General news


So whats been happening since i last blogged? A lot thats what. The Brewster Inn has an award winning website for starters which is excellent and theres more to come from the great design company acorn is inc a google events  calender which will tell everyone what events are going on in the area at any given time. I’m also planning on blogging more as its going to help Google and the other search engines keeping on coming back finding fresh new content to help us in our rankings so that more people find the Brewster Inn here in Dexter in the great state of Maine.

The inn is a Maine State Enviromental Leader and i’ve just been through the re-accrediatation for 2 years with my 17 page workbook. We also have a “Brewster Inn Newbie” web page added dedicated to people that have never been to a B&B before. There are plenty of misconceptions like  thinking they are coming into someones home and that webpage will help help i hope to greatly lay to rest any fears or thoughts potential guests might have that would stop them wanting to come and stay.

I’ve  added plenty of additions to the Inn and the guest rooms this year like 32 and 26″ LCD TV’s, HD cable boxes and Ipod/Iphone clock radio docking stations. The Game room and Honeymoon Suite even have small fridges and microwaves too.

The garden will be finished this year once we get the large original fountain and pond reinstalled courtesy of Windswept Gardens who like they say on their website “Create the Wow”! I planted 24 lilac bushes last year around the perimiter which i’m hoping will start to bloom this year. Got another 30 or so bushes to plant later this year as i continue to re-create the garden as it used to be. Oh and  we cut down 57 trees last year too, but thats ok as they were never here when the State Governor and Washington Senator Ralph Owen Brewster lived here anyway. He had lilacs and no trees and thats why i’m putting it all back like it used to be. Pics will be forthcoming once the snow goes, whenever that is.

More updates in my next post

What a strange winter that was. We got the usual snow right up to the end of Dec and then.. um that was it. Nothing! Everywhere else in the country that doesn’t usually get any or large amounts of it got hit and we never got any more. It was pretty mild too. 50F in the middle of Feb? Compared to -20F at night in Feb 09 that was a big difference. Just one of the strange examples of living in such a big country i suppose. Obviously we didn’t get the snowmobile trade this winter although we got some. There just wasn’t enough on the ground to compact for the sleds to run properly. Business was still good though which is nice through our quieter period of the year.

 

We’ve still been up to a lot here at the Brewster Inn. Last Nov we had a third of the roof replaced. The slate could just not be repaired anymore and this year the final two thirds will be done. AND after 3 years of saving up for it, we were at last able to completly change the heating system here and go from the old inefficient steam system of 2 40gall boilers and  which had just 3 thermostats controlling the entire 7800 sq ft inn to the most energy efficient hot water system we could.

Now we have 2 very energy efficent 4 gall (yes 4 gall) boilers and wait for it…. 17 (yes seventeen!!) thermostats still being able to use all the old radiators too. It was a long time coming but now we have total control guest comfort here at the Brewster Inn. We also added 2 big propane stoves into the Honeymoon Suite and Game room and the whole project took 8 weeks for local oil company AE Robinson to install. Our oil intake is still going down with the new system working. We’re really pleased.

Check out the Game room pics from the Brewster Inn website to see the new stoves

Summer and Autumn bookings are looking good again for this year already. 2009 was our best year yet and i’m sure we’ll have another great year again in 2010.

For all my loyal blog subscribers and readers, if your thinking of a trip back up to see us this year, just mention that you read this blog article and we will work you out a deal on your next stay at the Brewster Inn Dexter Maine to give you great value for money and an excuse to come and see us for sight seeing, outdoor sports, moose watching, white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking, you name it and you can do it all with ease here at the Brewster Inn. Check out our concierge section right here

Also we’ve added massage and spa services now either available here with advance bookings or at a great health and beauty spa about 25min away called Wavelengths

Want to get fit? Stay at the Brewster Inn and get 24hrs a day gym membership at Millside Fitness just a 2 min walk away for just $5 a day! Excellent value for money! I know as i’m a member and lost 40lbs in 5 months!

 

Next issue coming up soon all about GOATSCHOOL!

The snow is falling and lots of it too. We must of got a minimum of 12″ last night and of course theres more forecast soon. ITS 85 that runs right by us has not been so busy as there was still not a major amount of snow on the ground but i think the snow in the last 24hrs changes all that. The sleds are already running more now so the snow will be a lot more compacted and better to run on.

The Brewster Inn is pleased to announce that we will be running all the same snowmobile special offers that we did very successfully last year. Come and stay at the Brewster Inn with great bed and breakfast accommodation from as little as $34.75 per person per night inc breakfast, great rooms with dvd players and wi-fi. All rooms have their own bathrooms. And NEW this year ALL rooms have their own climate control thermostats for total guest comfort. This will appear on another blog post soon or if you check in on us via our Facebook fan page you’ll already see all the big new additions we have here right now

Check out our snowmobile specific brochure here. Its double sided as we also are a business sponsor of our local club in Dexter Wassokeag Snowmobile Club and their info is all on the back of the brochure. The brochure is also viewable on the bottom of this blog post.

All our current Brewster Inn Specials are here

 

 

Located just off Rt 7 in Dexter, 20 mins from exit 157 on I-95, we’re right on the trail for ITS 85 that takes you up to Greenville, Jackman, Millinocket and the North Country.

