September 28th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
It’s hard to believe that the end of September is already upon us, but that just means that foliage season is underway, setting the stage for some fun fall day trips from Kennebunkport Maine. And while there is plenty to do and explore in and around town, it’s sometimes fun to hit the road and explore what other nearby New England destinations have to offer. So this fall, consider exploring some of our favorite spots for a great day trip not far from Kennebunkport Maine.
- Ogunquit, ME has lots to offer day trippers, and since it’s located just 13 miles from the Maine Stay Inn, you’ll have lots of time to enjoy all of its attractions. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll along the 1 1/4 mile Marginal Way or some retail therapy in Perkins Cove, Ogunquit’s got something fun for you. And with some great restaurants, there are lots of spots to keep you fueled throughout the day. But one of my favorite fall activities you’ll find in Ogunquit is the world class Ogunquit Playhouse, which offers Broadway quality musical performances at Maine prices – it’s not to be missed!
- Portland, ME is less than 30 minutes from Kennebunkport Maine and reminds many of a miniature Boston with its cobbled streets and happening historic “Old Port” district. But with late season whale watching options and cruises of the harbor (and even some going to the harbor islands for another fun adventure), there’s lots to explore this fall.
- The Freyburg Fair gets underway tomorrow, which means tons of the most charming and quintessentially New England events during the first part of October. Plus, you’ll enjoy some glorious fall foliage and scenic vistas on the 90 minute trip from Kennebunkport Maine. Plus, that puts you pretty close to nearby North Conway, home to more great outlet shops in a cute village setting, and the breathtaking White Mountains. Definitely the perfect trip for enjoying fall in New England.
- Freeport Maine is a known as the home of L.L.Bean, and its popularity caused other great shops to spring up all around it, building an Outlet community in a town setting. So while you’re loading up on flannel and boots for the winter, you can also enjoy some home brewed beer tastings or guided kayaking trips – all things that make for a fun day trip just 40 minutes north of Kennebunkport.
But whether you decide to take a fun fall day trip or stick closer to your home-away-from-home in Kennebunkport Maine, you’re sure to enjoy every moment of your fall foliage getaway in town.
September 25th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
As today’s incredible weather and cloudless skies melded into a perfect evening, I was reminded of why a fall getaway in Kennebunkport Maine is so special. The day was absolutely ideal for wandering through town, walking on the beach, or even enjoying a scenic hike, but there was nothing more welcome than snuggling up in front of a warm (and non-smoky) gas fireplace – and fortunately for me (and you!) there was one with my name
A gorgeous fall night like tonight was perfect for a walk on the beach!
on it right in the living room of our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast. And with ten of our guest rooms and suites with their very own, there were plenty to go around! Fortunately, more of this stellar weather is in store, which means plenty of opportunities to enjoy all that the fall has to offer in Southern Maine. So lace up your shoes and hit the streets, because the activities abound at this time of year! The seasonal crops are ready to go, so if apple or pumpkin picking is your thing, there are tons of farms in the area that are just waiting for you. But if you are looking for something a little lower key, you can enjoy a scenic ride on one of the historic trains at the Seashore Trolley Museum. And this weekend kids and adults alike can experience the Pumpkin Patch Trolley, where they will take a colorful ride along the property’s loops of rail, paint a keepsake pumpkin, and snap some great photos before picking up their pumpkin to take home. A museum like this one is unique to Kennebunkport Maine and shouldn’t be missed.
One of my favorite spots for some outdoor fall fun is Mt. Agamenticus in York, not far from Kennebunkport, where you can climb some rolling hills to reach scenic overlooks like no other – not only will you have a great vista full of fall foliage, but on one side you can see out into the Atlantic Ocean, while on the other you can see clear to the White Mountains! And on your way back you can stop at the Ogunquit playhouse for an evening show or a matinee. I mean, how could you turn down a world class performance of “West Side Story”at neighborhood showhouse prices? But no matter how you choose to spend your fall getaway to Kennebunkport Maine, you’re sure to have the quintessential New England experience you were looking for!
