|Greetings from the Harraseeket Inn! Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and we at the Harraseeket have much to be thankful for. We're very grateful for your continuing patronage. You're the reason we were voted one of the top twenty five hotels in the Northeast this year by Conde Nast Magazine. We're grateful to our farmers, fishermen and growers for bringing us such an incredible bounty, and we'll be serving that bounty at our Thanksgiving Grand Buffet, as well as in our Maine Harvest Dining Room and Broad Arrow Tavern throughout the year. We thank our talented chefs for bringing their enthusiastic creations and culinary flair to the table each and every day. Last but certainly not least, we thank each and every one of our loyal and dedicated employees for making this inn such a special place.
The traditional turkey that graces our Thanksgiving tables wouldn't exist if it weren't for our farmers, and one of Maine's iconic turkey farmers is retiring this Thanksgiving after 30 years of raising gobblers. In this interview with the Bangor Daily News, Bob Neal talks about the highs and lows of turkey farming, and concludes that turkeys aren't as dumb as we think. I agree. I raised several bronze turkeys one year intending to make my friends and family very happy around the holidays. I was told by a friend that turkeys were so stupid it would be easy to have them "processed". Not so. In fact, I got so attached to my flock I had to purchase a Thanksgiving turkey at the grocery store, frozen solid and shrink wrapped in plastic, and my free range turkeys all died of old age. Thank you, Bob Neal, for providing so many Mainers with very special turkeys for the holidays. Enjoy your well deserved retirement.
Last month one of our Broad Arrow Tavern servers, Sheila Towne, ran in the Chicago Marathon to raise money for leukemia research and to honor her mother's memory. Runner's World wrote an article about her, quite a nice tribute to a great gal! Congratulations, Sheila, your mom would be proud. We sure are!
|Sheila finishes the Chicago Marathon!
This month's trivia question is a real gobbler: What's turkey farmer Bob Neal's favorite way to eat turkey?
All correct answers win a voucher worth $5. toward food or lodging on your next visit. To answer the trivia, just hit "reply". If you don't answer within ten days, you may have to take your chances on getting a voucher. You can redeem up to one years worth of vouchers at one time, $60. value. They cannot be redeemed for cash.
Good luck, Happy Thanksgiving and we hope to see you soon!
The Gray family
*Black Friday: see photo above. Not for the faint of heart. Come to Freeport instead and chase a Harley-riding Santa down Main Street at midnight.
*Sparkle Weekend December 4-6 right here in Freeport. Absolutely the best time ever for the kids and of the course the shopping's great too!
*Maine Craft Fairs and Festivals; If you're looking for hand crafted unique gifts, you'll find them at these events, including one right here in Freeport on November 21.
*LLBean Northern Lights Celebration November 20 to December 31. Tree lighting, horse drawn wagon rides and more, get in the holiday spirit!
*Wolfe's Neck Farm Night Tree Event Saturday December 5. There isn't a prettier salt water farm in Maine to bring your kids to for story time and a hike in the outdoors.
*R.E.A.D.ing at the Harraseeket Inn with the most wonderful therapy dogs, Burnese Mountain Dogs, coming December 27th for their annual holiday visit. The kids love this event!