The Season at Coveside Bed & Breakfast

Spring

Spring - Finally! Sun in the garden; fog on the bay.

Spring – Finally! Sun in the garden; fog on the bay.

We reopen for the 2016 season on May 27, 2016. The winter of 2015-16 in Maine wasn’t nearly as cold or storm-ridden as the year before, and spring is making its annual appearance a bit earlier. We avoided even the mild winter, however, having spent February and March in an apartment on the French Riviera, near Nice. France was wonderful, and our French is coming along, but it’s great to be back in Maine to experience the slow approach of summer. We are taking reservations for 2016 and rooms are already filling up for the busy months of July and August, and on weekends in June and September. You can check availability and book rooms on our website and, if you have any questions, you can always reach us by email at innkeeper@CovesideBandB.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)

Harvest Dinner at Coveside Bed and Breakfast

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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.

 

 

 

Easter Brunch at Coveside

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We invited friends and neighbors to an Easter brunch at Coveside, so Carolyn could try out new recipes and get back into baking after our lengthy sojourn in Europe. The event was a great success and the food — especially the baked goods — was wonderful. Many new ideas for breakfasts next summer! Recipes for the baked goods came mostly from Thomas Keller’s beautiful new cookbook, Bouchon Bakery (Artisan Books), and from the new cookbook from our favorite Portland bakery: Alison Pray and Tara Smith, Standard Baking Company Pastries (Down East Press).