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Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Finds Apple Inspiration

October 4th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Fall foliage season is definitely underway, and that means that it is also prime time for apple picking, and our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is embracing the season by incorporating the local bounty into as many tasty recipes as we can muster.  I mean, apples are good at any time of year, but they just seem especially delectable now, knowing that they are fresh off the trees!  And while we always try to utilize the freshest and most local ingredients, the autumn harvest bounty makes it so much easier.  Apples, pumpkins, and corn – oh my!  But

It's apple season!

It’s apple season!

seriously, all of us at the Maine Stay Inn get so excited about bringing these tasty local crops into our kitchen and onto your plates.  So during this time of year, you can expect to enjoy some seasonally appropriate treats each morning at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  Apple crisp and cranberry apple cobblers are something we love on a cool morning, because it’s something piping hot to warm you to the core.  But don’t worry – the dollop of freshly whipped cream on top makes sure it’s not scalding!  Sometimes, though, you might find a baked stuff apple or some homemade apple sauce as a side on your plate instead. Or how about some apple muffins or fritters?  But an often overlooked favorite at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is Scalloped Apples.  And no, that doesn’t mean smothered in cheese and cream.  Because that would be gross.  Much to my surprise, “scalloped” can actually refer to any dish baked in a sauce, and that’s exactly what you’ll do with these apples!

So here’s the world’s easiest recipe that will delight your taste buds:  Grab a big bunch of apples (preferably right from the tree!).  Peel ‘em and slice them so that they are about a half inch thick at their thickest (so like 8 slices per medium apple).  Put them in a bowl and coat them with cinnamon and brown sugar so that they are brown.  I hesitate to give a true amount, because it really depends on how sweet you like your apples and whether you are using a tart apple like a Granny Smith or a sweet one like a Golden Delicious.  But do not be stingy – this is not the time to worry about your carbs.  Meanwhile, put a rimmed baking sheet or glass baking pan in the oven with a sizable hunk of salted butter at 425 degrees.  When this melts it needs to be bubbly and covering the area your apples will fill.  Before transferring to the buttery pan, toss the apples in a teeny bit of lemon juice, then add them to the pan.  They should be juicy and starting to make their own sauce by now.  Now throw some more brown sugar on top.  Pop the pan in the oven and bake about 5 minutes, before removing and stirring.  Return to the oven and bake another 10 minutes.  The apples should be thick and caramel-like, and the apples soft but not mushy, if not, return to the oven for a little longer.  Let them cool just a little before serving (on top of ice cream, as a side with a savory breakfast, or even with a pork dinner) – if you can!  Because I can’t and always end up burning my tongue, but it is so worth it!  But whether you decide to channel your inner Martha and make these apples, we’ll happily make them for you at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast this fall!

Enjoying a Perfect Fall Getaway in Kennebunkport Maine

September 25th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

As today’s incredible weather and cloudless skies melded into a perfect evening, I was reminded of why a fall getaway in Kennebunkport Maine is so special.  The day was absolutely ideal for wandering through town, walking on the beach, or even enjoying a scenic hike, but there was nothing more welcome than snuggling up in front of a warm (and non-smoky) gas fireplace – and fortunately for me (and you!) there was one with my name

A gorgeous fall night like tonight was perfect for a walk on the beach!

A gorgeous fall night like tonight was perfect for a walk on the beach!

on it right in the living room of our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast.  And with ten of our guest rooms and suites with their very own, there were plenty to go around!  Fortunately, more of this stellar weather is in store, which means plenty of opportunities to enjoy all that the fall has to offer in Southern Maine.  So lace up your shoes and hit the streets, because the activities abound at this time of year!  The seasonal crops are ready to go, so if apple or pumpkin picking is your thing, there are tons of farms in the area that are just waiting for you.  But if you are looking for something a little lower key, you can enjoy a scenic ride on one of the historic trains at the Seashore Trolley Museum.  And this weekend kids and adults alike can experience the Pumpkin Patch Trolley, where they will take a colorful ride along the property’s loops of rail, paint a keepsake pumpkin, and snap some great photos before picking up their pumpkin to take home. A museum like this one is unique to Kennebunkport Maine and shouldn’t be missed.

One of my favorite spots for some outdoor fall fun is Mt. Agamenticus in York, not far from Kennebunkport, where you can climb some rolling hills to reach scenic overlooks like no other – not only will you have a great vista full of fall foliage, but on one side you can see out into the Atlantic Ocean, while on the other you can see clear to the White Mountains!  And on your way back you can stop at the Ogunquit playhouse for an evening show or a matinee.  I mean, how could you turn down a world class performance of “West Side Story”at neighborhood showhouse prices?  But no matter how you choose to spend your fall getaway to Kennebunkport Maine, you’re sure to have the quintessential New England experience you were looking for!

