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!
Archive for the ‘Celebrations in Kennebunkport Maine’ Category
November 8th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
September 20th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
For the first time ever, the incredible restaurants of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are teaming up to present the Greater Kennebunks Restaurant Week, starting this Sunday, September 22, 2013 until the 28th! While we absolutely love Maine Restaurant Week (and any excuse to try fun new spots), we’re stoked that nearly all of the area restaurants are participating in this inaugural event. So not only is fall foliage season upon us, but the restaurants are also showing us their true “colors” by whipping up a three course meal for participants this week. Each restaurant chooses their price point (either $25, $35, or $45), and plans a special menu accordingly. And how could you ask for more? I mean most entrees would normally put you darn close to those prices, so how could you possibly turn down a full three courses for such stellar deals? I certainly know that I couldn’t! So this week, I better hit the streets and beaches with my running shoes, because I think there’s going to be some hearty eating going on! Fortunately, though, lots of the participating restaurants are within comfortable walking distance from the Maine Stay Inn, so that means I’ve got just one more excuse to dig into dessert this week. But whether you choose to enjoy the full three courses or opt to select a la carte from each of the Kennebunkport restaurants regular menus, there’s no way to go wrong. And since so many restaurants are choosing to participate in the first ever Greater Kennebunks Restaurant Week, you’ve got countless options for enjoying some stellar eats at superb prices. This new event is sure to be a hit, and in anticipation, they’ve set up a great website with information on the participating restaurants and the head chef in each location. But all of us at the Maine Stay are happy to help make recommendations based on your personal preferences and reserve a table at the restaurant of your choice. So don’t miss out on Greater Kennebunks Restaurant Week starting this Sunday, September 22!
September 17th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
It seems like everyone I know is tying the knot – some for the first time, others are remarrying, and some are celebrating anniversaries with vow renewals – and with destinations weddings on the rise, Kennebunkport luxury hotels are stepping up to the plate. In fact, we are excited to be hosting a small wedding this weekend at the Maine Stay! We are all really stoked, because not only are we expecting a fantastic fall weekend, but the bride
and groom are quite possibly the sweetest couple ever. The truth is, though, that every wedding, celebrating the love between two great people, is something that deserves much fanfare, but for a lot of people, the idea of a party with hundreds of people just isn’t appealing. And fortunately, destination weddings for smaller groups have become a great alternative way to celebrate their big day. Because Kennebunkport luxury hotels tend to be more intimate than those in cosmopolitan areas, we’ve become a great place to make those special memories. But just like with a traditional wedding, brides and grooms planning destination weddings have lots to think about – not the least of which is where to have their ceremony and reception. Some couples choose to have both in the same spot, while others do a little moving locations. And for those who want to exchange their vows right on the water, there’s tons of coastline that is perfect for just that purpose! Others go for a more traditional church service, and Kennebunkport offers tons of denominations (and architectural styles) to choose from, while even more opt to take advantage of the great backyard at the Maine Stay Inn. And this weekend, the happy couple will be tying the knot right on the beach and return to the inn for their outdoor reception. But best of all, because they’ve pared down their guest list to just their closest friends and family members, everyone will be around to enjoy a delicious breakfast the next morning! In my mind, that’s one of the best parts of having a small destination wedding – your guests can enjoy the whole experience with you. And since a gourmet breakfast is always included, you won’t even have to think about organizing a farewell brunch! So if you’re thinking about having your wedding at one of the Kennebunkport luxury hotels, just let us know what is most important to you for your special day.
May 29th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
Now that the Memorial Day festivities have passed, we are gearing up for The Kennebunkport Festival 2013. Each year in early June, food and wine enthusiasts from all around the country flock to Kennebunkport for this new celebration of fine food, wine, and art. In a spectacular setting, of course! This festival kicks off summer with delectable events sure to appeal to your palate, ranging from intimate dinners in some of the most spectacular private homes in the area to a boisterous bash featuring locally brewed beers and hot new artists
to the Maine music scene. The dining scene in Kennebunkport, as with much of coastal Maine, is red hot, with tons of new restaurants opening under the guidance of top notch chefs, and during the Kennebunkport Festival, the best of the best from other areas of the state are visiting town. But even if you don’t choose to partake in the exclusive private dinners catered by some of the biggest names in food, you can still take advantage of special festival dinners with prix fixe meals at our favorite restaurants in town. That means that you can get a “taste” of an elite food and wine festival without committing to any of the bigger ticket events.
But whether you choose to partake in any of the organized events or not, guests choosing to stay at the Maine Stay Inn will enjoy our second annual Garden Party with all of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport. That means that visitors will enjoy tasty treats and beverages at each of the inns, but those choosing to imbibe at the selected inns (it’s complimentary, of course!) will also enjoy a chauffeured ride from inn to inn. Safety first! Last year’s inaugural Garden Party was such a hit, that we’re eagerly awaiting this year’s fun. Plus, with a variety of whoopie pies on the menu, we’re going to make sure to bring our appetites. But even if you choose to join in the fun with some of the ticketed events to the Kennebunkport Festival, this younger event means that you can still enjoy a world class food and wine festival starting at just $15 per event. No matter how many or few of the 2013 Kennebunkport Festival events you take part in, you’ll be sure to feel the exhilaration of this incredible food and wine festival!
