Posts Tagged ‘Coastal Maine Botanical gardens’

BOOTHBAY’S HODGDON ISLAND INN B&B INNKEEPERS JOIN THE FOLIAGE NETWORK AS OFFICIAL SPOTTERS

October 7th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

An explosion of color!

Each fall, thousands of people from all over the world come to Maine to see the explosion of color that the New England states are famous for.

The most often asked question Richard and I get asked at the end of summer is “When is the best time to see fall colors?” Unfortunately, we cannot provide an exact answer.  In general, based on our research, the peak supposedly comes in mid-October, but the best time may be anywhere from the first to the third week of the month. And some leaves start to change in late September.  As October approaches and the temperatures start to cool, leaves begin to change color.  The peak time of fall foliage in Maine also varies depending on weather conditions, and what part of the state you visit.  Historically, however, it is typically during early to mid-October that the colors are most brilliant.

In an effort to assist our guests with the planning of their trips to see the colors here in the Boothbay Region and along the mid coast, Richard and I researched what resources were available and came to depend on a couple of sites in particular:  the Maine Foliage Report (updated every Wednesday during season), Maine Department of Conservation  http://www.MaineFoliage.com/ ; The Foliage Network  http://www.foliagenetwork.com/; and Yankee Magazine’s foliage map http://www.yankeefoliage.com/live-fall-foliage-map/

So when the call came through the Maine Innkeepers Association to sign up to be an Official Fall Foliage Spotter this year for the Foliage Network, Richard and I signed on!   The Foliage Network was developed to provide accurate foliage information for various locations across the United States. During the months of September, October, and November, the Foliage Network collects data from its foliage spotters twice a week. This data is collected, plotted, analyzed by The Foliage Network and translated into a user-friendly report which can be used by travelers to find the best foliage conditions in the Northeast in CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA and VT; in the Southeast in MD, NC, TN, VA, and WVA; and in the Midwest in OH, MI, and WI.

Being a spotter is a lot of fun!  Now I wish I could tell you it was like the “storm chasers” – you know that intrepid group of scientists and filmmakers who hunt down tornadoes to capture stunning severe weather video footage and gather valuable scientific data, but I can’t.  Twice a week we do hunt down foliage around our neighborhood (the Boothbay Harbor Region, the Pemaquid Peninsula and other mid- coast Maine points) and Richard does photograph the subject at hand and I do record the whereabouts of the subject at hand, and while it has rained and it has been windy on occasion, we do not have to outrun the trees.

Sometimes we even reward ourselves with the occasional cappuccino smoothie from the Maine Coast Book Shop Café http://www.mainecoastbookshop.com/  in Damariscotta or a delicious cup of herbal tea from the café at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens http://www.mainegardens.org/  in our own backyard.

Fall is definitely here and the much anticipated fall colors that New England is famous for are also here:   pinks, reds, golds, oranges and ambers like none other. Come experience Maine in the fall and be sure to check out our “Fall Foliage Special here at HII”!  Now, I must dash – it’s time to go leaf-peeping … :)

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.

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!

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!

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A PERFECT MOTHER’S DAY GETAWAY AT HODGDON ISLAND INN’S SPECTACULAR LOCATION CLOSE BY COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS & BOOTHBAY HARBOR

March 29th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

A Perfect Mother's Day Getaway!

A Mother’s Day Promise … 

A quiet, relaxing weekend away at Hodgdon Island Inn is just the ticket – all our rooms have comfortable beds, private baths and water views.We promise Mom will be pampered each morning with sumptuous gourmet breakfasts and scrumptious homemade desserts each evening …

A breakfast treat just for Mom

 

 … Hodgdon Island Inn also offers the best front row seats around for beautiful pink sunsets.

If shopping is on the agenda, then Boothbay Harbor is just minutes down the road and we promise MOM will find everything her heart desires from hand crafted jewelry to fine art and to the latest in fashions and home furnishings …or if a quiet romantic outing on the water is her preference, there are plenty of cruises to choose from.

Tea and flowers

Mother’s Day wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without flowers and of course, a cup of tea to relax and while the afternoon away with.  We promise Mom will find just the ticket at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Tea & Tulips Spring Tea in the Kitchen Café on Saturday afternoon.

Homemade Lemon Glazed Blueberry Pound Cake

 

And of course, since Hodgdon Island Inn is the closest Bed and Breakfast to the gardens, we promise Mom will have time to come back, relax, maybe sip a glass of her favorite wine on the front porch overlooking the water before changing for a lovely dinner at any one of the area’s fine restaurants like Jordan’sTug Boat Inn , the Boathouse Bistro or the Damariscotta River Grille.

 

A Mother's Day Promise ...

We promise to help you tell Mom just how much you love her!  Call us at 1-800-314-5160 or send an e-mail to stay@boothbaybb.com  Richard and I will be more than happy to help you plan your Mother’s Day Gift Weekend for that special lady in your life!  And don’t forget to take advantage of our “Come Stay in May in Boothbay” special:  book a two-night minimum stay at Hodgdon Island Inn anytime during the month of May and save 21% on the room of your choice.

