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Things to Do Near Freeport Maine: Walk Along the River

October 23, 2012 by Scott Gile

As we drive north on US-1 from Freeport, we often enjoy the views along the Androscoggin River, north of Brunswick’s downtown area, and we see the walking path along the river. We regularly tell ourselves that “one of these days” we need to hike that route. This past Sunday was the day!

Railroad bridge across the Androscoggin River

Once the guests had left — some checking out to go home, others exploring nearby lighthouses and the Maine coast – we packed up the camera and drove the few minutes north to Brunswick, to hike along the Androscoggin River. To find the entrance, we had searched online and discovered that there are actually two different trails. One is the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham River Walk, crossing the historic swing bridge to Topsham, along the river, back across the busy Maine Street bridge, then along Mill Street to the swing bridge again – a distance of about a mile and a quarter.

However, our plan was to walk the “other” Androscoggin River Walk, without its own website, and a search discloses that the page on the Brunswick municipal website has moved. We remembered that we had been told the entrance was at the end of Water Street, so we drove there, and found ample parking, and headed north.

Remnants of fall color along the trail

The route is paved, with a dividing line to separate bicycles from pedestrians, and is marked in quarter mile increments to show how far you have come. The route is about 2.6 miles each way, so about 5 1/4 miles in total, from the end of Water Street to the end of Grove Lane, both of which have parking and access to the walk.

Most of the walk is along the river, so the scenery is lovely, especially with remnants of the fall foliage on many of the trees. Short bits are along US-1, which can be quite noisy, but you are soon back by the river, with a buffer of trees to diminish the noise.

Stop and rest on one of the convenient benches

This is really a wonderful afternoon’s walk, good exercise, not too challenging, as the hills are not many and not steep, but with wonderful views of the river.

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

Maine Fall Foliage Back Roads

October 2, 2012 by Scott Gile

The colors have definitely started to turn, on the back roads leading inland from Freeport.

These just have to be seen!

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

Fall Colors in New England Starting to Change

September 18, 2012 by Scott Gile

Fall colors in Maine have begun, ever so slightly, to change to the golds and hints of red that promise a wonderful, vibrant foliage season.

Yankee Magazine’s foliage map shows change beginning throughout most of New England and all of Maine. The weekly reports on the Maine foliage site indicate (as of last week’s report) that the western and northern parts of the state had begun to change. No doubt this week’s report will show more progress in those areas, as well as some change in the eastern and southern parts of the state.

In our own back yard (literally!) we have one tree that has partially changed to yellow, and begun to shed some of its leaves. In addition, our “yardstick” tree, across the street, has now reached its brilliant colors of yellow and red that it normally displays in late August.

The fall colors normally progress from west to east and from north to south. So far, they are following that pattern, perfectly. They can move quickly, though, depending on the weather.

Lately we’ve had cool nights and crisp mornings, which make for excellent foliage, but also make it appear quickly.

Don’t miss out – our Fall Foliage Surf & Turf package starts this week, and runs through October.

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

Things To Do Near Freeport Maine: Fall Foliage Tour

September 4, 2012 by Scott Gile

Regardless of how early our Freeport Maine fall foliage may be this year, one of the best things to do near Freeport is to tour the foliage areas and check out all the fall colors.

There are a lot of great books on great scenic drives in Maine, and many include drives to see fall foliage. Far be it from us to discourage the use of these books. We have some of them, and we use them, too!

One thing we suggest, that doesn’t seem to be in any of the tour books we’ve seen, is to combine your drive with something else that interests you. For example, you might take a look at our map of Maine lobster shacks and create your own driving tour through the foliage areas, from one lobster shack to the next. Or, you might combine visits to some of our wonderful Maine lighthouses with a foliage tour. Another idea would be to combine both lighthouses and lobster shacks with fall foliage – what an idea!

You can accomplish some or all of those combination drives to see fall colors in our very popular Fall Foliage Surf and Turf package, which provides for two nights at Brewster House, a $50 gas card and our own driving tour of foliage areas (with turn-by-turn maps), plus a gift card for shopping at L.L. Bean (and of course you also have all the other Freeport outlets to visit), and a gift certificate to Azure Cafe, and more.

