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Great Antiquing Near Maine Bed and Breakfasts

January 22nd, 2012 by avadmin

One of the many things I take for granted is the amazing opportunities for antiquing in a community known for its Maine Bed and Breakfasts.  People ask all year long about the best places to shop for antiques, and while I have been to quite a few, I usually blow through, just picking up a particular item I know is just waiting for me.  For instance, we regularly use an all-natural beeswax based furniture polish on the wooden furniture at our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast.  And I can get 16 ounces of this magical citrus-scented goo for just $8.50 at Arundel Antiques, located at the corner of Route 1 and Log Cabin Road, which

Antiquing in Kennebunkport Maine

Antique weathervane from a local summertime antique show!

conveniently turns into Kennebunkport’s Maine Street just 6 miles from its front door.  So yes, that means it’s just six miles from our front door!  Plus, we’re talking six miles of straight-shot driving with just one stop sign – no city style driving here.  Or how about Antiques on Nine, which carries my favorite silver and brass sea animal statues and fantastic tote bags made from woven rugs?  Luckily for me, but not my wallet, that’s just a two minute drive from the Maine Stay – I couldn’t ask for closer if I tried!

But today, I was on a mission, and while I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, I had the opportunity to explore at least six of our local antique shops.  Boy, are they fantastic!  While some offer truly incredible pieces of furniture in the finest condition, others feature immense collections of cups and saucers, books, or dolls.  Plus, many offer some of both and a little of everything in between!  So this afternoon, after all of our rooms were cleaned and breakfast prep squared away, my mother and I headed out to do some shopping.  Now I am not sure that we would have ordinarily ventured out on such a cold day when we had so much to do at the inn, but we had a tip from one of our wonderful guests that inspired our mission.  Unfortunately the piece she spotted was just a hair to narrow for the Keurig coffee maker.  Shucks!  Despite the disappointing outcome of the expedition, I realized what gems are located so close to the amazing Maine Bed and Breakfasts located in Kennebunkport Maine, and no matter the season, antiquing is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon!

So the next time you are at a loss for how to spend your much needed vacation time, take a swing by some of our incredible antique shops.  And if you happen to find a circa 1860s piece that is no more than 36 inches wide and at least 13 inches deep with at least two drawers that could house our coffee and tea bar, give us a holler!  I am more than ready for my next antiquing trip in Southern Maine!

Antiquing in Kennebunkport Maine

June 29th, 2011 by avadmin

The Southern Maine Antique Trail passes by Kennebunkport Maine, as it travels up Route 1 from York to Arundel.  23 amazing antique shops dot this stretch, encompassing less than 30 miles.  But as you turn onto Route 9 heading

Antiquing in Southern Maine

Add Laudholm Farm to your Antiquing Trip!

toward Kennebunkport, the trail takes a detour, and extraordinary shopping opportunities extend into our quaint New England town.  Old House Parts in Kennebunk offers an assortment of particularly unique architectural items, from doors and fireplace mantels to stained glass and claw foot tubs.  Nearby Antiques USA and Arundel Antiques make up for originality in sheer quantity – plus they’re both less than 10 minutes from our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast.
Recently, however, we were treated to a phenomenal antique show at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm.  Last Sunday, this stunning property hosted dozens of vendors from across the nation.  And while we didn’t find exactly what we were looking for, the opportunity to browse through their lovely pieces was a great way to spend a summer afternoon!  The barn at Laudholm Farm sits perhaps 4 miles from our Bed and Breakfast in Kennebunkport Maine, and was filled to the brim with fragile glassware, light fixtures, and china from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries.  But my favorite item was a worn sign advertising Maine Lobster.  Too bad it would look so out of place in our 1860 Victorian!
Laudholm Farm/Wells Reserve plays host to a variety of incredible craft and antique fairs throughout the season, and they are always top-notch.  So when planning your vacation to Kennebunkport Maine, make sure to take advantage of the amazing programming at Laudholm and the plethora of antique stores in the area.
Maine Lobster sign in Kennebunkport Maine