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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!

The Kennebunkport Festival Draws to a Close

June 5th, 2011 by avadmin

The Kennebunkport Festival has brought much excitement to Kennebunkport Maine during the past five days, as food, wine, and fine art have filled this quaint New England community.  Held the week following Memorial Day, the

Kennebunkport Festival Art Show

Don't miss out on the amazing artwork around town during the Kennebunkport Festival!

Kennebunkport Festival is a wonderful way to kick off summer, and enjoy some of the things that make the area particularly unique as a vacation destination.

Some of the most popular events include the Art of Dining dinners held at some of the stunning private residences that dot the area, the chic After Parties, the Grand Tasting, and Brews and Tunes.  The Art of Dining dinners are hosted by incredible chefs, creating custom meals inspired by renowned area artists.  There’s plenty of opportunity to peep at these gorgeous homes, as well as admire the phenomenal artwork present for the evening (but I must admit that the oogling peaks my interest most!).

No matter where you choose to dine, you can take advantage of the rockin’ parties each night at some of the chicest spots in town.  Some of the hotspots this year were Bandaloop Restaurant and Stripers.  With signature cocktails, light apps and great music, the After Party is a great way to spend the evening in Kennebunkport Maine.

A gorgeous afternoon in Kennebunkport Maine

A spectacular afternoon!

On a gorgeous early summer afternoon, guests and residents alike visited the Colony Hotel, situated about a mile outside of downtown, to view an incredible display of artwork.  While there, many chose not to miss out on the Grand Tasting, with samples from over 60 restaurants and wineries.  Held on their poolside patio, it was the ideal venue for this event.  Casual mingling and noshing was the perfect way to spend an afternoon.  Back in Dock Square, hundreds headed to the marina for three hours of live music.  While burgers and beers were available (hence the name “Brews and Tunes”), many just enjoyed the perfect spring afternoon.

At our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast, we’re already looking forward to next year’s Kennebunkport Festival, which is sure to be better than ever.

Shoulder Season Special Returns to Kennebunkport!

May 30th, 2011 by avadmin

As Memorial Day Weekend draws to a close, Kennebunkport Maine welcomes an exciting season, and not just

Kennebunkport maine beaches in june

Such peaceful views!

because I can finally wear white!  The Maine Stay has brought back its “Shoulder Season,” known for all the perks of Maine’s glorious summer, but at lower prices.  Because the kids aren’t out of school quite yet, the beaches aren’t packed, which means a quiet stroll for you and your special someone, or an uninterrupted gossip session for you and the girls.

But your favorite things about Kennebunkport Maine are in full force!  That restaurant meal you’ve been craving is ready and waiting, as nearly all restaurants have already gone to their summertime hours.  But because early June has remained a bit of a secret for the area, you’ll be able to get that window table that is in hot demand.  And guess what? The lobster cruises, schooner rides, and sunset sails are all rigged and ready!  In fact, I even prefer June jaunts onto the water, because there are fewer boats on the water, making you feel as though you’ve traveled thousands of miles to some faraway land.  Plus the slightly cooler evening air is prime for snuggling!

And best of all, you’ll receive the same great hospitality and amenities at your Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast, but with rates starting as low as $169 per night!  Plus, don’t forget that we’ve got you covered – with towels and umbrellas, perfect for your trip to the beach!  To make your beach getaway even better, we’ll include parking passes to the Kennebunk beaches, eliminating any possible hassles before hopping in the ocean!  We all hope you’ll enjoy the month of June as much as we do!

Summertime Bring Sweet Treats to Kennebunkport Maine

April 30th, 2011 by avadmin

In Kennebunkport Maine, the return of ice cream means the return of summer – and by that I mean that my favorite spots for a cup or cone have now opened, all just minutes from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a good, healthy meal, but sometimes a girl’s gotta have ice cream!  Honestly, though, what’s better on a hot summer night than a double scoop dribbling down the sides of a waffle cone as you sit by the ocean?  That’s just around the corner (in terms of time and geography)!

