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Portland Maine Brew Festival

Victorian Main House

The Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach Maine would like to inform you of  one of Maines best Beer Festivals.  Starting Friday evening August 29 and all day Saturday the 3oth  in Portland’s  Old Port  Waterfront you can sample some of the best  Brews you can get here in Maine or away by attending the Portland Maine Brew Festival  with over Forty Breweries attending and One Hundred Twenty Five varieties of Ciders, Mead’s and Beers available to taste.  If you would like to visit some of the nearby breweries we have provided the following map of some of Southern Maine Breweriers .

Portland Maine Brewfest

Victorian Main House

Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach Inn would like to show you the Better Way To Stay and inform you of one of our favorite end of summer events,  the 2nd Annual Portland Maine Brew Festival will be held August 31, Sept3mber 1 & 2. This Labor Day Weekend event for many beer lovers in Portland, Maine is a celebration to the ending of summer.  Hope to see you there! 

 The Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore Street, Portland, will host the event featuring over 32 New England regional craft brewers with over 92 beer varieties to choose from. Many of Maine’s favorite local brews will be available along with vendors and exhibitors for supplies, home brewing clubs, and more.  Sounds like the perfect event for beer lovers and connoisseurs to enjoy the Holiday Weekend.   

Each attendee is entitled to 24 beer tasting coupons of about 2 oz each, Maine law states that 48 oz is the maximum each attendee can consume.  Some of this years attending breweries are as follows: 

Allagash Brewing Company, Angry Orchard Cider, Baxter Brewing ,Boston Beer Company, Bunker Brewing, Clown Shoes Beer, Crispin Ciders, DL Geary Brewing Company, Fat Friar Mead, Fatty Bampkins, Fiddler’s Reach Mead, Gritty McDuff’s, Harpoon Brewery, Kennebec Cider, Long Trail Brewing Company, Magic Hat Brewing, Maine Meadery, Moonlight Meadery, Narragansett, The Old Burnside Brewing Company, Rising Tide Brewing Company, The Run-of-the-Mill, Public House and Brewery, Sebago Brewing, Shipyard Brewing Company,  Sixpoint Brewery, Switchback Brewing, Tuckerman Brewing, Urban Farm Fermentory, White Birch, Woodchuck Cider, Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery.

Maine 4th of July – Independence Day Celebration

Main House

The Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast would like to show you the Better Way To Stay while celebrating the Forth of July here  in Old Orchard Beach ME .


Downeast Diner

Enjoy fine dining at The Landmark or Joesph’s By The Sea  or Yellow Fin’s Restaurant and don’t forget to bring your favorite bottle of wine, there is no corkage fee at Yellow Fin’s.   For great traditional Maine lobster diners we recommend The Rising Tide in Pine Point

Old Orchard Beaches Independence Day Celebration starts on Wednesday

Old Orchard Beach Celebration

  July4th at 9:30 with  a spectular fireworks display in the town square next to the Old Orchard Beach Pier and then again on Thursday evenings the 5th and 6th of July.  



Sand Sculpture Contest

Family sand sculpture contest July 3 in Ocean Park Chautauqua-by-the-Sea on the beach .  Fun for the entire family.  Come enjoy a parade in Ocean Park July 4 starting at 10 a.m. and band concert with line and square dancing.  FMI: 207-934-9068


Old Orchard Beach – Lobster Dip 2012

Lobster Dippers

New York has the Polar Bear Plunge, Maryland the Penguin Plunge, California the Polar Plunge, North Carolina the Dolphin Plunge, South Carolina the Pelican Plunge and Old Orchard Beach Maine has the Lobster Dip Sponsored by the Portland Rugby Club. 207-879-0489.

No Double Dippers

Watch or join in as over 500 participants who have raised a minimum of $100.00 in pledges, to be turned in on Dip day as they dip into the chilly forty degree water of the Atlantic Ocean in front of the BReuswick Hotel in Old Orchard Beach ME., at Noon sharp on Sunday January 1st New year day, to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Maine.

