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The Brewster Inn

37 Zion's Hill Rd , Dexter, ME 4930 USA (Show map)

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Our Historic Register Inn is located nr Bangor Maine in the town of Dexter, just 20 minutes off I95. Only 50 minutes to the beautiful, unspoilt and scenic Moosehead Lake and Mount Katahdin region, State Parks or the Maine coastline for wonderful day trips. 9 guest rooms all with private bathrooms and very comfortable beds for a great night’s sleep.A big whirlpool in the honeymoon suite to relax in, all season fireplaces,flat screen TV’s, I-Phone docks, free fast WI-FI, independent in room heating and AC. Some guestrooms can accommodate 4 or 5 people in comfort. A satisfying full breakfast each morning, freshly prepared with a delicious main course alternating sweet and savoury dishes on a daily basis. The Brewster Inn has a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and is just the place to de-stress and unwind with 2 acres of well landscaped gardens, patio and screen porches. Give Mark a call and he’ll create something special for your romantic getaway, vacation or “recharge” time just for you with his expert local knowledge. The Brewster Inn has been shown on HGTV and is the former mansion home of State Governor and Senator Owen Brewster, portrayed by Alan Alda in the Oscar winning movie "The Aviator" that starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes. Other noted people to of stayed here Inc Presidents Truman and Taft, 7 Senators that we're aware of and Louis B Mayer, the founder of MGM Films



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.1

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Home away from home

5 on March 23, 2015

The Brewster Inn is a beautiful historic home. The decor and attention to detail are amazing. My wife and I have restored homes from 1845 to 1870 and were just amazed at the beauty of this home. In our experience century old homes can have idiosyncrasies that can be bit annoying like waiting for five minutes for hot water to reach your room or old doors that don't close properly or drafty windows. This can be quite a long list but Mark (your host) has done a fantastic job of bringing the Brewster Inn into the 21st century without sacrificing the charm of 19-century architecture and craftsmanship. Mark Stephens is the owner and your gracious host. Mark instantly makes you feel like you are staying with friends. He is very knowledgeable of the area if you are interested in exploring. He is also quite a cook. We enjoyed his version of French Toast and a cheesy, sausage casserole he made for us for breakfast that was an amazing start to a chilly winter morning. Don't hesitate to give Mark a call and ask about the Brewster Inn. The nightly rates are very affordable as well. The only regret we had was we missed the beauty of the gardens because we stayed over in early March. We will be back for sure.

Christmas 2014 at The Brewster Inn

5 on January 01, 2015

Being met at the door by the Innkeeper, Mark after a long day of travel was very comforting. There is nothing worse than standing around waiting for service when you are tired. We were ushered to our room after a timely check-in and were fortunate enough to be in “The Game Room”. It as tons of room yet is cozy and comfortable. Lots of hot water with comfy towels and robes that are great for curling up in front of the fireplace. The bed had just the right amount of firmness for our bad backs and the duel control electric blanket was a warm surprise on the cold evenings. The room was super clean and well decorated. We added our own Christmas touches which made it feel even more like home. The room had the feel of a 1900’s house with all the modern conveniences: flat screen television and Wi-Fi that worked without any problem. From the moment we entered Brewster Inn, we felt spoiled. A hot dish breakfast was available every day and Mark was flexible with our schedule which was great. The main sitting room was all-aglow with Christmas. The tree smelled amazing and we enjoyed an entire evening with a bowl of popcorn sitting in front of the fireplace, enjoying the tree and chatting away as the wind howled outside. Mark was the perfect host. His English humor had us in stitches and we loved hearing about his “Maine” experiences. He was ALWAYS available and accommodating. We enjoyed his company very much. Highlights: attention to detail was amazing. If we were out past 5:00 pm, he would turn on the heat for us so that when we came in from the cold, our room would be toasty. Loved the warm bed and also the book he left for us with all the information about the history of the house, information about the area and his own personal story. I think we read it cover to cover. Breakfasts were wonderful and plentiful. His customer service is exceptional. We really didn’t want to leave!

Best Stay Ever

5 on December 05, 2014

This was the best trip to a B&B we've ever had! Our room was huge (honeymoon suite), our host, Mark, did everything in his power to make sure we were not only happy with our stay, but happy with our Maine trip in general! He has a suggestion or recommendation for all tastes, and knows a lot of information about a lot of different restaurants and attractions off the top of his head. He makes the most delicious hot dishes, and always provides plenty of food! We were happy, safe, content, entertained, and well-fed in this extremely clean and interesting historical inn. We're a little afraid to try a different B&B now, knowing it will be hard to set the bar any higher... our stay was, in a word, PHENOMENAL!

