LAMOINE — Sue Hann has wanted to own a bed and breakfast ever since she stayed in one while visiting colleges with her daughter years ago.
Today she and her husband, Eric, are living out the dream with the Chocolate Chip Bed & Breakfast in a vintage home a half mile from Lamoine Beach.
The Hanns, who bought the house seven years ago, settled on Maine because Sue’s parents are from Fort Kent.
They also like Lamoine because they wanted to be in close proximity to Bar Harbor.
After buying the house, Eric and Sue spent three years driving up from Connecticut every other weekend to renovate the house.
When they moved here four years ago the house was still a work in progress with no insulation or interior walls.
The only heat was a woodstove. There was one sink and it was in the bathroom. The bedroom was a box spring and mattress in a large tent.
“With the help of family and friends we cleaned up, gutted, tore down, added on and began to rebuild our new home,” said Sue.
Although Eric still travels to Connecticut once a month to work as a computer programmer, Sue is here full time.
She said the B&B is intended to be inviting, the kind of place where you can put up your feet, read a book and munch on a cookie.
“We wanted a relaxing home away from home,” said Sue. “The way we look at it, everything is replaceable. And I love spoiling people.”