Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Top 10 reasons why we love living in Camden, from more Maine innkeepers

From David and Karen Kallstrand at Timbercliffe Cottage in Camden, Maine:

1) The smell of the sea. For some of us, once you have lived near the ocean, you cannot be truly happy anywhere else. It is the pulse of existence on the coast.

2) Walking our dog down to the harborfront, greeting neighbors working in their gardens, and chatting with the postmaster and grocer -- a quiet life in a small town.

3) The Camden Library is not only an architectural gem, it is situated in a stunning ocean-view park designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted. It serves as a social and cultural center of the town with lectures, classes, art exhibits and fairs in addition to their extensive collections.

4) Living seasonally. With four distinct seasons, the landscape is always changing into something more beautiful. Yes, we have snowy winters, but the shorter hours of daylight give one the license to look inward and spend more time at home learning a new hobby, mastering a skill or craft, reading that stack of books, and entertaining friends.

5) Eating seasonally. We live close to the producers of our food in Maine. We know who grows our vegetables and who raises our meat. We pick organic apples in the fall and berries in the summer. There is an abundance of fresh, organically grown or foraged vegetables, fruits, herbs and berries, and a community committed to preparing these ingredients in creative and healthful ways.

6) Fresh lobster! Available all year long.

7) A community with respect for the past and its relevance to the present. In this part of the country, there is an appreciation of the history of the region and our country. Whatever your historical interests may be, you will find someone who has written a book or is giving a lecture on the topic!

8) The creativity of the community. The area attracts artists and makers of all kinds. We have never met so many writers, artisans and artists, photographers, and poets.

9) The stars. When was the last time you looked into a black sky, unaffected by light pollution, and marveled!

10) Sharing our home, our favorite recipes, our hospitality and what we love about Maine with our guests.

Check out their beautiful inn for sale on my website. This could be yours...

Monday, November 20, 2017

So what does that pineapple logo mean?

I'm asked this question every now and then. So here's your answer:

The Legend of the Pineapple
The sea captains of New England traded among the Caribbean Islands, returning to the colonies bearing their heavy cargoes of spices, rum, and a selection of fruits, which sometimes included pineapples.

According to the legend, the captain would drop anchor in the harbor and see to his cargo and crew. Once his work was done, he would head home, stopping outside his house to spear a pineapple on a fence post. This would let his friends know of his safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage.

As the tradition and legend of the pineapple grew, colonial innkeepers added the pineapple to their signs and advertisements, and bedposts carved in the shape of a pineapple were a common sight at inns across the colonies. It is not surprising that this symbol of friendship and hospitality became a favorite motif of architects, artisans and craftsmen.

Kingsleigh Inn, Southwest Harbor
This tradition continues today, for pineapples are still popular motifs for gateposts, door knockers, and beautiful serving pieces.  

In fact, when we bought our inn in 2004 (above), we bought these pineapple coasters for the rooms and a pineapple throw pillow on a chair in the parlor. But that was all, we didn't want to over do it. 

Those of us in the lodging and hospitality industry are proud of the symbolism of the pineapple. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Why I love living in Camden Maine, from the innkeepers' perspective

‘All I could see from where I stood was three mountains and a wood; I turned and looked the other way, and saw three islands in a bay’ Edna St Vincent Millay...

"Top 17 reasons why we love living in Camden!" From Annette and Terry Hazzard of Blue Harbor House Inn:
#1 Quintessential Maine harbor town - No 3 of downeast Mag 2017 Maine’s prettiest harbors
#2 Lovely downtown - small local businesses, no big box stores here. No 7 of ‘New England today’ prettiest coastal towns in Maine
#3 Camden Hills State Park-an abundance of great hiking trails- Mount Battie/ Maidens Cliff etc
#4 four seasons hiking, skiing, kayaking, biking, ice fishing
#5 Camden snow bowl- skiing( undergoing $8 million redevelopment.)
#6 Camden Hills regional high school voted no5 in Best public high school in Maine 2017
#7 The best Thai restaurant in Maine!(and possibly anywhere!)
#8 An abundance of award winning restaurants including - 2017 two 2017 James Beard nominees Brian Hill Francine Bistro/ Ravin Nakjaroen, Long Grain Camden
#9 walk to everything.
#10 local wineries on our doorstep - Cellardoor, etc
#11 We can’t forget the abundance of lighthouses. # 12 Lake megunticook- swimming/ kayaking in summer/ ice fishing and snowmobiling in winter. National toboggan championships at snow bowl.
#13 Year round community. Local farms- farmers market / local farms surrounding Camden. See beautiful belted Galloway cows(from Scotland!) at Aldermere farm just a mile or so away.
#14 Walk your dog at beautiful Beauchamp Point, Rockport, or if you are like Terry, pop in for a quick scuba dive.
#15 Unspoiled rugged natural beauty (just about everywhere)
#16 We can’t finish up without mentioning Camden’s no 1 (in our opinion!) pub - the Drouthy Bear- Scottish pub with THE best fish and chips! They also have haggis, but I believe that is not their best seller!
#17 Year round tourist destination / one of the top reasons we chose Camden - windjammer festival/ toboggan championships/ winterfest week/ Camden conference/ POP Tech/ Christmas by the sea/ Camden film festival

