We just love when guests leave little creative thing in the guest books!
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.
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!
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.
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!