In Kennebunkport Maine, as with anywhere else in the nation, tomorrow is a big day – it’s Mother’s Day! And for that reason, we have the pleasure of getting to know some amazing moms at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. Some are being treated to a weekend away from the little tykes with a real breakfast in bed (not just a five-year-old’s version of pancakes), while others are being honored for doing such a good job raising their children years ago. A few more are sporting large baby bumps and taking advantage of the opportunity to combine their babymoon with soon-to-be Mother’s Day Weekend. But the most heartwarming of all are the guests being sent for a relaxing getaway in Kennebunkport Maine by their children as a special “thank you” to Mom for all of her hard work and dedication. So while it might be a teeny bit to late to surprise that special mom in your life by spending Mother’s Day Weekend away, it certainly isn’t too late to show her just how much you care by planning a future getaway. Seriously, though, what better way is there to show her how much you care than to give her the opportunity to rest, recharge and be pampered?! Plus, with the wide assortment of excellent Kennebunkport restaurants, she won’t have to lift a finger for her entire stay. From everyone at the Maine Stay, we wish all moms out there a happy Mother’s Day and hope to see you in Kennebunkport Maine!
Posts Tagged ‘Holidays in Kennebunkport Maine’
May 12th, 2012 by Judi Hauer
May 5th, 2012 by Judi Hauer
The fifth of May was certainly a fun and exciting day in Kennebunkport, but not too many people actually decided to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Nevertheless, it was definitely a festive day in town! Unfortunately, at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, we got the date confused in menu planning, which meant that the carefully chosen huevos rancheros ended up on plates yesterday and not
today. Don’t worry, we explained to a group of wonderful guests that “quattro” de Mayo should be just as good! Nevertheless, the morning started with the 14th Annual May Day celebration, held in downtown Kennebunk. Complete with fun activities, great artisan displays, and a parade, it was loads of fun, but proved to be no match for beautiful sunny weather and our great beaches. Yes, we even had to break out the beach chairs for a few guests. They did pass on the towels, though – the water’s still just a bit too cold for that! And while quite a few decided to drink in the outdoors, others went the cultural route, enjoying an exhibit by Maine Women in the Arts and a musical performance by Zemya!, hosted by River Tree Arts.
By dinner time, however, the reality that Cinco de Mayo was coming to a close seemed to sink in, and quite a few visitors left our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast for dinner at Pedro’s, our local Mexican restaurant. And, boy, was it ever hopping! Serving killer margaritas with house-made syrups and zesty tacos (along with other entrees), it’s always a favorite, but this Mexican holiday definitely inspired some more traffic. Plus, their outdoor fire pit definitely calls on a chilly night. But whether they enjoyed a relaxing Maycation or a margarita-fueled fiesta, everyone enjoyed a great Cinco de Mayo in Kennebunkport!
April 8th, 2012 by Judi Hauer
While the streets of Kennebunkport were pretty quiet today, the dining room of many local restaurants were buzzing with activity. Many visitors expressed their concern about finding the right spot their family’s Easter dinner, but also for just a burger or some
clam chowdah, so we did our best to quell their fears – Kennebunkport restaurants are open for business! Yes, even on Easter Sunday! Around the breakfast table this morning, guests and staff shared their plans for today, so I decided to share those plans with you. And while some were indeed gearing up to hit the road and whip up their own Easter feast, others were letting someone else do the cooking, whether another family member or a restaurant chef.
