Acadia's always-changing weather

A Perfect Puppy Picnic

Yet another in a string of beautiful days here on MDI. Linus and Lucy wanted to have a picnic in Acadia... Great idea! 

Our picnic spot on this perfect day. Who knows where we were?  Notice the crowds!  Very secluded, at the end of a lovely short path through the woods and along a brook. Have you been here? 

Our picnic spot on this perfect day. Who knows where we were?  Notice the crowds!  Very secluded, at the end of a lovely short path through the woods and along a brook. Have you been here? 

Lucy really enjoyed her picnic lunch. Well, that's not exactly unusual for Lucy.  

Lucy really enjoyed her picnic lunch. Well, that's not exactly unusual for Lucy.  

A post-lunch snuggle and a nap. Perfect, indeed.  

A post-lunch snuggle and a nap. Perfect, indeed.  

Perfect spring day to relax on the patio at Atlantean

The Carriage Roads are open!

Each Spring the Park closes the Carriage Roads for a period, to protect them from damage while they are very soft. What we know as "Mud Season".   Well, they've reopened, and that, along with gorgeous warm sunny weather, means Pooch Walkin' Season!

Atleantean's new crew, Linus (center) and Lucy (right), out for fun with their pal Pooka, Inn Dog at Holbrook House B&B

Atleantean's new crew, Linus (center) and Lucy (right), out for fun with their pal Pooka, Inn Dog at Holbrook House B&B

And, the Park Loop and Cadillac Summit roads reopen this Friday!  C'mon up! 

Welcome to Our Twelfth Season

Time marches on and it's nearly April already! It's time for us to spruce up Atlantean for our twelfth season.

Gary and I didn't have any major projects at the inn this year. Good thing too, because this February we took on these adorable furballs.

Meet Lucy and Linus! They were rescues from a very tough situation in NYC and with much patience and many trips to the vet, they're doing great.

Many already know that we lost little Finn over the winter. It was heartbreaking, but the rewards of adopting a senior pup well outweigh the short time they're with you. She left a big hole in our lives though, and we needed two seven-pounders just to fill it. 

Lucy and Linus are looking forward to all the nice people who will come to visit them this summer. Some we've told them about already; others we've yet to meet. They'll be waiting for check-in time!

Summertime in Maine

Gary and I are already daydreaming of new recipes for the upcoming season. One thing we'll never change though is the blueberry muffin. Simple, delicious and the perfect accompaniment to Gary's breakfasts!

MUFFIN Recipe (MAKES 12)

Pre-Heat the oven to 375 F.

Sift together the following dry ingredients:

  • 2 C Flour
  • 3/4 C Organic Cane Sugar*
  • 1 Tbl Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Next blend the following wet ingredients well. We use a stick blender to get everything creamy.

  • 1/2 C Canola Oil
  • 1/2 C Almond Milk (unsweetened- Our favorite is Almond Breeze)
  • 1/2 C Silken Tofu**
  • 2 tsp Real Vanilla Extract

Combine the wet and dry ingredients well. Then fold in 1 C of a yummy of your choice- raspberries, chocolate chips, etc. Our favorite is of course wild Maine Blueberries!

Now bake at 350 F for 28 minutes. Adjust this time depending on your oven and other factors, like whether your berries are frozen, etc.

*We specify Organic Cane Sugar because, strictly speaking, regular granulated white sugar is neither vegan nor vegetarian. The filtering process that makes it white is off limits for us.

**Silken tofu simply has a higher water content than regular tofu, hence a smoother texture. It can be found in the produce department of most supermarkets, right next to the regular, firm tofu.

Finn's Gift to the SPCA

If you've met our wee inn dog, Finn, then you know how special she is.

The Mighty Finn! 

The Mighty Finn! 

If you haven't had the pleasure, likely you've at least seen some of the numerous appearances she's made on our Facebook page.  Or perhaps you'll just have to take our word for it... She's a great big personality in a tiny, furry package. And now, she has chosen to make a nice donation to the wonderful people who brought us together. 

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Finn came to live with us in October 2012, after being surrendered by her previous family at the SPCA of Hancock County in nearby Trenton. Poor little sweetie was not in good shape at all. Her history is mostly unknown to us, but it is clear her first eleven years did not feature proper care, nor socialization. Simply put, she was in a very bad way both physically and emotionally.

Things are very different now, and all for the better!  She's all "tough and fluffy": Happy, healthy, and full of life! We like to think she's started life all over and has another eleven great years ahead of her still.

