A La Carte vs. Prix Fixe


We were wondering when the term “a la carte”
became synonymous with “expensive”?

Well, it’s not at the Greenville Inn!

We view “a la carte” as meaning: “Dining Your Way”!

When we go on vacation ourselves, we steer away from  “prix fixe” menus because we rarely get what we want (usually a very limited menu) and not very generous portions.  Some people feel like they are getting a “bargain” when they get a predetermined number of courses…but is it a bargain if you aren’t getting full portions or food you want?

When we offer packages that include a predetermined number of courses, (“Stay & Dine” or  “Shop, Stay & Dine”) you can be guaranteed you can choose from our FULL  (a la carte) menu and the portions are not just a “sampling”.

So, next time you are deciding on any restaurant…don’t let the “Prix Fixe Bargain Factor” dictate your decision…choose a restaurant whose menu has many choices with full portions…life is short…why not have it “your way?”

We are working on our Summer 2010 menu with a chef that some of you might already know…

Check back to see the new menu and who the chef is!

"Dining Your Way"

Delectable Duck!

April 15th is “Ice-Out”

Every year, a local business sponsors the “Ice-Out” contest at Moosehead Lake.  This year’s sponsor is Currier’s Flying Service.

The official “ice-out” on Moosehead Lake is determined when the Katahdin steamship can safely travel from the East Cove to Northeast Carry.

According to the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce’s records, the earliest recorded ice-out date was April 14, 1945

and the latest was May 29, 1878.

This year with the early warming trend, many locals were specualting that there would be a new record, but as of April 14th, even a tie was unlikely.

There were several nights that had been below freezing and ice was actually accumulating instead of melting!

I took this photo on April 14th, and you can still see the ice spanning across the East Cove.

But it is now official- “Ice-Out” is April 15th, 10:33 am!

Ice on East Cove on April 14, 2010

12 Money Saving Packages

We know that in this economic climate, travelers are looking for packages that represent real value.

We have developed 12 packages that give you value and great choices:

Area's Acknowledged Fine Dining Spot

Shop, Stay & Dine: Need an excuse to shop? Let us give you one…Stay three nights in our historic inn, choose one evening for your “3-course dinner for two” and receive a $20.00 gift certificate to be used at one of our unique, local shops.

View Fall Foliage and Wildlife

Leaf Peeping Paradise: Stay with us for 2 nights and let us set you up with our Maine Guide who will take you to the area’s best (secret) foliage viewing spots. You will be picked up at our inn and taken on a 4 hour private trip to view fall’s most spectacular colors.

Magnificent Bull Moose

See a Moose or Go Again for Free! You want to get up close to the largest animal in the north woods? Let us arrange a moose tour with a local Maine guide. You will visit remote ponds and paddle canoes or kayaks right into the prime moose habitat. We are so sure you will see a moose that if you don’t, the guide will take you again for free.

Spring at the Greenville Inn

Spring Fling For Repeat Guests! Have you stayed with us before? Come back and stay in the months of May or June for 3 nights…and the 3rd night is on us! Enjoy our warm hospitality and award-winning inn. All rooms include breakfast, private baths, and just too many amenities to list. May and June are the best months to see MOOSE!


Relax, enjoy the view, read a good book!

Mother/Daughter “Diva”Destination: Mother’s Day isn’t the only time to bond with your mom.  The two of you can escape from all your daily responsibilities and remember some of those special mother/daughter moments from the past.

Stay 4, Get More! Get more when you stay with us for 4 nights…you get 50% off the 5th night. We are offering this remarkable savings during the “high season” (June-October), so book early to reserve the exact room, cottage or suite you want! Our sumptuous breakfast included each morning. Let us book an excursion for you!

Stay & Dine: 3 night accommodation package with two evenings of fine dining included starting June 28th.  Pick 2 evenings (excluding Sunday) during your 3 night stay, and enjoy a “four-course dinner for 2″(from our full menu) both evenings. Breakfast is included all 3 mornings.

“Exhilarating” White Water Rafting: Do something “exhilarating” with our Registered Maine Guide Service that offers full day white water rafting trips with lunch included or one half day river kayaking trips.