Some of the “big winners” were the Cape Arundel Inn, Pier 77, and One Dock at the Kennebunkport Inn, but much to everyone’s surprise, Federal Jack’s Brew Pub also popped up on quite a few itineraries. As usual, a fair number opted to indulge in an exquisite meal while drinking in an unspoiled view of the crashing surf at the Cape Arundel. Perched atop a rocky slope, their airy dining room makes sure that every table has a view of the sea. Others chose to go for a more peaceful view from the dining room at Pier 77, where the sheltered waters of Cape Porpoise Harbor reflect the sky (although cloudy today) and the picturesque lobster boats gently bobbing on the surface. And quite a few more, myself included, decided to forgo the views in lieu of testing out the waters at the newly redesigned One Dock. After the magnificent meal in the fresh, nautical dining room, a short stroll through Dock Square and up Ocean Avenue was all that I needed! Its laid-back atmosphere was much needed after a busy morning to make sure all the staff of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast could get home for dinner with their families, and the delightful (and indulgent) meal was just what the doctor ordered.
The surprise of the day, however, was that quite a few visitors decided that an elegant Easter dinner was not in their cards, and headed to Federal Jack’s for a burger and fries or fish n’ chips! But that just goes to show you that Kennebunkport has something for everyone – even on Easter!
April 6th, 2012 by Judi Hauer
Easter is a joyous time of year, whether for religious reasons or for the rebirth and reawakening of nature during the springtime, but one of the most exciting parts is getting to share the day with people spending their first holiday away from home at a
Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. I think of it as especially exciting, because my first experience in Kennebunkport was also for a holiday (although mine was Thanksgiving), so it seems natural that they too might fall in love with this community and its spectacular location in coastal Southern Maine. Maybe they’ll become our neighbors! But as excited as I get for Easter weekend, visitors are just as nervous about finding place to worship. Don’t worry, though, we’ve got it covered!
No matter your denomination, you’re sure to find the right place for you to worship on Easter Sunday. Several congregations sit just around the corner from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. Village Baptist Church lies about half a dozen houses away on Maine Street, and if you walk a few doors further, you’ll hit United Church of Christ’s South Church (rather ironically located on North Street). Continuing on a little further, you’ll find the First Congregational Church. Presbyterian visitors might find a home at St. Andrew’s on Route 1 in Kennebunk. Nearby, you’ll find St. Martha’s, a Catholic congregation. And offering a spiritual contrast, it’s nearest neighbor is the Unitarian Universalist congregation. Sometimes, though, guests of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast choose to worship slightly differently than they typically would, with a visit to the Franciscan Monastery. Though traditional Catholic mass is given, the atmosphere is notably different than many churches, as the facility is run by Lithuanian monks. However, the grounds are spectacular and especially on a religious holiday when many desire a connection to the blossoming natural world, the 7o riverside acres often call. But this list is hardly exhaustive, so if I’ve left something out (and you can be sure I have!), anyone at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is happy to help you find the perfect spot for you to celebrate Easter in the area.
February 18th, 2012 by Judi Hauer
Although February 14th has come and gone, many people are keeping the mood alive and taking advantage of the long weekend for Presidents’ Day to do their Valentine’s celebrating, and what better place than Kennebunkport, ME for a truly presidential retreat? Many people may be surprised, but on my very first visit to Kennebunkport, I had no idea that this was the summer retreat of our 41st and 43rd
Presidents! So for those of you who didn’t realize that the Bush Family compound is located just 2 miles from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, you’re not alone. And for those of you who think you might find another first family here, you’ll find Camelot about three hours to our south – not too far for a day trip!
While the Bush family is not in Kennebunkport, ME at this time of year, their estate still sits pretty atop a rocky peninsula just down the street. No matter the time of year, it’s a great walk out there for some sightseeing and gawking at the incredible “cottages” that flank our coastline. And Parson’s Way, a path along our famous Ocean Avenue, boasts some of the prettiest stretches of Maine Coastline around (that’s my opinion, folks). So it’s time to get in the spirit of Presidents’ Day week by dining in style at some of the Bush family’s favorite digs. For a casual lunch, the seniors have often been spotted at The Ramp, a Kennebunkport, ME version of a “sports bar” – but it’s excellent, though eclectic, cuisine would lead you to think that description might not be accurate. Guests have also reported that Barbara enjoys a fun, fresh dinner at Bandaloop, usually with girlfriends in tow – sorry, George, we’ve gotta have girl time! But most frequently we hear of Presidential sightings at Cape Arundel Inn’s fine dining restaurant, which is no surprise given its location. The open and airy dining room overlooks the inlet and entire Bush compound, plus it’s just around the corner – they could walk if the secret service let them. But just like you, the former first family likes to lie low during their visits to Kennebunkport, ME, so this week, kick up your heels and relax at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.
