Spring Wedding Weekend Itinerary

Spring Wedding Itinerary at French's Point - Danielle Brady Photography

Thursday

12:00PM Get your marriage license from the Stockton Springs Town Office between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. to make it official! The Stockton Springs Town Office is not open on Friday.

1:00PM Check in to French’s Point. Settle into your room and soak in the sweet smell of lilacs and beach roses in bloom.

6:00PM Fire up the barbecue grill on the Barbecue Lawn behind the Farm House and enjoy time with your family and friends as they roll into town to join you for the weekend.

8:00PM Cuddle up fireside and reconnect around one of the many fire pits at the estate. Enjoy the warm, gooey delight of s’mores fresh off the fire.

Friday

8:00AM Start the day off with a morning yoga session for the wedding party and family lead by a local instructor in the sun-filled Conservatory at Retreat House where you can take in the morning fog as it rises off the water.

9:00AM Enjoy freshly baked strawberry muffins and coffee awaiting you in the parlor at the Farm House.

10:00AM Choose your own Maine adventure! Excursions to the top of the tallest bridge observatory in the Northeast at Penobscot Narrows Observatory for spectacular views, and Fort Knox Historic Site, check out the local shops & galleries, ride a bike or hike one of the many trail systems at the surrounding State parks, or brave the white water for a refreshing Springtime adventure!

4:00PM Ceremony rehearsal. Gather your wedding party, family and anyone else participating in the ceremony for a rehearsal at your chosen setting to work out the jitters so everyone can relax on the big day.

5:00PM Sip a Mint Julep and enjoy an al fresco dinner on the terrace and enjoy the fragrant gardens.

7:00PM Take in the sherbet-like Spring sunset over the bay.

8:00PM Cap off the night in front of the fire pit on the terrace reconnecting with your friends.

10:00PM Get some rest! Tomorrow is going to be a big day.

Saturday

8:00AM Rise and shine, it’s your wedding day! Take a walk through the lush family gardens and take in the scent of lilacs, beach roses, salt water and pine and the sound of the loons calling over the water.

9:00AM Enjoy a cup of coffee, freshly baked quiche, and fruit with your family at the Farm House before you freshen up.

10:00AM Your wedding vendor team arrives to begin preparation at the Retreat House.

11:00AM Pampering time begins for you and your wedding party with hair and make-up sessions with your chosen provider in the Top Level Apartment Parlor of the Retreat House. Ladies relax in your gift of floral robes so appropriate for the season. Sit back and enjoy the hours leading up to your ceremony surrounding by the ones you love.

12:00PM Wedding party lunch delivered with fresh goat cheese and strawberry salads & mimosas of course! The groom’s party and family enjoy a casual lunch on the barbecue lawn after enjoying some healthy competition with a game of volley ball on the Recreation Lawn at the Farm.

2:00PM The groom’s party arrives at the Recreation Room at Retreat House to work out those nerves with a game of pool, poker, or watch the game on the TV. Don’t forget those wedding rings! Bridal party gets dressed and has pre-ceremony photos taken on the balcony overlooking the estate.

3:00PM A brass band sets the mood as guests arrive by trolley to mingle and enjoy strawberry lemonade, mint iced tea, and cucumber water on the terrace.

3:30PM The ceremony bell rings out over the bay and calls your guests to the ceremony location of your choosing: the Gazebo with the promenade lined with blooming lilacs and beach roses, the Oceanfront Lawn or East Overlook Terrace. Rain doubles your luck. Embrace the elements with colorful rain boots.

4:00PM Congrats to the happy couple! Take your first photos as husband and wife, with your wedding party and family. Your guests will mix and mingle while they enjoy cocktail hour with delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace, take a stroll on the bluff path, take in the commanding view of the bay from our signature Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs, or play a rousing game of croquette on the oceanfront lawn.

4:55PM Before the dinner reception begins, gather your guests and snap some group photos on the cobblestone terrace. This is a beautiful record of the guests who were able to join you for your big day.

5:00PM Guests are ushered inside the beautiful Retreat House Dining Room or the Sailcloth Tent for the reception with tables set with all the details you imagined.

