The Best Restaurants in Portland, Maine

January 31st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Portland, Maine has countless restaurants to choose from, so writing a post about “The Best Restaurants in Portland, Maine” can be a risky business: we’re bound to miss someone’s favorite! That being said, we’ll plunge ahead, regardless, with the caveat that this list is compiled from both our own experiences and those of our guests:

Best Restaurants in Portland, Maine - 555Five Fifty-Five
555 Congress St. – 207-761-0555 –
With a host of awards and associations backing up its efforts, Executive Chef and Co-Owner Steve Corry is proud to offer locally sourced ingredients in such delectable favorites as truffled lobster mac and cheese, citrus-cured Atlantic fluke, and their to-die-for white chocolate passion fruit cheesecake.

Best Restaurants in Portland, Maine - Hugo'sHugo’s
88 Middle St. – 207-774-8538 –
Chef-Owner’s Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley’s combined restaurateur experience allow them to run a kitchen that fosters both excellence and creativity, so you know you’re in for something special. Consistently placed among the top 10 American restaurants, Hugo’s is nationally acclaimed for its refined, New England-style dishes, such as cornmeal-crusted soft-shell lobster, local pheasant with polenta, turnips and shiitake, and rabbit salad. Fine dining at its finest!

Best Restaurants in Portland, Maine - ZapotecaZapoteca
505 Fore St. – 207-772-8242 –
Zapoteca is known for its unique, fire-roasted, Mexican dishes prepared using a combination of modern and old world cooking techniques and using sustainable seafood and local produce whenever possible. Billed as a tequileria as well as a restaurant, Zapoteca is famous for their creative margaritas and boasts over 100 different, high quality tequilas – just don’t ask for Jose Cuervo! – along with a broad, international wine list.

Best Restaurants in Portland, Maine - Fore StreetFore Street
288 Fore St. 0- 207-775-2717 –
Fore Street was one of the first restaurants in Maine to feature an open kitchen with a wood-burning oven, grill, and turnspit. Hardwood and apple wood fire cooked seafood, meats, game, and vegetables have made Fore Street a New England destination.

Best Restaurants in Portland, Maine - DuckfatDuckfat
43 Middle St. – 207-774-8080 –
Billed as a small sandwich shop, Duckfat is anything but run of the mill. Chef Rob, former chef-owner of Hugo’s, focus here is great homemade food made from the best quality ingredients: classic Belgian fries made with local Maine potatoes fried in duck fat, panini, soups, salads, charcuterie, and milkshakes plus a beer and wine list designed to satisfy the pickiest foodie.

Best Restaurants in Portland, Maine - Portland Lobster CoPortland Lobster Company
180 Commercial St. – 207-775-2112 –
Of course, there had to be lobster – this is Maine, after all. Portland Lobster Company is a no-nonsense, oceanfront mecca for great lobster, consistently awarded Best Lobster Roll, Best Seafood Restaurant, and Best Patio/Outdoor Bar in Portland. Other items on the menu include some fantastic non-lobster items like fried clams, scallops, Peekytoe crab and avocado wrap, and some of the best fries out there. Okay, enough: I’m now officially very, very hungry.

Brewster House Bed & Breakfast is less than half an hour’s drive from Portland, Maine, giving you another great reason to make us and the picturesque town of Freeport your Maine destination!

Freeport Winter Sports

January 27th, 2015 by Scott Gile


Toboggon racing down an iced wooden chute in front of a crowd of onlookers

World Toboggan Championships

I have to admit to being addicted to the speed, spectacle and challenges inherent in downhill skiing.  Sunday River and Sugarloaf ski resorts are 90 minutes and 2 hours from here, and Camden Snow Bowl and Shawnee Peak about an hour, so we really can’t call ourselves an alpine ski base at Brewster House, but there are many fabulous cross-country  ski-skating, winter hiking and snow-shoeing to create ample Freeport winter sports choices!  Of course, Maine is loaded with all kinds of ponds and lakes offering skating, ice-fishing and snowmobiling options.  Ice-fishing and skating are largely practiced by locals on bodies of water they know well, for obvious reasons. Although there are snowmobile rental concessions as close as Oxford (one hour), because fences and snowmobiles don’t mix well, the more rural parts of Maine to our north and west are the stomping grounds for serious snowmobilers.  Given good snow-cover, good legs, a sense of adventure and any kind of hill (golf courses are prime), my childhood tells me the toboggan, sled & saucer options can be a rush!  The great annual World Toboggan Championship Camden Snow Bowl ski area is always a wild “mardi-gras-esque” affair on February 6 – 8th!!

