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For the past several years we have had guests who were in town to attend the Coastal Maine Art Workshops. One guest has stayed with us over the past several years and we’ve gotten to know him quite well. This year he asked if the class could come to the inn for the instructor to do a demo. Of course we jumped at the opportunity! This morning about 20 students and the instructor, watercolor artist Alvaro Catagnet, came to the inn for a demonstration. The group gathered in our living room to watch Alvaro do his magic.
Alvaro ended up doing beautiful painting of the club chairs against the picture window in about an hour. It is amazing how he was able to capture the light coming in through the window. This was a very exciting morning for us and is just one of the many reasons we love what we do! We hope they come back again next year. We can’t wait to see what Alvaro will capture next. Make sure to check out his website by clicking here. His use of color and how he captures light and dark is truly evocative!
We just love when guests leave little creative thing in the guest books!
As innkeepers, it is very difficult for us to leave the inn before noon as we are busy finishing up breakfast, cleaning rooms and assisting our guests. The Rockland Farmer’s Market takes place every Thursday through the summer down at Harbor Park and sadly to say, today was our first opportunity to experience this gem in our town!
There are 20 some odd purveryors which include many local farms. You can find everything from meats to cheeses, to jams, loads of fresh veggies, even soaps and ice cream.
For us, this trip also included lunch at the Uproot Pie Company which is a mobile wood fired brick over pizza outfit. Our personal pizzas were to die for!!
We picked up a bunch of verggies for dinner tonight. Can’t wait to try them out.
If your in town on a Thursday morning, this is a must see stop. you won’t regret it!! Of course the location ain’t too shabby either!!!
Our story of how we came to be innkeepers was just featured in Lanier B&B’s newsletter. Check it out here.
This is the same site that recently honored us with an international award for Best Location for Walking to Downtown Shops & Restaurants. Pretty sweet!!!
Yesterday, I grabbed my camera and headed down to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. If you’ve never been, it is definitely worth a visit and makes a wonderful daytrip from the inn. The gardens are comprised of 128 acres with 3,600 feet of tidal shore frontage in Boothbay. They opened their doors in 2007 although planning, plantings and building had begun 16 years earlier!
The gardens are comprised of several different sections with the two newest being The Garden of the Five Senses (above) and The Children’s Garden. The entire property is really quite magnificent.
My goal this year was to get to the gardens to see the rhododendrons in bloom. While I was a bit late in the season, there were still many varieties in bloom.
To see my full gallery, please click here and enjoy!!!
I was recently asked to submit photos and a recipe to Woman’s World magazine for an upcoming feature they are doing on Blueberry recipies. I decided to submit my Maine Blueberry Crumb Cake which is super yummy and super easy to do. I thought I’d share that recipe with you! Enjoy!!!
CLASSIC BLUEBERRY CRUMB CAKE
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar 1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
In a medium bowl, combine cinnamon, salt, sugar and flour. Cut in butter using your hands, two knives, or a pastry cutter until well combined and crumbly.
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for pan
1 c. granulated sugar 3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 c. sour cream
3 c. wild Maine blueberries
confectioners sugar for dusting
crumb topping from above
Preheat oven to 350°. Into a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Butter a 9 X 13 baking pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Add vanilla and beat until combined. Add reserved flour mixture and the sour cream and beat just until well combined. Fold in 2 cups of blueberries. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Toss remaining cup blueberries with crumb topping. Sprinkle crumb topping over cake. Bake until golden brown and cake tester comes out.
This has been an amazing year for us. We recently won Best B&B in Village Soup’s Best of the Best annual poll and then we get word that we have won another award from Yankee Magazine!!!
Their annual Best of New England issue, on newstands now, gives us an award in the Best in Maine Lodging category for Best Wraparound Porch!! As always, we are incredibly humbled!
And now for a picture of the porch. We have always said this it is one of the best spots in Rockland. Since it faces north, it is also one of the coolest spots on a warm summer afternoon, the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or a refreshing beverage in the afternoon.