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Inns for Sale in Maine-5 Reasons to Call The B&B Team

September 6th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Innd for sale in Maine

WELCOME to The Way Life Should Be

Are you looking for Inns for Sale in Maine in your search as a future innkeeper? If so The B&B Team can help in so many ways. Let me count the ways! Let’s start with 5.

1. We have 23 listings, from southern coast to mid-coast, from ‘Down East’ to the lakes and mountains of western Maine.

2. Two experienced Maine brokers, Rick Wolf and Dana Moos who travel the state regularly and know ‘Vacationland’ and our client Inns up close and personal.

3. The B&B Team provides our buyer clients with credible valuations and analyses….from lifestyle to financially viable

4. Our guidance will help you invest wisely and avoid costly mistakes.

5. Living and working in Maine is ‘The Way Life Should Be’!

Let me give you a bit of background on that phrase, ‘The Way Life Should Be’.

An ad man from New Jersey was visiting a friend in Lubec Maine back in 1984. Now Lubec is way ‘Down East’, a beautiful coastal town, remote and quintessential. This sets you up for the scene…

Inns for sale in Maine

Lubec Maine

Out on a deck overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay the two friends see a lobster boat in the near distance. His friend waves and the lobsterboat draws up close. He offers them a few lobsters and continues on his way. Boiled fresh lobster (can’t get any fresher than that), a cold beer or two plus “making a mess with lobster juice and melted butter, tossing the shells over the railing down to the pebbly beach below where they were quickly snatched up by an alert gull.”

He sat back with thoughts of his 90 minute city commute and guess what thought came to his head? “Now this is the way life should be!” The scene fast forwards to our New Jersey ad man moving to Portland Maine and the phrase is picked up and takes on a life of its own. I-95 road signs and LL Bean T-shirts, pretty powerful PR.

The man’s name is Michael Townsend and is currently VP of Creative Services for Perry & Banks Integrated Sales and Marketing. In Maine of course. He believes one of the reasons the state adopted the phrase; “…anyone can ascribe their own meaning to it.”

I so agree. Our current Maine innkeeper clients and friends have adopted Maine as home with the realization that life is a lot slower, the air more breathable and the nights more sleepable (I know that is not a word!) And most of all, people love visiting Maine. 33 million people visited Maine in 2015 and paid accommodations were up 8% over 2014.” Carolann Ouellette, Director of Maine Office of Tourism.

Take a look at our Maine Inns for sale and consider a trip to start your search for inns for sale in Maine. Ascribe your own meaning to ‘The Way Life Should Be.’  The B&B Team can help guide your way.

In conclusion. Picture this…after your fresh lobster you indulge in a slice of our famous Maine wild blueberry pie. Crisp crust filled with those tiny bursting buds, deep purple-blue juice mingling with slowly melting vanilla ice cream. The Way Dessert Should Be.

inns for sale in maine

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Experiential Tourism in Mid-Coast Maine

February 19th, 2015 by Janet Wolf

mid-coast maine expriential tourism destination

A balcony, a view and wine.
Youngstown Inn & Restaurant, Mid-Coast Maine

The Youngstown Inn and Restaurant, mid-coast Maine in Lincolnville, an inn that defines what experiential travel is all about. It also has something else; potential. The ground work is there ready to take to the next level.

A recent Travel & Leisure article has written about “an emerging new breed of inns out there. They are redefining the way people stay and play”. It is all about the experience and it has to be WOW.

Lets take a look at the Youngstown Inn and Restaurant. Are they offering the experience that many ‘new breed’ of tourists are looking for?

Authentic – An 1810 Maine farmhouse built proudly upon two centuries of New England heritage. Located a bit off the beaten path on a serene country road.

mid-coast maine inn on a country road

Youngstown Inn

Accessible – All of mid-coast Maine is minutes from the Inn’s front door. Near quiet Lake Megunticook, sandy Linclonville Beach, Camden Harbor and it’s vibrant village. Camden is a major mid-coast Maine destination location. A great place to “stay and play.”

Enriching – “Will travel for food”. The Youngtown Inn’s restaurant creates cuisine that one could say enriches the soul. What food should do! New owners can create their own food scene in this 60 seat dining space. While on vacation isn’t it wonderful to dine, imbibe and stroll a few paces to your comfortable, clean and inviting guest room?

mid-coast Maine dining

Dining at the Youngstown Inn & Restaurant

Educational – A Day Trip to the island of Islesboro, an unspoiled Maine island with history. So near are: Farnsworth Art Museum, Owls Head Transportation Museum, Bay Chamber Concerts.

Entertaining – From the Inn you can hire a Model T Ford and take a short drive to the Cellardoor Winery and Vineyard. The driver is a local historian with character. The winery will also shuttle you back and forth. Have a tour of the winery, a tasting and ride back to the inn for dinner.


