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Look at that face!

I took these photos at Mountain Village Farm Bed and Breakfast in Kingfield, Maine. What a unique experience and delicious farm fresh eggs.

 


The view ON Mount Desert Island and the view OF Mount Desert Island…

Facing Suttons Island on MDI, MaineMDI view from Island View Inn, Sullivan Maine

I had a showing this morning at Island View Inn in Sullivan, Maine. I awoke surrounded by views on Mount Desert Island to travel to spectacular views of the island. Maine continues to amaze me…


The Guilford Bed & Breakfast, just listed!

Grandeur in the Maine Highlands
The Guilford Bed & Breakfast, circa 1904-1918
This incredible grand mansion in Guilford, Maine has been through meticulous restoration. Currently, two sides of the home (color photo above) have been hand scraped, sanded and repainted in the classic tri-color palette, chimneys restored, dormers have been restored to their original splendor with copper details and hand turned spindles. The remaining two sides (the front, as shown in the old photo above) will be completed this Summer. The Monson slate roof is in beautiful shape, there is original stained glass, a huge wrap around porch, incredibly maintained interior woodwork on the walls as well as hardwood floors. Wet bar, formal dining room with very large windows, a formal living room with fireplace, large den with a design stamped metal box wood burning fireplace with incredible mahogany wood walls, yet the room remains light and airy, with plenty of windows and high ceilings. There are 4 spacious guestrooms on the 2nd floor, 3 bedrooms and 1 bath on the 3rd floor for owners, with a private access stairway down to the kitchen. The kitchen is a wonderful space to cook, entertain, or as the prior owner, catering (a restaurant would be great here). The space is quite large, bright, with dual ovens & dishwashers; a private sitting room & powder room off the kitchen. Currently a B&B, but this would make an incredible private residence and historic property to be proud of. Just 1 hour from Bangor, 40 minutes to Moosehead Lake, 2 1/2 hours from Portland, it’s a great midway point to many destinations.

This turn of the century Queen Anne is an absolute must see. Offered at $650,000



The Guilford Bed & Breakfast, just listed!

Grandeur in the Maine Highlands
The Guilford Bed & Breakfast, circa 1904-1918
This incredible grand mansion in Guilford, Maine has been through meticulous restoration. Currently, two sides of the home (color photo above) have been hand scraped, sanded and repainted in the classic tri-color palette, chimneys restored, dormers have been restored to their original splendor with copper details and hand turned spindles. The remaining two sides (the front, as shown in the old photo above) will be completed this Summer. The Monson slate roof is in beautiful shape, there is original stained glass, a huge wrap around porch, incredibly maintained interior woodwork on the walls as well as hardwood floors. Wet bar, formal dining room with very large windows, a formal living room with fireplace, large den with a design stamped metal box wood burning fireplace with incredible mahogany wood walls, yet the room remains light and airy, with plenty of windows and high ceilings. There are 4 spacious guestrooms on the 2nd floor, 3 bedrooms and 1 bath on the 3rd floor for owners, with a private access stairway down to the kitchen. The kitchen is a wonderful space to cook, entertain, or as the prior owner, catering (a restaurant would be great here). The space is quite large, bright, with dual ovens & dishwashers; a private sitting room & powder room off the kitchen. Currently a B&B, but this would make an incredible private residence and historic property to be proud of. Just 1 hour from Bangor, 40 minutes to Moosehead Lake, 2 1/2 hours from Portland, it’s a great midway point to many destinations.

This turn of the century Queen Anne is an absolute must see. Offered at $650,000



$40k PRICE REDUCTION – a great buy

Now offered at $450,000
Lakeshore Inn Bed & Breakfast

Very spacious, 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, detached 2 car garage, huge eat-in kitchen and fantastic views of Lake Chickawaukie pictured below. Perfect as a B&B, a private residence or family vacation home. Sellers are motivated. A very good opportunity perfectly situated just minutes between the year round mid-coast villages of Camden and Rockland…


$40k PRICE REDUCTION – a great buy

Now offered at $450,000
Lakeshore Inn Bed & Breakfast

Very spacious, 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, detached 2 car garage, huge eat-in kitchen and fantastic views of Lake Chickawaukie pictured below. Perfect as a B&B, a private residence or family vacation home. Sellers are motivated. A very good opportunity perfectly situated just minutes between the year round mid-coast villages of Camden and Rockland…


