At 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!
Having the L.L.Bean Flagship Campus in our town of Freeport, Maine can be pretty exciting, as they hold a lot of big events throughout the year and help to make the holidays brighter with things like the L.L.Bean Northern Lights Celebration!
Fans of the great outdoors already find the L.L.Bean Flagship Campus in Freeport an exciting event but, for those less enthusiastic about thermal underwear and kayak accessories, a visit to the L.L.Bean Flagship Campus can still surprise and delight – especially around the holidays when they go all out to spread the spirit of the season
Looking for a great new way to celebrate the holiday season as well as get some fantastic shopping in? Come to Freeport, Maine for the Sparkle Celebration Weekend, December 4th through the 6th, 2015, and see why it’s been a beloved Maine tradition for 22 years!
Much more than just a shopping promotion, Freeport’s Sparkle Celebration Weekend is true fun and holiday tradition for everyone, guaranteed to transform even the most confirmed Scrooge into a happy elf with Christmas themed events and decorations, incredible selections and deals in the shops, free hot cocoa, horse-drawn carriage rides, a synchronized Musical Holiday Light Show with over 25,000 lights, and more.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME are always a great place to visit – but once they turn it into Gardens Aglow, Maine’s largest light display for the holidays …
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – almost 250 acres in Boothbay, Maine, including a kilometer of tidal waterfront – is open daily from April 15th through October 31st, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the nation and world to see the dramatic topography and hundreds of native plant species beautifully maintained and thriving: daffodils, magnolias, rhododendron, azalea, geranium, iris, trillium, spirea, delphinium, clematis and much, much more resplendent in their own, protected heaven, here on the Maine coast.
There’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.
Take 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.
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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 http://www.llbean.com/llb/ods/33?page=outdoor-discovery-schools as well.
Our Special includes;
2 nights in your choice of elegant room or suite
3 course gourmet breakfasts daily
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 2016
Late check-out (1 PM) on your last day
This special starts as low as $448/ couple (+ tax), depending on your choice of room or suite. It cannot be combined with any other seasonal special, gift certificates (beside our own) or coupons. Add a third day for a real escape!!
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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:
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
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
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
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 afterChristmas 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!
HAPPI NEW YEAHS 2014!!
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 VisitPortland.com 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!!
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.