November 27th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
We may not be covered in snow, but Kennebunkport sure is beautiful this Thanksgiving!
It’s hard to believe that I first set foot in Kennebunkport Maine 11 years ago today, during a family Thanksgiving getaway. Much like it is today, the town was aglow with Christmas lights and garlands adorning the Kennebunk River bridge and the lamp posts around town. But there is one striking difference – it was covered in snow! And despite today’s wind and steady rain, temps topped the 60 degree mark. Too bad it wasn’t sunny, right? That would have called for a full on beach day (kidding… kind of). I remember breaking out my boots and going for a stroll along the street of the Kennebunkport Maine historic district, admiring the beautiful Christmas decorations and incredible historic architecture.
Despite being away from home, my family celebrated Thanksgiving together, around a table in one of the many incredible restaurants, feasting until we couldn’t manage another bite. Sounds about right, no matter whether you’re home or away! And in the evening, after most restaurants have finished their Thanksgiving supper service, my family and I gathered around a table with other visitors to Kennebunkport during the holiday. It was a tradition we loved, and one that we’ve continued as innkeepers of a Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast. So tomorrow evening, we’re looking forward to joining family and friends (new and old) for some delicious light fare around our dining room table. A Kennebunkport Maine Thanksgiving quickly became our family tradition, and we look forward sharing this special day with so many others – Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
November 24th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
Enjoy a gourmet breakfast delivered to your door or in the company of others in our main dining room!
Anniversaries are a very special event in each of our lives, and today we had the pleasure of sharing a very special one at our Maine bed and breakfast, as innkeepers Judi and Walter celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. But no matter the number of years, it is always a treat to witness the caring and affection shared by couples who treat each other to a little bit of luxury during this special getaway. Although, I have to admit, when it comes to anniversaries, we don’t usually see too much of the love-birds, because they often enjoy the opportunity to have breakfast delivered to the door in some of our suites! So while Judi and Walter were still up early, buzzing about the Maine Stay, they had the opportunity to share their special day with some wonderful visitors, some of whom were even celebrating anniversaries of their own. And fortunately for visitors and residents alike, there are almost limitless possibilities for enjoying a romantic dinner in the Kennebunkport area. Whether you want an intimate candle-lit dinner overlooking the water or a five star dining experience with servers in bow ties and cumber buns, the area around our Maine bed and breakfast has it all, which means that you can enjoy a romantic meal before heading back to the inn. And with many rooms and suites offering king sized beds, gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and cozy sofas for snuggling, you can indulge in a little bit of rest, relaxation, and pampering during your anniversary getaway. Now, everyone visiting our Maine bed and breakfast will enjoy afternoon tea and freshly baked cookies and gourmet breakfast, but when folks are celebrating an anniversary, we try to add a little extra surprise to make their stay extra memorable, so the next time you have a special event to celebrate, treat your special someone to a Kennebunkport getaway!
November 20th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
Cozy up by a fire for some much needed R&R!
Our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is excited to debut a very special getaway offer during the upcoming holiday season. And since we know that this time of year can bring lots of stress and family or social obligations, everyone deserves a chance for a bit of rest and relaxation. So to make the a rejuvenating getaway possible, you can visit the Maine Stay Inn any Sunday through Thursday nights (Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve not included) for two nights in a room or suite with a fireplace, and you’ll get the rock bottom rate of just $129 per night! A deal like that has to be too good to be true, right? Not a chance! In fact, the only catch is that we pick the room based on availability. You’ll still get the free high speed WiFi, gourmet breakfasts, unlimited tea and coffee, and even our freshly baked cookies each afternoon, so you really can get the best of all worlds – a luxurious getaway and a stellar deal that will leave lots of green for you to get all of your holiday shopping done! And with Christmas Prelude coming soon, Kennebunkport is looking its finest, with lights and holiday decor all over town – and our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is no exception. Plus, since some windy weather has meant that most of the leaves have fallen, folks all over the area have taken the opportunity to get their Christmas lights up early. That means that the late fall lull that sometimes happens after the autumn foliage fades is filled with twinkling lights high and low. So while we aren’t breaking out the Christmas tunes just yet, the holiday spirit sure is filling all of us at the Maine Stay. This year as you spread holiday cheer to others, don’t leave yourself out, and take advantage of our $129 Midweek Special to our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast!
November 18th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
Check out the unique shops in Kennebunkport’s Dock Square!