Dipper Cheerleaders

For those who are not lobster dippers, there is an area on the beach for those referred to as “Chicken Dippers” who wish to take part in raising funds for the great cause but are too chicken to take a dip in the cool ocean waters.

Lobster Dipper

Wear something on your feet into the water! Costumes are optional. Bring a robe/blanket/beach towel to wrap yourself in after you come out of the water, showers/changing rooms are available nearby. Post Dip Party with free food, cash bar, live music & football inside the DippersBrunswick at the Oceanside Grille, Registration starts at 10 AM – come early as you may have to park a distance away from the event.

Old Orchard Beach – New Years Eve Celebration

Happy New Year

The Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast would like to show you the Better Way To Stay while celebrating the bringing in of the New Year in Old Orchard Beach Maine. Enjoy fine dining at Yellow Fin’s Restaurant and don’t forget to bring your favorite bottle of wine, there is no corkage fee at Yellow Fin’s.  Jumpin Jakes  will also be featuring a New Years Eve Dinner Package  

There will be two fireworks shows this year. The earlier time will allow for people of all ages to come and enjoy a Beach Bonfire, Marshmallow Toasting and Hot Cocoa with the first fireworks show going off at  5:30. Last year, this event brought almost 1000 people (locals and travelers) to the beach. 

Beach Bonfire

The second Fireworks show will be at Midnight. The second show will give people a chance to visit restaurants and nightspots while they wait to bring in 2012 in Old Orchard Beach.   

New Years Day Lobster Dip

On Sunday, the 23nd annual Special Olympics Lobster Dip sponsored by Portland’s Rugby Club will bring the daredevils, about 500 of them out to the beach. OOB365 volunteers will be there with hot cocoa and cider served on the beach to add some much needed warmth. OOB365 volunteers will be selling First Night Buttons for this event for $10 each to help cover the costs of the Fireworks and Advertising.

Maine 4th of July – Independence Day Celebration

Inn 4th of July

Atlantic Birches Inn Cottage

The Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast would like to show you the Better Way To Stay while celebrating the Forth Of July  in Old Orchard Beach ME .

Atlantic Birches Inn Gazebo

Enjoy fine dining at The Landmark or Joesph’s By The Sea  or Yellow Fin’s Restaurant and don’t forget to bring your favorite bottle of wine, there is no corkage fee at Yellow Fin’s.  

July 4th Fireworks

Old Orchard Beaches Independence Day Celebration starts on Friday July 1st first and ends with  a spectular fireworks display in the town square next to the Old Orchard Beach Pier on Sunday July 3rd and Monday evening the 4th of July.  

Sand Sculpture

Family sand sculpture contest July 3 in Ocean Park Chautauqua-by-the-Sea on the beach .  Fun for the entire family.  


Come enjoy a parade in Ocean Park July 4 starting at 10 a.m. and band concert with line and square dancing.  


Maine Cross Country Skiing

Christmas Decorations

These pictures show the shear amount of snowfall we have had this winter here in Old Orchard Beach Maine. We still have our Christmas decorations out because they are frozen solid to the ground.  Everything around the Atlantic Birches Inn is covered in snow and ice, even the Pier! 

Ice Crusted Pier

 We have had so much snow, that our parking has gotten so small that we had to hire a front loader to come in and push the snow onto the lawn and back yard. This has resulted in a mountain snow that my daughter and friends climb up and slide down with their snow discs. 

 The town roads and highway are clear and dry, the good news is that you can still walk the seven miles of white sand beach which is a minute walk from the Inn and see the sunrise by pier surrounded by seasmoke.

Pier at Sunrise Covered with Sea Smoke

Last weekend, Heidi, Alison and I went cross country skiing at Smiling Hill Farm you can Cross Country Ski throughout the farm on the logging roads and livestock paths.   It was pretty cold although it was a bright, sunny day which was perfect for traveling over some hilly up-down terrains, and plenty of open field skiing and intimate trails throughout the farm.  There were also plenty of people snowshoeing.

