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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 BOOTHBAY HARBOR REGION WILL BE CLOSED FOR 2014 SEASON

March 5th, 2014 by richard-pamela-riley

The rumors are true ... HII has been sold!

The rumors are true … HII has been sold!

 The rumors are true – Richard and I have sold the inn and we will be vacating the premises as of March 24, 2014.  The new owners will NOT be open for the 2014 Season and beyond that, at the moment, no one can say. 

We have been asked for referrals so here are just a few:

Five Gables Inn http://www.fivegablesinn.com   (it is equal distance out of Boothbay Harbor like we are only over in East Boothbay)
The Inns at Greenleaf
http://www.greenleafinn.com (they are in town, but have nice views and are within walking distance to all the shops, restaurants, etc.)
Topside Inn
http://www.topsideinn.com (the kingpin of inns in the harbor – up on the hill overlooking the harbor, but within walking distance to the town – great water views)
or The Newcastle Inn
http://www.newcastleinn.com (on River Road halfway between Boothbay and Damariscotta – the best of both areas). 

Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor

We do hope this helps.  Again, we thank you for your interest in Hodgdon Island Inn!  Richard and I are sorry not to have been here to be able to welcome you, but hope you have a wonderful stay in the region. 

To find out more about the Boothbay Harbor Region, or seek additional referrals, please check out the Boothbay Harbor Region’s Chamber of Commerce’s website at http://www.boothbayharbor.com

HODGDON ISLAND INN BOOTHBAY MAINE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

February 14th, 2014 by richard-pamela-riley

Snow blankets Hodgdon Island

Snow blankets Hodgdon Island

A very short time ago while in the midst of preparing to open for our fifth season here at Hodgdon Island Inn (HII), Richard and I received a call out of the blue asking if we would be interested in selling the inn.  Of course it took us by surprise and since we had no thought of doing so, politely turned it down.  The prospective buyer, however, was very persistent, not to mention generous, and in the end made us an offer that we could not refuse.   So on March 24, 2014 we will bid good-bye to our beloved HII and undertake the next phase of this wonderful adventure we’re on!  Richard and I are very grateful to all of you who helped to not only make our time here so much fun, but so successful as well.

We are sorry to say that the new owner has decided not to operate HII this coming season.

Should you be interested in where we end up in our search for a new B&B, we will be keeping the Hodgdon Island Inn BLOG updated as to what we’re doing on our adventure. http://www.boothbaybb.com/blog

Thank you for your friendship, your business and the opportunity to serve you.  We sincerely hope our paths cross again.

HODGDON ISLAND INN OFFERS QUICK AND EASY DESSERT RECIPE FOR FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS

July 3rd, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies photo by Richard B. RileyCHOCOLATE CHIP SHORTBREADS

(A Quick and Easy Dessert)

 

From the kitchen of Pamela Byrne Riley

Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine

Makes twelve heart cookies

INGREDIENTS:

1 c plus 2 TBS all-purpose flour

½ c cold unsalted butter

1/3 c semisweet chocolate mini chips (I prefer Ghiradelli)

¼ c granulated sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Have shortbread cookie molds ready.

Mix flour and granulated sugar in a medium bowl.  Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or rub butter in with fingertips) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in mini chips.

Gently press crumbs together to form a dough (heat from your hands will help make this happen).  Press dough into mold sections.  Prick sections twice with a fork.

Bake 20 -25 minutes, or until shortbread looks dry and golden at edges.  Allow to cool in molds completely before removing.

Shortbreads can be stored airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition facts:  117 cals., 7 g total fat, 16 mg chol., 2 mg sodium, 12 g carb., 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Recipe found in Woman’s Day, 2005

IN BOOTHBAY ON HODGDON ISLAND INNKEEPERS CELEBRATE J.R.R. TOLKIEN AND SECOND BREAKFAST

March 23rd, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Ten years ago on March 25th, The Tolkien Society launched its first annual Tolkien Reading Day – a day set aside to honor the writer J.R.R. Tolkien and to encourage the reading of his works.  How fun is that?!  To have another excuse to read some of my favorite all time stories?!Tolkien Reading Day

Richard and I are avid readers and we owe our parents a huge debt of gratitude for encouraging us in this habit of a lifetime.  Both sets of parents loved to read and we were both treated to hours and hours of magic time involving the sound of our parents’ voices reading aloud from the pages of our favorite books:  Tolkien’s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, or The Silmarillion; Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia; L. Frank Baum’s Oz books and of course J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.  Fantasy at its best.  (AUDIBLE SIGH).

Fantasies that we have carried with us so long that they have involved into a certain kind of reality.  I mean, some days don’t we all think “I don’t want to grow up”? or “wish I had a bucket of water to melt the wicked witch” or “can’t I just disappear down that rabbit hole”?  And of course, the all-time favorite: “what about second breakfast?!”

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the hero, Bilbo Baggins (hobbit extraordinaire), eats second breakfast.  In the preface to its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien mentions that the hobbits’ preference is to eat six meals a day.   In Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring, Pippin, one of the hobbits, in a dialogue with Merry, another of the hobbits, references both second breakfast and elvenses while on the run and under the protection of the human, Aragorn.

Aragorn: Gentlemen, we do not stop ’til nightfall.
Pippin: What about breakfast?
Aragorn: You’ve already had it.
Pippin: We’ve had one, yes. What about second breakfast?
[Aragorn turns and walks off in disgust]
Merry: I don’t think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn’t he?
Merry: I wouldn’t count on it.
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According to tradition in the United Kingdom and Ireland elevenses is a snack that is similar to afternoon tea, but eaten in the latter part of the morning.  It could include cake, cookies, scones or tarts with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. The name refers to the time of day that it is taken: around 11AM.

