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Finding the Maine Stay Inn and Cottages

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

map of Maine Stay Inn and Cottages

Finding the Maine Stay Inn is a breeze!

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!

The Front Porch of Kennebunkport is Now Open!

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

Be sure to check out or new porch dining sets!

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!

Kennebunkport Luxury Hotels Don’t Have to be Stuffy

May 17th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

For many people, Kennebunkport luxury hotels conjure up the image of a stuffy and pretentious environment, but that is definitely not the case at the Maine Stay Inn.  A “look but don’t touch” kind of place is really no fun and certainly doesn’t promote relaxation or enjoyment, which is what we’re all looking for when on vacation or even a quick weekend getaway.  I mean, I certainly

Kennebunkport luxury hotels view

Relax and lean back - our lawn loungers will help you soak up the sunshine!

remember going into high end shops, galleries, and the like as a child and was warned to keep my hands to myself, which just filled me with anxiety.  And that feeling comes right back the instant I set foot in a “fancy” and oh-so-stiff setting.  But since our entire purpose is to ensure that visitors to Kennebunkport and the Maine Stay Inn enjoy their experience to the fullest and depart feeling renewed and refreshed, every change is made with your comfort in mind.

Upgrades and renovations over the last four years, in guest rooms and all across the property, have planted the Maine Stay firmly in the Kennebunkport Luxury Hotels category, with things like fine linens, gourmet cuisine, and lavish bathrooms.  But because we believe that sophisticated does not have to mean stuffy, every change has been aimed to help you relax just a bit more.  We’ve swapped out perfectly good mattresses for something thicker, larger, and more plush (though that doesn’t mean squishy – we’ve got your backs in mind too!).  We added bathrobes, then changed them to ones you’ll slide into one with a sigh.  Yes, we want you to sprawl out and unwind, whether that’s in your room, in the lounge or dining room, or even in our expansive backyard.  So lay back in our zero-gravity loungers, soak up the sunshine, and listen to the birds chirping, because at the Maine Stay you can.  But if there is something we can do to make your Maine vacation even better, let us know, because your comfort is our top priority!

Kennebunkport Hotels Prepare for Summer Season

May 15th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Kennebunkport hotels like the Maine Stay Innare preparing for the summertime, and all around town you’ll see signs of people hard at work.  Even the town of Kennebunkport is making preparations.  While it was a bit of a hassle for a few days, they’ve repaved all of the streets from the Maine Stay to the Dock Square bridge!  Great gardens are springing up all over the community,

Kennebunkport hotels renovate for summer

A bold blue replaces toile wallpaper in this dramatic renovation

gracing private homes, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, and even schools.  But the most prolific of all have to be the fields and gardens at Patten’s Berry Farm, although it will likely be another few months before we get to enjoy their crops.

At the Maine Stay, though, we are just getting to our gardens (unlike some other small Kennebunkport hotels), because we have been busy finishing up the renovations throughout the property.  The classic cottage suites got new bathrooms, and iPad docks have cropped up all across the inn.  Our impossibly tiny kitchen has even gotten a facelift.  Romantic Cottage Suite #1 has been experiencing a transformation, with new furniture, bold paint colors, and soft, white linens and draperies.  And while our largest and most time consuming project happened in Romantic Cottage Suite 5, it was not, in fact, our most noticeable change.  Yes, this suite bears no resemblance to its former self – the two beds are gone, as is the kitchen.  But you’ll have to wait for pictures of our most striking update – partially because we don’t yet have great photos (see you soon, Christian Giannelli!) and partially because we’re not quite finished yet!  Some of the new furniture arrives arrives tomorrow, but some is still a little ways out.  It was a sudden decision to change our small Kennebunkport hotels entire entry, but it has been unquestionably correct, bringing a light and airy feeling to the inn.  We can’t wait to show you!

