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April Vacations to Kennebunkport Maine

April 9th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

Back Alley Kennebunkport Maine

The perfect backdrop for some shopping in Kennebunkport Maine!

While this winter was especially long in New England, April is finally feeling like spring in Kennebunkport Maine, with lots of suns and seasonable temps on the forecast! Now, it doesn’t quite feel like summer vacation or time to take a plunge in the ocean, it really is lovely for exploring the seashore or heading out for a scenic bike ride.  And with April vacations weeks coming up and Patriot’s Day looming, there are all kinds of reasons to head to Kennebunkport Maine for a “spring break.”  So ditch the classic ideas of palm trees and teeny bikinis, and have a grown-up spring break in Kennebunkport this year!  Don’t worry, though, because if the surf is really calling your name, we’ve always got lots of beach towels to dry you off!

In addition to the shopping and dining opportunities that exist all year long in Kennebunkport Maine and surrounding communities, there are oodles of great outdoor activities to occupy your visit this April.  But without any foliage to block the sun’s rays (yet… they are coming!), don’t forget to pack some sunblock!  This beautiful spring weather brings visitors out to enjoy walks and picnics along the Kennebunk beaches.  Plus, it’s just a two minute drive from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  Others are dusting off the hiking boots and really getting in touch with nature, at  the Wells Reserve/Laudholm Farm, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust properties, and the Kennebunk Land Trust trails.  But some visitors might just be content to relax with a book on the wraparound porch at the Maine Stay Inn, in close proximity for yummy beverages and freshly baked cookies!  So whether you’re on va-cay or just looking to play some hooky, Kennebunkport Maine is calling your name to come play this April!

It’s Not Too Late: Third Night Free!

March 26th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

While April is fast approaching, it’s not too late to take advantage our March savings, where you’ll enjoy three nights for the price of two at the Maine Stay Inn in Kennebunkport.  And with New England’s classically confused spring weather, it’s almost like two seasons for the price of one!

It is a Mole Hill:  Mount Agamenticus from Kennebunkport Shore

If anything is certain, though, it is that you will want to curl up by our cozy fires at night with your special someone, relax in our jetted tubs, and dig into our hearty gourmet breakfasts each morning.  So join us for three nights this winter (or is it Spring?) for the price of two, because two nights at the Maine Stay Inn just isn’t enough!

“Spring Ahead” Comes to Kennebunkport

March 9th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

low tide

A beautiful low tide scene at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm.

While the first part of March has been unseasonably cool in Kennebunkport, the start of daylight savings and the “spring ahead” of the clocks coincided with a lovely Spring weekend!  So not only were we already enjoying the lengthening days, but we racked up an extra hour of daylight that we all enjoyed by spending a little extra time outside.  But boy, was it a tease, because it just made all of us at the Maine Stay Inn want more warmth, more sunshine, and more signs of Spring… right now!  That got me thinking, though, about some of my favorite springtime activities to enjoy in Kennebunkport and the surrounding Southern Maine area.

Of course, one of the first things I want to do each Spring is to go for a long walk or run on the beach – preferably right on the sand, because getting sprayed by the salt water isn’t quite as “invigorating” as it is during the winter months.  So ditch your scarf (by maybe keep the coat for a few more weeks, although it’s probably safe to unzip and enjoy the breeze!), and head over to any of the local beaches or just along Ocean Avenue for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic.  Now usually I would add a hike at the many nature preserves in the area, but this time there is one requirement – boots!  They don’t have to be the kind for snow, but something that can get a little mucky, because since we’ve had so much snow this winter the melting could make things  a bit soft.  But, at Laudholm Farm, you can enjoy that great hike you’ve been hankering for on raised pathways for many of the loops.  Plus, you’ll have the best viewing for exciting signs of Spring!  No matter what you choose to do with that extra hour of daylight, you’ll have lots of opportunities to enjoy the Spring in Kennebunkport!

Winter Weekend Activities in Kennebunkport Maine

January 15th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

Boatyard in Winter

What could be prettier than a light dusting of snow on one of the Kennebunkport Maine marinas?!

A long weekend lies just ahead and that got me thinking about all of the great winter activities there are to enjoy in Kennebunkport Maine and the surrounding area.  While some people aren’t huge fans of lots of snow, it sure makes things awfully pretty and we might even see a very light dusting on Saturday – what a treat! It’s just the kind that transforms our already lovely winter landscape into a perfect winter wonderland, without causing any trouble on the roads or even much shoveling!  The great forecast ahead for this long weekend always makes me anxious to head outside and enjoy the scenery, but with so many great options, what should you choose?!  Here are some of our favorite winter activities in and around Kennebunkport:

  • Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at Harris Farm in nearby Dayton.  Outdoor enthusiasts should feel free to bring their own equipment and take advantage of the miles and miles of groomed tracks and trails.  But they’ve even got oodles of rentals for those who are casual skiers or are just looking to test the waters.  Plus, their warming hut (with snacks available) is a welcome treat after a day of fun in the snow!
  • Skating in downtown Kennebunk at their outdoor rink or on nearby Roger’s Pond (weather and ice conditions permitting, of course)!  What could be better than some old-fashioned outdoor skating time?  Plus, with lots of great restaurants offering fantastic lunch menus nearby, you’ve got excellent options for refueling before or after.  Just remember to bring your own skates, because neither of these public arenas offer rentals, but never fear, if you’ve got the itch to go for a loop around the rink, you can head inside for rentals and refreshments at  Biddeford Ice Arena.
  • Outdoor activities of all kinds about at nearby Laudholm Farm – visitors bring their own snowshoes, XC skis or even just some boots or warm sneakers to enjoy the 7 miles of trails and paths (plus beachfront, of course!) on the property.  Aren’t up for a real wintertime trek?  Head over to Kennebunk beach for a stroll along the paved (and plowed) paths for some scenery without any fuss!
  • Want to enjoy the great outdoors without breaking a sweat?  Consider heading over to Rockin’ Horse Stables for a horse-drawn sleigh ride.  And with cocoa and blankets to keep you warm, you can enjoy every second of a sleigh ride through the woods and fields just a moment’s drive from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.

Winter is an incredible time in Kennebunkport and we can’t wait to share more great pictures of the area with you on Facebook, Pinterest and here on the blog, but that usually just isn’t enough, so we hope to share this beautiful time of year with you soon!

Cozy Kennebunkport Restaurants to Fight the Winter Chill!

January 8th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

Unlike many other Maine vacation destinations, Kennebunkport truly is a year round community, and even during this “polar vortex” there are lots of great Kennebunkport restaurants that aren’t turned off by the chilly temps.  Sure, there are a few restaurants that close up shop for the winter, but for the most part they are the ones that aren’t really built to be heated effectively.  And every year the local restauranteurs decide when to take their family vacation or close for renovations or what days their staff member prefer to have off, so the daily hours vary – everyone at the Maine Stay Inn is happy to give any of the Kennebunkport restaurants a call and check for you!  So when you’re looking for something warm and delicious to whet your whistle during your getaway, consider some of these:

  • Bandaloop restaurant is just a hop, skip and a jump from the Maine Stay and offers lots of all natural and organic options with a hint of Asian flare.

    The freakishly cold "polar vortex" (which leaves us tomorrow!) didn't stop Kennebunkport restaurants from whipping up some delicious meals!

    The freakishly cold “polar vortex” (which leaves us tomorrow!) didn’t stop Kennebunkport restaurants from whipping up some delicious meals!

  • One Dock Restaurant sits near the heart of Dock Square and serves contemporary American cuisine with a nautical vibe.
  • Pier 77 and the Ramp overlook the harbor in Cape Porpoise and offer a great variety of seafood and land fare in a cozy Maine atmosphere.
  • Federal Jack’s is great for a locally brewed beer and pub style food, and with a view of the Kennebunk River and several marinas it’s great for watching the game or the scenery!
  • Alisson’s Restaurant is located right in the heart of Dock Square, with a cozy atmosphere that’s ideal for a blustry winter day.
  • Pedro’s Restaurant can whip up a killer margarita and plate of tacos that is sure to chase away the winter chill in no time!
  • Village Tavern sits in West Kennebunk, but the short drive is well worth it – serving up incredible cuisine at budget friendly prices in a comfortable atmosphere it just can’t be beat!

Now this list of Kennebunkport Restaurants just scratches the surface, because there are lots of great options throughout the winter months, so get ready, because there’s lots of good eating waiting for you in Kennebunkport Maine!

Winter Wonderland Comes to Kennebunkport Maine

December 16th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Now Kennebunkport Maine really feels ready for the holidays!

Now Kennebunkport Maine really feels ready for the holidays!

After a lifetime of living in New England, I’ve come to entirely distrust the weather forecasts, but much to my chagrin, the meteorologists were spot on this past weekend, with their snowy forecast for Kennebunkport Maine.  And truthfully, we’d all been wishing for a little of the flaky stuff to really make it feel like the holiday season.  None arrived for Thanksgiving, and the ground remained bare for the first weekend of Christmas Prelude.  The second weekend of Prelude arrived with not a speck of snow to be found, and my doubts for flakes faded as Saturday afternoon turned to evening without a hint of snow.  But when I woke up to over a foot of snow on Sunday morning, Kennebunkport Maine had been transformed into a winter wonderland!  Fortunately Mother Nature blessed us with precipitation in the form of soft powder, which meant that nearly blizzard like conditions couldn’t stop us from delivering piping hot breakfasts to guests in seven of the cottage suites at our Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast.  Now the fact that all of them didn’t choose the room service option is a little surprising, but it turns out that lots of people enjoy the snow as much as I do!  And with Christmas just nine days away, it finally feels like the holiday season after this snowstorm transformed Kennebunkport Maine into a Winter Wonderland!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Romantic Winter Getaways

November 4th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Over the last few days, the weather at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast has gotten chillier and it reminds us that the season for romantic winter getaways is starting!  I mean, now that the Halloween decorations have been packed away, the leaves are really falling, and the grocery stores’ piles of clearance candy are finally dwindling, it is the start of Third Night Free time!  Yes, it’s true!  So now you can enjoy a romantic getaway to Kennebunkport

It's time to snuggle up by the fire!

