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Maine Bed and Breakfasts Prepare to “Spring Forward”

March 9th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Signs of spring are definitely in the air around lots of Maine Bed and Breakfasts, as the snow has been melting, the birds chirping, and the occasional buds poking out of the earth.  And the recent temps have been nothing to sneer at!  Kennebunkport Maine topped out at just about 65 degrees yesterday, which made for absolutely delightful running and walking weather.  But along the coast you definitely needed a jacket, because while it was bright, sunny, and warm, the breeze was unexpectedly strong.  As I

Maine Bed and Breakfasts Prepare to "Spring Forward" the clocks

Don't forget to spring forward your clocks tomorrow!

rounded the corner by the Bush Family estate, I could clearly see the wind whipping the ever present American flag, but the spokes of their windmill were simply a blur from spinning so quickly.  Yep, it was definitely generating some clean power yesterday!

But while the days have slowly begun to lengthen, a marked change will be noted on Sunday, as we “spring forward” the clocks late Saturday night.  Selfishly, since I expect to be a little less alert during the 8:30 breakfast seating on Sunday morning, I am hoping that losing an hour will inspire guests at all Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfasts this weekend to choose a later seating for their morning meal.  But all kidding aside, gaining an hour of daylight during non-sleeping hours is a win-win situation all around.  Just think – they’ll be that much more time to explore Kennebunkport, enjoy walks along the beach, hikes in a nature preserve, or just scenic excursions along coastal Maine!  So in just two days you can expect to get even more enjoyment our of your visit to Maine Bed and Breakfasts, because with an extra hour of sunshine you can do so much more, even if it means relaxing and doing much less!

Spring Weather Expected in Kennebunkport Maine

March 6th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Despite seeing our largest snowfall of the season less than a week ago, Kennebunkport Maine is eagerly awaiting a sneak peek at Spring-like weather this week.  Yes, it may only be the beginning of March, and there might still be a decent amount of snow (or maybe just white ice at this point) on the ground, but we are expecting temps to reach into the fifties tomorrow and even the 60s

Early spring in kennebunkport maine

Enjoy a taste of spring in Kennebunkport Maine!

later in the week!  Usually at this time of year our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast writes about fun indoor activities or ideas for bringing romance to your getaway (though that’s kind of an all year thing I think!) or snow-dependent sports, but this week you’ll be able to leave the hats and gloves at home and frolic on our amazing beaches.  I won’t go quite so far as to suggest you dig your toes in the sand (that water is still pretty darn cold right about now), but strolling along the coastline with just a windbreaker or light fleece seems pretty good to me!

So during your visit to Kennebunkport Maine this week, make sure to add lots of outdoor activities to your list.  In addition to the beaches, considering a trip to nearby Laudholm Farm or the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge might be a great idea.  Or try strolling

Ogunquit’s Marginal Way and pop into one of several great restaurants in Perkins Cove for a bite to eat – plus, your inner shopper will adore the cute boutiques in town.  Don’t blow the budget there though, because the truly unique shops in downtown Kennebunkport Maine are sure to be open as the shop-keepers get in the springtime spirit.  But even though the next few days will be unseasonably warm, the evenings are sure to be brisk, so don’t forget about enjoying some quality fireside snuggling with your special someone!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Digs Out From Wintry Blast

March 2nd, 2012 by Judi Hauer

A mild February lured us into believing that springtime was just around the corner (and it may indeed be!), but a surprise winter storm has left this Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast digging out from under nearly a foot of snow!  It started slowly, with a few lonely flakes falling throughout the day on Wednesday, and even by dinnertime, the accumulation was hardly noticeable.  But by

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Digs Out From Wintry Blast

That's one mountain of snow!

the time breakfast rolled around, shovels were definitely needed, so Walter spent the morning dusting off cars and making sure that our visitors could get to their vehicles with ease.  Instead of tapering off in the afternoon as we typically see in Kennebunkport Maine, the snowfall grew steadier and the wind picked up steam.  It was one blustery day, which made afternoon teatime around the living room fire at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast especially welcome.  Even at nightfall, the snow had yet to let up.

