March 9th, 2014 by Judi Hauer
A beautiful low tide scene at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm.
While the first part of March has been unseasonably cool in Kennebunkport, the start of daylight savings and the “spring ahead” of the clocks coincided with a lovely Spring weekend! So not only were we already enjoying the lengthening days, but we racked up an extra hour of daylight that we all enjoyed by spending a little extra time outside. But boy, was it a tease, because it just made all of us at the Maine Stay Inn want more warmth, more sunshine, and more signs of Spring… right now! That got me thinking, though, about some of my favorite springtime activities to enjoy in Kennebunkport and the surrounding Southern Maine area.
Of course, one of the first things I want to do each Spring is to go for a long walk or run on the beach – preferably right on the sand, because getting sprayed by the salt water isn’t quite as “invigorating” as it is during the winter months. So ditch your scarf (by maybe keep the coat for a few more weeks, although it’s probably safe to unzip and enjoy the breeze!), and head over to any of the local beaches or just along Ocean Avenue for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic. Now usually I would add a hike at the many nature preserves in the area, but this time there is one requirement – boots! They don’t have to be the kind for snow, but something that can get a little mucky, because since we’ve had so much snow this winter the melting could make things a bit soft. But, at Laudholm Farm, you can enjoy that great hike you’ve been hankering for on raised pathways for many of the loops. Plus, you’ll have the best viewing for exciting signs of Spring! No matter what you choose to do with that extra hour of daylight, you’ll have lots of opportunities to enjoy the Spring in Kennebunkport!
March 6th, 2014 by Judi Hauer
Maine Restaurant Week is one of my favorite times of year in Kennebunkport, and it is finally back again! Not only is it a wonderful way to test out new restaurants or enjoy different options at some old favorites, but it’s also an excuse to order more than you normally would and enjoy leftovers for lunch! And again this year, quite a few restaurants in Kennebunkport and the surrounding area are participating in 2014. But unlike other restaurant weeks throughout the country, the entire state is participating, so no matter whether you stay nearby or go day tripping, you’ll have tons of great options! As usual, Maine Restaurant Week is held from March 1 to 10, and that gives you plenty of time to indulge in loads of amazing meals. And one of the best things about Restaurant Week is the three course prix fixe menus that get rolled out, so for $25, $35, $45 (and one for $55), you can enjoy a carefully crafted meal that is great for the wallet. Plus, with many of the restaurants serving lunch, you can get a steal of a meal for just $15.
But whatever your reasons are for indulging in an evening of dining out, Maine Restaurant Week (until March 10) is sure to satisfy all of them! And with our Third Night Free Special in full swing, visiting during this great culinary event means that you can enjoy a relaxing getaway that is perfect for your budget, without sacrificing any of the luxury you expect from Kennebunkport and the Maine Stay Inn. So don’t miss out on your chance to try any of the amazing participating restaurants during this year’s Maine Restaurant Week.
February 26th, 2014 by Judi Hauer
Every day can be National Clam Chowder Day in Kennebunkport!
While New England is certainly known for its clam chowdah, it recently came to my attention that Tuesday was National Clam Chowder Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate than in Kennebunkport Maine! I mean, honestly, unless you’ve got a shellfish allergy, chances are very good that you’ll enjoy a cup or bowl of this semi-solid deliciousness before heading out of town. It helps that almost every restaurant in the area has their version on this New England staple on the menu. In fact, I can only think of three places in town where you can’t find a bowl of clam chowder on the menu! (And one’s a Mexican place, one’s a Thai restaurant, and one specializes in Asian fusion.)
None of us at the Maine Stay Inn would be willing to say where we think you can find the best chowder in Kennebunkport, but that’s simply because everyone likes theirs a different way – thin vs. thick, fishy vs. potato-y, smokey or not. And there really are no two places in town that concoct their chowdah the same way, so National Clam Chowder Day seems like a perfect opportunity to test them all out! With that in mind, it’s time to meander on over to Alisson’s Restaurant in Dock Square or Federal Jack’s overlooking the marina or Pier 77 in Cape Porpoise…. or all three! But no matter where you turn for a nibble or nosh, you’re sure to find great clam chowder in Kennebunkport Maine!
February 24th, 2014 by Judi Hauer
Although chilly weather is in this week’s forecast, everyone at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast knows that springtime is in the air, because Christian Giannelli, specialist in Inn Photography, arrived this evening. We always look forward to Christian’s visits, because over the past few years he has become a great friend. And, after months of hard work, his visits generally mean we’ve finished some
Beautiful shots like this one are all thanks to photographer Christian Giannelli!
big projects. In fact, we’ve been so busy renovating across the property that we will have to have him back for a second visit this year!
For a while Christian brought his lovely wife Melissa along, because photography is definitely a job for two, but his father Andrew has returned to the team. And this father-son duo is so full of energy, enthusiasm, and our course, great design ideas! Before meeting the Giannellis, it never occurred to me that someone could be an Inn Photographer, but they truly are specialists! Somehow they manage to blend art and science with design and storytelling to capture Kennebunkport Maine and the Maine Stay Inn in their true light. Your iPhone camera and Instagram really are no match for the resolution of their equipment and the expertise behind their well trained eyes.
Anyone that follows us on Facebook knows that I certainly don’t have the knack for elegant photography, so we leave that up to Christian and Andrew. Because, after all, you want to really envision your getaway to a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, right? During this visit, they will be checking out three rooms in the Main house, the Elmview Room #15, Abbie’s Retreat #17 and the Four Poster Room #18. Plus, Romantic Cottage Suite #1 got a whole new look that just has to be captured on film! It’s hard to believe that this will be the third time that Christian Giannelli has has to work in Suite 1, but we’ve got to keep you all up do date on the new looks. So stay tuned for new pictures of the just renovated rooms and suites in our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast!
February 15th, 2014 by Judi Hauer
Kennebunkport sure is beautiful in the snow!
Valentine’s Weekend is always a special time in town with “February is For Lovers”, but two recent snow storms have made spending this weekend at a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast even more special! Sometimes I worry about sounding like a broken record, but it seems like there are still lots of people who are entirely unaware that Kennebunkport Maine is really a year round destination. Sure, there are some shops and restaurants that close their doors during the winter months, but they are certainly in the minority – and we sure are happy about that! Unlike many other coastal vacation destinations in New England, Kennebunkport doesn’t roll up its streets when the weather turns chilly, which means that visitors to our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast have lots of options for dining, shopping, and exploring, and Valentine’s Weekend is no exception. So tonight, after heading out to a romantic dinner (or a casual meal spent watching the Olympics), visitors headed back to the inn as light snow fell slowly around them. And with plenty of snow on the ground, but very clear roads, the town looks absolutely stunning – perfect for setting the mood for a romantic weekend. And fortunately we’ve got lots of gas fireplaces for couples to snuggle around and loads of rooms and suites with whirlpool tubs to enjoy a long soak. But possibly best of all, when guests wake up to a fresh blanket of snow in the morning, they can have gourmet breakfast delivered to their very own Cottage Suites. How does breakfast in bed sound to top off a romantic Valentine’s Weekend getaway? And tomorrow, you can expect lots of cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and horse drawn sleigh rides through the countryside will certainly be on the agenda. So while it’s been a snowy winter here in New England, and that means a truly beautiful setting for your Kennebunkport bed and breakfast getaway this Valentine’s Weekend!
February 7th, 2014 by Judi Hauer
Raise a glass to the most romantic time of year!
With Valentine’s Day just one week away, it really is time to start planning that romantic escape and the Maine Stay is unveiling some super savings for that Maine bed and breakfast getaway you’ve been thinking about. I mean, what could be more romantic than a few days away in beautiful Kennebunkport with your special someone? Enjoying that gourmet breakfast you never have time to enjoy at home, freshly baked cookies in the afternoons, all in a winter wonderland setting that doesn’t require hurtling down mountains with popsicle sticks strapped to your feet! Just kidding, I enjoy downhill skiing as much as anyone, but sometimes you just need some downtime to rest and relax. But with plenty of great cross country skiing and snowshoeing nearby the Maine Stay Inn, outdoor athletes won’t be left in the lurch!
When most people think of a Maine bed and breakfast getaway, they think of yummy food (check! obviously…), lounging by a warm fire (check!), soaking in a deep tub (check!), and snuggling with their special someone (that one’s all you, folks!). So this winter, you can enjoy some or all of those things at rock bottom prices:
- $200 for a 2 night stay in one of our just renovated Standard Rooms (#15 or 18)
- $250 for a 2 night stay in a room with a fireplace and a soaking tub or whirlpool (#14 or 17)
- $300 for a 2 night stay in a King suite with fireplace and whirlpool tub with optional breakfast in bed! (#1, 2, or 3)
So it’s time to get crackin’, because this deal is only valid for reservations booked between now and February 17 on any Sunday through Thursday reservation until May 1! Even if you can’t sneak away for Valentine’s Weekend, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a romantic getaway to a Maine bed and breakfast and celebrate the “season of love” with the special person in your life.
February 1st, 2014 by Judi Hauer
Even winter weather can’t stop us from enjoying outdoor activities in Kennebunkport!
With the Superbowl and Winter Olympics on the immediate horizon, I started thinking about my favorite winter activities and trends for those enjoying a bed and breakfast getaway. Now, the first thing that comes to mind in terms of winter sports is usually skiing, and mountains are not something that Southern Maine is really known for. But truthfully, not everyone is a ski bunny, so I don’t personally see a lack of slopes as a big drawback when it comes to planning a bed and breakfast getaway. That said, you can hit the slopes just over an hour away, so if your escape is not complete without it, you can still enjoy a full day of skiing not far from Kennebunkport. There is, however, quite a bit of cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the immediate vicinity, so folks looking to enjoy some quality time in the great outdoors without hitching a ride on a chairlift will still find just what they’re looking for!
The next thing that comes to mind is ice skating, clearly! And that is something that is really not hard to find close by the Maine Stay Inn. There’s outdoor skating in Biddeford Pool, just north of town, and an outdoor rink in downtown Kennebunk. But if you’re looking for something even more authentic, when weather permits, there is even skating on Roger’s Pond overlooking the Mousam River in Kennebunk. If that’s a little too outdoorsy, though, there are beautiful indoor rinks in Biddeford and Portland, so you can channel your inner Michelle Kwan in a more climate controlled environment. Plus, if the Sochi Games inspire you to test out speed skating, there are often drop in sessions at the nearby Biddeford Arena, so there’s no excuse not to try it!
But some of us are more interested in watching sports than participating in them, and fortunately, there are lots of great viewing opportunities in Kennebunkport. Superbowl Sunday is sure to draw a big crowd to Kennebunkport restaurants that have a sizable bar area, like Federal Jack’s, Alisson’s Restaurant, and Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant, but you can bet that we’ll be broadcasting the game (and the Games) on the small screen from our bed and breakfast living room. So this year, don’t miss out on your favorite winter activities when enjoying a bed and breakfast getaway to Kennebunkport Maine!
January 29th, 2014 by Judi Hauer
Valentine’s Day’s coming to Kennebunkport!
Can you believe that the end of January is already here and that February for lovers is about to begin in Kennebunkport?! Well I sure can’t! Now if only I had a Valentine…. But that won’t hold me back from enjoying such a wonderful love-filled time in the area. And all of us in Kennebunkport know that it’s just not enough to celebrate love for one another for a single day, so you can enjoy the Valentine’s Day spirit all month long in town. While there aren’t millions of organized events that make February for Lovers a thing, all of the shops and businesses in town, including the Maine Stay Inn band together to bring the spirit of romance alive for the entire month of February. So it’s time to get crackin’ and plan your special getaway to Kennebunkport next month and show your special someone just how much you really care for them! And if you need inspiration for romantic gestures, special dinners, or intimate activities just for two, all of us at the Maine Stay are happy to help plan as many or few details as you’d like. It’s time to make sure that next month includes a romantic getaway for the record books, so don’t miss out on February for Lovers and an entire month of Valentine’s Days in Kennebunkport!