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Finn is so grateful for the care and kindness she received from the folks at the SPCA that she persuaded us to put together a special donation in her name. So during our Spring season this year, our first six weeks of operation, a portion of all lodging revenue taken in was set aside as a gift, from Finn.

We are thrilled to have sent a check today for more than $1200 to help these fine people in their important work of helping more animals like Finn, in their searches for health and happiness.  Learn more about this great organization at: spcahancockcounty.org

Finn is off on yet another adventure! 

Finn is off on yet another adventure! 

An Afternoon Off

It's a real treat to walk right from our door into one of America's favorite National Parks. Acadia is our back yard, and we love to play in it!

Finn is an avid hiker! 

Finn is an avid hiker! 

Less often than we'd like to we get the chance to escape for the afternoon, but yesterday was one such day. We popped Finn into her pouch and left Atlantean on foot.

Walking just a few residential blocks, we then headed into the Park along the Great Meadow Loop, part of Acadia's "Village Connector" system which allows access to the interior of the Park right from our neighborhoods. We picked up The Kebo Brook Trail, connecting to trailheads on Kebo, Dorr, and Cadillac Mountains. Yes, it is perfectly reasonable to walk from Atlantean to Cadillac's North Ridge Trail. Who needs a car?

 This day, we took the Gorge Path which travels up the narrow, steep, and often vertical cliff-walled valley between Dorr and Cadillac. The Path (as distinct from a less-refined "trail"), is a beauty!  Dramatically situated amid massive boulders, pools and waterfalls with lush fern groves sprouting from the rock. The constructed portions are a testament to the skills of the trail builders. Artfully designed and formed, huge pink granite stones form the footbed and blend fluidly into the surrounds. 

Craftsmanship in stone on the Gorge Path

Craftsmanship in stone on the Gorge Path

Approaching the top of the saddle between the two mountains, you can turn East on the short, steep Notch Trail to Dorr's summit, or West to continue the Gorge Path to the 300 foot higher Cadillac. We headed to Dorr. 

The straight-line distance between the two peaks is only about half a mile, and we have often enjoyed sitting atop Dorr, usually entirely by ourselves, and looking across at Cadillac, teeming with people.

Cadillac from across the Gorge, halfway up the Notch Trail to Dorr

Cadillac from across the Gorge, halfway up the Notch Trail to Dorr

Normally we would relish the chance to spend a good portion of our afternoon sitting on this mountaintop. It is an inspiring place to sit and take in the views of Bar Harbor and Frenchman Bay below. But on this afternoon, the view across the bay toward Lamoine confirmed the morning's forecast of thunderstorms moving through. Might be wiser to think about getting down off this big rock, wondering if we have time to get home dry. Spoiler alert: Nope. 

Bar Harbor and the Porcupine Islands below, ugly weather in the distance!  That's the 720-foot Veendam in the Harbor.  

Bar Harbor and the Porcupine Islands below, ugly weather in the distance!  That's the 720-foot Veendam in the Harbor.  

Can't leave a mountain without getting Finn to pose by the summit marker, though.  We've accumulated a number of these photos... We'll see how long it takes her to bag 'em all.

Finn claims another summit, oblivious of the weather looming behind Cadillac

Finn claims another summit, oblivious of the weather looming behind Cadillac

So it was clearly time to get heading downward and homeward. Dorr's North Ridge Trail is a mostly moderate descent down off the bald top into the scrubby pines and eventually the dense dark forests. We connected with Hemlock Trail, then Hemlock Road  (ah, subtlety) , and back onto the Great Meadow Loop toward home. Did we get rained on? Yup. Was that a big deal?  Nah. 

A wonderful afternoon, for certain. Run keeper says it was about seven miles total, with 1,315 feet elevation gain. Our only delays on the way down were of the delicious kind:

Hiking and grazing

Hiking and grazing

It would be nice to say we do this sort of thing all the time. But truth is, we don't get the opportunity all that often.  But when we can get away, you'll know where to look for us! 

The Swans are back

Innkeepers are often drafted by a guest to help with a special surprise of one sort or another.  This one has to do with the "popping" of a certain BIG question.  Ace housekeeper Patricia was only too happy to wrangle a couple of swans for the occasion! 

Hope she says "Yes!" 

Hope she says "Yes!" 

Before and After

As we work away on this year's renovation project, we thought it might be interesting to take a look back at some of our previous efforts...

Rosserne's 'before' bathroom

Rosserne's 'before' bathroom

Rosserne's 'after' bathroom

Rosserne's 'after' bathroom

We think it came out pretty well!

Stay tuned for the introduction of our new room, Birchcroft. It's so different from its former incarnation, Mizzentop, we had to change the name.