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The First Day of Summer in Kennebunkport Maine

June 21st, 2011 by avadmin

Parsons beach Kennebunkport Maine

Beautiful in Bloom!

The summer solstice in Kennebunkport Maine was met with spectacular weather, which just begged for a visit to the beach.  Parson’s Beach is a personal favorite, particularly in the evening.  Yes, the beach is especially lovely, but its shortage of parking means that desertion is practically guaranteed.  The beach roses (Rosa rugosa) are in full bloom and emanate a deliciously soft odor that I have associated with summer for as long as I can remember.  A short, sandy path through the flowering bushes leads down to the water, which, even on the first day of summer, was barely sprinkled with people.  During my evening walk, I passed perhaps a half dozen people, all of whom left by the time the sun set over the dunes.  In all honesty, Parson’s Beach is probably the most romantic spot in all of Kennebunkport Maine. Fellas, that hint’s for you!
As the light began to fade and the sun set behind my back, the air remained warm on my face. I returned to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast still enjoying the colors of the evening sky.  Yes, summer has officially arrived in Kennebunkport Maine!

Sunset in Kennebunkport Maine

Summer Sunset over the Beach Grass

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!

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!

Yank's Franks: A Twist on Tradition

May 22nd, 2011 by avadmin

What could possibly be better than an amazing grilled hot dog on summer afternoon in Maine?  A gluten-free hot dog (well, the bun, I mean)!  I have spent half my life pining after that simple treat, and now I can enjoy a wiener along with everyone else, thanks to Yank’s Franks.

The doors opened on Saturday, May 21, 2011 for the first time this season, and they debuted a variety of new menu options, all of which I am sure are fabulous.  But I cared about only one: their gluten free buns.  So a 11:15 a.m., I

Yank's Franks

Now Offering Gluten Free Buns!

strolled in, where I found a line already. And they only opened at 11!  So instead of ordering my usual – a Yank’s Frank with no bun, pickle on the side, I got the works (on a gluten-free bun, of course)!  I could barely contain my excitement, bouncing onto my toes just enough to draw the curiosity of the other patrons.  Janice and George Yankowski, owners of Yank’s Franks (and former innkeepers at the Maine Stay Inn in Kennebunkport), kindly came to my rescue, explaining about their newest addition, which was making me positively giddy.  When I told them I hadn’t had a real hot dog since I was twelve, they understood my eagerness.

Frankly, I was beyond thrilled that when warming my bun they did not put it on the grill with the other buns (risking potential contamination), even though I chose a grilled dog.  Great job, guys! But the best was yet to come.  I couldn’t even tell the bread had been nuked – it was soft, fluffy, and delectable! The perfect complement to my already mouth-watering hot dog.  I just don’t know how they do it!  These frankfurters are the best I have ever eaten.

I quickly devoured this summer treat, smothered in just the right amount of diced onion, ketchup, pickles, and seasoning, and on my way out the door exclaimed, “This made my day!”  Janice and George chirped that they were glad to hear it and chuckled, without really understanding my joy.

Today, after recommending Yank’s Franks to a gluten-free guest, she returned, raving about her experience.  And walking away, she turned back and said, “It just made my day!”  You don’t have to be gluten free to appreciate this fantastic spot for a classic hot dogs, but if you are, don’t miss out something that is sure to make your day – a gluten free Yank’s Frank.


A Maine Bed and Breakfast Summer Vacation

May 5th, 2011 by avadmin

It’s not too often that someone’s perfect summertime vacation  is the same when they’re three as when they’re 23, but for me, that’s the case – hands down, I would pick a Maine Bed and Breakfast!  For as long as I can remember, my parents have taken me to BnBs, but from the time I tasted my first lobster, I have had an affinity for Maine. When I

A Kennebunkport Maine Sunset

A Summer Sunset

visited Kennebunkport Maine at age 15, I knew I had found my perfect vacation spot – and obviously I would choose an inn or B&B.  Now a local, I’ll give you 10 tips for what I would do during my perfect summer getaway to a Maine Bed and Breakfast:

10. Eat lots of lobster.  Lots.  Some people express that they become “lobster-ed out.” Personally, I don’t get it.  I could eat lobster every day, but if you do, there are oodles of other options fresh from the sea – don’t miss ‘em. But when you choose indulge, don’t crack into one at a fancy Kennebunkport Maine restaurant.  Do it right and have it cooked at the local fish market or go to one of our lobster shacks.

9. Catch a sunset from the bridge joining Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Maine.  It’s stunning, and it’s incredibly close to a passel of great spots for dinner or dessert!

8. Go for a bike ride.  The area around our Maine Bed and Breakfast is packed with incredible historic homes, featuring amazing architecture, as well as glimpses of the Maine coastline.  Fill your lungs with fresh salt air while you work up an appetite (more lobster anyone?), and enjoy some of the things that make Kennebunkport a quintessential New England town.

