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When Walter's in Charge of Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

September 12th, 2011 by avadmin

In our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, the ladies tend to take charge of the morning routine – making and serving breakfast, brewing coffee, and getting guests set with their daily activities.  For nearly four years, Judi has been

Yep, that's Walter in an apron!

threatening Walter that one day he will be in charge of breakfast.  The threats seemed empty – until recently, that is.  As usual, Walter was taking credit for breakfast preparation and execution, and the “ladies” just had it!  So we picked a day when Walter would be in charge – Monday, September 12.
Fortunately for Walter, we had already planned the gourmet breakfast – fresh baby spinach sauteed with grape tomatoes and topped with grated parmesan cheese and poached eggs, homemade dill bread with an herb and cheese spread, and pork sausages, as well as our usual fruit started.  Just as expected, Walter announced that it would be “no problem!”  But he was sure that this was, yet again, an empty threat.  He was wrong.
The ladies bailed him out when it came to ordering supplies, but he was certainly on the hook for everything else.  Yes, Walter even had a bread-baking lesson!  Miraculously, all three loaves rose just as expected.  But Walter’s experience with baking cookies (especially gooey in the middle) didn’t seem to translate.  He didn’t really get the fact that bread has to be totally done all the way through.  I guess you could say we bailed him out again, but you just can’t serve undercooked bread!
It is a running joke in our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast that Walter seems to like his eggs basically raw, so he was forced to poach eggs with supervision – no eggs left the kitchen without confirmation that they were cooked (we’d like to avoid salmonella, thanks).  Needless to say, he certainly had a lot of “guidance” this morning - but Walter did it.  And even got compliments!  Now maybe the ladies can sleep in… Maybe not.

Top 10: June in Kennebunkport Maine

June 10th, 2011 by avadmin

Kennebunkport Maine is a wonderful town to visit at any time of year, especially once the weather has warmed.  And with temps reaching into the high 80s this week, June is certainly one of those times!  Granted, I might be a little biased, but there are millions of reasons that Kennebunkport Maine is the ideal spot for a getaway.  Here’s a peek at my top ten:

10. June means lower rates and better deals.  Our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast offers incredible reduced rates during the entire month (with the creation of a new “Shoulder Season” starting at just $169 per night), and many area activities and restaurants offer incentives to travelers (and residents) – follow us on Twitter for retweets of the best deals around.

Parson's Beach Kennebunkport Maine

Sunset at Parsons Beach

9.  Cool nights, and I don’t just mean fun!  In June, evenings are generally a little cooler than they are in July and August, which is great, because that means you’ll be very comfortable when snuggling with your special someone in front of your gas fireplace.  Plus, it’s the perfect temperature for shorts and a light sweater – my favorite!

8.  Restaurants are less crowded, which is always a win-win situation.  Smaller crowds mean better service and shorter (or non-existent) waits at your favorite Kennebunkport Maine restaurants.

7.  Parking at Parsons Beach.  With barely a dozen spots to park, we only dare to send summer guests on bikes, early in the morning or near sunset.  But in June, you’ll be able to claim that primo location.

6.  Soft-shell lobsters.  While the restaurants might tell you that hard shell lobsters are the thing to choose, I find that the soft-shell variety tend to have sweeter meat.  Plus they’re easier to break into – no crackers required!

5.  Great flowers.  It might not seem like an important thing, but when all the gardens in Kennebunkport Maine are in bloom, there’s no prettier sight!

4.  Nunan’s Lobster Hut and the Clam Shack are open!  ‘Nuff said.

3.  Breakfast on the porch.  There’s nothing more relaxing that dining on our wraparound porch each morning, listening to the birds chirp and the horse-drawn carriage clop by.

Kennebunkport Maine Bridge picture

A beautiful June afternoon!

2.  Peaceful beaches.  There’s ample opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sands that grace Kennebunkport Maine shorelines, and in June there’s little risk of tripping over abandoned  sand toys.

1.  It’s beautiful!  And I mean spectacularly beautiful.  But you will just have to visit and see for yourself, and, of course, create your very own “Tope Ten” list!

Springtime in Kennebunkport Maine Is Inn Photography Time!

March 23rd, 2011 by avadmin

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast updates

A glimpse at Romantic Cottage Suite 2, now complete!

