Pie Tour event means food and oil for needy Midcoast families

While sampling 50 or more varieties of pie may seem decadent to you, each person who joins in the pie-fun during the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Tour on Sunday, January 25 helps to put food on the table for a needy Midcoast Maine family.  This year, with some help from Maritime Energy, not only will Pie Tour tickets translate to food, but proceeds from the tour will also keep low-income families warm this winter through donations of oil. During this season of giving, remember that a ticket to the Pies on Parade Pie Tour is not only a wonderful experience for you or someone on your list, but also an important contribution to needy families throughout Maine’s Midcoast.

All proceeds from Pies on Parade benefit the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry & Fuel Assistance Program. Over the past ten years, more than $85,500 has been donated to AIO’s Food Pantry from this event to help provide food for Midcoast families. New for this year, donation collection cans have been distributed to businesses throughout Rockland, and will be found at each venue participating on the Pie Tour.  From now through the annual Pie Tour, everyone is encouraged to “buy a gallon” of oil with a donation.  All monies collected will be matched in oil by Maritime Energy up to $2,000. With this year’s donation, Historic Inns of Rockland are planning to bring the total donations to the $100,000 over the tenure of this event.

Each $30 ticket follows the 3-4-5 formula: a $30 ticket translates to 3 meals a day for a family of 4 for 5 days!  Since all proceeds from Pies on Parade are donated to the AIO Food Pantry, you can feel good knowing your day of pie-joyment will provide 60 meals to hungry families on Maine’s Midcoast.

Additionally, a Silent Auction will be held at the Trackside Restaurant on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 4-6pm.  Look for overnight getaways, gift certificates, products and much more.  Again, all proceeds will benefit the AIO Food Pantry & Fuel Assistance Program.

Give the gift of pie to those on your list this season and you’ll be giving the gift of food or oil to a needy person too.  For more information, visit www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com. To purchase tickets, call 207- 596-6611.  Leave a message and your call will be returned within 24-hours.

 

 

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PIES ON PARADE PIE TOUR TICKETS GO ON SALE RIGHT AFTER THANKSGIVING

While others are getting ready for the Thanksgiving and December holidays, the Historic Inns of Rockland and participating  Pies on Parade Pie Tour businesses already have their sights set on the next holiday, National Pie Day!  The annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour observes National Pie Day, traditionally scheduled on the closest Sunday to this auspicious holiday.  This year, the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour will take place January 25, 1:00 – 4:00pm. Tickets for the Pies on Parade Pie Tour will go on sale Saturday, November 29th.   Tickets can be reserved by calling 207-596-6611 or may be purchased in person from any of the three participating Historic Inns of Rockland including Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn or Granite Inn.   Pies on Parade Pie Tour tickets make a great holiday gift for that person who has everything but enough pie and pie ideas!

Nearly 30 Rockland venues are expected to participate in Pies on Parade and the list is growing in celebration of the 11th year of this event. Not to be outdone by inns and restaurants, a number of additional Rockland, ME businesses have signed on for the “Pie-rade” including the Maine Lighthouse Museum, Maine Audubon Puffin Project, Rockland Public Library and Bartlett Woods Adult Living Center. Plus while walking between venues helps to burn calories, Schooner Bay Taxi will provide transportation at designated stops, making it more efficient to hit as many pie stops as possible.

All proceeds from Pies on Parade benefit the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry & Fuel Assistance Program. Over the past ten years, more than $85,500 has been donated to AIO’s Food Pantry from this event to help provide food for Midcoast  families. New for 2015, there will be collection cans at each venue where pie goers will be encouraged to “buy a gallon” of oil with a donation.  All monies collected will be matched in oil by Maritime Energy up to $2,000. With this year’s donation, Historic Inns of Rockland are planning to bring the total donations to the $100,000 over the tenure of this event.

For more information, visit www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com. To purchase tickets, call 207-596-6611 and don’t forget, tickets to the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour make the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season.

