For some reason, newbies to B&Bs have lots of questions and anxieties about checking in to a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, so it seemed appropriate to talk about what you can expect during the check in process. I guess the first thing to mention is that there is a front desk. Now it may seem silly, but last week while I was trimming the bushes (and literally standing in the shrubbery, goggles on, and electric trimmer in hand), an unsure couple yelled their last name and wanted to check in. While I am a bit of a multi-tasker, I generally don’t try to do landscaping and man the front desk at the same time, so I shook off the clippings and showed them inside, where someone was happy to welcome them and introduce them to Kennebunkport. It is true that the front desk doesn’t really look like what you find at a hotel, but we do have one. And just like at a hotel, the front desk at a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is where you’ll get your key and go for questions. The similarities stop there! Usually, whoever is waiting to check you in will provide you with information about the inn and answer any questions you might have about the property. We’ll find out about when you’d like to enjoy breakfast, and, of course, if you have any special dietary needs. Now, since we serve freshly baked cookies and beverages in the afternoons, we’ll usually offer you a little pick-me-up and get you acquainted with the area – places to eat, things to do, and ways to make your vacation extra special! Unlike a big hotel, the person that greeted you at check in is your personal concierge during your stay. They’ll show you to your room and help you with your bags (no tipping the bellhop, here!), but not to worry, you’re not going to have to endure a tour of the premise or hear a history of the building. Sometimes, though, folks just want to grab a map and head to their rooms, and that is totally fine with us! We want to make sure that you have the information you need to start your vacation off on the right foot, but if just putting your feet up and relaxing is what the doctor ordered, that is what we want for you too! If you want a customized and personal greeting, that’s what you’ll get. If you want the bare bones instead, that’s what you’ll get. So what you experience when checking in to a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is totally up to you!
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July 9th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
July 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
Now that July Fourth has come and gone, it is definitely summer vacation time, and there’s no better place than at Maine bed and breakfasts, which offer a combination of the amenities of high end hotels and the comforts of home. Now that doesn’t mean that you’re actually going to be in someone’s home – staying at a bed and breakfast doesn’t mean sleeping in Granny’s spare bedroom. It is, however, distinctly different from a hotel. Generally Maine bed and breakfasts are smaller in scale, so that means that the person checking you in is also likely to be serving your breakfast or making your theater reservations. The staff is going to greet you by name and remember the restaurant where you had dinner last night. When was the last time that happened at a Hilton?
While some people might envision the innkeepers at a B&B hovering or tucking you in at night (can you say creepy?), in reality, the staff is happy to be available as much or as little as you need us. If you want help planning every second of your summer vacation, we’ve got lots of ideas! But if you’d rather fly by the seat of your pants, we’re good with that too. The truth is that everyone who works at Maine bed and breakfasts wants to make sure that you have the best possible vacation, so you might get an “Are you sure I can’t help you with…?” kind of question more often than you would at a hotel. But on the quest to ensure that you have a great vay-cay, Maine bed and breakfasts try to think of everything – beach parking passes (for free!), beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, you name it. But the best part, at least in my opinion, is waking up to a great breakfast! No soda fountain OJ or miniature boxes of cereal here – you’re in for a multi-course gourmet delight. And since we alternate daily between sweet and savory entrees, there’s something for every palate. I can’t remember the last time I was served a plated meal for free by a hotel – can you? So this year, when planning your summer vacation, skip the vanilla and Maine bed and breakfasts!
July 23rd, 2012 by Judi Hauer
It sometimes seems like there are a gazillion inns in the great state of Maine, so selecting a Maine Bed and Breakfast for your vacation or quick getaway can be a daunting process. Sure there are lots of travel blogs, review websites, and B&B listing sites, but where’s a person to start the search? I decided to put on my traveler’s hat and figure out where to go!
First, it’s important to decide on what kind of setting you are looking for. If you’re looking for mountains and cliffs, the Maine Stay Inn is probably not going to make the list for that particular visit. And if you’re looking for rustic, we’re probably not going to meet you this time. Beaches for fun in the sun? Or a quintessential New England village? We’ve got that covered!
Second, you’ve got to set the tone. Sometimes your traveling companion(s) set the mood. I mean, if you’re on a mother-daughter getaway, you’re probably not too concerned about having mood lighting or an oversized whirlpool tub. And having two beds is usually not on the top of the list when you’re planning a romantic weekend. Occasionally, though, there’s some overlap, and that’s when you’ve got to use you best judgement and dig a little deeper to find the perfect spot to meet everyone’s needs! I mean, at our Maine Bed and Breakfast, we are fortunate to have rooms that work great for families and some indulgently romantic suites, but we also have rooms that offer some additional flexibility to travelers seeking to check off more than one box.
Finally, though, you have to pick a style that works for you – and that doesn’t mean just decor. Yes, if you adore Victorian architecture and design, staying in a sleek modern place is probably not the best fit. Or, you might that traditional styles float your boat in the wintertime but that you need something a tad lighter during the summer months. So once you figure out what’s going to fit the bill for your next vacation, give us a call and we’ll help you determine if our Maine Bed and Breakfast is the right fit or if we’ll have to wait to catch you next time!