Candlebay Inn


Candlebay Inn, Freeport, Maine
With summer winding down, we’re looking forward to the beauty of fall and the fun events and festivals in the upcoming months. After Labor Day weekend, the warm Maine breezes start to turn into crisp, fresh and cool air ones. We’re truly fortunate to live in a state that offers beautiful scenery and activities in all four seasons.

Fall in New England should be experienced by all my guests as the leaves start to turn vivid reds, yellows and oranges, matched with perfect weather for walks, tours, shopping and simply relaxing. I just have to say, autumn is one of my favorite times of year, especially in the kitchen. This autumn, we will be offering hearty breakfasts with a fall-flavored themes. Our savory caramel French toast will include fresh, crisp local apples and we’ll be serving up a cranberry orange version, as well, not to mention our pumpkin spice! The perfect way to start your day.

After a filling up on a hearty breakfast here at the inn, enjoy the vibrant foliage with a relaxing walk at Wolfe’s Neck State Park. Follow the Casco Bay Trail, where you’ll see thick Maine forest paired with beautiful granite coastlines. This park is perfect for all ages and is a great place to bring your dog. Speaking of dogs, we want to take a moment to reflect on all of our fluffy friends we met this summer. Be sure to read on about our featured summer guests. We’re truly thankful for all of the new and returning faces we had the chance to share time with this summer.

Fall will be here before you know it and you don’t want to miss seeing it practically explode before your eyes. Start the season out in Freeport, we’re looking forward to seeing you.

Warmest wishes, 




Connie Lay, Innkeeper

Pumkpin Spice French Toast Casserole

Pumpkin Spice French Toast Casserole1 loaf French bread, torn into chunks or cubed
6 large eggs
2½ cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1¼ cups flour
¾ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter
1 cup pecans/walnuts, chopped

Tear or cube the French bread and place in a greased 9×13 casserole dish. Combine eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice to form a custard; whisk until smooth. Pour pumpkin mixture over the bread, making sure to gently press down on the bread to soak as much as you can.

For the brown sugar crumble, mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add butter and work it into a flour mix with your fingers or fork until crumbly with pea-sized bits of butter; mix in the nuts.

Cover both and refrigerate overnight.

To bake, sprinkle the crumble over the top of the casserole and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until set; a knife inserted in the center should come out clean. Let it rest 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm.

Featured Summer Guests

Our bustling summer season greeted us with these furry friends and their delightful owners. In the first photo is Sherman, recently adopted by his humans, the Clemms. The bottom photo is Ricky and his family. Ricky has been Philip and Candice Yeager’s family dog now for 15 years. We’ve all gone to the grocery store and seen the box of puppies waiting for the right home, well, that’s where Ricky’s family was lucky enough to find him.

Thank you to both families for staying at Candlebay Inn, we’re happy you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you in the years to come.

Ricky and the Yaegers

August 2016

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Wolfe’s Neck Farm Hay Wagon Rides

Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport, Maine
Nothing says fall more than a hay ride with your family and friends. Jump into the spirit with a 15-minute ride through Wolfe’s Neck Farm.

On your ride, you’ll pass through pastures, vegetable fields and end the ride right on the edge of the ocean. Rides will be held Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $3 per person and leave every 30 minutes.

Everyone needs a little chocolate now and again…

Chocolate Factory, Freeport, Maine
Start your holiday gift shopping early this year in downtown Freeport. Spend a day or a full weekend shopping at the Freeport Village, walking distance from the inn. When you need a break from shopping, treat yourself with a savory stop at Wilbur’s Chocolate of Maine. Enjoy samples, stock up on sweets, or even take a walking tour of the factory.

Year-Round Packages

Soldier and dog
Military pricing

Did you know that we offer special pricing for members of the military?

  Active-duty military receive a 15% discount!
  Retired military receive a 10% discount!

Military ID required at check-in.

Champagne glasses

Getting married in Freeport?

Enjoy a 25% discount on your first night when two or more nights are booked. A hot, hearty, and homemade breakfast is included and a box of chocolates from Wilbur’s Candy Shoppe will welcome you to your room.

Conference, workshop, seminar

Traveling with a group?

Whether planning a family reunion, seminar or workshop, or business retreat, Candlebay Inn has the accommodations to make your event a success!

Candlebay Inn offers many amenities to make your stay with us productive and enjoyable. We offer:

  Free off-street parking
  Hot, hearty, and homemade breakfast each morning
  Flexible breakfast schedule
  Group discount and competitive rates
  Accommodations for 10 to 16 people
  Free wireless hi-speed internet, local phone calls, and faxing
  Flexible check-in and check-out times
  Flexible cancellation policies

Our residential setting is located 5 minutes from the center of Freeport village; less than 20 miles from the Portland International Jetport, Downeaster train and Nova Star Cruises (Nova Scotia ferry) and is in close proximity to I-95, I-295 and more.

Group coordinators and planners get a complimentary room.

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