Maine Bed and Breakfast Gets a Facelift

April 14th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

It’s not too often that you walk into a Maine Bed and Breakfast and see a “please excuse our appearance – we’re under construction (to improve your experience, of course!)” sign in the entryway, but at the Maine Stay, there have been a few times in the past few

Maine Bed and Breakfast living room

Bye-bye old living room!

years.  Frankly, with all of the massive changes and improvements, that experience could certainly have happened much more often.  Fortunately, most of our changes have gone according to plan, and unlike typical home renovations, our timeframes haven’t gotten too stretched out.  But then we decide to do something crazy – like totally overhaul the living room at the spur of the moment.  As in right now.  Yes, I said it.  And this living room is going to change, so say bye-bye cranberry red and forest green entry, because the wallpaper is comin’ down (actually it came down on Friday morning, hence the “under construction” note our current visitors are really taking in stride).  Starting right after breakfast on Monday morning, it’s going to be replaced with a soothing blue.  Now, I am not going to leak too many details of our new design plan for several reasons: 1) not everything has arrived, so some of the details aren’t quite ironed out (hey, I have always been one for honesty!), 2) photographer Christian Giannelli will return to our Maine Bed and Breakfast later this spring and do it far more justice than I can with my dinky iPhone camera, and 3) we want you to come enjoy it yourself!  But the main goal of this latest project (which should be mostly completed and totally functional by the end of this week) is to lighten things up and make the living room a bit more relaxed.  So stay tuned, because our new living room is sure to become one of your new favorite rooms at the Maine Stay – we can’t wait to share the updates!

Maine Bed and Breakfast’s Good Samaritan

March 24th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

A few weeks ago one of the newest members of our Maine Bed and Breakfast staff arrived late to cook breakfast. Oh boy, we all thought. What’s going on with her?  Is she going to show up?  Breakfast is, after all, kind of a big deal at the Maine Stay.  A multi-breakfast at Maine Bed and Breakfastcourse gourmet breakfast doesn’t just cook itself, let alone serve itself to hungry visitors.  But before we could get too worried, Ashley hurried in, explaining that she had just witnessed a car accident and got out to help the driver.  Now who could find fault with that?  Not us!  Throughout the day, Ashley seemed a bit distracted, but given our early start, her jam-packed college course load, and two young (and very active) boys at home, we chalked it up to “life.”

We know Ashley to be a great mom, diligent student, and team player in this Maine Bed and Breakfast, but we hadn’t quite yet realized what bravery she possessed and strength in a traumatic situation.  But a reporter at the Portland Press Herald helped bring it to our attention and we couldn’t be more proud!  For the full story and pictures of the emotional reunion between Ashley and the accident victim, click here.  Nevertheless, we’re so pleased that Ashley acted on her instincts and reached out to a person in need.  Others would surely (and a fair many did) drive right past the scene, hurrying toward their jobs, but instead of worrying about serving up breakfast at a Maine Bed and Breakfast, Ashley reached out and touched  another person.  This story has brought all of us such joy, so we wanted to share this great tale with you.

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Digs Out From Wintry Blast

March 2nd, 2012 by Judi Hauer

A mild February lured us into believing that springtime was just around the corner (and it may indeed be!), but a surprise winter storm has left this Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast digging out from under nearly a foot of snow!  It started slowly, with a few lonely flakes falling throughout the day on Wednesday, and even by dinnertime, the accumulation was hardly noticeable.  But by

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Digs Out From Wintry Blast

That's one mountain of snow!

the time breakfast rolled around, shovels were definitely needed, so Walter spent the morning dusting off cars and making sure that our visitors could get to their vehicles with ease.  Instead of tapering off in the afternoon as we typically see in Kennebunkport Maine, the snowfall grew steadier and the wind picked up steam.  It was one blustery day, which made afternoon teatime around the living room fire at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast especially welcome.  Even at nightfall, the snow had yet to let up.

But this morning, skies were clearing (though not yet blue – something achieved this afternoon) and we all woke up to nearly 12 inches of fresh powder!  It was such a treat! We really haven’t seen too much of the white stuff this winter, and as happy as that makes some people, it really hasn’t seemed like winter yet.  All the shoveling and clearing and sweeping today certainly made it really feel like a Maine winter, though.  It took most of the day, but this Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is finally cleaned up – shuffling the cars, waiting for the plow, cleaning off the cars, snow-blowing the walkways, and shoveling the steps of the main house and the cottages.  Any amount of snow can be a challenge to get under control so that staff and visitors can safely and easily come and go, but a foot – that takes diligence!  Finally, though, we can sit back and enjoy the beauty of the fresh snow.

Updates at Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

February 22nd, 2012 by Judi Hauer

The winter months are a time period when we devote lots of time and energy to updating our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfastand this year has been no exception.  Of course, we do lots of little things, like fixing the chipped paint in each and every guest room (the vacuums do such a number on our baseboards!), fixing any loosening wallpaper seams, replacing welcome mats that have seen better days.  We move furniture and reorganize until the cows come home.  To make sure every sheet and towel lives up to our

Updates at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

A little change makes a big impression!

high standards, we rigorously examine them, just to ensure that none have escaped our watchful eyes in the laundry.  So our days are just jam-packed getting our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast in ship-shape.

