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Cozy Kennebunkport Restaurants to Fight the Winter Chill!

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!

    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!

Managing Food Allergies at a Maine Bed and Breakfast

January 6th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

When some people think about a Maine bed and breakfast, they think about cold muffins, bagels, and store bought danish, and that’s definitely what happens here at the Maine Stay Inn.  Each day we serve a multi-course breakfast, and when I say “serve,” I mean it.  But many people still assume that a bed and breakfast might not be able to handle dietary restrictions, and that’s simply not the case!

Who would think these tasty muffins could have no gluten, no dairy, no eggs, and still loads of flavor?!

Who would think these tasty muffins could have no gluten, no dairy, no eggs, and still loads of flavor?!

Now, I must always point out that while we take every precaution when dealing with allergies, we make sure that guests know that allergens are contained on the premise and that the possibility of cross contamination could occur.  Especially when it comes to gluten free diets, guests want to know if we really know our stuff.  And we sure do!  I basically grew up learning to cook and bake gluten free items, because I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at age 12.  And over the years, a variety of foods have been removed from my diet, so I’ve learned to adjust, which has meant that the whole family is really aware of what is in foods.  So when we had 2 gluten free, 2 gluten and dairy free, one dairy free, and one nut free guests this weekend it was just no problem.  And we didn’t just serve them fried eggs!  Everyone got their “safe” version of our planned menu and it was so well received!

So most of the common food allergies are old hat at our Maine bed and breakfast, but things certainly get more complicated when a single person has multiple allergies.  Sometimes that means we need input from the guests, but usually with some thought and planning we’re all set, but that’s exactly why we request at least 7 days advance warning s that we can adequately prepare!  The thing that had us in a pickle for the longest time was a guest who was gluten free and vegan.  But with a lot of research and LOTS of taste-testing, we’re really getting the hang of it, and even served two different baked creations at teatime this weekend and no one knew the difference!  So if you’re considering a Maine bed and breakfast and have food allergies, look no further because we’ve got you covered!

Getting Ready for New Year’s Eve in Kennebunkport!

December 30th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

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Looking forward to watching the New Year’s Eve ball drop from Kennebunkport

After a bit of relaxation time over the Christmas holiday, we’ve returned with renewed vigor to start preparing to ring in the new year in Kennebunkport.  While some people choose to enjoy dinners out, many guests decide to enjoy the festivities right inside the Maine Stay Inn with our annual New Year’s Eve party.  What started years ago as a way for innkeepers, staff, local friends, and of course any guests in a low key evening, has become so much more and I am just bubbling with anticipation for tomorrow night!  No, you won’t find a formal, sit-down dinner here – just loads and loads of fresh and delicious noshes to keep everyone chugging well past midnight.  And while the celebration always starts as a laid back evening, we always undoubtedly transition into an assortment of fun group games.  It might not seem possible, but the merriment has almost caused us to miss the ball dropping two years in a row!  This year, I’m setting an alarm clock!  Not everyone lasts until the clock strikes 12, but I am always impressed with the crowd that gathers just in time to watch that Swarovski crystal globe light up.  Now we keep with beverages comin’ with the non-alcoholic variety, but anyone and everyone is welcome to bring their favorite adult beverage to toast the New Year.  Otherwise they’ll be clinking glasses with sparkling apple cider with me – because I’ve got to make sure that New Year’s day brunch goes off without a hitch!  So let the countdown to 2014 begin, because we in Kennebunkport are eagerly awaiting our New Year’s Eve party!

A Christmas Snowstorm in Kennebunkport Maine

December 26th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

IMG_1267_2‘Twas the night after Christmas and all through Kennebunkport, not a creature was stirring… well, no one but the plow drivers!  While there was plenty of the white stuff on the ground on the morning of December 25, it certainly wasn’t the fresh beautiful powder that fell this afternoon.  And, boy, was it beautiful!  Kennebunkport Maine was quiet as people snuggled inside, spending time with their friends and loved ones.  But now that Christmas has come and gone, we at the Maine Stay Inn are gearing up for our New Year’s Eve celebration.  It’s one of our most favorite holidays, because it means that we get to spend all evening socializing, playing great games, and watching the ball drop with lots of friends (new and old) over tons of delicious nibbles.  And my personal favorite, is waking up (a little bit later, of course!) to our three course brunch!  But you’ll just have to wait for a New Year’s Day update, because I’m not spilling any secrets on the menu.  We’re sending our wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season from all of us in Kennebunkport Maine.