Great find!

3.8 on October 28, 2014

Mark is an excellent host, beautiful historic home . Highly recommend staying in this charming inn.

Very pleased!

4.8 on October 25, 2014

Authentic governor's home was a fascinating glimpse into the past. Mark the Proprietor has done a great job restoring and maintaining the home and bends over backwards to make your stay enjoyable. Gary from San Francisco

Brewster Inn visit Oct. 15th 2014

4.0 on October 22, 2014

The room was clean, neat and the bed was comfortable AND the morning breakfast was awesome. Mark, the owner, is very friendly and always has been, we've been going for about 5 years now and always stay at his Inn. Won't stay anywhere else.. the scoring won't allow me to pick Outstanding which is what I'd give it!

Best B & B in New England

5 on October 11, 2014

Now our favourite New England B & B as we stayed for the first time in Sept '14. Felt very much at home in this delightful Victorian mansion. Rooms are beautifully appointed and the host, Mark, is a pleasure to know. Knowing he restores and refreshes the building and rooms on a regular basis shows how dearly he cares for this place.. Look forward to seeing him again next year. Breakfast, outstanding and one can just feel all the comforts of home staying in for an afternoon or evening..

Wonderful stay

5 on October 09, 2014

We just got home from a trip through New England. One of our stops was at the Brewster Inn in Dexter, Maine. We loved our stay there. Mark, the innkeeper, is great and will do whatever it takes to make your stay perfect for you. He is full of day trip ideas and recommendations. His breakfasts were to die for and we loved reading the history of the inn while we were there. Many sizes of rooms from the small ( our choice) to the huge!

Charming Bed and Breakfast

4.2 on October 09, 2014

My husband and I recently stayed at the Brewster Inn and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our room, the Hideaway was very comfortable. Marc was very accommodating in offering suggestions and tips to get around the area which I might add is very beautiful. He also serves a delicious breakfast. We would highly recommend this place full of historic interest.

Hidden gem in a B & B

5 on October 07, 2014

What an outstanding host at this quant bed and breakfast. It is so full of history and Mark brings it all out with life. Very comfortable and warm place. You would never believe it was 2 acres tucked away in Dexter. Have to stay here to believe! Looking forward to a return trip as very central to many great places.

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Rooms & Rates

Honeymoon Suite

A splendid, rustic yet elegant, three room suite! Perfect for a romantic honeymoon, anniversary, bride's retreat or other special getaway. 

The spacious main room has an elegant queen size bed and a large sitting area with sofa and cozy gas log fireplace. Enjoy the warm ambience of natural wood paneling. A large book case (filled with books) adorns an entire wall while a nostalgic cheval mirror stands in the corner.

Curl up in front of the fireplace for a romantic evening, or watch a movie on the adjacent television. A small sitting room with double futon offers extra space for families

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $149 - $149

Nightly Rate: $149 - $149

Hideaway Room

The Hideaway guestroom is a spacious and private first floor retreat! This room features a queen size bed, sitting area with double futon. The bright and cheerful bath has a romantic oval whirlpool tub. Perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing and shopping. This room has generous closet space which makes it ideal for longer stays at the Brewster Inn. Rates are at double occupancy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $139 - $139

Nightly Rate: $139 - $139

Game Room

You'll feel like you're spending the night in a Swiss chalet! 

Truly a grand room with king size bed and comfortable seating in front of the cozy fireplace. Our family inspired Game Room delights guests of all ages with its generous size and rustic charm. 

The table seats four and works well for games, late night snacking or morning coffee. Extra guests and/or children are accommodated with a comfy antique 3/4 iron bed. Rates are at double occupancy. 

The private ensuite bathroom has a shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $139 - $139

Nightly Rate: $139 - $139

Garden Room

This generous and cheerful corner room features many windows with wonderful views out over the Brewster Inn gardens. 

 A king size bed and twin daybed with trundle make it a pleasant room for traveling companions (especially suitable for girlfriend getaways). 