We’re all pretty excited about the technological changes happening here, too.  Yes, the Maine Stay has definitely kept current, but we just don’t think that’s quite good enough for our guests!  So this winter we upgraded our WiFi system, adding bandwidth, relocating our external antenna, and making sure that everyone can access the web from anywhere on the property.  That means that this summer you’ll be able to stream video from Netflix or Hulu from a hammock in the backyard and not worry about whether the afternoon breeze is going to disrupt your signal.  And as more and more travelers are visiting with iPads, we’ve switched from providing iPod docking stations in the rooms to ones that can accommodate your tablet as well!  Plus, we are finally ready to say farewell to the very last tub television at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  While it may seem like a small change, swapping out old fashioned TVs for the flat panel kind in all 17 guest rooms is quite an undertaking.  It’s actually meant rewiring the cable and rebuilding walls!  Then there are the big projects, our full on renovations and major design projects – stay tuned for this winter’s makeovers.  But sometimes a change you think is small turns out to be monumental.  For example, last week a new mattress and box spring arrived for Romantic Cottage Suite 3, and instead of reordering a queen, we decided to upgrade to a California King.  But what, then, does one do about the bed?  So we called upon local craftsperson, Tom Joyal, the owner of Old House Parts, for help expanding the bed.  Boy, did he ever do a fabulous job!  So now, not only can you enjoy a romantic getaway in a suite with a king bed, double whirlpool tub, and breakfast delivered right to your door, but you’d never know that we “stretched” a queen bed into a king!  Stay tuned for pictures of this remarkable change, and more updates from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast as we complete our winter projects and don’t forget to let us know what you think!

Privacy at a Maine Bed and Breakfast? Got it!

February 8th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

It never fails to surprise me when someone enquiring about our Maine Bed and Breakfast asks about privacy.  Honestly, that’s never something we have to worry about at the Maine Stay, partially because of the construction and layout of the property.  Somewhere along the line, though, BnBs got a bad rap in that department, and I just can’t figure out where.  Granted I know my parents stayed at a variety of glorified bunkhouses passing themselves off as bed and breakfasts in the 1970s, but those haven’t existed in decades!

breakfast at our Maine Bed and Breakfast

Imagine breakfast delivered to your door!

So here’s the reality of this Maine Bed and Breakfast: all private baths and no one breathing down your neck.  We’re very lucky that some phenomenal shipbuilders crafted our house, because the walls are very thick.  Now, if you’ve been inside the Maine Stay, you know that the kitchen and front office are right next to one another and that both are teeny tiny.  But when I’m in the kitchen, there is no way on earth I could hear someone in the office.  It’s only a bad thing when someone’s waiting in the hall and are too bashful to poke their heads into the kitchen to ask for help!  Fortunately for you (and for us) that’s not an exception.  So cross noise off your silly “Reasons I don’t do B&Bs” list.  I can almost guarantee that you’ll hear more of your neighbors in a hotel than a Maine Bed and Breakfast where everyone dedicates themselves to making your stay to be perfect.

Often, however, people worry about being pestered by Auntie Sue, leaving room for the holy ghost, or finding her missing cat.  That’s about as far from our reality as you can get.  While we do greet every guest personally (unless they have made arrangements for a late check-in), we take our cues from you.  Some people wants lots of time to socialize and get to know the staff, while others want just the basics and to be on their way.  Either is A-okay with us!  Honestly!  If you want help finding the perfect place to eat, hike, antique, and sightsee while relaxing over a cup of tea – any of us are more than happy to oblige.  If you’d rather just snag the WiFi password and head to your abode, that’s fine too!

But if you’re still feeling anxious, a good way to test the waters is in one of our Cottage Suites.  Not only can you have breakfast delivered and not worry about making small talk across the dining room table (though we’d happily set extra seats for you or help arrange a quieter time to eat if you want to stay in the main house), but you can enjoy it in bed if you want!  Plus here there’s never anyone in a room above or below you, and could only have one (or two if you are in Cottage Suite 2) neighbor.  And you’ll never be headboard-to-headboard with any other space – how great is that?  So now there’s no excuse – it’s time to plan your getaway to a Maine Bed and Breakfast and experience just how private and relaxing they can be!