top-blog

Categories

Archives

FEBRUARY IS FOR ROMANCE!

January 16th, 2014 by Scott Gile

DSCN15501

Scott & Mary
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

FEBRUARY IS FOR ROMANCE!!
Crowds, traffic jams on Rt. 1, tough getting reservations, antique shops all picked over??  NOT IN WINTER!!  Many folks come here this time of year just for those reasons!  We just entertained a couple from New York and another from the UK, both of whom  had a purely relaxing and quiet week away……not to mention at off season rates and a sweet discount.  See our February is for Romance package!  Bottle of bubbly, homemade truffles, $50 gift certificate to Azure Cafe, fireplace, ROMANCE!!
Sadly, just deleted a piece on Winter Carnival here this weekend, due to “the January thaw.”   Very ugly for we skiers!!  These photos of “before and after of our side porch are pretty graphic!

Before
After
                                                
Wow, just finished hosting our inaugural Reconnect Weekend, and it couldn’t have been more fun!!  Been thinking off and on for years about reconnecting with family, college buddies, your old neighborhood, service friends??  In the spirit of 1 + 1 = 3, we can make that so easy, while you help us share your good times when we might otherwise be lonely!!  You have the run of the inn, including gas fireplaced living room, our unusually elegant, extravagant breakfast when you want it, great shopping an recreational distractions (LL Bean’s Discovery Center), Great restaurants, close access to Portland…..look for the photos on Facebook for what a great time was had!  All for just over ½ price!!!  Can wait to host all of our old neighbors in 2 weeks!!
The Heritage Girls Reconnect!

                                               

There are tons of crazy, fun things happening hereabouts ALL WINTER!!  I have to admit that I’m most excited about The World Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snowbowl on the weekend of February 7-9 weekend!!  Check out the photos on their website, and you’ll get the Mardi Gras sense of this annual event.  Brewster House will be in attendance and maybe competing as well!
http://winter.camdensnowbowl.com/24th-annual-us-national-toboggan-championships  CHECK OUT THE VIDEO LINK!!!
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vqnbD2-59A&feature=player_embedded#at=57
FLAVORS OF FREEPORT, including the Chef Signature Series, and Flavors Ice Bar, including a DJ, fire pit and luge to get you slipping and sliding into mid-winter on Friday, Feb. 21st http://www.freeportusa.com/flavorsoffreeport/!!        
Here’s a brief sample of other upcoming local events  between Portland (15 minutes south) and Penobscot Bay (one hour east);
1/19, 2/16 The Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series, race uphill miles on snowshoes!  www.trailmonsterrunning.com/bradburysnow
1/23 – 1/25 Portland Harbor Hotel Ice Bar www.evesatthegarden.com
1/25  - Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, @ One Longfellow Square, Portland
2/14 ` Bob Marley, Stone Mountain Arts Center (GREAT VENUE!)  www.stonemountainartscenter.com
2/16 – Tower of Power, @ Asylum, Portland, www.portlandasylum.com
I could go on, but I think you’re getting the drift!