January 2nd, 2012 by avadmin
We have a lot of fun at our Maine Bed and Breakfast, but one of the most fun times (at least for me) is New Year’s Eve, and this year was no exception. It has taken us a while to work out a menu plan that works well, but this year we seemed to hit the bulls eye! That said, we’ve got oodles of ideas as to how to make next year even better! Steaming soup was definitely a welcome addition, especially for those venturing in from the cold, and fun munchy mixes were all gobbled up – a sure sign of a big hit. Though we don’t call our spread a “dinner” there was certainly more than enough food, both in quantity and variety, that many guests chose to stay in instead of heading out to dine at a restaurant. Honestly, though, our leftovers have kept me full and happy for the last two days! Quite a few visitors to our Maine Bed and Breakfast did choose to patronize one of the many incredible Kennebunkport restaurants to ring in the New Year. Some selected establishments with fun and boisterous events, while others went the relaxing, upscale route, but all reported that they had wonderful experiences – and who wouldn’t? Whether you choose to go out or stay inn (haha, pun fully intended), New Year’s in Kennebunkport Maine is really an event not to be missed.
While only nine of us remained when the ball finally dropped on our little party, a round of “Auld Lang Syne” was sung and glasses clinked, as guests popped the corks on their own bottles of Champagne (don’t forget, the Maine Stay is BYOB). By that point everyone seemed like long lost friends, after an evening of munching, stories, and great silly games. But the merriment certainly didn’t stop there, because our New Year’s Day four course brunch lasted into the early afternoon, as guests lingered, enjoying full bellies and the wonderful company. And a few guests staying in our Cottage Suites opted to have an even more leisurely morning, and chose to have brunch delivered to their door – what a treat! Needless to say, ringing in 2012 at our Maine Bed and Breakfast certainly lived up to my high expectations, and all of us are already looking forward to next year – happy 2012, everyone!
December 30th, 2011 by avadmin
All of us at the Maine Stay have been busy getting ready for a very special New Year’s Eve celebration in Kennebunkport Maine and are more than excited about tomorrow’s festivities. In fact, much of the staff of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast spent the day in our teeny tiny kitchen, working on concocting nibbles for everyone to enjoy tomorrow night. Homemade baked chips, dip, and veggies will tempt those starting early on their New Year’s resolutions, while gluten-free Chex mixes (both sweet and savory) will be perfect for noshing while socializing with guests and staff alike. Wraps and baked roll-ups are the ideal one-handed snack while playing cards or just mingling. And given the chilly evening temps we’ve experienced lately, anyone strolling in our door will be certain to warm up quickly with a cup or bowl of steaming soup. Don’t fret – there will be plenty of freshly baked goods for dipping, meaning no bowl-licking is be required. Now my inner foodie asks, “What could possibly be more important than what’s on the menu?” I could go on and on talking about the crunchy munchies and fantastic finger foods being served at our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast, but what I am really excited for is the company! So many wonderful guests (both long-term Maine Stay veterans and newbies alike) checked in during the past few days, and I can’t wait to spend tomorrow evening relaxing with all of them. Plus, we’ve got oodles of great games lined up for old fashioned fun. Now, while Kennebunkport Maine might not be known for its nightlife, the Maine Stay is certainly getting ready for a long night of fun and food before and after the ball drops.
