My two dogs, Gabby and Ellie-Bellie, set out to explore some new hiking trails here in Poland, Maine. We’ll take a little trip together into the Heart Of Poland and explore 5 sites along the way. And we meet a new friend (or not) along the way. Oh, lest I forget to mention my other dog (Bruschi) – well he’s a grumpy old man pug and decided to stay at home with Sue.
There are lots of fun Maine activities to enjoy on and around Tripp Lake this summer and fall. All are easily accessible from the 550 feet of private lakefront shoreline of the Wolf Cove Inn in Poland, Maine.
Your honeymoon (or mini-moon) demarks both an end and a beginning. It marks the end of the sometimes years long process of actually getting married. At the same time it likely marks your first time alone as a married couple, embarking on the start of your magical life together. You want that experience to be unique. You want it to be wonderful. You want to create a life-long memory. At our top Maine bed and breakfast, we have some ideas about that.
There are many great Maine shopping venues within an hour’s drive of our romantic Maine bed and breakfast. Whether it’s knocking off a bucket list item like visiting the L.L. Bean complex in Freeport, exploring a quaint village, or hitting up the outlets, there is something for everyone a short drive from your home away from home.
At one of the Maine Golf Courses, the golf pro asks his student “what do you do if you are in a lightning storm while on the golf course?” The student says “run for cover.” The pro says “no, you stand on the course and hold up a one iron because not even God can hit a one iron.” Badump bump!
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.
A 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
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:
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.
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
At 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
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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!