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Late Summer Savings at a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

August 22nd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

It seems like this summer has just flown by, and everyone I talk to seems to feel the same way, so our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast has decided to make squeezing in an end of summer vacation even more affordable!  So starting this Sunday, you can enjoy rates starting at just $199.  That

A gorgeous day at the beach!

A gorgeous day at the beach!

means that any Sunday through Thursday night (with the exception of Labor Day weekend) until September 20, you can take advantage of these great rates.  But not to worry, you will still enjoy all of the perks that you’ve come to love at the Maine Stay Inn.  Gourmet breakfast will be served daily, and with tons of great weather in August and September, you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy that morning meal or first cup of joe on the front porch.  Our signature cookies will come out of the oven around 3 every afternoon, just in time for your return from the beach (or shopping or whatever fun activities you choose for the day).  And since the water is at its warmest temperatures from late August through September, our Kennbunkport bed and breakfast has complimentary beach passes so that you can park right along the Kennebunk beaches.  Plus, there’s no need to drag along sandy beach towels or rummage around for your trusty chairs, because we’ve got all of that for you!  Not to mention a solid supply of umbrellas, mats, sand toys and boogie boards!

When taking advantage of this Late Summer Special, you’ve got great options, so it might be the time to try out a new option or stick with a tried-and-true favorite.  At the $199 level, you can select the Victorian Charm room, the Four Poster Room, or even the brand new Abbie’s Retreat!  Or for $229, two of you can sample cottage suites 4, 8, 9, or 11 and have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast delivered to your door.  What’s not to love about breakfast in bed?  Or for an added boost of luxury, you could try Captain Walker’s Suite 16 or Cottage Suites 3 or 7 for just $249.  So don’t feel forlorn that the summer might pass you by, because there’s plenty of time to enjoy a late summer vacation to a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast!

Special Diets at a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

July 12th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Even cinnamon buns can be gluten free!

Even cinnamon buns can be gluten free!

Anyone who’s been on a strict eating plan of any kind knows that the idea of venturing out to eat can be very daunting, but at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, we take very special care to prepare a delicious and nutritious diet for those on special diets.  As you may know, we have nearly 15 years of gluten-free cooking under our belts – and that’s in real chronological years, not some cockamamie summation.  But because food allergies have been on our radar screen for so long, we’re able to take the same great care with nearly any other special diet thrown our way.  One of the simplest special diets we accommodate at the Maine Stay Inn is vegetarian, and, in fact, not a single entree contains meats of any kind – we only serve meats as a side!  So even if you do forget to mention it, we’re happy to leave it off your breakfast plate.  Now vegan diets can be quite a bit trickier, since they include no animal products of any kind (no eggs, no milk, and definitely no Maine lobster), but after quite a bit of experimentation, we’ve got a solid repertoire to make sure that vegan guests can enjoy our typical gourmet breakfast as well.  Combining gluten free and vegan can be even trickier, but we’re slowly mastering the art of creating “normal” texture without regular flour or eggs.  Now, it’s definitely possible that a vegan won’t have the exact same breakfast as the omnivore at the next table, but it will certainly be delicious!

Food allergies are becoming a growing concern, and we’re happy to plan menus around food allergies or sensitivities.  That said, there are allergens on the premise, so there is always the remote chance for cross contamination, but our kitchen staff is extremely diligent when it comes to allergies, especially because more than a few have food allergies themselves!  The only thing we ask is that those following special diets of any kind give us 7 days notice so we can appropriately plan menus, food orders, and equipment needs.  But don’t worry – if it slips your mind you will still get a handful or reminders before you arrive.  Since we love breakfast so much, we want everyone to be able to enjoy the carefully crafted morning meals at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, even those on special diets!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Receives Review Award

