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Halloween’s Coming to Kennebunkport

October 28th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

As American as mums cabbage and pumpkin

Can you spot the creative use of pumpkins in downtown Kennebunkport?

 

It’s the end of October and signs all around Kennebunkport say that Halloween is on its way!  While many trees are still boasting some incredible fall foliage, many are shedding theirs and sporting their winter look.  But at this time of year, you’ll spot loads of mums all across Kennebunkport (and the Maine Stay Inn is no exception) and pumpkins galore.  Whether they may be perched atop scarecrows or the monument in Dock Square, you’ll surely enjoy picking them out in some unexpected places.  One of my favorite things to enjoy at this time of year is a stroll through the historic districts of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, viewing spectacular historic homes dolled up in their Halloween finest while hearing the crunch of fallen leaves under foot.  No matter how you spend your days during a getaway to Kennebunkport, you’re sure to discover why Halloween and late fall is such a great time!

Pumpkins! Yes, It’s Fall in Kennebunkport!

October 16th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Roadside Pumpkins

Snug Harbor Farm always has great pumpkins!

Throughout much of the country, fall is synonymous with pumpkins, and Kennebunkport is no exception!  You’ll find pumpkin spice lattes in area coffee shops, pumpkin creations on most restaurant and bakery menus, and on the front steps of homes and businesses across town.  You’ll even find them topping the festive scarecrows on the door steps of many stores and restaurants in the area, and the best one is floating in a row boat on the river But the best spots to see some great big piles o’ pumpkins, is at one of the great farms stands in Kennebunkport – happy fall!

 

Fall Foliage Nearing Peak in Kennebunkport Maine

October 11th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Just in time for Columbus Day Weekend, officials at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry have reported that the fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maine is nearing its peak of color.  Predicting the most vibrant time to see fall foliage in New England can be very tricky, if not impossible, but you can pretty much

Fall Foliage Season in Kennebunkport is bringing some gorgeous hues to the treetops!

Fall Foliage Season in Kennebunkport is bringing some gorgeous hues to the treetops!

guarantee that you’ll see some stunning shades between the last 10 days of September and the first three weeks of October.  Honestly, though, that does not mean that you won’t see great colors before and after that period.  While I’ve never given too much thought to the different factors that go into guestimating when the trees are going to be painted with the most vivid shades, but this recent article from Seacoast Online got me thinking.  I mean, I’ve always realized that the temperatures make a difference, and that a cool early fall moves the timeline earlier, but warmer temps move it a little later.  Rain definitely has something to do with it – just don’t ask me how!  And windy weather really messes with the timeline, because the leaves get knocked to the ground before they even reach their most lovely stages.  And we in Kennebunkport Maine have enjoyed the glorious warm and sunny weather recently, which means that the painted trees are hanging around even longer (yay!).  But best of all, the unpredictable winds that come with living on the coast, have been much more tame than they can be in the fall, which also means that the colors are staying on the trees and not on the lawn.  Plus, with the percentage of leaves hitting their peak color rising, Southern Maine is experiencing a truly stunning fall foliage season.  We at the Maine Stay Inn are certainly looking forward to suggesting scenic hikes, bikes, and strolls this Columbus Day Weekend so that everyone can enjoy the peak of fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maine!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Finds Apple Inspiration

October 4th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Fall foliage season is definitely underway, and that means that it is also prime time for apple picking, and our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is embracing the season by incorporating the local bounty into as many tasty recipes as we can muster.  I mean, apples are good at any time of year, but they just seem especially delectable now, knowing that they are fresh off the trees!  And while we always try to utilize the freshest and most local ingredients, the autumn harvest bounty makes it so much easier.  Apples, pumpkins, and corn – oh my!  But

It's apple season!

It’s apple season!

seriously, all of us at the Maine Stay Inn get so excited about bringing these tasty local crops into our kitchen and onto your plates.  So during this time of year, you can expect to enjoy some seasonally appropriate treats each morning at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  Apple crisp and cranberry apple cobblers are something we love on a cool morning, because it’s something piping hot to warm you to the core.  But don’t worry – the dollop of freshly whipped cream on top makes sure it’s not scalding!  Sometimes, though, you might find a baked stuff apple or some homemade apple sauce as a side on your plate instead. Or how about some apple muffins or fritters?  But an often overlooked favorite at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is Scalloped Apples.  And no, that doesn’t mean smothered in cheese and cream.  Because that would be gross.  Much to my surprise, “scalloped” can actually refer to any dish baked in a sauce, and that’s exactly what you’ll do with these apples!

