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What a great time to be in Freeport!

November 29, 2011 by Scott Gile

What a beautiful time of year to be in Freeport! The leaves have fallen, we’ve seen a couple of snowfalls (though they’ve since melted), and the crowds of summer vacationers and shoppers have gone back to school, jobs, etc.

It’s time for us to put away the fall decorations and begin decorating the house for Christmas. The carols are playing in the house, and the dining room, entryway and living room, as well as the guest rooms, themselves, take on a festive air.

This is the time when our “old friends” — the guests who come back frequently, or even annually — come to Brewster House. They’ve seen the beauty of the Maine coast in summer many times, so they don’t mind if the weather isn’t perfect. They’ve visited most of the lighthouses and lobster shacks, so they don’t mind having their lobster at one of the fine Freeport restaurants instead of along the water.

These guests are here to relax, do a bit of Christmas shopping, and remember the good times they’ve enjoyed here over the years, and maybe take in a bit of the L.L. Bean Northern Lights Celebration (through New Years’ Eve).

We always look forward to these return visits – it’s a bit like having your extended family visit – whether they’re here to visit their own family, do a bit of shopping, or just looking for a bit of relaxation before the holidays.

We hope to see you here!

Freeport Maine: November’s Best Kept Secret

October 18, 2011 by Scott Gile

As the summer fades into a memory, and the fall foliage season flutters to a close with the dropping of the last of the leaves, Freeport becomes a quiet village again. Gone are the crowds of bargain hunters that filled the shops and outlets over the past several months.

Gone, too, are summer’s high-season prices. Merchants are changing their inventory in anticipation of the busy Christmas season, so are clearing their shelves to make room. Many lodging properties have dropped their rates for the fall season, making it a great time to visit Freeport.

November can be a delightful time to be in Freeport. While autumn brings greater chance of rain, or even a snow flurry, weather is often lovely, significant snowfall is still a few weeks away, and the quiet stores make for easy shopping, to search out the best bargains.

Mid-November brings the Girlfriends Getaway weekend (November 11-13), with specials and sales all over town.

L.L. Bean’s Northern Lights Celebration begins November 18 and continues through New Years’ Eve. It includes lighting of a giant Christmas tree, demonstrations and displays all through the season.

A bit later in the month is Thanksgiving weekend, with more specials, and the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On Thanksgiving Day, the Maine Dining Room at the Harraseeket Inn generally offers its all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving Dinner, with a huge spread of everything from traditional ham and turkey to lobster (contact the Harraseeket Inn for information and dinner reservations).

On Friday, November 25, Freeport’s Moonlight Madness kicks off Black Friday, with fun, gifts, and sales throughout the village. This is a great way, and a great location, to start (and quite possibly finish) your Christmas shopping!

What a wonderful time of year November in Freeport can be! Don’t miss it!

Not too early to plan for free shoes: Runners, take your marks…

March 16, 2011 by Scott Gile

While it is true that in Freeport, Maine the snow has only just begun to melt, some signs of hope for Spring have begun to appear. But if you’ve even given a fleeting thought to coming to Freeport this summer, now is the time to make your plans! Even better, if you like to run and are thinking about running a 10K!

You see, once again L.L. Bean is sponsoring the L.L. Bean 10K in Freeport on the 4th of July. And once again, the first 400 to register (the entry fee is $25) will receive a free pair of New Balance shoes!

In addition to the L.L. Bean 4th of July 10K, there is a Fun Run (sorry, no free shoes for the Fun Run), and, as always, Freeport has the town Fourth of July parade that passes directly in front of Brewster House!

So if you’re a runner, run (don’t walk) to the registration – it opens Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 9 a.m. ET. Remember, the free shoes are only for the first 400 to register for the 10K!

If you’re not running, come stay at Brewster House. Enjoy your leisurely breakfast, then grab a lawn chair and sit with us in the front yard, and watch the parade go by!

Happy New Year!

January 5, 2010 by Scott Gile

Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, January, 2010Our New Year started with a Nor’easter – which we hope is not a sign of the year to come! We were well prepared, as the weather reports had said that a big storm was moving up the Atlantic coast on January 1, and like many big storms, turning to the northeast, toward Nova Scotia. Had that been the entire story, the storm would have missed us.

