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Fall Fun in Kennebunkport Maine!

October 14th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

There’s no other way to describe autumn in Kennebunkport Maine than simply awesome, and a getaway with fun fall activities is the ideal way to make it even better!  What could be better than apple picking and corn mazes, or hayrides and pumpkin patches?  Since we are very big fans of utilizing local ingredients and seasonal produce, you’ll surely enjoy some classically New England fall fare while visiting the Maine Stay Inn.  Ever had pumpkin and sage “home fries”?  They’re such a treat, and we’ll even share the

pumpkin picking in Kennebunkport Maine

Don’t forget to pick up some pumpkins!

recipe if you’d like.  So get pickin’ so you can bring some Maine flavor home with you!

Not far from Kennebunkport Maine, you’ll find Spiller Farm, where you can pick your very own pumpkins – for painting, carving, or  (my personal favorite) eating!  It’s just over the border in the town of Wells, and is a great spot at any season (berries and veggies in the warmer weather and pumpkins and a few varieties of apples in the fall!).  But for mature orchards, check out Giles’ Family Farm, just up the road in Dayton, ME.

Also in Dayton, you’ll find a fantastic corn maze spanning 6 whole acres at Pumpkin Valley Farm!  In their 11th year, you’ll be sure to have a great time – and it’s fun for the whole family.  But if you are bringing along some pint-sized visitors on your trip to Kennebunkport Maine, you shouldn’t miss out on their giant pumpkin themed bounce-house style jumping pillow.  But a little closer to your home-away-from-home, you can enjoy a horse-drawn hayride at Rockin’ Horse Stables right here in Kennebunkport!  So take advantage of the beautiful fall weather to enjoy some classic autumn activities, and don’t forget to pop in to the main house for afternoon snacks and a cup of tea or mug of coffee to warm you up from those brisk October breezes.

Exploring the Fall in New England

October 8th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Most of you know that at the Maine Stay Innwe are pretty big fans of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, and that certainly doesn’t change at this time of year.  In fact, we probably love it even more!  I mean, with the glorious colors and crisp breezes, how could we not?   Of course, we love just wandering through the seven miles of trails on this incredible piece of property, meandering down to the shoreline, where the pristine beach just begs for a stroll.  But fall in New England also means the return of some great

Celebrating fall in New England at Laudholm Farm

One of the many estuarine inlets at Laudholm!

programming, with opportunities for the whole family.  Here are just some of the great upcoming events that you’ll find at the Wells Reserve this month:

  • Wood lot harvesting – ever wonder what the right way is to deal with invasive species?  Need to clear some trees or miscellaneous fauna in your yard?  Find out from the pros how to do it right!
  • Tracking the Migration of Shorebirds in the Western Hemisphere – We all learned about avian migration in, oh, about the second grade and love when the birdies return each spring.  Here in New England the chirping come April is a very welcome sound!  But there are three bird species that have to overcome pretty substantial hinderances to their annual trek.  So check out the latest movie about their journey and learn how communities can help these critters!
  • Fun with Fungi!  I know I love mushrooms (and hope you do too), but they’re certainly not all edible, so enjoy a tour of the property while learning about native New England fungi.
  • Get your spook on with an Owl Prowl with Owl Banding.  Enjoy an evening walk and lesson in calling for owls, as well as a live demo on banding these flying friends.

Fortunately for us and for visitors to Kennebunkport, this is just a selection of some of the great events celebrating fall in New England this month at Laudholm Farm.  We hope you’ll get a chance to enjoy some of them!

Celebrating Columbus Day Weekend in Kennebunkport

October 4th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Columbus Day Weekend is upon us and with it comes some of incredibly fun fall events to enjoy in Kennebunkport.  The seasonal festivities are already underway, so if you can sneak out of work early, go for it!  Playing hooky from work Friday?  We won’t tell!  But if you find yourself in town during the morning or afternoon hours, don’t forget that you can actually tourthe Wedding Cake

a fall landscape in Kennebunkport

Enjoy a glorious Columbus Day Weekend!

