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I get to play "Guest Chef" in Camden this weekend!


Timbercliffe Cottage is a lovely 6 room Bed and Breakfast in the charming harbor town of Camden, Maine. My husband and I met Karen and Dave at an innkeeping seminar back in 2004 and have kept in touch since. They fully restored this home complete with beautiful historic colors and decor taking you back to Early American times.

Karen is going to be visiting family and I’m filling her shoes in my favorite spot in the house, the KITCHEN! I just noticed this announcement on the Maine Office of Tourism’s website!

Innkeeping seminars are a great way to network for the future; you’re all in the same boat as aspiring innkeepers and if you keep in touch, regardless of where in Maine you purchase, you can always help eachother out and maintain a network for referrals and support that can only be enhanced over time!


Aspiring Innkeeping Seminars…

Presented by The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty,
Maine’s Premier Lodging Brokers

As a leader in the lodging brokerage industry, we’ve gathered a group of specialists (myself included) to provide you with the tools to help you to decide if Innkeeping in Maine is right for you. Our team is well versed in today’s innkeeping experience and the necessary marketing in today’s internet age. We’ll discuss the business and financial side as well as the lifestyle and entertainment side. We won’t just lecture, we’ll have interactive sessions and cooking demonstrations. And all meals (catered and restaurant) are included in the rate, which is not typical. The first seminar will be held at The Pomegranate Inn, in Portland (photos below).

I am thrilled to be a part of it…

Aspiring Innkeeping Seminars…

Presented by The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty,
Maine’s Premier Lodging Brokers

As a leader in the lodging brokerage industry, we’ve gathered a group of specialists (myself included) to provide you with the tools to help you to decide if Innkeeping in Maine is right for you. Our team is well versed in today’s innkeeping experience and the necessary marketing in today’s internet age. We’ll discuss the business and financial side as well as the lifestyle and entertainment side. We won’t just lecture, we’ll have interactive sessions and cooking demonstrations. And all meals (catered and restaurant) are included in the rate, which is not typical. The first seminar will be held at The Pomegranate Inn, in Portland (photos below).

I am thrilled to be a part of it…

A Blanket of Fresh Maine Snow…

This is The Lakeshore Inn Bed & Breakfast in Rockland, Maine. Offered at $489,000, it is priced to sell. Enjoy a wonderful turn-key business, lifestyle and real estate investment.

Lakeshore Inn is just 3 miles to downtown Rockland and 6 miles to downtown Camden. And it’s situated across from Lake Chickawaukie giving a feeling of inland Maine but with the conveniences of shopping, restaurants and the deep blue ocean close by.

I love to show people why Maine is so beautiful in the winter – there are countless days with clear blue skies that follow a wonderful snowfall. And when the lakes are frozen, put on a pair of skates or snowshoes and enjoy the great outdoors. Winter here is not for hibernating…


Creative Labeling…

I came across this recently in a World Market store. As a foodie with only moderate wine knowledge (some refer to us as “Wineaux“), the bottling caught my attention as a fun, casual and inexpensive wine for any occasion! They offer several varietals for a tasty conversation piece…which, by the way, is a great thing when you are in the hospitality industry. Any time you can offer guests a little something extra to remember their experience, it shows that you have gone one step beyond cookie cutter and offered something a bit more personal…and at very little expense. Or share a favorite wine with your guests, and it doesn’t have to be all the time. Your guests will appreciate your sharing what pleases you.


Portland’s Western Promenade…

My husband and I just came back from a quick trip down to Portland and I know I spoke about Portland just a few days ago, but this was one of those right time and place moments. There was just enough snow on the ground, hazy snowy skies, cold temperatures but everyone was still out and about on the streets of the Old Port downtown. We ate dinner at a small, creative, fusion (my favorite style) cafe, Walter’s. We stayed at one of the most elegant and whimsical B&B’s, Pomegranate Inn, which is currently owned by Kim Swan of The Swan Agency. Situated in the heart of the lovingly restored neighborhood of the “West End” (if you aren’t familiar with this area, it’s a gorgeous section of historic mansions at the top of a hill which collectively overlook the working waterfront of Portland), one is more breathtaking than the next. Most remain private homes but the neighborhood is peppered with boutique businesses. Therein lies Pomegranate. The West End is a wonderful area to walk around and enjoy the history, architecture, array of dining choices and the grandeur of long ago.


Financial Health of Maine Banks

Here are some interesting and positive comments about the financial well being of Maine’s banks and current lending situations–
Morning Sentinal
Mainebusiness.com
MSN
Maine Bankers Association
The Ellsworth American

Maine PBS segment from December 12th regarding our Maine banks – encouraging news


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