The Village Inn and Tavern first opened it's doors as
The Locusts House in 1921, and was run by legandary Maine Guide, Ed Megill as a sporting and fishing hotel that offered fine food and lodging to summer visitors amid the lakes and woodlands of Central Maine.
During the roaring 20's, "The Belgrades" were a popular vacation destination for the rich and famous, including American author Eugene O'Neil who wrote "A Long Day's Journey Into Night" while summering at his
cottage on the lake. Playwright Ernest Thompson further memorialized Great Pond with his award winning play, "On Golden Pond" that went on to become the famous Acadamy Award winning film starring Henry and Jane Fonda.
The L.L. Bean brothers also owned a camp on Great Pond and hunted and fished the local woodlands and waterways of Kennebec County in the early part of the century. Their first sporting goods store was built here on Main Street in Belgrade Lakes, before Leon Leonwood (L.L.) Bean moved to Freeport Maine to establish what is known today as the iconic L.L.
Bean's Hunting & Fishing Store.
Since then, The Inn has gained national recognition for it's famous 12-Hour Roast Duck, a time honored tradition at The Village Inn since the 1960's. It is still prepared in the same way today, though local seasonal cuisine is also a hallmark of Executive Chef, Colby Weeks' lakefront kitchen.
Whether you're staying in one of our guestrooms, celebrating a special occasion or simply joining us for dinner at the dock or in the dining room, our legacy staff and waterfront setting will make your visit truly unforgettable. Dock up and join us today, we look forward to serving you!