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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

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.

How to Vacation and Save on Gas

April 12, 2011 by Scott Gile

With all the news about rising gasoline prices, what could be more timely than special offers from Bed and Breakfasts, including our B&B in Freeport Maine, to help you save on gas prices, while still being able to enjoy your vacation?

Brewster House has several gas-saving packages throughout the 2011 travel season. We’re participating with the Better Way to Stay program, to help travelers enjoy their travel time, without worrying about fuel.

Our Maine Lighthouse Tour package provides a self-guided driving tour, with complete turn-by-turn directions, map, and guidebook, with a $50 gas card to offset some of those driving costs! In addition, you’ll have a two night stay at our delightful Freeport Maine Bed & Breakfast, with full, hot, gourmet breakfasts each morning, shopping at L.L. Bean and the Freeport outlets and shops, and a $50 dining gift certificate.

If you’re thinking of vacationing in the fall to see the fall colors, our Fall Foliage Surf & Turf package is just what the doctor ordered! Two nights at Brewster House, a $100 gift card to L.L. Bean, a $50 dinner gift card, and a self-guided tour (with guide book and maps) of some of the best fall foliage areas. This special has been called “a steal of a deal” by Smarter Travel.

We also have a scaled-down version, Fall Foliage Lite, which includes two nights, the foliage tour, and a $25 gas card.

Whenever you plan to come, we have a getaway that will help you enjoy your vacation in Maine!

New England Foliage Tour – Maine Fall Colors

September 14, 2010 by Scott Gile

As we’ve noticed in prior years, our neighbor’s maple tree across the street is always the first sign that fall is on the way. It begins to turn in August – well before the other trees, so it acts as a reminder to begin making plans to visit Freeport for fall foliage.

The most frequently asked question is “when is the peak viewing time?” The answer, for Freeport, is usually the first two weeks of October, with good foliage usually from the last few days of September through the end of October (sometimes even into November).

This year, however, because of the mild winter and early spring, all the vegetation seems to be a little ahead of schedule, so we wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see the foliage be a week, or even two weeks, earlier than normal.

Will it be a good year for the colors? The factors that make a good year are a long hot summer with plenty of moisture. That’s exactly what we’ve had this summer – gorgeous weather, but adequate rainfall, too.

Peak foliage is a moving target – with microclimates changing at different times. In general, the more northern and western parts of Maine turn color first, and the colors move southward and eastward. Of course, this is only a generalization, and specific areas will vary.

To make your foliage visit easy to plan, we are offering several versions of our Fall Foliage Surf & Turf special. The full special includes a booklet with information on the area and turn-by-turn self-driving tour of nearby foliage areas, two nights at Brewster House, a $100 shopping spree at L.L. Bean, a $50 gift certificate to Azure Cafe, a $50 gasoline card and a two hour cruise for two on one of Portland Schooner Co.’s antique schooners. The “Lite” version includes two nights at Brewster House, the same foliage tour and a $25 gas card. If you prefer to extend the full tour to a third night (there is a lot to see!), we will extend the full Fall Foliage Surf & Turf special for a third night for $100.

If you want to time your visit, and can afford to wait until the last minute (realizing that can make it difficult to find availability in small B&B’s like Brewster House), you can check the progress of Maine’s foliage on the state’s foliage website. It will have foliage reports available beginning this week.

New England Fall Foliage: Maine is the Place to Go!

August 13, 2009 by Scott Gile

Fall colors, Bailey Island, MaineMany people plan to one day visit Maine for the very best in New England fall foliage viewing. The fall colors are wonderful in New England, but only Maine offers the spectacular foliage coupled with the magnificent Maine coast!

In fact, that stunning combination is exactly why we started offering our Fall Foliage Surf and Turf package. We start with two nights for two in a large queen room at Brewster House, all with large private baths en suite. To that we add views of the foliage from the sea, on the deck of an antique, wooden schooner, where we provide a two-hour cruise with Portland Schooner Co., a $100 shopping spree at Freeport’s L.L. Bean stores (the flagship store, hunting and fishing store, bike boat and ski store, and the L.L. Bean outlet store), a $50 restaurant gift certificate, and a self-driving tour of the foliage areas along the coast, complete with a $50 gas card to help pay for the tour.

Fall foliage, Bailey Island, MaineThe foliage tour, itself, is a full-day affair if you attempt to see it all in one day. Following our turn-by-turn directions, you go from Brewster House in Freeport, up to Damariscotta, Maine, where you’ll see the foliage along the Pemaquid Peninsula, and visit Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. Driving out the islands and peninsulas that typify this part of the Maine coast, you’ll visit state parks and scenic villages, with wonderful Maine fall colors all along the route. There are also off-shore lighthouses and the beautiful beaches and rocks that make the Maine coast so special.

Last year, Smarter Travel called our Fall Foliage Surf and Turf package “a steal of a deal.”

Check it out for yourself! If you’ve been thinking about seeing the New England fall colors, you’ll find that there’s more to Maine!

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