Was $489,000, now $450,000 – a wonderful opportunity to buy a 4 room B&B or 5 bedroom personal residence in Rockland, Maine from motivated sellers

The Lakeshore Inn – just 3 miles to downtown Rockland, 6 miles to Camden and situated across from Lake Chickawaukie with deeded lake access. 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, huge common guest spaces, 3 fireplaces, very spacious and private owner’s quarters with fabulous kitchen, lots of windows, large screened hot tub, charming brick courtyard with potting shed, private entrance, detached garage (could be converted into great living space), all on a large wooded lot. The property is also fully sprinklered which is an obvious benefit for the owners and for their property insurance rates. Virtual Tour Property Photos

Just make an offer, you might find yourself with a great deal on the table…

The Sellers listed the property with me just a couple of months ago and family circumstances on the West coast are requiring their attention sooner than they anticipated. This is an opportunity for a buyer to obtain a low interest rate and a great deal on a very well maintained property. Everything is in place for new buyers to continue to market and grow the business; the potential in this area is real. It’s worth a look!

Was $489,000, now $450,000 – a wonderful opportunity to buy a 4 room B&B or 5 bedroom personal residence in Rockland, Maine from motivated sellers

The Lakeshore Inn – just 3 miles to downtown Rockland, 6 miles to Camden and situated across from Lake Chickawaukie with deeded lake access. 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, huge common guest spaces, 3 fireplaces, very spacious and private owner’s quarters with fabulous kitchen, lots of windows, large screened hot tub, charming brick courtyard with potting shed, private entrance, detached garage (could be converted into great living space), all on a large wooded lot. The property is also fully sprinklered which is an obvious benefit for the owners and for their property insurance rates. Virtual Tour Property Photos

Just make an offer, you might find yourself with a great deal on the table…

The Sellers listed the property with me just a couple of months ago and family circumstances on the West coast are requiring their attention sooner than they anticipated. This is an opportunity for a buyer to obtain a low interest rate and a great deal on a very well maintained property. Everything is in place for new buyers to continue to market and grow the business; the potential in this area is real. It’s worth a look!

Spectacular year round views at INN ON THE HARBOR – this is a lifestyle, investment and a home…

This is Stonington, on Deer Isle, Maine, as seen from our guest room at the inn.

It’s mid-January. The time of year when people from the rest of the country wrongly assume we hibernate in Maine. My husband and I decided to head out of town for a night and stay at Inn on the Harbor (yes it is my listing, but we don’t live so far that we couldn’t do a day trip – it’s about the feeling of the inn and of Stonington). Simply walking around town outfitted with weatherproof L.L.Bean boots and our camera is all we need. It’s not about how much snow and muck there is on the ground and when it’s going to melt, it’s about enjoying the beauty of these picturesque villages all year. Stonington is a fine example of quintessential Maine island life, where the town’s Main Street and its businesses are actually situated on the harbor for all to enjoy. This peninsula of Maine is home to numerous artists, galleries, shops, restaurants and working fishing villages. Watching the lobstermen bring back their catch; sitting in a cafe with a cup of coffee just “people watching” the locals; having a gallery owner open up their doors for you in the off season even if they are closed; and best of all, for me, sitting in the oversized chaise at the inn with my glass of wine and a book in front of the picture window facing the water. It’s just something special.

When we woke up (after a near 10 hour comfortable sleep!!) this was our view (though I missed actual sunrise). The guest room was The Heritage. But 10 of the 13 guest rooms at this inn share the same view of the harbor.

As a PFA (person from away), I now fully understand “Maine, the way life should be” – and Inn on the Harbor is amongst the top that best convey that meaning. The inn is open all year – if you’ve been thinking about buying an inn and sharing the dream, just come stay a night or two – you’ll be hooked if you do…
the inn is offered at $2,200,000, has substantial gross revenue, options for small restaurant, cafe or expanding the espresso bar into food service, retail. The “American Eagle” is the inn’s newly renovated owner’s quarters and offers the best view, private deck, 2 bedrooms, large bath, full kitchen, woodstove, comfort and elegance. Contact me for more details; view photos and virtual tour.


