With one year under my belt as the new innkeeper of Peacock House, many of you may not even be aware that ownership of the Inn has changed. It was a whirlwind first year, with a steep learning curve and a lot of joy. I have found my calling!
Sue and Dennis Baker, the previous innkeepers, did a phenomenal job helping me transition into this life-long dream. I’m very grateful for all they have done. I love my new home and feel welcomed by the local community. I have become part of the population affectionately known as People From Away (or PFAs)—those people who came for a visit, and stayed.
About me: My name is Mary Beth Hoffman and I, like the previous owners, came to Lubec from Pennsylvania. I lived in a little town called Media, just outside of Philadelphia and I had a 35-year career in Occupational Therapy, working in rehab and in schools. I’ve been married to my husband, Jim, for 36 years. Jim owns a furniture restoration business in Pennsylvania that he is in the process of selling in order to move to Maine. Jim and I have a 23 year old son, Mark, who is attending Temple University in Philadelphia and studying graphic design.
I dreamed of being an innkeeper for 30 years. And yes, being an innkeeper is every bit as rewarding as I imagined! I enjoy owning a small business and being hands-on, from creating new and exciting breakfasts and making sure each guest’s stay is delightful, to finding locally sourced ingredients, soaps, coffee and artwork. I enjoy my work down to the smallest detail of room presentation, guest comfort and, of course, freshly baked afternoon cookies.
I enjoy supporting this wonderful community and getting to know so many unique people– locals and out-of-towners alike. I also enjoy meeting guests for the first time and welcoming back returning friends. It is a treat to see familiar faces at the door. I enjoy helping guests to feel at home and encourage them to make the most of the inn’s common space- to use the living room, library, sunroom and outdoor deck at their leisure.
Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
Going into my second year, I am embracing the solitude of a snowy February day, knowing the busy season is approaching when the snow disappears. I have a long list of projects to keep me occupied, but I appreciate the quiet of the off-season.
In a few months, the inn will be a buzz of activity with Summerkeys participants, workshop guests and hiking/sightseeing/adventuring vacationers sharing tales of travels and whale sightings over breakfast in the morning, or over a glass of wine in the sunroom in the evening. In a few months, I’ll be up before dawn, brewing coffee and preparing a breakfast that’s pleasing to the eye and palate. I’ll spend the day cleaning rooms and washing linens, running errands, booking reservations and all the other little things that go along with running an inn. I’ll visit with guests into the evening, and will crawl into bed exhausted and happy. I wouldn’t have it any other way. That knowledge makes today and its non-rushed pace all the more enjoyable.
I hope you will follow along with this blog, and follow Peacock House on Facebook, while we showcase the many reasons to fall in love with Downeast Maine. When you’re ready to take the plunge and explore the breathtaking coast of Maine for yourself, I hope you will choose to stay at Peacock House, where PFAs are made.
Mary Beth Hoffman, Innkeeper