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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!


February 17, 2016 by Kelleigh Dulany

March is both the end of Winter and beginning of Spring, and so we all need an infusion of HOPE, so here are three fabulous March Ideas to “re-float your boat!”

It seems natural to start with the end of Winter, a perfect time to play outside! As those of you fellow Yankees know, early March can bring us some serious weather slaps in the form of BIG SNOW, while when the sun emerges, it is higher in the sky and brings on that magical warmth that’s been missing for a while. As you consider these dates, remember my last blog detailing Maine Restaurant Week, 3/1 – 3/12! So we open our offerings with a pair of outdoor weekend events to stir the souls of you adventurers.

Cross country skier crossing meadow at twilightOn the weekend of March 5th/ 6th, we offer two local unique sorts of outdoor events that beg for your participation. The first on March 5th is an evening ski with the folks at the LL Bean Outdoor Adventure School that is a 6 – 9PM cross country ski tour. March 8th is a “new moon,” so the view of the Milky Way and planets should be magnificent! For details, check out $40 is the cost to play, and will take place on their own groomed trails a few miles east of Freeport, as well as hot chocolate and snacks at the event.

On Sunday 3/6, is the final event in the Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series, “The Bradbury Blizzard.” They will offer 3 levels of competitive courses around and up the mountain in this State Park 8 miles from our door. By the way, the view from the top reaches all of the way to Casco Bay.hand made wooden canoes at boat show

As a long time ocean aficionado (both sail and motor), one of my favorite annual spring events is the annual Maine Boatbuilders Show! The Show starts on Friday night 3/18 and runs through Sunday 3/20. It takes place at 58 Fore St. in Portland and is very accurately described as “a gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden boat builders on the East Coast!” That weekend always seems ripe with Spring sun and balmy breezes, and the facility is on Portland Harbor, not to mention some of the finest eating and drinking on the East Coast is a walk from the show!!

Of course, Brewster House is waiting to provide respite for your tired, weary bones, or your over-stressed, metro twisted head with a great bed, incredible breakfast, warm fire and relaxing hot bath…..and how could I forget, STAY FOR 3 NIGHTS FOR THE PRICE OF TWO with our SPRING SERENITY SPECIAL!!

Perfect Maine Adventure, Land & Sea!

January 19, 2016 by Kelleigh Dulany

Schooner under full sail on a blue seaPerfect Maine Adventure, Land & Sea is what we’re talking about here!  Spend 3-6 spellbinding days and nights on the 145’ schooner Heritage “the Queen of the Windjammers,” and recover your senses for a like time in the understated elegance and comfort of “the Queen of Freeport,” Brewster House!   Tour the coast, islands & harbors from Penobscot Bay to Mt. Desert Island (Acadia National Park), then enjoy Casco Bay, Bath, Portland, beaches, and the lakes and mountains from the simply elegant comfort of Brewster House.  This lovely large schooner will inspire you, and the breakfast, lunch and dinners created on her wood stove are incredible, not to mention the beach lobster bake the crew creates on an offshore island for your pleasure!  Captains, Doug & Linda Lee encourage your participation joining the crew in sailing her, should that be your passion, or kick back with a good book, enjoy the beauty of her under sail and the amazing coastal scenery sliding gracefully by!  They offer 3 to 6 day voyages, with varying themes like “Summer Sailing Full Moon & Lighthouses”, or “Great Schooner Race”. and are home-ported in Rockland, on Penobscot Bay.

Doug is a world renowned author and expert on schooners, and he and Captain Linda actually designed and built Heritage specifically to carry passengers in the early 1980’s.  My family and I have had the exquisite pleasure to spend a vacation on Heritage and participate in raising the sails, steering and enjoying using her amazing variety of sailing and rowing dinghies.beautiful yellow schooner at anchor on a calm sea w/ blue sky behind

You know the cleanliness and quality of our inn, the amazing comfort and quietness of our beds & rooms, and the delectable multi-course breakfast Mary creates every morning.  Return to Freeport for shopping, relaxation and a dip into the gastronomic and cultural offerings of the Portland and Casco Bay areas.  Check out our video!  101179357  Incredibly, you could put a 6 day vacation together split between Brewster House and the Heritage for as little as $849/ person + tax!  Please call to discuss in detail.

