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LimeRock Inn Named Reader’s Favorite B&B in DownEast Magazine Reader’s Awards

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Frank Isganitis of LimeRock Inn & Paul Doiron, Editor of DownEast Magazine

Down East Enterprise, “a multimedia company based in Rockport, Maine, devoted to celebrating “Maine at its Best,” has recently recognized Rockland’s LimeRock Inn with a Best of Maine Reader’s Choice Award, to be presented during an awards ceremony at the Portland Club in Portland on June 27. Describing itself as Maine’s premier magazine, Down East: The Magazine of Maine has 400,000 readers who are attracted by the spirit and culture of Maine depicted in the stunning photography, Maine humor, and signature story-telling of the magazine, not to mention Maine’s distinctive travel destinations and inns.

The Annual Down East Awards traditionally consisted of Editors’ Choice awards in several categories where magazine staffers would compile and name their choices for the year. Additionally, this year, a ballot was inserted into the April Down East issue to compile input from readers for a Down East Reader’s Choice Award. Thousands of readers voted for their favorite businesses in several categories, including Arts, Boating, Education, Entertainment, Food, Home Improvement, Lodging, Shopping, and Travel. The LimeRock Inn was chosen as the Best B&B in Maine and included in the list of Reader’s Choice Awards under the Travel category.

“We were delighted and honored to be chosen as a Best of Maine Award winner,” said Frank Isganitis, co-owner of the LimeRock Inn. “This award means so much to us because it comes from people who love Maine as much as we do,” finished Isganitis.

Down East’s website describes the LimeRock Inn as elegant and premier, saying…”One of Rockland’s most elegant bed & breakfasts, is tucked away on a quiet side street encircled by a wraparound porch and landscaped gardens. Step back in time to a world of relaxation in comfort and elegance in a beautiful coastal ME turreted Victorian mansion turned B&B. This exquisite example of Queen Anne architecture is reminiscent of the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era. Situated in the historic district, LimeRock Inn is steps away from a visit to the mid-coast region’s world-class Farnsworth Museum, fine dining, European style shopping, and what Down East magazine referred to as “mid-coast Maine’s most beautiful ocean walk.” When it comes to lodging in Rockland, LimeRock Inn’s sumptuous and hearty breakfasts, whirlpool or European soaking tubs, private fireplaces, and king beds combine the most luxurious amenities for the perfect romantic getaway. For those who’d rather not go unplugged, the entire Inn is WiFi enabled. In addition, a guest computer complete with free, high-speed internet service is available at all times along with complimentary refreshments in the guest pantry…”

LimeRock Inn’s Reader’s Choice Award puts them in good company with such Maine greats as Stephen King, Patrick Dempsey, Comedian Bob Marley, and James Beard Award winning Chef, Melissa Kelly.

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

The B&B Myth

Monday, April 18th, 2011

NBC’s Parks and Recreation is one of our favorite shows.  On a recent episode, the staff at the Pawnee parks department found themselves “stuck” at a B&B.  While it was absolutely hilarious, it definitely played into may people’s stereotype of B&B’s.  You know, that they are run by old women with lots of rules and smelly cats everywhere.  Check out the clip below.

Of course, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Here at LimeRock Inn, we offer all the modern amenities you would get at any high end hotel and more and we don’t charge extra for any of it. All our guest rooms feature flat panel TV’s with built in DVD players and Ipod docking stations. We have a 24 hour guest pantry that offers complimentary waters, soft drinks and a variety of snacks. The guest pantry also has an office center with computer, printer and fax machine and we have free secure wifi throughout the inn. Lastly, and most importantly, a three course gourmet breakfast is included in the room rate!!

This is really just the tip of the iceberg as to our offerings. Check out our website to learn more!! Or stop by and see for yourself!

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!

Guests pick LimeRock Inn for 2011 “Best Location for Walking to Shops/Dining” from over 8,500 B&B’s

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

We’ve won another award!!!!  Please see our press release below.  We are very honored!!Best-Location-for-Shops

Rockland, ME – - The LimeRock Inn in Rockland, ME was chosen by our readers of LanierBB.com Travel Guides as  North America’s “Best Location for Walking to Shops/Dining” for 2011. Having unanimously received the greatest number of votes out of 8,500 properties by their loyal B&B guests and regular visitors to LanierBB.com, LimeRock Inn earned one of the industry’s most prestigious awards.  Last year, LanierBB.com readers awarded LimeRock Inn with the distinction of “Most Affordable Luxury Property”, making this inn a two-time LanierBB.com award dinner.

 “Warm, welcoming and full of character and charm, P.J. Walter & Frank Isganitis offer exceptional hospitality and effort to go that extra mile,”said Pamela Lanier, owner of LanierBB.com and travel guide/cookbook author. “Earning themselves the designation of “Best Location for Walking to Shops/Dining for 2011” with Lanier readers, this B&B truly stands out above the rest,” finished Lanier.

 “We’re delighted to receive a Lanier award for the second year in a row,” said Frank Iganitis, LimeRock Inn co-owner. “It’s especially satisfying since this award came directly from our guests, and one of the things they love most is our location, which is a great selling point for the inn” finished Isganitis.

 The LimeRock Inn, a turreted Victorian mansion,  is an exquisite example of Queen Anne architecture. Featuring two front parlors, spacious guest rooms and an inviting wrap-around porch, LimeRock Inn offers guests the chance to experience luxury and elegance in a gracious historical setting. Located in Rockland’s Historic District within strolling distance to the renowned Farnsworth Museum and Rockland’s thriving Main Street and harbor, the Inn is perfectly situated for those who enjoy exploring Rockland’s downtown and waterfront by foot or for leisurely driving tours of the Midcoast region. Eight sizeable guest rooms are decorated blending period details with comfort and luxury.

