Timbercliffe Cottage is a lovely 6 room Bed and Breakfast in the charming harbor town of Camden, Maine. My husband and I met Karen and Dave at an innkeeping seminar back in 2004 and have kept in touch since. They fully restored this home complete with beautiful historic colors and decor taking you back to Early American times.
Karen is going to be visiting family and I’m filling her shoes in my favorite spot in the house, the KITCHEN! I just noticed this announcement on the Maine Office of Tourism’s website!
Innkeeping seminars are a great way to network for the future; you’re all in the same boat as aspiring innkeepers and if you keep in touch, regardless of where in Maine you purchase, you can always help eachother out and maintain a network for referrals and support that can only be enhanced over time!
I came across this recently in a World Market store. As a foodie with only moderate wine knowledge (some refer to us as “Wineaux“), the bottling caught my attention as a fun, casual and inexpensive wine for any occasion! They offer several varietals for a tasty conversation piece…which, by the way, is a great thing when you are in the hospitality industry. Any time you can offer guests a little something extra to remember their experience, it shows that you have gone one step beyond cookie cutter and offered something a bit more personal…and at very little expense. Or share a favorite wine with your guests, and it doesn’t have to be all the time. Your guests will appreciate your sharing what pleases you.
My husband and I just came back from a quick trip down to Portland and I know I spoke about Portland just a few days ago, but this was one of those right time and place moments. There was just enough snow on the ground, hazy snowy skies, cold temperatures but everyone was still out and about on the streets of the Old Port downtown. We ate dinner at a small, creative, fusion (my favorite style) cafe, Walter’s. We stayed at one of the most elegant and whimsical B&B’s, Pomegranate Inn, which is currently owned by Kim Swan of The Swan Agency. Situated in the heart of the lovingly restored neighborhood of the “West End” (if you aren’t familiar with this area, it’s a gorgeous section of historic mansions at the top of a hill which collectively overlook the working waterfront of Portland), one is more breathtaking than the next. Most remain private homes but the neighborhood is peppered with boutique businesses. Therein lies Pomegranate. The West End is a wonderful area to walk around and enjoy the history, architecture, array of dining choices and the grandeur of long ago.