Brewster House Bed & Breakfast

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Traffic News

Most of the news we include in our newsletters is about Brewster House or about Freeport. However, this time we need to let you know about some Maine news that could affect your travel plans this summer.

If you plan to travel south from Bar Harbor (or other points north of us), many feel it saves time to take I-95 south from Bangor or Augusta, then I-295 to Freeport. While the actual time difference between these routes and US-1 on the coast depends on traffic, this summer things will be very different (and next summer, too, for that matter!).

I-295 Alternate RoutesThe Maine Department of Transportation will be improving I-295 from Gardiner (just after getting on I-295 from I-95, south of Augusta) Exit 49 to Topsham (just north of Freeport) Exit 31 from June 16 through August 31, 2008. All Southbound lanes of I-295 will be closed during this time.

The alternate routes are shown on the map, or on our web site. The purple route takes you on US-201 from Gardiner to Topsham, rejoining I-295 just about 9 miles from Exit 22 (the exit nearest Brewster House). The green route requires you to stay on I-95 (instead of taking I-295) to the Lewiston/Auburn exit, then take Route 136 to Freeport, where it brings you in at Mallet Drive (again, near Brewster House).

Visitors arriving from Boston and other points south of Freeport, or from the west, such as from New Hampshire and Vermont, will not be affected by this road construction.

Another Special Gets Noticed

Last month's newsletter mentioned that our Fuel Saver special had been noticed by Kiplinger Magazine, as well as others. Well, for June they did it again!. Kiplinger called us several times, then included our Sail Into The Sunset special in the June issue of Kiplinger Magazine (both online and print versions). We've been excited to receive several bookings for this fun package, which includes two nights at Brewster House, a schooner sail for two, a gift card for L.L. Bean, restaurant gift card, and more!

New Specials

Not exactly "new", but we've extended the "Fuel Saver" special (a $25 gas gift card with a two night stay, $50 with a three night or longer stay) through August. We also have several other specials you may want to consider for your upcoming travel plans.

Fox Ridge Golf ClubBrewster House is pleased to partner once again this year with Fox Ridge Golf Course to offer greens fees packages on New England's premier championship course. Our Free Golf special provides one greens fee with shared cart with a two night stay at Brewster House, valid Sun-Thursday nights (both nights must be Sun-Thurs). The Stay 'n Play special includes a night's lodging and one greens fee with shared cart. Extra greens fees with cart can be added at a very good rate!

Coastal Maine Botanical GardensWe are also delighted to offer you a very special opportunity to see the outstanding spring flowers, rhododendrons and other beautiful plants at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Our arrangement with the Botanical Gardens allows us to provide our guests with admission tickets at a discount. The flowers are in full bloom, so now really is the time to visit the gardens, and discount tickets (30% off!) makes it that much easier to do!

Upcoming Events

Here are some of the events coming up along the Maine coast and in Freeport in the coming weeks:

Caper on the Coast Classic Auto Tour: through June 20
2008 Moxie Festival: through June 20
Belgrade Lakes Triathlon: June 21
Bowdoin International Music Festival: June 21-August 2
L.L. Bean Paddle Sports Festival: June 21
L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series (FREE) Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: June 21
Windjammer Days - Boothbay Harbor: June 24-25
L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series (FREE) Martin Sexton: June 28
Region 1 Youth Soccer Championships: June 28 - July 3
L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series (FREE) Toby Lightman: July 4
L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series (FREE) Daryl Hall: July 5
National (Maine) Bike Rally: July 11-13
2008 North Atlantic Blues Festival: July 12-13
L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series (FREE): Kathy Mattea: July 12
Scarborough Triathlon: July 13
43rd Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival: July 18-20
L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series (FREE): Portland Symphony Orchestra: July 19
Zone-Urban Epic Triathlon: July 26
L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series (FREE): Buddy Holly's Original Crickets: July 26

Did You Enjoy Your Stay at Brewster House?

We certainly hope you did! If there is anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable, please email or call us to let us know! If you would like to share your comments on your stay with others, please consider posting a review on Trip Advisor and please let us know you have done so!

We're looking forward to your next visit to Brewster House!

Scott & Ruth
Scott & Ruth Thomas
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast