The weather outside might be frightful, but inside the nine Inns Along the Coast of Maine, fires are roaring and toddies are warming. While some think that the Maine coast is only for summer vacations, those really in-the-know have discovered the off-season appeal of quiet walks on the beach or along the harbor and unhurried strolling around beautiful New England towns.
Throughout the winter, our coastal Maine towns are filled with wonderful events. We wanted to share a number of ideas for your Maine winter vacations and intimate escapes that will warm the heart and get the blood pumping all while enjoying some really cool events!
Rockland’s Pies on Parade 2018, January 29, 2018
How does a nice warm piece of pie sound on a cold winter’s day? How about 50 of them? On Sunday, January 28th the town of Rockland turns into Pie Town USA as more than 25 inns, restaurants and shops open their doors to celebrate National Pie Day and raise money for the local food pantry. From 1:00 – 4:00pm on the last Sunday in January, each year, the three Historic Inns of Rockland are joined by as many as 25 additional Rockland and Camden, ME businesses and restaurants to welcome hungry pie eaters to the town for the Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour. This year, Hungry pie lovers will sample more than 50 different pies at 25+ businesses, restaurants and inns throughout Rockland. Four of the Inns Along the Coast take part in this event, including founders, Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn and Granite Inn, joined recently by Camden’s Hawthorne Inn. Each of the Rockland inns offers a Pies on Parade package. Click here to read about the Hawthorn Inn’s Pies on Parade package. If rooms are filled, stay less than an hour away at the Newcastle Inn and tour the other participating inns while you get to stay at yet another wonderful Midcoast member of Inns Along the Coast. To really warm your heart and your stomach too, reserve the Love is in the Air package at Newcastle Inn and combine it with the Pies on Parade tour!
Toast to winter at Bar Harbor’s 3rd Annual Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest, Jan 13, 2018
This one’s coming right up! On January 13, 2018* from 1 – 5 pm, don’t miss this annual brewfest at its new festival location, downtown at Atlantic Brewing Midtown, a local small-batch brewery. Plan to enjoy games and live music from local bands while discovering Atlantic Brewing Company’s small batch beers brewed just seven barrels at a time. This pilot facility allows fellow brewers from around the state, country, and world to collaborate on unique recipes and formulations in a shared environment. The new space is also home to Midtown Burger, Bar Harbor’s newest destination for hand-crafted burgers and wraps too, so you can sip and savor all at once. Tickets are ONLY available by purchasing in advance. The $25 festival ticket includes unlimited samples and a tasting glass to bring home. Designated-driver tickets are $10. Children under 10 years old are free admission. Why not combine this with a winter stay at Saltair Waterfront B&B or Aysgarth Station B&B. While in Bar Harbor, explore Acadia National Park’s XC and snowshoe trails too. Quiet season is the ideal way to explore the nature and allure of Downeast Maine.
Paint the town red in Kennebunkport! January 27-February 28th
Kennebunkport, ME, home to the Captain Jefferds Inn, will quite literally paint the town red for romance throughout February to stake its claim as “New England’s Most Romantic Town.” All businesses in Dock Square in downtown Kennebunkport will be decked out in red twinkly lights, and the restaurants, galleries and shops will welcome romantically inclined visitors with savings, from Red Plate dining specials to Red Tag sales from retailers. Simply visit www.lovekpt.com find more than 30 different offers, including romantic dinners featuring Maine lobsters, lodging packages with add-ons such as chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, and significant shopping discounts. Best of all, throughout the month of February, the Captain Jefferds Inn is offering it’s February is for Lovers package, complimentary with a two night stay.
Flavors of Freeport Ice Bar & Chef’s Signature Series, February 16-17, 2018
Enjoy delicious samples from some of Maine’s best chefs, sample local brews and beverages, and learn about what’s new in Freeport’s culinary world. Best of all, the great variety will leave you delighted and coming back to Freeport for more! The Flavors Ice Bar features frosty beverages, beautiful ice sculptures, fun photo opps, roaring fires and a DJ to get you moving! On February 17th go back for more and groove to the tunes of Motor Booty Affair. You can walk to all of the events, plus Freeport’s great shopping scene from the Brewster House B&B. From now until the end of January, save 33-percent on a three-night stay with the Winter Wonderland Package at Brewster House. Then in February, combine fun at the ice bar with quiet season rates at the Brewster House.
Here's all you need to start planning your Inns Along the Coast winter getaway.
Newcastle Inn: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.NewcastleInn.com, reservations: 207-563-5685, Innkeeper: Julie Bolthuis and her four-legged assistant innkeeper, Jabu.