With October drawing to a close, our Maine bed and breakfast is gearing up for some exciting renovations and one is already underway! While we’re not going to spill the beans on what is coming during the rest of the winter in terms of new room designs, we’re happy to announce that the Victorian Charm Room (#15) in the main house is no more. The wallpaper has come down, the walls given a new coat of plaster, and are already boasting a new color palette. And with all these changes, “Victorian Charm” is not going to suit the new look, and in a week or so we’ll be announcing its new style and new name. Now, this room was much loved, and we’re not going to change that – we’re just going to add more of the things you love about our Maine bed and breakfast! You can be sure that you’ll find a blissful bed, comfy seating, and all the modern amenities you expect from the Maine Stay Inn. But we’re not ones for spoiling a surprise, so stay tuned for pictures and updates about all the changes going on around our Maine Bed and Breakfast!
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October 30th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
October 8th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
In honor of National Country Inn and Bed and Breakfast Day, Hotels.com compiled a list of their favorite B&Bs across the nation, and we were so excited to find the Maine Stay Inn on that list! Their article “10 Charming American Bed & Breakfasts Around the US” got me thinking about what exactly makes Maine bed and breakfasts so charming and romantic. Now, let’s be clear – charming is not the same thing as cute. Or old. To me, the word “charming” evokes these warm feelings of relaxation and comfort, without pretense or fan fare. So here are just a few things about Maine bed and breakfasts that make your travel experience charming:
- Smaller scale – now there is something about walking into a cavernous hotel lobby where high heels clickety- clack on tile floors that is decidedly not charming. It’s not cozy, and doesn’t really make me think
“Yeah, I want to put on a robe and snuggle.” And even though all Maine bed and breakfasts are different, their smaller size automatically puts them closer to achieving charm at first glance.
- They’re unique! And not just from one another. When you check in at a hotel, you can pretty much be sure that room 201 is going to look just like room 304 and 406. At the Maine Stay Inn, and many other Maine B&Bs, each room is individually designed, so as you select your room, you can actually envision your getaway, and when walking down the hall, you’ll notice that, much like in a home, each room is different! And I personally feel that is an important part of making a place feel homey… and one step closer to charming!
- Many are historic. And while that does translate into being chronologically old, it really means that they tend to boast fine craftsmanship and details that you can’t find in modern buildings or typical hotels. Our floating staircase is a prime example! Things like detailed moldings and stained glass definitely bring charm to the physical structure.
- Personality! Yes, it’s possible! And while some of that has to do with the staff, the care, design, and attention to detail also gives the physical structure its own personality. But the people are huge in making you feel at ease and welcomed at a Maine bed and breakfast. Chances are pretty good that those responsible for cleaning your room are also going to serve you at breakfast or make your dinner reservations, and they want to get to know you so that they can help make your stay exactly what you’re looking for!
The truth is, defining “charming” is really hard. And frankly, I’d rather use the words “warm,” “welcoming,” or “inviting” to describe Maine Bed and Breakfasts, but all of us are so honored to be named one of the nation’s most charming inns!
August 15th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
We received some exciting news earlier this summer, when we found out that our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast was named a Green Leader by TripAdvisor! Over the past six years, we have been working diligently to turn this historic property into an eco-friendly destination. At first, the task seemed daunting. I mean, how could you turn an 1860 Victorian and five guest houses into a lean, mean energy sipping machine? And since the idea
of recycling was not even considered, this seemed like an insurmountable task. You have to start somewhere, right? So we began recycling paper products in the office and water bottles abandoned in guest rooms. That wasn’t enough to satisfy our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, so we went to work on kitchen waste (think the cardboard cartons produce ships in), non-returnable beverage bottles, and even sorting trash from each guest room.
Simply instituting a recycling policy was not going to win us any awards, and light bulbs were next on the agenda. Gradually we’ve changed from your average incandescent to energy sipping compact fluorescents, with plans to invest in LED bulbs as well. Unfortunately, the Maine Stay Inn can’t boast 100% use of such bulbs – often in the main house because of its antique fixtures that just don’t look right with the swirly fluorescent types. Our biggest changes, however, have been behind the scenes, with upgrades to the heating, cooling and hot water systems at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast making everyone more comfortable, but also friendly for the environment.
