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West End Inn in Portland, Maine – yummy paint colors!

The right paint can make or break a room.  The colors here are beautiful shades of vibrant sherbet in orange, lemon and raspberry. You should see the inn from the neighborhood at night, the orange is just gorgeous! The inn is on the market by the way, anyone interested? Contact me 🙂


Photo of the Day…


National Association of Realtors is spotlighting this blog!

National Association of Realtors is spotlighting one of my blogs for their ABR® Designation Course in terms of marketing and personal branding! Professional recognition at all levels is a really nice thing. Thanks, NAR!

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A blog post inspired by a few of my favorite foods: mushrooms, shallots and cheese…

This is a savory cheesecake. It’s more of a cheese dip, but holds together like a cheesecake. Talk about the perfect appetizer for cocktail hour? I needed to bring an appetizer to a dinner party – and decided to make this Mushroom and Caramelized Shallot Cheesecake with 4 cheeses and a touch of fresh baby spinach. It is out of this world! It can be a side dish, an appetizer, or a light meal with a salad and glass of wine.

So here’s the recipe:
In a mixing bowl, combine 3 twelve oz. packages of room temperature cream cheese, 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon paprika and 1/4 cup heavy cream. Mix until creamy. Add 4 eggs, incorporating one at a time until combined.

Saute 4 large shallots until slightly browned. Add 16 oz. of sliced mushrooms – I used Cremini, but any will do. Add 1 teaspoon Worcestershire and a dash of salt and freshly ground pepper. Saute until they’re all fragrant and caramelized. Remove a third of the mixture and set aside. Add 1 cello-package of fresh baby spinach to the pan and cover. Cook for a couple minutes and then remove from heat. Let cool a couple minutes.

Chop or shred 2 cups total of the following cheeses: white cheddar, Parmesan, Gruyere or Swiss, and Manchego (the Gruyere or Swiss and Parmesan are a must). Add to egg/cheese mixture.

Fold in spinach and 1/3 of the mushroom and shallots and mix well.

Spray an 8 or 9 inch springform pan with cooking spray and coat lightly with breadcrumbs.

Pour cheesecake mixture in and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Then add remaining shallot and mushroom mixture to the top, toss another handful of shredded Parmesan and freshly ground pepper on top and bake an additional 15 minutes. Let cool for 1o minutes before slicing.

Note: the mushrooms and shallots are not necessary – they were my adaptation of this recipe. The original as it was given to me used 1 package of frozen and thawed/drained spinach and none of the shallots or mushrooms and was absolutely delicious as well. Feel free to put your own twist on it!

Serve with crusty bread or crackers and enjoy!


Photography Inspired by my Breakfast…


Greek yogurt with local Maine honey and raspberries…

There are many of us who feel food is art. Food inspires art. Food inspires life. Food inspires well-being. And natural foods are often a thing of beauty thanks to Mother Nature…


I get to play "Guest Chef" in Camden this weekend!


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!


Grilled Lobster…

Boil 5 minutes, then drop in cold or ice water to stop the cooking for a couple minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut lengthwise down the tail, use a mallet to break the knuckles and claws, and put on a medium hot grill freestyle stroke down for 5 minutes.

Then flip to prepare them for the backstroke and drizzle melted butter down the split shell tail and let cook another 10 minutes.

Then open a couple Maine micro-brews and enjoy with a crusty loaf of garlic bread. Wait…even better, grab a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy by the rocky coast here in Maine 🙂

As a friend reminded me, the way life should be…


Beautiful May in Maine…


There’s really nothing like a nice springtime in Maine (well, other than a beautiful summer with 80 degree weather and low humidity) with the flowers and trees in bloom and just the right amount of rain to do its magic. I had to drive down the coast a couple days ago and stopped along the way to take some pictures (I’ve finally learned how to use the manual settings on my DSLR – not easy when it’s not the same setting as my old Canon AE-1 35mm!). I love taking macro shots, but I am limited to the macro setting on my camera since I haven’t yet purchased the macro lens.

This was a lovely downtown area of Bath, just steps from the shipyard and the brick-clad commercial shops and restaurants. Quite charming. I stopped for an iced latte at Cafe Creme before heading back to MDI. It was a nice day in the car with the top down…I love our Maine weather…


Another beautiful Maine sunrise…


A beautifully dark and mysterious sunrise here in Southwest Harbor looking directly out at Sutton Island with Cranberry Island to the far right…love my Canon D40!


Nothing to do with innkeeping, just a great photo!


Captured this image a few days ago, the sky was perfectly clear and it was late afternoon. In fact, it was right after we saw the biggest Eagle we’ve ever seen, land with talons up, just 50 yards from the house! Didn’t see him fly off, however, so now we’ll be watching for Eagles!


Fog and Sun…Maine’s Yin and Yang?


