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Five Freeport Area Winter Blasts

January 8, 2016 by Kelleigh Dulany

Five Freeport Area Winter Blasts

2 people racing downhill on a red plastic sled

Snowman Adventure Race

If you’re looking for something different and fun to do around Freeport this Winter, try one of these five Freeport area winter blasts!

I know, I know, our Winter has been a little slow kicking in, but if you remember the timing of last year’s Winter, it wasn’t much different. By mid-January, it had kicked in in a BIG WAY! The POLAR VORTEX is moving in!

#1 is weather bullet-proof, VISIT AN ICE BAR! Wow, they’re like Maine micro-brews, inn that you have a plethora of choices. The first will be offered at Spire & Ice Inn Gotham, January 15-16; the second at the Portland Harbor Hotel on the following weekend, third at the Brunswick Hotel & Tavern February 4-6, and finally here in Freeport on February 19 & 20 as part of “Flavors of Freeport.”

How about a biathlon? A BIATHLON is a competitive endurance event combining cross-country skiing with target shooting. For $25, this event in Jefferson, Maine (1/2 hour east) is open to all, even beginners, including the opportunity to borrow an air rifle and receive instruction before heading out. In the best tradition of Maine events, beer and hot toddies are available! By the way, Pineland Farms, 15 minutes from Brewster House is the practice ground for the US Biathlon Team!

toboggan team heading downhill in an iced chute with crowd in background

US Toboggan Championships

In the summer, Bradbury Mountain State Park hosts competitive Mountain Bike and running events, but in the winter turns to their SNOWSHOE Series. http://trailmonsterrunning.com/bradburysnow About 8 miles west of us in Pownal, these events are offered on 1/24, 2/14 and 3/6. These races range from 3 to 5 miles long. Although they have a few pair of snowshoes to loan, it would seem that if you’re up to racing, you would likely have your own (they’re on a 50% off sale as I speak @ LL Bean).

I’ve written about this before, but it’s so fun and Mainely unique, it’s worth a visit! It’s sort of a Mardi Gras built on the US NATIONAL TOBOGGAN CHAMPIONSHIPS at Camden Snow Bowl from Feb. 5-7. http://www.camdensnowbowl.com/toboggan-championships/ For $30, you can compete on your 2, 3 or 4 person toboggan, by taking your waxed up toboggan down the 400’ iced wooden chute and across the frozen pond at it’s base. Most teams are in costume, and the eats and drinks are a large part of this annual show.

February 6th brings the SNOWMAN ADVENTURE RACE on East End Hill in Portland, 15 minutes south of us. This sounds like a mini winter-biathlon! http://www.snowmanadventure.com Every piece begins with a run up East End hill and a return sled down with teammates sledding as one to the finish. This event is a 2 person relay, made up of a 4-1/2 mile bicycle race around the Back Cove, a 2-1/4 mile run around the East End and the Back Cove. There will be mens, women, co-ed and adult-kids teams as well.

No matter your event choice, we have ample toboggan, sled, bike and snowshoe parking here at Brewster House, and are well equipped to soothe your body & mind post event, with a hot bath, ironed sheets and bottle of your favorite wine! Call us at 207-865-4121, or online at www.brewsterhouse.com to reserve a fireplace room!

FREEPORT NEW YEARS HOLIDAY

December 12, 2015 by Kelleigh Dulany

Two cocktail glasses toasting

Happy New Year toast

If you haven’t considered “the home of LL Bean” for your Freeport New Years Holiday, it’s time! This year New Years Eve falls on a Thursday evening, so like Christmas, we share the gift of a THREE DAY WEEKEND!! You gotta love that! You couldn’t pick a sweeter base for your escape than Brewster House, especially when you consider our Happy New Year Special! http://brewsterhouse.com/specials-and-packages/offers/happy-new-year-special/ Not only will you luxuriate in our fireplace rooms with ironed sheets, legendary three course gourmet breakfast, and amazing afternoon cookies, but we’ll throw in a bottle of Champagne or Prosecco, and a $50 gift certificate to dinner at the incredible Azure Cafe. For a finale, a late check-out after a Mimosa breakfast tops the bill!!

