March 23rd, 2015 by Ray Deleo
Maine Made Maple Syrup
Did you know that this is the busiest time of year for Maine’s Maple Trees? Even with worst of winter in ten years, Maine has something sweet to offer, as the maple sugaring season got underway this past weekend. This year the SAP has started late and and is flowing slowly but should be flowing abundantly within the next few weeks. The trees are tapped, and in a good year, one large forty year old Maple Tree may produce as much as 60 gallons of sap.
Maine Sugaring Taps
It takes about 40 quarts of the sap to get one quart of the golden maple syrup that you find beside your pancakes, ice cream or in maple candies. Maine is the 3rd largest producer of Maple Syrup. Visit Maine’s maple producers this spring as they celebrate Maine Maple Sugaring Weekend Saturday and Sunday March 21 – 22 the day the sugar makers around the State open the doors of their sugarhouses for the public to join them in their rites of spring – Making Maple Syrup.
At many of these farms near the Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach Maine you can go into the sugaring shack, watch the sap evaporate, and learn about how it goes from what looks like nothing more than water, to one of the sweetest things made in Maine. Sometimes the syrup is pale gold and delicate, sometimes dark and rich. It all depends on the soil and terrain, the wind and the weather, just like fine wine. But don’t worry, if you can’t make it for Maple Sugar this weekend at one of these farms, you can always visit them the rest of the month of March and early April.
For a full list of participating farms visit Maine Maple Producers or see our map below of nearby Maine Maplc Sugaring Shacks below come see us and we can give you a list with directions to some of the Local Nearby Sugaring Shacks . Your Innkeepers Ray and Heidi Deleo
October 12th, 2012 by Ray Deleo
Atlantic Birches Inn
Central and Southern Maine are the best locations to see colorful foliage through the coming week, these area’s are close to or very near peak according to the 2012 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation.
Color Zone Map
Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are reporting past peak leaf color in zones 5 through 7 of the state’s seven tracking zones, but pockets of remarkable color can still be seen in the Kennebec Valley region along Route 201 and in Cumberland and York counties in southern Maine. Leaf drop in these regions is currently 30 to 50 percent, rangers say.
I went out for one of my rare October drives this Tuesday on Route 5 heading toward Fryeburg and the White Mountains to see some of the Fall colors and check out some of the wooden covered bridges along the way. I was surprised to still see an abundance of bright colors and leaves still on the trees. I am usually here attending to guests here at the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast, for most of the October leaf-peeping season. I was amazed at the brilliance of leaf color even at higher elevations. Along the beach here in Old Orchard Beach many of the trees are very near their color potential. We have Ash, Maple, Birch and Oak trees on our property that are in their full Fall display of bright fall colors. The road that we are located all the trees are orangingy, red and yellow Crayola Crayon shades that over-shadows all other leaf colors.
Portland Head Light
Numerous guests have taken area drives on scenic drives along coastal route 9 to Kennebunkport and Ogunquit and Cape Neddick to see Nubble Light and to Route 5 toward the White Mountains, this past week and brought back spectacular photos of waterfalls, swimming-holes, covered wooden bridges, landscapes, hiking trails, and all the photos bore a palette of bright colors.
Never mind the experts. We have gotten the word straight from the source, our guests: The leaves are still on the trees and that the show will go on for another week or two. Don’t miss them.
September 16th, 2012 by Ray Deleo
Atlantic Birches Inn
Its that time of year again when the nights are cooler, daylight is shorter, scent of fresh apple cider is the air and the apples are ripe and ready to be picked. Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast would like to share with you some of our favorite u-pick apple orchards in York and Cumberland Counties.
At the apple orchard, you can enjoy a day filled with activities and goodies for the whole family.
U Pick Orchard
Many apple orchards are family-owned with a strong sense of tradition, which makes them a great place to spend a fun filled day with your family and friends. Some activities offered at various orchards include weekend festivals, hayrides, playgrounds and petting zoos. Some also offer, fresh baked apple donuts, jams, pies, apple crisps, honey, maple syrup, vegetables, pumpkins, wagon rides and gift shops, U picking apples in Maine is a fun family day event for all ages.
If you visit an orchard that presses its own cider, you may have the opportunity to witness an apple-pressing demonstration. During a visit to an apple orchard on a warm day, you may want to enjoy a light picnic lunch. Depending on the orchard, they may offer snacks on-site, or you may need to pack your own.
Apple Pie & Ice Cream
Most orchards will have a picnic area or a nice area under the apple trees with majestic views, where you can relax while you eat. After your picnic treat yourselves to a slice of fresh baked apple pie with a scoop of ice cream to help keep everyone cool.
View Maine U-Pick Apple Orchards in a larger map
August 30th, 2012 by Ray Deleo
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.
August 16th, 2012 by Ray Deleo
The Atlantic Birches Inn would like to invite you to one of the biggest fun celebrations in Old Orchard Beach the Special Beach Olympics of Maine , in its 29th year. The event sponsored by Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution & Town of Old Orchard Beach. This family fun event held August 17 – 19, 2012 is a fundraiser for Maine Special Olympics. Three days of fun in the sun events are all for a good cause. While Olympic competition sounds intense, the unusual zany antics that actually occur at these Beach Olympics are fun and funny for the whole family.
A few of the wacky contests include crab races, an ice cream eating contest, bubble gum blowing, and a dressing & undressing contest, all are welcome to join in and all the money raised benefits the Maine Special Olympics.