Give a Getaway This Holiday Season

December 17th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

For families around the globe, December can be a big gift-giving month – and not just for Christmas!  Both of my parents celebrate birthdays this month, as well as an anniversary at the end of November, and that’s not so unusual, it seems, because we’ve had lots of couples visiting the Maine Stay Inn

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Our Holiday gift certificate sale is back!

recently celebrating birthdays and anniversaries during their stay.  I suppose if you think about it, there are probably just as many people born during December as during any other month (except February with its measly 28 – or 29 – days), so chances are good that someone you know has a birthday between Thanksgiving and New Years.  And truthfully, I think these visitors were really onto something– giving the gift of a getaway – because I for one know that it can really be tough to come up with a thoughtful and creative present for not one, but two special days.

But remember, for the next few days you can take advantage of our annual Gift Certificate sale and cash in on some steep savings for your getaway to a Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Plus, since you’re giving a gift certificate, that special someone in your life can use if for a winter weekend, a fun summer vacation, or just a night away from the kids.  And best of all, there’s no wrapping involved, because our gift certificates come printed and customized just for you!

Winter Wonderland Comes to Kennebunkport Maine

December 16th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Now Kennebunkport Maine really feels ready for the holidays!

Now Kennebunkport Maine really feels ready for the holidays!

After a lifetime of living in New England, I’ve come to entirely distrust the weather forecasts, but much to my chagrin, the meteorologists were spot on this past weekend, with their snowy forecast for Kennebunkport Maine.  And truthfully, we’d all been wishing for a little of the flaky stuff to really make it feel like the holiday season.  None arrived for Thanksgiving, and the ground remained bare for the first weekend of Christmas Prelude.  The second weekend of Prelude arrived with not a speck of snow to be found, and my doubts for flakes faded as Saturday afternoon turned to evening without a hint of snow.  But when I woke up to over a foot of snow on Sunday morning, Kennebunkport Maine had been transformed into a winter wonderland!  Fortunately Mother Nature blessed us with precipitation in the form of soft powder, which meant that nearly blizzard like conditions couldn’t stop us from delivering piping hot breakfasts to guests in seven of the cottage suites at our Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast.  Now the fact that all of them didn’t choose the room service option is a little surprising, but it turns out that lots of people enjoy the snow as much as I do!  And with Christmas just nine days away, it finally feels like the holiday season after this snowstorm transformed Kennebunkport Maine into a Winter Wonderland!

Christmas Prelude 2013 is Underway in Kennebunkport Maine!

December 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

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It sure is quite a tree we’ve got for Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport Maine!

Kennebunkport Maine is alive with Christmas Prelude festivities, and tonight is no exception! Now that the tree is lit with its signature lobster topper, town looks particularly beautiful.  That said, this time of year is always especially cheerful, with Christmas garlands lining the downtown area and historic district, and historic homes (including our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast) are sparkling with their Christmas lights.

Today’s activities featured a multitude of craft fairs, shopping extravaganzas, art shows, and musical events.  But for the eighth straight year, people have dropped everything to stand by the road in Dock Square for the Crazy Hat Parade.  Crowds lined the street (akin to a miniature version of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade) while several hundred enthusiastic folks donned on the most ridiculous costumes and hats you could imagine.  Laughter and cheering followed each group, and children were rewarded for their patience and cooperation with candy canes!

The incredible array of activities continue throughout tomorrow, but if you didn’t make it this weekend there is still next weekend for Prelude Round 2!  And if you can’t find your schedule of events for Christmas Prelude 2013, you can visit the website for more information. And, of course, we have lots of schedules and reading materials at the Maine Stay Inn.  But now it’s time to hit the sack, because there is so much more Christmas Prelude 2013 to enjoy tomorrow in Kennebunkport Maine!

Black Friday Gift Certificate Sale!

November 29th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

After a wonderful day filled with friends, family, and lots of good food, it’s only natural that thoughts should turn to Black Friday!  And the Maine Stay Inn is excited to bring back its holiday gift certificate sale in time for the biggest shopping day of the year. There’s no better way to show a loved one how much they mean to you than by treating them to a getaway to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast!

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Despite busy schedules, little kids, and crazy jobs, it really is possible to sneak away for a few days to rekindle that “spark” or just spend quality time together.  And planning that special trip is half the fun!  Now with our incredible Holiday Gift Certificate promotion, you can enjoy a relaxing escape to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast for even less (bargain-hunters, this is right up your alley)!  Plus, the more you spend, the more you save.

Whether you visit for a leisurely weekend of lounging by a fire or soaking in a jacuzzi tub or an active jaunt filled with hiking, biking, cross country skiing or snowshoeing, Kennebunkport has got you covered.  So this Black Friday you can take advantage of some amazing deals for your holiday shopping without ever leaving the couch!

Looking Forward to Thanksgiving in Kennebunkport Maine

November 27th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

We may not be covered in snow, but Kennebunkport sure is beautiful this Thanksgiving!

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!

Celebrating Anniversaries at a Maine Bed and Breakfast

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!

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!