This time, however, the storm had a backward movement, settling back onto the Maine coast, and dumping feet of snow on Maine, accompanied by strong, gusty, winds. We ended up with about 16-18 inches of snow overnight on January 2, with even more snow north and west of us.

Thankfully, since the snow had accumulated relatively slowly, so by plowing and snow-blowing frequently, the cleanup was quite manageable. By January 3 the temperatures climbed above freezing, and some of the snow melted, then turned to ice overnight, so we had a bit of an icy driveway by January 4, but it is all cleaned up now, and we’re back to normal.

Like many shopping areas, the after-Christmas sales are in full swing. However, unlike many after-Christmas sales, here they continue to get better and better, usually throughout January and February. For example, L.L. Bean is currently in the midst of a Winter Sale, with many items up to 50% off.

If you’re interested in more active pursuits, they have their Walk-On Adventures underway for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. For the more independent, Wolfe Neck Woods State Park and the Coastal Maine Botanic Garden have trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and a full set of groomed trails, rentals, lessons, etc., are available at Pineland Farms, just a short drive away.

We’re continuing our Shop, Dine & Stay package through January 31, so if you’re coming, book that package for a two night stay and receive a $100 L.L. Bean Gift Card (combine that with their sale prices to really stretch your dollars!) and a $50 gift certificate at Azure Cafe. The package price is $499 (taxes included). Add a third night for just $100.

We look forward to helping you plan your winter getaway!!

Don’t Miss These Winter Festivals!

December 1, 2009 by Scott Gile

Our friends at Wicked Good Travel Tips posted an article yesterday (November 30) called “New England Holiday Festivals Too Good To Miss.

While we know they can’t post every festival, with all due respect we think they missed a couple of good ones!

Sparkle Weekend, Freeport, MaineFirst, and earliest, is Sparkle Weekend in Freeport, Maine. This coming weekend (December 4-6, 2009) this annual festival kicks off the Christmas season in Freeport with a 6 p.m. parade, talking Christmas tree, an open house at the Historic Freeport Bed and Breakfasts, historic vignettes at the Freeport Historical Society, book signings, craft fairs, carriage rides, a tuba concert, art auction, theatre, and more! Throughout the Sparkle Weekend, and continuing until New Year’s Eve, is the L.L. Bean Northern Lights Celebration. Its full schedule is also available, here.

This is the 16th annual Sparkle Weekend, and it is always a huge favorite with locals and visitors, alike. Guests at the bed and breakfasts often book their visits for Sparkle a year in advance, to be certain of getting their favorite rooms. They return year after year for the parade, the shopping, the open houses at the B&Bs, the shopping, the tuba concert… and did we mention the shopping?

Flavors of Freeport
The other “Can’t miss” festival, not mentioned in the article (and admittedly not part of the Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Christmas-New Years holiday season), is Flavors of Freeport. In its first two years, Flavors has grown in popularity, becoming a real “taste of Maine” type of event. There are chefs from throughout the area, showcasing their style and favorite dishes, wine pairings, desserts, beer tastings, and more.

With a new date this year (April 9-11; previously this has been a February event), the weather is likely to be more moderate, so getting from one event to another should be much more pleasant. This year’s offerings will also include a block party at Freeport Village Station, with participation from the merchants there.

So, whether in December for Sparkle Weekend and the L.L. Bean Northern Lights Celebration, or April, for Flavors of Freeport, find your way here for the festivals (and the shopping isn’t bad, either!).

Visit Maine Like A Mainer! Greater Portland and Casco Bay (Part 2 – Freeport)

June 30, 2009 by Scott Gile

Wolfe Neck State Park, Freeport Maine
Our series on Visiting Maine Like a Mainer turns now to the Freeport and environs area of the region known as Greater Portland and Casco Bay (previous posts have included the Maine Beaches, Greater Portland and Casco Bay (Portland area) and Downeast and Acadia).

Freeport is widely known as the home of retail giant L.L. Bean. In fact the well-known outlets and stores in Freeport are all around the L.L. Bean campus, with its flagship store, hunting and fishing store, bike and kayak store, and its outlet store. Oh, and the L.L. Bean home store is slated to open later in the year. Around it sit over 160 other stores and restaurants, providing something for everyone.

