Admittedly, Spring can be a challenging time to attract folks to come to Maine (or anyplace else in Northern New England), but let’s face it, you crave a change of scenery and being spoiled at Brewster House is always a gift, so check out these six amazing Maine spring flings!We’ll open with “high culture,” the Maine State Ballet Theater company is putting on the classic, “Sleeping Beauty” from April 1 – April 17th. http://www.mainestateballet.org. The theater is on Rt. 1 in Falmouth, only 10 or 15 minutes south of us.
The Portland Home Show opens on April 8th and tuns through the tenth. For more information click, HTTP://www.homeshows.com.
There are some amazing photographers and subject matter for them in Maine! The Boothbay Region Art Foundation is presenting the renowned Maine Photography Show, running from April 9th – 29th. For details, see http://www.mainephotographyshow.com.
We love the little City of Bath, and aside from my favorite museum (the Maine Maritime Museum), another great reason to visit Bath will be the Bath Antique Show & Sale, held on both March 13th, and April 10th. To learn more, check out http://www.bathantiqueshows.com.
An easy 40 minute ride east of beautiful Rt. 1 through beautiful Brunswick, Bath and Wiscasset, a MUST DO for those gardeners/ landscapers in the room, the Maine Botanical Gardens reopen for the season on April 15th. Believe it or not, they have over 35,000 bulbs, among their 270 acres of shoreline and other dazzling plantings, they will be emerging for your visual and olfactory stimulation. http://www.mainegardens.org.
Also in Falmouth from May 6th to 7th , something Mary will be up for, is the Falmouth Kitchen Tour. A fabulous idea whether you’re re-doing your kitchen, or or just a kitchen voyeur! http://www.mainekitchentours.co
Of course, we’ve sweetened the pie with our Spring Serenity special, 3 nights for the price of 2! Come, let us pamper you in ironed sheets and breakfasts that will dazzle your tastebuds,while you slide into Spring! http://brewsterhouse.com/specials-and-packages/offers/spring-serenity-buy-2-nights-get-1-free-special/Tags: Freeport, Home & Garden, Spring
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Are you trying out Pinterest? We had been reading about Pinterest and created a new profile there for Brewster House. We’ve found that the warnings are accurate – it can be very, very, addictive!
What is Pinterest?
To us, it seems like Pinterest is a combination of social bookmarking sites (like Digg or StumbleUpon) and photo sharing sites (like Flickr or Photobucket), with a dash of Twitter and Facebook added for flavor. Using it is ridiculously simple. Once you sign up for an account (it is currently limited access, so you can sign up with a Facebook account, or request an invitation – if you need an invitation, just send us an email) you can “pin” pages from around the web. The easiest way is to add a “Pin it” bookmarklet to your web browser, then click that button when viewing a page you’d like to share. You can search for interesting topics and people to follow.
If you need more information, there is plenty of help, or a good article on how to use Pinterest here.
You can create boards on pretty much anything, but they give you some samples to get started.
Why not follow Brewster House on Pinterest, and let us know! We’ll follow you back!
The guests at our Freeport Maine Bed & Breakfast almost always enjoy visiting lighthouses. Many are looking for an opportunity to take nice photographs of the lighthouses and their spectacular ocean scenery.
We enjoy helping the guests plan their route to the different lighthouses, sometimes making a full day of it (or more), and sometimes just a quick visit to a single lighthouse.
One thing that sometimes stands in the way of the “perfect” lighthouse photo is the other visitors, all trying to get their own lighthouse picture. Is there a way to avoid this? Of course there is!
If a warm-weather picture is what you’re after, your best bet is to try to visit in late May through June. While the weather isn’t as reliably dry as it will be in mid-summer, most years we have a lot of good weather in these months, and there are far fewer visitors, so it is a perfect time to get those photos of lighthouses, and other popular attractions, without having to work around others who are after the same thing.
If you want a really different kind of picture, try coming when there’s snow on the ground. How many people do you know who have taken photos of lighthouses, and other Maine coastal icons, with a blanket of snow on them?
In addition, in December Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the Nubble) is lighted for the holidays, so that makes for even a more unusual photograph. For the less intrepid, however, the lighthouse is also lighted in July, so more people can see it that way.
Whatever your preference, Maine’s lighthouses are ready for your photographs, all through the year. We’re here, too, ready to help you plan your stay.
Many of our friends know that, while we often get (and appreciate!) compliments on our web site, we have wanted to upgrade the photos, especially the photos of the food and the rooms, to top-notch professional photos.
This past week we were able to do just that!
We worked with Jumping Rocks Photography, widely regarded as one of the best photographers of small lodging properties – in no small degree due to their past ownership of a highly regarded Inn. We met Mark and Matthew at an innkeeping conference over a year ago, began talking, and eventually scheduled their visit for early September of this year.
Before their arrival, we were given a list of things to prepare, from props (pillows, flowers, etc.) to scheduling, plans were made to ensure that the time the team was here was used most effectively.