Let’s confine the rest of this to local meccas for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing!  Either is a great way to enjoy the quiet beauty of a Maine winter day, while packing in a great aerobic workout!  Bradbury State Park  offers 5 miles of trails, and they rent snow shoes.

small group of snow shoers standing about in the snow with snow shoes on

Snow Shoes

Wolfs Neck State Park is a 5 minute drive from Freeport Village and has 4.5 miles of lovely woods and shoreside trails to enjoy Farms in New Gloucester is a beautiful 5,000 acre of woodlands and fields, featuring 25 kilometers of trails, including 2 warming huts and rentals of ski and snow shoe equipment.  Smiling Hill Farm, 781 Country Farm Rd., Westbrook is another large cross-country center including 25 kilometers of groomed trails, a warming hut and rentals of either cross-country or snow shoes.  Passes run from $8 to $12.  Check their website for details Valley in Auburn is a classic old school New England ski area, includes a smaller downhill ski area, terrain park for snowboarders and 12 kilometers of cross country trails, groomed for both skate and classic style trails, as well as equipment rentals, although snow shoeing is not allowed on these trails  For a 30 minute drive, a diverse group has their choice of snow sports!  About an hours drive northwest, Carter’s Farm XC at 420 Main St. in Oxford is a substantial 30 kilometer cross-country ski center, offering the largest selection of cross-country ski equipment in the state expert service, even a sauna!  Last, but not least, if you’re interested in some basic instruction, keep in mind the LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School and their winter sports courses in snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing, very local and less than 1/2 day commitment.

Last, but not least, Brewster House B & B has the gourmet breakfast to fuel your Freeport adventure, and fireplaces, ironed sheets, soaking tubs and wine cellar to soothe your cranked winter blood!

The 8th Annual Flavors of Freeport

January 19th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The 8th Annual Flavors of FreeportThe 8th annual return of Freeport, Maine’s foodie-fest – Flavors of Freeport – is scheduled for February 20th through the 22nd, 2015 with a host of culinary events including a lobster brunch, cocktail competition, and creating your own doughnut!

Flavors of Freeport is a premier, culinary event highlighting Maine’s rich and diverse food scene. Chefs, restaurants, distillers, and other stars in the Maine food firmament come out to showcase their very best talents and offerings for your palate’s benefit

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The Best Inn in Freeport

December 17th, 2014 by Scott Gile

Come and let us host you at the the best inn in Freeport!!  I was going to title this blog “Value,” but I came to the conclusion it made more sense to simply cut to the chase!  What we’re talking about here is described partially by buzz words like “elegant, relaxing, gourmet, built in details, fire-placed rooms, and attention to service.”  Really, I want to paint you a picture of why Brewster House is where you will prefer to stay in Freeport!

Mary & I got into the hospitality lifestyle and business with two predominant ideas in our heads;

1.  One was to own an intimate lodging (which quickly looked like that would mean 6-10 rooms) so as to “keep it simple.”

2.  The second was to provide the highest levels of comfort, relaxation, kindness and a breakfast “to die for.”

Croissant french toast slathered with strawberries

Strawberry French Toast

If you’re like most of us 21st century humans, your leisure time is very limited and so by definition, precious!  When you finally get to escape the overbearing demands of work, family and home, the commute needs to disappear behind a relaxing, quiet experience, totally different in character from your everyday grind, the answer is a turnkey escape.  You don’t want to be distracted by a less than immaculate room, a not-so-comfortable mattress, less than a bone warming shower, or a just so-so breakfast, amidst a herd of loud pajama clad, rude, cardboard waffle & Aunt Jemima addicts.  What you had in mind were a cool glass of wine by a warm fire in a beautiful room, with a great bed and ironed sheets, your perfect pillow, plush robe and a breakfast you’ve been dreaming about……   Add to that your choice of white sand beaches, shopping, golf, museums, sailing or learning a new sport!  In this perfect escape, your hosts would be there to help, but not intrusive, full of ideas (when asked) about where to eat, where to explore, what to do, what micro-breweries to visit, or who to go out on the water exploring with.  The intimacy of a quiet, private breakfast, or the choice of chatting and laughing with other folks from a world you may or may not recognize, as your option.

