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Charity Benefit at our Maine Bed and Breakfast

April 18th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

Patriot’s Day is not just a regional holiday, but also the start of a feel-good period for our Maine Bed and Breakfast, when we offer guests the opportunity to stay for half price – in exchange for a small donation to Habitat for Humanity.  The Maine Stay Inn and other inns across the state open their doors and slash rates to support Maine based chapters of Habitat for Humanity.  So from April 21 until May 23, you can visit Kennebunkport Maine on Sundays through Thursday evenings and indulge in a stay in one of our most luxurious and romantic suites!  IMG_1389_2And with springtime finally here, it is definitely time to enjoy this beautiful season in Southern Maine.  

Now, as with any crazy good deal, there’s a catch, but this is a good one!  In exchange for getting such a dramatically reduced rate at a Maine Bed and Breakfast, you’ll need to make a donation to Habitat for Humanity.  While $35 is required, visitors are welcome to contribute as much as they’d like to local Maine chapters, especially because every last dollar goes directly toward building homes for needy families within the state of Maine.  In its 11th year, the “Hospitality for Habitat” program organized by the Maine Innkeepers’ Association ensures that not only will you enjoy a budget-friendly getaway to a participating Maine Bed and Breakfast (but, hopefully, we’ll get to see you at the Maine Stay!) in the next month, but you can feel great about “paying it forward” and helping out others in need!recently completed winter projects or stick with your favorite staple, but no matter which you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy a bit of pampering during your stay.  Have you been hankering for a great shower, like the one in Deluxe Fireplace Suite 12 (yes, it has six different heads/jets)?  Or looking forward to reading a book in bed while admiring a glowing fire – try Captain Walker’s Suite 16! As always, you’ll enjoy gourmet breakfast (whether you choose to stay one night or several), afternoon tea and freshly baked goodies, and as much help and guidance as you desire to make your May-cation absolutely perfect.  So this year, not only can you enjoy a relaxing getaway with incredible savings to our Maine bed and breakfast, but you’ll also be helping a great cause and needy families across the state!

 

Easter and Passover at a Maine Bed and Breakfast

April 14th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

Not only is spring finally here, but it is also one of the few times of year when two major faiths are celebrating holidays – Passover and Easter – and we think that there’s no better place to enjoy the festivities than at a Maine bed and breakfast!  That means that millions of people around the world are celebrating (not to mention enjoying amazing edible confections!), and millions of folks up and down the East Coast are celebrating the

St. Ann's - one of many beautiful houses of worship in the area

St. Ann’s – one of many beautiful houses of worship in the area

revival of the landscape.  And despite the fact that Kennebunkport is a small village, there are churches of all denominations in town and nearby communities, as well as a synagogue just a few miles away in Biddeford, so no matter your faith, there are plenty of opportunities to observe, if you so choose.  If you’re at all like me, though, the thing you look forward to most is enjoying some great meals, and fortunately, most restaurants will be in full force on Easter Sunday.  So let us know what kind of atmosphere you’re looking for while enjoying Easter dinner, and we’d be happy to make suggestions and reservations for you.  Not ready to commit to an elegant supper or set reservation time?  Don’t worry!  Great staples like Federal Jack’s and Alisson’s Restaurant are serving just a short stroll from our Maine bed and breakfast.

No matter your religious preferences, many folks have dietary restrictions at some point throughout the year, and we’re happy to accommodate your needs in any way possible.  So if you’re fasting during the day and need breakfast before sunrise or need to head out for early services, we’re happy to deliver a cold breakfast the night before for you to enjoy whenever you like.  And if you can’t eat leavened products, grains, or animal products, we’ll happily oblige, just be sure to give us a little warning, so we can prepare a tasty breakfast that meets your needs.  We want to make your experience at our Maine bed and breakfast a great one, during Passover, Easter, and throughout the year!

April Vacations to Kennebunkport Maine

April 9th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

Back Alley Kennebunkport Maine

The perfect backdrop for some shopping in Kennebunkport Maine!

While this winter was especially long in New England, April is finally feeling like spring in Kennebunkport Maine, with lots of suns and seasonable temps on the forecast! Now, it doesn’t quite feel like summer vacation or time to take a plunge in the ocean, it really is lovely for exploring the seashore or heading out for a scenic bike ride.  And with April vacations weeks coming up and Patriot’s Day looming, there are all kinds of reasons to head to Kennebunkport Maine for a “spring break.”  So ditch the classic ideas of palm trees and teeny bikinis, and have a grown-up spring break in Kennebunkport this year!  Don’t worry, though, because if the surf is really calling your name, we’ve always got lots of beach towels to dry you off!

