Clark Point Inn 1883 Bed & Breakfast
Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins – are they muffins or doughnuts? 12 Dec 2014, 6:19 pm
(photo courtesy of Back in the Day Bakery)
Whichever way you choose to spell it, these muffins will definitely satisfy any craving or nostalgia you may be experiencing for an old fashioned sugared doughnut. This recipe actually originates from one of our all-time favorite bakeries located in the beautiful, historic city of Savannah, Ga.
Quite often, guests inquire as to how we spend our winters here in Maine. Well, this is how we deal – we steal away to Savannah and indulge at a special place called Back In The Day Bakery. When we can’t be in Savannah, we make do by whipping up these muffins for breakfast for our guests!
Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins
- 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 t. fine sea salt
- 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder (preferably aluminum-free)
- 1/4 t. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/3 t. ground cardamom
- 3/4 c. + 2 tbsp. whole milk
- 2 T. buttermilk
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar mixed with 1 T. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350F degrees, lightly spray 12 large muffin cups with vegetable oil spray.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cardamom. In a medium bowl, combine the milk and buttermilk.
In a large mixing bowl, at medium speed, cream butter for 2-3 minutes. Turn speed to low and gradually add sugar. Continue to mixuntil the mixture lightens in color. Add the eggs one at a time, beating just until combined. Add dry ingredients in thirds, alternating with the milk mixture, mixing just until smooth, do not overmix.
With a large ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling spproximately two-thirds full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are firm to the touch and lightly golden.
While the muffins bake, set up two bowls to dunk them in. In one bowl you’ll have the melted butter, in the other bowl you’ll have cinnamon and sugar.
Let the doughnuts cool completely on a wire rack. Dunk them in the melted butter, then coat with the cinnamon and sugar. The muffins can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.
There ya have it – easy as
Music, Music & more Music! 15 Apr 2014, 6:17 am
I think we can all agree that music is one of the two universally loved aspects of life. The other would be food. When we travel, we love to sample as much food and drink as we can in an area and we also try to take in some type of local entertainment such as a play, opera or concert.
We find that many of our guests are interested in such things, too! while Mount Desert Island does have some wonderful local productions – Acadia Repertory Theatre, Mount Desert Summer Chorale, Festival of Chamber Music along with the local community band, local performers at area restaurants & pubs and comedic entertainment at ImprovAcadia.
A great addition to mid-Maine has been the newer Bangor Waterfront Pavillion which has drawn some very big name performers.
So, while you’re visiting us here on MDI, you may want to head out for the evening and take in one of the concerts they have scheduled for the 2014 season. Bangor is only about an hour from us, so you can easily take in a show and return back here to commence hiking, biking and exploring Acadia the next day. One of many great day trips with Clark Point Inn as your home base!
Bangor Waterfront Concerts 2014 Schedule:
Rise Above Fest – May 10
Tim McGraw – May 29
Celtic Woman – The Emerald Tour – May 30
Dave Matthews Band – June 6
Brad Paisley – June 15
Willie Nelson, Allison Krauss & Union Station – June 19
Boston – July 2
Styx & Foreigner – July 5
Bad Company & Lynard Skynard – July 10
Queens of the Stoneage – July 12
Sarah McLachlan – July 18
Steely Dan – August 29
Lady Antebellum – August 30
Jason Aldean – August 31
New shows are being added all the time!
Our New Sunroom! 4 Sep 2012, 2:47 pm
From the day we bought our little coastal Maine inn, we have had a list of things we planned to do. Over the course of 5 years, we have gradually worked our way through a large list of projects.
This past spring we completed our most recent, “big” project – the addition of our new 3 season sun room! Well, it’s not exactly “new”, but kinda it is. As all of our return guests know, the inn already had a front porch we just converted to a glassed in room!
Since Mark is a builder anyway, projects like this, are easily handled by us – this sunroom project taking us all of about a weekend-and-a-half!
While the open porch was much enjoyed the way it was, turning it into a sunroom has allowed it to be even more versatile. Early spring mornings, late fall evenings and rainy days find many a guest relaxing with a good book and a glass of wine.
We would have posted about our new room sooner but, you see, we have been way to busy chatting with and entertaining our guests while they are very much enjoying the new 3-season sunroom! We look forward to seeing you soon – we’ll save a spot for ya on the sunporch!
Treasures from Seal Harbor Beach, Maine 8 Jan 2012, 4:49 pm
Today we paid a visit to Seal Harbor Beach which is located about 20 minutes from Southwest Harbor. It is a smaller beach and,in the summer, a bit quieter than Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.
Whenever I visit Seal Harbor Beach, I always walk away with a few ocean treasures – sea glass, shells, urchins, etc.
These are the treasures I brought home today… a baby Sand Dollar, 2 Periwinkles and a (somewhat) Heart Shaped Rock.
I happen to have a collection of heart shaped rocks, well, I have only 3 but it’s still a collection. It also happens that I found every one of them on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park!
