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It’s Puffin Time!

July 3, 2012 by Scott Gile

It’s July, and the puffins are at Eastern Egg Rock!

Every the puffins return to their historic breeding ground on the tiny island off the Maine coast, after being painstakingly re-established there by volunteers from Project Puffin, and later in conjunction with the National Audubon Society. These tiny, and fascinating, sea birds come ashore to nest, but otherwise spend their time at sea in the North Atlantic, ranging from Maine to Newfoundland to Iceland to Ireland and Scotland’s northern islands, and even to France.

Several harbors not far from Brewster House Bed & Breakfast in Freeport Maine offer Puffin Cruises. Two are nearer to us than others. Cap’n Fish‘s Audubon Puffin Tours is in Boothbay Harbor, about 45 minutes from Brewster House. Hardy Boat Cruises, in New Harbor is about an hour away. Since Eastern Egg Rock is a bit north, Hardy Boat provides a somewhat shorter ride to the nesting area.

Both cruises have an Audubon representative on board, to help with information about the Puffins, as well as identifying the other sea birds you’ll see on the cruise.

We took a cruise with friends and had a wonderful time, seeing many puffins flying, and in the water, as well as on shore. There were also many other birds that are not often spotted on the mainland. It is a cruise well worth taking. We also had a bonus of seeing whales and dolphins, as well.

The puffins nest only until about late August, when the chicks are able to float away on the currents, and, if they survive, to fly off to the North Atlantic.

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

Sailing into the Sunset

June 5, 2012 by Scott Gile

Now that we’re into June, our friends at Portland Schooner have begun their season, and the two beautiful antique schooners are in the waters of Casco Bay, ready for your two-hour cruise among the nearby islands and lighthouses.

Here at Brewster House, that also means that it is time for our schooner sailing packages to begin. Our summer package, Sail into the Sunset, including two nights at Brewster House, dinner right down the street at the wonderful Azure Cafe, a two-hour sunset cruise (or other cruise, if you prefer), and a gift certificate at L.L. Bean, helps to fill your visit with a variety of Maine activities.

The ever-popular Fall Foliage Surf & Turf package begins September 17, and continues through October (the schooner sails are subject to availability – if not available, the cost will be deducted from your bill). That is the package that has twice been featured in Smarter Travel, who called it “a steal of a deal.” This special includes all the components of the Sail into the Sunset package, plus a detailed booklet with detailed driving directions to some of the best foliage areas, and a $50 gasoline card to help with the driving costs.

It’s not too early to book your Sail into the Sunset or Fall Foliage Surf & Turf package. October is also homecoming for the local colleges, as well as their parents/families reunions weekends, so rooms are already filling up – in the midst of the best foliage season (the first three weeks of October).

See you soon!

Ruth & Scott
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast

Let’s Look at Lighthouses! Cape Neddick Light (the Nubble)

June 15, 2010 by Scott Gile

Cape Neddick Light, York, MaineQuite a few of Maine’s sixty-plus lighthouses are offshore on islands, making them accessible only by boat or visible only from the air. Cape Neddick Light is one of a few that are on islands, but are easily viewed from shore.

Cape Neddick Light is on a small island known as “The Nubble”, just offshore from Cape Neddick Point (in the village of York Beach, strangely enough, not in the village of Cape Neddick). The lighthouse was first established, and the lantern lit, in 1879. There had been talk of putting a lighthouse on the Nubble since 1807, but even with later wrecks, the decision was that there were enough lighthouses in the area to protect shipping. One of the wrecks, the Isadore, wrecked nearby in 1842, is still said to appear as a ghost ship with a phantom crew.

Perched high on the rocky island, the 41 foot tower puts the light 88 feet above sea level, with its red beacon above the white tower.

Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the Nubble) from the airAt low tide it was sometimes possible to walk between the mainland and the island, but the usual way of crossing was by boat, often tethered to a line across the channel. Supplies (and sometimes people) were transferred by a large bucket suspended from the cable. The lighthouse was a tourist attraction from the beginning, with some keepers earning extra money by ferrying tourists to the island.

The keeper’s house and tower are decorated with white lights for the Christmas season. However, since there are many more visitors in the summer months, the town of York, who maintains the light station, also decorates it again in July.

The Nubble is a bit less than an hour drive from Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, and our guests often enjoy a day trip to Cape Neddick, with side trips to Kennebunkport, Wells, and sometimes Kittery.