In addition to the shopping and dining opportunities that exist all year long in Kennebunkport Maine and surrounding communities, there are oodles of great outdoor activities to occupy your visit this April.  But without any foliage to block the sun’s rays (yet… they are coming!), don’t forget to pack some sunblock!  This beautiful spring weather brings visitors out to enjoy walks and picnics along the Kennebunk beaches.  Plus, it’s just a two minute drive from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  Others are dusting off the hiking boots and really getting in touch with nature, at  the Wells Reserve/Laudholm Farm, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust properties, and the Kennebunk Land Trust trails.  But some visitors might just be content to relax with a book on the wraparound porch at the Maine Stay Inn, in close proximity for yummy beverages and freshly baked cookies!  So whether you’re on va-cay or just looking to play some hooky, Kennebunkport Maine is calling your name to come play this April!

Planning Your Summer Vacation to a Maine Bed and Breakfast

March 27th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

Today I noticed buds on the trees and that the birds seemed especially active, which means it’s that time of year again – time to plan your summer vacation to a Maine bed and breakfast!  Most people can’t just spontaneously jaunt off for a couple of days along the coast, so taking that fun trip means planning.  Now, that’s not my favorite thing, especially because time is always at a premium.  But since you’ve already decided to hit coastal Maine for your vay-cay, I’ve put together a few questions to help guide your efforts.

  • When?  July and August are prime time in Kennebunkport Maine, but if you’re looking for some quality time in the surf, consider early September, which is known for peak water temps.  If quiet, but still toasty, time on the sand is  tops on your list, June is also a great time for a visit (plus, our Early Summer Special starts at just $169 per night!).

    Maine Summer Vacation sunset

    Whether you’re on a romantic getaway or family vacation, add “sunset watching” to your itinerary!

  • Midweek or weekend?  Midweek visits tend to feel a little more laid back than weekend ones, but time away from work can be harder to snag than a quick weekend escape.
  • How long?  Your to-do list keeps growing and the important people in your life are all vying for your attentions, but you deserve some time to just rest, relax, and recharge.  After you check off all the must-dos on your list (think shopping, beach time, sightseeing, etc.), that doesn’t leave much time for R&R, so no matter how long your Maine Summer Vacation, add a day or two – you won’t regret it!
  • Who’s comin’?  Is this going to be a family vacation or mini-honeymoon part two?  And we know from experience, combining the two doesn’t work too well for anyone, so it’s definitely best to decide early.  And if you’re going to live the tykes at home, work on the baby sitting situation early so that your kiddos don’t end up joining in the cuddle sessions during your romantic getaway!  So when you give our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast a call, let us know what kind of mood you’re going for and we’ll be happy to help!

It’s Not Too Late: Third Night Free!

March 26th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

While April is fast approaching, it’s not too late to take advantage our March savings, where you’ll enjoy three nights for the price of two at the Maine Stay Inn in Kennebunkport.  And with New England’s classically confused spring weather, it’s almost like two seasons for the price of one!

It is a Mole Hill:  Mount Agamenticus from Kennebunkport Shore

If anything is certain, though, it is that you will want to curl up by our cozy fires at night with your special someone, relax in our jetted tubs, and dig into our hearty gourmet breakfasts each morning.  So join us for three nights this winter (or is it Spring?) for the price of two, because two nights at the Maine Stay Inn just isn’t enough!

Kennebunkport Beaches Welcome Spring

March 21st, 2014 by Judi Hauer

The Water Is Wide

The Kennebunkport Beaches are calling!