Room w/ yellow walls, blue hassled bedspread, fireplace and bay window seating area

Marshall Point Room

Our focus is totally on you and your FREE time.  We want to help make this special moment in life the best it could possibly be!  So, our eyes are on the issues that we would look for in a great place to stay;  In summary, bed, bath and breakfast.  At Brewster House we also take pride in our “concierge services,” be that recommending great places to go, things to see, unique experiences to try or simply picking you up at the Amtrak station from the Downeaster.  Our bathrooms are large (6 of 7 include full tubs), private and are furnished with the finest, most absorbent towels and fine toiletries.  We recently upgraded our WiFi system to a true high-speed fiber-optic cable to help make your stay seamless, be it purely leisure, or if you’re stuck with including a bit of work on your escape.  We’ve partnered with the best local restaurants, charter boat captains, museums and outdoor experiences, such as the LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

Line of people with bows drawn in an archery class

Archery class w/ LL Bean

Mary is constantly adopting, inventing and embellishing in the kitchen, as spectacular breakfasts are truly her primary mission here.  I’m always looking to add landscaping features, make sure all of our building systems work well and appear seamless, as well as for ways to bring real Maine to our rooms and public spaces.  This year, we’ll be adding a Maine Funbook to the living room with ideas for things to do, see and eat, including provisions for our guests to add their own great recommendations.

If VALUE is what you’re looking for in your Freeport adventure, you can’t do better than Brewster House Bed & Breakfast!!


November 19th, 2014 by Scott Gile

This was not the blog I started out to write, but it is the blog whose time is right, a real Maine Christmas gift!!

With all the seasonal brouhaha getting cranked up with Christmas ads, Black Friday, etc., etc., we get to the question of what is it that we collectively want, or need……?  As you might imagine, Mary and I move through Freeport with some frequency and observe, and are always amazed at the quantity of stuff people seem driven to acquire. This observation reinforces the question of what would be a great gift to give a loved one for Christmas? We’re not talking here about the not-so-close nephew, brother-in-law or co-worker for whom the compulsory tube socks, cheap bottle of wine or lottery ticket will do, but the folks who are really dear to you and for whom you really want to make smile!

Come on, we all have years, tons, massive levels of semi-useless stuff! How many things do you own that you’ve not touched in over a year? So, let’s move beyond stuff, on to what we all really remember years later, THINGS WE DID AND PEOPLE WE DID THEM WITH!! That’s right, what do your favorite photos show? Things like that great, delicious raucous meal with family or friends, that outrageous white-water rafting trip, that fabulous bluebird sailing trip, that sweet weekend away with best friends, or just that pure escape with great food and none of your usual demands and pressures. All of those were good for lifelong, soul-level smiles!!

Wave breaking over a blue rubber raft full of paddlers in a tier

Maine White Water Rafting

Maine is a very fertile ground for such adventures……mixed up in the away-ness, stark natural beauty, lack of crowds and traffic, and the special places to visit, do, eat and stay. Consider giving a Maine Gift & attendant smile for Christmas!! THE POSSIBILITIES BOGLE THE MIND!!

Hmmmm…gift certificates for;




Hopefully, you’re catching on at this point. THESE ARE THE THINGS WE ARE LESS LIKELY TO BUY OURSELVES, BUT WILL REALLY LOVE GETTING!!  Hey, some of these are as little as $20, so you can pretty much match your budget to one of these timeless gifts!  Don’t forget our 3 night 2 Winter Wonderland or Spring weekends for as little as $382 + tax, or a wild weekend with 6 rooms of your Best Buds for around $200 for each room FOR THE WEEKEND with Reconnect Weekends!!  If you can’t get the kind of crowd coordinated, but want to give a fool-proof, awesome gift, give a Brewster House Gift Certificate 

Hey, we know about these items on the list, so please call if you’d like help!



October 16th, 2014 by Scott Gile

Sitting on our sofa, looking out at the half-naked maples, it’s clear that Black Thursday and Christmas in Freeport are not far down the calendar road! If that wasn’t enough, the near freezing temperatures and the annual Sunday River Fall Festival are serious indicators!

