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Southern Maine – Fall Foliage

Posted on: September 23rd, 2011 by Ray Deleo

Victorian Main House

Bed and Breakfast Maine namely Atlantic Birches Inn invites you to Old Orchard Beach Maine during the fall foliage season where there are miles and miles of scenic roads ,parks and coast line that we can send you on to see trees displaying their Autumn colors. Some of our favorite spots to see the autumn fall colors in Southern Maine and Mid Coast Maine are Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Bradbury Mountain State Park, Mount Agamenticus Park, and Ferry Beach State Park , because of their close proximity to us at the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast.

Pumpkin Valley Corn Maze

Along the way one can stop at one of the many pick you own apple orchards, and picnic under the apple trees. Sometimes these orchards are situated atop of or along side the hills and provide spectacular autunm view of the surrouding mountains and valleys. One can also stop along the many farm stands or pick your own pumpkin patches for autumn\halloween gourds, pumpkins, or maize corn. If you really want to try something fun and dirferent you can try to navigate some of the eloborate corn mazes that farmers have created in their corn fields.

Portland Head Light

During your touring stop and see some of the nearby Must See Maine Lighthouses, Maine Wooden Covered Bridges,

Hemlock Bridge Fryeburg Maine

Maine Waterfalls and Swimming Holes or nearby Walking and Bicycling Trails. If you get hungry or thirsty along your travels you might want to stop at one of Maine’s Ten Best Lobster Shacks, or take a tour one of Maine’s Wineries or Micro Breweries and sample some of Maine’s best wines and beers.


Southern Maine U-Pick Apple Orchards

Posted on: September 23rd, 2011 by Ray Deleo

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. 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. 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 (207) 225-3455
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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Boston Portsmouth Air Show – 2011

Posted on: August 12th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn a Old Orchard Beach ME. Bed and Breakfast  is happy to inform you of the  Boston Portsmouth Air Show.  The United States Navy Blue Angels along with the Brazilian Smoke Squadron will bring their high adrenaline, action packed flying performance to the Boston Portsmouth Air Show at Portsmouth’s International Airport at Pease on  August 13 & 14 for the 2nd time in 21 years.  

There will also be precision aerobatic flying by John Klatt in his Staudacher S-300D, Michael Goulian in his Castrol Aviator Extra 330SC, and Sean D. Tucker in his custom built 400 horsepower Challenger II Biplane.

 The air Show will host ground displays of many different aircraft including today’s military jets, Vintage Warbirds, Bi Planes, and Civilian Aircraft.  Many of the display will allow hands on and walkthroughs.  

  The U.S. Army Golden Knights Precision Parachute Team will be parachuting in on this years show.

Impressive demonstrations of the mighty roar of the USAF F-15 will be put on, along with the display of power and maneuverability of the F-16 that combines to make this Jet one of the world’s most lethal aircraft, also the Navy’s top fighter and attack aircraft the F/A-18 Super Hornet will captivate the audience with it powerful, precise demonstration of it’s speed and skill.  An also must see demonstration is the KC-135R Stratotanker, the fuel lifeline of the United States Air Force in action in an exciting fly-by.


Maine Lobster Boat Races – Harpswell

Posted on: July 21st, 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 Harpswell Lobster Boat Race a 20-year-old tradition, which comes alive on July 23 & 24. ,There is nothing more uniquely Maine than a day at the lobster boat races. Whether you’re drawn to the races as a serious competitor, or are a summer visitor in search of a true Maine experience, a day at the races will kick summer into gear.  An air-horn sounds. A thunderous roar rumbles across the bay. White foam flies boats skim across the water toward the finish line.  Welcome to the Harpswell Lobster Boat Races, which for well over two decades, have attracted fishermen, boat builders, and other race fans. One in a series of ten venues in harbors up and down the Maine coast, the races may be coming soon to a television near you. Aura360 a  Portland-based company , which specializes in extreme sports video production, hopes to create a pilot based on the races, like the Discovery Channel hit show, Deadliest Catch sometime soon be possible for the whole country to root for their favourites.

Yarmouth Clam Festival – Maine

Posted on: July 14th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
 

Clam Shucking

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 45-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

Crafting

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.

