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2010 Lighthouse Day Scheduled

July 29, 2010 by Scott Gile

Following the great success of last year, the 2010 Lighthouse Day has been scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2010.

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, overlooking Quoddy Narrows
West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

The State of Maine, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the American Lighthouse Foundation have again banded together to organize the second annual Maine Lighthouse Day. This year 25 of Maine’s wonderful lighthouses will be open for visits by the public, including some that are not normally open for public viewing.

You’ll have to transport yourself to the lighthouses, but once there you’ll have a rare opportunity to view these navigational wonders, up close and personal!

In celebration of last year’s first Lighthouse Day, we prepared a map of Maine Lighthouses, which is provided below, so you can find your way to the lighthouses you would like to visit.


View Maine Lighthouses – Brewster House Bed & Breakfast in a larger map

Our Lighthouse Tour package, our Sail into the Sunset package, and our Fall Foliage Surf & Turf package are perfect for lighthouse lovers, too!

C’mon to Maine and visit some of our greatest treasures!

Let’s Look at Lighthouses! West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

June 23, 2010 by Scott Gile

The distinctive red and white stripes of West Quoddy Head Light are readily visible overlooking the Grand Manan Channel and the Bay of Fundy at America’s easternmost point.

West Quoddy Head Light Station, Maine Just off the rocky beach below the lighthouse, Sail Rock protrudes ominously from the surface of the water, ready to tear apart any vessel daring to approach too closely. In 1806 a light station was authorized by Congress, to assist mariners traveling in these treacherous waters, just south of Canada’s Campobello Island, and west of Grand Manan Island. The light station was established in 1808, and a fog signal added in 1820.

Owing, at least in part, to the harsh winter climate, West Quoddy Light Station was not well-constructed, and not well-maintained, so the tower was rebuilt in 1830, and the present 49 foot tower was constructed in 1857, sitting 83 feet above sea level, with its 35,000 candlepower beacon visible about 18 miles offshore. The red and white stripes appear to have been added shortly after the present tower was erected.

West Quoddy Head Light, courtesy US Coast GuardIn the latter part of the 1800’s West Quoddy was considered a good assignment for a lighthouse keeper, in part as a result of its proximity to the town of Lubec, Maine. In fact, when one of the keepers of the light failed to keep up the maintenance of the site, he was transferred to a less desirable location as a punishment. He resigned, rather than return to the harsh conditions at the station to which he was to have been assigned.

West Quoddy Head and Quoddy Narrows, MaineThe lighthouse grounds are now part of Quoddy Head State Park, and there are trails along the coastline, and through the woods, with picnic tables, and steps down to the rocky shore. Whales and bald eagles can often be spotted near the lighthouse. It is a site that is well worth a visit. While there, a short drive takes you to the town of Lubec, where you can see Maine’s Lubec Channel lighthouse, cross the bridge to Canada’s Campobello Island, vor iew Mulholland Lighthouse across the channel.

West Quoddy Head Light Station is about 4 hours from Brewster House, but it is well worth the drive. The drive itself is a beautiful one. We left after breakfast, had lunch at Quoddy State Park, and still had time to explore Lubec, then make several stops on the way back home, for a full day of exploring.

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BBC Spot on Tourism in Maine – Brewster House Mentioned

June 11, 2009 by Scott Gile

BBC News video of Maine Tourism and Brewster House B&B
We posted this on our Facebook page and on Twitter when we learned about it, so apologies to our friends there who have already seen it. However, we didn’t want to omit our friends on the blog, so we’re providing the information (and a bit more detail) here, as well.

The short version of the stoy is that BBC News did a short spot on tourism in Maine. Much of it was filmed at Brewster House, and Scott appears, talking about the coming season. The video can be seen on the BBC web site.

There is, of course, a bit more background.

We were contacted by Greg Dugal of Maine Innkeepers Association, who is interviewed on the segment, asking if we would like to talk with BBC News about such a story. Of course we were interested, and spoke with the producer by phone. They also asked how we were attempting to increase interest and attract guests, and we told them about our packages with Portland Schooner Co. They loved that idea, so they also contacted them about the video.

A few days later the BBC News crew arrived, cameraman, producer and on-air personality Philippa Thomas (we’re not related, as far as we know). They were all delightful and professional.

First they filmed an interview on our guest porch with Greg Dugal, who gave them quite a lot of information on Maine and the outlook for tourism. Unfortunately, they only used a small portion of that interview. Then they came inside, and filmed Scott with Philippa Thomas walking through the ground floor rooms and discussing the house, the business climate, etc. Again, only a small amount was used in the clip. Next they were off to Camden to film the harbor (seen in the opening shots), and the next day to film at Portland Schooner.

Part of the BBC News objective was to report on the outlook for tourism in the face of a weak economy, so much of the clip sounds discouraging. However, all three of us (Greg Dugal, Scott, and Scott Reischman of Portland Schooner) feel that things are better than portrayed and attempted to say so. Unfortunately not many of those comments made it on the air.

The clip aired on Monday evening, June 8, 2009, but unfortunately they forgot to notify us (as they had planned to do), so we didn’t see the clip until the next day when they informed us of the location on the BBC web site.

We hope to obtain a DVD of the full interviews, so we can see how the entire thing came out.

Visit Maine Like a Mainer! A Guide to Seeing the Best of Maine

June 4, 2009 by Scott Gile

In our prior series, Visiting Maine? Where to Find the Information You Need, we talked about the regions of Maine and where to find information about visiting.

Maine's regionsOver the next several weeks we will be exploring the eight regions, Aroostook County, Downeast and Acadia, Greater Portland and Casco Bay, Kennebec and Moose River Valleys, Maine’s Lakes and Mountains, Mid-Coast, the Maine Beaches, and the Maine Highlands (not necessarily in that order!), with an article on each region, its activities, areas of interest, and more.

Our idea is to provide a sampling of the things each area has to offer, and information on where to find recommendations for food, lodging, activities, and more. We hope this will help people explore the great state of Maine.

Here are the posts in this series:
The Maine Beaches
Greater Portland and Casco Bay (Part 1)
Downeast and Acadia
Greater Portland and Casco Bay (Part 2 – Freeport and Vicinity)
The Maine Highlands
Maine’s Mid-Coast
Kennebec and Moose River Valleys
Lakes and Mountains
Aroostook County
Plan Your Trip!

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