Season’s Greetings from all of us at Hodgdon Island Inn! Richard and I hope you have had a fantastic summer (we did!); a glorious fall (we did!) and are having lots of fun preparing for the upcoming holidays (we are!). As usual though, we are a bit behind in getting our holiday gift list pulled together (now there’s a shocker!). So as we began making our list (and checking it twice), we thought perhaps it would be nice to share some suggestions for those of you who might be in the same boat: you know, like have some “Maniacs” on your gift list, or like us PFAs (People From Away), prefer to share the treasures of our beloved adopted state with those whom we love. J
The following list is all things Maine:
Have someone planning a trip, or dreaming of a trip to Maine?
We have the perfect gift for them: a Gift Certificate to the Hodgdon Island Inn! The inn, rated the “Number 1” lodging property in Boothbay by Trip Advisor in 2010, 2011 and 2012, is a nine room Bed & Breakfast which offers casual elegance, private bathrooms, water views, delicious gourmet breakfasts every morning, fresh homemade desserts each evening, free Wi-Fi and not only lots more amenities, but lots of personalized service too! Our Gift Certificates begin at $150 … Call or e-mail us for more information.
Need something for those book lovers on your list?
Richard and I recommend Maine: An Explorer’s Guide or Explorer’s Guide Maine Coast & Islands by authors Christina Tree and Nancy English. The guides are extremely well written, very detailed and up to date.
We have just the ticket for the Cookbook Aficionados on your list: Pioneering food historian Sandy Oliver has a delightful new cookbook, MaineHome Cooking: 300 Recipes from Down East Kitchens. According to the critics, Ms. Oliver’s latest book represents a new standard in home cooking, her recipes are simply done, with good fresh ingredients with plenty of room for substitution and creativity. Some say it is a cookbook that reads like a novel, and reminds the reader that good Maine cooking can be simple and delicious.
And for the mystery buffs on your list be sure to get him or her Glenapp Castle – A Scottish Intrigue written by Maine’s own, Tina Rosenberg, http://www.tinarosenberg.net Ridley Pearson, a NYT best-selling author, says “enter Glenapp Castle at your peril; once inside you can’t leave its pages!” Richard and I say “absolutely!”
Tea Drinker on your list? Go to http://www.baxtertea.com Try their T-sacs; Rooibos tea made with real Maine Honey; or for the decaf tea drinkers, the Ceylon Estate English Breakfast Blend CO2.
Looking for some magic for that favorite chef or grill expert? Look no further – DennyMike’s sauces and rubs are fun; award winning; Gluten Free; all natural; Kosher certified; handcrafted in small batches; and of course, made in Maine.
This summer Richard and I had the pleasure of meeting DennyMike and his lovely wife, Patrice, when they came to stay at the inn. It was love at first bite – ha! ha! Be sure to check out my favorite: Pixie Dust (it’s a kind of multi-purpose seasoning which I use on roasted fruits and veggies), but there is also Cowbell Hell (a red meat rub),Fintastic (a savory seafood enhancer),Chick Magnet (for yes, you guessed it, poultry)and last, but not least Sublime Swine seasoning blend for pork … http://www.dennymikes.com
Chocoholics? How about chocolates made by hand on a windswept island off the coast of Maine? http://www.blackdinahchocolatiers.com Of course, when you are in the area you can get pick some up for yourself in Damariscotta at the Weatherbird or in Wiscasset at Treats. (We vote for the chocolate covered caramels topped with sea salt – oh my!)
And speaking of caramels – any caramel lovers on your list? We have just the ticket – a guest favorite as I use it to top off my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie dessert (for recipe go to http://www.boothbaybb.com/blog):
“Wicked Good Caramel Topping” from the Portland based Schlotterbeck & Foss. http://www.schlotterbeck-foss.com/ It’s as they say “yum-licious”!
For the “fashionista” on your list you just can’t go wrong with handcrafted, designer tote bags and accessories from recycled sails in the heart of one of Maine’s working waterfronts. Check out their website at http://www.seabags.com
Well, time is ticking away and I need to start placing orders for family and friends. Richard and I hope this list of ours brought a smile to your face or gave you a chuckle. There are so many wonderful products here in Maine and I am sure whatever you need for that special person(s) is just a click away. To view the state sanctioned showcase of quality Maine made products, gifts, arts, and crafts with a complete listing of companies and online ordering, please go to http://www.mainemade.com/
And of course, if you need any more ideas, or suggestions, or have any questions, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org