Travel


The Brewster Inn in Dexter Maine is a great base for your Maine vacation. Dexter is the geographical centre of Maine and so by spending numerous nights here as many of my guests do, it enables you to stay in excellent accommodation with great room rates that don’t go up in the summer and autumn when a lot of other properties do put their prices up. You don’t need to worry about making check in times elsewhere or did you repack everything for the umpteenth time after your one night stay. Just use the Brewster Inn as your home away from home, come and go as you please and  have a great time exploring all that Maine has to offer.

Everywhere in Maine is within easy reach  and just a day trip from the Brewster Inn.  You can be on the coast in less than an hour exploring the coastal towns, rocky coastline and lighthouses along coastal  Rt 1, or by going in the opposite direction just 50min away we have the beautiful Moosehead Lake and Mt Katahdin region of Maine. Here you can hike, go on moosewatching, wildlife and waterfall tours, canoe, kayak, snowmobile, ATV, birdwatch or  white water rafting. In the autumn when the leaves change colour, you’ll see some amazing colourful scenery all around. I can help you with all of this. I have a great knowledge of where to go and what to see along the way, who to contact for moosewatching, snowmobile rentals or white water rafting etc.

Bangor, one of the big cities in Maine is just 45min away. Here you have  the Waterfront Concerts, Stephen King the horror writers home as well as Stephen King location tours, the new Cross Insurance indoor arena, Hollywood Slots and Casino, plenty of shopping,  museums, great places to eat and activities for the kids.

The Brewster Inn is just 20min off I95 which goes north and south through the State. This means that a lot more day trips are possible, whether its outlet shopping in Freeport or a visit to Maine’s biggest city, Portland, Bar Harbor and Arcadia National Park. There are also 3 State parks all within easy reach of The Brewster Inn, Lily Bay, Peaks Kenny and Baxter, which is named after Governor Baxter who was Governor of Maine right before Governor Brewster, who was the original owner of the property that is now the Brewster Inn.

You could even get your passport and go across the border to Quebec and visit Quebec City which is very cosmopolitan and has a great European feel to it

All this and more will appear in future blog posts. If your planning on coming to Maine and are considering staying at the Brewster Inn, give me a call and I can give you all the information you need to have the best time on vacation possible whilst staying here.

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..

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Things are constantly changing here at the Brewster Inn in Dexter Maine.  They’ve been changing since the day I arrived and I’m happy to say the changes have always been positive.

Some of the recent and upcoming changes include: Hopefully finishing the gardens this summer and adding some lovely fencing around a couple sides. I can’t wait to see how the butterfly garden looks when it blooms out this year.  The lilac bushes are already budding out.  The pond will also have some changes to help it be more noticeable and accessible to guests. The flag out front now has a light that illuminates it at night.

I take great pride in trying to give all my guests a comfortable and relaxing night’s sleep. Guests have already voiced approval on the recent changes with  guestroom additions of new mattress toppers, chamber pillows. New luxurious sheets are on the way and will soon be added to each room. I know the sheets are going to be a big hit, as a few guests who’ve tried them out have already been trying to purchase them from me! One guest even remarked on a Trip Advisor post that his wife described the sheets as “sleeping on a cloud wrapped in a ray of sunshine”.

The change into spring/summer temps prompts some changes to the breakfast menu. I’ve been trying out several new recipes. The fruit crumble is a new addition and has been a big success.  This week I made some delicious pumpkin muffins with cheesecake filling. My recipe file is expanding quickly and I can’t wait to share the successes with you.  I’m just looking at Pecan and honey french toast.  Guests will also soon be dining on brand new dishes that arrived this week.

Several other changes are going on as well and I’ll let you in on some of them in my next blog. Hint: there’s more “going green” around here. Literally! One thing I am sure of, is that all the changes that have happened, and will be happening, continue to make everything better here at the Brewster Inn. 

Hope to see you soon!

Here at the Brewster Inn Dexter Maine, we get a lot of 1st time B&B guests. So i’ve dedicated this post and indeed a whole page on our Brewster Inn website just for you

Considering a bed and breakfast in Maine for the first time?

B&B’s are a wonderful alternative to the typical hotel and motel accommodations for a Maine family vacation, a honeymoon, a romantic gateaway, or any other occasion.  We recognize that it can be intimidating to think of staying in “someone’s home”, but once you enjoy a great stay at a B&B you’ll see  that it’s so much better than any other lodging options.

First-time B&B guests are often uncertain of what to expect, so we’ve tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions, debunk some of the myths, and provide some information specific to The Brewster Inn.

Privacy:

Guests might be afraid they will feel as if they’re intruding on the Innkeepers and that they won’t have any privacy. Each B&B is set up differently, with intentions of making you feel welcome. The Brewster Inn is spacious at over 8,000 sq ft, with a large living room, expansive gardens, screened porch, and patio for reading, conversation, or relaxing as you watch the world go by. The dining room is also available for writing, or playing board games.  Our quarters are not connected to these common areas.  You’re encouraged to interact with other guests as much, or as little, as you choose. Each guestroom has a lock on the door and a private bathroom. You’re also given a key to the front door to come and go as you wish.

Breakfast:

Breakfast is one of the great values included in the B&B experience. New B&B guests may feel they will be dictated to as to what time they have to eat. Each B&B has different routines for breakfast. The Brewster Inn serves a buffet-style breakfast, 7 days a week from 8-10am, to allow you to eat at the time you want. Breakfast includes juice, milk, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, fruit salad, breads, cereals, and a different hot serving each day. Please make your hosts aware of any special dietary issues or food allergies.

Value:

B&B guestrooms are not all one cookie-cutter price like hotels. The Brewster Inn guestrooms are available at a range of prices to suit the most budget-conscious traveler to the guest that would love everything. There are even specials available throughout the year and a guest loyalty program. Please feel free to browse the room selection on our Web site and discuss them with us.  Brewster Inn guestrooms include free:  Wi-Fi, LCD TV with HD cable, DVD players, iPod/iPhone clock radio docking stations, a selection of available movies, and plush luxury robes to wear during your stay. The Honeymoon Suite and Game Room each have a small fridge and microwave oven. For all other guestrooms, there is a microwave and fridge available in the dining room for your use. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are also available throughout the day.  If you’d like something stronger, a good selection of beer and wines are available for purchase too.

Please see the rest of the post here on our website

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.

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