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Kennebunkport Beaches Welcome Spring

March 21st, 2014 by Judi Hauer

The Water Is Wide

The Kennebunkport Beaches are calling!

While Old Man Winter has hung around a bit longer this year than most New Englanders would like, spring is officially here and today was perfect for enjoying a walk along the Kennebunkport Beaches!  Yes, it may have been a bit breezy, but the sunshine definitely said that Mother Nature has us right on the cusp of true springtime.  And boy was that sunshine a reminder of just how lovely the beaches are in Kennebunkport! While the water might be a little bit too chilly for swimming right about now, it certainly got me thinking about how clear and refreshing the water is on a warm summer day.  Fortunately for those visiting Kennebunkport, there is miles of pristine coastline and soft sandy beaches not far from the Maine Stay Inn.  So whether walking, swimming, or just relaxing is what you’ve got in mind for your Maine summer vacation, there are almost infinite options.  And since all of us are intimately familiar with the area, we’re more than happy to help you select a spot that exactly suits your needs.  And we have a few special spots up our sleeves that always make for an incredible day at the beach!  But if you are like me, and a day at the beach isn’t complete without some delicious nibbles, not to worry – there are quite a few great spots in town where you can pick up prepared gourmet snacks to bring with you to the Kennebunkport beaches.  So when you’re on your way, consider stopping at Cape Porpoise Kitchen, Old Salt’s Pantry, or Market Day, where you’ll find delicious and nutritious noshes to sustain you during even the most vigorous of seaside adventures.  No matter how you choose to spend time in town, you are sure to enjoy the beautiful Kennebunkport Beaches that wrap along the Maine coastline!

Must-Do Things for Your Kennebunkport Maine Vacation

September 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

One of the questions I am asked most frequently is what visitors should do and see during their Kennebunkport Maine vacation, and honestly, it’s a hard question to answer, because it really depends on what you like to do!  I mean, many people come to Kennebunkport to enjoy the plethora of great shops with unique assortments that you just can’t find in many places.  But I am not really a shopper, so chances are that won’t be at the tippity-top of my must-do list.  Now don’t get me wrong, I certainly enjoy having such high quality stores within a short walk from the Maine Stay Inn, because if I need a new pair of shoes or a special gift, I never have to go very far to find the perfect thing!  Now, I for one really like to play outside, no matter the weather or the season – so give me a great hike, bike, or run any day.  But I definitely know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so I’ve made my must-do list for Kennebunkport Maine with that in mind.  So here goes!

A traditional lobster dinner is not to be missed!

A traditional lobster dinner is not to be missed!

  • Check out the beach.  While much of Maine is known for its craggy rocky coast, Kennebunkport is lucky to have long stretches of pristine sand as well.  Because the seascape changes so rapidly, I think you should visit the coast every day, and since I love to be outside, I am always in favor of a brisk walk.  Fortunately for those who aren’t so nature loving, there are beautiful benches along the wide sidewalks by Kennebunk beach. That means enjoying the water without having to get sandy or messy!
  • See the Bush Compound.  It might sound hokey, but it’s one thing you have to do.  And not just because it’s a Presidential retreat, but because their property is one of the most stunning pieces of land in Kennebunkport Maine.  The way the water crashes on the rocks of their peninsula and the sea gets calm as it comes into the inlet is just breathtaking.  Do it – you won’t regret it.
  • Visit Cape Porpoise.  This quaint fishing village sits in the eastern end of town and is still home to a working fish pier.  During the afternoon, you’re sure to find all the lobster boats moored in the harbor and a pile of traps on the dock – just perfect for a great photo session.
  • Have a lobster dinner.  Assuming you’re not allergic to shellfish, that is!  And while I think that you’ll get the classic lobster shack experience at Nunan’s Lobster Hut, the truth is that no Kennebunkport restaurant is going to steer you wrong.
  • Stroll through Dock Square, whether its for shopping, dining, walking or just people watching.  The iconic center of town is just a short stroll from the Maine Stay and is not to be missed!

These are just a few of the items that top my list of things to do in town, and it’s certainly not complete.  There are millions of ways to spend the days during your Kennebunkport Maine Vacation, and we at the Maine Stay Inn are more than happy to make suggestions based on what you like to do – we’re your travel agent and concierge all in one!

