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5 MAINE MARITIME LIGHTHOUSE EXCURSIONS

April 22, 2016 by Kelleigh Dulany

I’m sharing these amazing five Maine Maritime Museum lighthouseexcursion boat heading upriver with shipyard in the background excursions with you, because they are so fun and interesting that they book up well in advance! If you wait until just before you come to Brewster House, you probably either won’t get on the trip you most want, or may not get to go when you want. Not only is the Museum a fascinating depiction of the history of wooden (and modern) ship manufacturing as practiced on the Kennebec River and Bath, Maine, but also offers these dynamic river and coastal boat adventures, and Bath Iron Works & Town trolly tours. Share my passion and jump on one of these trips!

Bath has been a shipbuilding center in Maine since 1607, when the Popham settlement decided one Winter was enough in Sagadahoc (Maine at the time) at the mouth of the Kennebec River, and built their escape ship onsite. The Bath Iron Works continues that tradition, now with contracts for guided missile destroyers, and hopefully in the near future for the new generation of US Coast Guard cutters. The Trolley Tours are centered on sharing the history of the Town and BIW’s history from the building of the “Ranger” Americas Cup winner in 1937, through todays generation of stealth destroyers based on the Zumwalt (DDG-1000) & Arleigh Burke classes. Although the schedule is not in place as I write this, it will be daily (except Sundays), $32 for Museum non-members. See Maine Maritime Museum Tours for details. For the best view of the yard from the River, combine this tour with the Shipyards & Lighthouse Cruise! Again, daily @ noon, one hour, $32.

white lighthouse with red house on green grass with sea to rearAll the Lighthouse and River Cruises run from 6/13 – 9/5 Maine Maritime Museum boat cruises. There is a 6 Lighthouse Cruise and a 7 Lighthouse Cruise, the first being mostly confined to the Kennebec River lighthouses (but does go out to Sequin Island Light beyond the mouth of the Kennebec), and the second is a slightly longer river tour that includes a full river circle, including the Sasanoa and Sheepscot Rivers. The first is 2 hours in duration, and is offered on Sunday and Tuesdays @ 3:30PM for $39. The 7 Lighthouse Cruise is 3 hours long, and takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays, for $44 for non-members.

The Lighthouse Lovers Cruise is a 4 hour cruise that takes in some coastal beacons further east along the coast. So, not only do you enjoy the River lighthouses and Sequin, but it also takes in The Cuckolds (off Boothbay), & Ram and Burnt Island lights. This is a much more relaxing way to enjoy these from the water, than driving out to end of all of these peninsulas – $50. These are only on Saturdays @ 3:30PM.

Last, but not least, the Wildlife of Merrymeeting Bay takes you upriver to this unique huge natural sanctuary of fresh water, formed by the junction of 6 rivers, that is home to scores of bald eagles, ospreys, and migratory birds and fish of all sorts. Sturgeon and striped bass spawn in this beautiful bay! This trip is 3 hours long and is only run on Thursdays at 3:30PM. Of course, a naturalist will be on board to guide and inform you.

Freeport is right at the hard glacial turn east of the Maine coast, and so an amazingly well centered point to tour the coast, mountains or City of Portland from. Brewster House is perfectly located just a couple of quiet blocks from the busy LL Bean shopping mecca of Freeport, and the most luxurious spot to rest your tired body and renew your metro seared spirit! Call and we can help plan your time here, or book directly @ Brewster House B & B!

CHRISTMAS IN FREEPORT

October 16, 2014 by Kelleigh Dulany

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 http://sparklecelebration.com, 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 www.portlandmaine.com.

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.

 

 

 

 

Things to Do Near Freeport: Enjoy Maine’s Maritime Herigage

August 14, 2012 by Kelleigh Dulany

Just a short drive from Freeport is the town of Bath, home to Bath Iron Works, one of the few remaining locations where US Navy ships are built, and the wonderful Maine Maritime Museum.

This year (2012) marks the 50th anniversary for the museum, which celebrates Maine’s history of shipbuilding, its heritage and culture. The museum is filled with wonderful exhibits, indoors and out, showing how the old wooden ships were built, how they were used, and much, much more.

While there you can also schedule a tour of Bath Iron Works to see how the building of naval ships has changed, and a lighthouse tour or nature cruise, aboard the museum’s  Maine-built wooden boat Schoodic, which has a 40-passenger capacity.

In addition to its permanent exhibits, the museum has a series of special exhibits that change. The museum web site has a list of current and upcoming exhibits.

If you’d like to combine visits to the Maine Maritime Museum (and perhaps Bath Iron Works, as well) with a cruise of your own on a Maine-built antique wooden schooner, in cooperation with our friends at Portland Schooner Co., we have arranged our Maine Seafarer Adventure special, with two nights at Brewster House, admission for two at Maine Maritime Museum, and a two hour cruise for two from Portland Schooner.

Ready to cast off?

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

Visit Maine Like A Mainer! Maine’s Mid-Coast

July 14, 2009 by Kelleigh Dulany

Boothbay Harbor, Maine
As we continue our Visit Maine Like A Mainer! series, we come this week to Maine’s Mid-Coast region. Some of Maine’s top destinations are located here, including Camden, Rockland, Boothbay Harbor, Wiscassett, and more!

Venturing north from Brewster House, we first come to Brunswick, home of Bowdoin College whose famous connections include authors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Civil War general Joshua Chamberlain, and arctic explorers Robert Peary and Donald MacMillan.

Heading toward the coast, you find Bailey Island and Orrs Island, with scenic points and cottages. North on US-1 is Bath, with antique shops, the Maine Maritime Museum and Bath Iron Works, one of Maine’s largest employers. Driving to the coast from Bath you’ll find parallel state parks on opposite sides of the river, Popham Beach, with its Civil War fort, and on Georgetown Island, Reid State Park, with its rocky crags and sand beach. Five Islands, with its “10 best” lobster shack is nearby.

Driving north on US-1 from Bath, you come to Wiscasset (home of Red’s Eats, another “10 best” lobster shack), then the Boothbay region and Boothbay Harbor with its shops, ships and vistas. Returning to US-1 you’ll find Damariscotta and the Pemaquid Peninsula – one of Maine’s best kept secrets (thanks to @squashbuckler and @walpolebarn for mentioning this). Besides the magnificent Pemaquid Point Light Station, there is New Harbor and whale watching tours, a coastal drive along Route 32, and Shaws, yet another “10 best” lobster shack.

Marshall Point Light Station, Port Clyde, Maine
Returning to US-1 you’ll find Waldoboro and Moody’s Diner, Thomaston (home of George Washington’s Secretary of War, General Henry Knox) and its quaint houses and the Maine State Prison Store, and Waterman’s Beach Lobster (another “10 best”), then down the peninsula to Port Clyde and Marshall Point Lighthouse. On the way back to US-1 stop at Owls Head Lighthouse to admire to view over the hilltop to Penobscot Bay.

Next is Rockland and its breakwater lighthouse, and the Farnsworth Museum, then on to Camden and its wonderful views of the beautiful harbor, schooners, and its shops. Try the view from Camden Hills State Park for a truly majestic scene!

A vacation in itself, your visit to Maine is not complete without at least a day trip to Maine’s Mid-Coast region.

If you have suggestions of places you would like us to include in our “Visit Maine Like A Mainer” series, please feel free to post them in the comments, or to Tweet them to us.

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