Georgetown and Coveside featured on Chronicle from WCVB/Boston

wcvbCoveside B&B was visited in September by a film crew from the popular Chronicle video magazine produced by WCVB, the abc affiliate in the Boston area. They were doing a story on Maine’s mid-coast and spent a couple of days in Georgetown, filming at Coveside for most of a morning. We think they managed to get a nice feel for the B&B and of the Georgetown area in general. There is an especially nice segment on Reid State Park. Click on the picture below to see the video.

Wednesday, Main Streets and Back Roads: Mid-Coast Maine

This has been quite a year of good publicity for Coveside, with kind words and a “centerfold” picture of our view of Sheepscot Bay in Yankee Magazine in July, and now this great story on Boston-area television. And no, we didn’t hire a PR firm; we just happen to be located on a very special island on a magnificent coast.

 

Yankee Magazine Features Georgetown and Coveside B&B

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The July/August issue of Yankee Magazine contains an article on “Maine’s Peninsulas:  A World of Their Own.” The article by Annie Graves provides beautiful photographs by Sara Gray and comprehensive descriptions of each of the Midcoast peninsulas:  Harpswell, Phippsburg, Boothbay, Pemaquid, and — of course — Georgetown. The picture below of the chairs looking out to Gotts Cove from Coveside occupied a two-page centerfold and the writeup was very complementary.  Here’s what Yankee had to say about Georgetown and Coveside, along with the Georgetown pictures included in the article:

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“Centerfold” picture in Yankee of view from Coveside. Photo by Sara Graves.

Coveside B&B in George-town feels like a secret tucked down a lane, overlooking Sheepscot Bay. Gardens edge the shingled house and cottage that Tom and Carolyn Church have brought back to life; our deck overlooks a verdant lawn sloping to Gotts Cove. In the morning we linger over strawberry shortcake and a mix of scrambled eggs with goat cheese, red fingerling potatoes, bacon, arugula, and nasturtiums. “Less schmoozing, more schlepping, those are my instructions,” Tom says, before setting down the coffeepot and joining the lively talk between tables. “The thing about Maine,” he says, “you begin to let go.”
Naturally, he has a few suggestions: Five Islands Lobster Co. and Reid State Park, Maine’s first state-owned saltwater beach. “Each of the fingers [peninsulas] has its own personality,” Carolyn observes. “Topographically they may be similar, but Georgetown is the wildest. You couldn’t get here until the early days of the 20th century—it wasn’t served by the bridge.” (Nice, too, that we can see across the water to Southport Island, where Rachel Carson built her summer cottage in 1953 and found inspiration for her environmental classic Silent Spring, and where her ashes are scattered. “Here at last returned to the sea,” reads the bronze marker.)

 

Griffith Head at Reid State Park

Griffith Head at Reid State Park. Photo by Sara Graves.

Reid State Park is the perfect place to walk off breakfast. Distractingly beautiful, its Half Mile Beach is mounded with smooth stones, like slumbering elephants; beach roses crowd the sand; golden tidepools are edged with algae; and Mile Beach curves like a smile. The convergence of colors—sand, sea, stone, and sky—is a palette of perfect paint chips for creating your own oceanfront room. If time seems to slow down on the peninsulas, you could say that it stops on the beaches.

Mile Geach at Reid State Park

Mile Geach at Reid State Park. Photo by Sara Graves

That’s not the only thing that stops. “I can’t feel my legs!” a delighted teen, up to her waist in the sea, announces to her brother. Ethan, a lifeguard who trains at Mile Beach every morning, sometimes in a wetsuit, confirms that today’s late-June water temp is a frosty 50 degrees. (Popham, he says, is warmer.) So is Mile Beach really a mile? It doesn’t look it. “Mile-ish,” he smiles, “but almost two miles with all three beaches combined.”
Post-beach, we succumb to the tiny Post Office Gallery, brimming with the work of four local artists, from wood-fired pottery to landscapes (cards, too). I’m admiring Lea Peterson’s color-splashed portrait of a lobsterman at Five Islands Lobster Co., a lively wharf/eatery where families crowd picnic tables, butter dripping from fingers and chins, celebrating the day’s catch. “He’s over there right now, working on his pots, cleaning them up,” she says of the lobsterman. Small peninsula: Paint or be painted.

