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Things to Do Near Freeport: Day Trip to Boothbay Harbor

September 25, 2012 by Scott Gile

Boothbay Harbor is a wonderful day (or half-day) trip from Brewster House, and it is only about 45 minutes away!

Boothbay Harbor

After finishing your wonderful breakfast in our dining room, take US-1 north in front of the house, and pass through Brunswick, Bath, and Wiscasset, then just across the river and up the hill you’ll see the sign to turn on Route 27 for the “Boothbay Region.”

The drive is scenic, with plenty of lupine to view in the spring, and foliage in the fall. The road winds through farmland and villages, passing through the village of Boothbay, and on to Boothbay Harbor.

Once there, you’ll find wonderful local shops with everything from tourist souvenirs to clothing to home decorating and even art galleries.Add to that charming restaurants, a lovely public park by the town dock, and a footbridge across the harbor, where you can walk to the Lobster Dock restaurant and view the town from the other side of the harbor.

The harbor is filled with islands and boats – fishing boats, whale watching tours, and pleasure boats. It is a photographers’ dream! Especially at sunset (or sunrise!).

Treat yourself to a delicious ice cream cone at one of Maine’s best ice cream parlors, before heading back. You may want to take a side trip to East Boothbay to admire the views, or to Southport Island and Newagen, where you can see a bit of the Maine coast, “up close and personal,” as they say.

In Boothbay (about 2 miles from Boothbay Harbor) you can also stop at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where beautiful gardens are always in season!

Boothbay Harbor is one of our favorite things to do near Freeport!

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

Things to Do Near Freeport: Visit the Gardens

June 12, 2012 by Scott Gile

No, not our gardens (though they do look really nice this year, and our back garden is about to get a facelift for summer) – the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine.

There is always something in bloom at the gardens, no matter the season. We love to visit in the late spring and early summer, to see the azalea and rhododendron and then the roses, viburnum and others follow along soon after. Of course, the summer is filled with color, but then the autumn brings the clematis, hydrangea, and daylilies. There are many more, of course, and the link above will help you decide what to see in any month you care to visit.

There are lots of special events, such as birding, photography, and, obviously, gardening events, throughout the year. Check the garden’s calendar for specific events and dates.

The gardens offer childrens’ programs, art and history programs, and various special activities and events.

Located near Boothbay, Maine, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are only about a 30 minute drive from Brewster House. We also partner with the gardens to provide discounted admission tickets for our overnight guests. Please ask about admission to the gardens when booking your stay at Brewster House, or when you are here.

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

A Day Trip to Boothbay Harbor

July 26, 2011 by Scott Gile

One of the favorite day trips from our Freeport Maine Bed & Breakfast is a trip to Boothbay Harbor.

Often described as a classic Maine working harbor, you’ll find lobster boats, fishing boats, and, of course, boats for excursions to go whale watching, tour lighthouses, and more.

As you finish your breakfast at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast in Freeport, Maine, turn left from our driveway on Main Street (US-1), and enjoy the drive through the countryside. If you get an early start, you may see a moose near the “Moose Crossing” signs just north of the town line.

Continue past Brunswick and Bath, and pass through the lovely village of Wiscasset, where you may want to return later for a lobster roll at Red’s Eats, or a browse through the many antique stores, or just to enjoy the charming beauty of the riverside village.

After crossing the river, you’ll come to a hill, and as you near the top, the sign says “Boothbay Region” to the right. Take Route 27, and enjoy the leisurely curves of the smaller road, out the peninsula. You’ll pass the Boothbay Railway Village, where you can learn some railroad history, or ride a small train. A bit farther along is the tiny village of Boothbay. Just down a side road from Boothbay is the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, with its beautiful water views and spectacular flowers and plants.

Returning to Route 27, continue into Boothbay Harbor. Entering town, the road becomes one way, and and is uphill from the town. This can be a good place to park, as parking is limited near the shops. Down the hill are the shops – some touristy, some local, some interesting. There are also art galleries and restaurants along the street and near the water.

Walk down to the waterfront, where you’ll find a small park and the public dock, where you can enjoy an ice cream cone, and watch the boats come and go. Across the water is the Lobster Dock restaurant, as well as several lobstermen’s landing areas, so a good place for lobster awaits.

When you finish enjoying the beautiful area, return once more to Brewster House for snacks and dinner at one of the Freeport restaurants, then a browse through the Freeport outlets. A nice day out!

Spies, Flowers and Automobiles along the Maine Coast

May 25, 2011 by Scott Gile

Spring is the season to be in Maine! The weather is gorgeous today, sunny and heading for a high about 70 F, or so they say.

One of the nice things about the Maine coast is that many of the things to do are both indoors and out, so you can enjoy the nice weather, or get shelter from the harsher forms, and still enjoy the activities. Tickets for all these locations may be purchased (usually at a significant discount) during your stay at our Freeport Maine bed and breakfast.

Spies and military secrets abound this spring at the Maine Maritime Musuem, as their exhibit, Cold Waters, Cold War, traces covert military activity in Maine from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery to the Very Low Frequency Transmitter in Cutler, and more. To enjoy the weather, afterward you can take a trolley tour of next door’s Bath Iron Works, and see modern U.S. Navy ships being built, or take a lighthouse or nature cruise, as well as touring the other museum exhibits, buildings and grounds.

Spring has indeed sprung at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Spring flowers are in full bloom, and there are literally dozens of event scheduled for garden enthusiasts of all ages. The photos of the current flowers, and exhibits are shown on the gardens blog.

Meanwhile, for the transportation fan, Owls Head Transportation Museum‘s upcoming event is their Ford & Chevy Auto Spectacular and Antique Aeroplane Show, this weekend, May 28 & 29.

In addition to the exhibitor vehicles for the Ford & Chevy spectacular, several of the Musuem’s antique automobiles will be on display on Runway 17 including its 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Roadster and 1940 Ford Woodie Station Wagon.

The Museum will also demonstrate a few of its turn-of-the-century automobiles as well as give free rides in Ford Model Ts. Special children’s activities — including our popular styrofoam airplane-building workshop—and Museum tours are planned. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family.

The antique aeroplane show will begin at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting.

Each of these museums has shows throughout the season, so whenever you are planning your visit to Maine, there will always be something happening.

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