Coming in June 2013
Red Sky at API, June 9-12
Join us for two fun days of food with James Lindquist of Red Sky.
Red Sky, in Southwest Harbor, perenially sits at or near the top of everyone's
list of the best restaurants on MDI.
This hands-on class will have a maximum of 8 people
and includes two afternoons of preparing a three-course dinner with James,
three dinners (one at Red Sky and two at the inn),
and three nights stay at the inn with three full breakfasts.
For more information, please call or email the inn.
New Window for Blue Heron, Kitchen Renovation
Originally, Blue Heron was built as a workshop,
so although it is a large room there weren't enough windows to take in the great views.
We have begun to rectify the window shortage by adding to the south wall a floor-to-ceiling window
making the room considerably lighter.
Those of you who have visited the inn know that the
kitchen is over-sized and at one time (circa 1965) even fashionable.
This spring it is getting a makeover:
a complete gutting and rebuild.
The result is quite an upgrade, as these photos show.
Ann's Point Inn Recommended for Honeymoons
The vegetable gardens are in full swing.
In the hoop house are three varieties of tomatoes and
In the cold frame we have loose leaf lettuce at various stages.
And on the raised bed we're now picking snap peas.
New Deck, New Greenhouses
Now that the snow is finally on its last flake,
we're embarking on a couple of special projects in preparation for the upcoming season.
Mallards Haven is getting a deck.
We're turning one window into a door
and building a private deck with views of the harbor and mountains in the park.
The photo at the right shows the deck under construction.
Although we try to grow many of the vegetables we use,
the afternoon sea breeze and cool evenings sometimes thwarts our efforts.
To improve the growing climate
we'll be experimenting with two mini greenhouses:
an 8 by 4 foot nursery for sprouting and growing lettuce,
and a 16 by 6 foot hoop house for bringing veggies to harvest.
The photo shows the nursury (between the two raised beds) with its lid held open by a solar-powered piston:
The piston expands as the temperature rises, thus increasing the ventillation.
New Website for AcadiaChamber
Alan has donated previous-life skills to the local Chamber of Commerce to
help them redesign and implement a new website.
We hope the new site makes it easier to plan a visit to the Quietside of Acadia.
Let us know what you think.
New Woodstove Installed
For those cool Maine nights we have installed a very efficient Regency wood stove in our common room.
Now guests have their choice of a private fire in their room
or a communal fire overlooking the harbor.
Electricity from the Sun
If you have been to the inn,
you know that we have an unobstructed southern exposure;
just water and islands in the distance.
It is ideal for generating electricity from the sun.
We installed 17 photovoltaic panels with a nominal capacity of nearly 3.5 KW.
As in many states,
Maine utilities encourage electricity generation by using electric meters that run both ways.
When the sun is shining,
we often see our meter run backwards.
Ann's Point Inn is Certified Green
Maine's Department of Environmental Protection has a great program
that encourages businesses to be conscientious in their use of chemicals and energy.
Businesses become "Environmental Leaders" by reducing the use of harmful chemicals from their operation
and by increasing the use of renewable energy.
At Ann's Point Inn our cleaning products are mostly biodegradable,
and we use the sun for both heating and generating electricity.
New Deck and Patios
We've added a new option for breakfast dining:
sitting on a deck overlooking the harbor.
We've also added outdoor seating on private patios for our two largest rooms,
Blue Heron and Eagles Nest.
Solar Pool Heater Up and Running
Even an indoor swimming pool burns through a lot of fuel to keep the water temperature comfortable.
We decided to take advantage of our sometimes sunny location to replace propane with the sun.
Six thermal panels were placed on the pool-room roof.
When the panels are warm,
water from the pool is circulated through the panels
using a very quiet and efficient water pump.
We're hoping to heat the pool through most of the summer just with the sun.
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Ann's Point Inn, 79 Anns Point Road, Bass Harbor, Maine 04653