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July 18th, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

The Arts Around Central Maine

When travelers think of Maine, they think lobster, the great outdoors, beautiful lakefront settings, the rugged Maine coastline and the majestic mountains of western Maine. Yes, all are quintessential Maine. Not to be outdone are the still and performance arts around central Maine.

Within the central lakes region there are many options for those who want to spend their days in the great outdoors, but later enjoy unique expressions of the arts around central Maine. I focus on a few venues below

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Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

July 1st, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Hash Brown Casserole
Hash Brown Casserole Ingrediant

Shred Those Taters

At the Wolf Cove Inn, our mission is to deliver a Wow experience from the moment you arrive until the moment you depart. This includes breakfast. We hope to delight you by presenting varied and really tasty dishes. One such dish is a side we serve at least once a week – our Hash Brown Casserole. More folks ask me to publish this recipe than any other (Quiche and Oatmeal Pancakes are the other top requests). Yes, folks absolutely love this dish.

Origins of this Hash Brown Casserole

This dish is a variation of one Sue and I enjoyed on one of our trips during our days of staying at B&Bs in Maine. Many years ago,

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Quiche – It’s What’s For Breakfast, Brunch …

June 9th, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Wolf Cove Inn Quiche

Quiche is one of the favorite breakfast entreés at the Wolf Cove Inn. So much so that my staff is often lamenting that they don’t get any leftovers for breakfast because the guests eat it all! I’ve taken to solving that problem by making sure I make enough to have plenty of leftovers.

Quiche at the Wolf Cove Inn

The Wolf Cove Inn base quiche recipe is adapted from a recipe I experienced at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge Massachusetts. The biggest adaptation is the elimination of the crust. I offset the lost volume by increasing the amount of custard and filling mix to make up the difference. I almost always go crustless so our gluten-free guests are able to enjoy the quiche. For that matter, we make all our quiches without meat so our vegetarian guests can enjoy the entreé too. In lieu of meat in the quiche, we offer breakfast meats as a side offering.

Farm to Table

Puppy would like my quiche.

My Mom with her Dad, Puppy.

I want to take a small diversion from the quiche story to tell you about the pork goodies we serve at the Wolf Cove Inn. We are fans of “farm to table” and do so with our meals whenever we can. We think it’s important because you can shake the hand of the purveyor, support the local economy and you don’t get all those preservatives in your food. And best of all, it just tastes better!

Last year when we first started in our new careers here at the Inn, we were lucky enough to be introduced to Dan, the owner of A Wee Bit Farm. Dan is a retired South Boston police officer (just like my grandfather who we called “Puppy” – that’s him, over there on the right –>.) Dan now spends his days raising grass-fed, free-range livestock at his farm in Orland Maine. All Dan’s products are completely natural – no preservatives. Our guests consistently rave about the Maple Pork Sausage, Bacon, Kielbasa and Rashers (most similar to Canadian Bacon) that Dan provides the Inn. If you are a guest (or would like to be) of the Wolf Cove Inn and are lucky you’ll get to meet Dan delivering his goods to the Inn. Every Tuesday and Wednesday Dan is driving to the four corners of Maine, personally delivering his wonderful products.

Back to the Quiche

The star of quiche is the custard. Moist and creamy are the goals. I never particularly cared for quiche until this recipe I’ll be sharing. They were always store bought reheated things – dry, oversalted and just plain yucky. So when I first tasted the quiche we made at the Culinary School, I was floored by its total yumminess. The crust was excellent, but it was the custard that got my attention. Add most anything you want to the quiche, but not so much that you overpower the custard. This recipe is for our Spinach, Mushroom, Tomato and Onion Quiche with Swiss Cheese.

Yummy Quiche Ingredients

Soon To Be A Yummy Quiche

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms – I prefer crimini
  • 1 large, ripe tomato – diced
  • 1 large sweet onion, preferably Vidalia – chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

For the custard:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks (save whites – mix with whole eggs when making a baked frittata)
  • 2 1/3 cups light cream or whole milk (I prefer light cream)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of white pepper
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss Cheese

Preparation:

Pre-heat oven to 350F.

Filling – Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium heat until hot. Add butter and two tablespoons olive oil, coating the bottom of the pan. Heat until butter stops bubbling. Add mushrooms and gently cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms give up all their liquid and begin to brown slightly, about ten minutes. Remove mushrooms to a bowl and set aside. Add one more tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Lower the heat a bit to medium-low and add the onions. Sauté onions until translucent and beginning to caramelize. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Stir the tomatoes into the mixture and cook until broken down and they’ve given up most of their liquid – five to ten minutes depending on the tomatoes and cooking temp. Add the spinach one handful at a time. Allow to wilt – stirring, then add the second handful and allow that to wilt. Continue cooking for a few minutes more until all the liquid cooks off*. Fold mushrooms back into the mixture and allow to cool slightly.

