Hello again! We are once again resuming our blog posting with some updates about what is happening this winter at the Claremont. As many of you may know, at the end of last summer we were dismayed by the tragic loss of a longtime Claremont employee and friend, Alan Madeira. Some of our guests may not have known Alan, for he spent most of his time at the Claremont during the off-season working on various projects, but his work is evidenced all over the Claremont property from the main hotel to each and every cottage, the Boathouse, the Clark Point Meeting Room, and even the grounds themselves. He was a kind and generous man, and his care for the Claremont could be seen in many of the renovations he participated in, but also when he would come to the hotel in a blinding snowstorm to be certain that pipes hadn’t frozen, that pumps were working, and to clear fallen trees from the road. Alan also had a deep and abiding love for croquet; he would play in our annual tournament every August and would help us to draft press releases for the tournament every year. In short, Alan knew as much or more about the Claremont than anyone else here now, and he will be sorely missed. It is for this reason that we have decided to rename the cottage formerly known as “W-4” to the “ALM” cottage in his memory. This change also comes as we are making substantial renovations to the ALM cottage this winter. The new ALM cottage will feature three bedrooms, each with a queen bed and ensuite private bath. Two bedrooms will be upstairs in the cottage and will have small balconies, but all rooms will have fantastic views of Somes Sound as the cottage is located directly on the shoreline. This season, we will continue to allow three-night minimum rentals, but next season we will be changing to weekly rentals only in the ALM cottage like we do with the Rowse House. Keep any eye on our Facebook page for pictures and updates on progress at the ALM cottage, and we are open in the reservation office weekdays from 9 AM to 2 PM.
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