The Brewster Inn

37 Zions Hill Road, Dexter, Maine 04930
Innkeeper(s): Mark Stephens
 

Google Fieldtrip, Go-Trippin and The Brewster Inn are a great combination 30 May 2014, 6:53 am

The Brewster Inn Dexter Maine is incredibly happy to be a part of Google’s new app “Field Trip” available for IOS and Android. Field Trip is an excellent new discovery app showcasing great places to stay or eat and  things to see and do either in your home town or city or for when your traveling through a particular area. It’s perfect for discovering the hidden gems that you never knew about.  Best of all its free and that’s always good.

I’m lucky enough to be one of the writers for the app. I do this through Go Trippin which is one of the websites that feeds Field Trip. My page on the Go Trippin website will over time become an online concierge adding more reasons for my guests to come and stay here at the Brewster Inn

 

Heres a video that explains more

 

When your traveling through a particular area and you have notifications turned on within the app. You’ll find that you get notifications that are colourful cards giving information and photos on “discoveries”. There will also be driving and contact info and on some cards you might even find a tip or deal.  It’s a great app and well worth downloading to see what it can do.

The Go Trippin website that I write for that feeds Field Trip is a team effort by many innkeepers from all around America. When you visit that site, you’ll see drop down menus which have locations broken down into States and then towns or cities where the particular discoveries are . You’ll see the “Go Now” section which categorizes all the postings into different groups like “Go Eat, Go Stay, Go Play and Go Adventure”. Next there is a “Happenings” menu which features local happenings like (in my area) the Greater Bangor Beer Festival, The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival where thousands of people come to pay homage to Maine’s Whoopie Pie and the Piscataquis Balloon Festival. Lastly there’s the “Tips and Deals” section which will give you great insider tips and deals at particular places.

I’m excited to be a part of this and being able to show all my guests at the Brewster Inn Dexter just what there is to see and do in my part of Maine

 

 

Things to do in Maine. Part 2 24 Mar 2014, 6:04 am

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.

Things to see and do in Maine 15 Mar 2014, 11:58 am

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

 

A new start on the Brewster Inn Dexter Maine blog! 19 Jan 2014, 4:36 pm

You know its January as The Brewster Inn Dexter Maine blog suddenly reappears again. Its been a while since I last posted but this time (yes I know I’ve said that a few times) I really do plan to keep it going. I’ve read a lot of stuff on blogging and looking at blogs,  and I’ve been squirreling away lots of ideas  to make it happen.

For all my Brewster Inn guests that have been to see me since my last blog post in May 2012, well you’ll know all about the continued change at the Brewster Inn. Its been busy here, no actually its been crazy here, but the business keeps getting better and better every year and 2013 was the best year yet.

 

Here is a picture of the change of colour in the living room. Its gone from the old yellow colour to a beautiful green with white and crimson accents

See the refinished floors in the photos above. Those are the original red oak floors but with the dark stain now removed. It looks amazing if I say so myself.

The green wall colour is a historic shade and all the trim, doors and mantlepiece are now white. A line of crimson goes all round the room just under the ceiling. Window seat cushions have also been replaced. Images of how good they look to follow in another blog post. This year we also plan to start a rug replacement programme that will probably take a couple of years to complete. The crimson rug in the picture was moved from another room. Looks good!

So I think that will do for my first post. Need to save my ideas for next time.

What would I like you to do now? Keep an eye on the blog, add your email address in the “subscribe” box, share the Brewster Inn blog with your family and friends via the social buttons at the top of this blog post. If you’ve stayed at the Brewster Inn before, come back and see me again. If your reading this and have never stayed here, well come on over!

Changes, changes, changes…. 12 May 2012, 3:20 pm

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!

Massage and Romance packages at the Brewster Inn Dexter Maine 29 Jan 2012, 12:43 pm

You work hard, you play hard, treat yourself to some ME time at the Brewser Inn Dexter Maine

The Brewster Inn has recently started up a partnership with another Dexter business “Stressless Massage Therapy” to be able to give our guests amazing 1 hour singles or couples  massage. You have the choice of basic swedish, added aromatherapy or deep tissue and a 1 hr session per person is for the excellent rate of $70. I go there myself  and its an hour i look forward to very much. The massages are bookable either by calling the Brewster Inn direct  on 207 924 3130 or by ordering the exact package you would like as you book your stay  online at www.brewsterinn.com and the exact massage page is here Brewster Inn Massage

If your desire is a romantic getaway, add a bottle of champagne, 12 fresh roses and vase and strawberries for $80. Again available when you book your stay online or bookable over the phone with the Brewster Inn Romance package  and then enjoy a whirlpool for 2, a fireplace or a king size bed.

We even partner with an excellent spa 20mins away called Wavelengths Hair and Body Works where you can further indulge in pedicures, manicures, facials and waxing.

For the months of  Feb, March and April, when you book 2 nights in the Brewster Inn Honeymoon Suite or Game room at full price, you can get the romance package for just $25! And if you don’t like champagne i’ll replace that with either a bottle of wine or non alcoholic sparkling apple cider.