Coming ‘from away’, actually very far away from Edinburgh, Scotland, it was a joy (and a big surprise) to walk downtown on our first day in Camden, and have each person we passed nod, and say ‘good morning’. Coming from a big city where you hardly new your neighbors this was just amazing! We wondered if we would have difficulty fitting in, but after our neighbors and other Innkeepers came to welcome us with pot plants, food, and kind words we felt at home straight away. The people of Maine are real, down to earth, salt of the earth neighbors and friends. We wanted to move to a top tourist destination, and to be near the ocean. We wanted an area with a great local school for our young daughter who was just starting kindergarten. We wanted a simpler, more natural way of life, and a safe place to bring up kids. We wanted to be able to walk to the farmers market and buy local grown food, and to support our local farmers. We wanted to be able to walk to the Harbor, and be within walking distance of local restaurants. We wanted a good location- being mid coast was the perfect location for our bed and breakfast. Location, location, location is what you are always told buying a business. Camden has it all, and more.....much more!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New Inn Listing in Maine's HOT city of Portland!

Inn on Carleton

Here's a new opportunity to be a part of Portland's ever changing, thriving tourism and hospitality industry.

Inn on Carleton is one of a small handful of very successful small bed and breakfasts in Portland, where we see occupancy rates that far exceed the national average. You can live in a wonderful small working waterfront city, be your own boss, enjoy the arts and food scene and enjoy life while you're making money. A financially viable business with just 6 rooms, wonderful owner's quarters, in a highly coveted neighborhood. Sound good? I thought so.

Check out this listing (or my other one in Portland), or any of my listings in Maine! Thanks for looking.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

In 2016, Maine Tourism was up for the 4th straight year! What's in store for 2017?

From the AP: "Maine officials say revenue from the state's tourism industry has increased for the fourth straight year in 2016. A report from the Maine Office of Tourism shows that revenue grew to just under $6 billion last year, an increase of about 6 percent from the previous year. Officials said Wednesday the total economic impact of tourism reached $9 billion. Data shows that visitation has risen to almost 30 percent from the 28 million visitors in 2012. Spending grew by about $1 billion over the same period. Visitors spent the most on retail sales, lodging, restaurants and food. The agency is launching a new marketing campaign this year called "This is Me" in an effort to continue growth. Officials say the campaign aims to frame the state as a lifestyle brand." 

I personally think this is a brilliant campaign and very accurate message.


At 7/30/17, Turnpike Authority reported 1.18 million more visitors over 2016 for the same period. 
Acadia National Park had its centennial in 2016, but this year for the same period there was a 4% increase. 2016 set a record of 3.3 million visitors to ANP. 

number of visitors up 15% over 2015
restaurants saw an increase in sales of 6.2% over 2015
lodging saw an increase in sales of 10% over 2015
this was the 4th straight year Maine saw an increase in tourism

This is very encouraging and reassuring to innkeepers, buyers, and the economy in Maine! No wonder we are seeing so much interest from buyers!

Check out my listings of Maine inns for sale: 

Top 10 Reasons To Live In Rockland, from Limerock Inn...

I spoke with Frank and PJ, owners of the beautiful Limerock Inn and asked them for their perspective on why they love Rockland. I know why I love it and why guests love it, but I wanted to hear it from them as 'residents' of the vibrant community. They have fully immersed themselves in the community and that's wonderful. It tells me they are where they belong.

10. Authenticity and warm hospitality make if feel like Mayberry in Maine.

9.  Where else do youhave the region's best downtown and working farms allin one place?

8.  Waterviews everywhere!  Fresh water lakes, the Harbor, and beautiful Penobscot Bay.

7.  Four season outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, skiing and kayaking.  All just minutes away.

6.  Our 19th century downtown and historic neighborhoods translate to easy walkability.

5.  A vibrant downtown along with regional and national stores make a great year-round destination for all your shopping.

4.  Summer means Festivals - Summer Solstice, North Atlantic Blues Festival, Maine Lobster Festival, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbor Show.

3. The Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Maine Lighthouse Museum and Sail, Power & Steam Museum anchor the downtown with a number of galleries highlighting local and nationally acclaimed artists.

