Waiting for Hurricane Earl

Gotts Cove Panorama. Justin Stailey, photographer


This picture of our cove was snapped last evening by Justin Stailey, a frequent guest at Coveside and a serious photographer.  Yesterday was uncharacteristically sultry while we prepared for Hurricane Earl. When it finally arrived after midnight, it was something of a non-event, at least in Midcoast Maine. We got a bit more than 2 inches of much-needed rain.  And the humidity has finally broken after the longest heat spell in Maine history (Portland had four consecutive days of 90+ degree heat, a record).  But we got very little wind — due, undoubtedly, to the fact that we spent much of yesterday bringing in the boat, kayaks and canoe, stowing away all the porch furniture, and generally battening down the hatches.  The weatherman promises a week of sunshine, moderate temperature, and low humidity. We’re ready for fall!

Aerial images of Georgetown, Maine

Reid State Park from the air. Photo by MaineImaging.com


Browsing the web, I came across a group of great aerial photographs of Georgetown, made by midcoast photographer Dave Cleaveland. His organization, MaineImaging.com, has photographed all but 30 miles of the New England coastline from the air.  Here’s a shot of Seguin Lighthouse:    

Seguin Light. Photo by MaineImaging.com


There are more beautiful photographs of Georgetown and the entire coast of Maine (and beyond) available for purchase on their website, http://maineimaging.smugmug.com/Aerials/Kennebec-River-toaugusta.

New Lobster Shack in Georgetown

Big Sam’s Lobster Shack on Gotts Cove

For most of the 13 years we have welcomed guests to Coveside B&B, there has been a lobster wharf across Gott’s Cove from us, serving up seafood, burgers, fried food, and great views. First was Lisa’s, run by a newly minted high school graduate who originated the shack on her father’s wharf and was recognized four year’s later as one of the “10 best” lobster wharfs in Maine by Travel & Leisure magazine. But Lisa graduated from college, got married and moved away. Then came Dena, Mama D, and Sara, all of whom lasted only a year or two.  After a year without a lobster shack on the cove, we have a great new addition to the Georgetown scene — Big Sam’s.

The prices are very reasonable.  This weekend lobster rolls (“the second best lobster rolls in Maine”) were going for $9.99 — several dollars less than the competition. The prices for boiled lobster are almost cheap! (click on the picture for an enlargement):

Sam’s menu

Here’s the manager — not Sam (Lisa’s father, who owns the wharf), but Justin (Sam’s cousin):

Puffin viewing in Maine’s Muscongus Bay


 We joined a National Audubon Society boat trip out of New Harbor, on the Pemaquid peninsula, to see the puffin colony on Eastern Egg Rock. The colony was reestablished by the National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin (www.projectpuffin.org) in 1972. There are now several hundred breeding pairs of puffins on the island each summer, where previously there were none. It was a magical summer evening–warm, clear, with just a little sea breeze.  Along the way, we saw a minke whale, harbor porpoises, harbor seals, and lots of sea birds. Here are some images we made of the trip (while we went on an Audubon Society charter, the trip is run daily in the summer by Hardy Boat Cruises: www.hardyboat.com). 

Leaving from New Harbor


First puffin sighting


Made it!


Relaxing after dinner


Franklin Island Light, one of the oldest in Maine

Photographer Scott Snyder’s images of Reid State Park

Perusing the web, we ran across lovely images of Reid State Park by Scott Snyder, a professional photographer based in Concord, New Hampshire. 

Todd's Point, Reid State Park. Scott Snyder


You can see more Reid images on Scott and his wife Allison’s blog — http://rockwaterandlight.blogspot.com/2010/07/reed-state-park-midcoast-maine.html.

Georgetown’s July 4 Parade


Georgetown’s July 4 parade is pure small town New England, with a Maine accent. 

Georgetown's vets lead the parade


Followed by the rolling stock of the Volunteer Fire Department 

Note our new sea rescue boat


Lobster floats are always a favorite 

One lobster example


More lobsters


More floats: 

Seafaring beauties


Either a bald eagle or a seagull...

Five Islands Lobster Wharf Opens for Season

It’s mother’s day weekend, and summer has officially arrived: The Five Islands Lobster Company opened today. Our favorite locale for munching on fresh-from-the-ocean seafood — especially Maine lobsters — is up and running!  This spot is on just everybody’s list of the best dock-side lobster grills in Maine.  We agree:  the food is excellent and the ambiance (at least when it isn’t raining) is incomparable.  Just a five-minute walk from Coveside. 





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.

A spring hike in early March

The first weekend in March felt more like May — full sun both Satuarday and Sunday and temps in the 50s. We headed off to one of our favorite day hikes — the Morse Mountain Preserve in Phippsburg, a 40-minute drive from Coveside. It’s a 2-mile hike (each way) with a climb up Morse “Mountain” (more a large hill) to a beautiful beach, occupied by no one other than other folks who made the hike. A fine walk in any season.

The effects of the recent Nor’easter were evident along the trail — many downed trees and other wind damage.

The view from the top

First look at the beach

First look at Seawall Beach

Beach and Seguin Light

Up and down the beach:

Toward Small Point Beach

Major Nor’easter hits Georgetown

Rocks at Half-mile Beach

Mid-coast Maine was hit in late February with a serious winter storm, one of the worst in recent memory. Wind gusts along the coast were clocked at over 60 miles per hour, many trees were downed (including several pines in the woods around Coveside) and power was out in parts of Georgetown for as long as four days. We blessed the fact that we had a generator! During the storm, the wind howled and rain (6 inches in 24 hours) flew horizontally at the house. We have a new appreciation for those enduring hurricanes.

The waves at Reid State Park, even a couple of days later, were spectacular. Fortunately, unlike the situation at Popham State Park, the beach — while full of debris — was left intact.

Surf on Mile Beach