The leaves are starting to turn and our prices have dropped to our fall rates. We have had a lot of returning customers that wait until the kids are back in school and the air turns crisp to come visit. This time of year we have more time to chat too, and it’s great to catch up on the year’s events.
Many of the birds that spent the summer on Quahog Bay have started their migration south. We still have migrating Osprey, Blue Herons and Kingfishers traveling through. They stop to fish in the bay. This is always the time of year that I see the most Kingfishers.
The lobstermen too are moving their gear down the bay into deeper water. There are a lot less buoys in the bay. Its too bad that as the days get shorter and the lobstermen need to spend more time traveling to their gear. Many are leaving in the dark and soon will be returning in the dark too.
Autumn is a spectacular time in Maine. The apples are ready and the lobsters are delicious. The trees are changing and the flowers are being replaced with frost hardy mums. There are less people on the road and more openings at the Inn. Hopefully we will see you soon!
This lobster fisherman is my husband, John Powers, in his boat the Cecelia! He is checking this female lobster’s tail for a notch that indicates that she belongs to the state of Maine and she is free to live and breed until she sheds off her v notched tail. There is a fine for being caught with one of the state of Maine’s lobsters!
Nine days ago, I stepped in a hole while moving a picnic table at the Inn and I sprained my ankle and broke my 5th metatarsal bone. Ouch! Yesterday was my first day back to work at the Inn. I actually only cooked and took care of a few charges. Today, I’m back to sitting around with my foot up. I miss the Inn and all of our wonderful guests! Maybe I’ll just go sit around down there and talk.
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!
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Where to Find Us.
Quahog Bay Inn
5 Lobster Lane
Harpswell, ME 04079