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Cellardoor Winery & Vineyard. Minutes from the Youngstown Inn

New owners of the Youngstown Inn and Restaurant can experience the wonderful Maine mid coast lifestyle described here and own a business that is profitable and exciting. Dana Moos, The B&B Team Maine Inn Broker for this property has described the real potential for the Youngstown Inn as follows:

“New owners could enhance their outdoor space with a fire pit, particularly serving cocktails outside. There is a lot of land for events too. And it is a mile from Cellardoor Winery. Cellardoor will even shuttle people back and forth.”

mid-coast maine fire pit

Add a fire pit like this. A great additional experience.

Additional plusses that you don’t see in many properties:

  • Possible expansion of at least 4 rooms in another building on site.
  • Located on 5 acres.
  • An owner’s quarters house attached to the Inn building.

The Youngstown Inn and Restaurant offers a strong business and excellent reputation for fine dining and hospitality. Such a beautiful property and location that exceeds on so many levels. The Experience, the lifestyle and a true sense of place. Ready for new owners with energy, vision and a zest for food. We know you are out there!

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Breakfast- Half of Who You Are

August 15th, 2013 by Janet Wolf

Baked Stuffed French Toast, Quiche, Egg Strata. Do these entrees from your kitchen present a breakfast entrée WOW factor or…  I am going to say something many of you may not like, here goes…these breakfast entrees tend to be predictable and often times boring! But they don’t have to be. I am writing this because on our many visits to B&B’s we have unfortunately experienced some uninspired breakfasts. One of the most important marketing tools we have is our food.  As part of your inn’s brand, your breakfasts are half of who you are. They can’t be just good, your breakfast entrees should say WOW.  Some of the most creative breakfast entrees I have experienced include what is called an ‘element of culinary surprise’. An unexpected ingredient and an artistic presentation can make an ordinary breakfast entree, extraordinary.

Pancetta Crustless Quiche Liz Brodar, The Inn at English Meadows

Pancetta Crustless Quiche
Liz Brodar, The Inn at English Meadows

All our senses need to be enticed.  The smell of fresh baked goods wafting up the stairwell followed by an embellished description of  your breakfast choices. Then the presentation from juice to entrée, a feast for the eyes with color, texture and design. Last is taste, pretty important but not before all your other senses have been satisfied.

Here are a few photos to get your creative juices flowing. Debbie Moisimann (one of the Eight Broads in the Kitchen) from Swiss Woods Inn has found a new favorite ingredient, applewood smoked salt. She states that it would be great served as a side with her savory eggs Florentine. The B&B Team’s Dana Moos adds fiddleheads ,when in season, to her skillet frittata, a great unexpected ingredient!

Applewood Smoked Sea Salt & Heirloom Tomatoes

Applewood Smoked Sea Salt, olive oil & Heirloom Tomatoes

Fiddlehead (or Asparagus), Caramelized Shallots & Goat Cheese Frittata Dana Moos recipe & photo

Fiddlehead (or Asparagus), Caramelized Shallots & Goat Cheese Frittata…color, texture and art!
Dana Moos recipe & photo

Just like décor and guest room amenities, trends in food are also changing. Here is one trend that I believe will increase in popularity and guest appreciation.

Healthier choices. About 31 million Americans skip breakfast and many of them are your guests! A hearty full breakfast may be just what your guests are looking for but they may also prefer a healthier choice after a week of over indulgence on the road. I know of many inns that offer a lighter alternative along with their regular fare. Also, I believe it is important to inform your guests that they have this choice ahead of time. Your breakfast page on your website is a great place to entice your guests with your choices.They may even book with you because you offer a healthier alternative. Also have visible signage listing the next days breakfast choices. Describe with enticing words so they can look forward to the morning. Here is a list of suggested items that are easily prepared ahead of time and  can be readily available in your well stocked pantry.

Fresh seasonal fruit salad, rich and luscious organic honey yogurt, farm fresh organic hard boiled eggs, a signature granola made with whole grain oats with less sugar and fat, homemade or locally baked organic breads for toasting with seasonal homemade jam.

Yogurt Parfaits - For your early risers - grab & go

Idea – For your early risers – Grab & Go

You don’t need to ditch your favorite breakfast entrees, just add an unexpected new ingredient, dress the plate and create that WOW. To quote Dana Moos from her cookbook The Art of Breakfast; “For years I have looked at food as art; the medium with which to paint my plates.” She does a great job with the taste too! Her Savory Spinach & Parmesan Cheesecake is to die for. Check it out!

Is it time for you to get those creative juices flowing once again? Remember…breakfast is half of who you are.

Thanks for listening.

Janet Wolf


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