Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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Maine’s Diners – History and a Greasy Spoon

February 16, 2010 by Kelleigh Dulany

When we first began to visit Maine we learned that unlike many parts of the country, Maine’s diners had not only survived, but many of them thrive, whether along the coast, in popular tourist destinations, or in more remote areas of the Pine Tree state.

As we began to explore the state, we also began to explore the diners – enjoying the friendly, family-oriented atmosphere, the good, old-fashioned, styles of cooking, the variety of food on the menu, and the classic diner meals. We found you could get anything from a hot dog or a grilled cheese sandwich, to a steak dinner, a classic Maine lobster dinner, or almost anything in between.

There there was dessert. Oh, my, was there dessert! Ice cream and a variety of pies, fresh from the oven! We quickly discovered that this was the best place to get blueberry pies!

Practically every part of Maine has a diner (or two, or three…). From the world famous Maine Diner in Wells (where tourists sometimes visit in hopes of seeing one of the famous neighbors from Kennebunkport, the Bush family), to Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro (decorated with photgraphs of visitors who purchased a Moody’s Diner T-shirt, then sent back a photo of themselves wearing it in remote parts of the world), to the smaller and less well-known diners in all corners of Maine, the food is good, the company pleasant, and the atmosphere delightful (and the pie is great, too!).

Below is a map from Brewster House Bed & Breakfast which you can use to get directions to the various diners. There are a lot more diners in addition to the ones listed on the map. We’ll be adding more over time, but feel free to give us a shout if we’ve missed one of your favorites, and we’ll gladly add it to the map.

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Historic Maine Bed and Breakfasts: Brewster B&B’s

September 24, 2009 by Kelleigh Dulany

Brewster House B&B, Freeport, Maine
Today we had the exceptional opportunity to join together (at least for a few hours) two Maine bed and breakfasts with similar names, and related histories.

As many of our guests will know from our history of the Brewster family, Jarvis Brewster, who built the house in 1888, was descended from William Brewster, who arrived in 1620 on the Mayflower, and whose descendants migrated to Maine thereafter.

Mark & Judith Stephens, Brewster Inn, Dexter, MaineThe year 1888 also was the year of birth of another Brewster descendant, Ralph Owen Brewster, of Maine. Owen (as he was known) was Governor of Maine and later a U.S. Senator. His disputes with Howard Hughes were shown in the film, The Aviator. Owen’s home in Dexter, Maine, is also a Bed and Breakfast today, known as the Brewster Inn.

Mark Stephens, who, with his wife Judith, owns the Brewster Inn, spent a night with us while in the area for business commitments this week. We enjoyed Mark’s brief visit, exchanging innkeeping ideas and discussing the possibility of working together on a history package, emphasizing the Brewster family and its Mayflower connections.

The Brewster Inn is located in Dexter, the Maine Highlands region, about an hour and forty minutes drive north and west of Brewster House Bed & Breakfast in Freeport.

Visit Maine Like A Mainer! Kennebec and Moose River Valleys

July 21, 2009 by Kelleigh Dulany

This week our Visit Maine Like A Mainer! series travels to the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys region of this beautiful state.

Extending from the state capitol in Augusta north through the river valleys to the Canadian border, the region is filled with opportunities for outdoor adventure. Drive the scenic byway of US-201 through tiny towns and villages along the river valleys, transporting you back in time to the days of the lumber barons, or even the Revolutionary War. Many of these sights are described in the region website, and are sure to provide for an enjoyable and interesting visit.

From whitewater rafting in The Forks, to snowmobiling in Jackman, to fishing in the Kennebec River (near Moosehead Lake), there is something in every season to attract every visitor. Educational opportunities are plentiful at Colby College in Waterville, while the Shakespearean Theater of Maine is located in Monmouth. The fall foliage in this region is second to none.

A nice collection of links to communities and activities in the region can be found on the region’s site.

If you have suggestions of places you would like us to include in our “Visit Maine Like A Mainer” series, please feel free to post them in the comments, or to Tweet them to us.