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 is located about an hour northeast of Portland; three hours from Boston; three hours from Bar Harbor

March 7th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Follow signs to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

By Air

Fly into Portland International Jet Port (www.portlandjetport.org ); rent a car, call for a limousine service or make arrangements to be met by a Boothbay Harbor Region(www.boothbayharbor.com) taxi.  Private planes may fly into Wiscasset Airport; rental cars and taxi services are available.

By Car 

From Portland (www.portlandmaine.gov) follow I-295 to Brunswick.  Take Exit 28 or Exit 31 to Route 1 North.  Follow Route 1 through Wiscasset.  Just across the river bear right onto Route 27 out of Edgecomb south to Boothbay (www.boothbay.org).  After 9.3 miles, bear right at the Boothbay Civil War monument, across from the town common. Go straight at the stop sign.  After a quarter mile, bear right onto Barters Island Road.  The Inn (www.boothbaybb.com)  is about 1.2 miles down the road (you will go past the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (www.mainegardens.com) and cross over a bridge under construction) and our driveway will be on your left just before the Trevett Swing Bridge (www.youtube.com), General Store and Post Office.

 

COASTAL MAINE INNKEEPER’S WINTERTIME REMINISCENCES, RESOLUTIONS, RECIPES AND WRITING BLOGS – PART ONE

February 15th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Our "Old Kentucky Home", the Piatt-Fowler House, circa 1817

It’s Friday, February 11, 2011, the sun is shining, the sky is bright blue, the water is deep, dark blue, the temperature has warmed up to 14 degrees (Fahrenheit, that is) and I find myself sitting at my desk looking out at the receding snow piles that once stood 10 feet high and looked liked lookout posts for our fortress.  It’s beautiful!  But life does go at a slower pace here in the winter than where we came from (the bluegrass state) and it gives one more time to reflect …

This morning over breakfast (which by the way was Oatmeal Brule with blueberries, walnuts and bananas), Richard and I were reminiscing about where we were and what we were doing this time last year?  Now, we do have to admit that parts of last year went by in a bit of a blur, but this particular week we can recall with perfect clarity!

Moving Day! Of course, Mother Nature does not always cooperate ...

We were back in Kentucky, packing up the last of our belongings while our moving crew was simultaneously beginning to load said belongings.  Of course, Mother Nature does not always cooperate, and while this move was underway, we had some serious snow.  So serious in fact that they couldn’t get the moving truck up our old driveway to the Piatt-Fowler House and the movers had to resort to using a small rent-a-truck to shuttle loads out, but of course it didn’t stop snowing in between loads and every time, Richard and the guys had to dig the shuttle out.  We hoped it wasn’t an omen … at the end of the second day; everything was onboard except for our second car (which we had packed with everything from Richard’s paintings to the large antique family portraits).  As we stood in the cold, pitch black of night being whipped with blinding snow watching our car being crept up two narrow planks into the dark cavern of the moving van, I finally understood the expression: “my heart was in my throat”.  It all seemed so unreal, surreal and not to mention scary!

Unloading the car was a different story ... going into the truck my heart was in my throat!

The next couple of days were indeed unreal as we said good-bye to family and friends and began the 1,060 mile trek, with our beloved feline companion, Charlie Darlie, to our new home in Mid Coast Maine.

Thankfully we, our belongings and the fantastic North American Van Lines crew arrived safely in Boothbay and on Saturday, February 13th.  Richard went up to meet the truck and guide them to Hodgdon Island Inn.  He said then, and again this morning, that the sight which greeted him is one that he would never forget: 

It caused quite a commotion in Boothbay!

there was this huge moving van straddling the side of Route 27 as close as was possible to the Civil War monument right in the middle of Boothbay Common!  As you can imagine, it caused quite a commotion, especially as they made their way down Barter’s Island Road past the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (www.mainegardens.org), over the bridge and onto our tiny little island, but I’ll save that story for another day …

The perfect end to the 1,060 mile trek from the bluegrass state to the pine tree state.

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.

GREETINGS FROM HODGDON ISLAND INN, Boothbay, Maine

January 25th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Pamela Byrne Riley and Richard Riley

Hodgdon Island Inn resident innkeepers, Pamela and Richard, look forward to Year number Two!

Richard and I (and our beloved and very regal feline companion, Charlie Darlie) hope that 2011 will be a very happy, healthy and prosperous one for you and yours!

What a year 2010 was!  As we wrap up our very first year as innkeepers at Boothbay’s own Hodgdon Island Inn, we can honestly say “there was never a dull moment”!  The fun started the moment we walked out to greet each guest and continued through the start of each day with helping to plan the day’s adventures and/or debating the merits of which area attraction should be on the “must see” list.  Should it be Boothbay Harbor? Pemaquid Point Lighthouse? Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens? The Boothbay Region Land Trust’s, Porter Preserve? or a Balmy Days Cruise to Monhegan Island?  And the fun continued well into the evenings while sitting with our guests (aka extended family members) on the porch under the stars, or around the remnants of the dessert tray in the living room.

Our resident feline, Charlie Darlie, the embodiment of Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat: now you see her; now you don't!

But the best memories of this past year are of you:  our guests, our friends, our extended family!

As Anonymous once said “some people come into our lives and quietly go.  Others stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never the same.”

Thanks for leaving those footprints on our hearts.  We will always remember the time we spent together.

We can’t wait for Year Number Two!