2. From Primo Restaurant to Thai Tugboat, Rockland offers great quality dining experiences for every budget!

1. Rockland is what Maine means by the expression, "The way life should be"

Two great Maine inns for sale in Camden; one in the village, one with a view!

This is Timbercliffe Cottage, a little under 3/4 of a mile north of the heart of the village, but with a view of the Penobscot Bay. It's a great place to watch the schooners sail by from the front porch. 

This is Blue Harbor House Inn, situated right in the village. A great spot!  

These two inns offer something for everyone. And as many inns as I've seen over the years, there are no two alike!

Camden is a very popular tourist destination and has really become a year round community.

Check out the property offerings for each: and

Saturday, October 14, 2017

New price on this exquisite Victorian Maine inn for sale!

Now offered at $1,295,000 a substantial price reduction ($100k) for such a meticulously maintained inn. A new owner can come back from the closing table and welcome guests that evening.

This is as turnkey as it gets.

Recent additions include: new boiler fall, 2017; complete asbestos abatement fall, 2017, new porch roof by 2017 year end (which will complete all roof work, gutters soffits, including an entire slate roof restoration in the last 5-10 years). The entire exterior clapboard and all trim has been freshly painted (and replaced where needed) over the past few years, not just a side or two, and there are a lot of sides (and rooflines) to this historic Painted Lady!

The physical plant of this historic inn is positioned for a new buyer not to have concern about anything but the business of innkeeping.

Contact me for more details, or view the online offering below.

Limerock Inn

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New! Waterfront listing in Spruce Head, Maine

This is The Craignair Inn, a full service waterfront inn on Clark Cove in Spruce Head, Maine.

There are 21 guest rooms in two buildings (13 in the main inn, 8 in the annex), a 45 seat restaurant, 2 bedroom 2 bath owner's quarters and wonderful venue for small events and weddings. The annex and restaurant are open May-October, but the inn is open year round. Views from the porch, the owner's quarters, many rooms, the grounds. A beautiful, quiet spot at the end of a quiet residential road, but only 15 minutes to Rockland.

Strong, financially viable business. For more details, check out the online offering below. Contact me with any questions. And thanks for browsing!

The Craignair Inn

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

New Freeport, Maine Inn For Sale!

This is James Place Inn.

Gorgeous paint colors are different in each room, and each has its own style. All are spacious and comfortable with lovely natural light. Common rooms are also spacious and comfortable with plenty of natural light. The outdoor dining deck is popular at breakfast or any time of day.

Imagine taking a great walk on one of the beaches located within thirty minutes of Freeport, or hiking one of the many beautiful parks nearby. Guests and innkeepers alike can enjoy lobster shacks and lighthouses, beaches and waves, windjammers and museums that surround James Place Inn. It's not just about L.L. Bean!

The inn has 7 guest rooms with ensuite baths, 4 with jetted tubs, 1 with a European style walk-in tiled shower, 1 with a fireplace.

A bonus of this offering is an owner's home built in 2001 with 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, living room with fireplace, open kitchen/dining room, radiant floors, walk-in shower, spacious laundry room with cabinetry.

Financially viable inn.

The inn's website

Property Offering

Additional Property Photos

Offered at $1,195,000

Contact me for more details

James Place Inn

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

New Inn for Sale in Portland, Maine!

This highly regarded neighborhood in downtown Portland. Any operating inn in this zone has been grandfathered. These urban style inns are in demand!

This is a Historic John Calvin Stevens Design.

This beautiful inn was designed by John Calvin Stevens and constructed in 1871. The townhouse-style building was originally purchased by Freedom Nash, a local stove dealer, and is rich in original architectural detail. It remained a private residence until 1984 when it was converted to a bed and breakfast.

The Inn proudly sits within Portland’s prestigious residential neighborhood near the Western Promenade, renowned for its brick-lined avenues, historic architecture, refined character, Olmsted-designed walkways and grand western views across Maine to the White Mountains of New Hampshire and beyond.

The impeccably maintained Victorian architecture of the Inn is on strong display in the common dining and sitting rooms. Original details include twelve-foot ceilings adorned with anthemia medallions and large picture windows overlooking serene Pine and Neal Streets. The d├ęcor fully complements the Inn’s innate architectural beauty with contemporary style.

Within short walking distance of the inn are excellent restaurants, shops and Portland’s vibrant Arts District and the Portland Museum of Art. Walking from the Inn to the Old Port District takes about 20 minutes.

There are 6 guest rooms (one with a private deck), a lovely dining room and sitting room with fireplace. The chic decor is both eye catching and relaxing.

This is a buyer's opportunity to live in a vibrant, thriving and ever growing town and become immersed in all that Portland has to offer. 

Offered at $1,325,000

Contact me for more details and browse the property offering:

West End Inn