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Ringing in the New Year in Kennebunkport

December 30th, 2010 by avadmin

We at the Maine Stay Inn are gearing up for what promises to be a fun-filled evening in our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  We’ll ring in 2011 with finger foods, games, and, of course, great company!  Guests are welcome to join innkeepers and staff before heading out to dinner at one of our many fine Kennebunkport restaurants, or they can join us later for dessert before watching the ball drop.  Some of the many area restaurants serving New Year’s Eve dinner this year are:

Kennebunkport bed and breakfast for New Year's Eve

Maine Stay at Dusk, courtesy of Bob Dennis

  • Bandaloop Restaurant (Kennebunkport Maine)
  • Federal Jack’s Brew Pub (Lower Village Kennebunk)
  • Hurricane Restaurant
  • Grissini (Lower Village Kennebunk)
  • Cape Arundel Inn
  • Stripers
  • Pier 77 (Cape Porpoise)
  • Alisson’s
  • Kennebunk Inn (downtown Kennebunk)

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2011!

A Stunning Snowstorm

December 27th, 2010 by avadmin

For the past few days, every time I have turned on the radio or television, the “breaking news” alert has centered around the blizzard that socked the eastern seaboard this week.  But while Newark Airport was closed and highway signs encouraged travelers to head for home, life in Kennebunkport Maine went on pretty much as usual.  Sure, we received quite a bit of snow, postponing daily activities for some quality time with the shovels, but the result was spectacular! Upon waking up, we discovered a thick blanket of fine powder (if only there was a ski slope in Southern Maine!) and light grey skies, with warm and decidedly not ominous cloud cover.  Some patches of backyard at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast nearly showed through to grass, while other areas boasted drifts above knee-high, and branches bowed gently with coatings of snow.  After playing in (okay, I actually mean shoveling) the snow, I snuggled up on the couch with a steaming mug of cocoa and watched the fire.  What a perfect afternoon in Maine!

Winter Wonderland

December 21st, 2010 by avadmin

Because today is the winter solstice, it seems only fitting to acknowledge the glories of wintertime in Kennebunkport Maine and payChristmas Prelude Kennebunkporthomage to a few of my favorite things to do while staying at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  One of the best things about winter is snow.  I mean, who doesn’t like waking up to a fresh dusting of snow when they don’t have to worry about cleaning off the car and getting to work on time?  So picture this: you wake up swathed in fine linens in a comfy bed, open the blinds to a snowy splendor, and with a “poof” turn on your gas fireplace, radiating gentle warmth.  Then you and your special someone can enjoy a delicious gourmet meal sure to warm your soul.

Maine beaches in winter

A Walk in the Woods

But what to do next?  The shops in Dock Square beg for perusing, and the plethora of restaurants are ideal for a lunch or dinner break.  In the summertime, the Maine beaches are a big attraction, and a visit is a given, but in the colder months, many overlook the beauty of the ocean.  A walk on a deserted beach is an incredible thing, no matter the season.  This winter, don’t miss out!  Another must-do activity is a horse drawn sleigh ride through the woods or a trip to Westbrook Skating Rink (a seasonal outdoor rink) in Biddeford pool.

I must admit, as an innkeeper, one of my favorite things to see is guests relaxing by the living room fire, mug of cocoa in hand, playing a game or curled up with a book.  Their contentment and relaxation is palpable – and almost contagious!  So this winter, when it’s time for a post-holidays reprieve, a weekend getaway, or a special celebration, our Kennebunkport inn is the perfect destination.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

December 10th, 2010 by avadmin

Christmas Prelude Kennebunkport

The Dock Square Christmas Tree, Kennebunkport Maine

The first two weekends of December are very special in Kennebunkport, Maine, but they are so special and successful for one great reason – they haven’t changed.  When society seems to be evolving at breakneck speed, these two weekends give families a chance to take a deep breath and enjoy the holidays the way they did before online shopping and social networking, before blackberries and 3 am deals on Black Friday.  Christmas Prelude allows visitors to enjoy the company of loved ones, relax in a stunning and particularly festive New England village, and enjoy charming activities like caroling, craft fairs, and sleigh rides.  Don’tSleigh Rides at Christmas Prelude miss this year’s craft bazaar at the Nonantum Resort or Santa’s arrival in Cape Porpoise by fire truck!  Or maybe you’ll check out the trolley rides at the Seashore Trolley Museum and horse-drawn sleigh rides.  And after lunch, grab a hot cocoa and listen to the wandering minstrel in Dock Square.  But make sure to attend tomorrow’s Historic Inns Open House with oodles of Christmas cookies!

The only thing that could make this weekend at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast better is a light dusting of snow.  Mother Nature, are you listening?

Christmas Prelude Events

December 3rd, 2010 by avadmin

The festivities that mark Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude are well underway, and the famous Tree Lightings are about to commence. Kennebunkport Maine is bustling and Dock Square is filled with more people than any other time of year.  But the fun is just beginning! Here’s a peek at what the rest of this holiday cheer filled weekend will bring.

Saturday is a craft fair lovers’ dream!  Early risers can hit the Mothers Club Prelude Fair as early as 7 am at the Washington Hose Fire Station in Lower Village Kennebunk and squeeze in a stop at the American Legion Christmas Crafts Fair across from the Kennebunkport Police Station.  After breakfast, check out the Atlantic Hall Prelude Fair in Cape Porpoise and the longest standing craft fair at Consolidated School, the Holiday Crafts Fair ($1 donation required).  But don’t miss the 2oth Annual Christmas Fair at the Senior Center.  Both the Village Baptist Curch and the Congregational Church are expected to host two of their own.  Shoppers, rejoice!  Because in addition to the oodles of artisan offerings, the shops of Dock Square and Lower Village will be open all day.

