Happy Christmas to all…

December 17th, 2009 by Scott Gile


Brewster House at ChristmasAt Brewster House, of course, we’ve been decorated for Christmas since the beginning of December. That seems to be one of the things you do in a business, is prepare early for the seasonal celebrations.

Christmas is usually quiet here, with few guests (though we’d love to see more of you!), and often we will use that as time to visit family. This year, we’ll be hosting one of our children, her husband and two little boys. The Christmas tree is filled once more with toys for the children (and a few for the grown-ups), and the fire is crackling (well, maybe not crackling, as it is a propane fireplace), the halls are decked, the carols are playing, and we’re ready for the traditional celebration.

Before we go, though, we want to wish all our guests and friends a very Merry Christmas and a delightful New Year!

In the traditional spirit, we’d like to finish 2009 with a very brief, but wonderful, reminder from that great theologian, Linus, about the true meaning of Christmas. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Freeport Lodging Specials – Fall Freedom!

October 2nd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Freeport Lodging SpecialsThere’s no better way to celebrate fall and the freedom we enjoy here in the US than with a Maine coast vacation made all the easier with Brewster House Bed & Breakfast’s Freeport lodging specials!

There’s no more denying it: summer is long gone and soon we’ll be into the holiday season, then – ulk! – 2016! Before we fly off the handle into next year, however, there’s still time to squeeze some fun out of what’s left of 2015 – and that’s plenty!

Autumn is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the Maine coast and we here at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast like to facilitate that with a couple of seasonal Freeport lodging specials.

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Fall Shopping Package, 3 Nights for the Price of 2!

September 1st, 2015 by insideout

carved mahogany mantelpiece behind esy chair, wine glasses on a table and a fire burning in the fireplaceTake advantage of our Fall Shopping package! It gives you the freedom to get away and save! Start your Christmas shopping or just explore the coast after the crowds have departed. Book two consecutive nights at regular (weekend) prices, and the third consecutive night is on us at off-season rates! No gift certificates or coupons may be applicable to this package, but our own, and the reservation must be made directly through our website, or by phone with us.

Valid November 1 through November 24, 2015.

Happy New Year Special!!

December 3rd, 2014 by Scott Gile

Tow cocktail glasses toasting

Our Happy New Year Special will help you Ring in the New Year with a bottle of Champagne or Prosecco by your own fireplace with us at Brewster House, where we are famous for our wonderful beds, ironed sheets and 3 course gourmet breakfasts!!  While not being world famous for it’s rowdy New Years Eve celebration, Freeport does offer a colorful family sort of event from 6 – 9 on the LL Bean campus , including the amazing orchestrated light display still in place after Christmas.  We have amazing restaurants, wine bistros and micro-breweries from Portland through Freeport to Brunswick (next door).  You might chose to include an outdoor winter adventure with the LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School as well.

Our Special includes;

  • 2 nights in your choice of elegant room or suite
  • Your choice of a chilled bottle of Champagne or Prosecco
  • A $50 gift certificate to the Azure Cafe for dinner
  • A Mimosa with breakfast to welcome the first day of 2015
  • Late check-out (1 PM) on your last day


This special starts as low as $428/ couple (+ tax), depending on your choice of room or suite.  It cannot be combined with any other seasonal special.


March 9th, 2014 by Scott Gile

Long white sand beach sandwiched between a rocky headland and low bush

There is so much to do in and around Freeport! To help with planning, we have prepared several sample itineraries with Maine coast vacation ideas, based on length of stay and areas of interest, complete with maps and driving directions, for use by guests staying at Brewster House. We also have some articles on special interest sightseeing, like our blog post, “5 Maine Lighthouses You Can Visit (within about an hour of Freeport)”, or our article with lighthouse map, “Maine Lighthouses – An Accessible Treasure”.

