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Autumn on Moosehead Lake, Maine

 


Sunrise this morning…



I never get tired of a sunrise, even from the same location. The colors always vary and the reflection off the water is just spectacular…


March in Maine…

March 11-15 is the Portland Flower Show
March 13 is Moonlight Madness in Bath
March 21-22 Maine Fishing Expo in Freeport (come stay at the Captain Briggs House, a great in-town but on a quiet side street B&B for sale)
March 22 is Maine Maple Sunday
March 22 bake fresh breads with Stone Turtle Baking
March 25 cooking and baking with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)
March 27-29 Maine Home and Garden Show
View a comprehensive calendar of events from Mainetoday.com


Just announced…

The New England Press Association awarded the Mount Desert Islander newspaper first place once again for General Excellence and best weekly newspaper website.

The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty was awarded best weekly newspaper real estate ad in all of New England!

Kim Swan says that in a time of unprecedented struggles, things like this are what set us apart. Our commitment to marketing is admirable but hard and we are not taking the easy way out.

In Kim’s words, Our Clients Deserve It“.


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



Winter in Acadia National Park

This is the beautiful Seawall Coast of Mount Desert Island, Maine, and one of my favorite sections of Acadia National Park. Open during the winter, you can drive in and park your car and walk along the coast in boots or snowshoes and enjoy the beauty of the rugged granite capped with pure white snow. There are nature trails perfect for snowshoeing and there are X-country trails groomed throughout the season for skiing. Outdoor activities don’t stop after summer!

Winter in Acadia National Park

This is the beautiful Seawall Coast of Mount Desert Island, Maine, and one of my favorite sections of Acadia National Park. Open during the winter, you can drive in and park your car and walk along the coast in boots or snowshoes and enjoy the beauty of the rugged granite capped with pure white snow. There are nature trails perfect for snowshoeing and there are X-country trails groomed throughout the season for skiing. Outdoor activities don’t stop after summer!

Winter in Acadia National Park

This is the beautiful Seawall Coast of Mount Desert Island, Maine, and one of my favorite sections of Acadia National Park. Open during the winter, you can drive in and park your car and walk along the coast in boots or snowshoes and enjoy the beauty of the rugged granite capped with pure white snow. There are nature trails perfect for snowshoeing and there are X-country trails groomed throughout the season for skiing. Outdoor activities don’t stop after summer!

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.


NEW LISTING – offered at $590,000 and priced to sell

Sunset Vista Cottages in Edgecomb on 21 acres with water frontage in mid-coast Maine

Sunset Vista offers the buyer possible subdivision, commercial and residential use, family summer retreat; preliminary site evaluations in place for possible expansion of 6 additional cottages and expansion/renovation of the main house. This is a property which could lend itself beautifully as a home (3 BR 2 BA) and investment with rental income from the cottages (2 BR, 1 BA, kitchen); convert to a small summer camp, convert the main house to a B&B (built in 1840), or to a small restaurant/cafe with outdoor seating, maybe picnic areas, an event center or anything else the creative mind could conjure up. It just takes imagination…

Below: the home with the four cottages in the left of the photo
Left, the view from the porch of a cottage; right, the water frontage

This fantastic old barn is just waiting to be renovated. It has the potential for great living space!

Offered at $590,000 – this 21 acre property has over 500 feet of water frontage on Cod Cove, Sheepscot River in Edgecomb and offers many options for residential and mixed commercial use. Located less than a mile from busy Route 1, Sunset Vista sits high atop a hill offering a peaceful, beautiful view over the river toward the picturesque town of Wiscasset (home to Sheepscot Pottery, Edgecomb Potters and the famous Red’s Eats lobster shack!)

This could be the time to buy as an investment (while interest rates are so low) and subdivide. The potential future value of each separate parcel might really be something to consider…

Virtual Tour Information Summary Property Photos


NEW LISTING – offered at $590,000 and priced to sell

Sunset Vista Cottages in Edgecomb on 21 acres with water frontage in mid-coast Maine

Sunset Vista offers the buyer possible subdivision, commercial and residential use, family summer retreat; preliminary site evaluations in place for possible expansion of 6 additional cottages and expansion/renovation of the main house. This is a property which could lend itself beautifully as a home (3 BR 2 BA) and investment with rental income from the cottages (2 BR, 1 BA, kitchen); convert to a small summer camp, convert the main house to a B&B (built in 1840), or to a small restaurant/cafe with outdoor seating, maybe picnic areas, an event center or anything else the creative mind could conjure up. It just takes imagination…

Below: the home with the four cottages in the left of the photo
Left, the view from the porch of a cottage; right, the water frontage

This fantastic old barn is just waiting to be renovated. It has the potential for great living space!

Offered at $590,000 – this 21 acre property has over 500 feet of water frontage on Cod Cove, Sheepscot River in Edgecomb and offers many options for residential and mixed commercial use. Located less than a mile from busy Route 1, Sunset Vista sits high atop a hill offering a peaceful, beautiful view over the river toward the picturesque town of Wiscasset (home to Sheepscot Pottery, Edgecomb Potters and the famous Red’s Eats lobster shack!)

This could be the time to buy as an investment (while interest rates are so low) and subdivide. The potential future value of each separate parcel might really be something to consider…

Virtual Tour Information Summary Property Photos


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.


Orange-Cinnamon Buttercream filled Almond Florentines

These are a crowd pleaser to say the least! Try them out, package them up as gifts for friends…who doesn’t love a homemade cookie, particularly one that’s a bit more unique? It’s the perfect mix of cookie and nut brittle.

2 cups sliced almonds
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
3/4 cup white sugar
1 stick butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons dark corn syrup

Mix all ingredients except nuts in saucepan and melt over medium heat. Slowly bring to a boil, then add the nuts. Mix well, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Then drop onto parchment lined baking sheet – these spread a great deal, so leave PLENTY of room. Bake until they turn golden brown – cool before removing for 2 minutes. Repeat with all batter until done. Spread a thin layer of buttercream on the flat side of the cookie, top with another cookie (flat side to the buttercream) and store in a container between wax paper.

I fill them with an orange-cinnamon flavored buttercream (this I make by taste and texture but I am sure you can find one online)


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.