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Brisket-with-onion-soup-e1332762223816Ellen’s mother gave her this recipe many many years ago. It’s a family favorite, one of those meals on the request list whenever a child is visiting.

Order a whole fresh brisket from your butcher.  Up here in Maine, most butchers automatically corn all of the briskets gotten from the distributor so you may have to order yours a week in advance.  Takes a bit more organization but well worth it!

1 whole brisket
1 package dry onion soup mix
1 can whole cranberry sauce
1 package of carrots, cut into chunks
10 or so small white onions peeled
1 potato per person, cut into large chunks

Spread onion soup and cranberry sauce over brisket and wrap tightly in aluminum foil.  Place wrapped brisket in a roasting pan in 350° oven for 2 hours.  Take meat out, cool for about 45 minutes.  Slice diagonally across the grain and place back in the pan with slices set side by side as if the roast were whole.  Surround the roast with the potatoes, carrots, and onions.  Add a small amount of water (about 1 inch on the bottom of the pan).  Cover the roasting pan and return to the oven for about an hour.  Check occasionally and baste the meat and vegetables.  Add more water if it has evaporated.  If the meat gets done (tender) before the vegetables, just take the meat out and continue cooking the vegetables.

- from “A Taste of The Tabor” Cookbook

Honored as a Top Performing Hotel/Inn as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

certificateOfExcellence_2013-14348-2 Forgive us for blowing our own horn but we’re pretty proud.  We received another TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. This is our second acknowledgement in 2 years.

Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.  To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

2011_0923_Common Ground Fair 001After a long snowy winter it’s finally getting to be that time again when fresh locally grown foods will be available alfresco.  What’s better than a trip to a Farmers’ Market on a bright sunny morning?
Here’s a list of our local markets, when they operate and where to find them as well as a list of some local CSA’s.  Buy Local!

Camden Farmers’ Market 05/11/13 – 10/26/13 Sat 9-12 & Wed 3:30-6 behind the Knox Mill, access via Washington St & Knowlton St.  On Facebook: Camden Farmers’ Market  www.camdenfarmersmarket.org  Contact: Kevin Weiser, 568-3201

Herring Gut Community Market Thurs 10-3, July and August, at the end of Lobster Pound Rd in Port Clyde.  On Facebook: Herring Gut Learning Center  Contact: Katie Gloede, ktgloede@gmail.com

July_16 003North Haven Farmers’ Market 06/01/13 – 09/14/13  Sat 9-11 at the ball field.

Rockland Farmers’ Market 05/16/13 – 10/31/13
Thu 9-12:30  at Harbor Park, just off Main St near the intersection of Park St & Main St, on the waterfront. rocklandfarmersmarket.org/  and on Facebook: Rockland Farmers’ Market  Contact: info@rocklandfarmersmarket.org

State of Maine Cheese Farmers’ Market in Rockport Sat 9-12, Year Round, 461 Commercial St.  Contact: State of Maine Cheese Co. 236-8895

Union Farmers’ Market Fri 3-6, late May to mid-Oct, on the Common. www.unionfarmersmarket.org and on Facebook: Union Farmers’ Market Contact: 207.701.1069

Washington Gveggiescroppedrange Farmers’ Market 05/05/12 – 12/28/13 Year Round, Sat 10-1, 31 Old Union Rd (off Rt 220 in the Evening Star Grange #183 parking lot). Winter Season: 2nd Saturday Jan, Feb & March. Market wide summer CSA. On Facebook: Washington Grange Farmer’s Market  Contact: Sharon Turner, 845-2140

Community Supported Agriculture
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Hope’s Edge Farm
an Organic CSA located in Hope, Maine. http://hopesedgefarm.com/

Comprised of 100 acres of open fields and mixed woodlands, Hope’s Edge Farm is located in Northwest Hope and is committed to organic/biodynamic practices.

Membership in a CSA is based on “shares of the harvest.” The shareholders underwrite the harvest for the entire season by paying for their shares in advance. The shareholder is then invited to visit the farm once a week to pick up a bag of fresh, seasonal produce grown without agricultural chemicals.

Some Other Local CSA’s
Weskeag Farms in Thomaston
Terra Optima Farm in Thomaston
Peacemeal Farm in Dixmont
Dandelion Spring Farm in Newcastle

For a full list of Maine CSA’s visit the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) website.

Freedom To MarryWe were delighted by the passage of Maine’s new freedom to marry law!

Same-sex couples will be allowed to get married on Saturday December 29th, 2012.

If you are planning to get a marriage license you should call your local town office to find out if they’re going to be open that day and whether you need to make an appointment.  You can find the phone number for your town office by going to www.maine.gov/local.

