In the 1730's, Captain James McCobb sailed from Ireland to New England, eventually settling in Maine. In 1774, he built this Georgian-style mansion as a gift for his wife, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The house was passed down through the family until 2008, when it was transformed into the 1774 Inn.
Today, the 1774 Inn is an award-winning inn known for it's New England charm, breathtaking waterfront views and deep roots in this hidden corner of Midcoast Maine.
In 2017, Sarah and Stuart embarked on their dream of transforming the inn into a destination for farm-to-table dining, a luxurious retreat surrounded by nature, a venue for weddings and special events, and a basecamp for curated adventure getaways.
Sarah and Stuart hope to share with you a sense of discovery and the magic of this extraordinary place.
After toiling away as an environmental health scientist at Silent Spring Institute (where she now serves on the Leadership Council), she set aside the statistics, sold her car, grabbed her chef's knife, and made her way to France and Spain.
She farmed and fell into cooking (led by fried green tomatoes) at Le Potager du Nebbio, a restaurant-on-the-farm in Corsica, made wine at Château la Dorgonne, an organic vineyard in the Luberon, and cooked at La Petite Maison de Cucuron, a 1 star Michelin restaurant down the road.
Once her visa expired, she headed to New York City to study at the International Culinary Center, cook in the kitchens of Blue Hill and Gramercy Tavern, and edit recipes at the Food Network (where she continues to freelance).
After studying international relations and economics with a focus on Latin America, Stuart joined the Peace Corps and moved to a rural community in Ecuador.
Stuart spent 3 years there, putting his previous farming experience and Spanish language fluency to work on sustainable agriculture projects. While there, he also helped found the CHE Fund (where he currently serves on the advisory board), a nonprofit that provides academic scholarships to girls in rural communities.
When his service ended, Stuart headed to Spain where he taught English to high school students, translated technical documents and worked with Latin American communities on immigration issues for 4 years.
Stuart followed Sarah and her expired visa to New York City where he built on his passion for beverages (which started with a tea club in high school) by becoming a certified sommelier. He started working in wine retail and private wine buying, something he continues today.
While in NYC, Stuart also helped found a startup nitro cold brew coffee company, Rise Coffee House, based in Brooklyn, and became their head coffee brewer.
Sarah + Stuart
Stuart and Sarah met the first day of high school. A few years later, Stuart convinced Sarah to go on a date with him. (Stuart says Sarah ate the whole ice cream cone they were supposed to share; Sarah disagrees, citing Stuart's well known distaste for sweets.) Shortly thereafter, they became high school sweethearts. They went their separate ways for college, but remained friends and exchanged postcards over the years.
Ten years later, while Stuart was grounded in the US awaiting the resolution of a glitch with his Spanish work visa, Stuart convinced Sarah to go on a date with him. Shortly thereafter, they became sweethearts once again.
After living in Spain and New York City, they packed up their studio apartment and moved to Maine to start making their dream of creating a farm-inn-restaurant a reality.
They wouldn't trade an ounce of Maine's water, woods and stars for all the skyscrapers in Manhattan.
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