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Visit Maine Like a Mainer! The Maine Beaches

June 9, 2009 by Scott Gile

For many in the eastern United States the area of Maine that is most familar is the southern Maine region known as the Maine Beaches.

Nubble Lighthouse, Cape Neddick, MaineThe sandy beaches stretching across 30 miles of coastline have made this jewel of Maine a favorite of vacation visitors for many decades. Beginning only little more than an hour’s drive north from Boston, or an hour east of Manchester, New Hampshire, the region encompasses the outlet malls of Kittery, the beaches and coves of York and York Beach, Wells, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and Old Orchard Beach.

Detailed information on lodging, restaurants and activities can be found at the Maine Beaches Association website, the Maine Tourism website, or the State of Maine’s tourism website.

Among the well-known attractions are the Ogunquit Playhouse, celebrating 75 years of Broadway at the beach, and the Seashore Trolley Museum.

The Yorks are home to Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the Nubble) and When Pigs Fly, bakers of exquisite breads.

US-1 is a two-lane highway that runs from the Southern border of Maine, directly up through the towns of the Maine Beaches region. All along it you’ll find antique shops, outlet centers and one-of-a-kind shops, as well as restaurants, including the historic Maine Diner, Bed & Breakfasts, hotels and motels, and many other things.

Lodging recommendations can be found at the Maine Innkeepers website, the Maine tourism sites mentioned above, or the Chamber of Commerce sites of any of the towns mentioned – all linked in the regional site.

Even for the experienced visitor, there’s more to Maine!

5 Maine Lighthouses You Can Visit (within about an hour of Freeport)

April 21, 2009 by Scott Gile

Check out our newer article, Touring Maine Lighthouse (with Lighthouse Map), too!

Freeport evokes different thoughts for different people. For many it is L.L. Bean and the many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance of your B&B. But for others it is its prime location on the Maine coast, in easy driving distance from lobster shacks, hidden harbors, and most intriguingly, lighthouses.

Maine has over 60 lighthouses, many on, or within sight of, the coast. If you enjoy seeing and photographing lighthouses, there are five great ones you can visit within just over an hour’s drive from Freeport.

We’ll begin just over an hour south of Freeport, and work our way about an hour north.

1. Cape Neddick Lighthouse (The Nubble)

Cape Neddick Light is on a tiny island (called the Nubble), just 200 yards off shore near York Beach, Maine. Accessible only by cable car, which was manually operated until electrified not many years ago. The parking area on the mainland is on a raised, rocky point, so the view of the lighthouse and keepers house are excellent. It is one of the most frequently photographed and visited lighthouses in Maine.

2. Goat Island Light (Cape Porpoise)

Near the scenic village of Kennebunkport is Cape Porpoise harbor, with Goat Island Light guarding its entrance. The lighthouse can be best seen from the Municipal pier in Cape Porpoise. This was the last manned lighthouse in Maine, being automated in 1990, after having been manned as a security station during the presidency of George H.W. Bush.

3. Cape Elizabeth (Two Lights)

Just south of Portland, Maine is the pretty little community of Cape Elizabeth. On its south side, is the unusual Two Lights light station. Originally built as a single tower in 1811, in 1828 two towers were build, so that they would align to form a range, allowing mariners to easily find their bearing. Nearby is the famous Two Lights Lobster Shack, which offers some of the best views of Casco Bay.

4. Portland Head Lighthouse

Also in Cape Elizabeth is Fort Williams Park, home of the easily recognized Portland Head Lighthouse. Commissioned in 1787 and taken over by the new US government in 1790, the lighthouse was first lit in 1791. In addition to the lighthouse and museum, and the magnificent views along the coast, Fort Williams park includes historic fort remains, an old mansion, a playground and picnic areas.

5. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Perched on a rocky bluff at the end of a peninsula, and overlooking Muscongus Bay, Pemaquid Point is one of the most dramatic and photographed lighthouses in Maine. On sunny summer days there will be artists all through the picnic area and on the rocks, painting or sketching the lighthouse. Built in 1827, the lighthouse warns of the treacherous rocky formations in the area. From the rocks you’ll also see many lobster buoys marking the strings of lobster pots (traps) just off the rocks. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is about an hour from Freeport.

Of course, this ignores many other lighthouses between Cape Neddick and Pemaquid – many offshore, and each with their stories to tell of ships foundering on the rocks and heroic rescues. And, if you venture just a bit farther, you’ll see even more lighthouses and more spectacular views of the coast.

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