But this morning, skies were clearing (though not yet blue – something achieved this afternoon) and we all woke up to nearly 12 inches of fresh powder!  It was such a treat! We really haven’t seen too much of the white stuff this winter, and as happy as that makes some people, it really hasn’t seemed like winter yet.  All the shoveling and clearing and sweeping today certainly made it really feel like a Maine winter, though.  It took most of the day, but this Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is finally cleaned up – shuffling the cars, waiting for the plow, cleaning off the cars, snow-blowing the walkways, and shoveling the steps of the main house and the cottages.  Any amount of snow can be a challenge to get under control so that staff and visitors can safely and easily come and go, but a foot – that takes diligence!  Finally, though, we can sit back and enjoy the beauty of the fresh snow.

Ideas for February Vacation Week in Kennebunkport

February 20th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Since the weather in New England has been uncharacteristically nice for this time of year, it’s natural to second-guess your beachy getaway to the tropics and consider spending February Vacation Week in Kennebunkport.  Okay, that might be a stretch.  But because it’s been so warm, you’ve probably spent a lot less time thinking about vacation than you normally would (at least I have!),

kennebunkport maine beach scene

There's no time like the present to go hike Mount Agamenticus, the little bump on the horizon!

and now it’s Presidents’ Day.  Vacation week is here!  And even if school vacation week isn’t something you get off from work, the weather we’re expecting this week warrants playing hooky.  Honestly, though, who would expect it to reach into the 50s on three consecutive days in February?  So pack your bags and head to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast!

But since I promised to include some ideas for how to spend your time this week, here goes:

  • Take a walk on one of the amazing beaches that dot the coastline in and around Kennebunkport Maine.
  • Hike Mt. Agamenticus in York – there’s no snow, so the trails should be clear and quiet.
  • Peek into one of the galleries in town or the community arts center, River Tree Arts.
  • Enjoy a long lunch in town and watch the boats slowly meander up the river.  Or try an afternoon in Cape Porpoise, and you’ll surely catch more than just a glimpse of the lobsterers bringing in their hauls.
  • Shop ’til you drop – there are crazy deals to be had at both the Kittery and Freeport Outlet stores.  But don’t forget to “shop local” in Kennebunkport, because not only is it great for the American economy, but they have some of the best deals around!
  • Just relax!  Visiting our Maine Bed and Breakfast might be just what you need – quiet time to read or nap, watch movies or play board games.  Take a soak in one of our jacuzzi tubs or just lounge in front of a fire – not that you’ll need it much this week!

So when considering what to do with your time off this week, think twice about flying south and head to Kennebunkport for a February Vacation Week that is just what the doctor ordered!

A Kennebunkport Maine Vacation in the Winter

January 28th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Upon my return to Kennebunkport, ME, after an innkeeping conference, I began to ponder why so many people have the wrong idea about a wintertime Maine vacation.  I can’t tell you how many times I was asked what I do in the winter, as though Kennebunkport is some kind of arctic tundra where all forms of life hibernate with the cold temperatures.  Granted, the conference was held in the South, where the definition of “cold” hovers around the mid 50s.  But honestly, there are just far too many

Kennebunkport Maine Vacation in the winter

See, it's just as pretty in the snow!

misconceptions about Maine in the winter (namely that we actually require chains on our tires – definitely NOT true – and that life comes to a grinding halt once the mercury drops below freezing – umm… even less true), so I have decided to share with you a list of my five favorite things to do in the winter.

