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Mom Deserves Some Pampering at a Maine Bed and Breakfast

May 11th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

We're looking forward to serving Mother's Day breakfast on our wraparound porch!

We’re looking forward to serving Mother’s Day breakfast on our wraparound porch!

Just in case you’ve forgotten, Mother’s Day is tomorrow, and while families around the country are figuring out the details on how to treat Mom like a queen tomorrow, there’s one sure-fire way to surprise her – with a getaway to a Maine Bed and Breakfast!  So tomorrow, many moms are going to get a lovingly poured bowl of cereal and OJ in bed, but will more than likely end up cleaning the trail of Cheerios from the kitchen to her bedroom.  Instead, let us serve her a gourmet breakfast, whether in our dining room and wraparound porch or in the privacy of her very own suite.  While it may be too late to surprise her with this kind of treatment for tomorrow, you’ve still got time to plan a special trip for her. And truthfully, a lot of mothers don’t want to be away from their families on Mother’s Day, but one of the things that sets the Maine Stay Inn apart from other Maine Bed and Breakfasts is that we welcome children with open arms!  So whether you’ve got a nervous new mom on your hands or just a busy family with an insane schedule, you can bring the fam along when treating Mom to a special getaway.  And while the rooms in the house aren’t really set up for little ones, the cottages are a great choice.  Plus, since we’ll deliver breakfast to families with kiddos under 12, the whole family can have breakfast in bed!  Many moms and dads really need a chance to escape from their daily routine and reconnect, and when they do, we’re ready to spoil them rotten.  Everyone at our Maine Bed and Breakfast is looking forward to spending time with the incredible women in our lives tomorrow and honoring the many moms spending Mother’s Day in Kennebunkport.

Easter Sunday in Kennebunkport

March 29th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Hippity-hoppity-hippity-hoppity Easter’s on its way… to Kennebunkport! Easter Sunday really is right around the corner, and all corners of town are gearing up to celebrate.  Although Kennebunkport might be a quaint little town with just over 3,000 people, there are a surprising number of churches that are open for Easter services (and even more that open once the weather gets warmer).  Here are a selection of congregations – I hope I didn’t miss too many!

  • Literally steps from the Maine Stay Inn lies the Village Baptist Church, and while it’s known for its musicalchurch 1 performances, many people know it as the steeple-less church.  I was certainly curious about the sudden removal of the belfry (have you ever seen that before?  Because I sure haven’t!), and learned that in November 2008, it was determined that the bell tower had grown structurally unsound after a history of improper care.  The original bells were removed, and the church has been working on raising the funds to have a new tower built.  They’re getting close, and it will be a very exciting day when a new steeple goes up and the historic bells ring again!
  • If you continue along Maine Street and onto North Street, you’ll find the First Congregational Church just before you reach a picturesque horse farm (with a Christmas tree farm in its infancy).
  • Just behind the Dock Square parking lot, with lovely views of the inlet, South Congregational Church is home to a United Church of Christ congregation and is one of the most iconic structures in downtown Kennebunkport.
  • Just across the bridge, you can partake in services at the Sea Road Church, an Adventist Christian congregation.  It’s probably one of the few recently constructed churches in the area, but it’s strong, closely knit congregation would indicate otherwise.
  • Those looking for a Catholic mass have two great options in the area.  Some enjoy the unique atmosphere at St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery, occupying 70 acres along the river, and outdoor services when the weather permits, while others choose to pop over to St. Martha’s on Route 1 in Kennebunk.
  • You’ll also find the First Church in Kennebunk, a Unitarian Universalist congregation with a community, rather than biblical, focus.

But if you’re not religious or are simply traveling with youngsters, there are two fun Easter egg hunts happening this weekend, one on Saturday at the Messiah Christian Church in Wells, and one on Sunday at Loranger Middle School in Old Orchard Beach.  Whether your celebrating with us in Kennebunkport or  at home, we’re wishing everyone a happy and healthy Easter!

Celebrating Easter and Passover at a Maine Bed and Breakfast!

