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Happy Summer Solstice 2014!

It’s a special day, (the longest in fact) from sunrise to sunset of the entire calendar year. The “solstice” as it’s called is technically “official” at 6:51 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on Saturday morning.

By it’s definition, the word solstice is from the Latin solstitium from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), because it appears the sun stops at the solstice. The solstice happens twice annually due to the Earth’s axis of rotation. Depending on the calendar year, the summer solstice happens annually in December for the Southern Hemisphere and on June 20 or 21 in the northern half of the world.

Back to reality, YAY for sunlight! We enjoy the solstice for the get-togethers around our own town, and what memories we can create in the process. We hope you find your fun, and if you’re in town, we recommend our local “street celebration” close by in downtown Rockland.

Cheers!

Out for a stroll? Beauchamp Point – Rockport, Maine

We highly recommend walking and hiking around Beauchamp Point in Rockport!

Scenic views of the town, beautiful vistas with island views, and Rockport Harbor are among the many things you’ll see along the way. Beauchamp Point

Year round residents and those visiting for the Summer are welcome to park (respectfully) along the road, and take off from wherever they feel comfortable. Depending on where you begin, along the path you’ll run into a structure dubbed the “Children’s Chapel.” So named for the children that Helene Bok graciously remembered, Helene Bok built the Children’s Chapel after a hotel called the Tamarack Lodge burned to the ground in 1954. 6 years later the lush gardens, and beautiful Chapel were built, and have been enjoyed by locals and visitors ever since. Home to events, weddings, ceremonies, and more, it’s worth a stop (and a sit…)

Next on the round would be the Belted Galloway cows of Aldermere Farms. This farm is home to these magnificent animals, and evBelted Galloway 01eryone knows it. Quite the famous farm, they offer tours, and often participate in local events. In the proper season, the field across the street is the grazing spot, and you can get quite the “close-up” of the cows if you time it right.

Of course, if that’s not enough, you get the amazing views and ocean’s edge to gaze at. The point, as it’s so called, is probably the most magnificent of them all.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Let’s go for a swim!

Shirttail Point is one of our favorites, Terry is a certified diving instructor, and that’s where the lessons are held. It’s easy access from the main road, and has ample parking, and a nice grassy area for a picnic or a lounge. If you’re here in Camden at the moment, the crowds of people have yet to come, it’s a nice time to enjoy a warm day with a good book and a beach towel.

If you’re out and about, Lincolnville and their amazing coastline have what you’re looking for. There’s wonderful dining options on either side of you, and the nice calm bay area that’s suitable for an “all age” family. Incredible views to the islands nearby, and a good stretch to walk along in hopes of finding some sea glass!

Laite Beach here in Camden is another optimal choice. A little closer to town than Shirttail, it’s also got a pretty decent area to picnic or lounge.

Whatever your choice may be, we wish you the best of fun. Remember to find us on Facebook, and Twitter and comment below with your favorite spot here in Camden!

Hiking in Camden – Maiden’s Cliff

As a family, we love to hike. One of our favorite hike’s that we take here locally in Camden is up the stunning “Maiden’s Cliff”, in Camden’s National Park. At 800 feet in height, it’s one of Camden’s top sightseeing attractions, most noted from the ground by the white cross at the lookout point. Maidens cliff 015

A steep climb at first, the trail eventually levels out with breathtaking views and nice ocean breezes. The trail from start to finish is around a mile long, and will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete one way.

If you’re curious about the white cross at the summit, it was put there by Joseph B. Steams, a local resident who wished to pay homage to Elenora French. Elenora was the victim of a fall from the cliffside. She died the day after the fall, believe or not, succumbing to internal injuries she had suffered. Elenora’s cross memorial has seen it’s share of wear and tear, having been replaced numerous times due to weather, and sadly even vandalism. It still stands tall to this day.

From the top of the Maiden’s Cliff hike, you get breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Megunticook Lake, and the beautiful, lush and green Maine countryside. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can turn the mile long hike into an all day adventure, as the trail connects with two or three other routes that all end up back at the Summit.

We hope you enjoy, and take lots of pictures! Maidens cliff 029

 

Pachyderm Pals at Hope Elephants in Hope, Maine!

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Meet Rosie and Opal, two Asian Elephants that were rescued from the circus after 40+ years of “service.” Having needs for extensive medical care, it was quite the blessing that they ended up in the quiet little town of Hope, Maine. Thank Dr. Jim Laurita and his brother Tom for that.

Jim, a circus veterinarian who worked with Rosie, eventually left the circus life to come back to Maine full time, but told his pal Rosie that he would be back for her. That’s exactly what happened. Shortly thereafter, Opal, another stellar Circus performer, was rescued as well. When these 4 ton pachyderms arrived (think “Ants Go Marching..”,) it was quite the shock in the quiet town of Hope. Jim and Tom went to work!

Getting things “back to normal” for this pair has been challenging to say the least, but the facility, the team of professional caretakers, volunteers, and a great board of directors has helped the process every step of the way. They now get full time care, physical therapy, and plenty of attention from visitors that have come from all walks of life.

Whether you’re here for vacation, a family get together, or a Holiday break, the retreat for Rosie and Opal is quite the sight to see. They are available to visit, but you must call or write first. Find the information below, and tell them that the Blue Harbor House sent you!

Hope Elephants phone: (207) 230-7830; e-mail: visit@hopeelephants.org

Lobster SUP CUP to bring elite paddleboard racing to the Midcoast.

Elite stand-up paddleboard racing has arrived in Midcoast Maine! This August the area will host a two-day, 26-mile stand-up paddleboard (SUP) race, called the “Lobster SUP CUP.” The race runs from Rockport Harbor to Lincolnville Beach on August 10 and from Lincolnville Beach to Belfast August 11. Two days of open-water paddling over that distance is not for the fainthearted! (Took me a while to figure out what SUP was -someone standing up and paddling on something similar to a surfboard!) Penobscot Bay is a fabulous location for this event, with it’s rugged coastline and amazing beauty…..I look forward to watching!

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Suzanne Vega in Concert, Strand Theatre, Rockland, Oct 12th at 8.00pm.

Come and see the superb singer songwriter Suzanne Vega in concert at the Strand Theatre, Rockland on Oct 12th – 8.00PM! What a blast from the past – ‘Luka’ and ‘Marlene on the Wall’ are two of my absolute favorites! How fantastic that she is coming to Mid Coast Maine. Reserve your tickets for the concert, book your room at the Inn, get 10% discount on your room rate, and a great night out!

A Real Maine Underwater Adventure!

Take a peek at our newest Adventure package!

A truly unique Maine underwater adventure awaits you at the Blue Harbor House Inn.  Discover Scuba Diving with a PADI Try Dive!  Breathe underwater, experience  weightlessness, and enjoy the  serenity of this underwater environment.   See ‘lobstah’ in their

natural habitat or spy Toby the trout patrolling the lake –this try dive  will whet your palate for more! This two hour plus experience will start with a short pool session, then off to either Beauchamp Point, or Megunticook Lake.  All equipment is provided, along with instruction from our resident Maine PADI Instructor Terry.  Package from $399.00 per couple, (based on room choice )for two nights accommodation, full breakfast and a ‘Try Dive for two!’

 

St Thomas’ Country Fair July 21st.

Country Fair at St Thomas’ Church, Camden on Saturday July 21st. Buy a raffle ticket, or two, – you might be the lucky winner of a one night stay in a suite, at the Blue Harbor House Inn!  There are  also many  other wonderful donations from scores of local Camden area businesses. (Proceeds to benefit United Mid-Coast charities.)