Kennebunkport Maine is often known for its assortment of fine shops, and that means that it’s a prime location to get some holiday shopping done! All of us at the Maine Stay Inn are feel so lucky to have such a great spot for retail therapy just steps away. And unlike many vacation destinations, Dock Square is not overrun with T-shirt shops and souvenir stands. Instead, you’ll find incredible art galleries, chic boutiques, and fine crafts with products from many local craftsmen. No, you’re not going to find the Gap or an H&M, but the products sold in Kennebunkport Maine really reflect the character of New England and the uniqueness of the area. Now, if more mainstream stores are what you’re searching for, don’t worry! There are two world-class outlet centers not far from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast. Heading to our south, you’ll find the Kittery Outlets by Tanger, with more stores and brands than I could ever imagine! Frankly, the only downside I see here is that this outlet center is in a strip mall kind of set up, which means that walking or driving between cluster isn’t the most exciting or inspiring of events. That said, whatever Christmas shopping you can’t get done in Kennebunkport you can definitely cross off the list here. Or you could head north to the Freeport Outlets, with LLBean as the crown jewel of this shopping area. And while they don’t have quite as many stores as you might find in Freeport, you’ll experience a very pleasant small town feel while enjoying all the benefits of a huge shopping complex. And if you’ve got the bug to hit up LLBean at 2 am just because you can, this is definitely the place to go. But no matter which direction you head or if you stay right in town, you’re sure to enjoy your holiday preparation this year when shopping in Kennebunkport Maine!
November 14th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
I may be a little bit biased, but celebrating Thanksgiving in Kennebunkport Maine is always a really special time of year, and I certainly think our turkey day visitors agree! One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is getting to watch Kennebunkport prepare itself for Christmas Prelude. I am particularly excited this year, because a recent cold snap has made it feel a lot more like the holiday season, and many of the leaves are off the trees,
We’re looking forward to seeing the town get all decked out for the holidays!
which means it will look a lot less silly when folks start stringing lights on their trees and shrubs.
As you may know, I am a teeny bit partial to Kennebunkport Maine at Thanksgiving, because it marked my very first introduction to this amazing town. It seems like ages ago that I crossed that green bridge into Kennebunkport while checking out colleges during high school, and I never would have guessed that this place would become my home. Man, was I lucky that my parents chose to visit a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast on our trip! And while I didn’t end up attending a Maine college, we enjoyed our first Thanksgiving here so much that we visited again the following year. It was the perfect opportunity to relax! We sat by a gently glowing fire, reading books and playing games, enjoyed scenic walks along the ocean (yes, it is beautiful even when the weather is a bit brisk), and perused the incredible shopping opportunities in town. And, I must admit, we even hit up the outlet shops to knock off some Christmas shopping. So this year, whether you’re joining us solo, sans family, or with the whole clan in tow, you’re sure to enjoy a real getaway. And best of all, you can enjoy an amazing Thanksgiving meal without any of the work! As usual, there are lots of incredible restaurants waiting to dish up an old fashioned turkey dinner with all the fixins or something Maine inspired (lobster, anyone?), and we’re happy to help you pick one that’s right for you. We’re looking forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving in Kennebunkport Maine and hope that you are too!
November 10th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
This statue honors the military service of George H.W. Bush.
Many people are looking forward to celebrating Veteran’s Day tomorrow, and while it’s easy to forget the reason why we have an extra day off from work or school, our Maine bed and breakfast is taking the opportunity to honor our nation’s veterans. Unlike Memorial Day, which honors fallen veterans, most communities don’t celebrate with a parade or armed salute in a local cemetery, so we can sometimes forget what this holiday is all about. We’re expressing our gratitude for those who have served our country by offering select rooms to active and retired members of the US military at no charge. This is our fourth year participating in the BnBs for Vets program, and we’re really excited to welcome these national heroes to our Maine bed and breakfast tomorrow! Last year, I took a walk our to the Bush family compound along Parson’s Way, heading out from the Maine Stay Inn along Ocean Avenue. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, and I hope that tomorrow is just as beautiful. I rounded the corner by St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, just to glimpse an American flag flying over the Atlantic in a cloudless sky. flagpole flying in the essentially cloudless sky. Just about two miles from my start at our Maine Bed and Breakfast, I reached a scenic precipice overlooking the Bush Compound, where a monument honors George H.W. Bush’s military service. Not only that, it honors the service of all veterans, and how better to celebrate Veteran’s Day than by stumbling upon this? It was so serendipitous, but I certainly plan on doing the same this year. Needless to say, Veterans Day 2012 was a great one in Kennebunkport Maine, and I am hoping tomorrow is just as great – no matter where or how you celebrate!
