Think Spring!
Greetings from the Harraseeket Inn! February in Maine is known as the coldest month but it's also the most promising. The days are getting noticeably longer, the sun is higher in the sky and the shadows cast by the trees upon the snow on early mornings and late afternoons make winter seem like the most beautiful season of all. The photo below was taken this week by Cindy Morin in nearby Pownal, Maine and the play of shadows and sunlight upon snow and stones truly captures the clear, fragile beauty of a winter landscape. Spring is coming, but there's still plenty of time for some winter fun!
Meanwhile, Covid-2019 has morphed into Covid-2021, the vaccine rollout is successfully underway and we're all going absolutely stir crazy. Now is the perfect time to plan a road trip to Maine. Gas up the car, pack your bags with that winter bucket list and some warm clothes, and head to the Harraseeket Inn for a getaway that will recharge your batteries and restore your spirits. Bring the family, including your four legged members, and have yourself a grand adventure. Make some winter memories that will erase all those dreary months of confinement. Not many flock to these northern climes in winter, so you'll have the whole crowd-free town to yourself!

Take a hike at Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park on trails that skirt the ruggedly beautiful rockbound coast of Casco Bay. Bring binoculars and a bird book to identify wintering shore birds, and keep your eyes peeled for harbor seals. Don't forget to bring your best friend along, this state park is a doggie's paradise! Visit Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment and say hello to all the farm animals and staff. The kids will love making friends with the gentle Oberhasli goats and feeling how rough a young calf's tongue feels when it licks their outstretched hand! Lambing time is drawing near, and nothing is cuter than a newborn lamb...unless it's a newborn calf or kid. All the little ones are adorable!

Check out the fabulous winter sales at all the Freeport shops, and bring your doggie shopping, too. Most stores allow pets, including L.L.Bean's flagship store. Let your best friend track down some great bargains for you, and don't forget to visit the Pet Pantry for some special treats. Speaking of dogs, we're rebuilding our website and would love to feature your doggies on our pet page. If you would like to submit photos or video of your four legged family members, taken while visiting the Harraseeket Inn and the Freeport area, please submit them to our email: info@harraseeketinn.com

Some great news for those of you who enjoy live theater! You'll no longer have to travel outside of town to enjoy locally produced plays, and Freeport Players is offering online presentations as well. Check out their schedule: https://fcponline.org
Just up the road apiece in Bath is the Chocolate Church Art Center, featuring music, theater and art. Covid has put a damper on live performances but we're hoping this will soon change: https://chocolatechurcharts.org/2020-21-events

We have some special packages listed below, and as always, we're here to answer any questions you might have. Just call us toll free at 1-800-342-6423. You'll get a real honest to goodness friendly Mainer on the phone who will happily help you plan your getaway.
POOL & PIZZA FAMILY PACKAGE
This newly designed family package is great way to get away with the ones you love without breaking the bank. Spend a night at the Harraseeket Inn and enjoy a private pool time (one hour block reserved for just your family) and a room service pizza dinner from the Broad Arrow Tavern. After dinner unwind in your room with our robust DirecTV programming or bring your favorite DVD. We’ll even provide the popcorn! This crowd-pleasing package is available until April 1st and includes:

  • 1 nights lodging in the best available double bedded room
  • Scheduled private pool time
  • 1 large cheese or pepperoni pizza, garden salad for four, soft drinks for four and local potato chips delivered to your room
  • Caramel or buttered popcorn and bottled water
  • DVD player (if you wish to bring your own DVDs to enjoy while with us) and DirecTV
  • Grab and Go breakfast and afternoon tea
January 1, 2021 – April 1, 2021
$179.00/night plus applicable taxes 
*Upgrade your stay to one of our deluxe room types for $209.00/night plus applicable taxes

CABIN FEVER PACKAGE
Getting a little stir crazy? Ready to get out of the house but still be safe? Our newly envisioned Cabin Fever Package may be just the ticket. Take advantage of all that the Freeport area has to offer with an easy day time walk to Freeport Village or a short car ride to Portland and Brunswick. Our Cabin Fever package includes a flexible meal credit that you can use to dine in with us or to have a contactless room service delivery from our award-winning Broad Arrow Tavern. Each package will also have freshly baked cookies and brownies in your room for your arrival and includes a ‘grab and go’ breakfast and afternoon tea. Available until May 1st, this package is a sure bet to break you out of the quarantine blues.
  • 2 nights lodging in the best available room
  • Up to a $200 meal credit (to be used in the Broad Arrow Tavern during your stay)
  • Cookie & Brownie plate in the room upon arrival
  • To Go Breakfast each morning for everyone in the room each day
  • To Go Afternoon Coffee/Tea and cookies for every in the room each day
*available 7 days a week, tavern meal charges must be posted to the guests’ room during their stay and the credit will be applied to their departing bill up to $150
January 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021
$545.00 plus applicable taxes
Covid-19 Travel Update
If you're traveling to Maine from out of state, please call ahead to ask about any certification of COVID quarantine/testing measures currently in effect. We know many of you are calling about having received the COVID Vaccine and are anxious to travel. At present, the state guidelines require the same certificate of compliance to be completed, regardless of vaccine. We have heard this will be updated to allow for easier travel if you have received the vaccine but the compliance has not been updated from the state as of yet. We continue to check daily.We'll do our best to answer your questions and help with your travel plans. All of our guests are expected to wear masks in public areas, including when seated at their tables in one of our restaurants, except when they are eating and drinking. Our governor has tasked businesses with policing these mandates. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. 1-800-342-6423
 
While 2020 has changed many things in the tourism industry, one thing that hasn't changed, and never will, is our focus on true Maine hospitality. We've missed seeing many of you this past year, and look forward to welcoming you back. Maine remains one of the safest and most beautiful places in the nation. Please don't hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns, or for assistance in planning your vacation. We're here for you!


