Hello! We are Janis and Peter Kesser, the innkeepers of the Camden Maine Stay Inn.
We have owned the Inn since February 2018 when we purchased it from our good friends, Roberta and Claudio Latanza. Before we were the owners of the Inn, we were guests here for many years. We always stayed at the Inn in July and August at the front and back ends of our family vacations on Monhegan Island — a beautiful, rugged and tranquil island located about 10 miles off the coast. Our family so thoroughly enjoyed our repeated stays at the Inn that, when the Latanzas told us they were going to retire and sell the Inn, we jumped at the opportunity to become the Inn’s new owners and proprietors. Our goal is to continue the legacy of first-class accommodations and service that have been the hallmark of the Latanzas’ and prior owners’ stewardship of the Inn for many years.
Here’s a little bit of background on us: We are, without a doubt, from away. Janis grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Peter was raised in Houston, Texas. Prior to moving to Camden, we lived for over 25 years in Memphis, Tennessee. Before becoming innkeepers, both of us practiced law for many years, Janis as a trial attorney and Peter as a business attorney. There are four Kesser children, all daughters, ranging in age from 17 to 27. The oldest lives in New York City; the next one is a first-year student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville; the next one is a freshman at the University of Oregon in Eugene; and our youngest daughter is a junior at the local high school here in Camden. We also have a regal, friendly Irish Setter named Paddy and two cats named Ella and Einstein who, being cats, vacillate between being friendly and aloof.
We hope and believe that our appreciation and enthusiasm for Maine, Camden and the Inn will both attract guests and, once they are here, rub off on them. Trust us, it is so easy to fall in love with the beauty, history and traditions of these places — not to mention the scrumptious gourmet breakfasts for which the Inn is deservedly so well known. It is not by chance that we have so many repeat guests who make it a point to stay at the Inn year after year after year. After all, we were one of them.
So, please come see us at the Camden Maine Stay Inn. We are committed to providing you with a truly enjoyable, relaxing and memorable vacation experience.
With warm regards,
Janis and Peter Kesser