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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.

HODGDON ISLAND INN BED AND BREAKFAST NEAR BOOTHBAY HARBOR OPEN FOR MAINE’S FOLIAGE SEASON – REPORTS SUGGEST THIS YEAR’S SEASON ON TAP TO BE ONE OF THE BEST EVER

September 22nd, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

The  official start of the fall foliage season began last week here in Maine. The
2013 Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports that the northernmost part of the state is experiencing subtle color changes of less than 30% with very low leaf drop at less than 10%.  However, the state anticipates an outstanding foliage season according to the  Maine Forest Service.

An explosion of color!

An explosion of color!

“The native maples, particularly the red and sugar maples, which are
considered to provide the great backdrop of seasonal color, have vigorous,
healthy foliage with no notable problems. Given our moderate summer weather,
and allowing for this trend into the fall, I expect an outstanding vibrant
show, overall,” said Bill Ostrofsky, forest pathologist for the Maine
Forest Service.

Maine Forest Service rangers and state park rangers in Aroostook County and
northern Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties are reporting subtle changes in the
foliage with peak conditions still weeks away.

As overnight temperatures drop into the 40s and daylight decreases, rangers
expect a gradual change in leaf color from north to south culminating in peak
conditions in late October.

For continuous weekly updates every Wednesday through October 16th, visit the
state’s official foliage website www.mainefoliage.com.
The web site will also list dates, times and locations for fall foliage hikes
in the state parks as the season progresses. Visitors can sign up to receive
weekly reports by e-mails while sharing their photos of the vibrant color
throughout the state as the leaves slowly change on the Maine Fall Foliage page
on Facebook. Additionally, the foliage website will list the fall foliage
ranger-led hikes in the state parks.

Hodgdon Island Inn is a nine-room inn located on the quiet side of Boothbay and about 15 minutes from downtown Boothbay Harbor.  The inn is close to several nature preserves and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  Reservations can be made online at http://www.boothbaybb.com or by calling 1-800-314-5160.  Be sure to check out the Fall Foliage Special as well – stay three nights and the third night is half off!

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.

HODGDON ISLAND INN BED & BREAKFAST BOOTHBAY REGION OPENS FOR SEASON MARCH 1, 2013

March 1st, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Richard and I are looking forward to our fourth season as innkeepers here at Hodgdon Island Inn!  We join the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce in inviting you to come to not only our own little island getaway, but our lovely region as well where you can “relax, rejuvenate and reconnect in our friendly coastal community”.

Springtime Hodgdon ISland Inn photo by Richard B. RileyHodgdon Island Inn, located on the quiet side of Boothbay Harbor, is surrounded by deep water, nature preserves, hiking trails, Maine’s one and only botanical gardens, and one of the best places to launch a kayak in the area!  Our nine rooms have water views, fans and air-conditioners, our beds are comfy, our breakfasts sumptuous, our evening desserts decadent, our in-ground pool heated, our parking lot secure and your hosts love to pamper and spoil their guests!  Front row seats are available for rest and relaxation and the Trevett General Store, just across the road, is the place to get beer, wine and sodas along with the area’s best Lobster rolls, Whoopie Pies, chowders and even fish & chips.

If you are thinking about getting away for a few days to Maine this spring, here are some upcoming events in the Boothbay Harbor Region that you may want to add to your list:Waffles & Maine Maple Syrup Photo by Richard B. Riley

Maine Maple Syrup Sunday, March 24. This statewide event is sponsored by the Maine Maple Producers Association. They welcome you to join them as they celebrate the history and significance of Maine produced and harvested maple syrup. Most sugarhouses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugar bush tours, music, and so much more.

http://www.mainemapleproducers.com/maine-maple-sunday-map.html

Fisherman's Festival Boothbay Harbor Photo by Richard B. RileyFisherman’s Festival and Blessing of the Fleet the weekend of April 26-28 in Boothbay Harbor.  This long standing, annual celebration includes the Miss Shrimp Contest, trap hauling, codfish relay, fish fry, lobster crate races, tug-o-wars, church suppers, lobster bakes, popular bands, and more. The Blessing of the Fleet, Memorial Service and boat parade are on Sunday. Admission is free. http://chamber.boothbayharbor.com/events/details/fisherman-s-festival-5146/

Mother’s Day Weekend, May10-12.  If you’re looking for ways to spoil Mom this weekend, then Boothbay is the place to come!   We’re offering everything from days in the gardens, shopping and harbor cruises to champagne cocktails.

