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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
For more information on the museum and times and ticket prices for cruises and tours, be sure to visit: www.mainemaritimemuseum.org

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.

Don’t Miss Bowdoin International Music Festival 2015

July 6th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Bowdoin International Music FestivBowdoin International Music Festival 2015alThe 2015 Bowdoin International Music Festival is in full swing already – running from June 27th through August 8th – but there are still plenty of great concerts left to see!

Every summer, Bowdoin College in Brunswick heats up the Maine coast with the Bowdoin International Music Festival, bringing renowned musicians and instructors from around the world six weeks of performance, collaboration, and learning to Bowdoin College – not to mention world-class entertainment to audiences in the form of more than 100 concerts, seminars, and related events.

This year’s Bowdoin International Music Festival theme is “Music: The Art of Friendship” with concerts designed to illuminate the relationships between performing musicians, music students and their instructors, and between composers and musicians.

A full schedule of concerts and other events can be found here but highlights of the Bowdoin International Music Festival are set to include include Brahms String Sextets, Mendelssohn’s Octet, and performances by Steven Doane, Ilya Kaler, Paul Katz, Jennifer Koh, Mikhail Kopelman, Peter Serkin, and the Dover, Miró, Pacifica, and Ying Quartets.

Bowdoin International Music Festival has various programs organized throughout the week and length of the festival, such as:

Monday Showcase, with four different string quartets performing works for quartets alone and in collaboration with other musicians. This series is scheduled to include the Dover Quartet, Miró Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, and Ying Quartets.

Wednesday Upbeat! is a mid-week series offering a mixture of both classic and contemporary compositions from Festival artists in a casual setting.

Festival Fridays is the festival’s premiere showcase of traditional chamber music and orchestral repertoire performed by master musicians from all over the globe.

The Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, July 30th through August 2nd, presents the works of 20th century and contemporary American composers, including the Festival’s composers-in-residence, guest composers, and top participants. If you enjoy contemporary classical, you’ll not want to miss this series!

Bowdoin International Music Festival

June 27th through August 8th, 2015
Bowdoin College – 255 Maine St, Brunswick, ME
For tickets and more info: www.bowdoinfestival.org

Bowdoin International Music Festival Lodging
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast is only a 15 minute drive from the Bowdoin College campus and Bowdoin International Music Festival. That’s the advantage of having your Maine Coast home base in Freeport – it’s convenient location has you just minutes from all the best attractions and events in the area, yet is quiet enough to allow you to get what you really want: real relaxation! Let Brewster House Bed & Breakfast help make your Maine getaway the best it can be!

Enjoy a Scenic Casco Bay Cruise!

June 19th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Casco Bay CruiseCasco Bay, Maine is home to many small and large islands, lighthouses, history, and wildlife. A Casco Bay cruise is a great way to see all this and more!

Casco Bay has seven lighthouses and so many islands they are often referred to as the Calendar Islands, as in: “you can visit a different island for every day of the year.” A touch of hyperbole, certainly, but there are a lot of islands in Casco Bay and exploring them with a Casco Bay cruise is a very popular thing to do.

Casco Bay Island Transit District, also known as Casco Bay Lines, is the ferry system providing passenger, freight, postal and vehicle ferry service to the islands of Casco Bay from Portland, Maine. They’re also your passport to a Casco Bay cruise!

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Get Ready for Portland’s 42nd Annual Old Port Festival Weekend!

June 3rd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Old Port Festival Weekend 2015

Kick off your summer the best way possible with Portland, Maine’s 42nd Annual Old Port Festival Weekend – June 11th through the 14th, 2015!

Portland’s Old Port Festival Weekend – an amalgam of the Old Port Weekend and Old Port Festival – is multiple stages of music, an unbelievable selection of Maine-made arts, crafts, and artisans, delectable food from Portland’s enviable selection of restaurants, amazing sidewalk-sales from local businesses, tons of kid’s activities, and much more – all in downtown Portland, Maine!

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Attend the 34th Annual L.L.Bean PaddleSports Festival Weekend!

May 29th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

L.L. Bean PaddleSports Festival Weekend 2015The 34th annual L.L.Bean PaddleSports Festival Weekend, also known as PaddleFest, is almost upon us: June 5th through the 7th, 2015. Will you be there?