Fall Fun in Kennebunkport Maine

September 12th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Despite the fact that the temperature over the last few days has felt more like July than mid-September, autumn really is in the air and there is tons of fall fun to be had in Kennebunkport Maine. Now we all know that leaf peeping in Maine is sort of a given.  I mean, you just have to do it.  The colors become so vibrant that you just can’t help but take note of them, and the idea of opportunities to really take in the landscape and the snap

Apple picking really is a fun fall activity!

Apple picking really is a fun fall activity!

amazing pictures always becomes a top priority.  So whether you choose to take in the scenes by land or by sea, you can’t go wrong!  Hop aboard one of the gorgeous schooners moored just down the street from the Maine Stay Inn or paddle around the coast under your own steam, the view of the changing leaves from the water is not to be missed.  Unless, of course, you decide to head out for a scenic drive or hike, because we’ve got lots of routes and destinations if that’s more your style.  But what fun would a fall getaway be if you didn’t have great activities to enjoy as well?  Don’t worry – there are tons of classically fall activities available in and around Kennebunkport Maine!

Right about now the trees in nearby apple orchards are brimming with crisp ripe fruits, and they’re just waiting for you to take advantage of this class fall activity.  What could be more fun than wandering through beautiful orchards in the autumn sunshine and gathering just the right fruits for a healthy snack or at home baking project?  I certainly can’t think of anything!  And fortunately for us, there are lots of great orchards near Kennebunkport Maine.  Just a few minutes away lies Spiller Farm, featuring orchards, vegetable gardens, and even pumpkin picking – although you’ll have to wait just a touch longer for those.  For those looking to enjoy a scenic drive, you can head out toward Limington, ME, the home of Doles Orchard, where you’ll find them in the heart of fall raspberry and apple picking season. Plus, their hay maze is sure to bring lots of fun and laughter to your trip.  And if that seems like it’s right up your alley, you can take advantage of the incredible six acre corn maze at Pumpkin Valley Farm in Dayton, ME.  But to really get in the fall spirit, you can enjoy a classic hayride and even bring home pumpkins you pick yourself for just 45 cents a pound!  And while there are countless farms in Southern Maine that bring fall spirit to life, this blog just wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Wallingford Farm just over the border in downtown Kennebunk.  They’ve got pumpkin picking and hayrides that are first rate.  No matter how you choose to spend your days in Kennebunkport Maine, you can be sure that there are lots of activities available for your fall fun during your autumn getaway.

Enjoying a Fall Getaway to a Maine Bed and Breakfast

September 3rd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

While officials say that summer is still sticking around for a few more weeks, Labor Day has come and gone and September is underway, meaning that it’s prime time for enjoying a fall getaway to a Maine bed and breakfast.  Today’s temperatures rose to around 80 and periods of bright sunshine drove many visitors to the beach for some sand and surf, just like you would during the heat of the summer, but the cool evening weather says that fall

The morning fog burned off quickly today, but not before I could snap this pic!

The morning fog burned off quickly today, but not before I could snap this pic!

really is on its way.  Yep, it’s time to break out the light jackets and thin sweaters, because you’ll certainly want one during a nighttime stroll!  And with the crisp, cool breezes, there’s nothing I like more than a moonlit walk along the water.  But one of the things I like about fall is that often a thick fog rolls in during the wee hours of the morning, so if you’re up early you can catch a glimpse of this beautiful scene before it burns off, revealing the characteristic bright blue skies.

During the fall season, there are lots of great ways to enjoy the foliage.  One of my favorite things to do in the autumn (or spring and summer, for that matter) is to cruise the coastline on an elegant sailboat, like the Schooner Eleanor or the Pineapple Ketch.  Each of these ships leave from docks within walking distance from our Maine bed and breakfast, and offer trips lasting between 90 minutes and two hours – the perfect length for relaxation and sightseeing but still leaves you with plenty of time for exploring Kennebunkport!  The local nature preserves are ideal for enjoying walks in the midst of the fall foliage, and places like Laudholm Farm or Mount Agamenticus let you enjoy views of the woods and the coastline –  setting the stage for a perfect photographic opportunity!  But no matter how you choose to spend your fall getaway, a Maine bed and breakfast is the ideal setting for a classic New England experience.

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!

Summer Has Arrived in Kennebunkport Maine!

May 30th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Thank goodness we decided to install the air conditioning units in our Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast this week, because we sure needed them today!  After some passing thunderstorms overnight last night, we all awoke to bright blue skies and warm temps.  And as the day progressed, the thermometer soared into the high 80s, sending folks flocking to the water.  Thank goodness it’s just a stone’s throw away!  But honestly, today was a reminder of just how glorious a Maine Summer Vacation is in Kennebunkport Maine.  So while we provide the beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, and even sand toys, the only decision you have to make is which of the awesome beaches you’re going to visit!  So to help you figure out which ones you want to hit during your visit to Kennebunkport Maine, here’s a recap of our faves:

Each of the Kennebunkport Maine beaches is perfect for your Maine Summer Vacation!

