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Explore the Maine Coast on an Antique Schooner

May 21, 2013 by Scott Gile

Portland Schooner Company's Wendameen

Our friends at Portland Schooner Company have already begun their 2013 season. That is always a happy time for us. It means good weather is here (yay!), and that our guests can now book a two-hour schooner cruise during their visit. We don’t like telling our guests that they are just a few weeks too early for a schooner cruise!

Portland Schooner’s two boats, Wendameen and Bagheera, sail from Portland harbor, several times each day, taking guests through the network of islands and, fair winds permitting, down the coast to Portland Head Lighthouse. Seeing that beautiful lighthouse from the sea is an experience one rarely gets!

If you enjoy sailing, or photography, or both, do yourself a favor and book a schooner cruise on  your next visit to Maine. In fact, at Brewster House we offer a special called “Sail into the Sunset” that includes a two-hour schooner cruise for two from Portland Schooner Company (and other special items, as well)!

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

Visiting Maine Lighthouses – Cape Elizabeth (Two Lights)

May 14, 2013 by Scott Gile

Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (Two Lights)

Not nearly as well-known as its nearby cousin, Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (called Two Lights, as it consists of two light towers aligned so the two lights make a range, and mariners can easily identify their position as a result) sits at the end of a road, near a wonderful lobster shack (The Lobster Shack at Two Lights), and not far from Two Lights State Park (which affords a good view of the lighthouse towers).

Aside from the view in the state park, if you go to the end of the road, there is a small, dirt parking lot, from which you can walk out on the rocks and get a good view of both towers. On a clear day, from the end of the rocks you can also see Portland Head Lighthouse, a few miles away.

Two Lights was depicted in artist Edward Hopper’s painting, “The Lighthouse at Two Lights”. The keepers house is not accessible, as it is now a private residence.

Stop by the lobster shack. It sits on a hill, and affords a great view of the lighthouse, as well as out to sea.

Two lights is only about 45 minutes from Brewster House, and we include it in our Lighthouse Tour.

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

Visiting Maine Lighthouses – Cape Neddick (The Nubble)

May 7, 2013 by Scott Gile

Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the "Nubble")

Not too surprisingly, Cape Neddick Lighthouse (nicknamed the “Nubble” or Nubble Light) is one of the most often photographed of Maine’s 60-plus lighthouses. That is because it is so accessible (see our Maine Lighthouse Map).

In the town of York Beach, less than half an hour from the New Hampshire border, the lighthouse stands on a small island known as the Nubble, less than 100 yards off shore.

Cape Neddick lighthouse is charming in its gingerbread Victorian keepers house, perched on the small island. It is decorated in white lights every year at Christmas time, and these photos abound on the internet.

Since many are not able (or willing) to visit Maine in December, the lighthouse is also lighted for the town of York’s “Christmas in July” – which falls this year on July 28. If you’d like to see it decorated, but don’t want to brave the New England winter, you may like to visit for Christmas in July.

Nubble Lighthouse is one of several lighthouses on our Lighthouse Tour special at Brewster House, as guests can easily visit it from our Freeport Maine Bed & Breakfast.

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

Planning Your Trip to Maine – Part 3

April 23, 2013 by Scott Gile

In Part 1 of this series we talked about a strategy for visiting Maine – staying a few days in Freeport, and taking in Freeport shopping and L.L. Bean, lighthouses, beaches, and more. In Part 2, we discussed some ideas for a few days in and around the Bar Harbor area. In this concluding part we’ll talk about some inland options, Moosehead Lake and Baxter State Park.

Moosehead Lake

Located about 3 hours north and west of Brewster House, Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in the eastern United States that is entirely within one state. Claiming to have more moose than people, the area is truly a sportsman’s paradise. From fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and whitewater rafting to moose safaris and scenic tours by boat or by air, there is something for everyone.

Of course one of the primary activities is moose watching. The Moosehead Lake Chamber of Commerce has some tips for moose watching to get you started.

Baxter State Park area

North and east of Moosehead Lake is Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin. Less than 60 miles away, the drive takes about two hours, because of the mountain roads. Baxter is filled with wonderful hiking trails, rock climbing, and magnificent views.

Hiking or climbing Mount Katahdin can be a great challenge, with elevation changes of about 4,000 feet, depending on the trail chosen. Be sure to review the warnings and hiking safety information provided by the Baxter State Park Authority website.

Enjoy your visit to Maine!

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

Planning Your Visit to Maine – Part 2

April 16, 2013 by Scott Gile

In Part 1 of this series, we talked about staying a few days in Freeport, and visiting lighthouses, lobster shacks, beaches, and more, then moving on to either the Bar Harbor area, or to either Moosehead Lake or Baxter State Park. In Part 2 we’ll talk about things to do in the Bar Harbor area. In Part 3 we’ll talk about the others.

Visiting the Bar Harbor area

For those who have never been to Maine before, Bar Harbor is probably the best known town. No small reason for this is that the well-known vacation spot is home to Acadia National Park – one of America’s most-visited National Parks. A visit to the park is well worth planning, as is a drive around beautiful Mount Desert Island – home to both Bar Harbor and Acadia.

If you’re visiting this area, don’t miss the Schoodic Peninsula – a part of Acadia that most visitors miss, as it is not on Mount Desert Island. The nearby villages of Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro are also very interesting. While on MDI (as the locals call Mount Desert Island), don’t miss Bass Harbor Lighthouse, but be sure to see our instructions for getting the best views.

Of course, once you get to the Schoodic Peninsula, you can always meander up US-1 as far as you like. There are villages and lighthouses to be seen almost all the way. However, another favorite place is to go slightly south, to the Blue Hill Peninsula. In fact, you might even want to stay in Blue Hill, overlooking Blue Hill Bay, with its view of MDI. This quiet area provides great views and an excellent opportunity for some rest and relaxation.

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

Lobster Time is Almost Here!

April 9, 2013 by Scott Gile

Just a reminder – it won’t be long now, that this…

will turn into this…

and this…

Need a map to find a lobster shack near you? Try this one

See you soon!

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

Planning Your Visit to Maine

April 2, 2013 by Scott Gile

Freeport Maine shopping
Freeport outlet shopping

Every year a number of our guests call to make reservations for their visit to Freeport, and, in the process, ask our advice on other places to go and things to see – both while staying in Freeport, and as suggestions for the other parts of their trip.

We’re well aware that other people don’t always travel the way we do, but we can give some recommendations based on the way we like to do it.

We tend to find a place like Freeport, and plan to stay a few days. Perhaps just two nights (giving only one full day to explore), but more likely 3-5 nights. We use that as a base of operations, from which we can shop or explore the area with day trips, and we don’t have to pack up and move too often. After our several days are up, we move on to another location and repeat the process.

So, what do we suggest?

About two thirds of our visitors come into Maine from the south, so Freeport is likely to be their first stop. We suggest staying here 3-5 nights and visiting things within an easy drive of Freeport. Then, depending on the interests of the guests, and the overall length of their vacation, we suggest they visit the Bar Harbor area (or some of the nearby areas), or one of the inland regions like Moosehead Lake, or the Baxter State Park area. If they have time and interest, perhaps both.

What is there to do in these areas?

The Freeport area

Freeport is widely known as the home of L.L. Bean, and in fact L.L. Bean has five stores in town. All that retail has attracted even more retail, so there are over 160 other shops and restaurants all within a short walk from Brewster House. For most people, that provides a day or so of shopping, in itself.

Wolfes Neck Woods State Park
Wolfes Neck Woods State Park

If you like the coast, there are two state parks, Wolfes Neck Woods State park along the water, and Bradbury Mountain State Park inland, within a few miles of Brewster House. Both offer excellent hiking and views. A bit farther away, about 20 minutes or so, are Popham Beach State Park, with its beaches and historic Civil War Fort Popham on the shore, or Reid State Park, with trails, rocks, and beaches, are just the thing.

