January 2016 Newsletter


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Happy New Year from the Harraseeket Inn!  We wish all of you good health, happiness and a much easier winter than the record breaking snow and bitter cold of 2014/2015.  If you do get tired of shoveling snow, we have a heated indoor swimming pool and lots of fireplaces to relax next to.  We'll even serve you a hot buttered rum or mug of hot cocoa next to our outdoor fire pit! Check out our packages and web specials and remember, if you book direct with us, your room rate will include a full buffet breakfast and afternoon tea.

We'd like to thank all of our guests for your patronage over the past year, and to all who've written us Trip Advisor reviews, we offer our special gratitude.  Your words of praise, as well as your suggestions and critiques,  help keep us motivated and focused on improving our guest service and accomodations.  We try very hard to make every guest experience memorable in all the right ways, but even then we sometimes fail.  One recent Trip Advisor review gave us a low rating because they claimed there was nothing to do in Freeport except shop. The shopping's 
wolfes neck
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
great, but there's so much more! Getting out in nature is a 
form of meditation, and there's no more beautiful place to get outside than right here in Freeport. Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park on the shore of Casco Bay is the perfect place to meditate, summer or winter.  You can hike, snowshoe or ski for miles along the scenic shore line trails or just find a sunny, sheltered spot on the ledges, close your eyes and listen to the gulls and the soothing sigh of the waves. Breath the salt air. Relax. For those of you who made a New Year's Resolution to lose weight, LLBean's Walk On Adventures will get you outdoors learning kayaking, snowshoeing, fly fishing, cross country skiing, skeet shooting and archery.
winter carnival
LLBean Wal k-On Adventures!
  There are wonderful museums and antique stores and whale watching cruises, boat trips to Admiral Peary's Eagle Island and microbreweries galore, to say nothing of the
Cold River Vodka
great tour offered by Cold River Vodka right here in town.  Our front desk staff is happy to provide you with all the information and connections for seasonal day trips and adventures to help beat those winter doldrums.

We've completed many big projects this past year, including roofing, carpeting and room upgrades, and this winter we'll tackle more, installing a new energy efficient boiler and beginning bathroom and guestroom renovations in the South Wing.  Keeping everything running smoothly and in tip top shape is a huge, ongoing job and our entire staff deserves a standing ovation for their hard work and dedication. They are without a doubt our most valuable assets, and our four diamond status is a true reflection of their worth.

The renovations of Arthur Cooper's house, located next door to the inn on Main Street, are finally done.  Mr. Cooper was our dear neighbor and afternoon tea host for many years until he died this past year.  Many of you still remember and miss him as much as we do. We're calling his 
Mr. Cooper in the Drawing Room
beloved family home where he raised his family "Coop's House". An interior designer from LLBean has furnished the rooms using LL Bean's cottage furnishings. It's a wonderful house with a friendly feel, and we like to think Mr. Cooper would approve of what we've done.  We'll be posting photos of "Coop's House" to the web site and in the next newsletter.  It was finished the very day the Stonecoast Writers arrived, and they're currently using it for their meetings all week.  A creative christening, indeed!

nullThis month's trivia question will test your astronomy skills.  The full Wolf Moon arrives on Saturday January 23rd, and a few days before that, at 9 pm on January 19th, the waxing gibbous Moon will eclipse the bull's eye in the constellation Taurus. This stellar event is known by astronomers as an occultation. What's the name of the bright star that's also known as the bull's eye?  All correct answers will win a voucher worth $5. toward food or lodging on your next visit.  Up to twelve vouchers, $60. value, can be redeemed at one time, preferrably in the year they were won.  If you don't respond to the trivia within ten days, you take your chances on receiving a voucher. Good luck!

Stay warm, don't forget about Valentines Day and we hope to see you soon!
Best regards,
Penny Gray
The Gray family

The Maine Coast
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