The Brewster Inn

37 Zion's Hill Road, Dexter, Maine 04930
Innkeeper(s): Mark Stephens
  • Introduction

    The Brewster Inn, Dexter, Maine-Exterior

    The Brewster Inn, a Historic Register inn near Bangor, Maine, is just 20 minutes off I95 in Dexter. Less than an hour from the Maine coast, state parks; the unspoiled, scenic and beautiful Moosehead Lake; and the Mount Katahdin region of Maine. An amazing day trip awaits you any time of the year.

    Tranquility and relaxation await you at the Brewster Inn. Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend, an activity filled vacation, or simply a time to "recharge", you will find it here. A laid back atmosphere, very comfortable living room, screen porch, patio and two acres of manicured gardens are all here for you to enjoy.

    The Brewster Inn-living Room during winter

    All 9 guest rooms have their own private bathrooms featuring a shower or a tub/shower combination, iPhone docking stations, flat-screen TVs, high speed WI-FI, in-room AC and heating controls, all season fireplaces and very comfortable beds. You will experience the perfect night;s sleep. There is even a large whirlpool in the Honeymoon Suite.

    Accommodations for 4 or 5 guests is available in some guest rooms.

    Each morning, you will enjoy a a full breakfast with a freshly made sweet or savory main dish that changes daily just for you.

    State Governor and Senator Ralph Owen Brewster lived here, and had guests staying at what became the Brewster Inn, including MGM film's founder Louis Mayer, and Presidents Truman and Taft. Alan Alda played Brewster in the movie "The Aviator" that won 5 Oscars and starred Leonardo DiCaprio as the multi-millionaire Howard Hughes. Well known TV channel, HGTV, filmed here for one of their programs in 2008.

    For that special occasion, vacation, "recharge" time, or romantic escape, call Mark and let him know what you need and with his local knowledge and sound advice, he will create a time at that Brewster inn that you will always remember.

    Gift Certificates are available!!!

    Contact us and we will give you all the details:


    or call (207) 924-3130

    Enjoy the spirit, charm and scenic beauty of rural Maine while enjoying lovely accommodations at the historic Brewster Inn.

    We're big on "social media" here and incase you're on Facebook, we have our official page there. Just search on Facebook for "brewsterinnfans" and there you will find 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" and then you'll learn so much more about us before you get here. The idea for all this is for you to know us before you get here, like friends meeting up again and it works very well.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Mark Stephens for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    The geographic location of Dexter: right in the center of Maine. Drop your bags at your home from home and relax at the incredibly comfy Brewster Inn, where everywhere is a day trip. I'm a 4 season destination, there is always something to do in my part of Maine, and I excel at helping my guests out with good information either before they arrive or once they are here.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    The Brewster Inn is on the National Register and is the home of former State Governor, Congressman and Senator in Washington Ralph Owen Brewster. He was also portrayed by Alan Alda in the Oscar winning film, The Aviator, which co-starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes. Many interesting people have stayed here, including Louis B Mayer founder of MGM Films and Presidents Taft and Truman. I also had it on HGTV 4 years ago.

    What do I love most about the Inn? It’s got a heart.
    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    It is a 4 season destination where anything is possible: hiking, bird-watching, antiquing, moose-watching, ATV's, snowmobiles, skiing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, snowboarding and tubing, dog sledding, scenic drives, fishing, ice fishing, white water rafting, kayaking, etc... You name it; I can find it for you.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Putting it back together again and making it the impressive building it used to be. It needed a lot of work and guests that come back every year or 2 years see the changes. The reviews that guests write also make it wonderful doing what I do. It makes it all worthwhile.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The natural beauty of this part of Maine known as the "The Maine Highlands" or as I like to call it "The Gateway to the Moosehead Lake and Mt. Katahdin region of Maine”. Some of the most beautiful scenery around.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Four nights usually means 3 full day’s activities, so I’d suggest a driving tour on Route 1 taking in Belfast, Camden, Rockland and Rockport, lighthouses along the way as well as in Prospect, the big new "Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory" over the Penobscot river that has an observatory on the top as well as Fort Knox that’s right next to it; that is one of the best preserved fortifications on the New England seacoast and possibly a trip to a great local Maine winery and brewery on the way back.

