Trace the Footsteps of Thoreau

photo courtesy of Edward Mathieu

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Henry David Thoreau’sThe Maine Woods” with a private, informative tour to a portion of the land Thoreau explored with his Penobscot Indian guides (also named the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail).

On your four-hour jeep excursion, you will learn about Thoreau’s travels in the wilderness of Maine and why his last words were “Indian” and “moose”. To commemorate your trip, you will receive a gift bag containing a copy of Thoreau’s book, “The Maine Woods”, a “Maine Survival Kit” and a unique “Greenville, Maine” souvenir.

3 night stay with breakfast at a private table included each morning while viewing the magnificent Moose Mountain Range. Prices starting at $687.00 for a party of 2. $50.00 extra per person (maximum 4 guests)

May 15- October 13

  • 3 night accommodation
  • Breakfast each morning at a private table
  • Private 4 hour guided tour
  • All transportation included
  • Thoreau’s book, “The Maine Woods
  • “Maine Survival Kit”
  • “Greenville, Maine” souvenir

*Does not include tax or gratuity.  Subject to availability.  Minimum of 3 night stay.

photo courtesy of Edward Mathieu

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★Winter/Spring Activities at Moosehead Lake

Maine 100 Cross Country Snowmobile Race


Cash Prizes!  Details will be posted on mooseheadriders.org

http://mooseheadriders.org

  • March 8 & 9, 2014
  • Moosehead Lake
    Greenville Jct, ME

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Moose Mainea


Every spring, the Moosehead Lake Region hosts a month long celebration of the MOOSE. Some of the events include the Moosterpiece Craft Fair, Moose Mainea Kid’s Fun Day, and a Town Wide Yard Sale… just to name a few.  Join us in celebrating our most famous resident- the MOOSE! 

(and… this is the best time to see a moose!)

  • May 17 – June 15, 2014
  • Greenville Village, Greenville
    12 Lily Bay Rd, Greenville

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Moosterpiece Craft Fair and Moose Mainea Kids’ Fun Day


Moosehead Lake Region hosts a yearly Moose Mainea Celebration. Area crafters host the Moose Mainea Craft Fair in downtown Greenville. Along with the Craft Fair, we will have a food & games for the kids.

  • June 14, 2014
  • The Katahdin Steamship Parking Lot
    Downtown Greenville

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Listed on National Register of Historic Places!

We are proud to announce that the

William M. Shaw House (Greenville Inn)

is officially listed on National Register of Historic Places!

We are thrilled that this magnificent home is being recognized for the masterpiece it is!

The first step in the three year process, was to contact Christi A. Mitchell, an architectural historian.   Christi did extensive research before visiting us, and after touring the mansion and carriage house, she felt this was truly a property worth recognizing on the National Register.  Christi also met with the Candy Canders Russell, the Executive Director of the Moosehead Historical Society and Museums.

Christi prepared the extensive form with documentation showing the history and significance of the home.  She presented the form to the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, who then nominated the William M. Shaw Residence to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The form that was submitted is actually 26 pages long, so I have just quoted some of the text which I thought may be of interest.

This is the narrative summary written and submitted by the architectural historian, Christi A. Mitchell:

“Located on a rise overlooking Moosehead Lake and the town of Greenville, Maine is the former home of William M. Shaw.  This elaborate, two-and-a-half story, wood-frame Queen Anne style house was built for one of Greenville’s most prosperous nineteenth century residents at the height of his success; this is reflected in the building’s rich and ornate embellishments.

The house features sweeping porches, undulating elevations of bay windows, a compound roof,  a porte-cochère, and a wide variety of shingles, brackets, and panels on the exterior, and is known for the exquisite exotic woods on this handsomely appropriated interior.

Mahogany Ceiling with Original Leaded Glass Light Fixtures

The design of this local landmark benefited from the work of two of the states most prolific and important architects:  E. E. Lewis of Gardiner designed the house in 1890 and the Bangor architect Wilfred E. Mansur subsequently altered the house and attached carriage house in 1905.”

