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Great State of Maine Air Show

The Atlantic Birches Inn would like to inform you about  one of the most exciting, thrilling and  fun filled Events  in The State of Maine. The Great State of Maine Air Show  it takes place August 24, 25 and 26 at the  Brunswick Landing, the former Brunswick Naval Air Station ,  in Brunswick’s Executive Airport.  Experience a weekend full of dynamic aviation performances,  impressive static displays, air stunts, interactive booths, and more. These are some of the performers.  

ThunderbirdsNavy F/A-18, Misty Blues All Woman Skydiving Team, Mike Goulian, Rob Holland, Texas Flying Legends, Red Tail Mustang, Ace Maker Air Shows, Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys, Oregon Aero SkyDancer
Dan Marcotte, Northeast Raiders, Team ChaosJacquie Warda, Randy Harris, Flash Fire Jet Truck, Collings Foundation Corsair,

As a result of the sucess of the  2011 Maine Air Show Event, organizers have lined up a tribute to the Tuskegee airmen featured in the Hollywood hit movie “Red Tails,” an airborne comedy routine dubbed “Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys” and performances by the world’s only all-women skydiving team, “Misty Blues.”

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.

Maine Beer Week

Beer Week

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. 

National Train Day

Discover the Rail Way. On May 7, 2011, the 4th Annual National Train Day will be a free coast-to-coast celebration.  Take the Amtrak Downeaster from Boston Mass. to Old Orchard Beach Maine, and enjoy your stay at the Atlantic Birches Inn, an elegant Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Stay two nights during the week of May 7, 2011 show us your train stub at our Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast and we will pay for half your fare from Boston to our Old Orchard Beach Inn.  

Old Orchard Beach Maine trains are now traveling eight times daily between Boston to Portland. Old Orchard Beach is a seasonal stop that is open from mid April through late October. There is some talk of making Old Orchard Beach a Year Round stop.  

First National Train Day

National Train day was first celebrated on Saturday May 10, 2008 as a result of high gas prices, environmentalists seeking to lower their carbon footprints and  Amtrak’s  increase of ridership by 12 percent for the year. On May 1, 2011, Amtrak will celebrate 40 years as America’s Railroad, providing vital intercity and high-speed passenger rail service from New York to Los Angeles and offering critical transportation choices for both urban and rural communities. From steam to diesel-powered engines travelers have had a long love affair with trains. 

 Long before Amtrak began operations in 1971, people were riding the rails.  Amtrak was created to ease congestion on highways and at airports, and to restore the efficiency, attractiveness and convenience of train travel. Amtrak’s original passenger cars were acquired from private railroads and came in all different colors, which is why the public and the media called them “Rainbow Trains.  

Amtrak Downeaster

Train service first began to Old Orchard Beach over 159 years ago in 1842 and continued until the mid 1900’s. After nearly 50 years, train service was resumed to Maine. In 2002 The DownEaster Train resumed its seasonal scheduled stop in Old Orchard Beach. Trains are now traveling eight times daily between Boston to Portland. 

OOB Train Station

Old Orchard Beach is a seasonal stop that is open from mid April through late October. There is some talk of making Old Orchard Beach a Year Round Stop. 

With high-speed rail access from Washington D.C. and New York to Boston, vacationers and weekenders now enjoy a speedy trip to Boston and then connect for a 2 hour train ride from Boston to the  Old Orchard Beach Maine  train station stop, adjacent to the new Visitors Welcome Center and Chamber of Commerce Building, is just 100 yards from the beach and a 2 minute walk to the Atlantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach ME. Bed and Breakfast.

Maine Restaurant Week – Winter 2011

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.

New England Home Garden and Flower Shows

With spring (5 Weeks) and Daylight Savings Time (4 Weeks) just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about spring home and garden projects. Heidi and I have started our list of projects that we need to do here at our Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast the Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach Maine. We are looking forward to attending three of the largest and most diverse Home, Garden and Flower Shows held in the Northeast for decorating and remodeling ideas for our Old Orchard Beach Inn .
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.

Guest Chef

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

Old Orchard Beach Maine – Winter Carnival

Old Orchard Beach Winter Carnival

 Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn would like to inform you that it’s that time of year again when the Old Orchard Beach Winter Carnival occurs Friday and Saturday February 25th and 26th. Be sure to reserve your rooms early at this Old Orchard Beach Inn 


Sled and Tube Track

                                                                                             Friday evening kicks-off the fun with a sledding  party at the top of Old Orchard Street from 4-8PM with DJ Joeyoke!  Don’t miss the sled speed trials. Put your sled to the test and if you’re the fastest, you’ll take home a trophy!  Starting at 8PM at The Brunswick, join us and the new Raging Tide baseball team for a fan night and fundraiser for a local non-profit.

Human Dog Sled Competion

Saturday you can still get your “sled” on.  Activities start at 10AM.  There  will be horse-drawn carriage rides (free with a button), human dog sled races (fun!), vendors, a DJ, snowmobile rides, kids games, a chance to meet Dune Doggie (the mascot for the Raging Ride baseball team), contests  – think whackiest sled & tube race (trophies will be awarded),

Slippery Slope Pub Crawl

There will be a happy hour pub crawl “Slippery Slope” on Saturday from 5:30-7:00pm.  It is a walking pub tour starting at Taste of Thai Orchard and continuing onto The Strike Zone, then to JJs and ends at the Oceanside Grill at The Brunswick with Motor Booty Affair.  

Some places will be offering a discount on beverages if you are wearing a Winter Carnival

Old Orchard Beach Maine – Romantic Winter Beach Walks

Pier at Sunrise with SeaSmoke

The weather finally warmed up enough to about twenty-five degrees after a stretch of unusually bone chilling snowy days this past week, tempting  Heidi and I to get some much needed fresh air and leave our Old Orchard Beach Bed and Breakfast for a romantic walk along the beach.  We headed just down the street picked up two large hot cocoas at Beach Bagels and continued down to the pier for a stroll heading north towards Pine Point.  As most of the buildings along the beach are either summer homes or businesses, the snow on the buildings and beach was mostly unspoiled of footprints.  

Beach in Winter

While some might think a walk in the winter is a little unusual, it is one of ours and our Atlantic Birches Inn guest’s favorite winter activity in Old Orchard Beach Maine.   The ocean water temperature is about thirty-five degrees cooler than the summer ocean temperature of 70 and the air temperature at about 15 degrees is about 75 degrees less than our summer swimming weather.   The snow covered sand reflects the sunlight like a mirror, and its reflection feels especially warm on your exposed skin. 

Entrance to the Beach

 The beach is just as pristine and scenic in the winter as it is in the summer. Make sure that you are covered with layers of fleece and wool, and your hands have warm mittens or gloves.   So when visiting our Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast  for your next Romantic Getaway, make sure not to miss a walk on the beach and maybe you will run into us along your walk on the beach.

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.

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