Linden Tree Inn

Linden Tree Inn
Linden Tree Inn, Rockport, MA

Thursday, March 10, 2011


One of the desserts I make for a lot of my retreat groups are trifles.....I have accumulated all different types and variations, and thought I would share one of the most decadent ones I have made! It's rich and chocolately and yummy!!! Enjoy!!

Get Thee Back Satan Chocolate Trifle

John named this trifle after he took one bite of it!!!

1 sm. package instant chocolate pudding mix

2 cups cold milk

2 cups heavy cream

Confectioners sugar

Chocolate cake or cupcakes, 1 layer or 6 cupcakes

Ghirradelli milk chocolate chops

Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips

Ghiradelli white chocolate chips

Shelled hazelnuts, chopped

Make chocolate pudding with 2 cups of whole milk according to directions on package. Take out of mixing bowl, pour 2 cups of heavy cream into mixing bowl, no need to wash bowl or beaters… adds to the flavor! Whip the heavy cream into whipped cream, adding confectioners sugar to sweeten to your taste. Should be firm enough to hold it’s shape.

Cut chocolate cake into rough cubes, or just rip into large chunks. Place half of chocolate cake in trifle bowl to cover bottom. Sprinkle with a handful of each flavor of chocolate chips. Cover with a layer of chocolate pudding sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts. Cover with a layer of whipped cream. Follow with a layer of chocolate cake, chips, pudding, nuts and whipped cream. Decorate the top of the trifle with the 3 types of chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts. Chill an hour or two before serving.

Sunday, February 27, 2011


Been a while since I have posted's been a year of lots of snow in Rockport this year, and I for one am hoping the groundhog is right and spring is right around the corner!!!

Thought you might like a little something to brighten up your dinners....John and I discovered roasted carrots this winter......try them won't believe that carrots can be so sweet with no sugar added....lots of good nutrients and nothing gets lost in the cooking process! Enjoy!!!

Roasted Carrots:


carrots: you need about 1 1/2 carrots per person, maybe even 2 carrots per person, of course it depends on how big the carrots are.....
olive oil

heat oven to 400 degrees F

wash and peel as many carrots as you need to feed however many people you have.

cut the carrots on the diagonal into 1 inch pieces, you don't want them too thin, as they shrink during cooking

place on a baking sheet

sprinkle with salt and pepper

drizzle olive oil over them, and then toss carrots to coat them evenly with the oil, salt and pepper

place in preheated oven

they will take about 20 minutes to cook...check after 10 minutes and flip carrots over for more even cooking.

They are done when they are just tender when you poke them with a fork

They get all caramelized, and no one believes you when you tell you you didn't add any sugar to them

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


We had two very nice articles in the paper this past week, both written by guests that stayed with us!

The first one that was brought to my attention by a long time guest of the Linden Tree was in the paper on Sunday in The Republican, (Springfield MA) and on the web at It was a lovely commentary on a guest's stay, and even though the name of the inn was not mentioned, anyone who has stayed here would immediately know it was the Linden Tree!!! Scones, cupola, rambling victorian? Definitely The Linden Tree!!

The second article brought to my attention, also by a long time guest, was in the Sunday Boston Globe Travel section, about bicycling trips. We were so pleased to be mentioned, it is always a thrill to see your name in print!!! The article is here.

Thanks to Fred and Stephen for making our day!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010


It's Trails and Sails time again in Essex County. September 17-19 and 24-26. A chance to experience all that The Essex National Heritage Area has to offer in Cape Ann and the surrounding area has for free!! Check out their website: Essex County Trails and Sails Weekends

It's a wonderful way to explore all that the National Heritage properties have to offer for free! Many events for children and adults. Check out the calendar of events and make your plans to get away! We still have rooms available for couples or small families both weekends, make your reservation today!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010


Next weekend (June 11-13) marks the historic return of the Curtis Cup to Essex County Club. The Curtis Cup is a high level amateur Women's event. This year it will be held at the Essex County Club in Manchester by the Sea, which was the home of Margaret and Harriot Curtis. This historic golf tournament was last played in at the Essex County Club in 1938. Officially titled “The Women’s International Cup,” the Curtis Cup is named for Essex County Club members Margaret and Harriot Curtis. The tournament is played by three teams, one from Great Britian, one from Ireland and one from the USA. The matches at Essex will be the first time that the three-day format is played in the United States. Learn more about the Curtis Cup through this video.

Curtis Cup Historical Video from 2010 Curtis Cup on Vimeo.

Captain Noreen Friel Mohler, a Massachusetts native, hopes to continue the USA win streak of six matches.

Click here for the schedule of events
. You can still purchase tickets to the event online here.

We still have some rooms available for the weekend of June 11, 12 and 13. Come to Rockport and enjoy some wonderful golf, and all that Rockport has to offer. Visit our website and make your reservation today. If you love golf, this is a wonderful opportunity to see a high level competition in a gorgeous location, up close and personal.

