Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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Discovering the Outdoors … in Winter!

January 29, 2013 by Scott Gile

Our guests at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast are quite familiar with L.L. Bean’s 5 stores and world headquarters in Freeport Maine. Many even enjoy the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools during the Spring and Summer months (in the fall, they’re usually too busy looking at our fall foliage!).

But did you know that the Outdoor Discovery Schools in Freeport run in the winter, too? No, not for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, shooting clays, etc. But for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing!

What? You’ve never tried these great winter activities? Well, now is your chance! The Outdoor Discovery School classes in Freeport run through March 10, conditions permitting (only on weekends, but weekdays, too, from February 18-22). You can snowshoe in the mornings and cross-country ski in the afternoons. They are priced at $20 per person per class, and all equipment is provided!

What a deal! Check it out at the Outdoor Discovery School counter inside the Flagship Store, at the door by the boot!

We got snowshoes not long after we came to Brewster House, and while the photo above is not from an L.L. Bean course, it shows Ruth snowshoeing in nearby Wolfe Neck Woods State Park, along the Casco Bay.

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

Just a Reminder: Valentine’s Day is Just Around the Corner!

January 15, 2013 by Scott Gile

Do you (or your sweetheart) need a bit of a reminder that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner?

February 14th is a Thursday this year, and, at the time this was posted, is only 30 days away. It is time to start making plans!

Does it happen that one day isn’t enough to celebrate the romance in your life? As your sweetheart might say, “Aren’t I worth more than just one day?”

At Brewster House we celebrate romance throughout the entire month of February, with our February is for Romance package. Two romantic nights at Brewster House, plus a wonderful dinner at Azure Cafe, and a Maine welcome basket will make this a memorable celebration.

Don’t wait too long! Be sure you’re in time to get the dates you want!

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

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

Thanks to our Guests!

December 18, 2012 by Scott Gile

As 2012 draws to a close, we pause to take time to be thankful for the wonderful blessings we’ve experienced this year – our busiest year ever! We are thankful for our wonderful guests and friends, and for the many guests who have become friends over the years.

With the passing of time, many guests who are dear to us have had to stop traveling, for reasons associated with aging and health. We think of you often, and with great fondness, and are very grateful to have known you.

One announcement is needed, as we just revised our January special today – Book our Wild Winter Wonderland special for a January visit, and get a bigger discount the longer you stay! You’ll get a personal plate of Ruth’s wonderful cookies for a one night stay, a 20% discount on a two night visit, and 30% off a three or more night visit.

We are very grateful for our guest who return, because, over time, we all get to know each other better, and relationships grow. Brewster House is about the people, and the people are what makes it so enjoyable to be here!

We can’t thank you enough for your kindness, friendship and loyalty, and we certainly look forward to seeing many of you again in the New Year.

We wish you and yours a very wonderful Christmas and a superb New Year!

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

Looking at Lighthouses: Pemaquid Point

December 11, 2012 by Scott Gile

Sunset at Pemaquid Point

We haven’t done as many posts about Maine lighthouses this year as in some years past. This isn’t because we’ve lost interest, or for any other reason but that we were afraid we might be boring our readers!

As summer vacations and fall foliage visits have gone by, we’ve had a bit more time to explore (as can readily be seen by the photos of Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in a post from just over a week ago). Last week we were able to get out to one of our favorite lighthouses, Pemaquid Point, at sunset.

Pemaquid Point Moonrise

We went looking for one of those spectacular shows of color that a great sunset can bring. Instead we found a much more subdued, but very interesting, sunset. But there was an added bonus. Just after sunset was moonrise, so we were able to get a nice photo of the lighthouse at moonrise, as well.

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

Things to Do Near Freeport Maine: Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

November 27, 2012 by Scott Gile

Many (possibly most) of our guests want to see the beautiful Maine coast while they’re visiting the area. That seems to be true in almost any season – even in winter! However, some don’t want to drive far to see it, so we have the perfect answer for them!

Just a few minutes drive from Brewster House is Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, in Freeport. Located down one of the peninsulas that neighbor Freeport’s harbor, the park offers several trails, including the Casco Bay Trail, which runs along the edge of the rocks by the water.

At one point, you could practically wade to the nearby islands at low tide – if they weren’t protected. In fact, the closest island, Googins Island, is a protected refuge for Osprey. But the large birds of prey aren’t the only thing you’ll see there, as twilight can bring herons, ducks and other waterfowl out for a bit of evening air.

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

Who Visits Maine Lighthouses in the Winter?

November 20, 2012 by Scott Gile

Who visits Maine lighthouses in the winter? We do!

