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It’s True! Spring is on its way!

February 26, 2013 by Scott Gile

Following on the heels of the whimsically-named nor’easter called Nemo, we had another storm about a week ago, and more snow just this past weekend. With more snow predicted tomorrow (Wednesday), you might find it hard to believe that we can see signs that Spring is on its way – but it is!

Despite the sudden flurry of snowstorms (sorry – couldn’t resist!), temperatures have been well above freezing in between, so each snow has nearly disappeared before the next one arrived. Even with snow in the current forecast, the temperatures are above freezing, so we don’t expect it to be around long!

And then, there is the true sign of Spring – March 1 marks the beginning of our annual Spring Serenity special at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast in Freeport Maine! This annual special has become extremely popular with our guests over the past several years.

Not only is the weather starting to improve (though there can often be nice conditions for a bit of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, etc. – and L.L. Bean’s courses to teach these and other skills continue into March) but the Freeport’s outlets and shops are clearing out their old merchandise to make way for the new – and that means SALES!

Check out our availability calendar, and book your visit to get 3 nights for the price of 2, March 1 – May 8, 2013! All the Brewster House goodness, with an extra day free! Any room, any day, but subject to availability.

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

Thanks to our Guests!

December 18, 2012 by Scott Gile

As 2012 draws to a close, we pause to take time to be thankful for the wonderful blessings we’ve experienced this year – our busiest year ever! We are thankful for our wonderful guests and friends, and for the many guests who have become friends over the years.

With the passing of time, many guests who are dear to us have had to stop traveling, for reasons associated with aging and health. We think of you often, and with great fondness, and are very grateful to have known you.

One announcement is needed, as we just revised our January special today – Book our Wild Winter Wonderland special for a January visit, and get a bigger discount the longer you stay! You’ll get a personal plate of Ruth’s wonderful cookies for a one night stay, a 20% discount on a two night visit, and 30% off a three or more night visit.

We are very grateful for our guest who return, because, over time, we all get to know each other better, and relationships grow. Brewster House is about the people, and the people are what makes it so enjoyable to be here!

We can’t thank you enough for your kindness, friendship and loyalty, and we certainly look forward to seeing many of you again in the New Year.

We wish you and yours a very wonderful Christmas and a superb New Year!

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

Who Visits Maine Lighthouses in the Winter?

November 20, 2012 by Scott Gile

Who visits Maine lighthouses in the winter? We do!

Before we ever came to Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, we enjoyed visiting and taking photographs of lighthouses – in Maine and elsewhere. After a number of visits to Maine in the Spring, Summer or Fall, we finally made a trip to Maine in the winter. In the back of our minds was the possibility of a light snowfall, and a visit to one of Maine’s beautiful lighthouses to take photos of it. It didn’t quite go according to plan.

On the way north to Maine, we drove into a blizzard in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine that left the roads icy and visibility very poor. At one point we went into the highway median to avoid another car that had lost control – we were very thankful that we escaped unscathed and made it safely to Maine amid considerable snow, in the dark.

The next morning dawned sunny and white, so, undaunted, we headed to Portland Head Lighthouse to see what the snow had left for us. We found a charming winter scene, with a light blanket of snow on the gingerbread keeper’s house, and along the rocks. In the bright sunshine, we were able to take some very nice pictures of a favorite lighthouse, as we had never seen it before!

In addition to the unusual beauty of lighthouses in snow, the Cape Neddick lighthouse (the Nubble) is decorated with white lights for the Christmas season.

Considering a winter lighthouse excursion? How about some early Christmas shopping at Freeport’s outlets and shops? At Brewster House we’re running two specials – our Christmas Shopper from December 9 through 19, and our Wild Winter Getaway for the month of January 2013 – each provides 3 nights for the price of 2!

Get a jump on your Christmas shopping. Check out a lighthouse or three while you’re here!

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

Is it Time for New England Fall Foliage Yet?

August 2, 2011 by Scott Gile

Now that July is past, and the prime time for an August getaway has arrived, the news media has begun to talk about summer “drawing to a close” and getting ready for “back to school.”

Here in Maine, it seems that summer has just begun. The guests at this Freeport Maine Bed and Breakfast have been happily touring lighthouses, visiting lobster shacks, and generally enjoying all that Freeport and the coast of Maine have to offer. And all these things will continue through August, and even after “back to school”, throughout September.

That said, while the annual Maine fall foliage color changes won’t begin until about the first of October, it is time to begin to make plans to see it. In addition to checking availability and selecting your room, you should consider just how you will go about viewing the fall color.

One option, of course, would be to just come up here and explore by seeing where the roads lead. Another would be to buy a guide book.

