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Well, it’s official. A cookbook is finally in the works by your FoodMadam, Dana Moos!

The tentative title is “The Art of Breakfast” and I’m working with Down East Magazine’s book publishing division! The book will include my photographs and recipes (some recreations of other’s recipes with my twist) of beautiful food and Maine food purveyors, farmers, artisans, Maine Bed and Breakfast style! Stay tuned 🙂


Bad Maine Weather?…let’s set things straight!

summer in Southwest Harbor…looking toward Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park…

seasmoke in November…

fog in April…

As a former innkeeper, one of the comments we heard absolutely constantly, without fail, was “how do you deal with the weather, particularly the winter?” And our natural reaction was this “well, we don’t often have to deal with hurricanes (hello in particular to Floridians???), tornadoes (much of the southeast), earthquakes (hello, Californians?), mudslides (upper northwest??), huge temperature swings (um, earth to Denver???), enormous amounts of snow (shout out to Buffalo, Green Bay or anyone else around the Great Lakes area)…get my point? We have THE most beautiful summers with low humidity, clear skies, 75-85 degrees (dropping 15 degrees at night for great sleeping weather), we don’t need air conditioning (believe me, I came from Washington DC, I know the need for A/C), constant breezes; beautiful, crisp autumn with an incredible foliage season; and yes, a bit of a longer winter, but contrary to popular belief, it’s not mostly gray and snow really doesn’t fall until about December. The snowfall is quite manageable, not a nuisance (and properly budgeted unlike DC) and sustains so many businesses relying on skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing, to name a few; so springtime finally arrives sometime in April, brings us some rain and idyllic fog and we don’t really green up until early May…it is so worth the wait…our weather offers change of seasons and something for everyone.

clear blue skies in October…

sunshine in February…

beautiful lush greenery in August…

Regardless of the season, the coast or inland Maine, the weather and our natural surroundings make for beautiful scenery. A photographer’s paradise! Come see for yourself…


At-a-Glance – My Maine Inns and Bed and Breakfasts for Sale


$429,000 – $845,000
Guilford Bed and Breakfast, Guilford – 4 rooms, village location
Captain Briggs House, Freeport – 7 rooms, village location
Lakeshore Inn Bed and Breakfast, Rockland – 4 rooms, WATER VIEWS
Mountain Village Farm B&B, Kingfield near SKI Sugarloaf – 6 rooms, 7 acres
Sunset Vista Cottages, Edgecomb – 4 cabins and a 4BR single family home, WATER VIEWS, 21 acres

$1,150,000 – $1,795,000
Craignair Inn, Spruce Head – 21 rooms & restaurant, WATERFRONT, substantial income
1802 House Inn, Kennebunkport – 6 rooms, village/golf course location, substantial income
Lindenwood Inn, Southwest Harbor – 9 rooms, WATER VIEWS, village location, substantial income

$2,200,000 – $2,695,000
Inn on the Harbor, Stonington – 13 rooms, WATERFRONT, harbor/village location, substantial income
Berry Manor Inn, Rockland – 12 rooms, residential/village location, substantial income

Keep in mind that if your current financial situation or salary may not fully qualify you for a higher priced inn, if the list price is based on a fair gross multiple of income, the loan-to-value will be higher and the bank’s risk lower – but you will need to come up with the downpayment. Contact me for more information.


$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…


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.