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HISTORIC INNS OF ROCKLAND MAINE’S HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR AND FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PACKAGE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FROM SANTA ON A LOBSTER BOAT & LOBSTER TRAP TREE TO HOLIDAY TOURS

Every year, the Historic Inns of Rockland cap off Festival of Lights with a Holiday House Tour on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year the Holiday House Tour will be held November 29, 1:00-4:00pm.  And once again the Historic Inns of Rockland will join with the Friends of the Rockland Public Library and two other Rockland inns nearby to jump start the spirit of the season. Participate in the tour and view historic inns  decked in all their holiday finery, while supporting Rockland’s Public Library, and then attend a wonderful table Christmas tree silent auction. Tickets for the tour are $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available now at the Rockland Public Library and on the day of at the Library or Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn or Granite Inn.

The weekend is filled with the renowned “Lobster Trap Tree” featured on Discovery Channel’s America’s Extreme Trees, Santa arriving by lobster boat, holiday parades, tastings, samplings and demonstrations and so much more. Stay in Rockland for the Festival of Lights weekend taking advantage of the Historic Inns of Rockland’s affordable lodging package.

Plan to stay at one of the three Historic Inns of RocklandLimeRock Inn, Berry Manor Inn, or Granite Inn.  The Historic Inns of Rockland have wrapped your holiday shopping escape all up into one neat getaway. Their Festival of Lights package includes:

  • One night’s accommodations at your choice of three Historic Inns of Rockland, Friday, November 28 or Saturday, November 29, 2014
  • A sumptuous and hardy breakfast for everyone in the travel party
  • Canned food used to “vote” for your favorite float at the Festival of Lights Parade.
  • Two tickets to the Historic Holiday House Tour on Saturday, November 29th from 1-4 pm. and to the Silent Auction of Christmas Trees immediately following at the Rockland Public Library.
  • Two tickets to the “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” event on Main Street.
  • A Historic Inns of Rockland reusable shopping bag to help hold all the loot from your shopping, and filled with wrapping paper, tape, ribbon and a package of gift tags.

All this starting at $160 for single or double occupancy plus tax. * Specific policies for cancellations, advanced deposits, check in and check out times vary with individual inn.  Package cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Plan to kick off the holidays with Rockland, Maine’s weekend Festival of Lights Celebration, November28-29, 2014.  Santa will arrive by lobster boat, stores extend hours and a good old fashioned holiday parade, plus an Eat, Drink and Be Merry Saturday street celebration, along with the Historic Inns of Rockland’s Holiday House Tour are highlights of the weekend.

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If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

If you’re a parent or a manager, read on.  How often do you feel like you end the day exhausted, yelling at family members or  wishing for more patience for those you manage?

Ehether we are supervising kids at home or people at work, according to parenting expert Noël Janis-Norton, while there are many strategies for calmer and easier parenting, the one that is overlooked most often is “take care of you”.  According to Janis-Norton, A lot of stress in modern families comes from rushing and from expecting ourselves to do more, and more quickly, than we realistically can. This often leads to not getting quite enough sleep, to eating on the run, to not getting enough exercise and to even being more susceptible to viruses. When all these stress factors are piling up in our lives, what happens is that as soon as our children start doing something we don’t like, it feels like a much bigger irritant than on the days when we feel calm and rested and sane.” Similarly, anyone in the position of managing people at work know that when the boss ain’t happy, stress looms over the entire office and tension breeds trauma at work.

What’s the best way to take care of you?  Get away.  Totally away. Give yourself a chance for some R&R.  Nothing does the body more good than a romantic getaway to the Coast of Maine.  Take your mate and escape for a spontaneous romantic escape and we’re 99 percent sure  the feeling of calm will soon return within 24-hours and probably as soon as you walk into the doors of the three Historic Inns of Rockland.  Whether it’s the modern, chic stying at the Granite Inn, the wrap around porch and swing at the LimeRock Inn or the return to Victorian elegance at the Berry Manor Inn, any of the Historic Inns of Rockland will make the ideal destination for rest and rejuvenation.  You may feel you don’t have time to fit in a getaway, but if your body, mind and soul are stressed after a busy summer, you can’t afford not to do it, for the sake of your kids and those you love or manage.  A simple change of scenery, a heavenly night’s sleep and the chance for delicious food prepared without your lifting a finger offers just what you need to take care of you. Add to that a walk along the ocean or a historic lighthouse tour, and you have just what the doctor ordered to calm the nerves, naturally. A total escape from the pressure, plus the pampered hospitality offered at Historic Inns of Rockland is just what you need to be the calmer parent or manager you know you can be.