September 20th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
We’re welcoming Greater Kennebunks Restaurant Week to town!
For the first time ever, the incredible restaurants of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are teaming up to present the Greater Kennebunks Restaurant Week, starting this Sunday, September 22, 2013 until the 28th! While we absolutely love Maine Restaurant Week (and any excuse to try fun new spots), we’re stoked that nearly all of the area restaurants are participating in this inaugural event. So not only is fall foliage season upon us, but the restaurants are also showing us their true “colors” by whipping up a three course meal for participants this week. Each restaurant chooses their price point (either $25, $35, or $45), and plans a special menu accordingly. And how could you ask for more? I mean most entrees would normally put you darn close to those prices, so how could you possibly turn down a full three courses for such stellar deals? I certainly know that I couldn’t! So this week, I better hit the streets and beaches with my running shoes, because I think there’s going to be some hearty eating going on! Fortunately, though, lots of the participating restaurants are within comfortable walking distance from the Maine Stay Inn, so that means I’ve got just one more excuse to dig into dessert this week. But whether you choose to enjoy the full three courses or opt to select a la carte from each of the Kennebunkport restaurants regular menus, there’s no way to go wrong. And since so many restaurants are choosing to participate in the first ever Greater Kennebunks Restaurant Week, you’ve got countless options for enjoying some stellar eats at superb prices. This new event is sure to be a hit, and in anticipation, they’ve set up a great website with information on the participating restaurants and the head chef in each location. But all of us at the Maine Stay are happy to help make recommendations based on your personal preferences and reserve a table at the restaurant of your choice. So don’t miss out on Greater Kennebunks Restaurant Week starting this Sunday, September 22!
September 17th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
It seems like everyone I know is tying the knot – some for the first time, others are remarrying, and some are celebrating anniversaries with vow renewals – and with destinations weddings on the rise, Kennebunkport luxury hotels are stepping up to the plate. In fact, we are excited to be hosting a small wedding this weekend at the Maine Stay! We are all really stoked, because not only are we expecting a fantastic fall weekend, but the bride
Let’s cut the cake in Kennebunkport!
and groom are quite possibly the sweetest couple ever. The truth is, though, that every wedding, celebrating the love between two great people, is something that deserves much fanfare, but for a lot of people, the idea of a party with hundreds of people just isn’t appealing. And fortunately, destination weddings for smaller groups have become a great alternative way to celebrate their big day. Because Kennebunkport luxury hotels tend to be more intimate than those in cosmopolitan areas, we’ve become a great place to make those special memories. But just like with a traditional wedding, brides and grooms planning destination weddings have lots to think about – not the least of which is where to have their ceremony and reception. Some couples choose to have both in the same spot, while others do a little moving locations. And for those who want to exchange their vows right on the water, there’s tons of coastline that is perfect for just that purpose! Others go for a more traditional church service, and Kennebunkport offers tons of denominations (and architectural styles) to choose from, while even more opt to take advantage of the great backyard at the Maine Stay Inn. And this weekend, the happy couple will be tying the knot right on the beach and return to the inn for their outdoor reception. But best of all, because they’ve pared down their guest list to just their closest friends and family members, everyone will be around to enjoy a delicious breakfast the next morning! In my mind, that’s one of the best parts of having a small destination wedding – your guests can enjoy the whole experience with you. And since a gourmet breakfast is always included, you won’t even have to think about organizing a farewell brunch! So if you’re thinking about having your wedding at one of the Kennebunkport luxury hotels, just let us know what is most important to you for your special day.
September 16th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
Now that it is officially mid-September (what?!), it is time to start enjoying the fall weather, and there’s no better way than taking a great fall foliage hike in Kennebunkport. And fortunately there are tons of great opportunities for trips that suit all fitness levels and attention spans not far from the Maine Stay Inn. Now, we have to be realistic – this is Southern Maine, after all. So that means that you’re not going to find any soaring mountains
A fall hike is the perfect way to enjoy the colors of foliage season!
and above tree line treks. At least not in our immediate area. But if that’s your thing, we can certainly recommend some spots for a day trip! So with that in mind, there are still lots of options in terms of length and terrain to keep you busy in the great outdoors.
