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:

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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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


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 (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 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!

Wine Walk (and food) on Congress Street

April 4th, 2015 by Josh Wise

Red and white wine caught in amber light aside a wreathing footer of plump grapes On Saturday, April 11, 2015, 2:45-5:00 pm, join the Wine (and food) Walk on Congress Street in Portland, Maine, as hosted by Wine Wise, who specializes in wine education, enjoyment, and experience. Tickets are $49 in advance and $55 (if available) the day of the event, and can be purchased here.

Sommelier Erica Archer will be your guide as you explore both the edible and potable tastes along Congress Street, starting with Congress Squared. It is guaranteed to be an exploration of delicious, savory wines paired with undeniably delectable foods as you make your way to each location. Because a Sommelier is

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March 31st, 2015 by Scott Gile

Road or mud run, choose your pain!  We know, it’s been one long painful winter and we’re all DYING to get out and play in the sweet outside we all know will return!!  Here are some inspirational opportunities to motivate you with the prospect of mud, pain and the great satisfaction of finishing… followed by the sublime rest and relaxation of a hot shower, nap, glass of wine in the garden, fine dinner and an elegant night at Brewster House.

For those of you who favor the simple, relatively clean discipline of road running, we’ll open with “Race the Runways” 1 mile, 5K and half marathon at the former Naval Air Base in Brunswick on April 4th.  Sign up now!

golden retriever running with a group of runners on grass

Run with your dog!

On May 23rd & 24th, share the sublime and expansive beauty of Pineland Farms in New Gloucester and, you could run with your dog!  Saturday you can choose 5 or 10K, Canine Cross 5K or Barefoot 5K.  Sunday, more challenging distances of 25K, 50K or 50 miles are on the agenda  You’ll be running their network of hiking and cross-country skiing trails spread over 15,000 acres!

A few miles west of Brewster House is Bradbury Mountain State Park.  They’re offering 6, 9 and 12 mile dirt trail runs labelled “The Scuffer,” “The Breaker,” and “The Bruiser,”  and you have 3 chances at it;  Sundays – July 12th, August 9th and September 13th!.

OK, HERE’S THE REAL MUD!   First up, “Into the Mud Challenge” Costume up and crawl through 2.5 miles of muck, mire and obstacles for the scholarship fundraiser on May 3rd at Gorham (Maine) Middle School

runners in athletic clothes, crawling under barbed wire through mud and mist

Tough Mudder!

Back to Pineland Farms for the May 31st “Dynamic Dirt Challenge!”  4 – 5 miles of of hay bales, mud, swamps, culverts

Last, but not least The Tough Mudder, and what a mudder it is!!  10 miles of brutal, soul sucking slime, including a muck coated tube, a rope swing over gross water, and to add a shocking note – a muddy crawl under live wires!!  AND YOU GET TO PAY AN ENTRY FEE FOR ALL OF THIS!!  9/26 – 27, Sunset Ridge, Westbrook

You’re going to need Brewster House to coddle you after any of these!!  ENJOY!!

Tao Yuan’s Gastronomic Tour of Asia

March 17th, 2015 by Josh Wise

Colorful, rich, and tasty Asian mealSituated 5 miles north of Freeport and Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, there is a restaurant that offers a unique and pleasing dining experience for those seeking the best in Asian cuisine, prepared by mother-daughter chefs Cecile and Cara Stadler. It is Tao Yuan.

After successfully forming Gourmet Underground, a private fine-dining establishment in Beijing, the two determined to open a restaurant in Maine, and the result was Tao Yuan. Cara has studied under renowned chefs, and honed her culinary craft in China and France. She is currently a semifinalist for the “Rising Star of the Year” as part of the 2015 James Beard Awards, which has several restaurant, chef, and restaurateur categories.

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