Chances are if you never fit your summer vacation in, you must feel you really need a break now.  Visit www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com for a complete availability calendar and do not pass “GO” as they say in Monopoly until you’ve booked your Historic Inns of Rockland getaway.

You can’t afford NOT to fit in a summer vacation.  And if you’ve already taken one, top of the summer with another romantic New England vacation to start the fall and school year refreshed.

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September is for lobster lovers in Rockland, Maine

Who says lobsters go away after Labor Day?  On the contrary, September and celebrate the fall lobster season with $10 lobster specials in restaurants September 15 – 20, 2014, topped off with the 2nd Annual Lobster Mac n Cheese contest on September 20, 2014.  Thirty professional and amateur chefs will compete for the Lobster Mac n Cheese champion award on September 20, 2:00-4:00pm at the Rockland Elks Club, 210 Rankin Street, Rockland. New this year!  The general public will be invited to taste the professional chefs’ creations by purchasing tickets for $10.00. Stay at any of the three Historic Inns of Rockland and enjoy elegant accommodations paired with a lobstericious experience when you book the Lobsterpalooza Package (Katy, please link this to the HIOR package page).

Restaurants throughout Southern and Midcoast Maine will offer $10 lobster specials including everything from appetizers to lobster dinners.  The exact special will vary from restaurant to restaurant, but all specials will be listed on the Maine Lobsterpalooza page at https://www.facebook.com/mainelobsterpalooza.

Restaurants from throughout Southern and Midcoast Maine will also compete for the title of Lobster Mac n Cheese Pro and Amateur chef of the year too.  To date the following restaurants have registered to compete and more are expected to join.

  • Chowderhouse Restaurant, Rockland, ME
  • DiMillo’s on the Water, Portland, ME
  • Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine, Freeport, ME
  • Graffam Brothers Seafood Market, Rockport, ME
  • Kenduskeag Golf Course/Wrong Turn Pub, Kenduskeag, ME
  • Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn, ME
  • East Wind Inn in Tenant’s Harbor, ME
  • The Black Harpoon, Port Clyde, ME

After the judging for the Lobster Mac n Cheese Contest, the doors will open to the public for tastings from the professional chefs competing.  Tickets for the tastings are $10 each and are available at the Camden and Rockland offices of the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce, State of Maine Cheese Company in Rockport, Grasshopper Shop in Rockland and Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta, ME.  Limited tickets will be sold so get your tickets in advance, as they may or may not be available at the door.

Combine luxurious inns with luscious lobster for the ideal fall getaway.  The Lobsterpalooza package is packed with value.  Available September 14-20, 2014, this two night package starts at $455 for double or single occupancy (price will vary depending upon inn and room choice). This package includes:

  • Two nights lodging at one of the three Historic Inns of Rockland
  • A hearty and delicious breakfast for two each morning
  • Two tickets to Capt. Jacks Lobster Adventure
  • Tickets to a Maine Lobster lunch for two on the wharf
  • Tour of the area’s oldest working lobster pound (reservations required)
  • 2 “Got Lob-Stah” t-shirts
  • 2 Chocolate Lobsters

If your stay includes September 20, your innkeeper can make arrangements to get Lobster Mac and Cheese tasting tickets (while supplies last).  This is not included in the package price.  Tickets are $10 each and must be reserved in advance.

Want even more lobsterishous fun? Add a third night and receive a collection of special offers from more than 40 local businesses for discounted museum tickets, discounted activity tickets, free desserts or appetizers with 2 dinner entrees, and 10% or greater from participating retailers, valued at over $300 and available only to guests of Historic Inns of Rockland.

Don’t put away your lobster cravings with your white shoes on Labor Day.  Plan your September getaway with Historic Inns of Rockland to coincide with the Lobsterpalooza celebration this year.

Lobsterpalooza is presented by Blueberry Broadcasting and sponsored by Rockland Savings Bank.  State of Maine Cheese Co, Linda Bean’s Perfect Lobster, and Historic Inns of Rockland are all contributing sponsors.

Stay tuned to the Maine Lobsterpalooza Facebook page for regular updates in information and to www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com for all the resources you need to plan our Rockland, Maine getaway.

