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New Ferry Arrives in Maine | Portland to Nova Scotia

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Courtesy Bangor Daily News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nova Star Ferry arrived in Portland Thursday and will begin roundtrips on May 15 to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The cost of tickets will range between $79 and $139 for adults and $39 to $64 for children. The ferry has a capacity of 1,200 passengers and offers lodging, fine dining, a casino and spa. If you’re planning a vacation to the Northeast, start today by contacting the vacation planning specialists at Newagen Seaside Inn located just minutes from Boothbay Harbor in Maine’s famed Mid coast region. 

 

A Less Than Perfect Vacation: Trip Advisor Horror & Success Stories

Trip Advisor, Newagen Seaside Inn, Oceanfront Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Now that I have your attention, I should tell you that we don’t specialize in Tripadvisor horror stories, although we have had negative feedback like all hotels. While some properties ignore harsh reviews, we take comments to heart and continue to make strides to ensure that every Maine vacation at Newagen Seaside Inn is outstanding. Over the last 2-years, a new ocean view restaurant has been built, every guest room has been renovated, a deluxe oceanfront cottage was built, we now offer rooms with air conditioning and we are opening a new fitness center and executive board room this Spring.

Tripadvisor is the world’s largest travel site with 125 million travel reviews, 69 million app downloads and over 108 million unique visitors per month. Their reach is far and their travel data runs deep. One search may leave you inspired by the service and amazed at the location while another leaves you disgusted and horrified this hotel even exists. One of the worst hotels in the world, the Days Inn Atlanta Northwest, had this advice from past guests, “They have a renovated wing, but cockroaches can walk across the parking lot”, “Never again. The room smelled bad, spiders, ants and stink bugs were everywhere including the bed.” and room tips such as “Burn this hotel” and “Run away from this place.” The hotel had 88 terrible and only 2 excellent, which were probably written by staff. When researching hotels on Tripadvisor consider the number of negative reviews. Consider The Grand del Mar in San Diego, rated the #1 hotel in the United States, which has 715 Excellent reviews and 7 terrible. Just like you wouldn’t take Day’s Inn at their excellent reviews you shouldn’t take The Grand del Mar at their terrible reviews. When using Trip Advisor be sure to consider the negative reviews in light of the number of positive and vice versa. And by all means, if you’ve stayed somewhere please take a few minutes and share your experience with the world. It’s a benefit to travelers and hotels like us at Newagen Seaside Inn who value feedback. If you want to avoid the Days Inn experience and are looking for a Grand del Mar experience in Maine, look no further. Start planning your perfect Maine vacation by calling us at 207-633-5242.

Maine Wedding Musicians: Finding the Perfect String Ensemble, String Trio or String Quartet

Wedding Ceremony Musicians in Maine

Recently my wedding compatriot, Jeremy Constanzer, was asked if he could recommend a good string ensemble in Maine. This question comes frequently because many brides and grooms have difficulty finding wedding musicians through traditional online searches. As we searched “wedding music in Maine”, “string quartets in Maine” and “string ensembles for weddings in Maine”, I noticed that our preferred string ensembles were nowhere to be found through top search results. Great bands such as Bob Charest and Wavelength appeared but wedding music clearinghouses such as Gigmasters returned trios as far as New York City. Not helpful! Also appearing was our absolute favorite string quartet, the Portland String Quartet, and a local favorite, the DaPonte String Quartet. Wonderful performance based musicians, but they do few, if any wedding ceremonies. 

If you’re looking for a talented string ensemble we recommend Richter Ensembles and Encore!.  I’ve had the privilege of working with both over the years and they have proven pleasant, professional and on time. Contact them today if you’re planning a wedding.

If you’re looking for a Maine Wedding Venue, contact the professionals at Newagen Seaside Inn. We would be grateful for the opportunity to be of service to you for your event of a lifetime. 

Lobiloo Floral Design Software: Maine Wedding Feature

Lobiloo Floral Design Software
                                                                                                                                    Few couples approach floral design with enough knowledge to make selections as confidently as what to wear and what to eat. Until now, that is… Lobiloo, created by florist Emily Carterremoves the mystique and “it’s all Greek to me” and swaps that with “no problem mon.”
Overnight French Toast

Overnight French Toast with Almond Streusel & Blueberry Maple Syrup

Serves 6-8
                   
7 eggs
1 ¼ Cups milk
1 1/4 Cups half and half
½ Cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 baguettes ends trimmed, sliced and dried

For Streusel:
½ teaspoon almond extract
½ Cup all purpose flour
¼ Cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons butter
¼ Cup sliced almonds

For Syrup:
½ Cup blueberries
½ Cup pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon lemon juice

 

  1. Coat a 13 x 9 inch glass or ceramic baking dish with non stick spray
  2. Whisk eggs, milk, half and half, 1/2 cup sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg in a large bowl
  3. Toss baguette pieces in egg mixture and let stand 5 minutes to absorb some of the custard.
  4. Arrange baguette pieces in the baking dish, flat side down. Pour residual custard over bread
  5. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hrs
  6. Preheat oven to 375
  7. Combine all ingredients for the streusel in a bowl, then sprinkle over the baguettes
  8. Bake until topping is golden and bread is set. About 30 minutes
  9. Simmer blueberries and syrup together in a saucepan over medium low heat, stir in lemon juice and serve over French toast.