*Note that if too much liquid is left in the veggies, it will pool at the bottom of the quiche dish when cooking in the oven. Generally this is not a problem when you have a crust, but without the crust absorption the liquid doesn’t present well, though it is harmless. Nothing a few dabs with a paper towel can’t fix.

Custard – Whisk eggs and yolks in a bowl until blended. Add cream or milk and seasonings; completely blend with whisk.

Assemble – Spray a deep quiche dish with non-stick oil. Layer in the veggie mixture. Gently pour the custard mixture over the veggies. Sprinkle the swiss cheese over the custard.

Rich and Creamy Quiche

The Fruits of Our Labor at Wolf Cove Inn

Bake at 350F about 35-45 minutes until the custard is firm but slightly jiggly and the cheese has browned some. Remove from oven when temperature probe reads 160F. Let rest for 10 minutes. Slice into six portions and serve. If you have some excess liquid, just dab it up with a paper towel.

Quiche for Breakfast

Quiche with Sides of Home Fries and Maple Sausage

 

Now that you’ve made one of these and “wow’ed” your family and friends, experiment with the fillings. Replace the spinach with roasted asparagus (half a bunch). Leave out the mushrooms. Use some swiss chard instead of spinach. Replace onions with leeks. Try different kinds of mushrooms. Add some leftover bacon, sausage, chorizo. Try an Italian blend of cheese instead of Swiss. Maybe some goat or feta in there too? Use your imagination and what you have laying around. Most of all have fun.

Antiquing – A Remedy For A Rainy Day

May 31st, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Antiquing for Sleds and Snowshoes

So, you’ve come to the Wolf Cove Inn to enjoy a few days of sunshine and warmth, wrapped in nature’s beauty. And it’s raining! Oh no – what to do? The answer is an easy one – go antiquing! Yes, there are many unique and interesting antique and gift shops a short drive from the Inn, each with its own style and character. So grab your umbrella and galoshes (does anyone have those anymore?) and head out to find that hidden treasure.

Antiquing Around The Wolf Cove Inn

Within fifteen minutes of the Wolf Cove Inn are a bunch of really wonderful antique and gift shops. You’ll find beautifully restored furniture, furniture in need of love, coins, weapons and all manner of collectables. Each shop has its own identity and focus so make a day of it and hit them all.  You never know what you’ll find to make your stay in nature’s paradise even

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Eagles and Loons, Oh My!

May 9th, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Golden Eagle at Wolf Cove Inn

Snow shovel away – check. Winter jacket stowed and sandals out – check. Glaciers on our lawn melted – check. Sand cleaned from parking lot – check. Ice out on the Tripp Lake in Poland Maine – check.

However, the clearest sign that winter is over and spring is here for good is that the special residents of Tripp Lake have declared it so by their return. The eagles and loons are back! These beautiful birds are a sight to behold. And one beautiful eagle decided he was happy to be back and put on a show last week.

Eagles on Tripp Lake in Poland Maine

Once on both the US and Maine endangered species list, bald eagles have been making a comeback. Fortunately they are no longer on that list. I caught a glimpse of a two year old juvenile last week and raced for the camera, a Nikon D5200 with my new (this Christmas) AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm telephoto lens. What a spectacular bird! I hope you enjoy this slideshow as much as Sue and I do.

Not to be outdone, the adult bald eagle

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

April 30th, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Wolf Cove Inn Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

In celebration with Earth Week 2015, we are excited to tell you about the installation of two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at the Wolf Cove Inn. We’ve partnered with Tesla Motors and Select Registry to provide our guests on-site access to a Tesla Destination Charger and a standard electric vehicle charging station. The two chargers were installed on April 29th and look lovely beside the daffodils! We are very please to offer these new amenities for our guests.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Align With Wolf Cove Inn Eco-Friendly Operations

At the Wolf Cove Inn we are committed to being friendly to Mother Earth. Like the Earth, we can trace our roots to star dust. So in a way we and Mother Earth are cousins and therefore family. We treat our family with respect. Adding electric vehicle charging stations was a natural fit among a long list of eco-friendly improvements we’ve made in the past year. Improvements include:

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Poland Business Award for 2014

April 26th, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

We are pleased to announce that Wolf Cove Inn is the winner of the 2014 Poland Business Award as presented by the Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce! Sue and I are honored and humbled to receive this recognition. The award was announced before a crowd of over 400 area business leaders at the Chamber banquet in January. Chip and the folks at the Chamber commissioned this video to announce the award.

