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What’s the Difference Between Kennebunkport Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts?

May 10th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

While training a new member of our team today, I discovered that the differences between Kennebunkport hotels and bed and breakfasts are not always known, so I decided to spend some time hashing things out with her.  But that got me thinking…  There are probably more than a few people who would like to know some of the things that set B&Bs apart.  So here’s the short list:

  • Size does matter!  The Maine Stay would definitely be on the larger end of the spectrum with 17 guest rooms, but that pales in
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    Start off the day with a hearty gourmet meal!

    comparison to the hundreds of rooms at Kennebunkport Hotels.  With fewer rooms comes fewer staff members, which means that guests at B&Bs have the opportunity to build rapport with staff.  Chances are that you won’t hear “Good morning, Jim” at the Hilton, but that would be very common at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.

  • With a larger size comes amenities like vending machines and swimming pools at hotels, but smaller properties also offer a different set of perks.  Many bed and breakfasts, like the Maine Stay, keep libraries of books and movies for their guests to use.  At no charge.  When was the last time a hotel gave you something for free – other than the soap?  We also make sure to provide things like fresh beach towels daily, chairs, and umbrellas to make their days on the sand extra enjoyable.  And for the kiddos, we’ve got boogie boards and sand toys.  Plus, you won’t have to worry about parking – we’ll provide complimentary parking passes!
  • Now, you certainly can’t have a bed and breakfast without the morning meal, and while some places are catching on that breakfast really is an important aspect of any day, Kennebunkport hotels are definitely behind the times.  At the Maine Stay, you’ll enjoy a two or three course gourmet breakfast, served either in the dining room or delivered to your cottage suite.  Plus, since our hearty breakfasts often lead to passing on lunch, we’ll have an ample supply of freshly baked cookies every afternoon.
  • But if there’s just one thing to say about the difference between Kennebunkport hotels and B&Bs, it’s that you’ll receive a level of personal attention that you just won’t find at a hotel.  That might mean someone to help you figure out what kind of restaurant works for you or help you pick the perfect spot to watch the sun set or even where to find blueberry pie to ship home.  Whatever it is, we’ll help make your stay extraordinary.

Now, I wouldn’t dare say that these things hold true 100% of the time, but you can decide for yourself when you choose to stay at a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast for your next getaway!

Healthy and Delicious Breakfasts at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

January 13th, 2012 by avadmin

Although January might be National Diet Month, at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, we would rather start the year off right with healthy (and delectable) gourmet breakfasts that will leave you begging for more.  Every morning we include some kind of fresh fruit starter, using as much local produce as possible.  Granted, the Maine winters are not exactly conducive to growing lots of fresh fruits, but the fall’s plentiful harvest of local apples is still filling the shelves and stockrooms of Kennebunkport Maine grocery stores and food suppliers.  Fortunately, several local growers also raise strawberries in greenhouses that, while smaller than their summer counterparts, are just as delightful!  So you’ll wake up in our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast to a wholesome serving (or more) of fresh fruit.

One of our favorite recipes that will be sure to keep your waistline in check is Sauteed Spinach and Grape Tomatoes with Poached Eggs.  To prepare for this hearty and healthy morning meal, mince a clove of fresh garlic as finely as possible.  Gently warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a nonstick frying pan.  When it gets hot, add the garlic, along with a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper.  Then add grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise – usually allowing 4-5 whole tomatoes per person.  Cook just until the

Healthy breakfast at Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

Nutritious and Delicious!

garlic is fragrant and tomatoes are beginning to release their juices.  Remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl.  In the same pan, quickly and very lightly saute fresh baby spinach, until just barely wilted.  Allow at least 3 ounces of spinach per person.  If you can’t fit all of it in the pan, allow parts to cook before adding more, producing spinach with varying levels of doneness.  Meanwhile, bring a pan of water to a simmer.  Add a few generous glugs of colorless vinegar before sliding eggs into the water.  Cook until whites are set and yolks still liquid (Voile! A poached egg!).  On a plate, top spinach with warm tomatoes and a few shavings of parmesan cheese, followed by two eggs and a twist of ground black pepper.  Serve with lean ham, freshly baked whole grain bread and you’ve got a delicious, nutritious, and resolution-friendly breakfast!  It’s never the same as when it is served to you at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, but with this recipe you’re sure to come close!

Morning Meal at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

October 3rd, 2011 by avadmin

Because we try to offer as much flexibility to guests of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast  as possible, there is sometimes a little confusion about how we handle your first meal of the day.  So let’s take a few moments to get the facts straight!