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Loading bait at Five Islands. Photo by Sara Graves.

Frankly, it would probably be a peninsular crime to slink past Georgetown Pottery, an institution since 1972. The porch groans with pots and bowls, and in the studio, you can watch the artisans at work. Owner Jeff Peters doesn’t look like a ceramics mogul—he’s busy lifting a heavy tray of mugs—but this is the mother lode of pottery. Room after room displays sinks, lamps, clocks, anything that can be rendered in clay. The patterns are pure Maine—blueberries, lighthouses, birches filled with light. It’s the best kind of success story: Guy starts off in a one-room log cabin (sound familiar?) and makes good.

Coveside B&B Open for the 2016 Season

 

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We’re open for our 18th season. The Memorial Day weather was mixed:  A beautiful Saturday (when we could have breakfast on the terrace — see above), a chilly Sunday, and a rainy (and then sunny) Monday. But the trees are in leaf, the gardens are well ahead of their usual schedule because of the mild winter, Five Islands Lobster Company is open every day, and we’re looking forward to another banner year. We’re thrilled again by yet another kudo from TripAdvisor — our fourth season in which we have been awarded their “Certificate of Excellence,” based on the nearly 100% 5-star reviews given by our guests.

One of our favorite spring breakfast dishes is “Maine Spring Hash.”  It sounds pretty basic, but it’s a fabulous combination of new potatoes, asparagus, fiddleheads, and lobster — topped by a poached or fried egg.  Here’s the hash, just before the addition of the egg:

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Our spring calendar has lots of openings midweek.  Take advantage of Maine in the quiet month of June.  You can check our calendar and book rooms on our website.

2015 Opens: Another Tripadviser Certificate of Excellence

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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.

 

Blizzards on the Coast!

Coveside before the blizzard due February 15

Coveside before the blizzard due February 15

Six-foot Drifts from the last storms

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.

Coveside Bed & Breakfast Featured in Boston Globe

 

boston globe 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.

Back in Maine, where it’s still winter!

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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.

 

Harvest Dinner at Coveside Bed and Breakfast

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Tables ready for guests at Coveside’s first harvest dinner

Local Georgetown restaurants are frequently closed one or more nights during the week in the autumn, a particular problem for guests arriving in the evening after a long drive. We decided to offer the option of dinner at Coveside on several fall evenings when a number of guests were scheduled to arrive. We invited our Georgetown neighbor, Robert Masciola, to be guest chef. Rob’s family comes from the Abruzzi region of Italy and he is an accomplished cook. He (aided by his wife, Amy) prepared a memorable meal that featured vegetables from our local farm market, home-made pasta, local Five Islands Lobster, and a delectable apple caramel tart prepared by Carolyn (served with Tom’s home-made salty caramel ice cream). The menu and pictures (by Amy Masciola) are below.

 

 

 

TriDelta Sorority Celebrates 40th Reunion at Coveside

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Tom and Carolyn (center) and the 13 TriDelts attending their 40th reunion at Coveside

Carolyn and I are 1967 graduates of Whitman College, a liberal arts college in Walla Walla, Washington. Thirteen women, members of the same sorority during the late 1960s, held a reunion at Coveside this September — their 40th annual get-together. The living group was Delta Delta Delta (the “Tri Delts”) and they took over the entire inn for 5 days, exploring a part of the country many had not seen, reminiscing, and bringing each other up to date on personal happenings. These events started in the early 70s, with weekends in each other’s homes. The group has expanded and contracted over the years with changes in personal circumstances — marriages, births of children and grandchildren, divorces, several deaths — but a core group has attended virtually every one of the 40 yearly events. We had a great time getting reacquainted with classmates, many of whom we hadn’t seen since graduation. And we envied this group who have managed to keep such a meaningful tradition going through so many years.