May 24th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

This week, our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast received a great honor by the review website, TripAdvisor.  We’re so honored to receive the 2013 Certificate of Excellence, and want to thank those of you who have shared your experiences at the Maine Stay Inn to help us achieve this award.  We strive for excellence on a daily basis, so Kennebunkport bed and breakfast reviewsan honor such as this one means so much to each and every one of us at the Maine Stay.  If only we could share those lovely notes you have left us in our guest book and your feedback on our comment cards!  But in a time when people like to leave their experiences online, we still love to receive your handwritten comments.  In fact, we learn so many important things from these cards – even when we find just a few words scrawled casually on the paper.  Since we can’t be in every room every night (thank goodness, because that would be super awkward!), it’s important for us to learn things like where you’d like an extra hook or shelf.  Or that we need to explain how to use the two-in-one black out shades on many of the windows so you don’t have to use  the bathrobes. Or that you wanted bathrobes in the first place! Over the last few months, though, we’ve noticed that more and more people are concerned about the environment, leaving our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast a review about our recycling.  Not to worry, though – the housekeepers and staff are all diligent about recycling as much as possible.  And while we haven’t found an aesthetically pleasing way to show you that we’re eco-friendly, we really are hand sorting all of the waste left in guest rooms.  So keep those comment cards coming, because we’d love an attractive way to provide recycling bins – we could use some suggestions!  We’re so honored that our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast has been awarded a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Kennebunkport Sends Thoughts to Boston

April 15th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

While today’s post on “Marathon Monday” was going to be about great running routes in Kennebunkport, the news of explosions at today’s Boston Marathon changed all that.  As former residents of Beantown and avid watchers of the Marathon, we are extremely familiar with the sights and sounds around the finish line in Boston, but know that there was nothing familiar about this typically joyous event.  We were relieved to hear messages of safety from friends in the Boston area, especially those who were running this morning or excitedly waiting for finishers to reach 26.2.  However, we know that not everyone has connected with their loved ones, so all of us at the Maine Stay Inn are sending their thoughts and prayers to those affected by this tragedy.  And whether you’ve been directly impacted by today’s events in Boston or not, in lights of this sad occurrence, we hope that you’ll take the opportunity to hold your loved ones just a little bit closer tonight – we certainly will.

A Romantic Evening in Kennebunkport Maine

February 27th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

On a blustery evening like tonight, there is nothing better than a cozy, romantic dinner before settling in for the night, and fortunately for everyone, Kennebunkport Maine has some great destinations that fit the bill perfectly! Now, I have to admit that sometimes on wintry nights like this one, visitors choose to bring their dinners in, to enjoy before the living room fire (yep, I’ve certainly been known to do this myself!), because it is just oh-so-tempting to hop into bed or slide into a hot bath without having to brave the elements.  But when you’re hankering for a romantic dinner out, consider checking out one of these great nearby restaurants that score a perfect 10 for setting the mood.

  • Just a moment’s drive from the Maine Stay Inn, you’ll find Grissini, an Italian restaurant with an upscale main floor and a more casual lower level, known as the Grotto.  And on a snowy winter evening, there is
    Enjoy a romantic dinner on a snowy winter night

    Enjoy a romantic dinner on a snowy winter night!

    nothing more romantic than sipping a glass of your favorite wines in front of their roaring fireplace.  

  • Want a spot that sets the mood that’s close enough to walk to  - even in the snow?  The fireside lounge style dining and cozy bar area at One Dock is a great choice.  Plus, with great gluten free options, it’s a personal fave.
  • Just a few minutes down the road on the Wells border, you’ll find Joshua’s Restaurant.  Set in a colonial farmhouse, you’ll find an intimate dining atmosphere (and yes, it has fireplaces – plural!) with positively incredible concoctions.
  • But if you are looking for fine dining a little closer to home, On the Marsh Bistro is always a hit.  There you’ll enjoy a stellar meal by candlelight with attentive, never oppressive service.  And since it’s located about two minutes from your Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast, you’ll hardly have time to feel the winter chill before snuggling into bed!

So even though Valentine’s Day has passed, there are plenty of great ways to celebrate the ones you love, and enjoying a romantic dinner on a classic winter evening in Kennebunkport Maine seems tops the list.