Have a relaxing, romantic getaway

Pamper Yourself Getaway: After a day outdoors, pamper yourself and your partner with a rejuvenating massage, a bottle of champagne and nibble on some chocolate covered fruit…all in the privacy of your room or suite. This 2 night package includes sumptuous breakfast each morning and all our special amenities to make this a special getaway.

Honeymoon Hideaway

Honeymoon Hideaway: Let us make your honeymoon a most memorable one.  Enjoy 4 nights in a room or suite of your choice.  Your stay includes breakfast every morning, fresh flowers, a commemorative CD of romantic music,  a basket of assorted cheeses and crackers and a bottle of champagne or non-alcoholic sparkling juice.

Romantic Getaway

Romantic Getaway: 2 night stay and a basket w/assorted cheese, crackers, candy & nuts, one bottle Brut champagne, fresh flowers, breakfast each morning, commemorative CD of romantic music.

winter view

Amazing views year-round

Winter Wonderland: Stay with us for 3 nights and get the 3rd night for free.  Not only are the prices lower during the months of November thru April, but you get a free night!

The Art of Pysanky

Some of my mother's Pysanky eggs

Every Easter, I display my mother’s treasured Ukrainian eggs that she decorated over 20 years ago.  Although my mother was 100% Welsh, one of her hobbies was creating these amazing eggs, called Pysanky.

Pysanky is an ancient and beautiful form of folk art from the Ukraine. It is the art of decorating eggs using beeswax and dyes.  In Ukrainian households, near Eastertime, eggs are created as gifts for family and friends.

It's all in the details!

Hot wax is applied to the egg using a kistka. The kistka is a tool used to draw hot wax onto the egg. Kistkas can be purchased, or built by the user. Some are simply a stick with wire holding a tiny stick perpendicular at the end of the larger piece. This type of kistka is dipped in hot wax. Another type is a copper or brass cone attached to the end of a stick. Wax is then placed in the cone. The cone is heated until the wax melts and flows out the end of the cone.

More of mom's eggs

You begin the design by drawing on a plain white egg with hot beeswax. These lines will protect the white when egg is dyed. When the designs to be white are complete, the egg is dipped into yellow dye and then dried. The kistka is used to draw the designs to remain yellow and then the egg is dipped into the next dye bath. The process continues, alternating waxing designs and using dyes that progressively get darker. The most popular Pysanky, end with the black dye. Once the black dye is dry,  the egg is held over the side of a candle flame and gently continue to wipe off the melted wax revealing the beautifully designed multicolored egg. The final process is to seal the egg with a coating of shellac or varnish. A small board with three nail groupings (which my dad made for my mother)  holds the suspended eggs while they dry.

An Easter display of eggs & bunnies

My mother would work on these eggs year round.  You must have a very steady hand and a lot of patience.  Each of these eggs would take her over 5 hours to create.  Some symbols and designs have specific meanings, but there is much room for your own creative expression.  My mother designed eggs for each of my daughters which are personalized with their names.

More Eggs!

To be honest, I attempted this art, but I became discouraged after I broke my first egg which represented over 3 hours of work!  I still have all my mother’s tools and dyes…so maybe someday I will have the patience of my mother…

So each year, I lovingly place these works-of-art in Easter baskets where they can be admired by all.   Thanks Mom!

Tonight’s Fireworks

Fireworks Over East Cove of Moosehead Lake

We just had the Snofest Fireworks on the East Cove of Moosehead Lake.  We took these pictures from our verandah…

talk about a bird’s-eye-view!

Sparkling Fireworks over Moosehead Lake

Winter Fireworks over Moosehead Lake

Fireworks over East Cove

“Exhilarating” White Water Rafting

Exhilarating White Water Rafting

“Exhilarating” White Water Rafting

Do something exhilarating with our Registered Maine Guide Service that offers full day white water rafting trips with lunch included or ½ day river kayaking trips.  The guide service is located less than one mile from our inn and they conveniently transport you to & from your destination.  The Greenville Inn’s sumptuous breakfast is included each morning.  Starting price for a 3-night package, with trip included, is $270. per person, double occupancy. All equipment provided. State-of-the-art self-bailing rafts, Type V lifejackets, paddles, helmets, all safety equipment, transportation, Registered Maine Guide in every boat, & photo slideshow of the day’s adventure (available to purchase at an additional cost). Wetsuits are available at an additional cost and may be required on some trips.  Video is available on any trip at an additional cost and must be requested in advance.

