Have you ever had a hankering to be an innkeeper? Your chance very well may be at hand. The current owner of the Center Lovell Inn & Restaurant in Lovell, Maine, has decided after 22 years to move along and rather than find a buyer, she’s going to pass along the trust of this beautiful and historic property as she herself came to own it – by asking for potential owners to write why they want it in 200 words. The full story is in today’s Boston Globe, which you can read here.
The current owner expects to receive 7,500 entries and she plans on reading every entry herself. She will cull them down to her top 20 and an anonymous committee of two will select the winner. Honestly, I’d have passed along the reading of the 7,500 to others and selected the winner myself. The winner must agree to keep the inn running for at least a year (there will be $20,000 cash included for operations) and the exterior must remain white with black or dark green trim. The furnishings and equipment come with the deal (but not food or liquor).
I have no personal desire to run and inn or restaurant, but boy I’d love to get my hands on the decorating. This place is tired and in sore need of some updates.
Everything just seems so dark and beige, doesn’t it? New England country inns don’t need to be tired, pale, retreads of Colonial or Victorian style.
How about colorful Colonial at Twin Farms in Vermont:
Modern and fresh at the Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, MA (design by Robin Gannon, photos by Michael J Lee)
Modern Whimsy at The Captain Fairfield Inn (design by Rachel Reider, photos by Rare Brick)
So, to whoever acquires the Center Lovell Inn for $125, please, I beg you, redecorate!!! Call one of the talented designers above, or better yet, call me! I’d love to do a country inn. Either way, just do something!
Contest and entry information here, and good luck!