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Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Gets a New Look

March 17th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

The winter months are a time period when we devote lots of time and energy to updating our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast and this year has been no exception.  Of course, we do lots of little things, like fixing the chipped paint in each and every guest room (boy, do those vacuums do a number on the baseboards!), fixing wallpaper seams, and replacing rugs that have seen better days.

Before the renovation...

Before the renovation…

We move furniture and reorganize, just to make things work better for each and every visitor.  So our days are just jam-packed keeping our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast in ship-shape.

But we can’t stop there, because we always want to keep things interesting by throwing in a bunch of big time renovations and major design projects. We’ve teased you with a few sneak peeks at our design work, but now we have some real photos to show.

... And after!!!

… And after!!!

Sometimes, though a small change turns out to totally transform a room – and it’s always a real surprise!  This year we decided that Abbie’s Retreat Room 17 really needed a gas burning fireplace to complete it – I mean, with a plush pillow top king bed and double whirlpool tub, it was just begging for a fireplace too!  Who would have thought that would totally change the vibe, but it totally did!  Even with cool colors, it is such a warm and inviting space (and not just temperature wise!).  This year, though, all four rooms on the second floor of the Main house got new looks, with small but powerful changes in Captain Walker’s Suite, and complete redesigns in both Rooms 15 and 18.  Despite the face that Room 15 was well loved, it was time for a new look, and boy did we deliver – now “The Elmview Room” boasts a modern take on the traditional bed and breakfast experience.  While I’d love to go on about our many renovations this winter, you’ll have to stay tuned for more on our design changes, because this entry is just getting too long!  We know you’ll enjoy our changes in Room 15 as we bring an updated look to our loved Victorian, but don’t forget to let us know what you think about the updates to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast!

New Pictures of Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast are Coming!

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!

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!

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!

What Makes Maine Bed and Breakfasts “Charming”?

October 8th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

In honor of National Country Inn and Bed and Breakfast Day, Hotels.com compiled a list of their favorite B&Bs across the nation, and we were so excited to find the Maine Stay Inn on that list!  Their article “10 Charming American Bed & Breakfasts Around the US” got me thinking about what exactly makes Maine bed and breakfasts so charming and romantic.  Now, let’s be clear – charming is not the same thing as cute.  Or old.  To me, the word “charming” evokes these warm feelings of relaxation and comfort, without pretense or fan fare.  So here are just a few things about Maine bed and breakfasts that make your travel experience charming:

  • Smaller scale – now there is something about walking into a cavernous hotel lobby where high heels clickety- clack on tile floors that is decidedly not charming.  It’s not cozy, and doesn’t really make me think
    Cozy up at a Maine bed and breakfast!

    Cozy up at a Maine bed and breakfast!

    “Yeah, I want to put on a robe and snuggle.”  And even though all Maine bed and breakfasts are different, their smaller size automatically puts them closer to achieving charm at first glance.

  • They’re unique!  And not just from one another.  When you check in at a hotel, you can pretty much be sure that room 201 is going to look just like room 304 and 406.  At the Maine Stay Inn, and many other Maine B&Bs, each room is individually designed, so as you select your room, you can actually envision your getaway, and when walking down the hall, you’ll notice that, much like in a home, each room is different!  And I personally feel that is an important part of making a place feel homey… and one step closer to charming!
  • Many are historic.  And while that does translate into being chronologically old, it really means that they tend to boast fine craftsmanship and details that you can’t find in modern buildings or typical hotels.  Our floating staircase is a prime example!  Things like detailed moldings and stained glass definitely bring charm to the physical structure.
  • Personality!  Yes, it’s possible!  And while some of that has to do with the staff, the care, design, and attention to detail also gives the physical structure its own personality.  But the people are huge in making you feel at ease and welcomed at a Maine bed and breakfast.  Chances are pretty good that those responsible for cleaning your room are also going to serve you at breakfast or make your dinner reservations, and they want to get to know you so that they can help make your stay exactly what you’re looking for!

The truth is, defining “charming” is really hard.  And frankly, I’d rather use the words “warm,” “welcoming,” or “inviting” to describe Maine Bed and Breakfasts, but all of us are so honored to be named one of the nation’s most charming inns!

Luxury Kennebunkport Cottages Feature Styles for Everyone

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

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!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Receives Eco Friendly Award

August 15th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

We received some exciting news earlier this summer, when we found out that our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast was named a Green Leader by TripAdvisor!  Over the past six years, we have been working diligently to turn this historic property into an eco-friendly destination.  At first, the task seemed daunting.  I mean, how could you turn an 1860 Victorian and five guest houses into a lean, mean energy sipping machine?  And since the idea

We've been designated a a green leader!

We’ve been designated a a green leader!

of recycling was not even considered, this seemed like an insurmountable task.  You have to start somewhere, right?  So we began recycling paper products in the office and water bottles abandoned in guest rooms.  That wasn’t enough to satisfy our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, so we went to work on kitchen waste (think the cardboard cartons produce ships in), non-returnable beverage bottles, and even sorting trash from each guest room.