It’s time to snuggle up by the fire!

and get a third night at absolutely no cost.  That means 33% extra time for snuggling by the fire, soaking in a whirlpool tub, and 33% more complimentary gourmet breakfasts (which can even be delivered to your suite at no charge!).

From now through April 1, you can enjoy an especially budget friendly getaway to the Maine Stay Inn (certain holiday periods excluded, of course).  Now, whether you are looking for a foodie-filled retreat from daily life or are spicing things up with that special someone, our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast has just the thing you need!  So after a scenic stroll through town or a vigorous walk along the ocean, you can indulge in freshly baked cookies and piping hot cocoa in front of a glowing fire.

We’re happy to suggest just some great indoor and outdoor activities, so no matter the weather your days can be as full as you want them.  Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking might be top on your agenda, but if something more leisurely is up your alley, consider a horse-drawn sleigh or carriage ride, visit to one of the area’s art galleries or museums, or even just a snuggle by the fire.  No matter what you choose, anyone at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is more than happy to suggest the perfect spot for dinner out… or dinner in if you’re just that relaxed!  There are a few restaurants in the area that offer a delivery option or the option to grab and go.  Since every couple deserves a chance for a rejuvenating getaway that’s also friendly on your wallet, visit us this winter for two nights and get your third night free!

Halloween’s Coming to Kennebunkport

October 28th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

As American as mums cabbage and pumpkin

Can you spot the creative use of pumpkins in downtown Kennebunkport?

 

It’s the end of October and signs all around Kennebunkport say that Halloween is on its way!  While many trees are still boasting some incredible fall foliage, many are shedding theirs and sporting their winter look.  But at this time of year, you’ll spot loads of mums all across Kennebunkport (and the Maine Stay Inn is no exception) and pumpkins galore.  Whether they may be perched atop scarecrows or the monument in Dock Square, you’ll surely enjoy picking them out in some unexpected places.  One of my favorite things to enjoy at this time of year is a stroll through the historic districts of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, viewing spectacular historic homes dolled up in their Halloween finest while hearing the crunch of fallen leaves under foot.  No matter how you spend your days during a getaway to Kennebunkport, you’re sure to discover why Halloween and late fall is such a great time!

Pumpkins! Yes, It’s Fall in Kennebunkport!

October 16th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Roadside Pumpkins

Snug Harbor Farm always has great pumpkins!

Throughout much of the country, fall is synonymous with pumpkins, and Kennebunkport is no exception!  You’ll find pumpkin spice lattes in area coffee shops, pumpkin creations on most restaurant and bakery menus, and on the front steps of homes and businesses across town.  You’ll even find them topping the festive scarecrows on the door steps of many stores and restaurants in the area, and the best one is floating in a row boat on the river But the best spots to see some great big piles o’ pumpkins, is at one of the great farms stands in Kennebunkport – happy fall!

 

Fall Foliage Nearing Peak in Kennebunkport Maine

October 11th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Just in time for Columbus Day Weekend, officials at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry have reported that the fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maine is nearing its peak of color.  Predicting the most vibrant time to see fall foliage in New England can be very tricky, if not impossible, but you can pretty much

Fall Foliage Season in Kennebunkport is bringing some gorgeous hues to the treetops!

Fall Foliage Season in Kennebunkport is bringing some gorgeous hues to the treetops!

guarantee that you’ll see some stunning shades between the last 10 days of September and the first three weeks of October.  Honestly, though, that does not mean that you won’t see great colors before and after that period.  While I’ve never given too much thought to the different factors that go into guestimating when the trees are going to be painted with the most vivid shades, but this recent article from Seacoast Online got me thinking.  I mean, I’ve always realized that the temperatures make a difference, and that a cool early fall moves the timeline earlier, but warmer temps move it a little later.  Rain definitely has something to do with it – just don’t ask me how!  And windy weather really messes with the timeline, because the leaves get knocked to the ground before they even reach their most lovely stages.  And we in Kennebunkport Maine have enjoyed the glorious warm and sunny weather recently, which means that the painted trees are hanging around even longer (yay!).  But best of all, the unpredictable winds that come with living on the coast, have been much more tame than they can be in the fall, which also means that the colors are staying on the trees and not on the lawn.  Plus, with the percentage of leaves hitting their peak color rising, Southern Maine is experiencing a truly stunning fall foliage season.  We at the Maine Stay Inn are certainly looking forward to suggesting scenic hikes, bikes, and strolls this Columbus Day Weekend so that everyone can enjoy the peak of fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maine!