Photography by Rachael Anderson
To maximize the enjoyment of your stay, we suggest you and your guests bring the following provisions:
- Dress in Layers (Maine weather tends to change over the course of the day)
- Wedge Heels or Flats
- Rain Coat/Umbrella & Boots
- Wind Breaker
- Bed Linens, Pillows & Duvets
- Air Conditioning
- TVs & Roku Sticks with Hulu Live
- Chalkboard Signs with Guest Names on Suite Doors
- 5 Hangers
- 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.
- 1 Hair Dryer in Each Suite
- Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Wash Cloths & Makeup Wash Cloths
- Sun Screen
- Bug Spray
- Personal Toiletries
- Bathroom Baskets or Welcome Bags
- Dryer Balls
- Bleach Cubes
- Stain Remover
- General Cleaning Supplies: Cleaner, Vacuum, Mop, Broom
- Trash Bags
- Sewing Kit
- Dishware & Silverware
- Pots & Pans
- Standard Small Appliances
- Coffee Maker, Keurig & Tea Kettle
- Dish Soap
- Detergent Cubes
- Drying Towels
- 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 & 1 Propane Tank
- Charcoal Grill
- Lobster Boiler
- Grill Utensils
- 6 Picnic Tables
- Charcoal (we do not provide any charcoal)
- Disposable Tin Pans/Platters
- Coffee Maker
- 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
- Disposable Coffee Cups (with covers)
- Stir Sticks
- Floor Plans
- Map of the Property
- Area Resource Guide
- Bulletin Board
- Guest Room Assignments
- Weekend Timeline Printout
- Weekend Contact List Printout
Grounds & Leisure Activities:
- 3 Bikes
- 3 Helmets
- 5 Fire Pits
- Corn Hole
- Giant Jenga
- Bocce Ball
- Volley Ball
- Spike Ball
- Access to 100 Acres of Walking Trails
- 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
- Flash Light/Lanterns/Head Lamp
- Bug spray & Sunscreen
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.
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
Waterfront Fireplace Parlor
East Apartment Suite
West Apartment Suite
Photography by Rachael Anderson