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

The Retreat House Top-Level Apartment: The Brooks Family Nest

The Retreat House Top Level Apartment: The Brooks Family Nest at French's Point - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Vacation Home Rental

As we do almost every winter, the season was spent completing a number of major maintenance and repair projects to keep our beautiful buildings and grounds in top working order. We also completed a major renovation to the bedroom suites on the second and third floors of the Retreat House.  

The Top Level Apartment

We updated and refurbished the Top-Level Apartment in the Retreat House to offer it as as cozy nest to guests, with an impressive view of the bay. My parents, Bob and Bonnie made this apartment home for eight years. They hosted many a family dinner, had slumber parties with their grandchildren in the large closets under the eaves of the roofline that they dubbed the “Hobbit Holes” and rested their weary heads after long days of love poured into the property. They loved the gentle breezes, the sound of the rain on the roof and the incredible sunrises and sunsets. My mother lovingly refers to this space as “The Nest”. I think this name is quite appropriate. This winter, they moved just down the road to the Beach Rose Cottage located next to the Farm House with my sweet Grandmama, making way for guests to enjoy this charming apartment.   

The privacy that this space offers will give our bridal parties a place to gather, relax and prepare on the wedding day with an open concept kitchen, dining and living space and a waterfront fireplace parlor with a beautiful deck with broad ocean views which is perfect to enjoy a wedding day brunch and watch as the setting below comes to life for your wedding. Just inside from the balcony, the parlor has beautiful natural light and is the perfect place for your hair and make-up artists to set up shop on your wedding day. In the parlor is a tiny sink which was my grandfather, Edgar’s. He loved antiques and saw the beauty in the forgotten. It is a sweet little detail in this space. There are two large, elegant king bedroom suites on this floor as well with sitting areas, beautiful bathrooms and private balconies looking to the east and west. You are going to love the cozy setting, gorgeous views and soothing privacy that the top floor offers you and your nearest and dearest!

We will share the details of the other Retreat House Suites & enhancements in upcoming posts. We hope you love them as much as we do.

Open Concept Kitchen, Dining, and Living Space

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Waterfront Fireplace Parlor

The Retreat House Top Level Apartment: The Brooks Family Nest at French's Point - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Vacation Home Rental

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East Apartment Suite

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West Apartment Suite

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Photography by Rachael Anderson

The Retreat House Suite 3: The Gay Bean Dion Suite

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

As we do almost every winter, this season was spent completing a number of major maintenance and repair projects to keep our beautiful buildings and grounds in top working order. We also completed a major renovation to the bedroom suites on the second and third floors of the Retreat House. I have shared with you the details of the newly refurbished Top Level Apartment in the Retreat House, Suite 1 and Suite 2, both located on the second floor, in recent posts.  

The second level of the Retreat House now offers four newly renovated suites with en suite bathrooms and six total bedrooms on this floor. All of the rooms on the top, second level and main floor of the Retreat House have been dedicated to family members and dear friends that played a key role in our stewardship of this property. Suite 3- The Gay Bean Dion Suite is our largest suite with a massive ocean view deck with hammock, hammock chairs, cafe table and chairs to take in the views. The room also offers a sitting area and an en suite bathroom with tub/shower unit.   

When we first opened the Retreat House in 2006, I had connected with a childhood friend that had grown up here on the point with my father in the summer times. Her name is Gay Bean Dion. She became a very dear friend and worked very hard to help get the Retreat House up and running. My children know her as “Nanny Gay”. She just recently moved to Rhode Island to be closer to family and we miss her (and her cookies). I dedicated the room to her because she was such a good friend and like a mother to me in some ways. The views from this room really are remarkable, just like Gay. This room is special to me because I lived in it for a time with my wee little girl, Bailey. She learned to walk in this room. Her swinging cradle made by my father used to hang next to my bed and the breeze blowing in from the ocean rocked her to sleep on summer nights.   

We will share the details of the other Retreat House Suites  & enhancements in upcoming posts. We hope you love them as much as we do.  

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

Photography by Rachael Anderson

How Can I Help: Farewell Brunch

Outdoor Maine wedding venue | Emilie Inc. Photography

Almost every wedding that takes place at French’s Point is a family affair for our clients. Often times parents and other family and friends participate in the wedding planning at various points in the process. Many hands make light work, right? With such a momentous occasion to look forward to, it is very common for family to offer their assistance as wedding plans are being made. We find that many mothers of the bride and mothers of the groom, in particular, really want to help. However, they don’t know exactly what they can do to help the happy couple with their plans, without overstepping the bounds of “helpful.”

In this How Can I Help? blog series, we will offer some ideas about how you can help your son or daughter and their partner with the planning. In a prior post in this series, we offered ways you can assist with the Venue Search and also thoughts on how you can assist with a Rehearsal Dinner or Welcome Reception. This time, we will discuss how you can provide support regarding the farewell brunch.

What is a Farewell Brunch?

A farewell brunch is a great way to have some relaxed, low-key time with friends and family after the wedding reception. It’s a wonderful opportunity to thank everyone for attending the wedding before bidding them farewell. Only 27% of our clients opted to host a farewell brunch in 2016, making it the least commonly included of festivity of the weekend wedding at French’s Point. There is certainly no expectation that you should host this event as part of a wedding celebration schedule, but if you and the happy couple decide that this event should be included on the weekend wedding itinerary, there are a few things to keep in mind while planning this event.