Poland Business Award

Poland Business Award

Poland Food Bank

The criteria for the Poland Business Award are:

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Recreation Around The Inn – Part One

March 25th, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Reacreation around Wolf Cove Inn

Recreation is an antidote for the high pressure of today’s hectic, 24×7, plugged-in world. It’s the balm that soothes the spirit. Spend time enjoying the outdoors with family, a loved one or alone with your own thoughts and you are refreshed and reinvigorated. And those great little happy pills called endorphins start to perform their magic on your sense of well-being.

At the Wolf Cove Inn, with its prime location in the Maine Central Lakes region, we have a bit of everything for the outdoor types to send you home with a smile on your face and feeling good about the world, all within 0 to 20 minutes of the Inn.

In part one on recreation around the Inn, I will cover walking, hiking and running activities.  In part two I will cover recreation on the water and on wheels.

Recreation on Two Legs

There are oodles of recreation options for walking, hiking and running within a short distance of the Inn.  I haven’t explored everywhere around the Inn yet, but for what I have covered, here are some of the best.

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Coffee – Wake Up and Smell That Coffee!

March 23rd, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Coffee Beans

Coffee! For so many people it’s one of the most important parts of the day. The aroma. The depth of flavor. The gentle “pick me up”. Mmmmm, ahhhhh! At the Wolf Cove Inn we take coffee seriously. Poured in our own custom, hand-made mugs from Deneen Pottery you will start your day on the right foot with a great cup of java joe.

Coffee! The Story Behind The Story

When Sue and I became the owners of the Wolf Cove Inn, we had many changes brewing in our minds. One such change was the coffee. When we purchased the Inn, Green Mountain coffee was offered. Green Mountain makes wonderful coffee, but really, how can a Maine Inn that embraces everything Maine serve coffee that comes from Vermont? Not happening! What to serve was an easy choice.

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Select Registry Acceptance and Rewards Loyalty Program

March 2nd, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Select Registry member.

I’d like to tell you some exciting news about our acceptance into Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America, the new Rewards Loyalty Program available to our guests as a result of membership in Select Registry, and share our press release announcing this distinction.

Select Registry Rewards Loyalty Program

As our guest, you earn* Rewards Loyalty points when staying at the Wolf Cove Inn. For each paid night you stay** with us (or any Select Registry establishment) you earn one point. Earn twelve points over a two year period and you receive a $100 gift certificate that is valid for two years at any Select Registry establishment. This is a great program that we hope you will enjoy.

*upon registration with Select Registry and subsequent logging of your stay

**some restrictions apply – please call for more details

The Story Behind Our Acceptance

We had quite the special event happen during Valentines weekend. Unbeknownst to us the Select Registry quality inspector checked in and secretly

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Autumn Harvest Baked French Toast Recipe

February 27th, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Autumn Harvest Baked French Toast Recipe

Our Autumn Harvest Baked French Toast recipe (aka Winter Warmer Baked French Toast) is one of our guest’s favorite breakfasts at the Wolf Cove Inn.  It’s up for grabs whether this recipe or our various Quiches get the most great comments in the morning.  You can also find the recipe on the Wolf Cove Inn Pinterest board.  Your taste buds will be having a party!

Make the casserole the day (or night) before and refrigerate overnight.  You may also make the syrup the night before and refrigerate.  Prep time is about 30 minutes.  Plan to remove the casserole from the refrigerator about an hour and 40 minutes before you wish to serve.   That timeframe consists of bringing the casserole to room temperature for 30 minutes before placing it in the pre-heated oven, baking for an hour and then resting for 10 minutes prior to plating.

Autumn Harvest Baked French Toast Recipe

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Scenic Day Trips Around The Wolf Cove Inn

February 3rd, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Scenic day trips to Rangeley Lake

Scenic day trips are a great option while visiting the Wolf Cove Inn.  With our location in the central Maine lakes region, the Inn is the ideal launching point for exploring the beauty of Maine to the north, south, east and west, or even New Hampshire to the west or Canada to the north.    Today I will focus on the Scenic Day Trips, most of which are full day trips.  Follow on musings will highlight Adventure Day Trips and Shopping Day Trips.

Scenic Day Trips

To Camden, Maine

Camden, Maine is one of the quaintest, most beautiful places on the coast of Maine.  With it’s breathtaking harbor, extensive shops and restaurants, and wonderful views of Penobscot Bay, and only about two hours from the Inn,  this is a trip worth taking.

