Posts Tagged ‘Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast’

Chocolate Lovers’ Fling

Posted on: 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.


Why Stay At a Bed and Breakfast?

Posted on: March 23rd, 2011 by Ray Deleo

Why stay at a Bed and Breakfast?

The real answer is simple, because everyone is different. Each Bed and Breakfast is a different and the personal expression of the owner/innkeeper’s commitment to the dedication of sharing of their home and property is the last and greatest form of hospitality.

When someone calls and they say they only need a place to sleep, I refer them to one of the many motels and hotels in the area. I will ask questions like: “Have you ever stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before?, do you want to stay in a place, like the Atlantic Birches Inn that will add great memories of your get-a-away?” Want to know where to eat, and not where to eat, where to hike, where to shop, what to see, how to get there? Innkeepers are active members of their communities amd surrounding area, and are up to date with the activities and events around them. Old Orchard Beach ME.  is a  small  Beach Community that we are actively involved in here. “Where should we go to dinner for our anniversary?” We’ll give you a different answer to the question than the manager of one of the local motels or hotels would.  How can we send you someplace without knowing what you would like to eat.  As Innkeepers, we have meet people from all over the world. From our repeat guests to the first time guests, we want everyone to have a comfortable and relaxing stay at the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Maybe you will find our home has become your “home away from home.” Come visit us, our door is always open.

When calling a B&B, you should ask the following questions:

Do the guest’s rooms have private baths?
What type of breakfast is served? (Full or Continental)
Is smoking allowed?
Is there on-site parking?
Are pets on the property or do you accept pets if you have allergies to cats or dogs?
Is there free Wi-Fi available?
Are you a member of the local Chamber of Commerce or State Lodging Association?

A Bed and Breakfast is a wonderful part of your get-a-way and is definitely a Better Way To Stay. Every room is different; you won’t find a “cookie-cutter” bunch of rooms. Years ago, people were worried about the cleanliness and décor of the rooms. The B&B as an institution has become the first line of hospitality. You can see the rooms and read reviews written by other guests. 

Heidi and I welcome our guests, show them around and then they are on their own. We might not see them till breakfast, or we may see them when they come into the dining room for tea or coffee. We live in the main house on the first floor. We are always available if anyone needs anything or has a question. Your Innkeepers Ray & Heidi


Maine Boat Builders Show – Portland Maine Yacht Club

Posted on: 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.


Maine Maple Sunday – Maine Sugaring Shacks

Posted on: 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.   

Sap Taps

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

Sap Evaporator

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


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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.


Lighthouse Holiday Lighting – Nubble Light

Posted on: November 22nd, 2010 by Ray Deleo

Atlantic Birches Inn

With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season almost upon us here at the Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach there is one thing that my Wife, Daughter and I will never miss the lighting of Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick in York County, Maine.  

For us it’s not watching the Thanksgivng Day Parades or cutting into the Thanksgiving Turkey, or fighting our way early Black Friday morning through the crowds for the door buster bargains that signifies the start of the Christmas Holiday Season.  For us, it doesn’t feel like the Christmas Holidays until we have watched them flip the switch at Nubble Lighthouse on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Hearing the  huddled  crowd cheering and seeing the children grinning from ear to ear as Santa arrives on a Fire Engine and counts down to flip the switch that set the  lighthouse  ablaze with twinkly white Christmas lights, is a feeling and sight that bring tears to us and the crowds every year.

Numble Lighthouse

There’s nothing like standing bundled like sardines in a can shivering with my Wife and Daughter as we snuggle together fighting the blustery, bone chilling winds blowing off the Atlantic, while sipping steaming cups of hot cocoa and nibbling on cookies, and hearing the faint sounds of Christmas Carols and songs coming from the cars of those not brave enough to stand outside and wait for the lighting like the rest of us die-hard Nubble Lighthouse Lighting Fans. It’s a tradition that I hope my Daughter will continue when she has a family.

After the lightnig when the crowd starts their trek back to their cars and shuttle bus I try to get close up to the edge of the rocks to snap that once in a lifetime picture of the lighthouse lighted and the decorated houses lighted along the Cape Neddick Coast.

Nubble Light With Snow

Lighted Decorated Houses


Maine Restaurant Week

Posted on: October 22nd, 2010 by Ray Deleo
 
The Atlantic Birches Inn would like to help you  celebrate Maine Restaurant Week  here in Old Orchard Beach Maine. This Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast is perfect for romantic weekend getaways, business trips, family vacations, relocation and corporate housing and business travelers.  Stay 2 nights at this  Old Orchard Beach Lodging and receive $20.10 off your stay at our published room rate and enjoy our fresh baked muffins along with our continental breakfast.
 
During restaurant week, some restuarants go above and beyond, by offering specially priced fixed three-course meals. The restaurant week concept originated in New York City in the early nineties. The big idea finally caught on in Maine which, as everyone knows, is home to some of the finest restaurants anywhere. Eat at some of our favorite places in Old Orchard Beach  Yellow Fin’s, Josesph’s By the Sea, The Landmark or the  Fairways Restaurant at Dunegrass Country Club
 
We are only a 15 minute drive to Portland’s Old Port District where you can sample the premier cuisine of James Beard and award winning chefs like Rob Evans of Hugo’s, Sam Hayward’s of Fore Street or Food & Wine best new chef Steve Corry of Five-Fifty-Five, plus many more of Portland’s many fine restaurants, shopping and 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.

Old Orchard Beach Autumn Celebration

Posted on: September 22nd, 2010 by Ray Deleo

Atlantic Birches Inn  would like to inform you of the  Old Orchard Beach Autumn Celebration on Saturday September 25th with a rain date of Sunday, September 26th.

Highlights of the day will be a “Best Pizza at the Beach” contest featuring area pizzerias vying for the coveted title. This award will be voted on by the attending public. For the kids there will be craft projects and games plus entertainment. Artists will be presenting their works and area non-profits will be putting on a flea market. Entertainment consists of a “Fire & Ice” show by Mad Science from 11:30-12:30pm plus Flamin Raymin & Sizzlin Suzzin from 1-3pm and Wayne from Maine from 3-3:30pm. Flamin Raymin & Sizzlin Suzzin provided our entertainment during last year’s lobster bake and can best be described as a boogie through time with various music styles that are enjoyed by the whole family. They get the crowd moving! Wayne from Maine is an interactive musical experience for the young and the young at heart.

The end of the day will culminate with a lobster bake and pig roast on the beach behind the town square. Advance tickets are $20 each or $25 the day of the event.