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Looking Forward to Thanksgiving in Kennebunkport Maine

November 27th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

We may not be covered in snow, but Kennebunkport sure is beautiful this Thanksgiving!

We may not be covered in snow, but Kennebunkport sure is beautiful this Thanksgiving!

It’s hard to believe that I first set foot in Kennebunkport Maine 11 years ago today, during a family Thanksgiving getaway.  Much like it is today, the town was aglow with Christmas lights and garlands adorning the Kennebunk River bridge and the lamp posts around town.  But there is one striking difference – it was covered in snow!  And despite today’s wind and steady rain, temps topped the 60 degree mark.  Too bad it wasn’t sunny, right?  That would have called for a full on beach day (kidding… kind of).  I remember breaking out my boots and going for a stroll along the street of the Kennebunkport Maine historic district, admiring the beautiful Christmas decorations and incredible historic architecture.

Despite being away from home, my family celebrated Thanksgiving together, around a table in one of the many incredible restaurants, feasting until we couldn’t manage another bite.  Sounds about right, no matter whether you’re home or away!  And in the evening, after most restaurants have finished their Thanksgiving supper service, my family and I gathered around a table with other visitors to Kennebunkport during the holiday.  It was a tradition we loved, and one that we’ve continued as innkeepers of a Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast.  So tomorrow evening, we’re looking forward to joining family and friends (new and old) for some delicious light fare around our dining room table.  A Kennebunkport Maine Thanksgiving quickly became our family tradition, and we look forward sharing this special day with so many others – Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Bargain Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Getaway

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!

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

bush monument in kennebunkport maine

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!

Fireworks on the Fourth in Kennebunkport Maine

July 3rd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Check out the fireworks from the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Maine jetties!

Check out the fireworks from the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Maine jetties!

It’s hard to believe that July Fourth is upon us, but that means that we will get to enjoy fireworks commemorating Independence Day in Kennebunkport Maine!  There aren’t too many small towns in New England (or anywhere in the country, for that matter) that are lucky enough to enjoy fireworks displays as large or involved as ours, and boy, are we ever lucky!  And considering our seaside location and undulating coastline, there are lots of great spots to enjoy the show.  While I think the best way enjoy the Fourth festivities are found on foot, any of the viewing spots are also accessible by car – as long as you’re willing to wait a little while to get your buggy back to the Maine Stay Inn.  Since the fireworks are shot off from Narragansett Point between Gooch’s and Middle beaches, the Kennebunk beaches are a great place to watch the Kennebunkport Maine fireworks.  Plus, you’ll get the full experience because you’ll even smell the gunpowder (one of my favorite aspects to a July Fourth fireworks display)!  But if you’d rather stay a little farther away, you can pick a spot on the jetty overlooking Gooch’s Beach.  Any of the peaceful outcroppings of rock along Ocean Avenue are also great locations to watch the fireworks, but my absolute favorite spot is the jetty popping out from Colony beach.  Just about a half mile from our Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast, it gives you a chance for a leisurely after dinner stroll before the show.  Best of all, you can stop at the ice cream window of Mabel’s Lobster Claw for a delicious treat on your way!  But one of my favorite things about watching the fireworks in town is that you’ll also see the York and Ogunquit firework shows in the distance – it’s like getting three shows in one.  Wishing everyone in Kennebunkport Maine and across the country a happy fourth of July!

Kennebunkport Hotels and B&Bs Gear Up for July 4th!

July 1st, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Our flag will be flying high on July 4th!

Our flag will be flying high on July 4th!

Summer is in the air and all around town you can feel the excitement gearing up for July 4th, and the Kennebunkport hotels and bed and breakfasts are certainly no exception!  To show our patriotism and our sense of celebration, everyone is encouraged to dress their best in red, white, and blue this Thursday.  And with our flags out and flying proudly, we’re excited to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day!  Plus, since it falls on a Thursday, that means that most folks will be enjoying a long weekend, and will be just that much more relaxed when visiting Kennebunkport.  We’re also looking forward to taking our red, white, and blue theme a bit farther – right into the kitchen!  And unlike the Kennebunkport hotels, the Maine Stay Inn will be serving its gourmet breakfast with an infusion of patriotic colors, but I am not about to spoil the surprise by leaking hints about the menu – you’ll just have to wait for updates on that!  But if you’re really itching for some inspiration, you can check out our Facebook page on the morning of the 4th to see a snapshot of this year’s tasty treats.