So we’re proud to announce that TripAdvisor has honored us with a bronze level award for providing environmentally friendly lodging options. But unlike many, we’re not content with the status quo, so we’re constantly tweaking our energy conservation plans and making changes to make our 19th century Kennebunkport bed and breakfast as energy efficient as possible – and we’re taking suggestions!
June 3rd, 2013 by Judi Hauer
As someone who has stayed at B&Bs since childhood, I am always surprised at how many folks never have, so it seems like a good idea to talk about what you can expect when staying at a Maine bed and breakfast. Quite a few people have this idea that staying at a bed and breakfast is kind of like staying at your grandmother’s house, and while that was apparently kind of true back in the day (and by that I mean before I was born), it certainly isn’t the case today. In fact, BnBs are often just as swanky and professional as high end hotels, but on a smaller scale. As far as decor goes, though, styles run the gamut, and that is certainly something that holds true at the Maine Stay
Inn. I mean, you could choose to stay in an updated traditional room in the main house, or you could choose a bold modern cottage suite or anything in between. One thing you won’t find? Doilies. Many people planning their first ever trip to a Maine bed and breakfast are worried about noise, but there’s no need. And without those characteristic long hotel hallways, you’ll actually experience much less sound transmission than in a hotel. In fact, there’s only one thing guests report that draw them out of their cozy beds in the morning – the smell of breakfast!
Which brings me to a very important topic – food! It seems like a lot of people are worried about having to get up too early in the morning, and since our Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast has multiple seating times, there’s no need to lose any beauty sleep. Plus, if you’re uneasy about sharing a table with strangers, guests in the Cottage suites and Deluxe fireplace suite 12 in the main house can have breakfast delivered to their door. Or during the warmer months, you can stake a claim on one of the tables for two on our wraparound porch. But I digress. Breakfast is not served continental style and it’s definitely more than just muffins and juice. In fact, our two or three course gourmet breakfast is carefully crafted daily to provide inventive cuisine with a balance of nutrients to keep you fueled throughout the day. No need to worry if you’re a food allergy sufferer or on a special diet – our chef is more than happy to accommodate dietary needs (gluten-free diets are our particular specialty!) as long as you give us a few days notice.
You can expect to enjoy many of the same amenities at a Maine bed and breakfast as you would at a traditional hotel. You’ll find flat screen televisions, hair dryers, and personal care products, but you’ll also find things like iPod/iPad docking stations, bathrobes, complimentary DVD rentals, and free WiFi. Free. And yes, you’ll have your own bathroom. While many seem to be worried that they might have to share, that is a feature of the past and every room or suite has its own en-suite bathroom. But there is something that really sets Maine bed and breakfasts apart from a hotel and that is personal attention. By that I mean attentive staff that want to help you make your getaway as perfect at possible, assisting with everything from finding the ideal restaurant or suggesting running routes to booking your spa appointments or helping stage a romantic proposal. Even your room shows special care, as every room is decorated individually, so no two are alike! While I could write an entire book about BnBs, hopefully this addressed some of the myths about this branch of hospitality and helped paint a better picture about what to expect at a Maine bed and breakfast!
May 24th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
This week, our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast received a great honor by the review website, TripAdvisor. We’re so honored to receive the 2013 Certificate of Excellence, and want to thank those of you who have shared your experiences at the Maine Stay Inn to help us achieve this award. We strive for excellence on a daily basis, so an honor such as this one means so much to each and every one of us at the Maine Stay. If only we could share those lovely notes you have left us in our guest book and your feedback on our comment cards! But in a time when people like to leave their experiences online, we still love to receive your handwritten comments. In fact, we learn so many important things from these cards – even when we find just a few words scrawled casually on the paper. Since we can’t be in every room every night (thank goodness, because that would be super awkward!), it’s important for us to learn things like where you’d like an extra hook or shelf. Or that we need to explain how to use the two-in-one black out shades on many of the windows so you don’t have to use the bathrobes. Or that you wanted bathrobes in the first place! Over the last few months, though, we’ve noticed that more and more people are concerned about the environment, leaving our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast a review about our recycling. Not to worry, though – the housekeepers and staff are all diligent about recycling as much as possible. And while we haven’t found an aesthetically pleasing way to show you that we’re eco-friendly, we really are hand sorting all of the waste left in guest rooms. So keep those comment cards coming, because we’d love an attractive way to provide recycling bins – we could use some suggestions! We’re so honored that our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast has been awarded a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and we couldn’t have done it without you.