A little research quickly reveals that the upcoming season presents some special seasonal opportunities in both Portland and Bath, as well!   Emerging as a promising early newcomer in this arena is The Early Bird Sale (created by Reny’s). The idea is to offer BIG DISCOUNTS ahead of Black Thursday on the first Saturday of November (11/1), to give you an earlier reason treat yourselves to Brewster House, while you reward your “up & out” spirit with DEEP Christmas savings.   Many local merchants (as well as in Bath & Portland) will offer a structured set of storewide savings of 40% off at 6AM, 30% at 7AM reducing to 20% at 8AM!! As I speak, we have 2 rooms that just opened up that weekend from a cancellation!! They won’t last!

What can we say about Black Friday?? Respecting our family desire to enjoy the special opportunity to enjoy each other on Thanksgiving, we will not be open to guests until the Friday after, 11/28. Hey, great opportunity to jump on the early Amtrak Downeaster train and relax! It leaves North Station (Boston) @ 9:05AM and gets into Freeport just after noon on Friday. Small Business Saturday is huge for our fellow shopkeepers locally, here, in Bath and Portland too, so please consider the unique products and personal service they offer you this Holiday Season, and patronize them!!

Columns, blossoms and a christmas tree of led lights on display

Christmas light display by LL Bean

The huge annual Sparkle Weekend, will take place starting on Friday December 5th, with a 6PM Parade of Lights on the LL Bean campus, be will be dazzling all on Saturday and Sunday evenings as well.  If you’ve not seen it in the past, the display is really amazing!! Santa will be visiting from 6:30 to 8PM. Moving into the weekend, don’t forget the Sparkle Express Downeaster Train Adventure, Old Fashioned Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Tuba Concert on Saturday, and Jingle Bell Run/Walk on Sunday morning (to benefit Arthritis). Throughout the weekend, LL Bean will also be offering all sorts of Winter sports activities, such as skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing!!  Leave those TV’s and computers home!!

December 9th & 10th bring the Festival of Trees to our favorite museum, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. There will be a Candy Cane Train from the Bath Station to Wiscasset and back, including Santa & his Elves on December 13th & 14th at 9AM, 11AM, 1PM & 3PM. Although they’ve not yet issued a date, they are organizing an evening of caroling from a trolley.  Take in the stunning vista of Christmas dressed 200 year old downtown Bath!

Shop window & snowy night sidewalk in front of pretty Christmas dressed shop window

Bath shop windows dressed up for Christmas

You would think Portland (with it’s fine restaurants & long interesting waterfront) would do it up for Christmas, but their event schedule seems a bit understated… Their website starts with the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday 11/29 @ 5:30PM, including entertainment by Rich Charette and the Bubblegum Band. Wow, huh??  Shop for a Cause day occurs the following day, wherein a portion of the proceeds go to local charities.  On Thursday, 12/11, 5-10PM the 12th Anniversary Merry Madness (or Shop Till You Drop) will happen in the City. Horse & wagon rides will be offered on Saturday and Sunday afternoons during Holiday Season, from Monument Square on the ½ hour. Finally, artist Pandora LaCasse will create a standing display of radiant holiday light sculptures throughout downtown from December through February. For updates and more information, see http//

We still have a room available for Sparkle Weekend and more availability for the weekends on either side of December 6th!!  Stumped about what to get for a gift for that loved one who has plenty of stuff?? Buy them a good time, a gift certificate for a fabulous Brewster House Escape!! They’re available on our website, or feel free to call and we’ll get that to you quickly.






September 30th, 2014 by Scott Gile


Fall, sweet fall, the finest time to be outdoors in New England!! Cool dry air, unlimited visibility, bugs are dead, and the trees are at their colorful best! So, you like to hike Freeport?  There are several excellent hiking opportunities!

green, yellow, orange & red tree fall landscape from a mountain top

from Bradbury Mtn. Top

In Freeport itself, there are really 3 different areas to hike or talk a long walk. Two are on the ocean, Winslow Memorial Park and Wolfe’s Neck State Park, and one is on and around a hill on the westerly side of town, Hedgehog Mountain (quite humble for a mountain). Eight or so miles west of Freeport in Pownal, one of the original State Parks in Maine offers some excellent hiking (& mountain biking) options & and quite a superb view from the top, Bradbury Mountain State Park.