The unique Northern Lights show at LL Bean runs every 1/2 hour, with syncopated music and lights. There’s a neat and elegant fireworks display by the High School at 6PM on Thursday. Given the snow gods will provide for us in time, there are many fine local cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and even sledding options. LL Bean will teach you the first two through the Outdoor Adventure Discover School for a paltry $25, Wolfs Neck Farm is a great spot if you have your own gear, and Pineland Farms http://www.pinelandfarms.org nearby in New Gloucester is an amazing, beautiful and scenic place to play with over 5,000 acres!

carved mahogony mantelpiece behind esy chair, wine glasses on a table and a fire buring in the fireplace

Our living room fireplace

Should the snow fail, there are plenty of cultural options in Portland, museums in Bath and next door in Brunswick, and big theater in Freeport as well.

Go Big and cozy up with your squeeze in one of Brewster Houses special suites, complete with TV sitting rooms, your own frig, large baths, bathrobes and slippers! Call now while they last!!

Portland Harbor’s Holiday Boat Parade

November 29, 2015 by Kelleigh Dulany

DEE1412ParadeLights_3-385x580Portland Harbor’s Holiday Boat Parade is always a struggle to pin down date-wise, but we now know it will take place on December 12th!

This is a spectacular annual event in which all sorts of Portland yachts, and working boats light up their rigging and tour the Harbor for your (& their) viewing pleasure. What a perfect distraction for some last minute Holiday shopping in Freeport!!

One of our favorite “ways to sit on your duff and enjoy Casco Bay” summer & fall options are the ferries of Casco Bay Lines. They are not only sponsoring this beautiful annual event (15th year), but are offering $10 tickets aboard one of their ferries to take in the Parade. Tickets are $10 and have been on sale since 11/27, so jump on board http://www.cascobaylines.com/maine-boat-tours/special-event-holiday-cruises/ and enjoy the ride. Parade begins at 4:45PM, ferries depart at 4:30PM. Casco Bay Lines offers Special events throughout the year, including for the 4th of July Fireworks, Fall Foliage and many musical events. I think you can bring a cooler as well, should your appetite or thirst overwhelm you while watching. You can also enjoy from the Maine State Pier, or one of the many Commercial Street waterfront watering holes, such as DeMillos.

Sign up fast, and by the way, Brewster House has a sumptuous suite left for Saturday, 12/12 and several rooms open for Friday, 12/11!! Wow, maybe dinner reservations our in Portland after the Parade?? WISH WE COULD GO!

Azure Cafe, A Highly Recommended Restaurant

April 24, 2015 by insideout

Pasta with bacon corn vegetables and cheeseTaste Italy While Visiting Maine

What could be better on the Maine coast than dining on professionally prepared Italian cuisine? Perhaps an Antipasto of Mussels Solamente, followed by a Green Salad, with an entree of Beef Tenderloin Balsamico or Maine Pollack Puttanesca. All this with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, Robert Mondavi Reserve, Napa Valley, California 2005. Brewster House Bed & Breakfast recommends only the best dining experiences, and that’s why we want you to visit Azure Cafe: A Taste of Italy on the Coast of Maine.

Azure Cafe is Award-Winning

Azure Cafe is an Italian restaurant and Sea Grille. Amongst its accolades are the Freeport USA’s Person of the Year 2014, awarded to Azure Cafe Owner Jonas Werner, “Maine Chef of the Year 2015” awarded to Executive Chef Christopher Bassett, and the Freeport USA’s  “Best Food in Freeport” Award from the 2015 Flavors of Freeport. 