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Two New Area Restaurants For Our Guests

January 24th, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

New Area Restaurants

Sue and I have recently dined at two new area restaurants in Lewiston, Maine.  Both were terrific dining experiences that we’d like to tell you about.  They are Marche Kitchen and Wine Bar and Rails.

Marche Kitchen and Wine Bar

While not technically in the new area restaurants category (they’ve been serving lunch for a while), Marche began serving dinner this past summer.  Sue and I finally got over there in November.  We should have gone long before that!  It was excellent.

Marche is an intimate restaurant where your meal …

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B&B Marketer Of The Year Award

January 2nd, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

B&B Marketer of the Year

All of us at the Wolf Cove Inn are proud to announce that our Chief Marketing Officer, Roy Forsberg, has been awarded one of two runners up for the BedandBreakfast.com B&B Marketer of the Year award.  The inaugural “B&B Marketer of the Year Award” recognizes bed and breakfast owners who excel at developing and implementing successful marketing programs for their businesses.

Marketing the New Wolf Cove Inn

As followers of the Inn know, 2014 was a year of major transition for the Wolf Cove Inn.  As the new owners we determined it was important to improve the guest experience, so during the first five months of our ownership we completely renovated the Inn (for a refresher, check out some “before and after” photos).  We were really happy with the result and we needed to tell the world about it!

Back when we were engineers,

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Wolf Cove Inn Awarded “2014 Top 10 Hidden Escapes”

December 9th, 2014 by wolfcoveinn

Hidden Escapes - Wove Cove Inn on Tripp Lake

The Wolf Cove Inn awarded “2014 Top 10 Hidden Escapes” by BedandBreakfast.com.  We are thrilled to have been selected for this recognition.

Our “2014 Top 10 Hidden Escapes” Press Release Extract

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 8th, 2014
WOLF COVE INN CHOSEN AS TOP 10 HIDDEN ESCAPES BY BEDANDBREAKFAST.COM

Poland Springs, Maine, December 8th, 2014 — Wolf Cove Inn in Poland Springs, Maine has been selected as a Top 10 Hidden Escape by BedandBreakfast.com®. Wolf Cove Inn is recognized as a top inn around the world providing the best travel experience in this category. Wolf Cove Inn is also a member of BedandBreakfast.com’s Diamond Collection™, an exclusive group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns.

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Best Restaurants Central Maine Lakes Region

September 16th, 2014 by wolfcoveinn

Lobster Dinner_1

What are the best restaurants around?  That is one of the most frequent questions Sue and I get from our guests.  Before answering we generally will try to narrow things down to the type of food and then we are happy to tell them what we think is the best restaurant in that category.  So without further ado, here are what we think are the best restaurants Central Maine Lakes Region based on our personal dining experiences.

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Maine Fall Foliage Season at the Wolf Cove Inn

September 6th, 2014 by wolfcoveinn

Fall Foliage at Wolf Cove Inn

Fall is in the air.  The days are filled with glimmering sunshine and cobalt blue skies.  The nights are cool and brisk with the stars twinkling brightly.  The trees themselves are the stars with their beautiful foliage as they shine while preparing for winter hibernation.  Yes, most New Englanders will tell you that Fall is their favorite time of year.  Just stepping outside on a late September or October afternoon and inhaling deeply brings a sense of peace and euphoria.

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Ribbon Cutting, Opening Weekend, TV Filming and More

May 24th, 2014 by wolfcoveinn

It’s been a mad dash to and across the finish line, but we made it.  The Wolf Cove Inn is open for business (Book Now!)

Quite a bit has happened since I last mused here.  Let me catch you up.

On the 10th of May we held an open house for the Tripp Lake Association.  We met many wonderful new neighbors who were the first folks to see the new Wolf Cove Inn.  Unfortunately they were greeted by water somewhere between dripping and running from the second floor into the hallway off of the foyer.  Yikes, what a mess.  We eventually discovered that when trim went back up for the new fire door on the second floor, a nail gun pushed one of those suckers right through the cold water pipe to Rangeley Lake.  Walls and ceilings came down on Monday, only a few days before we reopened!  Thanks to John and Mike we were back in business quickly.

Then the big day arrived.  Opening day consisted of a ribbon cutting followed by our first guests arriving.  The ribbon cutting was a big success with over 60 in attendance from the Town of Poland and the three area Chambers of Commerce – Androscoggin County, Sebago Lakes Region and Oxford Hills.

Open For Business!

Open For Business!

Our first guests were a lovely group of ladies we affectionately refer to as the spinners.  They are a group who come to the Inn twice a year in the spring and fall with their yarn spinning wheels.  They spend the weekend spinning yarn, telling tales, and having lots of laughs.  We really enjoyed meeting them and look forward to their return in November.