When they arrived, Matthew and Mark went right to work, learning about Brewster House’s rooms, our plans for food shots, and arranging to work around occupied guest rooms. We had scheduled a day and a half of shooting, and had wanted to include some exterior shots, but rain made that unlikely (but also meant we had more time for the other shots). The first day they were able to shoot a couple of rooms, getting things well underway.
Following breakfast the next morning, Matthew and Mark shot several more rooms, then we all re-convened in the dining room and kitchen for some food shots. The afternoon saw them back in the guest rooms, getting more amazing shots.
The final morning provided time to finish the last of the guest rooms, and, with a bit of parting sunshine, some quick shots on the guest entry porch.
We’re thrilled with the results, and have already put many of them up on the Brewster House web site. You’ll find them on our home page, each of the rooms pages, and the breakfast page, as well as appearing here and there throughout the other pages of the site.
Look for changes to the website, itself in the winter months, as we make even more use of the wonderful photos from Jumping Rocks.
This week we had a number of guests here to see the foliage. Some found themselves captivated by the beauty of Maine’s foliage along the rugged coastal areas, and others traveled inland, to New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway.
Below are photos from some of those travels (All photos are copyright by the photographer and used by permission. Where the photographer is not indicated, the photo is copyright Brewster House Inn, Inc.) Enjoy!
The final installment in our Visiting Maine: Where to Find the Information You Need series is on Maine’s wonderful collection of lighthouses. We posted some information on lighthouses witin an hour of Freeport not too long ago, so some helpful information will be found there, too.
There are a number of web sites with photos and information on the more than 60 lighthouses of Maine. One of the best collections of lighthouse photos is on the Maine Office of Tourism web site. There you’ll find photographs, information on visiting lighthouses, historical and legendary stories, and information for families with children.
One of the most complete lists of lighthouses, and maps with GPS coordinates, is at Lighthouse Friends. In some cases they provide a lengthy history of the lighthouse, as well as information on the locations to see some that do not allow public access.
The U.S. Coast Guard’s archives also has a list of useful information about American lighthouses.
With over 60 lighthouses to choose from, it is not easy to find favorites. In fact, we often feel that our favorite is the lighthouse we’re viewing at the moment! Still, by the attraction of certain photos, and the frequency with which we either visit or recommend certain lighthouses, some do rise to the top.
Without a doubt, along the south coast of Maine, there are several favorites. Among them we would choose several from our recent post on lighthouses you can visit within an hour of Freeport, Cape Neddick Light (the Nubble), Portland Head Light (often said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the world), and Pemaquid Point Light (and the views from its rocky bluff).
In the mid-coast region, we would choose Owls Head Light (with its spectacular view of Penobscot Bay). Near Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island, our favorite is Bass Harbor Head lighthouse (pictured above). Farther up the northern coast (downeast, as we say), is West Quoddy Head Lighthouse (the easternmost lighthouse in the United States, pictured at the top of this post).
There are other wonderful lighthouses all along the coast, so we don’t mean to leave any out. People fall in love with all of them, so, as noted above, choosing favorites is not an easy task.
Which is your favority lighthouse? Please tell us and explain why in the comments.
In our first two posts in this series on finding the information you need for your visit to Maine, we talked about Maine’s different regions and some of the specifics on the different areas along the Maine coast and in the mountains and lakes.
We posted a blog entry about moose in Maine quite some time ago. This will discuss some of the same ideas and add some new ones, as well.
Moose in Maine are most common in the western and northern portions of the state, but can be found almost anywhere on occasion. You can choose a variety of ways to see moose in Maine. We’ll talk about several of them.
A Moose Safari
One of the best ways to see moose in the Maine wilds is to take a guided tour. There are many tour operators who offer moose safaris ranging from a few hours to several days. Search “maine moose safari” to see a number of them.
These tours will take you into the woods, to get within camera distance of the majestic creatures. They are usually designed for photography, so there will also often be tips on lighting, positioning, and ways to get some really good photos of the giant mammals.
Both areas have motels, bed and breakfasts, and cabins where you can stay and provide a wealth of information for those looking for a chance to see moose.
In addition, if your visit doesn’t allow for a trip of several days to one of the areas where moose are populous, some of these areas are not a difficult day trip from the coastal areas.
For example, Rangeley, Maine is only about a two hour drive from Freeport, Maine, so we have driven to Rangely in the afternoon, looked for moose at dusk, and returned to Freeport the same evening.
Keep in mind that moose are most often seen at dawn or dusk, as the low light often brings them out of the woods to graze. However, the same low light makes photography a bit of a challenge, and can make for danger along the roads, as you can round a curve or crest a hill to find a moose in the roadway. They are huge creatures, so drive cautiously, as they can do a lot of damage to a vehicle in a collision!
However you decide to search for Maine moose, we hope you’ll find them and have a richly rewarding time in Maine!