March 26th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

This is one of the few times of year when two major faiths are celebrating holidays – Passover and Easter – and we think that there’s no better place to enjoy the festivities than at a Maine bed and breakfast!  So not only is Spring really here, but millions of people around the world are celebrating (not to mention enjoying the amazing edible confections!).  And despite the fact that Kennebunkport is a small village, there are churches of all denominations in town and nearby communities, as well as a synagogue just a few miles away in Biddeford, so no matter your faith,

A view of Cape Porpoise Harbor from Pier 77

A view of Cape Porpoise Harbor from Pier 77

there are plenty of opportunities to observe, if you so choose.  If you’re at all like me, though, the thing you look forward to most is enjoying some great meals, and fortunately, most restaurants will be in full force on Easter Sunday.  But if you are looking for something a little more upscale to celebrate, you might consider Pier77, Cape Arundel Inn or One Dock.  All of three offer great views of the water (although One Dock is really more known for its views of town, instead of the bits of the inlet). Not ready to commit to an elegant supper or set reservation time?  Don’t worry!  Great staples like Federal Jack’s and Alisson’s Restaurant are serving just a short stroll from our Maine bed and breakfast.

No matter your religious preferences, many folks have dietary restrictions at some point throughout the year, and we’re happy to accommodate your needs in any way possible.  So if you’re fasting during the day and need breakfast before sunrise or need to head out for early services, we’re happy to deliver a cold breakfast the night before for you to enjoy whenever you like.  And if you can’t eat leavened products, grains, or animal products, we’ll happily oblige, just be sure to give us a little warning, so we can prepare a tasty breakfast that meets your needs.  We want to make your experience at our Maine bed and breakfast a great one, during Passover, Easter, and throughout the year!

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Kennebunkport Maine

March 5th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

 

Our local Irish Pub, Ryan's Corner House, is perfect for celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Kennebunkport Maine!

Our local Irish Pub, Ryan’s Corner House, is perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Kennebunkport Maine!

While Valentine’s Day seems like just yesterday, St. Patrick’s Day is rapidly approaching, and fortunately there are great places to enjoy the luck of the Irish in Kennebunkport Maine.  Just around the corner from the Maine Stay Inn is a local favorite (and not just at this time of year!) – Ryan’s Corner House.  This authentic Irish pub opened just two years ago, just in time for St. Paddy’s Day.  In addition to some amazing brews, they offer fantastic Irish fare, as well as some more conventionally American options, just in case.  But who can resist an amazing corned beef and cabbage right about now?  But if you’re exploring southern Maine, you can check out their new location a few towns south in Ogunquit.  It’s the perfect spot for a warm-up after a winter walk along the Marginal Way!

But Kennebunkport Maine is lucky to have another great option for St. Patrick’s Day pub crawling – which really is just lingering over indulgent meals for me!  A few minutes up the road on Route 1 is Feile Restaurant and Pub, which also offers great music and entertainment.  We’re so lucky to have three great places to enjoy authentic Irish food and beverages for this holiday (and throughout the year), but now we’re busy turning our attention to crafting a fun, festive, and delicious menu for St. Patrick’s Day.  And thank goodness for Pinterest because we are accumulating lots of great ideas.  But if you have any suggestions or favorite Irish recipes, we’d love suggestions!

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Kennebunkport

January 6th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

As many of you know, New Year’s is a big deal at the Maine Stay Inn, and this year was no exception!  It’s a great opportunity for visitors to enjoy a winter wonderland in Kennebunkport and have the option to be as relaxed or as social as they want.  Plus, getting to celebrate with friends, both new and old, is always a great experience.  Many of our regular New Year’s Eve guests

new year's eve in kennebunkport

We lit up Kennebunkport with our fun New Year’s Eve celebration!

decided to forgo a fancy dinner out and chose to enjoy lunch around town, before returning to the inn for an evening of fun, food, and firework watching (on television, of course!).  Because we know that dining out on New Year’s Eve can sometimes be more of a to-do than folks are in the mood for, at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, we offer hearty foods throughout the evening.  Finger foods, appetizers, munchies, and some heartier dishes mean that many people enjoyed their “dinner” at the inn, while others just popped in for a nibble before or after their evening reservations.  And while we couldn’t wait until midnight to break out an assortment of delectable desserts, we certainly noshed on more as the clock hit 12!  In fact, we almost missed the dropping of the ball, because we were all enjoying the hysterical old-school games we played throughout the evening.