November 8th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
It’s hard to believe, but Christmas Prelude 2013 is well on its way to Kennebunkport! In fact, it’s less than 30 days away now! And even though Christmas decorations showed up in the stores promptly on November 1, I can’t quite wrap my head around it being “the Holidays” while there are still leaves on some of the trees. But the weather is getting much cooler, and the air is getting that crisp, late fall feeling, which means… winter’s not far behind! So get ready for getting in the holiday spirit with a trip to the nation’s second best Christmas festival, Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport Maine! All of us at the Maine Stay Inn feel so lucky to get to experience this incredible event each year from our location just a few short blocks from the heart of the action. We’re looking forward to Christmas Prelude 2013 and can’t wait to celebrate with you in Kennebunkport!
November 4th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
Over the last few days, the weather at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast has gotten chillier and it reminds us that the season for romantic winter getaways is starting! I mean, now that the Halloween decorations have been packed away, the leaves are really falling, and the grocery stores’ piles of clearance candy are finally dwindling, it is the start of Third Night Free time! Yes, it’s true! So now you can enjoy a romantic getaway to Kennebunkport
It’s time to snuggle up by the fire!
and get a third night at absolutely no cost. That means 33% extra time for snuggling by the fire, soaking in a whirlpool tub, and 33% more complimentary gourmet breakfasts (which can even be delivered to your suite at no charge!).
From now through April 1, you can enjoy an especially budget friendly getaway to the Maine Stay Inn (certain holiday periods excluded, of course). Now, whether you are looking for a foodie-filled retreat from daily life or are spicing things up with that special someone, our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast has just the thing you need! So after a scenic stroll through town or a vigorous walk along the ocean, you can indulge in freshly baked cookies and piping hot cocoa in front of a glowing fire.
We’re happy to suggest just some great indoor and outdoor activities, so no matter the weather your days can be as full as you want them. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking might be top on your agenda, but if something more leisurely is up your alley, consider a horse-drawn sleigh or carriage ride, visit to one of the area’s art galleries or museums, or even just a snuggle by the fire. No matter what you choose, anyone at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is more than happy to suggest the perfect spot for dinner out… or dinner in if you’re just that relaxed! There are a few restaurants in the area that offer a delivery option or the option to grab and go. Since every couple deserves a chance for a rejuvenating getaway that’s also friendly on your wallet, visit us this winter for two nights and get your third night free!
October 30th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
We’re saying goodbye to the Victorian Charm Room and welcoming a new look!
With October drawing to a close, our Maine bed and breakfast is gearing up for some exciting renovations and one is already underway! While we’re not going to spill the beans on what is coming during the rest of the winter in terms of new room designs, we’re happy to announce that the Victorian Charm Room (#15) in the main house is no more. The wallpaper has come down, the walls given a new coat of plaster, and are already boasting a new color palette. And with all these changes, “Victorian Charm” is not going to suit the new look, and in a week or so we’ll be announcing its new style and new name. Now, this room was much loved, and we’re not going to change that – we’re just going to add more of the things you love about our Maine bed and breakfast! You can be sure that you’ll find a blissful bed, comfy seating, and all the modern amenities you expect from the Maine Stay Inn. But we’re not ones for spoiling a surprise, so stay tuned for pictures and updates about all the changes going on around our Maine Bed and Breakfast!
October 28th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
Can you spot the creative use of pumpkins in downtown Kennebunkport?
It’s the end of October and signs all around Kennebunkport say that Halloween is on its way! While many trees are still boasting some incredible fall foliage, many are shedding theirs and sporting their winter look. But at this time of year, you’ll spot loads of mums all across Kennebunkport (and the Maine Stay Inn is no exception) and pumpkins galore. Whether they may be perched atop scarecrows or the monument in Dock Square, you’ll surely enjoy picking them out in some unexpected places. One of my favorite things to enjoy at this time of year is a stroll through the historic districts of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, viewing spectacular historic homes dolled up in their Halloween finest while hearing the crunch of fallen leaves under foot. No matter how you spend your days during a getaway to Kennebunkport, you’re sure to discover why Halloween and late fall is such a great time!