Let’s not forget about tours of the historic Nott House, the home of the Kennebunkport Historical Society or narrated trolley rides through town.  Caroling can be heard all day, while the wandering Minstrel will travel through Dock Square from 11 to 1.  Historic Walking Tours leaving from the Nott House are a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors, while taking in the beautiful decorations adorning Kennebunkport Maine.

Countless musical performances will take place throughout the afternoon and evening, along with wine and cheese tastings, community luncheons/suppers, and meet the author/artist gatherings.  A particularly special event this year will take place at HB Provisions and later at the Nonantum Resort –  a book signing by Laura Bush and appearances with her daughters.

Enjoy the festivities everyone!

Christmas in Kennebunkport

December 2nd, 2010 by avadmin

Christmas Tree in Cape Porpoise

Today officially marks the start of Kennebunk/Kennebunkport’s 29th Annual Christmas Prelude Celebration.  It’s a truly spectacular time. Christmas Prelude began as a small way for Kennebunk and Kennebunkport businesses to thank the local population for their support through the year, and I am sure that its creators could not have fathomed what their brainchild has become!  HGTV has even ranked our festival the second best in the entire nation!  So for two weekends each year, the businesses of Kennebunkport Maine and its sister, Lower Village Kennebunk, continue to express their thanks with fun-filled shopping sales, refreshments, and decorations that inspire holiday cheer.  But they don’t stop there – live music performances, caroling, stunning tree lightings, Santa’s arrival in different areas throughout the community, inn tours, and countless craft fairs worthy of melting even the Grinch’s heart.

At our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, we are particularly looking forward to serving holiday-inspired breakfasts and baking dozens of yummy Christmas cookies, but welcoming our guests for such an incredible celebration is the biggest treat of all!

Cyber Monday at the Maine Stay!

November 28th, 2010 by avadmin

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and the leftovers have disappeared, it’s time to think about holiday shopping.  And what better

2010 gift certificate promotion

Perfect for a special getaway!

way than with a gift certificate to the Maine Stay Inn!  Treat yourself to a weekend away or give the gift of luxury and relaxation to someone special in your life.  Treat your loved ones to an unforgettable experience at our Maine bed and breakfast, with our gourmet breakfasts, luxurious accommodations, and, of course, unparalleled hospitality.  And remember, the more you spend, the more you save! Or book a pre- or post-holiday getaway to gear up or wind down from the holiday season.  Don’t forget about the incredible Third Night Free Special at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast!

A Thanksgiving Getaway to Kennebunkport, Maine

November 16th, 2010 by avadmin

Thanksgiving is a very special time for us at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, because it marks our first visit to this incredible area. We chose Kennebunkport Maine as the perfect spot for visiting Maine colleges, and Thanksgiving break was the perfect time to do so!  AndThanksgiving in a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast although we had spent a fair amount of time in Maine, this part of Southern Maine had remained much of a mystery.  Once we stepped out of the car, I couldn’t understand why – Kennebunkport is spectacular!  The town is incredibly quaint (and perfectly New England), with gorgeous historic homes that just tugged at my heartstrings, and beaches that take your breath away.  But the best part of visiting during Thanksgiving was watching area homes and businesses prepare for the holiday season – transitioning away from pumpkins and hay bales to twinkling lights and garlands.  Now that I know Kennebunkport Maine better, I know that the Kennebunkport hotels, restaurants, and businesses are preparing for Christmas Prelude, one of the most spectacular events of the year, meaning that people are gearing up for a particularly merry holiday season.

So in addition to enjoying incredible hospitality, wonderful cuisine (don’t forget about evening soup, salad, and dessert on Thanksgiving Day), and luxury accommodations, get yourself in the holiday spirit with a Thanksgiving getaway to the Maine Stay Inn and Cottages.

This Weekend in the Kennebunks

November 12th, 2010 by avadmin

So while most of the leaves have turned and fallen, the Kennebunks are very much awake and thriving (let’s be honest, though, Kennebunkport Maine doesn’t hibernate for the winter like other Maine vacation destinations).  The event that we are most looking forward to at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is the School Around Us Craft Fair held at Kennebunk High School.  Featuring dozens of incredibly talented craftsmen and artisans, this craft fair is sure to be a stand-out.  On Sunday, for those looking for something a little more low key, Graves Library, just a few doors down from the Maine Stay Inn, will host author Lily King.  A Maine writer, she is famous for her book, Father of the Rain.

This weekend’s weather is sure to be fantastic, with temperatures reaching 60 degrees, perfect for exploring outside.  Don’t forget to check out our incredible beaches and nature preserves!

A "Thank-You" to Our Vets

November 10th, 2010 by avadmin

The Maine Stay Inn and Cottages has chosen to celebrate Veterans’ Day in a very special way this year – by offering a few free rooms to veterans.  Our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast inn has joined forces with over 850 inns across the country to share our gratitude for those who have served this great nation.  We set aside a handful of rooms for the night of November 10, 2010 so that veterans with valid military ID could enjoy a stay at our Maine bed and breakfast at no charge.  The response was astounding!  In less than twelve hours after being listed on http://www.bnbsforvets.org/, the Maine Stay had reserved all of its allocated rooms.

This program was founded by innkeeper Kathleen Panek of the Gillum House in Shinnston, WV, and in 2009 was expanded by the West Virginia Bed and Breakfast Association.  This year’s program has exploded, covering 49 states and 8 countries, and the Maine Stay is proud to be among them!