Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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FEBRUARY IS FOR ROMANCE!

January 16, 2014 by Scott Gile

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

FEBRUARY IS FOR ROMANCE!!
Crowds, traffic jams on Rt. 1, tough getting reservations, antique shops all picked over??  NOT IN WINTER!!  Many folks come here this time of year just for those reasons!  We just entertained a couple from New York and another from the UK, both of whom  had a purely relaxing and quiet week away……not to mention at off season rates and a sweet discount.  See our February is for Romance package!  Bottle of bubbly, homemade truffles, $50 gift certificate to Azure Cafe, fireplace, ROMANCE!!
Sadly, just deleted a piece on Winter Carnival here this weekend, due to “the January thaw.”   Very ugly for we skiers!!  These photos of “before and after of our side porch are pretty graphic!

Before
After
                                                
Wow, just finished hosting our inaugural Reconnect Weekend, and it couldn’t have been more fun!!  Been thinking off and on for years about reconnecting with family, college buddies, your old neighborhood, service friends??  In the spirit of 1 + 1 = 3, we can make that so easy, while you help us share your good times when we might otherwise be lonely!!  You have the run of the inn, including gas fireplaced living room, our unusually elegant, extravagant breakfast when you want it, great shopping an recreational distractions (LL Bean’s Discovery Center), Great restaurants, close access to Portland…..look for the photos on Facebook for what a great time was had!  All for just over ½ price!!!  Can wait to host all of our old neighbors in 2 weeks!!
The Heritage Girls Reconnect!

                                               

There are tons of crazy, fun things happening hereabouts ALL WINTER!!  I have to admit that I’m most excited about The World Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snowbowl on the weekend of February 7-9 weekend!!  Check out the photos on their website, and you’ll get the Mardi Gras sense of this annual event.  Brewster House will be in attendance and maybe competing as well!
http://winter.camdensnowbowl.com/24th-annual-us-national-toboggan-championships  CHECK OUT THE VIDEO LINK!!!
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vqnbD2-59A&feature=player_embedded#at=57
FLAVORS OF FREEPORT, including the Chef Signature Series, and Flavors Ice Bar, including a DJ, fire pit and luge to get you slipping and sliding into mid-winter on Friday, Feb. 21st http://www.freeportusa.com/flavorsoffreeport/!!        
Here’s a brief sample of other upcoming local events  between Portland (15 minutes south) and Penobscot Bay (one hour east);
1/19, 2/16 The Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series, race uphill miles on snowshoes!  www.trailmonsterrunning.com/bradburysnow
1/23 – 1/25 Portland Harbor Hotel Ice Bar www.evesatthegarden.com
1/25  - Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, @ One Longfellow Square, Portland
2/14 ` Bob Marley, Stone Mountain Arts Center (GREAT VENUE!)  www.stonemountainartscenter.com
2/16 – Tower of Power, @ Asylum, Portland, www.portlandasylum.com
I could go on, but I think you’re getting the drift!

6th ANNUAL HARVEST ON THE HARBOR

October 8, 2013 by Scott Gile

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

10/23 – 26, 2013
Autumn chill driving you to play inside??  Don’t miss this great southern Maine regional FOODIE/ WINE extravaganza!    
This annual event is an amazing combination of chefs, restaurants, wine and beer tastings, music and ethnic culinary opportunities spread over 4 days, starting on Wednesday, Oct. 23rd.  The Celebration opens with the Grand Tasting on the Harbor on Thursday evening, mingling guests with Maines’ best restaurants, chefs and pairing the right wines and beers with their finest creations!
Thursday at noon opens the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year  competition, followed by, International Maine:  Taste of the World, which aims to demonstrate the range of cuisine offered here by featuring the premier local Chefs offering their most diverse ethnic delicacies.  
The Wine Tasting Experience and Beer Tasting Experiences will take place on Oct. 25 at 5 and 5:30, respectively in the Oceanview Room and Oceanview Pavilions, closely followed at 7PM by the Blues & Brews BBQ in the Pavilion.  Groove to your favorite blues tunes, while loading up on barbeque and your favorites beers!!

                             

Sunday brings the event wrap-up with two sessions (starting at noon) on Casco Bay with 160 Maine food, wine, beer and distilled beverage artisans sharing their delectables with you along the waterfront. 
For great detail, see www.harvestontheharbor.com.
  
I took Bella there today (& a glorious one it was) to scope out the site (note David Geffen’s 153′ motoryacht on the right side of the photo) Right on the waterfront, by the cruise-ship dock!!  How much better does life get??
As I speak, we only have rooms open for Wednesday and Thursday, but cancellations do happen, and I can wait list folks. 

