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Early Fall at a Maine Bed and Breakfast

September 25th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

September and October are prime times for leaf peeping in New England, and there’s no better place to experience all that encompasses foliage season than at a Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Despite some unusually chilly mornings lately, the days have been absolutely ideal for exploring the Maine coastline and taking in the changing of the leaves.  The iconic coves off the Atlantic become the perfect spot to take pictures, soak in some sunshine and just frolic at the water’s edge.  But sometimes you need another spot to explore other than the beach, and any of the staff at the Maine Stay Innis happy to help you figure out where to meander next – that’s part of the fun of visiting a Maine Bed and Breakfast!  But in case you’re feeling a little shy, here are a few of my favorite fall foliage oogling spots!

Maine fall foliage

Thanks to photographer Bob Dennis for this incredible shot off Ocean Avenue!

  • Parson’s Walk along Ocean Avenue.  Where else can you enjoy incredible views of the ocean and amazing architecture, featuring historical “cottages” sandwiched by modern reproductions.  Plus, you can make pit stops along the way at the shops and restaurants scattered between our Maine bed and breakfast and the Bush family compound and stop at St. Ann’s Episcopal church for one of the best nearly 360 degree views of the water.
  • The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust properties are great for hiking, especially at this time of year, when the foliage is beginning to blaze with color.  While these leisurely hikes may have been passed over for beachfront trails during the summer, they are a must-try during the autumn months!
  • Cape Porpoise and Goat Island Light – right here in Kennebunkport lies one of Maine’s smallest lighthouses, just off the pier in Cape Porpoise.  Kill two birds with one stone for this mini-expedition, as you’ll see a scenic harbor and working fish pier, a stunning lighthouse, and the foliage ablaze on and off shore.  What could be better than that?

The Atlantic Ocean, just steps away, is constantly changing the view, and during the autumn months, the leaves on the trees are as well, and it’s so exciting!  Plus, the opportunities to capture some incredible scenes exist at every turn.  So break out your walking shoes and your camera, and we’ll see you in Kennebunkport!

Spooky Celebrations – Halloween in Kennebunkport Maine

October 27th, 2011 by avadmin

Now that the leaves are starting to fall in Kennebunkport Maine, it finally feels like Halloween!  There’s a chill in the air and the leaves crinkle under your feet as you walk through this scenic New England village.  There’s a scarecrow outside our Kennebunkport

Happy Halloween from Kennebunkport Maine!

Bed and Breakfast and pumpkins everywhere you look.  But if you’re looking for more to get you in the spirit of Halloween, there are tons of amazing events and activities to suit anyone’s tastes!
No Halloween is complete without a haunted house, so this year check out the Haunted Barn at Snug Harbor Farm in Lower Village Kennebunk (4-7:30 p.m.).  Just about a mile from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be in for some good, old fashioned fear – and fun!   Still not spooked enough?  Drop in for a screening of the first ever horror film hosted by River Tree Arts.  Nosferatu is a silent film widely considered the first horror movie.  Plus you’ll be “treated” to the musical stylings of the Symphony of Horrors Ensemble.  Showing begins at 7 – $5 for admission, but free popcorn!  And what Halloween would be complete without a viewing of the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show?  Don on a costume during your visit to the Biddeford City Theater and the ticket price drops from $10 to just $5!  With showings at 8 and midnight, you can’t go wrong!
On Saturday, take part in the 8th Annual All Souls’ Walk through Hope Cemetery in downtown Kennebunk.  Enjoy this narrated tour on what is sure to be a gorgeous fall day between 1 an 4 p.m.  If you’re looking for more family friendly activities, try the Halloween Spooktacular, featuring face painting, mummy wrapping, and arts and crafts.  And if you are a Halloween enthusiast, don’t leave your costume behind, because Bentley’s Saloon is hosting a costume party with $600 in prizes and giveaways.  Great live music certainly doesn’t hurt and will help keep you going until the party ends at 12:30!
Haunted hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin picking – oh, my!  There’s lots to look forward this Halloween in Kennebunkport Maine!