Including special package incentives, we can create this vacation of a lifetime for you for as little as $849 + tax/ person, based on a 6 day vacation!  Call us for details and dates, and see Heritage’s itinerary options at!!  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to completely inhale all that the Maine coast has to offer!!


July 7, 2014 by Kelleigh Dulany

“Boating Portland, Part I”, was the first part of this encyclopedic  compenduim, so start there and catch up before you dive in here!

Tour boating captain in blue shirt standing at the helm of his boat

At the helm – Atlantic SealCruies

OK, so we’ve moved up the coast from Portland to Freeport!  I’d love to tell you that there were multiple boating options from our hometown, but I only know of one, Atlantic Seal Cruises, with Captain Ring from Harraseeket Harbor in South Freeport (& Cook’s Lobster House on Bailey’s Island), but when you add in “the neighborhood,” there are AMAZING BOATING CHOICES FROM FREEPORT, & east!   Captain Ring is very entertaining, and works most of the year a commercial tug captain.  You’ll pick up some lobster traps, he’ll show you some seals, osprey, eagles and you’ll spend an hour on Eagle Island at what was the former home of the famous Arctic explorer, Admiral Peary!  Tom and his Wife actually owned a B & B on the Harraseeket waterfront, and he always raves about Brewster House when he stops by! He also does some special trips to Seguin Island light and fall foliage cruises.

A new opportunity locally is a husband and wife team, Bethany & Perry, who would love to share their 31’ ketch, “Tevake”, or their new acquisition, a beautiful dark green 70’ schooner, “Alert.” They sail out of Cooks by the Bailey/ Orr Island granite bridge, off Harpswell Neck. They offer a myriad of 2 hour to 6 hour charters on either yacht. Both boats are beautiful and they sail the local waters of Merriconeag Sound to Casco Bay. I can’t wait to have the time to sail with them! I would recommend this as the premier local sailing opportunity, the dock is a gorgeous 30 minute drive from Brewster House and their prices are very reasonable, and lunch or dinner awaits at Cook’s!

We don’t get a lot of questions about boat fishing, but enjoying ocean fishing myself, I’ll offer a little information.  The “Barbarian III” out of Harpswell is a good example.  Chartering a sport fisherman is a blast, but it’s expensive enough that you’ll want to share the trip (& the stories) with some buddies.  $350 – $450 for a four hour trip is typical (for the whole boat), with $700 – $800 for an 8 hour shark or tuna fishing adventure.  Further, keep in mind, the premier sport fish in Maine are stripped bass or bluefish.  As they are both pelagic (they migrate), the fishing is best in either mid May to the end of June, or September to mid-October.

White cabin cruiser boating opportunity with outriggers at dock

Further afield (or should I say abay), but one heck of a daylong adventure, would be a trip to the lovely, rugged and wild Monhegan This would be an excellent adventure for those enjoying longer stays at Brewster House!  The May edition of Down East Magazine has a great piece about Monhegan, and it’s struggle to keep a year round population. The island is about 8 miles offshore, just short of 2 miles long, and very high and rocky. Its’ jewels are a year round community of artists and a very hardy community of lobster fisherman who only pursue their quarry in Winter, when prices for the delicious sea spiders are higher. It is a lovely place to hike and explore, and at the end of your hike, there’s even a local micro-brewery (the Monhegan Brewing Company) to reward your efforts! You can depart from either Boothbay or New Harbor (either of which is about 50 minutes east of us). Ferries depart at 9AM or 2PM, and you are asked to be there 45 minutes early I would recommend reservations. Bicycles are not welcome, although, you can arrange to bring your kayak!

Yellow & white hulled large schooner at anchor with blue sky behind

Schooner Heritage at anchor

Lastly, and really more of a “mid-coast” adventure is life experience you should not miss! That would be the traditional fishing schooner Heritage at anchorschooner charter fleet that sails out of Penobscot Bay These are largely classic, former fishing schooners, 75 – 150’ in length, that go out for 3 to 10 day trips, complete with crew, all meals provided, and you participate in running the boat as much (or as little) as you like. My Sister, cousin and myself took a 6 day trip on the “Heritage” in August a few years ago and had a wonderful, relaxing trip… TV’s or other distracting electronics, laying on deck at night watching the meteors and satellites, just quiet, extraordinary views of the sea, mountains, islands and marine life aboard a comfortable large, powerful schooner equipped with fabulous water toys, like sailing dinghies, rowing dinghies, etc. Food is prepared on a woodstove and of remarkable quality and taste. Don’t forget your wine!! And, don’t forget to start and/ or end you adventure in the luxurious comfort of Brewster House, at the turn of the Maine coast!


Boating Portland, Part 1

June 21, 2014 by Kelleigh Dulany

Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

Wow, boating Portland offers so many great boating opportunities, this blog will be confined to that City, and I’ll follow up with a subsequent blog for boating choices from Freeport, and East.  Commercial St. is 20 minutes from our door, so after the bustle of a day on the water, and lunch or dinner around the Portland waterfront, there is no better respite than a glass of wine on the porch of Brewster House on the quiet north side of little ole Freeport!

Please refer back to my piece of July 29th, 2013.  In that blog I referred both to Atlantic Seal Cruises and The Portland Schooner Company.

Wendameen on a port tack

Wendameen on a port tack

The Portland Schooner Company runs two vintage, beautiful schooners “Bagheera” & “Wendameen” several times a day, including sunset cruises  Sailing is a beautiful & unique experience in which the power of nature is both moving and soothing!   See their website for schedules.  This experience  is very economical and exhilarating, when there is wind!!  Our Seafarer Adventure Package includes a trip with Portland Schooners for two!

A simple and inexpensive approach to appreciating Casco Bay by ferry would be Casco Bay Ferry Lines  They offer a great variety of adventures, everything from the “Mailboat Run” (to most of the inhabited islands in the Bay) for a 3 hour round trip for just $16, to “Sunset” and “Sunrise” runs.  Can you think of a better way to while away a few hours, taking in the Bay on a summer day?  I’ll bet you can bring your own cooler too!

Of the same ilk, but a hair more tourist oriented would be Portland Discovery Land & Sea Tours  While much of their business is bus based, they do sell a couple of “Lighthouse Tours” of the Portland Casco Bay area, one of which is a sunset tour!  All for a piddling sum!

White & Blue hulled lobster boat with smiling crew aboard

Lucky Catch Lobstering

One of our favorite themes is lobsters, so the Lucky Catch Lobstering Tours are a hoot!  For $30 (adult), you’ll get to participate in being a lobstaman (or lobtsawoman) and even take home a lobster for dock price!!  These tours are 1 hour 45 minutes, and they also lead seal watches as well.  Seals remind me of dogs a bit.

Humpback tail on wate & Tour Boat

Odyssey Whale Watch

There are whale watch boats from both Boothbay Harbor and Portland, but for this installment, we’ll confine our attention to the latter.  Odyssey Whale Watch Tours operate a good size boat (above) out of a Commercial Street wharf.  They leave at 2PM in season, and go out up to 20 miles out for a 4 hour trip, during which you may see humpbacks, fin whales, minke whales, and often porpoises.  Remember, on any of these trips, once you leave the dock, the air temperature will reflect the sea temperature (which is now in low 50’s), so bring an extra layer!  It is an amazing experience to hang at the bow of the boat looking down at porpoises riding the bow wave, as they turn and look back at you!

Whatever your taste in ocean adventure, Brewster House has the best beds (choice of pillows, choice of layered blankets, ironed sheets), quietest rooms and most incredibly delicious breakfast in Freeport, so come back to recoup!!   We’ll deal with the Nova Scotia Ferry as a whole other subject!  Remember, this is only Part One!  Next blog, we’ll work up from Freeport North and East to New Harbor, stay tuned!!

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

May 26, 2009 by Kelleigh Dulany

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.