The William M. Shaw Residence met two criteria, which made it eligible to be listed on the

National Register of Historic Places:

  • Property is associated with the lives of persons significant in our past:

Christy A. Mitchell wrote:

“William M. Shaw was a timber man, businessman, entrepreneur and a member of one of the town’s most important and influential families.  The opulent home that he had erected starting circa 1890 reflects the financial success of Shaw and his family.  However, his significance in Greenville extends beyond his own personal fortunes.

From his house on the hill overlooking Moosehead Lake Shaw could see the office building, store, saw mill, and lumber yard associated with the M. G. Shaw Lumber Company he owned with his father and two brothers.  He could watch the venerable steamship Katahdin and her predecessors, owned by the family, transport passengers from Greenville to resorts on the lake or haul log rafts south from the northern forests.  Across the lake he could watch the sun set over Big Squaw Mountain, in Big Squaw, the township the company owned and over which he managed the timberland.

Parlor Dining Room Woodwork

He could see the telephone poles, the electric poles and the hydrants that represented the services he and his brothers furnished for the town.  And within his home he was surrounded by the quarter sawn oak, white oak, mahogany, and pecan woods that he had access to as an exporter of lumber.

The Shaw family had a significant impact on Greenville through the businesses they grew, the jobs they created, the services they developed and local philanthropy.”

Original China Teacup with text "Up to Shaw's"

Christy A. Mitchell went on to say:

“In addition to owning the lumber mill in Greenville, they established and ran the steamboat company, and the bank.

Restored Steamboat "The Katahdin"

Their holdings included the Second Roach Farm and the Lily Bay House located farther north on the lake, and which supplied fresh vegetables and provisions for the lumber camps, provided accommodations for men entering or leaving the woods and lodged the lumber horses when they were not being used over the summer.  In 1893 they built the large and still extant Shaw Block, designed by Wilfred E. Mansur, to house commercial space, a fraternal lodge, a theatre and offices.”

Stained Glass Light Fixture in "Oak Room"

  • Property embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or represents the work of a master, or possesses high artistic values, or represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components lack individual distinction:

Christy A. Mitchell wrote:

“The William M. Shaw residence is an excellent example of a Queen Anne style house from c. 1890.  The exterior of the house retains its overall integrity of design, materials, workmanship, setting location, association and feeling from its periods of initial construction and the sympathetic alterations made in 1905.  The only significant modern alterations are the addition of the dining room on the north side, and the conversion of the carriage house to guest quarters.

Many of the character defining features of Queen Anne architecture are utilized on the house, including patterned shingles, bay windows, front facing gable, full width porch, complicated asymmetrical massing, undulating and textured wall surfaces and brackets. 

By the use of the Roman Doric columns, the dentils and decorative panels this building can be further categorized as an example of the “Free Classic” sub-type, characteristics that were shared with the contemporaneous Colonial Revival style.

"Oak Room" Quarter-Sawn Oak Fireplace

Oak staircase with landing niche

The interior of the house contains a mixture of Edwardian, Victorian, classical and Arts-and Crafts style details and is an excellent example of turn-of-the-century craftsmanship and design.

Imported Tiled Fireplace

Some of the hallmarks of the era include stain glass and art glass windows, coffer-ed ceilings, finely detailed fireplaces surround with imported tile, a landing niche, and original Lincrista wallpaper.

Carved Oak Mirror in "Oak Room"

In addition, the house has numerous original lighting fixtures,

Gas/Electric Light Fixture

many of which were designed for both gas and electricity, an original butler’s pantry with dumbwaiter and slate sink, a rib-cage style needle shower in a marble enclosure, and early internal telephone.”

Antique Intercom System

We would like to officially thank Christi A. Mitchell, Candy Canders Russell, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, National Park Service, and the U.S. Department of Interior for making this recognition possible.   We appreciate all the time and effort spent on projects such as this.  We are proud to be keepers of such a historic home.

The William M. Shaw House is presently run as a bed and breakfast and restaurant known as the Greenville Inn at Moosehead Lake. The inn is not open to the public for tours, but we gladly welcome guests of the inn to enjoy this  historic treasure!