Visiting Kennebunkport Maine In September

September 3rd, 2012 by Judi Hauer

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is already upon us, but fortunately September is a fabulous month in Kennebunkport Maine!  Honestly, September is the forgotten month of summer up here, and while the evenings may be a tad cooler (and who doesn’t love throwing on a cardigan or sweatshirt for a post-dinner stroll?), the days are basically indistinguishable from those of August.  So don’t pack away that swimsuit yet, because there is plenty of fun in the sun to be had this month!  But the beauty of taking your

Check out this quiet beach in Kennebunkport!

“summer vacation” in September is that since most kiddos are back in school – or at least will be this week – the sand is much less populated and far more peaceful.  Did I mention that the water is warmer now than ever?  Yep, it’s true – September brings the warmest water temperatures of the year in Kennebunkport Maine.  But if you’re like my mother, not even that fact will persuade her to take a dip, however, the solitude you’ll find along the shore is still ideal for resting, relaxing, or catching up on some great reading.  Forgot your book?  Take a peek at some of the titles in our miniature library of beach reading or hit up the never ending book sale at the Graves Memorial Library just down the street from the Maine Stay Inn.  Plus with titles starting at just fifty cents, you can stock up on some new reads!

Fortunately for my prone-to-imitating-a-lobster skin, there are oodles of fun things to do in the area that don’t revolve around soaking up some rays.  As always, the galleries have some incredible exhibits up that are just begging for perusing, and the restaurants are in full swing to keep you fueled for exploring the area.  And after an August with lots of sunshine, you’ll find that more and more Kennebunkport restaurants will be featuring local produce on their menus.  But as you know, Kennebunkport is full of fun activities, so stay tuned for updates and upcoming events.

A Maine Bed and Breakfast Gluten-Free Recipe

August 28th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

For more than a decade, the owners of this Maine Bed and Breakfast have experienced gluten free cooking first-hand, as their daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Sure, it was a challenge at first, learning about what foods are safe and what aren’t, what kinds of starches you can substitute and what just won’t work, and especially what kinds of things you can bake with.  But there’s one “always safe” recipe that is a sure-fire home run: meringues.  And since it contains ingredients most of us have on hand, it sure is easy to whip up a batch.  But enjoy them quickly, because they won’t last long!

  • 3 egg whites

    What could be better than enjoying a delicious gluten-free snack while watching this sunset?!

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Separate your eggs, placing the whites in a mixing bowl and reserving the yolks for some other treat.  Beat egg whites on medium-high until stiff white peaks form.  Reduce mixing speed to low and add remaining ingredients.  Spoon no more than 1/3 cup onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving plenty of space for expansion.  Bake for 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven or until surface is beginning to crisp.  Reduce temperatures to 300 degrees and bake another 30 minutes.
  • OR, for a fudge-y twist on an old favorite, add 1/4 cup cocoa powder and a handful of toffee crumbles and mix/bake as otherwise directed.

Fortunately for us and guests of our Maine bed and breakfast, we can pop these delectable treats into the oven almost whenever.  But be forewarned, they won’t last long (or at least they don’t around here!).  So next time you are searching for an easy and delicious gluten free cookie, look no further than this one for traditional meringue and one with a fun new twist!

Picking a Maine Bed and Breakfast

July 23rd, 2012 by Judi Hauer

It sometimes seems like there are a gazillion inns in the great state of Maine, so selecting a Maine Bed and Breakfast for your vacation or quick getaway can be a daunting process.  Sure there are lots of travel blogs, review websites, and B&B listing sites, but where’s a person to start the search?  I decided to put on my traveler’s hat and figure out where to go!

Romantic Maine Bed and Breakfast

There’s no denying our 1860 roots!

First, it’s important to decide on what kind of setting you are looking for.  If you’re looking for mountains and cliffs, the Maine Stay Inn is probably not going to make the list for that particular visit.  And if you’re looking for rustic, we’re probably not going to meet you this time.  Beaches for fun in the sun?  Or a quintessential New England village?  We’ve got that covered!

Second, you’ve got to set the tone.  Sometimes your traveling companion(s) set the mood.  I mean, if you’re on a mother-daughter getaway, you’re probably not too concerned about having mood lighting or an oversized whirlpool tub.  And having two beds is usually not on the top of the list when you’re planning a romantic weekend.  Occasionally, though, there’s some overlap, and that’s when you’ve got to use you best judgement and dig a little deeper to find the perfect spot to meet everyone’s needs!  I mean, at our Maine Bed and Breakfast, we are fortunate to have rooms that work great for families and some indulgently romantic suites, but we also have rooms that offer some additional flexibility to travelers seeking to check off more than one box.

