We’re in France until March 13, spending a month studying French at L’Institut de Francais in Villefranche, a pretty seaside town just north of Nice (where, incidentally, it has been unusually cold — along with all of Europe), and 10 days in Paris with friends from Maine. So we won’t be doing much Coveside blogging. If you’re interested, you can follow our adventures on our travel blog: http://covesiders.blogspot.com.
Here’s the view from our school:
Why are these innkeepers smiling?
We’ve closed for the season, and will reopen Memorial Day weekend, 2012. We will be traveling a bit throughout the late fall and winter, but we’ll never go far from our email. Should you wish to contact us, just write at innkeeper@CovesideBandB.com. We’ll also be posting recipes and miscellany throughout the winter, so keep in touch!
Post-hurricane breakfast at Coveside
Hurricane Irene was hyped as a “killer storm” for the Northeast, but — fortunately for us — it was pretty much of a non-event on the Maine coast. Here at Coveside, we took the boats out of the water, moved pots and outdoor furniture inside, and spent a half-day battening down the hatches. But the storm turned out to be quite mild, less intense than many of our winter Nor’easters. An inch or so of rain fell Saturday night, with a couple of nasty wind gusts, and then strong but not damaging winds most of Sunday. We lost power for about 7 hours. For the hearty souls who decided to ride out the storm at Coveside, we served “hurricane hamburgers” on Sunday night and by the time folks were ready for bed, the power was back on and the generator off. We managed to get the terrace tables and chairs set up in time for a breakfast of plum crumble coffeecake and western omelets. See above. The weather is spectacular and supposed to remain so all week.
Moonrise Five Islands. Tom McCandless, photographer
We had dinner at the Five Islands wharf the other night, to celebrate the rising of the full moon and the gorgeous weather. It was captured beautifully by our good friend and photographer, Tom McCandless. One of my all-time favorite images is Ansel Adams’ “Moonrise Hernandez.” Tom’s picture is almost as beautiful.
Marsden Hartley, Jotham’s Island (now Fox), Off Indian Point, Georgetown, Maine. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
This summer, until September 11, the Portland Museum of Art is featuring an exhibit entitled, Maine Moderns: Art in Seguinland, 1900-1940. It celebrates the art colony established in the first half of the 20th Century in Georgetown, by a group of artists based primarily in New York. Here’s the description by the museum:
This exhibition of 65 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs will examine the personal and professional relationships of a small group of American modernists who worked in Maine in the first half of the 20th century. Although much of their artistic activity was centered in New York, along with their mentor the photographer and art dealer Alfred Stieglitz, these artists all chose to summer in the small mid-coast communities south of Bath, in a region that was then known as “Seguinland.” It was there that they developed a camaraderie and sense of place that strongly influenced their work. This exhibition will feature works by F. Holland Day, Clarence White, Marsden Hartley, Max Weber, Marguerite and William Zorach, and Gaston Lachaise, among others.
Called “…a jewel of an exhibition…” in the Boston Globe, the exhibit was put together with assistance of the Georgetown Historical Society, which has its own exhibit this summer of work by many of the same artists at the Society’s building in Georgetown: Georgetown Goes Modern: The Modern Art Movement Meets An Island Community.
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.
Five gallons of Maine maple syrup -- just enough for the 2011 season!
A rainy spring day: time to head north to pick up our five-gallon supply of Maine maple syrup for the 2011 season. And, along the way, to enjoy some of the fabulous fresh oysters at the Damariscotta River Grill – about 40 minutes north of Coveside.
The Damariscotta River Grill, home to great local oysters on the half shell
Jim Freyenhagen's sugar shack near Union, Maine
Rhubarb raspberry crisp
The season started a week early at Coveside this year. Just two guests, who enjoyed for breakfast a fresh rhubarb and raspberry crisp, followed by an omelette with goat cheese, bacon, and arugula, with home fried potatoes.
Bacon, goat cheese, and arugula omelette
New Coveside mug from Deneen Pottery
We’ve just received our first order of hand-thrown mugs from Deneen Pottery. We’ll be using them every morning, and will have a limited number available for sale, for those who want to take a bit of Coveside home with them. We think they turned out great!
During the season, Carolyn makes fruit crisp at least once a week for the breakfast “fruit course.” The recipe came from Tom’s mother, on an index card entitled “Apple dessert.” But in the spirit that every fruit dessert deserves to be served at breakfast, we serve it throughout the summer and fall, featuring a mix of whatever fruit is in season. Of course, it works wonderfully as a dessert, especially with a scoop of ice cream!
peach-blueberry crisp (our favorite)
Crisp topping (this can be made in larger quantities and stored in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator). Mix together:
3/4 cup old-fashioned (not instant) rolled oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
3 – 4 cups fresh (and/or frozen) fruit, sliced: peaches, nectarines, blueberries, strawberries, apples, pears, plums, cherries, etc. (you can also add dried fruit — cranberries, cherries, etc.)
Preheat oven to 350. Gently mix the fruit in a large bowl. Fill 6 baking cups or small souffle dishes or an 8-inch square baking dish about 3/4 full with the fruit mixture. Spread the topping on the fruit, pressing it down gently. Bake 35 – 40 minutes, until bubbling. Serve warm or at room temperature.