Spring – Finally! Sun in the garden; fog on the bay.
We’re celebrating spring with a new Memorial Day Getaway Special — dinner for two at Solo Bistro, two fabulous lobster rolls at Five Islands Lobster Company, and entry for two to either Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens or the Maine Maritime Museum all at no additional cost with a three-day (or longer) stay in May. Check out our new packages and specials — including a new kayak getaway – here. (We’ll be posting some blog entries describing our new packages in the coming weeks).
As for the scene on Gotts Cove — spring has finally arrived, after a chilly winter. Reservations for next summer are filling up, however, and we expect a sunny season filled with happy guests.You can now make reservations directly on our website, but we’re always happy to talk by phone or email.
The end of the trail — a lovely view of Robinhood Cove
Carolyn on the trail
The winter weather has been spectacular. After a substantial post-Christmas snowstorm, the temperatures have remained cold and the skies sunny — perfect for outdoor pursuits. Carolyn and I snowshoed from Route 127 to Robinhood Cove, through the Schoener Preserve, one of the many largely undiscovered preserves open to the public in Georgetown, to the western shore of the cove.
We survived Hurricane Sandy without even so much as a power outage. Lots of wind and rain, but more like a moderate Nor’easter than the punishing storm that hit further south. Sandy did make for some spectacular surf at Reid State Park, however. Here are some shots Tom took this afternoon.
Hurricane Igor passed Maine, far out in the Atlantic, but the resulting swells and rip currents were impressive. Here’s some shots of Mile Beach at Reid State Park, taken at low (!) tide.
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!
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.
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):
Here’s the manager — not Sam (Lisa’s father, who owns the wharf), but Justin (Sam’s cousin):
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.
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
The nights are getting chilly and the leaves are starting to turn. Autumn is a great time on the Maine coast — no crowds, sunny days (mostly!) and clear nights. Here are some pictures:
Squirrel Point Light, a 30 minute walk from a trailhead in Arrowsic, a short drive from Coveside:
Across the Kennebec River is Phippsburg.
A fisherman’s cottage in Marrtown, West Georgetown
Scenes from Reid State Park:
Little River Estuary from the Woodland Trail