Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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Eight Awesome Mid-Coast Maine Things To Do

May 1, 2014 by Scott Gile

Boothbay_Harbor_High_Tide-21. BOATS– In our view, if you really want to appreciate Maine (or at least our part of it), there is no substitute for experiencing our gorgeous coastline, islands & peninsulas on a boat. Whether that be the Portland Water Taxis, Atlantic Seal Cruses out of Freeport, an antique schooner trip,  the experience of where the land and water meet is intoxicating! If you have the time, spend the day cruising out of Boothbay or New Harbor to Monhegan. It’s 8 or 10 miles offshore, high, windy & naturally stunning with huge cliffs and puffins nesting in them, populated by a few hardy fishermen, and a thriving year round artists colony, and a 100+ year old hotel. One fabulous breather!!

2. BEACHES– Maine has some beautiful beaches, as different in character from each other as the far reaches of our huge State! South of Portland, there are several long sandy stretches, from the black long sands of York, to the white beaches of Wells, Ogunquit and Old Orchard Beach. In Freeport, we have our own Casco Bay facing beach at Winslow Park, and at either end of the Kennebec River two stunningly wild, different and unspoiled State Parks including both Popham Beach on the west, and Reid State Park at the east end of the River.

3. LIGHTHOUSES– There at least five of these within an easy drive of Freeport, including Cape Neddick Light in York, Goat Island Light on Cape Porpoise, and the Portland sisters, Cape Elizabeth (or Two Lights) and the photogenic queen, Portland Head. Less than an hour east of here, you’ll find the Pemaquid Point Light, sitting on a huge striated, slanted granite ledge that can only be described as breathtaking! DON’T MISS the lighthouse boat tours of the Kennebec lighthouses offered by the Maine Maritime Museum either (see link in “Museums)! We have specials at Brewster House built around these explorations!

4. OUTDOOR ADVENTURE– Wow, this is a HUGE category!! I’d put such diverse items in this box as kayaking, bicycling, golf, white water rafting (see Kennebec, Dead & Penobscot Rivers) Northern Outdoors, hunting, fishing, cross-country, Discovery Outdoor Center, ziplines and downhill skiing, mountain-biking, ATVS, snowmobiles…..and so on!!

5. RAINY DAY?– Museums such as the magnificent Maine Maritime Museum in Bath , Portland Art Museum, the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum  (the man who saved the Union Army at Gettysburg), or the Sabbaday Village on Rt. 26 where you can experience a still active Shaker village and their magnificent furniture and handworks, or check out the DeLorme Maps store and 30’ globe 5 miles south on Rt. 1!

LLBeanBoot-sm6. SHOPPING, ETC. – This one is obvious; Freeport being the center of the LL Bean Universe, (5 separate stores) and all of the surrounding outlet stores is 3 blocks south of Brewster House! Kittery and its outlet stores are about 40 miles to the south. If you’re of the gambling persuasion, there is the Oxford Casino, about 30 miles northwest on Rt. 26 too (1/2 mile paved racetrack nearby)!

7. EATING– Again, HUGE category, Freeport has a pretty high food bar, as well as the adjacent towns – Brunswick & Bath! Portland has really become elevated as a “Foodie” center of the east coast. Pahk your cah at Congress Square in Portland and check out the amazing choices of cuisine, or head to the waterfront for ATMOSPHERE+!! Obviously, seafood and fresh local meat and produce is a big part of that program. Check out our neighbors at the Azure Café.

8. DRINKING – Many, many choices for wine, beer or martini lovers within a very short drive!! For beer in Freeport, check out The Maine Beer Company or Gritty’s McDuffs. Both microbreweries, and Gritty’s is a pub style restaurant as well. There is a relatively new “wine bistro” in Freeport, very popular among locals (yes, we’re working our way there too!) called “Conundrum”. Last summer, some guests from Georgia shared their fabulous experience with “Wine Wise Events” of Portland, who does wine tasting cruises, restaurant samplings and other really fun such imbibing adventures ! I’ll be talking more about Christa’s company soon.

