2019 Home Tour and Taste of Rangeley
Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 12:30 PM
The self-guided tour will showcase some of the area’s most unique homes. This year enjoy a new format for the “Taste of Rangeley” – We will be showcasing the culinary talents of individual area chefs at the homes during the tour. Local restaurants will also be sharing some of their specialties.
At the conclusion of the Home Tour, attendees will gather at the Mountain Star Estate for complimentary desserts and cash bar with entertainment by Don Mantovani.
Admission to all homes $25. To purchase tickets to the Home Tour and Taste of Rangeley, click HERE. You may also visit the Box Office Mon-Thurs from 10-2, or call 207-864-5000.
Please present your ticket at the first home to receive your pass to the rest of the homes and the dessert reception at the Mountain Star Estate.
BROCHURE with MAP AND DIRECTIONS coming soon!
The homes on the tour are below:
Finlandia Lodge and Cabins. The home of Scott and Sennu Keith
Located at the very end (#282) of Bonney Point Road, off Route 4 on Rangeley Lake.
Finlandia lodge is a private waterfront location on the very tip of Bonney Point with expansive views of Rangeley Lake and Saddleback Mountain from almost every room in the house. Originally, it was built in 1920 as a fishing lodge, but in 2012 it was completely renovated. It now has 8 bedrooms that help to house the couple’s young adult quadruplets and two young adopted children, and a chef’s kitchen with a great vaulted ceiling, huge library complete with hundreds of DVD’s and books, beautiful screen porch that begs to be napped in, game room and bunk rooms in the walk out basement, drop down projection movie screen, claw-foot tubs, soaking tub, two private cabins and a water trampoline. The home owners have paid special attention to architectural details while renovating their home using antiques and salvaged pieces for all over the world. With roots in Finland the house has a slight Scandinavian flare and feel with a rustic edge. The Taste of Rangeley at this venue features Chef Kirk Right from Bald Mountain Camps serving local fare under the white tent with sprawling views and the relaxing sounds of the loons.
Directions: from downtown Rangeley, drive 6.5 miles North on Route 4. Drive past the second Mingo Loop access and take the next road on the left – Bonney Point Road. Drive all the way to the end, and park on the side of the road.
The Floating Nomad. The houseboat of Rheanna Sinnett
Located at 274 Shore Road in Oquossoc
The Floating Nomad is a 34 foot, 1968 Thunderbird Drift-R-Cruz house boat that now lives on Rangeley Lake in the summers. Fully renovated and modernized by Falmouth boat builder, Rick Keith, in 2018. Warm Cedar woodwork, a pop-up sleeping loft, fire pit and Adirondack chairs are some of the quaint offerings you will see in this home. The Nomad boasts a full kitchen and sleeps four comfortably while the lake rocks you to sleep. Probably the smallest home ever to be on the tour but certainly one of the most unique! This houseboat was built for strength and speed and can reach 35 knots; an old advertisement shows the boat pulling 6 water-skiers behind it. Owned by a former Navy helicopter pilot, Certified Maine Guide and Yoga instructor with family ties to Rangeley, Sinnett claims that driving the houseboat is not unlike flying a helicopter. Maneuvering the boat takes a bit of practice and precision. The Taste of Rangeley at this venue features Chef Steven True from the Portage House in Oquossoc. Savor the flavors of Rangeley on famous Rangeley Lake.
Directions: Coming soon.
Located off route 4 just before downtown 2342 Main st.
Newly built custom 4 season cabins and cottages in downtown Rangeley. Fieldstone Cottages are nestled in a beautiful meadow, feels remote and peaceful. Each studio-style cabin sleeps 2-4 guests, has high ceilings and lots of natural light. The white washed walls and exposed beams and corrugated metal showers are warm and inviting. The frog pond comes alive in the summer and in the winter you can drive your snowmobile right onto the trails from your doorstep. So close to town that you can walk there faster then driving! The Taste of Rangeley at this venue features an assortment of hors d’oeuvres from local eateries.
Directions: from downtown Rangeley, travel south on Route 4 for 0.4 miles – the cottages are on your Right.
The Farmhouse Inn
Located just outside of town on Route 4: 2057 Main Street
From 1833 to 1836 John, James, and Luther Hoar II purchased various properties from Squire James Rangeley to create a single large block. The resulting property is located at the spot where the Town of Rangeley and the four plantations of Dallas, Rangeley and Sandy River come together. In 1899 it was acquired by Nathan Ellis who purchased it from the heirs of Luther (who changed his name from Hoar) Nile. It was named Lake View Farm, but it is usually referred to as the Ellis Farm. At one time the farm housed 3000 sheep. Early on there were 12 or 13 barns were built to manage the sheep farm. The Big House, which was originally a barn, was finished in 1903.
Nate had eight sons and one daughter. His #7 son, Lynwood, purchased the Farm from the estate about 1917. Lynwood and Marion (Oakes) had 6 sons and 6 daughters. He continued the farm as a sheep farm and in the late 1920’s he had fourteen single-room tourist cottages built near the lake for the tourist trade. He also established a central dining room in the Big House. In the early 1940’s Lynwood purchased four other competing dairy units in the area and went into the dairy business on a large scale. The farm grew to a high point of nearly 300 head of cattle, 100 hogs, 200 chickens and 10-12 horses. Walter (#4 son) purchased a quarter interest in the Farm and modernized the operation and produced homogenized and pasteurized dairy products for the surrounding towns. He operated it jointly with his father until 1959.
From 1961-1973 the farm was used to raise beef cattle and large portions of the land was subdivided and sold off. The remaining 220 acre farm was bought by Paul (son #5) and Barbara Ellis. In 1973 the farm was rebuilt and converted into an Inn. Over the years the inn has changed hands a few times and housed a pub and a full service restaurant. In 2013 Shane and Stacey Vorous bought the Inn and along with their 4 children started renovating once again, this time with the idea to turn it into a rustic and beautiful wedding venue while keeping the history alive. What was once the dairy pasteurizing barn is now an airy beautiful honeymoon suite; the Little House still shows the rustic beams and floors and a tiny staircase leading to the upstairs bedroom. The Vorous Family live and work out of the Farmhouse and strive to keep the history of one of Rangeley’s oldest standing homes alive. The Taste of Rangeley at this venue features an assortment of hors d’oeuvres from local restaurant.
Directions: from downtown Rangeley, travel south on Route 4 for 1.4 miles. The Farmhouse is on your left. Plenty of parking.
The Mountain Star Estate
Located on the grounds above the Farmhouse Inn.
Built in 2017 this wedding barn was created using reclaimed beams and boards from an old chicken farm. The Vorous family painstakingly removed every nail and preserved the character and warmth of the wood with building this venue. Weddings and events for up to 200 can be held here and it is truly a breathtaking place. The Taste of Rangeley at this venue features desserts, coffee and cocktails.