  • Timing  Providing all our guests with a relaxing and enjoyable dining
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    The stained glass in our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast dining room

    experience is incredibly important, so we stagger seatings to give everyone a chance to enjoy a meal without being hurried.  In the dining room of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, we typically offer two seatings (8:30 and 9:30), but occasionally just have one around 9 – we’ll let you know in advance. Those staying in our Cottage Suites (with the exception of #1) all have private breakfast rooms, and thus have the option of having their breakfasts delivered to their door.  It’s the same meal served inside, but just wrapped up in a wicker basket and brought to you!  Delivery times are around 9 and around 10.  If those options don’t suit your schedule, we can always provide a cold breakfast (in the dining room or delivered) for you to eat at your leisure – think homemade granola, fruit, juice, etc.  For the non-morning people among you, fruit, juice, granola, and the baked good of the day (if applicable) is available in the dining room until 10:30.  But for any of these options, we need to know before the office closes at night so we can be ready for you!

  • Food allergies Our family has been managing food allergies for well over a decade, as our daughter, Johanna, has Celiac Disease.  Yes, that means providing gluten-free meals is our specialty!  We are happy to work around nearly any allergy, but need to know a week in advance so that we can plan adequately.  It is, however, important to remember that, as with most dining establishments, our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is not entirely allergen free (flours, nuts, oils, etc. are on the premise), so while we take every precaution to ensure they aren’t in your food, we can never guarantee that cross-contamination cannot occur.
  • Other dietary restrictions Guests often visit our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast who don’t have food allergies but require other dietary modifications, which we are more than happy to accommodate, as long as they provide ample warning.  Because we plan our menus a week in advance, we request that you give us at least 7 days notice (but preferably when booking) of your special needs.  While we can’t guarantee that you will be served the same meal as everyone else, we’ll do our best to make sure you don’t leave hungry!
  • Families We absolutely love to have families visit our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, but unfortunately accommodations in the main house are not appropriate for little ones under 12.  Fortunately, the Cottage Suites offer ample options that function much better for families!  And because they have breakfast rooms, breakfast will be delivered to their door (or in nice weather to dining sets in the backyard).  This works best for everyone, because kiddos can eat in their jammies or swimsuits and no one has to worry about “indoor voices,” navigating the not-so-kid-friendly dining room furniture, or behaving in the dining room.
  • Menu The menu at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast changes daily, providing guests with a mix of sweet and savory entrees.  It is our goal to ensure that everyone starts their day off right with a hearty, balanced meal.  So that means you’re not going to have muffins or pastries served with your pancakes - think fruit, protein (eggs or meat or both), complex carbs, and sometimes some veggies too!  While we wish that our 1860 Victorian had a palatial kitchen that allowed us to cook to order, the fact is that it doesn’t.  The main house was actually built without a kitchen!  So since our 7′ x 7′ doesn’t really lend itself to ordering off a menu, it is extremely important that you let us know about your needs in advance!

 

When Walter's in Charge of Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

September 12th, 2011 by avadmin

In our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, the ladies tend to take charge of the morning routine – making and serving breakfast, brewing coffee, and getting guests set with their daily activities.  For nearly four years, Judi has been

Yep, that's Walter in an apron!

threatening Walter that one day he will be in charge of breakfast.  The threats seemed empty – until recently, that is.  As usual, Walter was taking credit for breakfast preparation and execution, and the “ladies” just had it!  So we picked a day when Walter would be in charge – Monday, September 12.
Fortunately for Walter, we had already planned the gourmet breakfast – fresh baby spinach sauteed with grape tomatoes and topped with grated parmesan cheese and poached eggs, homemade dill bread with an herb and cheese spread, and pork sausages, as well as our usual fruit started.  Just as expected, Walter announced that it would be “no problem!”  But he was sure that this was, yet again, an empty threat.  He was wrong.
The ladies bailed him out when it came to ordering supplies, but he was certainly on the hook for everything else.  Yes, Walter even had a bread-baking lesson!  Miraculously, all three loaves rose just as expected.  But Walter’s experience with baking cookies (especially gooey in the middle) didn’t seem to translate.  He didn’t really get the fact that bread has to be totally done all the way through.  I guess you could say we bailed him out again, but you just can’t serve undercooked bread!
It is a running joke in our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast that Walter seems to like his eggs basically raw, so he was forced to poach eggs with supervision – no eggs left the kitchen without confirmation that they were cooked (we’d like to avoid salmonella, thanks).  Needless to say, he certainly had a lot of “guidance” this morning - but Walter did it.  And even got compliments!  Now maybe the ladies can sleep in… Maybe not.