That should get you stahted this summah!!

6th ANNUAL HARVEST ON THE HARBOR

October 8, 2013 by Scott Gile

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

10/23 – 26, 2013
Autumn chill driving you to play inside??  Don’t miss this great southern Maine regional FOODIE/ WINE extravaganza!    
This annual event is an amazing combination of chefs, restaurants, wine and beer tastings, music and ethnic culinary opportunities spread over 4 days, starting on Wednesday, Oct. 23rd.  The Celebration opens with the Grand Tasting on the Harbor on Thursday evening, mingling guests with Maines’ best restaurants, chefs and pairing the right wines and beers with their finest creations!
Thursday at noon opens the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year  competition, followed by, International Maine:  Taste of the World, which aims to demonstrate the range of cuisine offered here by featuring the premier local Chefs offering their most diverse ethnic delicacies.  
The Wine Tasting Experience and Beer Tasting Experiences will take place on Oct. 25 at 5 and 5:30, respectively in the Oceanview Room and Oceanview Pavilions, closely followed at 7PM by the Blues & Brews BBQ in the Pavilion.  Groove to your favorite blues tunes, while loading up on barbeque and your favorites beers!!

                             

Sunday brings the event wrap-up with two sessions (starting at noon) on Casco Bay with 160 Maine food, wine, beer and distilled beverage artisans sharing their delectables with you along the waterfront. 
For great detail, see www.harvestontheharbor.com.
  
I took Bella there today (& a glorious one it was) to scope out the site (note David Geffen’s 153′ motoryacht on the right side of the photo) Right on the waterfront, by the cruise-ship dock!!  How much better does life get??
As I speak, we only have rooms open for Wednesday and Thursday, but cancellations do happen, and I can wait list folks. 

THE WINE IS INN!!

August 18, 2013 by Scott Gile

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

THE WINE IS INN!!
Continuing the “relax at Brewster House” theme, it seems like the right time to share our latest addition to your get-away pleasure.
From the first day we came here, we thought it seemed a most natural pleasure that wine should be offered here.  The French have an appreciation for the sybaritic qualities that wine brings to life and socializing, and it is in that spirit that we are offering a selection of ten tasty wines.  The porch rockers lend themselves to a glass of wine, as do the garden Adirondack chairs in the garden, as does the newly refurbished salon!!
Our goal was to offer some less common (not grocery store wine) and very tasty wines, while offering a range of varietals and pedigrees.  So, in the spirit of duty-bound inn-keepers, Mary and I sat with our man from Nappi last Thursday morning, and worked over 14 different bottles to decide what we’re would start out offering you.  We hope that you share our prejudices, and regret that you were unable to make the impromptu Brewster House tasting later that evening by the fire, in our newly updated back gardens.  The guests who were here had a very good time with us!!  I meant to use my camera, but never remembered to pull it out.  It was a very tiring day!
 
Within this group, there are two sparkling choices, a Prosecco and a Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut (champagne in France) for the many folks who come here celebrating a life event (honeymooners, anniversaries).  We stock lower and higher end Chardonnays, a Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, an elegant Merlot from Washington State, and on.  We have an arrangement with our wholesaler where we can buy single bottles of any variety or vintage, so if you need something special and can give us a few days, we can likely get it!  We intend what we carry to be fluid, based on your likes and dislikes, but really feel we’re off to a strong start with the bottles we have here.  The collection is priced from  $16 to $33 (including sales tax), with a nice choice of reds and whites at the lower end of that range.

We keep the sparkling wines and whites in the frig, and the balance of the stock in the nice, cool basement.  In the near future, we’ll be modifying our celebratory packages to include a bottle of sparking wine.  If you’ve been here, you know we have an ice machine and buckets for your convenience.
So, for whatever reason, if you need (or want) a good bottle of wine while you’re here, you can get count on some great choices in-house!  

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