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The World is Mine Oyster

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In my last blog I talked about our buddies at Wicked Joe, and how important we thought it was to buy and serve as much fresh, local food that you could.

In Boothbay Harbor, we are lucky enough to live in the middle of a good food galaxy, and Ralph & Elena Smith are going where no Foodie has gone before. At least in Boothbay Harbor.

Their latest dream is Mine Oyster, a Raw Bar and Gathering Place with room ...

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The Welch House Inn & Wicked Joe

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One of more enjoyable aspects of having a Bed & Breakfast is being being to call the shots concerning the menu, and being a Bed & Breakfast in Maine affords us some extraordinary ingredient choices.

Local fresh blueberries and other fruit, crabs, lobster, vegetables, herbs, eggs, coffee, cheese, maple syrup, honey, the list goes on and on. All these ingredients find their way to your plate courtesy of innumerable professionals around the state. I want to take a posting or two ...

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Bean Boots, and why you should buy them for Christmas.

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If you happened to read my last blog “Christmas at the Welch House”, maybe you remember my “Buy Local, Give Global” statement. In the same vein, let’s talk about L.L. Bean.

L.L. Bean was founded by, well, Leon Leonwood Bean in 1912 and this boot design, “The Maine Hunting Boot” was his first product.

This is a Bean Boot.
The often imitated, never duplicated Bean Boot.

He was an outdoorsman himself, and was sick and ...

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Christmas at the Welch House

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Well, if you live anywhere in the Eastern United States you don’t have to be reminded that winter is just around the corner, and yes, it can snow in October.

Susan and MJ with Santa
Susan and MJ with Santa

That also means that Christmas is right around the corner, too.

I know, I know. I can hear the groans already. I’m no expert in the field of gift-giving, but I like to think of myself as ...

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Maine Open Lighthouse Day – September 17, 2011

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What is it about lighthouses that make them so fascinating?

Personally, I really admire the craftsmanship and sheer guts needed to build these structures.18th & 19th century masons built these Lights in remote locations, sometimes on a cliff or a spit of rock in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by deadly rock, tide and wild. It’s amazing they were able to persevere.

Although these men were paid for their work, these lighthouses weren’t built for profit. These builders risked their ...

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