House instead of just admiring it on the outside.  And with amazing weather in the forecast for tomorrow, hopping aboard one of the local multi-masted sailboats would be a great way to start off a special weekend escape.  Of course, there are always a plethora of activities and events to make your visit to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast especially enjoyable, but in case you need some extra inspiration, here is a selection of some fun things happening in the area this weekend:

  • Catch a show at the Ogunquit Playhouse!  The Buddy Holly Show is a Rock ‘N Roll musical sure to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.
  • Looking for music that’s a little more “low key”?  Check out the organ and trumpet duo at Christ Church in downtown Kennebunk.
  • All weekend long you can enjoy the arts scene of Kennebunkport with the Maine Women In the Arts Fall Fine Art Show.  Just around the corner from the Maine Stay Inn, you’ll find it at the Masonic Hall, across the street from our local Post Office.  Keep your eyes peeled for some of the artists whose work graces our walls!
  • Fall Farm Fun Day in Ogunquit brings all of the best things about fall in New England to one place.  Go for a hayride, paint some spooky pumpkins, and even make your own scarecrow!
  • Get in touch with nature at Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve as you enjoy a guided walk.  Experience the glorious fall foliage up close and personal and learn something about the miracles of foliage in New England!

All of us are looking forward to a spectacular fall weekend and fall foliage season and can’t wait to share it with you!

The Best Things About a Maine Bed and Breakfast in the Fall

October 1st, 2012 by Judi Hauer

It’s hard to believe that it is already October, but the cooler weather and stunning foliage we’ve been experiencing at our Maine Bed and Breakfast says that it sure is!  And while the daytime weather has been absolutely spectacular for exploring Southern Maine, the crisp evening air just begs for a fleece and some cuddling with your special someone.  While that in itself is something to celebrate, I thought I would share some of my favorite things about the Fall foliage season!

  • Ummm, it’s gorgeous!  What more can you say about the incredible, almost technicolor hues that the trees are taking on?
    maine bed and breakfast in the fall

    With a plethora of pumpkins, we’ve got to get creative!

    Just make sure you’ve got plenty of space on your memory card and fully charged batteries, because you’re going to need it!  But whether you’re planning on taking in the view by land or by sea (or some combination of the two), we’re happy to help you figure out the best spots to explore and catch the most vivid hues.

  • Local produce – apples, pumpkins, squash – oh my!  Not only are these fun fall items cropping up on the breakfast menu at our Maine Bed and Breakfast, but area restaurants are also incorporating them into their creations.  Plus, pick-your-own farms are far from hard to find and anyone at the Maine Stay Inn would be happy to recommend their personal favorite!  And bringing home some freshly picked apples to test out one of our recipes at home sounds like a great way to cap off a getaway!
  • Hay rides!  Can you get any more classically “New England” than a fall hay ride?  Just imagine yourself in a fresh hay lined wagon with two horses clopping through the fallen leaves…. heavenly!  Rockin’ Horse Stables is one of several places in the area that offers hayrides in Kennebunkport, and on your way to their farm you can drink in one of the prettiest foliage displays in the area!

A Fall Weekend in Kennebunkport Maine

September 28th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

On a chilly evening like this one, there’s nothing better than snuggling up in front of a warm (and non-smoky) gas fireplace – and fortunately for me (and you!) there’s one with my name on it right in the living room of our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Not to mention the fact that nine of our guest rooms and suites have their very own, which is ideal for cuddling with your special someone!  But given the chilly weather and light drizzle tonight, cozying up with some tea in front of the fire is a perfect

Fall getaway in Kennebunkport Maine

What could be better than snuggling by a cozy fire this fall?!

activity.  Tomorrow’s forecast, however, is much better!  A few light showers might pass through the area, and in the event that your fall hike, bike or stroll is interrupted, there are lots of great weather-independent activities this weekend that you might enjoy.

After breakfast at the Maine Stay Inn, you can head over to the Maine Women in the Arts Craft Show at the Consolidated Elementary School.  It’s just around the corner, but in the event that you haven’t brought inclement weather appropriate footwear, there’s plenty of parking too!  And this weekend you can enjoy a real fall escape with the Pumpkin Patch Trolley ride at the Seashore Trolley Museum.  For kids and adults alike, you can put your feet up and drink in the view during a scenic and colorful ride along the property’s loops of rail, paint a keepsake pumpkin, and hop back on for great photo ops before picking up your pumpkin to take home.

Sometimes, though, you just need to spice up life with a little drama – onstage, that is!  Whether it’s on the big screen or the big stage, there are plenty of options near Kennebunkport Maine.  Traditional movie theater, the Wells Five Star Cinema, is just a few moments’ drive up the road, where you can catch the latest blockbusters.  But if you’re in the mood for something a bit different, Smitty’s Cinema in Biddeford offers “one-stop shopping” with meals and movies all in the same spot.  Yes, that means you can get a burger and a beer while watching your new fave flick.  Looking for something you can’t get at home?  Consider a trip to the Ogunquit playhouse for an evening show or a matinee!  With world-class performances at neighborhood showhouse prices, how could you go wrong?  But no matter what you choose, you’re sure to have a phenomenal fall weekend in Kennebunkport Maine!