If you prefer, just explore the area’s scenic back roads and you’re sure to find some beautiful areas!

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

Will Maine Fall Foliage Be Early This Year?

August 29, 2012 by Scott Gile

We’ve had a bit of a debate around the house lately about when this year’s fall foliage in Maine is likely to be at its best. We’ll give you the points of view, and you can cast your vote, and we’ll see how well we do at predicting when the colors will change.

Neighboring tree – prior Augusts

Most years the best time to see fall foliage along Maine’s Midcoast region, and down into Freeport and Greater Portland is from about the beginning of October (possibly the end of September) through almost the end of October, with the peak time being the second and third weeks in October.

The debate has arisen this year (2012) because of the extremely mild winter we had, and the unusually early blooming of all the plants as a result. So the question becomes, “Will that change the dates for fall foliage?”

Ruth’s view is that the trees will behave like the other plants have this year, and they’ll be ahead of schedule, so she says you can expect colors to begin changing in September, and the peak will be in early October this year. As “proof” Ruth points out that some of the trees in the area (mostly along the highway) have already begun to show signs of changing, and it is only August.

Neighboring tree – 2012

Scott disagrees (some would say that is not surprising). He says that the amount of rain we had early in the summer will mitigate the effects of the early spring, and we’ll have a normal foliage season, with the peak in mid-October, or possibly even later. As proof, he looks at our neighbor’s tree across the street, which is always the first tree in the neighborhood to begin the fall foliage color change. In most years that tree has turned vibrant colors by August (photo at top). This year it has barely a hint of color (second photo).

You decide! Let us know when you think peak foliage in Freeport will be this year in the comments. Then come visit it at Brewster House in Freeport!

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

Starting to Plan for New England Fall Foliage?

August 21, 2012 by Scott Gile

The first sign of fall is that schools are starting. This year, earlier than ever before, schools are starting in August, so fall foliage in New England must be just around the corner.

Fall colors, Kancamagus Highway

Nature’s changing fall colors don’t follow schedules imposed by school boards, but follow instead their own pattern as the vibrant annual display begins and ends. From Vermont, through New Hampshire and into Maine, and down into Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, the change of colors generally moves from West to East and North to South. At the far northern and western areas, mid-September will begin the color changes, while the farthest southern and eastern areas will not reach their peak until the second half of October. Yankee Magazine’s foliage predictor gives a good overview of this.

For us in Maine, the far northern reaches will begin in September, but along the midcoast, down through Freeport and Portland, most of our change begins in early October, reaches its peak in mid-month, and finishes up in the latter part of the October. You can keep up with the changes with weekly updates from the State of Maine’s foliage website, beginning in mid-September.

If you’re really interested in wonderful foliage travel, a great trip might begin in Vermont in late-September, working your way to New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway, and the White Mountains by early October, then into midcoast Maine, and Freeport by mid-October. To carry it even further, from there you can head south, seeing southern New England, then down to the Blue Ridge Mountains, where you’ll find fall foliage that is beautiful, and later still than the New England fall foliage.

Along our Fall Foliage tour route

Our Fall Foliage Surf & Turf special (called “a steal of a deal” by Smarter Travel) includes two nights at Brewster House, a welcome basket, our own self-driving fall foliage tour with detailed maps and directions, a $50 gas card to help with the driving, a two hour schooner cruise on Casco Bay (can you imagine viewing foliage from the decks of an antique schooner, matey?), plus dinner, shopping and more.

If you’re planning a visit, though, you should make lodging reservations soon – especially if you’ll be here on a weekend! At our bed and breakfast in Freeport Maine we’re already seeing a lot of weekend bookings for October (only partly due to fall foliage plans – there are also college reunion and homecoming weekends in October).

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

Is it time yet? When is Fall Foliage in Maine?

April 10, 2012 by Scott Gile

It seems early to be thinking about fall foliage, doesn’t it? In much of the northeast, except for that weird week or two recently when the temperatures were near 80°, we’re just beginning to finish mud season and head into spring.

However, one of the most common questions we’ve received in recent weeks is “When is the best time to visit for fall foliage?”

The short answer is “it depends” but since we’re essentially talking about the weather, that should come as no surprise.

