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From "The Love Boat" to Scotland to Maine Annette, Terry and Jade's
House Bed & Breakfast
Five-year-old Jade Hazzard
furrows her brow below her blonde curls and declares, "I've
learned cookie and candy." She's only recently switched from
"biscuit and sweet" - the British equivalents for these words -
since moving from Edinburgh, Scotland to Camden with her
parents, who have purchased the Blue Harbor House on Elm Street
from longtime innkeepers Dennis Hayden and Jody Schmoll.
Experienced members of the hospitality industry,
Annette and Terry Hazzard met while working aboard the cruise ship
Pacific Princess (which played the part of the "Love Boat" in the TV
series). Ever since the ship's itinerary brought them to the Maine coast
some fifteen years ago, they've known they would like to return some
First, however, they went home to Scotland, married,
and Terry became bar manager at the famous Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.
Of the hotel, he says "It's got five stars and it's where the stars
stay. I met Mel Gibson while he was there to film Braveheart, and Liam
Neeson when he was there for the making of Rob Roy."
The Hazzards subsequently
purchased a six-room B&B in Edinburgh and, two years later,
bought a small hotel, which they ran for five years. They do not
plan to make major changes at the Blue Harbor House, instead
simply adding a Scottish accent to the warm Down East
hospitality for which the inn has always been known.
The Hazzards will keep the inn open year round, whereas Dennis
Hayden and Jody Schmoll had closed in recent years during the
"We'll still be making many of Dennis's
delicious breakfast specialties," says Terry, noting that they
do plan to add a traditional Scottish breakfast, complete with
porridge, sausages, bacon, and eggs. They will also continue to
offer the inn's popular dinners to lodging guests, including a
full lobster feast.
"We're very familiar with lobster and how to
cook it," he adds, "as the same species is caught in the cold
waters off Scotland."
Terry is also looking forward to introducing guests to
Scotland's famous single-malt whiskies. He has a collection of about 150
miniature bottles, which he will put on display. "I plan to make the
little room off the dining room into a whisky snug," he explains.
Before settling on the Blue Harbor House, the Hazzards
did look, unsuccessfully, for an inn to buy in California, because
Annette's sister lives there, and in Florida, "because that's where all
the Brits seem to go," she explains. Then they remembered how much
they'd liked Maine. They contacted Nick Wharton at Prudential Northeast
Properties Lodging Division, whose office is in Camden. "Nick was
super," says Annette, "as was Tim LaPlante, also with Prudential's
Lodging Division, who was serving as Dennis and Jody's representative."
They considered inns in other coastal Maine
towns, but when they came to Camden, Terry says "it was love at
Its vibrant year-round community made it an
especially appealing place to raise their daughter. Jade will be
starting kindergarten at Rockport Elementary School in the fall,
and has already begun making friends with neighborhood children.
Jade is an old hand at innkeeping, having been in the
business since she was an infant - the Hazzards opened their hotel when
she was merely three weeks old.
She usually wears her official Blue
Harbor House apron while doing her regular jobs: turning the Vacancy
sign to No Vacancy, and folding the napkins for breakfast. She also
loves chatting with guests.
The Hazzards passed papers on the inn in late June,
jumping in just as the summer season got into full swing. They report
that it's all going very well. "Dennis and Jody couldn't have been nicer
in all our transactions," Annette says. "They handed us a truly
first-class business, with lots of wonderful repeat guests. Plus we've
had a fantastic welcome to Camden, especially from all the other
innkeepers in the Camden B&B Association. The Chamber of Commerce has
been so helpful, too. We're thrilled to be here."