Christmas 2013 Blog

December 23rd, 2013 by Scott Gile

DSCN1513-300x2251

Scott & Mary
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

Christmas 2013 Blog
Ah, Wow and Thank God for another Christmas!  I saw a very melancholy Facebook post from an old friend who unintentionally reminded me how lucky the Giles are, and after our wonderful family, that would include owning Brewster House and having the privilege of knowing all of you!
What has been exciting and powerful is the early winter, which I understand is not unique to Maine!    We got about 20” of snow here between last Sunday and Tuesday, and Tuesday AM was -3 degrees Fahrenheit!!  I’ve been skiing a couple of times already, and the last time was on 14” of new natural snow – VERY NICE!  There were some great photo ops, but to be honest, I just couldn’t face removing my fingers from my mittens long enough to take a picture, sorry!
Brewster House looked gorgeous all dressed up in snow and lights, and our guests have really enjoyed hanging by the fireplace in the living room.  Seeing our guests relaxing there truly makes us smile, as the point of refurnishing it was to make the salon a place you would feel at home in….having a glass of wine, reading the paper, playing cards with friends, NICE!!!
Poor Buddy’s been not feeling well for a month, with digestive/ eating problems.  Scary to watch your dog lose ¼ of his weight in a couple of weeks!  He seems to be coming around, we’re working at it as we really do love our dog!  As you can see, he’s still dashing in his Christmas coat, Red Sox leash & collar!
Photo
Here’s the link for the New Years events in Freeport, including Fireworks at 6PM!  http://www.freeportusa.com/events/l-l-bean-northern-lights-celebration-new-years-eve-celebration/
Don’t for get  your outdoor winter options here that I alluded to in my Early Wintah Blog for the January Winter Carnival Weekend & Flavors of Freeport in February.  Also, LL Bean offers regular “learn to” cross country ski, and snowshoe adventures at their Outdoor Discovery School http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/1000001692.  This Winter is certainly shaping up to be a fine one for playing in the snow, and believe it or not, we’re getting a little busy in January!!
Scott & Ruth recognized their frequent guests with a discount.  We think that’s the right thing to do, but where we don’t necessarily know you all as well, will formalize a program so when you book, we will automatically know you as “Friends of Brewster!”  So, visit us four times, and from the fifth visit on, we will “take special care of you!”  Of course, this discount will be outside of special discount promtions such as our “Winter Wonderland” promotion for January. 
Lastly, if you’re not on the Newsletter list, you might’ve missed my mention of our success and interest in Reconnect Weekends.  We can offer you a fabulous price if you can commit to renting all 7 rooms from us on any 2 day weekend that’s available in January, March, April or May.   We need a leader of a group to commit to a full weekend for 7 rooms, & we’ll ask for a 50% deposit up front.  In return, you own Brewster House for a weekend for just over 50% of the per room rack rates!!  Of course, we’ll serve the same elegant breakfasts, and can offer additional wine, or breakfast cocktails and our dining and living rooms for your pleasure.  Call for details!!
Thanks for being so kind and forgiving in our first half year of learning to be inn-keepers, and Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!!

WINTAH’S ARRIVAL

December 1st, 2013 by Scott Gile

IMG_0106-300x2251

Scott & Mary
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

WINTAH’S ARRIVAL BLOG
Today my Dad & I took a little men’s adventure to the Maine Maritime Museum, out to lunch and a Home Depot stop for building stuff.  Cold!  Must’ve been 17 or so Monday AM, still a little snow here and there, after the winter gales of the last 2 days.  Got the flipside Noreaster on the way for the day before Thanksgiving.  Laid in bed last Monday night, listening to the wind lifting the shingles.  Rained buckets Tuesday night through Wednesday, then the gift you see above!
I digress….so, Don (my Dad) and I spent several hours absorbing the amazing models, histories, painting and artifacts at this breathtaking Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.  One of my favorites was the model of the 360’ J. P. Morgan Jr. motor yacht that was built in 1930 at the Bath Iron Works.  It really is a stunning place to experience, and only 20 minutes from here!  It also has a fabulous store with all kinds of books, drawings, artwork, photos, souvenirs, crushed mussel shell coasters, etc.  We plan to replace a lot of the more uninteresting wall decorations here over the winter with Maine stuff.  We know you will enjoy the changes.
Ice boat

We’re also refurbishing several rooms in the inn this winter (when not skiing or entertaining you).  We’re also going to work on the Brewster House Good Times book this winter, so no matter how long you’re here, no matter what the weather is, no matter what you like to do, we’ll have an awesome “on the spot” resource! 
LL Bean is whooping it up big for the Holidays!  Since they erected their enormous tree, every ½ hour on weekend evenings, they have an amazing coordinated music/ light show with their block-wide decorations!  Too bad you didn’t book earlier for Sparkle Weekend!
When you’re a downhill skier, one of the great features of being busy all summer and fall is quiet weekdays in the Winter to visit Sunday River (or “The Loaf”), just 65 miles from here.  This was taken a few days ago!  Ah, we love the corduroy!!!!

If your skiing ambitions are more the cross-country variety, sledding, dog-sledding, horse drawn sleigh rides or the snow-shoe touring sort, come up for the LL Bean Winter Carnival Weekend January 19th & 20th http://www.llbean.com/shop/retailStores/media/docs/121228_MK24535.pdf!!  Believe it or not, we STILL HAVE ROOMS!!  It will take place at the LL Bean Sports Center, near Wolf’s Neck, and advance registration is required, SO PLAN NOW!!
Finally don’t forget FLAVORS OF FREEPORT, including the Chef Signature Series, and Flavors Ice Bar, including a DJ, fire pit and luge to get you slipping and sliding into mid-winter on Friday, Feb. 21st http://www.freeportusa.com/flavorsoffreeport/!!
We have shovels full of winter deals available for you!  See our website and latest newsletter for a summary and GET UP HEEAH!!
    

