Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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Playing in the Snow in Maine

December 8, 2009 by Scott Gile

Brewster House in the snow, December 2009Like much of the eastern United States, we had our first “real” snow of the year this past weekend (real in the sense that it didn’t melt away the same day). The timing was perfect, as thousands of visitors were here in Freeport for the 16th annual Sparkle weekend. Judging from the reactions of our guests, it was a wonder-filled, almost magical weekend!

Now that Sparkle is past, we look forward to a couple of weeks of Christmas shoppers and those who enjoy just one more getaway before the holidays. Then we embark on the remaining projects around the house, as well as a bit of vacation in the early Spring.

Meanwhile, there is lots to do in the winter months in Maine!

Winter activities abound throughout the area. There is snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at nearby Pineland Farms, with miles of groomed trails. They even have a short video to give you a glimpse of it! For the adventurous, you can also cross-country (Nordic) ski or snowshoe at Wolfes Neck Woods State Park in Freeport. The trails there are well-used, but not groomed.

Ruth on snowshoes at Wolfes NeckAre you interested in snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, but need a bit of help to get started? L.L. Bean’s Flagship Store in Freeport has introductory lessons as part of their Outdoor Discovery Program for only $15 per person, December through March as conditions allow on Saturdays and Sundays. Cross-country skiing is at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and snowshoeing is at 9:30 a.m. and noon. No pre-registration is required, and all equipment is provided.

Of course, when you finish with your outdoor activities, there is a hot cup of cider, hot chocolate, or tea waiting, along with some snacks. Then there are the shops and outlets in Freeport, to help you return to civilization.

You may want to verify with us, or with the places you want to go, that they are open, especially in the early part of the winter, but there are many choices, and so much to do that you’ll want to plan to be here for several days!

Snow! And the leaves have only just fallen!

November 5, 2009 by Scott Gile

We knew it was coming early this year. At least we suspected it. There were even some flurries that didn’t stick a few weeks ago.

Early snow, Brewster House B&B Freeport, Maine 2009Last night the weatherguessers said there was a chance of flurries during the night, but the weather has been so erratic, that they haven’t been right 24 hours in advance often enough to give that much credibility. But upon waking up this morning and glancing out the window, there it was.

Of course, this being Maine after all, early snows are not unheard of. Before moving here we were visiting in late October one year and there was a large snow – several feet, in fact. But that was in the mountains, not near the coast. So this is a bit different, for us, anyway.

Here it is all the same. The photo shows our back yard, looking down from the second floor of the house, about 7:00 a.m. today. The snow is continuing to fall, making the prediction of “possible accumulations of up to an inch” look quite likely.

This is predicted (!) to stop this morning, with possibly a bit more this afternoon, but the high temperatures are in the mid-40′s, so it isn’t likely to stick around long. And the snow removal here is unbelievably quick and thorough, so we normally have no trouble with snow on the roads.

Still, all this early winter weather makes it likely that the snowshoeing and cross-country skiing (all within only a few minutes drive of Brewster House) will be excellent this year! Are you planning to visit?

Visit Maine Like A Mainer! Maine’s Lakes and Mountains

July 28, 2009 by Scott Gile

Overlooking Rangeley Lake
Our Visit Maine Like A Mainer! series continues with a look at Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region, situated in the southwest portion of the state.

We first visited the Lakes and Mountains of Maine while vacationing on the coast, a year or two before we came to Brewster House B&B. In our previous trips to Maine, we had never seen a moose, and wanted to see one. We realized that Rangeley Lake, in the Lakes and Mountains region, was a good place for moose-spotting, and only a couple hours drive from where we were staying.

We booked lodging in Rangeley, and drove to Rangeley Lake. Although it was only late October, we began to see snow in the foothills, and later learned that this was a result of one of that year’s many hurricanes which had come up the middle of the United States, and turned to a snowstorm over the New England mountains.

We were astonished at the surpassing beauty of the region. We drove around beautiful Rangeley Lake, looking down from the mountains and finding it reminded us of Lake Tahoe, along the California and Nevada border, but with as smaller population. Our motel had canoes available for guest use, and the lakeside view was so pretty we were tempted, but the snow and unusually cold weather put us off that idea.

As dusk approached, we drove out “Moose Alley” (so nicknamed for rather obvious reasons), and Ruth remarked, “Wouldn’t it be great if we came around the next bend and there was a moose there?” And there was!

Moose - Rangeley MaineLike the car in front of us, we pulled quickly to the shoulder and began taking pictures. The moose, a big male, ambled across the road into the trees, and disappeared. We drove on, finding a second moose – a female this time – along the side of the road, casually grazing where the snow hadn’t covered all the grass. After she disappeared we turned around and headed back toward town. There was the first big fellow again, standing in the center of the road! We got as close as we dared and stopped the car, and took a few photos, before he again disappeared into the woods.

In addition to the lakes and mountains, themselves, and moose, of course, the area is filled with ski resorts, snowmobile and snowshoe trails, and a wonderful opportunity to see nature unspoiled. See the region’s website for more information.

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