MAINE – An essay contest will determine the next owner of a Bed and Breakfast in Maine.
Janice Sage, the owner and innkeeper of the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant, is retiring after running the inn for more than 20 years.
To determine the next owner, she’s holding an essay contest and charging $125 per entry. She hopes to receive at least 7,500 applicants, which will earn her the $900,000 estimated value of the property.
— Portland Press Herald (@PressHerald) March 9, 2015
It’s a fitting way for Sage to hand over the property, given that she acquired it in exactly the same way in 1993. The inn was then owned by Bill and Susei Mosca, who held an essay contest and charged just $100 per entry. The contest generated a lot of buzz in 1993 and was even featured on the The Phil Donahue Show.
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, and a 40-seat dining room.
All essays must be mailed in by May 17. Essays can be no more than 200 words, written in English, and include why the writer is the right caretaker for the inn. It must be typed or legibly handwritten. More information on how to submit your essay can be found here.