The Historic Inns of Rockland’s event, Pies on Parade, will be entering it’s 10th year. The 2014 event will take place on Sunday, January 26th. AAA Northern New England just did a nice little writeup on the event. You can view it here. To learn more about the event please visit the Historic Inns of Rockland website here.
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This past Friday was the annual Parade of Sails done by the Maine Windjammer Association. It is one of my favorite events of the season. Please enjoy a photo gallery of these spectacular vessels bu clicking here!!
After the video loads, move the time ahead to our segment at 12:40. Enjoy!!
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!!!
I wanted to share this recipe with everyone as it hasn’t made it onto the table for several years. This was always one of our most popular creations during the Historic Inns of Rockland’s annual Pies on Parade Event. Although the recipe is for one tart, it can be easily modified to make individual tarlets as shown in the photo.
|RASPBERRY CHEESE TART
|Preheat oven to 350°. In a food processor blend together flour, sugar, and butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 2 tablespoons water and toss until incorporated. Add enough remaining water if necessary until mixture begins to come together but is still crumbly. Refrigerate dough, wrapped in plastic for 1 hour. Press crust evenly onto bottom and sides of an 11 inch tart pan with removable fluted rim. Prick the crust with a fork, line the dough with aluminum foil and weigh it down with pie weights or beans and bake in the middle of oven until golden, about 30 minutes. Make the filling while the crust bakes.|
|In an electric mixer beat together cream cheese, sugar, almond extract and egg until smooth. Add flour and blend mixture well. Pour the filling into the warm crust, spreading evenly, and bake in the middle of the oven until set, about 20 minutes. Cool the tart in its pan on a rack. In a small saucepan heat the jam and water over moderate heat, stirring until melted and smooth. Remove pan from heat and cool jam slightly. Arrange the raspberries on top of the part and drizzle the jam over the berries.|
|Note: You can substitute raspberries for almost any type of berry. You can also do the same with the jam. To make individual tartlets, use a 24 mini muffin pan instead and press large gumball size pieces of dough into each well. Reduce baking times by half.|
Guests Pick Rockland’s LimeRock Inn as 2010 “Most Affordable Luxury” B&B Award Winner from over 8,500 B&B’s worldwide!Monday, March 15th, 2010
Rockland, ME (3-15-10) – The LimeRock Inn in Rockland, ME was recently chosen as “Most Affordable Luxury Inn” out of 8,500 B&Bs around the world by readers of The Complete Guide to Bed & Breakfasts, Inns and Guesthouses International.
“Our readers have spoken and the LimeRock Inn has unanimously received the greatest number of votes in this category by their loyal B&B guests and regular visitors to LanierBB.com, said Pamela Lanier, author of the guidebook series. “Innkeepers, P.J. Walter & Frank Isganitis, certainly earned this prestigious award. Their hard work and effort has not gone unnoticed by the traveling public,” finished Lanier.
Located in Midcoast, Maine, Rockland’s LimeRock Inn serves guests with extraordinary comfort and unparalleled attention to detail. Warm, welcoming and full of character, the LimeRock Inn offers travelers an ideal base for a relaxing in a memorable bed and breakfast retreat, which translates to value. “We could not be more excited about this recognition,” stated co-owner, Frank Isganitis. “This confirms our belief that we can deliver a five-star experience without the five-star price tag,” said Isganitis.
Guests at the LimeRock Inn are always the top priority of innkeepers. “Everything we do comes after careful and thoughtful consideration of how it will impact our customer.” said PJ Walter, LimeRock Inn’s other co-owner. “We are honored to receive this award, but knowing our guests participated in the award is the ultimate reward for us. It means they really understand our motto of comfortable elegance.”
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 “Inn of the Year” winner for 26 consecutive years. The oldest B&B vote program in the world, guests may now vote for any bed and breakfast in over 80 categories on LanierBB.com, all votes are tallied and winners are announced at the beginning of each year in Lanier’s print guide, The Complete Guide to Bed & Breakfasts, Inns and Guesthouses International, website, newsletters and with press affiliates.
Five Tips for Finding Affordable Luxury at the LimeRock Inn
Need a pick me up? It’s on the house at LimeRock Inn
- Complimentary transportation to/from the Rockland airport and island ferry is offered upon request.
- Complimentary snacks and hot and cold beverages are available 24-7. No mini bar charges here.
- Complimentary and secure wi-fi service and public desktop computer and printer are available for those who need to stay in touch.
- Complimentary concierge services including restaurant and attractions reservations, directions and insider’s advice.
- Complimentary bell hop service, so even luggage gets a “pick me up” here.
About LimeRock Inn:
Within an easy stroll of downtown Rockland, ME, the LimeRock Inn is a turreted Victorian mansion offering an exquisite example of Queen Anne architecture. Featuring two front parlors, eight spacious guest rooms and an inviting wrap-around porch, the LimeRock Inn offers guests the chance to experience affordable luxury and elegance in a gracious historic setting with modern amenities. New in 2010, each guest room has been updated with cable flat-panel HDTV/DVD combo and IPOD/MP3 docking clock radios. The inn has been included in Food Network and HGTV segments, and was featured on Wheel of Fortune. A certified Maine Lodging Environmental Leader, the exterior color is not the only green theme you’ll find here. Extreme care goes into creating a sustainable eco-friendly experience for those who wish to leave a smaller footprint where they travel.
96 Limerock St
Rockland, ME 04841
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High-res photos available upon request.
Joe and Hether are guests that we’ve come to know as they return year after year to visit family in the area. Not only is Hether beautiful, she is an incredibly accomplished professional as the video link shows. Hether works in Ford’s SVT unit. Translation: She gets to play with some really cool cars and trucks for a living. Check out their latest creation the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor as seen on AutoWeek.
Over the five years we’ve been innkeepers, we’ve had many wonderful encounters with guests. In addition, the guests have wonderful encounters with each other. You’ve all heard of the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, well it seems that in the world there are far fewer degrees (although not neccesarily to Mr. Bacon!)
This morning we had one of the most bizarre and amazing coincidences of peoples paths crossing. There is an Aunt and neice visiting from the UK, one lives in England and the other Scotland. We also had a newlywed couple from NYC. After breakfast, the neice approached me to ask if the NYC couple, whom she’d not met, had just gotten married in Central Park. You see, prior to arriving at the inn, the aunt and neice had spent some time in New York City and toured Central Park. While there, a wedding was taking place in the Shakespeare Garden and they decided to stay around a bit to watch the bride and groom have their photos taken. Well, when this young couple walked into the dining room this morning, the neices jaw nearly fell to the ground as she thought this was the couple that she witnessed getting married in Central Park. A short while later, the couple confirmed that they indeed did get married and it was the same ceremony viewed by the aunt and neice.
Now I ask you, what are the coincidences that both sets of people would end up here are the LimeRock Inn in Rockland on the same date? It is just amazing and is one of the many reasons we love what we do!!!
Guests of ours who come each year for the New England Auto Auction have started a new business called Muvbox. It is a storage container that turns into a mobile restaurant. Incredible!! Please check out the video….