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Summer Vacation at Maine Bed and Breakfasts

July 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Maine bed and breakfasts will help you find gorgeous spots like this to visit!

Maine bed and breakfasts will help you find gorgeous spots like this to visit!

Now that July Fourth has come and gone, it is definitely summer vacation time, and there’s no better place than at Maine bed and breakfasts, which offer a combination of the amenities of high end hotels and the comforts of home. Now that doesn’t mean that you’re actually going to be in someone’s home – staying at a bed and breakfast doesn’t mean sleeping in Granny’s spare bedroom.  It is, however, distinctly different from a hotel.  Generally Maine bed and breakfasts are smaller in scale, so that means that the person checking you in is also likely to be serving your breakfast or making your theater reservations.  The staff is going to greet you by name and remember the restaurant where you had dinner last night.  When was the last time that happened at a Hilton?

While some people might envision the innkeepers at a B&B hovering or tucking you in at night (can you say creepy?), in reality, the staff is happy to be available as much or as little as you need us.  If you want help planning every second of your summer vacation, we’ve got lots of ideas!  But if you’d rather fly by the seat of your pants, we’re good with that too.  The truth is that everyone who works at Maine bed and breakfasts wants to make sure that you have the best possible vacation, so you might get an “Are you sure I can’t help you with…?” kind of question more often than you would at a hotel.  But on the quest to ensure that you have a great vay-cay, Maine bed and breakfasts try to think of everything – beach parking passes (for free!), beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, you name it.  But the best part, at least in my opinion, is waking up to a great breakfast!  No soda fountain OJ or miniature boxes of cereal here – you’re in for a multi-course gourmet delight.  And since we alternate daily between sweet and savory entrees, there’s something for  every palate.  I can’t remember the last time I was served a plated meal for free by a hotel – can you?  So this year, when planning your summer vacation, skip the vanilla and Maine bed and breakfasts!

A Maine Bed and Breakfast: Before and After

April 14th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Crisp whites and soft blues accent the bright new Cottage Suite 3!

Crisp whites and soft blues accent the bright new Cottage Suite 3!

As many of you know, the winter time is full of hustle and bustle at our Maine Bed and Breakfast, because in addition to visiting with incredible guests, we also are working to check off an infinite

number of projects.  And of course, there are the not so fun tasks, like helping Walter clean out his office, which morphs from office to storage room/workshop/closet for outdoor winter clothes in record time.  But the most fun are the transformations of rooms and suites across the property.  We certainly tackled some big ones this year, and Romantic Cottage Suite 3 is no exception!

With rich burgundy wallpaper, Cottage Suite 3 sometimes made it feel smaller than other rooms of the same size, so when planning the makeover, we knew we had to lighten it up.  Renovations, like most things at the Maine Stay Inn, are all about teamwork and the team all agreed on one thing – the great mahogany plantation bed  just had to stay!  That said,

Before the renovation...

Before the renovation…

we knew the queen sized bed was just not going to cut it, so we turned to local craftsmen for help.  Fortunately, they were able to create a stunning California King headboard out of the original!  So now, not only does Romantic Suite 3 have a double whirlpool, a gas fireplace, hardwood floors, and a breakfast room with the option of

breakfast delivered straight to your door, but it’s got a huge bed with a super plush pillow top mattress!  We decided to take a truly transitional approach when designing this suite, with contemporary geometric patterns and design elements balancing out the classic lines pieces like our beloved headboard.  Truth be told, we couldn’t be happier with the results, but the most important opinions to us aren’t our own – they’re yours!  So let us know what you think of the change we’ve made at our Maine bed and breakfast!

A Modern Cottage Transformation

March 17th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Every winter, the Maine Stay Inn undergoes a series of renovations, transforming spaces across the property, and none have been as dramatic as that of Cottage Suite 11, from a classic New England cottage feel to a sleek, modern suite.  And while modern design can sometimes feel stark and cold, we’re extremely proud of the warmth and comfort emanating from the room.  Plus, the new wall-mounted electric fireplace sets the mood in every season, with the

Before...

Before…

option to enjoy the ambience without producing any heat!

The idea for this transformation began with the simple concept of wanting a room with “a little bit of teal,” and it expanded from there.  This charming room with two double beds has been replaced by a sleek leather king size bed with  an ultra plush pillow top mattress, and a microsuede sofa, leather chair and ottoman have taken the place of wicker arm chairs.  But families and friends traveling together, don’t despair, there’s still room for four, because the American Leather Comfort Sleeper offers a bar-less sleeping surface with Tempurpedic mattress.  And

... and after!