Each of the Kennebunkport Maine beaches is perfect for your Maine Summer Vacation!

  • Colony Beach is just about a half mile away, and while it’s a super short drive (although there isn’t oodles of parking), it’s definitely the place to go if you want to stroll to the beach.  Plus, since the Maine Stay Inn is just one block from the harbor, you can drink in the view and the beautiful boats during your walk.  So while it has just a short stretch of sand, Colony Beach also offers a beautiful jetty (hello, sunset viewing) and some of the craggy rocks that many think of when they imagine the Maine coastline.
  • Gooch’s Beach, just over the bridge in Kennebunk, is just a mile away (and an easy walk), but when you’re toting chairs, umbrellas, and coolers, most folks choose to drive.  And since our Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast provides parking passes to these beaches, you can park right alongside at no charge!  This super long stretch of sand is ideal for walking, relaxing, and even building sand castles, and since it has life guards on duty, it’s great for swimmers of all ages.
  • If you head a little further down Beach Avenue, you’ll hit Middle Beach, which tends to have the most parking options, and while it has just small sandy areas, it it primarily a rocky stretch, both with craggy rocks and smooth polished pebble regions.  This is my favorite spot for quite reading and reflection.
  • Continue around the bend and you’ll find Mother’s Beach, which is ideal for families.  With a deep sandy beach and bounded on both ends with rocky areas and a playground, it’s a spot that’s full of fun… and easy for parents to keep an eye on their little ones!
  • Looking for a little solitude?  Check out the beach at Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve.  While it’s a light “hike” down to the beach, you’ll find a secluded stretch that is sure to recharge the soul.
  • Goose Rocks Beach in the northern part of Kennebunkport Maine also offers a glorious crescent shaped beach.  It’s a great spot for collecting sand dollars and oogling at gorgeous beach houses – and you might even catch a glimpse of the rocks that look like geese on the water!

We’re expecting more of this steamy summer weather for the next few days, which means that you can hit up each of the amazing beaches in the area and still have time to explore the shops and restaurants in town.  The towels and beach chairs are ready, so just bring your sunscreen, because it is official – summer has arrived in Kennebunkport Maine!

 

Kennebunkport Maine Found Nemo!

February 10th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Now that snow storm Nemo has come and gone in Kennebunkport Maine, we are reflecting on one of the largest snowfalls ever and enjoying the beautiful scenery that comes with it!  Just 86 miles to our south, Boston received 24.9 inches of the white stuff, making it the 5th largest snowfall total from a single storm, and nearby Portland, ME broke all time records with their 31.9 inches of snow.

Sledding in Kennebunkport Maine

Sledding in Kennebunkport Maine

While we didn’t get quite that much, there is plenty of snow around!  Fortunately, Kennebunkport Maine does an astounding job at snow removal, so things are up and running smoothly in town.  Now, I may be a little biased, but I have never seen anything more beautiful!

Wintertime activities abound, so folks are out and about, taking advantage of the bright blue skies and sparkling snow (don’t forget your sunscreen!), with snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and sledding.  Even before the sun came out yesterday, adults and kids alike could be found taking advantage of the great sledding conditions, so you can be sure that the slopes are going to be well utilized today!  But even those who aren’t snow bunnies are enjoying the scenes, taking leisurely drives along the coast and Instagram-ing the heck out of it.  Back at the Maine Stay Inn, though, cocoa, coffee, and tea is flowing as visitors are enjoying cozying up by the fireplace in the living room and in the privacy of their rooms and suites.  We can’t imagine a more romantic and relaxing way to spend a few days, and with Valentine’s Day just days away it just seems so appropriate.  So if you haven’t planned your romantic getaway yet, make sure you take advantage of the idyllic scene set by Nemo!

Snow Day fun at a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

February 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Many folks around New England are going to enjoy an unexpected snow day tomorrow, but we think the best way to spend a day is at a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast!  Honestly, what could be better than playing in some fresh powder?  Yes, we’re forecasted to get all white stuff, unlike the southern coastlines of New England, and we’re excited and raring to go!  Fortunately for us, Kennebunkport is tops when it comes to snow removal, which means that even in some of the most challenging storms, driving around town is no sweat – or stress (but we always recommend exercising caution on the road!).  But the idea of celebrating a much needed snow day in town got me thinking about some of my favorite ways to enjoy a fresh coating of snow, so here are some of my

Snow meets the beach in Kennebunkport!