We can’t wait to see what treasures you’ll discover during your visit to our Southwest Harbor bed & breakfast on Mount Desert Island, Maine!
Happy New Year!Cheers to 2012! 31 Dec 2011, 4:06 pm
Happy New Year!
Is it just me or was it only yesterday that there was all the hub-bub concerning Y2k? Here we are all ready to celebrate 2012 – WoW… just …WoW!
Whatever you are participating in tonight be safe & smart. We are looking forward to 2012 and would love to have the opportunity to have you as our guests.
We are accepting 2012 reservations at our Southwest Harbor, Maine bed & breakfast, so give us a call! We’re minutes from Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor but we have lots of peace & quiet.
We have a great special we are offering for the dates of May 1,2012 – June 15,2012 – with your 3 night reservation, we are treating you to a delectable box of Black Dinah Chocolates! So mention our Spring Fever Inndulgence 2012 special when you call!
2011 was a great year here at Clark Point Inn. Wonderful guests, great weather, fun activities…lots of memories made!
Let’s make 2012 our best year yet – live simply, love deeply and laugh often!
Happy New Year from your friends at Clark Point Inn in Southwest Harbor,Maine!
Made in Maine- the way Christmas should be 10 Dec 2011, 10:28 pm
Maine is a state that is chock full of uber talented folks dreaming up and bringing to life a wealth of high quality, unique, handcrafted creations.
Simply meandering along Route 1 will expose you to numerous galleries, wineries, breweries, artisan workshops, craft co-ops, photographers – you name it. And there’s a lot more to Maine than just what is along Route 1!
If you would like to see just how many talented folks are out there roaming around the state, just take a look at the following websites:
Being a crafter/creator/artist myself (and member of the United Maine Craftsmen) I have many other Maine artists that I admire and have a great appreciation for the time and effort they put into their creations- whether it is food, jewelry, photography, decor…
So, I just thought I would offer up a few of my personal favorites that just might help you with your gift list this year. While I am not affiliated with any of these businesses,I have met many of the owners in person and can tell you that they are all wonderful, talented folks!
Once upon a time, there was a little island off the coast of Maine called Isle au Haut where two people, named Kate & Steve, made the best chocolates EVER! Well, lucky for us, they are still there and are doing what they do best, making chocolates that are so yummy I have trouble finding the words to describe. Many of our guests have had their romantic stay at Clark Point Inn enhanced with these bits of Heaven. We hope that when you visit us you'll want us to order some for you too! Not just the chocolates, but the bark and the sipping chocolate and the froglets and the... They are life changing!
Quite possibly, J.Kevin White is my favorite photographer. He is a fellow member of the United Maine Craftsmen and has some fabulous still life images. I can never decide which ones I want to purchase!
White Chocolate Lavender Biscotti 3 Jul 2011, 6:02 pm
Here’s a batch of our homemade White Chocolate Lavender Biscotti! A couple months back, I picked up a container of culinary lavender at the Glendarragh Lavender Farm shop in Camden, Maine.
Let me tell you, it is a very relaxing store to browse in! You’ll probably
find yourself to be pretty relaxed while baking the biscotti as the lavender scent is just fabulous.
Acadia Webcams 18 May 2011, 9:44 am
Ever wonder what’s going on in Bar Harbor, Maine when you’re not there?
Are you wishing you were still on your Acadia National Park vacation and would like to see some views of Acadia?
Well, you can get a bit of a glimpse into life here if you just connect to a couple of area webcams.
Visit Geddy’s Restaurant webcam for live street views and harbor water views in Bar Harbor.
Visit the Acadia National Park hazecam for information on wind speed, humidity, air temp and more.
Visit Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound tide cam for a view of the bay.
Cool, huh!? Bet you can’t wait to get here now. See you soon!
Attention: Beer Geeks! 15 May 2011, 1:00 am
Are you planning a visit to Maine? In the mood for a fun and scenic adventure? Most importantly, do you love beer!? Boy, do we have the road trip for you!
The ‘Maine Beer Trail” is comprised of more than two dozen, high quality, Maine breweries and brew pubs, offering a diverse selection of hand crafted Maine beers.
or visit the Maine Brewer’s Guild website to download a copy.
Let’s Get Crafty! 12 May 2011, 10:00 am
It doesn’t seem like it is that time again already but the 2011 Acadia Fibre Fair is fast approaching!
The 2nd annual fibre arts festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 21st and will take place right here in beautiful Southwest Harbor, Maine.
There will be lots & lots of activities, classes & demonstrations! The popular “Swap Table” will be there again, too..
What’s the “Swap Table”? Well, it’s an opportunity to drop off a craft item that you no longer use or might just have too much of and, in turn, you can take something that you may find useful. Maybe you’ll find that one special craft item that you have been on the lookout for.
If you are a crafter, then this is a great chance to meet some folks who share your interests. If you’re not a crafter but have always wanted to learn, then this is a great chance to meet those same great folks who would love to teach you how to knit, spin, crochet, rug hook…
All proceeds from the festival will benefit Summer Festival of the Arts.
See you there!