  • Play with the horses!  Okay, maybe not actually play with them, but certainly enjoy their presence.  Rockin’ Horse Stables conducts regular horse-drawn sleigh rides in the winter, complete with warm blankets and cocoa.  If there’s not quite enough of the white stuff, though, you’ll likely see the carriage being pulled through the historic district surrounding our Kennebunkport Me Bed and Breakfast.  Don’t you worry, though, if it was actually dangerously cold, they wouldn’t risk the horses’ health.  (Or yours.  But I won’t venture to guess who they’re more worried about!)
  • Eat.  One of the best things about a Maine Vacation (or, in my case, living here) is there there is always amazing food.  Whether you indulge in a five-star, five-diamond feast or just a delicious bowl of chowder, this town’s got you covered, no matter the season!
  • Retail therapy – many people choose a wintertime getaway to Kennebunkport Maine because they’re in need of some serious relaxation.  And what better way is there to de-stress than with some shopping?  Although the shops do tend to keep less predictable (but not necessarily shorter) hours, they are ready and waiting for you and your plastic (or paper, they won’t discriminate!)
  • Explore!  Kennebunkport is home to miles of trails and paths just begging for some love.  But I know there are plenty of folks who aren’t as apt to brave the chilly air, so area museums and art centers are a great substitution.
  • Hit the beach!  Now, I don’t necessarily recommend donning your bikini or swim trunks, but the ocean is certainly no less beautiful now than it is during your Maine vacation in the summer.  The surf is even more striking, so grab your camera (and your mittens!) and head to the beach.

Hmmm… sounds strangely familiar, doesn’t it?  Last time I checked, those were some of my favorite things to do during the summer too!  So sneak away for a few days (or just a night) and see for yourself why Kennebunkport is a great place to visit in the winter!

Planning a Worry Free Getaway to Kennebunkport Maine

January 11th, 2012 by avadmin

Tonight’s weather forecast for Kennebunkport Maine shows that winter may actually be on its way, as we are expecting a dusting of snow tonight.  And here that means 3-6 inches of the white stuff.  That is enough to make lots of people run for cover or out to the grocery

Snow and Ice won't keep you away from Kennebunkport Maine

Snow and ice is no match for us in Kennebunkport Maine!

store for ample supplies of milk and bread (french toast, anyone?), but not here.  It truly is remarkable – in Kennebunkport Maine a half of a foot of snow is just old hat.  But when we moved here to become innkeepers at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast I was skeptical.  I mean, when I was growing up, if six inches of snow fell at just the right time, school might be cancelled.  And that was still New England!  Honestly, though, traveling in Maine when it is snowy outside is no trouble at all.  No, you really don’t need chains on your tires or a truck with four wheel drive.  You don’t really even need snow tires! The plow drivers and road salters have got you covered.

But once you’re here at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, there’s no need to test the roads unless you want to.  You can walk to countless shops and restaurants, and even a few will deliver.  So when the mood strikes to hunker down and curl up in front of a glowing fire, just go with it!  Don’t stress, however, when the need for fine dining in a luxe atmosphere wins out – you won’t have any trouble.  If you are still worried about the weather in Kennebunkport Maine or at home or find yourself worrying about your babysitter or aging pets (or parents) left behind, we’ve got a solution for you!  Several years ago, we started investigating reasonable trip insurance companies and stumbled upon iTravelInsured, which offers a wide range of policies, from comprehensive we’re-headed-to-a-remote-nation plans to simple cancellation insurance.  We encourage all guests to protect themselves with their trip cancellation plan, because, with options starting at just over $13, you can protect against the unexpected.  Plus, your peace of mind is certainly worth more than that!  So this winter when planning your winter getaway to Kennebunkport Maine, you can rest easy – we’ve got you covered!

A Surprise October Snowstorm in Kennebunkport Maine

October 30th, 2011 by avadmin

Today’s freak snowstorm surprised much of the eastern seaboard, and Kennebunkport Mainewas no exception.  Who would have thought that Mother Nature would dump inches of snow when much of the fall foliage hasn’t even hit the ground?  Certainly not

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast in the snow

The melting snow outside our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast - note the pumpkin!

anyone at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast!  Most of our lawn furniture is still in place, welcoming visitors relaxing in the afternoon sunshine, reading books, or just enjoying the fall foliage.  The geraniums framing the windows of each of our cottage suites are still in bloom in their boxes – in fact, they may actually have survived the storm.  And the lush urns by our front steps are in their prime.  But today, instead of waving at the horse-drawn carriage and bike riders, our scarecrow greeted passing snowplows and sand trucks.  Yes, looking out the windows of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, the scene looked like one you would expect several months from now … except the trees still have leaves!