November 28th, 2012 by Judi Hauer
If someone told you that our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast lost a toilet, you wouldn’t believe them, right? Well, that was my reaction. Actually, to be completely honest, I figured that we somehow must have broken it. Given our track record, that’s a distinct possibility. You have heard about the head of lettuce we found in the toilet, right? Or about the time that Walter decided to fix one by taking it out of the floor and working on it in the front yard (but you know Judi put the kibosh on that pretty quickly!)? Or when a flushed stick of deodorant produced a geyser in one of the bathrooms? Yep, we really have great luck with toilets… But no, this one was actually lost. As in missing, vanished, or nowhere to be found. How is that possible, you ask? Here goes!
As many of you know, we are busy beavers working to complete a large re-design of Deluxe Fireplace Suite 12 in the main house, including the bathroom. So as the bathroom walls were painted and dry, and the tile grouted and sealed, it came time to hook up the toilet again. The plumber arrived, and a short while later, emerges and asks where the toilet is. Well, it was in the corner, right where we left it, of course! But, after poking our heads in, it was clear the toilet was not where it had been stored. So we searched high and low (which is quite a feat, given how many great hiding spots there are at the Maine Stay Inn), and the toilet was absolutely nowhere to be seen. So we finally we discovered that a workman thought he was being helpful and brought our toilet to the dump. A very sweet gesture, but not exactly what we needed when we were just hours away from visitors checking in. So he went back to find it, and the missing toilet had gone missing again! Fortunately he understood that you can’t really have a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast without a toilet, so he brought us a new one. In the meantime, if you find a bright white toilet somewhere strange in southern Maine, it’s probably ours – hope you get as good a laugh out of this one as we did!
August 5th, 2012 by Judi Hauer
We were pleased to welcome back photographer Christian Giannelli to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfastto check out our newest renovations. It’s been like torture to wait and show all of our friends and visitors the changes we worked so hard on this spring and summer. But the wait has finally ended! So while we haven’t quite gotten the chance to update the pictures on our
website, we’re proud to show you the fruits of our labor.
So here’s the story: This spring, as we walked in the front door, my mother and I commented on the fact that, despite renovating every guest room, the kitchen, dining room, and hallways over the last four years, the very first impression (the living room) has maintained much of its previous character. It needed to change. So we discussed it and decided that the best time for a big-time overhaul like this one would be after Christmas Preludein December. Well, as you know, once we get an idea in our heads, we’re just not very good at waiting! So as soon as we finished serving breakfast, the ladders came out and the wallpaper came down. Poor Walter just didn’t know what hit him. We had to scrape his jaw off the floor when he saw the bare walls and said
“But…but I thought you said after Christmas!” He got over it pretty quickly, though, as he welcomed our color change, but he certainly was skeptical that we could pull off a change with so little preparation. It took some creative thinking when it came to furniture, but we carried off the swap in stages. That said, it has been fully complete for a while now. Recent visitors to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast have really enjoyed our new look, and are really utilizing the new space to lounge and watch the Olympic Games. Overall, it seems like this is a great new look for the Maine Stay Inn, but you’ll just have to weigh in and let us know!
July 18th, 2012 by Judi Hauer
At your average Maine Bed and Breakfast, summertime doesn’t bring much in terms of changes – trimming bushes, touching up paint, or fixing those problems that just crop up now and then – but the Maine Stay Inn is no average B&B! We’re working on projects daily and, of course, keeping on top of those daily issues (think a rattling air conditioner or a loose toilet seat). This
summer we’ve debuted some great new lawn and porch furniture, with more to arrive shortly – absolutely fantastic for soaking up some sun in our wonderful backyard. The gardens have seen some major overhauls and expansions, with a host of new plants that should bring some great color and texture to the landscape. And as we speak, we’re in the middle of two sizable projects in the yard – creating a peaceful retreat in the side yard between cottage suites 5 and 6 and removing the old foundation and “sunken garden” from the backyard. Trying to save the existing perennials while leveling the area is proving to be a fun adventure!
