Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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Recipe: Cookies for the Holidays

December 29, 2010 by Scott Gile

Now that Christmas is past, people are planning their New Years celebrations. Our contribution is a wonderful new cookie we discovered this week. The original recipe is called Hazelnut-Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips, from Bon Apetit. We didn’t have hazelnut butter handy, so substituted Nutella, and it was fantastic!

Try these for New Years Eve, or any time!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy unsalted hazelnut butter (we used Nutella here)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 12-ounce package semisweet mini chocolate chips (2 cups)

Preparation

  1. Sift first four ingredients into medium bowl.
  2. Using electric mixer, beat butter, hazelnut butter, and both sugars in large bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  4. Beat in flour mixture.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours (can be prepared a day ahead, if kept refrigerated. Soften dough slightly at room temperature before shaping).
  7. Preheat oven to 350F.
  8. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using 1 level tablespoon for each cookie, roll dough between palms of hands into 1-inch balls. Arrange 1 inch apart on prepared sheets.
  9. Bake one sheet at a time until cookies are golden brown, about 12 minutes.
  10. Let cool on sheets on racks 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to racks and cool.

Option: You can also add 1/2 cup skinless, chopped hazelnuts when you add the chocolate chips, for a nuttier cookie.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Crunchy on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside.

Mmmmmmm! Enjoy!

Planning Your Maine Getaway

May 6, 2010 by Scott Gile

Lupine, near Freeport MaineSpring is a glorious time to be in Maine! The flowers are in bloom and the azaleas are budding. Can the lupine be far behind?

As you think about your Maine getaway, consider how many days you want to spend here, and also whether you prefer to be on the move, changing locations every day or two, or make one or two locations your “base of operations”, taking day trips from those spots.

It seems that most people who visit Freeport Maine either spend a night here, then travel on to their destination (to the north or south), or spend two or three days here, before going on to their next destination. Freeport is two hours drive north of Boston, and about three hours south of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Once in a while a group will spend their entire getaway here in Freeport. For those with only one day (almost all of whom leave wishing they had spent more time here!), we have to set priorities and limit ourselves to one or two activities, whether shopping, lighthouses, beaches, hiking, or whatever. Our “Only One Day for Freeport” article explores those possibilities.

If you have more than a day, we have suggested itineraries for you, with ideas for up to four days of activities based in Freeport. Nevertheless, we have had several groups stay as many as eight days, then leave saying there was so much to do here, that they would just have to return to do the things they missed.

Portland Head lighthouse, MaineTaking a hypothetical one week getaway, as you can see, we could suggest activities around the area that would keep you busy the entire time. However, if you want to see more of Maine, we would suggest spending three or four days in Freeport, and then another three or four days either in the northern parts of Maine (such as the Bar Harbor or Downeast Acadia area) or the western part of the state, where there are lakes and mountains (and a good chance of seeing moose in the wild). To see what the other areas in Maine have to offer, you may want to visit the State of Maine’s website, or read through our series on the different regions of Maine.

In either case, while in the Freeport area, we suggest visits to several of the area lighthouses – Portland Head lighthouse, Pemaquid Point lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (Two Lights), Goat Island lighthouse at Cape Porpoise, Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the Nubble), Owls Head lighthouse and Marshall Point lighthouse are all easy to visit and provide beautiful views. Reid State Park and Popham Beach State Park each have lovely beaches and natural beauty. Wolf Neck State Park and Bradbury Mountain State Park offer hiking trails and wonderful vistas. Lest we forget, there are many art galleries and museums, antique shops, lobster shacks and wonderful villages, all worth spending a few hours exploring.

Now is the time to firm up those summer holiday and vacation plans! The traditionally busy weekends are either full or filling fast, but many (Independence Day holidays – July 2-5, and Labor Day Weekend – September 3-6, for instance) still have rooms available. Book online or contact us by email or phone.

No doilies or wallpaper, and only en suite bathrooms, here!