Spectacular year round views at INN ON THE HARBOR – this is a lifestyle, investment and a home…

This is Stonington, on Deer Isle, Maine, as seen from our guest room at the inn.

It’s mid-January. The time of year when people from the rest of the country wrongly assume we hibernate in Maine. My husband and I decided to head out of town for a night and stay at Inn on the Harbor (yes it is my listing, but we don’t live so far that we couldn’t do a day trip – it’s about the feeling of the inn and of Stonington). Simply walking around town outfitted with weatherproof L.L.Bean boots and our camera is all we need. It’s not about how much snow and muck there is on the ground and when it’s going to melt, it’s about enjoying the beauty of these picturesque villages all year. Stonington is a fine example of quintessential Maine island life, where the town’s Main Street and its businesses are actually situated on the harbor for all to enjoy. This peninsula of Maine is home to numerous artists, galleries, shops, restaurants and working fishing villages. Watching the lobstermen bring back their catch; sitting in a cafe with a cup of coffee just “people watching” the locals; having a gallery owner open up their doors for you in the off season even if they are closed; and best of all, for me, sitting in the oversized chaise at the inn with my glass of wine and a book in front of the picture window facing the water. It’s just something special.

When we woke up (after a near 10 hour comfortable sleep!!) this was our view (though I missed actual sunrise). The guest room was The Heritage. But 10 of the 13 guest rooms at this inn share the same view of the harbor.

As a PFA (person from away), I now fully understand “Maine, the way life should be” – and Inn on the Harbor is amongst the top that best convey that meaning. The inn is open all year – if you’ve been thinking about buying an inn and sharing the dream, just come stay a night or two – you’ll be hooked if you do…
the inn is offered at $2,200,000, has substantial gross revenue, options for small restaurant, cafe or expanding the espresso bar into food service, retail. The “American Eagle” is the inn’s newly renovated owner’s quarters and offers the best view, private deck, 2 bedrooms, large bath, full kitchen, woodstove, comfort and elegance. Contact me for more details; view photos and virtual tour.


Spectacular year round views at INN ON THE HARBOR – this is a lifestyle, investment and a home…

This is Stonington, on Deer Isle, Maine, as seen from our guest room at the inn.

It’s mid-January. The time of year when people from the rest of the country wrongly assume we hibernate in Maine. My husband and I decided to head out of town for a night and stay at Inn on the Harbor (yes it is my listing, but we don’t live so far that we couldn’t do a day trip – it’s about the feeling of the inn and of Stonington). Simply walking around town outfitted with weatherproof L.L.Bean boots and our camera is all we need. It’s not about how much snow and muck there is on the ground and when it’s going to melt, it’s about enjoying the beauty of these picturesque villages all year. Stonington is a fine example of quintessential Maine island life, where the town’s Main Street and its businesses are actually situated on the harbor for all to enjoy. This peninsula of Maine is home to numerous artists, galleries, shops, restaurants and working fishing villages. Watching the lobstermen bring back their catch; sitting in a cafe with a cup of coffee just “people watching” the locals; having a gallery owner open up their doors for you in the off season even if they are closed; and best of all, for me, sitting in the oversized chaise at the inn with my glass of wine and a book in front of the picture window facing the water. It’s just something special.

When we woke up (after a near 10 hour comfortable sleep!!) this was our view (though I missed actual sunrise). The guest room was The Heritage. But 10 of the 13 guest rooms at this inn share the same view of the harbor.

As a PFA (person from away), I now fully understand “Maine, the way life should be” – and Inn on the Harbor is amongst the top that best convey that meaning. The inn is open all year – if you’ve been thinking about buying an inn and sharing the dream, just come stay a night or two – you’ll be hooked if you do…
the inn is offered at $2,200,000, has substantial gross revenue, options for small restaurant, cafe or expanding the espresso bar into food service, retail. The “American Eagle” is the inn’s newly renovated owner’s quarters and offers the best view, private deck, 2 bedrooms, large bath, full kitchen, woodstove, comfort and elegance. Contact me for more details; view photos and virtual tour.