Flavors of Freeport (6th Annual) Food Festival

January 8, 2013 by Scott Gile

If you enjoy visiting Maine, especially Freeport, and if you love food (and who doesn’t??), you’ll look forward to coming to Freeport in February for the 6th Annual Flavors of Freeport festival.

In the past the Flavors of Freeport festival has featured the Chef’s Signature Series on Friday night, and this year is no different in that respect. The Chef’s Signature Series will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with the venue continuing to be the Freeport Hilton Garden Inn.

Enjoy the flavors from Freeport’s finest chefs and top food artisans, as they present tastes of their best dishes to showcase their culinary skill and style.  Attendees vote on their favorite display and “flavor” and are also entered to win fabulous door prizes!  Will award winning executive chef Christopher Bassett of Azure Cafe take first place again this year?  You be the judge!

In addition, Maine beverage purveyors provide the opportunity to sample local hand crafted beer, wine and spirits.

As in the past, there will be a silent art auction featuring pieces from the Freeport Art & Music Festival during the event to benefit the Freeport Community Services Food Pantry.

During the evening, accompanying the Chef’s Signature Series on Friday (also 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.) will be an Ice Bar. The ice bar will feature a martini luge,  ice sculptures, roaring fires to cozy up to, music with other wonderful beverages to sample.

Bundle up in your warmest winter wear and enjoy a night of festivities outside in February with family and friends. One ticket to the ice bar gains the holder (21 years and older) entrance and one beverage – additional beverage tickets can be purchased on site.

Tickets and information can be found at http://www.freeportusa.com/events/flavors-of-freeport.

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

A Taste of Freeport

February 22, 2011 by Scott Gile

It’s hard to believe, but the fourth annual Flavors of Freeport is right around the corner!

This year’s event begins Friday, March 25 with the guest favorite, the Chef’s Signature Series. Last year’s event included a silent art auction, plus samples from restaurants, pubs, bed and breakfasts, candy companies, wine distributors, and more!

It is a great exhibit of some of the finest samplings of food you’ll find anywhere – and there is so much of it that you won’t need to go out to dinner!

This year there is a new event on Saturday, March 26, called the Celebrity Waiter Luncheon. A three course luncheon will be prepared and served by the Hilton Garden Inn staff, and service will be provided by local celebrities, who will also keep the diners amused with their humorous back-and-forth banter, pouring water and coffee, and catering to the requests of the guests. Attendees of the luncheon will be encouraged to tip their celebrity waiters based on the level of service and entertainment they are being provided (are they making you laugh so hard you are in tears?). All of this is in good fun, and all celebrity-earned tips will benefit the event’s charities.

Advance tickets are available separately for the Chef’s Signature Series and Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, or buy a combined “Flavors Pack” for a discounted rate. Major credit cards are accepted online. Tickets at the door will be cash only.

Check availability and book now, so you’ll be here for a taste of Freeport!

Mapping Whoopie in Maine

February 24, 2010 by Scott Gile

Whoopie Pie from MaineYou did read that title carefully, right? After all, this is a family-friendly blog!

Until you’ve tried one, you may think the idea of a cream (or marshmallow cream, or whatever) frosting between two moist cookies (or cakes, if you prefer) to be something other than delicious. But give it a try anyway. When you think of some of the things we eat… Oh, let’s not go there!

Suffice it to say, that, as Wicked Whoopies says on their web site, there are at least ten smiles in every Whoopie Pie. They’re not only light and sweet (but not too sweet), but delightful! They often come in different flavors. The traditional whoopie pie has chocolate cookies and a marshmallow or vanilla center. Variations include vanilla cookies, maple cookies, pumpkin cookies, and others, as well as flavored frosting inside, such as maple, chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter or mint.

Not long ago we came across a forum where a conversation started with a simple request about where to find a good whoopie pie in Maine. From the responses you might think this was a discussion about football teams or other matters of national security! From Kittery to Bangor, from the coast to the mountains, someone had a favorite they wanted to defend.

We are aware of some of these places, and have tried whoopie pies at a few, but others were familiar to us for their other wonderful treats, or we didn’t know of them at all, and were happy to have new places to try!

Ruth has even been trying her hand at making some whoopie pies (the maple cookie with maple frosting is especially good!). You may even see them out as a treat at Brewster House. Meanwhile, the map below will help you find some of the places to evaluate for yourself! Let us know if you have a favorite we should add to the map!


View Maine Whoopie Pies in a larger map

Maine’s Diners – History and a Greasy Spoon

February 16, 2010 by Scott Gile

When we first began to visit Maine we learned that unlike many parts of the country, Maine’s diners had not only survived, but many of them thrive, whether along the coast, in popular tourist destinations, or in more remote areas of the Pine Tree state.

