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Win the award-winning million-dollar Blue Hill Inn for just $150 and 200 words
Here's an opportunity to win a beautiful, successful inn and 30-seat restaurant in the seaside village of Blue Hill, Maine. Realize your dream of owning a historic, antiques filled inn in a vibrant community surrounded by natural beauty.
By: Blue Hill Inn
Another Innkeeper in Maine “Pays it Forward”
Become the new owner of a million-dollar inn for $150 and 200 words
Blue Hill, Maine—The idea of selling an inn, a successful inn, for less than two hundred bucks and an inspiring essay is spreading. The latest contest is offered by Sarah Pebworth, who is looking for a new owner for her historic inn in the seaside village of Blue Hill. Contest details can be found at WintheBlueHillInn on Facebook.
The first business to garner national media attention with an inn-giveaway was the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant, also in Maine. The winner of that essay contest will be announced on June 6, according to the contest Facebook page. The winner of the Blue Hill Inn will be announced Nov. 1 with the new owners taking over Jan. 1. The contest will close on Oct. 1.
The minimum number of entries for the Lovell contest is 7,500. As Pebworth noted, “The Blue Hill Inn contest gives a second chance to those 7,499 disappointed people.”
For her, passing her inn on to someone in this unusual manner makes a lot of sense.
“When my mother died, she left me an inheritance which I could use for a down payment on my dream inn, my dream job. Not everyone has this type of support. Offering a chance to someone to become the owner of this inn for very little money—an entry fee of $150—just feels right. My mother would love this contest,” she said.
Pebworth took over the Blue Hill Inn in 2007.
“I am so lucky to have been able to live my dream for all these years, living in Blue Hill, running the inn and restaurant, but now it’s time for me to move to the next chapter of my life,” she said. “When I bought the inn, I was single and happily married to the 1830s building and the innkeeping lifestyle. But now I’m engaged and it’s time to move on and fulfill dreams that my partner and I have together and make space here for someone else’s dream.”
The inn has 11 rooms in the 1830s inn building and 2 apartment-like suites in a more modern Cape next door. The inn has a commercial kitchen and a 30-seat dining room.
To enter, candidates must write a 200-word essay explaining why they would love to own and operate the Blue Hill Inn. Entrants must include an entry fee of $150, which will be returned if a minimum of 7,500 entries are not received. Full contest details can be found at WintheBlueHillInn on Facebook. As with the Lovell Inn contest, the winner will also receive a hefty check to help them get started, $25,000, Pebworth said.
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