Finally, though, you have to pick a style that works for you – and that doesn’t mean just decor.  Yes, if you adore Victorian architecture and design, staying in a sleek modern place is probably not the best fit.  Or, you might that traditional styles float your boat in the wintertime but that you need something a tad lighter during the  summer months.  So once you figure out what’s going to fit the bill for your next vacation, give us a call and we’ll help you determine if our Maine Bed and Breakfast is the right fit or if we’ll have to wait to catch you next time!

Celebrating Leap Day in a Maine Bed and Breakfast

February 27th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

I just got so excited to realize that just a few days from now marks my very first Leap Day at our Maine Bed and Breakfast!  Now that might not seem like a big deal to most people, but I think of it as a pretty exciting milestone, especially because not long after will

Leap Day at a Maine Bed and Breakfast

Grab the bar - take a leap! And enjoy Leap Day at a Maine Bed and Breakfast!

we celebrate our fourth anniversary.  Can you believe it!?!  Anyhow, from a very early age (think back to learning your times tables) I have been obsessed with Leap Day.  Around that time I saw this great birthday card with an elderly woman on the front holding a glass of wine or other alcohol, and the inside explained that she had just turned 21.  I thought it was the funniest thing ever.  But ever since, I have looked at Leap Day as a day to enjoy that you might not for another four years.  So this year, consider scooting off to a Maine Bed and Breakfast and treating yourself to a quick getaway.  Plus, playing hookie from work might just be one of your “once every four year” special surprises!  But if I were skipping out of the office, I would definitely add exploring the Eastern Trail to my list of activities.  Reason number 1:  I’ve never done it!  And reason 2:  It didn’t even really exist four years ago (at least not near Kennebunkport Maine).  It’s supposed to be great and with the wonderful weather we’re expecting, the path should be clear and begging for exploring!  Now one of the other things that visitors often enjoy is indulging in a late Valentine’s celebration with an opulent dinner at one of the amazing Kennebunkport restaurants.  Now there are lots of excellent places for dining, but one that stands apart from the crowd for a special experience like Leap Day is the White Barn Inn, located less than a mile from our Maine Bed and Breakfast just over the bridge in Kennebunk.  With a many course dinner experience, it’s one of those things you’re not likely to experience every day of the week.  So this year make Leap Day something special with a Maine Bed and Breakfast vacation in Kennebunkport Maine!

Kennebunkport Maine Takes on Little Rock

January 25th, 2012 by avadmin

Every year the Professional Association of Innkeeping International hosts a conference helping educated Innkeepers on how to be (and stay) the best they can possibly be, so this year we headed from Kennebunkport Maine to Little Rock, Arkansas for a week of schooling.  Yes, we are having fun, and yes, we are doing a little shopping (though it’s the wholesale variety), but the primary purpose is to educate ourselves on the changes facing the hospitality industry and how to stay on top of those changes.  It is our committment to our guests and to keeping our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast positioned on the “cutting edge” that brings us away from the inn each and every year.

So the ladies have left Walter in charge (just wait for that update when we return!) back in Kennebunkport Maine and headed South, but aren’t hoping to work on our tans – not even for a second!  Honestly, today was jam-packed with courses ranging from food plating to internet marketing (and everything in between), as well as time dedicated to working with vendors on some of your favorite amenities found at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  As anticipated, there has been much talk about sophisticated and user-friendly website, as well as excellent (but not doctored) photography – check.  And facebook – check, check.  And even a little bit about Twitter.  Soon, though, the Maine Stay will join Google+, which will certainly be fun new exploration.    We’ve attended seminars on all sorts of topics and learned about the newest eco-friendly cleaning supplies.  Though my head is spinning with all the new information and great ideas to implement once we return to Kennebunkport Maine, I am so anxious for tomorrow and to learn even more - just you wait for us to bring these things back North!