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The first signs of fall color are across the street from Brewster House Bed & Breakfast
Your Fall Foliage Getaway

As we've noticed in prior years, our neighbor's maple tree across the street is always the first sign that fall is on the way. It begins to turn in August - well before the other trees, so it acts as a reminder to begin making plans to visit Freeport for fall foliage.
 
The most frequently asked question is "when is the peak viewing time?" The answer, for Freeport, is usually the first two weeks of October, with good foliage usually from the last few days of September through the end of October (sometimes even into November).
 
This year, however, because of the mild winter and early spring, all the vegetation seems to be a little ahead of schedule, so we wouldn't be a bit surprised to see the foliage be a week, or even two weeks, earlier than normal.
 
Will it be a good year for the colors? The factors that make a good year are a long hot summer with plenty of moisture. That's exactly what we've had this summer - gorgeous weather, but adequate rainfall, too. 
 
Peak foliage is a moving target - with microclimates changing at different times. In general, the more northern and western parts of Maine turn color first, and the colors move southward and eastward. Of course, this is only a generalization, and specific areas will vary.
 
To make your foliage visit easy to plan, we are offering several versions of our Fall Foliage Surf & Turf special. The full special includes a booklet with information on the area and turn-by-turn self-driving tour of nearby foliage areas, two nights at Brewster House, a $100 shopping spree at L.L. Bean, a $50 gift certificate to Azure Cafe, a $50 gasoline card and a two hour cruise for two on one of Portland Schooner Co.'s antique schooners. The "Lite" version includes two nights at Brewster House, the same foliage tour and a $25 gas card. If you prefer to extend the full tour to a third night (there is a lot to see!), we will extend the full Fall Foliage Surf & Turf special for a third night for $100.
 
If you want to time your visit, and can afford to wait until the last minute (realizing that can make it difficult to find availability in small B&B's like Brewster House), you can check the progress of Maine's foliage on the state's foliage website. It will have foliage reports available beginning September 15.
 
Veterans Take Note...
 
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast is joining with other B&B's around the USA in honoring our veterans. If you are a veteran and have a valid military ID, we are offering a free room for you (double occupancy) on November 10, 2010.
 
 
Recipe: Coconut Macaroons (and they're gluten-free, too!)
 
Like many B&B's, at Brewster House we're finding an increasing number of our guests need, or prefer, gluten-free foods. 
 
One of the treats we enjoy serving qualifies, and it is delicious! It is our Coconut Macaroon cookies. These wonderful treats have just a bit of chocolate at the base, to make them a little sweet, and they are mouth-wateringly good!
 
 
More Looking at Lighthouses
 
As we near Maine's Second Annual Lighthouse Day on September 18, 2010, when many of the state's lighthouses will be open for public visits (even several that are not normally open to the public), we continue our series called "Let's Look at Lighthouses", with articles on Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (after which Room Four is named), only an hour from Brewster House, and Room Seven's namesake, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on Mount Desert Island.
 
We also venture on to Tenant's Harbor Light, now the private residence of artist Jamie Wyeth, son of noted American artist Andrew Wyeth. This lighthouse, visible only by sea or air, is a beautifully restored island lighthouse, near Rockland, Maine.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Sep 4             Joshua Radin - L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series
Sep 4             Bates College Orientation
Sep 3-6          Labor Day Weekend
Sep 26-Oct 2  Cumberland County Fair
Oct 8-10        Bates College Parents and Families Weekend
Oct 8-11        Columbus Day Weekend
Oct 11           Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
Oct 22-24       Bowdoin College Parents' Weekend
Nov 7             Daylight Savings Time ends
Nov 10           Veterans Day Special at Brewster House
Nov 11           Veterans Day
 
Did You Enjoy Your Visit?
 
We certainly hope so! If there was anything we could have done to make your visit more enjoyable, please email and let us know. If you'd like to share your comments with others, it's not too late to  post a review on TripAdvisor! 
 
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We're looking forward to your next visit to Brewster House!
 
Ruth & Scott

Scott & Ruth Thomas

Brewster House Bed & Breakfast | 180 Main Street | Freeport, Maine 04032
(207) 865-4121 | (800) 865-0822