How to Plan a Family Reunion in Maine: Start with the Venue

While everyone loves attending a family reunion, few people enjoy planning a family reunion. If you are the lucky member of your family given that big responsibility, it’s hard to know where to start. The right venue for your Maine family reunion needs to be able to accommodate all your guests and appeal to a wide range of ages and interests. It needs to be affordable, accessible.

1. Start with a destination everyone already wants to visit.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine has been one of the most popular Maine vacation destinations for hundreds of years, and is an ideal location for family reunions. At the historic Newagen Seaside Inn, you’ll see why—because you’ll see the breathtaking Maine coast from almost every guest room, suite and seaside cottage. In the traditional Maine coast hotel style, the Inn’s rambling embrace of the ocean makes the most of its panoramic ocean views of Southport Island. And with traditional Maine coast hotel hospitality, our family helps your family make the most of your Maine family reunion.

2. Make sure your Maine family reunion venue offers family-friendly activities and events.
Your Maine family reunion should be filled with all your favorite things to do in Maine. The signature events of a stay at our historic oceanfront inn are rooted in who we are, where we live and what we enjoy. They are authentic, timeless celebrations of life on the Maine coast and make wonderful, intergenerational family reunion activities. A Maine lobster bake, a Polar Dip or Fireside Tales are some of our favorite traditions, and we can’t wait to share them with you.

Your family will also enjoy rowing and sailing along the Maine coast, cycling and hiking our beautiful nature trails, candlepin bowling, table tennis and billiards in our rustic, wood-paneled Game Room. Our heated saltwater pool and two hardcourt tennis courts overlook the ocean, and signature white Adirondack chairs are scattered across our expansive lawns and gardens to remind you to take time to appreciate the panoramic ocean views. Minutes away in Boothbay Harbor, family members can play golf at the Boothbay Country Club, go whale watching in Maine, tour lighthouses and islands, fish, kayak, visit world-class museums and restaurants, enjoy concerts overlooking the ocean and much, much more.

3. Pick a Maine family reunion venue offering complimentary event planning services.
This is the smartest tip on the list, because it can help you cross off almost every other task. If you were elected to plan your family’s Maine family reunion, our professional event planner is here to help, free of charge!  Let us help you coordinate Maine transportation, event bookings, excursions, photographers, menus and more. You can take credit for planning the best Maine family reunion ever … while truly enjoying the best Maine family reunion ever.

Our emphasis on warm welcomes, simple pleasures and traditional activities and events make Newagen Seaside Inn an ideal Maine family reunion venue. Learn more about Maine Family Reunions at Newagen Seaside Inn.

Spicy Shrimp and Lobster Mango Bisque

Nothing says I love you like a thoughtful gift, a romantic dinner and a passionate kiss. Why not surprise your love with all three on Valentine’s Day including this delightful bisque?

While our focus is to take fresh Maine ingredients from earth and sea and local farms right to you table, our Executive Chef, Fiona Dunlap, has given us a pass. Our justification and inspiration: She just returned from a trip to Jamaica where mangoes are abundant and spicy foods are as common as white sandy beaches.

We hope you enjoy our Valentines Day inspired recipe which integrates savory, spirited Southerly ingredients and sweet delicious Maine shrimp and lobster to bring warm reminders of those perfect Maine summer days.

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Mango Bisque

Prep Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Servings: 12

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups onions, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup green bell peppers, seeded and chopped

1/2 cup red pepper, seeded and chopped

1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1/2 cup banana peppers, seeded and chopped

1/2 cup poblano peppers, seeded and chopped

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups plaintains, diced (about 2 plaintains, very ripe)

7 cups lobster stock

2 mangoes, very ripe (peeled, pitted and pureed in a blender)

1 1/2 pounds Lobster (about 4 Lobsters)

1 pound Maine shrimp (try to get the highest count)*

1/2 cup fresh parsley

3 tablespoons cajun seasoning (or seasoning salt)

2 tablespoons cajun seasoning (or seasoning salt)

1 teaspoon dried mustard (Coleman’s preferred)

*The count of shrimp (ex. 21-25) means that you can expect 21 – 25 shrimp per pound. Go for a higher count (small shrimp and thus more per pound) for easier to manage bites, and sweeter taste.