Snow meets the beach in Kennebunkport!

top picks!

  • Grab your snowshoes and go exploring one one of the great golf courses or amazing nature preserves in the area!  With thousands of acres of land to explore a stone’s throw from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  Not to fret – if you forgotyours at home or have never given them a try, Harris Farm in Dayton has rentals of snowshoes and cross country skis to use on their miles of groomed trails.  Plus, you can warm up with hot cocoa in their warming hut afterwards!
  • Sometimes a snowstorm is the perfect excuse to catch up on your favorite films with a trip to the movie theater.  And at nearby Smitty’s Cinema, you can stay all day, because not only can you order real food (delivered to your table in the theater), but their oversized leather recliners mean that you’ll be comfortable flick after flick!  Not willing to change out of your jammies?  Borrow a movie or two from our collection and enjoy them in the privacy of your room or suite and you’ll have control over stop and start!
  • Lace up your boots and stroll along the coast, because there is absolutely nothing more stunning than the waves lashing the coastline, so enjoy it.  Or Instagram it.
  • Snuggle!  No seriously, I just love cozying up on a comfy couch with a good book, reveling in the heat of a glowing fire, and staring out the window as snow quietly falls around me.  And for a change of scenery, you can grab freshly baked cookies at teatime and hop in the tub for a leisurely soak.  No sore shoveling muscles for you, because the Maine Stay Inn is taking care of it!

So get ready for a snow day like no other, because spending it at a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy wintertime in New England.  Let the snow begin, because once it’s over you can enjoy winter wonderland fun in the sun!

A Beautiful Election Day in Kennebunkport

November 7th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Boy, has Mother Nature been kind to us in Kennebunkport today!  Although it was a pretty chilly morning, we awoke to bright, cloudless skies and sun pouring into our kitchen windows.  You do know this isn’t going to be a political blog entry, right, folks?  So anyhow, after breakfast we each headed out to do our civic duty on this, the first Tuesday of November, and cast our votes in state and national elections.  But even when you’re an innkeeper, you need to play a little hooky now and again, so a quick trip to the beach seemed like just what the doctor ordered!  And the Kennebunkport beaches sure did not disappoint.  We took a moment to

kennebunkport maine

What a beautiful day in Kennebunkport!

appreciate just how gorgeous the Maine coastline was and how lucky we are to get to share our favorite spots with visitors to the area.  But, because it was election day, we also took a second to note that despite being associated with one famous Presidential family, we’ve never had to wrangle with voting hassles, since the Bush family typically migrates south around the middle of October.  Now, you may or may not know that before moving to Kennebunkport, we lived in Belmont, MA, home to presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.  After talking with friends from our old home, we were really counting our blessings, because apparently the lines to vote were unfathomable and the traffic horrendous.  Just another reason we’re so happy to be at the Maine Stay Inn!  Now, most people don’t have the opportunity to hit the beach on their way to the polls, but when you’re ready for your salt air fix, we’ve got you covered.  No matter what happens in tonight’s races, we are so fortunate to have enjoyed another spectacular day in Kennebunkport and look forward to sharing this incredible area with you!

Superstorm Sandy Spares Kennebunkport

October 30th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Watching the news today, all of us at the Maine Stay Innhave realized just how lucky we are to have been spared by the wrath of Superstorm Sandy.  Along with all of coastal New England, we braced ourselves for a strong battering, expected to bring unprecedented winds and rain to the area, but as the storm’s path grew more certain, warnings eased in the Kennebunkport area,

kennebunkport coastline

You can bet the Kennebunkport coastline wasn’t looking quite this peaceful during Monday’s encounter with Superstorm Sandy!

and no mandatory evacuations were imposed, even in low-lying areas like Kennebunk Beach.  Forecasters predicted the winds to be worse than those experienced just over a year ago during Hurricane Irene, and they were right!  Last year, we took a walk along the beach to experience the sights of surf ferociously pounding the coastline, but this time, winds were so strong we hunkered down safely tucked inside our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  But if you want to see a hint of the surf we experienced before the height of the storm, you can check out the footage from local TV station, WMTW here.

But while the storm mostly downed tree limbs and ripped the remaining foliage from the branches, we escaped unscathed – with one small exception.  The top of one of our outdoor lamp posts blew off!  A thoughtful guest retrieved it for us, but, alas, it’s destined for the recycling.  The kiddos are really in luck – all these fallen leaves won’t be cleaned up before Trick Or Treating time tomorrow night, so it will really add to the spooky ambience of Halloween!  All kidding aside, though, Kennebunkport is so fortunate to have been spared from the destruction and severe flooding that other coastal areas in the Northeast are experiencing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those who weren’t so lucky and are now facing the daunting task of cleaning up after the wake of Superstorm Sandy.