So although about four inches of snow blanketed the streets in Kennebunkport Maine, with the bright sunshine typical of autumn in New England, much had melted by this evening.  The fallen leaves were revealed in the rapidly appearing puddles, and the pumpkins decorating lawns and steps shed their white coats.  Plus, with temps expected in the fifties tomorrow, every remnant of the storm should quickly vanish.  In the next several days, life should return to normal as the thousands of people without electricity will have their power restored and the downed tree limbs get cleared away.  Fortunately our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast weathered the storm unscathed, with the exception of one sorry lilac bush.  But hopefully the damage won’t prevent its remaining branches from producing lovely and fragrant blossoms come springtime!  In the meantime, let’s all get back to enjoying fall – there’s so much more to come!

Spooky Celebrations – Halloween in Kennebunkport Maine

October 27th, 2011 by avadmin

Now that the leaves are starting to fall in Kennebunkport Maine, it finally feels like Halloween!  There’s a chill in the air and the leaves crinkle under your feet as you walk through this scenic New England village.  There’s a scarecrow outside our Kennebunkport

Happy Halloween from Kennebunkport Maine!

Bed and Breakfast and pumpkins everywhere you look.  But if you’re looking for more to get you in the spirit of Halloween, there are tons of amazing events and activities to suit anyone’s tastes!
No Halloween is complete without a haunted house, so this year check out the Haunted Barn at Snug Harbor Farm in Lower Village Kennebunk (4-7:30 p.m.).  Just about a mile from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be in for some good, old fashioned fear – and fun!   Still not spooked enough?  Drop in for a screening of the first ever horror film hosted by River Tree Arts.  Nosferatu is a silent film widely considered the first horror movie.  Plus you’ll be “treated” to the musical stylings of the Symphony of Horrors Ensemble.  Showing begins at 7 – $5 for admission, but free popcorn!  And what Halloween would be complete without a viewing of the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show?  Don on a costume during your visit to the Biddeford City Theater and the ticket price drops from $10 to just $5!  With showings at 8 and midnight, you can’t go wrong!
On Saturday, take part in the 8th Annual All Souls’ Walk through Hope Cemetery in downtown Kennebunk.  Enjoy this narrated tour on what is sure to be a gorgeous fall day between 1 an 4 p.m.  If you’re looking for more family friendly activities, try the Halloween Spooktacular, featuring face painting, mummy wrapping, and arts and crafts.  And if you are a Halloween enthusiast, don’t leave your costume behind, because Bentley’s Saloon is hosting a costume party with $600 in prizes and giveaways.  Great live music certainly doesn’t hurt and will help keep you going until the party ends at 12:30!
Haunted hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin picking – oh, my!  There’s lots to look forward this Halloween in Kennebunkport Maine!

Leaf-Peeping in Kennebunkport Maine

September 28th, 2011 by avadmin

It’s finally that time again – time for enjoying glorious fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maine!  While there never seems to be a good way to predict when the “peak” of the colors will hit, late September to mid-late October is usually prime time for leaf-peeping.  It’s astounding to me that you can walk down one street and see trees ablaze with reds and yellows, but the next will still be lush and green.  How does that happen?!  So although I may not fully understand the science behind the turning of the leaves, that doesn’t prevent me from enjoying their splendor.

The leaves are turning in Kennebunkport Maine!

The leaves are turning in Kennebunkport Maine!

Fortunately for visitors of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, there are ample ways to enjoy the colors, no matter what your preferences are in terms of daily activities.  Here’s a smattering of some excellent ways to savor the view!

