Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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The Best Inn in Freeport

December 17, 2014 by Scott Gile

Come and let us host you at the the best inn in Freeport!!  I was going to title this blog “Value,” but I came to the conclusion it made more sense to simply cut to the chase!  What we’re talking about here is described partially by buzz words like “elegant, relaxing, gourmet, built in details, fire-placed rooms, and attention to service.”  Really, I want to paint you a picture of why Brewster House is where you will prefer to stay in Freeport!

Mary & I got into the hospitality lifestyle and business with two predominant ideas in our heads;

1.  One was to own an intimate lodging (which quickly looked like that would mean 6-10 rooms) so as to “keep it simple.”

2.  The second was to provide the highest levels of comfort, relaxation, kindness and a breakfast “to die for.”

Croissant french toast slathered with strawberries

Strawberry French Toast

If you’re like most of us 21st century humans, your leisure time is very limited and so by definition, precious!  When you finally get to escape the overbearing demands of work, family and home, the commute needs to disappear behind a relaxing, quiet experience, totally different in character from your everyday grind, the answer is a turnkey escape.  You don’t want to be distracted by a less than immaculate room, a not-so-comfortable mattress, less than a bone warming shower, or a just so-so breakfast, amidst a herd of loud pajama clad, rude, cardboard waffle & Aunt Jemima addicts.  What you had in mind were a cool glass of wine by a warm fire in a beautiful room, with a great bed and ironed sheets, your perfect pillow, plush robe and a breakfast you’ve been dreaming about……   Add to that your choice of white sand beaches, shopping, golf, museums, sailing or learning a new sport!  In this perfect escape, your hosts would be there to help, but not intrusive, full of ideas (when asked) about where to eat, where to explore, what to do, what micro-breweries to visit, or who to go out on the water exploring with.  The intimacy of a quiet, private breakfast, or the choice of chatting and laughing with other folks from a world you may or may not recognize, as your option.

Room w/ yellow walls, blue hassled bedspread, fireplace and bay window seating area

Marshall Point Room

Our focus is totally on you and your FREE time.  We want to help make this special moment in life the best it could possibly be!  So, our eyes are on the issues that we would look for in a great place to stay;  In summary, bed, bath and breakfast.  At Brewster House we also take pride in our “concierge services,” be that recommending great places to go, things to see, unique experiences to try http://brewsterhouse.com/2014/05/01/eight-awesome-mid-coast-maine-things-to-do/ or simply picking you up at the Amtrak station from the Downeaster.  Our bathrooms are large (6 of 7 include full tubs), private and are furnished with the finest, most absorbent towels and fine toiletries.  We recently upgraded our WiFi system to a true high-speed fiber-optic cable to help make your stay seamless, be it purely leisure, or if you’re stuck with including a bit of work on your escape.  We’ve partnered with the best local restaurants, charter boat captains, museums and outdoor experiences, such as the LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools http://www.llbean.com/llb/ods/33?page=outdoor-discovery-schools.

Line of people with bows drawn in an archery class

Archery class w/ LL Bean

Mary is constantly adopting, inventing and embellishing in the kitchen, as spectacular breakfasts are truly her primary mission here.  I’m always looking to add landscaping features, make sure all of our building systems work well and appear seamless, as well as for ways to bring real Maine to our rooms and public spaces.  This year, we’ll be adding a Maine Funbook to the living room with ideas for things to do, see and eat, including provisions for our guests to add their own great recommendations.

If VALUE is what you’re looking for in your Freeport adventure, you can’t do better than Brewster House Bed & Breakfast!!

BAH-GUN WEEKEND & HAPPI NEW YEAH’S!!

November 10, 2013 by Scott Gile

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

BAH-GUN WEEKEND
Friends of Brewster, our suggestion is to save your Christmas money (and any gifts you can put off) and come to Freeport for the weekend after  Christmas to take advantage of all the over-stocking mistakes the retailers represented here made!!  Not only do you get to take advantage of LL Bean & neighbors, but Brewster House has our own BAH-GUN for you!! 
Arrive on Thursday 12/26, or Friday 12/27 and we’ll offer you 3 days here for the price of just 2!  Not only that, we’ll throw in your choice of a Mimosa or Proscecco cocktail with your breakfast on Sunday ON US!!  We’ll even handle the recycling from all of your buying victories, and provide you with a 50 gallon bag for your gifts (like Santa’s, but polyethylene) and help you wrestle that beast to your car!
HAPPI NEW YEAHS -2014!!
Hey, the Wednesday Christmas/ New Yeahs weekday makes this Holiday a bit challenging for we celebrants.  If you are among the fortunate (or committed to partying) who will go away, consider coming to Brewster House on Tuesday, 12/31!  We have OUTSTANDING DINING OPTIONS, both here and in Portland!!  LL Bean is sponsoring fireworks on New Year’s Eve.  See this link for all of the WILD goings on in Portland!  http://www.newyearsportlandmaine.com.  We’ll not only welcome you with a bottle of sparkly, but will help with “hair of the dog” at Mary’s always elegant breakfast with your choice of a mimosa or Prosecco cocktail. 