BAH-GUN WEEKEND & HAPPI NEW YEAH’S!!

November 10th, 2013 by Scott Gile

DSCN1458-300x2251

Scott & Mary
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

BAH-GUN WEEKEND
Friends of Brewster, our suggestion is to save your Christmas money (and any gifts you can put off) and come to Freeport for the weekend after  Christmas to take advantage of all the over-stocking mistakes the retailers represented here made!!  Not only do you get to take advantage of LL Bean & neighbors, but Brewster House has our own BAH-GUN for you!! 
Arrive on Thursday 12/26, or Friday 12/27 and we’ll offer you 3 days here for the price of just 2!  Not only that, we’ll throw in your choice of a Mimosa or Proscecco cocktail with your breakfast on Sunday ON US!!  We’ll even handle the recycling from all of your buying victories, and provide you with a 50 gallon bag for your gifts (like Santa’s, but polyethylene) and help you wrestle that beast to your car!
HAPPI NEW YEAHS -2014!!
Hey, the Wednesday Christmas/ New Yeahs weekday makes this Holiday a bit challenging for we celebrants.  If you are among the fortunate (or committed to partying) who will go away, consider coming to Brewster House on Tuesday, 12/31!  We have OUTSTANDING DINING OPTIONS, both here and in Portland!!  LL Bean is sponsoring fireworks on New Year’s Eve.  See this link for all of the WILD goings on in Portland!  http://www.newyearsportlandmaine.com.  We’ll not only welcome you with a bottle of sparkly, but will help with “hair of the dog” at Mary’s always elegant breakfast with your choice of a mimosa or Prosecco cocktail. 

And as a tease, this was the “fruit” offering w/ breakfast a few days ago……Mary called this vanilla pannacotta w/ strawberries.  Seems to me something like “life-altering creamy slathering love-bomb of strawberries” might be more accurately descriptive!!

LATE OCTOBER RIDE!

November 3rd, 2013 by Scott Gile

DSCN1444-300x2251

Scott & Mary
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

LATE OCTOBER RIDE!
You know, when I wrote that title, I was only thinking of my stunning motorcycle adventure this last Monday, but it certainly applies equally to our first 6 months here!
Mary, Siobhan, Ivy and I finally gave ourselves 5 days off this week after non-stop inn-keeping since the end of May.  Of course, Mary and I spent most of that time bettering our digs here in the carriage house, but we did squeeze in a little well deserved “R & R,” as well as procuring a few dashing (old) new furnishing additions for your visiting pleasure.
On Monday, Bella (my black Italian motorcycle) and I headed north-east on Route 1 for some exploration and adventure.   I brought the good ole Nikon point and shoot to contribute to a book we will start this Winter on “Adventures Available” from Freeport, for your perusal and pleasure on visiting with us.
Well, it was nearing 56 degrees on my departure north, so leathers and ski underwear were called for.  With no particular agenda, we decided to cut south on rt. 127 towards Georgetown Island and Reid State Park as soon as we crossed over the Kennebec River.  As we started south along the Kennebec, the view of the first of the stealthy new USS Zumwalt destroyer class at the bath Ironworks was very impressive in a Star Wars sort of way.  Check it out, http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2013/1030/Navy-new-destroyer-USS-Zumwalt-is-bigger-badder-than-any-other-destroyer-video. 
After several miles, the protected waters of Montsweag Bay started to appear between breaks in the spruce trees to my left.  Wow, what a place to have a camp or a home!  After 5 more miles, a state sign for Reid State Park appeared to my right.  What a lovely and diverse jem of nature!!  A long straight beach backed by an ocean meadow, and lovely rocky inlet to an interior bog.  A bus full of school kids in boots exploring the shallows, doesn’t even notice Bella.   Gotta go there again with Mary and Siobhan!

Back north on 127, we stopped to explore this sweet little cove, and take a couple of photos.  They used to build schooners here in the 1800’s.  Fuzz your eyes up a bit and it’s easy to imagine the sounds of cutting and shaping wood and the sounds and smells of horses and working forges!

