Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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Lobster Time is Almost Here!

April 9, 2013 by Kelleigh Dulany

Just a reminder – it won’t be long now, that this…

will turn into this…

and this…

Need a map to find a lobster shack near you? Try this one

See you soon!

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

Planning Your Visit to Maine

April 2, 2013 by Kelleigh Dulany

Freeport Maine shopping
Freeport outlet shopping

Every year a number of our guests call to make reservations for their visit to Freeport, and, in the process, ask our advice on other places to go and things to see – both while staying in Freeport, and as suggestions for the other parts of their trip.

We’re well aware that other people don’t always travel the way we do, but we can give some recommendations based on the way we like to do it.

We tend to find a place like Freeport, and plan to stay a few days. Perhaps just two nights (giving only one full day to explore), but more likely 3-5 nights. We use that as a base of operations, from which we can shop or explore the area with day trips, and we don’t have to pack up and move too often. After our several days are up, we move on to another location and repeat the process.

So, what do we suggest?

About two thirds of our visitors come into Maine from the south, so Freeport is likely to be their first stop. We suggest staying here 3-5 nights and visiting things within an easy drive of Freeport. Then, depending on the interests of the guests, and the overall length of their vacation, we suggest they visit the Bar Harbor area (or some of the nearby areas), or one of the inland regions like Moosehead Lake, or the Baxter State Park area. If they have time and interest, perhaps both.

What is there to do in these areas?

The Freeport area

Freeport is widely known as the home of L.L. Bean, and in fact L.L. Bean has five stores in town. All that retail has attracted even more retail, so there are over 160 other shops and restaurants all within a short walk from Brewster House. For most people, that provides a day or so of shopping, in itself.

Wolfes Neck Woods State Park
Wolfes Neck Woods State Park

If you like the coast, there are two state parks, Wolfes Neck Woods State park along the water, and Bradbury Mountain State Park inland, within a few miles of Brewster House. Both offer excellent hiking and views. A bit farther away, about 20 minutes or so, are Popham Beach State Park, with its beaches and historic Civil War Fort Popham on the shore, or Reid State Park, with trails, rocks, and beaches, are just the thing.

Then, of course, there are lighthouses – are there ever lighthouses! Maine has over sixty lighthouses, and many are within an hour or so drive of Freeport. We regularly send guests out with our maps, or more information if they are on our Lighthouse Tour package, to see some of the lighthouses north or south of us. Typically they can visit about six lighthouses to the south in a day, or between 3 and 6 to the north, depending on interests and endurance. Along the way, guests often want to visit some of the many lobster shacks we’ve identified on our map of Maine lobster shacks.

In two weeks, we’ll talk about Bar Harbor and the surrounding area

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

From Horses to Horsepower: Owls Head Transportation Museum

March 26, 2013 by Kelleigh Dulany

Every year we try to make it to Owls Head, Maine (about an hour north of Brewster House on US-1) to visit Owls Head Transportation Museum.

Why would we do that? How good can a transportation museum be in a sleepy coastal Maine town of about 1,600 souls? Wonder no further – it is that good!

Even the museum’s website may fool you – it has plenty of information, but it bears the look of a site that has gone through changes – and not all the changes made it to all the pages. Some parts look newer than others, but, in general, you wouldn’t accuse it of being a cutting-edge site. Do not let that fool you!

The collections at OHTM include aircraft, automobiles, motorcycles, carriages, bicycles and engines. In addition, there are current exhibitions of MG’s (a dozen or more), microcars (you have to see them), and even a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette!

The collection of aircraft is exceptional, with examples of all sorts of pre-WW2 aircraft, including a full-size replica of the Wright brothers’ plane. All but that one can and do actually fly, using the adjacent airstrip.

The collection of antique automobiles is truly amazing. In addition to the MG’s, there are beautifully restored examples from Stanley, Cadillac, Mercedes, Oldsmobile, Ford, Rolls Royce, Packard, Pierce-Arrow, and more!

