Candlebay Inn


Candlebay Inn, Freeport, Maine
It is starting to look a lot like fall here in Freeport! Beautiful red, orange and yellow leaves are starting to pop up on the trees around the inn and throughout Freeport village. ‘Tis the season of pumpkin everything and, of course, hot apple cider! Maine is the place to be during the fall, with pick-your-own pumpkin patches, apple picking, hayrides, sightseeing tours, and delicious homemade food, not to mention non-stop events happening throughout the season.

There’s just something about this time of year. Whether it’s the aroma of comforting food in the oven or the crisp breeze on my cheeks when I go outside, I just love Maine. There’s a lot to do and see in Freeport, especially when the town glows with the natural colors of the foliage. FreeportUSA’s annual Fall Festival is coming up next month, along with a variety of things to do around town, as I mention in this newsletter.

Wrapping up a busy summer, we’re deeply honored by all of the guests that walked through our doors this summer. Full of smiles, and some with fur, all arriving from different walks of life and countries, each guest always enriches my life and makes me very grateful for being an innkeeper. Two summers have gone by now since I’ve owned the inn and I’m blessed with each new memory made here.

Keep in touch with us on social media. We’ve been entering the social world one paw at a time and we keep our Facebook page updated with photos, recipes and events happening at the inn and around Freeport; find us at

As much as you’re excited to see the fall foliage this year, we’re just as excited to see you here at Candlebay Inn.

Warmest wishes, 




Connie Lay, Innkeeper

Caramel Apple French Toast Casserole

Caramel Apple French Toast Casserole1 cup brown sugar
½ cup butter
1 (8 oz.) loaf crusty French bread, cut into bite-size pieces
2 cups milk
6 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 pinch ground cinnamon, or to taste
1 tablespoon brown sugar, or as needed
1 can of apple pie filling

Grease a 9×12 inch baking dish.

Stir brown sugar and butter together in a saucepan over medium-low heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves into butter, 2-4 minutes.

Pour into prepared baking dish and spread 1 inch of bread, spread apple pie filling over bread and spread the rest of the bread on top of apple pie filling.

Beat milk, eggs, and vanilla extract together in a bowl; pour milk mixture into the baking dish over bread and move bread as necessary to ensure all bread is absorbing liquid. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Remove and discard plastic wrap from baking dish and sprinkle remaining brown sugar over the top of the bread mixture. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and bubbling, about 30 minutes.

Featured Summer Guests

We were lucky enough to be greeted this summer by Jim and Pat Keegan and their adorable pup Snorri. The Keegan family welcomed Snorri into their family three years ago. Snorri pranced through Freeport village while on their stay and enjoyed the treats and comfy dog bed here at the inn.

Keegan family and Snorri

September 2016

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18th Annual Freeport Fall Festival – October 1 & 2, 2016

Freeport Fall Festival
The annual Freeport Fall Festival is now in its 18th year. It is a festival dedicated to art, music and fun for all. There will be 120 artist exhibits with works ranging from photography, oil, and watercolor to mixed media, fine crafts and jewelry.

Art will be accompanied with tunes by live musical performers throughout the day and a delicious selection of Maine food to choose from. There will also be a Chowdah Challenge to raise funds for camp scholarships, hosted by Freeport Community Services.

The festival will be taking place October 1 and 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the L.L. Bean campus and Freeport Village Station courtyard.

Hike to see the foliage

Hidden Pond hike, Freeport, Maine
The Freeport Conservation Trust is a group with a mission of preserving, connecting and sharing the natural beauty of Freeport. This group connects more than 1,500 acres of open space and conserves nearly 20 miles of public trails. We’re fortunate to have a group that protects the woodlands so that we can enjoy their natural beauty.

Here at Candlebay Inn, we encourage all of our guests to get outside and enjoy the beautiful hiking trails provided by the Freeport Conservation Trust, especially during the months of September and October when the trees are full of life and the cool breeze is perfect for an afternoon stroll.

We’ll be highlighting a trail to try in each of our newsletters. This month’s pick is Hidden Pond. This 10-minute walk is located in North Freeport and leads to Hidden Pond, which is a great place to watch wildlife, read a book or take your dog for a stroll.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm – Pumpkin Hayrides!

Pumpkin Hayrides at Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport, Maine
It’s that time of year again! Meet at the Little River Farmhouse and climb aboard the tractor for a ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin to decorate. Every weekend in October, on Saturday and Sundays, there will be tractor rides going to the pumpkin patch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Not only will you enjoy a fall tradition, you’ll also learn some fun facts about pumpkins on your ride.

Freeport event photos courtesy FreeportUSA