Back to Rt. 1, not a thrilling drive in the best of conditions, even less so with squally rain and gusting winds!  East to lunch via Wiscasset and Newcastle, then to Thomaston, just west of Penobscot Bay….to the Maine State Prison Store.  I think legend has it that the prison that used to surround the rear lot behind the rear of the store was the same prison that was a model for “The Green Mile,” the Stephen King story.   The store is deceptively large inside and includes everything in the way of beautifully crafted woodshop craft from wood trivets to large bookshelves, ships, end tables, great toys, chess boards and on!!  I think we’re going back for a nice ash coat peg-board for our house.  As I go to leave and am getting ready to ride, my helmet gets blown off of the seat and rolls across the parking lot. WICKED P—–!!  If you don’t know, that’s a particular New England expression of disgust…..

Drove back north through Jefferson, then back west to Gardiner and south along the Kennebec on rt. 24 to home.  165 miles from where I started, I’m approaching home and it’s 47 degrees, and the sun is low on the horizon!!  Wish you were here, this was onefine Maine adventure!!

Mary’s Magic Asparagus Cheddar Fritatta

October 21st, 2013 by Scott Gile


MARY’S MAGIC ASPARAGUS CHEDDAR FRITATTA

I keep getting asked, not only how I can be so attractive in the morning, but also for my recipes.  Well, I’ve had to give Mary a little credit lately, so we’ll say this unbelieveably creamy, melt-in-your -mouth savory dish was hers……  You’ll remember it if you’ve eaten it!!    

INGREDIENTS;

            6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, divided
            1 cup of chopped fresh asparagus, chopped into ½” pieces
            2 shallots, chopped
            8 extra large eggs, or 10 large eggs
            1.5 cups of cottage cheese
            1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, freshly grated
            ½ cup jarlsberg cheese, fresh grated
            ½ tsp kosher salt
            ½ tsp black pepper
1 tbsp fresh thyme
1/3 cup flour
¾ tsp baking powder

THE COOKING;

            Preheat oven to 350
           
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in 10” oven proof skillet
            Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a dish in the microwave
In the skillet, sauté the chopped asparagus & shallots until tender, turn off heat
            Meanwhile, whisk eggs, 4 tablespoons of melted butter, salt, pepper & thyme
            Stir in cheeses
            Sprinkle in flour and baking powder, fold into egg mixture
            Pour egg mixture into skillet.  Bake frittata until it is browned & puffed up…
            About 45 – 50 minutes. 
            Insert knife into center, should come out clean when dish is ready!
SERVES 8!!  Bon appetite!!
             
Mary & Scott Gile
Brewster House
Freeport, ME
             

6th ANNUAL HARVEST ON THE HARBOR

October 8th, 2013 by Scott Gile

Denny-Mike-s-Whole-Hog-BBQ1

Scott & Mary
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

10/23 – 26, 2013
Autumn chill driving you to play inside??  Don’t miss this great southern Maine regional FOODIE/ WINE extravaganza!    
This annual event is an amazing combination of chefs, restaurants, wine and beer tastings, music and ethnic culinary opportunities spread over 4 days, starting on Wednesday, Oct. 23rd.  The Celebration opens with the Grand Tasting on the Harbor on Thursday evening, mingling guests with Maines’ best restaurants, chefs and pairing the right wines and beers with their finest creations!
Thursday at noon opens the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year  competition, followed by, International Maine:  Taste of the World, which aims to demonstrate the range of cuisine offered here by featuring the premier local Chefs offering their most diverse ethnic delicacies.  
The Wine Tasting Experience and Beer Tasting Experiences will take place on Oct. 25 at 5 and 5:30, respectively in the Oceanview Room and Oceanview Pavilions, closely followed at 7PM by the Blues & Brews BBQ in the Pavilion.  Groove to your favorite blues tunes, while loading up on barbeque and your favorites beers!!

                             

Sunday brings the event wrap-up with two sessions (starting at noon) on Casco Bay with 160 Maine food, wine, beer and distilled beverage artisans sharing their delectables with you along the waterfront. 
For great detail, see www.harvestontheharbor.com.
  
I took Bella there today (& a glorious one it was) to scope out the site (note David Geffen’s 153′ motoryacht on the right side of the photo) Right on the waterfront, by the cruise-ship dock!!  How much better does life get??
As I speak, we only have rooms open for Wednesday and Thursday, but cancellations do happen, and I can wait list folks. 

Sweet September Fire

September 9th, 2013 by Scott Gile

Image1

Scott & Mary
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

SWEET SEPTEMBER FIRE
Fall in Maine….any New England native knows this is the finest time to be here!  Days tend to be cooler, sun bright, 100 mile visibility, air dry, bugs….largely dead, and we haven’t even gotten to the blazing yellow, oranges and reds of the maples, oaks and birches here!!  Brewster House is surrounded on all sides by Sugar, Norway and Black Maples.  In fact, most of Freeport is deciduous trees, so we are smack in the middle of blaze of Autumn color at Brewster House!


