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6/17/2014
Gary Moore: Historic Rangeley Inn Is Being Lovingly Restored
The historic Rangeley Inn
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The historic Rangeley Inn

BY GARY W. MOORE
Outdoors Writer

I have been staying at the Rangeley Inn for decades and have loved every visit. Unfortunately the property had been going downhill in recent years until it fell into bankruptcy and many of us wondered if the old girl could be saved.

I am happy to say she can, and she has, thanks to Travis Ferland and his mother. They took possession last August and started restoring the inn almost immediately.

A fresh coat of sky blue paint with white trim makes the outside shine and the long front porch with its comfortable chairs inviting. Linda and I spent hours on the porch reading, relaxing, and watching hummingbirds flit around the flowers and people come and go along Main Street.

The tavern wing has been completely remodeled, adding suites, large comfortable rooms and an attractive open sitting area. I must say the results are remarkable.

On our way back from Lac Megantic a couple of weeks ago, Linda and I came home via Rangeley so we could check out the renovations. We opted for a corner room in the historic Ellis wing where we had stayed before. It is just off the lobby where the grand piano and comfortable chairs welcome guests to sit a while.

The ladies parlor is another place where you can sit and read or chat. It is small and intimate. Like the the rest of the inn, historic photos and memorabilia of the inn and Rangeley adorn the walls. You can spend hours imagining what it would have been like a century ago.

The restaurant and the pub now feature new menus with items both delicious and affordable. You can order light fare or a complete dinner. A full bar provides your favorite adult beverage and invites you to linger and enjoy the company of your companions.



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A sprinkler system has been installed and other changes made to bring the inn up to fire code. I slept more soundly than I ever had thanks to those improvements. Now in my fifth decade as a firefighter I look for such things when I am choosing where to stay.

All rooms in the inn are non-smoking, have private baths, free WiFi, cable tv and phones.

The 15-unit Haley Pond Lodge behind the hotel is popular with snowmobilers, anglers with boats and others wanting to park in front of their units. All units overlook the water.

The Rangeley Inn and Tavern is right in the village. Restaurants, shops, the lake and my favorite, the Rangeley Fly Shop, are all within a short walk.

Ferland grew up in the hospitality business. His family owned an upscale boutique property in Ogunquit, Maine where he worked as a youth and which he later managed. It is clear he has an eye for detail and a desire to make the inn what it once was, the place to stay in the Rangeley region.

Bits and Pieces

Summer arrives Saturday. The Summer Solstice takes place at 6:51 a.m. marking our longest day and shortest night.

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A two-day workshop coming up in Haverhill offers beginners a chance to learn about fly-fishing. Fish and Game's "Let's Go Fishing" Program is teaming up with the Haverhill Recreation Department to host the fly-fishing course on Saturday, June 28, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 29, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Haverhill Recreation Department. To sign up or get more information, call the Haverhill Recreation Department at 603-787-6096 and leave a message.

Designed primarily for first-time fly-fishers, the weekend workshop covers the basics of equipment, fly casting, stream ecology, knot tying and safety. The highlight of the two days will be Sunday, when the class pulls on waders and heads out to put their newly learned skills to the test. A limited number of rods will be available for use.

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department completed its annual aerial stocking of remote trout ponds last week. Every year, Fish and Game contracts a helicopter to stock remote ponds, from Sunapee to Pittsburg. During this one-day event, nearly 50 remote ponds are stocked with brook trout fingerlings from the New Hampton Hatchery.

Fish stocked last June should have reached 5-6 inches in most areas, with 2-year-olds reaching 12 inches or better.

For the list of remote ponds that are stocked, check the Fish and Game website at fishnh.com/Fishing/trout_remote.htm.

Parting Shots

Last week was rainy. Far too much rain fell for those trying to hay or otherwise get things done outside. I left Sunday morning, June 8 to work at Newark Liberty Airport, feeling unhappy that the day was warm and sunny and I was leaving behind a lot of outside work. I returned home Thursday, hoping Friday would be a dry day. It wasn't as the rain that had fallen most of the week continued.

Saturday morning it was more of the same. Sunday was better, but far from the warm sunny day that had been predicted at the start of the weekend.

At least the grass was dry enough for me to mow the lawns and the day cool enough for me to skid and cut up some trees I had felled last fall.

Syndicated columnist Gary W. Moore may be reached by e-mail at gwmoore1946@myfairpoint.net or at Box 454, Bradford, VT 05033.







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