For the outdoor lover in you, head to one of the many nature preserves in and around Kennebunkport Maine.  The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust protects enormous tracts of land encompassing fields, streams, and vernal pools.  Their many trails will lead you right into the heart of our deciduous forests and surround you with color.  If you prefer to take advantage of our coastal location, head to the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge or Laudholm Trust at the Wells Reserve.  Both offer trails surrounded by forests (we all just love trees at this time of year!) with views of tidal estuaries.  Laudholm Trust’s Beach Trail will lead you to a spectacular protected stretch of sand with an amazing array of trees at your back.
But if trekking through the forests isn’t your speed, how about a scenic ride?  The horse-drawn carriage plods slowly through the historic district, offering riders views of the towering trees and historic homes that comprise the area around our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  The Intown Trolley offers sweeping loops through historic Kennebunkport, Ocean Avenue, and Kennebunk Beach.  The antique cars at the Seashore Trolley Museum put on a pumpkin ride at this time of year that is always a blast for guests of all ages.
But if you are just up for a scenic stroll, the gorgeous beaches and coastline of Kennebunkport Maine are certainly one of the best venues for enjoying the fall colors.  Walking along Ocean Avenue, you’ll be treated to ocean vistas, grand Maine cottages, and, of course, trees and shrubs ablaze with color.  Sometimes, though, vacations just require old fashioned relaxation, so lounging in the backyard of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is another ideal location for enjoying the fall sights.  Ringed by maples, oaks, and sycamores, the adirondack chairs and hammock are perfect for watching the reds and orange leaves flutter in the breeze!  With all these amazing opportunities for leaf-peeping in Kennebunkport you’re sure not to miss a moment primed for pictures.  Happy fall!

Our Kennebunkprt Bed and Breakfast Welcomes Fall!

September 24th, 2011 by avadmin

Though the past few days haven’t really felt like it (with temps reaching into the low 80s), fall has officially arrived at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  Yep, today was the second full day of autumn!  Though Kennebunkport Maine is famous for its incredible fall foliage (and the

Pick pumpkins in Kennebunkport Maine

Pumpkin photo courtesy of Morn the Gorn via Creative Commons

unique opportunity to enjoy it from the beach), there are oodles of amazing perks to this time of year that often go overlooked.  So while you are enjoying the gorgeous fall colors, don’t miss out on some of my favorite, and often overlooked, things about autumn.
Throughout the year, guests at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast enjoy scenic (and informative!) horse-drawn carriage rides through the historic district – unless, of course, there’s lots of snow, when they snuggle together for sleigh rides – but during the fall, visitors have the unique opportunity to enjoy hayrides!  Harris Farm in Dayton, Maine, as well as historic Wallingford Farm, just over the bridge in Kennebunk, Maine.
But fall is truly excellent for enjoying the fruits of the harvest! We are so lucky to have a plethora of wonderful u-pick farms just minutes from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, so that means awesome opportunities to pick lots of your own pumpkins, apples, and corn.  A short drive from the inn lies Spiller Farm, a smaller orchard with young trees, which are perfect for picking the premier fruits without having to scramble up tree branches.  With plenty of varieties, there’s sure to be something to satisfy everyone’s tastes!  Pumpkin Valley Farm in Dayton (a town a bit to the west) offers the opportunity to pick pumpkins for just 40 cents a pound, go on a hayride, and enjoy a day of entertainment with their “Jumping Pillow” (an enormous bouncing surface) and a six acre corn maze.
But when you can’t bring all your goodies home, you’ll still be sure to enjoy the best seasonal produce at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  We strive to serve as many ingredients as possible, starting with our first fruit course.  But at this time of year, you might enjoy baked stuffed Maine apples, sweet potato pecan pancakes, or pumpkin custard as part of your entree – yum!
No matter how you choose to spend your time in Kennebunkport Maine this fall, you are sure to enjoy every moment, especially when you are surrounded by the incredible natural beauty of the fall foliage!