A sample of What to Do!
9/14 –The 4th Annual “Open Lighthouse Day.”   The Coast Guard is sponsoring this event next weekend from 9AM to 3PM to allow you to pursue your most inside interests (yes, we have availability).  Please refer to this link for details http://www.visitmaine.com.

Combine your lighthouse visit with a very high end juried arts & craftsfair offered by The Maine Crafts Guild will be held in Scarborough on Saturday and Sunday.  For detail, see www.mainecraftsguild.com.
9/20 – 9/22 – The 142nd Cumberland County Fair, all the entertainment you think a Fair should have, including Bob Marley, a demo derby, lawnmower races, a 4H auction, even a rodeo!  See http://www.cumberlandfair.comfor details.  We have one or two rooms open for this weekend, so get while the getting is good!!
9/28  – Check out the Harvest Dance at Wolfes Neck Farm here in Freeport from 6 – 10PM with The Mallett Brothers Band for a hot barn dance at the old farm!  Gritty’s will be offering a cash bar and there will be food trucks on site as well.  See www.wolfesneckfarm.org.  This is the weekend of the 15thAnnual  Fall in the Village Art & Music Festival is full of free music, food and arts, http://freeportfallfestival.comBetween leaf peeping and these events, Freeport doesn’t get any better than this!!   Believe it or not, we do have some availability left for this weekend!  YOU BETTER JUMP ON IT QUICK!
9/29 – The Pemaquid Oyster Fest for you lovers of lighthouses and the gelatinous shellfish fare.  This event is centered in the beautiful village of Damariscotta.  http://pemaquidoysterfestival.com 
As you might imagine, having a wine license, it only made sense for us to add real wine to our existing Packages as you might think appropriate.  So, whether you are coming here for your anniversary, honeymoon, or even birthday (if wine floats your boat).  In the bubbly varieties, we stock both Canella Prosecco and an excellent (but reasonable) California champagne, Gloria Ferrer Brut for your pleasure.  Of course, we might be missing a unique special occasion of yours in this list, if so, let us in on how we can enhance that time away for you!  If you have a sentimental favorite, our distributor sees us at least twice weekly, so just let us know what your heart desires!  Please reference the romantic getaway link from our home page and your options will unfold before your very eyes!!
For a turnkey escape, don’t forget to consider our Special Fall Packages, the October Fall Foliage Surf & Turf and Fall Freedom Packages!! 
October Fall Foliage Surf & Turf
2 nights lodging
Antique Schooner Cruise for 2
Dinner gift certificate for the Azure Café
$100 LL Bean gift certificate
Maine welcome bag
A self-driving tour of the best foliage areas
A $50 gas card to help with the driving
Fall Freedom(11/1 – 11/24)
Three nights for the price of two (off of our already reduced off-season rates)
For our Veteran friends, know we are working on a special offering over Veterans Day in recognition of your self-less contributions to us all.  More on the details to follow!
Hope to see you soon!
Scott & Mary Gile
Innkeepers

THE WINE IS INN!!

August 18th, 2013 by Scott Gile

DSCN1317-300x2251

Scott & Mary
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

THE WINE IS INN!!
Continuing the “relax at Brewster House” theme, it seems like the right time to share our latest addition to your get-away pleasure.
From the first day we came here, we thought it seemed a most natural pleasure that wine should be offered here.  The French have an appreciation for the sybaritic qualities that wine brings to life and socializing, and it is in that spirit that we are offering a selection of ten tasty wines.  The porch rockers lend themselves to a glass of wine, as do the garden Adirondack chairs in the garden, as does the newly refurbished salon!!
Our goal was to offer some less common (not grocery store wine) and very tasty wines, while offering a range of varietals and pedigrees.  So, in the spirit of duty-bound inn-keepers, Mary and I sat with our man from Nappi last Thursday morning, and worked over 14 different bottles to decide what we’re would start out offering you.  We hope that you share our prejudices, and regret that you were unable to make the impromptu Brewster House tasting later that evening by the fire, in our newly updated back gardens.  The guests who were here had a very good time with us!!  I meant to use my camera, but never remembered to pull it out.  It was a very tiring day!
 
