Scott Larson, Owner
Favorite Spot Before Sunset: Back Lawn and Pool
Favorite Spot After Sunset: Candlepin Bowling in the Pine Room or S’mores in the Fire Pit
Favorite Meal in the Restaurant and Pub: Fiona’s Crab Cakes or Firecracker Shrimp, with Maine-made Balsamic Strawberry Gelato Fiasco for dessert
Scott was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and spent most of his early years living and traveling in Southeast Asia. When his father retired to Atlanta, Scott attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and after graduation, began working in corporate events management with The Fun Company. When his wife Corinne was expecting their first daughter, they decided they wanted a different quality of life for their kids. Their search led them to Boothbay Harbor, and to purchasing the Newagen Seaside Inn in 2000.
“We had only five months before we opened in 2001 to make the improvements we envisioned, and so many people said it couldn’t be done. We were moving furniture into place as guests checked in!” Scott remembers.
But for Scott, the Inn is a labor of love. “I first came to Maine on a vacation in my twenties and immediately fell in love,” he remembers. “It was the natural beauty. The simplicity. I’m driven, every day, to recreate that experience for our guests. They come to Newagen for the same reasons I did and I want them to have the same authentic, coastal Maine getaway.”
Scott oversees capital improvements to the Inn and supports his staff as they do what they do best—taking care of the Inn’s guests. “I’m surrounded by great people who love this property as much as I do,” he says. “It’s an honor to share it with our guests.”
Corinne Larson, Owner
Favorite Cottage: Seahorse Cottage (the most spectacular accommodation in midcoast Maine!)
Favorite Meal in the Restaurant and Pub: Butternut Squash Ravioli
Corinne was born in San Francisco, raised in Cincinnati and graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Sociology. Her career in advertising and marketing led her to her husband, Scott, and her real dream job—Chief Executive Mommy to daughters Maggie and Kate. Corinne and Scott loved being young, single adults in urban Atlanta, but wanted a simpler lifestyle for their children. Corinne had taken a sea kayaking course in Maine and spent her junior year at Bowdoin College. Like Scott, she had never forgotten the charms of Vacationland.
Today, Corinne manages payroll and accounting, and oversees the ongoing interior redesign of the Inn. “The initial renovation, right after we purchased the property, was sweeping and speedy and totally exhausting,” she recalls. “We threw a Grand Opening party in May 2001 before we opened, and our first guest turned out to be a whale that swam slowly, back and forth, in front of the Inn. We were told this was a sure harbinger of good fortune … and that has proven to be true! I knew then and I know now that we made the right decision to move to Boothbay.”
Jason Schlosser, General Manager
Favorite Spot: The Event Lawn
Favorite Meal in the Restaurant and Pub: Fresh filet of halibut, grilled on a fresh roll
Favorite Event: The Polar Plunge
Jason always, always wanted to work in the hotel business. His grandpa, Mepa, owned miniature golf courses and his great-grandpa, Pop, made candy and swizzle sticks. In the business of making people happy, both men showed Jason how to treat others and give back to their communities every time he visited. Now that Jason’s own children live at Newagen and are part of the daily rhythms of his own dream job in the hotel business, these memories of Mepa and Pop have become richer still.
Jason came to Newagen from Nashville’s Opryland Hotel, having fallen in love with a Maine girl—his wife, Brigitte—and with Maine’s rocky coast. That Jason’s favorite spot at Newagen is the Event Lawn says so much about how he approaches his job. “Over the winter, the lawn is surrounded by absolutely beautiful scenery. In the spring, wedding parties and vacation parties from all over the world step on to it and transform it completely. It’s like magic,” he explains.
Jason thoroughly enjoys meeting and getting to know Newagen’s guests and witnessing the renewal Newagen provides for them. “Most guests are celebrating big life events, but many are taking a break from daily life. And daily life has so many challenges. We live in a stressful world, so I want to see guests leave stress-free and carrying a lighter load.” This concern for others is a part of Jason’s personal life as well. He is a youth worker, volunteers with local organization, Boothbay Region Community Resource Group, to raise support and awareness for those in need and has done mission work in Uganda.
“I’m married to the love of my life and working in a job I love,” Jason says. “My family lives onsite, so my son Jaidan and my daughter Ava are growing up in this special place, part of a larger family that includes the Larsons and Newagen staff. And every day, I get to help our guests make favorite memories that will always put a twinkle in their eyes.”
Lin Koch, Guest Services Manager
Favorite Spot: Spruce
Favorite Meal in the Restaurant and Pub: Fiddleheads, Seafood Pappardelle and Blueberry Pie
Just a year after Lin Koch married her husband, John, they purchased a 205-year-old inn in New Hampshire and plunged into a 24/7 crash course in the hospitality industry. Lin loved hosting weddings, Murder Mystery weekends and quilting groups, and she made lifelong friends of guests and staff. But after five years, they were ready for something new. John fell in love with Maine vacationing in the state and convinced Lin to journey east. “There’s nothing like Newagen anywhere,” she marvels. “Every day is different. Calm water. Sea smoke. Crashing waves … being on the water is the best.” They bought a house on Southport Island and Lin brought her formidable skills to the Newagen Seaside Inn.
Lin loves meeting Newagen’s guests and finding thoughtful, inventive ways to make their stay special. “One of our guests planned his marriage proposal with us,” she remembers. “He was so cute. He wanted everything to be just right. And it was a challenge to make it come off the way he’d dreamed of … but I’ll never forget the look on his girlfriend’s face when she saw that beautiful ring. It was magic. And I felt so lucky to have been a part of it!”
A dedicated kayaker, Lin is happy to suggest paddle routes to the smaller islands for guests. But if she can’t be on the water, the rocks by Rachel Carson’s plaque are her favorite place to be. “The best sunsets ever,” she declares.
Fiona Dunlap, Executive Chef
Favorite Spot: The sea wall, where the sights, sounds and smells of the ocean make me feel like a kid in East Boothbay again
Favorite Meal in the Restaurant and Pub: My lobster salad.
Born and raised in Bath, Maine, Fiona loved spending summers in the Boothbay Harbor region. She took her first job in the restaurant industry at age 14 at the Ocean Point Inn, and her culinary career has taken her from prestigious south Florida country clubs to boutique catering in New York City. Fiona could not be happier that her career has called her home again, to the Boothbay region and the Newagen Seaside Inn.
“Just being down by the sea wall makes me feel like a kid again,” she remembers. “Newagen has such a sense of tranquility. In fact, one of my favorite things about Newagen takes place every Friday, when we throw lobster bakes for wedding parties. It feels like I’m sharing a childhood tradition with new friends. We light a bonfire afterwards and serve s’mores, and as I sit in the dark dining room organizing for the next day’s events, I can still see the glow of the fire. It’s a reminder of just how much I love my job.”
When she isn’t in the kitchen, you’ll find Fiona practicing yoga, spending time with family and friends and traveling all over the world.