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Easter Sunday in Kennebunkport

March 29th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Hippity-hoppity-hippity-hoppity Easter’s on its way… to Kennebunkport! Easter Sunday really is right around the corner, and all corners of town are gearing up to celebrate.  Although Kennebunkport might be a quaint little town with just over 3,000 people, there are a surprising number of churches that are open for Easter services (and even more that open once the weather gets warmer).  Here are a selection of congregations – I hope I didn’t miss too many!

  • Literally steps from the Maine Stay Inn lies the Village Baptist Church, and while it’s known for its musicalchurch 1 performances, many people know it as the steeple-less church.  I was certainly curious about the sudden removal of the belfry (have you ever seen that before?  Because I sure haven’t!), and learned that in November 2008, it was determined that the bell tower had grown structurally unsound after a history of improper care.  The original bells were removed, and the church has been working on raising the funds to have a new tower built.  They’re getting close, and it will be a very exciting day when a new steeple goes up and the historic bells ring again!
  • If you continue along Maine Street and onto North Street, you’ll find the First Congregational Church just before you reach a picturesque horse farm (with a Christmas tree farm in its infancy).
  • Just behind the Dock Square parking lot, with lovely views of the inlet, South Congregational Church is home to a United Church of Christ congregation and is one of the most iconic structures in downtown Kennebunkport.
  • Just across the bridge, you can partake in services at the Sea Road Church, an Adventist Christian congregation.  It’s probably one of the few recently constructed churches in the area, but it’s strong, closely knit congregation would indicate otherwise.
  • Those looking for a Catholic mass have two great options in the area.  Some enjoy the unique atmosphere at St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery, occupying 70 acres along the river, and outdoor services when the weather permits, while others choose to pop over to St. Martha’s on Route 1 in Kennebunk.
  • You’ll also find the First Church in Kennebunk, a Unitarian Universalist congregation with a community, rather than biblical, focus.

But if you’re not religious or are simply traveling with youngsters, there are two fun Easter egg hunts happening this weekend, one on Saturday at the Messiah Christian Church in Wells, and one on Sunday at Loranger Middle School in Old Orchard Beach.  Whether your celebrating with us in Kennebunkport or  at home, we’re wishing everyone a happy and healthy Easter!

Vagina Monologues Comes to Kennebunk

March 22nd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

This weekend brings one of the most exciting events of the winter to the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport area – the Vagina Monologues!  And before you correct me, I do know that it is officially spring, but since the crocus buds now have a little covering of snow on them (again? Really, Mother Nature?) and more importantly since this event

A scene from last year's production of The Vagina Monologues

A scene from last year’s production of The Vagina Monologues

usually occurs in February, which is solidly winter, I’m going with it.  But I digress.  For the past several years, members from York County’s Domestic Violence Program, Caring Unlimited, have organized an incredible production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.  Each year it has brought bold acting and belly laughs, but more importantly it has brought us one step closer toward ending violence against women and girls.

For those of you who don’t know, The Vagina Monologues is a collection of stories about the female experience, ranging from childbirth and love to violence and mutilation and everything in between.  Although Eve Ensler originally interviewed over 200 women, each production varies with the number of stories told and actors involved.  This year’s production, held in the historical auditorium of Kennebunk’s town hall, will feature a cast of 19 talented women and girls from around the county.  Plus, with doors opening at 6:45 and the performances starting at 7:30, you’ve got the perfect amount of time to grab a great dinner (Academe or 50Local are perfectly located for noshing before the show) before wandering over.  But if all the tears and laughter during the show made you work up an appetite, you can always try Federal Jack’s for a bite (almost) no matter how late the production finishes!  This year, tickets will be available at the door, but if you want to ensure that you will snag a seat, you can order tickets online here.  And whether you’ve seen the show a million times before or you’re a “Vagina” virgin, you’ll be sure to enjoy a great theatrical production that benefits a great cause both locally and across the globe.

The 2013 Ogunquit Playhouse Schedule is Here!

March 11th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Every winter we wait patiently for an exciting announcement and it’s finally here – the 2013 Ogunquit Playhouse

A great lineup is set for the 2013 season at the Ogunquit Playhouse!

A great lineup is set for the 2013 season at the Ogunquit Playhouse!

Schedule is now up!  For those of you who don’t know, the Ogunquit Playhouse is one of the hidden gems of Southern Maine. 2013 marks its 81st season, and featuring seven outstanding musical theater performances from May to October, it is one of the “must see” activities to add to your list when visiting Kennebunkport Maine.  And fortunately for us, it’s less than fifteen miles down the road!

In 1933, Walter Hartwig, a big name on Broadway, along with his wife, Maude, opened the playhouse in a converted garage in Ogunquit, but due to its incredible success, needed a bigger and better venue.  So four years later it moved just down the road to its current home, which maintains much of the character and intimacy even today.  In 195o the theater welcomed general manager John Lane, who nurtured it for the next 47 years, bringing the best and brightest of Broadway for summer stock theater here in Maine.  And the performances offered here never disappoint, bringing incredible talents to the stage in a charming, intimate setting.  And for about a quarter of the price of a Big Apple show, you’ll enjoy the very best right in front of your eyes (no nosebleed sections here!).

