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Happy New Year from the Harraseeket Inn! Winter has officially arrived, and just in the nick of time we're offering our double voucher value daysJanuary 19th through February 25th.  You may redeem your vouchers for double their value on lodging only and stave off cabin fever for a couple of days, snuggle by the fire, read a book, share a hearty meal.  By the way, those "Thank You" gift vouchers you received for the holidays are good for all of 2015, so tuck them away with your other vouchers to redeem when you come.

Summertime is wonderful in Maine but winter is why we live here. Why? Because crunching through cold snow in warm boots is cool and dog sledding is the cat's pajamas.  Because skiing and snowshoeing in Maine's great outdoors lift the spirits, snowmobiling gets the adrenaline flowing and because it's so much fun just snowshoe fallinghibernating fireside here at the inn with a good book. When the winter storm passes and the book's finished, the L.L. Bean shuttle will transport you to their store for some Outdoor Discovery  Walk-On Adventure instruction in cross-country skiing or snowshoeing or you might opt to hit the shops for the post-holiday bargains.  If that sounds too strenuous, how about stealing an afternoon nap before tea? 

Tavern FireplaceShort winter days lend themselves to enjoying good food and wine, and cold weather requires an uptick in calories just to stay warm, so why not indulge yourself in some guilt-free soul warming creations in our Maine Harvest Dining Room or Broad Arrow Tavern? Check out all our menus and special overnight packages We'd be happy to help you customize your own Cabin Fever Reliever. 

Black bears hibernate through the cold Maine winter (and we might WANT to), but we'll be too busy replacing carpets, updating bathrooms, wallpapering and painting and putting the shine on. These sleepy winter months are perfect for updates and renovations and there's always a long list waiting to be tackled. 

Winter time is also perfect for creative projects. We're currently hosting the Stone Coast Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Residency, ten days of future pulitzer prize winners honing their craft and making important connections. There'll be evening readings in the Casco Bay Room throughout their stay so if you want to be the first to hear the next bestseller, now's your chance. 

Upcoming Events: 
 *Don't miss our "wildly" popular 27th Annual Game Festival in the Maine Harvest Dining Room this February! The only truly "wild" entrees are the seafood and fish; all the game comes from licensed farms. There were earlier rumors about an alligator entree but global warming just hasn't cooperated. Checkout the menu on ourweb site and make your reservations soon! 

*February 2, Ground Hog Day!  Farmer's lore; you should have burned through only half your firewood and fed out half your hay by Ground Hog Day.  In other words, winter is half over.

four boys on a sled*25th Annual US National Toboggan Championships start Friday February 6 at the Camden Snowbowl, Camden Maine. There's still time to register, so dust off that toboggan sled and sign up your team if you can find anyone brave enough to take up the challenge! 

*Valentines Day! February 14 falls on a Saturday this year, so take advantage of the weekend and make plans for some romance. We're offering a VERY special rate on a Valentine's Day Wedding Package here at the inn. What could be more romantic than getting married on Valentines Day? If you haven't met that special person yet, you have about four weeks to meet, woo, propose fireplace!and call our wedding planner. (1-800-342-6423) Better get a move on! And if you were lucky enough to have found and married that special person years ago and want to renew your vows, what better opportunity?

*Flavors of Freeport February 20th, features the Chef's Signature Series and Ice Bar, showcasing chefs and food producers in the Freeport area. Enjoy delicious samples from some of Maine's best chefs sample local brews and beverages and find out what's new in Freeport. The Flavors Ice Bar features a martini luge, cozy fire pit, delicious BBQ and a DJ to get you on your feet and moving!
*Farmer for the Morning at Wolfe's Neck Farm, every Thursday from 9 to 10 am during the school year, excluding holidays. You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this program, just show up and spend some time with the farmers and their animals on the most beautiful salt water farm in Maine, then take a walk along the edge of Casco Bay at Wolfe Neck Woods State Park afterward. What a great way to spend one morning in Maine! 

Last month's trivia question asked the name of the island where Christmas was first celebrated north of Florida. Answer: St Croix Island, also known as Ile Sainte-Croix or, to the locals, Dochet Island, located in the mouth of the St. Croix River that separates the US and Canada. 
This month's trivia question is going to be a wee 
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bit off the beaten track.   Study these two pictures. Both pictures were taken at the inn and are related to one of our "green initiatives". Look carefully at both and then tell me which of our recycling practices the pictures represent.  
You'll only get one guess this time, so make it a good one. Some of you may have seen my brother walking around with the big glass beaker, which he likes to show to interested guests. Hint: You might want to 
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check out the "Green Initiatives" page on our web site and look for the answer there. You might even see the same pictures there as well. All correct answers win a voucher worth $5. toward food or lodging on your next visit and one lucky grand prize winner will be drawn to win a gift certificate for dinner for two in our Maine Harvest Dining Room or Broad Arrow Tavern.

Good luck and we hope to see you soon! 
Best regards, 
Penny Gray 
The Gray family
Wishing you all the best for 2015

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