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Five Freeport Area Winter Blasts

January 8, 2016 by Kelleigh Dulany

Five Freeport Area Winter Blasts

2 people racing downhill on a red plastic sled

Snowman Adventure Race

If you’re looking for something different and fun to do around Freeport this Winter, try one of these five Freeport area winter blasts!

I know, I know, our Winter has been a little slow kicking in, but if you remember the timing of last year’s Winter, it wasn’t much different. By mid-January, it had kicked in in a BIG WAY! The POLAR VORTEX is moving in!

#1 is weather bullet-proof, VISIT AN ICE BAR! Wow, they’re like Maine micro-brews, inn that you have a plethora of choices. The first will be offered at Spire & Ice Inn Gotham, January 15-16; the second at the Portland Harbor Hotel on the following weekend, third at the Brunswick Hotel & Tavern February 4-6, and finally here in Freeport on February 19 & 20 as part of “Flavors of Freeport.”

How about a biathlon? A BIATHLON is a competitive endurance event combining cross-country skiing with target shooting. For $25, this event in Jefferson, Maine (1/2 hour east) is open to all, even beginners, including the opportunity to borrow an air rifle and receive instruction before heading out. In the best tradition of Maine events, beer and hot toddies are available! By the way, Pineland Farms, 15 minutes from Brewster House is the practice ground for the US Biathlon Team!

toboggan team heading downhill in an iced chute with crowd in background

US Toboggan Championships

In the summer, Bradbury Mountain State Park hosts competitive Mountain Bike and running events, but in the winter turns to their SNOWSHOE Series. http://trailmonsterrunning.com/bradburysnow About 8 miles west of us in Pownal, these events are offered on 1/24, 2/14 and 3/6. These races range from 3 to 5 miles long. Although they have a few pair of snowshoes to loan, it would seem that if you’re up to racing, you would likely have your own (they’re on a 50% off sale as I speak @ LL Bean).

I’ve written about this before, but it’s so fun and Mainely unique, it’s worth a visit! It’s sort of a Mardi Gras built on the US NATIONAL TOBOGGAN CHAMPIONSHIPS at Camden Snow Bowl from Feb. 5-7. http://www.camdensnowbowl.com/toboggan-championships/ For $30, you can compete on your 2, 3 or 4 person toboggan, by taking your waxed up toboggan down the 400’ iced wooden chute and across the frozen pond at it’s base. Most teams are in costume, and the eats and drinks are a large part of this annual show.

February 6th brings the SNOWMAN ADVENTURE RACE on East End Hill in Portland, 15 minutes south of us. This sounds like a mini winter-biathlon! http://www.snowmanadventure.com Every piece begins with a run up East End hill and a return sled down with teammates sledding as one to the finish. This event is a 2 person relay, made up of a 4-1/2 mile bicycle race around the Back Cove, a 2-1/4 mile run around the East End and the Back Cove. There will be mens, women, co-ed and adult-kids teams as well.

No matter your event choice, we have ample toboggan, sled, bike and snowshoe parking here at Brewster House, and are well equipped to soothe your body & mind post event, with a hot bath, ironed sheets and bottle of your favorite wine! Call us at 207-865-4121, or online at www.brewsterhouse.com to reserve a fireplace room!

The L.L.Bean Northern Lights Celebration

November 20, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Attend the L.L.Bean Northern Lights CelebrationHaving the L.L.Bean Flagship Campus in our town of Freeport, Maine can be pretty exciting, as they hold a lot of big events throughout the year and help to make the holidays brighter with things like the L.L.Bean Northern Lights Celebration!

Fans of the great outdoors already find the L.L.Bean Flagship Campus in Freeport an exciting event but, for those less enthusiastic about thermal underwear and kayak accessories, a visit to the L.L.Bean Flagship Campus can still surprise and delight – especially around the holidays when they go all out to spread the spirit of the season

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Experience Freeport’s Sparkle Celebration Weekend!

November 6, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Sparkle Celebration Weekend 2015Looking for a great new way to celebrate the holiday season as well as get some fantastic shopping in? Come to Freeport, Maine for the Sparkle Celebration Weekend, December 4th through the 6th, 2015, and see why it’s been a beloved Maine tradition for 22 years!

Much more than just a shopping promotion, Freeport’s Sparkle Celebration Weekend is true fun and holiday tradition for everyone, guaranteed to transform even the most confirmed Scrooge into a happy elf with Christmas themed events and decorations, incredible selections and deals in the shops, free hot cocoa, horse-drawn carriage rides, a synchronized Musical Holiday Light Show with over 25,000 lights, and more.

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Attend the Freeport Fall Festival 2015!

September 4, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Freeport Fall Festival

More evidence that autumn in all it’s multi-hued glory is just around the corner: Freeport, ME is busy gearing up for the 17th Annual Freeport Fall Festival, scheduled for the weekend of October 3rd and 4th, 2015.

