By Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent
For the first time in 50 years, Amtrak is going north of Portland, Maine from Boston, with its Downeaster service to Freeport and Brunswick. Kicking it off are a couple of packages from the Inn at Brunswick Station that include Amtrak tickets. The first deal, the "Inn at Brunswick Station's Train to Maine" package, includes an overnight stay at the inn and two tickets, starting at $139 for Monday-Thursday stays, and $169 for weekends.
The inn's "Small Town, Big Experience" package is more inclusive, with a two-night stay, free rides to Freeport for holiday shopping and two tickets to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. A private dining experience in the Tavern kitchen is included, led by Executive Chef Kevin Cunningham, featuring wine pairings with food. The price starts at $639 midweek and $699 on weekends, and includes daily breakfast and roundtrip Amtrak tickets. This package must be booked by calling 207-837-6565.
For more information, visit www.innatbrunswickstation.com
Photo of Inn and Brunswick Station lobby by Ted Axelrod