Now Offering Private Tavern Dining!

Here’s how it works:
*Seating for up to 8 guests for 2 hours max and ordering off the Broad Arrow Tavern Menu
*Reservations required (online though Resy labeled “private” or by calling us (207) 865-9377)
*Dedicated bathroom for private guest space use only
*Dedicated HVAC and air filtration system with thermostat for guests to control the room temperature
*2 windows that open to outside
*Closet in the space for coat storage inside dining space
*Closing door to the hallway, making it truly private
*Based on your preference, a team member can serve you as they would any other normal table in the Tavern OR there is a phone in the space to place your contactless dining order

*All reservations will see the host at the Broad Arrow Tavern to be seated in the private dining space.
*Room rental fee of $50 for up to four guests, $75. for five or more (rental fee can be discounted if certain minimum food and beverage thresholds are reached, gratuity is not included)
***Make your Tavern Private Dining reservation online now: https://resy.com/cities/pwm/broad-arrow-tavern...
View our latest Broad Arrow Tavern menu: https://www.harraseeketinn.com/dining/broad-arrow-tavern

If you have a small special event you'd like to host in a public yet very private place, here's your perfect venue! Call us at 1-800-342-6423 to reserve this private dining room located just down the hall from the tavern.

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We have reimagined our approach to packages for 2021 and you are going to love it! Very soon, you will be able to book current packages through our newly updated website, as well as book a package for any available room type you would like, including deluxe rooms within the main inn, townhouses and even the L.L.Bean Guest House! Our package pricing will still build in incredible value. Simply add on the package cost to our best rates for any room type!

As requested through the off season, we've updated two packages that we wanted to spotlight:

Steal Away

Socially distance yourself this winter and break out of the mundane with a winter or spring escape. Shop. Get outdoors. Do a little cross-country skiing. Visit a museum. Take a day trip to Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park or just enjoy the unique beauty of Maine.
The Steal Away Vacation Package is a unique gift for yourself or someone you love. You may find yourself starting a new family tradition!
Steal Away includes:
  • Three nights lodging
  • $150 meal credit to the Broad Arrow Tavern to be used toward lunch or dinner (or both!)
  • Grab and Go Breakfast each morning
  • Best Available Room Type (subject to availability at the time of booking)

January - April 29, 2021
$649 per couple, plus 9% tax and gratuities
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L.L.Bean Shopping Escape

Visiting L.L.Bean's Flagship store just steps away from our full service inn? Get the most out of your trip by booking our exclusive L.L.Bean Shopping Escape Package!
Package includes:
  • Two Nights Lodging 
  • $100 meal credit to the Broad Arrow Tavern to be used for Lunch or Dinner (or both!)
  • $50 L.L.Bean gift certificate
  • L.L.Bean tote bag featuring an embroidered Harraseeket Inn logo
  • Grab and Go Breakfast each morning
 
January - December 31, 2021: 
Total cost will be the best available rate for any room type for two nights, plus $140.00 to receive all the package inclusions above. 
This means you will be able to book any room you like, including upgraded room types in the Main Inn, Townhouses as well as the L.L.Bean Guest House with this enhanced package pricing approach! The package pricing will simply take the nightly rack room rate of any room type (2 nights required for this package) and add $140.00 to your total stay. Restrictions and blackout dates no longer apply, new package pricing means you can stay when you want to, whether it be a weekday, weekend and even on holidays! Packages are subject to 9% State of Maine Lodging Tax.
 
Meal charges at the Tavern must be posted to your room account during your stay to receive the meal credit.
 
Enhance any package with our Nibble, Sip & Be Romantic "Enhance your Stay" add-ons which allow you to create the perfect a la carte package, personalized just for you!

**All packages subject to availability**
***Visit Freeport  Everything "Freeport" in one handy website. Your virtual shopping connection! February is Flavors of Freeport month and the Broad Arrow Tavern is participating! We're offering great specials all month long. Check out what's going on! https://www.visitfreeport.com/flavorsoffreeport/
 
A wonderful farm to visit in any season. It's just a few miles from the inn, right next to Wolfe's Neck State Park. Check out their monthly calendar and watch the afternoon milking, gather the eggs from the poultry house or take a goat for a private walk through this beautiful salt water farm. Kids and Lots of fun activities to choose from and plenty of space for social distancing right on the shores of Casco Bay.
 
Enjoy a great selection of family oriented and educational outdoor events planned at the park, just a short drive from the inn. Beautiful wooded walking, snowshoeing and skiing trails along the rugged shoreline of Casco Bay. A perfect place to escape the chaos of our modern world. Stop by Wolfe's Neck Farm while you're out there, and say hello to all the pastured animals!

***Maine Maritime Museum in Bath: always a fabulous way to spend a morning or afternoon. This is Maine, the rest is history! https://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org

This Month's Trivia Question: What's the name of the play being performed by the Freeport Players through February 28th? All correct responses win a voucher worth $5. toward food or lodging on your next visit. One response per household, please. You may use up to 12 vouchers at one time, a $60. value, per room or meal. To answer the trivia just reply to this newsletter.

We hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day. Stay safe, healthy and warm. Spring is coming soon and we look forward to seeing you again!

Penny Gray
The Gray family


Stay safe, Stay healthy, Stay Maine!