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An Intimate Maine Bed and Breakfast Wedding

October 20th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

While the typical “wedding season” is drawing to a close here in New England, I am preparing to go to several in the coming weeks, which has gotten me thinking about planning an intimate wedding at a Maine bed and breakfast.  No, I’m not telling you that I have one on the horizon – I promise!  Over the last few years, and certainly over the Maine Stay’s 150-plus year history, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting quite a few small, intimate weddings.  And each of the happy couples chose a different location to exchange their vows, which just goes to show that Kennebunkport is a great spot to ensure that your wedding will be unique.  But if

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The view from Colony Beach

you are working on plans for your nuptials and need some inspiration, here are some ideas we loved and a few more that we think would be fantastic!

If you’re planning a warm weather wedding, a beachfront destination is almost a no-brainer.  But chances are that you’re looking for something that feels like a secret cover, and fortunately there a a few spots near our Maine bed and breakfast that might just fit the bill!  So consider Colony beach, which boasts a convenient location on Ocean Avenue with a small size that makes it feel like something just for you.  Plus, there’s parking (though limited) that won’t be difficult to navigate with heels.  If you’re party is really petite, keep heading out Ocean Ave, and during low tide you’ll find a quiet cove just beyond St. Ann’s Church.  With stone steps leading down to the water’s edge, the bride can make a picture perfect entrance.  But if you’re looking for something a little more pastoral, consider one of the area’s private beaches that have been kindly opened to the public.  However, if the crash of surf isn’t a requirement and the presence of quiet waters will suffice, we’ve always thought that the waterfront coves near downtown Kennebunkport could be incredible!

Sometimes smaller wedding parties enjoy the ambience of one of Kennebunkport’s more sophisticated weddings, and those with private party rooms are an even better option (and work great for very small groups).  For example, the upstairs dining room at Pier 77 Restaurant is a fave pick, especially with it’s waterviews.  Plus, the lighthouse backdrop and sunset exposures just screams Maine wedding!  More than a few brides have taken advantage of the intimate dining atmosphere and glorious gardens at On the Marsh Bistro.  Less traditional brides have opted for quirky Bandaloop’s small Bohemian-chic style, and since it’s walking distance (even in heels) from our Maine Bed and Breakfast, it works well for guests post-wedding toasts too!

So whether you’d like to test out a tried-and-true favorite or tap our minds for some innovative ideas, everyone at the Maine Stay Inn is happy to help make your big day one for the picture books, so give us a holler!

Babymoon-ing at a Maine Bed and Breakfast

August 3rd, 2012 by Judi Hauer

What could be more romantic than spending your babymoon at a Maine Bed and Breakfast?  Turns out that quite a few couples have recently decide that “nothing” is the answer to that question!  All of us at the Maine Stay are so lucky to share in this exciting event, as they prepare for the arrival of their (usually first) bundle of joy.  It is such a treat for us to pamper mom and dad before the boxes of Pampers arrive.

Recently, though, I have had the privilege of helping these moms and dads-to-be decide on what room or suite best fits their needs, and here are some of the trends I have found:

  • King beds are, well, king!  As mommy gets closer to her due date, it seems like she really appreciates a little extra space.  And
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    Dig in to a sweet treat during your babymoon!

    while that’s not always the case, most of these lovely ladies have jumped at the chance for a king bed instead of the queen they have at home.

  • First floor is preferred, and fortunately for the Maine Stay Inn, 13 of our 17 options are on the ground floor.  It’s nice not to worry about a windy, spiral staircase when you can’t quite see your toes anymore!
  • Breakfast in bed is a hot commodity!  Unlike your average Maine Bed and Breakfast, guests in our cottage suites have the option of having our gourmet breakfast delivered straight to their door.  Of course, they are always welcome to join us in the dining room or on our large wraparound porch, but with opportunities dwindling to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in bed, most expectant parents seem gung-ho about living up this luxury.

And at our Maine Bed and Breakfast, visitors celebrating their babymoon can choose to have a delicious, healthy, and a tad bit indulgent snack delivered to their door in the evening.  They can pop the cork on their chilled bottle of sparkling apple cider (alcohol-free, of course!) and settle in for an evening of relaxation.  It’s a great treat to have waiting for you after a day of exploring Kennebunkport and the beauties of Southern Maine.  So put your feet up, relax, and let the Maine Stay Inn pamper you during your babymoon experience!

Surprise Birthday Getaway to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

May 19th, 2011 by avadmin

Yesterday was my 24th birthday, which got me thinking about what an awesome surprise an escape to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast would be!  So I spent an inordinate amount of time today day-dreaming about what my perfect birthday vacation in Kennebunkport Maine would entail.  Here goes!

The room:  Now, I have an obsession with historical architecture, so I would want to stay in the main house (in case you’re curious, my favorite color is green – you can figure it out).  I also really like to talk with people, so I wouldn’t miss out on dining at the breakfast table with other guests.  However, if that wasn’t my thing, I would absolutely pick a

Perfect for a Picnic!

Cottage Suite with a double jacuzzi tub.  What girl doesn’t love a good soak?

The food:  Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is just steps from downtown, with passels of great restaurants.  I would definitely make reservations at my favorite spots for dinner, but would play lunchtime by ear.  Since I absolutely adore picnics, that would definitely be a must.  A variety of casual dining restaurants offer take out options, but there are also two excellent catering companies that have picnic-perfect goodies.  As far as dinner goes, I would definitely want to walk so that I could enjoy a celebratory cocktail.  Plus sunsets on the bridge are not to be missed.  So my picks would probably be for an “in-between” restaurant (one with amazing food, but where I could go in nice jeans or a cute dress depending on my mood… or the weather).

The plan:  The whole premise of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is to provide people with the kind of experience they want.  I would want to play outside!  That means long walks on the beach (I am not kidding) and through the historic district.  I would want to visit Laudholm Farm and stroll the Marginal Way.  And I have always wanted to explore Mount Agamenticus, where you can apparently see the ocean from the top of the hill!  But what I would really want is to be surprised, whether that means gourmet dessert delivered to my door, spectacular floral arrangements, or a getaway that kept me completely in the dark.

So that’s my idea of a perfect birthday getaway, but at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, we’re here to help make your birthday escape exactly what you need.