Now, what would the fourth of July be without incredible fireworks?  Well, I’m not sure I’d want to know, and fortunately for us and for visitors to Kennebunkport, there is always a fantastic show right off the Kennebunk beaches.  And with a viewing spot on Colony beach (named for its location just across the street from the Kennebunkport hotels property) or out on the jetty, you can enjoy the sights, while simultaneously catching a glimpse of the Ogunquit and York fireworks in the distance.  Obviously I know which ones I prefer!  I have to admit, though, the reason that I am partial to this spot.  Yes, it’s a just a short walk from the Maine Stay, which means that you don’t have to fight the post-show gridlock (basically the only time we see traffic in this town!), but it’s perfectly situated so you can grab a cup or cone of your favorite ice cream at Mabel’s ice cream window before staking claim on your viewing spot.  Mmmm!  No matter where you choose to view the fireworks in town this weekend, it’s clear that at the Kennebunkport hotels and B&Bs are getting excited for July 4th!

Happy Father’s Day from Kennebunkport Maine!

June 16th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

A special Father's Day surprise for Walter!

A special Father’s Day surprise for Walter!

Father’s Day weekend brought lots of sunshine to Kennebunkport Maine, which was a great way for Mother Nature to honor dads everywhere, and we were excited to host some incredible dads this weekend.  Because the weather was so incredible, most decided to spend lots of time outside, except, of course, when the Sox and Bruins were playing!  While some dads decided to hit the beach for some fun in the sun (and quite a few forgot their sunscreen!), others decided to do some different things, and heading out for a bike ride was one of this weekend’s top activities.  Some folks decided to rent bikes and cruise through town and along the beach, while others bought their own and headed out to explore the Eastern Trail, which stretches from Kittery to Portland.  Although, I must admit, none were up to traverse that whole distance this weekend!  The Schooner Eleanor hosted quite a few proud fathers this weekend on a glorious and peaceful sail around the Kennebunkport Maine coastline.  And while golfing is typically a big draw on Father’s Day Weekend, it seems like this year many were just happy to relax in the backyard with their families.  Yes, the hammocks got a workout this weekend!  Now, I have to mention that while my dad and I spent lots of quality time together working on the gardens at the Maine Stay Inn, I somehow managed to pull off a special little surprise – a raised garden bed just for Walter’s tomatoes!  Some of you might remember that Walter’s tomato plants are like his babies, but a few years ago, after sneaking plants into almost every flower bed and planter throughout the property, he failed to produce a single red tomato.  So since we never want that to happen again, it’s time that his plants have their very own turf!  And while I really enjoyed spending some quality time with dear old Dad (and still managed to pull off a little surprise), it was just as much fun watching fathers spend time with their families here in Kennebunkport Maine.  It was clear to me that newbie and veteran dads alike enjoyed the chance to kick back and enjoy their families without any of the worries or stresses that come with everyday life, and we were honored to treat some dads to breakfast in bed (it’s not just for moms, you know!) and delicious treats in the afternoon and just help make their weekend extra special.  So Happy Father’s Day, Dads, from all of us in Kennebunkport Maine!

A Father’s Day Getaway to Kennebunkport

June 12th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

A Father's Day trip to the beach!

A Father’s Day trip to the beach!

It’s hard to believe that Father’s Day is already upon us, but Kennebunkport is gearing up to treat the dads in your life to an awesome getaway!  Now, when it comes to Mother’s Day, we’re thinking about treating Mom to lots of flowers and chocolate, some retail therapy, relaxing spa treatments, and breakfast in bed, but at least in my family, that’s not exactly what Dad is hankering for.  With one exception – breakfast!  I mean, who doesn’t love to start the day with a gourmet meal that doesn’t require you lift a finger?  So whether you choose breakfast delivered to your suite or your morning meal at a private table on our wraparound porch, Dad will be in for a delicious treat!  And while the Kennebunkport shopping options are pretty incredible, they’re usually not at the top of Dad’s Father’s Day getaway list.  A round of golf at one of the area’s scenic courses, though, is usually right up there.  So after a few holes at the Cape Arundel or Webhannet Golf clubs, lunch is usually on the agenda, and fortunately you won’t go wrong at any of the Kennebunkport restaurants!

