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Southern Maine Fall Foliage

Posted on: 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.


Southern Maine Fall Foliage

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 by Ray Deleo

Atlantic Birches Inn

The leaves are changing here in Southern Maine and families from all over are celebrating Autumns arrival in towns all across Maine. by attending craft and country fairs, apple and pumpkin picking along with fun and unique ways to experience the beauty of the fall season –from hot air ballooning, hopping on the Mail boat sailing on Casco Bay or taking a scenic drive to explore some of Maine’s wooden covered bridges and Maine

Wooden Covered Bridge

 coastline or traveling down some of the popular trail maps(breweries, wineries, wooden bridges, antiquing, apple picking, Christmas tree farms, birding, lighthouse, walking and bicycling ) we have put together for our guests.  Come to Old Orchard Beach and let us the Atlantic Birches Inn show you the Better Way to Stay and how you can explore and enjoy the fall foliage from every angle this season.   

Portland Head Lighthouse

Below are links  for the trail maps we have created to help you navigate and enjoy the Maine Foliage.

Maine Brewery Trail
Maine Winery Trail
Antiquing Trail
Apple Picking Trail
Birding Trail
Lighthouse Trail
U Cut Christmas Tree Trail
Walking and Bicycling Trails
Maine Wooden Bridge Trail


Southern Maine U Pick Apples

Posted on: 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.   

Cider Press

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.   

 
  
Brackets Orchards, Limington ME (207) 637-2377
Giles Family Farm, Alfred ME (207) 324-2944            
Libby & Sons U-Picks Limerick ME (207) 793-4749
McDougal Orchards Springvale ME (207) 324-5054
Moulton Orchards Standish ME                
Raven Hill Orchards East Waterboro (877) 213-1672
Romac Orchards Acton ME (207) 324-3140
Spiller Farm Well’s ME (207) 985-2575         
Thompson’s Orchard New Gloucester ME (207) 926-4738 

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Maine Open Lighthouse Day

Posted on: September 14th, 2012 by Ray Deleo

Portland Head Light

The Atlantic Birches Inn is delighed to inform our friends and guests of the following, as a result of the huge success of past years open Lighthouse day’s The State of Maine and the U.S Coast Guard and the American Lighthouse Foundation have announced the 4nd annual Maine Lighthouse open house day the  twenty-two Maine Lighthouses on Saturday September 15, 2012 from 9am to 3pm. Transportation to these lighthouses must be provided by yourself. 

Spring Point Light

Last year, hundreds of people visited lighthouses along the Maine coast in the largest effort of its kind in the nation.  This year we expect another fun family event. Below we have created a map of some of our favorite area lighthouses with directions to help you find and visit them.

Pemiquid Light

We hope you enjoy visiting them and photographing them as much as we have at this Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast.


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Old Orchard Beach Car Show

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by Ray Deleo

The Atlantic Birches Inn a Old Orchard Beach Bed and Breakfast would like to make you aware of the 19th Annual Old Orchard Beach Car Show and Parade will take place September 14 – 15th with hundreds of classic and antique automobiles parading through the streets of Old Orchard Beach.  This Car Show weekend has become a favorite for car enthusiasts, collectors, fans and spectators from far and wide. Old Orchard Beach is an ideal place to host this show with its classic downtown strip leading to the Pier, and the historic seaside amusement park atmosphere. The Car Show weekend kicks of Friday night with beautifully restored and maintained classic cars and trucks lining Old Orchard Street. The street is closed to traffic so viewers can browse the vintage car display then enjoy the famous Car Show Parade as the cars and trucks of yesterday “cruise” East and West Grand Avenue, creating a scene of past decades.

The actual 19th Annual Car Show Exhibit takes place from 8am to 3:00pm on Saturday on 1st Street across from the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Center. The public is welcome to attend, with a $2 donation admission to benefit OOB firefighters and EMS show attendees also receive a ballot to vote for their preferred vehicles. Car Show entry registration is 8am to Noon with final balloting by 1pm. registered cars and trucks receive a commemorative Car Show dash plaque to display.

Car Show awards range from best engine to the best of each vintage, to street rod, antique trucks and more. Over 70 trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place with over 24 classes including the Mustang class, the Antique Car class and the Camaro class. The Car Show Awards Presentations will take place at 2:30pm. A Grand Finale Car Parade along East and West Grand Avenues concludes this classic car weekend.  Hope to see you there.


Old Orchard Beach – Special Olympics

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by Ray Deleo

Olypians

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


Rockland Lobster Festival

Posted on: 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 

Lobster Parade

 

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

Crate Race

 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 Tent

 ”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.


Yarmouth Clam Festival – 2012

Posted on: 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  

Clam Shucking

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.  