Our suggestion is to try our Fall Foliage Surf & Turf package. In addition to two nights at Brewster House, and Ruth’s fantastic breakfasts (a guest today said it was the best breakfast he’d ever had), you’ll also get a self-driving tour of some of our favorite foliage areas, with maps and turn-by-turn directions and commentary (we even include a lighthouse or two). But there’s more! There is also a two-hour cruise on one of Portland Schooner Co.’s antique, Maine-built, schooners, so you can see the foliage along Casco Bay from the water. All this, plus a dinner gift certificate, an L.L. Bean gift card (and a gasoline card to help with the driving costs), and a Maine welcome basket with souvenirs.

With the Fall Foliage Surf & Turf package you’ll see foliage by land and by sea!

This is not your ordinary fall foliage tour!

To expand your fall foliage viewing even more, you can also do as one of our guests did, and drive across Maine to New Hampshire, and enjoy the foliage along the Kancamagus Highway – which is absolutely breathtaking!

However you decide to see the New England fall foliage, we are here to help you with suggestions, maps and directions.

Don’t miss it.

Fit & Flavorful! Freeport’s ‘Be Well’ Weekend

May 10, 2011 by Scott Gile

Maine Magazine, Downeast Magazine and FreeportUSA are coordinating with L.L. Bean, Freeport’s Casco Bay YMCA and others to bring together Freeport’s first “Be Well Weekend” June 24-26, 2011, to celebrate outdoor recreation, with an emphasis on health and wellness.

Our Freeport Maine Bed & Breakfast is joining in the fun, offering a Fit & Flavorful getaway package for the event. The package includes

  • Two nights at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast
  • Heart healthy breakfast selections available
  • Participation in the Be Well Weekend events
  • Free maps and directions for several bike tour options around the area
  • A welcome basket with healthy snacks and treats
  • Two half-hour in-room massages (must be booked in advance)
  • A Brewster House souvenir mug

For double occupancy queen rooms, the rate is $479 (tax included). Other room combinations are available. Check our availability page for information.

Participating in the Be Well Weekend are Casco Bay YMCA, and the Falmouth Wellness Solution, who will be hosting two days of outdoor activities like Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Thai Chi, and many more on the L.L.Bean Discovery Park and in the Freeport Village Station. This event will give every age group a chance to try out the latest fitness trends in 30 minute increments. The schedule of events also includes the Freeport Farmers’ Market, bike tours with Freeport Ski & Bike, an L.L.Bean Boot Fun Run, interactive healthy cooking seminars, health screenings and opportunities to explore Freeport’s mountains, wooded trails, coastal waters and desert!

Book early to be sure you are able to get the room and massage times you want!

Thirty Shopping Days ’til …

November 17, 2009 by Scott Gile

Brewster House at ChristmasFor most Americans the thirty days (or thereabouts) between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day are the days we are subjected to constant advertising for holiday gifts and the countdown of the number of shopping days until Christmas.

As an aside – for those too young to recall – we used to count shopping days instead of simply the number of days remaining because most stores were not open 7 days a week. Hence the number of shopping days was less than the number of days by an amount equal to the number of Sundays in that time frame.

Since those familiar with Freeport already know what a shopping Mecca it is, it will come as no surprise that there is a lot going on in town during those 30 days!

Shop, Dine & Stay
Throughout most of that time (Now through December 19, 2009) Brewster House Bed & Breakfast is offering its Shop, Dine & Stay package, with two nights double-occupancy in a queen room, an L.L. Bean gift card, a gift certificate at Azure Cafe, for only $499 (taxes included), and the ability to add a third night for only $100.

Moonlight Madness
In addition, Freeport’s Moonlight Madness event begins in the wee hours of Friday morning, November 27, with many stores open, special events, sales, etc. This is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, and only Freeport can do it all up with L.L. Bean’s stores, and other shops and restaurants.

Sparkle
A week later is Sparkle weekend in Freeport. An entire weekend of holiday fun for the whole family! The weekend begins with a parade of lights down beautiful Main St., decorated to look like a scene from a Christmas card. The celebration will include a tuba concert, jingle bell run, craft fair, hot cocoa stops, talking Christmas tree, Wally the Green Monster, and of course… SANTA!!!

Northern Lights Celebration
From November 20 through New Years Eve is L.L. Bean’s Northern Lights Celebration. It begins with the lighting of the giant Christmas tree, and includes book signings, demonstrations, ice carving and special events, leading up to a huge New Years celebration for the entire family.

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping
Freeport’s over 170 shops and restaurants will be open with values galore, throughout the holiday time, and with the new stores in Freeport Village Station adding to the mix, there is truly something for everyone on your Christmas shopping list.

Of course, if you’re not busy shopping for holiday gifts, and can wait… there are the after-Christmas sales. Like most places there are sales in Freeport after Christmas. However, after New Years there are even more, and then in late January and February, still more!! But that’s a closely guarded secret, so we better not say too much about that!

After the Foliage in Freeport

October 27, 2009 by Scott Gile

While there is still good color in places (our back yard being a prime example), many of the trees have lost most of their leaves. As you drive US-1 or I-295 either north or south, there are still some pockets of trees with spectacular colors, many have faded and the leaf drop is significant (helped along, no doubt, by a wind and rain storm a few days ago).