National Public Gardens Day 2013 Maine Photo by Richard B. Riley

Saturday, May 11 is the perfect time to take in the uniqueness of nearby Boothbay Harbor with all its amenities.  And on Mom’s Day, Sunday, May 12 at Hodgdon Island Inn, all moms and their companions are treated to a very special Mother’s Day breakfast complete with flowers and a champagne cocktail.

Hodgdon Island Inn is the closest Boothbay B B to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (http://www.mainegardens.com )

RESERVATIONS at Hodgdon Island Inn can be made year round online at http://www.boothbaybb.com by clicking on the Availability/Reservation line or by calling your hosts, Pamela Byrne Riley & Richard B. Riley, at 1-800-314-5160.  Hodgdon Island Inn is open March through November.

HODGDON ISLAND INN BED & BREAKFAST HOST SHARES SPOTLIGHT ALONGSIDE EMILY POST’S GREAT-GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER IN COASTAL LIVING MAGAZINE

June 26th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

December 2011/January 2012 Issue

In the December 2011/January 2012 issue of Coastal Living Magazine (http://coastalliving.com /), in an article titled “Full House” written by Pamela Redmond Satran, Hodgdon Island Inn Host, Pamela Byrne Riley, provides insights along with Lizzie Post as to how to make your houseguests feel right at home.  Lizzie Post is the great-great-granddaughter of etiquette guru, Emily Post, and co-author of Emily Post’s Great Get-Togethers.

A summer’s day at HII

 

Pamela and her husband, Richard (http://www.stonehouse1817.com/ ), marked the beginning of their third season as owners and innkeepers at Hodgdon Island Inn or HII, as Pamela and Richard affectionately call the nine-room bed and breakfast inn, this past May and they are enjoying every minute of it!  “Running the inn is a natural for us”, says Pamela – “we love to entertain and we love people!” The Number One rule at HII is that the minute you walk through the door you become family”.

 

Hodgdon Island Inn is located just minutes from Boothbay Harbor and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (http://mainegardens.org).  The décor reflects a casual, tasteful elegance. Its dominant views are westward looking and each room is painted to frame the magnificent Maine sunsets in pinks and blues, and to echo the shoreline hues of gold and green. In addition to enjoying the first floor common rooms, guests may relax on the porch, explore the grounds, sit by the water’s edge in a super comfy Adirondack chair, sip a glass of wine while being hypnotized by the water, or take a dip in the beautiful heated in-ground pool.

The inn’s heated in-ground pool

 

The innkeepers take a great delight in spoiling their guests.  A full gourmet breakfast is served each morning and “Dessert & Conversation” is presented each evening. Complimentary hot beverages and bottled water are available throughout the day. Extra special touches include honoring special dietary needs/preferences, fresh flowers in the rooms, an ice machine on the porch and Pamela and Richard’s assistance in planning your stay.

 

 

To check out what Hodgdon Island Inn guests have to say about their visit to the inn and their hosts, go to (http://www.tripadvisor.com/The_Hodgdon_Island_Inn ) or to make a reservation, go to http://www.boothbaybb.com/ and click on the RESERVATION/AVAILABILITY line at the top right-hand side of the inn’s homepage or call Pamela & Richard at 1.800.314.5160

THE WINDJAMMERS ARE COMING! THE WINDJAMMERS ARE COMING!

April 10th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Come celebrate over fifty years of maritime history in Boothbay Harbor when the majestic schooners drop anchor to take part in the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce’s 51st Annual Windjammer Days Festival, June 25-26, 2013.

