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Posts Tagged ‘Wolf Cove Inn’

Innkeeper’s Passion

May 6th, 2015 by Janet Wolf

Innkeepers Passion

Recently a fairly new innkeeper told me that he had discovered something important.  Passion. “You have to be passionate about something and express that passion and share it with your guests.” Oh, so true. What is your Innkeeper’s Passion.

Innkeepers are lucky because they have people moving in and out of their days and can share their passion on a daily basis. Here are a few examples of some innkeepers that come to mind who are good at expressing and sharing their innkeeper’s passion.


Innkeepers passion

Katja discovers another swimming spot-Barrett’s Cove Beach

Siobhan and Katja both left teaching and became the innkeepers of the Towne Motel in Camden Maine. They both love to write.  So blogging was a natural outlet for them.  Katja is an avid swimmer and has written a series of blogs on swimming in Maine. Her latest Towne Motel blog included wigwam socks; “Best winter socks you can wear in Maine.”You must read her series to see how swimming and socks relate. Katja’s swimming adventures bring her to different locales in Maine. What a great way to sell the area as she discovers new places to indulge in her passion. Katja is writing (passion #1) and swimming (passion #2) and sharing it with future and returning guests through her blog. Now Siobhan has not written a blog in a while but rumor has it she may be working on another mystery novel (her passion). Do you think the main characters may include two passionate innkeepers?


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Eight Broads in the Kitchen

Now a passion for food is an obvious one for innkeepers. The next example includes eight innkeepers from different regions across the US. All dynamic women with epicurean passion in their DNA. The eight met and formed friendships through networking at innkeeping conferences. Their shared passion for food evolved into a brand that has grown from cooking workshops and demos at their inns and conferences into a recently published cookbook. You most likely know who they are…The Eight Broads in the Kitchen. They sincerely enjoy what they do and get tremendous satisfaction in sharing their passion. And…they have fun.


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Roy and Sue reopen the Wolf Cove Inn in 2013

Roy and Sue Forsberg  purchased the Wolf Cove Inn in Poland Maine in 2013. Now Roy has passion for a lot of things. He loves cooking. He loves the location of the Inn and the community. He loves the Maine outdoor lifestyle, especially skiing. Most of all I believe he loves what he and Sue have created at the Wolf Cove Inn in the short time they have been there. Their success and growth has been tremendous. So much so that Roy has stated that his goal is to become the ‘best B&B in Maine and the US’. Now that is hutzpah and passion!


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Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals Leadership Retreat

Passionate people are the most successful Innkeepers. The new innkeeping association now being formed, AIHP- Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals, has a group of very passionate current and former innkeepers and allied partners on the Founding Leadership Team. In the April AIHP Newsletter the group made a very passionate statement: “Here are their Top 4 Reasons for the Creation of AIHP:

  • They love innkeeping
  • They want to provide the best experiences and memories for their guests
  • They love the generous friends associated with hospitality
  • They love the thought-provoking conversations, learning and fun that come from our community.

I don’t see how any passionate innkeeper could disagree. The B&B Team has become a founding member. We hope that everyone reading this will consider the same.

So whatever your passion is, don’t hold back. The excitement you share is catching. I will end with this quote from an article written by CEO David Lucatch of Yappon Corp explaining why passion is the key to success. “When you are passionate, you make those around you feel excited, and everyone wins.”

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf




Wolf Cove Inn – Western Maine Lakefront Bed and Breakfast

September 3rd, 2013 by Janet Wolf

Western Maine lakefront property

Reflective tranquility

A question that is often asked of The B&B Team while visiting one of our  properties for sale is; “Why do people come here?” If the client is not familiar with an area there is often concern about the ability of the property to draw guests. In the case of a western Maine lakefront bed and breakfast in Poland Maine the answers came easily. Sue and Roy Forsberg visited the Wolf Cove Inn in the summer months of 2013 and closed on the property by the end of the year. They saw the Inn’s potential and were drawn to the spectacular lakeside location. Since then the Forsbergs have done extensive renovations and have breathed life and vitality back into the Wolf Cove Inn. What a wonderful job they have done.

Here are some additional answers to the question why people will be drawn to the Wolf Cove Inn. The following comments were from by an article I read in  US Airways Magazine entitled, The Lure of the Lake by freelance author Brion O’Connor. He says it so well.

“There are many reasons why lakes possess such a magnetic pull…

• They are places where time, if only for a day or weekend, can stand still.

• The simple joys of skipping stones, an adventurous canoe foray, swimming, fishing, or a late-night campfire roasting marshmallows, the lake experience fosters a sense of well-being and bonding.

• Being near a lake, or any open body of water has a calming effect.

• Gentle sounds of water lapping onto a shore”.

Western Maine lakefront property

Stately Old Maine Pines

Those reasons alone got me on hello! The author wrote of a recent vacation he took with his family to Western Maine. He mentioned, ‘the stately pines and rugged hardwoods of Western Maine’. He could have been writing of the Wolf Cove Inn, a truly magnificent western Maine lakefront bed and breakfast. The inn, the lake, the grounds with beautiful old stately pine groves have everything a person could want when seeking a true lake house vacation. A friend of the authors told him a lake setting to him is…”sort of a meditation without meditating. Just a few minutes in a rocker, eyes on the lake, and nothing else matters.

The Wolf Cove Inn in Poland Maine has incredible lake views. The grand dining hall (now called the Maine Room) with walls of windows and stone surround fireplace beacons guests. The building is set so perfectly to take advantage of its surroundings. There is so much to offer guests at the inn, and with new innkeepers Sue and Roy, the ‘lure of the lake’ will bring them back year after year and even generation after generation.

Western Maine lakefront property

Wolf Cove Inn on Tripp Lake

Oh and don’t forget the loons calling to each other and quiet sunsets on the swing in the old boat house or the view of a full moon reflected on the rippling lake. A place where time, only for a weekend or longer, stands still.

Western Maine lakefront property

Good Night

Thanks for listening,

Janet Wolf