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Cookies in the afternoon and ice cream after dinner - sounds good to me!

So when you’re visiting our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast this summer, make sure not to skip the best places for ice cream.  Two staples sit just a few blocks away in downtown Kennebunkport Maine.  If you prefer cups to cones (or are watching your figure), test out Roly’s English Fudge.  Don’t let the name deceive you, because it dishes up some of the best gelato around!  Decadent and creamy, gelato has fewer calories and fat than ice cream, so it’s the ideal option for an evening treat, even if you’re regretting that extra cup of chowder or three pound lobster from dinner.  Plus, it’s just delicious!

Only about 12 houses separate the Maine Stay Inn from a New England staple – Ben & Jerry’s.  So this summer, when you’re craving some Chunky Monkey to top off your Berry Berry Extraordinary vacation to Kennebunkport Maine, don’t pass up on a cone.  Or cup, whatever you like.  Plus, even though Ben & Jerry’s is a chain, it’s made in New England, so you’re still supporting the local food movement!

But sometimes nothing will do but a DQ (who doesn’t love a rhyme now and then?)!  Their soft and creamy blends may only come in two flavors, but there’s always something for everyone.  Located in downtown Kennebunk, this American favorite might be off the beaten path, but is still less than ten minutes from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  So indulge in a candy packed Blizzard as you say “hello” to summer!

The hometown hero when it comes to ice cream is Big Daddy’s, located in Wells, Maine.  The last of my faves to open, it’s well worth the wait.  Everything is homemade – even the peppermint stick – and you can absolutely tell.  The ice cream here is so good that I dream about it all winter long, even when it’s snowing.  But they’ve opened for the season, reminding me that summer is almost here!  So plan your vacation to Kennebunkport Maine today.  And don’t forget the sign as you cross into Maine “the way life should be” – in my book, that means calorie free, so leave ‘em at the border!

Top 10 Best Things about Summer in Kennebunkport Maine

April 23rd, 2011 by avadmin

On an unseasonably cool day like today, I sit in our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast (while I wait for guests to

Kennebunkport Maine beaches

Stunning beaches aren't the only reason to visit Kennebunkport this summer!

check-in, of course!) and daydream about the amazingness of summer in Kennebunkport Maine. And not just for the return of green leaves and sunshine. So here’s today’s list of the top 10 things I can’t wait to enjoy this summer in Kennebunkport Maine:

  1. Impatiens at the Maine Stay –  At our Kennebunkport Inn, Walter’s impatiens are one of the first signals of summer. While these signature white and coral orbs have hung on our wraparound porch for at least 40 years, they never lose their intrigue – plus, you just want to get outside and take a peek!
  2. Afternoon Naps in the hammock –  ‘Nuff said.  Seriously, what is better than an outdoor snooze, with the afternoon breeze gently rocking you to sleep?
  3. The Horse-drawn Carriage –  One of the most common questions I get asked by someone making a reservation at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is if it is going to be noisy (reminder: we are on Maine Street, not Main Street!).  Ummm, no.  But in the summertime, the most common thing you’ll here is the clip-clop of the horse-drawn carriage doing loops of the historic district.  It’s such a soothing sound that takes you back in time!
  4. Music on the Patio at One Dock –  Every night in the summertime, One Dock Restaurant (part of the Kennebunkport Inn) offers live music, much of it performed outside, so as you stroll through Kennebunkport Maine, jazz music, acoustic guitar, and lovely vocals waft through the air.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to … #5!

