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Island Lighthouse Inn: A Chronicle [Hardcover]

By Jeffrey Burke (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.76" Width: 5.77" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1997
Publisher   Pilgrim Press
ISBN  0829811621  
EAN  9780829811629  

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After years of Berkeley activism in the 1960s and '70s, Jeff and Judi Burke threw up their hands and drove east. They eventually restored an old inn on Isle au Haut, a harsh, barely inhabitable outcrop seven miles off the Maine coast, setting out to do what they could not do in California: create their own utopia. For the past ten years the Burkes have led a life of simple pleasures-of nature, cool sea spray, warm fires on howling nights, good food shared with small groups of guests around a single table, hiking trails-where the only link to civilization is the daily (and sometimes unreliable) mail boat. ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE INN is a collection of entertaining stories of their everyday adventures-of fixing the vintage Servel refrigerator in the B&B kitchen, of buying a dinner bell from a crotchety local antique dealer, of figuring out how to run the inn's septic tank without electrical power, of painting the 796 windows in the lighthouse and outbuildings as well as tales of the often colorful people who have stayed at the inn and others they have met on and off the island. Honoring tradition, valuing simplicity, treasuring the careful way things used to be done-these are the hallmarks of life at the Keeper's House Inn, and the reasons the many loyal guests keep returning year after year. ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE INN includes recipes for 21 tantalizing dishes served at the inn, from Downeast Blueberry Muffins to lda's Sea Clam Pie, as well as engravings by Maine artist Siri Beckman.

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A Wonderful Little Book  Jun 3, 2002
I read this book twice last year before visiting The Keeper's House. Now that I've been to their fantastic inn, I'm reading it again. It's a great way to revisit and remember the wonderful times we had there. The recipes at the end of each chapter are very good--I've made several of them. I highly recommend this book (and the Inn!) to anyone with a sense of adventure and romance.
An Interesting Account  May 22, 2001
This book chronicles the establishment, by Jeffrey Burke and his wife, of an the Keeper's House Inn, next to an old lighthouse in Maine on Isle au Haut, seven miles off the coast, with the only link to *civilization* being the daily mail boat.

With no experience and little money, the Burkes took a giant leap of faith when they decided to open this establishment. The book details many of the obstacles they had to overcome and how they dealt with them.

It is such an interesting story of ingenuity, especially how they managed to get water (having a well pounded, not drilled); survived without any electricity (except for a generator that was only sufficient for running the mini sewage-treatment facility); used a 60-year old gas-powered refrigerator; and painted the 796 windowpanes in the inn and lighthouse.

The vignettes about the guests and some of the local characters were both amusing and insightful.

Each of the 21 chapters ends with one of the inn's recipes and the book is illustrated with delightful engravings by a Maine artist. I really enjoyed this book and have bought it several times to give as a gift.

A vacation without leaving your chair!  Aug 11, 2000
What a lovely, sweet book! I flew through it, enjoying every minute of it and wishing there were more! I agree with a previous reviewer that it should be published in quality paperback. I also would love to see a sequel from the author that goes into more depth and detail about their life as innkeepers in such a unique setting. I'm sure there are many more funny and heartwarming anecdotes about guests, as well as more trials and tribulations about their choice and experience of this life. It is my desire for greater depth that lead me to give it four rather than five stars. The recipes seem great (I have not tried any yet), although Judi sure seems to have a penchant for sour cream! Read this book and enjoy an armchair vacation!
I found the book fascinating and very readable.  Sep 17, 1999
As a former guest of The Keeper's House, I found reading about the history of the inn extremely interesting. Jeff and Judi seem to be among the few who were willing to take a chance and open this very unusual inn. No wonder the guests described in this book are as fascinating as the innkeepers.
An easy read revealing a lot about the innkeeper.  Apr 24, 1998
I read this book as an ex-innkeeper and found it quite enjoyable. Jeffrey Burke does reveal himself as somewhat of a "crabby" person and I kept wondering what his wife thought of each episode. I suspect she is the easy-going wife/innkeeper. I do think the book should be put into quality paperback and it would then have a great audience among inn guests and innkeepers. I would definitely recommend it to friends.

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