Firemen Competition

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.  


Maine 4th of July – Independence Day Celebration

Posted on: June 15th, 2012 by Ray Deleo

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 .

Gazebo

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

 

Portland Old Port Festival

Posted on: June 7th, 2012 by Ray Deleo
The 39th Annual Portland Old Port Festival

It’s that time of year again to kick off the summer with the free 39th annual Old Port Festival in Portland Old’s Port.  Only a 12 minute drive from Old Orchard Beach’s Me.  and the Atlantic Birches Inn.  Don’t miss this event on Sunday June 10 11am – 5PM , featuring the best of local and regional music, food, arts and much more.
The Old Port Festival is the largest one-day festival in northern New England, hosting over 40,000 people. The Festival kicks off at 11am with a parade starting at the top of Exchange Street featuring mascots, music, dancers, giant puppets, stilt walkers and more.
Pick up an official festival map and schedule at the visitor’s information booth or any stage the day of the festival
Entertainment takes place throughout the afternoon with comedy, jazz, country music and rock on mutiple stages. Food from around the world is on offer, along with kids’ activities including a children’s stage, jugglers, and arts and crafts.

Old Port shops and restaurants will be open along with vendors from throughout the region.

Kid’s Activities Presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of
Maine – Post Office Park

Blow Beautiful Bubbles
Create the Perfect Paper Airplane
Fold Awesome Origami
Build With Giant Blocks

 Kid’s Entertainment – Post Office Park

12pm:  Experience Mad Science! Spectacular Science experiments that will wow and amaze you!
1pm:  Dance to the rhythms of steel band music with Island Beats
2pm:  The Society for Creative Anachronism brings to life the pageantry, honor and glory of the past
3pm:  Hip Hop & Jazz dance performances by Pulse Dance Company, Studio for the Living Arts
4pm:  Enjoy the art of movement and storytelling through music with the Nevaeh Dance Company

 Stage Schedules and Band Lineups:

 Dispatch Magazine & Fox 23 - Middle and Temple Streets

12:00pm: Acoustic- Arianna Cogswell
12:15pm: Mike Furey (of Dangerous Muse)
12:55pm: Acoustic- Dom Colizzi
  1:10pm: Amy Allen
  2:20pm: Acoustic- Pretty Girls Sing Soprano
  2:35pm: The Wrecking
  3:45pm: Acoustic- Lady Zen
 4:00pm: Sparks the Rescue

 WCLZ – Fore and Sliver Streets

12pm: Dominic and the Lucid
 1pm:  The Jason Spooner Trio
 2pm:  The Pete Kilpatrick Band
 3pm:  Meiko
 4pm:  Eric Hutchinson

The Coast 93.1 – Middle and Pearl Streets

12pm: Maine Transmit Authority
  1pm:   Dia Frampton
  2pm:   Time Pilots
  3pm:   Jon McLaughlin
  4pm:   The Cab

WPOR – Fore and ion Streets

12pm:  The Mallett Brothers
  1pm:  Greg Bates
  2pm:  The Farm
  3pm:  The Lost Trailers
  4pm:  Bucky Covington (Former American Idol Contestant)

Maine Academy of Modern Music – Dana Street

12:00-12:10:  Emergency Sirens  (Rock)
12:10-12:20:  Metal Sideburns (Punk)
12:20-12:30:  Untitled Revolution (Pop Rock)
12:30-12:40:  BEATBOXING: 7 Year Old Ethan Kasprzak  &
                         MAMM Instructor Chas Lester
12:40-1:00:  Static (Alternative Rock)
  1:00-1:20:   Jake Marcus Striker (Indie Rock)
  1:20-1:40:   Average Suburban Housecats (Folk Rock)
  1:40-2:00:  Guilty Bystander (Alternative Rock)
  2:00-2:40:  2012 MAMM SLAM WINNERS: The Veayo Twins (Pop Rock)
  2:40-3:00:  Beware of Pedestrians (Pop Punk)
  3:00-3:40:  Dean Ford (Pop Rock)
  3:40-4:00:  The Twisted Truth (Power Pop)
  4:00-4:20:  Lady & The Tramps (Hard Rock)
  4:20-4:40:  Parenthesys (Metal)
  4:40-5:00:  Simple Burden  (Hard Rock)

 

Bull Feeney’s Irish Music – Moulton Street

11:30am:  Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps
12:00pm: The Milliners
  1:00pm: The Napper Tandies
  2:00pm:  The Squid Jiggers
  3:00pm:  Rum Riot
  4:00pm:  The Pubcrawlers

There are children’s activity areas, hosted by the Children’s Museum of Maine. Throughout the Old Port, artists, activities, food, and other fun surprises are guaranteed. This festival is RAIN OR SHINE!