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!

Tours of the Wedding Cake House Have Begun!

September 16th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

On my way to our Maine Bed and Breakfast each day, I pass the Wedding Cake House, which could very possibly be the most photographed private home in Maine.  It’s beyond incredible.  Now, since my architectural knowledge is really pretty advanced, I just know that those twizzles and twirlies and intricately carved doo-hickeys are pretty snazzy!  Okay, I basically know that a house has a roof and walls, but this one is amazing.  It’s hard to believe that this home (and it is really a private home) could have been so

Take a tour of the Wedding Cake House!

well preserved and restored over the years without losing any of its splendor, but it seemingly has.  The Wedding Cake House is believed to have been built in 1815, which makes this architectural feat even more amazing, because that was long before the invention of power tools and laser cutters.

At one point, the building fell in great disrepair, but the current owner, Jimmy Barker, purchased the home and restored the facade and interior with incredible TLC.  His personal art collections grace the walls, except for the front stairwell, which features a curved mural wrapping its way up the spiral staircase, depicting scenes from Summer Street in downtown Kennebunk all the way into Kennebunkport.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite reach to the Maine Stay Inn, though depending on the date the mural was commissioned, it might not even have been built yet!

Nevertheless, for visitors to our Maine Bed and Breakfast and locals alike, tours of the Wedding Cake House should not be missed!  And since they run daily from now through October 15, 2012, you’ve got plenty of time to sneak one in.  And if you’re anything like me, you’ll need to go back for more!  So after enjoying breakfast, you can pop over for a tour anytime between 10 am and 4 pm, but keep in mind that the last organized tour starts at 3:30.  This is only the third time that the Wedding Cake House has been opened

to the public, as it is a private residence, and it’s all for a great cause – combatting hunger in York County (the southernmost county in Maine).  So while a $10 donation is suggested, it’s for a great cause, so you can enjoy a fun one-in-a-blue-moon activity and know that you’re doing a good deed!

Maine Bed and Breakfast Offers Stunning September Specials!

September 4th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Welcome to Kennebunkport!

Now that Labor Day has passed, our Maine Bed and Breakfast wants to make sure that everyone enjoys a September getaway, because this is a hidden gem in Kennebunkport.  Many people think that summertime ends on Labor Day, but here in Maine, that couldn’t be farther from the truth!  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, and I’d gladly shout it from any rooftop, because September is incredible!!!!  And after a hot summer like this one, the water is reaching record high temperatures at the beach.  Plus, if the summertime got away from you before you took that summer vacation, the Maine Stay Inn tries to make it as easy as possible to enjoy a beach vay-cay, by providing parking passes for the Kennebunk beaches, beach towels, chairs and umbrellas!  Yep, that means you don’t have to worry about shlepping any of those things from home.  It gets better, though, because if you want to reconnect with your inner child, we’ve got sand toys, boogie boards, and skim board to make your day on the sand and in the surf that much more fun.

Now you can enjoy all the incredible things about a getaway to Kennebunkport at an even lower price!  Visit our Maine Bed and Breakfast between now and September 20th and enjoy our “September Sizzler” pricing.  That means you can plan a relaxing five day, four night vacation and pay for only three! But if you can’t play hooky from work for four days, you can take advantage of a three night escape and save 50% on your third night.  That’s not all, though, because the Maine Stay is also offering guests the opportunity to stay for just $199 on any night from Sunday to Thursday (and that’s valid on a two night stay too!).  So choose from four rooms (Victorian Charm #15, Four Poster #18, or Cottage Suites 10 or 11) for just $199 plus tax, and you’ll still enjoy our unparalleled hospitality, gourmet breakfast, Summer Vacation Package, and afternoon tea and snacks while sticking to your budget.  Don’t let this amazing deal and this incredible weather pass you by, to start planning your Maine Bed and Breakfast vacation today!

