Summer has arrived on the coast — the Five Islands Lobster Company wharf is open for business; our gardens are showing their stuff; the farm markets are increasingly full of great things to cook for breakfast. This is our 17th year here on Gotts Cove and we expect it to be a banner season. Bookings have been strong so if you’re planning at stay at Coveside Bed & Breakfast this summer or fall, we suggest you reserve your room as soon as your plans are clear. You can check availability and book directly on our website.
Two signs of the approach of Spring: First, though there is still a lot of snow on the lawn down to the cove, you can actually see the ground here and there. And I just detected the first stirrings of daffodils on the hill above our front door (they won’t bloom, however, for another six weeks). Here’s a late afternoon pic I shot yesterday:
(very) early spring at Coveside
The other sign of spring is the annual reopening of the iconic “Fat Boy” drive-in on the old Bath-Brunswick road. Great greasy burgers, frappes, fries, and car hops [are you old enough to remember car hops?] to deliver them to your car! Here’s a link to a story on the event in the Bangor Daily News. And here are some pics of Fat Boy in the summer that I found on the web, along with the following comment: “Going to Brunswick, Maine, set me back in time where drive ins still exist and manners never went out of fashion. I can only make reference b/c I used to watch Happy Days growing up as a kid. If you like burgers, fries, and nice sweet young girls serving you in your car – it’s never to late to go to Fatboy and enjoy your Happy Days.” Can summer be far away?
Summer at the Fat Boy
Busy car hops prepping trays for delivery
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
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