5:20PM Introductions of the family and wedding party followed by speeches. Cheers to the happy couple! Dinner is served! Enjoy unique fare chosen by you, provided by your wedding catering partner of choice.

5:40PM Official cake cutting.

6:30PM Enjoy your first dance as a married couple. It’s time to boogie!

7:00PM Cake and coffee are served.

8:00PM Catch the beautiful sunset with your new spouse and photographer. We offer a variety of locations to capture this splendid light of the setting sun with Western views.

9:45PM One last call from the bar.

9:55PM Enjoy one last dance with your sweetie for the perfect ending to a magical day!

10:00PM Move the gathering inside the Retreat House to enjoy an unplugged after party with a laid-back vibe. Snuggle up in front of the fire as you recount the adventures of the day.

12:00PM Bid your guests farewell and retreat to your beautiful suite with your new spouse to reflect on this magical day. Vendors begin preparing for the next day’s gathering.

Sunday

8:00AM Enjoy your first cup of coffee as a married couple as you enjoy the view from your private balcony. The caterer arrives to prepare for the farewell brunch.

9:00AM Your guests can stop by the Retreat House Dining Room one last time to enjoy a lovely farewell brunch with a garden party feel and a Spring-inspired menu before heading home.

12:00PM Sit in the Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs on the Bluff Path one last time to soak it all in.

1:00PM Check out time. Off to your next adventure!

 

Photography by Danielle Brady Photography

Food Trucks at French’s Point

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Couples are always looking for ways to make their wedding weekend experience fun, memorable and unique. Because weddings are so trend influenced, the food truck movement has made it’s way into the wedding weekend at French’s Point too. We often get the question “Can we use a food truck for our wedding weekend at French’s Point”. Our answer is, sure you can.  But here are some things to consider first:

Food Truck Logistics

First, food trucks are not caterers in most instances. They do not handle setup or breakdown during events, they do not buss tables, clean up waste, manage rentals, or communicate with the rest of the event team like a caterer would. Therefore, the responsibility of these tasks will then fall to your planner. For this reason, a food truck should certainly be discussed with your planner first before they are hired.

How Many Food Trucks Do I Need?

Secondly, food trucks can put out a large volume of food in a short period of time, but not in the volume needed in the time allowed at a wedding celebration. In our experience, we feel you will need one truck for every fifty guests you are serving, in order to put out the correct volume of food in less than one hour of service time. If you have 150 guests to serve, then three food trucks should be hired. Each food truck is different and some have more wedding event experience than others, so you should discuss this and your timing expectations with the food truck directly.

Our Stand-out Food Truck Providers

Third, not all food trucks have experience in providing service for wedding weekend events, or have experience here at French’s Point. Here is our list of stand-out food truck providers:

Urban Sugar

  • Donuts!
  • Great for Breakfast catering or afternoon snacks

Uproot Pie Co.

  • Wood Fired Pizza & Farm Fresh Salad
  • Lunch or Dinner

Saltbox Cafe

  • Gourmet Breakfast Sandwiches & Wraps, and lots of other options for Lunch & Dinner
  • Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Fishin Ships

  • Delicious Fish & Chips, Fish Sandwiches & Fries
  • Lunch or Dinner

Food Truck Locations at French’s Point

Fourth, when you decide to work with a food truck, you need to consider which location at French’s Point you wish to utilize and your poor weather plan for your events:

The Farm House Private Beach

            The Farm House West Slope Lawn(next to the Farm House Gazebo)

            The Retreat House Portico (direct access to the Main Entrance)

            The Retreat House West Side Porch (direct access to the Lounge)

            The Retreat House East Side Porch (direct access to the Dining Room)

The Retreat House Sail Cloth Tent

When Should I Have a Food Truck During My Wedding Weekend?

