Category Archives: Maine

Christmas by the Sea 2014!

IMG_1154Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas?! The Holiday season seems to be here, whether we’re anxious or not, the yuletide is upon us. We have free Christmas wrapping paper/tape etc available for all those wonderful gifts you have to give, and a complimentary hot peppermint patty (hot choc and peppermint schnapps!) while you enjoy your stay!

In reality, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and those other “retail inspired” celebrations are NOTHING in comparison to what we “small townies” or “village people” call a good time. We have the lighting of the star atop Mt. Battie, the Parade of Lights in Downtown Rockland and a similar daytime idea for Camden as well. Breakfast with Santa at the Chowder House, and much, much more to occupy our time. Sheesh! Santa even takes the time to cruise into some local harbors by boat, as the reindeer stay on ice atop the North Pole. Whatever we’re doing, it’s all relevant, and made possible by hundreds of volunteers, business owners, and Community members alike who LOVE the season, and love to help out. We’re grateful for the good times, and memories that are made. For more information, if you’re here for the duration, we encourage you to visit our local Chamber of Commerce’s event on their Facebook page!

Boats, Homes, and Harbors!

It’s just about time for another amazing weekend filled with the latest and greatest innovations in Maine’s very own “Boats, Homes, and Harbors Show.” If you’re in the mood for some of the best of Maine’s fine artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers, and marine gear vendors, then you’ll be right at home! 

For their 12th annual event, the fine folks at “Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors” are taking their crowd by storm. Expect a variety of live music, fine fresh food, an activities area for children (of ALL ages) and the 12th running of the World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials! 

We’ll be ready to take your reservations for this spectacular weekend event!

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Snag a fantastic last minute deal on any remaining available rooms when you book within 72 hours of arrival!  Book online at www.blueharborhouse.com only. Prices from $125 (regular$149) inc full breakfast and Afternoon Tea. Comfortable, affordable, hospitable.  In  town, close to Harbor. Or call 1800 248 3198

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The Niña and The Pinta! – Discover Columbus’ ships in the Camden Harbor!

For a short time this next week, two amazing vessels are docked right here, inside of our very own Camden Harbor. The Niña is in fact the most historically accurate Columbus replica ship that’s ever been built. The Pinta, although larger and more accommodating to tours and private parties or charters, accompanies her “sister ship” to offer tourists, onlookers, and guests the chance for the “big picture.”

These two “ladies” travel all around the World giving kids, adults, and seniors the chance to experience a little history in their own backyard. You can visit them here to find out where they’re going next, the cost of a tour, or perhaps a special request for a private charter or tour of your very own.

Enjoy!

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

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!