Win an inn in Maine with an essay, $99 and a dream

Just 350 words stand between you and your dream job of being an innkeeper.

March 4, 2020, 11:17 AM

If you've ever fancied yourself an innkeeper on a sparsely populated island but lacked the funds to make it a reality, this may be your chance.

All you need is an essay and a dream. And $99.

Instead of selling the Harbor Watch Inn on Swan's Island in Maine, the current owner is having a contest. You can enter as many times as you like by writing an essay of no more than 350 words on, according to the website, "Why owning a small island inn would fulfill your dreams. Why do you believe you will succeed? What, if anything would you change about the inn?"

The inn itself is a four-room establishment plus a full apartment on the second level. The two standard rooms have two double beds, a full private bath, sitting area, small microwave, mini-fridge and a coffee maker.

The kitchen rooms are upgraded and include a full kitchen with full-sized refrigerator and range. These units face the harbor and have private balconies.

The winner will get $25,000 in operating funds. Enter before March 31, 2020.

Swan's Island is located six miles off the coast of Maine and is home to only a few hundred residents. It is accessible by ferry from Bass Harbor.