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Welcome to mid-October 2014!

Here on the Midcoast, we’re all so grateful for the nice cool nights, warmer days, and spectacular events that surround us. This year, we celebrated the 10th annual Camden International Film Festival, (congrats to the winners!) On top of that, we’re getting ready to welcome in another spectacular year of PopTech! and all of it’s awesomeness. Well before these events took place, we had an amazing Summer filled with local Community events, concerts, talks, and all the fresh blueberries, apples, and other local goodies you could imagine! As Winter draws closer, we look forward to the events at the Camden Snow Bowl!

We are truly a lucky Community!

Keep your eyes peeled for the amazing Fall foliage to make it’s last hurrah up and down the Coast, and let us know what YOU did this Summer or Fall to make the most out of your time here!

Welcome, Fall!

The State of Maine is truly one of the greatest states to be in for the Fall Foliage “watchers” to gather and witness the changing colors of the leaves. Yesterday marked the official “start” to the season. Reports from the Maine Foliage website, indicate that much of our Northernmost region is still quite green, but the color is on it’s way.

Since the weather has been typically colder at night, this is said to bring the color out even faster. We’re still weeks away from the full “change” to take place, so that gives you plenty of time to plan your getaway and come in for a visit!

 

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!

Check us out in the Boston Globe!

We were fortunate enough to host a columnist for the Food Section of the Boston Globe. As she enjoyed her freshly prepared breakfast, and comfortable surroundings, she took notes. Those notes turned into the following;

“Annette’s two-course gourmet breakfasts are one of the inn’s big pluses.”

 “On our visit, fluffy Maine blueberry pancakes with sausage were preceded by a first course of poached pear with berries and vanilla cream. “

We are very happy to attract the attention of foodies, globe trotters, and anyone in between! We look forward to your visit.

To read the review in it’s entirety, please visit the Boston Globe’s website.

The North Atlantic Blues Festival!

This weekend, the 2 day musical extravaganza takes control of the majority of the Rockland Harbor Landing. The spectacle will feature nationally recognized blues musicians and bands, and visitors from all around New England are expected to attend. In addition to the great musical line up, the festival will also feature local food trucks, craft vendors, and plenty of drink vendors to make the time fly by.

If you’re into the “party” crowd scene, you’ll definitely want to check out the “club crawl” where you can entertain yourself with intimate club performances of the acts featured at the festival.

You’re welcome to buy tickets from a number of local shops in and around Rockland, or you can always do so at the front entrance.

We hope you enjoy, and report back to us on our Facebook page!

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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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.)