New Listing in Freeport – Captain Briggs House Inn, $845,000


The left side of the house is guest wing; the entire right side is owner’s quarters and are quite spacious and charming with exposed beams, wide plank hardwood floors and plenty of natural light.
There are 6 spacious guest rooms all with private baths
“The Barn” Owner’s Quarters”
Owner’s Quarters Kitchen
Located in the heart of town but on a quiet residential street just a minute stroll to shops and restaurants. Good business is in place for new owners to grow. This 6,600sf property is well maintained. And at $845,000, this would make a great lifestyle, investment and a home. And with year round business in Freeport, real growth potential is there.

New Listing in Freeport – Captain Briggs House Inn, $845,000


The left side of the house is guest wing; the entire right side is owner’s quarters and are quite spacious and charming with exposed beams, wide plank hardwood floors and plenty of natural light.
There are 6 spacious guest rooms all with private baths
“The Barn” Owner’s Quarters”
Owner’s Quarters Kitchen
Located in the heart of town but on a quiet residential street just a minute stroll to shops and restaurants. Good business is in place for new owners to grow. This 6,600sf property is well maintained. And at $845,000, this would make a great lifestyle, investment and a home. And with year round business in Freeport, real growth potential is there.

New INN for sale in Mid-Coast Maine



This fully renovated historic grand mansion has become a well known and very successful 12 room inn offering high end luxury to its guests. The business and physical structure are in perfect turn key condition for new owners.

This is true grandeur worthy of great pride.

This mid-coast inn is the epitome of B&B luxury and has been renovated top to bottom. The main inn has 8 guest rooms and the carriage house has 4. Guest rooms are quite spacious and have fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, jetted showers, flat screen TV’s, fireplaces and oversized upholstered seating. The custom upholstery, bedding and furniture are not to be believed. This is a designer’s showcase in every sense of the word. The owners quarters consist of the entire first floor of the carriage house. There is a 2 BR 2 BA apartment with full kitchen, living and dining room and 2 entrances. Adjacent to this apartment is a 1 BR 1 BA apartment with kitchen and open living/dining room; it would be simple to combine both spaces with minimal cost. Alternatively, this space could be used as guest or staff space. Offered at $2,695,000, the business income is very strong and easily supports the price. New owners can comfortably raise rates when comparing other properties. This is a MUST SEE property.


New INN for sale in Mid-Coast Maine



This fully renovated historic grand mansion has become a well known and very successful 12 room inn offering high end luxury to its guests. The business and physical structure are in perfect turn key condition for new owners.

This is true grandeur worthy of great pride.

This mid-coast inn is the epitome of B&B luxury and has been renovated top to bottom. The main inn has 8 guest rooms and the carriage house has 4. Guest rooms are quite spacious and have fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, jetted showers, flat screen TV’s, fireplaces and oversized upholstered seating. The custom upholstery, bedding and furniture are not to be believed. This is a designer’s showcase in every sense of the word. The owners quarters consist of the entire first floor of the carriage house. There is a 2 BR 2 BA apartment with full kitchen, living and dining room and 2 entrances. Adjacent to this apartment is a 1 BR 1 BA apartment with kitchen and open living/dining room; it would be simple to combine both spaces with minimal cost. Alternatively, this space could be used as guest or staff space. Offered at $2,695,000, the business income is very strong and easily supports the price. New owners can comfortably raise rates when comparing other properties. This is a MUST SEE property.


Don’t measure all Owner’s Quarters you see against these!

For a 6 room B&B, it’s quite rare to see owners quarters (OQ) with a double Jacuzzi, double vanity, double walk-in tiled shower…

or a wood-burning fireplace in the master bedroom…

or a fireplace in the dining room (if there is a formal dining room)…

or a fireplace in the living room…

or a custom cherry and granite butler’s pantry…

or custom built-in closets and drawers in the large master suite…

or such spacious residential kitchens…

with commercial equipment but residential warmth; loaded with granite, beautiful Mexican tiled floors, exposed beam ceilings, a commercial range, wine refrigerator, and plenty of natural light from the bay window looking out over the beautifully landscaped yard…

The 1802 House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Kennebunkport is one of those inns that has such added residential value on top of its substantial business value. This is simply a fantastic offering.


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.


Is the glass half full or half empty?