Lastly, food trucks are a great accent to the celebration, but we have found that it is best if they are not the primary caterer for your wedding day.  Here are some examples of where and when a food trucks has created a successful & memorable moment at French’s Point:

  • Urban Sugar Donut Truck & Espresso Dave’s parked out near the Retreat House West Side Porch on Saturday morning
  • Uproot Pie Co parked near the gazebo at the Farm House West slope Lawn serving up their delicious pizza for a casual Thursday night welcome dinner after a rousing afternoon of games on the neighboring Farm House Recreation Lawn.
  • Saltbox Café parked out near the Retreat House Portico serving up their amazing breakfast sandwiches & burritos for a Sunday morning farewell Brunch.
  • Fishin Ships parked down near the Retreat House Sail Cloth Tent for an casual rehearsal dinner on Friday night.

We hope that these details are helpful when you are considering a food truck as part of your wedding festivities.

A Neighborhood Wedding Celebration

Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue

We are blessed… for so many reasons. One of the things that we cherish most about our work here at French’s Point is that our celebrations are all about family & milestone moments. Every wedding & gathering we host here is a gift; one we give and one we receive back twice again. We know that not everyone is so privileged with work that is so happy. Every once in a while, we get to host a wedding that has a personal connection to us directly.

In June, we celebrated Marion & Alex, alongside their family and friends. Marion was part of the tribe of children who grew up here with me on Hersey Retreat Road. Her cottage was two doors down from my own. The path between our homes was well-beaten as our raggle-taggle crew roamed freely between homes all summer. Marion is the youngest of the four siblings in her family. Her sister and I played and competed in the Miss Sandy Point Competition, one younger brother was close to my younger brother and her other older brother and I were friends and sweethearts for a summer. Her parents were always kind enough to fold me into their activities at nearby Fort Knox, antique shopping, my first trip to Moody’s Diner & adventures aboard their sail boat. Her father is a doctor who mended a broken foot in junior high after a soccer injury. He is a history buff and brought that history to life with the best stories (somewhat rooted in truth and enhanced with fantasy). Her father and mine were childhood friends that grew up in the same cottages, just doors away. Her grandparents were members of the church that owned French’s Point before we bought it. I considered Marion’s grandparents the matriarch and patriarch of our little summer community.  They are very special family to me, and life-long summer neighbors. Marion might have been the smallest of the sea of cousins in the Bradford Cottage, but she was mighty and adored by all. My sweet father dubbed her “Maid Marion” and to this day, the name has endured for him.

After Alex proposed at the gazebo at French’s Point, they came to me. It seemed for them that celebrating here was the only option, given their connection to the place. They engaged an incredible team of vendors who brought their plans to life for the weekend. Marion in adulthood is articulate, kind, patient, diplomatic, intelligent, and loving woman. It was such a gift to reconnect with her at this stage in our lives. Alex adores Marion and I am so happy to see the mutual respect and admiration between them. We got to be a part of the sweet, joyful, glorious weekend, and for that, my heart is full.  Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - Destination Wedding Venue - Bridal Shoes - French's Point Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - Frenchs Point - Gazebo Ceremony Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - Frenchs Point - Gazebo CeremonyBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding VenueBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding VenueBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding VenueBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding VenueBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point Wedding Venue - Maine Wedding - Family HomeBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point Wedding Venue - Maine Wedding - Family HomeBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine French's Point Wedding - Neighborhood Family Gathering Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine French's Point Wedding - Neighborhood Family Gathering Brendan Bullock Photography - Trillium Catering - French's Point Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - Trillium Catering - French's Point Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine French's Point Wedding - Neighborhood Family GatheringBrendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's PointBrendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's PointBrendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's PointBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point Wedding Venue - Maine Wedding - Family HomeBrendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point - Tent Reception in MaineBrendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point - Tent Reception in Maine Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point - Tent Reception in Maine Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point

