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The Season at Coveside Bed & Breakfast


Summer is finally here on the coast of Maine, with warm days, cool nights and lots of sunshine. Five Islands Lobster Company is open every day for a fabulous meal on the dock. Our canoe and bikes are ready for island adventures. Life guards are on duty at Reid State Park for those brave souls who can take the chilly water. We’re getting filled up for the summer but there are still openings if you have some flexibility as to room preference and schedule. You can check availability and book rooms directly on our website.

2015 Opens: Another Tripadviser Certificate of Excellence


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.


The First Day of Spring at Coveside B&B

huge snowbanks in front of Coveside B&B

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.

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.

Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

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 eggs
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.

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.

Our Tree Peonies Show Off


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.

Back in Maine, where it’s still winter!

snow bank in front of cove

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.


Postcards from La Cote d’Azur

Cap Ferat from the Col d'Eze; our first hick (the train down was a real challenge!)

Cap Ferat from the Col d’Eze; our first hike (the trail down was a real challenge!)

We just finished six weeks in the South of France, on the Cote d’Azur, in a little village just next to Nice called Villefranche-Sur-Mer.  As we have done for the past three years, we’ve been trying to improve our French language skills (while, incidentally, escaping the Maine winter. This year proved to be a great year to be away from Maine!)  Here are a few pictures of our activities — when we weren’t studying our French. (Click on the small image to see a larger version)

Winter in the South of France

sea view from high on a hill, with Mediterranean in the background

So it hasn’t been as pleasant as we expected here on the Cote d’Azur — lots of rain and chilly temperatures. It’s still a lot warmer than Maine; especially this year!  We’re spending almost two months in France this winter, most of it in a little fishing village next to Nice, on the Mediterranean — Villefranche-sur-Mer. We’re continuing our efforts to learn to speak French reasonably well with courses at the Institut de Francais. And, of course, we plan to absorb French culture, food, wine, etc. The weather reports predict an improvement, and we’re looking forward to putting our umbrellas away for a while.The picture above is the view from our school, looking toward Cap Ferat. A lovely spot. If you wish, you can follow our travels on our travel blog here.