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November 20th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Cozy up by a fire for some much needed R&R!

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!

Holiday Shopping in Kennebunkport Maine

November 18th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

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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!


Celebrating Thanksgiving 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!

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!

Maine Bed and Breakfast Honors Veterans

November 10th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

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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!

Christmas Prelude 2013 is Coming to Kennebunkport!

November 8th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

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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!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Romantic Winter Getaways

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!

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!

Maine Bed and Breakfast Starts a New Renovation

October 30th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

We're saying goodbye to the Victorian Charm Room and welcoming a new look!

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!

Halloween’s Coming to Kennebunkport

October 28th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

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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!

Sports Bars in Kennebunkport for World Series Watching

October 24th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

I am probably breaking some kind of cardinal rule in New England by writing this blog while the Red Sox are playing in the World Series, but I realized that not everyone knows where to find sports bars or similar settings in Kennebunkport. And while I enjoy watching the game all curled up in a cozy bed or sofa, I know that a lot of people live for the group dynamic when lots of people are cheering together.  Given how fanatical New Englanders are about their Red Sox, there are more than a few sports bars to grab a drink and cheer for your team.  St. Louis fans, just keep your jerseys under your jacket.  When you’re visiting, you won’t just be confined to your room or the living room at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, so here’s a selection of great local spots to cheer for your favorite team (as long it’s one from New England – kidding, kind of):

Don't miss the World Series in Kennebunkport!

Don’t miss the World Series in Kennebunkport!

  • Federal Jack’s is definitely a favorite spot, because with a dozen or so big screen TVs you’re sure to get your fill.  Plus, as the home of shipyard ales (with seven different homemade brews tapped directly from the brewery below), and a huge assortment of other draft beers, you’ll find just the thing to quench your thirst!  And with their big menu of traditional pub food (and more sophisticated entrees as well) there’s lots to satiate you, even if the game goes into extra innings.
  • Alisson’s Restaurant, located at the very center of Dock Square, just a stone’s throw from the Maine Stay Inn, features quite a few TVs and a great bar.  Plus, their assortment of finger food is just as extensive as that at Fed’s.
  • You’ll find a small gathering of local folks at Pier 77‘s the Ramp, which, while only offering 2 viewing screens, has a great homey atmosphere.  Looking around, you will find the walls and ceilings plastered with vintage sports memorabilia, which just adds to the viewing experience.  And with standout food choices, this the Ramp is a great spot for the non sports fan and the enthusiast alike.
  • Looking for something a little different?  Check out Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant in Lower Village Kennebunk.  The food’s pretty stellar (and not at all like commercialized Mexican eateries) and their margaritas are out of this world.  So pull up a seat at the bar and enjoy!
  • While the bar areas are not too big at Tia’s Topside and Ryan’s Corner House, both are sure to draw a good crowd for the World Series.  Plus, since you can walk from the Maine Stay, you can grab a beer or two and not worry about hopping in the car.

And, really, this is just the tip of the iceberg!  So instead of wishing you had an “in” for World Series tickets, you can sit back, enjoy a drink and some finger food, and watch the big game in Kennebunkport.

Finding Great Lobster in Kennebunkport During the Winter

October 21st, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Finding great lobster in Kennebunkport is probably at the top of nearly every visitor’s list (except you shellfish allergic folks – I send my condolences), and visiting during the winter months doesn’t change that.  And surprisingly, it doesn’t make it much harder!  But yes, I said it.  The W word.  And while there is still tons of

Cold weather won't hamper your chances of finding great lobster in Kennebunkport!

Cold weather won’t hamper your chances of finding great lobster in Kennebunkport!

glorious fall weather to enjoy, the days are getting a bit shorter and the temps a bit cooler.  I for one am always reluctant to admit that fall will undoubtedly fade into winter and I will have to eventually break out a real coat.  And mittens.  But there is one thing that always jars me into acceptance, and it happened this past weekend.  Nunan’s Lobster Hut closed for the season.  Don’t fret!  There are still lots of spots to enjoy that perfect Maine lobster you’ve been craving, and you won’t have to venture far from the Maine Stay Inn to enjoy it.

  • For the next few weeks, you can still get that old fashioned lobster shack experience at Mabel’s Lobster Claw on Ocean Avenue, or the down home Maine feel at Arundel Wharf, just a block from the Maine Stay.  Both offer that traditional charm you think of when you think of classic Maine.  Once the weather gets too cold for them to keep their pipes from freezing, pop over to Mike’s Clam Shack in Wells for that old fashioned flair.
  • You can almost always count on Federal Jack’s to be serving, and since they keep tanks for lobsters, it’s a spot that has never disappointed when it comes to delivering a fresh, hot old fashioned lobster dinner.  Even in January!
  • David’s Kennebunkport also whips up a mean lobster dinner within walking distance.  And by that I even mean walking in the snow kind of walking distance.  Seriously it’s like 2 minutes away.  It will take longer to warm up the car than get there on foot.  Plus, they earn big bonus points in my book for a stellar water view.
  • In the heart of Dock Square, just a hop, skip, and a jump from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, you’ll find Alisson’s Restaurant, which is almost as consistent as Federal Jack’s when it comes to operating hours.  So while you won’t get a great water view, you can pop in for a quick (and award winning) lobster roll that’s sure to satisfy.
  • In Cape Porpoise, situated right on the harbor, you’ll find Pier 77 and the Ramp, which offers breathtaking views of Goat Island lighthouse and Kennebunkport’s fleet of lobster boats.  And great lobster.  Obviously.

Now, I know that this just barely scratches the surface of places to get great lobster in and around Kennebunkport, but it’s a handy list to keep in mind during an off season visit – now get eating!