As if the exhibits and collections weren’t enough, there are special events almost every weekend, from the March 23 & 24 Midcoast Model Festival, the May 25 & 26 Owls Head Spring Antique Auto & Aeroplane Show, through the season-ending (though the museum remains open all year) Nov. 2 & 3 The Great Fall Auction & Flea Market.

Maybe you’d like to join us there…

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

If it’s Spring, Can Lobster be Far Away?

March 12, 2013 by Kelleigh Dulany

It’s March, and that means that Spring is almost here (and our Spring Serenity Special – 3 for 2 – IS here, but we digress!), and that means it won’t be long before Maine’s wonderful lobster shacks will begin to open their doors for the 2013 season!

Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster, Freeport, Maine

Most open in mid- to late-May, and remain open until mid- to late-October. Here in Freeport, our own Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster (pictured) opens May 1 and stays open until about mid-October each year.

Many of our guests make sure they stop at Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster at least once while they’re in town to enjoy the famous Freeport shopping. However, since most of our guests also visit many of the other coastal attractions, from beaches, state parks and lighthouses, to museums and botanical gardens, they like to know about the other lobster shacks throughout the areas where they are exploring.

For that purpose, we also created our Secret Lobster Shacks of Maine guide, with map and photos of some of our favorites. Wherever you are traveling in Maine, this guide will show you the nearest lobster shack!

It’s good eatin’!

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

Recipe: Early Morning Roasted New Potatoes

March 5, 2013 by Kelleigh Dulany

This wonderful, delicious, and easy side dish is a favorite at breakfast, or at any meal!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C)
In a hot skillet, melt the butter with the olive oil. Stir in rosemary, salt and pepper. Coat potatoes evenly with the melted butter mixture.
Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on a baking pan.
Bake in preheated oven until potatoes are golden brown, approximately 20-25 minutes. Toss them occasionally to ensure that they brown on all sides. If you like a darker brown color, bake them a bit longer.

Servings: 4

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

It’s True! Spring is on its way!

February 26, 2013 by Kelleigh Dulany

Following on the heels of the whimsically-named nor’easter called Nemo, we had another storm about a week ago, and more snow just this past weekend. With more snow predicted tomorrow (Wednesday), you might find it hard to believe that we can see signs that Spring is on its way – but it is!

Despite the sudden flurry of snowstorms (sorry – couldn’t resist!), temperatures have been well above freezing in between, so each snow has nearly disappeared before the next one arrived. Even with snow in the current forecast, the temperatures are above freezing, so we don’t expect it to be around long!

And then, there is the true sign of Spring – March 1 marks the beginning of our annual Spring Serenity special at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast in Freeport Maine! This annual special has become extremely popular with our guests over the past several years.

Not only is the weather starting to improve (though there can often be nice conditions for a bit of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, etc. – and L.L. Bean’s courses to teach these and other skills continue into March) but the Freeport’s outlets and shops are clearing out their old merchandise to make way for the new – and that means SALES!

Check out our availability calendar, and book your visit to get 3 nights for the price of 2, March 1 – May 8, 2013! All the Brewster House goodness, with an extra day free! Any room, any day, but subject to availability.

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

After the storm…

February 12, 2013 by Kelleigh Dulany

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 Kelleigh Dulany

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

Just a Reminder: Valentine’s Day is Just Around the Corner!

January 15, 2013 by Kelleigh Dulany

Do you (or your sweetheart) need a bit of a reminder that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner?

February 14th is a Thursday this year, and, at the time this was posted, is only 30 days away. It is time to start making plans!

Does it happen that one day isn’t enough to celebrate the romance in your life? As your sweetheart might say, “Aren’t I worth more than just one day?”

At Brewster House we celebrate romance throughout the entire month of February, with our February is for Romance package. Two romantic nights at Brewster House, plus a wonderful dinner at Azure Cafe, and a Maine welcome basket will make this a memorable celebration.

Don’t wait too long! Be sure you’re in time to get the dates you want!

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

Thanks to our Guests!

December 18, 2012 by Kelleigh Dulany

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

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