The Spinners!

The Spinners!

Matt filming David's closing remarks.

Matt filming David’s closing remarks.

WGME Channel 13 is on site!

WGME Channel 13 is on site!

 

After opening weekend, things briefly quieted down until we had to get ready for the WGME Channel 13 (out of Portland) filming for our segment of Road Trippin that will air during the Daybreak morning show on June 5th (be there or be square)! David Eid was here with his cameraman Matt for a few hours interviewing us and shooting film for the show.

Amidst all that action we managed to find time to get our restaurant license (yes a full restaurant license!), lodging license, occupancy permit and just two days ago our liquor license. And somehow we made it to the Poland Food Bank. You know all those new linens and bedding I told you about and that you see in the pictures?  They displaced all the linens, comforters and blankets that were on the beds at the Inn and most were still in fine shape.  The great folks at the Poland Food Bank will find a good home for all that stuff.

After reading this, I just know you want to Book Now!

Lots of good stuff for the good folks at the Poland Food Bank.

Lots of good stuff for the good folks at the Poland Food Bank.

Grand Reopening – We Are Ready

May 12th, 2014 by wolfcoveinn

We reopen this Friday, May 16th 2014.  Ribbon cutting at 11.  Our Inn photographer is here on Thursday for pictures so we can redesign our web site.  But you don’t need to wait for that for some pix of the new Wolf Cove Inn in Poland, Maine.  To get a sense of the scope of changes, just look at the current web site and then check out these pictures.  Enjoy!

We Are Ready!

It’s time to pull the curtain, yank the drawstring and turn up the lights. We are ready to greet you and make you happy with newly renovated rooms, gourmet breakfasts and gracious hospitality. Please join us at the Wolf Cove Inn.

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The Maine room.

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Wine and cheese tastings anyone?

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Our new foyer.

The new Acadia suite bedroom.

The new Acadia suite bedroom.

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Sebago Lake, formerly Rosemary.

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Casco Bay, formerly Evergreen.

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The new Winter Harbor Suite bathroom.

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Cadillac Mountain suite, formerly Lavender suite.

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Sugarloaf Mountain suite, formerly Calla Lilly.

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More Maine room.

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Some new artwork in the Maine room.

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More updates to the Maine room, the former dining and living area.

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Enjoy your breakfast!

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Relax with us.

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Beauty abounds.

Grand Reopening and a Special Offer

April 19th, 2014 by wolfcoveinn

The end is in sight!  Well, coming into focus anyhow.  Enough so that we have set our opening date.  We’ll be celebrating with a Grand Reopening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Tours of the Wolf Cove Inn on Friday, May 16th from 11AM until 1PM.  Please join us!

Grand Reopening

Now for that Special Offer.  To commemorate the reopening of the new and improved Wolf Cove Inn we are offering a special rate for a limited time.  Stay with us any weeknight* from May 18th through June 5th  and any room at the Inn is $99/night.  Now that’s Special!

* The Special rate is good for Sunday  – Thursday excluding Memorial Day Weekend, is based on double occupancy, and does not include Maine lodging tax of 8%.

To get this special rate, send us an email at info@wolfcoveinn.com and in your message say “I saw it on the Wolf Cove Inn Blog!”  Also please include the dates and the room you’d like.

By visiting, you will get to experience all of the changes at the Wolf Cove Inn, including:

  • Two new suites on the second floor – the Acadia Suite and the Winter Harbor Suite.  Both suites have separate living and sleeping areas, baths with spas and large showers, solid wood vanities with granite counter-tops, sleeper sofas in the living areas and lots of nice details.
  • Complete remodeling of Sugarloaf Mountain Suite, Cadillac Mountain Suite, Mt Katahdin Suite, and the Sebago Lake, Casco Bay, Moosehead Lake and The Bigelows rooms.  We liked the way Rangeley Lake and Penobscot Bay looked already so we left them alone.  (For those who’ve stayed at the Wolf Cove Inn before, you can see the translation from old room name to new room name at the bottom of this blog.)
  • Flat screen TVs with cable in all guest suites and rooms.
  • New luxury sheets and bedding in all guest suites and rooms.
  • New flooring in the Maine (formerly Grande) dining room, sun room, foyer and hallway.  No more carpet!
  • Wallpaper down and paint up in the foyer, public hall and baths on the 1st floor.
  • New ceiling in the Maine dining room.
  • New Thomasville furniture in the Maine living room and sun room, creating four separate intimate gathering areas in those spaces, each area with sofa or love seat, chairs, tables, and lamps.
  • Conversion of the owner’s kitchen to a commercial kitchen complete with a commercial range hood and all the sinkage (3 bay, hand wash, mop) required by those pesky regulations.
  • New carpeting and wall treatments taking you from the second to third floor.
  • A new 1200sf Owner’s Quarters where we will live.

