How do innkeepers take a vacation?

That is one of the "regular" questions in the Brewster House dining room. How do you get away? Do you hire someone to innsit?

As many of our previous guests know, this is exactly our plan for the next few weeks - we could have someone innsit for us, but that is an expensive alternative at this time of year, when there are so few guests in Freeport. So, we'll do it the alternative way - we'll just close for a couple of weeks (or a bit more).

As we've enjoyed sharing with guests from time-to-time, in 2001 we were in the process of planning a trip to the United Kingdom, when the September 11 attacks occurred. We decided to vacation in the USA that year and came to Maine. The rest, as they say, is history.

However, we have continued to plan that trip, and this year, for our 20th wedding anniversary, we're going! We leave next week (17 March), very early in the morning. We've also decided to try to post a journal of our travels (with pictures, if possible) on this page (http://www.brewsterhouse.com/news) as often as we have an internet connection available, so you're welcome to follow along!

We're flying to London, where we arrive late at night, to stay near Heathrow. The next morning we pick up a rental car and drive north, through Oxford, where we'll do a bit of sightseeing, to Chipping Campden and the Cotswolds. We spend two nights in a B&B there, and hope the innkeepers will give us suggestions for the area attractions.

From Chipping Campden we will make a southwesterly circuit around the southern coast of Wales, through Swansea and Cardiff, where we hope to visit some ancient castles, then back up the west coast to Aberystwyth, where we'll spend the Easter weekend. While there, we'll visit the daughter of one of our guests, who is attending the University in Aberystwyth.

On Monday we'll head north. We'll take two days making our way north to Scotland. We plan to spend Monday night in Keswick, in the Lake District (we wish we had more time, so we could spend another day or two there - sigh...). Tuesday we'll head farther north, to Inverness, Scotland. The next day we take an all-day tour, called "Over the Sea to Skye". It looks wonderful!

Wednesday we plan to travel along the Scottish northeast coast, via Aberdeen and St. Andrews, to Edinburgh. This will be our longest stay in one place, as we plan to have four nights at a Bed and Breakfast in Edinburgh. While there, we plan to take a tour of historic sites from the Protestant Reformation. We also hope to do a lot of sightseeing in Edinburgh.

After Edinburgh, we plan to drive south along the west coast of England, stopping at some more castles, then turning inland, where we have reservations at a B&B in Askrigg, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales - home of James Herriot in "All Creatures Great and Small." While in the Yorkshire area, we are planning to meet up for dinner with some guests, Debra and Kenny, who stayed at Brewster House a few months ago, and have provided very helpful tips in planning our trip.

Finally, we head south again. On the way back toward London and Heathrow, we plan to stop briefly at Scrooby Manor. Scrooby Manor was the home of the Archbishops of York, and was managed by the tenant of the Archbishop, William Brewster (and his father before him...). Brewster was known as Elder William Brewster, and was one of the dissenters (from the official church) who eventually left England for the New World aboard the Mayflower. If you haven't guessed, Jarvis A. Brewster, of our Brewster House, is a direct descendant of Elder William Brewster.

Then it is on to the airport and one more night's lodging, before returning home to Brewster House. We hope you'll enjoy following these travels as we are able to post updates.

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