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High Above Moosehead Lake in a Float Plane…

Moosehead Lake is spectacular from the road or from the lake. But get yourself into a sea plane for the most amazing view ever!


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“.


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…

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…


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!

How does this relate to innkeeping?

I recently came across this clipping while I was going through some files and clearly remember why. Twenty plus years ago I snipped this from a Washington Post when it reminded me of someone I knew whose father made good money and all he did was save; but by his attitude it was evident he did not enjoy everyday life. And at 21, we aren’t always focused on being smart with our money, but I recall thinking this quote said it all. And I was determined to use money wisely, but enjoy using it, unlike my friend’s father. So here I am, living a dream in Maine as an innkeeper myself. And because I get it, I am able to help buyers and sellers as they hand over their job as innkeeper to another. I think I’ve used my money pretty wisely.

What better way these days to use our money and make it work for us? Buying an inn or a B&B provides an enjoyable job (both a use and an advantage); it serves as an investment (both a use and an advantage); it buys a home (again, both a use and an advantage); and clearly it buys a lifestyle (you guessed it…both a use and an advantage).

What many first time B&B buyers don’t realize is that if they’re looking at a property with good business value, they may easily qualify for far more than they would for a private home where your salary is used as the basis for loan qualification. And banks love to lend for successful business purchases, naturally it minimizes their risk. So just because your current salary may not qualify you for a purchase of a million dollar property, the gross revenue and potential of that property does play a significant role. Yes, you need the downpayment, but for a less risky purchase, the bank is often willing to be creative to benefit both the buyer and the bank. Contact a Maine bank to discuss the options – the first step doesn’t cost you anything.

give it some thought – you just might get it

How does this relate to innkeeping?

I recently came across this clipping while I was going through some files and clearly remember why. Twenty plus years ago I snipped this from a Washington Post when it reminded me of someone I knew whose father made good money and all he did was save; but by his attitude it was evident he did not enjoy everyday life. And at 21, we aren’t always focused on being smart with our money, but I recall thinking this quote said it all. And I was determined to use money wisely, but enjoy using it, unlike my friend’s father. So here I am, living a dream in Maine as an innkeeper myself. And because I get it, I am able to help buyers and sellers as they hand over their job as innkeeper to another. I think I’ve used my money pretty wisely.

What better way these days to use our money and make it work for us? Buying an inn or a B&B provides an enjoyable job (both a use and an advantage); it serves as an investment (both a use and an advantage); it buys a home (again, both a use and an advantage); and clearly it buys a lifestyle (you guessed it…both a use and an advantage).

What many first time B&B buyers don’t realize is that if they’re looking at a property with good business value, they may easily qualify for far more than they would for a private home where your salary is used as the basis for loan qualification. And banks love to lend for successful business purchases, naturally it minimizes their risk. So just because your current salary may not qualify you for a purchase of a million dollar property, the gross revenue and potential of that property does play a significant role. Yes, you need the downpayment, but for a less risky purchase, the bank is often willing to be creative to benefit both the buyer and the bank. Contact a Maine bank to discuss the options – the first step doesn’t cost you anything.

give it some thought – you just might get it

How does this relate to innkeeping?

I recently came across this clipping while I was going through some files and clearly remember why. Twenty plus years ago I snipped this from a Washington Post when it reminded me of someone I knew whose father made good money and all he did was save; but by his attitude it was evident he did not enjoy everyday life. And at 21, we aren’t always focused on being smart with our money, but I recall thinking this quote said it all. And I was determined to use money wisely, but enjoy using it, unlike my friend’s father. So here I am, living a dream in Maine as an innkeeper myself. And because I get it, I am able to help buyers and sellers as they hand over their job as innkeeper to another. I think I’ve used my money pretty wisely.

What better way these days to use our money and make it work for us? Buying an inn or a B&B provides an enjoyable job (both a use and an advantage); it serves as an investment (both a use and an advantage); it buys a home (again, both a use and an advantage); and clearly it buys a lifestyle (you guessed it…both a use and an advantage).

What many first time B&B buyers don’t realize is that if they’re looking at a property with good business value, they may easily qualify for far more than they would for a private home where your salary is used as the basis for loan qualification. And banks love to lend for successful business purchases, naturally it minimizes their risk. So just because your current salary may not qualify you for a purchase of a million dollar property, the gross revenue and potential of that property does play a significant role. Yes, you need the downpayment, but for a less risky purchase, the bank is often willing to be creative to benefit both the buyer and the bank. Contact a Maine bank to discuss the options – the first step doesn’t cost you anything.

give it some thought – you just might get it

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.