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We all work hard and hopefully we all play harder. Each month We’re Outta Here gives our readers some of the finer places that you and yours can get away to for that nice trip on the road. Whether it be a romantic inn for two or a super region for your whole riding group, this monthly column will give you thoughts and ideas to keep traveling on your motorcycle always a fresh and new experience.

Candlebay Inn

8 Maple Ave, Freeport, ME 04032 • 888-217-2477

L.L. Bean, Freeport, Maine. Did you know that this mega-outdoor mecca is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? No matter when you have the sudden urge for a new kayak, larger outdoor domicile, waterproof socks or long johns, you can make your way through their unlocked doors to fulfill your happiness.

This, however, was not the driving force behind our sojourn to the ‘lower fingers’ of Maine. This past December, while attending the Travel Show at NYC’s Javits Center and scoffing up tons of brochures and information for research, we came across a lovely B&B in this area. Come summertime riding season, we made a plan to head north and pay the Candlebay Inn a visit.Candlebay5

The CandleBay has a long history in the area, dating back to 1853. Built in a typical New England-style tradition, with the main house connected to the barn by a shed, it was constructed mainly to store merchandise and not as a ‘farm’ house. The first owners, Henry A. Bailey, Hezekiah B. Means and Philip and John Briggs, were in the shipping business, with John being a master carpenter for many of the ships that launched from the South Freeport shipyard. In fact, he constructed the largest vessel to ever launch from any shipyard along the Harraseeket River – the John A. Briggs – with three decks and three masts.

This carpentry can be witnessed in the barn portion of the Candlebay Inn, with the joints between the barn’s columns and floor beams reinforced by large, bolted-on wooden brackets. While this portion of the Inn is part of the private residence, you can see the same example at the First Parish Congregational Church on Main St in Freeport.

Moving along to modern times, Connie Lay and her family are now the proud owners of what was once called the Captain Briggs Bed and Breakfast. Connie had always wanted to own and operate her own business and, after an eight-year search, found the right spot in Freeport. She made the transition in 2014 and with her daughter and her partner, Stephanie and Van, have transformed this inn into a very cozy and home-like experience.Candlebay7

The Candlebay Inn offers 6 individual rooms, all with private baths. The Forget-Me-Not room can be expanded into a suite to accommodate five people with two queen beds and a twin. Each room is impeccably decorated, with very comfortable beds and plenty of amenities such as WiFi and TV with satellite. Our two-night stay was in the Bayberry Room, which was quite spacious, with a bay window streaming in morning and afternoon sunlight. On the mantle over the fireplace we found two wine glasses and ice bucket, as well as a complimentary sample of olive oil from Fiore’s, a local artisan olive oil and vinegar shop. Our travelling companions, the Fords from New Hamphshire, occupied the Clover Room and were just as happy with their overnight accommodations.

Along with the more-than-comfy rooms, your stay includes a hearty and home cooked breakfast prepared by Van, a culinary graduate, and Stephanie, a phenomenal pastry chef. Some of the tasty delights you may find in the morning include Blueberry Crumble French Toast, Taste of Heaven Casserole or Van’s delectable Hash Brown Quiche. Throughout the day you can graze on Stephanie’s sugary offerings of cakes and cookies, which can be found in the common room where breakfast is served. You can enjoy these with a cup of coffee, as the Keurig machine is always up and running. The shared small fridge holds complimentary bottles of water, some soft drinks and is a place to stash your perishables if necessary.Candlebay3

While there, it being a beautiful afternoon to be outside, we enjoyed the seating around the firepit with a bottle of winCandlebay1e and conversation with our friends and the other guests at the Inn. That’s the beauty of staying at a bed and breakfast – the chance to meet fellow travelers and find out where they’ve been and what they’ve seen. Come dusk, we took the short stroll to the Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro, which coincidentally featured Fiore’s olive oils with their delicious bread.Candlebay6

Connie has made the Candlebay Inn a very comfortable choice in the otherwise haughty inns or chain hotels of Freeport. Being within walking distance of everything on the main street, yet far enough from the hustle of the outlets, the Candlebay makes a perfect option when planning your trip to this part of Maine. If you happen to be travelling with your four-legged companion, no worries here. Connie, having run a veterinary clinic in her previous life, made sure that Fido would be more than welcome at the Candlebay. Imagine that, a place that feels like home-away-from-home that welcomes both motorcyclists and puppies. With its six rooms, it makes a great stop and home base for a small group wanting to explore the beauty of Maine, or perhaps just a romantic couple’s getaway for some lobster rolls and Whoopie pies (but that’s for another story).Candlebay4

The Candlebay Inn is open year-round, has free off-street parking, accommodations for 10-16 people and is quite flexible with most every aspect of your stay. Take a look at their website for more details. Remember, no matter what they say, you CAN get there from here and you’ll have a great time when you do.