Janice Sage won the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant in an essay contest in 1993, and passed it along in the same fashion this month. (Though it's listed online, it seems you couldn't buy the inn if you wanted to.) Thousands of entrants obsessively refreshing the official website for the latest contest discovered this message recently:
We would like to congratulate Prince and Rose Adams from St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, for writing the winning essay. The Inn will re-open on July 10th.
The Adams are from New York but have run Sweet Plantains restaurant in the Virgin Islands for the past twelve years, according to the Bangor Daily News. News of St. John reported in 2013 that the couple were looking to sell their business and focus on a new venture similar to Groupon, MyVIDeals. Sweet Plantains is still for sale, apparently.
The Boston Globe has more on the couple, including their winning essay with the closing line, "Undoubtedly our passion, hospitality and commitment is the perfect recipe for a successful marriage to the beautiful Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant."
Readers, did you enter the competition?