Enjoying Autumn in Kennebunkport Maine

October 17th, 2011 by avadmin

Though Columbus Day has come and gone, the glorious fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maineis still in tact, and, in some cases, yet to reach its peak.  So now you can visit coastal Maine at lower prices (thanks to the “Shoulder Season” Pricing special at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast) and still enjoy the beautiful scenery that characterizes fall in New England!  There’s tons to do in

fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maine

Gorgeous fall foliage image courtesy of Symphony999

this vibrant, yet quaint, seaside village throughout the year (think hiking, biking, beach walks, and carriage rides), but in case you need some inspiration for your getaway, here is a peek at some of the awesome activities coming up in the area:

  • Friday marks the beginning of the 8th annual OgunquitFest.  Spend a day or just a few hours just south of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast enjoying classic fall festival activities with a twist.  Yes, you’ll get your fill of a scarecrow contest, haunted house, and pumpkin decorating, but you can also oogle at a classic car show and the unique Bridge to Beach Bed Race!
  • Looking to stay a little closer to “home”?  Downtown Kennebunk’s Harvest Fest 2011 offers a 5k Road Race, Scavenger hunt, pumpkin painting, hay rides, and live music on the new (and finally about to open!) bridge spanning the Mousam River. Plus, you’ll get the opportunity to witness the ribbon cutting on the new bridge, which will now improve traffic flow up and down Route 1 – less traffic is always great when enjoying your vacation!
  • You can even tap your inner artist with a Relief Printing Workshop at River Tree Arts.  Offered from 10 AM to 2 PM, you can enjoy breakfast at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast and still sneak in an afternoon nap or bike ride!  You’ll be introduced to relief media in printmaking with single and multiple block woodcutting.
  • Missing Fido?  Check out the Canine Fashion Show at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport Maine.  Even pet-less folks will be sure to get their share of laughs at this event, and best of all, it is a fundraiser for the Animal Welfare Society!
If none of these events strike your fancy, check out some of the dozens of other events in the area featured in the Tourist News or Seacoast Online.  Plus, Kennebunkport Maine is so spectacular at this time of year, there’s no reason to not just relax and do nothing, because you’ll still be enjoying the incredible scenery!

Scenic Strolls in Kennebunkport Maine

October 11th, 2011 by avadmin

Almost overnight, the fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maine has exploded with color, leading guests and residents alike have started exploring their favorite paths to enjoy the new sights.  We are extremely fortunate in this area to enjoy spectacular vistas of the Atlantic, but during the fall we get even luckier, as our position along the coast allows for viewing of the foliage at the same time as

leaf peeping in kennebunkport maine

The leaves are bursting with color in Kennebunkport Maine

we take in the salty air!  Honestly, from the second you step outside our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, you can’t miss the blazing leaves and distinctly fall-smelling air.  But if you are looking for particularly breathtaking strolls, I’ve got a few up my sleeve, no matter the distance you like to travel.
Whether you are looking to enjoy the crisp autumn air for a few minutes or a few miles, wandering along Ocean Avenue is a favorite for everyone visiting Kennebunkport Maine.  Yes, if you venture far enough, you will approach the famous Bush Compound, but even the sights closer to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast are breathtaking.  You will certainly enjoy the changing of the leaves as you pass historic homes, bustling marinas, St. Ann’s Church (famous for its stone facade and priceless location), and, of course, incredible views of the rest of the Southern Maine coastline across the bay.  Another great option with ample opportunities for leaf-peeping comes just on the other side of town at the Franciscan Monastery.  With almost 70 acres of riverfront land, including trails meandering through wooded areas (and, oh, how lovely they are right about now!), there’s plenty to explore and  photograph.  Plus, on your way back, you can stop at any one of the awesome Kennebunkport Restaurants for lunch in Dock Square!
The more adventurous (or just energetic) folks who might choose to partake in a more vigorous tour should consider some of the protected tracts of land that have helped to keep Kennebunkport Maine and the surrounding areas as idyllic as they are.  The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust maintains a large parcel with excellent trails just north of the Maine Stay.  The Smith Preserve is well known for its deciduous (i.e., gorgeous at this time of year!) trees and unusual wildlife, but its quiet and lightly trafficked location make it perfect for the solace seeker.  Laudholm Farm, or the Wells Reserve, is another area with awesome spots for foliage pics, especially those that might also include the water.  Take the beach trail down to the ocean, passing trees and grasses reaching their peak of color.  With the option of choosing educational paths, it’s a perfect excuse for ditching school or work!
But frankly, no matter where you choose to explore during your trip to Kennebunkport Maine, there’s no such thing as a “bad view” because this area is so naturally beautiful!  Now that the trees have finally taken on their signature fall wardrobe, the area is primed for pictures – even just the mental kind.  Snap away!