A Beach Picnic in Kennebunkport

August 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Because the beaches in Kennebunkport are so beautiful, one of my favorite things to do is to pack a delicious meal and enjoy a beach picnic!  And for that very reason, I often recommend the idea to folks visiting the area.  Often, though, it’s they who request location suggestions or places to pick up tasty treats.  My go to spot for a beach picnic in Kennebunkport is the glorious stretch of sand along Gooch’s beach.  Speckled with benches along the path bordering the sand, it’s a spot that allows easy parking and comfortable lap dining, but with wide stretches of sand, you can also definitely find a comfy spot to lounge (or share a romantic cuddle).  Plus, since the Maine

Who could resist a view like this during a sunset picnic on the beach?

Who could resist a view like this during a sunset picnic on the beach?

Stay Inn provides complimentary parking passes, this is a great spot that’s easy on the wallet.

But since there are so many lovely beaches just a hop, skip, and a jump away, most people are more concerned about where to find the provisions for their picnic.  A personal favorite is just a few minutes drive from the inn, in the heart of Cape Porpoise.  Cape Porpoise Kitchen is know for its upscale prepared foods, including salads and sandwiches.  They also stock a superior assortment of wines, crackers, and cheeses – all a must to complete your perfect picnic.  If you’re looking for something that’s en route to the beach, you can stop at Downeast Wine Imports for a bottle of your favorite variety and hit up Market Day, another spot known for its prepared foods – just keep in mind that their frozen selection is pretty robust, so if they’re out of what your craving, you just might have to head back to the inn to heat it up.

Sometimes, though, you’re just looking for some simple snacks, and Bennett’s store has just the thing – chips, soda, and sandwiches on hoagie rolls… and ice cream to top it off!  Just at the corner of Sea Road and Route 9, it’s the perfect stop at the last second or a quick lunchtime break from the sand.  No matter what you choose or where you choose to enjoy it, a beach picnic in Kennebunkport is always a relaxing way to spend and afternoon or evening!

Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport Open for Visitors

July 18th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

After many years of litigation between homeowners in Goose Rocks Beach and the Town of Kennebunkport, visitors this summer are likely to see few changes during their trip out to Goose Rocks.  For those who don’t know, Goose Rocks Beach is the northeastern part of Kennebunkport that lies on the Biddeford line along the Atlantic Ocean.  Named after a crest of rocks that look like geese floating on the water when exposed during low

Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport is great for a long walk!

Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport is great for a long walk!

tide, this area is primarily residential with a long stretch of sandy beaches.  And for years the homeowners along the beach have contended that they, and not the town or the public, own the beach.  But it appears that the legal battle has drawn to a close, bringing compromise from both parties.  The great news is that the beach is still open to the public, with reminders to be respectful of the area and the private property adjoining the beach.  However, this year, you’re likely to see a police presence to remind folks that certain homeowners do have rights to 25 feet of sand in front of their homes (although that shrinks to just 10 if the high water mark falls within their 25 feet).  That means that if the owners are inclined, they or the police may ask loungers to move to a different area – but chances are that respectful and quiet visitors are not likely to bring much attention.  If you want to read the complete list of restrictions, click here. That said, I like Goose Rocks Beach best for a long walk, and none of these restrictions apply to walkers or those just passing through these questionable zones.  One important reminder, though, is that you’ll require special parking stickers that can only be obtained at Kennebunkport Town Offices (just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Maine Stay Inn) on Elm Street, the Kennebunkport Police Station (on your way out to GRB), or the Goose Rocks General Store if you’ve forgotten to pick one up on your way.

But if you don’t want to worry about restrictions, we’ve got plenty of parking passes for the Kennebunk Beaches (just about a mile from the inn), which offers much more in the way of parking spots and convenience!  Or we could recommend other favorites, like Colony Beach, which is just a short walk from the Maine Stay, or the Wells Reserve, where you’ll find a great nature walk before hitting the sands.  But no matter whether you choose Goose Rocks Beach or one of the other great beaches in the area, you’ll find gorgeous sand and sparkling surf waiting for you in Kennebunkport this summer!

Summer’s Heating Up in Kennebunkport Maine

July 6th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

A mini heat wave arrived in Kennebunkport Maine just in time for the July 4th holiday weekend, and while temps in the low 90s are a bit unusual in this neck of the woods, everyone seems to be enjoying a chance to hit the beach!  Fortunately, there’s lots of coastline to enjoy in southern Maine, and you don’t have to venture far from the Maine Stay Inn to find a spot that’s right for you.  In fact, we’re located just a block from the harbor! And that means we are treated to a fantastic afternoon breeze off the water every afternoon.  So after a day at the beach, you can put your feet up, relax in a hammock or just hang out on the front porch watching the horse drawn carriage go by and be cool as a cucumber!  Plus, we’ve always got refreshing cool beverages (like our signature fresh mint iced tea) each afternoon and some sweet freshly baked treats to give you that afternoon pick-me-up we all need.