Marion & Alex

June 16th, 2018

Bar Services: Trillium

Catering: Trillium

Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Michael Beling – Pianist

Ceremony Venue: The Gazebo at French’s Point

Design and Styling: One & Supp

DessertTrillium

Dinner and Dancing Entertainment: Dan Capaldi

Floral Design: One & Supp

Hair: DIY

Makeup: Vanesse at Beauty Mark Salon

Officiant: Woodrow Travers

Photography: Brendan Bullock Photography

Planner: The Purple Orchid

Reception Venue: The Sail Cloth Tent at French’s Point

Rentals: One Stop Rentals & Wallace Events

Transportation: Golf Carts

Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Bar Harbor Catering Company

Rehearsal Dinner Bar Service: Bar Harbor Catering Company

Rehearsal Dinner Location: The Farm House Beach at French’s Point

Rehearsal Dinner Band: John Smedley

Rehearsal Dinner Florist: One & Supp

Rehearsal Dinner Rentals: Wallace Events

Rehearsal Dinner Portable Restrooms: Wallace Events

Rehearsal Dinner Sound: Wallace Events

Vendor Spotlight: Pinch Me Planning

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“Whatever the occasion is, Pinch Me Planning is here to help with all the details. From day-of coordination down to table design and envelope stuffing, Pinch Me Planning wants to make the entire process easier.” – Pinch Me Planning

How long have you been operating your business?

Since 2016

 

How would you describe your services?

From day-of coordination to full planning and design, Pinch Me Planning offers any service that allows couples to check their to-do boxes with ease and efficiency!

 

What makes your work unique?

Our background is in merchandising and design for large corporations.  This has given us a skillset that balances the art and the science of planning weddings.  We’re organized, but also know how to create a beautiful day from a couple’s vision!

 

How would you describe your style?

Our tagline is “elevated events with an edge”.  We like to create weddings that are timeless but not predictable.

 

How would you describe your ideal client?

A couple who is excited to hand off the reins, so they can be present in their special day.  They are willing to take some chances with the design to create special details unique to their wedding weekend.

 

What is your favorite moment on the wedding day?

The moment the couple sees the reception space for the first time.  The transformation from bare bones to thoughtful beauty is always exciting to witness.

 

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

I love going up to Wiscasset for the day.  They have some really cute shops and great places to grab a bite.

 

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Owner Name: Christina Padavano

Business Name:  Pinch Me Planning

Address: 6 Classical Ln

City/State/Zip: Scarborough, ME 04074

Phone: 207.671.5457

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.pinchmeplanning.com

Facebook: @pinchmeplanning

Twitter: N/A

Instagram: @pinchmeplanning

House Captains

French's Point House Captains - Coastal Maine Weddings - Vacation Rental Home - Photography by the Light and Color

French’s Point is a family-owned and operated vacation rental home. We kindly ask that you care for our home as you would your own during your stay, and return the home to us at check out as you found it upon check in. Because the estate has two homes and 14 acres, and to make the time here more comfortable and enjoyable for your group, we suggest that Hosts select a resident from each of the houses to be the “House Captain”. This House Captain will be a point person for guests with questions, will help relay information to help enjoyment of the property, and help ensure rental terms are followed. Here are a few points of information the House Captains should know in preparation for your stay:

  1. The House Captain is the primary point of contact for the guests within the house if they have questions about the weekend activities. They are a point of contact with the Hosts, the wedding planner, and French’s Point family. They assist guests in finding their rooms at check in and answering questions about the homes, relay the details of the weekend’s events, and assist in a smooth check out process. There is a binder located on the main level of each building with the welcome information and an area Resource Guide. There are floor plans in the Welcome Center of each home with room assignments as well.
  2. We ask that the House Captain arrives at check in with the hosts of the stay so we can address questions and help familiarize you with the home before the remainder of the guests arrive to the estate. Please confirm this time with your hosts.
  3. Please help keep guests mindful of the 10pm-9am Quiet Hours at the Retreat House and 9pm-9am Quiet Hours at the Farm House. During quiet hours, all guest activity and sound must be contained within the buildings by 10:00PM. All fire pit use and outdoor activities need to cease by this time.
  4. Guests can park their cars in front of the homes to unload, but vehicles should be moved to designated parking areas during your stay.
  5. During events where there is a bus on site that is providing shuttle service, we ask there be no cars parked in the front of the Farm House along the road. This area will be bus parking only.
  6. Please share with guests that if they leave their rooms or common areas vacant for a long period of time, all windows and exterior doors need to be shut. Maine weather can change quickly. We also ask guests to please turn off all lights and AC units when the room is not occupied to help conserve energy.
  7. During your stay, all trash from both the Farm House and the Retreat House needs to be taken to the dumpster. The dumpster gets emptied on Thursdays. We suggest doing a daily walk-through of the common areas of the building you are staying in to ensure it stays clear of clutter throughout the duration of your stay.
  8. French’s Point recycles redeemables (bottles & cans with a ME redemption label only). Please separate these items only from your trash. Inside the homes, containers are marked for collection of Redeemables in the kitchen and common areas. During your stay, please place all redeemable (Bottles & Cans with a ME redemption label ONLY) in the barrels to the right and left of the dumpster inside the enclosure. If you are the House Captain at the Farm House, these Bottles and Cans can be placed within the receptacles within the tree hollow along the road side. If these receptacles fill during your stay, please bring the load down to the dumpster enclosure. If bottles and cans do not have a ME redemption sticker, please place them in the dumpster.
  9. During your stay, cardboard can be disposed of in the designated receptacle near the dumpster enclosure. Please do not leave cardboard in any other area.
  10. At check out, please return all furnishings, games and equipment to their original locations, & remove all food & personal effects. Bed linens & towels will be removed by house keeping.
  11. At check out, all dishes need to be put away or in the dishwasher at departure.
  12. At check out, all keys and chalkboards need to be returned to the suite doors.
  13. At check out, all trash, cardboard & redeemables should be removed to the dumpster enclosure.