May 22nd, 2013 by Judi Hauer
It’s hard to believe that Memorial Day Weekend is finally here, and that means that summer has arrived in Kennebunkport Maine! We have spent the past few weeks refurbishing the front porch, and now that the tables and chairs and lounging furniture is out, we’re ready to celebrate. So this Memorial Day Weekend, you can enjoy our gourmet breakfast on the wraparound porch, relax with some fresh iced
tea, or simply sit back and watch the horse drawn carriages pass by. And Kennebunkport Maine is certainly a great place to enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation – I mean, what could be better than the soothing sound of the ocean? But many also enjoy Memorial Day Weekend as a time to get out and about, take part in fun outdoor activities, and indulge in lots of yummy food. Guess what? Kennebunkport’s got everything you need! It’s a great time to consider renting bikes or kayaks and to enjoy a different view of town or check out one of the countless nature preserves in the area. And while most shops, galleries, and restaurants have been open for ages, the last few doors are finally wide open. That means it’s prime retail therapy time! But you do have to take a break from whatever your daily activities entail, and there’s no better way than with a frosty treat. Fortunately for Kennebunkport Maine, there are more than a few ice cream/frozen yogurt shops within easy walking distance of the Maine Stay Inn. Last spring a great new Artisan Ice Cream shop, Rococo, emerged with its gourmet twist on an old fashioned favorite, while just down the street, Yo Goody’s offers a stunning array of yogurt options. But traditionalists, don’t despair – there are great options for your favorite flavors of that cool, creamy confection. And with restaurants abounding you’ll find something for every appetite, but if you can’t enjoy a holiday weekend without firing up the grill, you’re welcome to bring your favorite ingredients and fire ‘em up in the back yard. Now, no Memorial Day weekend would be complete without a parade, and we certainly won’t let you down – just make sure not to miss it on Monday! Whatever you prefer to complete your Memorial Day Weekend, you’re sure to find it in Kennebunkport Maine!
May 11th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
Just in case you’ve forgotten, Mother’s Day is tomorrow, and while families around the country are figuring out the details on how to treat Mom like a queen tomorrow, there’s one sure-fire way to surprise her – with a getaway to a Maine Bed and Breakfast! So tomorrow, many moms are going to get a lovingly poured bowl of cereal and OJ in bed, but will more than likely end up cleaning the trail of Cheerios from the kitchen to her bedroom. Instead, let us serve her a gourmet breakfast, whether in our dining room and wraparound porch or in the privacy of her very own suite. While it may be too late to surprise her with this kind of treatment for tomorrow, you’ve still got time to plan a special trip for her. And truthfully, a lot of mothers don’t want to be away from their families on Mother’s Day, but one of the things that sets the Maine Stay Inn apart from other Maine Bed and Breakfasts is that we welcome children with open arms! So whether you’ve got a nervous new mom on your hands or just a busy family with an insane schedule, you can bring the fam along when treating Mom to a special getaway. And while the rooms in the house aren’t really set up for little ones, the cottages are a great choice. Plus, since we’ll deliver breakfast to families with kiddos under 12, the whole family can have breakfast in bed! Many moms and dads really need a chance to escape from their daily routine and reconnect, and when they do, we’re ready to spoil them rotten. Everyone at our Maine Bed and Breakfast is looking forward to spending time with the incredible women in our lives tomorrow and honoring the many moms spending Mother’s Day in Kennebunkport.
April 21st, 2013 by Judi Hauer
The entire nation has been on the edge of their seats for most of this past week, and all of us at the Maine Stay Inn were no exception. As we watched the events unfolding on television and through social media, it became abundantly clear that the law enforcement personnel responding to these heinous crimes went above and beyond to calm, protect, and inform the public. Many put their lives on the line (and unfortunately several were lost) in the pursuit of those responsible for the Boston Marathon explosions. The gratefulness we feel towards Federal and State law enforcement members is impossible to put into words, so instead, we will be showing our thanks by offering 50% off stays to law enforcement members until May 24, 2013. Not only have these brave souls earned a bit of pampering, but their loved ones also deserve a chance to relax without fearing for their special someone’s safety. To give thanks to those who serve close to home and across the nation, we want to reward those who protect each and every one of us with a relaxing stay in one of our most luxurious suites. So until May 24, any active law enforcement officer and their special someone are welcome to enjoy a peaceful Kennebunkport getaway in a plush suites for half price. This 50% off rate is available on select suites from Sunday through Thursday nights. We sincerely look forward to honoring the nation’s finest with a dose of hospitality at the Maine Stay Inn.
March 28th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
Each year during the first week of June, an exciting food, wine, and art festival comes to town and this year is no exception, as we welcome the Kennebunkport Festival 2013! So for six full days (or as few or many as you would like!) you can indulge in the finest dining prepared by chefs from the most renowned restaurants in the state. But it
gets even better, because while you can choose from events at local fine dining restaurants or at incredible private residences throughout Kennebunkport that are open exclusively for these events. More interested in the adult beverages? There will be cocktail parties at different restaurants each night, a casual event featuring local beers, as well as the Grand Tasting, featuring products from Cellardoor Winery and Nappi Distributors.
