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Five Freeport Area Winter Blasts

January 8th, 2016 by Kelleigh Dulany

2 people racing downhill on a red plastic sled

Five Freeport Area Winter Blasts

2 people racing downhill on a red plastic sled

Snowman Adventure Race

If you’re looking for something different and fun to do around Freeport this Winter, try one of these five Freeport area winter blasts!

I know, I know, our Winter has been a little slow kicking in, but if you remember the timing of last year’s Winter, it wasn’t much different. By mid-January, it had kicked in in a BIG WAY! The POLAR VORTEX is moving in!

#1 is weather bullet-proof, VISIT AN ICE BAR! Wow, they’re like Maine micro-brews, inn that you have a plethora of choices. The first will be offered at Spire & Ice Inn Gotham, January 15-16; the second at the Portland Harbor Hotel on the following weekend, third at the Brunswick Hotel & Tavern February 4-6, and finally here in Freeport on February 19 & 20 as part of “Flavors of Freeport.”

How about a biathlon? A BIATHLON is a competitive endurance event combining cross-country skiing with target shooting. For $25, this event in Jefferson, Maine (1/2 hour east) is open to all, even beginners, including the opportunity to borrow an air rifle and receive instruction before heading out. In the best tradition of Maine events, beer and hot toddies are available! By the way, Pineland Farms, 15 minutes from Brewster House is the practice ground for the US Biathlon Team!

toboggan team heading downhill in an iced chute with crowd in background

US Toboggan Championships

In the summer, Bradbury Mountain State Park hosts competitive Mountain Bike and running events, but in the winter turns to their SNOWSHOE Series. http://trailmonsterrunning.com/bradburysnow About 8 miles west of us in Pownal, these events are offered on 1/24, 2/14 and 3/6. These races range from 3 to 5 miles long. Although they have a few pair of snowshoes to loan, it would seem that if you’re up to racing, you would likely have your own (they’re on a 50% off sale as I speak @ LL Bean).

I’ve written about this before, but it’s so fun and Mainely unique, it’s worth a visit! It’s sort of a Mardi Gras built on the US NATIONAL TOBOGGAN CHAMPIONSHIPS at Camden Snow Bowl from Feb. 5-7. http://www.camdensnowbowl.com/toboggan-championships/ For $30, you can compete on your 2, 3 or 4 person toboggan, by taking your waxed up toboggan down the 400’ iced wooden chute and across the frozen pond at it’s base. Most teams are in costume, and the eats and drinks are a large part of this annual show.

February 6th brings the SNOWMAN ADVENTURE RACE on East End Hill in Portland, 15 minutes south of us. This sounds like a mini winter-biathlon! http://www.snowmanadventure.com Every piece begins with a run up East End hill and a return sled down with teammates sledding as one to the finish. This event is a 2 person relay, made up of a 4-1/2 mile bicycle race around the Back Cove, a 2-1/4 mile run around the East End and the Back Cove. There will be mens, women, co-ed and adult-kids teams as well.

No matter your event choice, we have ample toboggan, sled, bike and snowshoe parking here at Brewster House, and are well equipped to soothe your body & mind post event, with a hot bath, ironed sheets and bottle of your favorite wine! Call us at 207-865-4121, or online at www.brewsterhouse.com to reserve a fireplace room!

Enjoy Freeport Skiing and Snowshoeing

December 18th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Freeport Skiing and Snowshoeing

SNOW in the forecast this week!  Book now for some great winter fun!

Summer’s long gone but that’s no reason to fret. Freeport skiing and snowshoeing opportunities are many so, when old man winter comes calling, the only thing to do is grab your coat, hat and mittens and join in!

Ah, winter. Summer gets more of the press and longing but who among us who have experienced a good day on skis, snowshoes, or a sled hasn’t enjoyed the activity as much, if not more, than a hot day under the sun? Plus, there’s the coming back in to warm yourself by the fire with a mug of hot cocoa to look forward to!

While Freeport’s location on the Maine coast puts us a bit out of the way for any of the nearest alpine ski centers, the L.L.Bean flagship store and campus call us home, so you know there are plenty of local areas and support for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding.

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FREEPORT NEW YEARS HOLIDAY

December 12th, 2015 by Kelleigh Dulany

Two cocktail glasses toasting

Happy New Year toast

If you haven’t considered “the home of LL Bean” for your Freeport New Years Holiday, it’s time! This year New Years Eve falls on a Thursday evening, so like Christmas, we share the gift of a THREE DAY WEEKEND!! You gotta love that! You couldn’t pick a sweeter base for your escape than Brewster House, especially when you consider our Happy New Year Special! http://brewsterhouse.com/specials-and-packages/offers/happy-new-year-special/ Not only will you luxuriate in our fireplace rooms with ironed sheets, legendary three course gourmet breakfast, and amazing afternoon cookies, but we’ll throw in a bottle of Champagne or Prosecco, and a $50 gift certificate to dinner at the incredible Azure Cafe. For a finale, a late check-out after a Mimosa breakfast tops the bill!!

The unique Northern Lights show at LL Bean runs every 1/2 hour, with syncopated music and lights. There’s a neat and elegant fireworks display by the High School at 6PM on Thursday. Given the snow gods will provide for us in time, there are many fine local cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and even sledding options. LL Bean will teach you the first two through the Outdoor Adventure Discover School for a paltry $25, Wolfs Neck Farm is a great spot if you have your own gear, and Pineland Farms http://www.pinelandfarms.org nearby in New Gloucester is an amazing, beautiful and scenic place to play with over 5,000 acres!

carved mahogony mantelpiece behind esy chair, wine glasses on a table and a fire buring in the fireplace

Our living room fireplace

Should the snow fail, there are plenty of cultural options in Portland, museums in Bath and next door in Brunswick, and big theater in Freeport as well.

Go Big and cozy up with your squeeze in one of Brewster Houses special suites, complete with TV sitting rooms, your own frig, large baths, bathrobes and slippers! Call now while they last!!

Wine Wise Wine and Food Walks

December 7th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Wine Wise Wine and Food WalksInterested in learning more about wine pairing while visiting some of the best restaurants in Portland? Build your wine-tasting knowledge and skills with Wine Wise’s Wine and Food Walks!

Wine Wise is a wine education events company out of Portland, ME that provides not just wine-tasting information but wine-tasting adventures in Portland, the Kennebunks, Camden, Ogunquit, and other locals within and without Maine.

Founded by sommelier Erica Archer, Wine Wise’s Wine and Food Walks take you on a journey of the senses via visits to vibrant venues and through discussion about what makes wines unique and representative of their region.

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Portland Harbor’s Holiday Boat Parade

November 29th, 2015 by Kelleigh Dulany

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 http://www.cascobaylines.com/maine-boat-tours/special-event-holiday-cruises/ 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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