Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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FEBRUARY IS FOR ROMANCE!

January 16, 2014 by Scott Gile

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

FEBRUARY IS FOR ROMANCE!!
Crowds, traffic jams on Rt. 1, tough getting reservations, antique shops all picked over??  NOT IN WINTER!!  Many folks come here this time of year just for those reasons!  We just entertained a couple from New York and another from the UK, both of whom  had a purely relaxing and quiet week away……not to mention at off season rates and a sweet discount.  See our February is for Romance package!  Bottle of bubbly, homemade truffles, $50 gift certificate to Azure Cafe, fireplace, ROMANCE!!
Sadly, just deleted a piece on Winter Carnival here this weekend, due to “the January thaw.”   Very ugly for we skiers!!  These photos of “before and after of our side porch are pretty graphic!

Before
After
                                                
Wow, just finished hosting our inaugural Reconnect Weekend, and it couldn’t have been more fun!!  Been thinking off and on for years about reconnecting with family, college buddies, your old neighborhood, service friends??  In the spirit of 1 + 1 = 3, we can make that so easy, while you help us share your good times when we might otherwise be lonely!!  You have the run of the inn, including gas fireplaced living room, our unusually elegant, extravagant breakfast when you want it, great shopping an recreational distractions (LL Bean’s Discovery Center), Great restaurants, close access to Portland…..look for the photos on Facebook for what a great time was had!  All for just over ½ price!!!  Can wait to host all of our old neighbors in 2 weeks!!
The Heritage Girls Reconnect!

                                               

There are tons of crazy, fun things happening hereabouts ALL WINTER!!  I have to admit that I’m most excited about The World Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snowbowl on the weekend of February 7-9 weekend!!  Check out the photos on their website, and you’ll get the Mardi Gras sense of this annual event.  Brewster House will be in attendance and maybe competing as well!
http://winter.camdensnowbowl.com/24th-annual-us-national-toboggan-championships  CHECK OUT THE VIDEO LINK!!!
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vqnbD2-59A&feature=player_embedded#at=57
FLAVORS OF FREEPORT, including the Chef Signature Series, and Flavors Ice Bar, including a DJ, fire pit and luge to get you slipping and sliding into mid-winter on Friday, Feb. 21st http://www.freeportusa.com/flavorsoffreeport/!!        
Here’s a brief sample of other upcoming local events  between Portland (15 minutes south) and Penobscot Bay (one hour east);
1/19, 2/16 The Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series, race uphill miles on snowshoes!  www.trailmonsterrunning.com/bradburysnow
1/23 – 1/25 Portland Harbor Hotel Ice Bar www.evesatthegarden.com
1/25  - Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, @ One Longfellow Square, Portland
2/14 ` Bob Marley, Stone Mountain Arts Center (GREAT VENUE!)  www.stonemountainartscenter.com
2/16 – Tower of Power, @ Asylum, Portland, www.portlandasylum.com
I could go on, but I think you’re getting the drift!

WINTAH’S ARRIVAL

December 1, 2013 by Scott Gile

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

WINTAH’S ARRIVAL BLOG
Today my Dad & I took a little men’s adventure to the Maine Maritime Museum, out to lunch and a Home Depot stop for building stuff.  Cold!  Must’ve been 17 or so Monday AM, still a little snow here and there, after the winter gales of the last 2 days.  Got the flipside Noreaster on the way for the day before Thanksgiving.  Laid in bed last Monday night, listening to the wind lifting the shingles.  Rained buckets Tuesday night through Wednesday, then the gift you see above!
I digress….so, Don (my Dad) and I spent several hours absorbing the amazing models, histories, painting and artifacts at this breathtaking Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.  One of my favorites was the model of the 360’ J. P. Morgan Jr. motor yacht that was built in 1930 at the Bath Iron Works.  It really is a stunning place to experience, and only 20 minutes from here!  It also has a fabulous store with all kinds of books, drawings, artwork, photos, souvenirs, crushed mussel shell coasters, etc.  We plan to replace a lot of the more uninteresting wall decorations here over the winter with Maine stuff.  We know you will enjoy the changes.
Ice boat

We’re also refurbishing several rooms in the inn this winter (when not skiing or entertaining you).  We’re also going to work on the Brewster House Good Times book this winter, so no matter how long you’re here, no matter what the weather is, no matter what you like to do, we’ll have an awesome “on the spot” resource! 
LL Bean is whooping it up big for the Holidays!  Since they erected their enormous tree, every ½ hour on weekend evenings, they have an amazing coordinated music/ light show with their block-wide decorations!  Too bad you didn’t book earlier for Sparkle Weekend!
When you’re a downhill skier, one of the great features of being busy all summer and fall is quiet weekdays in the Winter to visit Sunday River (or “The Loaf”), just 65 miles from here.  This was taken a few days ago!  Ah, we love the corduroy!!!!

If your skiing ambitions are more the cross-country variety, sledding, dog-sledding, horse drawn sleigh rides or the snow-shoe touring sort, come up for the LL Bean Winter Carnival Weekend January 19th & 20th http://www.llbean.com/shop/retailStores/media/docs/121228_MK24535.pdf!!  Believe it or not, we STILL HAVE ROOMS!!  It will take place at the LL Bean Sports Center, near Wolf’s Neck, and advance registration is required, SO PLAN NOW!!
Finally don’t forget FLAVORS OF FREEPORT, including the Chef Signature Series, and Flavors Ice Bar, including a DJ, fire pit and luge to get you slipping and sliding into mid-winter on Friday, Feb. 21st http://www.freeportusa.com/flavorsoffreeport/!!
We have shovels full of winter deals available for you!  See our website and latest newsletter for a summary and GET UP HEEAH!!
    

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

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

Up on the housetop…

December 15, 2010 by Scott Gile

But is isn’t reindeer we’re hearing on the second day of this project. It is “a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on!”

Tarps drape the guest entry to protect it from falling shingles.

This morning the crew is over the middle part of the house, and the entire place is reverberating with the pounding and scraping noises that accompany the removal of the old shingles. We can hardly wait until they get to the back of the house, where our living area and office are located!

The front section of the house is nearly completed, as you can see in the photos. The shingles are coming off the center section over the guest entry, which we hope will be nearly completed today.

The front section is nearly complete.

The last section is the barn, which is very large (not as barns go, but as houses go), so may take more than one day. In addition, our property slopes down at the rear of the house, so the height from the back of the barn roof to the ground is not just three stories, but four(!).

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!

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!

A Window for Carpet?

November 10, 2009 by Scott Gile

As some will recall, last Spring we carpeted the four queen rooms on the second floor of Brewster House (Rooms 2 through 5), and installed maple flooring in the hallway. In addition to nicer, newer carpet in those rooms, it also provided a uniform look to the carpeting and a nice look to the hallway, as well.

Now that the leaves have settled (and been removed!) in the yard, we have several projects planned, first of which was to carpet the two 2-bedroom suites on the third floor (Rooms 6 & 7), as well as the hallway and back stairs.

Due to a window in their schedule, the installers arrived yesterday and have been merrily removing carpet and installing new, and are about 50% complete at this writing. They expect to be finished by tomorrow evening, so we’ll be posting some before and after photos on Thursday’s entry.

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