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Top 10 Things We Love in… Portland, Maine

Top Ten Things We love in…. Portland, Maine

“It’s my first time visiting Maine do you have any suggestion on what we should see and do while along the southern cost of Maine?” These are frequently asked  questions by many of long time and new guests . After reading Kim Foley Mcakinnon article in the AA Northeast travel section I felt I should share this wonderful article. “Top Things We Love in Portland Maine.” Thank you Kim for putting this all in one place for our visitor to have quick access to.

Top Ten Things We Love in….. Portland, Maine

The historic seaside city, founded in 1632 as a center of trade between Canada and Europe, is still a major port, but over the years it’s also become a haven for foodies, brewers, artists and other creative types. Hip Portland somehow manages to exude a small-town vibe, with independent shops, galleries, bars and restaurants galore, as well as a proud identity as New England’s largest seaport and second-largest fishing port. Here’s what we love most.

  1.  See how many lighthouses you can visit there are six within 20 minutes of downtown-including Portland Head Light, one of the first lighthouses commissioned for U.S. by President George Washington.
  2. Stroll along Commercial Street, where boutiques, bars and restaurants vie for your attention, while steps away, the working waterfront bustles with a mix of fisherman, charter boats and yachts.
  3. Learn what it takes to be a lobster fisherman with Lucky Catch Cruises, which will teach you how to trap these local crustaceans out on Casco Bay.
  4. Pop into the Portland Museum of Art to see its vast collection of more than 18,00 artworks, including pieces by Winslow Homer, Andy Warhol and Claude Monet. For those traveling with children be sure to stop in at the Children’s Museum right next door.
  5.    Take a free tour of Allagash Brewing Company, one of the city’s first breweries specializing in Belgian-style ales, and sample beers while learning about the brewing process.
  6. Visit the Wadsworth-Longfellow House & Garden, once home to the world-famous poet, where much of the original furniture, including his writing desk, are well-preserved.
  7. 7.   Wander through the year-round Portland Farmers Market, in operation since 1768, which only sells products from Maine. Pick up some blueberries or local cheese to snack on.
  8. Indulge in the delicious, and addictive, hand-cut Belgian fries at Duckfat. They’re cooked in-yes-duck fat and served with house-made dips like truffle ketchup.
  9.    Kayak around Casco Bay with Portland Paddle on a guided tour, or rent a boat to explore on your own. Special tours, like a sunset outing and moonlight paddle, can be magical.
  10. Listen to live music, and enjoy a tasty local beer, at the Port City Music Hall, which has a wide-ranging calendar of acts, from funk ensembles to Talking Heads tribute band.

BillowHouse is just 13 miles south of Portland Make a reservation at http://billowhouse.com or call today 207-934-2333 and we will be a happy to make even more suggestion for things to do around Ocean Park, Maine.

Spring in Maine Special

” Spring is a season of the soul to regain its strength.”

Lailah Gifty Akita

BillowHouse invites you to join us to regain your strength and refresh your soul. We love April . We love April. Spring begins its magic all around us. The days get longer, the sky is bluer, the trees are budding, the whole south coast of Maine begins to shake winter off and open itself to Spring. It is the perfect time to make a reservation at BillowHouse.

Make a new three day reservation for a stay during the months of March & April and receive 50% off your third night’s stay by mentioning flower at the time of your reservation. Reservation can be made online or by calling directly. (207) 934-2333.  This special cannot be combined with any other specials and, house gift certificate cannot be used during this special. Call today and come discover all the fun Maine has to offer. http://billowhouse.com

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March Madness Special

March Madness Special

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With the anticipation of spring, daylight savings time, the many activities taking place and shops beginning to reopen it is the perfect time to make a reservation at BillowHouse.

Make a two day reservation for a stay during the month of March and receive 50% off your second night’s stay.  Mention shamrock at the time of booking your reservation. Reservation can be made online or by calling directly. (207) 934-2333. The March Madness Special cannot be combined with any other specials, gift certificates cannot be used during this special. Call today and come discover all the fun Maine has to offer during the month of March.