The Freeport Fall Festival has become a regional tradition that attracts thousands of people to Freeport for a weekend of art, music, food, drink, and – natch – fun!

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Don’t Miss Bowdoin International Music Festival 2015

July 6, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Bowdoin International Music FestivBowdoin International Music Festival 2015alThe 2015 Bowdoin International Music Festival is in full swing already – running from June 27th through August 8th – but there are still plenty of great concerts left to see!

Every summer, Bowdoin College in Brunswick heats up the Maine coast with the Bowdoin International Music Festival, bringing renowned musicians and instructors from around the world six weeks of performance, collaboration, and learning to Bowdoin College – not to mention world-class entertainment to audiences in the form of more than 100 concerts, seminars, and related events.

This year’s Bowdoin International Music Festival theme is “Music: The Art of Friendship” with concerts designed to illuminate the relationships between performing musicians, music students and their instructors, and between composers and musicians.

A full schedule of concerts and other events can be found here but highlights of the Bowdoin International Music Festival are set to include include Brahms String Sextets, Mendelssohn’s Octet, and performances by Steven Doane, Ilya Kaler, Paul Katz, Jennifer Koh, Mikhail Kopelman, Peter Serkin, and the Dover, Miró, Pacifica, and Ying Quartets.

Bowdoin International Music Festival has various programs organized throughout the week and length of the festival, such as:

Monday Showcase, with four different string quartets performing works for quartets alone and in collaboration with other musicians. This series is scheduled to include the Dover Quartet, Miró Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, and Ying Quartets.

Wednesday Upbeat! is a mid-week series offering a mixture of both classic and contemporary compositions from Festival artists in a casual setting.

Festival Fridays is the festival’s premiere showcase of traditional chamber music and orchestral repertoire performed by master musicians from all over the globe.

The Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, July 30th through August 2nd, presents the works of 20th century and contemporary American composers, including the Festival’s composers-in-residence, guest composers, and top participants. If you enjoy contemporary classical, you’ll not want to miss this series!

Bowdoin International Music Festival

June 27th through August 8th, 2015
Bowdoin College – 255 Maine St, Brunswick, ME
For tickets and more info: www.bowdoinfestival.org

Bowdoin International Music Festival Lodging
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast is only a 15 minute drive from the Bowdoin College campus and Bowdoin International Music Festival. That’s the advantage of having your Maine Coast home base in Freeport – it’s convenient location has you just minutes from all the best attractions and events in the area, yet is quiet enough to allow you to get what you really want: real relaxation! Let Brewster House Bed & Breakfast help make your Maine getaway the best it can be!

Attend the 34th Annual L.L.Bean PaddleSports Festival Weekend!

May 29, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

L.L. Bean PaddleSports Festival Weekend 2015The 34th annual L.L.Bean PaddleSports Festival Weekend, also known as PaddleFest, is almost upon us: June 5th through the 7th, 2015. Will you be there?

Held across the US, wherever you find an L.L. Bean store, the annual PaddleSports Festival Weekend is a particularly huge deal here in Freeport, Maine, because Freeport was the home of Leon Leonwood Bean and remains home to the flagship store of the wildly successful business he started back in 1912 that bears his name to this day: L.L. Bean.

The annual L.L.Bean PaddleSports Festival Weekend is a celebration of the great outdoors, getting out into them, and doing so on the water in a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard: PaddleFest 2015!

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Take Advantage of the Freeport Girlfriend’s Getaway!

May 16, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The Freeport Girlfriend's GetawayAfter the long winter and slow start to spring, what better way to bust out into summer than by taking advantage of the Freeport Girlfriend’s Getaway Weekend – June 5-7, 2015!

Freeport, Maine is always good for a relaxing vacation, what with all the great shops, galleries, restaurants, and other attractions in town – but our draw just became even stronger with the Freeport Girlfriend’s Getaway!

The Freeport Girlfriend’s Getaway takes all the great reasons to visit Freeport and adds an eye-popping selection of specials, savings, packages, tastings, and events on top, making the weekend of June 5th through the 7th in Freeport one you’ll hate yourself for missing!

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The 8th Annual Flavors of Freeport

January 19, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The 8th Annual Flavors of FreeportThe 8th annual return of Freeport, Maine’s foodie-fest – Flavors of Freeport – is scheduled for February 20th through the 22nd, 2015 with a host of culinary events including a lobster brunch, cocktail competition, and creating your own doughnut!

Flavors of Freeport is a premier, culinary event highlighting Maine’s rich and diverse food scene. Chefs, restaurants, distillers, and other stars in the Maine food firmament come out to showcase their very best talents and offerings for your palate’s benefit

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