April 27, 2010 by Scott Gile

Brewster House Bed & Breakfast dining roomWhat is that title about? At Brewster House Bed & Breakfast in Freeport, Maine, we’re advocating truth in advertising!

A week or two ago the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) released the results of a study, asking travelers their perception of staying at bed and breakfast inns. The results revealed some interesting myths about staying in B&Bs. This link is an article listing the findings, and the myth-busting replies.

The list includes decor, shared bathrooms, breakfast seating arrangements, curfews, and whether or not children or pets are allowed. But are these really problems? We know some guests who prefer separate tables for each group of guests, and others who love the interaction of a single dining table. Some like a more modern style of decor, while others revel in the historic accuracy of period decor.

Stepping back a bit from the results, it really looks like the concern isn’t so much what the travelers say about the B&Bs, but what they don’t say. That is, they seem to be concerned that they just don’t know what they are going to get when they choose a bed and breakfast.

In truth, our experience indicates that bed and breakfast inns are as varied as their locations and the personalities of their owners. Some are themed around the surrounding area or its history, like one we know in an old bordello, or railroad cars, and others are very formal, in keeping with the mansions in which they are located. Some are quite casual, reflecting the attitude of the innkeepers, and some are less so.

Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Room FourIn these days when the internet provides the opportunity for inns of all kinds to put their best foot forward, showing accurately what the guest can expect when they stay at that property. In fact, there really is no excuse for not showing the prospective guests exactly what they can expect, whether it is wallpaper or paint, doilies or not, separate dining or family style, etc.

With all that in mind, we want to make it clear what you will find when you come visit Brewster House. We invite you to look through our web site, explore the photos of the rooms, look at the virtual tours, and really see what we have to offer. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • No doilies or wallpaper, and no patchwork quilts. Our rooms are painted (we have no wallpaper) with soothing colors – some relatively bold, some softer, with coordinating paint in the baths. Most of the beds have rich, designer, comforters, though a few have designer quilts. We do have antiques in the house, mixed with more modern furnishings, as well.
  • We have no shared bathrooms. All our rooms have baths in the rooms (that is, the bathroom is entered from inside your guest room, and not shared with other guests). In our two bedroom suites the bath is a pass-through between the two bedrooms, so it is shared by members of your own party, not with other guests.
  • You do not have to sit with strangers at breakfast, and dietary restrictions can be accommodated. We think our dining room has the best of both worlds. It has individual tables (most are for two, one is for four), so you sit with your own party, but the other guests are not far away, in case you would like to have a friendly conversation with them. We serve a set breakfast each morning, usually alternating between a sweet dish one day and a savory dish the next. We routinely ask about dietary restrictions, and can nearly always select something from our repertoire of breakfast dishes that will meet your needs.
  • We have no curfews. Each guest is given a room key which opens their guest room, but also opens the guest entrance to the house. Thus, while our check-in time is from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (and we can make arrangements for late arrivals, if needed), guests who have checked-in have no curfew and can come and go at any time using their room key for access to the house.
  • Not only for couples. It is true that most (by a good measure) of our guests are couples. However, with our two bedroom suites, we also often have either a group of four traveling together or a family, staying with us. Maine does not allow lodging properties to refuse accommodation on the basis that the guest is accompanied by children. In compliance with this requirement, we welcome well-behaved guests of any age. We do ask that guests with children be considerate of other guests, and supervise their children at all times, being aware that most of our guests are here to enjoy a quiet, romantic, getaway, often as a time away from their own children.

Each bed and breakfast makes its own decision whether or not to allow pets. At Brewster House we have a number of guests who are allergic to animal fur and are very sensitive to the presence of animals. Consequently we do not allow pets. However, there are excellent boarding facilities nearby, as well as other properties who do allow pets.

Whether you are traveling to Freeport, Maine, or anywhere else, you can almost certainly find a bed and breakfast where you will be welcomed like an old friend, with comfortable surroundings, a wonderful breakfast, appropriate levels of privacy and all the help you need for recommendations of restaurants, activities and directions. Look for a B&B for your next getaway!

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