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CHRISTMAS IN FREEPORT

October 16, 2014 by Scott Gile

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 Downeaster train and relax! It leaves North Station (Boston) @ 9:05AM and gets into Freeport just after noon on Friday.  http://www.amtrakdowneaster.com/sites/default/files/schedule-10-06-2014.pdf! 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! For updates, see http://visitbath.com/old-fashioned-christmas/ for details!

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 http//www.portlandmaine.com/cornerstone-events/.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to our Guests!

December 18, 2012 by Scott Gile

As 2012 draws to a close, we pause to take time to be thankful for the wonderful blessings we’ve experienced this year – our busiest year ever! We are thankful for our wonderful guests and friends, and for the many guests who have become friends over the years.

With the passing of time, many guests who are dear to us have had to stop traveling, for reasons associated with aging and health. We think of you often, and with great fondness, and are very grateful to have known you.

One announcement is needed, as we just revised our January special today – Book our Wild Winter Wonderland special for a January visit, and get a bigger discount the longer you stay! You’ll get a personal plate of Ruth’s wonderful cookies for a one night stay, a 20% discount on a two night visit, and 30% off a three or more night visit.

We are very grateful for our guest who return, because, over time, we all get to know each other better, and relationships grow. Brewster House is about the people, and the people are what makes it so enjoyable to be here!

We can’t thank you enough for your kindness, friendship and loyalty, and we certainly look forward to seeing many of you again in the New Year.

We wish you and yours a very wonderful Christmas and a superb New Year!

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

Recipe: Lemon Sugar Cookies

December 4, 2012 by Scott Gile

As the Christmas season is beginning, it is time to think about all those wonderful Christmas cookie recipes you have tucked away somewhere. One we use year ’round, but is especially good at Christmas, is our Lemon Sugar Cookie recipe. Ruth doesn’t even like lemon cookies (can you believe it? I know!), but she LOVES these!

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 2 large lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling cookies

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add lemon zest, egg, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Mix until combined. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
  5. Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are slightly brown around the edges and set. Let cookies sit on the baking sheets for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies.

If you want to make them ahead, after Step 4 you can roll the rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and freeze on baking tray. When ready to use, roll the balls in sugar and then bake as indicated above.

Enjoy – and Merry Christmas!

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

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 13, 2011 by Scott Gile

We’re coming to the end of the calendar year, and the end of our busiest year ever. As we look forward to a bit of time with family for Christmas and over the winter, a bit of R&R, our winter guests and our projects around the house, we wanted to pause for a moment to thank all our guests, and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and to express our hope that you will have a wonderful New Year.

We look forward to seeing you over the winter, in the spring (before the crowds arrive in Freeport!), or throughout the year!

Ruth & Scott

What a great time to be in Freeport!

November 29, 2011 by Scott Gile

What a beautiful time of year to be in Freeport! The leaves have fallen, we’ve seen a couple of snowfalls (though they’ve since melted), and the crowds of summer vacationers and shoppers have gone back to school, jobs, etc.

It’s time for us to put away the fall decorations and begin decorating the house for Christmas. The carols are playing in the house, and the dining room, entryway and living room, as well as the guest rooms, themselves, take on a festive air.

This is the time when our “old friends” — the guests who come back frequently, or even annually — come to Brewster House. They’ve seen the beauty of the Maine coast in summer many times, so they don’t mind if the weather isn’t perfect. They’ve visited most of the lighthouses and lobster shacks, so they don’t mind having their lobster at one of the fine Freeport restaurants instead of along the water.

These guests are here to relax, do a bit of Christmas shopping, and remember the good times they’ve enjoyed here over the years, and maybe take in a bit of the L.L. Bean Northern Lights Celebration (through New Years’ Eve).

We always look forward to these return visits – it’s a bit like having your extended family visit – whether they’re here to visit their own family, do a bit of shopping, or just looking for a bit of relaxation before the holidays.

We hope to see you here!

Do You Sparkle? Will You Sparkle in Freeport?

October 25, 2011 by Scott Gile

Sparkle? What is Sparkle? More specifically, what is Sparkle in Freeport and why would I want to do it?

