Husband and wife team, Rose and Prince Adams are proud to be the 3rd Innkeeper couple keeping the authentic unplugged New England Country Inn tradition alive. They are are both native New Yorker’s, hailing from the big city of Brooklyn. They have over 35 years of combined experience working in the field of hospitality.
After graduating from the New York Restaurant School in New York City, Rose headed-up the catering program for Gourmet Garage, one of the first gourmet / specialty foods operations in New York City with five locations. Catering clients include the Guggenheim Museum, National Public Radio (NPR), and the Rockefellers to mention a few. Rose moved on to worked for two Rockefeller owned, 5 star luxury resorts, the exclusive Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, British West Indies, and Caneel Bay, a Rosewood-managed resort in St. John, United States Virgin Islands. There she earned repeated promotions and held various positions, including restaurant manager, food and beverage director, assistant hotel manager and general manager.
Prior to coming to Maine, the couple upstarted an award winning restaurant on St. John, USVI, called Sweet Plantains, Restaurant & Rum Bar. Their achievements on St. John included “Best New Restaurant,” “Best Chef in the entire USVI,” “Best Sweet / Desserts,” “Best Chef on St. John,” “Best Bar-tending Staff,” “Best Ethnic Restaurant,” and “Best Gourmet Restaurant”, via the US Virgin Islands Daily News Reader’s Poll.
The Adams acquired the Center Lovell Inn in the same manor former Innkeeper Janice Sage acquired it, that is through an essay writing contest. Here is a link to the feature story in the Boston Globe. (For a fascinating read, check out the true story of Bil and Susie Mosca, and the inspiring story behind the first Center Lovell Inn Essay contest — Passing Along Our Dream. )
After taking ownership, the Adams realized that the old Inn was behind the times. The couple understands that today, customers are paying more than the usual attention to their dining and lodging experience. New game-changing businesses like TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Airbnb means traditional inns must be more proactive and customer-centric. To stay competitive, the Adams’ had to embrace the future but not forsake the Inn’s authenticity as traditional New England Country bed and breakfast. They immediately focused on making small, but meaningful changes to improve the guest experience: free high speed Wi-Fi, online booking via all major channels, contemporary style casual-fine dining experience, complimentary gourmet breakfast (there was a fee in the past), adding basic amenities (in room: hair dryer, iron, and refrigerator), all natural toiletries and 24 hours gourmet coffee, teas and snacks. The Adams also implemented eco-friendly sustainable practices that earn the Inn a ‘Green Leaders’ recognition form TripAdvisor.
We are excited to continue pursuing our love for great food, fine wine, great craft beer, aged rums and hospitality in Lovell Maine.