Spring – Finally! Sun in the garden; fog on the bay.
We reopen for the 2016 season on May 27, 2016. The winter of 2015-16 in Maine wasn’t nearly as cold or storm-ridden as the year before, and spring is making its annual appearance a bit earlier. We avoided even the mild winter, however, having spent February and March in an apartment on the French Riviera, near Nice. France was wonderful, and our French is coming along, but it’s great to be back in Maine to experience the slow approach of summer. We are taking reservations for 2016 and rooms are already filling up for the busy months of July and August, and on weekends in June and September. You can check availability and book rooms on our website and, if you have any questions, you can always reach us by email at innkeeper@CovesideBandB.com.
The amazing road around Cap Corse
Fishing boats in Centuri, Cap Corse
View of Calvi (after long hike!)
Winding road through the Calanques
Trail through the Calanques de Piano
View of Scandola from
Scandola National Park from the water
After spending eight weeks in the village of Villefranche-sur-Mer, next to Nice on the French Riviera, we took the ferry to Corsica, the extraordinarily beautiful island that the French call “L’Ile de Beauté.” Here are a few snapshots from our week-long adventure, which involved several hikes, driving on hair-raising roads through the mountains or along the sides of cliffs dropping into the sea, and much good food and wine. This is an area where few Americans venture, but if you like fabulous hiking, beautiful beaches and mountain scenery, and few crowds (except in July and August) we highly recommend it. We made the trip in early April, and not all the hotels and restaurants were open; but the lack of crowds in the villages and on the winding roads made up for any inconvenience.
The long, frigid winter is finally over and we opened Memorial Day weekend for the 2015 season to sunshine and warming weather. The Five Islands Lobster Company wharf is now serving up great seafood meals every day; our gardens are coming into their summer glory; our favorite gourmet food shop around the corner, Five Islands Farm, is back in business; the beaches at Reid State Park are as lovely as ever. What else could you ask for?
Well, as an added bonus, we received on opening day a notification that we had again won Tripadviser’s “Certificate of Excellence.” This prestigious award is based entirely on guest comments on Tripadviser’s website. Out of 155 guest reviews posted on Tripadviser, we received 147 five-star “excellent” ratings. (You can check out our reviews here.) We’re delighted that we have so many contented guests!
The 2015 season is shaping up to be a busy one, with many weekends already fully booked and the high season months of July and August filling up rapidly. You can check availability and book a stay on line on our website, or contact us directly by email or (even) telephone.
We returned to Coveside B&B the first day of Spring, March 21, after spending two months in the South of France (where the weather was beautiful). We knew it had been a very hard winter on the coast of Maine, but we weren’t prepared for the three to five feet of snow still on the ground. In fact, it was snowing quite hard as we drove up to Maine from Boston. Old timers tell us the winter of 2015 has been the snowiest and coldest they can remember.
This said, we figure that the hard winter will surely lead to a particularly beautiful Maine summer. We promise the snow will be gone when we open on Memorial Day weekend, May 22! Bookings are strong for the coming season, so the earlier you can firm up your plans, the more likely you will be able to have your choice of room and dates. You can check on availability by clicking on the “reservations” link at the top of our home page, here.
Coveside before the blizzard due February 15
Six-foot Drifts from the last storms
It’s been a tough winter on the Maine coast — more snow and more frigid weather than anyone can remember. And it’s just mid-February. These pictures were taken by a neighbor and friend who keeps our driveway plowed. Lucky us, we’re spending February and March in France! If you’re interested, you can follow our adventures on Covesiders.Blogspot.com.
Cornmeal griddle cakes are probably our guests’ favorite pancake, and ours as well. They are light, tangy with yogurt, and with a nice crunch that the cornmeal provides.
For 4 servings:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal (preferably stone ground)
3 TBS sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup low fat yogurt
2 oz. unsalted butter, melted
Mix together dry ingredients. Whisk together yogurt and eggs and add melted butter, then. stir into the flour mixture.
Cook on medium-hot griddle. Start with a scant 1/4 cup of batter per pancake and experiment with size since they grow a bit as they cook. Flip when top is bubbly and the bottom is nicely browned. Remove from griddle when 2nd side is browned. Serve with maple or blueberry syrup.
Featured in a recent article in the travel section of the Boston Globe, Georgetown is described in the headline as “A shy jewel of an isle off Bath.” The article lauds Georgetown’s attractions: Reid State Park, the Five Islands Lobster Company wharf, the Newman Preserve. It also has nice things to say about Coveside Bed & Breakfast:
The sweeping lawn at the secluded and surprisingly elegant Coveside Bed and Breakfast (6 Cotts Cove Lane, 800-232-5490, www.covesidebandb
.com, $145-$225) leads to the shoreline of pretty Cotts Bay and a private dock, with views into Sheepscot Bay. Seven rooms, housed in the main house and separate modern cottage, are bright and airy, with water views, private baths, and plush linens; some have private porches and gas fireplaces. Guests have access to bikes and kayaks (this is a great place to pedal or paddle), and rates include a full breakfast prepared by co-owner Carolyn Church, a former pastry chef.
Despite the misspelling of Gotts Cove, we’re delighted to receive kudos from the Globe.
Finally, after perhaps a decade of nursing along our tree peonies, this year they decided to put on quite a show. Our gardens are just waking up from a particularly nasty winter, but snow cover protected most of the perennials from the “Polar Vortex” that blasted through here in January. Shrubs and some of our more delicate trees didn’t do so well. Here are some shots of the peonies in their glory.
Expecting spring, we were greeted by winter!
We arrived back in Maine a week ago, after experiencing beautiful weather in France for three weeks. We knew it had been a hard winter, and that we wouldn’t be seeing the flowers that were all over the place in Paris. But we thought maybe we’d see a few daffodils poking through the ground. No way! We couldn’t even see the ground. It’s great to be back in Maine, but we hear that we picked a good winter to be away. Hopefully, this bodes well for a delightful summer.
We had a fabulous time in France, and while far from being fluent in French, we’ve made a lot of progress. If you’re interested, there are photos and reports on our French adventures on our travel blog: covesiders.blogspot.com.