If you’d like to actually marry on December 29th or 31st, you should make arrangements with your local town office ahead of time.  Some towns are providing officials who can marry you and some are not.

Weddings in MaineAs luck would have it we just happen to have an excellent suggestion for the perfect officiant.  A Master Mariner and Notary Public, our own Captain Ken Barnes has thirty-five years experience officiating at many marriage ceremonies, both at sea and onshore anywhere in Maine.  He looks forward to facilitating same-sex couples to be able to stand before their friends, family and community and make a lasting vow to be there for one another.  While he’d be performing a “civil ceremony”, it needn’t be devoid of special meaning or spirituality.  Your wedding day is a very special day.  Call 207-594-2364 or 596-7950 or email okesbarnes@hotmail.com

Since Captain Barnes also owns the Inn, intimate weddings can be hosted here.  He can marry you in front of the fireplace in our lovely living room, or in another venue of your choosing anywhere in the state of Maine.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) offers these tips on getting married:• To get a license, a couple must go to the clerk’s office in the city or town where either one lives.
• Once a license is issued, a couple has 90 days to get married.
• A marriage can be performed by a justice of the peace, a judge, a notary public, an attorney or an ordained clergy member.
• The ceremony must be witnessed by at least two people other than the officiant, and signed by the couple, the officiant and witnesses.
• The officiant must return the marriage certificate to the town clerk within seven days of the ceremony.For help with other legal questions surrounding Maine’s new marriage law, use the GLAD Legal Info Line by clicking here. Or by calling: 1-800-455-GLAD (4523).

For a more complete look at the legal side of getting married in Maine, download GLAD’s “Marriage in Maine: The Basics” by clicking here.

To view the Webinar that was co-hosted by GLAD, EqualityMaine and the Maine Women’s Lobby, click here. 

Historic Inns of Rockland logoBROOKINGS INSTITUTION & GROWSMART MAINE RECOGNIZE HISTORIC INNS OF ROCKLAND AS A TOURISM SUCCESS STORY
Charting Maine’s Future Report spotlights four historic Rockland inn’s tourism success

Rockland, ME (9-27-12): In 2006, GrowSmart Maine brought the Brookings Institution, a nationally recognized, nonpartisan think tank, to Maine and called together people from across the state then asked “What do you love about this place?” Subsequent conversations gathered the information needed to define how Maine could grow its economy without losing those valued natural resources. Charting Maine’s Future: An Action Plan for Promoting Sustainable Prosperity and Quality Places resulted from these conversations including a research and action plan and a set of directives. Fast forward to 2012 and a follow up report checking in on progress was completed and announced today. Charting Maine’s Future – Making Headway, aptly summarizes the progress made over the past six years on many of Charting Maine’s Future’s goals and recommendations. Today’s report concludes that despite setbacks brought by the Great Recession of 2008, there are many success stories around the state to highlight, illustrating the depth of commitment and breadth of talent in the state.  The Historic Inns of RocklandHistoric Inns of Rockland, a consortium of four historic inns in Rockland, ME, including Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn, Captain Lindsey House Inn, and Granite Inn, were spotlighted as THE success story for Maine’s tourism sector and identified as the shining star among Maine’s Tourism industry. The report stated “Working together to market the Rockland vacation experience, members of Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine, have put many of their individual marketing priorities aside to cooperatively attract attention to Rockland’s premier inns and vacation experiences.”

GrowSmart Maine identified the Historic Inns of Rockland as a tourism industry leader via news stories about the organization and interviews with community leaders. Charting Maine’s Future – Making Headway researchers contacted Historic Inns of Rockland innkeepers to gather information and confirm the progressive group of four inn’s investment in the community serves as an example of a strong and successful private business and community partnership.Rockland Breakwater Light  Charting Maine’s Future – Making Headway goes on to explain “the Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine, are working closely with local businesses and the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce to collectively attract vacationers through public relations campaigns, creative marketing, a wedding consortium, a central reservation line, enticing events, a collective eco-initiative, and an informative website. Businesses throughout the community have contributed to this effort. Many visitors have participated in packages offered by the Historic Inns of Rockland and many dollars have been spent within the community by people enjoying the shopping, restaurants, museums, and local attractions. This collaborative effort has helped many of the local businesses involved in tourism thrive during the turbulent past few years.” Restaurateur, Kerry Altiero, chef and owner at Rockland’s Café Miranda, calls the initiative “brilliant, selfless and absolutely one of the best things that’s happened to my business,” according to the report.  “We are incredibly honored and humbled to be spotlighted as a tourism success story in Charting Maine’s Future – Making Headway,” said Cheryl Michaelsen, who was interviewed by GrowSmart Maine. “While we’re just four historic inns on Maine’s Midcoast, working cooperatively and with the community we’ve been able to make a difference in our communities with events like Pies On Parade, which has contributed more than $50,000 to the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program over its 8-year tenure,” finished Michaelsen. “It takes a village to make our promotions like Lobsterpalooza and our media outreach campaign work,” followed PJ Walter, co-owner of LimeRock Inn. “Without the enthusiasm of the community, it wouldn’t happen. We’re all in it together,” finished Walter.
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