On New Year’s Day, we served (and delivered to quite a few cottage suites) a four-course brunch.  Yes, I do mean a real brunch!  We started serving around 11 am, but many guests lingered into the early afternoon, enjoying a leisurely meal and a chance to socialize with other visitors.  But for folks who prefer to enjoy an intimate meal with their partner, they can always choose breakfast delivered to the Cottage Suites or Deluxe Fireplace Suite 12 in the main house.  All of us could not have asked for a more wonderful group of new and old friends to start the new year with in Kennebunkport, and hope that all of you had the opportunity to ring in a happy and healthy 2013 with special people in your lives.

A Snow-Covered Maine Bed and Breakfast

December 30th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

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A fresh blanketing of powder has fallen in Kennebunkport

A gentle snow fell throughout the afternoon and evening in Kennebunkport today, and on one of my many trips inside the house after shoveling, I caught a glimpse of the living room fire at our Maine bed and breakfast glowing.  So I began to hum,” Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful” song  - and I know you are glad that I chose to hum and not sing!  Although the storm outside wasn’t exactly frightful, it certainly was beautiful, which means we are sure to wake up to a stunning sunrise with snow crystals reflecting the morning glow.  As usual, I have digressed… Anyhow, I suddenly began to realize that Christmas is over and New Year’s is less than two days away.  Where did the time go?!  It guess I had better get cracking on that menu for our New Year’s Eve celebration and brunch on the first!

This year, we were fortunate to have a slightly white Christmas – graced with a fresh dusting just to brighten scenery.  But then a storm on the 27th dumped oodles of snow on our Maine bed and breakfast!  A thick layer of snow finally blanketed the earth, but  a powerful rain shower just prior to the snowfall meant that plows and shovelers alike struggled with the weight of precipitation.  And just today we were graced with another several inches (including quite a few more than predicted) of snow.  This time, however, it was the picture-perfect powder that skiers just dream of!  And while the total count has yet to be determined, as the snow is still gently falling in Kennebunkport, the town looks like it has donned on its New Year’s finest, with a thick covering gently weighting the tree branches and ablaze with white Christmas lights.  Thank you, Mother Nature – it was about time for a good snowstorm!

Wishing You a Merry Christmas from Kennebunkport Maine

December 24th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

christmas tree kennebunkport maine

Merry Christmas from our family in Kennebunkport Maine!

It seems like just yesterday that we were clearing the table of Thanksgiving turkey, but looking around, it is clear that Christmas Eve really has arrived, with last minute-shoppers popping into shops all around Kennebunkport Maine.  And the town is decked out in all of its holiday splendor – Christmas trees and garlands, lights, wreaths, and of course, our signature lighted lobster tree topper! Miraculously, it seems that I am not among the frenzied shoppers this year!  But while my lists are crossed off, that down-to-the-wire shopping really is lots of fun, especially when you’re not fighting mall traffic and, instead, get to enjoy a view of the ocean and a chat with shop keepers who are cheerful and genuine, so I might just have to go on a non-shopping adventure to get my fill!

Regardless of whether you celebrate the Christmas holiday, most folks are fortunate to enjoy two days off from work this week, and we hope that you all have the opportunity to relax and reconnect with the loved ones in your life.  Our family is looking forward to spending time (while enjoying some great meals, of course!) with one another and as many friends and family as possible.  We’re even hoping for a white Christmas in Kennebunkport Maine – something that we’re very excited to see!  From our family, to yours, we’re sending wishes for a happy, healthy, and restful holiday season filled with the joy and peace everyone needs and deserves.  Merry Christmas!

Giving the Gift of A Getaway

December 21st, 2012 by Judi Hauer

For families around the globe, December can be a big gift-giving month – and not just for Christmas!  Both of my parents celebrate birthdays this month, as well as an anniversary at the end of November, and that’s not so unusual, it seems, because we have three couples visiting the Maine Stay Inn tonightthat are also celebrating birthdays during their stay.  I suppose if you think about it, there are probably just as many people born during December as during any other month (except February with its measly 28 – or

Christmas in Kennebunkport Maine

Kennebunkport is looking festive for Christmas – and great for a getaway!

