|Greetings from the Harraseeket Inn! It's been said that April showers bring May flowers. Let's hope April blizzards do the same. Northern Maine got walloped by the worst storm of the winter in early April, and it wasn't even winter. Wind gusts to 65 mph created tsunami-sized snow drifts. To give you an idea of what spring looks like in Fort Kent, here's a photo taken during a break in shoveling last week. That's Iceman peeking out of his house, and this is April, the month when vegetable and flower gardens are being planned and planted in more temperate climes. Today in Freeport we're experiencing freezing rain, sleet and drizzle, with more predicted for the next several days. A guest of ours sent a wonderful photo taken with her beautiful dog Toby sitting amidst a bountiful planter brimming with floral cheer. Many thanks to Darlene and Toby for giving us this much needed dose of Florida sunshine!
Earth Day is April 22nd, but here at the Harraseeket, we celebrate it every day, in everything we do. This is part of the innkeeper's legacy, and one we whole-heartedly embrace, from the organic foods from local farms to our composting programs and recycling. We constantly strive toward energy efficiency and reducing our waste stream. On that topic the suggestion was recently made that because so many other hotels were using plastic ware in their guest rooms, perhaps we should, too. Certainly it would save on the time and energy it takes to daily gather and transport all the guest room glassware to the kitchen, where it's run through our commercial dishwasher, then returned to the housekeeping closets. However, this would create so much plastic waste that the idea was quickly shot down. That's not what we're about, and my mother would have a fit if she knew we were even discussing such a thing. That's why we're sticking with the real thing and foregoing the plastic wrapped plastic ware in our guest rooms.
Speaking of mothers, Mother's Day is one month away, and if you're lucky enough to still have yours, you might be wondering how to make the day special for her. Sometimes the simplest things are the most memorable and appreciated; a drive to her favorite spot, a special meal she doesn't have to cook herself, a pleasant walk in a peaceful place or just spending time with her. Many of you who've stayed with us over the years are familiar with my mother, innkeeper Nancy Gray and my brother Chip, the general manager. Nancy's 85 and suffering from dementia, though she still comes to the inn almost daily. It's her favorite place to be and we love having her here. In her day she was a demanding task master, but she also "mothered" all the staff. Now these same dear employees she once shepherded are watching out for her. How time flies! My mother may not remember what she just ate for breakfast, but she still remembers the name of the dog in the photo below. "Hello, Danny," she says, every time she enters the tavern and sees herself as a young girl standing on the dock at Birch Island, beside her father's plane.
Special Offers and Upcoming Events:
*MOTHER'S DAY is coming up fast. Check out our incredible Grand Buffet on our website and make reservations soon at 1-800-342-6423.
*Maine Harvest Spring Wine Dinner at the Harraseeket Inn is coming up in May 4th, $55./per person, starts at 6 pm. This is a five course dinner paired with wines, guaranteed to delight! Call 1-800-342-6423 to reserve your seats!
*Our popular Cabin Fever Package runs from now until June 14th, Sunday through Thursday only. Why suffer when the cure's waiting for you right here in Freeport?
The Cabin Fever Package includes:
*Two nights lodging
*$50. LLBean Gift Certificate
*Dinner for two one evening in our Broad ArrowTavern
*Tavern Lunch Buffet for two one day
*Full buffet breakfast each morning
*Afternoon Tea daily
$435. per couple, standard room
$510. per couple, deluxe room
*Hospitality for Habitat This offer is very simple. Between April 16 until May 24, 2018, we're offering a designated number of their rooms at half the regular rate, in exchange for a $35 check payable to Habitat for Humanity.
These funds will be distributed among the eight local chapters of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1975 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built more than 800,000 homes for partner families around the world. Their website is www.habitat.org. Reservations must be made in advance, and the contribution to Habitat for Humanity must be in the form of a check. This is a great deal for a great cause, and another great reason to plan your getaway!
Check out our website for more great values for off season travelers. Call us toll free at 1-800-342-6423 to book your reservation direct and receive complimentary afternoon tea and full buffet breakfast for two. Come for a visit and let us pamper you with great food and hospitality that will warm your spirit and banish the winter doldrums.
*LL.Bean's Calendar of Events ; everything from snowshoeing, fly tying, bike maintenance, cross country skiing...and some great presentations from world adventurers!
* Wolfe's Neck Farm
Backyard Gardener Workshops
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't be learning new skills (like winter gardening) and getting ready for spring.
*Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
There's always a selection of family oriented and educational outdoor events planned at the park and it's just a short drive from the inn. Beautiful walking trails along the rugged shoreline of Casco Bay.
Last month's trivia scored almost 100% correct answers. Apparently many of you have dined beneath the big moose in the Broad Arrow Tavern! LLBean himself was the hunter who downed this massive beauty many years ago and it was the state's largest at the time. This month's trivia question has three parts and highlights one of Maine's most unique
features. Our coastline is renowned for its beauty, as well as its hazards to navigation. To that end, we have more than 60 lighthouses along our rocky coast.
Which of Maine's lighthouses is the oldest, where is it located and who commissioned it?
All correct answers win a voucher worth $5. toward food or lodging on your next visit. You must answer within one week (7 days from receiving it) or take your chances on getting a response. One answer per household, please. You may redeem up to 12 vouchers at one time, a total of $60. Please be patient with my replies, it takes a long time to get through hundreds of emails. Good luck, happy Mothers Day, THINK SPRING and we hope to see you soon!
The Gray family
|Nancy and Chip Gray contemplating grand theft auto of our police chief's woody in front of the inn.