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Visiting a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast from Boston

June 29th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

As I drove toward our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfastfrom Boston, it struck me how much changes in 86 miles.  Yes, that major metropolitan area lies less than an hour and a half away, but it’s worlds apart.  The pace here is noticeably slower and the stars brighter.  Now I could go on and on about why Kennebunkport Maine is so different from city life, but that’s a matter for a separate blog.  But, nevertheless, on my short drive I realized just how many great things there are to do and places to nosh on the trip to

Catch a glimpse of sunsets like this one from the bridge into Kennebunkport!

Kennebunkport.  So I started to make a mental note of some of the favorite things guests might enjoy doing to kill some time before 3 pm check-in.

Now, you’re barely out of the city (and the vehicle volume on Route 1 confirms this), when you hit Saugus, home to Karl’s.  It’s been a destination in itself for as long as I can remember, but this summer the traditional German sausage kitchen is moving a few doors up and little off the beaten path for a much needed expansion.  So this summer, as you cross over the Peabody line, be sure to stop for some cold cuts (they’d be perfect for some picnic lunches at the beach – if they last that long!), or a full lunch at their new location, complete with prepared foods and a traditional German menu.  But keep in mind that noshing too much now might mean spoiling your appetite, which comes in handy a few miles further north when you hit Portsmouth.  This New Hampshire city has seem a tremendous revitalization over the last few years, and now the Strawberry Banke is known for (no, not the fruit) its wonderful assortment of shops and restaurants.

But mere minutes closer to Kennebunkport lies the well known shopping town of Kittery, ME.  Home to a plethora of outlets, Kittery  is prime territory for retail therapy.  And after some great eats earlier on the trip, the opportunity to stretch your legs is often well received.  Plus, guys like my father are often perfectly content to browse at places like the Kittery Trading Post while the girls and I check out our favorite shops.  But no trip to Kittery is complete without a stop at Yummies, a candy store with more inventory and variety that any shop I have ever encountered – and if you know my sweet tooth at all, that’s an accomplishment in itself!

Still looking to kill some time before checking in to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast?  Choose a leisurely path up Route 1, and consider stopping at some personal favorites like When Pigs Fly Bakery or the Stonewall Kitchen.  Once you hit York, Woods to Goods is a must see, with most products made on the inside to enjoy on the outside – but you won’t find any stonework here, because, after stories like those from Shawshank Redemption, there’s only wood to be found in the penitentiary workshops.  Who knows?  You might even find a great present or two!  And while the towns of York and Ogunquit are great for exploring, there’s often not a more welcome sight than the bridge into Kennebunkport.  Your vacation to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast has arrived!

A Visit to Perkins Cove in Ogunquit

May 19th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

A view of Perkins Cove Ogunquit ME

A view from MC Perkins Cove

Perkins Cove is a part of Ogunquit, Maine, that is often visited by guests of the Maine Stay Inn, and although it’s just 13 miles south of here, it’s a part of the Southern Maine coastline that I had never seen before.  So on a gorgeous evening recently, we decided to check it out.  Separated by just a few miles, Kennebunkport and Ogunquit feel light years apart.  Frankly, the approach to Ogunquit is anything but scenic, with strip motels, mini-golf courses, and countless nicknack shops lining the road, but as you turn off Route 1 onto Shore Road, the scene begins to change.  The establishments get smaller and a bit more charming, and private homes begin to crop up.  We continued past the entrance to the Marginal Way (a great spot for a coastal walk, if you ask me) and found ourselves on a cul-de-sac filled with shops and restaurants.  Even in mid-May, the place was teeming with people and cars hunting for parking (especially the very limited free spots), but we scored one just around the corner from the restaurant we had chosen for the evening.  MC Perkins Cove is owned by the folk who also own Arrows Restaurant, regularly listed as one of the top 50 restaurants in America, and boasts a much less formal ambience.  The facade is unimpressive – a narrow cape with weathered grey shingles – and the decor is kept understated so patrons won’t be distracted by the view.  It’s situated on a craggy outcropping, and the oversized, undraped windows allow for panoramic views, with Kennebunkport visible in the distance.  Once inside, the hustle and bustle outside faded away.

The entire menu is built around the “farm to table” concept – with local seasonal products utilized throughout.  My roasted summer squash and zucchini salad was an absolute stand out, with the fresh basil vinaigrette perfectly coating the fresh baby greens, and the Caesar salad followed suit.  Despite being initially turned off by the fact that a helping of veggies would cost you a whopping $8 more, I quickly realized that the generous portion sizes meant that adding to your order was either unnecessary or the ideal way to make sure you’ve got leftovers for lunch.  But everything about the main courses was fantastic!  And the fact that you could choose your own “evil carbo” (read: starch) and your own sauce meant that the small menu had infinite possibilities!

The only disappointment of the evening was that it had to end, as the view eventually faded into darkness.  For that very reason, I will definitely encourage guests of our Kennebunkport hotel to try MC Perkins Cove in Ogunquit for lunch and enjoy a stroll along the Marginal Way.