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The Perfect Pie: Tips from pie-making expert innkeepers at Historic Inns of Rockland

The innkeepers at Historic Inns of Rockland may not have always been experts in pie making, but after ten years of Pies on Parade Pie Tours and collectively more than 2000 pies made and served, you can bet that this is one group of innkeepers who are pious about their pies.  With the 11th Annual Pies on Parade event (January 25, 2015)  less than five months away the Historic Inns of Rockland, founders of the event, are already starting to get their rolling pins in order to organize the 25+ businesses that take part in this pie-a-thon from one end of Rockland’s Main Street to the other.  A fundraiser for the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, this year’s Pies on Parade Pie Tour is expected to bring the 11-year total raised from this event to more than $100,000.

As we approach the fall season, all eyes and appetites move toward heartier comfort foods, and when it comes to hearty and comfort, pie tops the list.  Therefore, the innkeepers from Historic Inns of Rockland want to share a few tips for perfect pies with our blog readers.  Try these ideas:

Tips from Ed Hantz, Granite Inn, for a beautiful pie crust

  • Start your pie with plenty of dough. A little extra can always be used to decorate the top.
  • Lay the dough into a 9-inch pie pan and trim to about an inch beyond the rim of the pan.
  • Fold the edge of the crust up and inward and crimp the dough with your fingers.
  • I like to build the crust to about ½ inch above the edge of the pan. This makes an extra deep pie.
  • Collect the dough trimming and roll them out again, and then cut with cookie cutters into shapes to decorate the top of the pie or quiche.

Tips from Cheryl Michaelsen, Berry Manor Inn, where pie is served to guests 365 days:

  • Don’t over think your pie dough; pie dough is very forgiving! If it is too wet, simply add more flour. If your dough is too thin, ball it up and re-roll it; if it’s too thick cut some off and keep rolling!
  • Mix the pie dough, and then wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it while you are mixing up the pie filling.  Chilling the dough for a half hour to several hours will make it easier to work with later.
  • If you are making many pies for a special occasion, mix the dough ahead of time and wrap it in plastic wrap first and then foil. After it’s wrapped, freeze it.  When you’re ready to use the dough, defrost it on the counter prior to rolling it out.
  • Here’s a time saver: Make fruit pies (apple, blueberry, cherry, raspberry, strawberry rhubarb, etc.)  ahead, but do not cook them immediately. Brush the pie with an egg wash (a beaten egg and a bit of milk or water) and sprinkle sugar over it; place a piece of wax paper over the top, then wrap tightly in foil and freeze.  When you need the pie un-wrap the foil, pull off the wax paper and place a piece of foil loosely over the top.  Place the frozen pie a cold oven covered, set the temperature and let the pre-heating oven work as the defrost cycle. Then, simply add approximately 10 to 15 minutes longer to your normal cook time.  Generally Berry Manor Inn’s pie makers bake fruit pies at 400 degrees for one hour and fifteen minutes then take off the foil cover and bake uncovered for another four to ten minutes until the crust is golden brown.  Freezing the uncooked pie ahead makes it far less work the day you need them.
  • Relax – Pie makes everything better!!!

Tips from the LimeRock Inn, developers of the signature Key LimeRock Pie:

  • For LimeRock Inn’s signature Key LimeRock Pie, rather than making a graham cracker crust, innkeepers use vanilla wafers and their secret ingredient, a half-cup of granola.  This combination is a total crowd pleaser.
  • One great way to serve pies – whether egg or fruit – is in tartlet form.  These mini-pies will go a long way and are easy to pop in the mouth as appetizers or dessert.  When making their Swiss Cheese and Bacon mini-quiches, LimeRock Inn innkeepers serve them right from the oven after transferring to a decorative platter.  They cool sufficiently while being served, yet still retain their right-from-the-oven freshness.
  • Timesaving Tip: If you’re worried about overworking your pie dough, put your dough ingredients in a food processor and spin the blade until ingredients are combined and dough is formed. This will also help save time. Afterward, wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour until it’s ready to use.