… and after!

while the vibe has entirely changed, you can still enjoy one of the signature amenities of our Maine bed and breakfast – a gourmet morning meal delivered to right do your door (if you want it, that is!).

And while many B&Bs can get a “cutesy” wrap, we know that with a renovation like this one, a modern Maine bed and breakfast is possible.  But if modern design isn’t your thing, don’t worry – we firmly believe in offering a variety of styles so that every person can find a space that is perfect for them and their getaway, so you will still find updated Victorian, casual cottage, soft contemporary, and transitional looks in rooms and suites across the property.  Most importantly, though, we want to know what you think about this new look, so let us know!

Sneak Peek at Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Renovations

February 19th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Now this might sound crazy, but one of my personal favorite things about wintertime at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is the chance to work on renovation and redesign projects.  That probably sounds crazy, planning a new look is a ton of fun (although watching guests’ expressions when they walk into a room they love is definitely better)!

A sneak peek at our renovation!

A sneak peek at our renovation!

We love that each one of our rooms and suites has a distinct personality – you certainly won’t find that at a hotel!  But even more fun is sharing our vision with visitors before we carry out the plan, and often they shed great light on things that would enhance their stay.  Sometimes their suggestions are simple as adding extra shelves or hooks, and sometimes they help us with bigger things like bed placement, but it’s always helpful!  And this winter has been no exception.  A little less than a year ago, I stumbled across a wallpaper pattern that I thought was the perfect union of modern geometric patterns and traditional styling, which seemed like an ideal fit for an update on Cottage Suite 3 at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  I filed that away, and during December we started searching in earnest.  After bringing more than a few wallpaper books back to the inn, we narrowed down it down to two, but after the input from friends, family, Maine Stay staff, and guests, the one we picked out so long ago won out!

Fast forward a few months and the renovation in Suite 3 is nearing completion, and although we are waiting on a few final touches on the bathroom, the delivery of a new love seat, and a chandelier (yes, a chandelier!), we’ll be ready for visitors at the end of the week.  This room has seen an incredible transformation in a short period of time, and we can’t wait to share the pictures with you once the photographer comes at the end of the month.  But we couldn’t keep you in suspense, so we’ll give you a peek at the wallpaper that inspired the entire transformation.  We hope you love it as much as we do!

Romantic Getaways to Maine Bed and Breakfasts

February 13th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is upon us and that means it is the perfect time for planning romantic getaways, and what better place than to Maine bed and breakfasts?!  With the landscape rejuvenated by the recent snowfall, the scene is set for an idyllic wintertime escape, so this Valentine’s Day, skip the flowers and chocolate and trade up to something extra special for the one you love and plan a getaway to take advantage of the incredible beauty of the season.  For many people, the idea of Maine bed and breakfasts conjures up images of doilies and lace, fake flowers and teddy bears, which doesn’t exactly scream “romance.”  But the truth is that the B&Bs of today offer amenities that are perfect for setting the mood, so it’s time to banish the idea of creaky beds and and nosy neighbors!  Here are some of the things visitors enjoy during their romantic getaways:

  • Say bye-bye to those kitchy patterns, because the Maine Stay Inn offers modern, contemporary, and transitional decor, as
    Dessert by the fire?  Yes, please!

    Dessert by the fire? Yes, please!

    well as updated and simplified decor that brings the main house’s Victorian identity into the 21st century!  And along with it comes technology to match, with flat screen televisions and iPad/iPod docking stations.

  • What could be better than snuggling up with your special someone in front of a glowing fire?  Only one that you don’t have to stoke yourself!  So take advantage of the ambience of the warm gas fireplaces in most rooms and suites.  But if your chosen spot doesn’t offer a gas one, we’ve got electric fireplaces for that very purpose.  Not to mention the fact that every visitor is always welcome to enjoy the warmth of the living room fire!
  • No more shared bathrooms like Maine bed and breakfasts of the olden days, my friends, because every room and suite at the Maine Stay offers private baths, many with those features that set the scene for your romantic getaways.  Yes, you’ll find showers built for two and even double whirlpool tubs!
  • But romantic getaways wouldn’t be complete without breakfast in bed, and guess what?  You can even find that in our cottage suites and deluxe fireplace suite 12 in the main house.