29 – days), so chances are good that someone you know has a birthday right around Christmas (or Hanukkah).  I think these visitors had a great idea – giving the gift of a getaway – because I for one know that it can really be tough to come up with a thoughtful and creative present for not one, but two special days.  In fact, it was such a good idea that it inspired my mom and I to take a special mother-daughter getaway in honor of her birthday.

But remember, for the next few days you can take advantage of our annual Gift Certificate sale and cash in on some steep savings for your getaway to a Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Plus, since you’re giving a gift certificate, that special someone in your life can use if for a winter weekend, a fun summer vacation, or just a night away from the kids.  And best of all, there’s no wrapping involved, because our gift certificates come printed and customized just for you!

Ringing in 2013 at a Maine Bed and Breakfast

December 17th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

So I may have spent a large part of this afternoon baking Christmas cookies and singing (off-key, of course) to some rather iconic songs, but I have been thinking about how excited I am to celebrate New Year’s at our Maine Bed and Breakfast!  Every year we have had an amazing time ringing in the new year with visitors and friends spending the holiday in Kennebunkport, and we hope this year will be no exception.  Every year we’ve tweaked our plan to make it the most fun night of the year.  Last year we just loved

New Year's Eve at Maine Bed and Breakfast

Ring in 2013 with a Bed and Breakfast Getaway!

having great finger foods (both hot and cold) and other delicious nibbles available all evening long, so we’re going to continue that again this year.  So get your appetite on, because whether you’re planning on going out to eat at one of the excellent Kennebunkport restaurants celebrating in style or have a late lunch and just want to nosh at the inn, they’ll be plenty of food for you!  And in addition to watching the ball drop and the great New Year’s Eve coverage, we’ll have great group games and fun activities for those looking for something a little lower key.

Now, if you’re anxious for some quiet time with your special someone, that’s a-okay with us!  But, that shouldn’t deter you from popping in to the main house for some great “grub”.  If you’ve been following us on Pinterest, you might be able to guess about some of the things on the menu for this New Year’s Eve, but I am certainly not going to spill the beans on all aspects.  Plus, on New Year’s Day, forgo breakfast in lieu of a multi-course brunch. And if you’re staying in one of the cottage suites can certainly be delivered to your door – brunch in bed?  Yes, please!  And if you just have to leave, you’ll enjoy late check-out too.  So take a break from your Christmas shopping and wrapping (or Hanukkah thank-you note writing) and plan a relaxing New Year’s escape to a Maine Bed and Breakfast to ring in 2013!

Christmas Prelude One of World’s Best Christmas Festivals

December 13th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Now, all of us in Kennebunkport have known for ages that Christmas Prelude is incredible, but just yesterday, AOL SKYE released their list of the Best Christmas Festivals in the World- and guess who was on the list?!!?  You guessed it!  Although I suppose that the title gave that away, but how cool is that?  It’s kind of hard to believe how any Christmas celebration could top ours, but when

Bob Dennis Christmas Prelude fireworks photograph

Check out this incredible shot of the Christmas Prelude fireworks by Bob Dennis of Port Images!

you see that historic cities like London and Nuremberg hold several of the spots, Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude (just celebrating it’s 31st anniversary) is a mere baby by comparison.  What an honor!

A couple of years ago, reporters announced that over nine thousand people gathered in Dock Square, just steps from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, to watch the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree, but somehow this festival has maintained a charming, and intimate feeling.  It’s hard to believe that just over thirty years ago, Christmas Prelude was conceived as a fun event for local shopkeepers to say thank you to the community for their patronage throughout the year and it now finds itself among the top 14 Christmas Festivals in the entire world.  Now it’s our turn to say “thank you” to those very store owners for their continued efforts to keep this great event locally run (not to mention the fact that they are a pleasure to work with).  It has stretched to encompass two weekends of holiday cheer, and this year’s celebration was no exception – not even when the second weekend was graced with a little bit of rain.  And with fireworks over the Kennebunk River inlet, who would miss it?  We’re getting ready to fill you in on the details of the second annual Walk to Bethlehem – a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn, complete with livestock, wise men, and, of course, innkeepers.  While you’ll have to wait a touch longer for the cute pics, we just couldn’t wait one second longer to share the exciting news about Christmas Prelude as one of the world’s best Christmas Festivals!