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Maine bed & breakfast owner will sell her inn to anyone for just 200 words.

12 March 2015

From Someecards:

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a historic bed and breakfast in Maine, that’s an oddly specific dream. But good news! Now’s your chance to fulfill it, as long as you have $125, a postage stamp, and a gift for words.

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Janice Sage, the owner and innkeeper of the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant, wants to retire. Rather than sell the inn traditionally, however, she is holding an essay contest to find the person who will treat the old place right. She is charging $125 per entry, and hopes to attract at least 7,500 contestants, netting her the $900,000 estimated value of the property.

Where did she get the idea to hand off the inn that way? That’s how she got it.

Back in 1993, the Center Lovell Inn was owned by Bil and Susie Mosca. They held an essay contest, charging $100 per entry, and Janice was the winner. The contest attracted a lot of media attention at the time, including a feature on The Phil Donahue Show. Janice doesn’t have the media power of the Donahue behind her, but she does have the Internet. What do you say? Do you want to help make her rich, and have a chance at owning your own piece of history in the process?

The Center Lovell Inn was built in 1805, and features two outbuildings, as well as scenic views of Kezar Lake and the White Mountains. There are 10 guest bedrooms, a 40-seat dining room, and ghosts, probably. Probably lots of ghosts.

Link to the rest at Someecards and thanks to Dave for the tip.

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3 Comments to “Maine bed & breakfast owner will sell her inn to anyone for just 200 words.”

  1. So tempting! But I’m not sure if I have the energy to run an inn and a restaurant.

  2. You know, the first thing that popped into my mind when I got tagged with this on Facebook was this:

    Who believes that choosing a new, competent, business-savvy inn owner and manager on the power of 200 words makes even remotely sense?

    Who ever had the brilliant idea that someone who can put together a catchy flash fiction story is someone who can also effectively run a place with ten bedrooms and 40-seat restaurant?

    I have a hard enough time running my coaching business, even if I can put together a mean 200-word flash in half an hour.

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