10 Things to do Near Freeport Maine (Other Than Shopping)

May 26, 2009 by Kelleigh Dulany

Maine’s premier shopping destination is Freeport. Not only are there over 160 shops, outlet stores and restaurants, but it is the world headquarters of retail giant L.L. Bean, and home to its several stores (the flagship store, with everthing from clothes to camping gear, furniture, home goods, gifts and more), the hunting and fishing store, the bike, ski and boat store, and the L.L. Bean Outlet, with a full-scale home store in the works). But what else is there to do in Freeport, Maine?

There is plenty to do in addition to shopping! In this post we’ll cover 10 popular things to do in or near Freeport, for those who aren’t here to shop (is that possible?), or when you’d like to take a break from the shops and see a bit of Maine!

1. Bird Watching

There are several great spots for birding near Freeport. From the Audubon Society’s Mast Landing Bird Sanctuary, providing a serene property, perfect for walking, enjoying a picnic and bird watching, to the Audubon Society’s Gisland Farm Sanctuary, with nature trails winding through meadows, woods and estuaries. Enjoy art exhibits and an extensive collection of mounted mammals and birds representative of Maine’s ecosystems. Also, some of the other locations below provide excellent opportunities for birding.

2. Adventure

The folks at L.L. Bean put on a series called the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools which include their $15 Walk-on Adventures. There you can learn to fly fish, paddle a canoe or kayak, cross-country ski, snowshoe, or practice archery or clay target shooting. They also have more advanced courses for the more experienced visitor.

3. Beaches

Yes, beaches. In Maine. Astonishing! In Freeport, there is Winslow Memorial Park, a lovely town park along part of Casco Bay. Most of the waterfront is grassy, and excellent for picnics and playing, but there is a small sand beach, as well.

Larger beaches are found at two State Parks, Popham Beach and Reid State Parks. Both are north on US-1 about 10 minutes, then east about 15-20 minutes more to the end of their respective points of land, where there area beautiful large sand beaches, restrooms, and camp and picnic facilities. The scenery is breathtaking.

4. Visit Lighthouses

Of Maine’s 60+ lighthouses, several are not far from Freeport. Since we recently posted on lighthouses to visit nearby, please see that post for all the scoop. This doesn’t include several small lighthouses on Casco Bay, in and around Portland’s harbor.

5. History

Visit historic Wolfe’s Neck Farm and see a 626 acre farm on the Maine coast dedicated to sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and community well-being.

Nearby is Desert of Maine, a famous natural phenomenon, creating a desert in Maine (of all places!).

If you enjoy maritime history, the Maine Maritime Museum is in Bath, about 15 minutes from Freeport, and is filled with history about Maine’s maritime past and present.

6. Golf

If you would enjoy a round of golf in a wonderful setting, there are several courses that would suit you nearby. Closest is the Freeport Country Club’s 9-hole track. Brunswick’s Brunswick Golf Club is a nice 18-hole course, and only about 10 minutes away. Fox Ridge Golf Club, past home to the Maine State Open, is not much farther away, and provides a real challenge to golfers of any ability. Others are a bit farther away, near Portland or Boothbay Harbor.

7. Hiking and Nature

Two of Maine’s great State Parks, Wolfe Neck State Park and Bradbury Mountain State Park, are located within about 10 minutes drive from Freeport. Wolfe Neck State Park is on Casco Bay and offers hiking trails in the woods and along the bay. Bradbury Mountain State Park offers fine views from its trails at higher elevation.

8. Boating

Canoes and kayaks can be rented nearby for the self-powered enthusiast. There are also tour boats for everything from puffin and whale watching tours and lighthouse tours to tours of Arctic explorer Admiral Peary’s Eagle Island home. Some are as close as 5 minutes from Freeport, while others are from 10 to 50 minutes away. Sails on an antique schooner are as close as Portland harbor.

9. Art Galleries

In Freeport you’ll find a group of artists at Freeport Square or the new Wonderful Art Gallery, right in Freeport Village, or just a bit up US-1 is the Frost Gully Gallery, featuring 20 Maine artists at Maine’s oldest gallery.

10 Antiques

OK, so hunting for antiques is a form of shopping. Still, it isn’t quite the same thing, is it? Just 5 minutes up the road in Brunswick is the Andross building, containing a large antique mall with a variety of dealers. Brunswick also has several independent antique dealers. A few more minutes up US-1 in Bath, there are several individual antique shops along the streets, and others along Route 209 toward Popham Beach.

Do you have any favorite places in Maine? Let us know in the comments.

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