High tide at the Wells Reserve!

High tide at the Wells Reserve!

This week I have been casually surveying visitors to find out where there favorite spots are to beat the heat in Kennebunkport Maine, and here’s what I’ve found:

  • Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve seems to be a favorite for those looking for peace and quite, as well as those looking to enjoy the ocean without baking in the sun.  They’ve got miles of trails that offer sun protection, but you can still hear, feel, smell, and often see the water.  Plus their quiet beach is very private and serene when you’re ready to frolic in the waves!
  • Gooch’s Beach, just over the bridge in Kennebunk, seems to be a walker’s paradise with paved walkways extending for over a mile.
  • Mother’s Beach is especially family-friendly, offering a more enclosed stretch of sand and a playground for the littlest visitors.
  • Colony Beach is the closest to our Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast (just about a half mile stroll from the inn) and the favorite of those looking to head out on foot.
  • The walk along Ocean Avenue and the Parsons Walk out by the Bush Family Compound is the top choice for people looking to enjoy the ocean without getting sandy.  You’re able to enjoy the ocean breeze and cooling mist all along this over two mile stretch, but you won’t feel the pressure to go for a dip if that’s not your thing.

But no matter where you spend the day (and many choose to explore multiple spots), you’ll always be happy to return for some R&R back at the Maine Stay. However you choose to spend your summer vacation in Kennebunkport Maine, you’re never far from the relaxing and refreshing Atlantic Ocean!

Summer Solstice Approaching in Kennebunkport

June 20th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Now that the summer solstice is just hours away, I thought I would reflect on some of my favorite things to do in Kennebunkport during the summer.  Granted there are about a million things to do in the area and countless places to eat, so this isn’t even close to

Nothing better than watching the boats go by in Kennebunkport!

Nothing better than watching the boats go by in Kennebunkport!

exhaustive, but these are the things I most look forward to during the summer months.  So here goes!

  • Picnic dinners on the water.  And while I am a food lover, it’s not the cuisine that matters, because let’s face it – everything tastes better in the ocean air!  But since Kennebunkport Maine is known for its lobster, I am certainly partial to the idea of a lobster dinner!  So if I was hankering for lobsters with all the fixin’s, I would head out to Cape Pier Chowder House and enjoy a meal overlooking Cape Porpoise Harbor and the sun setting over the moored lobster boats.  But what I really love is grabbing snacks and sides from Cape Porpoise kitchen and picking up a boiled lobster from Port Lobster, which is a perfect stop between the Maine Stay Inn and Colony beach.  Plus, with a jetty sticking out into the Atlantic, there’s no better spot to enjoy a sunset picnic without worrying about sand getting in your food or bugs “bugging” you!
  • Riding bikes through Kennebunkport.  Cruising through the historic district and waterfront streets is always beautiful, but sometimes I’m in the mood for a longer ride, so I’ll head out to Goose Rocks Beach (don’t forget your water bottle!) and enjoy some time on the beach.  But I have to admit, I always have an ulterior motive when heading that direction – Goose Rocks Dairy, a family run ice cream shop with incredible homemade ice creams.  And with such generous portions, a bike ride is a great excuse for some sustenance!
  • Water sports of any kind – seriously.  Whether it’s surfing, stand up paddle boarding, wake boarding, kayaking or canoeing, I am all in!  And if you’re game for something a little more leisurely, you can pick up a spectacular sailboat ride on the Schooner Eleanor just down the street from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.
  • Fun in the sun!  I love the beach as the next person, and there’s nothing better than a leisurely day on the beach.  Unlike some vacation destinations, visiting the beach is a breeze (especially with the complimentary parking passes we provide!), with no schlepping required since your parking spot is just steps from the sand.  But the protected beach at the Wells Reserve is one of the area’s hidden gems, so while you’re in for a bit of a stroll, you’ll find yourself on a nearly deserted beach.  And what could be better than that?
  • Breakfast on the porch, of course!  Sometimes referred to as the front porch of Kennebunkport, you can enjoy gourmet breakfast served on our wraparound porch, and watching the horse drawn carriage go by with a cup of coffee in hand is my favorite way to start the day.

Now that the Summer Solstice is upon us, that means loads of daylight to enjoy your favorite summer past times in Kennebunkport.  So whether you’re into dining and shopping or surfing and sailing, Kennebunkport has got the summer activities for you!

Summer Has Arrived in Kennebunkport Maine!