Now, I certainly know that some folks aren’t psyched about lacing up their running shoes or hiking boots and hitting a dirt trail, so for those who aren’t the walks along the Kennebunk beaches or Parson’s Walk out to Walker’s Point are a great choice. Looking for a longer route? Try the packed gravel path along the Eastern Trail, a converted railroad course that runs from Kittery to Portland. And while these are great for enjoying the autumn air, you might experience more fall foliage on a hike at some of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust properties. Each offers loops and trails of different lengths, without too much elevation change. And if you’re willing to venture a little bit from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, the Kennebunk Land Trust also offers a huge variety of different trails not far from Dock Square. And as many of you know, one of my absolute favorite places in the area is the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, and with 7 miles of trails (even some leading to the beach!) it also offers a great chance for a fall foliage hike just a few miles from the Maine Stay. But if you’re looking for a little more elevation and challenging terrain, head just south to Mount Agamenticus in Ogunquit. From the top you can see the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the White Mountains on the other – what a stunning sight! So no matter what your skill or interest level, there are almost limitless possibilities for fall foliage hikes in Kennebunkport!
September 12th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
Despite the fact that the temperature over the last few days has felt more like July than mid-September, autumn really is in the air and there is tons of fall fun to be had in Kennebunkport Maine. Now we all know that leaf peeping in Maine is sort of a given. I mean, you just have to do it. The colors become so vibrant that you just can’t help but take note of them, and the idea of opportunities to really take in the landscape and the snap
Apple picking really is a fun fall activity!
amazing pictures always becomes a top priority. So whether you choose to take in the scenes by land or by sea, you can’t go wrong! Hop aboard one of the gorgeous schooners moored just down the street from the Maine Stay Inn or paddle around the coast under your own steam, the view of the changing leaves from the water is not to be missed. Unless, of course, you decide to head out for a scenic drive or hike, because we’ve got lots of routes and destinations if that’s more your style. But what fun would a fall getaway be if you didn’t have great activities to enjoy as well? Don’t worry – there are tons of classically fall activities available in and around Kennebunkport Maine!
Right about now the trees in nearby apple orchards are brimming with crisp ripe fruits, and they’re just waiting for you to take advantage of this class fall activity. What could be more fun than wandering through beautiful orchards in the autumn sunshine and gathering just the right fruits for a healthy snack or at home baking project? I certainly can’t think of anything! And fortunately for us, there are lots of great orchards near Kennebunkport Maine. Just a few minutes away lies Spiller Farm, featuring orchards, vegetable gardens, and even pumpkin picking – although you’ll have to wait just a touch longer for those. For those looking to enjoy a scenic drive, you can head out toward Limington, ME, the home of Doles Orchard, where you’ll find them in the heart of fall raspberry and apple picking season. Plus, their hay maze is sure to bring lots of fun and laughter to your trip. And if that seems like it’s right up your alley, you can take advantage of the incredible six acre corn maze at Pumpkin Valley Farm in Dayton, ME. But to really get in the fall spirit, you can enjoy a classic hayride and even bring home pumpkins you pick yourself for just 45 cents a pound! And while there are countless farms in Southern Maine that bring fall spirit to life, this blog just wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Wallingford Farm just over the border in downtown Kennebunk. They’ve got pumpkin picking and hayrides that are first rate. No matter how you choose to spend your days in Kennebunkport Maine, you can be sure that there are lots of activities available for your fall fun during your autumn getaway.
