Portland Harbor’s Holiday Boat Parade

November 29th, 2015 by Scott Gile

DEE1412ParadeLights_3-385x580Portland Harbor’s Holiday Boat Parade is always a struggle to pin down date-wise, but we now know it will take place on December 12th!

This is a spectacular annual event in which all sorts of Portland yachts, and working boats light up their rigging and tour the Harbor for your (& their) viewing pleasure. What a perfect distraction for some last minute Holiday shopping in Freeport!!

One of our favorite “ways to sit on your duff and enjoy Casco Bay” summer & fall options are the ferries of Casco Bay Lines. They are not only sponsoring this beautiful annual event (15th year), but are offering $10 tickets aboard one of their ferries to take in the Parade. Tickets are $10 and have been on sale since 11/27, so jump on board and enjoy the ride. Parade begins at 4:45PM, ferries depart at 4:30PM. Casco Bay Lines offers Special events throughout the year, including for the 4th of July Fireworks, Fall Foliage and many musical events. I think you can bring a cooler as well, should your appetite or thirst overwhelm you while watching. You can also enjoy from the Maine State Pier, or one of the many Commercial Street waterfront watering holes, such as DeMillos.

Sign up fast, and by the way, Brewster House has a sumptuous suite left for Saturday, 12/12 and several rooms open for Friday, 12/11!! Wow, maybe dinner reservations our in Portland after the Parade?? WISH WE COULD GO!

The L.L.Bean Northern Lights Celebration

November 20th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Attend the L.L.Bean Northern Lights CelebrationHaving the L.L.Bean Flagship Campus in our town of Freeport, Maine can be pretty exciting, as they hold a lot of big events throughout the year and help to make the holidays brighter with things like the L.L.Bean Northern Lights Celebration!

Fans of the great outdoors already find the L.L.Bean Flagship Campus in Freeport an exciting event but, for those less enthusiastic about thermal underwear and kayak accessories, a visit to the L.L.Bean Flagship Campus can still surprise and delight – especially around the holidays when they go all out to spread the spirit of the season

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Experience Freeport’s Sparkle Celebration Weekend!

November 6th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Sparkle Celebration Weekend 2015Looking for a great new way to celebrate the holiday season as well as get some fantastic shopping in? Come to Freeport, Maine for the Sparkle Celebration Weekend, December 4th through the 6th, 2015, and see why it’s been a beloved Maine tradition for 22 years!

Much more than just a shopping promotion, Freeport’s Sparkle Celebration Weekend is true fun and holiday tradition for everyone, guaranteed to transform even the most confirmed Scrooge into a happy elf with Christmas themed events and decorations, incredible selections and deals in the shops, free hot cocoa, horse-drawn carriage rides, a synchronized Musical Holiday Light Show with over 25,000 lights, and more.

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See Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Aglow for the Holidays!

October 16th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens - Gardens Aglow!Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME are always a great place to visit – but once they turn it into Gardens Aglow, Maine’s largest light display for the holidays …

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – almost 250 acres in Boothbay, Maine, including a kilometer of tidal waterfront – is open daily from April 15th through October 31st, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the nation and world to see the dramatic topography and hundreds of native plant species beautifully maintained and thriving: daffodils, magnolias, rhododendron, azalea, geranium, iris, trillium, spirea, delphinium, clematis and much, much more resplendent in their own, protected heaven, here on the Maine coast.

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Freeport Lodging Specials – Fall Freedom!

October 2nd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Freeport Lodging SpecialsThere’s no better way to celebrate fall and the freedom we enjoy here in the US than with a Maine coast vacation made all the easier with Brewster House Bed & Breakfast’s Freeport lodging specials!

There’s no more denying it: summer is long gone and soon we’ll be into the holiday season, then – ulk! – 2016! Before we fly off the handle into next year, however, there’s still time to squeeze some fun out of what’s left of 2015 – and that’s plenty!

Autumn is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the Maine coast and we here at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast like to facilitate that with a couple of seasonal Freeport lodging specials.

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Harvest On The Harbor 2015

September 18th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Harvest On The Harbor 2015Harvest on the Harbor is Maine’s premiere, annual food and wine festival, offering you the opportunity to eat and drink exceptional food, beer, wine, and spirits along with award-winning chefs, presentations, and live entertainment – all on Portland’s waterfront: October 21st through the 25th, 2015!

A Portland fall tradition, the 8th annual Harvest On The Harbor is a five-day event that brings local chefs and vineyards from around the US to Portland to showcase their talents and products – not to mention all the gastronomes, gourmands, and epicures like yourself who come to sip, sup, and sigh over all the offerings.

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Attend the Freeport Fall Festival 2015!

September 4th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Freeport Fall Festival

More evidence that autumn in all it’s multi-hued glory is just around the corner: Freeport, ME is busy gearing up for the 17th Annual Freeport Fall Festival, scheduled for the weekend of October 3rd and 4th, 2015.

