Why does summer go by so fast? We’ve had a great summer here on the coast of Maine. It’s been pretty dry with lots of sunshine and just the right amount of fog. This morning is dry, cool and sunny. A great day for the Great State of Maine Air Show that’s going to start at any moment, but for me, this weather reminds me that fall is at our doorstep. The college kids have headed back to school. I miss my daughter so much already. She’s headed off for her final year of undergrad work at UNH in Durham. My son has headed up to PEI in Canada for his second year at Atlantic Veterinary College. Brunswick is starting to fill with Bowdoin college kids. We’ve had some great times this summer. I’m posting photos of the kids blue fishing and paddle boarding. We have a little over 2 months before closing the Inn for the season, and I hope the next two months go by a bit slower. I expect they will. Things slow down here in September and it’s a great time to visit Maine. Come on up to stay or stop in for a cup of coffee and meet Marcie, my new and very funny helper. She makes really great coffee!
Quahog Bay Inn is a family friendly place. We have two suites that are prefect for small families. The Osprey 1 and the Great Island Suites both have queen sized beds in the front bedroom and twins in the second. Of course we can make those twins into king sized beds pretty darn fast, but it’s perfect for families just the way they are. Kids love to watch the goings on of the dock. We also have fishing poles and kayaks that are prefect for kids. (Parents do have to accompany the children on the dock and kayaks.) The rocky shore on both sides of the deep water dock is perfect for skipping stones or hunting the small green crabs that live under the seaweed. There’s always shells, pretty rocks and snails that are fun to look at and collect. Away from the dock, families can enjoy the many hiking trails and public areas that Harpswell has to offer. I know this place is great for kids. I grew up here doing the things I’ve mentioned,and I often I still do. Just yesterday my daughter and I fished for mackerel off the floats. We had a blast.
We had a bunch of happy relatives stay here for Bowdoin’s graduation this weekend. Bowdoin College is 15 minutes from here, which is perfect for parents and relatives that want to be on the water, yet still close to the goings on at Bowdoin. It’s always a fun weekend for them with many happy parents celebrating their bright children and their new break from tuition payments. Bowdoin is a pretty expensive school and it’s hard to get into, so the accomplishment of graduating from Bowdoin is really something to be proud of. Bowdoin puts on a nice weekend long event starting out with a big lobster bake on Friday night. Of course the lobsters are supplied by us from our little dock, Quahog Lobster, that is located on the deep water dock just steps away from the Inn. The lobster dock is available for our guests to buy lobsters or get lobsters cooked, or hang out, or watch the lobster fishermen sell their catch. Bowdoin college served almost 2000 lobsters during their graduation bake, and I heard that each lobster was served hot. I think that’s quite an accomplishment and must be why Bowdoin college is on the top of the list for college cuisines. Again, congratulations to the graduates and their proud parents! Come back to visit, reminisce and for your reunions! Reunion weekend is coming up and Bowdoin will be serving another 1500+ lobsters!
According to the US Peace Index, Maine is the most peaceful state and has been for 11 years. That is terrific, but of course we already knew that. Here in Maine, murder is still news. Attempted murder is news. Hunting accidents are news. Sometimes when people get ticked off and shoot someone in the arm, it’s news. When fishermen get cranky at each other over turf and shoot at each other, that’s definitely news. (Most don’t carry guns in their boats like they used to though.) We still get shocked over this news and shake our heads and talk about it to our friends and family. These things are rare up here, so they are news and I like it that way. And by the way, this index has definitely made the news. You can check it out here.
This is terrific. Brunswick Maine is only 15 minutes from Quahog Bay Inn and the town all of Harpswell goes to do their banking, grocery shopping, dry cleaning, and that sort of stuff. Well sometimes we go to Bath Maine too since our bank has branches at both Brunswick and Bath. Brunswick is a great small town. It’s home to Bowdoin college, a beautiful small liberal arts college that has two lovely museums and a summer music theater. There are also lots of restaurants; Indian, Italian, Mexican, Deli’s, just about anything you want can be found in Brunswick, (that is if you’ve already eaten enough seafood at our great restaurants in Harpswell.) Check out the Smithsonian article here:
Will we break our heat record on Monday here on the Coast of Maine? They are forecasting 80 degrees for Patriots Day. Our record is 84 in Portland. We’ll see!
There has been some work done at Quahog Bay Inn located in Harpswell, Maine. The deep water dock on the lobster dock, in front of and to the side of the bait cooler has been replaced. Here are some photos of the work and the almost finished product.We’ve had some other work done too and I’ll post photos as soon as I can.
February is a great month. First of all, it’s the shortest month of the year and the only month that changes ever 4 years. I remember when I was young they called that 29th day, Sadie Hawkins day; a day when women could propose to a gentleman of their fancy. I haven’t heard that for years though. I guess the days of women waiting around for a suitor to come a calling has long passed.
February has a lot of other great things about it too. Personally, it’s the month that people start making Inn reservations again. We don’t hear a lot from people in December and January. Besides that, February has 3 great holidays; Valentines Day, President’s Day and Ground Hog Day. Does that ground hog ever predict that winter is over? For us on the coast of Maine, winter never did start, and I’m not complaining!
February is also Black history month. Maine has numerous documented underground railroad sites. It might be an interesting project for the month to visit these historic sites. Harriet Beecher Stowe house here in Brunswick is just one of the documented sites.
There’s even more great things about February; maple sugar starts to be collected and turned into syrup; Westminster Kennel Club dog show happens; Quebec holds a great winter carnival; president day sales are everywhere; the sun is noticeable stronger; the days are noticeable longer; base ball’s spring training begins; and the Mardi Gras happens, (once in awhile that happens in March.)
February is also a busy time here on the Maine Coast. Fishermen all along the coast are working on their boats and gear. Shrimp season just ended, which is a sad day for me because Maine shrimp are the best shrimp anywhere. Some lobstermen are still fishing, so lobsters are still available, and the price is pretty good right now. Let’s hope the price can hold on through the spring.
So as you can see, I think a lot of February. I hope the month is great for you too!
As we ring in the New Year and say goodbye to 2011, I am so happy and grateful to all that visited Quahog Bay Inn over our first 2 years in business. 2011 was another success. We doubled our occupancy and we already have many reservations from people who plan to return in 2012. Last year we added continental breakfasts, a new boat and outboard, and a couple of paddle boards. Hallie and I had lots of fun cooking muffins and making coffee every morning. We enjoyed having a cup of coffee and chatting with whoever stopped in, including a few lobster fishermen and other locals that came looking for a cup of hot coffee. We had fantastic weather for most of the summer with the occasional and expected Maine Coast fog. Personally, I think fog on the rocky coast of Maine is always beautiful and magical. We are already working on new things for our 2012 season, including The Gull’s Nest which will be all new and ready by May 1st. Happy New Year! Have a great winter and we look forward to seeing you in 2012.
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