Please read through our Welcome Information and our Check Out document. Should you need assistance related to our facilities, please contact us during our office hours (9am-4pm) by calling 207-567-3650. In the case of emergency, please call the same number. Our office line is forwarded to a mangers phone after hours. We occupy an office located on the lower level of the Retreat House near the Catering Kitchen. For assistance during your stay, please ring the doorbell outside the kitchen, email us at [email protected], or give us a call.

 

Photography by The Light & Color

Most Frequent Full-Service Caterers at French’s Point in 2018

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Did you know that you can choose your own wedding vendor team at French’s Point?  You select the vendors that align with your vision, budget and priorities. In Maine, we are blessed with an incredibly talented, robust, dedicated, hardworking community of caterers who offer a vast range in service styles and price points. We often get the question, “Which caterers are most familiar with French’s Point?” Every year we have the opportunity to team up with new-to-us caterers, but we thought it would be helpful for you to see which full service caterers most frequently helped our couples have such incredible celebrations here in 2018:

 

Bar Harbor Catering Co.

Churchill Caterers

Dandelion Catering Co.

Stone Cove Catering

Trillium Caterers

 

Thank you to all of our amazing catering friends from the 2017 season. We look forward to working with you next year!

 

Photography by Fidelio

Guest Room Air Conditioning: Domestic Air Conditioning

French's Point: Domestic Air Conditioning in the Retreat House and Farm House - Destination Wedding Venue on the Coast of Maine - Emily Delameter Photography

Guests often ask if we have or need air conditioning at French’s Point. The reality is that the architect Wilfred E. Mansur, who designed the retreat house, did so to take advantage of the near perpetual breezes here. The transom windows over the bedroom doors on the second floor are testament of that. In fact, in some of the rooms at the Retreat House, door hooks are offered near the baseboard to keep open doors from slamming closed in the breeze. The Farm House and the Retreat House are both cited at the highest elevations on the point and if you open a door or window for cross ventilation, the rooms remain quite comfortable most of the time. The exception is the few days in July or August when the air is still and the humidity coupled with higher temperatures does not afford a breeze.  

Regardless of the reality, we wanted to be able to assure our guests that their accommodations are comfortable year round. This spring, we partnered with Mike from Domestic Air Conditioning and Refrigeration to bring air conditioning to our guest rooms in both homes. He finished the installation of the system we roughed in in 2005. The Retreat House bed rooms have central air conditioning with the exception of one room in suite 1, which has a window unit. The Farm House bedrooms all have window units with the exception of suite 12 on the lower level that does not need air conditioning, because it always stays comfortable. We are glad to have this amenity to offer to our guests. We know that now they will slumber comfortably, even on the warmest, stillest of summer nights.

