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.

 

The Retreat House Suite 4: The Brewer Family Suite

French's Point - Suite 4 - Retreat House - Family Vacation Home Rental - Destination Wedding Venue in Maine - Greta Tucker Photography

The second level of the Retreat House now offers four newly renovated suites with en suite bathrooms and six total bedrooms on this floor. Suite 4- The Brewer Family Suite, offers a two-bedroom configuration with a queen in each room with an adjoining bath. Our family LOVES this space and we hope other families do too. When I had my first and second babies, we lived in these suites for a time. I love thinking back to those times rocking my sweet little ones with the moon shining in the window.

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

 

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Photography by Greta Tucker

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

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East Apartment Suite

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West Apartment Suite

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Photography by Rachael Anderson

The Beginning Of Our Season

Map of French's Point Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Vacation Home Rental: Newly Renovated, Refurnished, and Updated

This week, we kick off our 2018 season after a winter of renovations at the Retreat House. I am beyond excited to share with our couple, their family and friends the fruits of our labor. We are pushing hard to make everything perfect for their arrival, in spite of the LONG winter and the snow that still lingers on the west side of the estate. Perhaps today it will settle into the earth and make way for the forget-me-nots!  

An army of family and friends made these dreams come true. We are so proud of the artists and craftsmen that joined our family team. We partnered with other family businesses that are helping us provide comfort to our guests and care to our homes, so you can feel at home here. I will share some details about them in upcoming posts. I can’t wait to tell you all about them!

Local Lodging: Fireside Inn & Suites

Local Lodging: Fireside Inn & Suites - Stay Near French's Point Maine Overnight Accommodations

Much like our views at French’s Point, every room at this award winning inn and restaurant has a view of the beautiful Penobscot Bay.  Their double rooms boast 2 queen beds, air conditioning, a coffee maker, iron and ironing board, data ports, hair dryer, color cable television and voicemail.  Their suites include all the amenities of their queen rooms, but have a separate living room, two televisions, a sink, microwave oven, refrigerator, toaster and sofa.  These suites have either one queen size bed or one king size bed.  They also offer fireplace rooms that include all of the amenities of the queen rooms, but have a fireplace, a balcony and a massage chair.  Their Presidential Suite is a luxurious two-room suite with a 4-person hot tub, VCR, CD player, kitchen area with refrigerator, stove, microwave oven and toaster.  Barry, their wonderful Innkeeper is friendly, knowledgeable and ready to assist our guests in reserving their stay.  All rooms include: FREE hot breakfast served in their spacious lobby complete with fireplace and sun deck overlooking the Bay, and FREE Wi-Fi! 

 

Address: 159 Searsport Ave., Belfast, ME  04915 

Distance from French’s Point: 11 miles/18 minutes 

Number of rooms:  83 

Property Style:  Inn/hotel 

Restaurant on Premise:  yes 

Minimum Rental Duration:  n/a 

Contact Info: 207-338-2090; [email protected]            

Website:  http://www.belfastmainehotel.com/ 

 

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“It’s Not Easy Being Green” – The Retreat at French’s Point

The Green Retreat Building of French's Point on the Coast of Maine for Weddings and Vacation Rental

In the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day and all things green, we share sentiments from our favorite frog about our big, old, beautiful Retreat building

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It’s not that easy being green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.

It’s not easy being green.
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.
And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water-
or stars in the sky.

But green’s the color of Spring.
And green can be cool and friendly-like.
And green can be big like the ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree.

It’s not that easy being green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.

It’s not easy being green.
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.
And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
or stars in the sky.

But green’s the color of Spring.
And green can be cool and friendly-like.
And green can be big like the ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree.

Video Source: The Muppet Show: Kermit – “Bein’ Green”

Source: The Muppets – It’s Not Easy Being Green Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Recommended Local Lodging: Belfast Harbor Inn

Belfast Harbor Inn Beach View

French’s Point wants to make choosing your overnight local lodging accommodations easy and accessible to you and your guests looking for a place to stay in Midcoast Maine. One of our favorite Inn/Hotels near French’s Point, that we recommend to our guests, is the Belfast Harbor Inn.

“One of our favorite Inn/Hotels near French’s Point, that we recommend to our guests, is the Belfast Harbor Inn.” – French’s Point

Belfast Harbor Inn

Situated on US Route 1, the Belfast Harbor Inn overlooks Belfast Harbor and Penobscot Bay.  The hotel property and rooms are recently updated and in excellent condition.  The Inn recently added an elevator to make your check in and overnight accommodations easy and accessible!  The lodging rooms are relatively large – their largest at 377 square feet! This means you don’t have to pack light when your guests are coming to stay for your destination wedding.  The very welcoming staff at the Belfast Harbor Inn offers complimentary continental breakfast.  The rooms include a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, air conditioning and cable television.  They have a pool and access to the rocky beach.  Pet-friendly rooms are available. With 10 types of hotel rooms, your guests will certainly find it a great place to stay.  

Address:  91 Searsport Ave., Belfast, ME  04915 

Distance from French’s Point: 11.9 miles/19 minutes 

Number of Rooms: 

Property Style:  Inn/Hotel 

Restaurant on Premise:  No

Minimum Lodging Rental Duration:  n/a 

Contact Info: 207-338-2740; [email protected]  

Website: http://www.belfastharborinn.com/ 

Lodging in Maine: Belfast Harbor Inn View of Penobscot Bay
View of the Penobscot Bay
Midcoast Maine Lodging Near Frenchs Point: Belfast Harbor Inn
Belfast Harbor Inn Room

Local Lodging: Belfast Bay Inn & Suites

Once named one of America’s coolest small towns by USA Today, Belfast is an economic and cultural hub of midcoast Maine. Brimming with art galleries, old sea captains’ mansions and charming shops, the city overlooks Penobscot Bay from a hill along Route 1, minutes south of French’s Point.

