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Explore the Maine Coast on an Antique Schooner

May 21, 2013 by Scott Gile

Portland Schooner Company's Wendameen

Our friends at Portland Schooner Company have already begun their 2013 season. That is always a happy time for us. It means good weather is here (yay!), and that our guests can now book a two-hour schooner cruise during their visit. We don’t like telling our guests that they are just a few weeks too early for a schooner cruise!

Portland Schooner’s two boats, Wendameen and Bagheera, sail from Portland harbor, several times each day, taking guests through the network of islands and, fair winds permitting, down the coast to Portland Head Lighthouse. Seeing that beautiful lighthouse from the sea is an experience one rarely gets!

If you enjoy sailing, or photography, or both, do yourself a favor and book a schooner cruise on  your next visit to Maine. In fact, at Brewster House we offer a special called “Sail into the Sunset” that includes a two-hour schooner cruise for two from Portland Schooner Company (and other special items, as well)!

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

Visiting Maine Lighthouses – Cape Elizabeth (Two Lights)

May 14, 2013 by Scott Gile

Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (Two Lights)

Not nearly as well-known as its nearby cousin, Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (called Two Lights, as it consists of two light towers aligned so the two lights make a range, and mariners can easily identify their position as a result) sits at the end of a road, near a wonderful lobster shack (The Lobster Shack at Two Lights), and not far from Two Lights State Park (which affords a good view of the lighthouse towers).

Aside from the view in the state park, if you go to the end of the road, there is a small, dirt parking lot, from which you can walk out on the rocks and get a good view of both towers. On a clear day, from the end of the rocks you can also see Portland Head Lighthouse, a few miles away.

Two Lights was depicted in artist Edward Hopper’s painting, “The Lighthouse at Two Lights”. The keepers house is not accessible, as it is now a private residence.

Stop by the lobster shack. It sits on a hill, and affords a great view of the lighthouse, as well as out to sea.

Two lights is only about 45 minutes from Brewster House, and we include it in our Lighthouse Tour.

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

Visiting Maine Lighthouses – Cape Neddick (The Nubble)

May 7, 2013 by Scott Gile

Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the "Nubble")

Not too surprisingly, Cape Neddick Lighthouse (nicknamed the “Nubble” or Nubble Light) is one of the most often photographed of Maine’s 60-plus lighthouses. That is because it is so accessible (see our Maine Lighthouse Map).

In the town of York Beach, less than half an hour from the New Hampshire border, the lighthouse stands on a small island known as the Nubble, less than 100 yards off shore.

Cape Neddick lighthouse is charming in its gingerbread Victorian keepers house, perched on the small island. It is decorated in white lights every year at Christmas time, and these photos abound on the internet.

Since many are not able (or willing) to visit Maine in December, the lighthouse is also lighted for the town of York’s “Christmas in July” – which falls this year on July 28. If you’d like to see it decorated, but don’t want to brave the New England winter, you may like to visit for Christmas in July.

Nubble Lighthouse is one of several lighthouses on our Lighthouse Tour special at Brewster House, as guests can easily visit it from our Freeport Maine Bed & Breakfast.

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

It’s True! Spring is on its way!

February 26, 2013 by Scott Gile

Following on the heels of the whimsically-named nor’easter called Nemo, we had another storm about a week ago, and more snow just this past weekend. With more snow predicted tomorrow (Wednesday), you might find it hard to believe that we can see signs that Spring is on its way – but it is!

Despite the sudden flurry of snowstorms (sorry – couldn’t resist!), temperatures have been well above freezing in between, so each snow has nearly disappeared before the next one arrived. Even with snow in the current forecast, the temperatures are above freezing, so we don’t expect it to be around long!

And then, there is the true sign of Spring – March 1 marks the beginning of our annual Spring Serenity special at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast in Freeport Maine! This annual special has become extremely popular with our guests over the past several years.

Not only is the weather starting to improve (though there can often be nice conditions for a bit of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, etc. – and L.L. Bean’s courses to teach these and other skills continue into March) but the Freeport’s outlets and shops are clearing out their old merchandise to make way for the new – and that means SALES!

Check out our availability calendar, and book your visit to get 3 nights for the price of 2, March 1 – May 8, 2013! All the Brewster House goodness, with an extra day free! Any room, any day, but subject to availability.

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

After the storm…

February 12, 2013 by Scott Gile

The winter storm of “potentially historic” proportion (and unofficially given the whimsical name “Nemo” by the Weather Channel) is behind us, leaving almost two feet of white powder in its wake.

We heard the 40-50 mph wind gusts all through Friday night, and found they had strewn snowdrifts erratically through the yard. One side of our house was nearly bare of snow – with a clear view of the grass, while the driveway had drifts approaching four feet, and nearly five feet in one place.

We spend much of Saturday running the snowblower to clear the driveway for our guests, most of whom enjoyed huddling by the fireplaces in the cold temperatures. We were very grateful not to have lost power during the storm!

Sunday, after seeing off the last of the guests, we took a drive around the area and enjoyed taking photos of the fresh, clean snow.We also ventured down to the South Freeport pier to get the sunset photo at the top of this post!

Hope to see you soon, to get your own photos of Freeport!

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

Discovering the Outdoors … in Winter!

January 29, 2013 by Scott Gile

Our guests at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast are quite familiar with L.L. Bean’s 5 stores and world headquarters in Freeport Maine. Many even enjoy the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools during the Spring and Summer months (in the fall, they’re usually too busy looking at our fall foliage!).

