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Posts Tagged ‘Deer Isle Maine’

Deer Isle Penninsula – Authentic Downeast Maine

January 20th, 2014 by Janet Wolf

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Pilgrim’s Inn-Relaxing by their pond out back

So all you folks from ‘away’ may ask where is Downeast Maine? Thanks once again to Wikipedia. Here is one version, I will be brief. “When ships sailed from Boston to ports in Maine, the wind was at their back, so they were sailing downwind, hense the term ‘Down East’. The general area is from Penobscot Bay to the Canadian border.

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Penobscot Bay Sunset

“I asked a Downeaster how far away Stonington was, and his answer was a blunt one: “You go to the end of the E’th,” he said, “and it’s 25 miles FUH-THUH”. Classic Maine chatter that can describe many areas of Maine but…Stonington, Deer Isle, Blue Hill and all the little towns on or near the Deer Isle Peninsula are about as authentic and unspoiled as you can get. It is a destination for many travelers who want to experience serenity, take deep breaths and relax.

Where does one stay for this experience? The Pilgrim’s Inn and Restaurant on Deer Isle has been the place to stay and dine for generations. It is still the best. I will now stop espousing the merits and let you see for yourself.

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Pilgrim’s Inn – Deer Isle Maine, Authentic Downeast Maine

Video for business has been around for, well, awhile. Done well and they can be incredibly effective. A short and precise, informative and entertaining way for people to learn who you are. Even if you don’t put your faces on the screen (Innkeepers, Tina and Tony were not in their video), your business is showcased and in 3 minutes people are sold on your Inn and area.

We know the property very well, they are clients of The B&B Team and we represent their beautiful Inn and incredible restaurant for sale. Even if we didn’t have a connection, I would definitely want to go stay there after viewing their video.

The area is truly the Downeast Maine that people envision when they think of Maine. With a video that sells both the area and the Inn it enforces this vision and gives people a reason to make the trip. A trip they may have been dreaming of for years. Is it at the end of the E’th? Not really.pifront[1] Downeast Maine Inn

If you are aspiring to become innkeepers in Maine take a serious look at the Pilgrim’s Inn.

Great seasonal business, great destination location and as Downeast Maine authentic as it gets.

Thanks for listening,

Janet Wolf

 

 

Full Service Inns – Time for a Renaissance

May 16th, 2013 by Janet Wolf

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Food Glorious Food at Restaurant Verterra, The Inn at Weathersfield, Vermont

Picture a beautiful pristine Inn, beautiful surroundings with comfortable first class lodging then…add a dining component to this picture and what do you get? What we call in our industry, a full service Inn. Urban or country, food and lodging have always gone hand in hand. After indulging in a meal featuring locally sourced food that reflects the culture of the Inn’s location what could be more inviting than to retreat to a cozy guest room just steps away. Today’s traveler is often seeking a culinary experience along with their lodging. It completes the package.

The culinary travel trend is exploding. Full service Inns need to capitalize on this explosion, big time.

Take the example of The Inn at Weatherfield in Vermont. This property had a flourishing and successful restaurant and Inn business thanks to the former owners Jane and Dave Sandelman and Chef Jason Tostrup. The B&B Team recently transferred the Inn to new owners Richard and Marilee Spanjian. They have taken an already successful Inn to another level and the view looks great! I had the privilege to interview Marilee and ask what’s new and cookin’ at the Inn.

Private Dining in The Inn at Weatherfield's Wine Cellar

Private Dining in The Inn at Weathersfield’s Wine Cellar

Question: “New England’s Premier Culinary Inn” is your new brand modifier. This is a very gutsy goal, has this been your goal from the beginning?

Answer: We didn’t just want to say ‘Culinary Inn ’and our goal is for Weathersfield to be New England’s Premier Culinary Inn, so why not go for it.

Question: Your new specials are very cleaver. Especially ‘The Guinea Pig Club’, Chef’s Choice-$8 plates keep coming until you say ‘Uncle’. How has the response been?

Answer: The name is intriguing and it is really starting to catch on. Chef Jason and the kitchen staff really love it too. They can be creative, it really thumps their energy. We chose Thursdays for this special because we found the diners on that day tend to be really adventuresome.

Question: I also was intrigued by your ‘Vitality Fix’, tell me more about this concept.

Answer: Chef Jason came up with the idea. This menu option covers all the bases. It is vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free! More people are commenting how they like the fresh way of cooking and the way it makes them feel after their meal.

Question: What are some of your future plans?

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Pasta Cooking Class with Chef Jason

Answer: Our new cooking school will be called ‘Hidden Kitchen’. This is named in memory of my late mother’s restaurant in California. They will not be your typical cooking classes. Chef Jason will teach about sustainability, eating fresh, how to prepare the fresh food and create your own dish and not rely on a recipe. We also will have a two day hands on cooking adventure package that includes visiting our local farms with Chef Jason. An outdoor kitchen set right by our vegetable and herb gardens is also in our plans.

Thank you Marilee. She sounded so excited and energized while I was talking with her. Love the enthusiasm.

 

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Chef Max Mattes knows where some of the vegetables come from at Pilgrim’s Inn, right in their own back yard

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Seared local scallops and a crisp Pinot Grigio at Pilgrim’s Inn, what a way to end the day

The Pilgrim’s Inn in Deer Isle Maine is a true country Inn with true local flavor. Culinary travelers like to know where they are as well as where the food is coming from. With the Whale’s Rib Tavern’s rustic historic post and beam dining room and a very warm inviting pub, you know where you are, the coast of Maine! Deer Isle, on the eastern edge of Penobscot Bay. Lobster is caught just off the rocky coastline as well as clams, mussels and oysters, oh my! And, the folks that bring in the catch may be sitting in the pub next to you enjoying one of the Tavern’s popular house ground burgers! True local flavor.

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A True Country Full Service Inn

Owners Tina and Tony have just posted a blog about their ‘Farm to Table’ approach and the challenges it presents. Take a moment to read this blog, great information on the area and farming community. And what a great coastal community it is, natural beauty with countless coves and inlets with lots of privacy, a great place to own a business and call home. The B&B Team is privileged to offer this true and spectacular country Inn for Sale.

The B&B Team believes a successful full service Inn should focus their business on both the lodging and food equally. Neither business should take the back seat. Both of the full service country Inns featured in this post have spectacular guest rooms and top notch amenities. It completes the package. Stayed tuned for my next blog where I reveal the author of this quote.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

 

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