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Celebrating Earth Day In Kennebunkport Maine

April 22nd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

It only seems appropriate to celebrate Earth Day by exploring the seemingly endless acres of conservation land in and around Kennebunkport Maine.  We are so fortunate that for the last several decades folks in the area have been working to preserve some stunning parcels of land for all of us to enjoy.  That means that in addition to miles of scenic coastline and sandy beaches, locals and visitors alike have many other peaceful locations to enjoy

A secluded stretch of coastline

A secluded stretch of coastline

the nature and wildlife of Southern Maine.  As many of you know, one of our most favorite destinations is Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve.  With about 1700 acres of federally protected land and 7 miles of trails, you have the unique opportunity to explore estuaries, wooded areas, fields, and even a stunning stretch of unspoiled beaches.  But for those looking to cover slightly less distance in their activities, the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge is a great option.  Although this preserve covers a tremendous amount of land across many communities in the area, most of it is dedicated for use by the critters, but there is a scenic mile-long loop for us all to enjoy.

Luckily for us, there are even more places to explore the great outdoors, thanks to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and the Kennebunk Land Trust.  Both have protected a variety of parcels throughout the community, and while not all are accessible to the public, those that are offer tremendous recreation potential throughout the year.  For running, biking, hiking, and even cross country skiing in the winter you can choose what works for you and the Maine Stay Inn can help you pick the right place to go!  So whether you’re visiting Kennebunkport Maine on Earth Day or on any of the other 364 days of the year, we’ve got tons of places for you to explore and get your fill of the great outdoors!

Spring Skiing From Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

March 11th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Despite the unseasonably warm weather we’ve had lately, there’s still plentiful skiing to be had not far from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  Luckily for vistors to Kennebunkport Maine,  there are many wonderful mountain options located close enough for a day (or even half day) ski trip.  Although it may seem like spring is upon us, the New England ski season is far from over, with some of the best conditions yet to be seen during the spring months.

Enjoy spring skiing not far from Kennebunkport!

You're not too far to enjoy some great spring skiing!

With a variety of amenities for families, Cranmore Mountian Resort in nearby North Conway, NH is just an easy drdive away.  After enjoying a hearty breakfast at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be on the slopes of Cranmore in under two hours (assuming you don’t stop for some outlet shopping, of course!).  Boasting 39 trails of varied terrain, multiple terrain parks, glades, and three lifts designed for beginners, it’s perfect for the whole family! 

But if you’re up for great skiing, but not putting the miles on your car, consider Shawnee Peak, just an hour and 15 minutes away.  It’s the hidden gem of Maine skiing and offers something for everyone, even the sightseer with the wonderful views Maine’s Lake Region.  Offering the most extensive night skiing in Maine (with  great prices!), you can spend the day relaxing at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, and the night cruising down the slopes!  Plus you can come back to snuggle by the fire with hot chocolate or warm cookies at the Maine Stay.

Any plug for New England skiing would be incomplete without a mention of Sugarloaf, which has arguably the best skiing in the East.  It can be a daunting trek, located  4.5 hours from Boston and 8.5 from New York City, but you’re part-way there once you’ve reached Kennebunkport Maine!  In under three hours you can enjoy 153 trails and glades, plus the only above treeline line lift-serviced skiing in the East at their Brackett Basin.  Even the most daring and skilled skier is sure to be challenged there!

But if you’re schedule’s packed until April, don’t stress! There’s plenty of skiing still to be had – it is Maine after all!  Plus, Sugarloaf is typically open until early May.  Even with spring knocking, it’s not too late to grab a ski trip during your visit to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, because even if there’s no snow on the ground at home, there’ll be plenty on the slopes!

Date Night: Kennebunkport Dining With (out) Kids

August 2nd, 2011 by avadmin

As a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast that welcomes families, we understand that dining with kids is usually very different than eating out as a couple.  In the morning adventurous kiddos can enjoy our gourmet breakfast daily, or they can opt for cereal (yes, we even have Lucky Charms!).  And lunches at the beach are flexible enough to satisfy

Federal Jack's Kennebunkport

A view from the deck at Federal Jack's

even the fussiest of eaters.  Dinner, however, is another matter.  Fortunately, Kennebunkport Maine offers a plethora of family-friendly restaurants.
So if you’re looking to nosh with the little ones, Federal Jack’s Brew Pub and Alisson’s Restaurants are super casual digs within stroller walking distance of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  For food with a view that’s a step up and walkable for even the teeniest of tots, check out the Arundel Wharf Restaurant.  When reservations are a must (especially with a large party) so your kids won’t have to wait too long for dinner, Lucas on 9 is an excellent choice. Plus, it is just down the road from Goose Rocks Dairy, the best spot for homemade ice cream in Kennebunkport. Lobster

Clay Hill Farm Ogunquit

A glimpse at the gardens at Clay Hill Farm

lovers will get a kick out of Nunan’s Lobster Hut, but don’t let that steer you away – hot dogs, PB&J, and grilled cheese are always available.  While not all children will enjoy the fusion style menu at Bandaloop, their macaroni and cheese has nearly universal appeal, allowing Mom and Dad to indulge in a great meal without alienating their tykes.
But every so often the idea of a dinner out without the little ones is incredibly appealing.  Fortunately, Clay Hill Farm Restaurant in Ogunquit has the perfect solution – Date Night!  Each Tuesday you can make your dinner reservation for 5:30, and enjoy a romantic dinner for two in a spectacular setting.  Your kids will be fed dinner and entertained on their Veranda with crafts and a movie until 8 pm.  For just $5 per child, it’s cheaper (and more convenient) than finding a babysitter.  Now if only they would brush their teeth and put them to bed too!