Firefighter Muster Competition

 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

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.


National Train Day

Posted on: April 16th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

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 Birding Trails

Posted on: April 15th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

Birders

You can feel, hear, see and smell it as soon as you walk outside, the warm air, the chirping of the birds, the crocus, day lilies and daffodils pushing up through the ground, the mounds of snow melting you finally realize spring has sprung.

The busiest birding season begins in April, when blackbirds, waterfowl, sparrows, and the first warblers return. The Migrants start arriving in Southern Maine and Portland about a week ahead of Acadia and Bangor. April 1st Robins and Song Sparrows have returned and begun singing and by the third weekend of April, Tree Swallows and the earliest warbler species of Yellow-rumped, Pine, and Palm Warblers begin to show up. Calls of the first Eastern Phoebes and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers liven up quiet mornings in late April. Hawks also begin to return around this time.

Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers

Below we have provided a Maine Birding Trails Map of some of our favorite walking and Birding trail locations near and around the Alantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach ME 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 Spring, see some Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, and Common Eiders 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 Birding.

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

Bay Breasted Warbler

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 the spring Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg and Reid State Park in Georgetown are two of the best sites in Maine year round.

Snow Geese

Bird anywhere along the coast for sea ducks. Snow Geese  and sometimes Horned Larks frequent beaches, particularly at Reid State Park, Pine Point, Ferry Beach State Park.

Listed below are some Spring Birding Events that you might want to attend.

Wings Waves & Woods May 20-22, 2011 is Deer Isle’s Stonington Migratory Birding Weekend. Local birders lead conservancy and beach walks plus boat rides to see puffins, sea birds and eagles. Island artisans and artists offer birding and nature-related originals. The puffin trip to Seal Island is outstanding! Good chance for Purple Sandpipers, Great Cormorants, and pelagic specialties.

The 8th Annual Downeast Spring Birding Festival in Cobscook Bay, Whiting is May 27-30, 2011. Hikes, Puffin trips, Sightseeing Boat Trips, Sunset Cruises, Expert Lectures. Join us in the Cobscook Bay area of Down East Maine for a special birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season. You’ll have a wealth of opportunities to see many bird species in their special habitats. The Annual Down East Spring Birding Festival provides a unique experience in “the real Maine” where birders can get out on their own and observe a great variety of birds in diverse natural environments. The festival offers birders various self-guided explorations as well as guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations led by area experts.

13th Acadia Birding Festival: Bar Harbor, Mt Desert Island, Acadia National Park is June 2-5, 2011  The Acadia Birding Festival is Maine’s 1st bird watching festival, established in 1998. Featured speakers: Pete Dunn and Kevin Karlson. Participate for a special and educational birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season, with a wealth of opportunities to see many bird species in their unique habitats. The festival offers birders various self-guided explorations as well as guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations led by area experts. Enjoy a diversity of habitats: northern hardwood forests, bogs, fresh- and salt-water marshes, grassy and shrubby fields, streams and lakes, steep rugged headlands and maybe you will get to see an ugly moose.

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Bed and Breakfast Myths Busted – Better Way To Stay

Posted on: April 4th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
  

Better Way to Stay

Are you afraid of staying in a B&B because you not sure what to expect? According to Research Surveys by (Bed and Breakfast.com and the Professional Association of International Innkeepers) they say that B&Bs and Country Inns are sorely misunderstood.  That’s why we here at the Atlantic Birches Inn are would like to explain why B&Bs are the Better Way to Stay verses your traditional Hotel or Motel. Most Gen X and Gen Y travelers think B&Bs are for Baby Boomers and Senior Citizens. Let us bust some of those myths and see why the B&B experience is the Better Way to Stay. You will see right at Check-In that we are here to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, want you to have a great time, and  want you to come back. We are ambassadors to the state of Maine, Old Orchard Beach,  and the surrounding towns and businesses. 

  
You have to share a bathroom with other guests. Not True
This Old Orchard Beach Lodging offers separate bathrooms in each guestroom. There are no shared bathrooms here. Our bathrooms have either a traditional bathtub with shower, claw-foot soaking tub or over sized shower stalls. 

