and the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum.  The transportation museum has a reputation for being a “premier facility for celebrating wings and wheels”.

From the Rockland area it’s about another 40 – 45 minute drive to Hodgdon Island Inn.  Pamela & Richard like to recommend that the stops along the rest of the way be done via day trips from the inn, but are always willing to work with their guests to personalize their agendas – just let them know your preference.

Follow the signs to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

To get to Hodgdon Island Inn from Rockland follow Route 1 South turning LEFT onto Route 27 to the Boothbay Region.  Follow 27 to the Civil War monument on the Boothbay Green.  Turn RIGHT at the monument onto Corey Lane.  Go straight at the stop sign.  After a quarter mile, bear right onto Barters Island Road.  The Inn is about 1.2 miles down the road (you will go past the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and cross over a bridge under construction) and the Inn’s driveway will be on the left just before the Trevett Draw Bridge, General Store and Post Office.

HODGDON ISLAND INN BOOTHBAY HALF HOUR’S DRIVE TO BATH AND MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM

February 24th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Bath, Maine - a New England City

If you have ever driven along Route 1 headed towards the Boothbay Region from the southern part of the state you have passed through Bath, Maine.  You would remember it – It has a very unique profile.  Bath, built along the shores of the Kennebec River and unlike the towns of Boothbay Harbor or Damariscotta for instance, is a city. On one side of Route 1, the view is that of a very typical New England city – tall white church spires, domed public buildings and preserved remnants of impressive 18th and 19th century mansions and storefronts.  On the other side of Route 1 is one of the city’s crown jewels: the Bath Iron Works (BIW). 

Massive cranes tower above Bath Iron Works where state-of-the-art military vessels are still built

This center of shipbuilding is outlined by the massive cranes which tower above the facility where state-of-the-art military vessels are still built.  And just beyond BIW is the other of the crown jewels in the City of Bath: the Maine Maritime Museum.

Now several times this winter, Richard and I have set off to explore any number of sites within a half hour’s drive of Hodgdon Island Inn and Boothbay, and somehow we have found ourselves back at this, and I quote, “mecca for boat lovers” and history buffs.

Maine Maritime Museum: the state's premier marine museum!

It is no wonder that the Maine Maritime Museum is the state’s premier marine museum!  The setting, on 20 acres along the Kennebec River, includes the award-winning Maritime History Building and Welcome Center (where the permanent and temporary displays are housed along with the gift shop), the restored original buildings from the Percy & Small Shipyard where wooden schooners were built in the 19th century; a late Victorian home; and the boat shop where volunteer craftsman build and restore small boats.  The displays and artifacts are amazing!  The staff welcoming and the volunteers enthusiastic and knowledgeable!

You definitely don't want to miss this!

 On February 19th, a new exhibit opened in the John G. Morse, Jr. Gallery.  It is called “Cold Waters, Cold War:  The 21st Century Navy in Maine”.  It is an amazing story about the part Maine played in naval and defense operations during the Cold War.  If you’re a Tom Clancy fan, you definitely don’t want to miss this!  If you consider yourself a patriot, you definitely don’t want to miss this either!  The exhibit runs through August 7, 2011.

To get to the museum (www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org) from Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay:  take Barter’s Island Road, making a slight left on to Corey Lane which becomes ME-27.  Take ME-27 to US-1 South.  Take US 1 South to exit for ME-209/DOWNTOWN HISTORIC BATH/PHIPPSBURG (you’ll be on Vine Street). Turn LEFT under bridge on to Washington Street.  Go past BIW and MMM will be on the LEFT.