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Calling all professional and amateur chefs with Lobster Mac n Cheese experts

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Lobsterpalooza, the celebration of all things lobster, will take place September 8-14 with a week-long celebration including Crustacean Cash Mobs, $10 Lobster specials in local restaurants, lobster gifts with purchase, lobster lodging packages, lobster tastings, lobster workshops, a “lobstacle course”, plus other lobstericious events. The event will conclude with a Lobster Farmers Market and the Lobster Mac n Cheese Contest at State of Maine Cheese Co in Rockport, ME on Saturday, September 14, 9-3pm. Lobsterpalooza organizers are encouraging both professional chefs and amateur cooks to submit recipes and Lobster Mac n Cheese variations for judging on Saturday, September 14 at 2pm.  First, second and third place recipes will receive trophies/certificates, possible media coverage, cheese packages, and gift certificates.  Pick up registration forms at the State of Maine Cheese Co. or download it here.  Registration forms must be received by September 6, 2013.  Email registration forms to Marti Mayne at or drop them off to Cathe Morrill at State of Maine Cheese Co, 461 Commercial Street, Rockport, Maine. Judges: Linda Greenlaw, lobsterwoman/author and her mother, Martha Greenlaw, fellow cookbook author, Meredith Goad, Food Writer, Portland Press Herald, Amy Traverso, Food Editor, Yankee Magazine

For a complete list of Lobsterpalooza events and rules for the Lobster Mac n Cheese contest, go to

Coastal Maine Art Workshops Visits LimeRock Inn

Friday, July 27th, 2012

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.

Coastal Maine Art Workshops class

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!

LimeRock Inn painting by Alvaro Catagnet

April is Poetry Month in Rockland!

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

April is poetry month in Rockland!  The Rockland Public Library has lots of fun events throughtout the month culminating with a poetry swarm on April 28th that will feature an evening of readings by a dozen or more Maine poets.

As part of poetry month, LimeRock Inn and the other Historic Inns of Rockland have teamed up with the Library to offer “Poems on Pillows”.  Every guest that stays at any of the Historic Inns of Rockland during April will receive a different poem on their pillow for each night of their stay.

To learn more about Rockland Poetry month and see the schedule of events, click here.

Moliere’s The Miser To Be Performed at The Everyman Repertory Theatre

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Looking for something fun and different to do in April?  The Everyman Repertory Theatre will be doing a new adaptation/translation of a play by Moliere, titled The Miser, (L’Avare) which will be playing at Rockport Opera House, 22, 23, 24 April and 29, 30 April, 1 May. 

The Company has been hugely successful since its recent inception having produced critically acclaimed performances of ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’, ‘Gaslight’, ‘Private Lives’, ‘Two By Mann’ (by Camden’s Robert Manns), ‘The 39 Steps’ and more recently wrapped on their sell out performances of ’84 Charing Cross Road’. 

LimeRock Inn is proud to partner with Everyman’s Repertory Theatre to offer a package which includes one nights lodging in our luxurious inn and two tickets to the event on one of the dates above.  One night packages range in rate from $155 to $201 plus tax.  Add an additional night to your stay from $119 to $165 plus tax!

LimeRock Inn is located in Rockland’s downtown historic district on a quiet side street just steps from fine dining, eclectic shops and galleries and the World Renowned Farnsworth Art Musem.  Our eight luxuious guest rooms contain either a queen or kind bed, full private bath, some with jetted tubs.  A full gourmet breakfast is served each morning and is included in the room rate.  Come see why we were recently named the Best Location for Walking to Downtown Shops & Restaurants in 2011 by Lanier International!

Super Moon Over Rockland Harbor

Monday, March 28th, 2011


Here is a composite shot I took of the super moon. It really was an amazing site!

Cooking with Franco!