7. Explore Kennebunkport’s art galleries and community art center.  The area’s connection to the artistic community is one of the things that sets Kennebunkport apart from other resort towns, so don’t miss out!

6. Play a game of bocce ball in the backyard of our Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Not your cup of tea?  How about volleyball?  If you’re looking for some extra relaxation, the hammock or reclining lounge chairs and a good book might beckon.

5. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride.  No, they’re not just reserved for fairy tales and the royal wedding.  There is

This so says "Summer in Maine"!

something so relaxing about the clip-clop of horse hooves and the swish of their tails.  So turn off your smartphone and step back in time – plus you’ll get a chance to hear the history of the area, but only if you want to!

4. Check out some lighthouses.  I can’t figure out exactly why they are so captivating, but they are!  You can’t go inside very many, but I could stare at them for hours.  Something about the history behind the buildings and the fact that they still stand, despite centuries of assault by the sea, makes them magical.

3. Choose to have breakfast on the porch.  It’s the perfect opportunity to savor gourmet breakfast in the sea air and watch this sleepy New England town as it wakes up.

2. Enjoy our phenomenal beaches!  Most of the Maine coast features rocks and cliffs that aren’t exactly foot-friendly, but Kennebunkport Maine offers miles of soft, sandy shoreline.  Parson’s beach, just over the bridge in Kennebunk, is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen.  Please don’t miss it.  Since there is only parking for a handful of cars, hit this spot by bike or at off-peak hours, like the early morning or in the late afternoon.

1. Choose to stay in a Maine Bed and Breakfast!  You’ll get much more bang for your buck, and the whole staff will dedicate themselves toward making sure your vacation is absolutely perfect.

Granted, these are just my favorite things to do on vacation in Kennebunkport Maine, and I don’t claim that these things are going to make the perfect vacation for you.  Now it’s your turn to visit this incredible area and compile your list.  And please share!


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!

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 Dedicated to a Great Cause

March 21st, 2011 by avadmin

Maine Bed and Breakfasts and The Maine Innkeepers Association renew the “Hospitality for Habitat” Program, slashing rates 50% and reminding travelers about springtime in the state, while simultaneously supporting Maine’s Habitat for Humanity.  The Maine Stay Inn and Cottages is proud to return as a participant in this year’s fundraiser.  This year, you can save 50% off of weekend rates in our most

Visit Maine Bed and Breakfasts this spring

Springtime is Glorious in Kennebunkport!

deluxe suites (Romantic Cottage Suite #7Deluxe Fireplace Suite #12, and Captain Walker’s Suite #16) for stays Sunday through Thursday at our Maine Bed and Breakfast from April 25 through May 27, 2011.

Freeport, ME – March 21, 2011 – Some of the finest Maine Bed and Breakfasts, Inns, and Resorts will slash their rates by 50% this spring to support Hospitality for Habitat, a Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) program that raises funds for local chapters of Habitat for Humanity, announced Greg Dugal, Executive Director of MEIA. Participating Innkeepers all over the state will reduce room rates by half between April 25th and May 27th, 2011 for guests willing to write a $35 donation check payable to Habitat for Humanity.

“Every dollar donated goes to help build homes in Maine for deserving families,” said Dugal. “Travelers taking advantage of the Hospitality for Habitat program have been very generous over the years, and seem to enjoy this opportunity to stay in the best Maine Bed and Breakfasts, resorts, and hotels at greatly discounted rates.”

This is Hospitality for Habitat’s eighth year, and the program has grown each year since its start up. In 2010, despite the challenging economic climate, Innkeepers and their guests raised over $21,000 for Habitat projects. The Association has donated over $51,000 to Habitat for Humanity since the program began in 2004.

“We are grateful to the Innkeepers and their guests who continue to support this program each year, stated Dugal. “It really is a win, win. This fundraiser helps to bring visitors to the state during what is traditionally a slow time for tourism, gives visitors an opportunity to stay at wonderful properties at terrific rates, and supports a great cause.”Hospitality for Habitat at Maine Bed and Breakfasts

To take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to Habitat for Humanity while experiencing some of the finest Maine Bed and Breakfasts, inns, and hotels at affordable rates, visit The Maine Innkeepers web page at www.maineinns.com . Click on the Hospitality for Habitat Logo for a frequently updated list of participating properties. Direct links to each property will provide information on specific room rates, availability, and individual property restrictions.

Reservations for accommodation between April 25 and May 27th 2011 should be made in advance and donations for $35 should be given to the Innkeeper, made in the form of a check, and written out to Habitat for Humanity. Every dollar donated will be given to the 9 Maine chapters of Habitat for Humanity to help build homes.

About Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter, they helped build and had bought with the assistance of no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. More information can be found online at www.habitat.org.