May 19th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
With Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner, that means that it is summer vacation time, and there’s no better place to enjoy a Maine summer vacation that in Kennebunkport! Now you may think that I am a little biased towards this charming town, but the truth is that I’m “from away” and have explored just about every coastal vacation area in New England and after all of that travel, there’s a reason I landed in Kennebunkport. Okay, more than a few reasons… So today I’ve decided to share some of my personal reasons for loving Kennebunkport for a Maine summer vacation.
One of the many great summer scenes in Kennebunkport!
- It’s easy to get to! No seriously, it’s a mere 86 miles from downtown Boston, and since you can cruise up I-95 on your typical three and four lane highways, the trip is easy-peasy. Plus, with just two wide toll plazas, even that brief slowdown goes quickly (and it’s even speedier if you’ve got and “EZPass”). Seriously, though, Kennebunkport has to be one of the most pain-free trips to your summer vacation destination and you’ll have plenty of gas to spare! And if you’re a car-less urbanite, the Amtrak Downeaster is a fantastic and eco-friendly option!
- You can go car-free in Kennebunkport! With great sidewalks leading to fantastic activities and restaurants, you certainly don’t need to have a car in town. Sure, if you want to do some more exploring, you certainly can bring a vehicle (and we have ample free parking), but many folks choose to explore by scooter or bicycle. And yes, you can get either of those things within a short walk from the Maine Stay Inn!
- The food is top notch. Now many vacation destinations have a bad rap for serving less than stellar cuisine, and when you’re a food lover like me, that just takes the wind out of my sails. But Kennebunkport is full of eateries that offer delectable cuisine that is sure to rival some of the great culinary havens in the country.
- Kennebunkport has outdoor activities for everyone! A lot of people don’t think about a Maine Summer Vacation meaning spending time at the beach, but Kennebunkport is known for its long stretches of soft sand and a few bits of craggy coastline, sure to satisfy everyone’s scenery needs. But fortunately, if you’re looking for a break from some fun in the sun, there are tons of great trails through acres of concentration land and excellent spots for biking. And if you’re not one to connect with Mother Nature, you can still enjoy a beautiful seaside setting while taking part in some retail therapy!
Honestly, I could go on and on about why Kennebunkport is ideal for your Maine Summer vacation, but the truth is, it’s great any time of year! All of the innkeepers and staff at the Maine Stay Inn can’t wait to show you first hand everything that Kennebunkport has to offer – see you soon!
May 11th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
We’re looking forward to serving Mother’s Day breakfast on our wraparound porch!
Just in case you’ve forgotten, Mother’s Day is tomorrow, and while families around the country are figuring out the details on how to treat Mom like a queen tomorrow, there’s one sure-fire way to surprise her – with a getaway to a Maine Bed and Breakfast! So tomorrow, many moms are going to get a lovingly poured bowl of cereal and OJ in bed, but will more than likely end up cleaning the trail of Cheerios from the kitchen to her bedroom. Instead, let us serve her a gourmet breakfast, whether in our dining room and wraparound porch or in the privacy of her very own suite. While it may be too late to surprise her with this kind of treatment for tomorrow, you’ve still got time to plan a special trip for her. And truthfully, a lot of mothers don’t want to be away from their families on Mother’s Day, but one of the things that sets the Maine Stay Inn apart from other Maine Bed and Breakfasts is that we welcome children with open arms! So whether you’ve got a nervous new mom on your hands or just a busy family with an insane schedule, you can bring the fam along when treating Mom to a special getaway. And while the rooms in the house aren’t really set up for little ones, the cottages are a great choice. Plus, since we’ll deliver breakfast to families with kiddos under 12, the whole family can have breakfast in bed! Many moms and dads really need a chance to escape from their daily routine and reconnect, and when they do, we’re ready to spoil them rotten. Everyone at our Maine Bed and Breakfast is looking forward to spending time with the incredible women in our lives tomorrow and honoring the many moms spending Mother’s Day in Kennebunkport.