Top 10: November in Kennebunkport Maine

November 12th, 2011 by avadmin

The leaves are finally falling here in Kennebunkport Maine (although many are remarkably still near their peak), and the town is settling in to its even more relaxed rhythm.  But an evening run along the beach a few nights ago got me thinking about why November in Maine is so spectacular.  Granted, I am a little partial – my very first visit to Kennebunkport was at Thanksgiving, so this season brings back so many wonderful memories.  That said, the late fall is incredible!  So here are my top ten reasons to visit town this month:

November Sunset in Kennebunkport Maine

A November Sunset in Kennebunkport Maine

10.  Decorations – whether you choose to visit near the beginning and witness spooky Halloween decor or fun celebrations of the autumn harvest (think houses decked out with pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, and cornstalks) or instead arrive as Kennebunkport Maine prepares for its annual Christmas Prelude festival, it is sure to be beautiful.  Honestly, I am astounded each day as I drive through the community by the lengths locals go to “get in the spirit” this time of year.  Strolls through the historic districts of Kennebunkport and Kennebunk alike are sure to amaze you.  Plus, at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, we’ve got self-guided tours to steer you in the right direction!

9.  The beaches – yes, at this time of year they’re quiet.  Perfect for drinking in unobstructed views of the sea.  With no sand castle obstacles at your feet, you could walk for hours without any interruption.  Leave your cell in the car and you’re certain to enjoy a true escape!

8.  Snuggling by a roaring fire!  Honestly, what could be better than cuddling with your special someone on a chilly night?  One you don’t have to stoke yourself!  So pour yourself a mug of cocoa, slip into a cozy robe, and let the relaxation begin.

7.  Thanksgiving – okay, I’ve got to put in a plug for one of my favorite holidays.  No only is everyone getting into the holiday spirit, their visits are drama free – yep, no family squabbles here!  Not in the mood for cooking a turkey with all the fixings? Let one of our Kennebunkport restaurants do it for you, or just join us for light refreshments (and fabulous company) in the evening.

6.  Fall foods – everyone seems to have hopped aboard the local food train, and we’re simply stoked!  So in addition to Maine staples gracing your plates, you’re sure to find some delectable fall faves – pumpkin, cranberry, yams and more.  And breakfast at the Maine Stay is no exception – seasonal recipes, here we come!

5.  Dinner when you want it.  This quieter season means tables are to be had (with and even without reservations) at the choicest of dining times.  So what’s for dinner?

4.  Crunching through the fallen leaves.  Enough said.

3.  Early sunrises – that means plenty of time for a sunrise hike or a brisk morning run before tucking into one of our hearty morning meals.  And what could beat a sunrise over the Atlantic?

2.  Shopping -  bargains, deals, and steals, oh my!  There are savings to be had at all the boutiques in Dock Square and Lower Village, as well as at the famous Kittery and Freeport Outlets, so get all of your holiday shopping done during one trip and at unbeatable prices.

1.  The deals!  November 1 marked the start of our “Peaceful Season,” which means you’ll get the same great accommodations, wonderful food, and special treatment you’ve come to expect at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, but at low, low prices – don’t miss out!

A Surprise October Snowstorm in Kennebunkport Maine

October 30th, 2011 by avadmin

Today’s freak snowstorm surprised much of the eastern seaboard, and Kennebunkport Mainewas no exception.  Who would have thought that Mother Nature would dump inches of snow when much of the fall foliage hasn’t even hit the ground?  Certainly not

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast in the snow

The melting snow outside our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast - note the pumpkin!

anyone at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast!  Most of our lawn furniture is still in place, welcoming visitors relaxing in the afternoon sunshine, reading books, or just enjoying the fall foliage.  The geraniums framing the windows of each of our cottage suites are still in bloom in their boxes – in fact, they may actually have survived the storm.  And the lush urns by our front steps are in their prime.  But today, instead of waving at the horse-drawn carriage and bike riders, our scarecrow greeted passing snowplows and sand trucks.  Yes, looking out the windows of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, the scene looked like one you would expect several months from now … except the trees still have leaves!

So although about four inches of snow blanketed the streets in Kennebunkport Maine, with the bright sunshine typical of autumn in New England, much had melted by this evening.  The fallen leaves were revealed in the rapidly appearing puddles, and the pumpkins decorating lawns and steps shed their white coats.  Plus, with temps expected in the fifties tomorrow, every remnant of the storm should quickly vanish.  In the next several days, life should return to normal as the thousands of people without electricity will have their power restored and the downed tree limbs get cleared away.  Fortunately our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast weathered the storm unscathed, with the exception of one sorry lilac bush.  But hopefully the damage won’t prevent its remaining branches from producing lovely and fragrant blossoms come springtime!  In the meantime, let’s all get back to enjoying fall – there’s so much more to come!