Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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Epiphany

March 23, 2014 by Scott Gile

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

Epiphany
I know, I know, it sounds so overused, so trivialized!  Sometimes, maybe it’s simply a matter of re-examining your situation, or gaining a different perspective when we feel these little light-shafts of joy and revelation.  I also believe they usually come at a quieter time when you have the opportunity to really listen and feel, and not over-think your situation.  I had such a moment while touring the FABULOUS Maine Boat Builders Show with my good friend Mike last week!
It was one of those forty degree, sunny days in late winter when spring feels like a real promise, plus, being proximate to the ocean (like the mountains) always offers a promise of renewal and opportunity.  Mike and I can be comfortable effortlessly, and immersing ourselves in that cleansing boat/ ocean fantasy that was that fine exhibition was the perfect backdrop for such reflection and appreciation of our new home and work here in Maine!  I’ve been to lots of boat shows, but none so replete with the melding of artistic line, extreme quality, and expert craftsmanship, whether sail, power or human powered as this show!  Know that a similar show will be offered on the waterfront in Rockland at Harbor Park from August 8th to 10th, including a boat dog contest.  I will remind you!  Check out www.maineboats.com for details.
Rowing Canoes!
Anyway, I regress…….it occurred to me how lucky we are to be living in a thinly populated State complete with such enormous raw beauty and natural opportunity, and for us, working at a job where our guests are sharing our pleasure!  We get to take in the world from the top on those cold, crystalline days, before dancing down that magical white silent carpet through such magnificent wild forests.  In the spring & summer, we get to watch our world be reborn in soft greens and lilac smells, and that salty, earthy tang that comes with the tides breathing in and out.  Then there’s the water…..full of living things, especially where it splashes against the rocks, and the wind to ride with sails billowing!  In summer, we’re too busy to play in boats, but you aren’t!  I miss it!!  I think all of that is why coastal Maine has such a pool of amazingly talented cooks, artists, innkeepers and adventurers concentrated here. 

Top of Jordan Bowl, Sunday River
The more we visit Portland, the more I appreciate what a great place it is to spend time!  There is an AMAZING number of fabulous restaurants, and much of the waterfront looks like it might have in the 1800’s heydays of fishing sloops, packet ships, coastal schooners and world circling clippers.  The 3 and 4 story brick warehouses, many complete with old signs from the early 20thcentury, give it a very unique and warm flavor.    
I mentioned this in a previous blog, but it’s now official, the Nova Scotia ferry left Singapore last week and will be arriving in New England in early May, including a stop in Boston to show off.  She will start trips to Yarmouth on May 15thfor $79 each way, including an on-board casino and sleeping cabins.  So, stop here on the way out, or the way back and let us spoil you with a side adventure in Maine.  http://www.novastarcruises.com.     
Here’s a gift for putting up with my reverie;
OATMEAL WAFFLES W/ TRIPLE BERRY SYRUP
Serves 6
Ingredients-1            ½ cup flour
                        1 cup quick cooking oats
                        3 tsp baking powder
                        ½ tsp cinnamon
                        ¼ tsp salt
                        2 eggs separated
                        1-1/2 cups milk
                        6 tbspns melted butter
                        2 tbspns brown sugar
In a large bowl, mix first 5 ingredients.  In a small bowl, mix 2 egg yolks, cooled melted butter & milk w/ brown sugar. Add the egg yolk and milk mixture into dry ingredients.  In a medium bowl beat 2 egg whites until light and fluffy then fold into waffle batter.
Note:  To make this recipe lactose free, substitute 6 tablespoons vegetable oil for butter, & substitute soy or almond milk for milk.
                       
TRIPLE BERRY SYRUP
Ingredients-   1 cup of sugar
                        2 tbspns cornstarch
                        1 cup water
                        1 tbspn lemon juice
                        1 tbspn butter
                        1 cup frozen mixed berries
Note:  Fresh berries can also be used        
Combine sugar & cornstarch in a saucepan on stove.  Slowly add water & whisk until incorporated.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  When thickened, add 1 cup of mixed berries & reduce heat.  Simmer until the berries begin to burst.  Remove them from heat & add lemon & butter.
Serve over waffles w/ fresh crème fraiche or whipped cream & berries as a garnish.

Next time we make them, I promised I’ll take and post a photo! 

Freeport Travel Links

August 14, 2013 by Scott Gile

FREEPORT TRAVEL LINKS BLOG
Lots of GREAT NEWS hereabouts to enhance your Brewster House ease of travel experiences via Freeport!! 
Local Car Rentals
First of all, I mentioned a few blogs ago (“Downeaster”) that I thought there might be a direct rental car opportunity from Brewster House and I’ve finally made that link.  Spoke with the good folks at Enterprise Rent A Car in Brunswick (several miles north of here) and confirmed my suspicion that they will actually come here and pick you up to bring you to your Enterprise rental car……..that should make the “Downeaster” Amtrak train from Boston or Portland an option that is much more practical for a longer stay here out of Brewster House.  Just call us to meet you at the Station, we’ll bring you to Brewster House with your bags,  then have Enterprise bring you to your car!!  Of course, they offer a choice of sizes, types and colors, so that should help with the traffic blues!  You can reach them at 207-725-1344 to make your vacation plan!!  Tell them the Brewster House sent you!  We still have some rooms in which to host you in September and October!!

FREEPORT TRAVEL LINKS BLOG
Lots of GREAT NEWS hereabouts to enhance your Brewster House ease of travel experiences via Freeport!! 
Local Car Rentals
First of all, I mentioned a few blogs ago (“Downeaster”) that I thought there might be a direct rental car opportunity from Brewster House and I’ve finally made that link.  Spoke with the good folks at Enterprise Rent A Car in Brunswick (several miles north of here) and confirmed my suspicion that they will actually come here and pick you up to bring you to your Enterprise rental car……..that should make the “Downeaster” Amtrak train from Boston or Portland an option that is much more practical for a longer stay here out of Brewster House.  Just call us to meet you at the Station, we’ll bring you to Brewster House with your bags,  then have Enterprise bring you to your car!!  Of course, they offer a choice of sizes, types and colors, so that should help with the traffic blues!  You can reach them at 207-725-1344 to make your vacation plan!!  Tell them the Brewster House sent you!  We still have some rooms in which to host you in September and October!!

Portland – Nova Scotia Ferry Service
As a big fan of moto-touring, I’ve had some wonderful experiences in Atlantic Canada, and look forward to more!  Up until 2009, there were convenient ferry options to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia from both Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine.  With the decline in folk’s income, post recession, in 2009 the ferry operation became untenable economically.  From that time forward, to go to Nova Scotia the only option has been to either drive all the way through New Brunswick (a whole day), or to take the ferry from St. John, New Brunswick (from where you’re already ½ way there).
Recently, the government of Nova Scotia put up $21,000,000 inviting RFP’s from interested ferry services for 7 years of subsidy to get the business re-started.  Today, the Portland Herald Press announced that they’ve accepted the proposal of a Maine based company to resume service in 2014.  This is the ship they will use. 
The ship will hold 1,215 passengers and is equipped with 162 cabins and 2 restaurants, so it doesn’t appear to be the high speed option the “Scotia Cat” was, but it sounds like it might be both less expensive and a more viable business model.   
So, for all you folks that have been hoping to enjoy Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island or Prince Edward Island, you’ll be thrilled to have this adventurous option again!  It’s on my motorcycle touring list!!  Start and end your boat trip from Mary’s incredible breakfast at Brewster House (15-20 minutes from the pier in Portland), we can’t wait to hear about your trip!!  

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

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