Watch television or read in the comfortable wingback chair. Curl up with a hand-made afghan on chilly nights. Ladies will enjoy the added luxury of an antique art deco style dressing table. The petite bathroom has a shower. Rates are at double occupancy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $119 - $119

Nightly Rate: $119 - $119


Rich shades of green and traditional english style furnushings set the mood for the newly decorated Beckford guestroom. Looking out over the gardens makes for cheerful mornings. This mid-size room is furnished with a comfortable queen size bed. A large television stands in one corner and can be enjoyed from the comfort of the bed or the lady's side chair. A 4 drawer dresser provides ample storage. The spacious private bath features a tub with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $109 - $109

Nightly Rate: $109 - $109

Fern Room

Warm and cheerful yet functional...... Located on the main level, the Fern Room is wheelchair accessible and includes an ADA approved bathroom. A full size wooden bed and a matching twin size bed (both in view of the television) accommodate traveling companions. For your convenience, the Inn has complimentary wireless internet access throughout. Bring your laptop!

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $109 - $109

Nightly Rate: $109 - $109

Truman Room

Harry Truman stayed in this room; his thank you note is in the guest living room This mid-size room looks out over the gardens and provides a snug haven for 2-3 travelers (a queen bed and a twin bed). A large private ensuite bath has pretty peach and green tile and a tub with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $99 - $99

Nightly Rate: $99 - $99


Quiet and comfortable with leafy views! Our guests will enjoy the Charlbury guestroom with its calming shades of blue and brown. (This room was once used as the maids quarters.) The French provincial queen size bed and antique dresser will delight those who adore shabby Chic furnishings. Relax in the comfortable bold striped chair; great for catching up on reading or enjoying a movie on the television. There is a vanity sink in one corner of the main room and a private bathroom with tub and shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $89 - $89

Nightly Rate: $89 - $89

Strawberry Room

Good things DO come in small packages! Sweetly decorated, this petite former maid's room is full of historic charm as it still retains much of its original detail and woodwork. The queen size bed is surrounded by a delicate strawberry & flower wallpaper. Relax with an evening movie on the television; curl up with a home-made afghan. A pretty pedestal sink stands in the main room. Two smaller rooms accommodate the stand-up shower and water closet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $69 - $69

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Location Type

Airport, Countryside, Downtown, Lakefront, Mountains, Small town


Bangor, ME (BGR) 30 miles

Directions to property:

We're just 20 minutes off I95. Take Exit 157 from I95. From South go left at exit and follow Rt 7 to Dexter (about 12 miles). Turn left at traffic light in Dexter and go down Main St. At the end of Main St where the road seperates, take the road right up Zion's Hill and we're Number 37 Zions Hill Rd at the top of the hill on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Public beach swimming in Lake Wassokeag close by, Massage and spa services, Moosehead Lake and Mt Katahdin 50min away, Snowmobile rentals, Golf, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Telephone, VCR, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , in room heating controls, Luxury robes and towels, Wonderful scenic gardens and great hospitality, private bathrooms with showers or tub/showers, I-Phone docking stations, 26 and 32" flat screen TV's

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Moose watching, Snowmobiling, Dog Sledding, ATV's, Anything you want to do is possible here, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3-8pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Careful, considerate smoking is permitted in the gardens
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes We welcome all children under normal parental supervision
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required We have two pet friendly rooms available
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A credit card will secure your reservation. We accept cash, personal cheques, VISA, MasterCard,Amex and Discover.
  • Cancellations: Seven days advance notice is normally required for cancellation. If a cancellation is made less than seven days before the arrival date, and we are unable to rent the room, a charge equal to one night's lodging will be incurred. For cancellations made within forty-eight hours of arrival date, or early departures, and we are unable to rent the room, full payment for the booking will be incurred.
Cancellations must be made by speaking with us directly or via an acknowledged email (voice mail messages do not constitute cancellation confirmation). If you are worried about the possible need for cancellation, we recommend you purchase travel insurance through a third party for your own financial protection. While we understand the occasional need for last minute cancellations, these cancellations do significantly affect us and therefore our cancellation policy is non-negotiable



Mark Stephens

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About the innkeepers

Mark Stephens is very honoured to take ownership of the historic Brewster Inn since moving from England in January 2007.Originally from Gloucester, famous for the English sport of cheese rolling, Mark had been in sales and hospitality for the last 16 years. His hobbies include soccer, motorsport and music.

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  • Time Served: 8-9.30AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten Free

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