Simply instituting a recycling policy was not going to win us any awards, and light bulbs were next on the agenda.  Gradually we’ve changed from your average incandescent to energy sipping compact fluorescents, with plans to invest in LED bulbs as well.  Unfortunately, the Maine Stay Inn can’t boast 100% use of such bulbs – often in the main house because of its antique fixtures that just don’t look right with the swirly fluorescent types.  Our biggest changes, however, have been behind the scenes, with upgrades to the heating, cooling and hot water systems at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast making everyone more comfortable, but also friendly for the environment.

So we’re proud to announce that TripAdvisor has honored us with a bronze level award for providing environmentally friendly lodging options.  But unlike many, we’re not content with the status quo, so we’re constantly tweaking our energy conservation plans and making changes to make our 19th century Kennebunkport bed and breakfast as energy efficient as possible – and we’re taking suggestions!

Finding Your Way to a Maine Bed and Breakfast

August 12th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Welcome to Maine - the way life should be!

Welcome to Maine – the way life should be!

While you’ll certainly go over a river, and possibly through some woods, you sure won’t feel like you’re off to grandmother’s house when you’re en route to a Maine bed and breakfast!  Fortunately Kennebunkport doesn’t sit too far from Interstate 95, which means that visitors should expect and easy trip up (or down) to town.  And with three exits in close proximity, even missing your desired exit won’t throw much of  a kink in your plans.  The truth is, honestly, that the Maine Stay Inn is a cinch to find and an easy drive from any of the metropolitan areas in the northeast.  And whether you choose to travel by plane, train or automobile, there are great options to get you where you want to go.

Situated just 86 miles from Boston, our Maine bed and breakfast is a quick trip up the pike, but I always like to allow two hours – just in case you hit a little traffic around the tolls or in the event of a bathroom break or snack stop.  Sometimes, though, you’ve got to allow a tad bit more time… because a girl’s gotta shop, doesn’t she?!  And if you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, exit 2 off the Maine Turnpike will lead you to Route 1 and the Kittery Tanger Outlets.  With shops featuring basically any brand you could imagine, the Outlets offer great products at great prices.  Now, if you’re not in a hurry to end up in Kennebunkport Maine, continuing on Route 1 can be a fun trip, and a stop at Yummies Candy store, which keeps over 10,000 pounds of candy on display.  Just a bit further north lies Stonewall Kitchen and its flagship location, featuring a cooking school, cafe, and tour-able factory, not to mention the shop with irresistible packaged treats.  Continuing on Route 1, you’ll pass through the towns of York, Ogunquit, and Wells, each of which has a unique character and some great spots to eat and shop!  Most visitors to our Maine bed and breakfast choose to do their leisurely explorations after checking in, so they usually take exit 19 from the south (or 32 if they are coming from the north).  But if the beautiful Maine landscape is causing some distracted driving, hopping off at exit 25 won’t disappoint, as Route 35, the main drag from Kennebunk to Kennebunkport features some of the most beautiful homes you’ll ever see.  No matter how you go about finding your way to our Maine bed and breakfast, we’re located in a great spot for all of your favorite Kennebunkport activities.

A Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Favorite Recipe

August 10th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

At Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, the Maine Stay Inn, breakfast is never just your standard bacon, eggs, and toast, so on a hot summer morning like today, we busted out a favorite breakfast recipe that always draws rave reviews.  Our strawberry goat cheese bruschetta is an unusual offering that surprises visitors but delights the palate!  Since we had so many requests for the recipe this morning, I decided to share the recipe.

This shockingly easy recipe is great for our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast but also for home entertaining, because you can prepare the parts the night before.  So here’s what you’ll need – fresh, juicy strawberries, french bread, goat cheese, cream cheese, olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper, breakfast at Maine Bed and Breakfastfresh thyme, and fresh rosemary.  You’ll want to chop a handful of rosemary and thyme and soak them overnight in a generous amount of olive oil, throwing in a dash of salt and pepper at any point.  Since you’ll be using the oil to brush the surface of the bread, add the amount of herbs that is to your liking.  At our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, we serve this with a hefty amount of sides, so we allow three pieces of bread per person (cutting the loaf into three-finger wide sections and then splitting those in half), which means a single baguette serves about 6-7 people.  We bake and then slice (once cool, of course!) the  bread the night before, storing it in a tightly wrapped bowl or airtight container.  To make your morning preparation a little easier, we also recommend slicing your fresh strawberries the day before.  We usually allow 2 medium berries per person, each cut into about 4-5 slices, depending on the size of your berries.  We’ve also found over the years that folks sometimes find the taste of goat cheese a little strong in the morning, so to make the flavors a bit more mild, we cream equal portions of chevre and cream cheese.  Plus, it makes spreading so much easier!  You can do this the night before as well, but make sure to bring the mixture to room temperature before using.

