Last updated: 06:30 PM ET, Wed March 11 2015

Win a Bed and Breakfast in Maine with The Power of the Pen

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | March 11, 2015

Win a Bed and Breakfast in Maine with The Power of the Pen

If a picture is worth a thousand words what is a bed and Breakfast worth?

Apparently, in Center Lovell, Maine, the answer to that question is 200. That is right, for just 200 words (and a $125 application fee) The Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant could be yours. According to the Portland Press Herald, Janice Sage, who has owned the Inn since 1993, has decided to retire and she is putting her baby up for the mere price of 200 words.

So where did Janice come up with such a unique idea to sell off her livelihood? Simple; that is how she came to own it. Back in 1993, she was managing a restaurant in Maryland and the Mosca family had put the inn up for sale in the same manner. She won and now 22 years later, she is repaying the favor. Bill Mosca is still alive and still lives in town, too. When asked about his opinion on the way Janice is deciding to sell the place, he was pleased.

Janice hopes to get about 7,500 entrants which will garner her about $900,000, right about where the inn is valued.  Janice will read all of the entries and whittle the final entries down to 20, where she will then pass it off to two judges to make the decision. 

The property is 12 acres large, with the 210-year-old inn and two outbuildings overlooking Kezar Lake. The restaurant has two dining rooms and the inn has seven guest units and a wrap around, screened in porch as well. 

 The official rules and entry forms are located here. For more information about the inn and the area go here.


You may use your Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook information, including your name, photo & any other personal data you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on Click here to learn more.