MAINE RESTAURANTS March to March 12, 2017

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to dine out as often as possible during March 1 to 12 and enjoy some of the best restaurants and best dishes around. For 2017 MRW multi-course dinners cost $25 ($), $35 ($$), $45 ($$$) and $55 ($$$$). Some restaurants serve MRW lunches starting at $15. Visit mainerestaurantweek.com for a list of participating restaurants.

Harris Farm Maine Maple Weekend Saturday and Sunday                     harrisfarm.com March 25 and 26, 2017 8:00am – 2:00pm All you can eat Pancake Breakfast Homemade whole-wheat pancakes, Homemade butter, Harris Farm maple syrup, Harris Farm milk, orange juice, or coffee Adults $7.00/Children $3.50/ Order of bacon or sausage $1.50

Joseph’s by the Sea opens March 16th and is only minutes away from BillowHouse.

Dairy Queen in Saco opens March 16th. (the best hot Fudge around)

(just to name a few)

 

 

 

 

Winter Spring Summer and Fall Fun in 2017

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With winter fast approaching it’s a great time of year to think about making a summer reservation at BillowHouse.  BillowHouse is now taking reservation for the 2017 season. Reservation can be made on-line by going to billowhouse.com .  We are happy to talk with you directly so feel free to  call 207-934-2333 or 1-888-767–7776 to make your 2017 reservation. We look forward to hosting you here at BillowHouse all year long.

IRONMAN 70.3 Race comes to Old Orchard Beach

1611%20maine%20harbour%20740Make the last weekend of summer extra special. Kick off Labor Day Weekend a few days early and make a reservation at BillowHouse so you can be a part of this wonderful event.  BillowHouse is just 1.5 miles from the center of Old Orchard Beach. Call today to make a reservation for this special event that happens on Sunday August 27, 2017

IRONMAN announced that the race previously known as Revolution3Triathlon Maine will now be operated as an IRONMAN 70.3 event, the first-ever in Maine. The race will take place in Old Orchard Beach on Sunday, August 27, 2017.

“We are pleased to add the landmark location of Old Orchard Beach to our IRONMAN 70.3 race series and look forward to growing the event in this historic beach community,” said Jeff Edwards, Vice President of Operations for IRONMAN.

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Well recognized for its pier, which stretches out nearly 500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, Old Orchard Beach is a beautiful seven-mile strip of sandy beach that has been a family destination for more than 170 years. Welcoming families and tourists alike, the beach plays host to weekly fireworks and concerts, and offers fishing, whale watch tours, top-notch golf and more.

The IRONMAN 70.3 Maine triathlon begins with a 1.2-mile swim gracing the shores of the iconic beach. The 56-mile bike course starts out flat and fast before taking athletes through a series of rolling hills in the surrounding Maine farmland and countryside. Tall pine trees provide shade over much of the course, as it winds through Saco, Dayton, Lyman, Waterboro, Hollis, and Old Orchard Beach. The 13.1-mile out-and-back run course is flat and provides sweeping views of the Scarborough Marsh and includes a portion over the storied Eastern Trail with a finish line in downtown Old Orchard Beach.

“Our entire team is excited about the opportunity to bring one of the largest sporting events to Old Orchard Beach. This community has it all—a gorgeous beach with an incredible pier, several activities within walking distance of the finish line and expo, and one of the friendliest w England communities you will find,” said Charlie Patten, Owner and Founder of Revolution3Triathlon. “If you love Lobster, Clam Chowder and the beautiful Maine coastline, then this is a race you won’t want to miss!”

IRONMAN 70.3 Maine will offer 35 slots to the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place on September 1 and 2 in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Maine will open Novemeber 15, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. ET at www.ironman.com/maine70.3. Athlete inquiries may be directed to maine70.3@ironman.com.

 

 

Holiday Gift Giving

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Spread the Joy of the Holiday’s and consider Purchasing a Gift Certificate for your love one, friend, or family member for the holiday’s.