Just prior to serving, take a large pastry brush and coat the surface of each bread slice with your herbed oil and place on a baking sheet.  Then you’ll want to broil the bread until the oil bubbles and the bread begins to turn a golden brown.  Since every oven broils differently, make sure to watch this very carefully!  Once the bread has cooled slightly, spread liberally with your cheese mixture – we allow about a half ounce of mixture per slice.  Top with about three to four slices of berries.  Just before you’re ready to plate, pop these babies back in the broiler for just long enough to make them warm and gooey, but not blacken your strawberries.  At our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, we like to serve this recipe with a baby arugula and field green salad (lightly dressed and sprinkled with kosher salt and pepper), a hefty portion of soft scrambled eggs with chives and parsley fresh from the garden, and your choice of breakfast meat.  It’s a light and refreshing meal that always starts the day right.  So now you can try this recipe at home and pass along this Kennebunkport bed and breakfast favorite to your loved ones – it’s sure to be a hit!

Baby Make Three – Traveling with Kids in Kennebunkport Maine

July 23rd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

With entertainment and social media buzzing about the Royal Baby, it got me thinking about couples traveling with their infants or kids in Kennebunkport Maine.  Now, it’s true that many parents choose Kennebunkport as a destination for a quick getaway without their little ones, because of its easy access and proximity to major metropolitan areas in the northeast (that means that in the event of an emergency, moms won’t be too far away).

Kid sized adirondack chairs welcome kids to the backyard

Kid sized adirondack chairs welcome kids to the backyard

But there are lots of families that aren’t quite ready to leave their kiddos behind, and at the Maine Stay Inn, we believe they deserve a relaxing romantic getaway too!  So while the main house isn’t set up to accommodate families with young children, our cottage suites offer an ideal setup – plus, they are generally larger, which is a necessity for families.  And since breakfast will be delivered to your door (Breakfast in bed for no charge?  Yes, please!), parents won’t even have to worry about those “indoor voices” lectures, getting their little ones out of their jammies, or their table manners.

Many first time parents, especially those traveling for the first time with their kids, don’t have the essentials to make travel safe and comfortable for their little one.  Fortunately, we’re prepared for you!  No, you’re not going to have to squeeze a whole family into one bed, because we have sturdy cribs that meet the new federal guidelines for crib safety and can even outfit them with bumpers, sheets and blankets.  For bigger kids, we have many rooms that have Tempurpedic sleeper sofas, and without a bar, kids (and adults too) are sure to enjoy a restful night in Kennebunkport Maine.  Some parents worry that a bed and breakfast won’t welcome their families because many have a strict “no kids” policy, but that sure isn’t the case here!  In fact, we even keep a supply of backyard and sand toys just for their entertainment.  The truth is, though, that we want everyone to have the best possible experience during their vacation, so we’ve set things up so that they are the most respectful of families, as well as those who are looking for a break from theirs.  So if William and Kate (or any parents) decide to tote Baby Cambridge to Kennebunkport Maine for a relaxing vacation, they’re sure to be welcomed with open arms.

What to Expect When Checking In to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

July 9th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

For some reason, newbies to B&Bs have lots of questions and anxieties about checking in to a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, so it seemed appropriate to talk about what you can expect during the check in process.  I guess the first thing to mention is that there is a front desk.  Now it may seem silly, but last week while I was trimming the Picture 4_2bushes (and literally standing in the shrubbery, goggles on, and electric trimmer in hand), an unsure couple yelled their last name and wanted to check in.  While I am a bit of a multi-tasker, I generally don’t try to do landscaping and man the front desk at the same time, so I shook off the clippings and showed them inside, where someone was happy to welcome them and introduce them to Kennebunkport. It is true that the front desk doesn’t really look like what you find at a hotel, but we do have one.  And just like at a hotel, the front desk at a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is where you’ll get your key and go for questions.  The similarities stop there!  Usually, whoever is waiting to check you in will  provide you with information about the inn and answer any questions you might have about the property. We’ll find out about when you’d like to enjoy breakfast, and, of course, if you have any special dietary needs.  Now, since we serve freshly baked cookies and beverages in the afternoons, we’ll usually offer you a little pick-me-up and get you acquainted with the area – places to eat, things to do, and ways to make your vacation extra special!  Unlike a big hotel, the person that greeted you at check in is your personal concierge during your stay.  They’ll show you to your room and help you with your bags (no tipping the bellhop, here!), but not to worry, you’re not going to have to endure a tour of the premise or hear a history of the building.  Sometimes, though, folks just want to grab a map and head to their rooms, and that is totally fine with us!  We want to make sure that you have the information you need to start your vacation off on the right foot, but if just putting your feet up and relaxing is what the doctor ordered, that is what we want for you too!  If you want a customized and personal greeting, that’s what you’ll get.  If you want the bare bones instead, that’s what you’ll get. So what you experience when checking in to a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is totally up to you!