All of us at the Maine Stay Inn have waited with bated breath for the 2013 Ogunquit Playhouse lineup to be announced, and here it is!

  • The Rat Pack Is Back (May 22-June 8)
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie (June 12-July 6) – featuring Sally Struthers as Mrs. Meers
  • Young Frankenstein (July 10-27)
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (July 31-August 25)
  • Ballroom with a Twist (August 27-31)
  • West Side Story (September 4-28)
  • Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story (October 2-20)

We’re so excited for the Ogunquit Playhouse to open its doors and bring the stage alive for its 81st consecutive year and hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do!

A Walk in the Woods, Kennebunkport Style!

February 25th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

While much of the state of Maine is heavily wooded and home to some big critters like moose and bears, those of us in Kennebunkport are fortunate to be able to easily enjoy an old-school “walk in the woods” without venturing from the perks of a delightful seaside village studded with awesome restaurants, art galleries, and great shopping.  And frankly, I just love that!  I mean, what could be better than exploring the great outdoors, cleaning up in a luxurious bathroom, and heading out to a great dinner?  But, as usual, I digress.  We already know about how much I love the

Enjoy a winter walk in the woods!

Enjoy a winter walk in the woods!

Kennebunkport restaurants, but the recent dusting of snow inspired me to get out and explore some of my other favorite places – the natural kind!

So if you are looking for a spot to reconnect with mother nature, you certainly don’t have to venture far from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  After a fresh coat of powder, I love to admire the way bare tree limbs catch the snow, and the best place to do so is at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust‘s Smith Preserve.  Just a few minutes drive from the inn, it’s easy to zip past the parking lot, especially because it is usually empty.  Seriously, this is a hidden gem!  And with no charge to enjoy the winding loops of trails through the woods, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy some solace in the great outdoors.

Feel like you’d be missing out by not walking along the ocean?  The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm is just over the town line, but with over 7 miles of trails (yes, some are wooded!) and a protected strip of coastline, it is a must-visit destination during every season.  But if you’re looking for a little elevation, head just a few miles to our south, where you can hike to your heart’s content at Mount Agamenticus.  Especially during the winter months, the terrain is stunning (and yes, you can see the ocean from the top), and your trip down Route 1 is easy peasy.  No matter what you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the amazing outdoor opportunities in Kennebunkport.

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!

Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks Opens in Lower Village

January 22nd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

A great new shop has joined the ranks of quaint shops and boutiques in Kennebunkport and Lower Village, Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks.  Just a stone’s throw from the Maine Stay Inn, this adorable new store is a combination specialty beverage shop and gift store, and with its adorable new facade, you just can’t help but go in!  For the past several years, we’ve watched the transformation of

Now open - Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks!

Now open – Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks!

a historic property on Port Road in the heart of Lower Village, and the attached carriage house has finally morphed into an inviting new spot that’s quickly becoming a new fave.  Not only do they stock oodles of loose teas, coffee beans, and brewing devices, but the actually roast the beans right on site! So take a scoop of your favorite blends and sip easy, knowing that you’ve purchased the highest quality, locally produced beans.  And best of all, the aroma of beans roasting just inside is positively incredible – it just pulls you inside.  To be honest, I’m more of a tea kind of gal, but the smell is what really drew me inside, because where can you find freshly roasted beans these days?!

But the selection of great gifts also sets Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks apart from other beverage retailers, as well as the other unique shops in town.  You can find inventive cards, small gifts, sweets and dried fruits, and even fun personal accessories (yep, I love the scarf I scored there!), and any kind of host/hostess gift you could imagine.  We’re so lucky that this great establishment has opened in Kennebunk/Kennebunkport and can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself!

Winter Wonderland Activities in Kennebunkport Maine

January 17th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

A light dusting of snow fell today in Kennebunkport Maine, which really got me thinking about all of the great winter activities to enjoy in the area.  And while some people aren’t crazy about the white stuff, today’s coating was just right – the kind that makes the landscape look like a perfect winter wonderland, without causing any trouble on the roads or even much shoveling!  All those big, fluffy snowflakes just made all of us 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:

Enjoy fun winter activities in Kennebunkport Maine!

Enjoy fun winter activities in Kennebunkport Maine!

  • 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!  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!

A Fun Shopping Weekend in Kennebunkport

October 17th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

We all know that a fall getaway to Kennebunkport is a great opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of a seaside village.  With blazing foliage displays, many folks (myself included!) choose to enjoy the great outdoors – especially our friends escaping the heat of the South!  That said, sometimes a girl’s just gotta shop!  Fortunately for us and visitors to the Maine Stay Inn, there are nearly endless retail therapy opportunities right here in Kennebunkport, as well as in neighboring communities.  In fact, the closest shop

shopping in kennebunkport

Shopping with a view!

sits just two doors away.  The Home & Away Gallery sits in one of Kennebunkport’s many antique homes, this one an 1813 Colonial.  It’s native and inuit art and jewelry collection is unlike any I’ve ever encountered, and it’s a place you can always find a one-of-a-kind gift.  Plus, this weekend, you can check out the Cape Dorset Collection of Inuit prints, which will be released for sale starting Friday.