As you can see, we’ve remodeled almost the entire Inn!  I’ll be posting more pictures soon.

And we aren’t done remodeling.  Next we’ll be tackling the cyberspace version of the Wolf Cove Inn.  On May 15th we’ll have a professional B&B/Inn photographer and stylist on site to get all new interior photos.  With that we will be able to begin the redesign of our web site to a modern, photo oriented site.  The new site will also use responsive design technology that will optimize the browsing experience for PC, tablet and cell phone viewing and interaction.

If you are as excited as we are, please hurry and Book Now!

As promised, for those who have stayed with us before (and stuck with this blog posting!), those room name translations are:

  • 2nd floor common/TV room –> Acadia
  • Calla Lilly –> Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Combined Hollyhock and Sweet Alyssum  –> Winter Harbor
  • Delphinium –> Mt Katahdin
  • Lavendar –> Cadillac Mountain
  • Begonia –> The Bigelows
  • Magnolia –> Moosehead Lake
  • Rosemary –> Sebago Lake
  • Evergreen –> Casco Bay
  • Foxglove –> Penobscot Bay
  • Forget-Me-Not –> Rangeley Lake
  • Grande Room –> Maine Room

Maine Room – Newly Renovated

April 4th, 2014 by wolfcoveinn

Happy sunny spring morning to everyone!  The new floor and ceiling are now installed in the grand room of the Wolf Cove Inn.  We also have the new flooring finished in the sun room.  I just had to share the “before and after” with you!

What you can’t see is all the insulation we’ve added into the ceiling above the room.  Prior to renovating there was no insulation in the ceiling.  We wanted to make sure our guests in second floor rooms aren’t disturbed by late night quiet (or not so quiet) conversations in the grand room.  It should also help out the late sleepers during morning breakfast time.

Newly Renovated – Still Work To Be Done

Still work to be done though.  The new window treatments aren’t in yet.  And I’ve just started refinishing the large built-in cabinet.  The next shots you’ll see of the grand room will be the finished product, including all new Thomasville furniture that we will use to create three separate gathering places in the room, along with the seating for dining.  We’ll also have new furniture creating a gathering spot in the sun room where we’ll also be serving wine and cheese on weekend afternoons.

If you are as excited as we are, please hurry up and Book Now!

The old grand room floor and ceiling.  Hard to spot, but the old ceiling was really sagging.

The old grand room floor and ceiling. Hard to spot, but the old ceiling was really sagging.

Reminder of the "in-between" look - just a lame excuse to include Gabby in a picture.

Reminder of the “in-between” look – just a lame excuse to include Gabby in a picture.

The new grand room at the Wolf Cove Inn with the new floor and ceiling!

The new grand room (thinking of changing that to the “Maine Room” to reflect our new Maine branding of the Inn) at the Wolf Cove Inn with the new floor and ceiling!

A different view of the remodeled Wolf Cove Inn grand room.

A different view of the remodeled Wolf Cove Inn Maine room.

The old sun room.

The old sun room.

And the new sun room.  We'll be setting this up as a gathering place rather than dining space (though you can eat there if you choose).  We'll also be doing wine and cheese tastings on weekend afternoons.

And here is a preview of the new sun room (I’m thinking of calling it the “Sunny Delights Room”). We’ll be setting this up as a gathering place rather than dining space (though you can eat there if you choose).

Spring Cleaning at the Wolf Cove Inn

March 24th, 2014 by wolfcoveinn

Happy spring everyone (although I don’t think Mother Nature is aware of that – it was below zero here at Sugarloaf last night!)  Renovations have reached a major milestone – all carpentry, electrical and plumbing rough-in work is complete and ready for inspection.

Spring Cleaning – Renovations Are Coming Along Nicely

After inspection of the rough-in work this week, sheet rock will start going up, and the new ceiling for the main dining/living room area will be installed.  Next week brings the new flooring on the first floor, starting with a new sub-floor, then the final product.  Things will really start to change fast!  I can almost smell the freshly ground coffee and the strata baking in the oven.

Which isn’t to say we don’t have fun stuff to show.  Lots of wall prepping and painting has been going on in areas not under construction.  Here are some “before and after” shots that will cause you to start hitting the “book on-line” button on the web site!  And we’ll wrap up this post with a few pictures to remind us that there is still lots to do.

Before - The former Calla Lilly Suite.

Before – The former Calla Lilly Suite.