Subject to availability, double occupancy, tax & gratuities not included.

Available May 1, 2010- Oct. 11, 2010

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30 Mile Sled Dog Race Results

We captured the image of JAMES WHEELER’S TEAM FROM SOUTH PORTLAND to cross the finish line at today’s (Jan.6) Sled Dog Race in Greenville, Maine.   There were 18 teams at today’s race with them starting at staggered times.

(The results are listed below)

Remember- you can take a private dog sled ride with one of our local guides!

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Banner in Greenville giving directions

Spectators anxiously await the arrival of teams

3rd Place Team- James Wheeler

Congratulations to all the teams!

30-Mile Wilderness Race Results

Place/Name/ Run Time

1. Andre Longchamps, Quebec 2:04:44

2. Lev Shuarts, Winchendon, Mass. 2:12:21

3. James Wheeler, South Portland 2:12:36

4. Dave Punch, Kingsbury 2:14:36

5. Ashley Simpson, Shirley 2:28:21

6. Kim Berg, Ashland, N.H. 2:30:32

7. Elizabeth Rankin, Starksboro, Vt. 2:31:36

8. Caroline Blair Smith, Albany Twp. 2:34:45

9. Becki Tucker, Voluntown, Conn. 2:35:23

10. Kelly Berg, Ashland, N.H. 2:38:15

11. Scott Alexander, Sanbornton, N.H. 2:39:53

12. Rob Cooke, Saint Jacques, N.B. 2:43:01

13. Kim Darst, Blairstown, N.J. 2:44:47

14. Kasey McCarty, New Portland 2:46:22

15. Corinna Alexander, Sanbornton, N.H. 2:47:15

16. Shannon Herbert, Knowlesville, N.B. 2:50:01

17. Lidia Dale-Mesaros, Campton, N.H. 2:55:46

18. Paul Meyer, Farmington 3:08:49

Skiers at Big Squaw Mountain

It is good to see Big Squaw Mountain open and people skiing!

I was able to get some shots of the course set up for the team.  The course looked fast with packed snow…

hope they had some “good times“!

Big Squaw Mtn. Race Course

Big Squaw Mountain Ski Area

The views from the slopes of the mountain (which is also referred to as Big Moose Mountain) are of Moosehead Lake and surrounding mountain ranges.   They are spectacular!   Skiing on weekends is just one of the many activities that

Moosehead Lake and Greenville have to offer.

Snowmobiling is the #1 past time up here…if you don’t have a snowmobile we have businesses that specialize in renting you everything you will need…plus a guide if you want one.

A vacation in New England would not be complete without trying your hand at Ice Fishing…how many people do you know that have actually tried it?!  We have guides that will take care of all the details…even pick you up at our doorstep.

Dog-sledding is another one of those experiences that you can only do in a northern climate…it is one of the most relaxing ways to go sightseeing!

Some of our guests have gone snow-shoeing and have had a moose sighting…moose safaris are the #1 requested excursion in the spring, summer & fall.

Let us plan a Winter Wonderland for you!

“Ice Jams”

Ice jams are phenomena that usually do not occur until March.   Due to recent unseasonal heavy rains, there have been many rivers and streams that are experiencing these “ice jams” the last two days in Maine.

An ice jam can occur when the depth of the river or stream becomes shallow, impeding the flow of the ice downstream, causing the ice to pile up in that particular area.  Apparently, the ice jam can dissipate and move downstream just as quickly as it appeared.

Ice jams can damage bridges and cause quick, severe flooding in adjacent towns.

The photos below were taken today in northern Maine:

Ice Jam Kenduskeag Stream

"Ice Jam" Forming on Kenduskeag Stream

Piscataquis River with Ice Jam

Snowcapped Mountains

“Today was a sunny, beautiful day”…

the weatherman on Channel 5 actually said that about Greenville, Maine!

I have to agree!  I took these pictures today…

the Big & Little Moose Mountains look serene

with a cloud just hovering over them.

The Katahdin remains steadfast surrounded by the frozen lake and mounds of snow.

Katahdin in the Snow

The view from Indian Hill is breathtaking regardless of the season.

Frozen Moosehead Lake

Snowcapped Moose Mountain Range

View from the dining room today

Greenville Inn sits Regally above the town of Greenville & Moosehead Lake