Sparkle weekend in Freeport, Maine is traditionally the first weekend in December each year, and marks the kickoff of the Christmas season with a Parade of Lights, Talking Chrismas Tree, Tuba Concert, and many other favorites. This year it is December 2-3, 2011, with the Jingle Bell Run taking place on Main Street on December 4.

Sparkle follows close on the heels of our Moonlight Madness even on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 25, where you can shop in Freeport’s outlets in the wee hours of the morning.

All of this activity takes place throughout Freeport Village, while L.L. Bean is simultaneously hosting their Northern Lights Celebration so there is plenty to do for the entire family.

There’s a lot going on in Freeport in the coming weeks! Be sure to check our availability calendar to see when you would like to book your room!

New: Gift Certificates Now Available from our Facebook Page

December 22, 2010 by Scott Gile

We’ve offered Brewster House Gift Certificates through our web site for several years, and each year (especially near the Christmas holidays) several people take advantage of them as gifts for their friends and family who love Brewster House, or to introduce them to Brewster House and Freeport, Maine.

We recently became aware of an application that we could add to our Facebook page that will allow Facebook friends to purchase our Gift Certificates directly from Facebook.

To use the Gift Certificate application, select the quantity you want (the base value is US $100.00, selecting multiples simply increases the value of your gift certificate, so if you enter “3” you will be purchasing a gift certificate with a value of $300), then proceed to check out. Your payment will be processed through PayPal’s secure checkout service, and we are notified of the purchase so we can send you your gift certificate.

Be sure to include your mailing address so we can send the certificate, and also please provide a valid email address, so we can reach you if there are any problems. These will be sent free to addresses in the US and Canada. Other areas will be by arrangement.

We wish this had been available earlier in the Christmas season, but better late than never!

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas…

December 21, 2010 by Scott Gile

Now that the roof is completed and Christmas is nearly here, we have been working on the house, and eagerly awaiting our first real snowfall.

It arrived last night, in the form of an inch (or a bit more in places), with flurries off and on today and a bit of melting, already, too.

We have guests arriving for Christmas Eve (though there are still rooms available), and more around New Years Eve, so we’re hoping we’ll still have a nice, white Christmas for all of their enjoyment!

Decorated for Christmas: Nubble Light

December 9, 2010 by Scott Gile


We decided to take our own advice from our previous blog post and visit Cape Neddick Lighthouse in York Beach. Also known as Nubble light, for the small island (“the Nubble”) it sits on, this lighthouse is immediately off shore, and easily viewed from a parking lot at the end of the mainland.

One of the wonderful features of the lighthouse is that it is lighted for Christmas (and again in July, for those unwilling to brave the December chill to see it). It was the Christmas lights we were after on this visit. It was a nice, clear evening, so everything was visible. It wasn’t terribly cold, about 30 degrees F, but the wind was blowing, so it was hard to use a bare hand to work the camera controls!

We arrived at the lighthouse shortly before sunset, and as the sun began to set, the sky behind the lighthouse developed a rose-colored glow.

In the photo above, the sun isn’t quite down and the lights have just come on. You can barely make out the white lights outlining the buildings and the tower.

As darkness begins to fall, the lights are more pronounced, giving the best of the daylight and dark views!

Now that it is dark, the lights making the outlines of the buildings can be clearly seen.

Now that is why we like visiting lighthouses in the winter!

Happy Christmas to all…

December 17, 2009 by Scott Gile

Brewster House at ChristmasAt Brewster House, of course, we’ve been decorated for Christmas since the beginning of December. That seems to be one of the things you do in a business, is prepare early for the seasonal celebrations.

Christmas is usually quiet here, with few guests (though we’d love to see more of you!), and often we will use that as time to visit family. This year, we’ll be hosting one of our children, her husband and two little boys. The Christmas tree is filled once more with toys for the children (and a few for the grown-ups), and the fire is crackling (well, maybe not crackling, as it is a propane fireplace), the halls are decked, the carols are playing, and we’re ready for the traditional celebration.

Before we go, though, we want to wish all our guests and friends a very Merry Christmas and a delightful New Year!

In the traditional spirit, we’d like to finish 2009 with a very brief, but wonderful, reminder from that great theologian, Linus, about the true meaning of Christmas. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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