Within this group, there are two sparkling choices, a Prosecco and a Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut (champagne in France) for the many folks who come here celebrating a life event (honeymooners, anniversaries).  We stock lower and higher end Chardonnays, a Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, an elegant Merlot from Washington State, and on.  We have an arrangement with our wholesaler where we can buy single bottles of any variety or vintage, so if you need something special and can give us a few days, we can likely get it!  We intend what we carry to be fluid, based on your likes and dislikes, but really feel we’re off to a strong start with the bottles we have here.  The collection is priced from  $16 to $33 (including sales tax), with a nice choice of reds and whites at the lower end of that range.

We keep the sparkling wines and whites in the frig, and the balance of the stock in the nice, cool basement.  In the near future, we’ll be modifying our celebratory packages to include a bottle of sparking wine.  If you’ve been here, you know we have an ice machine and buckets for your convenience.
So, for whatever reason, if you need (or want) a good bottle of wine while you’re here, you can get count on some great choices in-house!  

Freeport Travel Links

August 14th, 2013 by Scott Gile

20130214_Nova_Star_1-300x1311

FREEPORT TRAVEL LINKS BLOG
Lots of GREAT NEWS hereabouts to enhance your Brewster House ease of travel experiences via Freeport!! 
Local Car Rentals
First of all, I mentioned a few blogs ago (“Downeaster”) that I thought there might be a direct rental car opportunity from Brewster House and I’ve finally made that link.  Spoke with the good folks at Enterprise Rent A Car in Brunswick (several miles north of here) and confirmed my suspicion that they will actually come here and pick you up to bring you to your Enterprise rental car……..that should make the “Downeaster” Amtrak train from Boston or Portland an option that is much more practical for a longer stay here out of Brewster House.  Just call us to meet you at the Station, we’ll bring you to Brewster House with your bags,  then have Enterprise bring you to your car!!  Of course, they offer a choice of sizes, types and colors, so that should help with the traffic blues!  You can reach them at 207-725-1344 to make your vacation plan!!  Tell them the Brewster House sent you!  We still have some rooms in which to host you in September and October!!

FREEPORT TRAVEL LINKS BLOG
Lots of GREAT NEWS hereabouts to enhance your Brewster House ease of travel experiences via Freeport!! 
Local Car Rentals
First of all, I mentioned a few blogs ago (“Downeaster”) that I thought there might be a direct rental car opportunity from Brewster House and I’ve finally made that link.  Spoke with the good folks at Enterprise Rent A Car in Brunswick (several miles north of here) and confirmed my suspicion that they will actually come here and pick you up to bring you to your Enterprise rental car……..that should make the “Downeaster” Amtrak train from Boston or Portland an option that is much more practical for a longer stay here out of Brewster House.  Just call us to meet you at the Station, we’ll bring you to Brewster House with your bags,  then have Enterprise bring you to your car!!  Of course, they offer a choice of sizes, types and colors, so that should help with the traffic blues!  You can reach them at 207-725-1344 to make your vacation plan!!  Tell them the Brewster House sent you!  We still have some rooms in which to host you in September and October!!

Portland – Nova Scotia Ferry Service
As a big fan of moto-touring, I’ve had some wonderful experiences in Atlantic Canada, and look forward to more!  Up until 2009, there were convenient ferry options to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia from both Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine.  With the decline in folk’s income, post recession, in 2009 the ferry operation became untenable economically.  From that time forward, to go to Nova Scotia the only option has been to either drive all the way through New Brunswick (a whole day), or to take the ferry from St. John, New Brunswick (from where you’re already ½ way there).
Recently, the government of Nova Scotia put up $21,000,000 inviting RFP’s from interested ferry services for 7 years of subsidy to get the business re-started.  Today, the Portland Herald Press announced that they’ve accepted the proposal of a Maine based company to resume service in 2014.  This is the ship they will use. 
The ship will hold 1,215 passengers and is equipped with 162 cabins and 2 restaurants, so it doesn’t appear to be the high speed option the “Scotia Cat” was, but it sounds like it might be both less expensive and a more viable business model.   
So, for all you folks that have been hoping to enjoy Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island or Prince Edward Island, you’ll be thrilled to have this adventurous option again!  It’s on my motorcycle touring list!!  Start and end your boat trip from Mary’s incredible breakfast at Brewster House (15-20 minutes from the pier in Portland), we can’t wait to hear about your trip!!  

Scott & Mary
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

»