And as a tease, this was the “fruit” offering w/ breakfast a few days ago……Mary called this vanilla pannacotta w/ strawberries.  Seems to me something like “life-altering creamy slathering love-bomb of strawberries” might be more accurately descriptive!!

LATE OCTOBER RIDE!

November 3, 2013 by Scott Gile

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

LATE OCTOBER RIDE!
You know, when I wrote that title, I was only thinking of my stunning motorcycle adventure this last Monday, but it certainly applies equally to our first 6 months here!
Mary, Siobhan, Ivy and I finally gave ourselves 5 days off this week after non-stop inn-keeping since the end of May.  Of course, Mary and I spent most of that time bettering our digs here in the carriage house, but we did squeeze in a little well deserved “R & R,” as well as procuring a few dashing (old) new furnishing additions for your visiting pleasure.
On Monday, Bella (my black Italian motorcycle) and I headed north-east on Route 1 for some exploration and adventure.   I brought the good ole Nikon point and shoot to contribute to a book we will start this Winter on “Adventures Available” from Freeport, for your perusal and pleasure on visiting with us.
Well, it was nearing 56 degrees on my departure north, so leathers and ski underwear were called for.  With no particular agenda, we decided to cut south on rt. 127 towards Georgetown Island and Reid State Park as soon as we crossed over the Kennebec River.  As we started south along the Kennebec, the view of the first of the stealthy new USS Zumwalt destroyer class at the bath Ironworks was very impressive in a Star Wars sort of way.  Check it out, http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2013/1030/Navy-new-destroyer-USS-Zumwalt-is-bigger-badder-than-any-other-destroyer-video. 
After several miles, the protected waters of Montsweag Bay started to appear between breaks in the spruce trees to my left.  Wow, what a place to have a camp or a home!  After 5 more miles, a state sign for Reid State Park appeared to my right.  What a lovely and diverse jem of nature!!  A long straight beach backed by an ocean meadow, and lovely rocky inlet to an interior bog.  A bus full of school kids in boots exploring the shallows, doesn’t even notice Bella.   Gotta go there again with Mary and Siobhan!

Back north on 127, we stopped to explore this sweet little cove, and take a couple of photos.  They used to build schooners here in the 1800’s.  Fuzz your eyes up a bit and it’s easy to imagine the sounds of cutting and shaping wood and the sounds and smells of horses and working forges!

Back to Rt. 1, not a thrilling drive in the best of conditions, even less so with squally rain and gusting winds!  East to lunch via Wiscasset and Newcastle, then to Thomaston, just west of Penobscot Bay….to the Maine State Prison Store.  I think legend has it that the prison that used to surround the rear lot behind the rear of the store was the same prison that was a model for “The Green Mile,” the Stephen King story.   The store is deceptively large inside and includes everything in the way of beautifully crafted woodshop craft from wood trivets to large bookshelves, ships, end tables, great toys, chess boards and on!!  I think we’re going back for a nice ash coat peg-board for our house.  As I go to leave and am getting ready to ride, my helmet gets blown off of the seat and rolls across the parking lot. WICKED P—–!!  If you don’t know, that’s a particular New England expression of disgust…..

Drove back north through Jefferson, then back west to Gardiner and south along the Kennebec on rt. 24 to home.  165 miles from where I started, I’m approaching home and it’s 47 degrees, and the sun is low on the horizon!!  Wish you were here, this was onefine Maine adventure!!

Explore the Maine Coast on an Antique Schooner

May 21, 2013 by Scott Gile

Portland Schooner Company's Wendameen

Our friends at Portland Schooner Company have already begun their 2013 season. That is always a happy time for us. It means good weather is here (yay!), and that our guests can now book a two-hour schooner cruise during their visit. We don’t like telling our guests that they are just a few weeks too early for a schooner cruise!

Portland Schooner’s two boats, Wendameen and Bagheera, sail from Portland harbor, several times each day, taking guests through the network of islands and, fair winds permitting, down the coast to Portland Head Lighthouse. Seeing that beautiful lighthouse from the sea is an experience one rarely gets!

If you enjoy sailing, or photography, or both, do yourself a favor and book a schooner cruise on  your next visit to Maine. In fact, at Brewster House we offer a special called “Sail into the Sunset” that includes a two-hour schooner cruise for two from Portland Schooner Company (and other special items, as well)!

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

Visiting Maine Lighthouses – Cape Elizabeth (Two Lights)

May 14, 2013 by Scott Gile

Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (Two Lights)

Not nearly as well-known as its nearby cousin, Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (called Two Lights, as it consists of two light towers aligned so the two lights make a range, and mariners can easily identify their position as a result) sits at the end of a road, near a wonderful lobster shack (The Lobster Shack at Two Lights), and not far from Two Lights State Park (which affords a good view of the lighthouse towers).

