Obviously the girls at Trout Point Lodge do not have a stellar business record folks from their failed Washington Parish Exotic Cheese Farm to the defunct Nova Scotia Dairy farm to the ill fated Cerro Coyote Hotel project, all of which were at least partially paid for with other people’s money. After Aaron Broussard’s fall from grace and the end of pay to play Nova Scotia style things just got plain worser for the girls at Trout Point who tried everything, from marketing the lodge as gay friendly to rolling out all the PR stops. Without the ferry service from Portland Maine it simply isn’t worth the very long trip overland to the lodge, which is stuck out in the middle of no where. And of course once you get there the hidden charges are a real bitch as this disappointed guest points out at Trip Advisor, one of the travel sites where the girls advertise heavily:
We rented River Bend which is a huge cottage. There were 3 couples traveling and this was perfect in size. Trout Point is about 35 to 40 minutes from any town, so you will want to bring food. When we open the front door there was mouse droppings, lots of it! Now we are out in the woods so we weren’t too upset but the Innkeepers could have swept it up before we arrived. The Innkeeper gave my husband the extension to call the front desk to make breakfast reservation. She gave us the wrong number! I had to drive back to the lobby to make the reservation. Breakfast was fine, nothing special, potato cakes, waffles and fresh fruit and 1 muffin that was very good. We were expecting more because of the culinary reviews. After breakfast we asked the cost for dinner. We were infomed that breakfast was $22.50 and dinner was $143.00 for two. We opted not to have dinner. Dinner in town for a full lobster and mussels runs about $30.00. The next day at check out we were hit with a 18% gratuity on the whole bill!!! and breakfast was $22.50 per person!! When I say whole bill, I mean including the lodging. No one ever came and cleaned our rooms when we were out. We stayed two days. So why the 18% gratuity on the lodging?? All the information we read about Point Trout never mentioned the 18% additional charge and I am in the process of contacting my credit card company to reverse that charge. If you have any questions about the area or about the Inn then you will have to look for the Innkeeper because they are never at the front desk.
We will not stay here again. It was a beautiful place but this place is very deceptive in their charges.
River Bend has some ownership questions but there is no doubt the girls were the interface with the guests in Nova Scotia. But it gets better because the pressure of being scrutinized by Slabbed is evidently showing. Late last week I spoke with a nice gentleman from New York who heads a large media company that for now will remain nameless. What he described to me indicated Team Trout Point has some sort of mental disorder that goes wayyyyyyy beyond my limited capabilities to diagnose them from here at the registered office in Mississippi. That said he was very nice and just yesterday shared his experiences with Chuckie and the gang over at Trip Advisor under the lede “Hire a lawyer”:
Trout Point won’t let you stay unless you sign a registration card that says Trout Point owns anything you write about your experience at or about the place. It further says that they must approve anything before it is published. They state that failure to do so is actionable in a Nova Scotia Court with a minimum judgement of $3,000 CD. So, in exchange for a room which you pay for, they own your intellectual property or you can be sued for $3,000 CD.
We didn’t sign and had to find alternate accommodations at 7PM in rural Nova Scotia. We tried to talk with Charlie [–], one of the owners about this. He won’t budge. When we suggested he warn guests about this policy (not sure its legal) before they arrive he said he had the right to control his publicity and we should sue him.
Go back a few pages in Trip Advisor’s reviews and you’ll see why he’s so scared of unedited reviews.
Them unedited reviews is another facet of the Trout Point experience we gotta tackle. Remember the man who wrote the above runs a media company based in New York and he knows the score that much of what you see in a travel review for Trout Point and otherwise is little more than a paid advertisement that has absolutely no objectivity. The real score is it appears Leary and his blowbuddy Vaughn Perret are so paranoid they’re willing to piss off members of the media in order to maintain the illusion of editorial control about what is written about their business ventures, especially the scams and the ones that didn’t work out.
As always Slabbed reports you decide and stay tuned because we’ll have more on the girls at Trout Point and their nefarious business practices.