Wolf Cove Inn: Idyllic Retreat In Poland, Maine

Review of Wolf Cove Inn Maine | 5 Jordan Shore Drive
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Whether you are inside the tastefully-decorated building or strolling the grounds outside, the Wolf Cove Inn is a spacious delight for the senses. Located on Tripp Lake, less than an hour from Portland, Maine, Wolf Cove Inn is a perfect place to get away from the tourist crowds on the coast and just relax in luxury. With 560 feet (170.68 meters) of private shorefront, there are outdoor activities readily available year-round, on-site and in the immediate vicinity.

Setting in tune with nature

The front walkway leading to Wolf Cove Inn
Source: Connie Pearson

Wolf Cove Inn blends in beautifully with its surroundings. The property is bounded by tall trees, wide frontage on Tripp Lake and carefully-tended flowers and shrubs along the inn’s walkways. No busy highways or close neighbors mar the peace and quiet. After all, the entire town of Poland, Maine only has a population of slightly over 5,000. Guests immediately feel that this is a place to take a deep breath and leave busyness behind.

If you choose to visit in the winter, ice fishing is even possible on the lake. In other seasons, a boat and a pier are available for fishing.

Spacious common areas

A perfect place to enjoy the lake.
Source: Connie Pearson

Even though each of the 11 rooms have flatscreen TVs and plenty of comfortable chairs, the common areas are also well-furnished for gathering to meet new people or to accommodate couples who might be traveling together with friends. Books, videos, tables for games, a fireplace and even a piano can be shared by the guests. And the kitchen keeps snacks and beverages available for afternoon and evening enjoyment. An enclosed porch and several well-placed seating areas outside take further advantage of the views of the lake and the serenity of the property.

Bountiful breakfast made to order

Savory entree at breakfast.
Source: Connie Pearson

Breakfast at Wolf Cove Inn is very much a “have it your way” occasion. Family style seating is offered in addition to intimate two-person tables overlooking the lake. Also, in an unusual twist for a Bed and Breakfast, guests are given a menu in order to choose what they would like to have for breakfast. The kitchen staff will also offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and Atkins options if they are notified in advance.

The Wolf Cove owners do their best to support local businesses and farmers when buying groceries for their guests. The coffee comes from Carrabassett Coffee Company in Kingfield, Maine, and the sausage is processed nearby.

Breakfast always consists of a savory entree, a sweet entree, homemade breads and muffins, juice, fresh fruit and coffee.

Comfortable rooms with many amenities.

Comfortable bed in the Mt. Katahdin room
Source: Connie Pearson

If you are a guest who enjoys traveling with your pet, four of the lodging accommodations are dog friendly. Many rooms are situated to provide views of the lake. Several can accommodate three or four guests, which is important for couples traveling with young children. Some have whirlpool tubs. Some have fireplaces. A separate cabin is even wheelchair accessible. Just check the website for the price and amenities that best serve your needs.

Once you check in to Wolf Cove Inn, the staff has a great option for a light meal in your room if you really prefer to stay in and not go out for dinner. It is something they call “Griddle and Crock” and consists of soup and a panini. Perfect for settling by the fireplace or watching a movie or ballgame on television.

A registered massage therapist has partnered with Wolf Cove Inn to provide services for guests, if those are desired. Again, check the website for prices and varieties of massages available.

All of the guest rooms have private baths with showers. Four rooms include whirlpool tubs in addition to the showers. Large luxurious towels, a hair dryer and signature toiletries are stocked in each bathroom.

Convenient to get to the airport and famous attractions

Portland Head Light on Cape Elizabeth
Source: Connie Pearson

The foodie scene and local breweries in Portland are only a short drive away from Poland. And, if you’re interested in exploring historical buildings, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House is located on Congress Street. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow grew up in the house, and almost all of the household items and artifacts are original to members of Longworth’s family. The Victorian Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House, is on Danforth Street, only a few short blocks from the Portland Museum of Art. But, most likely, first-time visitors to the Portland area will want to be sure to see the iconic Portland Head Light on Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth. It was made famous in a 1929 painting by American artist Edward Hopper.

The Portland airport is only a 45-minute drive away from Wolf Cove Inn, and Boston’s Logan International Airport can be reached in less than three hours.

Near the city and nature

Wolf Cove Inn is close enough to Portland to be convenient to the airport or events and restaurants in the city, but its primary appeal lies in its uncommonly beautiful setting. Nature lovers will especially enjoy this place with comfortable rooms, a delicious breakfast and access to space for hiking, fishing or relaxing.

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