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.
January 15th, 2014 by Judi Hauer
What could be prettier than a light dusting of snow on one of the Kennebunkport Maine marinas?!
A long weekend lies just ahead and that got me thinking about all of the great winter activities there are to enjoy in Kennebunkport Maine and the surrounding area. While some people aren’t huge fans of lots of snow, it sure makes things awfully pretty and we might even see a very light dusting on Saturday – what a treat! It’s just the kind that transforms our already lovely winter landscape into a perfect winter wonderland, without causing any trouble on the roads or even much shoveling! The great forecast ahead for this long weekend always makes me anxious to head outside and enjoy the scenery, but with so many great options, what should you choose?! Here are some of our favorite winter activities in and around Kennebunkport:
- Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at Harris Farm in nearby Dayton. Outdoor enthusiasts should feel free to bring their own equipment and take advantage of the miles and miles of groomed tracks and trails. But they’ve even got oodles of rentals for those who are casual skiers or are just looking to test the waters. Plus, their warming hut (with snacks available) is a welcome treat after a day of fun in the snow!
- Skating in downtown Kennebunk at their outdoor rink or on nearby Roger’s Pond (weather and ice conditions permitting, of course)! What could be better than some old-fashioned outdoor skating time? Plus, with lots of great restaurants offering fantastic lunch menus nearby, you’ve got excellent options for refueling before or after. Just remember to bring your own skates, because neither of these public arenas offer rentals, but never fear, if you’ve got the itch to go for a loop around the rink, you can head inside for rentals and refreshments at Biddeford Ice Arena.
- Outdoor activities of all kinds about at nearby Laudholm Farm – visitors bring their own snowshoes, XC skis or even just some boots or warm sneakers to enjoy the 7 miles of trails and paths (plus beachfront, of course!) on the property. Aren’t up for a real wintertime trek? Head over to Kennebunk beach for a stroll along the paved (and plowed) paths for some scenery without any fuss!
- Want to enjoy the great outdoors without breaking a sweat? Consider heading over to Rockin’ Horse Stables for a horse-drawn sleigh ride. And with cocoa and blankets to keep you warm, you can enjoy every second of a sleigh ride through the woods and fields just a moment’s drive from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.
Winter is an incredible time in Kennebunkport and we can’t wait to share more great pictures of the area with you on Facebook, Pinterest and here on the blog, but that usually just isn’t enough, so we hope to share this beautiful time of year with you soon!
January 12th, 2014 by Judi Hauer
With MLK weekend around the corner, it is starting to hit me just how quickly Valentine’s Day is approaching, and that means it’s time to start planning your romantic bed and breakfast getaway. This year, Valentine’s falls not only on a Friday, but on the Friday of a holiday weekend, which means that you can take full advantage of our Third Night Free special! So ask your neighbors to pick up
Warm up with milk and cookies when you arrive!
your newspaper and stay an extra night for no charge! Now that that’s sorted out, it’s time to work out the details… the room, the dining, the special surprises, etc. And at the Maine Stay Inn we’re all happy to help you iron out those details that make your getaway especially romantic. Because we know that everyone is looking for something a little different in their romantic bed and breakfast getaway, each room is individually designed and there are no two alike. But you can be sure that they’ve all got plush, comfy beds, fine linens, and those little details that really distinguish a bed and breakfast from a hotel. Browsing the website can give you a feel for the each of the rooms an suites, but if you’d prefer some input, we’re always happy to help.
Fortunately, there are lots of restaurants in Kennebunkport Maine that set the mood for a romantic meal, but if you’d like dessert delivered to your room, we can certainly handle that too. Are flowers a must for your special someone? We’ve got great florists in the area that can have your ideal arrangement waiting for you on arrival. But one of the things that I think sets the Maine Stay apart from other romantic bed and breakfasts is the ability to have your breakfast delivered to most of our suites! And honestly, what could be better than breakfast in bed during Valentine’s Weekend? But almost no matter what you’ve got in mind for your romantic bed and breakfast getaway, anyone at the Maine Stay Inn is happy to help make it possible!
January 8th, 2014 by Judi Hauer
Unlike many other Maine vacation destinations, Kennebunkport truly is a year round community, and even during this “polar vortex” there are lots of great Kennebunkport restaurants that aren’t turned off by the chilly temps. Sure, there are a few restaurants that close up shop for the winter, but for the most part they are the ones that aren’t really built to be heated effectively. And every year the local restauranteurs decide when to take their family vacation or close for renovations or what days their staff member prefer to have off, so the daily hours vary – everyone at the Maine Stay Inn is happy to give any of the Kennebunkport restaurants a call and check for you! So when you’re looking for something warm and delicious to whet your whistle during your getaway, consider some of these:
- Bandaloop restaurant is just a hop, skip and a jump from the Maine Stay and offers lots of all natural and organic options with a hint of Asian flare.
The freakishly cold “polar vortex” (which leaves us tomorrow!) didn’t stop Kennebunkport restaurants from whipping up some delicious meals!
- One Dock Restaurant sits near the heart of Dock Square and serves contemporary American cuisine with a nautical vibe.
- Pier 77 and the Ramp overlook the harbor in Cape Porpoise and offer a great variety of seafood and land fare in a cozy Maine atmosphere.
- Federal Jack’s is great for a locally brewed beer and pub style food, and with a view of the Kennebunk River and several marinas it’s great for watching the game or the scenery!
- Alisson’s Restaurant is located right in the heart of Dock Square, with a cozy atmosphere that’s ideal for a blustry winter day.
- Pedro’s Restaurant can whip up a killer margarita and plate of tacos that is sure to chase away the winter chill in no time!
- Village Tavern sits in West Kennebunk, but the short drive is well worth it – serving up incredible cuisine at budget friendly prices in a comfortable atmosphere it just can’t be beat!
Now this list of Kennebunkport Restaurants just scratches the surface, because there are lots of great options throughout the winter months, so get ready, because there’s lots of good eating waiting for you in Kennebunkport Maine!