Aside from the view in the state park, if you go to the end of the road, there is a small, dirt parking lot, from which you can walk out on the rocks and get a good view of both towers. On a clear day, from the end of the rocks you can also see Portland Head Lighthouse, a few miles away.

Two Lights was depicted in artist Edward Hopper’s painting, “The Lighthouse at Two Lights”. The keepers house is not accessible, as it is now a private residence.

Stop by the lobster shack. It sits on a hill, and affords a great view of the lighthouse, as well as out to sea.

Two lights is only about 45 minutes from Brewster House, and we include it in our Lighthouse Tour.

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

Visiting Maine Lighthouses – Cape Neddick (The Nubble)

May 7, 2013 by Scott Gile

Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the "Nubble")

Not too surprisingly, Cape Neddick Lighthouse (nicknamed the “Nubble” or Nubble Light) is one of the most often photographed of Maine’s 60-plus lighthouses. That is because it is so accessible (see our Maine Lighthouse Map).

In the town of York Beach, less than half an hour from the New Hampshire border, the lighthouse stands on a small island known as the Nubble, less than 100 yards off shore.

Cape Neddick lighthouse is charming in its gingerbread Victorian keepers house, perched on the small island. It is decorated in white lights every year at Christmas time, and these photos abound on the internet.

Since many are not able (or willing) to visit Maine in December, the lighthouse is also lighted for the town of York’s “Christmas in July” – which falls this year on July 28. If you’d like to see it decorated, but don’t want to brave the New England winter, you may like to visit for Christmas in July.

Nubble Lighthouse is one of several lighthouses on our Lighthouse Tour special at Brewster House, as guests can easily visit it from our Freeport Maine Bed & Breakfast.

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

Planning Your Trip to Maine – Part 3

April 23, 2013 by Scott Gile

In Part 1 of this series we talked about a strategy for visiting Maine – staying a few days in Freeport, and taking in Freeport shopping and L.L. Bean, lighthouses, beaches, and more. In Part 2, we discussed some ideas for a few days in and around the Bar Harbor area. In this concluding part we’ll talk about some inland options, Moosehead Lake and Baxter State Park.

Moosehead Lake

Located about 3 hours north and west of Brewster House, Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in the eastern United States that is entirely within one state. Claiming to have more moose than people, the area is truly a sportsman’s paradise. From fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and whitewater rafting to moose safaris and scenic tours by boat or by air, there is something for everyone.

Of course one of the primary activities is moose watching. The Moosehead Lake Chamber of Commerce has some tips for moose watching to get you started.

Baxter State Park area

North and east of Moosehead Lake is Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin. Less than 60 miles away, the drive takes about two hours, because of the mountain roads. Baxter is filled with wonderful hiking trails, rock climbing, and magnificent views.

Hiking or climbing Mount Katahdin can be a great challenge, with elevation changes of about 4,000 feet, depending on the trail chosen. Be sure to review the warnings and hiking safety information provided by the Baxter State Park Authority website.

Enjoy your visit to Maine!

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

Planning Your Visit to Maine – Part 2

April 16, 2013 by Scott Gile

In Part 1 of this series, we talked about staying a few days in Freeport, and visiting lighthouses, lobster shacks, beaches, and more, then moving on to either the Bar Harbor area, or to either Moosehead Lake or Baxter State Park. In Part 2 we’ll talk about things to do in the Bar Harbor area. In Part 3 we’ll talk about the others.

Visiting the Bar Harbor area

For those who have never been to Maine before, Bar Harbor is probably the best known town. No small reason for this is that the well-known vacation spot is home to Acadia National Park – one of America’s most-visited National Parks. A visit to the park is well worth planning, as is a drive around beautiful Mount Desert Island – home to both Bar Harbor and Acadia.

If you’re visiting this area, don’t miss the Schoodic Peninsula – a part of Acadia that most visitors miss, as it is not on Mount Desert Island. The nearby villages of Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro are also very interesting. While on MDI (as the locals call Mount Desert Island), don’t miss Bass Harbor Lighthouse, but be sure to see our instructions for getting the best views.

Of course, once you get to the Schoodic Peninsula, you can always meander up US-1 as far as you like. There are villages and lighthouses to be seen almost all the way. However, another favorite place is to go slightly south, to the Blue Hill Peninsula. In fact, you might even want to stay in Blue Hill, overlooking Blue Hill Bay, with its view of MDI. This quiet area provides great views and an excellent opportunity for some rest and relaxation.

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

Lobster Time is Almost Here!

April 9, 2013 by Scott Gile

Just a reminder – it won’t be long now, that this…

will turn into this…

and this…

Need a map to find a lobster shack near you? Try this one

See you soon!

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

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

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