Really, Wolfe’s Neck is the premier spot in Freeport to enjoy the outdoors on the water. 200 acres are State Park, laced with several bayside trails and the North Loop Trail circles the 600 acre organic Wolfe’s Neck Farm, where you can also enjoy taking in the turkey, cattle and sheep farming enterprises.

Grassy Farm and loin of land jutting into island strewn bay

Wolfes Neck Farm

They’re located about 3 miles northeast of Freeport Village off of thebeautiful rolling Flying Point Rd. Both the State Park and Farm were donated to the public by the Lawrence Smith family back in the 1960’s, and both are composed of salt-marsh, woodlands, and the farm is at the meeting of the Harraseeket River and Casco Bay. The Harraseeket and Casco Bay trails vie for loveliest water views! If biking is more your style, they rent those, and kayaks too! The State Park does charge a measly $3 to enjoy their trails, but we never hear anything but positive comments from our guests about the Park and environs!!

Winslow Park, a town owned peninsula, sits about a mile south of Harraseeket Harbor in South Freeport (5.5 miles from Freeport Village) and faces Casco Bay to the south and east and the Harraseeket River to the west. The park is composed of a small beach, campground, and boat ramp. Hiking is free of charge, and the Park is open from 9AM to 9PM. The Park is basically surrounded by a trail that follows the water’s edge around the peninsula, so you get to enjoy 270 degree view of both bodies of water that encircle the peninsula.

Hedgehog Mountain is a smaller hill the West side of Freeport (& Rt. 295), about a mile west of Freeport Village, on the way to the transfer station off of Pownal Rd. This is a Freeport public property with over 5 miles of trails in a 200 acre area, the top of which is the highest point in Town. The Park is composed of old stone farm walls, pine and hemlock and is also a great location for both snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Lots of local folks walk their dogs in this park too.

The hiking Grand-Dad in this part of Maine is Bradbury Mountain State Park, about 8 miles west in Pownal. One of the first State Parks in Maine, it’s comprised of over 20 miles of trails up and around Mt. Bradford. The hiking trails are largely on the west side of Rt. 9, and are also shared by mountain bikes and some trails by horses. There are more and less challenging choices here, and the view from the top is excellent, especially in the foliage season!!

Now, for your patience in waiting for this masterpiece of Freeport minutiae, I’m including a recipe you’d never eat in the in, but that we made at home a few weeks ago, AND LOVED IT! CHECK IT OUT!



IMG_0352Now, I’m gonna “fess up” out of the gate, this is an Ina Garten recipe. Since my Dad was here when we tried this out, and he’s lactose intolerant, all that we did differently was to substitute lactose free milk and it was AWESOME!! The butter and hard cheeses do not generally bother folks with this sensitivity.

The second editorial comment I’ll make is that the recipe calls for 1.5 lbs. of lobster meat. So, we took a ride to Day’s Lobster Pound and asked the clerk how many “chicken lobsters” (a pound or less) it takes to make 1.5 pounds of lobster meat. He said 5 or 6, and I thought hmmmm….. You know what, he was right!! So, the sum of this paragraph is that at $24 + or – for shelled lobster meat, it costs about the same as buying “chickens” as just saving yourself the work and buying the shelled meat.



 Kosher salt

Vegetable oil

1 pound cavatappi or elbow macaroni

1 quart milk (or lactaid)

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, sliced up

½ cup all purpose flour

12 ounces grated Gruyere cheese (4 cups)

8 oz. grated extra sharp cheddar (2 cups)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

½ tsp nutmeg

1-1/2 lbs. cooked lobster meat

1-1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs



Steam 5 or 6 chicken lobsters till bright red & remove claw and tail meat. Cut into bite sizes. I saved the water from this operation to boil the pasta in later.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the pasta and cook according to directions on the package & drain well.

Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, BUT DON’T BOIL IT!   In a large pot, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add the flour. My mean sister had me learn to do all of the preceding by making a “rue.” I’m sure all you smart cooks already know about those! Cook over low heat for 2 minutes (seemed like a lot longer than that to me), stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Kill the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon of salt, the pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and lobster and stir well.

We cooked it in a casserole dish, after stirring all the ingredients in, and adding the breadcrumbs to the top. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, till the sauce is bubbly and the breadcrumbs golden brown on top.

Let it cool for a few minutes then dive in with a chardonnay or sauvignon blanc and fresh salad!! IT’S EVEN BETTER A DAY OR TWO LATER, just like spaghetti sauce!

