The Captain Lindsey House - an Inn for All Seasons
By Brenda Hill & Maralyn Hill

Just steps off of Main Street in
Rockland, Maine, proudly sits a true gem, The
Captain Lindsey House on Lindsey Street.

We have published stories and recipes from hundreds of hotels and inns
around the world. There is one common thread that weaves through the most
successful establishments every time. It does not matter if it is an old fishing
shack on a remote island or the finest hotel in Paris, it is all about the people -
the people who own and run the inns.

The Captain Lindsey House is very special. Built in 1832 by Captain George
Lindsey, the present inn has been lovingly restored by the current owners, Ken
and Ellen Barnes. You are on a first name basis with Ken and Ellen, the minute
Ellen meets your Cape Air flights in Rockland. They have spared no expense or
detail to make their inn the most welcoming we have ever experienced. During
your stay, Ken and Ellen will pop in mornings to make sure that you are
comfortable and well fed.

It felt like merry old England in this elegant, yet homey, Maine sea captain's
home. The parlor glowed with a warm fire on a rainy June afternoon. The scent
of fresh picked roses and something sweet and loving from the oven filled the
room. The innkeeper, Patricia, greeted you with a warm cup of herbal tea in an
English china cup, with a plate of homemade raisin-oatmeal cookies. Before
unpacking or after you can sink into the comfortable down couch with a book
from their well appointed library. You'll feel right at home.

Just around the corner from the inn are many award winning restaurants,
charming shops, galleries, museums, golfing, lighthouses, a spa and a lovely
harbor filled with lobster boats, schooners and windjammers. Yet, we were
content to nestle in and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the finest in European style
hospitality. We were in for another surprise when we entered our lovely
sanctuary filled with antiques and the most modern amenities, such as
Egyptian cotton towels. Not like home at all--so much better.

The following morning, we met at breakfast. After fresh local fruit, juices and
aromatic coffee, you may devour the special egg bake made by Innkeeper,
Patricia. This breakfast came complete with country ham and fresh asparagus
spears. Every morning, Patricia cheerfully offers both a savory and a
homemade sweet dish, such as stuffed French toast with real maple syrup and
homemade rhubarb and strawberry jam.

The Captain Lindsey House is one of the four Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine.
You can visit the other three historic properties. Each one is unique, with
delicious cuisine and a story to tell. You can spend time in the kitchen with
each innkeeper, sampling their homemade dishes and learning about the

Rockland and The Captain Lindsey House, is a place for all seasons. Even
though our travel writing schedule rarely calls for a second visit, we know that
we will return as often as possible, for a windjammer cruise or to sample more
pies at the annual "
Pies On Parade" in January every year. We would love to
say that we rediscovered the town of Rockand and all it has to offer. However,
since Bobby Flay and Rachel Ray were also in Rockland recently, we guess the
word is out!

About the authors: Brenda Hill, along with her writing partner, Maralyn Hill (no
relation), write and publishes books about chefs, food and international travel. Brenda has
been active in the California Writer's Club, IFWTWA, and the Santa Barbara's Writers
Conference. Maralyn is President of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers
Association. She has also been a broadcaster for Time Warner Cable.
Captain Lindsey House
Rockland, Maine

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