Memorial Day Getaway on the Maine Coast

 

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Solo Bistro. A Guest Favorite!

To celebrate Memorial Day, the opening of our 16th season, and to encourage visitors to experience the Maine coast in the quieter days of early summer, we have put together a irresistible package for a Memorial Day Getaway, good through May 31.  For any new bookings in May that include at least three nights at Coveside, we will provide — at no additional charge beyond our low-season room rates — some great additional benefits

  • *dinner for two at our favorite Bath restaurant, Solo Bistro.
  • *free admission for two at your choice of the Mid-coast’s two most popular
    Childrens Garden at Botanical Gardens

    Children’s Garden at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

    attractions, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath or the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in nearby Boothbay. The Maritime Museum provides a fascinating glimpse into  Maine’s shipbuilding and seafaring past and present. Admission includes a reduced cost for their popular boat trips on the Kennebec. The Botanical Gardens are the largest in the Northeast and have become Maine’s second most popular tourist destination (after Acadia National Park) and a spectacular addition to our area.

  • *two decadent lobster rolls at the ever-popular Five Islands Lobster Company, a five-minute walk from Coveside and always on lists of Maine’s best lobster wharfs. The view, and the lobster, are the best!

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    Five Island Lobster Co.
    A Maine Institution!

This is a $140 value, at no additional cost!  And, of course, our guests always enjoy a complementary gourmet breakfast and free access to our bicycles and canoe.

Click here to check availability and make a reservation.

Oysters from Damariscotta!

Oysters ready to be shucked

Damariscotta oysters ready to be shucked and plated

A sure sign of spring: oystering has begun on the Maine coast and our favorite spot for quaffing them (along with a pint of Pemaquid Ale ) is King Eider’s Pub, on the main drag in Damariscotta.  This delightful village is about a 40-minute drive north of Coveside on highway one. It sits at the top of the lovely Pemaquid peninsula, home to lighthouses, a favorite summer restaurant — Shaws Fish and Lobster Wharf in the village of New Harbor, and great scenery. We think these oysters from Darariscotta River, raised in the chilly waters of Maine, are about the finest oysters we’ve ever tasted. But ice in the river prevents their harvesting during the winter months.  All the more reason to take advantage of these treats when they are available!

Great Oysters at Eventide

There’s a new oyster bar in Portland, started in the last couple of months by the folks who now run Hugo’s Restaurant — an area temple of high cuisine. It’s called the Eventide Oyster Company, and there are wonderful things on the menu, like a new take on lobster rolls, a fried oyster bun, etc.  But the real thing here is the oysters on the half shell — 6 or 8 varieties from the chilly Maine waters (emphasizing our favorites from Damariscotta), and an equal number “from away” — some as far away as Kumatomo oysters from Washington State.  The center of interest when you enter is a huge stone sink filled with ice and oysters. Picnic tables and bar stools.  This isn’t a formal place.  But the oysters are fabulous, as are the other entries we tried.  Highly recommended.

Here’s a link to the menu (click again on the link):

menu

Major Midcoast Maine events this Saturday, and a Coveside “sale”

This Saturday, June 11, will be a busy one in Bath and Georgetown.  Reid State Park in Georgetown will host its first (annual?) “Reidfest” — with top local bands appealing to a variety of musical tastes, refreshments, and the promise of fine weather at the beach.  For more information, click here.  The music gets started at 2 pm and runs until the musicians don’t want to play any more. Visitors are suggested to bring blankets, lawn chairs, snacks, and (of course) bug spray — though the mosquitos aren’t too bad so far this year.

In Bath, the 10th annual home and garden tour, sponsored by Sagadahoc Preservation, will be held. Lovely home and beautiful gardens will be on view. Folks who stay at a local B&B (including Coveside) get half-price admission to the tour, as well as coupons for reduced price meals at most local restaurants, and price reductings on lodging (see below).  For more information, check with Sagadahoc Preservation.  The tour runs from 10:30 to 3:30.

As for Coveside:  We still have a three rooms available this weekend.  And the weather promises to be fine for either event, or for just lounging on the porch.  These last-minute rooms will be available at a 30% discount if you ask for it when making a reservation.  New reservations only, please. For availability and room selection, check here.

Bath House Tour “stay and dine” special

Sagadahoc Preservation is sponsoring their 8th Annual House Tour of homes and gardens in Bath.  The date is Saturday, June 12, and there are 11 homes and gardens to view. As part of their “Stay and Dine” promotion, you will receive a 15% discount on a two-night stay at Coveside, a 10% discount on both Friday and Saturday night dinners at most area restaurants (including the Five Islands Lobster Company in Georgetown), half price admission to the garden tour, half price admission to the Maine Maritime Museum, and a number of other opportunities. Check out their website:  www.sagadahocpreservation.org, for information and to buy tickets.

We still have several rooms available for that weekend. If our glorious spring weather continues, it should be a great occasion.