Supplies for Your Stay

Farm House at French's Point - What to pack for your stay

To maximize the enjoyment of your stay, we suggest you and your guests bring the following provisions:

 

Attire:

We suggest:  

  • Dress in Layers (Maine weather tends to change over the course of the day)
  • Wedge Heels or Flats
  • Sneakers
  • Rain Coat/Umbrella & Boots
  • Wind Breaker
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

Suites:

Bedrooms:

We Provide:

  • Bed Linens, Pillows & Duvets
  • Air Conditioning
  • TVs & Roku Sticks with Hulu Live
  • Chalkboard Signs with Guest Names on Suite Doors
  • 5 Hangers

We Suggest:

  • Welcome Letters
  • Welcome Baskets

Note: We are not responsible if your guests do not log out of their personal accounts on our Roku sticks. Any charges that are made on the Roku will be charged to the client.

 

Toiletries:

We Provide:

  • 1 Hair Dryer in Each Suite
  • Shampoo/Bodywash
  • Conditioner
  • Handsoap
  • Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Wash Cloths & Makeup Wash Cloths

We Suggest:

  • Sun Screen
  • Bug Spray
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Bathroom Baskets or Welcome Bags

 

Laundry/Cleaning:

We Provide:

  • Detergent
  • Dryer Balls
  • Bleach Cubes
  • Stain Remover
  • Iron/Board
  • General Cleaning Supplies: Cleaner, Vacuum, Mop, Broom
  • Trash Bags

We Suggest:

  • Steamers
  • Sewing Kit

 

Food/Pantry:

We Provide:

  • Dishware & Silverware
  • Pots & Pans
  • Standard Small Appliances
  • Coffee Maker, Keurig & Tea Kettle
  • Dish Soap
  • Detergent Cubes
  • Drying Towels

We Suggest:

  • Disposable Dishware & Cutlery
  • Food, Snacks & Beverages
  • Food Supplies
  • Coffee, Tea & K-Cups
  • Paper Towels

Note: The kitchens have residential-size refrigerators, so we suggest that guests store beverages on ice in coolers on the decks/porches. A list of local grocery stores & farmer’s markets can be found in our Area Resource Guide.  

If you would like to have prepared food delivered during your stay, contact your caterer or reach out to Eileen at Creative Catering at 207-567-3563. This service requires advance reservation. 

 

Grill/BBQ Lawn:

We Provide:

  • Grill & 1 Propane Tank
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Lobster Boiler
  • Grill Utensils
  • 6 Picnic Tables

We Suggest:

  • Charcoal (we do not provide any charcoal)
  • Disposable Tin Pans/Platters

 

Coffee Stations:

We Provide:

  • Coffee Maker
  • Keurig
  • Tea Kettle
  • Mini Fridge
  • Note: There is one of each of the above in each Coffee Station in the Retreat House & in one each Residential Kitchen

We Suggest:

  • Disposable Coffee Cups (with covers)
  • Stir Sticks
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Creamer
  • Sweetener

 

Entryway/Welcome Center:

We Provide:

  • Floor Plans
  • Map of the Property
  • Area Resource Guide
  • Bulletin Board
  • Guest Room Assignments

We Suggest:

  • Weekend Timeline Printout
  • Weekend Contact List Printout

 

Grounds & Leisure Activities:

We Provide:

  • 3 Bikes
  • 3 Helmets
  • 5 Fire Pits
  • Corn Hole
  • Giant Jenga
  • Croquet
  • Bocce Ball
  • Badminton
  • Volley Ball
  • Spike Ball
  • Horseshoes
  • Access to 100 Acres of Walking Trails

We Suggest:

  • Kayaks, Life Jacket, Paddle Board, Golf Clubs, Bike, Helmet
  • S’mores Supplies & Sticks
  • Camera, Journal, Book or Magazine
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Picnic Blanket
  • Beach Towel
  • Cooler for Beverages
  • Umbrella
  • Flash Light/Lanterns/Head Lamp
  • Bug spray & Sunscreen

French’s Point Legacy – Maybel “May” Harris Brooks

French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - 1937

June 21, 1917-June 27, 2009

May Brooks, my sweet paternal grandmother would be 101 years old today. I miss her every day. She was a large presence in my life and really shaped who I am. She is a big part of the reason why we chose to steward the property here at French’s Point. She made this place magical for her children and grandchildren. Caring for and sharing French’s Point is a way to honor the legacy that she and my grandfather Bill started for our family.  

