Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Maine Shrimp

One of the best things about the quiet season in Maine is that Maine Shrimp's Season fall during this time. I love seafood and Maine shrimp, although small, are a wonderful, sweet delicacy that are great in a variety of recipes. Amy cooks them up for in pasta or on top of pizza. They are also great in chowder and Downeast Magazine has a great recipe. Of course, to get them at their freshest, you'll have to come for a visit!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Our Window Garden

During the warm months, we have a wonderful garden at the Benjamin F. Packard House. I love laying under the rhododendren bush and watching the butterflies and hummingbirds frolick among the flowers. The garden was put to bed many months ago, but Amy did bring in a couple plants indside and they are flourishing in the kitchen window.
The rosemary is actually doing better inside than it did in the summer heat. Amy also dug up two Gerber Daisies, cut them way back and potted them. Their leaves are now sprouting up and enjoying the warm afternoon sunshine.
Complimenting these plants are the Christmas cactus with a few blooms left (it actually bloomed at Thanksgiving this year) and a Amaryllis which will hopefully bloom soon.
Watching the plants thrive and bloom gives us hope for an early spring on the dark winter days.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It is the Wicked Quiet Season

Just a quick reminder from me that it is the Wicked Quiet Season here at our B&B which means wicked good prices. Rooms are either $100 or $120 a night and that includes a gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea in front of the wonderful fireplace in the gathering room. Of course you get to be greeted by me which is always the highlight of the stay (well, at least, for me it is!)Give us a call and book a room soon - Wicked Quiet Season ends March 31st.

My Favorite Kitchen Spot

My Favorite Kitchen Spot
I love laying right here in the kitchen - this is the old floor that is going to be replaced soon.

Our Journey to Bath

Before Amy and Mark ever even thought about making me a part of their family, they were thinking about being innkeepers. About a year and a half after they adopted me, they left me in Erie, PA and took a trip to explore possible towns in New England to open their new business. While I patiently waited at home with a dog sitter, they journeyed to Bath ME, their first stop on the trip. It was December of 2004 so it was cold and raining in Maine but they fell in love with the town and the people they met. Driving to the next town in New Hampshire in a snow storm, they knew in their hearts that Bath was going to be our new home. They went ahead and looked at the other places as planned, but Bath was it. In February of 2005, they left me once again to look at a house on the market in Bath. It had been a B&B but had gone to a private home for the past couple years. Well, lucky us, they loved the house and put in a bid. It was so exciting when the realtor called us in Erie to say the Benjamin F. Packard House was ours! Things started moving quickly then. Packing up the house in Erie, making long distance arrangements for licenses, sprinkler systems and all the things that go with opening a new business. On May 14th, they packed the car and this time took me along too. We closed on the house on May 16th and in six hectic weeks, opened the new Benjamin F. Packard House B&B! My life as a bed and breakfast dog had begun.

Relax on my private patio

Come and enjoy a fabulous gourmet breakfast in my diningroom

Cozy up to warm fire with my complimentary afternoon tea

Enjoy the morning paper along with a cup of fresh brewed coffee in our parlor