Friday, May 14, 2010


Check out all the happenings in Rockport and the surrounding area this weekend. We still have a a few rooms available. why not take a last minute overnight trip out to Rockport. A variety of activities will appeal to a wide range of interest. There are outdoor activities at Halibut Point State Park, a Garden Tour of Coastal Rockport gardens. There are theatre presentations, music concerts, a road race, an Essex River boat race.....and more!

Join us today and experience our Anglo-American hospitality in a quaint seaside village. Tobey and John Shepherd, Innkeepers

This Weekend on Cape Ann
May 14-16, 2010

Friday-Sunday, May 14-16
The Trojan Woman
The latest production of Theatre in the Pines, The Trojan Woman by Euripedes, opens tonight-- May 13-- at 7:30pm at Spiran Hall in downtown Rockport. Tickets: $15/adults, $10/students available at Toad Hall Bookstore, The Bookstore and at the door.

May 14
Backshore Road Race
Run along the backshore of Gloucester and take in our breathtaking ocean views! Then join us for a post-race awards party and buffet at the Gloucester House Restaurant. 978-283-0470 for more information

May 15
Essex River Race
The Essex River Race is open to all seaworthy human-powered rowing and paddle boats. Participants' crafts usually include Banks dories, fixed seat singles, doubles, multi-oars with cox, multi-oars without cox, sliding seat singles and more. Registration opens: 9am. Captains Meeting: 10am. First heat starts: 10:30am.

Saturday, May 15
Spring Plant Sale
CAPE ANN SYMPHONY'S Spring Plant Sale featuring locally grown and freshly delivered that morning flowers, herbs and tomato plants is set for Saturday, May 15, 9am-1pm at the Fuller School in Gloucester. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Cape Ann Symphony. Special guests will share their gardening expertise and give tips on beautifying your garden with free lectures and demonstrations. 978-281-0543

Saturday, May 15
Spring Pops Concert: Pop Goes the Wizard
THE CAPE ANN SYMPHONY celebrates spring with the Spring Pops Concert: Pops Goes the Wizard on Saturday, May 15, at 8pm in the Fuller School Auditorium. The lively concert features such popular favorites as John Williams' Harry Potter, Rodgers' The King and I, von Suppe's Light Calvary Overture, Borodin's Polovtsian Dances, Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 1 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, III. 978-281-0543

Saturday, May 15
Cottages & Castles
ROCKPORT MUSIC presents "Cottages & Castles" on Saturday, May 15, 10am-4pm. Listen to the music of the ocean while exploring a distinctive mix of homes in the charming coastal village of Rockport. Tickets $25/person in advance, $30/person on 5/15. 978-546-7391

Saturday, May 15
Members Days
THE ESSEX SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM is having a Member's Day for all present, past, and potential members on Saturday, May 15. The purpose of the event is threefold: to acquaint everyone to our facilities and the shipyard; to show some of the educational exhibits that are rarely seen by others; and to just get together to socialize. 978-768-7541

Saturday, May 15
Energy Medicine Workshop
CAPE ANN HEALING CENTER Free Spring Workshop Series: Energy Medicine on Saturday, May 15, 1:30-2:30pm, with Dr. Erin Acevedo. Pre-registration is required, Please call to reserve your space now. 978-282-1191 x1

Saturday, May 15
Historic Walking Tour/Tea Party
MAGNOLIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY will sponsor a Free Historical Walking Tour/ Tea Party Event on Saturday, May 15. This free event includes a historical walking tour of Magnolia Point with Jim Cook followed by tea and light refreshments at "Inn Magnolia". 978-525-3070

Sunday, May 16
Breakfast Buffet
American Idol Finalist - 2008, Jesse McCullagh, will perform Sunday Morning Live at THE SEAWARD INN, Rockport on May 16, 9am until noon during a Breakfast Buffet by the Sea. For more on the artist go to or call 978-546-3471. There is no cover charge.

Sunday, May 16
Birding for Beginners
8-10am. Halibut Point State Park. For information: 978-546-2997.

Sunday, May 16
The Secret Life of the Eastern Coyote
2-3pm. Halibut Point State Park. For information: 978-546-2997.

Sunday, May 16
The Design Behind the Decoration
LISA BONNEVILLE, INTERIOR DESIGNER will present The Design Behind the Decoration on Sunday, May 16, 2-3pm at the Wenham Museum during the North Shore Design Show. Lecture included with show admission. Learn the steps you need to take to create favorite spaces in your own home. 978-526-4491

Sunday, May 16
Celtic Music Session
Join Michael O'Leary and Friends for their Celtic music session on Sundays from 6-9pm, May 16 & 30 at THE LANDING AT 7 CENTRAL in Manchester. An acoustic session of mostly traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries and Cape Breton. 978-526-7494

Thank you to Cape Ann Chamber for the compilation of weekend activities.