Happy Spring! The April Blizzards did indeed bring May flowers which now adorn the inn both inside and out. Our gardens are abloom with cheerful bright colors. Michael and Blaine continue to amaze us with their talent. Michael found a fallen log in the woods with a big woodpecker hole and turned it into the gorgeous floral display (photo to the right) in our rear entry. We maintain a completely organic garden and are herbicide and pesticide free. Along with all of the beautifully placed plants and flowers, we embrace the often maligned dandelion as it is among the few early sources of nectar for our very important pollinating friend, the bee.
Being outdoors is much more pleasant now, and it's amusing to see one person in a sleeveless shirt and then another in a winter coat as we all adjust to the warmer temperatures. There are great spring shopping deals around Freeport, but there are other fun things to do as the days grow longer and you venture just a short distance from town.
Spring and baby animals go together. Just a short drive from the Inn and adjacent to Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, you will find the 600 acre waterfront Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment, a leading organic demonstration farm and educational resource center with the mission of transforming our relationship with farming and food for a healthier planet. There are gardens, hiking trails and animals galore! On our Mother's Day visit, we found young cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and the sounds of many baby birds nested in the rafters of the barn. A flock of laying hens and their mobile coop was in the closest pasture, and we learned that on average each lays one egg every 20 hours. A calendar of events included goat hiking. Yes ... goat hiking! We wanted to go, but the popular event was already full by the time we arrived at the farm.
We drove past the chickens and cow pasture to Wolfe's Neck Oceanfront Camping. A stop in the camp store yielded some interesting treasures - and ice cream sandwiches. Here we learned that in addition to traditional camp sites, they have three cabins for rent. On our hunt for the cabins, we wove around the tree- lined dirt road past camp sites which varied in size and view, some pastoral, some coastal. We soon found the cabins; all three overlooking the sparkling waters of Casco Bay and shaded by towering pines, but our first choice was Point Senior with its expansive view and cook-out area overlooking the water. A set of wooden stairs leads down the water's edge, and we were delighted to discover that the campground rents kayaks. We immediately planned a girlfriend's kayaking and cook-out getaway for this fall.
|The view from Point Senior cabin at Wolfe's Neck Farm. Can you smell the salt air?
You never know what you'll find as you travel the back roads of Maine. We stumbled upon the charming Wealden Farm Stand surrounded by plants and with dried tobacco leaves hanging from the ceiling of the open air building. Maine grown tobacco was a new one on me. The owner is hoping to start making cigars at some point. Outside were six packs of flower and vegetable seedlings and gallon pots of perennials. Inside we found fresh produce and other foods, including local honey, baked goods, soup, frozen organic meats and an amazing wine selection.
While I'm not much of a shopper, my friend Valerie, visiting from Pennsylvania, convinced me to give it a go and see how Freeport shopping is done. It's a short and pleasant walk from the inn to the many stores lining Main Street and its offshoots. After a stop for lipstick for my mom, we reached Freeport Village Station across from LL Bean and discovered that now through June 21, 2018, if you spend $100 or more on any day at any of the stores or restaurants in Freeport Village Station, you get two free tickets to see a movie at Nordica Theater (Monday - Thursday only). You must purchase the tickets on the same day as the date on your receipts, but the tickets are valid through mid-August. When you're ready to take in a flick, check out the Freeport Maine Coupon Page available at the front desk for a deal on popcorn. What's a movie without popcorn?
Valerie was an excellent mentor and recommended a strategic approach to our shopping, attempting to make our purchases so we carried them the shortest amount of time before returning to the inn. But if you plan a big haul, there'
s free parking at LL Bean, Freeport Village Station, and numerous spots on the streets around town.
Shopping's fun, which must be why our Serious Shopper Package is our hottest seller, but it can also be a lot of work. After an hour I was exhausted and hungry. Parcels in hand, we were ready to return to the inn and the Broad Arrow Tavern for lunch where our new spring menu was just released. While many favorites remain,
look for some fresh new items. A gentleman at the bar was eating the baked haddock, and I asked if he was enjoying it. He said yes, and verified that when he told me he had it the night before too! A celebration was in progress for a wonderful family who visits us yearly, complete with ballons and a cake made by our talented bakers. Let us know in advance if you'll be celebrating a special occasion and would like to order a sweet treat to crown the event. Happy Birthday, Doreen!
||I've shopped 'til I'm ready to drop.
Our long-time employee, Celeste, recently had her own special occasion to celebrate when Governor and Mrs. Lepage dined with us in the Broad
Arrow Tavern. She was SO excited to meet the Pine Tree State's first couple...which brings us to this month's TRIVIA QUESTION:
||Celeste with Gov. and Mrs. Lepage
What daring aerial adventure did Mrs. Lepage undertake in order to support our military veterans?
All correct answers win a voucher worth $5. toward food or lodging on your next visit. Please note: these vouchers cannot be used toward special room offers like Habitat for Humanity. You may of course use them toward your meals. You may redeem twelve at one time, preferably in the year they were won. One per household, please, and try to reply to the trivia within one week or take your chances on getting a voucher. Good luck!
Special Offers and Upcoming Events:
*Stay 2 nights and get the 3rd night Free June 24 through July 7th, based on availability! You must reserve your room by May 31st. This special offer cannot be combined with any packages or discounts, based on full room rate only. Call soon, operators are standing by!
*Memorial Day Parade: Monday May 28, leaving Holbrook Street at 9:30 am. Veterans receive 50% off their meals in the Broad Arrow Tavern on this day. We thank you for your service.
*Our popular Cabin Fever Package runs 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. 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. (You may not use your trivia vouchers toward your room rate for this particular offer.)
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. Hurry, time's running out. 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 kayaking, fly tying, bike maintenance, archery...and some great presentations from world adventurers.
*Visit Freeport Sales and fun happenings in town! Everything "Freeport" in one handy website.
*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.
We thank you for your patronage and hope to see you again soon!
The Gray family