Leaf-Peeping in Kennebunkport Maine

September 28th, 2011 by avadmin

It’s finally that time again – time for enjoying glorious fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maine!  While there never seems to be a good way to predict when the “peak” of the colors will hit, late September to mid-late October is usually prime time for leaf-peeping.  It’s astounding to me that you can walk down one street and see trees ablaze with reds and yellows, but the next will still be lush and green.  How does that happen?!  So although I may not fully understand the science behind the turning of the leaves, that doesn’t prevent me from enjoying their splendor.

The leaves are turning in Kennebunkport Maine!

The leaves are turning in Kennebunkport Maine!

Fortunately for visitors of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, there are ample ways to enjoy the colors, no matter what your preferences are in terms of daily activities.  Here’s a smattering of some excellent ways to savor the view!

For the outdoor lover in you, head to one of the many nature preserves in and around Kennebunkport Maine.  The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust protects enormous tracts of land encompassing fields, streams, and vernal pools.  Their many trails will lead you right into the heart of our deciduous forests and surround you with color.  If you prefer to take advantage of our coastal location, head to the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge or Laudholm Trust at the Wells Reserve.  Both offer trails surrounded by forests (we all just love trees at this time of year!) with views of tidal estuaries.  Laudholm Trust’s Beach Trail will lead you to a spectacular protected stretch of sand with an amazing array of trees at your back.
But if trekking through the forests isn’t your speed, how about a scenic ride?  The horse-drawn carriage plods slowly through the historic district, offering riders views of the towering trees and historic homes that comprise the area around our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  The Intown Trolley offers sweeping loops through historic Kennebunkport, Ocean Avenue, and Kennebunk Beach.  The antique cars at the Seashore Trolley Museum put on a pumpkin ride at this time of year that is always a blast for guests of all ages.
But if you are just up for a scenic stroll, the gorgeous beaches and coastline of Kennebunkport Maine are certainly one of the best venues for enjoying the fall colors.  Walking along Ocean Avenue, you’ll be treated to ocean vistas, grand Maine cottages, and, of course, trees and shrubs ablaze with color.  Sometimes, though, vacations just require old fashioned relaxation, so lounging in the backyard of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is another ideal location for enjoying the fall sights.  Ringed by maples, oaks, and sycamores, the adirondack chairs and hammock are perfect for watching the reds and orange leaves flutter in the breeze!  With all these amazing opportunities for leaf-peeping in Kennebunkport you’re sure not to miss a moment primed for pictures.  Happy fall!

Our Kennebunkprt Bed and Breakfast Welcomes Fall!

September 24th, 2011 by avadmin

Though the past few days haven’t really felt like it (with temps reaching into the low 80s), fall has officially arrived at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  Yep, today was the second full day of autumn!  Though Kennebunkport Maine is famous for its incredible fall foliage (and the