So here’s the world’s easiest recipe that will delight your taste buds:  Grab a big bunch of apples (preferably right from the tree!).  Peel ‘em and slice them so that they are about a half inch thick at their thickest (so like 8 slices per medium apple).  Put them in a bowl and coat them with cinnamon and brown sugar so that they are brown.  I hesitate to give a true amount, because it really depends on how sweet you like your apples and whether you are using a tart apple like a Granny Smith or a sweet one like a Golden Delicious.  But do not be stingy – this is not the time to worry about your carbs.  Meanwhile, put a rimmed baking sheet or glass baking pan in the oven with a sizable hunk of salted butter at 425 degrees.  When this melts it needs to be bubbly and covering the area your apples will fill.  Before transferring to the buttery pan, toss the apples in a teeny bit of lemon juice, then add them to the pan.  They should be juicy and starting to make their own sauce by now.  Now throw some more brown sugar on top.  Pop the pan in the oven and bake about 5 minutes, before removing and stirring.  Return to the oven and bake another 10 minutes.  The apples should be thick and caramel-like, and the apples soft but not mushy, if not, return to the oven for a little longer.  Let them cool just a little before serving (on top of ice cream, as a side with a savory breakfast, or even with a pork dinner) – if you can!  Because I can’t and always end up burning my tongue, but it is so worth it!  But whether you decide to channel your inner Martha and make these apples, we’ll happily make them for you at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast this fall!

Fun Fall Day Trips From Kennebunkport Maine

September 28th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

It’s hard to believe that the end of September is already upon us, but that just means that foliage season is underway, setting the stage for some fun fall day trips from Kennebunkport Maine.  And while there is plenty to do and explore in and around town, it’s sometimes fun to hit the road and explore what other nearby New England destinations have to offer.  So this fall, consider exploring some of our favorite spots for a great day trip not far from Kennebunkport Maine.

  • Ogunquit, ME has lots to offer day trippers, and since it’s located just 13 miles from the Maine Stay Inn,IMG_1773 you’ll have lots of time to enjoy all of its attractions.  Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll along the 1 1/4 mile Marginal Way or some retail therapy in Perkins Cove, Ogunquit’s got something fun for you.  And with some great restaurants, there are lots of spots to keep you fueled throughout the day.  But one of my favorite fall activities you’ll find in Ogunquit is the world class Ogunquit Playhouse, which offers Broadway quality musical performances at Maine prices – it’s not to be missed!
  • Portland, ME is less than 30 minutes from Kennebunkport Maine and reminds many of a miniature Boston with its cobbled streets and happening historic “Old Port” district.  But with late season whale watching options and cruises of the harbor (and even some going to the harbor islands for another fun adventure), there’s lots to explore this fall.
  • The Freyburg Fair gets underway tomorrow, which means tons of the most charming and quintessentially New England events during the first part of October.  Plus, you’ll enjoy some glorious fall foliage and scenic vistas on the 90 minute trip from Kennebunkport Maine.  Plus, that puts you pretty close to nearby North Conway, home to more great outlet shops in a cute village setting, and the breathtaking White Mountains.  Definitely the perfect trip for enjoying fall in New England.
  • Freeport Maine is a known as the home of L.L.Bean, and its popularity caused other great shops to spring up all around it, building an Outlet community in a town setting.  So while you’re loading up on flannel and boots for the winter, you can also enjoy some home brewed beer tastings or guided kayaking trips – all things that make for a fun day trip just 40 minutes north of Kennebunkport.

But whether you decide to take a fun fall day trip or stick closer to your home-away-from-home in Kennebunkport Maine, you’re sure to enjoy every moment of your fall foliage getaway in town.

Enjoying a Perfect Fall Getaway in Kennebunkport Maine

September 25th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

As today’s incredible weather and cloudless skies melded into a perfect evening, I was reminded of why a fall getaway in Kennebunkport Maine is so special.  The day was absolutely ideal for wandering through town, walking on the beach, or even enjoying a scenic hike, but there was nothing more welcome than snuggling up in front of a warm (and non-smoky) gas fireplace – and fortunately for me (and you!) there was one with my name

A gorgeous fall night like tonight was perfect for a walk on the beach!