Held across the US, wherever you find an L.L. Bean store, the annual PaddleSports Festival Weekend is a particularly huge deal here in Freeport, Maine, because Freeport was the home of Leon Leonwood Bean and remains home to the flagship store of the wildly successful business he started back in 1912 that bears his name to this day: L.L. Bean.

The annual L.L.Bean PaddleSports Festival Weekend is a celebration of the great outdoors, getting out into them, and doing so on the water in a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard: PaddleFest 2015!

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Take Advantage of the Freeport Girlfriend’s Getaway!

May 16th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The Freeport Girlfriend's GetawayAfter the long winter and slow start to spring, what better way to bust out into summer than by taking advantage of the Freeport Girlfriend’s Getaway Weekend – June 5-7, 2015!

Freeport, Maine is always good for a relaxing vacation, what with all the great shops, galleries, restaurants, and other attractions in town – but our draw just became even stronger with the Freeport Girlfriend’s Getaway!

The Freeport Girlfriend’s Getaway takes all the great reasons to visit Freeport and adds an eye-popping selection of specials, savings, packages, tastings, and events on top, making the weekend of June 5th through the 7th in Freeport one you’ll hate yourself for missing!

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Azure Cafe, A Highly Recommended Restaurant

April 24th, 2015 by Josh Wise

Pasta with bacon corn vegetables and cheeseTaste Italy While Visiting Maine

What could be better on the Maine coast than dining on professionally prepared Italian cuisine? Perhaps an Antipasto of Mussels Solamente, followed by a Green Salad, with an entree of Beef Tenderloin Balsamico or Maine Pollack Puttanesca. All this with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, Robert Mondavi Reserve, Napa Valley, California 2005. Brewster House Bed & Breakfast recommends only the best dining experiences, and that’s why we want you to visit Azure Cafe: A Taste of Italy on the Coast of Maine.

Azure Cafe is Award-Winning

Azure Cafe is an Italian restaurant and Sea Grille. Amongst its accolades are the Freeport USA’s Person of the Year 2014, awarded to Azure Cafe Owner Jonas Werner, “Maine Chef of the Year 2015” awarded to Executive Chef Christopher Bassett, and the Freeport USA’s  “Best Food in Freeport” Award from the 2015 Flavors of Freeport. 

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PORTLAND VISIT OF TALL SHIPS

April 11th, 2015 by Scott Gile

July 18 – July 20th will mark the Portland visit of Tall Ships 2015, the first return of this event in 15 years, and the final stop of the 2015 Tall Ships Challenge!  The Challenge being a series of races beginning in Cape Charles,Virginia which makes stops up the East coast in Philadelphia, Camden, NJ, and Greenport, NY before finishing in Portland.  These races are crewed by young people in a friendly competition, as a means of sail training and education.

Square riggers racing under sail in open ocean with clouds in background

TALLSHIPS RACING

Portland will host at least eight tall ships, being lead by the US Coast Guard barque Eagle (295’) , and  including the Oliver Hazard Perry (210’ square rigger out of Newport, RI), the Picton Castle (179’ baroque home-ported in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia), and the El Galeon (180’ from Seville, Spain).  The list of participating sailing ships is still being finalized, but will likely include the Bowdoin, 100’ schooner famed for it’s Arctic explorations and formerly captained by Donald MacMillan http://www.bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum/biographies/macmillan.shtml (who grew up beside Brewster House), and other Maine based windjammers.

If you’ve never had the privilege of seeing and hearing these amazing specters from our past under sail, you owe yourself the opportunity to experience what is a deeply evocative and emotional experience!  It is truly a unique historical moment you will never forget!!  The fleet will sail in parade fashion into Portland Harbor on July 18th at 1PM, and dock for tours along the Portland waterfront. You may tour the Eagle for free, but tickets to tour all of the ships may be found at www.tallshipsportland.com for $15 (which will support sail training and education).  Ship tours will be offered from 9AM to 9PM on Sunday, and 9AM to 6PM on Monday.  The event will also include live music and food, which is remarkable in Portland, SO DON’T MISS THIS SUMMER HIGH POINT!

As I write this blog, Brewster House still has several rooms available, so make this getaway complete by booking your stay with us NOW!

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