Not quite as well-known are the two beautiful state parks, Wolfe Neck State Park and Bradbury Mountain State Park. Both have excellent hiking trails. Wolfe Neck offers trails along the edge of Casco Bay, while Bradbury Mountain, as its name implies, takes you up above the neighboring communities for a view across the coastal areas.

Nearby, also, in addition to Portland and its shopping and fine dining, are the Portland Head Lighthouse and Cape Elizabeth’s Two Lights. To the north is Bowdoin College, Eagle Island, Bailey Island, Georgetown Island, Reid State Park, Popham Beach State Park, and the hideaway village of Five Islands. Maine’s Desert is also nearby.

Freeport‘s central location makes it ideal for adding to your shopping vacation with golf, and exploring all the Maine coast has to offer.

Maine events – Things are happening in Maine

June 25, 2009 by Scott Gile

July 4 in Freeport Maine
We received an email from L.L. Bean today, reminding us of their giant July 4th celebration, taking place here in Freeport, on July 4 and continuing on July 5.

This is a great event every year, from the morning parade put on by the town of Freeport (we all gather on the front lawn, as it goes right past the front of Brewster House), to the sidewalk sales and other events, free concerts at L.L. Bean (Patty Loveless is on Saturday night, July 4), followed by a huge (and we do mean huge) fireworks show. It is a fun time for all!

That brings to mind several other events that are coming up in the area. The first concert in L.L. Bean’s 2009 Summer Concert Series (all concerts are free) is this weekend as Madeiline Peyroux appears in L.L. Bean’s Discovery Park in Freeport. The concerts continue every Saturday night through Labor Day.

Meanwhile, the highly acclaimed Maine State Music Theatre is presenting “Crazy for You” through July 11, followed by “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” which begins July 15.

Dan Zanes and Friends appear in the L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series on July 11, Matt Dusk on July 18, and Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile on July 25.

Meanwhile, Brewster House and the other Historic Freeport Bed and Breakfasts‘ monthly Open House is from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on July 17.

Golf Maine with our Swing & Shop Special

June 2, 2009 by Scott Gile

Fox Ridge Golf Club
Adding to our popular list of schooner and lighthouse specials, we are delighted to introduce our Swing & Shop special for 2009!

This special includes two nights at Brewster House (queen room, double occupancy), our delicious gourmet breakfasts, afternoon refreshments, plus one greens fee with cart at Fox Ridge Golf Club, Maine’s premier golf destination, and a $50 gift card at L.L. Bean. It finishes off with a $50 gift certificate at Azure Cafe.

For more information, or to book, please contact check our availability page.

10 Things to do Near Freeport Maine (Other Than Shopping)

May 26, 2009 by Scott Gile


Maine’s premier shopping destination is Freeport. Not only are there over 160 shops, outlet stores and restaurants, but it is the world headquarters of retail giant L.L. Bean, and home to its several stores (the flagship store, with everthing from clothes to camping gear, furniture, home goods, gifts and more), the hunting and fishing store, the bike, ski and boat store, and the L.L. Bean Outlet, with a full-scale home store in the works). But what else is there to do in Freeport, Maine?

There is plenty to do in addition to shopping! In this post we’ll cover 10 popular things to do in or near Freeport, for those who aren’t here to shop (is that possible?), or when you’d like to take a break from the shops and see a bit of Maine!

1. Bird Watching

There are several great spots for birding near Freeport. From the Audubon Society’s Mast Landing Bird Sanctuary, providing a serene property, perfect for walking, enjoying a picnic and bird watching, to the Audubon Society’s Gisland Farm Sanctuary, with nature trails winding through meadows, woods and estuaries. Enjoy art exhibits and an extensive collection of mounted mammals and birds representative of Maine’s ecosystems. Also, some of the other locations below provide excellent opportunities for birding.

2. Adventure

The folks at L.L. Bean put on a series called the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools which include their $15 Walk-on Adventures. There you can learn to fly fish, paddle a canoe or kayak, cross-country ski, snowshoe, or practice archery or clay target shooting. They also have more advanced courses for the more experienced visitor.

3. Beaches

Yes, beaches. In Maine. Astonishing! In Freeport, there is Winslow Memorial Park, a lovely town park along part of Casco Bay. Most of the waterfront is grassy, and excellent for picnics and playing, but there is a small sand beach, as well.