But did you know that the Outdoor Discovery Schools in Freeport run in the winter, too? No, not for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, shooting clays, etc. But for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing!

What? You’ve never tried these great winter activities? Well, now is your chance! The Outdoor Discovery School classes in Freeport run through March 10, conditions permitting (only on weekends, but weekdays, too, from February 18-22). You can snowshoe in the mornings and cross-country ski in the afternoons. They are priced at $20 per person per class, and all equipment is provided!

What a deal! Check it out at the Outdoor Discovery School counter inside the Flagship Store, at the door by the boot!

We got snowshoes not long after we came to Brewster House, and while the photo above is not from an L.L. Bean course, it shows Ruth snowshoeing in nearby Wolfe Neck Woods State Park, along the Casco Bay.

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

Looking at Lighthouses: Pemaquid Point

December 11, 2012 by Scott Gile

Sunset at Pemaquid Point

We haven’t done as many posts about Maine lighthouses this year as in some years past. This isn’t because we’ve lost interest, or for any other reason but that we were afraid we might be boring our readers!

As summer vacations and fall foliage visits have gone by, we’ve had a bit more time to explore (as can readily be seen by the photos of Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in a post from just over a week ago). Last week we were able to get out to one of our favorite lighthouses, Pemaquid Point, at sunset.

Pemaquid Point Moonrise

We went looking for one of those spectacular shows of color that a great sunset can bring. Instead we found a much more subdued, but very interesting, sunset. But there was an added bonus. Just after sunset was moonrise, so we were able to get a nice photo of the lighthouse at moonrise, as well.

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

Things to Do Near Freeport Maine: Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

November 27, 2012 by Scott Gile

Many (possibly most) of our guests want to see the beautiful Maine coast while they’re visiting the area. That seems to be true in almost any season – even in winter! However, some don’t want to drive far to see it, so we have the perfect answer for them!

Just a few minutes drive from Brewster House is Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, in Freeport. Located down one of the peninsulas that neighbor Freeport’s harbor, the park offers several trails, including the Casco Bay Trail, which runs along the edge of the rocks by the water.

At one point, you could practically wade to the nearby islands at low tide – if they weren’t protected. In fact, the closest island, Googins Island, is a protected refuge for Osprey. But the large birds of prey aren’t the only thing you’ll see there, as twilight can bring herons, ducks and other waterfowl out for a bit of evening air.

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

Who Visits Maine Lighthouses in the Winter?

November 20, 2012 by Scott Gile

Who visits Maine lighthouses in the winter? We do!

Before we ever came to Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, we enjoyed visiting and taking photographs of lighthouses – in Maine and elsewhere. After a number of visits to Maine in the Spring, Summer or Fall, we finally made a trip to Maine in the winter. In the back of our minds was the possibility of a light snowfall, and a visit to one of Maine’s beautiful lighthouses to take photos of it. It didn’t quite go according to plan.

On the way north to Maine, we drove into a blizzard in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine that left the roads icy and visibility very poor. At one point we went into the highway median to avoid another car that had lost control – we were very thankful that we escaped unscathed and made it safely to Maine amid considerable snow, in the dark.

The next morning dawned sunny and white, so, undaunted, we headed to Portland Head Lighthouse to see what the snow had left for us. We found a charming winter scene, with a light blanket of snow on the gingerbread keeper’s house, and along the rocks. In the bright sunshine, we were able to take some very nice pictures of a favorite lighthouse, as we had never seen it before!

In addition to the unusual beauty of lighthouses in snow, the Cape Neddick lighthouse (the Nubble) is decorated with white lights for the Christmas season.

Considering a winter lighthouse excursion? How about some early Christmas shopping at Freeport’s outlets and shops? At Brewster House we’re running two specials – our Christmas Shopper from December 9 through 19, and our Wild Winter Getaway for the month of January 2013 – each provides 3 nights for the price of 2!

Get a jump on your Christmas shopping. Check out a lighthouse or three while you’re here!

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

Things to Do Near Freeport: Visit Covered Bridges

November 13, 2012 by Scott Gile

The New England states are known for many things – among them their covered bridges.

Babb’s Bridge

Like most of the states in this area, Maine has its share of the beautiful old bridges, providing shelter in a storm while providing a safe crossing of the many rivers around the state. And several are within a reasonable drive from Brewster House. Each has its own interesting past, as well as an unusual beauty, providing a unique window into the transportation of a bygone era.

The nearest of these covered bridges is Babb’s Bridge (built in 1864), in South Windham. It is only about 45 minutes drive from Brewster House.

Hemlock Bridge

The next nearest bridge, about an hour and a half away, is the Hemlock Bridge (1857), near Fryeburg, Maine. Don’t be surprised when, to visit this bridge, you must take an old wagon road (it feels as if you are driving through a farmer’s field). It is well worth the adventure!

Artist’s Bridge

Another bridge, somewhat hidden from the casual visitor, is Artist’s Bridge (built in 1872, and so-called because of the number of paintings done of this beautiful bridge). Not far from the Sunday River resort, near Newry, Maine, this bridge is just off the current roadway, but requires a couple of side trips to find it. It is about 2 hours from Brewster House.

The State of Maine’s VisitMaine website has a full list of Maine’s covered bridges.

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

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