Bon apetit!!


August 21st, 2014 by Scott Gile

sunlit fall photo of red blazing maple above a rocky river with stone bridge in the backgroundDSCN0379

Blazing maple

Experiencing fall foliage in Maine is one of those “have to” bucket list life adventures.   One of the toughest question I field is “when is it the best time to come for fall foliage? It’s a bit of a moving target from year to year, the intensity or timing of said being somewhat variable and unpredictable..   Long term and recent temperature trends, moisture trends, rain, wind and even insect and caterpillar plagues have a bearing on timing and color.


The lingering warmth of the ocean closer to the coast makes “the changing” delayed relative to the colder interior and mountainous areas (a little over an hour northwest of here) , often by as much as 2 weeks. Native Yankees leaf-peepers know this and go for the mountains early. Once those yellow birches, blazing red and swamp maples start to go though, one windy night (especially combined with heavy rain) can find most leaves stripped and on the ground by morning!     The oaks (red oaks being the most intense of their species) turn a beautiful aged brick red and tan, a couple of weeks after the maples.

yellow and pink maple leaves laying on green grass

Black maple leaves


Summer of 2013 was odd and very warm at times, with some extended wet spells, but the late summer was very dry, and the maples here pretty much browned up, turned yellow and fell off from early to mid-October. At least that was true of the 2 adolescent black maples beside Brewster House, and the sugar maples and ashes were a little disappointing.


This summer has been cool with very even periods of sun and some rain, and it’s getting cool in the evening, in mid-August as low as the 40’s back in the western Maine mountains! Supposedly, when the trees start to turn is determined by sun angle, not temperature, but if I was a betting man, I’d bet on things starting a little early here this year!


Here’s a great little map to show the typical timing and progression of the tree colors here. It suggests peak foliage in coastal Maine happens around the second week of October. Don’t forget, not far west of here foliage peaks 2 weeks earlier, so you have a real range of mid-September through the end of October to share in our bounty-time! It’s really the premier time to be here, no bugs, dry crisp ‘see for 100 mile’ air, typically mostly dry, crystalline cobalt-blue skies against the blazing orange, yellows and reds…and “not-summer-crowds!”


We at Brewster House offer a number of specials into Fall, including “Fall Colors Surf & Turf (including a self-drive map of the choicest viewing areas),” “The Maine Seafarer Adventure,” and the always popular “Lighthouse Tour.”  Please see the details in the “Specials” tab at our website.  In addition, many local boat charterers, including our friends on the Alert schooner and Captain Ring on Atlantic Seal Charters offer “foliage cruises” in that crisp, crystal Autumn air very reasonably.  There are many Fall Festivals, like Oktoberfest, and Country Fairs to enjoy too!DSCN0577

We still have some availability at Brewster House for September & October, so reserve your fireplaced room now!!

Wow, I’ll have to check on the downhill ski equipment soon! Winter comes quick after “stick season” here in Maine!


August 2nd, 2014 by Scott Gile

I know, it’s a bummer that because Naval Air Station Brunswick has been de-commissioned that we won’t likely be seeing the Blue Angels there again, but we do have the amazing Owl’s Head Museum nearby on the southwest corner of Penobscot Bay ( a little over one hour’s drive), who will be hosting the 40th annual Wings & Wheels Spectacular on August 9th & 10th!  One testosteronal delight after another will present itself for your visual and aural pleasure between 9AM and 3PM!!


Not only will their killer collection of cars, motorcycles and biplanes be open, but the show will feature the addition of aerobatic perfumers Jimmy & Jim Parker (Jim in Salto Aerobatic Glider). The the WWII Warbirds from the Texas Flying Legends will be showing off their perfect WWII fighters on the ground and in the air, and the Museum will be flying their antique bi-planes during the morning for your viewing pleasure as well!  The airplanes on display will include their P-51 Mustang, “Miss Cincinnati,” an FG-1D Corsair “Whistling Death,” a TBM Avenger and other incredible WWII airplanes museum will be flying their bi-planes, including  their 1917 checkerboard Spad, 1917 Fokker DR.1 Triplane (made famous by the Red Baron) and new acquisition, a 1930 Travel Air Speedwing, among others!  The Museum is also running a show entitled “The Quest for Speed,” highlighting our New England racing history and featuring such amazing examples as Michael Schumacher’s 2002 Ferrari F-1 car and the worlds 2nd oldest Duesenberg, a 1915 “Benedict Special” race car.