Although light snow is in tomorrow’s forecast for Kennebunkport Maine, Spring is definitely on its way, bringing with it Melissa and Christian Giannelli, specialists in Inn Photography. We always look forward to Christian and Melissa’s next visit to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, because over the past few years they have become great friends.  And, after months of hard work, their visits generally mean we’ve finished some big projects.  In fact, we’ve been so busy renovating across the property that this will be their second visit this year!

Frankly, it never would have occurred to me that someone could be an Inn Photographer, but the Giannellis are that and more.  Somehow they manage to blend art and science with design and storytelling to capture Kennebunkport Maine and the Maine Stay Inn in their true light. Your little point-and-shoot camera just can’t do justice to the sunsets reflecting off the Atlantic, nor can you simply remove the graininess of a image taken on your iPhone.

Maine Bed and Breakfast suite

The New #6! Keep your eyes peeled for shots of #4 and #9!

So to help you envision your perfect room, we call on Christian and Melissa. Because when it comes to Inn Photography, anyone that follows us on Facebook knows that I certainly don’t have the knack!

During their upcoming visit, they will be checking out Romantic Cottage Suite #4 and Cottage Suite #9. Although #4 had already seen some big changes last winter, this year’s work overshadows it all, now taking on a sultry, intimate feel with some great contemporary flair. Cottage Suite #9 now bears no resemblance to its previous identity as a classic New England cottage with its fun, modern look.  And best of all, completion of this room marks our ninth “gut” in three years.  Yep, since our arrival in Kennebunkport Maine just shy of three years ago, this Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast has had nine of its 17 rooms/suites completely overhauled!

But truthfully, while their upcoming visit means these big projects are nearing completion and springtime is a-comin’, at the Maine Stay Inn, we’re all looking forward to a visit from two great people, two great friends.

Maine Bed and Breakfasts: From Kennebunkport to Camden

March 3rd, 2011 by avadmin

Visiting Maine Bed and Breakfasts is fun for guests and innkeepers alike, and this week, I had the pleasure of being both!  While the Maine Stay is closed for heat system upgrades (could we have picked a colder week?), I took the opportunity to visit the Inns at Blackberry Common, a Camden Bed and Breakfast and take in some skiing at the Camden Snow Bowl.

Breakfast at a camden maine bed and breakfast

Jim's Famous Oatmeal - Yum!

The drive from Kennebunkport Maine, albeit quite scenic, was a little slow-going, due to the latest snow squall passing through the area, so I was rather relieved to see the inn’s colorful sign as I approached Camden on Route 1.  I had heard that many Camden Maine Bed and Breakfasts are plagued by traffic noise, but this inn proved to be very peaceful inside.  Innkeepers Cyndi and Jim have lovingly preserved the 1840s Victorian that now holds the Inn at Blackberry Common, and on my tour of the property, I learned why it’s so quiet – they’ve replaced all the front windows!  Great thinking, guys!  And the building’s long, thin footprint ensures that most of the inn sits pretty far from the road, surrounded by what, come springtime, is sure to be lovely garden space.  And let’s not forget the blackberry patch!  The stakes barely poked through mountains of snow, but your imagination can do the rest.

The afternoon sun begged for running, so I laced up my shoes and headed downtown. This seaside town felt reminiscent of Kennebunkport Maine, with its quaint shops, lovely marina, and historic buildings.  However, the hills, slippery with freezing winter slush, and lack of flat, sandy beaches, quickly brought me back to reality!  Chilled, I headed back to the inn for mug after mug of tea and great conversation with Jim and Cyndi.

Desperate for some true winter fun, I headed out the next morning for the Camden Snow Bowl, a small ski area just a few minutes from the Camden Maine Bed and Breakfasts.  For just $12 you can ski for several hours, or $20 will get you a full day’s pass – what a deal!  Plus, the place was deserted; it seemed groomed just for me!  So while Kennebunkport Maine may be the crown jewel of Maine’s beaches, Camden is truly where the mountains meet the sea.  Looking over your shoulder on the chair lift, you’ll be greeted with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic, where it joins the foothills and finally the stunning ski slopes.

So while I’ve always recommended Camden Maine as a great destination for those touring the New England coastline, I can now say I’ve been, and enjoyed, this great little town.  So the next time you’re passing from Bar Harbor to Kennebunkport, looking for low-key outdoor fun in the winter, or just a fan of Maine Bed and Breakfasts in charming historic villages, check out Camden Maine and the Inns at Blackberry Common.