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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.

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! :-)

2011 Season Comes to an end at Hodgdon Island Inn Bed and Breakfast near East Boothbay, Maine.

December 12th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Heavy Frost at Hodgdon Island Inn

Today in Boothbay the sun is shining, the sky is bright blue and currently the temperature is about 34 degrees.  High tide was around 11AM
this morning and as always, the water was beautiful – a bright, glistening deep dark blue.   As I sit here at my desk and look out, I see the shadow of one of our resident bald eagles as he (or she) completes the daily fly-by (I am always amazed by how very big they are) enroute to its nesting place on Barter’s Island. 

Looking out at the Sheepscot - the water is a deep, dark blue

The gulls are hunkered down on the ridgeline of the roof across the street at the Trevett Store.  And Mrs. Roberts, our neighbor and Hodgdon descendant, is coming back from one of her
walks with her dog, Foxie.  Inside, there is fresh coffee brewing (maple flavored) and loaves of homemade applesauce bread baking providing that perfectly delicious Holiday scent of coffee, maple syrup, cloves and cinnamon.  Can’t you just smell it?!  As I begin to gather my
thoughts in preparation for this BLOG I find it hard to believe that it is
December already and that Richard and I have closed our second season as innkeepers here at our beloved Hodgdon Island Inn!  2011 was the perfect illustration of the saying “time flies when you’re having fun!”
OMG!  How very true that is!  What a season!  What a year!  And most importantly, what fun!

We had guests from all around the world and all around the country.
Each and every one of our guests is special and unique in his or her
way.  The guests were Hodgdon Island Inn alumni, boaters, artists, authors, brides & grooms, scholars, teachers & professors, moms & dads, mothers and daughters, husbands & wives, doctors & lawyers, kayakers, cyclists, veterans, girlfriends shopping ‘til they dropped and those in need of respite and solitude.  We had visitors from as far away as Swaziland, Japan and Denmark and as close as Maine, Massachusetts and New
Hampshire. 

Fourth of July Wedding at the Inn

The Inn was the perfect setting for a beautiful family wedding here on the Fourth of July as well as numerous milestone birthday and anniversary celebrations throughout the season and an artists’ retreat in the fall.

How cool is this?!  Richard and I still find it hard to believe that we get to live in this very special place on the mid-coast of Maine and that we have the added bonus of crossing paths with so many special people!  We look forward to welcoming you to our tiny little island here in Boothbay,  Maine in 2012.

Artists from Ten Pound Studio, Gloucester, MA

Normally, Hodgdon Island Inn would be open year round, but we ask your indulgence as we need to make a few minor upgrades to several of the rooms. To do this with as little inconvenience to our guests, we will be closed from December to March.  Reservations can be made anytime online at www.boothbaybb.com or should you have a question for us, please leave a message on the voicemail at 1-800-314-5160 and we’ll get back to you.

Don’t forget to check the website www.boothbaybb.com for specials,
recipes, Hodgdon Island Inn Alumni discounts and more …

 

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

February 16th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

The sun is beginning to set on Hodgdon Island Inn

It is now Friday afternoon and the sun is beginning to set.  Richard and I have had a wonderful day here on our tiny little island in Maine. (I read somewhere recently that Maine has more than four thousand islands, but I will not digress).  We have progressed a little further on our current re-decorating projects (more on that later); we fed our resident seagulls and crows who are experts at landing on what you and I would deem slippery spots; we stretched our legs and walked over to the Post Office while dodging incoming cars to the Trevett Country Store at lunchtime; and stopped by our neighbor’s and got invited to have tea. As I said, it’s been a lovely day.

Maine has more than four thousand islands ...

That’s been one of the surprises that we have discovered in our new life here in Boothbay – there are so many places to explore (this week alone we have been to Newcastle, Damariscotta, Wiscasset, Bath and Brunswick), so many things to do; so many people to meet  and nasty bronchitis to get over once and for all.

SO, what all this boils down to is that I am way behind on my New Year’s resolution (like I am all alone here!) to test and post some new Hodgdon Island Inn or Pamela Byrne Riley-favorite recipes each month.  But henceforth (I have always wanted to use that word) I will endeavor (always wanted to use that one too) to adhere to my resolution.  Going forward, if I do not have a new recipe posted, let’s say, by the 15th of each month, you have my permission to nag me, okay?

This is NOT your grandmother's plum pud!

To get the proverbial ball rolling, I have already shared the much requested Baked Plum Pudding recipe which I was originally going to post in keeping with the old English tradition of serving a second plum pudding on New Year’s Day and will be posting my February recipes:  Barm Brack or Barm Bread in a tribute to my Mom and her favorite Irish saint, St. Brigid (see blog titled Nine Room Bed and Breakfast Inn On The Water Located Four Miles From Boothbay Harbor, Maine), second only to St. Patrick himself and  a super easy-to-make Raspberry Bavarian soufflé in honor of Valentine’s Day.

In honor of the Irish saint, St. Brigid, second only to St. Patrick himself.

Easy-to-make Raspberry Bavarian souffle

 

For March we must have something for St. Paddy’s Day of course, but the question is what?!

These recipes and more can be found at www.boothbaybb.com/blog

As always, please feel free to share your favorites and if you have any suggestions re: recipes for me to try, I would love to hear from you!

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.