A gorgeous fall night like tonight was perfect for a walk on the beach!

on it right in the living room of our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast.  And with ten of our guest rooms and suites with their very own, there were plenty to go around!  Fortunately, more of this stellar weather is in store, which means plenty of opportunities to enjoy all that the fall has to offer in Southern Maine.  So lace up your shoes and hit the streets, because the activities abound at this time of year!  The seasonal crops are ready to go, so if apple or pumpkin picking is your thing, there are tons of farms in the area that are just waiting for you.  But if you are looking for something a little lower key, you can enjoy a scenic ride on one of the historic trains at the Seashore Trolley Museum.  And this weekend kids and adults alike can experience the Pumpkin Patch Trolley, where they will take a colorful ride along the property’s loops of rail, paint a keepsake pumpkin, and snap some great photos before picking up their pumpkin to take home. A museum like this one is unique to Kennebunkport Maine and shouldn’t be missed.

One of my favorite spots for some outdoor fall fun is Mt. Agamenticus in York, not far from Kennebunkport, where you can climb some rolling hills to reach scenic overlooks like no other – not only will you have a great vista full of fall foliage, but on one side you can see out into the Atlantic Ocean, while on the other you can see clear to the White Mountains!  And on your way back you can stop at the Ogunquit playhouse for an evening show or a matinee.  I mean, how could you turn down a world class performance of “West Side Story”at neighborhood showhouse prices?  But no matter how you choose to spend your fall getaway to Kennebunkport Maine, you’re sure to have the quintessential New England experience you were looking for!

Fall Foliage Hikes in Kennebunkport

September 16th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Now that it is officially mid-September (what?!), it is time to start enjoying the fall weather, and there’s no better way than taking a great fall foliage hike in Kennebunkport.  And fortunately there are tons of great opportunities for trips that suit all fitness levels and attention spans not far from the Maine Stay Inn.  Now, we have to be realistic – this is Southern Maine, after all.  So that means that you’re not going to find any soaring mountains

A fall hike is the perfect way to enjoy the colors of foliage season!

A fall hike is the perfect way to enjoy the colors of foliage season!

and above tree line treks.  At least not in our immediate area.  But if that’s your thing, we can certainly recommend some spots for a day trip!  So with that in mind, there are still lots of options in terms of length and terrain to keep you busy in the great outdoors.

Now, I certainly know that some folks aren’t psyched about lacing up their running shoes or hiking boots and hitting a dirt trail, so for those who aren’t the walks along the Kennebunk beaches or Parson’s Walk out to Walker’s Point are a great choice.  Looking for a longer route?  Try the packed gravel path along the Eastern Trail, a converted railroad course that runs from Kittery to Portland.  And while these are great for enjoying the autumn air, you might experience more fall foliage on a hike at some of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust properties.  Each offers loops and trails of different lengths, without too much elevation change.  And if you’re willing to venture a little bit from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, the Kennebunk Land Trust also offers a huge variety of different trails not far from Dock Square.  And as many of you know, one of my absolute favorite places in the area is the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, and with 7 miles of trails (even some leading to the beach!) it also offers a great chance for a fall foliage hike just a few miles from the Maine Stay.  But if you’re looking for a little more elevation and challenging terrain, head just south to Mount Agamenticus in Ogunquit.  From the top you can see the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the White Mountains on the other – what a stunning sight!  So no matter what your skill or interest level, there are almost limitless possibilities for fall foliage hikes in Kennebunkport!

Fall Fun in Kennebunkport Maine

September 12th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Despite the fact that the temperature over the last few days has felt more like July than mid-September, autumn really is in the air and there is tons of fall fun to be had in Kennebunkport Maine. Now we all know that leaf peeping in Maine is sort of a given.  I mean, you just have to do it.  The colors become so vibrant that you just can’t help but take note of them, and the idea of opportunities to really take in the landscape and the snap

Apple picking really is a fun fall activity!

Apple picking really is a fun fall activity!

amazing pictures always becomes a top priority.  So whether you choose to take in the scenes by land or by sea, you can’t go wrong!  Hop aboard one of the gorgeous schooners moored just down the street from the Maine Stay Inn or paddle around the coast under your own steam, the view of the changing leaves from the water is not to be missed.  Unless, of course, you decide to head out for a scenic drive or hike, because we’ve got lots of routes and destinations if that’s more your style.  But what fun would a fall getaway be if you didn’t have great activities to enjoy as well?  Don’t worry – there are tons of classically fall activities available in and around Kennebunkport Maine!