May 11th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
So while last night’s surprise thunderstorms sidelined my plans for some outdoor fun, a day like today reminded me of some of my favorite things about Kennebunkport Maine. Now, we all know that there are way too many amazing things about this seaside town, so I will do my darnedest to keep this list reasonable. But since I am making this a short one, apologies if I left anyone else’s faves off!
- The beach – Whenever. No seriously, in rain or shine, snow covered or so-hot-you-could-fry-an-egg, the Kennebunkport Maine beaches are incredible. Mother nature does such a wonderful job at keeping the coastline exciting, and making sure that you can never get bored looking at it! But fortunately for us, the variety of beaches and coastline in and around town has something for everyone – secluded stretches of
How could you not love this coastline?!
sandy beach, classic rocky Maine coast, slips of waterfront meandering through our quaint village, and even beaches with wide paved paths for those who want to enjoy the ocean without dealing with the sand. Plus, unlike many vacation destinations, you can head there on foot from the Maine Stay Inn or by car and not worry about parking – we’ve got plenty!
- The food – Most of you know that enjoying great culinary creations is one of my favorite past times, and fortunately for me, Kennebunkport Maine has eateries that can compete with those from any big city. So whether you’re craving a simple boiled lobster or a stunning five-star tasting menu, we’ve got you covered. Yum!
- The shops – It makes sense that my two favorite kinds of shopping are for food and room decor, but that doesn’t do me much good come Christmas and birthday time. Fortunately Kennebunkport Maine makes it so easy for me! The amazing mix of stores in Dock Square means that I can find almost anything for that perfect gift. On the rare occasion when I can’t, I know that I’ve got two world-class Outlet centers barely a half hour away!
- The outdoor fun – If there’s anything I love more than food, it’s playing outside. So whether it’s enjoying cross country skiing and horse-drawn sleigh riding in the winter or hiking, biking and running in the summer, I am in. Over the past few years, the amount of conservation land in and around Kennebunkport Maine has just exploded, which means that there are about a gagillion options for peaceful and pristine outdoor activities.
I could go on all night about why I love this town, but you’ll just have to come and explore Kennebunkport Maine for yourself!
May 5th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
Just a friendly Public Service Announcement – Mother’s Day is just one week from today, and if you’re still trying to decide how to honor the moms in your life, look no further than a surprise getaway to a Maine bed and breakfast! Now, there’s something very sweet about little ones preparing their version of breakfast for their mommy, but most women I know would feel really appreciated if they were rewarded with gourmet breakfast served piping hot, while
Try a getaway instead of flowers this Mother’s Day!
lounging in plush pillow top bed. And if you choose one of the Maine Stay Inn‘s cottage suites, you can make that become a reality!
In fact, this weekend we had a super cute young couple visiting for a much deserved getaway (their first trip alone since the birth of their children more than five years ago). This morning she told me that it was the best early Mother’s Day present she’s ever had – especially because it meant she (and her husband) both slept until well past 9 o’clock! Now, I know that not too many families can carry off a surprise getaway planned just for mom, because a). life can sometimes be insanely busy and b). Moms know all. So if you’d rather let Mom pick her room and the dates of a vay-cay, a gift certificate to our Maine bed and breakfast is a great alternative! Plus, you’ll have it in time for the special day and gift wrapping is a cinch!
So this year, reward the moms in your life with a little bit of luxury and a healthy dose of pampering with a trip to Kennebunkport. And if your family is anything like mine, most presents to Mom aren’t quite right and end up being exchanged, but a Maine bed and breakfast escape is one that she’s sure to love!
May 2nd, 2013 by Judi Hauer
The start of May marks the start of a feel-good period for our Maine Bed and Breakfast, whewhen we offer guests the opportunity to stay for half price – in exchange for a small donation to Habitat for Humanity. All around the state, inns are opening their doors and slashing rates to support Maine based chapters of Habitat for Humanity. So from now until May 24, you can visit Kennebunkport Maine on Sundays through Thursday evenings and indulge in a stay in one of our most luxurious and romantic suites! Yes, that means you can test out one of our
The Hospitality for Habitat program through Maine Innkeepers Association supports Habitat for Humanity
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.