Tickets for the annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour sell out each year.  Overnight accommodations sell out even faster than tickets.  Book your Pies on Parade Package now including your own personal pie baked just for you, specially-organized pre-tour events like a Pie and Wine pairing, and tickets to the event!  Pies on Parade tickets go on sale right after Thanksgiving.  For more information on Pies on Parade and Historic Inns of Rockland, visit www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com.

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Who says you have to stop eating lobster after Labor Day? Perfect time for Lobsterpalooza

Just because Labor Day comes and goes, doesn’t mean the lobsters have! We don’t put away the white shoes and certainly don’t stop eating lobster in Midcoast Maine after Labor Day! This year, why don’t you come join us and celebrate Lobsterpalooza with $10 lobster specials in restaurants throughout the Penobscot Bay region September 15 – 20, 2014, topped off with the 2nd Annual Lobster Mac n Cheese contest on September 20, 2014.  Thirty professional and amateur chefs will compete for the Lobster Mac n Cheese champion award on September 20, 2:00-4:00pm at the Rockland Elks Club, 210 Rankin Street, Rockland. And guess what? New this year, the general public will be invited to taste the professional chefs’ creations by purchasing tickets for $10.00.

Are you an amateur or professional chef?  The Maine Lobsterpalooza is seeking interested chefs to compete for the title of Lobsterpalooza Mac n Cheese Champion in the 2nd Annual Lobster Mac n Cheese Contest, September 20, 1:00-4:00pm in Rockland, ME.  They’re looking for  20 professional and 10 amateur chefs to compete in the high stakes competition to crown Champion and Honorable Mention awards in both Pro and Amateur categories.  Bragging rights are huge, along with the publicity that will result for those you know that might want to compete All interested chefs are encouraged to contact Marilyn Quinn at Blueberry Broadcasting (sponsors of Lobsterpalooza) for more information. Call (207)350-0118 or email MarilynQuinn@BlueberryBroadcasting.com.

It’s not too early to start planning your Lobsterpalooza getaway and the Historic Inns of Rockland have just the right package to make your lobster-filled weekend perfect, complete with two “Got Lobstah” t-shirts to help savor the memory. The Lobsterpalooza package is packed with value. Available September 14-20, 2014, this two night package starts at $455 for double or single occupancy (price will vary depending upon inn and room choice).  This package includes:

  • Two nights lodging at one of the three Historic Inns of Rockland
  • A hearty and delicious breakfast for two each morning
  • Two tickets to Capt. Jacks Lobster Adventure
  • Tickets to a Maine Lobster lunch for two on the wharf
  • Tour of the area’s oldest working lobster pound (reservations required)
  • 2 “Got Lob-stah” t-shirts
  • 2 Chocolate lobsters

If your stay includes September 20, your innkeeper can make arrangements to get Lobster Mac and Cheese tasting tickets (while supplies last).  This is not included in the package price.  Tickets are $10 each and must be reserved in advance.

Want even more lobsterishous fun?  Add a third night and receive a collection of special offers from 40 local businesses valued at more than $300 for discounted tickets, free desserts or apps and more available only to guests of Historic Inns of Rockland.

This year, don’t put away your lobster cravings with your white shoes on Labor Day.  Plan your September getaway with Historic Inns of Rockland to coincide with Lobsterpalooza weekend and “get lob-stah”.

 

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The way life should be: Lobsters, Luxury and McLoon’s

By Marti Mayne

The Historic Inns of Rockland have agreed with the rest of Rockland for years.  Our little corner of Maine is truly the Lobster Capital of the Universe. You may pass other roadside lobster shacks along Route with long lines, but we suggest you simply keep going. If you’re seeking the real Maine experience drive right by and continue to Rockland.  If you make your trip in June, start with the Historic Inns of Rockland’s Lobsters, Lighthouses and Luxury package and you’ll get a true insider’s view of everything lobster you could ever want, complete with a ride on a lobster boat, lighthouses, lobster dinners, lobster tours and luxury too.  Offered every June, they’ll even throw in another “L” – lobsters, lighthouses, luxury and lupines!

If you can’t make it in June, come stay at Historic Inns of Rockland any other time in the summer or fall and lobsters, luxury and lighthouses can still be a focus for your trip.  And if you want a truly magical Maine location head to McLoon’s Lobster Shack in South Thomaston. Open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, from 11am to 7pm, you’ll be very happy you made this part of your summer or fall trip!