May 30th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Thank goodness we decided to install the air conditioning units in our Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast this week, because we sure needed them today!  After some passing thunderstorms overnight last night, we all awoke to bright blue skies and warm temps.  And as the day progressed, the thermometer soared into the high 80s, sending folks flocking to the water.  Thank goodness it’s just a stone’s throw away!  But honestly, today was a reminder of just how glorious a Maine Summer Vacation is in Kennebunkport Maine.  So while we provide the beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, and even sand toys, the only decision you have to make is which of the awesome beaches you’re going to visit!  So to help you figure out which ones you want to hit during your visit to Kennebunkport Maine, here’s a recap of our faves:

Each of the Kennebunkport Maine beaches is perfect for your Maine Summer Vacation!

Each of the Kennebunkport Maine beaches is perfect for your Maine Summer Vacation!

  • Colony Beach is just about a half mile away, and while it’s a super short drive (although there isn’t oodles of parking), it’s definitely the place to go if you want to stroll to the beach.  Plus, since the Maine Stay Inn is just one block from the harbor, you can drink in the view and the beautiful boats during your walk.  So while it has just a short stretch of sand, Colony Beach also offers a beautiful jetty (hello, sunset viewing) and some of the craggy rocks that many think of when they imagine the Maine coastline.
  • Gooch’s Beach, just over the bridge in Kennebunk, is just a mile away (and an easy walk), but when you’re toting chairs, umbrellas, and coolers, most folks choose to drive.  And since our Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast provides parking passes to these beaches, you can park right alongside at no charge!  This super long stretch of sand is ideal for walking, relaxing, and even building sand castles, and since it has life guards on duty, it’s great for swimmers of all ages.
  • If you head a little further down Beach Avenue, you’ll hit Middle Beach, which tends to have the most parking options, and while it has just small sandy areas, it it primarily a rocky stretch, both with craggy rocks and smooth polished pebble regions.  This is my favorite spot for quite reading and reflection.
  • Continue around the bend and you’ll find Mother’s Beach, which is ideal for families.  With a deep sandy beach and bounded on both ends with rocky areas and a playground, it’s a spot that’s full of fun… and easy for parents to keep an eye on their little ones!
  • Looking for a little solitude?  Check out the beach at Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve.  While it’s a light “hike” down to the beach, you’ll find a secluded stretch that is sure to recharge the soul.
  • Goose Rocks Beach in the northern part of Kennebunkport Maine also offers a glorious crescent shaped beach.  It’s a great spot for collecting sand dollars and oogling at gorgeous beach houses – and you might even catch a glimpse of the rocks that look like geese on the water!

We’re expecting more of this steamy summer weather for the next few days, which means that you can hit up each of the amazing beaches in the area and still have time to explore the shops and restaurants in town.  The towels and beach chairs are ready, so just bring your sunscreen, because it is official – summer has arrived in Kennebunkport Maine!

 

A Maine Summer Vacation in Kennebunkport

May 19th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

With Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner, that means that it is summer vacation time, and there’s no better place to enjoy a Maine summer vacation that in Kennebunkport!  Now you may think that I am a little biased towards this charming town, but the truth is that I’m “from away” and have explored just about every coastal vacation area in New England and after all of that travel, there’s a reason I landed in Kennebunkport.  Okay, more than a few reasons… So today I’ve decided to share some of my personal reasons for loving Kennebunkport for a Maine summer vacation.

One of the many great summer scenes in Kennebunkport!

One of the many great summer scenes in Kennebunkport!

  • It’s easy to get to!  No seriously, it’s a mere 86 miles from downtown Boston, and since you can cruise up I-95 on your typical three and four lane highways, the trip is easy-peasy.  Plus, with just two wide toll plazas, even that brief slowdown goes quickly (and it’s even speedier if you’ve got and “EZPass”).  Seriously, though, Kennebunkport has to be one of the most pain-free trips to your summer vacation destination and you’ll have plenty of gas to spare!  And if you’re a car-less urbanite, the Amtrak Downeaster is a fantastic and eco-friendly option!
  • You can go car-free in Kennebunkport!  With great sidewalks leading to fantastic activities and restaurants, you certainly don’t need to have a car in town.  Sure, if you want to do some more exploring, you certainly can bring a vehicle (and we have ample free parking), but many folks choose to explore by scooter or bicycle.  And yes, you can get either of those things within a short walk from the Maine Stay Inn!
  • The food is top notch.  Now many vacation destinations have a bad rap for serving less than stellar cuisine, and when you’re a food lover like me, that just takes the wind out of my sails.  But Kennebunkport is full of eateries that offer delectable cuisine that is sure to rival some of the great culinary havens in the country.
  • Kennebunkport has outdoor activities for everyone!  A lot of people don’t think about a Maine Summer Vacation meaning spending time at the beach, but Kennebunkport is known for its long stretches of soft sand and a few bits of craggy coastline, sure to satisfy everyone’s scenery needs.  But fortunately, if you’re looking for a break from some fun in the sun, there are tons of great trails through acres of concentration land and excellent spots for biking.  And if you’re not one to connect with Mother Nature, you can still enjoy a beautiful seaside setting while taking part in some retail therapy!

