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Banners Over Bath

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Every spring Main Street Bath sponsors a public art dispay called Banners Over Bath. Anyone can pick up a canvas for a small fee and paint a banner to go with that year’s theme. The banners are then displayed downtown on the lampost to brighten up the downtown during the rainy, sometimes muddy, spring in Maine. This year’s theme celebates Bath’s status as one of ten semi-finalists in the national Great American Main Street competition – a competition which we won! I took a walk downtown and took a few pictures to show you but you can also see the banners here or, better yet, take a trip to Bath and see them in person. ...

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Romance and Companionship

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

It is the season of love and we have had a lot of couples taking advantage of a romantic getaway to Bath and our B&B. They love the quiet and curl up in front of the fireplace to relax and unwind from the stresses in everyday life. They stroll downtown and browse the local shops bringing back a bottle of wine from Now You’re Cooking to share before dinner at Solo Bistro or one of our other great restaurants. All this has me thinking that maybe I need a companion too! Mark, Amy and I watched the Westminster Dog Show this week and I saw all those wonderful breeds strutting their stuff for the judges. Of course, no Italian Bergamascos were there but that is okay – we know we are in a class by ourselves. But seeing all those dogs makes me think a little “mini me” would be a wonderful addition to our family. Now I just need to convince Amy and Mark that I would help train and keep a youngster in line. Wish me luck and if all goes well I may have help with all the greeting and blog writing in the future....

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My Favorite Day!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

My favorite day in Bath is fast approaching – Dog Days – will be celebrated on Sunday, August 21st. Part of Front Street in downtown Bath will be closed off so we can walk freely with our masters and not worry about traffic. The local shop owners will have stuff for sale out on the street with some featuring stuff just for the four legged shopper. The brave dog, Keylo, that serves in Bath’s police department will do a demo of his work and we can have a portrait taken by Soggy Dog Designs and the Creative Turtle...

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Bath Heritage Days

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The excitement is building in downtown Bath for the city’s annual festival – Heritage Days. This is four days filled with tons of activities throughout the downtown. It all kicks off on Friday with the Sunrise Rotary’s Chicken BBQ which, of course I do not get to attend, and live music at the Gazebo. Throughout the weekend and into Monday, you can hear live music on two stages, shop at the Craft Show, take in all the art at Art in the Park, or cheer at the Fireman’s Muster or the Strongman Competition. The Pattend Free Library also holds their big Book Sale this weekend, the antique car show shuts down Front Street on Sunday and the Independence Jam happens at the Skatepark. The big 4th of July Parade is Monday at 11 a.m. – this is my favorite event because Mark and Amy always take me to the parade to watch. Sometimes they even share some food with me from one of the many food vendors in the park. Since we are the City of Ships there is even a boat parade following the more traditional parade. The weekend festival wraps up with fireworks on Monday – not my favorite event – all that noise but I do enjoy the rest of the celebrating!...

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Summer in Maine

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

I’ve been lazy, hanging out in the garden and napping away my days in the sunshine. That’s how life is here in Maine, especially in the summer. We move at a slower pace – take time to enjoy “the way life should be”. Yes, I have responsibilities -greeting guests, giving just the right amount of attention and helping with breakfast and tea clean up – but somedays I pretend I am the one on vacation and take the time to just soak up my surroundings and relax at this beautiful, peaceful Bed and Breakfast that I call home....

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Number 3 – What Wonderful People!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Sorry for the delay in keeping up with my blog and the list of the Top 5 Reasons to Stay at a B&B, especially ours. I was a bit distracted waiting for an addition to the family – Amy and Mark’s great nephew (my cousin) was born yesterday so now I can get back to my job – sleeping in the sun, blogging and greeting guests.
So the 3rd best reason to stay at a B&B – the people!!! Our guests come from all over the United States and the world, bringing a variety of experiences, languages and vacation ideas with them and this all comes together in the dining room at breakfast. Talking with each other, sharing plans and adventures that each has had while visiting Bath and midcoast Maine shapes each guests stay into a unique experience. Guests often find out that this is a very small world we live in. I remember we had one couple visiting from Germany and also a family staying with us from New York. While everyone was at breakfast and talking they discovered that the gentleman from New York had recently given a lecture at the law firm where the woman worked in Germany! Or the time the couple showed up from Essex, England and were staying 2 nights. The next night a couple comes to the door looking for a room also from Essex, England. Seated together the next morning for breakfast they discover they only lived about 20 minutes apart! I also enjoy when guests come back from a day out exploring the sights and share all their stories with each other over afternoon tea on the patio. I get to hear about what they did, how cold they think the ocean is even in the middle of the summer and where they found the best lobster. And lastly, it is not just the wonderful guests here at the Packard House but also the wonderful dog!...

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Doing the Math

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Everyone in the tourism business is talking about rising gas prices and if this is going to deter people from taking vacations. I have been thinking about this and did a little math to show people that their vacation costs will not be out of control just because gas has gone up. Let’s pretend you are coming to Bath from the Philadelphia area, approximately 445 miles, and your car gets 25 mpg. When gas prices were around $3.00 it would have cost you $54 in gas. With gas prices now at $3.60 it will cost you $65. So the difference is only $11 one way which really is not bad. All things in perspective as Mark likes to say!...

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Winter Beach

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011






Yet another monster snowstorm is on the way but Amy and Mark decided a trip to Reid State Park and the beach was the order of the day. I stayed home on my warm bed and watched the snow from the window. They did take lots of pictures to share with me which I am passing on to you. The beach is gorgeous any time of year....

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Views from the Windows

Friday, January 21st, 2011






Another snow storm today so I am inside but it sure looks pretty outside so I took some pictures to share with you. You can see once the storm passed there was a bit of sun peeking out over the rooftops on Pearl Street....

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My Walk Around Bath

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011




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