 Pamela Lanier’s Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Guesthouses International has been assisting inn goers with a comprehensive variety of boutique lodgings since 1982, announcing an “Innkeeper of the Year” winner for 28 years in a row, the oldest and most prestigious B&B vote program in the world.

 Thinking of visiting Rockland and the Penobscot Bay region, or want to meet these exceptional innkeepers that put their heart and soul into their B&B? Contact the LimeRock Inn today and you’ll be received at their B&B with open arms! For more information and reservations, visit LimeRock Inn at www.Limerockinn.com or email info@limerockinn.com.  To talk with the Frank and PJ, call 207-594-2257. 

A Better Way to Stay

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

PAII, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International has started a new campaign called A Better Way to Stay to educate the public on why staying at a B&B is the better choice of a chain hotel.  They produced a nice little video which Frank and I were proud to be a part of.  Check it out below!

Crabmeat Quiche

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

One of our most loved dishes at LimeRock Inn is Frank’s Crabmeat Quiche.  In fact, one of our guests this morning said it was the best quiche she’s ever had.  It really is quite simple so we thought we’d share the recipe here.  I apologize for the rough photo as it was taken with my phone this morning!  It’s really much prettier than it appears here.

Crabmeat Quiche

Crabmeat Quiche

3 large eggs

4 ounces Swiss cheese (shredded)

¼ cup finely chopped onion

½ cup mayonnaise

5 ounces lump crab meat

Salt & pepper

 9 inch tart dish

     Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Roll out your favorite pie crust as thin as possible and lay over tart dish after coating with non-stick baking spray.  Fold edges over into dish and press into the edge to create the outer pie crust.  Evenly distribute chopped onion and shredded Swiss cheese over the pie crust.  In a small mixing bowl, combine eggs, mayonnaise, crab meat, salt & pepper, to taste.  Add egg mixture to pie crust and bake in pre-heated oven for 45 minutes.  Serve warm. (Tip:  After baking and turning off the oven, cover the quiche with aluminum foil in the oven to keep it warm until serving.)

LimeRock Inn Receives the Beacon Award from the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Last night we attended the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce annual award dinner.  There were about 300 people in attendence and it is the one time of year I will put a suit on.  Well…..we won an award!  The Beacon Award recognizes a business or organization that has attracted significant positive regional or national attention to the Penobscot Bay region that results in a rise in economic activity for the local business community.

P.J. Walter, left, and Frank Isganitis, center, accept the chamber's Beacon Award on behalf of The LimeRock Inn Saturday night at the Samoset Resort. The resort's General Manager Connie Russell, right, presents the award. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)

P.J. Walter, left, and Frank Isganitis, center, accept the chamber's Beacon Award on behalf of The LimeRock Inn Saturday night at the Samoset Resort. The resort's General Manager Connie Russell, right, presents the award. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)

The presentation is as follows:

     After relocating to the Penobscot Bay region from New Jersey, these partners purchased an existing business that was already successful.  Together, they represent the principle that individuals working together can achieve results greater than the sum of the parts.  This idea is paramount in the way they run their business, interact with their colleagues and reflected in the industry brand that they have helped create.

      One of these individuals is a bit more low key choosing to stay behind and “man the fort” in order to allow the other the opportunity to be more overtly community minded.  However, he works tirelessly using social media and other online outlets like when Rockland was nominated by Captain Brenda Thomas of the schooner, Issac Evans, as one of the Coolest Small Towns In America last year.  Through his efforts, Rockland came in second in the online voting and received the “Editor’s Choice” designation in the October issue of Budget Travel magazine.

     The other individual is likely better known in the community.  Despite being “from away”, Rockland has embraced them with open arms allowing this individual to become a founding member of Rockland Main Street, Chairman of Rockland’s Economic Development Advisory Committee AND Rockland’s Comprehensive Planning Commission.  He is also a member-at-large of Rockland’s Board of Assessment Review and an Executive Committee member of the Chamber.

      Through their efforts, the region has hosted celebrities like Bobby Flay, Samantha Brown, and Rachel Ray.  In addition, the region has received television recognition on the Food Network, HGTV, Wheel of Fortune, CBS Good Morning, The Today Show, and at least four appearances on WCSH6-NBC Portland as well as countless local, regional and national print publications.

     They use all of these opportunities to shine a light on and promote the Penobscot Bay region, and I never get the impression the attention is about them or their business. They always make their efforts about the region and local community and why it’s so great to come here. They are tremendous ambassadors of the Penobscot Bay region.  For all these reasons, we offer the Beacon Award to The LimeRock Inn owners, PJ Walter and Frank Isganitis.

We are so incredibly honored and humbled by receving this award.  The way we operate is reflected in a quote from the Community Person of the Year Winner, “If you see something that needs to get done, do it.  If you don’t know how to do it, learn.”  These are words to live by!

Key LimeRock Pie at LimeRock Inn

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Way back in June, we spent a few days with some travel writers that came to Rockland as part of Historic Inns of Rockland FAM tour.  I heard the term FAM tour before, but always wondered what it meant.  FAM is abbreviated for familiarization.  Now, the light comes on in my head.

Anyway, the Tandem Tasters are part of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association.  Maralyn and Brenda stopped by one afternoon to watch me make Key LimeRock Pie.  We had a lot of fun, and they seemed to enjoy the tasting part too.

Historic Inns of Rockland are hosting the 6th annual Pies on Parade in January 2010.  If it sounds yummy to you too, think about coming to Rockland next January for a taste.

LimeRock Inn on If Walls Could Talk

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Two years ago, we were featured on HGTV’s If Walls Could Talk.  It was a really fun show to be a part of although we filmed for 13 hours straight for about a 13 minute segment!!  Enjoy the video below!