Honestly, I could go on and on about why Kennebunkport is ideal for your Maine Summer vacation, but the truth is, it’s great any time of year!  All of the innkeepers and staff at the Maine Stay Inn can’t wait to show you first hand everything that Kennebunkport has to offer – see you soon!

Favorite Things About Kennebunkport Maine

May 11th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

So while last night’s surprise thunderstorms sidelined my plans for some outdoor fun, a day like today reminded me of some of my favorite things about Kennebunkport Maine.  Now, we all know that there are way too many amazing things about this seaside town, so I will do my darnedest to keep this list reasonable.  But since I am making this a short one, apologies if I left anyone else’s faves off!

  • The beach –  Whenever.  No seriously, in rain or shine, snow covered or so-hot-you-could-fry-an-egg, the Kennebunkport Maine beaches are incredible.  Mother nature does such a wonderful job at keeping the coastline exciting, and making sure that you can never get bored looking at it!  But fortunately for us, the variety of beaches and coastline in and around town has something for everyone – secluded stretches of
    How could you not love this coastline?!

    How could you not love this coastline?!

    sandy beach, classic rocky Maine coast, slips of waterfront meandering through our quaint village, and even beaches with wide paved paths for those who want to enjoy the ocean without dealing with the sand.  Plus, unlike many vacation destinations, you can head there on foot from the Maine Stay Inn or by car and not worry about parking – we’ve got plenty!

  • The food – Most of you know that enjoying great culinary creations is one of my favorite past times, and fortunately for me, Kennebunkport Maine has eateries that can compete with those from any big city.  So whether you’re craving a simple boiled lobster or a stunning five-star tasting menu, we’ve got you covered. Yum!
  • The shops – It makes sense that my two favorite kinds of shopping are for food and room decor, but that doesn’t do me much good come Christmas and birthday time.  Fortunately  Kennebunkport Maine makes it so easy for me!  The amazing mix of stores in Dock Square means that I can find almost anything for that perfect gift.  On the rare occasion when I can’t, I know that I’ve got two world-class Outlet centers barely a half hour away!
  • The outdoor fun – If there’s anything I love more than food, it’s playing outside.  So whether it’s enjoying cross country skiing and horse-drawn sleigh riding in the winter or hiking, biking and running in the summer, I am in.  Over the past few years, the amount of conservation land in and around Kennebunkport Maine has just exploded, which means that there are about a gagillion options for peaceful and pristine outdoor activities.

I could go on all night about why I love this town, but you’ll just have to come and explore Kennebunkport Maine for yourself!

Spring Beach Day in Kennebunkport

April 27th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

April is one of those months in Kennebunkport, and in all of New England, that can bring weather characteristic of just about every season.  Yes, that means hot, sunny days or even those nasty cold snowy days that are reminiscent of January.  Fortunately, though, today was a gorgeous day that felt like the epitome of spring.  No, it wasn’t quite sundress and flip flop weather, but it was definitely warm enough to leave your jackets and fleeces in your room at the Maine Stay Inn.  And since I can’t imagine a better way to spend a perfect spring day in

A perfect day at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport!

A perfect day at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport!

Kennebunkport than at the beach, that’s just where I went!

Now, we all know that one of my go-to spots is the trails and fields and (of course) beaches of Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve, but I decided to mix things up and head out to Goose Rocks Beach.  Located at the northeastern end of Kennebunkport, Goose Rocks is named after the collection of rocks that sit just at the water’s surface a bit off shore and look strikingly like geese bobbing on the water.  While certainly not crowded, I did encounter a handful of others on my walk, but was startled to turn a corner and see a large group of people releasing two giant balloons into the air.  What on earth could they be doing?  As I got closer, it became perfectly clear – a wedding!  Boy, that lucky bride hit the weather jackpot!  Not only was this one of the most pristine spring days that I could imagine, but the water took on a stunning shade of aquamarine.  And as I got closer to the water’s edge and contemplated the idea of putting my feet in, I was reminded of just how clean the water is in Kennebunkport.  Now, if I hadn’t remembered that it is still April and that the last vestiges of snow melted about two weeks ago (yes, we sure had some big piles this year!), I totally would have!  Now that spring has officially arrived in Kennebunkport, it’s time to take advantage of the pristine, quiet beaches!