68-year-old innkeeper Janice Sage is ready to retire. She's been running the charming Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant for two decades, and has an inventive plan for finding someone to hand the keys off to: she's holding a writing contest.
The prompt for the essay is straightforward: "Why I Would Like To Own and Operate A Country Inn." Prospective owners need to keep their answers to 200 words and send in a $125 entry fee.
Since Janice will be keeping the entry fees and expects over 7,500 applicants, she may well exceed the $900,000 value of the inn itself.
The inn dates back to 1805 and is in a classic Maine style that the new owner must agree to keep. (The contract stipulates that it must remain painted white with black or green trim and must be run as an inn for at least one year.)
Just three hours north of Boston, the inn's seven rooms are often booked solid during the summer season. Janice has invested more than $500,000 in renovations and will give the new owner $20,000 to jumpstart his or her new career.
She will be narrowing down the applications to her top 20 and then enlisting the help of an impartial two-person team to decide the final winner by May 21.
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