A native of Maryland, Matthew Lauck is a professionally trained chef who has worked in the hospitality industry since the age of sixteen. He has been a chef in many fine dining establishments in the Baltimore, Maryland area, and also provided catering services for Hollywood movies filming in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area. While living in Taos, New Mexico, he was the breakfast chef for several years at the famous Mabel Dodge Luhan House bed and breakfast, and also chefed at the historic Taos Inn, the Bavarian Lodge, the landmark Stakeout Restaurant, and Joseph’s Table.
Leigh Lauck was born and raised in Maine, where her ancestors were among the original settlers of Deer Isle and Orcutt Harbor. Her grandparents owned and operated Tim Pond Camps near Eustis, and later, Chairback Mountain Camps (now Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins), during her childhood. As an adolescent, Leigh spent summers helping out at the camps, helping her family serve meals to guests in the dining room, assisting with housekeeping, and picking wild blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries for her grandmother’s delicious desserts. Her grandparents’ love and reverence for Maine’s natural beauty and their commitment to guest service left an indelible impression. She went on to a career in hospitality that has spanned more than 20 years.
Leigh and Matt met in Baltimore and fell in love – with each other and with Mount Desert Island – during a camping trip in Acadia National Park in 1995. After many years living in the Southwest, they began to plot their return to Maine during a family visit in 2008 to celebrate Leigh’s Grampa’s 80th birthday. Maine, family, and the blue Atlantic eventually called them home in 2015.
We are passionate about Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park, and sharing these special places with our guests truly makes us happy. We love living in Bar Harbor and connecting our guests with all Mount Desert Island has to offer…which is a lot. We meet many interesting and amazing people at the Maples Inn and feel appreciation every day for our good fortune: living in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and offering warm hospitality and service to our guests. We are lucky to be doing what we do.