May was born and grew up in Augusta, Maine. She was born the youngest of 5 children. Her father was a deacon of a Baptist Church and she was the granddaughter of the Civil War General Benjamin Foster Harris of the 6th Maine Infantry.  She married my grandfather Willard Nash “Bill” Brooks and they settled in Winslow, Maine, and had three children, two boys and a girl. She was active as a Sunday school teacher, Den Mother, Girl Scout Leader. She was involved in the Winslow High School Band Parents Organization, and the PTA. She chaperoned trips and events for the schools and clubs. She manned the food and ticket booths at high school sporting events. She was a much beloved secretary at the Winslow High School for more than 30 years.

In the summertime each year, May would pack up her children, ride to Sandy Point to our family cottage just down the road from French’s Point, where she would spend the weeks of school break sunbathing, digging for clams, fishing in her tiny tin boat, picking wild blueberries and walking the beach looking for skipping stones and lucky rocks. She was often times the first one in our family to brave the water each year for an invigorating swim. When my cousins, siblings and I arrived on scene, we spent our summers in the same way, often in my grandmother’s care. All of our holidays were spent in her home around her table with my cousins, aunts and uncles. Family was the most important thing to May, and that was evident in everything she did. Our best family moments were spent here together at French’s Point. My best and most vivid childhood memories are filled with this beautiful soul. She loved this magical place because it was about family.

May was an outstanding home cook with her thanksgiving turkey, Christmas roast, apple and rhubarb pies, deviled eggs, BLT sandwiches, homemade french fries, and donuts. She had a sharp wit and big, beautiful smile that could turn your day around in a heartbeat. I inherited my stubborn streak from May. I also have her strong sense of empathy and her desire to love family by feeding them well. I never left my Nana’s house without some sort of treat in my hands.

My grandfather Bill passed at a young age, before I was born and my grandmother never remarried. My sweet father was devoted to his mother. He tenderly cared for her and doted on her (even when she didn’t want him to). My dad also inherited his determination and perseverance from his mom, and though they did not always agree, they loved each other fiercely. Witnessing their love for one another was such a gift. It is truly one of the most beautiful things about my father.

May met my husband Fred a few years before she passed. For this I am grateful. Knowing her has helped him understand me. She gave me the diamond ring my husband used to propose and it never leaves my finger. When we married in 2008, my grandmother was my Matron of Honor and made her way proudly down the promenade to join us at the gazebo to celebrate on that beautiful February afternoon. I could not think of a better soul to be by my side that day. My oldest daughter Bailey May, met her Great Grandmother and namesake before she passed. My other kiddos did not have this blessing. But we keep her alive in the stories we tell them and the family traditions we carry on in her honor. I feel closest to May when I am here at French’s Point, cooking for my family or playing on the beach with my babes. She is only ever a breath away.

Thank you Uncle Jim, for taking good care of our family photos. It was wonderful to walk back through these beautiful memories.

French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Celebration - 1991 French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Celebration 1987 06-21-87 French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks Summer of 1977 on the Beach near Sandy Point French's Point Living Legacy: May Brooks - Winter Wedding on the Coast of Maine: Matron of HonorFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel Brooks - Wedding Celebration at the Retreat: Maid of HonorFrench's Point Legacy: May Brooks - 1992 Milestone CelebrationFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks with Crystal & Misti French's Point Legacy: May Harris Brooks French's Point Legacy: May Brooks - Family Gatherings and CelebrationsFrench's Point Legacy: May Brooks - Milestone Celebrations with Family in MaineFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks French's Point Legacy: May Brooks - Holiday Celebrations with Family in MaineFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Celebration - 1992 Crystal's MemorialFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Gathering French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Celebration French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Gathering

French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Celebration - 1992 French's Point Living Legacy: May Brooks French's Point Legacy: May Brooks - Holiday Celebrations with Family in MaineFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Gathering French's Point Living Legacy: May BrooksFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks Summer of 1984 French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks Going Fishing on the Beach

