Spring Comes to Maine — Slowly!

First day of Spring?

First day of Spring?

We returned from Europe a few days ago, hoping to find the beginnings of Spring. But we found the remnants of a late winter snowstorm: Spring comes to Maine — slowly. The snow is melting fast, however, and we have high hopes that we’ll soon see the first stirrings of the season to come. In the meantime, we’re making plans for the summer season; Carolyn is testing new recipes; and we’re looking forward to our 16th year as innkeepers.

Early spring in Mid-coast Maine

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