Inside our Maine Bed and Breakfast, too, the changes keep coming! The living room renovation is finally complete, and we’ve even brought in a flat panel TV so that we have a good spot for casual Olympics watching. Can you believe the Opening Ceremonies are just days away?! Even the kitchen has seen some big changes, with new cabinets, a fresh color scheme, and a brand new ceiling! Of course, we couldn’t stop there, could we? Of course not! So with tech-friendly changes in mind, we’ve added iPad docking stations to more rooms and even brought a bigger flat screen to Captain Walker’s Suite 16. So now you can flip on your favorite station in the morning and brew yourself a cup ‘o joe, because we’ve even brought in your very own Keurig coffee brewer.
But as you know, we’re not a Maine bed and breakfast known for sitting on our laurels, so stay tuned for more changes inside and out as the summer progresses. Stay cool!
July 5th, 2012 by Judi Hauer
It turns out that finding the Maine Stay Inn is a pretty easy task, but things like smart phones, navigation systems, MapQuest, and GPS have made it even easier! Visiting us from the south is very straightforward, with I-95 cutting a path not far from Kennebunkport. The best route into town is actually to take exit 19 and hop off in Wells. No, I’m not crazy! It actually is easier and faster to not get off on the exit labelled Kennebunk/Kennebunkport (that would just be too easy, right?). So once you’re off the highway, follow the signs to Route 1 (these ones actually are correct), where you will want to go north. After a few miles laced with
ice cream shops and restaurants (hungry, anyone?), Route 9 East bears off to the right. Here you’ll want to take note of the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, the Wells Reserve, and Riverhurst Farm – all must see spots for your trip to the Maine Stay Inn and Kennebunkport. After a few more scenic miles, Route 9 takes you right through the heart of Kennebunkport and appears to come to a halt at a stop sign directly in front of the Nott House, home to the Kennebunkport Historical Society. Turn right and travel just 8 houses further, where you will find us on your left.
For guests visiting from the north, the Biddeford exit will give you the most direct path, where you will again look for Route 1. This time, though, you’ll want to head south. After a rather unexciting drive, you’ll come to a stoplight surrounded by antique stores on the corners of Log Cabin Road. A left turn puts you on a direct trajectory toward the Maine Stay Inn. 6.2 miles further and you’ll find yourself home sweet home!
But many of you will choose to let TomTom or Siri guide you, but to make them happy, you can plug in our GPS coordinates for the most accurate results. So while roads may change and routes may be constantly “recalculating”, you’ll always find the Maine Stay Inn at 43°21′35.7582″N 70°28′22.965″W – see you in Kennebunkport!
May 22nd, 2012 by Judi Hauer
Considered by many to be the “front porch” of Kennebunkport, the Maine Stay Inn‘s grand wraparound has been a feature of town for well over 150 years. And for at least the past several decades, visitors have enjoyed breakfast outside during the warmer
months. Each year around this time, we hang the spherical planters of coral impatiens. They start the size of basketballs and with tender, loving care from innkeepers and staff (okay, mostly Walter), they nearly fill the entire space between the support columns. They’re finally up and don’t provide an ounce of shade, but the bright flowers give off such cheer that their dinky-ness isn’t quite so noticeable!
At the end of last year, we decided to retire the porch furniture, in favor of sturdier and infinitely more comfortable dining sets. And although the dining tables are just slightly larger, they now can comfortably seat a group of three. They arrived a short while later, but until the weather warmed, they stayed right in their boxes. Finally the time has come! We unboxed the order in April, but had to wait for warm enough mornings to ensure that no one would be chilled. So we waited. And waited. And waited.
And this week the morning temps were finally warm enough, so we cleaned and prepped, making sure that visitors to our Kennebunkport Hotel would enjoy a clean and comfortable dining experience. So it’s official - the Maine Stay Inn porch is finally open for breakfast!