January 28th, 2014 by Judi Hauer
There are lots of places to grab a locally brewed beer and watch the big game in Kennebunkport Maine!
Although many visitors to Kennebunkport ME are bummed that the New England Patriots won’t be strutting their stuff during this weekend’s Superbowl game, I know that won’t squelch their passion for watching the big game. You can be sure that there will be lots of viewing parties across town this Sunday, and while some will choose to watch from the comfort of their own rooms or sitting by the fire in the living room of the main house, there are tons of Kennebunkport restaurants to watch with a gang. Every year Federal Jack’s BrewPub draws a big crowd for Superbowl Sunday, and this year certainly won’t be an exception, because of its large number of big screen televisions, beer brewed on site, and extensive munchies on the menu. Now Fed’s might take the cake for the number of televisions and largest bar, but Alisson’s Restaurant is the closest spot to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. So even though Fed’s is certainly within easy walking distance, folks planning to indulge in game-time noshing (think fried goodies like chicken tenders, potato skins, and wings galore) that they’ll wash down with a few brewskis might choose Alisson’s instead… or even hop from one to the other during a commercial break (not that anyone would want to miss those!). But these big guys aren’t the only Kennebunkport restaurants to catch the game. Both Pedro’s and The Ramp have great bars for watching sports on television, but the food offerings here, while less characteristic of your neighbor’s Superbowl party, are truly excellent. Plus, who wouldn’t want a great margarita while watching this great match up? So don’t stress because Kennebunkport Maine has tons of great spots to watch the Superbowl this Sunday!
January 22nd, 2014 by Judi Hauer
This great snow-covered shot of the inn is courtesy of Bob Dennis
Now that MLK weekend has passed, it really seems that love is in the air, and Kennebunkport Maine is no exception. This morning’s brief dusting of snow gave way to bright blue skies, and despite the chilly temps, it was one of those days that was just perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Getaway. The sun was shining, the snow glittered on the bare tree branches, and the sunlight sparkled on the ocean waves. Downtown Kennebunkport Maine looked especially charming, and the shops were primed for browsing – and warming up during an outdoor stroll. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it really is time to plan that romantic getaway for you and your special someone. And snow bunny or not, a Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast, like the Maine Stay Inn, is a perfect place for your intimate escape! With gourmet breakfast, yummy afternoon snacks, and hosts dedicated to making sure your stay goes without a hitch in a seaside village known for its world class dining and great shopping opportunities, what more could you need! Consider a room or suite in the main house, a historic Kennebunkport inn, and savor gourmet breakfast served to you in our Victorian dining room. Or, for the option of breakfast in bed, choose one of the Cottage Suites for breakfast delivered to your door. Yes, I mean room service! Having steaming, gourmet breakfast delivered to your door is a little out of the ordinary for a Maine bed and breakfast, but we like to do things that are out of the ordinary. You’ll get the same delicious meal served in dining room, but in the privacy of your suite!
To make your Valentine’s getaway extra-special, consider indulging in a spa treatment at one of the area day spas like Cottage Breeze Day Spa. It’s close enough that you could walk, but after indulging in a relaxing massage or facial, I would sure be anxious to hop back in bed to lounge by the fire as soon as possible. And since they’ve got parking, that’s definitely the way to go. If that’s not your cup of tea or coffee, think about something every girl loves – chocolate. The Romance Package is perfect for snuggling up with your special someone for a romantic (and tasty!) weekend. Enjoy homemade dessert and a fruit and cheese plate delivered to your door OR choose a fruit and cheese plate with sparkling cider and flutes. So this Valentine’s Day, surprise your other half with a romantic getaway to Kennebunkport Maine.