So, now what?

Things don’t stand still in Freeport, Maine.

As we mentioned in a previous post, the State of Maine Tourism Office is kicking off a program called “Shop, Dine and Stay”, promoting various activities leading up to the holiday season. We have created a “Shop, Dine and Stay” special for that purpose. The program highlights the late-fall and early-winter activities and the pre-holiday shopping opportunities in Maine (and especially in Freeport!).

Shopping Opportunity is Knocking!

As thoughts turn to the holidays, the November weather provides nice opportunities for some low-key sightseeing along the nearby coast, as well as early Christmas shopping in Freeport’s nearly 200 shops and restaurants (including, of course, L.L. Bean’s 5 stores – four of which are open 24×7!).

Yesterday we took a walk through town, stopping in many of the shops, both those along Main street in the historic buildings, and also in the new (in 2009) Freeport Village Station. We found plenty of bargains already available.

Many shops are advertising sales from 25-50% off, and we saw some that were as much as 70% off! In addition, there were some one day only sales with markdowns as high as 50-75% off, and some buy one – get one (BOGO) (or even buy one, get two) sales.

All of this is just in time for the Freeport Girlfriends Getaway weekend, November 13-15.

A Thanksgiving Getaway?

Over the Thanksgiving holidays (November 26-29 in the United States) there are some great opportunities. As usual, the Maine Dining Room at the Harraseeket Inn is having its all-you-can-eat buffet Thanksgiving Dinner (reservations required). Also, a number of the Freeport merchants will participate in the Moonlight Madness event again this year, with doors opening at (or after) midnight, in the wee hours of Friday morning, November 27.

Do You Sparkle?

Thanksgiving weekend also kicks of the traditional Christmas shopping season and the lighting decorations and Christmas trees will all be out for Sparkle Weekend, December 4-6. Activities include a parade of lights down beautiful Main St., decorated to look like a scene from a Christmas card, a tuba concert, jingle bell run, craft fair, hot cocoa stops, talking Christmas tree, and of course… Santa!

Get ready for the holiday season! Come to Freeport, Maine and Shop, Dine and Stay!

Shop, Dine & Stay (at Brewster House B&B, of course!)

October 20, 2009 by Scott Gile

Brewster house at ChristmasBeginning in about two weeks, the State of Maine will be launching an advertising campaign called “Shop, Dine and Stay” to promote specials and packages throughout Maine for the November-December season.

Joining in the spirit, Brewster House Bed & Breakfast is pleased to announce our new Shop, Dine & Stay package. Our package includes two consecutive nights at Brewster House in Freeport, Maine, a $100 gift card to L.L. Bean (valid at any of its 5 Freeport stores, its other stores, online or by mail order), and a $50 gift certificate so you can dine at Azure Cafe. The package is available November 5 – December 19, 2009. The all-inclusive rate of $499 is for queen rooms, double occupancy (rates for other rooms are also available). Add a third consecutive night for only $100.

If you’re starting to think about Sparkle weekend, or planning your Christmas shopping, Shop, Dine and Stay at Brewster House!

Fall Colors are Starting in Maine!

September 22, 2009 by Scott Gile

Autumn has officially begun, and the Maine colors are starting to show!

Fall colors in MaineWhat began with just the tips of the trees (and our neighbor’s old maple, that began to turn about the first of September), is beginning to spread to more trees, and to be a bit more full. The State of Maine is predicting that, as one good thing that resulted from all the early season rain, we should have a spectacular foliage season, calling it “Showtime in Vacationland.”

Interest in visiting the New England colors, and especially Maine’s unique combination of magnificent foliage and breathtaking coastlines, is on the rise. Many ask when the peak time for foliage viewing will be. Of course, it is difficult to predict, but in the Freeport and Mid-Coast area, the second and third week in October are reliably excellent, with the peak usually right around the popular Columbus Day weekend.

At Brewster House we always celebrate the foliage season with several Fall Foliage packages. Fall Foliage Surf & Turf combines two nights at Brewster House, a two-hour sail on an antique schooner in Casco Bay, gift certificates for dinner at Azure Cafe and shopping at L.L. Bean, a driving tour of foliage areas, and a gasoline card, all-inclusive for $649. Add a third night at Brewster House for only an additional $100 with our Fall Foliage Surf & Turf Extended package. If you are trying to get in a foliage package without the frills, try our Fall Foliage Lite package, with two days at Brewster House, the self-driving foliage tour, and a $25 gasoline card, all-inclusive for $389.

As a practical matter, the foliage season in Freeport is usually good from early October through the month. Sometimes there is even good foliage at the end of September (as it is starting to appear will be the case this year), and even into early November.

If you want to check on the status of foliage here, we are in Zone 1 on the Maine foliage web site, which is updated weekly with status of the foliage in Maine’s different regions.

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