If you have occasion to celebrate a second breakfast in the true style of J.R.R. Tolkien’s hobbits, be sure to check out the 75th anniversary “Hobbit Second Breakfast Kit” at www.hobbitsecondbreakfast.com

Here at Hodgdon Island Inn we do our very best to not only meet our guests’ every dietary need, but to serve a breakfast sumptuous enough to get you through elevenses all the way to luncheon.

Happy Reading!

BOOTHBAY BED AND BREAKFAST HODGDON ISLAND INN SENDS FRIENDLY REMINDER DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

March 7th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

 

Daylight Savings Time 2012 Reminder

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.

DUTCH BABY or OVEN PANCAKE RECIPE

February 10th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Dutch baby photo by Richard B. Riley

Serve this straight from the oven with a dusting of powdered sugar, a spoonful of your favorite fruit jam or preserves, or a drizzle of real Maine maple syrup for a taste of pure perfection!

From the kitchen of Pamela Byrne Riley

Photographed by Richard B. Riley

Innkeepers, Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine

 

Ingredients:

1/2c milk

1/2c all-purpose flour

1/4c sugar

2 large eggs at room temperature

4 TBS unsalted butter

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Whisk together until smooth all ingredients except the butter; set aside

Melt butter in a 10-inch oven proof skillet (cast iron is ideal; if using pan other than cast iron, be sure to cover handle completely with aluminum foil) over medium heat.

Tilt pan so that the butter coats the sides.  Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook without stirring, for 1 minute.

Place the skillet in the oven and bake until the pancake is puffed and golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

“Serve immediately”, advises Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker of Joy of Cooking fame, “as the pancake loses its puff, and therefore its drama almost immediately”.

Makes 2-4 servings.

HODGDON ISLAND INN NEAR BOOTHBAY HARBOR MAINE SENDS CHINESE NEW YEAR GREETINGS

February 7th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

The most important holiday for Chinese around the world is undoubtedly Chinese New Year — and it all started out of fear.

The centuries-old legend on the origins of the New Year celebration varies from teller to teller, but they all include a story of a terrible mythical monster who preyed on villagers. The lion-like monster’s name was Nian (年) which is also the Chinese word for “year.”

The stories also all include a wise old man who counsels the villagers to ward off the evil Nian by making loud noises with drums and firecrackers and hanging red paper cutouts and scrolls on their doors because for some reason, the Nian is scared of the color red.

The villagers took the old man’s advice and the Nian was conquered. On the anniversary of the date, the Chinese recognize the “passing of the Nian” known in Chinese as guo nian (过年), which is also synonymous with celebrating the New Year.

2013 is the year of the Snake!

2013 is the year of the Snake!

The date of Chinese New Year changes each year as it is based on the lunar calendar. While the western Gregorian calendar is based on the earth’s orbit around the sun, China and most Asian countries use the lunar calendar that is based on the moon’s orbit around the earth. Chinese New Year always falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Other Asian countries such as Korea, Japan and Vietnam also celebrate New Year using the lunar calendar.

This year’s presiding animal zodiac is the Snake.  Richard was born in the year of the Dragon, the most revered of all the animal zodiac figures and yours truly was born in the year of the Monkey (reported to be the cleverest of the animal zodiac figures) :-)

We wish one and all the happiness of the season!

BOOTHBAY HARBOR REGION HODGDON ISLAND INN BED AND BREAKFAST LOOKS FORWARD TO 2013 SEASON

January 31st, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Our beloved HII

Our beloved HII

Oh my goodness!  How time does fly?!  I cannot believe that we are into the first month of a new year!  Happy belated 2013!  Richard and I wish you and yours all that is good and great.

2012, like the years before it, had its fair share of things to celebrate and its moments of sadness.  Here in our little corner of the world those moments ranged from that of an earthquake registering 2.4 on the Richter Scale whose epicenter was three miles north of Boothbay Harbor to the sinking of the HMS Bounty in Hurricane Sandy and to the grand opening of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences; from a local girl, Eleanor “Ellie” Logan, earning her second Olympic gold medal to the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce celebrating its 50th anniversary along with its very own 50th annual Windjammer Days Festival; and lastly to the lobstermen of mid coast Maine surviving one of the worst gluts on the market due to warm weather conditions last spring which interrupted the lobster’s normal life cycle doubling the number of lobsters on the market.

We are very thankful to be here in Boothbay at our beloved Hodgdon Island Inn and preparing to launch Season 4.  Season 4 – we can hardly believe it as it seems like only yesterday we rolled into town, zipped past the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Barters Island Road, bounced across the old Knickerkane bridge (which has since been replaced by our beautiful new bridge) and pulled into the driveway at HII unsure of what awaited us, but fast-forward three seasons which include welcoming guests and alumni from all across the country and all around the world, creating thousands of breakfasts and desserts, making hundreds of beds and being part of so many magic moments called memories.

The 2013 season?  Bring it on!! :-)

Innkeepers’s note:  Hodgdon Island Inn will be open March 1 – November 17, 2013.  Reservations can be made online at http://www.boothbaybb.com.  Should you have a question, or need to speak with us, we can be reached via voicemail at 1-800-314-5160 or by e-mail stay@boothbaybb.com  We would love to have the opportunity of welcoming you to our tiny little island getaway here on the mid coast of Maine.