The Bradley Inn is a wonderful place in a wonderful place

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           I love their story. Tony and Laura Moskwa checked out more than 40 inns on the east coast before purchasing the Bradley Inn in New Harbor. And they love our state, as does their son Ross, who decided to move here with them, to serve as a chef in the Inn’s public restaurant. They are all super friendly hosts, truly enjoying visiting with each and every guest.

          Since taking over here last spring, they’ve been hard at work, making improvements while retaining the great history of this very special place, just a short walk from the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.

          We spent the afternoon at Pemaquid Point, starting with a picnic, and enjoying the Pemaquid Art Gallery and the Fisherman’s Museum, on the grounds of the lighthouse. We got a very friendly greeting from Clarissa as we entered the inn, and spent an hour with Tony and Laura touring their buildings and talking about their experiences here.

          Our dinner at the Inn was superb. A couple we know happened to be seated next to us, and he is an expert in commercial fisheries, so I paid close attention to what he ordered, and I ordered the same thing! Our servers, Suzie who has worked for 9 years here, and Rosalyn, a new employee, were very helpful and attentive. The wine list is extensive and we chose an Italian sangiovese ($10/glass).

          For my starter, I enjoyed the local Bristol mussels ($12), preserved tomato, and fresh herbs. This was my favorite dish, the mussels cooked perfectly, and sitting in a very tasty sauce. The portion was very large but I ate every mussel. There was quite a bit of sauce left in my bowl when I was done, but Linda forbid me from drinking it.

          That turned out to be ok because I had another tasty sauce with my (Sustainable Local Fish) entrée ($33), which this night turned out to be swordfish. The dish included more mussels, saffron rosemary frigola, and little neck clams.

          I also loved Linda’s steak dish, and was amazed that she ate all of the mammoth serving of steak. At the next table, a gentleman from Colorado who ran a meat packing plant was also raving about the steak. He should know!

 

Linda

 

          We haven’t been to the Pemaquid area for a very long time. It was a once a year trip to the ocean for my family when I was growing up. I remember climbing and picnicking on the rocks there.

          I immensely enjoyed spending a big part of the day at Pemaquid Lighthouse. We indulged in reading a long time in our double seat traveling chair with a spectacular view and sounds of the ocean crashing on the rocks. Things like this are what make a day magical for me.

          I wasn’t prepared for how beautiful the grounds at the Bradley Inn are. Sprawling lawns with well tended plantings of flowers and shrubs are kept in tip top shape by Tony.

 

          The inn has 16 rooms ranging from one with twin beds to a suite in the Carriage House that has a full kitchen. There is also a very cute cottage available. They are able to host weddings when tents are set up in the large backyard.

          Dinner is a memorable event at the Bradley Inn. The dining room is off white with mellow green breadboard on the lower half of the walls. The lights hanging from loopy cords lend a modern feel to the space.

          The real memories begin when the elegant food comes out. An amuse bouche of creamy roasted butternut squash soup with creme fraiche was the offering that evening. It was great.

          There was a lot of choice in appetizers and starters, but the salad special that evening won me over. The kale and arugula salad with roasted beets, toasted quinoa and goat cheese had a preserved lemon dressing. It was cool, light and refreshing and had a nice texture due to the quinoa.

          The vegetables were also perfection. Grilled corn on the cob pieces and crunchy baby rainbow carrots were served with tomato butter. It was a beautiful presentation and a plate of food I will dream about.

          Breakfast is included with your stay and is another extraordinary spread. Fresh fruit, blueberry muffins and a smoothie will start you off. And the entree of the day will keep you from being hungry again for most of the day. 

          This is an inn to put on your must visit list. Surely you deserve a respite this fall or next summer!

 

If You Go

 

The Bradley Inn, 3063 Bristol Road, New Harbor, www.bradleyinn.com,207-677-2105. Closed January – March. Check the website or call before going, because their pub and restaurant days and hours do change from time to time. They were excited about their new “Locals Night” on Thursdays with inexpensive meals and live music. On October 22, they’ll offer a two day cooking class, which sounded like fun. They offer lots of gluten free meals.

 

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