Pick pumpkins in Kennebunkport Maine

Pumpkin photo courtesy of Morn the Gorn via Creative Commons

unique opportunity to enjoy it from the beach), there are oodles of amazing perks to this time of year that often go overlooked.  So while you are enjoying the gorgeous fall colors, don’t miss out on some of my favorite, and often overlooked, things about autumn.
Throughout the year, guests at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast enjoy scenic (and informative!) horse-drawn carriage rides through the historic district – unless, of course, there’s lots of snow, when they snuggle together for sleigh rides – but during the fall, visitors have the unique opportunity to enjoy hayrides!  Harris Farm in Dayton, Maine, as well as historic Wallingford Farm, just over the bridge in Kennebunk, Maine.
But fall is truly excellent for enjoying the fruits of the harvest! We are so lucky to have a plethora of wonderful u-pick farms just minutes from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, so that means awesome opportunities to pick lots of your own pumpkins, apples, and corn.  A short drive from the inn lies Spiller Farm, a smaller orchard with young trees, which are perfect for picking the premier fruits without having to scramble up tree branches.  With plenty of varieties, there’s sure to be something to satisfy everyone’s tastes!  Pumpkin Valley Farm in Dayton (a town a bit to the west) offers the opportunity to pick pumpkins for just 40 cents a pound, go on a hayride, and enjoy a day of entertainment with their “Jumping Pillow” (an enormous bouncing surface) and a six acre corn maze.
But when you can’t bring all your goodies home, you’ll still be sure to enjoy the best seasonal produce at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  We strive to serve as many ingredients as possible, starting with our first fruit course.  But at this time of year, you might enjoy baked stuffed Maine apples, sweet potato pecan pancakes, or pumpkin custard as part of your entree – yum!
No matter how you choose to spend your time in Kennebunkport Maine this fall, you are sure to enjoy every moment, especially when you are surrounded by the incredible natural beauty of the fall foliage!

My Fall in Kennebunkport Maine To Do List

September 21st, 2011 by avadmin

As you likely know, I spend much time writing about life in Kennebunkport Maine – where to eat, what to do or see, and, of course, where to stay!  But with the official start of autumn literally around the corner, I started thinking about all the things I want to do in the area but haven’t yet.  Now that list is still miles long, but here’s a glimpse at some of the things that have made my short list for this fall.

  • Hike Mt. Agamenticus!  There’s really nothing better than a hike through the woods to drink in the fall foliage so iconically “New England”.  Hopefully in the next few weeks, as the leaves undergo their fiery turn, I will head down Route 1 to York, Maine and explore the trails leading through the preserve’s 10,00o acres.  Each time I run along the ocean in Kennebunkport
    Goat Island Light Kennebunkport Maine

    Gorgeous image of Goat Island Light pre-renovation courtesy of Rapidfire

    Maine, I admire the “peak” (more of a gentle bump, really) overlooking the Atlantic, and I just can’t wait to see the view from the top myself!

  • Drop in to two of the newest shops in town – Anniebells and Day Trip Jr.  From what I can tell, Anniebells is an adorable shop (with great window displays, I might add!) offering fine home accents and gifts with a contemporary and beachy twist. Day Trip Jr. is the junior version of a known favorite (Day Trip Society) focusing on the littlest clients.  This fab, funky shop now designates an entire shop to kids and babies – a much needed addition to the shopping scene downtown, and best of all, they’re just steps from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.
  • Kayak around Goat Island.  This summer the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust has invested substantial efforts into restoring the facade of Goat Island Light to its 1950s version.  Apparently you can see a unique view of the Bush estate from Goat Island – one I’d like to see for myself!  Plus, you’d get to see the lobster boats up close and personal!
  • Eat at Nunan’s Lobster Hut.  Okay, okay, I’ve done this, but I still want to – again and again and again!  There is something quintessentially “Maine” about this lobster shack, so you’ve got to get your fill before it closes for the winter (don’t worry, you’ve still got about a month to dig in for yourself!).
  • Take a ride on the Seashore Trolley during the day.  Now, I’ve enjoyed their spooky Halloween ride (only at night), but the fantastic foliage that surrounds the acres of rails at this unique museum just beg for a daytime viewing.  Though many think of Kennebunkport Maine for its beaches and historic architecture, much of the town is covered in forests – just the thing you want to see on your New England fall foliage tour!
  • Ride a bike on the new Eastern Trail.  This nearly 70 mile wooded biking trail stretches from Kittery to South Portland, and its I-95 overpass has just opened!  Now you can have easy access to the entirely of the trail, something which never existed before – and the reason I have yet to explore.

Clearly some of my favorite things to do in the fall in Kennebunkport Maine take place outside, but that is just my preference! Whether you share my enthusiasm for the outdoors or not, there are countless other ways to enjoy the beauty of fall in New England. If you’ve done any of the things that are on my list, let me know!  At our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, I give my feedback daily, and would absolutely welcome yours!