Our close friend, the poet Jenny Joseph, passed away yesterday at her home in Wales, UK. Thank you, Jenny, for the grace of your being and friendship. Your fiery spirit, your words and their beauty live on. Without you, we indeed feel upside down today.
This first journal entry of 2018 is a grateful tribute to all of West End Inn's loyal repeat guests, whose visits and word-of-mouth referrals are the heartbeat of our business.
Every month in 2017, we were overjoyed to welcome back both guests who had lodged here in previous years, as well as new ones who returned more than once throughout the year. Thank you all for your kind words, encouragement to new ownership, and your generous feedback which helps us continue to offer superior service every season of the year.
The beautiful painting below was painted by repeat guest, artist Judy Antrhop, after her visit here in the fall. Thank you Judy for representing the Inn so lovingly and for the gift of the original work.
Happy 2018 everyone, we look forward to making your 2018 Portland visits happily memorable!
Higgins Beach low tide.
Organic blueberries grown Downeast are hand-picked for and hand-delivered to the Inn every summer. Our guests love their deep wild taste. This morning, it's muffins!
A layer of frosty snow added extra crunch to our end-of-season raking. In reply, we left this note: "Dear Maine Winter, please play with us only sweetly this year! Love, The West End Inn xx"
Simple morning pleasures: a ray of light, tender fresh fruit, contrasting colors. Breakfast beautiful.
What a day and place to be alive! Enjoying the Cliff Walk at Fort Williams Park with friends.
Wow! I'm beyond thrilled to be included in Down East Magazine's September cover article, The New Innkeepers! A huge THANK YOU to all our 2017 guests, for making this new journey such an exciting one. ✨🙏🏽 ✨ http://downeast.com/innkeepers/
Gently-spiced butter brandy apple torte.
When a friend stops by spontaneously, grabs Hafiz from the library shelf, opens the book at random and discovers the perfect poem to read aloud and encourage: that, my dears, is Holy Fallout!
Be grateful for those guests who turn them into delicious jam, and make you a present of it! This luscious blueberry-citron jam was gifted to me tonight by a talented and generous guest. I've already devoured half the jar (local sourdough bread & local blue cheese are perfect accompaniments). Merci, monsieur, merci!
Love the way these blazing sword lilies (aka gladioli) complement our curvaceous vintage lamps!
Fog on Casco Bay completely obscures the view of Portland from Falmouth. The tide is out and the air blows softly, salty.