    Day 2: Moosehead Lake, Katahdin Iron Works, Mt Katahdin Gulf Hagas and the start of the Appalachian Trail that would actually take you to GA where you can hike and see amazing scenery.

    Day 3: Moose watching tour and white water rafting for a great last day out or add a couples massage at a wonderful massage facility right here in town after the Moose watching or rafting.
    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Dexter Historical Society and Museum, Stressless massage, Dexter Main Street with small shops and a big supermarket. We even have a great gym close by that I have passes for.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Vittles in Pittsfield Maine: an amazing restaurant that really does look after my guests incredibly well. All my guests love that restaurant.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau website,
    My website will have an excellent concierge section added soon at AND I always suggest that guests call me so I can talk to them about their requirements and then I can direct them to exactly the information they need quickly and easily.

    How many rooms does your inn have?


    Do you accept pets?

    Yes, I can accept pets with prior notice in 2 rooms here and there’s also a wonderful doggie day care and lodging at


  • Weddings

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    Weddings and special parties are meant to be enjoyed. So relax and enjoy your event by holding it at the Brewster Inn. Whether you plan to have 10 guests or 200, we'll help you arrange the details and make your special event memorable and unique.

    Inn and Grounds Fees: Total maximum charge of $175 an hour. If room nights at the Brewster Inn are booked as part of your event the Inn and grounds rental costs can be negotiated.

    We are also very happy to discuss with you a package price for the complete rental of the Brewster Inn and Grounds for 1,2,3 days or more. (example: Weddings or group gatherings which will need the inn for a longer time period) For more information and pricing please call us at: (207) 924-3130 or visit our web site.

  • Business Retreats and Special Events

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    Business Retreats

    The Brewster Inn provides unique opportunity for the business community. Studies have shown that the business traveler demands such conveniences as in-room phones, private baths, and 24-hour access to the amenities of the lodging place. The Brewster Inn offers this, along with privacy and a comfortable, home-like ambiance. The living room, sun porch and dining room provide small "conference parlors," with beverages provided at no extra charge. Lunches and dinners may be provided on request. Breakfast, of course, is included in the fee!

    Special Events

    The Brewster Inn is available for weddings, parties, family reunions and other special events. Both the house and grounds are available by the hour. Breakfast is always included for those spending the night. Other meals can be catered by The Kitchen at the Brewster Inn. Please call for details as each event is unique! Please visit our web site for more information.

  • Handicap Accessible

    The Brewster Inn-handicap accessible fren room

    The Fern Room is handicap accessible. It is located on the main level and includes a spacious ADA approved bathroom.

  • Kid Friendly

    The Brewster Inn-playground for kids The Brewster Inn welcomes children of all ages under normal parental supervision. Bring your children to the Dexter Community Playground. Tire them out in the playground and then carry them back across the garden to bed. Peaceful night for you

  • Pets Welcome

    We are now pet friendly and have two rooms available for guests with their pets. Please contact us for availability.

  • Activities in Dexter

    The Brewster Inn-picnic tables near the water

    The Dexter area offers many activities, including shopping, antiquing and outdoor sports.


    Early spring skiing, hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, antiquing, maple syrup outings, seeing the birds return.


    Swimming in Lake Wassookeag, boating, biking, golf, tennis, moose watching, trips to the mountains and the coast, or relaxing in the garden.


    Hunting, nature walks, wild-life photography, waiting for the leaves to turn crimson and gold.


    Cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice-fishing, enjoying the falling snow while drinking hot chocolate!

    For more information about the activities in Dexter, there are 3 particular companies we deal listed below:

    • Northeast Guide Service
    • Song in the Woods
    • Moose Country Safaris
    • Please visit our web site for more information.

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