Book your next romantic getaway at the Brewster Inn Dexter Maine

 

The Brewster Inn Butterfly garden 2 Oct 2011, 3:19 pm

The gardens at the Brewster Inn here in Dexter Maine have started to get a good amount of attention not only via word of mouth from guests but also from people that are passing by and see the gardens. Now all of a sudden i get people coming asking if the gardens are public. They are not really public, they are for my guests to enjoy but if someone comes up taking an interest in them, i will always give them a quick tour and of course make sure they have a Brewster Inn business card and brochure to take away with them for next time.

The Brewster Inn also had good press attention recently from both Birds and Blooms magazine and the Boston Herald.

Birds and Blooms article

Boston Herald

I always ask guests while they are out on the patio looking at the garden if they can see my butterfly garden. Now i have no idea what they are actually looking for, but its amazing how many can’t see it. Some tell me they are not sure what they are  looking for and others tell me they are looking for a big cluster of wild plants somewhere and then, they see something and they look, and they look some more, and then.. they realize what it actually is. They are looking side on at  my butterfly garden


Its filled out a lot more now. That pic was taken during the planting in early June. Now its really established itself and filled out completely and when we get a sunny day again, i’ll be sure to post it hopefully for my next post. Not only does my butterfly garden attract butterflies but i also get quite a few hummingbirds visiting there too.

One thing i tell guests is things are not always quite as they seem in the Brewster Inn garden and i’ll show you another example of that next time too. There’s a clue in the picture below

The Brewster Inn gardens are really coming on now in year 3 of a 5 year plan and that’s all thanks to 3 wonderful people, Darlene, Lorraine and Danny who are responsible for  the garden renovations. It is truly amazing work that they do for me here.

Here is another angle of this section of garden taken from late June. All the slate is Monson slate from Monson Maine. Its the original slate off the roof from when the house was remodeled in 1934. Lots and lots of excellent landscaping materials complete with nail holes to landscape  areas of garden and make new pathways.. beautiful!

 

Till  next time…

 

Big things happening at the Brewster Inn Dexter Maine 25 Sep 2011, 5:48 pm

Apologies for the lack of updates recently. The Brewster Inn here in Dexter Maine gets busier every year. Last year (2010) was the  best yet but 2011 has gone off the scale and as of today is 117 room nights ahead of this time last year. As you can imagine its been all hands to the pump for an extended time but as i work my way through everything i see lights at the end of the tunnel and plan to blog more frequently again as of today. So as i tend to say every now and again…

“Whats been happening”??

Well (following on from my last post) the lilacs bloomed and looked and smelt incredible for their first year. Its only going to get better each and every year. But that was just the start…

Take a look here at whats been happening in the garden.

The original fountain has been re-installed in the garden

Below is the heavy duty plastic drum that will hold the water used by the fountain. The fountain will sit on top of the drum

There’s plenty of work that needs to be done before the fountain can be set in place like getting power to the fountain to run the pump

The fountain in place and more work going on around the outside of it. It was actually found in the basement in 7 sections, is very heavy but just looks so good in position in the garden

The fountain close up waiting for the figure to go on the top. The tube hanging over the side will go up inside the figure. The fountain is made of concrete and had to be repaired first before it was painted with rubberized swimming pool paint to protect it from the elements and make it completely waterproof. The water comes out of the top of the figure and then drops into the top bowl which then fills and the water then drops into the bottom bowl before dropping out of there into the container in the ground which is covered with blue stones. The water then recycles and starts its journey all over again

More in my next post

Beautiful lilac planting at Brewster Inn Dexter Maine 22 May 2011, 4:01 pm

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Birds and blooms feature the Brewster Inn here in Dexter Maine 23 Apr 2011, 7:28 am

 

 

 

The Brewster Inn had some great national press coverage this week letting the readers of Birds and Blooms magazine know all about the gardens here in Dexter Maine. I’ve linked to the whole  article here where we’re the only B&B from Maine shown!

The part where it says “Mark promises a free stay to any guest willing to turn a part of the gardens into something truly special” i just want to add what that actually means. I’ve had a few guests who have all commented just how quiet our gardens are and how great it would be to have a meditation garden within it, so i told each of them that if they designed it and wanted to come and do the work, i would give them a free stay to accomplish that. That offer still stands to someone thats up for the challenge. We’d obviously need to approve the design and dates for doing the project and would be happy to pay for the materials, all you have to do is get here and build your design and for doing that, you get a free stay!

The Brewster Inn gardens will be complete this year with some big additions inc about another 30 lilac bushes around the outer edge of the property to compliment the 24 planted in 2010, Windswept Gardens of Bangor will be adding all the “bits” to make the original fountain and  pond work again as well as adding plants to the pond. I’ve always wanted to see lilly pads in the pond so the frogs we get each year can sit on them.

 

Also we’re finishing the flower borders this year adding about 3 more large ones around the front and back garden. One of them at the back of the property will be a large one to match one we did last year and  will be a real focal point and great photo opportunity once we get the fountain back in there as the centrepiece.

 

We also need to crush all the slate that we took off the roof last year and use that for more landscaping around the garden which will become pathways and also will define the outer edge of all our flower borders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then finally in Sep when all this work is completed we will get the whole lawn reseeded using the Turf Doctor who come highly reccomended as the company to make the lawn look amazing again.

So much going on here at the Brewster Inn in Dexter Maine