After - The new Sugarloaf Bridal/Honeymoon suite.  Once again you can see our dog Gabby inspecting the work.  Just after this picture was shot we noticed she had a white snout!

After – The new Sugarloaf Bridal/Honeymoon suite. Once again you can see our dog Gabby inspecting the work. Just after this picture was shot we noticed she had a white snout!

Before - the former Sweet Alyssum room.

Before – the former Sweet Alyssum room.

After - the bedroom area of the new Winter Harbor Suite overlooking snow and ice covered Tripp Lake..

After – the bedroom area of the new Winter Harbor Suite overlooking snow and ice covered Tripp Lake.

Before - the former Hollyhock room.

Before – the former Hollyhock room.

After - the new sitting area in the Winter Harbor Suite, it too with an awesome view of snow and ice covered Tripp Lake.

After – the new sitting area in the Winter Harbor Suite, it too with an awesome view of snow and ice covered Tripp Lake.

Before - the former Rosemary room.

Before – the former Rosemary room.

After - the new Sebago Lake room overlooking the snow covered lawn.

After – the new Sebago Lake room overlooking the snow covered lawn.

Before - the former Evergreen room.

Before – the former Evergreen room.

After - the new Casco Bay room.  We saw some folks walking on the lake just after we snapped this shot.

After – the new Casco Bay room. We saw some folks walking on the lake just after we snapped this shot.

The spa is now fitted into it's resting place in the new Acadia suite.  By now, the tile around the spa has been installed and plumbing fixtures connected.

The spa is now fitted into it’s resting place in the new Acadia suite. By now, the tile around the spa has been installed and plumbing fixtures connected.

Still lots of work to do in the main entry foyer!  Soon enough we'll see the new floor, freshly painted walls and a cool new light fixture (shhh, don't tell anyone - it's a secret!)

Still lots of work to do in the main entry foyer! Soon enough we’ll see the new floor, freshly painted walls and a cool new light fixture (shhh, don’t tell anyone – it’s a secret!)

Oh The Mess!

February 27th, 2014 by wolfcoveinn

Wow, is the Wolf Cove Inn ever a mess right now!  All demolition work in the new construction areas is complete.  Framing is well underway, as is electrical rough-in.  Plumbing rough-in begins next week.  As well we’ll begin taking down wallpaper and taking up carpets in rooms that are (only!) getting a facelift.  We are in good shape to re-open for business May 1st.  Oh, and the Town of Poland has approved the Wolf Cove Inn liquor license application (which now goes to the state).  So get ready for afternoon wine and cheese tastings (and if you like the wine you can get a bottle or two or three to take to your room.)

Oh The Mess!

Say goodbye to the old bathroom that was shared by the former Sweet Alyssum and Hollyhock rooms.  This is on its way to becoming the spa and bath for the Winter Harbor Suite.  You'll enjoy a spa, two person shower and double vanity.  And we are making this bathroom (and the suite) Americans With Disabilities (ADA) compliant.

Say goodbye to the old bathroom that was shared by the former Sweet Alyssum and Hollyhock rooms. This is on its way to becoming the spa and bath for the Winter Harbor Suite. You’ll enjoy a spa, two person shower and double vanity. And we are making this bathroom (and the suite) Americans With Disabilities (ADA) compliant.

OK, use your imagination here!  Picture a beautiful spa, two person shower and double vanity in the new Winter Harbor spa and bath.  Definitely has more elbow room than before.  And the double vanity will surely aid those "on the go" folks and families that avail themselves of the sleeper sofa we'll have for the kiddos in the Winter Harbor suite living area.

OK, use your imagination here! Picture a beautiful spa, two person shower and double vanity in the new Winter Harbor spa and bath. Definitely has more elbow room than before. And the double vanity will surely aid those “on the go” folks and families that avail themselves of the sleeper sofa we’ll have for the kiddos in the Winter Harbor suite living area.

There are a few things going on here.  In order to create the Winter Harbor suite we needed to move the door to Casco Bay (formerly Evergreen).  The hole in the wall on the left is where the new door will be.  Also, to enlarge the bathroom for Winter Harbor we needed to claim some storage space on the right.  Well all that toilet paper, tissue, shampoo, sheets and towels need to go somewhere!  So we are claiming former hall space to build storage for all those essentials.

There are a few things going on here. In order to create the Winter Harbor suite we needed to move the door to Casco Bay (formerly Evergreen). The hole in the wall on the left is where the new door will be. Also, to enlarge the bathroom for Winter Harbor we needed to claim some storage space on the right. Well all that toilet paper, tissue, shampoo, sheets and towels need to go somewhere! So we are claiming former hall space to build storage for all those essentials.