Smiling Hill Farm Cross Country Shiing

After about 2 hours skiing we decided to head for lunch at our favorite place for Chowder Gilberts Chowder House in Portland’s Old Port Area.  We look forward to helping you  to enjoy your stay in Maine’s Winter Wonderland.  Your Innkeepers: Ray, Heidi and Alison the apprentice

Maine Winter Events for February

Ways to Celebrate February Maine outdoors and events during Groundhog Day, school winter vacations, Lincoln’s Birthday, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day. The list of activities and events in Maine, during February will give you a perfect chance to join in the winter fun and entertainment while enjoying your stay at one of Southern Maine’s most romantic Inn’s the Atlantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach Bed and Breakfast

So, with a few extra layers of clothing, scarves and mittens the February Snow fest’s, the Snow Carnivals, snowboarding competitions, World Cup Biathlon, snowboarding competitions and snowmobile races can be a lot of fun and excitement. And if outdoor Maine events in the winter isn’t your thing and doesn’t appeal to you, perhaps you will enjoy being indoors for a Chocolate Festival.

 High View Farm Sleigh Rides December through March (depending on snow Amounts)

High View Farm in Harrison Maine is owned and operated by the Winslow Family and was first settled in 1810 by their ancestors. ‘It is a working farm with animals, including Belgian Draft Horses and Guernsey Dairy Cows. During the winter the farm offers Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides and Bonfire Packages, for a romantic experience or family fun. With an Old Fashioned journey and a slower way to travel it gives a way to create lasting memories.”

Special Olympics Maine Winter Games Sun Jan 30  – Tues Feb 01, 2011

More than 500 athletes from 80 Maine communities will compete in the 42nd Annual Special Olympics Maine Winter Games at Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley. Come cheer on the athletes, watch the biggest Fireworks Display of the year, or get involved by visiting the Maine Special Olympics.

The North American Tour of the Biathlon World Cup   Fri Feb 04, 2011 – Sun, Feb 6, 2011 and  Fri Feb 11, 2011 – Sun, Feb 13, 2011

Mainer’s are preparing for the tens of thousands of fans who will descend on the cities of Fort Kent and Presque Isle for seven days of Olympic-level competition during the E.ON IBU Biathlon World Cup.  Maine is home to two internationally accredited, world-class venues that are licensed to host World Cup competitions. The Fort Kent 10th Mountain Center and Presque Isle Nordic Heritage Center competition sites join others in Germany, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Norway, and Slovenia that are hosting other World Cup events.

The Main Event  Snowboard Competition Sat, Feb 05, 2011

The Maine Event is an annual snowboard competition based in New England going into its 8th season. Sugarloaf is proud to play host to the Finals of the 2011 season. The Main Event Series provides an opportunity for ambitious snowboarders to compete their way up from their local mountain all the way to the Burton US Open Championship and a snowboarding trip of a lifetime in Argentina with South America Snow Sessions.

Wilderness Sled Dog Race Sat, Feb 05, 2011

Kicking off Snofest in Greenville, this International event pits these powerful canine athletes and their mushers against the legendary Maine snow and cold of winter.  In addition to the race start and finish lines at the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife parking area on Village Street in Greenville; there are three places along the race route where spectators can view the teams as they head to the Northern most checkpoint and return to Greenville.” Hot chocolate and chili will be served on one of the viewpoints.

Sugarloaf Ski Resort Go50Week   Mon Feb 07 – Fri Feb 11, 2011

This week is dedicated to skiers and riders 50+ who have made a commitment to staying active and seeking out excitement! Enjoy the best skiing in the East at Maine’s tallest resort and take advantage of a special Wine Dinner, Artisan Workshops taught by local craftspeople, plus a Go50 Welcome Party at the Shipyard Brew Haus, Group Ski opportunities, Guided Mountain Tours, Live Music and fun Activities.”

12th Annual Naples Winter Carnival  Fri Feb 11, - Sat Feb 12, 2011

The Naples Winter Carnival will be two full days of fun along Long Lake in Naples, Maine. If Mother Nature cooperates, the 2011 carnival is expected to be even bigger and better than it was in 2010, when crowds gathered for a Broom Ball, an Antique Snowmobile Show, Helicopter Rides, Snow Coach Rides, movies, snow sculptures, fireworks and a bonfire, other indoor and outdoor activities, and of course, plenty of hot chocolate!