Just beautiful…fog is mysterious…then the sun burns it off just enough to give the water a bit of glimmer…I think I’d have to take up photography if I ever really have time…


What’s for dinner? Lobster is calling…

Just came back from Beal’s Lobster Pier…paid $6.17/lb for 1 1/2 pound lobsters…not bad, considering Filet Mignon is $16/lb, Strip steaks around $12/lb, Salmon usually $10/lb, and just plain chicken up to $5/lb…you get my point…
We only bought four (well, quite often we’ll buy eight so we have leftovers for lobster bisque, lobster rolls, Lobster Louis salad with avocado)! Okay, so I appreciate that I’m fortunate to live in this amazing state and can enjoy truly FRESH lobster pulled from the ocean, not the tank!


I think we’ll simply enjoy them steamed with drawn butter (add a dash of sherry) along with a nice Caesar Salad and glass of Sauvignon Blanc…for me it doesn’t get much better!

Lobster tidbit: each Maine lobsterman is allowed up to 800 traps


Bad Maine Weather?…let’s set things straight!

summer in Southwest Harbor…looking toward Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park…

seasmoke in November…

fog in April…

As a former innkeeper, one of the comments we heard absolutely constantly, without fail, was “how do you deal with the weather, particularly the winter?” And our natural reaction was this “well, we don’t often have to deal with hurricanes (hello in particular to Floridians???), tornadoes (much of the southeast), earthquakes (hello, Californians?), mudslides (upper northwest??), huge temperature swings (um, earth to Denver???), enormous amounts of snow (shout out to Buffalo, Green Bay or anyone else around the Great Lakes area)…get my point? We have THE most beautiful summers with low humidity, clear skies, 75-85 degrees (dropping 15 degrees at night for great sleeping weather), we don’t need air conditioning (believe me, I came from Washington DC, I know the need for A/C), constant breezes; beautiful, crisp autumn with an incredible foliage season; and yes, a bit of a longer winter, but contrary to popular belief, it’s not mostly gray and snow really doesn’t fall until about December. The snowfall is quite manageable, not a nuisance (and properly budgeted unlike DC) and sustains so many businesses relying on skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing, to name a few; so springtime finally arrives sometime in April, brings us some rain and idyllic fog and we don’t really green up until early May…it is so worth the wait…our weather offers change of seasons and something for everyone.

clear blue skies in October…

sunshine in February…

beautiful lush greenery in August…

Regardless of the season, the coast or inland Maine, the weather and our natural surroundings make for beautiful scenery. A photographer’s paradise! Come see for yourself…


Decadent Chocolate Truffles…


How good does that sound? They are easy to make and look AND taste incredible! Here’s how…

Heat 1 cup heavy cream in saucepan until it just boils. Pour over 16 ounces of chocolate chips (in a mixing bowl) and whisk slowly until thoroughly melted. Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla, 2 tablespoons of rum, brandy or cognac, and whisk again. Set in the refrigerator for an hour or so until firm enough to roll. When ready, roll in powdered sugar, cocoa, toasted coconut or chopped toasted nuts, be as creative as you’d like. Store in the fridge but serve them at room temperature. They’re rich, silky and fantastic!

Pair them with a glass of Port or a
Late Harvest Zinfandel…
Bon Appetit!

Another Day, Another Sunrise…


Clearly I have a passion for photography. But with the incredible scenery we have in Maine, can you blame me? I just feel the need to post sunrises…they always amaze me…this one shows the sun illuminating a small sliver of water in the distance. One minute it was there, the next, gone…


At-a-Glance – My Maine Inns and Bed and Breakfasts for Sale


$429,000 – $845,000
Guilford Bed and Breakfast, Guilford – 4 rooms, village location
Captain Briggs House, Freeport – 7 rooms, village location
Lakeshore Inn Bed and Breakfast, Rockland – 4 rooms, WATER VIEWS
Mountain Village Farm B&B, Kingfield near SKI Sugarloaf – 6 rooms, 7 acres
Sunset Vista Cottages, Edgecomb – 4 cabins and a 4BR single family home, WATER VIEWS, 21 acres

$1,150,000 – $1,795,000
Craignair Inn, Spruce Head – 21 rooms & restaurant, WATERFRONT, substantial income
1802 House Inn, Kennebunkport – 6 rooms, village/golf course location, substantial income
Lindenwood Inn, Southwest Harbor – 9 rooms, WATER VIEWS, village location, substantial income

$2,200,000 – $2,695,000
Inn on the Harbor, Stonington – 13 rooms, WATERFRONT, harbor/village location, substantial income
Berry Manor Inn, Rockland – 12 rooms, residential/village location, substantial income

Keep in mind that if your current financial situation or salary may not fully qualify you for a higher priced inn, if the list price is based on a fair gross multiple of income, the loan-to-value will be higher and the bank’s risk lower – but you will need to come up with the downpayment. Contact me for more information.