The setting at McLoon’s is as “Maine” as it gets.  Stand on the wharf and you’ll see tall pine covered islands, hear the sound of seagulls and the beauty of colorful lobster boats bobbing in the harbor and smell the salt air along with lobsters boiling and burgers cooking.  Add a few lupines to the scene and you’ve got a picture postcard scene capturing all that makes Maine grand.

Photo by PJ Walter

The focus at McLoon’s Lobster Shack is on as fresh and local as it gets.  Ask for a lobster dinner, and you may be escorted you to the side of the wharf where a member of the staff will pull up a plastic bucket filled with live lobsters caught that day or the day before and ask you to pick your dinner, if you wish. From sea to stove, it doesn’t get much fresher than that!   Next, you get the option to pick your own fresh-grown herbs from the container garden next to the order window and add as much or as little of freshly grown herbs as you wish!

There’s nothing you won’t love at McLoon’s. The lobster rolls are plentiful and delicious, served on perfectly toasted buttered buns and overflowing with lobster. The lobster stew has a hint of tarragon, which gives it a signature taste.  Be sure to try the roasted Littleneck clams, they are smoky and delicious.  If you like crab, the crab rolls and crab cakes are made from fresh Maine crab and they are just perfect. For non-lobster lovers, there’s homemade corn chowder and burgers and hot dogs cooked on the outside grill next to the lobster shack. In fact, everything at McLoon’s is homemade.  The locally made pies and brownie sundaes are the perfect ending to your lobster dinner here.

You’ll sit at picnic tables taking in the view, almost wishing that the food will take longer to cook so you can simply stare at the scene. Bring your own spirits, and take in a sunset as the sky grows the color of the lobster – how convenient – color coordinated!  Adults and kids alike love the colorful chairs offered for a bird’s eye view of the wharf, which come in adult and kiddie-size.  Come during June’s Lobster, Lighthouses and Luxury package, and you’ll get an up-close-and-personal tour of the lobster wharf and a full explanation of the lobstering industry, complete with a very “fragrant” tour of the bait shack from Bob Woodbury.

Photo by PJ Walter

We save the best for first and last. The ride to and from McLoon’s from Rockland is the icing on the lobster roll! The scenic route is dotted with lupine fields (in June), plenty of glimpses of Penobscot Bay and the islands beyond, and antique New England Capes and cottages.  It’s definitely Maine the way life should be. Be sure to have the camera handy, this is as much a great part of the trip as the meal itself.

At the end of the day, return to any of the three Historic Inns of Rockland. Your friendly innkeepers will be anxious to hear how your meal at McLoon’s went, and will concur that it’s one of Maine’s true gems.  Any spring, summer or fall stay at the three Historic Inns of Rockland is simply not complete without a trip to McLoon’s Lobster Shack.  Your innkeepers are happy to give you directions.

When You Go

McLoon’s Lobster Shack: Open seasonally 11am-7pm - Memorial Day – Columbus Day, 327 Island Road
Spruce Head Island, Maine, (207) 593-1382, www.Mcloonslobster.com .  Click here for a full menu: http://www.mcloonslobster.com/#menu.

Historic Inns of Rockland: Three luxury inns, all within walking distance of Rockland’s downtown scene and Harbor. Granite Inn, LimeRock Inn, Berry Manor Inn, www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com, 207-596-6611.

 

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Experiences, not things, make us happy

Do you remember that Cadillac ad in shown during the Super Bowl? The guy asks the question, “Why do we work so hard?” Then he razzes Europeans for taking so much vacation and lists some hard-working Americans who changed the world. The commercial ends with him unplugging his $75,000 ELR hybrid coupe in front of his awesome house and reminding us that the upside of all that work is the “stuff” it buys. Do you agree?  Historic Inns of Rockland doesn’t buy it.

Whether you loved that ad or hated it, it’s clear that the producers of that ad have not been reading Forbes or the New York Times. Because for at least a decade now, there’s new research every two or three years that comes to the same conclusion: Experiences, not things, make us happy.  Going to new places, experiencing new adventures, and staying in unique accommodations beat more stuff in the garage any day.

