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This Weekend in Kennebunkport Maine

June 22nd, 2011 by avadmin

Though tomorrow’s forecast looks a little on the wet side, the upcoming weekend predictions for Kennebunkport Maine look bright.  So while many visitors and locals are likely to hit the beach or explore the amazing outdoor activities that abound (can you say paddleboarding, surfing, sailing or kayaking?), others might like a little help picking out some distinctly Maine activities to leisurely structure their days.  With that in mind, here’s a peek at some of the awesome events going on in town and in neighboring communities!

Kennebunkport Maine Beaches

Relax on the beach or get out and explore!

  • Tomorrow night marks the start of Old Orchard Beach’s weekly fireworks display.  Don’t dine too late in Kennebunkport Maine, or you might miss ‘em! 9:45 pm next to the pier.
  • La Kermesse Franco-American Festival at Mechanics Park in downtown Biddeford begins Friday afternoon and concludes on Sunday.  This celebration of Franco-American culture welcomes everyone and provides fun and excitement for the whole family.  Enjoy the plethora of food vendors (including a beer fest), parades, music, and games to help top off an amazing weekend!
  • Looking to stay a little closer to home?  Check out the Maine Playwright Series at River Tree Arts, just over the Kennebunkport Maine bridge.  This week’s reading is Volcanic in Origin and your feedback to the playwright will help in the final production of the play – how cool is that?!  Tickets are $12 at the door.
  • Outdoorsy folks are sure to enjoy the vernal pool and wetlands walk at Mt. Agamenticus in York on Saturday.  From 10 to noon (perfect timing for after breakfast!), learn about the endangered species that are home to this area and explore the highest concentration of vernal pools in all of Maine.
  • Love the animal pastels that grace the walls of Cottage Suite 6?  Then head over to Santora Fine Art in Kennebunk for her 5th annual open house.  Enter for a chance to win one of her incredible paintings!
  • On Sunday, make sure not to miss the 11th annual Wells Antique Show and Sale at Laudholm Farm.  75 exhibitors are sure to bring incredible works from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries – shop away!
    Options about for making your weekend getaway extra special, whether its just relaxing with your family or special someone or taking part in any of the great festivals in the area.  But with summer just beginning, there are more amazing things in store in Kennebunkport Maine!

The Kennebunkport Festival is Here!

May 31st, 2011 by avadmin

So you’ve missed Day 1 of the Kennebunkport Festival, but it’s not too late to take part in some or all of the exciting events that make this week so special.  In fact, there’s still room in tomorrow’s “Art of Dining” intimate dinners.  Just

Historic home dinner during the Kennebunkport Festival

Their three and a half story spiral staircase makes ours look teeny!

steps from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast lies the Samuel Stairs House.  This stunning manse was built in 1810 and boasts one of the tallest spiral staircases in New England (it’s three and a half stories high!).  Incredible as it might seem, the truly astounding detail is the preserved wallpaper smuggled into the United States during the Civil War.  So while you are enjoying the delectable creations of Kennebunkport’s very own Chef Gary Caron of Stripers Restaurant, make sure to take special note of this historic home.  Even though this building is still a private home (thank you, Longworth family for welcoming the Kennebunkport Festival!), you’ll enjoy the finest selection of wines from Hall Wines.  Not only will your palate be excited, but so will your eyes – on the works of Craig Mooney.  A renowned artist, Craig is featured in the Maine Art Gallery.

Not in the mood for such a formal event?  Don’t miss out on the After Party at Bandaloop Restaurant.  Always a favorite, it is sure to be hoppin’ tomorrow night.  For just $20, enjoy signature cocktails (and they are always amazing), appetizers, and live music.  Plus, there’s more artwork to be enjoyed by Pam DeSantis Tachibana.  Yep, the Kennebunkport Festival certainly is different than any other food and wine festival, and not just because it has the best location imaginable!  Artistic creations are one of the cornerstones of Kennebunkport Maine, and the festival has stayed true to its roots with the incorporation of substantial amounts of incredible artwork from primarily local artists.

Stay tuned, because there’s so much more to come in this year’s Kennebunkport Festival!

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!

 

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!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts' Cookie Tour

April 15th, 2011 by avadmin

This Saturday, guests of the Maine Stay and three other Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts will be treated to a great springtime event – the cookie tour!  They’ll have a little time to kill between our gourmet morning meal and this fun afternoon activity, so I will suggest a visit to the newly re-vamped River Tree Arts.  A fantastic new exhibit called

Kennebunkport bed and breakfasts cookie tour map

Strolling from inn to inn is perfect - for burning off those delectable treats!

“Splendid Splashes” that is definitely worth checking out, and while you’re there, make sure to catch the free classical music performance (although donations will be gladly accepted) arranged by the Portland Symphony Orchestra librarian.  Keep it mind, the theater only seats 90, so get there early! On your way back, stop in at Ryan’s Corner House, the newest Kennebunkport restaurant to open.  We’ve yet to try it, but how wrong could a real Irish pub run by a real Irish family be?  If art’s not your thing, check out the plethora of activities going on for EcoDay at Laudholm Trust.  Particularly active guests might have an interest in the 5K trail run through one of my favorite spots in Southern Maine.

Once your belly is full (or full of non-sweets) head back to your Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts for the tour starting around 1pm.  Each inn will feature their signature cookie!  The Maine Stay Inn will, of course, be offering a gluten free option – our ambrosia macaroons.  Captain Jefferds Inn will whip up their favorite, a cranberry oatmeal number, while Captain Lord Mansion will serve a Maine staple – whoopie pies.  Captain Fairfield has yet to decide, but it’s sure to be delicious!  There’s no tastier way to spend an afternoon than sampling these delights at some great Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts.

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.