Moosehead Lake Snofest Week   Fri Feb 18,  – Fri Feb 25, 2011

A week of fun on the lake,  with snowmobile rides, entertainment, and the annual Snofest “cook out – cook in” – featuring deep fried turkey, burgers, hot dogs and fire roasted marshmallows. On Friday, the 25th, the week-ends with a Snofest Family Finale and Bonfire.

Annual Moosehead Lake Chocolate Festival   Sun, Feb 20, 2011

A tantalizingly delicious event sponsored by the Moosehead Chamber of Commerce. A great place to take the whole family. Choose 12 samples from a selection of 30 delectable chocolate desserts. For the kids there is a special Children’s corner with unique food & prizes. And as always you can place a bid on the great items in our Chinese Auctions.

75th Annual Sno Carnival  Sat, Feb 26, 2011

The towns of the Maine Swedish Colony gather each year for a winter carnival featuring traditional Nordic skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing events for all ages along with good food and fellowship. Come on out and beat those winter blues.

Valentines Day – Maine Romantic Getaways

Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate

Give your sweetheart the gift of a romantic weekend away from the job, the kids and the stresses of everyday life and bring back some of that sparkle and magic.  Treat that someone special to a 2 night stay in the room of your choice in the cottage at this Old Orchard Beach Inn.  Indulge yourselves in a chilled bottle of champagne  and chocolate covered strawberries in your room upon your arrival. 


Make your Valentine’s Day Getaway special and join us at this Southern Maine Bed And Breakfast.  Here at this Maine Bed and Breakfast we celebrate Valentine’s Day for the entire month of February. 

Valentine’s Day is for lovers, and lovers enjoy a romantic getaway to Old Orchard Beach Maine

Valentine Roses

The Atlantic Birches Inn a Bed and Breakfast with guest rooms that offer water views and spectacular sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. There is something about sky blue skies, sunshine, and the Atlantic Ocean that ignite that romantic spark in couples everywhere. 

Happy Valentines Day

During your Valentine’s Getaway escape, enjoy a stroll along the 7 miles of white sand beach, visit one of Old Orchards Finest Restaurants for that special meal, do a little shopping in Portland or at the Outlet Stores in Freeport, visit the Portland Museum of Art or area Art Galleries, enjoy a lobster roll or bowl of award winning Chowda for lunch at Gilberts Chowder House, do a little Bird Watching or perhaps a drive along the coast. This is a peaceful time on Maine’s Southern Coast and a lovely time to escape from the hectic life of the city. 2BUE465CK4J7

Atlantic Birches Inn – Decorated for the Holidays

Atlantic Birches Inn

This Maine Bed and Breakfast is ready for the Christmas and New Year Holiday!  Enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of the of the Holiday season at the Atlantic Birches Inn.  As you approach the Inn you will be in awe of all the outdoor blue Christmas lights and decor. Two hundred-fifty feet of lighted white pine garland drape the wrap-around porch and its columns. 

Grand Stairway

Department 56 Snow Village

Every room is decorated from the Christmas tree in the guest’s living room to the 8- foot white tree in the front bay window.  The grand stairway is decorated with our Santa collection on each step. The guest’s living room has a year round Department 56 Snow Village display with about 80 lighted buildings. The lawn has an antique horse drawn sled filed with lighted Christmas presents surrounded by lighted reindeers.


 The Gazebo is also decorated with white pine garland and blue lights and a 5 foot white Christmas tree which stands in the middle of it lighted with blue lights.  There is still time to relax before and after the holiday season with an overnight stay in the Cottage House or in one of the Cottage kitchenette Suites.

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The Atlantic Birches Inn Bed and Breakfast
20 Portland Avenue
Old Orchard Beach, Maine 04064
Phone (207) 934-5295 or (888) 934-5295
fax (207) 934-3781