Just what possessed innkeepers Tom and Marcey White to move from to Bethel, Maine in order to open a most unique inn, A Prodigal Inn & Gallery, is the question I had recently posted to this charming couple.
For this village is situated in Maine’s western mountains 70 miles. Since its settlement in 1768, its inhabitants including the school district communities, at roughly 2360, has remained steady. During the peak seasons, it swells to approximately 6000.
What’s notable about this scenic area in the center of Western Maine is its convenient location to the popular Sunday River Ski Resort, in addition to snowmobiling, hunting, tubing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, antiquing, kayaking, canoeing, golfing, historical research, and do not forget the brilliance of the autumn foliage.
Marcey signaled that when Tom and she moved to Maine, they were searching for a way Tom focus on his art career and could leave the area. Apparently, Tom found that he had an innate talent for painting and sculpting. Amazing is that Tom is a self-taught artist-!
Their objective was to locate a property that would allow them to get an inn and a place to exhibit Tom’s artwork.
The end result was the buying of an 1813 property that Tom surprisingly single- handed remodeled to an inn with an art studio that is adjoining. Previous to running the inn, Marcey had expertise in the service and food businesses and thus she was able to transfer her skills.
The strangest title of the inn is patterned after the parable of the Prodigal Son and its own message is reflected by Tom’s exquisite sculpture. It’s the expectation of the innkeepers as portrayed in the sculpture and narrative that guests will experience the exact welcome.
At first, one of the fathers of Bethel had owned the property. For twenty years past to Marcey and Tom’s possession, the inn was billed as the first”Bed and Breakfast in Western Maine.” It had consisted of six rooms with kitchen privileges and one bath.
The inn’s six rooms deserve high marks for their decoration, some with Jacuzzis tubs, and each using their own baths. Rooms are named after the innkeepers’ children and a grandchild. According to Marcey, she embraced the characters of each of them to reflect their colors too.
Prevalent throughout the inn is calmness and its peace. We found the rooms devoid of uniformity and exuding a lot of sophistication and warmth.
Entering the living room of the inn, we were immediately taken in by Tom’s first type bronze sculptures. Marcey signaled to us that guests are invited to observe this”world- class sculptor” as he goes about creating his glorious works of art. It didn’t take us long to take her up and the studio that’s installed in a barn was visited by us.
Without the doubt, Tom’s artistic inspiration was enhanced by the spectacular scenery surrounding the inn with its meadows, nearby ponds and rivers, (the inn is across from the Androscoggin River), and mountains.
It’s also little wonder why this inn has been shown to be popular for couples celebrating weddings in the gazebo situated inside the stunning gardens of the inn.