 

Directions

1. Boil lobsters, allow to cool, pick meat and chop (set aside) and use the shells to make your stock.

2. Combine the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl.

3. Combine the onions, bell peppers, and chile peppers; then divide them in half.

4. Place half these vegetables in a small bowl near your stove so you can add them quickly in the next step.

5. Heat the oil in a heavy 5-quart pot over high heat until it is smoking hot (500 degrees), about 5 minutes.

6. Make a roux -add the flour and whisk constantly, making sure that the oil and flour are thoroughly combined, until the roux is a caramel color, about 2 minutes.

7. When making a roux – it is very important to keep stirring at all times and to keep all of the flour moving. (If you don’t, the flour will burn and the roux will be very bitter – useless. If you see little black specks in the roux, it has burned. If that happens, throw it out, clean the pot and begin again. If your roux seems to be browning too fast, take it off the stove and continue to whisk until it has cooled slightly, then returning it to the heat).

8. As soon as the roux is a caramel color, quickly add the combined onions and peppers, and 3 tablespoons of the seasoning mix.

9. Keep whisking constantly for 15 seconds, then remove the pot from the heat and continue to whisk until the roux has cooled down slightly, about 2 minutes. (The roux will continue to darken to a deep brown as you whisk.)

10. Return the pot to high heat, add the plantains and stir well to mix them with the roux.

11. Cook, stirring frequently, until the plantains take on a slightly darker color, about 4 – 5 minutes.

12. Carefully add 4 cups of stock and bring to a boil, whisking frequently and well to dissolve the roux.

13. At this point the liquid will have a yellowish-brown color and a soft seafood taste.

14. When the mixture boils, scrape the bottom well, then add the remaining vegetables, the remaining seasoning mix, and the remaining 3 cups of stock.

15. Cover and return to boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovering and stirring every few minutes, until the plaintains are soft and breaking into smaller pieces, about 12 minutes.

16. Whisk in the mango puree, re-cover, increase the heat to high and bring to full boil.

17. Stir in Lobster, shrimp and parsley, remove from heat immediately and serve over rice.

Modified from Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Shrimp Mango Bisque                            www.food.com/recipe/prudhommes-shrimp-mango-bisque-310554

Coastal Inspired Design: Maine Oceanview Hotel Rooms in Boothbay Harbor

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Main Inn construction in 1943, nearly all guest rooms are being upgraded this winter. After purchasing Newagen in 2001, Scott and Corinne Larson, completely renovated the Inn and implemented four coastal-inspired color palettes. In that same tradition, Corinne and designer Jessie LaFalce have created four new designs. The cozy quilts, woven rugs in sea glass colors and local Maine art were all inspired – just as you will be – by the expansive ocean views.

So if you’re wondering where to stay in Maine, you’ll find your answer among our collection of newly designed ocean view rooms. Decorated in the casually elegant Maine cottage style, Newagen Seaside Inn’s ocean view rooms mix antique furnishings with modern luxuries and offer easy access to the inviting common areas through our historic coastal inn.

At the Newagen Seaside Inn, the Maine coast is always right outside your window and our Maine family is always at your service. Call today at 1-800-654-5242 to reserve your room, or just to chat. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Blizzard of 2013: A View from Newagen Seaside Inn

Newagen in the Snow

The Blizzard of 2013, aka Nemo, will go down as the most significant snow event in 35 years since the famous storm of 1978. The inspiration for the storm is not the Pixar film, but Captain Nemo, from the Jules Verne book “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” Meteorologists predicted a near perfect nor’easter (if there is such a thing) with two areas of low pressure resulting in hurricane force winds, extreme snow fall and an astronomical high tide on Saturday morning with 35 foot waves. We hope those in the northeast are safe and well.

 

 

Newagen, located at the tip of Southport Island overlooking Cape Newagen, is no stranger to winter storms, and this one certainly lived up to the hype. The snow drifts were over 5 feet high in some places, the front door was inaccessible and the back lawn looked more like Antarctica. We were reminded why we are not open in the winter! That, and a seasonal water supply…

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Seahorse, a New Oceanfront Maine Cottage: Newagen Seaside Inn, Boothbay Harbor

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An open, airy great room with cathedral ceilings, double sided gas fireplace and finely appointed furnishings lead through to a screen porch with sunset ocean views. A custom barn sliding door leads to your bedroom and bathroom.

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Seahorse’s beautifully appointed seascape-inspired bedroom with cathedral ceiling has unparalleled views of the Atlantic ocean from your private porch or even your pillow. Imagine the sound of surf, the spruce scent, the distant foghorn and Maine sunset as your backdrop.

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The luxurious bath is appointed with gorgeous claw foot soaking tub and walk-in shower with Kohler rain shower heads for ultimate relaxation.

We invite you to join us this summer for a visit or tour of the Seahorse cottage along with the many improvements to Newagen Seaside Inn. We’re excited about the updates, but even more so to welcome and be of service to you. Contact us at jason@newageninn.com or 1-800-654-5242.