One of our favorite events of the summer is the Maine Windjammer Parade that will take place this Friday, July 12, 2013. The Rockland Breakwater is THE place to be in Rockland from 12 to 4 to watch these tall wooden ships parade around Rockland harbor in all their glory. In the eight years we’ve been here we’ve never missed this event. For more information on the Maine Windjammer Association click here.
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Despite the somewhat dreary weather we have been having, as the saying goes “April showers bring May flowers”. Well, in this case it is turning into June flowers! Here at LimeRock Inn we have over 60 types of perennial flowers and shrubs. I have made it my mission this summer to document each and every one through photography. Please feel free to check my public photo album by clicking here throughout the summer as I continually update the gallery. Enjoy!
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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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!
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.
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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.