September 10th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
While the Maine Stay Inn is lucky to have an 1860 Italianate Victorian main house, one of the most unique features of the inn is just outside – the luxury Kennebunkport cottages that feature a wide range of styles and decor, which means there’s something for everyone’s individual style preferences. Over the past few years we’ve had tons of fun renovating each of the Cottage Suites from top to bottom – some even more than once! And because we don’t have to work around the confines of a central hallway, each room can be really different. Yes,
Bold teals, crisp whites, and soothing sands make up the modern color palette of Cottage Suite 11
each of the guest houses might be your average white ranch style building on the outside, behind each red door lies a truly unique experience. Even with 11 of our luxury cottage suites, no two are exactly alike or even that similar! Because some of our guests want the main house feeling with the added privacy and spaciousness that comes with our luxury Kennebunkport cottages, Cottage Suite 7 sports traditional Thibaut wallpaper, a classic sleigh bed, and reproduction furniture. But not to worry, you won’t find any floral or lace here, because even our traditional rooms have been simplified and modernized to reflect the looks of today. Romantic Cottage Suite 5 takes transitional decor even a step further, mixing sleek sofas and bold paint colors with custom made furnishings from antique millwork.
We really love color, and that trend continues in Romantic Cottage Suites 1 and 4. And this spring, Suite 3 got a new look that’s been getting rave reviews – a bold, contemporary wallpaper with geometric designs contrast the rich mahogany furniture in a way that just works. This transformation took our luxury Kennebunkport cottages to a new level in terms of our expectations for our design projects – I guess I had better get working on the next plans (I wonder which one will be up next…)! Once cute and country, Cottage Suites 8, 9, and 11 have all taken on a modern look, but even these are all different – some are soft and soothing, while others are bold and fun. But since these are cottages, after all, we’ve renovated Suite 10 to be exactly what you’d expect from an upscale New England cottage! But no matter what style makes you most comfortable, our luxury Kennebunkport cottages are sure to have just what you need – just ask for some guidance and any of the Maine Stay staff would be happy to help you pick the right one!
September 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
One of the questions I am asked most frequently is what visitors should do and see during their Kennebunkport Maine vacation, and honestly, it’s a hard question to answer, because it really depends on what you like to do! I mean, many people come to Kennebunkport to enjoy the plethora of great shops with unique assortments that you just can’t find in many places. But I am not really a shopper, so chances are that won’t be at the tippity-top of my must-do list. Now don’t get me wrong, I certainly enjoy having such high quality stores within a short walk from the Maine Stay Inn, because if I need a new pair of shoes or a special gift, I never have to go very far to find the perfect thing! Now, I for one really like to play outside, no matter the weather or the season – so give me a great hike, bike, or run any day. But I definitely know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so I’ve made my must-do list for Kennebunkport Maine with that in mind. So here goes!
A traditional lobster dinner is not to be missed!
- Check out the beach. While much of Maine is known for its craggy rocky coast, Kennebunkport is lucky to have long stretches of pristine sand as well. Because the seascape changes so rapidly, I think you should visit the coast every day, and since I love to be outside, I am always in favor of a brisk walk. Fortunately for those who aren’t so nature loving, there are beautiful benches along the wide sidewalks by Kennebunk beach. That means enjoying the water without having to get sandy or messy!
- See the Bush Compound. It might sound hokey, but it’s one thing you have to do. And not just because it’s a Presidential retreat, but because their property is one of the most stunning pieces of land in Kennebunkport Maine. The way the water crashes on the rocks of their peninsula and the sea gets calm as it comes into the inlet is just breathtaking. Do it – you won’t regret it.
- Visit Cape Porpoise. This quaint fishing village sits in the eastern end of town and is still home to a working fish pier. During the afternoon, you’re sure to find all the lobster boats moored in the harbor and a pile of traps on the dock – just perfect for a great photo session.
- Have a lobster dinner. Assuming you’re not allergic to shellfish, that is! And while I think that you’ll get the classic lobster shack experience at Nunan’s Lobster Hut, the truth is that no Kennebunkport restaurant is going to steer you wrong.
- Stroll through Dock Square, whether its for shopping, dining, walking or just people watching. The iconic center of town is just a short stroll from the Maine Stay and is not to be missed!
