Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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Planning Your Visit to Maine

April 2, 2013 by Scott Gile

Freeport Maine shopping
Freeport outlet shopping

Every year a number of our guests call to make reservations for their visit to Freeport, and, in the process, ask our advice on other places to go and things to see – both while staying in Freeport, and as suggestions for the other parts of their trip.

We’re well aware that other people don’t always travel the way we do, but we can give some recommendations based on the way we like to do it.

We tend to find a place like Freeport, and plan to stay a few days. Perhaps just two nights (giving only one full day to explore), but more likely 3-5 nights. We use that as a base of operations, from which we can shop or explore the area with day trips, and we don’t have to pack up and move too often. After our several days are up, we move on to another location and repeat the process.

So, what do we suggest?

About two thirds of our visitors come into Maine from the south, so Freeport is likely to be their first stop. We suggest staying here 3-5 nights and visiting things within an easy drive of Freeport. Then, depending on the interests of the guests, and the overall length of their vacation, we suggest they visit the Bar Harbor area (or some of the nearby areas), or one of the inland regions like Moosehead Lake, or the Baxter State Park area. If they have time and interest, perhaps both.

What is there to do in these areas?

The Freeport area

Freeport is widely known as the home of L.L. Bean, and in fact L.L. Bean has five stores in town. All that retail has attracted even more retail, so there are over 160 other shops and restaurants all within a short walk from Brewster House. For most people, that provides a day or so of shopping, in itself.

Wolfes Neck Woods State Park
Wolfes Neck Woods State Park

If you like the coast, there are two state parks, Wolfes Neck Woods State park along the water, and Bradbury Mountain State Park inland, within a few miles of Brewster House. Both offer excellent hiking and views. A bit farther away, about 20 minutes or so, are Popham Beach State Park, with its beaches and historic Civil War Fort Popham on the shore, or Reid State Park, with trails, rocks, and beaches, are just the thing.

Then, of course, there are lighthouses – are there ever lighthouses! Maine has over sixty lighthouses, and many are within an hour or so drive of Freeport. We regularly send guests out with our maps, or more information if they are on our Lighthouse Tour package, to see some of the lighthouses north or south of us. Typically they can visit about six lighthouses to the south in a day, or between 3 and 6 to the north, depending on interests and endurance. Along the way, guests often want to visit some of the many lobster shacks we’ve identified on our map of Maine lobster shacks.

In two weeks, we’ll talk about Bar Harbor and the surrounding area

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

5 Shortcuts for Planning Your Maine Vacation in Record Time

February 14, 2012 by Scott Gile

Are you getting ready to plan your Maine vacation, but dreading the planning process? Take the pain out of the process by using these timely shortcuts for a great vacation, planned in record time!

Travel brochures

1. Plan Where You Want to Spend Your Time.
Maine is more than the Maine coast, and more than its mountains. There are eight distinct tourism regions, from the beaches in the south to the sparsely populated area in the north. They are described briefly in the Regions page at the State of Maine’s official tourism site.Our blog has an article with more details for each one in our guide to a Maine vacation, “Visit Maine Like A Mainer.” Some will want to tour all (or at least most) of the regions, while others prefer to find a region or two that they love, and spend their Maine vacation in those areas.

2. Decide When You Want to Visit Maine.
For a quick overview, the Seasons page from the Visit Maine site will provide basic information on seasons, and some activities that are particular to a season.The most popular time in most areas of Maine is the summer and Autumn (July through October). The weather is generally warmer, temperatures are mild for the most part (though most years see a week or two when we are happy to have air conditioners in our guest rooms). Later Spring can also bring Summer-like weather, with fewer visitors. Fall is the foliage season, of course, and is a very popular time to visit. In the mountains, Winter is very popular with downhill skiers, and cross-country skiers will find great locations throughout the state.

3. Take Advantage of Local Knowledge
If you plan to visit the Maine coast, to see lighthouses, visit Maine’s beaches or rocky coastline, you’ll want the latest information on the nearest lighthouse, the best beaches for your style of vacation, or the best locations along the Maine coast for photography. The very easiest way to find out where to go is to stay at the perfect alternative to a traditional Maine hotel — to stay in a Maine bed and breakfast, such as our Freeport Maine bed & breakfast. Your B&B innkeepers will be able to give you the information you need to find just the kind of activities that will suit your interests.

4. Look for Packages, Specials or Tours
Many bed and breakfasts will offer vacation packages, specials or tours to help you with your planning. For example, at Brewster House we offer several packages throughout the year, as well as seasonal specials, a Lighthouse Tour package and a Fall Foliage Tour package. If you take advantage of these specials and packages, you not only save money (there is even a small savings in the busy summer season), but you’ll have several activities pre-planned, so your Maine vacation will have plenty of opportunity to see things that many visitors miss, and you won’t have to spend your valuable vacation time wondering what to do next.

5. Be Sure to Include Unique Opportunities
For some, the uniqueness of Maine is the opportunity to visit the rocky Maine coast. For others, it is to see moose during their Maine vacation. Still others want to visit as many of Maine’s lobster shacks as possible.Whatever your interests, be sure you do a bit of homework (search the web, contact the innkeepers at your B&B, visit the VisitMaine website, etc.) to be sure you will be able to see the things that will make your Maine vacation a memorable one.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Maine vacation!

Ruth & Scott
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast

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