Then, of course, there are lighthouses – are there ever lighthouses! Maine has over sixty lighthouses, and many are within an hour or so drive of Freeport. We regularly send guests out with our maps, or more information if they are on our Lighthouse Tour package, to see some of the lighthouses north or south of us. Typically they can visit about six lighthouses to the south in a day, or between 3 and 6 to the north, depending on interests and endurance. Along the way, guests often want to visit some of the many lobster shacks we’ve identified on our map of Maine lobster shacks.

In two weeks, we’ll talk about Bar Harbor and the surrounding area

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

From Horses to Horsepower: Owls Head Transportation Museum

March 26, 2013 by Scott Gile

Every year we try to make it to Owls Head, Maine (about an hour north of Brewster House on US-1) to visit Owls Head Transportation Museum.

Why would we do that? How good can a transportation museum be in a sleepy coastal Maine town of about 1,600 souls? Wonder no further - it is that good!

Even the museum’s website may fool you – it has plenty of information, but it bears the look of a site that has gone through changes – and not all the changes made it to all the pages. Some parts look newer than others, but, in general, you wouldn’t accuse it of being a cutting-edge site. Do not let that fool you!

The collections at OHTM include aircraft, automobiles, motorcycles, carriages, bicycles and engines. In addition, there are current exhibitions of MG’s (a dozen or more), microcars (you have to see them), and even a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette!

The collection of aircraft is exceptional, with examples of all sorts of pre-WW2 aircraft, including a full-size replica of the Wright brothers’ plane. All but that one can and do actually fly, using the adjacent airstrip.

The collection of antique automobiles is truly amazing. In addition to the MG’s, there are beautifully restored examples from Stanley, Cadillac, Mercedes, Oldsmobile, Ford, Rolls Royce, Packard, Pierce-Arrow, and more!

As if the exhibits and collections weren’t enough, there are special events almost every weekend, from the March 23 & 24 Midcoast Model Festival, the May 25 & 26 Owls Head Spring Antique Auto & Aeroplane Show, through the season-ending (though the museum remains open all year) Nov. 2 & 3 The Great Fall Auction & Flea Market.

Maybe you’d like to join us there…

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

If it’s Spring, Can Lobster be Far Away?

March 12, 2013 by Scott Gile

It’s March, and that means that Spring is almost here (and our Spring Serenity Special – 3 for 2 – IS here, but we digress!), and that means it won’t be long before Maine’s wonderful lobster shacks will begin to open their doors for the 2013 season!

Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster, Freeport, Maine

Most open in mid- to late-May, and remain open until mid- to late-October. Here in Freeport, our own Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster (pictured) opens May 1 and stays open until about mid-October each year.

Many of our guests make sure they stop at Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster at least once while they’re in town to enjoy the famous Freeport shopping. However, since most of our guests also visit many of the other coastal attractions, from beaches, state parks and lighthouses, to museums and botanical gardens, they like to know about the other lobster shacks throughout the areas where they are exploring.

For that purpose, we also created our Secret Lobster Shacks of Maine guide, with map and photos of some of our favorites. Wherever you are traveling in Maine, this guide will show you the nearest lobster shack!

It’s good eatin’!

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

Recipe: Early Morning Roasted New Potatoes

March 5, 2013 by Scott Gile

This wonderful, delicious, and easy side dish is a favorite at breakfast, or at any meal!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C)
In a hot skillet, melt the butter with the olive oil. Stir in rosemary, salt and pepper. Coat potatoes evenly with the melted butter mixture.
Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on a baking pan.
Bake in preheated oven until potatoes are golden brown, approximately 20-25 minutes. Toss them occasionally to ensure that they brown on all sides. If you like a darker brown color, bake them a bit longer.

Servings: 4

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

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