These are just a few of the items that top my list of things to do in town, and it’s certainly not complete. There are millions of ways to spend the days during your Kennebunkport Maine Vacation, and we at the Maine Stay Inn are more than happy to make suggestions based on what you like to do – we’re your travel agent and concierge all in one!
September 3rd, 2013 by Judi Hauer
While officials say that summer is still sticking around for a few more weeks, Labor Day has come and gone and September is underway, meaning that it’s prime time for enjoying a fall getaway to a Maine bed and breakfast. Today’s temperatures rose to around 80 and periods of bright sunshine drove many visitors to the beach for some sand and surf, just like you would during the heat of the summer, but the cool evening weather says that fall
The morning fog burned off quickly today, but not before I could snap this pic!
really is on its way. Yep, it’s time to break out the light jackets and thin sweaters, because you’ll certainly want one during a nighttime stroll! And with the crisp, cool breezes, there’s nothing I like more than a moonlit walk along the water. But one of the things I like about fall is that often a thick fog rolls in during the wee hours of the morning, so if you’re up early you can catch a glimpse of this beautiful scene before it burns off, revealing the characteristic bright blue skies.
During the fall season, there are lots of great ways to enjoy the foliage. One of my favorite things to do in the autumn (or spring and summer, for that matter) is to cruise the coastline on an elegant sailboat, like the Schooner Eleanor or the Pineapple Ketch. Each of these ships leave from docks within walking distance from our Maine bed and breakfast, and offer trips lasting between 90 minutes and two hours – the perfect length for relaxation and sightseeing but still leaves you with plenty of time for exploring Kennebunkport! The local nature preserves are ideal for enjoying walks in the midst of the fall foliage, and places like Laudholm Farm or Mount Agamenticus let you enjoy views of the woods and the coastline – setting the stage for a perfect photographic opportunity! But no matter how you choose to spend your fall getaway, a Maine bed and breakfast is the ideal setting for a classic New England experience.
September 1st, 2013 by Judi Hauer
While I can’t think of a single restaurant in Kennebunkport where you can’t get some kind of lobster at dinnertime, there are very few spots I would say serve the perfect lobster dinner. Now let’s be real – this is Maine. So chances are good you’ll get good lobster just about anywhere. But as a lifelong lobster connoisseur (seriously, just ask my mom), I will tell you that there is an immense difference between a decent lobster and a knock your socks off, craving inducing, must drive hundreds of miles just for this, kind of lobster. And one of those incredible finds is just up the
Found: a perfect lobster dinner at Nunan’s Lobster Hut in Kennebunkport!
street from the Maine Stay Inn at Port Lobster. Now, this is not your average restaurant. In fact, it’s not a restaurant at all. But this fish market does cook up the freshest lobsters you could ask for. So when visiting Kennebunkport, it’s a great idea to pack your own gourmet lobster picnic to enjoy by the water. Hop on over to Cape Porpoise kitchen to pick up a bottle of wine, some amazing cheeses, and an assortment of off the charts sides to complete your feast. Then pick up your hot and steamy lobster to enjoy wherever you like! We’ll happily supply the cracking equipment – just ask!
Looking for an old fashioned lobster dinner that you can walk to? Check out Mabel’s Lobster Claw, just a ten minute walk from the inn. And while it’s not on the water, its old school flare is pretty neat. But the hands down favorite when it comes to Maine lobster is Nunan’s Lobster Hut. You may have to drive, and you may wait in line (they take no reservations), and you may have to pay cash (sorry, plastic not accepted), but it is SO worth it. Not only is the atmosphere exactly what you think of when you think of a charming lobster pound, they know exactly how to make every lobster spot on. That’s probably because they basically just do lobster. They fish it, they catch it, and they cook it! Honestly, it’s heaven on a plate. Rather, it’s like heaven times two, because you’ve got to get the twin lobster special option – it’s the best buy around. Then top off your meal with a hearty slice of homemade blueberry pie ala mode. Yummmm. So when visiting Kennebunkport on the hunt for the perfect lobster dinner, you’re sure to find your ideal meal not far from the Maine Stay Inn.