There is one thing, though, that sets this event apart from other food and wine festivals, and that is the incorporation of the arts into this celebration that embodies some of the best parts about Kennebunkport. So while this quaint village offers a plethora of stunning galleries for your year round viewing pleasure, during this week, some of the most talented artists gather their works for viewing all together with phenomenal edible works of art at your fingertips to enhance your viewing pleasure. Worried about splurging on one of the Art of Dining experience during your first Kennebunkport Festival experience? Don’t worry! Because there is plenty to enjoy without committing to an elegant dinner. Consider the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport‘s Second Annual Garden Parties, any of the luxe cocktail hours, or even Brews and Tunes, a beer tasting with live music from local artists. But if you still aren’t ready to commit to tickets, you can still enjoy the wonderful weather that graces Kennebunkport during early June, the amazing restaurants, stunning galleries, and other events held throughout town that aren’t part of the official Kennebunkport Festival 2013. We’re really looking forward to this celebration and hope you are too!
March 26th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
This is one of the few times of year when two major faiths are celebrating holidays – Passover and Easter – and we think that there’s no better place to enjoy the festivities than at a Maine bed and breakfast! So not only is Spring really here, but millions of people around the world are celebrating (not to mention enjoying the amazing edible confections!). And despite the fact that Kennebunkport is a small village, there are churches of all denominations in town and nearby communities, as well as a synagogue just a few miles away in Biddeford, so no matter your faith,
there are plenty of opportunities to observe, if you so choose. If you’re at all like me, though, the thing you look forward to most is enjoying some great meals, and fortunately, most restaurants will be in full force on Easter Sunday. But if you are looking for something a little more upscale to celebrate, you might consider Pier77, Cape Arundel Inn or One Dock. All of three offer great views of the water (although One Dock is really more known for its views of town, instead of the bits of the inlet). Not ready to commit to an elegant supper or set reservation time? Don’t worry! Great staples like Federal Jack’s and Alisson’s Restaurant are serving just a short stroll from our Maine bed and breakfast.
No matter your religious preferences, many folks have dietary restrictions at some point throughout the year, and we’re happy to accommodate your needs in any way possible. So if you’re fasting during the day and need breakfast before sunrise or need to head out for early services, we’re happy to deliver a cold breakfast the night before for you to enjoy whenever you like. And if you can’t eat leavened products, grains, or animal products, we’ll happily oblige, just be sure to give us a little warning, so we can prepare a tasty breakfast that meets your needs. We want to make your experience at our Maine bed and breakfast a great one, during Passover, Easter, and throughout the year!
January 12th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
It’s about that time of year when the innkeepers of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport gather to look back on the joint events we held in the previous year and put together a plan for the coming year’s functions. And I can honestly say that there wasn’t a single gathering that wasn’t a blast! So that’s where you come in – we’d all love feedback on your favorites and what sounds like the most fun to you!
During the month of February, the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport, along with the restaurants, shops and galleries have created “February is For Lovers,” a month-long celebration of romance in the area. And while there are no specific dates or parties, all of
us team up to inject romance into your stay all month long! And in March we had events up the wazoo. Despite warm winter weather, we held our annual maple syrup weekend with tours of a syrup farm and maple infused recipes. A few weeks later, we held our annual cookie tour – a traveling open house of all of the Historic Inns featuring each property’s signature cookies. At the Maine Stay Inn, we offered our incredible chocolate chip delights, as well as gluten-free dairy-free treats to cater to food-allergy afflicted visitors (but they were so delicious that everyone chose to indulge as well!). Several of the inns, the Maine Stay included, are also part of a group of select bed and breakfasts called Select Registry, and this group produced a progressive dinner. As guests from all the inns migrated from inn to inn, they enjoyed complimentary soups, salads, desserts, and and an assortment of beverages and small nibbles while socializing with other visitors. Such fun!
Later in the spring, we held a traveling Garden Party that coincided with the Kennebunkport Festival, a celebration of fine food, fine wine, and fine art. Guests enjoyed open houses at each property, hors d’oeuvres, sweet treats, an assortment of adult beverages, as well as specialty teas and refreshing drinks. But, because we wanted everyone to indulge without worry, we provided complimentary limousine services between all of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport. And best of all, there was a live music performance being held on the town green that provided a great musical backdrop for many of the parties!
Fast forward a few months, and the group offered a great celebration during Veteran’s Day with food, drinks, and art displays available for all of our guests to enjoy. Then, during Christmas Prelude, the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport held their annual charity open house – a festive afternoon activity with tasty nibbles at each property and a chance to tour each inn and a few guest rooms! But this year, we brought back our new favorite event. ”A Walk to Bethlehem” reenacts Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn, featuring candle-lit caroling, selected readings, and, of course, a fun filled barn reception when the manger is finally found. Barnyard animals and costumes make the experience extra special.
Phew! The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport really have been busy in the past year, but now we need your help for suggestions for new events and whether we should make changes to any of our past favorites!