The U.S. Coast Guard, the State of Maine and the American Lighthouse Foundation are pleased to announce the fourth annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day on September 15th.  An increasingly popular event, it’s the largest effort of its kind in the nation.

Maine treasures its 68 lighthouses, 18 of which are within a 40 mile radius of Camden, Maine. The Midcoast region of Maine is comprised of hundreds of peninsulas and many miles of jagged coastline that became both beautiful and dangerous for navigation. Maine lighthouses served as both beacons of hope and warning for wayward mariners.

While many of Midcoast Maine’s 18 lighthouses are only accessible by boat, four distinctly different lighthouses (Rockland, Owls Head, Marshall Point & Pemaquid Point) are within easy driving distance of the Inn.  In Rockland’s north end, you can walk the 7/8th-mile-long breakwater to the Rockland Breakwater Light.  A short drive south of Rockland will bring you to Owls Head Light in Owls Head Light State Park where there’s a convenient parking area near the lighthouse.

Marshall Point LightFurther down the St. George peninsula you’ll come to Marshall Point Lighthouse with its small museum and gift shop. Along the way you may want to stop at the Art of the Sea Gallery to view an extensive display of nautical art and artifacts. Stop at any of the several quintessential Maine Lobster “shacks” right on the edge of the water. You know the lobster will be fresh.

From Marshall Point, detour through the village of Port Clyde where there are several shops and galleries worth a visit. This is also the port for one of the boats making trips to Monhegan.

Pemaquid Point is a short ride further south. This is one of the most photographed lighthouses along the coast and has a spectacular setting. If it looks familiar, perhaps you’ve seen it on the Maine quarter. You can travel through picturesque Damariscotta before traveling back to Rockland.

MidCoast Lighthouse Map

MidCoast Maine Lighthouse Map

Click on the map above or any of the lighthouses below for more information and the locations of all of  Midcoast Maine’s  lighthouses:
Browns Head Lighthouse
Curtis Island Lighthouse
Goose Rocks Light
Grindle Point Lighthouse
Heron Neck Light
Indian Island Lighthouse
Isle au Haut Light
Marshall Point Lighthouse
Matinicus Rock Light
Monhegan Island Light
Owls Head Light
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Rockland Breakwater Light
Rockland Harbor Southwest Light
Saddleback Ledge Light
Tenants Harbor Light
Two Bush Island Light
Whitehead Light

With our central location, you can make the Captain Lindsey House Inn your headquarters for immersion into the unique Maine experience. Unpack your bags, put away your stress, don comfortable clothes (there is little formality in Maine) and revel in the beauty and the peacefulness that has inspired artists, writers and poets for generations. There are few things Mainers enjoy more than sharing our maritime history.  This fascinating event only comes around once every year.  We hope we’ll see you soon.
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Homemade Maine Wild Blueberry Pie

We’re bakin’ up pies as fast as Maine Wild Blueberries are bein’ picked.   Aside from being deee-licious, wild blueberries are rich in antioxidants and great anti-inflammatory food.  An excellent source of fiber and manganese, their health benefits are known to also include cancer prevention, urinary tract health, protection against stroke, heart health, vision health, and possible helping with metabolic syndrome.

These luscious berries are one of the few fruits native to North America. Native North Americans believed the Wild Blueberry had magical powers. Atop each Wild Blueberry is the base of its earlier flower, a calyx in the shape of a five-pointed star. Legend has it that during a time of starvation, the Great Spirit sent these “star berries” down from the heavens to relieve the hunger of his children.

Capt Ellen Barnes with Wild Blueberries

Named obviously for their velvety, deep-blue color, blueberries are also known as bilberries,  whortleberries  and hurtleberries.

Fresh wild blueberries are in their prime season right now here in Maine.  A glorious, tasty garnish for most any dish, they’re fabulous when infused into your favorite spirits as well as being the star of the show in desserts and fruit dishes.

But the pies that we make for afternoon snacking certainly aren’t the only delivery system we’ve found for these healthy delectable orbs.  Our guests  enjoy them in our sumptuous breakfast incarnations from blueberry pancakes,  muffins, scones, jams or sprinkled on our famous homemade granola.

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