Another Warm, Beautiful Day

Daffodils Popping Up!

Everything is turning green, buds are on the trees!

Took these pictures today…

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

Maine 100 USCC Snowmobile Race

We enjoyed watching today’s USCC Snowmobile Race.   The race was moved to the West Cove of Moosehead Lake because of some bare spots on the trails…but this actually made it easier for us “spectators”.  We are looking forward to this being a yearly event!

Three Racers Making it a Tight Race

The Last Lap

Crossing the Finish Line

And the winner is...

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!

Learn More

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

Mother/Daughter “Diva” Destination

The Greenville Inn has just developed a new package for all of you who love your mom!

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.  Your 3 night stay in a room, suite or cottage includes breakfast each morning at a private table in our dining rooms, a 4-course dinner one evening from our full menu,

“Tea for Two”

Tea for Two

served in your room while you reminisce and jot down all those endearing & fond memories in a

personalized (photo) keepsake journal.

You can both just kick-back and relax, have a rejuvenating massage or take an exciting wilderness excursion with one of our local Registered Maine Guides.  We have some quaint shopping areas and lovely spots to go on leisure strolls. Relax on the historic steamship Katahdin as it takes you on a cruise up Moosehead Lake.

For those of you that are more adventurous, we have many outdoor activities such as kayaking, canoeing, fishing, moose safaris, hiking, ATV adventure and seaplane rides.  You can go exploring on your own or we can arrange a guide and rentals.

Prices starting at $685.00 double occupancy,

upgrades subject to availability.

(Must be consecutive nights.)

July 5- Oct. 11

Why not treat yourself and your mom to some quality time? Contact us

Awe-inspiring Sunsets

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!