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End of July Special – 20% Off

Looking for a last minute getaway?  We have just the thing for you.  Any available room 7/27-7/31 is offered at a 20% discount off published rates (valid for new reservations only.)  To take advantage of this offer, email us at info@wolfcoveinn.com or call (207) 998-4976, mention the special and we’ll take care of the rest.

Summer in Maine is gorgeous.  The days are warm, there’s a cooling afternoon breeze off the lake and generally the nights cool down so you can sleep with the windows open and hear the sounds of nature around the lake.  Sunsets are spectacular.  Sitting by the lake for a few days will drop your blood pressure for sure!

And we’ve added to our fleet!  In addition to our two canoes and two kayaks, we’ve added a rowboat.  The perfect thing for a lazy afternoon of fishing with your child or grandchild.  Or, take any of the fleet out for a romantic sunset paddle.  You’ll find heaven awaits.  And you’ll get an awesome breakfast the next day!

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Mid-June Special

Hi Folks,

Just want to let you know about a little special we are running now through June 19th, 2014 inclusive.  Book any room or suite and receive 20% off.  Come enjoy the beauty and relaxation of the Wolf Cove Inn.  Book Now!

Cheers,

Sue and Roy

Come See Our Spectacular Sunsets in Person!
Come See Our Spectacular Sunsets in Person!

Ribbon Cutting, Opening Weekend, TV Filming and More

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

We reopen this Friday.  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.  To get a sense of the scope of changes, just look at the current web site and then check out these pictures.  Enjoy!

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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.

Wolf Cove Inn Grand Reopening and a Special Offer

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!

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

Wolf Cove Inn Grand Room – Newly Renovated

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.

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 grand 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

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.

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!

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.)

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 at the Wolf Cove Inn Amid a Beautiful Winter Sunset

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.

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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

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!

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)