Although the PineCrest Inn changed hands numerous times over the years, an odd familiarity exists between almost every owner. They were all musicians, singers and there was even a family that made baseball bats and puzzles, each one with some creative blood flowing in their veins. Some of their bats are still found today and we have even located some of the original wooden puzzles.
The most interesting fact is that almost every owner of the property has had something to do with music, going all the way to the original construction in 1753. Owners brought in traveling musicians who offered concerts and in the mid 1800’s the owner was even known as a singer who often entertained folks around town. Into the mid 1900s and later, many locals still recall getting piano and violin lessons here in the house - even a choral lesson or two.
Now, over 300 years after the property was first constructed, you can still hear great music every Thursday and Friday night in our main dining room and out of the side lawn all summer long.
The PineCrest was converted to its present form in 1993 by a local couple, Joe and Jane Carlozzi who still live in the area, as does their daughter Linda and Ron Brooks who took over for Joe and Jane on their retirement from Innkeeping.
The PineCrest Inn originally built by a prominent local family in 1753 has a long and storied life. A single family residence for most of its life, the home was converted into an Inn by Joe and Jane Carlozzi in 1993. Matt and Amy Mattingly took over operation in 2005 and have welcomed over 24,000 guests to Gorham.
The home as it stands today is the result of an amazing show of community pride and patriotism.
In June of 1825 a fire erupted burning the home and most of its out buildings to the ground. According to local lore, the fire was set after a servant girl wasn't allowed to visit a traveling circus. While the family was away, she set fire to the home.
Since the property was the home to the local physician, the men and woman of Gorham gathered on July 4th, 1825, and in one single day and a huge herculean effort, they re framed the entire house in one day. In lieu of the town's Independence Day celebration, they opted to help out a citizen and their show of community and patriotism.
The men worked all day while the ladies of the town brought breakfast and lunch for the workers and served them under a tall oak tree across the street.
Although this seems like a town pulling together to help one of their own, it is our opinion that the workers were probably everyone who owed the good doctor money. Since in 1825 payments for medical services were often in the form of a trade, this makes a great deal of sense.
The property stands today as it was rebuilt in 1825 minus a couple of features like a veranda and large barn.
Reasons to Stay at the PineCrest while Traveling to Maine
Affordability – Our rates are very competitive. They range from as little as $99 to a high season rate of $179 and compare to rooms in other lodging properties at rates double that.
Value – All the rooms are spacious, and impeccably decorated each with its own style and feel. Regardless of the rooms rate, each room gets the same expanded list of in room amenities and high quality linens. The rooms are casual, elegant and pristine. An all around excellent value.
No Compromise – There are no compromises at the PineCrest Inn. We take everything very personally and want your stay here to be the most memorable stay during your trip. You have the option to stay at many places in Maine, from budget accommodations to luxury hotels but you won’t find the PineCrest Inn cutting corners.
Breakfast – The PineCrest Inn takes breakfast to the next level. No forced socializing during your stay. If you want to be social, that’s up to you. If you want a quiet breakfast of uninterrupted personal time, you can have that too.
Quality – From the rooms to the food. Our breakfast and dinner items are first sourced locally. Much of our produce comes from small independent farmers and local fisherman. The less time to our door means the best from our ingredients and the freshest items available. When in season, our first choice is always local choice.
Convenience – While staying here at the PineCrest you will find yourself a very short distance from so many amazing locations. There is no shortage of things to see, only a shortage of time you have to spend.
Dinner - Of course we are biased. We tell you that up front. Our dinner service will rival any in the region and it doesn't take long to see that. You will want to make a reservation for at least one night during your visit. Unfortunately we are open for dinner service only Wednesday to Saturday nights.