A paltry $16 gets you in, and you might choose to catch Owl’s Head light and dinner in Rockland on your way back to your spacious and welcoming womb at Brewster House!  We do have a couple of rooms open for next weekend, as I write this.  DON’T DELAY!!  You could move onto the Maine Homes, Boats & Harbors Show in Rockland, if the Wings and Wheels Show isn’t enough to fill your bucket!!

Oh, and for all you Celts, Clansman and other so inclined lovers of the Highlands, on August 16th, the Maine Highland Games will be held in our neighboring town, Topsham!  The “Clan Gathering” will take place on the eve of the 15th, and the games on the following Saturday.  We do not have availability for Friday night (unless we get a cancellation), but we do have 2 rooms open for Saturday.  Come to Brewster House and take in the games, and spoil yourself with Mary’s amazing breakfast!  Who knows, maybe we’ll go crazy land offer Prosecco mimosas for breakfast Sunday!




Harpswell Neck

July 31st, 2014 by Scott Gile

It’s very hard to blog, unless you feel something about the subject. When escaping Brewster House, Mary and I  often speculate on what a great place to live Harpswell Neck will be when we quit innkeeping (don’t get nervous!). The Neck and adjacent islands are our escape (only a ten minute ride from Brewster House), and a quietly stunning example of the glacially sculpted fingers into the ocean that comes to mind when most of think of Maine! The ride down Rt. 123 starts with some big farms, and if you look close, you’ll see salt meadows at the ends of the fields.  You might stop in to Nance’s Seafood Shanty (in front of a large gorgeous farm, which reaches right down to tidal marsh)  a few miles onto the road for a fab lobster, clam or crab roll and fresh lemonade.

Nance's Seafood Shanty

Nance’s Seafood Shanty

A few miles south, you’ll have to decide to head straight down Harpswell, or follow the sign west to rt. 24.  Crossing  over Harpswell Cove to Great Island, turn right on 24 and you’ll know your crossing onto Orrs Island, as you drop and twist into the stunning vista of Merriconeag Sound and Gun Point Cove.    The ride over Orr’s Island is a delight of roller coaster turns, dives and climbs as you take in the sparkling atlantic vistas of granite, fir and modest, and the occasional lovely waterfront homes or cottage.  These islands and Peninsula actually include 216 miles of rugged Maine coastline!

Orr's Island bridge

Orr’s Island bridge

Bearing left shortly after leaving Brunswick down Rt. 24 would take you to the real Maine lobster fishing village of Cundy’s Harbor, which  doesn’t really look like anything has changed in 50 years!  Want authentic?  Grab a sandwich at Holbrook’s Snack Bar!

Cundy's Harbor

Cundy’s Harbor

DSCN1916I digress, back south on rt. 24 we come to the Village of Orr’s, just before the longest granite bridge in the world  connects Bailey Island to Orr’s, over the fast running Will’s Gut.  To your right is Cooks Lobster House, left Morse’s Cribstone Grille.  Either will serve you lunch or dinner right on the ocean!  Around Cooks, many boating opportunities are available, including our favorite new schooner charter, Alert w/ Captains Perry & Bethany!   Heading south, Mackerel Cove is the textbook picture of a lobster fishing harbor, and just to it’s left, a path for a scenic hike down The Giant Staircase!  Then to one of the Gile Family favorites, Estes Lobster House.  Very reasonable and again, oceanside outdoor dining, facing the sunset!!

Mackerel Cove

Mackerel Cove

There are several art shops, antique stores, quilters, ice cream shops here and there, in places you’d never expect to see them, all over Harpswell. Had we stayed on Rt. 123, rather than crossing over to Orr & Bailey Islands, we’d have cruised by several lovely coves and inlets on our way to the Village of Harspwell.  A mile or so south, there’s a little dirt road to the right that circumnavigates Basin Cove, ending at The Dolphin Restaurant & Marina.  The Dolphin was completely rebuilt a little over a year ago.  The dining room sits right on Casco Bay and is 180 degrees of glass for your eating, drinking and socializing pleasure.  A sublime way to end a great day exploring Harpswell Neck!  Then, back to that killer bed with the ironed sheets and that unbelievable next days breakfast awaiting you at Brewster House……..  DSCN1384