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A Kennebunkport Maine Getaway to Beat the Winter Blahs

March 15th, 2011 by avadmin

Kennebunkport Maine is truly spectacular all year round, making it the perfect place for a romantic retreat or a getaway just to recharge (Okay, Okay… I might be a little biased).  And while the days are certainly longer now (thank you, daylight savings!), there is still a stretch ahead before Spring really… springs!  So now’s the time to reinvigorate yourself with a little escape to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.

Sometimes a vigorous seaside walk is just what the doctor ordered, so head to one of the many spectacular beaches and preserves of the Kennebunks.  Enjoy the ocean air, feel the sand under your feet, and bask in the bright sun, even if you’re clad in a fleece instead of a

Gourmet Breakfast at the Maine Stay Inn in Kennebunkport Maine

One of our favorite breakfasts!

bikini.  But other times all you need is a “do-nothing” time and place.  Unwind in front of a cozy gas fireplace and recharge with a good book or cuddle with your honey-bun, then head for a leisurely soak in one of our many big whirlpool tubs.  But most importantly, let us cater to you!  At check-in, we’ll greet you with warm, freshly baked cookies and mugs of your favorite tea, coffee, or cocoa.  Our staff will help guide to the perfect spot for a scenic lunch, romantic dinner, or evening entertainment.  But once they show you to your room or suite, you won’t want to leave!  Thank goodness we can deliver gourmet breakfast daily to your cottage suite – breakfast in bed sounds good to me!  At the Maine Stay Inn, your favorite Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, you’re sure to find everything you need to rest and recharge.

As an innkeeper, there’s truly no greater satisfaction than seeing guests at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast de-stress before our very eyes and making sure their visit is everything they’d hoped and more.  So this winter, treat yourself with an escape to Kennebunkport Maine and the Maine Stay Inn – and banish the blahs for good!

Maine Bed and Breakfasts: From Kennebunkport to Camden

March 3rd, 2011 by avadmin

Visiting Maine Bed and Breakfasts is fun for guests and innkeepers alike, and this week, I had the pleasure of being both!  While the Maine Stay is closed for heat system upgrades (could we have picked a colder week?), I took the opportunity to visit the Inns at Blackberry Common, a Camden Bed and Breakfast and take in some skiing at the Camden Snow Bowl.

Breakfast at a camden maine bed and breakfast

Jim's Famous Oatmeal - Yum!

The drive from Kennebunkport Maine, albeit quite scenic, was a little slow-going, due to the latest snow squall passing through the area, so I was rather relieved to see the inn’s colorful sign as I approached Camden on Route 1.  I had heard that many Camden Maine Bed and Breakfasts are plagued by traffic noise, but this inn proved to be very peaceful inside.  Innkeepers Cyndi and Jim have lovingly preserved the 1840s Victorian that now holds the Inn at Blackberry Common, and on my tour of the property, I learned why it’s so quiet – they’ve replaced all the front windows!  Great thinking, guys!  And the building’s long, thin footprint ensures that most of the inn sits pretty far from the road, surrounded by what, come springtime, is sure to be lovely garden space.  And let’s not forget the blackberry patch!  The stakes barely poked through mountains of snow, but your imagination can do the rest.

The afternoon sun begged for running, so I laced up my shoes and headed downtown. This seaside town felt reminiscent of Kennebunkport Maine, with its quaint shops, lovely marina, and historic buildings.  However, the hills, slippery with freezing winter slush, and lack of flat, sandy beaches, quickly brought me back to reality!  Chilled, I headed back to the inn for mug after mug of tea and great conversation with Jim and Cyndi.

Desperate for some true winter fun, I headed out the next morning for the Camden Snow Bowl, a small ski area just a few minutes from the Camden Maine Bed and Breakfasts.  For just $12 you can ski for several hours, or $20 will get you a full day’s pass – what a deal!  Plus, the place was deserted; it seemed groomed just for me!  So while Kennebunkport Maine may be the crown jewel of Maine’s beaches, Camden is truly where the mountains meet the sea.  Looking over your shoulder on the chair lift, you’ll be greeted with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic, where it joins the foothills and finally the stunning ski slopes.

So while I’ve always recommended Camden Maine as a great destination for those touring the New England coastline, I can now say I’ve been, and enjoyed, this great little town.  So the next time you’re passing from Bar Harbor to Kennebunkport, looking for low-key outdoor fun in the winter, or just a fan of Maine Bed and Breakfasts in charming historic villages, check out Camden Maine and the Inns at Blackberry Common.