Stay three nights at Hodgdon Island Inn and we’ll give you 50% off the third night in honor of this special occasion. The inn, a nine room Bed & Breakfast, just minutes from the hustle bustle of Boothbay Harbor, the Boothbay Country Club & Golf Course, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the area’s fun and fine dining establishments, offers casual elegance, private bathrooms, water views, free WiFi and lots of personalized service!

A full gourmet breakfast is included every morning along with fresh homemade desserts each evening.  Complimentary hot beverages and bottled water are available throughout the day.

Hodgdon Island Inn has a heated in-ground pool (open Memorial Day through Columbus Day, weather permitting) and a secure parking lot.

Exclusions: Offer does not apply for one or two-night stays and is good only on stays from June 23 –June 30, 2013. Cannot be used with other specials or discounts and is based on double occupancy and availability. 7% Maine state lodging tax is extra. Please mention this special at the time of booking or put in the “Comments Section” when making an on-line reservation and we’ll apply the discount when we confirm your reservation. Rates subject to change.

FOR HODGDON ISLAND INN ALUMNI ONLY

December 18th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

All Hodgdon Island Inn Alumni from 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons qualify for the HII Alumni discount of 15% on all 2013 stays of two or more nights.

Offer is good through the 2013 Season; cannot be used with other specials or discounts;  and is based on double occupancy and availability.  7% Maine state lodging tax is extra.  Rates subject to change.  Please mention being an “2010, 2011 or 2012 HII Alum” at the time of booking or put in the “Comments Section” when making an on-line reservation.  Rates subject to change.

Be sure to tell your friends to ask about the HII Referral Program … we have a little something for them too!

BOOTHBAY SPRING MADNESS SPECIAL – SAVE 20%

March 30th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Take advantage of a little spring madness – book your choice of room for a minimum two-night stay anytime during March, April or May and we’ll give you a 20% discount off your entire stay.  Rooms at Hodgdon Island Inn have very comfortable beds, private baths, in-room refrigerators, hair dryers, air-conditioners and/or fans and water views.  A full gourmet breakfast is served each morning and delicious homemade desserts are offered each evening.  The inn is the closest B&B to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and is minutes from Boothbay Harbor and all its amenities.  Hodgdon Island Inn is also located just across the street from the Trevett General Store and the best lobster rolls in the area!

Exclusions:  Special rate does not apply for one-night stays; offer 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 March 1 – May 31, 2013.

COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS

January 25th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Jnauary snow totals for Hodgdon Island Inn is twenty plus inches and counting

It really snowed!

Hodgdon Island Inn

near Boothbay Harbor, has the honor of being the closest Bed and Breakfast to the beautiful and ever-changing Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  Our nine-room inn is located just 9 tenths of a mile further down Barter’s Island Road directly across the street from the Trevett Country Store.  

Located directly across the street from the Hodgdon Island Inn

Richard and I love the gardens!  Although I have to admit that most of our time spent in the gardens is in the off-season.  Like today – it snowed, I mean really snowed (12 inches), and so we decided to get out and stretch our legs and take in the sights.

The unpretentious sign at the entrance

What a gem of a place!

 As Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is only a short walk from the inn, we wrapped up and eventually made our way there. What a gem of a place!  From the unpretentious sign at the entrance to the delightful driveway up to the gardens and trails, this tranquil place soothes the soul.  This past July we saw the grand opening of the Children’s Garden.  What a day of excitement and traffic and happy people! This garden was designed for children of all ages and I have to tell you that some of our guests (well past their childhood years) did not want to leave this incredible garden of sights and senses!  This year we are witnessing the construction of an education building and garden.  When it’s completed it will be the “greenest” building in Maine.  How cool is that?! In short, no matter the time of year, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are well worth visiting.  So, for that matter is the Hodgdon Island Inn Bed and Breakfast rated Number 1 in Boothbay, Maine by Trip Advisor.