Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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A Day Trip to the Kennebunks

August 9, 2011 by Scott Gile

Another favorite day trip from our Bed and Breakfast in Freeport is a trip to the Kennebunks.

If you would like to enjoy the drive down US-1 to the south, we suggest wandering until just north of Portland, and when I-295 crosses US-1, you should enter I-295 to the left, taking you on to I-95 South, as far as Biddeford. At that point US-1 is only a short distance from I-95, and you’ve bypassed the congestion in and around Portland.

After the pretty countryside you come to the village of Arundel, where there are a number of interesting antique dealers and antique malls.

Continuing to Kennebunk, notice the First Parish Unitarian Church, at the intersection of Route 35. The bell in the steeple was fashioned by Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere. Turn left on Route 35 and enjoy the drive through the old homes, to Kennebunkport. Along the way, don’t miss the Wedding Cake house, on the left side of the road.

Once in Kennebunkport, enjoy walking through the lovely town square, with its planter box near the center of town, and across the small bridge to see the boats anchored in the marina. There are many lovely homes, churches and bed & breakfasts, making it a pleasure to walk the tree-lined streets.

If you drive out Ocean Avenue from the town square, you can see the lovely beach, then farther on, Walker Point, where the summer home of President George H.W. Bush is located.

If you return to Route 9 from Ocean Avenue, it will take you to Cape Porpoise, a charming, hidden, village, with a lovely harbor and Goat Island lighthouse.

When you finish enjoying this delightful area, return to Brewster House for snacks, and later a dinner at one of the Freeport restaurants, then a browse through the Freeport outlets. Another nice day out!

Looking for Antiques in the Freeport Area

November 3, 2009 by Scott Gile

antiquesAside from the beautiful coastline, lighthouses, and other Maine attractions, not to mention Freeport’s wonderful shopping, we are often asked about local antique dealers. While there are very few right in Freeport, there are a lot of antiques available along the Maine coast, as well as inland, within only a short drive of Brewster House.

We were talking about this with someone recently, and thought it would be nice to have a map of some of the areas where you can find antiques without driving for hours, and especially if you just want to explore, rather than attend an auction.

There are several areas where antiques are particularly plentiful. There are several along US-1 in the Bucksport-Searsport area on the way to Bar Harbor. However, we decided to focus on the areas within about an hour to an hour and a half drive from Freeport. That still is a big group, from Kittery to the Camden area, and inland to near Sebago Lake. We also included a number around the Augusta/Holowell/Gardiner areas.

There are many more than we have listed on the map below, as a quick internet search will reveal, but we have selected the ones we think people will find interesting, and tried to minimize the dealers who don’t have a shop or showroom, or who exhibit only in another location. We have not had time to visit more than a small percentage of these shops, so we hope you’ll find them worthwhile, but can’t vouch for all of them personally.

If you have comments on any of the dealers, or would like us to add another dealer to the map, please let us know in the comments!

Happy antiquing!


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10 Things to do Near Freeport Maine (Other Than Shopping)

May 26, 2009 by Scott Gile


Maine’s premier shopping destination is Freeport. Not only are there over 160 shops, outlet stores and restaurants, but it is the world headquarters of retail giant L.L. Bean, and home to its several stores (the flagship store, with everthing from clothes to camping gear, furniture, home goods, gifts and more), the hunting and fishing store, the bike, ski and boat store, and the L.L. Bean Outlet, with a full-scale home store in the works). But what else is there to do in Freeport, Maine?

There is plenty to do in addition to shopping! In this post we’ll cover 10 popular things to do in or near Freeport, for those who aren’t here to shop (is that possible?), or when you’d like to take a break from the shops and see a bit of Maine!

1. Bird Watching

There are several great spots for birding near Freeport. From the Audubon Society’s Mast Landing Bird Sanctuary, providing a serene property, perfect for walking, enjoying a picnic and bird watching, to the Audubon Society’s Gisland Farm Sanctuary, with nature trails winding through meadows, woods and estuaries. Enjoy art exhibits and an extensive collection of mounted mammals and birds representative of Maine’s ecosystems. Also, some of the other locations below provide excellent opportunities for birding.

2. Adventure

The folks at L.L. Bean put on a series called the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools which include their $15 Walk-on Adventures. There you can learn to fly fish, paddle a canoe or kayak, cross-country ski, snowshoe, or practice archery or clay target shooting. They also have more advanced courses for the more experienced visitor.

3. Beaches

Yes, beaches. In Maine. Astonishing! In Freeport, there is Winslow Memorial Park, a lovely town park along part of Casco Bay. Most of the waterfront is grassy, and excellent for picnics and playing, but there is a small sand beach, as well.

Larger beaches are found at two State Parks, Popham Beach and Reid State Parks. Both are north on US-1 about 10 minutes, then east about 15-20 minutes more to the end of their respective points of land, where there area beautiful large sand beaches, restrooms, and camp and picnic facilities. The scenery is breathtaking.

4. Visit Lighthouses

Of Maine’s 60+ lighthouses, several are not far from Freeport. Since we recently posted on lighthouses to visit nearby, please see that post for all the scoop. This doesn’t include several small lighthouses on Casco Bay, in and around Portland’s harbor.

5. History

Visit historic Wolfe’s Neck Farm and see a 626 acre farm on the Maine coast dedicated to sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and community well-being.

Nearby is Desert of Maine, a famous natural phenomenon, creating a desert in Maine (of all places!).

If you enjoy maritime history, the Maine Maritime Museum is in Bath, about 15 minutes from Freeport, and is filled with history about Maine’s maritime past and present.

6. Golf

If you would enjoy a round of golf in a wonderful setting, there are several courses that would suit you nearby. Closest is the Freeport Country Club’s 9-hole track. Brunswick’s Brunswick Golf Club is a nice 18-hole course, and only about 10 minutes away. Fox Ridge Golf Club, past home to the Maine State Open, is not much farther away, and provides a real challenge to golfers of any ability. Others are a bit farther away, near Portland or Boothbay Harbor.

7. Hiking and Nature

Two of Maine’s great State Parks, Wolfe Neck State Park and Bradbury Mountain State Park, are located within about 10 minutes drive from Freeport. Wolfe Neck State Park is on Casco Bay and offers hiking trails in the woods and along the bay. Bradbury Mountain State Park offers fine views from its trails at higher elevation.

8. Boating

Canoes and kayaks can be rented nearby for the self-powered enthusiast. There are also tour boats for everything from puffin and whale watching tours and lighthouse tours to tours of Arctic explorer Admiral Peary’s Eagle Island home. Some are as close as 5 minutes from Freeport, while others are from 10 to 50 minutes away. Sails on an antique schooner are as close as Portland harbor.

9. Art Galleries

In Freeport you’ll find a group of artists at Freeport Square or the new Wonderful Art Gallery, right in Freeport Village, or just a bit up US-1 is the Frost Gully Gallery, featuring 20 Maine artists at Maine’s oldest gallery.

10 Antiques

OK, so hunting for antiques is a form of shopping. Still, it isn’t quite the same thing, is it? Just 5 minutes up the road in Brunswick is the Andross building, containing a large antique mall with a variety of dealers. Brunswick also has several independent antique dealers. A few more minutes up US-1 in Bath, there are several individual antique shops along the streets, and others along Route 209 toward Popham Beach.

Do you have any favorite places in Maine? Let us know in the comments.

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