Trail maps are available from both the Wassookeag snowmobile club and Brewster Inn websites

On Presidents Day  weekend  12/13/14 Feb we have the Dexter Winter Festival. Full info is available from the Wassookeag snowmobile club website. Come and enjoy a great weekend of snowmobiling and winter fun that weekend here in Dexter.

The Brewster Inn is also a proud sponsor of Pine Tree Camp that is a summer camp for children and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities and that snowmobilers throughout Maine are proud to support and we are also very happy to be members of the Maine Snowmobile Assoc

Since i last wrote here??…. Time flies in this place and its just been very very busy what with everything we do here but that is no excuse! Its time to allow time for blogging, newslettering, facebooking, tweeting oh and some work too running this place…

 

I’m at a big social media seminar in Portland this week where the secrets of how to do all this and do it better, i hope will be explained. In fact Flyte Media running the seminar love the book “social media, an hour a day”! Which hour would you like? 24th? 25th? 26th? LOL

Anyway, thats enough of all that, whats been going on here since i last blogged…

Well we have a fantastic Facebook fan page right here that really seems to of taken on a life of its own… 242 fans and counting!! Whoohoo! Click the link, then click “become a fan” and keep up to date with all that we’re up to. Lots of pics and soon to have video too.

We’ve started tweeting on Twitter and i think when i get back from the seminar i’ll know more to get that started properly. Heres the link  Twitter and search for BrewsterInn and thats where you’ll find us

 

Laura our guest “that never left” from CT has been up to redo 2 more rooms. The Hideaway and Fern rooms have now changed and the Hideaway looks great.

 

Its our seaside theme and looks so much better than how it used to look. Its part of the old 3 car garage.

 

The Fern room (our handicapped accessible room) is still being finished but already looks better. When we get the official pics, i’ll post them here.

 

Next on Lauras list and starting tomorrow (21/9) is the Game room, one of the big wood paneled rooms is going to be upgraded and have additions. The rooms a great room but we’re just going to make it better with pics to follow soon.

 

Outside the garden has been worked on a lot this summer. Its changed so much. All the pics and info are on our Facebook fan page but heres a few for a taster

The 2 big trees at the back in the pic  below will be coming down in a week or so by an arborist. Both the trees have turkey tail fungus and big splits in them so its time to bring them down before they come down on their own

 

And the bark mulch that we’ll have when we chip up as much of these 2 trees as we can, as well as being used for landscaping will be put under under the 2 trees below at one of the main entrances. Combine that with a new and fancy postbox and maybe a nice seat under the trees and it will look great!

We also in 2010 plan to start to bring the lilac hedges back to the Brewster Inn from when the Governor lived here. Thats one thing that a lot of people that used to live in the town that come and stay say, that they always used to be able to smell the lilacs round town, well we plan  for that to happen once again.

Business has been excellent again this year and each year just seems to get better and better. So many guests keep coming back along with new guests and it really does make it all worthwhile. The house will soon be pretty much repaired throughout hopefully by the year  end and when the trains running again round the walk thru conservatory, the house is fixed! Until we have the next idea anyway… like the best ways to heat this place in the winter which we’re pondering right now. Thinking of zoning all the rooms with their own thermostats as we’ve had enough of the system in its present form where you have to heat the whole 8000 sq ft even if you just have 3 rooms sold

 

Till next time!

Lots of big things happening at the Brewster right now.

First of all we finally got the YouTube together of our appearance on national tv on HGTV that aired in June 2008. Here it is and when you hit “play”, fast forward about 2.37 to find our bit. We like it and hope you will too. It was fun to do.

 Its been a great winter for us and business has been excellent. Snowmobilers are one group that we market towards as we’re right by the trail for ITS 85 which takes you up towards Greenville, Jackman, Millinocket and the North Country. We have become business sponsors of a big charity in Maine that helps the handicapped called Pine Tree Camp This is a charity that a lot of snowmobile clubs in the State support and just 4 months into the year more than $121,000 has been raised that will benefit this very worthwhile cause from various fund raising events.

The second part of today’s blog is all about social media. This is a fast developing medium that is available to us in so many ways to help publicise the inn and to make us more successful in what we do here, bringing more people into this beautiful part of Maine.

Facebook is one way that we promote ourselves and what we do here at the Brewster Inn.
On Facebook we have our official page that you will find if you search for “Brewster Inn Dexter Maine” which has info, loads of photos and brochures (as well as they can display them) and we’d love it if you’re on Facebook and clicked “become a fan”. If you have stayed before, we’d love you to become a fan too and keep up to date with us and our regular updates with what’s happening in Dexter Maine until we see you again the next time in the future.

Also I have my own page on Facebook and if you search for “Brewster Inn Dexter” that’s where you find me, “become a friend” and see what I’m up to in my everyday life running our unique, special and very historic Inn.

The idea is that if you haven’t stayed before, you’ll learn so much more about us before you get here, and for you and our returning guests it will be like friends meeting up again. It works very well as we have a lot of guests on both pages

We hope very much that you would like to join us.

 

See you again soon with a post all about a new marketing idea we’re working on

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