Scott Larson, Owner
- Favorite Spot Before Sunset: On the rocks in front of the inn
- Favorite Spot After Sunset: Visiting with guests on the back porch or by the fire pit
- Favorite Meal in the Restaurant and Pub: Fiona’s Crab Cakes or Firecracker Shrimp, any of the Flatbread Pizzas, and the Balsamic Strawberry Gelato from Maine based Gelato Fiasco
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.”
Lin Koch, Innkeeper
- 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.
Alyssa Allen, Food & Beverage Director
- Favorite Spot: Sunset Rock, amazing! Go for sunset, not just after!
- Favorite Meal in the Restaurant and Pub: Anything that is brought in for a special. Seasonal ingredients and fresh off the boat items are always exciting!
Alyssa joined our team in September, has grown up in Boothbay Harbor, worked in high-volume hospitality, as well as aboard yachts in the south and Caribbean. She lives in downtown Boothbay Harbor with her son Colby, an elementary school student and Lacrosse player. Her career in hospitality here, has enabled her to make wonderful community connections and friendships with guests and staff alike. She is excited about being a part of this team and the upcoming season!
Tyler Tibbetts, Guest Services Supervisor
- Favorite Spot at the Inn: The balcony of 121 at sunrise and Sunset Path at sunset
- Favorite Meal in the Restaurant and Pub: The Fish Tacos
Tyler was born and raised in Midcoast Maine, living away briefly for college. Upon his return to the Midcoast, he accepted a position in hospitality at Newagen. He can’t get enough of living close to the water and experiencing four true seasons every year.
His favorite part of Newagen is meeting the new guests and seeing familiar faces walk through the front door season after season. “My favorite memory of my time at Newagen is when a boy named Lukas collected sea glass during his stay and would check-in with me daily to show off his new collection. Upon check-out, he left me a sample from his collection and a hand-written Thank-You note. I’m driven to give every guest a ‘Newagen Memory’ they can cherish for years to come.”
In his spare time, Tyler enjoys being on the water and salt water fishing with his son Trey.
Cherie Scott, Director of Sales & Marketing
- Favorite Spot After Sunset: The balcony at Seahorse cottage — its a private oasis with nothing but the ocean and my thoughts
- Favorite Meal in the Restaurant and Pub: Short Ribs hands down!
Cherie Scott was born and raised in Mumbai, India and relocated to Vancouver, Canada at the age of 16. In her senior year in high school, Cherie won the competitive Michael J. Fox. Performing Arts Scholarship and moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and Acting at HB Studios. In her senior year in college, she scored a coveted internship on MSNBC’s top-rated primetime TV show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, where she honed her television production skills. Cherie went on to win the prestigious Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Copy Editing Internship from a pool of 850 applicants and graduated at the top of her class at Rutgers University in 2006.
In 2007 Cherie and her husband Guy became proud parents to Sophia. Soon after Sophia was born, the Scott family relocated to Maine. They fell in love with a beautiful red house overlooking the Damariscotta River in the Boothbay Harbor Region and made it their home.
In her spare time, Cherie enjoys cooking up Indian feasts and reconnecting with her cultural roots on her blog MumbaitoMaine.com.
Cherie is excited to join the Newagen Seaside Inn as the Director of Sales and Marketing, bringing over a decade of hospitality experience in catering, events and sales to the team.
Carrie Eason, Event Coordinator
Maddie Rideout, Event Coordinator
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