Based on that data, it’s pretty safe to say that it’s travel makes us happy. Because really, what better way to experience new things than through travel. Were the Historic Inns of Rockland to create that Super Bowl commercial, it would be about the ultimate Midcoast Maine getaway, filled with savoring new flavors and adventures.

The fact is that Americans do work hard.  We have one of the longest work calendars of any nation. And yes, work earns money, and money really can add to our happiness, because money can help provide experiences. But happiness does not come with more and more stuff.  It comes through experiencing new places, rocky coasts, lighthouses and even a trip aboard a working lobster boat. Then, a romantic evening at one of the three Historic Inns of Rockland in one of the most comfortable beds you’ve ever experienced.  These are the experiences that make great memories. After all, in the end, what really matters?  Investment in stuff or investment in your relationships and experiences for memories that’ll remain with you forever?

OK, we’ll concede. Work hard and get that car you’ve always wanted. Then take some time off, take it on the road to Rockland, Maine and invest in yourself. Because the experiences and the memories we gain with travel don’t come with a limited four-year/50,000-mile warranty—they last a lifetime.

To book your Historic Inns of Rockland getaway, visit www.HistoricinnsofRockland.com.

 

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Another really great way to enjoy lobster in Rockland, ME – Part II

In part one of our blog series about the best ways to enjoy lobster in Rockland, we talked about the June Lobsters, Lighthouses & Luxury package offered by the three Historic Inns of Rockland.  Offering the chance to not only learn more about lobsters but also to take a chance at catching your own, this package comes  complete with chocolate lobsters, just in case you can’t get enough of that real sweet lobster meat!

Today, we’ll focus on Lobsterpalooza, a celebration of all things lobster, to kick off the fall season, September 19-21, 2014.  After the Maine Lobster Festival ends, it doesn’t mean the lobster season has to conclude.  In fact, despite conventional wisdom, the Lobster season continues through mid-October, making September the ideal time to enjoy a lobsterpalooza of great Maine vacation experiences.

Three years ago the Historic Inns of Rockland founded the Maine Lobsterpalooza, a fall celebration of lobster, in an effort to aid lobstermen and women who found themselves in a supply and demand situation with a glut of lobsters and customers who thought lobster season was over.  This year marks the 3rd Annual Lobsterpalooza celebration.  Lobsterpalooza has evolved to include a fabulous Lobster Mac and Cheese contest which will draw chefs from all over Maine this year.  Better yet, for the first time, members of the public will have the opportunity to taste the variations of Lobster Mac and Cheese created during this competition, and will be amazed at the variety of ways to prepare this tasty dish.  In addition, throughout Lobsterpalooza, restaurants throughout Rockland and Camden will offer up $10 lobster specials.  Plan to savor lobster rolls, lobster apps, lobster dinners and of course Lobster Mac and Cheese throughout the weekend, along with a luxurious weekend stay at one of the three Historic Inns of Rockland including Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn and Granite Inn.

Lobsterpalooza Package at Historic Inns of Rockland

Combine luxurious inns with luscious lobster for the ideal fall getaway.  The Lobsterpalooza package is packed with value.  Available September 19 -27, 2014, this two night package starts at $455 for double or single occupancy (price will vary depending upon inn and room choice). This package includes:

  • Two nights lodging at one of the three Historic Inns of Rockland
  • A hearty and delicious breakfast for two each morning
  • Two tickets to Capt. Jacks Lobster Adventure
  • Tickets to a Maine Lobster lunch for two on the wharf
  • Tour of the area’s oldest working lobster pound (reservations required)
  • 2 “Got Lob-Stah” t-shirts
  • 2 Chocolate Lobsters

If  your stay includes September 20, your innkeeper can make arrangements to get Lobster Mac and Cheese tasting tickets (while supplies last).  This is not included in the package price.  Tickets are $15 each and must be reserved in advance.

Want even more lobsterishous fun? Add a third night and receive a collection of special offers from more than 40 local businesses for discounted museum tickets, discounted activity tickets, free desserts or appetizers with 2 dinner entrees, and 10% or greater from participating retailers, valued at over $300 and available only to guests of Historic Inns of Rockland.

Don’t put away your lobster cravings with your white shoes on Labor Day.  Plan your September getaway with Historic Inns of Rockland to coincide with the Lobsterpalooza celebration this year.

 

 

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