Gift Certificate can be ordered  on-line at billowhouse.com . or we would be happy to hear from you by calling 207-934-2333. Happy Holiday’s

 

 

 

My Favorite Place to Live

In the world there are many places to live like Hawaii, the Alps, Yellowstone and Lake Louis in Canada.  I would like to live in all places.  But, the place  I would really want to live is Ocean Park, Maine.  I would want to live there because my grand parents have a Bed and Breakfast there, the beach is less than a block away, and the shuffleboard courts are right down the street.

The BillowHouse is the name of the Bed & Breakfast that my grandparents own in Ocean Park.  If I lived in Ocean Park I could help them in the Winters  by cleaning the rooms.  Another great thing about BillowHouse is that my grandmother makes superb food. The best reason for liking BillowHouse is that they have the nicest rooms, especially the one with the hot tub.

I hate always driving an hour and half to go to the beach. Don’t you? But if you lived in Ocean Park you could be closer than a block away from it.  In Ocean Park you can go tot he beach anytime you want with your parents permission.  The water is a tad chilly but after a long, difficult day it feels great. Also the sand makes an excellent spot to play sports like volleyball and football.

If you like to play shuffleboard Ocean Park is the place to be because it’s only one block away.  If you haven’t played shuffleboard Ocean Park is the place to be because lots of people can teach it to you. I love shuffleboard!!!! In the summer there is a tournament every Thursday and if I could drive I would be up every Thursday..  After playing you can always stop to get something to drink at the Variety Store.

There are many great places to live on Earth it just depends on you personality.  I know I didn’t pick the flashiest place in the world  like some of my friends but it’s one of the places I love most, small, old, Ocean Park.  I Love it because the beach is close, the shuffleboard is right down the street, and my grandparents have a bed and breakfast there. I love Ocean Park!!!

Matt Kerrigan

Grandson

7/17/2002

 

 

Excellant Get-A-Way

After a couple of years away, we were able to return to the BillowHouse in Ocean Park, ME.

You can’t ask for any better place to vacation no matter what time of the year.

The BillowHouse is located right on the beach. What a wonderful way to wake up each day

to the sound of the tide rolling in and seeing the ocean as you look out your window.

The newly renovated Saco Bay room is awesome.

We would highly recommend the BillowHouse to anyone. It will not disappoint.

The staff is very welcoming and hospitable. Breakfast is included in the cost of your stay.

Be sure to check this place out!!

Rev. Bob Smith  Stayed at BillowHouse for a week in Niovember

Saco Bay Winter Rental

BillowHouse faces seven miles of gorgeous sandy beach on picturesque Saco Bay,

with Wood Island Lighthouse off Biddeford pool framing one entrance and lovely

Prouts Neck and Two Lights at Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse twinkling on the opposite

shore.

Are you looking to spend a month or maybe even more time on the Beach this

winter? Look no further. BillowHouse located in Ocean Park Maine has a deluxe

three room Saco Bay Suite available to rent on a monthly bases. This deluxe suite

is ideal for an individual or a couple who are looking for a short term stay. Saco

Bay offers magnificent views of the ocean from each room you are in.

The master bedroom has a queen size bed with on suite bathroom, and a picture

window that allows you to wake up each morning to a beautiful sunrise.

The living area offers yet another wonderful view to the ocean with French doors

that lead to a private deck. There is also a full kitchen with microwave full size

refrigerator and charming nook for eating. The second bathroom offers a

Jacuzzi tub, that faces the ocean.
All utilities are included in the monthly rent of $2500.00 along with free laundry

facilities, WiFi and parking. BillowHouse is just minutes away from Biddeford ,

Saco, and Portland, interstate highway 295/95.

Call today to make an appointment to view this deluxe suite. 207-934-2333

“Home Away From Home”

Reviewed August 25, 2013

Been coming to the Billow House with my Mother and Grandmother for ages,

recently my boyfriend has also been accompanying us. I love everything about it.

When I fantasize about owning my own B&B this is exactly what I picture.

Room Tip: We’ve stayed in the little room facing the sea a lot  but I’ve also
stayed in the motel part and it’s just as lovely.” (JessGuyon)