So whether Dad wants to hit the beach or go for a bike ride or nearly anything else he can imagine, we’ve got it covered!  But sometimes a guy’s just gotta recharge, so the men in your life might be game for a tour of the local brewery and quick nap – my dad sure would be!  And male or female, everyone loves to enjoy a delectable dinner on the ocean before tucking in for the night at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  No matter what the dads in your life enjoy doing in their free time, Kennebunkport is sure to be a hit for a special Father’s Day Getaway, and we look forward to helping make his trip a little extra special!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts Prepare for Garden Party

June 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Guests enjoy complimentary limo service to the Kennebunkport bed and breakfasts!

Guests enjoy complimentary limo service to the Kennebunkport bed and breakfasts!

Now that the Kennebunkport Festival is underway, a group of Kennebunkport bed and breakfasts are busy preparing for this weekend’s Garden Party.  Tomorrow, guests of any of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport can enjoy complimentary limo service from inn to inn.  They’ll get an opportunity to explore each of the very unique properties while socializing with other visitors to the area.  Plus, at each of these Kennebunkport bed and breakfasts, they will find refreshing beverages (both adult and otherwise, depending on the location and predetermined menu) and a selection of delectable treats!  At the Maine Stay Inn, visitors will be treated to a true Maine classic – the whoopie pie.  And while we’re serving the traditional devil’s food cake with fluffy marshmallowy filling, we will also be serving “reverse” whoopies with tender golden cake and an ultra-rich chocolate buttercream, and a third variety that will just have to be a surprise!  For the past few weeks, we’ve had many testing sessions and competitions judged by our guests to help select their favorites, and it’s taken all of my willpower to not joke about “making whoopie” – but tonight and tomorrow morning will be filled with making whoopie…pies, that is!

Last year’s Garden Party was a phenomenal success, and serenaded by the musical stylings from the Kennebunkport Festival‘s Brews and Tunes held on the town green just a block away, do all of the participating Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts are thrilled to bring it back this year!  Plus, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy some of the offerings of the Kennebunkport Festival without committing to any of the high ticket events.  But as an aside, food and wine lovers who frequent festivals like this one know that the schedule of events provides an intimate setting for incredible selections of culinary creations and locally crafted spirits.  Stay tuned for an update on the Kennebunkport Festival and the Garden Party hosted by the Kennebunkport bed and breakfasts!

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Maine Bed and Breakfast Getaway!

May 5th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Just a friendly Public Service Announcement – Mother’s Day is just one week from today, and if you’re still trying to decide how to honor the moms in your life, look no further than a surprise getaway to a Maine bed and breakfast!  Now, there’s something very sweet about little ones preparing their version of breakfast for their mommy, but most women I know would feel really appreciated if they were rewarded with gourmet breakfast served piping hot, while

Try a getaway instead of flowers this Mother's Day!

Try a getaway instead of flowers this Mother’s Day!

lounging in plush pillow top bed.  And if you choose one of the Maine Stay Inn‘s cottage suites, you can make that become a reality!

In fact, this weekend we had a super cute young couple visiting for a much deserved getaway (their first trip alone since the birth of their children more than five years ago).  This morning she told me that it was the best early Mother’s Day present she’s ever had – especially because it meant she (and her husband) both slept until well past 9 o’clock!  Now, I know that not too many families can carry off a surprise getaway planned just for mom, because a). life can sometimes be insanely busy and b). Moms know all.  So if you’d rather let Mom pick her room and the dates of a vay-cay, a gift certificate to our Maine bed and breakfast is a great alternative!  Plus, you’ll have it in time for the special day and gift wrapping is a cinch!

So this year, reward the moms in your life with a little bit of luxury and a healthy dose of pampering with a trip to Kennebunkport.  And if your family is anything like mine, most presents to Mom aren’t quite right and end up being exchanged, but a Maine bed and breakfast escape is one that she’s sure to love!