    Kennebunkport Maine bridge sunset

    A Summer Sunset on the Kennebunkport Maine Bridge

  5. Warm Sunsets –  While the Pacific coastline might claim the best sunsets in the nation, those in Kennebunkport Maine will give any venue a run for it’s money.  But my favorite spot is just steps from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast – the Dock Square Bridge!
  6. Volleyball in the backyard –  The feel of grass under your feet and good, honest fun with friends, family, and other guests is one of my favorite things about summer at the Maine Stay.
  7. Outdoor dinners –  Grab a lobster to go from Port Lobster or delicious soups and sandwiches from Cape Porpoise Kitchen to enjoy in our spacious back yard, or choose one of the many Kennebunkport restaurants with open-air eating areas.  Nothing says “summer” better than that!
  8. Barefoot walks our GORGEOUS beaches –  Kennebunkport Maine is known for its phenomenal coastline, so kick off your shoes and dig your toes into our plentiful (and beautiful) stretches of sand!
  9. Lobster at Nunan’s –  This old-fashioned Lobster Hut screams summer in New England.  A lobster there, and you’ll never go anywhere else.
  10. Breakfast on the Porch –  Honestly, this is the best part!  Enjoying a gourmet morning meal at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast doesn’t get any better than when it’s savored in the fresh sea air.

So when planning your Summer Vacation, make it in Kennebunkport Maine – a quintessential New England Village that’s perfect for exploring or just relaxing!

Planning Your Maine Vacation

March 27th, 2011 by avadmin

Now that spring is officially here, it is definitely time to start planning your Maine Vacation.  Although today’s highs topped out in the mid-thirties (don’t worry, this is way below normal for this time of year), the daffodils are beginning to sprout and buds on the bare trees

Kennebunkport Maine Vacation

Perfect for a day at the beach!

are growing thicker.  Spring is comin’ and summer isn’t far behind!  And with New England in the midst of a cold spell, there’s no better time than the present to organize your Maine Vacation to Kennebunkport Maine.  Mother Nature will just have to follow suit!

Frankly, I am a firm believer in the four months of summer in Kennebunkport Maine – June, July, August, and September.  Each month is truly unique, but equally spectacular.  June is probably the most relaxed of the summer months, as the kids aren’t out of school and the beaches are quiet.  Everything is open (although that happens right about now), but the restaurants and shops aren’t in “summer mode” yet, meaning everyone is just a little more at ease.  Although the water temps might be a little cooler that I would like, the weather is perfect for sunbathing (slathered with SPF 30, of course!), beach walks, and oceanside bike rides.  Plus, you can enjoy the new Shoulder Season rates at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  With rooms starting at just $169 per night, you just can’t miss out!

In my eyes, July is all about July 4th weekend, because it seems to last all month long!  You’ll find families frolicking on the beaches in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Maine, enjoying every second of their Maine Vacation.  In June, dogs dot the beaches at dusk, but in July you’ll find couples enjoying a sunset picnic or abandoned sandcastles.  The water’s warm and begging for a dip, but instead of a midday beach nap, enjoy a schooner ride and the chance to see Kennebunkport Maine from another vantage point.  Plus, you can still work on your tan!

August is pretty similar, but, with even warmer ocean temperatures, you’ll likely see lots of actual swimming, and more prune-like children than before.  Searching for some solitude?  Try a romantic dinner while sitting on the jetty or the bridge at Parson’s beach. Truthfully, though, my perfect afternoon on a Maine Vacation is curling up in a hammock with a gripping book and watching other guests play bocce ball.

And while I try not to play favorites, September is really my favorite month in Kennebunkport Maine.  It’s the forgotten month of summer, perfect for one last Maine Vacation, when the water’s the warmest, the beaches are free of abandoned sand toys, and the skies are blue and clear.  Towards the end of the month you might even be treated to a spectacular photo-op – the fall colors and the ocean in the same frame. Absolutely gorgeous!

But before I forget, during all four months of Kennebunkport’s summer, you will enjoy the perks of spending your Maine Vacation at the Kennebunkport Maine Stay – complimentary parking passes (to the Kennebunk beaches), gourmet breakfast daily, afternoon teatime with refreshing beverages and yummy snacks, beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas.  If your inner child (or real live children) is hankering for some fun in the sun, guests are out Kennebunkport bed and breakfast can enjoy complimentary boogie boards or sand toys.  Let’s banish winter for good and start planning your Maine Vacation – Mother Nature can’t be too far behind!