Right about now the trees in nearby apple orchards are brimming with crisp ripe fruits, and they’re just waiting for you to take advantage of this class fall activity.  What could be more fun than wandering through beautiful orchards in the autumn sunshine and gathering just the right fruits for a healthy snack or at home baking project?  I certainly can’t think of anything!  And fortunately for us, there are lots of great orchards near Kennebunkport Maine.  Just a few minutes away lies Spiller Farm, featuring orchards, vegetable gardens, and even pumpkin picking – although you’ll have to wait just a touch longer for those.  For those looking to enjoy a scenic drive, you can head out toward Limington, ME, the home of Doles Orchard, where you’ll find them in the heart of fall raspberry and apple picking season. Plus, their hay maze is sure to bring lots of fun and laughter to your trip.  And if that seems like it’s right up your alley, you can take advantage of the incredible six acre corn maze at Pumpkin Valley Farm in Dayton, ME.  But to really get in the fall spirit, you can enjoy a classic hayride and even bring home pumpkins you pick yourself for just 45 cents a pound!  And while there are countless farms in Southern Maine that bring fall spirit to life, this blog just wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Wallingford Farm just over the border in downtown Kennebunk.  They’ve got pumpkin picking and hayrides that are first rate.  No matter how you choose to spend your days in Kennebunkport Maine, you can be sure that there are lots of activities available for your fall fun during your autumn getaway.

Enjoying a Fall Getaway to a Maine Bed and Breakfast

September 3rd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

While officials say that summer is still sticking around for a few more weeks, Labor Day has come and gone and September is underway, meaning that it’s prime time for enjoying a fall getaway to a Maine bed and breakfast.  Today’s temperatures rose to around 80 and periods of bright sunshine drove many visitors to the beach for some sand and surf, just like you would during the heat of the summer, but the cool evening weather says that fall

The morning fog burned off quickly today, but not before I could snap this pic!

The morning fog burned off quickly today, but not before I could snap this pic!

really is on its way.  Yep, it’s time to break out the light jackets and thin sweaters, because you’ll certainly want one during a nighttime stroll!  And with the crisp, cool breezes, there’s nothing I like more than a moonlit walk along the water.  But one of the things I like about fall is that often a thick fog rolls in during the wee hours of the morning, so if you’re up early you can catch a glimpse of this beautiful scene before it burns off, revealing the characteristic bright blue skies.

During the fall season, there are lots of great ways to enjoy the foliage.  One of my favorite things to do in the autumn (or spring and summer, for that matter) is to cruise the coastline on an elegant sailboat, like the Schooner Eleanor or the Pineapple Ketch.  Each of these ships leave from docks within walking distance from our Maine bed and breakfast, and offer trips lasting between 90 minutes and two hours – the perfect length for relaxation and sightseeing but still leaves you with plenty of time for exploring Kennebunkport!  The local nature preserves are ideal for enjoying walks in the midst of the fall foliage, and places like Laudholm Farm or Mount Agamenticus let you enjoy views of the woods and the coastline –  setting the stage for a perfect photographic opportunity!  But no matter how you choose to spend your fall getaway, a Maine bed and breakfast is the ideal setting for a classic New England experience.

Fall Foliage in New England

October 24th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

The 2012 Fall foliage in New England has been spectacular, with some truly spectacular colors.  And in Kennebunkport, we have been fortunate to enjoy quite a long foliage season.  While the weather forecasters have just announced that the area has become “past peak,” that certainly doesn’t mean that there aren’t lots of glorious leafy displays to enjoy in the area!  It’s particularly hard to

fall foliage in new england

Check out this gorgeous foliage display! And who said we were past peak?

believe that the weatherman thinks we’ve seen the best of the colors, because the giant maple outside my bedroom window is just beginning to turn yellow.  Fortunately, that means from mid-September through late October we (and visitors to our Maine bed and breakfast) can drink in the iconic displays of fall foliage in New England!

But since there are some trees that have passed their prime or are dropping their crimson leaves, the best opportunity to enjoy brightly colored leaves are in areas where there are oodles of trees.  One of the best spots for glimpsing these great hues is the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.  With a variety of sites throughout town, you’re sure to find a favorite.  One of ours is the main site off of Gravelly Brook Road, which offers scenic paths leading to charming fields.  So grab your walking shoes and a camera, because this is a spot just waiting to explore!  Another glorious spot is one we’ve talked about often, because we just love it so much!  Just over the border in Wells, you’ll find the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm.  With seven miles of trails in a variety of terrain, you’ll even have the opportunity to enjoy the late fall foliage while walking a deserted beach!  But one of my favorite spots is the elevated pasture located at the center of this beautiful property.  So enjoy a leisurely hike through the trails, while enjoying the crunch of leaves under your feet and the colorful foliage arching above your head or kick back and relax in one of the sun-filled fields.  Here in Kennebunkport we are enjoying the last of fall foliage in New England and hope you are too!