 

Check In For Your Stay

Check In To Your Stay at French's Point - Coastal Maine Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental

If you are hosting a stay at French’s Point, we want you and your family to have a smooth arrival without surprises, know what to expect while you are here, and enjoy the property to the fullest extent. As the host of of a reservation at French’s Point, in preparation for your stay at French’s Point, there are a few things we want share with you before you arrive to ensure a wonderful experience:

  1. Please confirm your arrival time between 1:00-3:00pm with our office no later than 1 week prior to your arrival. Please do not be late for your check in appointment. We suggest that you arrive an hour or two before your guests so you can get unpacked and settled before you welcome the rest of your group. We will confirm with you before you arrive, who will be here to greet you that day from the property.
  2. A welcome area with a 2’x3’ bulletin board is provided at the entryway to both the Retreat House & Farm House to help guests find their rooms. A map of the 14-acre property & floor plans of the houses are posted near each of these boards. Signs will help direct guests to their rooms once inside the homes. We also suggest posting the weekend itinerary on the bulletin board & providing a copy in your guest’s room. You can send this to us in advance and we will happily post it for you before your arrival.
  3. Please complete the attached digital template room assignment list for both buildings no later than 1 week prior to your arrival and we will be sure these are posted on the bulletin boards. We will write the names of each suite’s occupants on chalkboard signs which hang on hooks on the outside of the suite doors. This will help them find their rooms.
  4. Your event planner is responsible for the details & events of the weekend. We will post their name & contact information on the bulletin board in the entryway of the Retreat House and the Farm House so that your family can contact them directly with questions.
  5. When you arrive, you will be given a key to the main entrance at the Retreat House and a key to keep doors from locking throughout the main and lower levels of the Retreat House. Your planner will also be given a set of these keys. We suggest unlocking the Retreat House doors in the morning and securing them after all guests are inside for the night. However, should your guests exit during the period of time that the doors are locked, they will not be able to reenter the Retreat House. For this reason, you can opt to forgo locking the Retreat House. We do not have security concerns that would require you to lock the doors at night. Main entrance keys are not required for the Farm House because we do not suggest locking that building at night.
  6. The catering kitchen located on the lower level of the Retreat House will be locked. When events are taking place, this area will be locked between the hours of midnight and 9am.
  7. Keys to each guest room will be in the keyhole upon check in. If an additional set of keys is needed for guest rooms, please contact our office during business hours.
  8. If you are providing welcome bags, boxes or baskets, you can deliver these to the suites upon arrival, prior to their check in.
  9. When you arrive, if you have items that need to go in the cooler, you can store them in the walk-in cooler just outside the tent hallway and recreation room on the west side lower level of the Retreat House. We suggest packing items to go in the cooler in a way that allowed for them to be the first unloaded from your vehicle. This cooler is accessible between the hours of 9am-4pm, or when you have events of more than 50 guests taking place. This cooler is locked at night. Please be sure to get provisions stored in this cooler when it is accessible. Please note that late September – mid May, we do not recommend storing flowers in this cooler because of cool night time temperatures.
  10. If you need to store event décor or other items, there is room to do so in the West stairwell hallway on the main floor. This area is not secure during the day. Store anything of value in your suite.
  11. If you have items to deliver to the tent, do so at check in so you do not have to move these items twice. Keep this in mind when you are packing. We suggest labeling bags and boxes by their event location and event name/date.
  12. If you would like to have items shipped to French’s Point for your stay, please ensure that they are received by our office no sooner than the Monday prior to your arrival date due to our limited storage. Please send tracking information to our office and advise us if you are expecting a package or mailing during your stay and by what means it is being sent. You can mail items to French’s Point 246 Hersey Retreat Road Stockton Springs, ME 04981 ATTN: Your Name. Please note that USPS, UPS and Fed Ex deliveries typically arrive between 2pm-5pm Monday-Saturday. Items delivered after our office closes will be delivered to you the next day.

We look forward to hosting your family and friends during this special time. Thank you for choosing French’s Point.