I love to travel and I figure it's about time I share my adventures with you. I've been blessed these last few years to travel to some wonderful places; everywhere from Tahiti to Mt. Rushmore, Orlando to Jackson Hole, Houston to Disneyland and most recently New England. I'd like to introduce a new series of posts titled: Travel Bug Becky. Here we go!
My husband lived in New England for two years while he served a mission for the Mormon Church. He fell in love with the people and the area. We've been dying to go back for years and recently had a chance to head back there for 10 wonderful days. We spent our time in Upstate New York, Boston, New Hampshire, Vermont and ended the trip in Maine.
One of the only requirements I had for the trip was that we spend a night at a bed and breakfast. I had never done so and figured a quaint New England town would be the perfect place to experience a bed and breakfast for the first time.
Adam came across The Brunswick Inn in Brunswick, Maine. It had great ratings, fit in our budget and travel schedule. Plus, it was seriously in a great location and absolutely charming. It's located right off the village green and is steps away from the local farmers' market, shops, restaurants and Bowdain College.
I had nothing but a perfect experience at The Brunswick Inn. We stayed there the last night of our trip and it really was the perfect ending to our New England vacation. The evening we drove in from New Hampshire it was pouring rain. We pulled right up to the inn. It was dark, but the inn was lit up from the inside along with the lamp posts leading to their small parking lot.
We parked and rushed to the doorway. To our surprise, we were met halfway by The Brunswick Inn's innkeeper, Eileen. She had a giant umbrella and helped us inside. She introduced herself, set us all up and then asked us if we'd like to come back downstairs and she'd have some dinner suggestions prepared for us.
This was so cool! I was so incredibly impressed with the personal service. She recommended a restaurant called Back Street Bistro. It was just our style and holy crazy, we loved it. (More on that later.) Let's talk about our room.
We stayed in Room #6. I loved everything about it. The color scheme, the decor and really all the details.
Don't you love the candles in the fireplace? They also placed various local publications for Maine and New England that I just loved to browse.
I was also slightly obsessed with the colonial desk. It contained a history of The Brunswick Inn, a list of local restaurants with the owners menu recommendations and then the menu for their breakfasts. And um...I may or may not have worn the fuzzy white robe around. ;)
On to more details. I loved that they had their own soap boxes in the bathroom. I snagged this for a little momento. Isn't it pretty?
Staying a night at The Brunswick Inn includes a full-service breakfast the next morning. This just made our stay even better. I woke up thinking my experience was complete and then we had this delicious breakfast. They have a counter in their bar area that has fresh local fruit, homemade granola and these chocolate chip scones made by the owner. I would love the recipe for the chocolate chip scones because they were some of the best I've ever had. I think we even grabbed a few for the road.
You also have the option to have a warm breakfast in addition to the options at the bar. The morning we were there they were serving maple french toast. The picture doesn't show the toast drenched in the local syrup but boy oh boy it was delicious.
The Brunswick Inn was a highlight of our New England trip. It gave me a great first impression of bed and breakfasts. The innkeepers were so hospitable; they had such wonderful recommendations for activities and food. We've already decided to stay there again.
If you are planning a trip to Maine, make sure you make The Brunswick in part of your stay. You won't regret it!
The Brunswick Inn
165 Park Row
Brunswick, Maine 04011