December 28th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
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.
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.
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 Brunswick at the Oceanside Grille, Registration starts at 10 AM – come early as you may have to park a distance away from the event.
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.
March 26th, 2011 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 Portland Chocolate Lovers’ Fling. In 1986, the idea of an event involving chocolate to raise funds for the Rape Crisis Center, Inc now know as (SARSSM), Support Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, was brought from Colorado to Maine.
The excitement and planning for such an event began to build quickly and on July 14, 1987 the first annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling was held in Cape Elizabeth. Over one hundred guests attended along with a few tired board members who worked late into the night making chocolate brownies and cookies. The Fling fundraiser brought in over $4,000 which has now become one of the most anticipated yearly annual event.
Now in its 25th year ( Silver Anniversary) the Chocolate Lovers’ Fling will be held Sunday April 3 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM. This event can no boast about the participation of more than twenty of the best York and Cumberland counties chocolatiers have to offer. They generously serve up their most delectable chocolate treats to support this important cause. Surround yourself with the finest chocolate sensations these area chocolatiers have to offer! Goodies to sample include cakes, candies, brownies, fudge, , cheese cakes, cannoli’s, needhams, whoopee pies, and other delicious chocolate concoctions.
It is definitely a chocolate gastronomical delight. The Fling attracts about a thousand chocolate lovers and SARSSM supporters who make a chocolate pilgrimage to the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine each year making the Chocolate Lovers’ Fling one of the best attended fundraising events in the State. The event raises over $20,000 annually making it SARSSM’s largest fundraiser and providing much needed funding to support the critical services provided to thousands throughout southern Maine.
March 15th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Now that we have daylight savings time behind us and spring just a few days away what a great time to see the Portland Maine Boatbuilders Show and start thinking about those summer days out in the water on your boat while staying at the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast. The Inn is just a just a 12 minute drive to New England’s Largest Boat Building Show.
See and talk with some of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast at annual Maine Boatbuilders Show, set to run March 18th through the 20th at the Portland Company Complex. There will also be numerous manufacturers of boating equipment and marine services. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats will all be represented, with the builders and designers on-hand to discuss their work.
There will be many daily seminars to attend, one of the key seminars to attend will be with Chuck Paine on Sunday, and he will speak and show slides of his Maine built designs. Roughly 250 of the over 1000 yachts built during the past four decades to Paine designs were built right here in Maine. Eight of his favorite Maine boatbuilders will be present at the show.
He will also point out the whys and wherefores of both his power and sailing yachts built by Artisan Boatworks, Classic Boat Shop, French and Webb, Lyman Morse Boatbuilding , Morris Yachts, Norseboat, Robinhood Marine, York Marine, and other Maine builders.
March 8th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Did you know that this is a busiest time of year for Maine’s Maple Trees? Even in the worst of winter, Maine has something sweet to offer, as the maple sugaring season gets underway. It all starts in late February when the sap starts flowing through the trees. 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 from one tap.
But it takes 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. Join Maine’s maple producers each spring as they celebrate Maine Maple Sunday on Sunday March 27- the day when 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 Sunday 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 farms . Your Innkeepers Ray and Heidi Deleo
View Atlantic Birches Inn – Old Orchard Beach – Local Maple Sugaring Shacks in a larger map
March 1st, 2011 by Ray Deleo
This Portland Boat Show with over fifty exhibitors will feature the largest display area of any of the local boat shows, with exhibits including center console & walk around fishing boats, bow-riders, cuddy cabins, cruisers, pontoon boats, wakeboard boats, and tournament ski boats. The event offers a detailed show, with well designed floor plans for the boaters coming from all over the North East. The show also has plenty of free on-site parking along with many new boats and the latest designs of boats which will delight visitors.
Boaters will be over whelmed with the assortment of boats displayed and the assortment of marine supply equipment, nautical gear, and various other seafaring paraphernalia the show has to offer. Your Innkeepers Ray & Heidi
February 24th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Does the cold snowy days of Winter have you feeling cold and crusty as the flowers buried under snow in your garden? There is a cure my friends. The Portland Flower Show at the Portland Company Complex March 10 – 13. Th is the perfect way to get that feeling of summer a little earlier than usual. Stay 2 nights at the Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach ME. and receive a pair of tickets or ticket value off your stay in our Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast
Visitors can stroll through delightful gardens created by over twenty exhibitors, each interpreting the theme “The Enchanted Earth” with creative displays of stone, trees, shrubs and flowers that have been forced into bloom months earlier than their normal time. Smell the mulch, enjoy the trees and flowers, buy some new garden tools or homemade jams, pottery, or jewelry at the vendor booths, whatever your fancy the “Enchanted Earth” is here for you. Come spend the day and dream about new garden design and the coming summer.
The show will also feature numerous educational exhibits and a wide array lectures covering topics ranging from beekeeping and organic gardening to grape growing in Maine’s cold climate. Don’t miss the annual Cumberland County Master Gardener Plant Auction held on Sunday, March 13 . There is both a silent and a live auction. Your Innkeepers Ray & Heidi Deleo
February 15th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Maine Restaurant Week
The much awaited Winter Maine Restaurant Week is fast approaching and one outstanding restaurant in Old Orchard Beach is participating again this year! From March 1-12, 2011, Yellow Ffin’s Restaurant in Ocean Park is serving 3 course dinners for just $40.00. These prices don’t include beverage or gratuity but are an amazing value when considering their menu selections and the ability to bring your beverage without any corkage or setup fees.
Yellow Fin's Restaurant
Yellow Fin’s is just a two minute drive from the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast. Another nearby restaurant is Run of the Mill in Saco a 5 minute drive from the Inn. March is the perfect time to plan a short getaway to Maine and take advantage of the Atlantic Birches Inn Stay 3 nights get the 3rd night free package!
We are only a 15 minute drive to Portland’s Old Port District where you can sample the premier cuisine of many restaurants dishing out incredible values in Portland and surrounding communities, including Fore Street, Street and Company, Cinque Terre, Back Bay Grill, Five Fifty-Five, Havana South and many more all serving 3 course dinners for just $20, $30, or $40. Before dining take advantage of some of Portland’s cultural attractions such as the birthplace of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Casco Bay Lines, Merrill Auditorium, Cumberland Civic Center, Portland Museum of Art and Shipyard Brewery or shopping in the Old Port District.
February 9th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
The announced show dates and venue locations are The Cumberland County Civic Center
in Portland, Maine will host the first show on Sat & Sun February 19 & 20, next is the Seacoast Home and Garden Show on Sat & Sun March 26 & 27, held at the UNH Whittemore Center
in Durham, New Hampshire and then the Northern New England Home, Garden and Flower Show is at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds
in Fryeburg, Maine on Friday May 13 through Sun May15. These shows are filled with great ideas and unique products and services for all our home and garden projects. Also each show has exhibitors\vendors from a wide variety of businesses and services ranging from national franchises to entrepreneurial start-ups.
We also look forward to meeting guest chefs from some of the most popular kitchens in Maine and New Hampshire. We love to attend the seminars in the studio kitchens to watch the chefs prepare culinary delights-and to sample the results. The Smart Homeowner Seminars offer cutting edge information and ideas on eco-friendly and green products and services. The All Things Growing Seminars, have garden marketplaces and landscape displays that offer a vast assortments of plants, shrubs, flowers, garden supplies and new gadgets to make gardening easier. Your Innkeepers Ray, Heidi, and Alison our Apprentice