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PORTLAND VISIT OF TALL SHIPS

April 11, 2015 by Kelleigh Dulany

July 18 – July 20th will mark the Portland visit of Tall Ships 2015, the first return of this event in 15 years, and the final stop of the 2015 Tall Ships Challenge!  The Challenge being a series of races beginning in Cape Charles,Virginia which makes stops up the East coast in Philadelphia, Camden, NJ, and Greenport, NY before finishing in Portland.  These races are crewed by young people in a friendly competition, as a means of sail training and education.

Square riggers racing under sail in open ocean with clouds in background

TALLSHIPS RACING

Portland will host at least eight tall ships, being lead by the US Coast Guard barque Eagle (295’) , and  including the Oliver Hazard Perry (210’ square rigger out of Newport, RI), the Picton Castle (179’ baroque home-ported in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia), and the El Galeon (180’ from Seville, Spain).  The list of participating sailing ships is still being finalized, but will likely include the Bowdoin, 100’ schooner famed for it’s Arctic explorations and formerly captained by Donald MacMillan http://www.bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum/biographies/macmillan.shtml (who grew up beside Brewster House), and other Maine based windjammers.

If you’ve never had the privilege of seeing and hearing these amazing specters from our past under sail, you owe yourself the opportunity to experience what is a deeply evocative and emotional experience!  It is truly a unique historical moment you will never forget!!  The fleet will sail in parade fashion into Portland Harbor on July 18th at 1PM, and dock for tours along the Portland waterfront. You may tour the Eagle for free, but tickets to tour all of the ships may be found at www.tallshipsportland.com for $15 (which will support sail training and education).  Ship tours will be offered from 9AM to 9PM on Sunday, and 9AM to 6PM on Monday.  The event will also include live music and food, which is remarkable in Portland, SO DON’T MISS THIS SUMMER HIGH POINT!

As I write this blog, Brewster House still has several rooms available, so make this getaway complete by booking your stay with us NOW!

Wine Walk (and food) on Congress Street

April 4, 2015 by insideout

Red and white wine caught in amber light aside a wreathing footer of plump grapes On Saturday, April 11, 2015, 2:45-5:00 pm, join the Wine (and food) Walk on Congress Street in Portland, Maine, as hosted by Wine Wise, who specializes in wine education, enjoyment, and experience. Tickets are $49 in advance and $55 (if available) the day of the event, and can be purchased here.

Sommelier Erica Archer will be your guide as you explore both the edible and potable tastes along Congress Street, starting with Congress Squared. It is guaranteed to be an exploration of delicious, savory wines paired with undeniably delectable foods as you make your way to each location. Because a Sommelier is

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ROAD OR MUD RUN?

March 31, 2015 by Kelleigh Dulany

Road or mud run, choose your pain!  We know, it’s been one long painful winter and we’re all DYING to get out and play in the sweet outside we all know will return!!  Here are some inspirational opportunities to motivate you with the prospect of mud, pain and the great satisfaction of finishing… followed by the sublime rest and relaxation of a hot shower, nap, glass of wine in the garden, fine dinner and an elegant night at Brewster House.

For those of you who favor the simple, relatively clean discipline of road running, we’ll open with “Race the Runways” 1 mile, 5K and half marathon at the former Naval Air Base in Brunswick on April 4th.  Sign up now www.racetherunways.com!

golden retriever running with a group of runners on grass

Run with your dog!

On May 23rd & 24th, share the sublime and expansive beauty of Pineland Farms in New Gloucester and, you could run with your dog!  Saturday you can choose 5 or 10K, Canine Cross 5K or Barefoot 5K.  Sunday, more challenging distances of 25K, 50K or 50 miles are on the agenda www.pinelandtrails.com.  You’ll be running their network of hiking and cross-country skiing trails spread over 15,000 acres!

A few miles west of Brewster House is Bradbury Mountain State Park.  They’re offering 6, 9 and 12 mile dirt trail runs labelled “The Scuffer,” “The Breaker,” and “The Bruiser,”  and you have 3 chances at it;  Sundays – July 12th, August 9th and September 13th!.  www.trailmonsterrunning.com/bradburydirt

OK, HERE’S THE REAL MUD!   First up, “Into the Mud Challenge” Costume up and crawl through 2.5 miles of muck, mire and obstacles for the scholarship fundraiser on May 3rd at Gorham (Maine) Middle School www.intothemudchallenge.com

runners in athletic clothes, crawling under barbed wire through mud and mist

Tough Mudder!