On Main Street, just steps from the water, is the Belfast Bay Inn. It’s the only boutique hotel in Maine to win AAA’s four-diamond rating, thanks to the expert management of owners Ed and Judy Hemmingsen.

Please tell us about your background in the hospitality industry.
BBI: Eddie and I bought the Bluenose Inn in Bar Harbor, Maine, in 1980, when it was a 19-room motel. We transformed it into a 97-room, AAA-Four Diamond hotel with a beautiful indoor pool and outside pool and added a restaurant that became one of 41 AAA-Five Diamond restaurants in North America. We operated the Bluenose for 21 years and sold it in 2000 to retire.
We retired to Belfast and decided after four years to purchase a pair of row houses on Main Street in Belfast for a European Boutique Hotel.

You and your husband spent years renovating the property. Can you tell us about its history?
BBI: The building dates back to 1840. We spent nearly three years renovating the building and opened with eight luxury suites. Although we are not a bed and breakfast, we do serve a hot breakfast every morning and deliver it to the suite, room service style or, weather permitting, serve in our Garden Courtyard.

Please share a bit about the inn’s European boutique hotel atmosphere.
BBI: Our intimate and private boutique hotel has a reputation that is founded on gracious hospitality, personal service, comfort and attention to detail, which is evident from the moment you arrive. The hotel has a home away from home atmosphere and we have a genuine concern for each individual guest’s comfort and needs, while providing them with immaculate and stylish, residential quality, furnished guest accommodations.
We offer the discriminating traveler a variety of personal touches and extra amenities, such as plush fluffy robes, fluffy towels, Molton Brown amenities, Bose clock radios with CD player, WiFi, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, umbrellas, coffee and tea available in their suite. Some of the suites have a gas fireplace and some have distance water views, all have hardwood floors and original artwork and individual decor.
Our Garden Courtyard offers the perfect setting to toast a beautiful day as the day draws to an end.

What activities do you most recommend to people visiting the midcoast area?
BBI: Our guests love the midcoast area because it allows them to day trip to Acadia National Park and also to visit our neighbors to the south — Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville and Rockland — and then return to the eclectic little waterfront city of Belfast. Belfast has some fabulous shops and galleries and local restaurants that are all within walking distance.
Many of our guests enjoy a morning, afternoon or dinner cruise sail, which leaves right from our town pier, about a two minute walk away. Belfast will have a beautiful walkway along the shore from the boathouse to the footbridge, which will be great for walkers and runners. (It will be available next summer).
We have a beautiful little state park right on the shore, a sandy and rocky beach next to the boathouse within walking distance.

Local Lodging: Yankee Clipper

About

The Yankee Clipper is owned and operated by Michael, who also owns the Belfast Harbor Inn. Guests tell us often that the proximity of the two hotels is a convenient way to simplify pick up locations for transportation and enjoy the quaint town of Belfast.

The Yankee Clipper offers the traditional amenities found in a hotel. Each of the rooms have either a king-size bed or two extra-long double beds. Rooms also have amenities that include individually controlled heat, a writing desk, microwave, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, free WiFi, air conditioning, flat screen televisions and on-site laundry. Parking just outside your door means you have convenient and easy access to your room. Dogs are welcome at the Yankee Clipper Motel with an additional fee and advance notice as not all rooms are dog friendly.

Details

Address: 50 Searsport Ave., Belfast, ME 04915
Distance from French’s Point: 18 minutes/12.3 miles
Number of Bedrooms:
How many guests it sleeps:
Property Style: motel
REstaurant on premise: no
Minimum Rental Duration: summer and early fall have 2 night minimum
Contact Info: 207-338-2353 + [email protected]
Website: http://www.yankeeclippermotelbelfast.com/

Hersey Retreat Road Cottage Series: Davis Cottage

Coastal Maine rental homes and rental cottages near Belfast, Maine

One of the wonderful things about French’s Point Estate is that in addition to more traditional hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, there is an extensive network of nearby houses and cottages available for rent. These local accommodations offer your guests the ability to turn their time in Maine into a vacation experience, affording more privacy and closer proximity to your events at French’s Point. The cottages and rental homes offer more amenities than traditional hotels such as kitchens, more living space, and private beaches.

There is no better way to create a magical destination wedding experience for your guests!

There is no better way to create a magical destination wedding experience for your guests than to recommend they reserve the cottages and homes that are within walking distance to French’s Point! With a variety of housing styles, capacities and costs, the Hersey Retreat Road Rentals provide a range of options that will suit all of the needs of your family and closest friends!

French’s Point does not own, operate, or confirm reservations for these properties. Many of our guests enjoy staying at them, so we’re providing this information as a way to simplify your wedding planning. With this series, we are highlighting some of the closest and most commonly rented cottages located right on Hersey Retreat Road and within walking distance to French’s Point!

Davis Cottage

Address:  Hersey Retreat Road
Distance from French’s Point : ¼ mile
Number of Bedrooms: 3
Number of Bathrooms: 1
Number of Parking Spots: 4-6
How many guests it sleeps:6-10
Property Style: Camp
Minimum Rental Duration: 3 nights


Contact Info:
Gail Gannon
[email protected]
(
321) 576-5886
http://www.vrbo.com/510254

Davis Cottage is located on the ridge overlooking the beach and road leading into French’s Point Estate.  It is only seven doors down from the estate, accommodates up to 14 guests, has reasonable rental rates and flexible rental duration terms, making it an easy choice for your guests for lodging when they are attending your wedding at French’s Point. The cottage has a cozy interior with six bedrooms, a kitchen living/dining area, beautiful views of the ocean and private beach.  

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