December 23rd, 2011 by avadmin
All of us at the Maine Stay Inn wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very happy holiday season. With Christmas Eve upon us and Hanukah already underway, there is so much merriment to be had in Kennebunkport Maine and all across the globe. The staff at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, whether religious or not, are spending the next few days with their friends, families, and loved ones. Our family is incredibly fortunate to be able to spend time reconnecting with one another, and hope sincerely, regardless of faith, that you all have the same opportunity. But if you find yourself unable to do so, we hope that the holiday spirit, infused with joyousness, charity, and cheer, will find its way into your heart.
Unlike many Christmases past, this one approaches with no snow on the ground and little chill in the air. However, Kennebunkport Maine is decorated to the nines as always, with a plethora of Christmas trees, millions of glimmering lights, and generous amounts of fresh and faux greenery. In the evening the twinkling lights reflect off calm waters and light the picturesque streets that characterize our New England village. We feel so fortunate to enjoy the holiday season in this charming town and hope that you will have the chance to visit and enjoy the beautiful sights from around Kennebunkport during this holiday season. Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!
December 20th, 2011 by avadmin
With the last minute shopping frenzy at its peak, our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast can offer simple solutions for your gift-giving conundrum that will keep you out of the mall and the doghouse. Truthfully, the inspiration for this blog came from a guest
email today, as she was planning a special romantic getaway for herself and her husband as a Christmas gift. What better way is there to show someone you love them than to plan a trip? It says “I love and appreciate you so much that I just want to spend quality time with you.” It’s one of those gestures that always evokes ooohs and aahhhs. So if you are seriously behind the eight ball for your holiday shopping, it’s time to go big – plan that getaway and add a little something special to make sure that you get bonus points. Think couples massages, facials, or even flowers and a favorite bottle of wine.
But if you simply haven’t found that meaningful gift for a special loved one, a gift certificate is a fantastic option. Plus, our annual holiday gift certificate sale is running for just a few more days, which means that you won’t break the budget! A gift certificate to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast ensures that the recipient can enjoy a much needed (and deserved) getaway whenever they’re ready. Whether they need a restful night away from work and families or an active beach vacation, they’ll enjoy everything about Kennebunkport Maine. Not everyone has saved their big shopping for last, so if you’re looking for a little something extra, we’ve got you covered! Everyone knows (and loves) our fabulous linens by Cuddledown, so now is the perfect time to recreate your bed and breakfast experience at home. Craving one of our cozy bathrobes from Turkish Towel Company? Give us a holler and we’ll ship one out to you. Stocking stuffers? How about our hand-thrown and microwaveable mugs from Deneen Pottery, dripless candles, or luscious soaps. So it’s time to stop stressing – give us a ring and we’ll help solve your Christmas shopping dilemmas! Happy Holidays!
December 18th, 2011 by avadmin
With Christmas just days away, here in Kennebunkport Maine, our plans for New Year’s Eve are well under way. Honestly, I can hardly wait to watch the ball drop with guests and staff alike at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. Last year’s festivities were so
much fun, but with all some tweaks, in conjunction with some new and familiar faces, this celebration is sure to outshine it.
Kennebunkport Maine is an ideal spot for ringing in the New Year, as it provides relaxation and romance, but with all of necessary excitement – or just as much as you are in the mood for. If dancing and music are your scene, Kennebunkport’s got you covered. An intimate dinner, followed by lounging by the fire with your partner seem more your speed? We’ve got that too. And, frankly, we’ve got everything in between. But at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, we try to find a happy medium – we’ll have finger foods and appetizers throughout the night (so those choosing to dine out are welcome to join in before or after, but plenty so you won’t have to venture out if you don’t want to miss out on the fun). Plus, we’ll be prepared with silly games sure to bring out lots of laughter. And there’s always the option of low-key conversations by the living room fire. When the ball drops, we’ll pause to watch and sing a round of Auld Lang Syne. But if you want to raise a toast to 2012, be sure to bring your own – at the Maine Stay Inn we’re still BYOB! Plus, with rooms starting at just $169 per night, including our evening festivities, check-out at noon, and a multi-course mid-morning brunch, you’re in for the steal of 2011!