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

PJ is often the beneficiary of my ever-evolving Italian cooking skills acquired from visits to Rome and Milan like this last trip in December.  In addition to watching Zia Adrianna hone her skills, Lucy, Barbara, Chiara and I took a couple of days to drive to Milan.  After touring one of Italy’s most beautiful and modern cities, we treated ourselves to an afternoon cooking class in the test kitchen of La Cucina Italiana magazine.

So tonight for dinner, Spinach ravioli served with a traditional brown butter and sage sauce.  To solve the problem of an absence of protein, I stopped at Hannaford and picked up some Al Fresco chicken sausage seasoned with roasted peppers and Asiago cheese.

Sausage in Sage and Brown Butter Sauce

Sausage in Sage and Brown Butter Sauce

Why the blast of domesticity, you ask?  Well, that’s the best part.  I hope you will consider joining me at Café Miranda on Saturday morning, March 19th for a Pasta Throwdown between me and chef owner, Kerry Altiero.  Café Miranda is known far and wide for their homemade pastas and specialty sauces featured on their eclectic menu.  But last time we talked, Kerry challenged me after teasing me about my more traditional hand–rolled pasta making style.

The finished dish was quite delish!

The finished dish was quite delish!

Traditional sauce recipes, tips and catholic guilt courtesy of my Nonna Mary Rose and his Grandma Connie are included at no extra charge!  Be sure and reserve your spot now cuz remember, it’s LimeRock Inn Bed & Breakfast (not dinner).  So don’t get any ideas.  If you are inclined, though, you can visit our dear friends, Wendy & Chef husband, Bruce (pronounced Broo Ché when he’s cooking Italian) at their wonderful Bed & Dinner called the Arnold Black Bear Lodge located in the beautiful Stanislaus National Forest of Northern California.

Ciao for now!

Another tease of the holidays

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010


Well all the nutcrackers are out of the storage bins. Now I just need to figure out where to put them all.

Summer Solstice in Rockland, Maine

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Yesterday, Rockland celebrated Summer Solstice in its usual fashion: by closing down Main Street for the evening and hosting a street fair.  this annual event draws thousands from all over the area.  There is music, dancing, games and some of the most amazing food from our local restaurants.  This year marked the first annual pooch parade which opened the event. 

Thousands turned out for the annual Summer Sostice Festival in Rockland, Maine

Thousands turned out for the annual Summer Sostice Festival in Rockland, Maine

Click here to see some more photos from the event.

Rockland Named a Distinctive Destination

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Rockland was recently chosed as one of twelve towns as a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  This is a great honor and just continues the trend of Rockland “getting on the map”.  It is an exciting time to be in this amazing community!!! Check out the brief news story from WCSH6.

An evening with Ameranouche & Cellardoor Winery at Lily Bistro

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
Ameranouche will perform at Lily Bistro

This sounds like an exciting and delicious evening!! From Lily Bistro:

Ameranouche (pronounced uh-MARE-uh-noosh), the Gypsy jazz, acoustic power trio will be performing a concert at Lily Bistro in Rockland on MONDAY, February 15, 2010.

The trio features two French acoustic Gypsy jazz guitars and upright bass, and is a two-time winner of Best of New Hampshire awards as well as being veterans of the famed Newport Jazz Festival. The group tours nationally, year-round and has released two albums, largely of original music inspired by legendary Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt.

National Lampoon director, Kevin Wheatley, calls Ameranouche “the new sound of America”. After hearing these folks sail through a melodious tune with such love, musicality, and signature, jaw-dropping velocity, you’ll be hard pressed not to agree. has plenty of tunes to check out — if you’ve never experienced hot acoustic swing music, now’s your chance to fall in love with the joyful, uplifting, and dance-inducing sounds of Gypsy jazz!

Ameranouche – hot Gypsy jazz power trio LIVE at Lily Bistro
MONDAY, February 15, 2010
$15 for the show; seating is limited
optional $15 also for wine tasting (come early!)
207-594-4141 for reservations