This will be the new grand spa/bath and living room area in the new Acadia suite.  It was formerly a common room with an adjoining half bath.

This will be the new grand spa/bath and living room area in the new Acadia suite. It was formerly a common room with an adjoining half bath.  Instead of watching TV, you will romantically luxuriate in the large spa or get really clean in the shower for two :-) !  Can you say “romance” at the Wolf Cove Inn?!

This once was a kitchenette in the Begonia room on the 3rd floor.  It is now framed for a bathroom in the new "The Bigelows" room.  Nothing as grand as what is going on in Acadia and Winter Harbor, but it provides the basics for our "no frills" guests at the Inn.

This once was a kitchenette in the Begonia room on the 3rd floor. It is now framed for a bathroom in the new “The Bigelows” room. Nothing as grand as what is going on in Acadia and Winter Harbor, but it provides the basics for our “few but meaningful frills” guests at the Inn.

What once was a large gift shop is one its way to becoming our bedroom and a small reception area and gift shop.  While smaller than before you'll find special items in the shop like the new luxury linens you'll be sleeping on and poo-pourri (go ahead and Google it and enjoy the video!)

What once was a large gift shop is one its way to becoming our bedroom and a small reception area and gift shop. While smaller than before you’ll find special items in the shop like the new luxury linens you’ll be sleeping on and poo-pourri (go ahead and Google it and enjoy the video!)

Renovations Underway Amid a Beautiful Sunset

February 4th, 2014 by wolfcoveinn

Exploratory demolition has begun.  We’ve been pulling things up and down, and poking holes all around, so we can find out what lurks within this grand old Wolf Cove Inn.  Our architect, carpenter, plumber, electrician, flooring and ceiling folks need better views of what’s there to plan the details of construction.

Renovations Underway

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The carpet is up and the ceiling is down in the grande room. We can now see how to route the plumbing for the changes in the second floor bathroom.  The renovated bathroom will become the grand bath and spa for the new second floor suite that combines with the two rooms that previously shared the bath. The new suite will be called the Winter Harbor Suite.

Our buddy (and soon to be your friend) Gabby inspecting the work so far. She tells me she approves!

 

Formerly a bathroom, this will become a new kitchen in our quarters.  By having a separate kitchen from the Inn kitchen we can now present late afternoon wine, cheese and appetizer tastings.

Formerly a bathroom, this will become a new kitchen in our quarters. By having a separate kitchen from the Inn kitchen we can now present late afternoon wine, cheese and appetizer tastings.

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What was the Inn office will become a dining area. The hole in the wall lets the plumber and electrician see what’s going on with wiring and pipes. That hole will become the hallway to the new kitchen.

We were treated to a beautiful winter sunset over the frozen lake.

Tripp Lake is a frozen, winter wonderland right now.  This day we were treated to a beautiful (and chilly) sunset.

Think that Adirondack bench will be a favorite sunset cuddling spot this summer?  Kind of looks like our new logo!

Think that Adirondack bench will be a favorite sunset cuddling spot this summer? Kind of looks like our new logo!

New Ownership of the Wolf Cove Inn

January 2nd, 2014 by wolfcoveinn

A big “Hello World” to all past and future guests of this wonderful Inn.  My name is Roy Forsberg.  My wife Suzanne (she mostly goes by Sue or Suzie) and I became the new owners of the Wolf Cove Inn on December 18th, 2013.  We are thrilled to be your new hosts for your future relaxing stays at the Wolf Cove Inn!

New Ownership – New Wolf Cove Inn Plans

We have exciting plans to improve your enjoyment, relaxation and decompression while at the Wolf Cove Inn.  We are in the process of modernizing the interior common areas and select suites/rooms, creating private, in-room baths for rooms that don’t have them now, and adding new amenities for your visiting pleasure.  Stay tuned for more details of improvements to the Wolf Cove Inn.  We are also in the process of creating a new and improved Wolf Cove Inn web site that will launch in the spring.

While we finalize the improvement details and update our reservation systems we will take new bookings via email at info@wolfcoveinn.com.  In the meantime, you may contact me directly about any changes at the Inn at roy@wolfcoveinn.com.  Further, if you have any questions about what is going on at the Wolf Cove Inn, please feel free to contact me at that same email address.

During the improvement period, the Wolf Cove Inn will be closed.  We will have a grand reopening of the Wolf Cove Inn at the beginning of May, 2014.  I hope you will join us to see what’s new!

Cheers,

Sue and Roy Forsberg, new owners of the Wolf Cove Inn

(and our dogs, Bruschi, a pug, and Gabby, a black English Lab)

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