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. Arranged by the Maine Innkeepers Association, the “Hospitality for Habitat” program 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!
April 29th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
As you may know, getting outdoors (no matter the season!) is one of my absolute favorite past times, so when I learned about “The Secret Garden” just over the border from Kennebunkport Maine, I just had to find it. But after a little bit of research about this hidden gem, I worried that it could potentially be a bit mucky. And with springtime often associated with “mud season” from the melting snow and showers that bring May flowers the concern was
Hiking the Secret Garden!
real, as this wooded trail features countless bubbling brooks and pretty streams. Even the recent stretch of warmer weather and sunny days, some of the soil was a bit soggy, but considering the fact that the last piles of snow have just barely melted, it was to be expected. I just should have planned my footwear better! So this weekend, I snuck away from the Maine Stay Inn for a little while to take advantage of the incredible weather to finally go exploring.
Now, I probably run/drive/bike by the Port Road cemetery on a daily basis, but I had never considered that acres of conservation land might lay behind the rows of historic headstones. And while traversing a cemetery might give some the heeby-geebies, on a such a gorgeous day, there was nothing creepy about it. So I turned into the main gates and at the far side found a small parking area (it wasn’t large enough to call it a “lot’”). Leading into the woods, I found a large sign telling me that I was on the right track. The walk was nothing but spectacular, as the sunshine filtered through the budding trees. The Kennebunk Land Trust lists the trail as being a 1.5 mile loop, but it felt like more – either because of the challenge of uneven terrain or because I was just enjoying the scenery or both! To cross boggy areas or the multiple streams, the Trust has built sturdy elevated paths and small bridges to keep you dry. And while this preserve doesn’t offer a storybook garden with a hidden door like I imagined, it really is a quiet escape. Best of all, thanks to brand new sidewalks, “The Secret Garden” is an easy walk from Kennebunkport Maine!
April 27th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
April is one of those months in Kennebunkport, and in all of New England, that can bring weather characteristic of just about every season. Yes, that means hot, sunny days or even those nasty cold snowy days that are reminiscent of January. Fortunately, though, today was a gorgeous day that felt like the epitome of spring. No, it wasn’t quite sundress and flip flop weather, but it was definitely warm enough to leave your jackets and fleeces in your room at the Maine Stay Inn. And since I can’t imagine a better way to spend a perfect spring day in
A perfect day at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport!
Kennebunkport than at the beach, that’s just where I went!
Now, we all know that one of my go-to spots is the trails and fields and (of course) beaches of Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve, but I decided to mix things up and head out to Goose Rocks Beach. Located at the northeastern end of Kennebunkport, Goose Rocks is named after the collection of rocks that sit just at the water’s surface a bit off shore and look strikingly like geese bobbing on the water. While certainly not crowded, I did encounter a handful of others on my walk, but was startled to turn a corner and see a large group of people releasing two giant balloons into the air. What on earth could they be doing? As I got closer, it became perfectly clear – a wedding! Boy, that lucky bride hit the weather jackpot! Not only was this one of the most pristine spring days that I could imagine, but the water took on a stunning shade of aquamarine. And as I got closer to the water’s edge and contemplated the idea of putting my feet in, I was reminded of just how clean the water is in Kennebunkport. Now, if I hadn’t remembered that it is still April and that the last vestiges of snow melted about two weeks ago (yes, we sure had some big piles this year!), I totally would have! Now that spring has officially arrived in Kennebunkport, it’s time to take advantage of the pristine, quiet beaches!