Before we ever came to Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, we enjoyed visiting and taking photographs of lighthouses – in Maine and elsewhere. After a number of visits to Maine in the Spring, Summer or Fall, we finally made a trip to Maine in the winter. In the back of our minds was the possibility of a light snowfall, and a visit to one of Maine’s beautiful lighthouses to take photos of it. It didn’t quite go according to plan.

On the way north to Maine, we drove into a blizzard in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine that left the roads icy and visibility very poor. At one point we went into the highway median to avoid another car that had lost control – we were very thankful that we escaped unscathed and made it safely to Maine amid considerable snow, in the dark.

The next morning dawned sunny and white, so, undaunted, we headed to Portland Head Lighthouse to see what the snow had left for us. We found a charming winter scene, with a light blanket of snow on the gingerbread keeper’s house, and along the rocks. In the bright sunshine, we were able to take some very nice pictures of a favorite lighthouse, as we had never seen it before!

In addition to the unusual beauty of lighthouses in snow, the Cape Neddick lighthouse (the Nubble) is decorated with white lights for the Christmas season.

Considering a winter lighthouse excursion? How about some early Christmas shopping at Freeport’s outlets and shops? At Brewster House we’re running two specials – our Christmas Shopper from December 9 through 19, and our Wild Winter Getaway for the month of January 2013 – each provides 3 nights for the price of 2!

Get a jump on your Christmas shopping. Check out a lighthouse or three while you’re here!

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

Things to Do Near Freeport: Visit Covered Bridges

November 13, 2012 by Scott Gile

The New England states are known for many things – among them their covered bridges.

Babb’s Bridge

Like most of the states in this area, Maine has its share of the beautiful old bridges, providing shelter in a storm while providing a safe crossing of the many rivers around the state. And several are within a reasonable drive from Brewster House. Each has its own interesting past, as well as an unusual beauty, providing a unique window into the transportation of a bygone era.

The nearest of these covered bridges is Babb’s Bridge (built in 1864), in South Windham. It is only about 45 minutes drive from Brewster House.

Hemlock Bridge

The next nearest bridge, about an hour and a half away, is the Hemlock Bridge (1857), near Fryeburg, Maine. Don’t be surprised when, to visit this bridge, you must take an old wagon road (it feels as if you are driving through a farmer’s field). It is well worth the adventure!

Artist’s Bridge

Another bridge, somewhat hidden from the casual visitor, is Artist’s Bridge (built in 1872, and so-called because of the number of paintings done of this beautiful bridge). Not far from the Sunday River resort, near Newry, Maine, this bridge is just off the current roadway, but requires a couple of side trips to find it. It is about 2 hours from Brewster House.

The State of Maine’s VisitMaine website has a full list of Maine’s covered bridges.

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

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

Three Wonderful Days in Freeport!

October 16, 2012 by Scott Gile

Recently several guests have stayed with us and visited Freeport for the first time. They have all had similar reactions. The first reaction is “Wow! We didn’t know there was so much Freeport shopping!” You see, not being from the northern New England area, they were unfamiliar with Freeport, and many had no idea that it was the home of L.L. Bean.

The second reaction, for all of them, was, “We had no idea there was so much to do within a short drive of Freeport! What a great location to base our stay, so we can take day trips to see lighthouses, visit lobster shacks, beaches, etc.” They had no idea what a perfect location Freeport is for sightseeing.

We’ve decided to make Freeport a little more accessible for our guests by setting up our Fall Freedom package, with 3 nights for the price of 2! This provides the ideal opportunity to see the rugged Maine coast, visit lighthouses (there are at least a dozen within about an hour and a half drive of us), hike along the water or in the hills in our state parks, and more. Or, if you prefer, take a hike through Freeport and visit the 5 L.L. Bean stores (four of them never close!) and over 150 other shops and restaurants, all within a few blocks of us!

With three days here, you can really cover a lot of ground. Here is our suggestion:

Day 1 (arrival)

  • Arrive by mid-afternoon and check-in at Brewster House
  • Spend the afternoon exploring Freeport outlets and shops
  • Have a wonderful meal at one of Freeport’s excellent restaurants

Day 2

  • Have a delicious gourmet breakfast at Brewster House
  • Go north to visit lighthouses, islands and beaches
  • Have lunch at an historic and authentic Maine diner
  • Spend the afternoon exploring coastal harbor towns
  • Dine along the way, or in Freeport
  • Shop a bit before the end of the day

Day 3

  • Another delicious breakfast at Brewster House
  • Shop a bit to make sure you haven’t missed anything
  • Drive to the south to see lighthouses
  • Explore Portland’s Old Port district
  • Explore Kennebunkport and/or Kittery and/or Ogunquit, etc.

Day 4 (departure)

  • One last delicious Brewster House breakfast
  • One last shopping trip before checking out.
  • Bid goodbye to your new friends, and promise to return soon!

When will we see you here?

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

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