Posts Tagged ‘Atlantic Birches Inn’

Portland Boat Show – Portland Sports Complex

Posted on: March 1st, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Bed and Breakfast Maine  namely  the Atlantic Birches Inn  an Old Orchard Beach Inn  would like to inform you of one of our favorite boat show’s in the area The Portland Boat Show.  With spring three just three weeks away and Daylight Savings Time (two weeks) just around the corner it’s time for boaters to start thinking about upgrading\upgrading their boats and maybe even shopping for a new one.  

 

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


Portland Flower Show – Enchanted Earth

Posted on: 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  

Enchanted Earth

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.

Enchanted Garden

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


Maine Restaurant Week – Winter 2011

Posted on: 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!

Diner

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

Posted on: February 9th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
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 .
Exhibitors
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

Posted on: February 7th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

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

Posted on: February 4th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

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 Whoopie Pie

Posted on: January 31st, 2011 by Ray Deleo

Chocolate Whoopie Pie

Whoopie pies should be declared Maine’s official state dessert what do you think.   Here at the Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach we think it would be a great ideal before Pennsylvania tries to snap up credit for the tasty cakes. We already have a state berry the wild blue-berry, and a state drink Moxie why not have a state desert the Whoopie Pie.   

Golden Whoopie Pie

Whoopie pie folklore has it being created during the Depression, by a woman in Bangor, Maine who was making a cake and she had some leftover batter.  Mainers are traditionally known for being frugal and very resourceful, so she plopped the extra batter on a cookie sheet. When these were done baking, she filled them with frosting and shouted, whoopie it worked hence the creation of the Whoopie Pie. Whoopie pies even have their own festivals that are held in Maine.  We have found that the best place for Gourmet Whoopee Pies is Cranberry Island Kitchen in Portland.  

Pumpkim Whoopie Pie

They offer a wide variety of cake flavors from golden vanilla butter cake, classic chocolate cake or pumpkin cake filled with cream cheese, maple cream cheese orange cream cheese, or espresso cream cheese. The golden and chocolate pies can be purchased with any of the following filling flavors lemon and lime, original, cointreau and fresh orange zest, myers dark rum, freshly brewed espresso, rich chocolate champagne, chambord,  peppermint, chocolate chip, espresso chocolate chip or mexican chocolate filling with a hint of cinnamon and a kick of cayenne pepper.   Innkeepers  Ray, Heidi and Alison


Maine Cross Country Skiing

Posted on: January 27th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

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


Old Orchard Beach – Maine Winter Birding Trails

Posted on: January 11th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

Beach Birding

We have provided a list below of some of our favorite Winter walking and Birding trail locations near the Alantic Birches Inn Bed and Breakfast and hope you enjoy visiting and photographing these Maine Birding Trails as much as we have.

The Old Orchard Beach Maine area enjoys abundant seabirds in winter,see  some Purple Sandpipers on the rocks and Sanderlings on the beach, and the day is full of other surprises. Although the entire Maine coastline is full of birds, there are two land features (half-moon bays and rocky capes that make for some of the best places to visit for Winter Birding.

Rocky Coast

Rocky capes that extend into the ocean are the places where Harlequin Ducks, Common Eiders, and Wandering Alcids are more likely to be found. They are good vantage spots for the passing Northern Gannets and Great Cormorants. The  good sites to see these birds on the Southern Maine Coast from south to north are Fort Foster in Kittery, Nubble Light at Sohier Park in York, Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Biddeford Pool, and Dyer Point in Cape Elizabeth. Noteworthy Major land extensions into the sea in the Mid-coast area are at Ocean Point in Boothbay, Pemaquid Point and Lands End on Orr’s\Bailey Island.

Half-moon bays and sheltered harbors are more apt to contain any of the scoter species. Grebes and Long-tailed Ducks appreciate the respite from surf. Buffleheads and

Common Golden Eye

 Common Goldeneyes particularly favor the calmer waters that escape the prevailing breeze. Wells Beach in Wells, Fortunes Rocks Beach next to Biddeford Pool, Old Orchard Beach and Scarborough Marsh (Pine Point and Higgins), Crescent Beach and Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Eastern Promenade in Portland, and Sandy Point Beach in Yarmouth are good spots to check in winter. Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg and Reid State Park in Georgetown are two of the best sites in Maine year round.

Lapland Longspur

Bird anywhere along the coast for sea ducks.  Snow Buntings and sometimes Horned Larks frequent beaches, particularly at Reid State Park, Pine Point, Ferry Beach State Park. A Lapland Longspur is also possible in flocks, too. Northern Shrikes may turn up anywhere in winter but enjoy the edges of open areas along the coast similiar to Old Orchard Beach.


Old Orchard Beach Lodging – History

Posted on: January 11th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

Recently I started something I had wanted to do since I purchased the Atlantic Birches Inn Bed and Breakfast building in 2001.  Exploring the history of the building in Old Orchard Beach Maine has become fun, fascinating, fulfilling and very time consuming for me these last few weeks.  It has provided me insight into some of the building previous uses, previous owners, the neighborhood, the surrounding community and the building’s possible Architect and original owners. 

Original Postcard of Building Dating Back to 1907

The building was built in 1902 supposedly by renowned Shingle Victorian Architect John Calvin Stevens. John Calvin Stevens (Oct 8, 1855 – Jan 25, 1940) was an American Architect who worked in two related styles — the Shingle Victorian, in which he was a major innovator, and the Colonial Revival style, which dominated national domestic architecture for the first half of the 20th century. He designed more than 1,000 buildings in the state of Maine.  The building was built for the original home owners Mr. Thomas L. Cleaves and Berea S. (Sylvester) Cleaves and family.  Mr. and Mrs. Cleaves owned and operated the Cleaves Hotel and Restaurant and Bowling Alley along Old Orchard Street that were destroyed in THE GREAT FIRE AT OLD ORCHARD in 1907. 

The buildings features are pretty much the same now as to when it was built in 1902. The building is in the historic overlay of the town and requires approval from the Design Review Committee for any major feature changes. I still have a long way to go to verify the original owners and certify that the building was designed and built by John Calvin Stevens. My next task is to check archived newspapers at the Saco Dyer Librarydating back to 1900 to look for announcements on the  planned construction of the building by John Calvin Stevens for the Cleaves Family.