While Old Man Winter has hung around a bit longer this year than most New Englanders would like, spring is officially here and today was perfect for enjoying a walk along the Kennebunkport Beaches!  Yes, it may have been a bit breezy, but the sunshine definitely said that Mother Nature has us right on the cusp of true springtime.  And boy was that sunshine a reminder of just how lovely the beaches are in Kennebunkport! While the water might be a little bit too chilly for swimming right about now, it certainly got me thinking about how clear and refreshing the water is on a warm summer day.  Fortunately for those visiting Kennebunkport, there is miles of pristine coastline and soft sandy beaches not far from the Maine Stay Inn.  So whether walking, swimming, or just relaxing is what you’ve got in mind for your Maine summer vacation, there are almost infinite options.  And since all of us are intimately familiar with the area, we’re more than happy to help you select a spot that exactly suits your needs.  And we have a few special spots up our sleeves that always make for an incredible day at the beach!  But if you are like me, and a day at the beach isn’t complete without some delicious nibbles, not to worry – there are quite a few great spots in town where you can pick up prepared gourmet snacks to bring with you to the Kennebunkport beaches.  So when you’re on your way, consider stopping at Cape Porpoise Kitchen, Old Salt’s Pantry, or Market Day, where you’ll find delicious and nutritious noshes to sustain you during even the most vigorous of seaside adventures.  No matter how you choose to spend time in town, you are sure to enjoy the beautiful Kennebunkport Beaches that wrap along the Maine coastline!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Gets a New Look

March 17th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

The winter months are a time period when we devote lots of time and energy to updating our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast and this year has been no exception.  Of course, we do lots of little things, like fixing the chipped paint in each and every guest room (boy, do those vacuums do a number on the baseboards!), fixing wallpaper seams, and replacing rugs that have seen better days.

Before the renovation...

Before the renovation…

We move furniture and reorganize, just to make things work better for each and every visitor.  So our days are just jam-packed keeping our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast in ship-shape.

But we can’t stop there, because we always want to keep things interesting by throwing in a bunch of big time renovations and major design projects. We’ve teased you with a few sneak peeks at our design work, but now we have some real photos to show.

... And after!!!

… And after!!!

Sometimes, though a small change turns out to totally transform a room – and it’s always a real surprise!  This year we decided that Abbie’s Retreat Room 17 really needed a gas burning fireplace to complete it – I mean, with a plush pillow top king bed and double whirlpool tub, it was just begging for a fireplace too!  Who would have thought that would totally change the vibe, but it totally did!  Even with cool colors, it is such a warm and inviting space (and not just temperature wise!).  This year, though, all four rooms on the second floor of the Main house got new looks, with small but powerful changes in Captain Walker’s Suite, and complete redesigns in both Rooms 15 and 18.  Despite the face that Room 15 was well loved, it was time for a new look, and boy did we deliver – now “The Elmview Room” boasts a modern take on the traditional bed and breakfast experience.  While I’d love to go on about our many renovations this winter, you’ll have to stay tuned for more on our design changes, because this entry is just getting too long!  We know you’ll enjoy our changes in Room 15 as we bring an updated look to our loved Victorian, but don’t forget to let us know what you think about the updates to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast!

St. Patrick’s Day in Kennebunkport Maine

March 13th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

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Gearing up for some Irish-style St. Patrick’s Day fun in Kennebunkport Maine!

I’m not exactly sure where February went, but St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and fortunately there are great places to enjoy the luck of the Irish in Kennebunkport Maine.  Right in Lower Village, you’ll find Ryan’s Corner House, within an easy walk from the Maine Stay Inn. This authentic Irish pub opened just two years ago, just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, and has quickly become a local favorite.  In addition to some amazing brews, they offer fantastic Irish fare, as well as some more conventionally American options, just in case.  But who can resist an amazing corned beef and cabbage right about now?  But if you’re exploring southern Maine, you can check out their new location a few towns south in Ogunquit.  It’s the perfect spot for a warm-up after a winter walk along the Marginal Way!

But Kennebunkport Maine is lucky to have another great option for St. Patrick’s Day pub crawling – which really is just lingering over indulgent meals for me!  A few minutes up the road on Route 1 is Feile Restaurant and Pub, which also offers great music and entertainment.  We’re so lucky to have three great places to enjoy authentic Irish food and beverages for this holiday (and throughout the year), but now we’re busy turning our attention to crafting a fun, festive, and delicious menu for St. Patrick’s Day.  And though you won’t be finding any live four leaf clovers growing in local fields or lawns quite yet, the plethora of conservation land trusts have lots of trails that are ripe for exploring! So before you tuck into that plate of bangers and mash or put away that pint of Guinness, check out Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, or the Kennebunk Land Trust for some fresh air!  I don’t know about you, but I am definitely getting excited about St. Patrick’s Day in Kennebunkport Maine!

“Spring Ahead” Comes to Kennebunkport

March 9th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

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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!

Maine Restaurant Week 2014

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 #Maine Restaurant Week´s Kickoff Signature Event is tonight in Portland!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.