There’s no question about it – Maine bed and breakfasts really are the the spot for your next escape, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect reason to get away!

Kennebunkport Innkeeper Heads to Las Vegas Conference

January 28th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

One of the Maine Stay Inn and Cottage’s innkeepers has just touched down in Las Vegas for the annual PAII conference.  And, no, that’s no euphemism – she really is attending courses, seminars, and meetings!  The Professional Association of Innkeepers International holds a terrific conference once a year in different cities throughout the nation, and we never miss out on a chance to

Kennebunkport meets Las Vegas at the 2013 Innkeeping Conference

Kennebunkport meets Las Vegas at the 2013 Innkeeping Conference

learn about the ever changing hospitality industry.  So while Walter’s feeling a little jealous that Judi is skipping out on him and some light snow showers this week, he knows that she always gets a tremendous amount of information out of the meetings.  And what is she busy learning about, you might ask?  With dozens of classes ranging from cooking and social media to photography and software, there are more options than one person can take advantage of during the week.  We’ll certainly fill you in on all of the great things she’ll learn this year, but we’ll have to wait until she comes back to Kennebunkport on Friday for that!

Each year we learn about changes in technology that impact hospitality, in our office, on the web, and in guest rooms and then have the opportunity to check out some great solutions in the trade show (oh hey, iPad docking stations in our rooms).  But one of the best things is getting to meet and work with vendors that specialize in working with bed and breakfasts like ours.  Ever wonder where we find our linens?  At the PAII conference!  I mean who could buy towels without getting to feel them first?!  Or how about our awesome hand-thrown mugs that you can microwave?  Yep, we found those from Deneen Pottery, one of the sponsors of the PAII conference!  So while all of us in Kennebunkport are missing Judi this week, we know that she’s working hard to bring back awesome ideas and products to the Maine Stay Inn!

A Snow-Covered Maine Bed and Breakfast

December 30th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

snow covered maine bed and breakfast

A fresh blanketing of powder has fallen in Kennebunkport

A gentle snow fell throughout the afternoon and evening in Kennebunkport today, and on one of my many trips inside the house after shoveling, I caught a glimpse of the living room fire at our Maine bed and breakfast glowing.  So I began to hum,” Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful” song  - and I know you are glad that I chose to hum and not sing!  Although the storm outside wasn’t exactly frightful, it certainly was beautiful, which means we are sure to wake up to a stunning sunrise with snow crystals reflecting the morning glow.  As usual, I have digressed… Anyhow, I suddenly began to realize that Christmas is over and New Year’s is less than two days away.  Where did the time go?!  It guess I had better get cracking on that menu for our New Year’s Eve celebration and brunch on the first!

This year, we were fortunate to have a slightly white Christmas – graced with a fresh dusting just to brighten scenery.  But then a storm on the 27th dumped oodles of snow on our Maine bed and breakfast!  A thick layer of snow finally blanketed the earth, but  a powerful rain shower just prior to the snowfall meant that plows and shovelers alike struggled with the weight of precipitation.  And just today we were graced with another several inches (including quite a few more than predicted) of snow.  This time, however, it was the picture-perfect powder that skiers just dream of!  And while the total count has yet to be determined, as the snow is still gently falling in Kennebunkport, the town looks like it has donned on its New Year’s finest, with a thick covering gently weighting the tree branches and ablaze with white Christmas lights.  Thank you, Mother Nature – it was about time for a good snowstorm!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Wishes Former President Bush a Speedy Recovery

December 4th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Everyone at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast wishes former President George H.W. Bush a speedy recovery.  Recently hospitalized near his winter-time home in Houston, Bush is suffering from a nasty cough that has lingered after a bout of bronchitis.  While his prognosis is good, a painful cough at the age of 88 is something that must be monitored closely, and all of us at the Maine Stay Inn are happy to hear that the former President is under the watchful eyes of medical professionals.  His and

Kennebunkport bush compound

A great view of the Bush Compound from Kennebunkport’s Ocean Avenue!

Barbara’s presence was certainly missed at this past weekend’s kick-off to Christmas Prelude, but we all know that the warm Texas air is certainly a better place for him to recuperate than Maine’s brisk December weather.  Last Saturday featured gentle snowfall throughout the day, and certainly set the perfect scene for Kennebunkport’s famous Christmas celebration.  But the mercury topped out at an unseasonably warm 50 degrees!  That means that visitors to Kennebunkport are enjoying the twinkling light displays and gorgeous decorations without even having to bundle up.  So this week, you can leave your boots at home, because this warm streak is supposed to last for quite a few more days, and instead pack your walking shoes, because exploring town on foot is one of the best ways to drink in the village’s unparalleled holiday cheer.  But don’t forget to send the former President wishes for a speedy recovery if you find yourself strolling by the Bush family compound – we certainly are!

