Seasons


So what am I going to blog about this year at the Brewster Inn Dexter Maine? I’ve decided anything and everything. Of course there’s going to be updates about whats happening at the Brewster Inn, but I’m also going to expand it. I’m going to write about events and happenings in the area including the city of Bangor that’s only 40min from here. I’m going to tell you about businesses that I work with locally that provide services for my guests whether you want to know about the restaurants I enjoy going to or where do you rent snowmobiles in the area, where is  the best river to be white water rafting and of course if you want to see moose, who is the guide I recommend for that.

I’ll be telling you all about great hikes, scenery and attractions to see, museums, theatres, where can you see the remains of a crashed B52 bomber that is now a memorial site not too far from here, who are the bands playing at the Waterfront Concerts in Bangor this year. I might even occasionally give the odd review of a great product I’ve found. Some of my blog posts will include video including a complete video blog from time to time

The Brewster Inn Dexter Maine is a four season destination and I’m going to show you everything you can see and do in my part of Maine

In the 7  years I’ve been here, a lot has happened and I’ve learned a lot too. It’s been busy, incredibly busy actually, and the Brewster Inn keeps growing and getting busier every year, but now as I move into my next year here in Dexter, I’m hoping to free up some time to be able to make the blog more regular now. I’ve read up a lot of stuff on blogging from a lot of people that tell you the right way to do things. Well the best way to learn is to write, write and write, and that is what I’m going to do probably about once a week. If I miss a week, look for a couple the next week or so. Nothing too long, but just enough to give you good information hopefully each time you revisit the blog..

So what do you do now? Subscribe to the blog and read the next installment

 

When Governor Brewster lived here at the Brewster Inn in Dexter Maine, he had lilacs all around the property line. When he died, the lilacs were killed off by all the trees that started growing over a period of time.  In September 2010 once we had cut down a large amount of trees, we decided to start replanting the lilac hedgerows. No small task considering the size of property we have. We planted the first 24 bushes using 7 different varieties making sure that there was a sequence of different colours all along.

After a month of watering and a hard winter, we waited… and waited… and waited  for signs of life and sure enough buds started appearing about 2 weeks ago. Today i took a couple of photos to show their progress and it looks like in the next 2 weeks we will get lilac smell and colour! This is especially exciting as so many guests to the Brewster Inn have commented on the lilac smell all around when they used to live here in Dexter Maine.

Lilacs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The varieties planted are

Pocahontas

Ludwig Spaeth

President Grevy

Ellen Willmot

Primrose

Beauty of Moscow

James McFarlane

Mine have got a little way to go yet but all being well we should get some great colours and lilac smells this year before planting approx another 33 bushes at the same time this year that will cover along the back of our property.

Next post will be all about why the mechanical digger was in the garden today digging holes.

Something i’ve always wanted is to get more international guests staying  at the Brewster Inn here in Dexter Maine. We’ve always had a small amount find us on the web each year BUT i wanted to work harder again to get more. In 2009 i signed up to be part of the contingent of attractions and accommodations group representing Maine  at the annual getting together  from all the New England States at the Discover New England international tourism summit where they all  promote their business and area in short 8min meetings to a large group of US and European based receptive and tour operators from countries such as UK, France, Italy and Germany.

The “buyers” as i’ll call them are broken into groups like the ” receptives” that are companies that make the tour packages for the trade such as Travalco AlliedTPro and Tourmappers . These are all  companies that the Brewster Inn has contracts with now to supply our product to the world tourism market.  There were many tour operators there too like  Bon Voyage and Audley Travel and America As You Like It 

Already in  3 summits as i’m now just back from the latest one held at the Omni Mt Washington resort in NH we have a total of 5 receptive contracts with hopefully a couple more contracts to come. The bookings are coming in with just last year alone about 40 room nights from the contracts that we now have. Each year should get better and better as following on from the 27 meetings that i had at this years summit, i’m now talking to the tour operators about who we have contracts with that they can buy from and what packages we are planning on putting together so that when guests come they can experience real Maine like moosewatching, white water rafting, snowmobiling or hiking to name just a few.

Attending the DNE summit as a small tourism related  business in Maine is a great way to network and show off our part of the USA to the world. Its hard work, takes a lot of planning but the long term benefits for the Brewster Inn could and hopefully will be significant. I’ll be at the next summit in 2012.

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

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