Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

Category Archives: snow

After the storm…

February 12, 2013 by Scott Gile

The winter storm of “potentially historic” proportion (and unofficially given the whimsical name “Nemo” by the Weather Channel) is behind us, leaving almost two feet of white powder in its wake.

We heard the 40-50 mph wind gusts all through Friday night, and found they had strewn snowdrifts erratically through the yard. One side of our house was nearly bare of snow – with a clear view of the grass, while the driveway had drifts approaching four feet, and nearly five feet in one place.

We spend much of Saturday running the snowblower to clear the driveway for our guests, most of whom enjoyed huddling by the fireplaces in the cold temperatures. We were very grateful not to have lost power during the storm!

Sunday, after seeing off the last of the guests, we took a drive around the area and enjoyed taking photos of the fresh, clean snow.We also ventured down to the South Freeport pier to get the sunset photo at the top of this post!

Hope to see you soon, to get your own photos of Freeport!

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

Discovering the Outdoors … in Winter!

January 29, 2013 by Scott Gile

Our guests at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast are quite familiar with L.L. Bean’s 5 stores and world headquarters in Freeport Maine. Many even enjoy the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools during the Spring and Summer months (in the fall, they’re usually too busy looking at our fall foliage!).

But did you know that the Outdoor Discovery Schools in Freeport run in the winter, too? No, not for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, shooting clays, etc. But for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing!

What? You’ve never tried these great winter activities? Well, now is your chance! The Outdoor Discovery School classes in Freeport run through March 10, conditions permitting (only on weekends, but weekdays, too, from February 18-22). You can snowshoe in the mornings and cross-country ski in the afternoons. They are priced at $20 per person per class, and all equipment is provided!

What a deal! Check it out at the Outdoor Discovery School counter inside the Flagship Store, at the door by the boot!

We got snowshoes not long after we came to Brewster House, and while the photo above is not from an L.L. Bean course, it shows Ruth snowshoeing in nearby Wolfe Neck Woods State Park, along the Casco Bay.

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

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas…

December 21, 2010 by Scott Gile

Now that the roof is completed and Christmas is nearly here, we have been working on the house, and eagerly awaiting our first real snowfall.

It arrived last night, in the form of an inch (or a bit more in places), with flurries off and on today and a bit of melting, already, too.

We have guests arriving for Christmas Eve (though there are still rooms available), and more around New Years Eve, so we’re hoping we’ll still have a nice, white Christmas for all of their enjoyment!

Visiting a Winter Wonderland

February 2, 2010 by Scott Gile

Portland Head Lighthouse - winterHave you ever considered visiting Maine in the winter? Some would shudder at the thought of snow and cold, but it can be the most picturesque time to be here!

We commonly see pictures of the spectacular Maine coastline with its rocky outcroppings and crags in the springtime or summer, or even during fall foliage. Ditto with the lighthouses, standing guard over the shores. Take a crisp, clear, sunny day and add a light dusting of snow, and you have a truly breathtaking photo of the same lighthouse (or stretch of coastline)!

The ideal time to come, of course, is on a sunny day, when the weather is just below 32F (0C) and there is a fresh snowfall (before anyone has walked on it!). Sometimes that is difficult to anticipate, though. To avoid disappointment, consider other types of photos as well – a wonderful lighthouse appearing against the gray skies, with a blanket of snow around it. If you have a light snow falling, it can make for a very interesting photo (though if you must use a flash, be careful that you don’t just see glare on the snowflakes).

Moose - Rangeley, MaineWinter is also a great time to see moose. They normally are more easily found near dawn and dusk, and often in the rural areas near the northern and western parts of Maine (such as Rangeley Lake, Moosehead Lake, or Aroostook County – to name a few), but can appear almost anywhere – especially if snow has made it difficult for them to find food in their customary locations. Just be careful, as they do wander into the roads, so you can round a bend in the road, or crest a hill, and find yourself face-to-face with one of the giant creatures! If you don’t startle them, you can usually get a picture, but don’t try to get too close, as they do startle easily at strange sounds – and they are big!

And, of course there are the traditional winter activities of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and shopping! Check out the specials on our specials page!

A Cozy Blanket of Snow

January 19, 2010 by Scott Gile

Brewster House, guest entranceOur forecast was for about 3 inches of snow yesterday, but when we awoke there was already 9 inches on the ground and more coming down. We ended up with nearly a foot, at least in our parking lot.

It was the kind of snow, light and fluffy, that makes you want to go outside and make snow angels, running and playing like you were a small child. In fact, our neighbor’s small children were doing just that, enjoying the day off school, as it was a holiday. They sledded down the small hill in the yard, and you could hear the happy voices for a while.

It was also the kind of snow, and chilly, yet mild, temperatures, that makes your cheeks flush when you come back inside, and all you want is a cup of hot chocolate and to curl up by a fire with a good book. Mmmmmm.

The snow was also greatly needed, and appreciated, by the ski operators in Maine’s mountains, as we haven’t had a good snow for several weeks, so this provided a nice addition to the ski slopes. It will also make for great snowshoeing and cross-country skiing around Freeport, and also at the many area locations.

We’re hoping to get out to visit one of the cross-country ski areas nearby, to try that graceful sport.

What is your favorite thing about snow?

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?

»