April 22nd, 2013 by Judi Hauer
It only seems appropriate to celebrate Earth Day by exploring the seemingly endless acres of conservation land in and around Kennebunkport Maine. We are so fortunate that for the last several decades folks in the area have been working to preserve some stunning parcels of land for all of us to enjoy. That means that in addition to miles of scenic coastline and sandy beaches, locals and visitors alike have many other peaceful locations to enjoy
A secluded stretch of coastline
the nature and wildlife of Southern Maine. As many of you know, one of our most favorite destinations is Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve. With about 1700 acres of federally protected land and 7 miles of trails, you have the unique opportunity to explore estuaries, wooded areas, fields, and even a stunning stretch of unspoiled beaches. But for those looking to cover slightly less distance in their activities, the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge is a great option. Although this preserve covers a tremendous amount of land across many communities in the area, most of it is dedicated for use by the critters, but there is a scenic mile-long loop for us all to enjoy.
Luckily for us, there are even more places to explore the great outdoors, thanks to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and the Kennebunk Land Trust. Both have protected a variety of parcels throughout the community, and while not all are accessible to the public, those that are offer tremendous recreation potential throughout the year. For running, biking, hiking, and even cross country skiing in the winter you can choose what works for you and the Maine Stay Inn can help you pick the right place to go! So whether you’re visiting Kennebunkport Maine on Earth Day or on any of the other 364 days of the year, we’ve got tons of places for you to explore and get your fill of the great outdoors!
April 21st, 2013 by Judi Hauer
The entire nation has been on the edge of their seats for most of this past week, and all of us at the Maine Stay Inn were no exception. As we watched the events unfolding on television and through social media, it became abundantly clear that the law enforcement personnel responding to these heinous crimes went above and beyond to calm, protect, and inform the public. Many put their lives on the line (and unfortunately several were lost) in the pursuit of those responsible for the Boston Marathon explosions. The gratefulness we feel towards Federal and State law enforcement members is impossible to put into words, so instead, we will be showing our thanks by offering 50% off stays to law enforcement members until May 24, 2013. Not only have these brave souls earned a bit of pampering, but their loved ones also deserve a chance to relax without fearing for their special someone’s safety. To give thanks to those who serve close to home and across the nation, we want to reward those who protect each and every one of us with a relaxing stay in one of our most luxurious suites. So until May 24, any active law enforcement officer and their special someone are welcome to enjoy a peaceful Kennebunkport getaway in a plush suites for half price. This 50% off rate is available on select suites from Sunday through Thursday nights. We sincerely look forward to honoring the nation’s finest with a dose of hospitality at the Maine Stay Inn.
April 17th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
For many school districts throughout New England, this week marks April Vacation Week, which means that spring has really arrived at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast. Now that the vast majority of restaurant that close for portions of the winter have reopened and the shops are transitioning to their springtime window
The tulips are coming!
displays, it really feels like winter is finally coming to an end. For the first time last night, I heard the crickets on my way home from dinner, and a cacophony of bird calls can be heard each morning – and if I was at all experienced in birding, I would be able to tell you which critters have returned to Kennebunkport, but, alas, that is not one of my strengths. Fortunately for those who are avid birders or those who are looking to expand their horizons, there are three great nature preserves just minutes from the Maine Stay Inn. Both the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge and the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm sit just over the border in Wells, while the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust operates a variety of preserved parcels of land throughout town. So whether you’re looking for birds that are partial to wooded areas or open ocean or anything in between, we’ve got you covered! And with great walking trails, all three of these preserves are perfect for an active outdoor adventure or just a leisurely springtime stroll.
But while the leaves on the trees aren’t quite ready to pop, the tulips are beginning to poke their leaves through the soil and the paper whites are actually starting to bloom! Now if only the grass in the backyard would turn green soon… The teeny patch of snow that remains in a shaded corner of the yard tells of one of my favorite parts about spring – the fact that the days are warm and the nights are chilly. So that means you and explore during the day without the layers we’ve become accustomed to wearing throughout the winter, but at night, a jacket is a welcome accessory. Even better, though, is returning from dinner to a glowing fire or enjoying a relaxing soak in a whirlpool or soaker tub! Plus, during the month of April you can stay for two nights and get a third for free, which means even more snuggling by the fire Everyone at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is enjoying the start of spring and hope you are too!