Greenville Inn at Moosehead Lake Website

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✰Packages, Packages, Packages!

We know that in this economic climate, travelers are looking for packages that represent real value. We have developed packages that give you value and great choices (we do not charge more than the guides’ rates):

See a Moose or Go Again for Free!

Magnificent Bull Moose

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 (subject to availability).  Prices starting at $470.00

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Spring Fling Discount: Stay in the months of May or June for 3 nights…and receive a $99 discount!   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!  Prices starting at $380.00

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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.  Prices starting at $546.00

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Stay More Than 4, Get More!

Get more when you stay with us for more than 4 nights…you get 10% off your entire stay( double occupancy rates).  We are offering this remarkable savings year-round, so book early to reserve the exact room, cottage or suite you want! Our sumptuous breakfast is included each morning. Let us book an excursion for you!

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Refresh, Rejuvenate, Relax: 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 romantic getaway. (2 hour–1 hour massage each)  Prices starting at $570 per couple

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Honeymoon Hideaway: Let us make your honeymoon a most memorable one.  Enjoy 4 nights in a room or suite (priced accordingly).  Your stay includes breakfast every morning,  a commemorative CD of romantic music,  a basket of assorted cheeses and crackers and a bottle of champagne or non-alcoholic sparkling juice.  Prices starting at $625.00 per couple

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Romantic Getaway: 2 night stay and a basket w/assorted cheese, crackers, candy & nuts, one bottle Brut champagne, breakfast each morning, commemorative CD of romantic music.  Prices starting at $390.00 per couple

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Winter Wonderland View from Greenville Inn
Winter Wonderland View from Greenville Inn

Winter Wonderland: Stay with us for 3 nights and get a $100.00 discount!  Not only are the prices lower during the months of November through April, but you save an additional $100!  Prices starting at $380.00

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All Day Waterfall TourJoin us on a scenic waterfall trip in the mountains of Maine as we take photos, have a picnic lunch in front of the falls and just relax.

Waterfall in the Spring

On a hot, humid day you can cool off and stand under certain falls or perhaps, even wade in the cool pools of mountain fresh water!

Waterfall in the Spring

Let us plan a personalized, private trip for you. This trip can be done in any season-

Fall with the foliage is breathtaking…we can even snowshoe to the falls in the Winter!

A 2 night stay starting at $640 for a party of 2 ($470 for a party of 1).  Breakfast is included each morning and lunch/drinks are included on day of tour.

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Snowshoe Wonder Walk

If you can walk, then you can snowshoe!


Let our guide take you to explore the secret side of our spectacular area.   Experience a private one-half day snowshoe trek to a site of an ancient Native American fishing village over 7,000 years old.  Just wear warm clothes and we provide the equipment, hot drinks and food.  Two night lodging, breakfast and 3 to 4 hour tour included.  Prices starting at $480 per couple ($75 extra per person for excursion)

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August Menu

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Our Bluebirds Are Back!

I think this is the 5th year we have had Bluebirds in our birdhouse!

They have been very busy feeding the “young-uns”…

Take a look…

You should have heard the chirping!

Bluebird...what is that in your beak?!

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B&B or Inn?

Greenville Inn at Moosehead Lake

Recently, I had a conversation with someone who was inquiring about the

differences between a “Bed and Breakfast” and an “Inn”.

First, let me state all the ways that Inns and B&Bs are similar:

  • Most Inns and B&Bs provide private en-suite bathrooms (the days of sharing a bathroom are long gone! All of Greenville Inn’s accommodations have private en-suite bathrooms)
  • Most Inns and B&Bs have TVs in each accommodation (all of Greenville Inn’s accommodations have TVs!)
  • Most Inns and B&Bs provide FREE  WIFI and will print boarding passes for guests needing them (Greenville Inn has FREE WIFI)
  • In comparison to chain hotels/motels, guests will find many more amenities at both B&Bs and Inns (many of the Greenville Inn’s accommodations offer spa robes, 2 person whirlpool tub, fireplaces, private outdoor seating, towel warmers, private entrances, TVs with DVD players, antiques, etc.)
  • Full breakfasts are usually included at both Inns & B&Bs (Greenville Inn breakfast is always included and we have items such as Stuffed Blueberry French Toast!)
  • Inns and B&Bs individualize the guests’ stay (we ask such things as, “Do you have any dietary restrictions?”)
  • Most Inns and B&Bs have an innkeeper/owner who is readily available to make sure each guest’s stay is outstanding (most live somewhere on the grounds)
  • Most Inns and B&Bs are situated on acreage with gardens that guests can enjoy   ( Greenville Inn has 5 acres of lush gardens filled with Adirondack chairs)
  • Most Inns and B&Bs are historic buildings with large verandahs which provide comfortable sitting areas   ( Greenville Inn has several verandahs with relaxing wicker chairs)
  • Most Inns and B&Bs provide a good variety of cards, games, DVDs and books (for those guests that still read the paper variety!)
  • Most Inns and B&Bs provide 24/7 coffee & tea (Greenville Inn accommodations all have access to coffee & tea any time of day or night!)
  • Inns and B&Bs usually have some seasonal packages and multiple night stay discounts (Greenville Inn offers many seasonal packages & discounts)
  • Upon check-in, most Inns & B&Bs provide guests with maps, local guide books and suggestions for activities/events that are happening in the area. Many will also make reservations or contact area services for you.  (Greenville Inn does all this and more)
  • No “cookie-cutter” rooms.  Most of the accommodations in both Inns and B&Bs are unique.  (All of Greenville Inn’s rooms, suites and cottages are “one of a kind”…many repeat guests find it fun to try out different rooms, but there are also those guests who “love” a certain room and book it year after year!)

Since we are an “Inn”, I think these are the basic differences:

  • Inns are usually larger than B&Bs (The Greenville Inn has 14 accommodations)

Greenville Inn Five Acre Estate

  • Inns usually offer more of a variety of accommodations (The Greenville Inn has 4 historic inn rooms, 2 luxury suites, 2 family suites and 6 private cottages)
  • Inns usually have more than one public sitting room (The Greenville Inn has two sitting rooms, a large foyer and a library)
  • Inns usually have a year round or seasonal restaurant (The Greenville Inn’s restaurant is open for dinner June 25th – Oct. 13th)
  • Inns usually provide private tables for breakfast (The Greenville Inn has 16 private tables– some tables can seat a party of eight)
  • Inns are usually larger, so guests do not feel like they are staying in someone’s home (many first time B&Bers have this concern)

Of course, there are exceptions to all of this, but I hope I have given a little bit of insight!

If you haven’t yet tried an Inn or a B&B…

…once you’ve stayed at one…

you will see why so many people only stay at Inns or B&Bs!

Greenville Inn

Greenville Inn overlooking Moosehead Lake

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Christmas in July!

Join us for some fun activities!!!

(Fun for kids of all ages!!)

Watch our blog & Facebook page to find out what “Featured Item” Chef Bear will be creating for this event!

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Congratulations, Kathryn!

Kathryn Cecero entered our “One Night Giveaway” on Facebook…and she won!  She was so excited when we contacted her…at first, she didn’t believe it was real!

We are looking forward to meeting her when she arrives for her stay at The Greenville Inn.

Congratulations, Kathryn!

Kathryn

Watch our Facebook page for another giveaway!

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Greenville Inn Dining

We are truly happy to have Chef Bear back at the inn…we have missed his amazing food!

His new menu provides a huge amount of choices for even the most discerning diner.

I was able to sneak in a few photos of some of his amazing food:

Smoked Duck Confit

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Rhubarb Strawberry Tart

Vegetable Pave

Pan Roasted Farm Chicken Dijon

Grilled Beef Tenderloin

We have an  a la carte menu…

which means you can have whatever you want!

Greenville Inn Menu

We are open Tuesday-Saturday

June 25th – October 13th

Call or email us for a reservation

1-888-695-6000

innkeeper@greenvilleinn.com

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