Harraseeket Inn Newsletter

Greetings from the Harraseeket Inn!  We hope wherever you are, spring has arrived and you're enjoying longer days, greening landscapes and spring blossoms.  In last year's April newsletter, "Coop's House", the house next door to the inn where our beloved afternoon tea host, the late Arthur Cooper, use to live, was profiled in a series of preliminary photos in the early stages of L.L.Bean's redecorating project.  Because so many of you have inquired about this house and are impatiently awaiting for the photos to be posted on our website, I thought I'd give you a sneak preview.  L.L.Bean's interior
Living room with fireplace.
designer did a fantastic job. I'll put as many photos as I can in this newsletter.  "Coop's House", also known as the L.L.Bean Cottage, is  now being rented nightly and raved about by our guests.  It's a cozy yet spacious house and very
Kitchen with dining patio to left.
popular with families and for "Girlfriends Getaways". There are three bedrooms upstairs,
Bedroom with king bed.
king, queen and twin bedded, along with a full bath, and downstairs are two sleeper sofas and a half bath.  There's a sunroom, a living room with
Den looking toward kitchen.
library and fireplace, a media room (den), a full kitchen with an outdoor dining deck, a dining room
Dining room off kitchen.
and loads of sunny, cheerful charm.  Wandering through the house last week I selected a book from the library entitiled, "Our Amazing Birds;
Sunroom off of living room.
Odd and Interesting Data about 102 Birds", and opening the cover I read the inscription, "Mrs. Arthur E. Cooper, Freeport, Maine."  Printed in 1952, the book has wonderful illustrations and stories about many of Maine's birds, and I thought about Nora Cooper, and how when I first moved to Freeport she came and knocked on the door of the house I was living in, which is now the Broad Arrow Tavern, introduced herself with that warm, genuine smile of hers, handed me a box of her
Dining room off of kitchen.
homemade candy and welcomed me to the neighborhood.  A teacher by profession and a mother by nature, she took me under her wing and brightened my world the moment she entered it. This house still radiates the extraordinary love that filled it for so many years.  I hope Nora and
Den with half bath downstairs
Arthur Cooper are pleased with the renovation of this wonderful home where they raised their family. If any of you would like a tour, we'd be happy to oblige. The house is on the other side of our outdoor dining patio and firepit, just a few
Full bath upstairs.
steps from the inn. The entire house is rented by the night  and the rate includes our full buffet breakfast and afternoon tea if you book your reservations directly with us, either over the phone or on our website.  All of the furnishings and art work can be purchased from L.L.Bean at their store right here in town.  This is a great way to "try before you buy". Many thanks to L.L.Bean for creating this special place for our guests to enjoy, and to the Cooper family for being such great neighbors for so many years.

Upcoming Events and Special offers

Easter basket
*April 16th Easter Grand Buffet  Check out the menu on our website; reservations can be made by calling 1-800-342-6423.

*Mother's Day May 14* Treat the special woman in your life to our Mother's Day Grand Buffet and give her the royal treatment she deserves!  Make your reservations soon for this very special day.

* Hospitality for Habitat:   Between April 17 until May 25, 2017, we're offering a designated number of rooms at half our regular rate, in exchange for a $35 check payable to Habitat for Humanity.  (Weekends excluded.)
These funds will be distributed among the eight local chapters of Habitat for Humanity. 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 way to justify a Maine get-a-way!
*Cabin Fever Package through June 15 , Sunday through Thursday, and includes weekends through May 5th, 2017.  The  Cabin Fever Package  includes: 
*Two nights lodging
*$50. LLBean Gift Certificate
*Dinner one evening in our Broad  ArrowTavern
*Tavern Lunch Buffet one afternoon
*Full buffet breakfast each morning
*Afternoon Tea daily

$425. per couple, standard
$495. per couple, deluxe

*Wolfe's Neck Farm has special programs for the kids, and 'tis the season for baby animals in the barn.  This is a truly beautiful salt water farm and a wonderful way to make memories for your children.  Take a walk in the adjacent Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park afterward, and enjoy the views of Casco Bay.

*Check out all of our  special packages  and plan your getaway soon.  Let us pamper you for a day or two or three...it's been a long winter! 

*The  Freeport Calendar  lists upcoming special events and all the fantastic winter sales in Freeport Village.  Get a jump on spring and snowshoe on up for a visit!

*Downeast Reader's Choice 2017  Vote for your favorite places in Maine and let your voice be heard! We'd love your vote!

This month's trivia question is going to be a lot tougher than last months because my broken arm has healed up, thanks to all your well wishes! (Thank you, by the way.   The cast comes off tomorrow!) You'll have just once chance to score, so do your research carefully.  You're traveling the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and just beached your canoe on the west shore of Eagle Lake. You decide to stretch your legs by taking a little walk.  You get turned around and now you're lost in the north Maine woods somewhere east of Allagash Lake, west of Eagle and Chamberlin Lakes. You have about two hours of daylight left to find your way back to the canoe. You stumble over a parallel set of iron rails snaking through the woods and realize you're on a long abandoned train track, which you follow until you see a clearing in the woods up ahead.  As you approach the clearing you're stepping over pieces of old boilers, 
wheels and iron wreckage from another time. Suddenly you're looking at two abandoned locomotives parked way out in the middle of the Maine woods. What did these "ghost locomotives" use to do, and what was the name of the now-defunct railroad that owned them?  All correct answers win a voucher worth $5. toward food or lodging on your next visit to the inn.  You may redeem up to 12 vouchers at one time, a $60. value. Good luck finding your way back to your canoe.  Bring your compass next time you decide to take a walk in the woods, and we hope to see you soon!

Happy Easter, 
Penny Gray
The Gray family
Woodsy pillows in the L.L.Bean Cottage.
Whales in the upper landing at L.L.Bean Cottage.