Back to Pineland Farms for the May 31st “Dynamic Dirt Challenge!”  4 – 5 miles of of hay bales, mud, swamps, culverts www.dynamicdirtchallenge.com

Last, but not least The Tough Mudder, and what a mudder it is!!  10 miles of brutal, soul sucking slime, including a muck coated tube, a rope swing over gross water, and to add a shocking note – a muddy crawl under live wires!!  AND YOU GET TO PAY AN ENTRY FEE FOR ALL OF THIS!!  9/26 – 27, Sunset Ridge, Westbrook www.toughmudder.com

You’re going to need Brewster House to coddle you after any of these!!  ENJOY!!

Tao Yuan’s Gastronomic Tour of Asia

March 17, 2015 by insideout

Colorful, rich, and tasty Asian mealSituated 5 miles north of Freeport and Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, there is a restaurant that offers a unique and pleasing dining experience for those seeking the best in Asian cuisine, prepared by mother-daughter chefs Cecile and Cara Stadler. It is Tao Yuan.

After successfully forming Gourmet Underground, a private fine-dining establishment in Beijing, the two determined to open a restaurant in Maine, and the result was Tao Yuan. Cara has studied under renowned chefs, and honed her culinary craft in China and France. She is currently a semifinalist for the “Rising Star of the Year” as part of the 2015 James Beard Awards, which has several restaurant, chef, and restaurateur categories.

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Visit the 28th Maine Boatbuilders Show in Portland

March 10, 2015 by insideout

Blue and White Vessel Each year, the Maine Boatbuilders Show in Portland is a success, drawing crowds to admire the varied styles of boatbuilding craftsmanship. Exhibits, seminars, and events combine to give boatbuilders and boating enthusiasts a chance to see some of the wonders of Maine’s most talented boatbuilders. If that weren’t reason enough to come to the show, this year Capt. Dave Carraro of “Wicked Tuna” will be present to meet attendees, give a couple of seminars, and sell his fv-tuna.com merchandise.

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Charge Me Up!

February 27, 2015 by Kelleigh Dulany

Charge me up!  This old Queen Anne Victorian is about to rocket into the age of the electric car!!  We are excited to share that as members of Select Registry, in a new partnering enterprise with Tesla automobile company, this Spring we will be installing two electric charging stations for your convenience here at Brewster House.

Sleek black sedan, Tesla-S electric car

Tesla-S electric car

If you own or have ever given serious consideration to an electric vehicle, one obvious concern is where you can get them charged, especially in the context of traveling.  As the premier and most experienced international manufacturer of electric vehicles, Tesla has taken this opportunity to expand their existing charging network to include participating Select Registry inns http://www.selectregistry.com/about-select-registry/select-registry-difference.asp.  Of course, they are not the only manufacturer building battery powered cars, so these installations will include both a charger specific to Teslas, and a second universal charger adaptable to any other such powered auto.

sky blue Nissan Leaf electric sedan sideview

Nissan Leaf electric car

Our understanding is that Teslas have a range upwards of 250 miles/ charge.  From an economic point of view, you might find it interesting to note that @ $.12/ kilowatt hour, a full charge costs about $6!  Their cars are beautiful, quiet, and with no motor to fill the front or drive shaft, they are very roomy inside and have enormous luggage capacity.  See for yourself @ http://www.teslamotors.com!

From our perspective (& yours we hope), Brewster House will gain a special capability in offering owners of all electric vehicles (yes, motorcycles too soon) a beautiful and relaxing option to go away and enjoy their hard-earned vacation time without the stress of wondering where or how to power up their batteries.  Make your reservation now @ http://www.brewsterhouse.com, we’re already taking reservations for the summer and fall of 2015!

 

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