So How Can A Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Lose a Toilet?

November 28th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

kennebunkport bed and breakfast bathroom

Check out our shiny new toilet!

If someone told you that our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast lost a toilet, you wouldn’t believe them, right? Well, that was my reaction.  Actually, to be completely honest, I figured that we somehow must have broken it.  Given our track record, that’s a distinct possibility.  You have heard about the head of lettuce we found in the toilet, right?  Or about the time that Walter decided to fix one by taking it out of the floor and working on it in the front yard (but you know Judi put the kibosh on that pretty quickly!)?  Or when a flushed stick of deodorant produced a geyser in one of the bathrooms? Yep, we really have great luck with toilets…  But no, this one was actually lost. As in missing, vanished, or nowhere to be found.  How is that possible, you ask?  Here goes!

As many of you know, we are busy beavers working to complete a large re-design of Deluxe Fireplace Suite 12 in the main house, including the bathroom.  So as the bathroom walls were painted and dry, and the tile grouted and sealed, it came time to hook up the toilet again.  The plumber arrived, and a short while later, emerges and asks where the toilet is.  Well, it was in the corner, right where we left it, of course!  But, after poking our heads in, it was clear the toilet was not where it had been stored.  So we searched high and low (which is quite a feat, given how many great hiding spots there are at the Maine Stay Inn), and the toilet was absolutely nowhere to be seen.  So we finally we discovered that a workman thought he was being helpful and brought our toilet to the dump.  A very sweet gesture, but not exactly what we needed when we were just hours away from visitors checking in.  So he went back to find it, and the missing toilet had gone missing again!  Fortunately he understood that you can’t really have a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast without a toilet, so he brought us a new one.  In the meantime, if you find a bright white toilet somewhere strange in southern Maine, it’s probably ours – hope you get as good a laugh out of this one as we did!

Kennebunkport Nominated for “Prettiest Painted Places”

September 19th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Thanks to a national competition to find the “Prettiest Painted Places in America,” people across the country are discovering what Maine residents have long known: The Pine Tree State has some of the most beautiful towns and neighborhoods to be found anywhere.  Sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute, whose mission is to educate the public aboutquality paints and coatings, the “Prettiest Painted Places” competition has drawn two entries from Maine: Kennebunkport and Ogunquit.

From the moment you cross into Kennebunkport, you know it’s America’s Prettiest Painted Place!

Over the next few weeks, the two Maine communities will vie with nearly 200 nominees from other states for regional and national honors, as judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting, and home improvement review the entries, conduct additional
research and make selected site visits. Finalists will be announced in late September, and the nation’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places” will be revealed in mid-October.

The Paint Quality Institute has conducted its competition twice before, most recently in 2000. Its purpose is to vividly show how an attractive paint color scheme can greatly enhance the “curb appeal” of any structure’s exterior. “We feel there is no better way to demonstrate the importance of exterior paint color than to focus on these beautiful real-world communities that take so much pride in their appearance,” said Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. “The places involved in our competition are a tremendous inspiration to us all, and by giving them recognition, we hope to instill in the public a better appreciation for the role exterior paint can play in protecting and enhancing the appearance of any home or building,” she said.

A wide variety of “places” have been entered in the competition — big city neighborhoods, tiny rural towns, historical districts, “Main Streets” and communities with exterior mural programs. Nominees range from well-known places, such as Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Napa, California to hidden gems like Vashon-Maury Island, Washington and Bell Buckle, Tennessee. In case you’re curious, the names and locations of all of the nominees are posted on the Paint Quality Institute website at blog.paintquality.com.

So while we know that Kennebunkport (thanks to historic buildings like the Maine Stay Inn, that have been lovingly restored over the years) certainly is a prettier place than Ogunquit, it will be lots of fun to see where the judges place us!  And while there’s no voting, you can rest assured that we have submitted lots of fantastic photography of Kennebunkport to showcase its architectural richness.  Keep your fingers crossed that this panel thinks Kennebunkport is as beautiful as you and I know it is!