As we began to explore the state, we also began to explore the diners – enjoying the friendly, family-oriented atmosphere, the good, old-fashioned, styles of cooking, the variety of food on the menu, and the classic diner meals. We found you could get anything from a hot dog or a grilled cheese sandwich, to a steak dinner, a classic Maine lobster dinner, or almost anything in between.

There there was dessert. Oh, my, was there dessert! Ice cream and a variety of pies, fresh from the oven! We quickly discovered that this was the best place to get blueberry pies!

Practically every part of Maine has a diner (or two, or three…). From the world famous Maine Diner in Wells (where tourists sometimes visit in hopes of seeing one of the famous neighbors from Kennebunkport, the Bush family), to Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro (decorated with photgraphs of visitors who purchased a Moody’s Diner T-shirt, then sent back a photo of themselves wearing it in remote parts of the world), to the smaller and less well-known diners in all corners of Maine, the food is good, the company pleasant, and the atmosphere delightful (and the pie is great, too!).

Below is a map from Brewster House Bed & Breakfast which you can use to get directions to the various diners. There are a lot more diners in addition to the ones listed on the map. We’ll be adding more over time, but feel free to give us a shout if we’ve missed one of your favorites, and we’ll gladly add it to the map.


View Maine’s Diners – History and a Greasy Spoon in a larger map

Save a piece of blueberry pie for me!

After Autumn, then what?

October 1, 2009 by Scott Gile

Winter - Portland Head LighthouseOften guests express surprise when we tell them that we, like most B&B’s (at least in the southern half of Maine) are open year ’round.

The natural assumption is that our season from November through April is fueled by either skiing or shopping. In Freeport, of course, shopping is always available, with the five L.L. Bean stores (four of which are open 24-hours a day, 365 days each year), and over 160 other shops and restaurants, most located in historic buildings, and almost all within a few blocks walk.

Downhill skiing is a bit trickier, though there are plenty of places for cross-country or for snowshoeing in the area. Probably the nearest downhill ski area is in Camden, about 90 minutes up US-1, with real mountain ski slopes about 2 hrs away in the western part of Maine.

So what is there to do (in addition to the shopping) between November and April? Plenty!

November:

Freeport’s Girlfriend Getaway is November 13-15, with special lodging packages and activities. L.L. Bean’s Northern Lights celebration begins November 20, running through New Years’ Day. This includes the huge L.L. Bean Christmas Tree, carriage rides, and activities throughout Freeport.

Thanksgiving weekend (November 26-29) starts the “offical” Christmas shopping season with an all-you-can eat buffet at the Maine Dining Room in the Harraseeket Inn, Christmas decorations, and more. Moonlight Madness shopping begins at midnight on November 27.

December:

December starts with Sparkle Weekend in Freeport – always the first weekend in December, and filled with winter fun! There is a Christmas parade, with Santa arriving on a lobster boat, a talking Christmas tree, a tuba concert of seasonal favorites, the Freeport Community Players present “Radio IV”, a long-time favorite drama, and there are sales and other events to charm every visitor.

New Year’s Eve is traditionally a magical time at L.L. Bean in Freeport, with entertainment for the whole family, storytellers and music, and a midnight fireworks display.

And, of course, with all the magnificent shopping in Freeport, there is something for every budget and every taste in the stores and shops, both before Christmas, and with the after-Christmas sales.

January:

If you think you’ve seen good after-Christmas sales, wait until you visit Freeport in January (and even into February). We’ve seen unbelievable markdowns as merchants clear the way for the next season’s merchandise.

January, with its snows and often clear days, makes a wonderful time to visit some of your favorite lighthouses, and get those rare photos of them with a dusting of snow on the rocks around them.

February:

Like January, February brings sales to town, and of course, special opportunities for short breaks and getaways with Presidents’ Day weekend, Valentines Day, and more late-season sales.

The lighthouses and coastal scenes are still beautiful, with wind, water, waves and snow.

March:

In March the snow begins to melt and the first signs of Spring appear. It can still be a great time for seeing the new growth around the coastal areas and lighthouses, but it is also a good time for some early-season shopping.

April:

Like March, April can have some wonderful photo opportunities with new foliage and flowers appearing, melting snows, and beautiful, rugged, coastlines.

April is also the month for Flavors of Freeport, a wonderful food-inspired event, with all kinds of activities to enjoy.

So, yes, there is life after autumn in Freeport! Try one of our beautiful off-season months and enjoy off-season room rates, specials and activities!

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