Winter in Maine…some say it’s gray, dreary, cold and long. I say it’s all how you look at things and it’s just beautiful. I am an eternal optimist. A blanket of fluffy snow on the ground and I’m ready to bundle up and head out with my camera. The silence of snow when you’re out on a trail can be exciting yet as calming. Snowshoes are inexpensive and don’t require skill. The tree limbs heavy with fresh snow look beautiful after a snowfall. Take the time to absorb how your surroundings appear during the various seasons. Undulating ice on a lake can be mesmerizing. And contrary to popular belief, blue skies are common in Maine after a snowfall. With every item of clothing available today containing fleece, it’s easy to stay warm. And when you get back, make a batch of homemade cookies and hot chocolate. Watch a movie, read a book, play cards, get together with friends and cook a pot of stew or chowder to enjoy with some crusty bread. As for those short days and early sunset? For every shorter day, isn’t there a longer evening? We don’t lose time, it’s all what we do with it.


Imagine sitting here…

You can have it! Craignair Inn is on the market…okay, so maybe the impact of the glass of wine isn’t the same if there wasn’t snow on the ground…But I do love this spot…I love snow…and both even more so with the wine…


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.


Let’s talk OWNERS QUARTERS…

Over the years, owner’s quarters have changed quite a bit. It was commonplace that innkeepers would occupy a room or two in the basement or on the same floor as the guest rooms and share common living rooms. But in more recent years we’ve seen a change. Many buyers have made the decision to leave corporate jobs in exchange for the innkeeper lifestyle, but without compromising personal space. And owners have expanded their spaces.

One of the best examples that I have seen of fabulous owner’s quarters is The 1802 House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Kennebunkport, Maine. THIS is one inn where the guests and owners alike are spoiled with comfort, elegance and SPACE. The inn has been busy with Christmas Prelude (a very popular holiday tradition in the Kennebunks) and I haven’t been able to photograph the owner’s quarters. But I cannot wait to get my camera out and attempt to do the space justice! So until I can get pictures posted, I will describe it in words, as best I can.

The inn is ideally set up as a 6 room guest wing at one end and owner’s quarters at the other with common space in the middle. The flow moves from guest rooms, to living room, to dining room and into the private kitchen space. And for a foodie like myself who loves to cook, this is a kitchen! A mix of contemporary black granite countertops, ivory painted old-world cabinetry, terra cotta ceramic tile floors and plenty of light from a large bay window make for a beautiful space to spend time in. The center island is large enough for stools, storage, bar sink, and more. A long pot rack adorns a wall and beautifully displays copper bottom saute pans. There’s an office and separate private entrance into the kitchen. Through the kitchen, up a few steps and beyond a set of decorative-panel double doors and you’ve entered into a bright, beautiful space: a spacious living room and dining room, both with fireplaces, a powder room, a deck, and a wet bar with cherry cabinets and granite. Up a full flight and there are two bedrooms with en-suite baths. The master bedroom has custom built-ins, a fireplace and a large master bathroom with a two person walk in shower and two person Jacuzzi tub. Who says only the guests should be pampered?


NEW LISTING MID-COAST MAINE!

This is Craignair’s view from their shorefront.

This is one of the two buildings that make up Craignair Inn.


Offered at $1,150,000, Craignair Inn is a mid-coast waterfront inn built in 1928 and was given a 2008 “FODOR’S CHOICE” rating.

The room revenue is very solid with a nice supplemental revenue stream from the inn’s restaurant and the chef has expressed interest in staying with the inn and new owners. This could be an ideal property for the creative type – there are many options not often found in a property with so many redeeming qualities: it’s situated in mid-coast Maine (making it very accessible to many travelers whether coming into Boston, Portland or Bangor); mid-coast Maine is also seeing an increased volume of off-season visitors making this a wonderful spot to market to those looking for a quiet getaway in the winter, particularly for the Boston weekend getaway traveler and with the bar/restaurant license); new owners could offer a weekend classic country-inn-style champagne brunch open to the public as well as to guests; the inn’s spot at the end of a granite causeway with no thru-traffic is a wonderfully secluded spot, yet just 15 minutes to Thomaston. The inn enjoys water frontage with a beautiful view with many areas to relax and unwind on a deck to absorb it all in. And for those who are looking for fewer rooms than 21? The setup is such that many of the rooms could be combined to create small suites, therefore limiting your number of rooms but increasing the ADR. This is really a wonderful place and worth taking a look at! I’ll be posting new photos later this week and will be very excited to share them.


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