Get INNspired Innkeeping Seminars for Rookies…

I had a conversation with an aspiring innkeeper a couple days ago about the details of our upcoming seminar and innkeeping in general. The course is a fantastic way to get your feet wet and really learn what you need to before you buy an inn. It’s also a great way to network with other first time innkeepers or aspiring innkeepers, sharing concerns and ideas before purchasing as well as sharing stories by keeping in touch after buying a property. Being well prepared and having others to lean on is of great comfort when you enter into something entirely new. Quite often attendees will not necessarily know what, when or where they want to buy, and that’s perfectly okay. We have clients who have attended seminars and have been looking for quite some time; and they’ll know when the time is right for them or when they’ve found the right property.

What you’ll take away from our experienced course contributors will better prepare you to look for the inn or bed and breakfast with an open mind but will suit your needs.

And always remember, innkeeping is about a lifestyle, an investment, a job and a home. How much emphasis you place on each is up to you; that’s the beauty of it…


Get INNspired Innkeeping Seminars for Rookies…

I had a conversation with an aspiring innkeeper a couple days ago about the details of our upcoming seminar and innkeeping in general. The course is a fantastic way to get your feet wet and really learn what you need to before you buy an inn. It’s also a great way to network with other first time innkeepers or aspiring innkeepers, sharing concerns and ideas before purchasing as well as sharing stories by keeping in touch after buying a property. Being well prepared and having others to lean on is of great comfort when you enter into something entirely new. Quite often attendees will not necessarily know what, when or where they want to buy, and that’s perfectly okay. We have clients who have attended seminars and have been looking for quite some time; and they’ll know when the time is right for them or when they’ve found the right property.

What you’ll take away from our experienced course contributors will better prepare you to look for the inn or bed and breakfast with an open mind but will suit your needs.

And always remember, innkeeping is about a lifestyle, an investment, a job and a home. How much emphasis you place on each is up to you; that’s the beauty of it…


Get INNspired Innkeeping Seminars for Rookies…

I had a conversation with an aspiring innkeeper a couple days ago about the details of our upcoming seminar and innkeeping in general. The course is a fantastic way to get your feet wet and really learn what you need to before you buy an inn. It’s also a great way to network with other first time innkeepers or aspiring innkeepers, sharing concerns and ideas before purchasing as well as sharing stories by keeping in touch after buying a property. Being well prepared and having others to lean on is of great comfort when you enter into something entirely new. Quite often attendees will not necessarily know what, when or where they want to buy, and that’s perfectly okay. We have clients who have attended seminars and have been looking for quite some time; and they’ll know when the time is right for them or when they’ve found the right property.

What you’ll take away from our experienced course contributors will better prepare you to look for the inn or bed and breakfast with an open mind but will suit your needs.

And always remember, innkeeping is about a lifestyle, an investment, a job and a home. How much emphasis you place on each is up to you; that’s the beauty of it…


Art inspired by the beauty of Maine…


This an oil by artist Philip Koch. Though he doesn’t live in Maine, much of his work is inspired by the Maine landscape. His work can be found at Isalos Gallery in Stonington, Maine. Amazing use of color and technique to show light and movement.


March Maine artists month continues…

Russel D’Alessio, though not born in Maine, (like many of us), spends much of his time along the beautiful Maine coast. His work displays a great deal of whimsy, color, movement and a bit of what he calls, spontaneous expressionism! His work can be found in Bar Harbor and Key West.


March Maine artists month continues…

Russel D’Alessio, though not born in Maine, (like many of us), spends much of his time along the beautiful Maine coast. His work displays a great deal of whimsy, color, movement and a bit of what he calls, spontaneous expressionism! His work can be found in Bar Harbor and Key West.


Stonington Maine Artist, Rebecca Daugherty

Each time I visit my listing, Inn on the Harbor, I visit the Isalos Gallery. I remember walking into the gallery and immediately being drawn to a large vertical photo on a back wall (pictured here). The artist is Rebecca Daugherty. Her use of perspective in some of her pieces is what I love to do with my photographs. And her play on light is stunning. This piece stuck with me, period. So I am glad I found her blog and website and can keep up with her work. Stop by Isalos if you’re in the area (I can show you a fabulous inn for sale, too!) or at one of the locations where her work is on display.


Stonington Maine Artist, Rebecca Daugherty

Each time I visit my listing, Inn on the Harbor, I visit the Isalos Gallery. I remember walking into the gallery and immediately being drawn to a large vertical photo on a back wall (pictured here). The artist is Rebecca Daugherty. Her use of perspective in some of her pieces is what I love to do with my photographs. And her play on light is stunning. This piece stuck with me, period. So I am glad I found her blog and website and can keep up with her work. Stop by Isalos if you’re in the area (I can show you a fabulous inn for sale, too!) or at one of the locations where her work is on display.