It's been a busy 2017 so far! My fourth closing in four months. That's a pretty good pace (keep in mind, businesses don't sell at the same pace as a private home) and buyers are loving Maine (so are tourists if you've seen my post on 2016 being a record year for Maine tourism)! Rates are climbing slightly, but they remain historically low.
No time better than the present to do something you've long considered, for tomorrow is not promised...
Atlantean Cottage in Bar Harbor sold on February 15th and Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach sold on March 3rd. Coincidentally, both inns were built in 1903 and were built by famous Maine architects, Fred Savage (Atlantean) and John Calvin Stevens (Atlantic Birches). Both have beautiful period decor and will be enjoyed by the innkeepers and guests for many years to come. We wish the buyers and sellers all the best and welcome the buyers to the innkeeping world!
A wonderful 11 room bed and breakfast in the village of Camden. Strong business, open year round. Spacious owner's house attached and suitable for an E-2 Visa investment. See the listing details and contact me for more information.
The beautiful West End Inn in downtown Portland Maine sold today. The coveted West End neighborhood is filled with gorgeous historic, well maintained and restored homes of all sizes (mostly large!). Portland is vibrant and continues to grow. Congratulations to buyer, Victoria, and sellers Scott and Deb, and best of luck in the next chapter of your lives!
Why? I've been busy! A busy spring with 4 closings, a busy summer with new listings, new buyers, showings, aspiring innkeeper seminars, handling the social media for AIHP (Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals), a quick trip to New Orleans to celebrate our anniversary (follow me on Instagram to see where and what I eat and drink!), and here we are with the holidays just around the corner. Time flies...
My thoughts on (some) blogs in general is that social media platforms have taken a better position over blogs, because the dialog has become so much more important than the monologue. So we use blogs to convey the message and social media to spread the message and to interact about the message. And we naturally want to spend time where we get the traction. For me, I engage the most on Facebook and Instagram. For me, Twitter has become a place to broadcast, but not so much to engage.
My brokerage blog is where I post information for buyers and sellers of hospitality properties and to educate about what's happening in the industry. I feed those posts to my Maine Inn Broker page on Facebook. And I sometimes talk about my brokerage business on my personal page as well (feel free to follow me!). And when I have time or think about it, I post to my food blog Musings of the FoodMadam. I feed my Instagram photos to Snap, Sip and Savor.
So there isn't really a need for this blog "What's Dana up to?" because you know what I'm up to if you follow me anywhere else!
Regardless of the platform, what I always strive for is to promote the beauty and splendor of Maine through pictures. I've driven ALL over this big state, in all seasons, and have thousands of pictures to share for others to see why we love Maine! You know what they say, "Maine, the way life should be"...
Creamy Corn, Poblano and Bacon Chowder topped with Lobster was on the menu today!
Quite honestly, winning the People's Choice really was a surprise to me!
When I submitted four recipes to Cellardoor several months back, soup was appropriate, given the temperature. And the soup recipe was the one that was chosen for the competition. I didn't think about the fact that I'd be serving it late June!
But today, Mother Nature was a little crazy and we didn't reach 60. So competing with a soup recipe wasn't so crazy. And although I didn't win the judges choice, people's choice is more than good enough. After all, I do have the hospitality bug and love to make people happy. And if my soup (with bacon, caramelized onions, poblanos and lots of butter, cream and topped with lobster) made the guests happy, that makes me happy!
Thanks to Bettina and her crew for such great events!
The past couple of weeks have been a busy mix for me, with inn brokerage, speaking at an awesome tech conference in Vermont, innsitting and cooking.
Looking ahead I have our B&B Team Aspiring Innkeeper seminar this weekend in Kennebunkport, a closing next week and I'm teaching a couple of cooking classes at Stonewall Kitchen in York next weekend. My bacon jam with blue cheese on crostini is on the dinner menu, in case you're wondering! Next month, I'm doing a lovely brunch event at Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville with wine and bubbly pairings!
I'm grateful that I am able to juggle several of my passions, engage and connect with people and weave everything into my profession!
Abbington's Seaview Motel and Cottages in Lincolnville, Maine sold today to a local buyer. Congratulations to both buyer and sellers. We wish everyone the best!
So back to work...I had Coach Stop Inn under contract which closed on March 10th. New buyers are wonderful people from Georgia whose black lab Buddy had no idea what to make of the snow, if you get what I mean! But after a couple days, he figured it out.
At present, I have Maples Inn under contract and just recently put Open Hearth Inn under contract! An offer is pending on another listing of mine, so it's been a very busy winter into spring. No complaints here. And I am SO lucky to be working with some really great buyers and sellers (since I'm representing both sides on all of these transactions).
Next week I'm headed to a conference in Vermont for the National Association of Realtors, called Tech Edge. "This one-day, technology packed conference will feature a carefully-chosen, super-smart lineup of seasoned, well-respected real estate professionals from 5 states with over 200 YEARS of cumulative experience. We'll discuss, dissect and teach about how to use, why to use and what to use in today's ever-changing industry." So I'm thrilled to have been asked to be a speaker this year. This will be my inaugural presentation with NAR! I'll speak about online branding, marketing to the iConsumer, the Millennial, SEO and blogging and much more.
That's enough for now. There will be more to report next post, I promise!