The State of Maine has a foliage website which not only reports the current status of foliage from about mid-September through the season, but it also has a chart of historical foliage data, showing when the foliage changed for each of the various regions of the state.

Freeport is in Zone 1 on the chart, so a quick scan shows that our peak foliage has historically been between the 14th and 20th of October.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind about the dates, however. First, the foliage season in Freeport usually extends from about the first of October (sometimes the last week in September) through the end of October (sometimes slightly into November). That means that there will usually be good foliage viewing in our area for at least four weeks, though the peak may only last a few days.

Second, as the chart on the Maine foliage website makes clear, the peak foliage occurs at different times in the different regions of the state. In a very general way, the peak moves from north to south and west to east. Having said that, there are areas in each region that will appear “out of step” with this pattern, due to the temperature, amount of sun or shadow, etc. Consequently, all through the foliage season there can be areas of beauty that are either early or late for their region.

Finally, one other thing to consider is the calendar. Since the peak foliage season is near mid-October, it conflicts with several other dates. Three local colleges have homecoming or parents’ weekends between late September and late October. That can make competition for available lodging very stiff. Add to that the Columbus Day (US – Candadian Thanksgiving) holiday in the middle of it, and you’ll find it more difficult than usual to find a bed and breakfast.

Our late-September and October weekends already have some bookings, but as of this writing there is still plenty of availability for our foliage weekends. Check our availability and book early to get the dates you want. Don’t forget to consider our Fall Foliage Surf & Turf special – called “A steal of a deal” by Smarter Travel magazine.

That was fast! Final foliage report for Maine…

October 19, 2011 by Scott Gile

It seems like only a few short weeks ago that we were excitedly posting the first foliage report for Maine for 2011.

Oh, wait. It was only a few short weeks ago! Where did the leaves time  go?

Just last week we were driving along I-295, admiring the beautiful fall foliage, and thinking it would be just another week and the colors would be at their peak. But in the blink of an eye (OK, in just a few days) it has all passed, and we’re now past peak in virtually the entire state.

Of course, there are still isolated spots with nice color, but the sense that everywhere you turn is filled with beautiful color is already gone. Sigh.

Hence, we are moving on, and posted about the less well-known November activities in Freeport earlier this week.

And, moving on from there, we will be posting more in coming weeks about Freeport’s annual Sparkle Weekend, with its parades, sales, Christmas lights, and more, followed by all the holiday activities and the giant L.L. Bean New Years Celebration (don’t forget, 2012 is a leap year!).

A Day Trip to See New England Fall Foliage

October 4, 2011 by Scott Gile

Some of our guests in late September had hoped to be able to tour some of Maine’s fall foliage areas and see the vibrant fall colors we are known for. While the leaves have begun to turn in many places, it is quite clear that the best is yet to come.

Meanwhile, areas to the north and west of us are well along in their colors. As a result, to see the better colors while it is still a bit early for the best color in the midcoast area, you can drive north and west to see some wonderful foliage.

Just about two hours drive from Brewster House will bring you to Rangeley Lake and all of its wonderful wooded areas. They are very scenic in their own right, and our guests tell us that the trees are filled with color right now. While there, if you wait until dusk, you may even find some moose grazing by the roads.

Another option is to drive west on US-302 to Fryeburg, Maine, on the New Hampshire border, where you can see an old covered bridge among the fall foliage, then continue to North Conway, New Hampshire, for a bit of outlet shopping and a drive up the magnificent Kancamagus Highway for a view of the fall colors in the mountains. Even with all that area to cover, you’re still only about 2 hours from Brewster House.

Whether you visit the fall colors in other areas, if you come early, or here in Freeport, you’ll love the fall foliage throughout the New England region.

Fall Colors well under way!

September 29, 2011 by Scott Gile

This week’s fall foliage report from the State of Maine reports that fall colors are well underway, with the northern part of the state having a high degree of color.

True to prior patterns, the color has begun in the western and northern parts of the state, and will be moving east and south over the coming weeks.

The highest color areas thus far are north and west of Bangor, with the areas from below Bangor to the coast and southern borders showing low to moderate color changes.

We look for good color to be present in spots throughout the more populated areas, increasing over the next two weeks, when we would normally expect to see peak color along the midcoast region.

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