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:
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.
Summer has finally arrived in mid-coast Maine, with long days and summer breezes, lobsters on the dock, and enjoying the huge sandy beach at Reid State Park. There is still time to book rooms on our website for a Maine getaway this summer or fall. If you have any questions, you can always reach us by email at innkeeper@CovesideBandB.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roasted cauliflower salad with romano and cured spec
Chef Robert drops the hand-made pasta into the boiling pot
The lobster pasta
Carolyn’s apple tart. It was much prettier as this was the half portion left for the kitchen crew.
The kitchen crew and wait staff (less Amy, who took the picture)
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.
Breakfast at Coveside
John Koelsch, a professional photographer based in San Francisco, and his wife, Leslie, spent a couple of days at Coveside earlier in the summer. The weather wasn’t ideal — it was foggy and wet. But it proved perfect for this lovely photograph that he was kind enough to send us. It was taken looking down toward the cove, though the cove was not to be seen through the mist. His on-line gallery, full of striking images, can be found here.
Early morning put-in from Coveside
Not to soon to think about paddling! The Midcoast of Maine is a world-class kayaking destination and we invite current and potential paddlers to take a Maine Kayak Getaway in our spectacular location. Coveside Bed & Breakfast is ideally located for kayakers: our dock on Gotts Cove provides direct access to Sheepscot Bay. The incredible number of nearby inlets, coves, and islands provide a variety of interesting destinations. Easy paddles include the short trip to Five Islands (and its famous lobster wharf, perhaps for lunch), or a circuit of nearby MacMahan Island. More adventurous paddles lead to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Beale Island, Robinhood Cove, the islands of Hockamock Bay, or across the Sheepscot to our favorite picnic island (pictured below) or to Oliver’s, a great little dockside restaurant with its own kayak dock on Cozy Harbor.
Paddlers can put in here at Coveside, either in their own boats or prearranged rental boats, delivered to our dock. We can prepare lunches and have suggestions for favorite beaches or coves for picnics. Novices can join a directed paddle for a morning or afternoon, organized by Sea Spray Kayaking, departing either from their headquarters on the New Meadows River or from Sebasco Harbor Resort on the Phippsburg peninsula.
We have put together a kayaking package for those staying with us at least two nights. It includes half-day paddle (including boat rental and all equipment) with a leader/instructor with Sea Spray and, to celebrate a great day on the water, dinner for two at our favorite Bath restaurant, Solo Bistro. The cost (not including lodging charges) for this $175 value is $150. If desired, $90 of the package cost can be applied to kayak rental and delivery to Coveside.
Click here to check on availability, or phone or email us; we’re always happy to talk about paddling in our special location.