5 Things to Think About While Planning a Farewell Brunch

#1 Mind the Guest List 

Sure, it can be tempting to invite the whole wedding party, but the truth is after hours (or days) of mingling and hosting, the wedding couple might need to catch their breath and want to relax the next day. Talk to the couple and be sure you understand their desires around this event. Perhaps you keep this event small and include only the immediate family and wedding party as a way to thank your nearest and dearest for making the wedding possible. Also, keep in mind that not all of your guests will be able to attend the farewell brunch. Many will need to hit the road to catch flights or make the drive back home. If you invite all of your guests to attend, expect 75% or fewer to attend, unless this event was included on formal invitations with an RSVP required.

#2 Consider the Time

As mentioned, some of your guests will want to get up and get on the road the day after the wedding, so consider a drop-by event that accommodates the early risers as well as the slow-to-roll guests. We find 8 a.m. to noon is a good timeframe for this style of event. Guests can come grab a bite and a cup of coffee, say good bye and head home. If you would prefer a more formal brunch with a full meal, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. tends to be an ideal time for this event. If you opt for this route, be sure to include this event on your wedding website and weekend itinerary. Some host locations, and even caterers, will require a head count for an event of this nature, so this style of event may require an invitation.

#3 Set the Menu

When planning, many couples can’t imagine being hungry the day after a wedding feast, but trust us, the newlyweds and their guests will wake up the next morning feeling famished from all the dancing and energy they have exerted on the big day! So really think through the brunch menu. After a night of drinking, be sure to include good sources of protein (eggs, yogurt, and of course BACON!) and hydration (through juice, fruit and certainly COFFEE!). For a drop-by event we suggest portable menu items like delicious breakfast sandwiches, fruit and yogurt parfait cups to-go, and serve juice and coffee in disposable cups so they can take it for the road. We have had Urban Sugar bring their donut truck to serve hot, fresh donuts for a quick but delicious brunch. They were a huge hit! For a full brunch, consider either a simple buffet of quiche, cut fruit, yogurt and bagels. For a full menu for a more formal event serve eggs benedict, waffles, or blueberry pancakes, sausage, bacon, steel cut oatmeal with brown sugar, pastry, muffins, juice, coffee, and mimosas and bellinis! Certainly, either route you opt for with the brunch, no one will go home hungry.

#4 Location, location, location

You can host a farewell brunch open to the whole guest list right here at French’s Point! Or consider hosting it at a restaurant located in one of the local hotels where many of the wedding guests will stay. Both of these alternatives are convenient for the guests and easy for you. A drop-by brunch can also be hosted at Beach Rose Farm or one of the larger rental cottages. Just be sure to consider the parking limitations and be mindful of the guest count restrictions at these settings. Always check with the property owner first to get permission.

#5 Keep It Simple

Above all else, we suggest you do not worry about decor, or concern yourself with offering a fancy meal. Keep it simple, remember these tips, and have a great time!

Click here for more in our How Can I Help series. Featured photo by Emilie Inc.

French’s Point Recommended Vendor: Dandelion Catering

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Fresh on the wedding catering scene in Maine is Dandelion Catering, a small business with a serious passion for food. They operate out of the historic Sparhawk Mill on the Royal River in Yarmouth, Maine. This space fuels their ability to provide fresh farm-to-table menus and focus on sustainable resources. Some of the favorite meals on their catering menu? Pan seared halibut with tomato saffron mussels, pea shoots & new potatoes, red potato garlic mash with chevre and chive and so, so much more! Be sure to contact this amazing company for your upcoming French’s Point wedding.

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French’s Point Wedding Inspiration: Black Tie

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Michelle Turner Photography

While French’s Point is the perfect destination for weddings of all styles from rustic to modern, to Gatsby and beyond, we think the beautiful oceanfront tent and classic ballroom in the Estate lend the property particularly to a black tie affair. The most recent wedding of this style we had on the property was Dana and Brian’s, and we really haven’t stopped swooning over their images since. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some Black Tie Wedding inspiration for your viewing pleasure this morning. And while we certainly can appreciate this style, we know it’s not for everyone. So we want to hear from you Tell us, what style wedding do you picture having at French’s Point?

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Michelle Turner Photography, Marie Chang DesignsMango Studios, Judy Pak PhotographyMelissa Schollaert Photography

Real French’s Point Wedding Video: Tess & James

Tess and James met in Hong Kong, where they both live now. During the reception, Tess, a professional jazz singer, sang a special song to James, and he in turn gave a heart warming toast about his love for her. This sweet video of Tess and James’s French’s Point wedding will bring tears to your eyes, if it doesn’t leave you sobbing! Break out the tissues, sit back and enjoy this stunning wedding captured on film by Ready Set Film.

Wedding Seating Series: Escort Cards

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Martha Stewart Weddings

From escort cards to seating charts, there are many different ways to seat the guests at your French’s Point wedding reception! In this series we’ll be talking about the pros and cons of each seating type.

First up is escort cards, which is perhaps the most common reception seating choice. Escort cards allow you to get super creative (think oyster shells for a summer wedding, or apples for a fall fete). In addition, they can double as favors! On the other hand, they can be time consuming to make, especially if you are prone to DIY projects! Below are some of our favorite ways couples have imagined escort cards at past French’s Point weddings!

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Rebecca Arthurs Photography

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