The weekend of special beachside events starts with a traditional Torch Lighting Ceremony on Friday by a Maine Special Olympian. The official lighting of the Olympic Torch is followed by a kick off Olympic celebration featuring storytellers, baton twirlers, and live bands.
The historic Town Square, next to the pier and Beach, is the center for all the activities. Throughout the event, popular local musicians entertain the crowds and special appearances by Slugger the Sea Dog and other local characters add to the festivities. Locals and vacationers are welcome to sign up and participate in the many Beach Olympic events including sandcastle building competitions, beach
Beach Volley Ball
volleyball tournaments, arcade competitions, mini-golf contests, water balloon races, and more. For those that prefer to just watch, there are daylong volleyball tournaments, viewing of the sandcastle creations, and various contest going on to for spectators to enjoy, plus live free entertainment to take in. Events are scheduled by the half-hour and hour on the beach, in the Square, and at Palace Playland. Prizes are awarded to participants, with medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in most of the events.
All are encouraged to participate in the Beach Olympics events. In order to sign up for the Beach Olympics, you need to simply purchase a Beach Olympics Lanyard. Lanyards can be purchased for only $3 in advance at the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce or at the event for $5.00
August 1st, 2012 by Ray Deleo
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 events of the year the Rockland Lobster Festival
The Festival a 65-year-old tradition, which comes alive like clockwork the first week of August every year, provides a sense of seasonal timekeeping; for others, a centerpiece for homecoming gatherings; and for others, a reconnection with the pleasure of basic hometown charm and plenty of Lobsters.
Some of the key events are as follows
The “Great International Lobster Crate Race” is open to all people
crazy enough to risk falling into the chilly ocean with crowds of people watching your every move as you race across floating crates. Sunday August 5, 2012 at the Information Booth starting at 7:00 am.
The “Parade” goes down Main Streetand features the Grand Marshall, the newly crowned 2012 Sea Goddess, the Sea Princesses andall their Escorts, King Neptune and his court and a variety of marching bands and units, floats, drill teams and more.
”Lobster Serving Tent“ Come in for one, two or three lobster dinners includes a butterred roll and fresh local corn on the cob. Menu is lobster dinners, steamed clams, fisherman’s platters, crab cakes, shore dinners, fried shrimp, fried haddock, and fried calamari.
July 22nd, 2012 by Ray Deleo
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 events of the year the
Yarmouth Clam Festival a 47-year-old tradition, which comes alive like clockwork on the third Friday in July, provides a sense of seasonal timekeeping; for others, a centerpiece for homecoming gatherings; and for others, a reconnection with the pleasure of basic hometown charm.
The annual festival boasts lots of clams for eating, musical performances, competitions, fireworks, arts and crafts
The juried craft show on the NYA Lawn offers a selection of handmade crafts in every price range created by more than 140 artisans. Thursday 6-8pm (crafter’s option to open); Friday & Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-5pm.has a fine selection of jewelry, clothing, collectibles, pottery, wood carvings, and other handcrafted items created by over 140 artisans for every price range. The Festival’s jury consists of a panel of independent experts in various categories of arts and crafts. The jury selects crafters based on the following criteria: authenticity of handcrafted workmanship, originality and individuality, design excellence, executional skill, attention to detail, and professionalism in presentation.
Royal River Chorus
Free Entertainment is provided all weekend at four locations: the Entertainment Tents at North Yarmouth Academy, on Memorial Green, on the Library Lawn and the Serendipity Stage on the First Parish Church Lawn.
Carnival by Smokey’s Greater Shows, Inc. is next to the Rowe School. Open Wednesday & Thursday 5-11pm; Friday & Saturday 10am-11pm; Sunday 11am-5pm; Pay-one-price $20 bracelets are valid Wednesday & Thursday 6-10pm and Sunday 12-4pm.
Art Show & Sale Under the Oaks on the Library Lawn. View original works from the best artists in Maine and from away. Browse the show under three Maine State Champion Oak Trees, the largest known living members of each species in Maine. Friday 10am- 5pm, Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.
December 26th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
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.
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.
November 7th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach ME. Bed and Breakfast is happy to inform you that New this fall is Maine Beer Week the celebration of craft beer and good food the event begins Thursday November 10 – 17. Just think how great it is and lucky we are to have so much good beer to choose from in Maine. At Jimmy the Greeks in Old Orchard Beach its always beer week with 50 Taps and 100 bottles of diferent beers. Jimmy will have a rotating menu featuring food prepared with Maine Micro Brews. Also there will be a Maine Beer of the Day Baxter release party and special event Wed Nov 16.
This event offers a unique experience that showcase’s many of Maine’s Brew Masters, (Shipyard , Gritty’s , Belfast Bay. Geary’s, Sea Dog) along with celebrated restaurants and fine dining establishments, that feature high-caliber and authentic Beer. Hope to see you there. Cheers.
October 6th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach ME. Bed and Breakfast is happy to inform you that Harvest on the Harbor is here again on October 20 – 22 at the Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portalnd.
It offers a unique experience that showcase’s many of Maine’s celebrated chefs and many renowned fine dining establishments, while featuring high-caliber and authentic gourmet products from local Maine farmers, fishermen and food artisans, as well as wineries, brewers and spirit makers. Some of the special events will be Grand Tasting on the Harbor.
Lobster Chef of the Year Competition, The Ultimate Seafood Splash and Top of the Crop from Maine’s Best Farms to Table Chefs. We invite you to share in the harvest bounty and hope you join us for 3 fun filled days of gourmet foods right here in Portland Maine on the peaceful coast of Maine