Larger beaches are found at two State Parks, Popham Beach and Reid State Parks. Both are north on US-1 about 10 minutes, then east about 15-20 minutes more to the end of their respective points of land, where there area beautiful large sand beaches, restrooms, and camp and picnic facilities. The scenery is breathtaking.

4. Visit Lighthouses

Of Maine’s 60+ lighthouses, several are not far from Freeport. Since we recently posted on lighthouses to visit nearby, please see that post for all the scoop. This doesn’t include several small lighthouses on Casco Bay, in and around Portland’s harbor.

5. History

Visit historic Wolfe’s Neck Farm and see a 626 acre farm on the Maine coast dedicated to sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and community well-being.

Nearby is Desert of Maine, a famous natural phenomenon, creating a desert in Maine (of all places!).

If you enjoy maritime history, the Maine Maritime Museum is in Bath, about 15 minutes from Freeport, and is filled with history about Maine’s maritime past and present.

6. Golf

If you would enjoy a round of golf in a wonderful setting, there are several courses that would suit you nearby. Closest is the Freeport Country Club’s 9-hole track. Brunswick’s Brunswick Golf Club is a nice 18-hole course, and only about 10 minutes away. Fox Ridge Golf Club, past home to the Maine State Open, is not much farther away, and provides a real challenge to golfers of any ability. Others are a bit farther away, near Portland or Boothbay Harbor.

7. Hiking and Nature

Two of Maine’s great State Parks, Wolfe Neck State Park and Bradbury Mountain State Park, are located within about 10 minutes drive from Freeport. Wolfe Neck State Park is on Casco Bay and offers hiking trails in the woods and along the bay. Bradbury Mountain State Park offers fine views from its trails at higher elevation.

8. Boating

Canoes and kayaks can be rented nearby for the self-powered enthusiast. There are also tour boats for everything from puffin and whale watching tours and lighthouse tours to tours of Arctic explorer Admiral Peary’s Eagle Island home. Some are as close as 5 minutes from Freeport, while others are from 10 to 50 minutes away. Sails on an antique schooner are as close as Portland harbor.

9. Art Galleries

In Freeport you’ll find a group of artists at Freeport Square or the new Wonderful Art Gallery, right in Freeport Village, or just a bit up US-1 is the Frost Gully Gallery, featuring 20 Maine artists at Maine’s oldest gallery.

10 Antiques

OK, so hunting for antiques is a form of shopping. Still, it isn’t quite the same thing, is it? Just 5 minutes up the road in Brunswick is the Andross building, containing a large antique mall with a variety of dealers. Brunswick also has several independent antique dealers. A few more minutes up US-1 in Bath, there are several individual antique shops along the streets, and others along Route 209 toward Popham Beach.

Do you have any favorite places in Maine? Let us know in the comments.

Shopping in Freeport Maine: L.L. Bean and much more!

May 21, 2009 by Scott Gile

To say that Freeport – long known as a great location for unique shopping opportunities – has been in a transition, is putting it mildly.

L.L. Bean Freeport MaineFor years, possibly decades, Freeport has been known as not only the home of L.L. Bean, and the location of its ever-growing number of stores from clothing to boats to hunting to outlet (with more on the way), but also as a great location for a mix of true outlet stores and great local and regional retail stores, most in historic buildings, and all within a short walk down Main Street or a block up one of the side streets. Many recall the walk down the hill to the dirt parking lot where the L.L. Bean factory store was located. Now all that has changed.

For the past year or so the old dirt parking lot has been the site of a major construction project, as L.L. Bean and its partners have been creating a new two-story parking garage with two stories of retail and restaurants above. The construction is nearing completion, and the first stores have opened. First up was a new Nike outlet, with its grand opening last weekend, along with the new Coach outlet and Linda Bean’s Perfect Lobster Roll. More stores will continue to open throughout the summer, with special savings often available.

Maine Maven has written a nice post about the new Freeport Village Station shopping mall, and points out that if you mention “Loyal Local” to a clerk, you should receive a “passport” of coupons for additional savings.

Come join us in Freeport, and don’t forget to use the words “Loyal Local” at Freeport Village Station!

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