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9 Winter Activities In Maine For Your Romance Getaway

December 3rd, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

winter activities in Maine

We have 9 terrific winter activities in Maine and around the Wolf Cove Inn that allow you to enjoy the beauty of New England winter, a wonderful time of year. Yes, there is shoveling and driving on snowy, icy roads. But once you’ve dispensed with that, nature’s remnants are there to enjoy, invigorate your body and help you make a connection with the natural world around you.

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Luxury Maine Cabin Rental on Tripp Lake New For 2016

October 29th, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Luxury Maine Cabin Rental

Luxury Maine Cabin RentalA new luxury Maine cabin rental on Tripp Lake comes on line in the spring of 2016. Here at the Wolf Cove Inn we are thrilled to announce the issuance of a construction permit for a single story, three-room luxury Maine cabin rental unit set among the towering trees in our pine grove. Our Maine bed and breakfast, a Select Registry member, now has twelve rooms available to our guests, as well as new executive team meeting space, for this coming spring and beyond.

Construction of this unique accommodation and business retreat meeting space is underway. In fact, the excavation work is in full swing. The new driveway

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Special Nature Imagery At Its Best

October 7th, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Nature Imagery
Nature Imagery

Pine in Blueberry Field by John Orcutt

The nature imagery of local photographer John Orcutt is celebrated throughout the Wolf Cove Inn. Our guests are delighted by the scenes of “quintessential Maine” captured by John, set on canvas and on display around the Inn.

John’s artistry tells a visual story of the beauty of Maine. You’ll find a variety of portfolios in his collection covering the breadth of landscapes that make Maine truly special. Those portfolios include:

All but one of the above portfolios is represented here at the Wolf Cove Inn. Can you find

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Fresh and Delightful – Yummy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

September 16th, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

lemon ricotta pancakes

Our lemon ricotta pancakes with homemade lemon curd are a crowd-pleaser at the Wolf Cove Inn. Lite and with the tang of lemon zest, lemon curd, berries and basil, your taste buds will be singing, swinging and down right getting it on.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Before I get to the recipe, there’s a little story about these pancakes.

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Peace Of Mind Guaranteed For Your Dream Getaway

August 17th, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Peace of Mind

Most everyone wants peace of mind when they book their dream getaway. Here at the Wolf Cove Inn we know there is a way to ensure you have that peace of mind. It’s by choosing a Select Registry member B&B, Inn or Hotel. Select Registry is a world renowned collection of exceptional accommodations for travelers to explore, experience and rest their weary head for the night.

Peace of Mind and Exceptional Quality- The Select Registry Way

Peace of MindAt the Wolf Cove Inn, we don’t like to worry. We especially don’t like to worry about our travel accommodations. And we don’t want travelers who have chosen us to worry either. We want peace of mind, an assurance of quality, outstanding hospitality and

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The Truth About Fall Foliage In Maine

August 3rd, 2015 by wolfcoveinn

Fall Foliage in Maine
Fall Foliage in Maine

Flaming Reds Adorn The Mountains

Fall Foliage at Wolf Cove Inn

Brilliant Colors Paint The Countryside

Flaming reds emblazoned on a breezy hillside. Brilliant orange splashes on a cobalt blue sky canvas. Radiant yellows catching, reflecting, the sun’s rays – warming you inside. The glorious contrast with the deep green of Maine’s famous pines.  I find myself dreaming of fall foliage in Maine. Soon, I tell

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Arts Around Central Maine

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

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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.

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