We also have a multi-part guide to visiting all of Maine’s regions, entitled “Visit Maine Like A Mainer”

Maine Coast Vacation Ideas

4 Day Maine Coast Stay

Here is a sample for a four day, three night stay, combining some Freeport shopping with visits to area lighthouses:

Day 1:

  • Arrive at Brewster House for check-in in the afternoon or early evening, request dinner reservations at one of our local restaurants
  • Walk to L.L. Bean for some quick shopping
  • Walk to restaurant for wonderful dining
  • After dinner walk through other shops on the way back to Brewster House

Day 2:

  • Delicious breakfast at Brewster House, make dinner reservations if needed
  • Drive to Pemaquid Point lighthouse and park
  • On the way back to Freeport, stop in Bath for lunch
  • In Bath, check out the 200 year old village on the Kennebec, then drive south along the river, passing by the Bath Ironworks to see our latest destroyers being built, check out the extraordinary Maine Maritime Museum and continue on to beautiful Popham Beach and the Civil War era fort that guards the mouth of the river.
  • Return to Freeport and park at Brewster House, allowing time for a glass of wine on the porch before heading to dinner at another excellent Freeport restaurant
  • Evening shopping in Freeport Village before returning to Brewster House

Day 3:

  • Another good breakfast at Brewster House
  • Drive to Portland Head Lighthouse in Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth, and enjoy a late lunch or early supper at The Lobster Shack at Two Lightsor
  • Or, if it’s adventure you’re after, join the LL Bean Outdoor Adventure School for a kayaking, paddleboard, skeet-shooting, fly fishing or other amazing adventure!
  • Return to Portland and wander the shops and restaurants in the Old Port.
  • Come back for a live concert on the LL Bean campus, before returning to Brewster House

Day 4:

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November 10th, 2013 by Scott Gile


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

Friends of Brewster, our suggestion is to save your Christmas money (and any gifts you can put off) and come to Freeport for the weekend after  Christmas to take advantage of all the over-stocking mistakes the retailers represented here made!!  Not only do you get to take advantage of LL Bean & neighbors, but Brewster House has our own BAH-GUN for you!! 
Arrive on Thursday 12/26, or Friday 12/27 and we’ll offer you 3 days here for the price of just 2!  Not only that, we’ll throw in your choice of a Mimosa or Proscecco cocktail with your breakfast on Sunday ON US!!  We’ll even handle the recycling from all of your buying victories, and provide you with a 50 gallon bag for your gifts (like Santa’s, but polyethylene) and help you wrestle that beast to your car!
Hey, the Wednesday Christmas/ New Yeahs weekday makes this Holiday a bit challenging for we celebrants.  If you are among the fortunate (or committed to partying) who will go away, consider coming to Brewster House on Tuesday, 12/31!  We have OUTSTANDING DINING OPTIONS, both here and in Portland!!  LL Bean is sponsoring fireworks on New Year’s Eve.  See for all of the WILD goings on in Portland!  We’ll not only welcome you with a bottle of sparkly, but will help with “hair of the dog” at Mary’s always elegant breakfast with your choice of a mimosa or Prosecco cocktail. 
And as a tease, this was the “fruit” offering w/ breakfast a few days ago……Mary called this vanilla pannacotta w/ strawberries.  Seems to me something like “life-altering creamy slathering love-bomb of strawberries” might be more accurately descriptive!!

Visiting Maine Lighthouses – Cape Neddick (The Nubble)

May 7th, 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

Thanks to our Guests!

December 18th, 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

Recipe: Lemon Sugar Cookies

December 4th, 2012 by Scott Gile


As the Christmas season is beginning, it is time to think about all those wonderful Christmas cookie recipes you have tucked away somewhere. One we use year ’round, but is especially good at Christmas, is our Lemon Sugar Cookie recipe. Ruth doesn’t even like lemon cookies (can you believe it? I know!), but she LOVES these!


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 2 large lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add lemon zest, egg, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Mix until combined. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
  5. Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are slightly brown around the edges and set. Let cookies sit on the baking sheets for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies.

If you want to make them ahead, after Step 4 you can roll the rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and freeze on baking tray. When ready to use, roll the balls in sugar and then bake as indicated above.

Enjoy – and Merry Christmas!

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

Who Visits Maine Lighthouses in the Winter?

November 20th, 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