The Freeport Fall Festival has become a regional tradition that attracts thousands of people to Freeport for a weekend of art, music, food, drink, and – natch – fun!

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Sample Suds on a Portland Craft Brewery Tour!

August 21st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Take a Portland Craft Brewery Tour!Craft beers are taking the nation by storm and Maine is a haven for microbrewers. What better way to get the inside scoop on this exciting industry (not to mention some fresh samples!) than with a Portland Craft Brewery Tour!

Whether you’re a craft brewer yourself, a fan of microbrews, or just curious about the beer brewing process, a Portland craft brewery tour is just what the doctor ordered for a fun, fascinating, and potentially delicious day-trip!

The Portland, Maine area has long been home to a number of fine breweries, wineries, and distilleries. The craft brewing movement has seen scores of new breweries and craft beer venues springing up all over the region, with award-winning, hand-crafted beer featuring local flavors and ingredients as their focus.

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Plan Your Maine Fall Foliage Getaway

August 7th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Plan Your Maine Fall Foliage GetawaySummer is cruising by with alarming speed but that only means autumn is on the way and with it an opportunity to take in one of the most beautiful sights around: the annual, natural fireworks display that is Maine fall foliage!

There’s nothing quite as spectacular as the spectrum of warm and bright, earthy hues that slowly takes over summer’s greens to dress the landscape in an eye-pleasing crazy-quilt of oranges and reds, yellows, tans, and browns. Nowhere in the US – perhaps the world! – is this transformation more evident and stunning than in New England. Of all the New England states, though we may be a bit biased, Maine fall foliage, with its 57 species of broadleaved trees, is the most resplendent, the most worthy of your attention.

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Take a Maine Maritime Museum Lighthouse Cruise!

July 24th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Enjoy a Maine Maritime Museum Lighthouse Cruise

See Doubling Point Lighthouse – among others!
on a Maine Maritime Museum Lighthouse Cruise

There’s something inherently evocative – even romantic – about the sight of a lighthouse and the Maine is know as “The Lighthouse State” for good reason, with over 60 lighthouses along its coastline. One of the best ways to see them – and other coastline attractions – is from the water with a lighthouse cruise from the Maine Maritime Museum!

The Maine Maritime Museum’s 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine, focuses its attention on Maine’s maritime heritage and culture – a culture so rich with things to learn, see, and do that admission to the museum is good for two days so you can have a chance to see the majority of it!

The Maine Maritime Museum offers interactive exhibits and demonstrations but then goes above and beyond your average museum with “exhibits” like the a Victorian-era shipyard owner’s home; the country’s only surviving historic, wooden-boat shipyard; a full-size replica of the Wyoming – the largest wooden schooner ever built and, consequently, New England’s largest sculpture; and daily lighthouse cruises and trolley tours!

Maine Maritime Museum’s regularly scheduled cruises along the Kennebec River and her connecting waterways provide a number of different cruises that focus on river nature, lighthouses in the area, and Bath Iron Works.

Take the popular, two-hour, Six Lighthouse Cruise for an opportunity to see and photograph six of Maine’s most beautiful and unique lighthouses.

Extend that cruise time by one hour for the Seven Lighthouse Cruise. This Maine Maritime Museum tour will take you by Bath Iron Works, through Hells Gates on the Sasanoa River, then along the historic Sheepscot River to the Kennebec for close-up views of seven of Maine’s picturesque lighthouses.

Really love those lighthouses? Then the Maine Maritime Museum’s four-hour Lighthouse Lovers Cruise is for you with a chance to see ten (10!) of Maine’s gorgeous lighthouses from the water. Wow!

The Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise, will wow you with stunning views of Bath Iron Works, two lighthouses, and area wildlife. Only an hour long, this cruise is a perfect complement to the museum’s exclusive “The Bath Iron Works Story” Trolley Tour.

Ever wonder about the construction of the world’s most advanced ships and how Bath Iron Works earned the “Bath Built is Best Built” reputation? “The Bath Iron Works Story” Trolley Tour will give you the inside story with a current or former employee of Bath Iron Works as guide on a trolley that rolls through Bath and past the BIW yard. Fascinating!

Finally, if your focus is less lighthouses, more wildlife, the Maine Maritime Museum offers a Extraordinary Wildlife of Merrymeeting Bay Cruise. This incredible, three-hour cruise will introduce you to the unique ecosystem of Merrymeeting Bay. An area teaming with wildlife like bald eagles, osprey, Atlantic sturgeon, harbor seals, and more. Nature lovers will be in heaven.

Maine Maritime Museum

243 Washington Street, Bath, Maine
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Maine Maritime Museum Lodging
The Maine Maritime Museum is less than half an hour from Brewster House Bed & Breakfast in lovely Freeport, Maine. Brewster House Bed & Breakfast is the perfect base from which to explore the Maine coast and all it has to offer. Don’t settle for some stale, cookie-cutter hotel or motel when you can get better service and comfort for your money from a locally owned and operated Maine inn.