Venture another block or two from the Maine Stay, and you will find the plethora of unique shops and galleries that call Dock Square their home.  Here you’ll find everything from preppy New England clothiers and Bohemian chic boutiques, to craftsman-made home goods and modern (and reasonably priced!) silver jewelry.  And what could be better than meandering through our quaint New England streets, breathing in some crisp salt air?  Well, full shopping bags, of course!

Looking for something a bit more mainstream?  Just south of Kennebunkport lies the Kittery Outlets, where you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.  Didn’t get your fill?  Check out the outlets in Freeport, about a half an hour drive north from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, where you’ll get the perks of major outlets shopping in a town-like environment.  But if you’re in the mood to channel autumn into your shopping expedition, consider exploring the Farmer’s Market in downtown Kennebunk.  Held every Saturday from May to mid-November from 8 am to 1 pm, this market has been rated one of the top 20 in the nation for markets of this size!  Who knew?!  Well, I mean, I’m not surprised we’ve got a hidden gem on our hands…  And this weekend you can head just down the road to Ogunquit for their 9th Annual OgunquitFest, a fall festival with craft fairs and shopping opportunities not to be missed!  So grab your purse (or man-bag) and get shopping!

Exploring the Fall in New England

October 8th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Most of you know that at the Maine Stay Innwe are pretty big fans of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, and that certainly doesn’t change at this time of year.  In fact, we probably love it even more!  I mean, with the glorious colors and crisp breezes, how could we not?   Of course, we love just wandering through the seven miles of trails on this incredible piece of property, meandering down to the shoreline, where the pristine beach just begs for a stroll.  But fall in New England also means the return of some great

Celebrating fall in New England at Laudholm Farm

One of the many estuarine inlets at Laudholm!

programming, with opportunities for the whole family.  Here are just some of the great upcoming events that you’ll find at the Wells Reserve this month:

  • Wood lot harvesting – ever wonder what the right way is to deal with invasive species?  Need to clear some trees or miscellaneous fauna in your yard?  Find out from the pros how to do it right!
  • Tracking the Migration of Shorebirds in the Western Hemisphere – We all learned about avian migration in, oh, about the second grade and love when the birdies return each spring.  Here in New England the chirping come April is a very welcome sound!  But there are three bird species that have to overcome pretty substantial hinderances to their annual trek.  So check out the latest movie about their journey and learn how communities can help these critters!
  • Fun with Fungi!  I know I love mushrooms (and hope you do too), but they’re certainly not all edible, so enjoy a tour of the property while learning about native New England fungi.
  • Get your spook on with an Owl Prowl with Owl Banding.  Enjoy an evening walk and lesson in calling for owls, as well as a live demo on banding these flying friends.

Fortunately for us and for visitors to Kennebunkport, this is just a selection of some of the great events celebrating fall in New England this month at Laudholm Farm.  We hope you’ll get a chance to enjoy some of them!

Celebrating Columbus Day Weekend in Kennebunkport

October 4th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Columbus Day Weekend is upon us and with it comes some of incredibly fun fall events to enjoy in Kennebunkport.  The seasonal festivities are already underway, so if you can sneak out of work early, go for it!  Playing hooky from work Friday?  We won’t tell!  But if you find yourself in town during the morning or afternoon hours, don’t forget that you can actually tourthe Wedding Cake

a fall landscape in Kennebunkport

Enjoy a glorious Columbus Day Weekend!

House instead of just admiring it on the outside.  And with amazing weather in the forecast for tomorrow, hopping aboard one of the local multi-masted sailboats would be a great way to start off a special weekend escape.  Of course, there are always a plethora of activities and events to make your visit to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast especially enjoyable, but in case you need some extra inspiration, here is a selection of some fun things happening in the area this weekend:

  • Catch a show at the Ogunquit Playhouse!  The Buddy Holly Show is a Rock ‘N Roll musical sure to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.
  • Looking for music that’s a little more “low key”?  Check out the organ and trumpet duo at Christ Church in downtown Kennebunk.
  • All weekend long you can enjoy the arts scene of Kennebunkport with the Maine Women In the Arts Fall Fine Art Show.  Just around the corner from the Maine Stay Inn, you’ll find it at the Masonic Hall, across the street from our local Post Office.  Keep your eyes peeled for some of the artists whose work graces our walls!
  • Fall Farm Fun Day in Ogunquit brings all of the best things about fall in New England to one place.  Go for a hayride, paint some spooky pumpkins, and even make your own scarecrow!
  • Get in touch with nature at Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve as you enjoy a guided walk.  Experience the glorious fall foliage up close and personal and learn something about the miracles of foliage in New England!

All of us are looking forward to a spectacular fall weekend and fall foliage season and can’t wait to share it with you!