Main House 4th of July

B&Bs have curfew set by the innkeepers that you must abide to. Not True
One of the most common myths of B&Bs is that there is a curfew. At the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast guests have front door keys to the cottage and  main house, and guest room doors. This provides guests with the flexibility to come and go as they please. 

  
There is no privacy at a B&B.  Not True
Your room should be quiet and free from interruption. Guests are not forced to interact with other guests, nor will you have to sit down with the innkeeper and chat about running the Inn.   At most Inns, you may be able to go through your entire stay without ever seeing any other guests or speaking with other guests. We as Innkeepers are very concerned with our guests’ privacy and do everything they can to respect it.  We are always here to help with diner recommendations reccommend
 
  
You have to eat breakfast at a long dining table with total strangers
Guests get to chose where to sit. Guests that have come to the inn to socialize can do so at the big table. Or guests who seek privacy may sit at one of the intimate two person tables in the dining rooms front porches, garden gazebo, pool area or picnic tables scattered on the lawn
 

Gazebo 4th of July

A B&B is just someone’s home where they rent out rooms to make extra money.  Not True

Bed and breakfasts are often mistaken for home stays or vacation rentals. In fact, a B&B is a real business. The State of Maine requires a B&B to have a business license, Health Code inspection and insurance for the Inn. Plus they must meet all state and local fire/safety codes and, are also required to successfully complete a food manager’s certification course to ensure safety standards when preparing and serving breakfast. 
  
You are forced to socialize with strangers. Not True
Guests can enjoy a cocktail and the view of the ocean or watch the world go by from one of the 2 spacious front porches, the Cottage deck or our garden gazebo. The relaxed and fun atmosphere makes for the perfect social setting. We offer a fun and comfortable poolside setting where guests can enjoy a beer or cocktail while lounging around the pool.
  
Innkeepers hover and make you feel like you are being watched.  Not True
They are there when you need them, but otherwise keep busy behind the scenes while respecting your privacy. Just like the best five-star hotels.
  
B&Bs don’t offer any modern facilities or amenities. Not True
The Atlantic Birches Inn puts this myth to shame with its heated pool, free high-speed wireless internet access throughout the property, expanded continental breakfast,  telephones, clock radio, desk, hair dryers, common refrigerators, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, blackout
shades, complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea, beach chairs, pool and beach towels .
 

Cottage 4th of July

B&Bs are not for business travelers. Not True

Twenty-Five percent of guests that stay at our Old Orchard Beach Inn are business travelers. Parking, wireless Internet, fax machine, copier, and non-alcoholic beverages, breakfast, express checkout, breakfast brown bags to go, are all included in the room rate. The inn serves breakfast as early as 6:30 am upon request and allows check in as late as 10pm. The innkeepers can arrange for an airport pick up, you can use the lnns living room as a meeting room and have your business meetings over breakfast in the dining room.
 
 B&Bs are for Baby Boomers and all have lace doilies, paisley wallpaper, antiques, patchwork quilts, floral décor. Not True
Victorian B&Bs, like Atlantic Birches Inn offer a mix of individually decorated rooms with a variety of décor from Victorian to modern to appeal to a variety of travelers’ tastes. For those that prefer the traditional B&B décor I would suggest a room in the Victorian Main House or for those that looking for that modern appeal I would suggest the Cottage rooms with a Seashore nautical theme.
 
B&Bs do not accept credit cards for payment and have very strict cancellations policies. Not True
The cancellation policies vary, but are the same or more lenient then hotel\motel cancellation policies. Unlike hotels, many B&Bs will provide a credit for a future stay in the event that you need to cancel last minute. Most B&Bs accept credit cards for payment, but some will not accept Amex or Discover because of their high transaction processing rates.
 
B&Bs are for couples only. Not True
While all B&Bs have some romantic aspect to it, the Atlantic Birches Inn specializes to other aspects of travel.  You’ll find that this Old Orchard Beach Accommodation can cater to business travelers, families with children, small weddings, honeymoons, wedding showers, vow renewals, anniversaries, elopements, marriage proposals, babymooner getaways, family reunions, ladies weekends, vacations, staycations, mancations, romantic getaways, family holiday gatherings, and weekend getaways at the beach. We welcome well behaved children