One of the nice things about the lakes region of Maine is that it has a history of welcoming guests from away for over 100 years. A local favorite here in the Sebago Lake region is the Tarry-A-While resort located on the shores of Highland Lake, just off the Ridge Road, in Bridgton.
Built in the 1890s to house the parents of owners who lived up nearer the Ridge, the house soon began to feel too big for the parents and they started taking in boarders during the summer. It has fulfilled that purpose ever since.
For its first 50 or more years, rooms at the Inn were let out during the summer, year after year, often to the same families. Housekeeping cottages were added, as well as a bath house for swimming and boating. Meals were provided and guests ate together in the dining room of the Inn. The Inn gained a reputation for providing "a Maine summer experience", i.e. outdoor recreation, swimming, boating, sailing, and hiking and touring.
In 1966 Tarry-A-While passed out of the hands of the family and was bought by Hans and Barbara Jenni. They continued to operate it as a summer hotel and added the Stubli Switzer restaurant, the menu reflecting Hans's Swiss roots. In 1992 the Jenni's sold to Mark and Nancy Stretch who are the current owners and who continue to operate the Inn and several cottages as rentals for summer guests.
Currently the Inn offers guests 11 rooms to choose from and five cottages. All enjoy the wonderful sand beach and recreating in clean and clear Highland Lake. On site you can also enjoy tennis, badminton, shuffleboard and croquet. Across Ridge Road is an 18 hole golf course, The Bridgton Highlands Country Club, open to the public.
If you're visiting the area and would like to have "a Maine summer experience" try Tarry-A-While.
If you prefer staying at your own place on Highland Lake, but don't own one yet, here are the properties currently for sale with lakefront on Highland Lake in Bridgton: