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What to Expect When Checking In to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

July 9th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

For some reason, newbies to B&Bs have lots of questions and anxieties about checking in to a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, so it seemed appropriate to talk about what you can expect during the check in process.  I guess the first thing to mention is that there is a front desk.  Now it may seem silly, but last week while I was trimming the Picture 4_2bushes (and literally standing in the shrubbery, goggles on, and electric trimmer in hand), an unsure couple yelled their last name and wanted to check in.  While I am a bit of a multi-tasker, I generally don’t try to do landscaping and man the front desk at the same time, so I shook off the clippings and showed them inside, where someone was happy to welcome them and introduce them to Kennebunkport. It is true that the front desk doesn’t really look like what you find at a hotel, but we do have one.  And just like at a hotel, the front desk at a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is where you’ll get your key and go for questions.  The similarities stop there!  Usually, whoever is waiting to check you in will  provide you with information about the inn and answer any questions you might have about the property. We’ll find out about when you’d like to enjoy breakfast, and, of course, if you have any special dietary needs.  Now, since we serve freshly baked cookies and beverages in the afternoons, we’ll usually offer you a little pick-me-up and get you acquainted with the area – places to eat, things to do, and ways to make your vacation extra special!  Unlike a big hotel, the person that greeted you at check in is your personal concierge during your stay.  They’ll show you to your room and help you with your bags (no tipping the bellhop, here!), but not to worry, you’re not going to have to endure a tour of the premise or hear a history of the building.  Sometimes, though, folks just want to grab a map and head to their rooms, and that is totally fine with us!  We want to make sure that you have the information you need to start your vacation off on the right foot, but if just putting your feet up and relaxing is what the doctor ordered, that is what we want for you too!  If you want a customized and personal greeting, that’s what you’ll get.  If you want the bare bones instead, that’s what you’ll get. So what you experience when checking in to a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is totally up to you!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Offers Inventive Gourmet Breakfasts

May 20th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

One of the goals at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is to make sure to provide gourmet meals that you won’t get at home, and with that in mind, we concoct inventive recipes that are sure to satiate even the heartiest of appetites!  And for that very reason, we were recently featured on “Think Tasty,” a fabulous food blog, for our delectable Savory Parmesan French Toast.  Yes, I said “savory.”  And “French toast.”  In the same breath.  Honestly, it’s one of my absolute favorite recipes!  Now this recipe may be seen by some as non-

Our very own Savory Parmesan French Toast recipe was featured on food blog "Think Tasty"!

Our very own Savory Parmesan French Toast recipe was featured on food blog “Think Tasty”!

traditional, it has become a favorite staple at the Maine Stay Inn.  We’re so honored that “Think Tasty” approves of our recipe enough to post it on their website and hope you’ll enjoy it too!

Here are the basics of our Savory Parmesan French Toast Recipe:  In a large bowl, soak 12 slices of baguette (sliced diagonally 3/4″ thick) in a blended mixture of 1 cup milk, 3 eggs, and seasoning (black and cayenne pepper, and garlic powder).  Put a dollop of butter in a 9″x13″ glass pan in a 350 degree oven until melted and bubbly.  Remove from the oven and add soaked bread, then top with about a half cup of grated (not the powdered kind!) parmesan cheese.  Remove after about 25 minutes, when the bread is gently puffed and and golden brown.  Each person gets three slices of bread, topped with baby field greens tossed in olive oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste and two poached eggs.  Sprinkle with a touch of parmesan and enjoy right away!

And trust me on this – it might not seem like it will satisfy the big league appetites in your house, I can vouch for the fact that this one is deceptively hearty!  As you may know, we always offer homemade granola as a third course, and when this gets dished up, you’ll never have room for more!  For the full details of this savory french toast recipe that’s sure to become as big of a hit in your house as it is at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, visit Think Tasty‘s website.

Kennebunkport Innkeeper Heads to Las Vegas Conference

January 28th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

One of the Maine Stay Inn and Cottage’s innkeepers has just touched down in Las Vegas for the annual PAII conference.  And, no, that’s no euphemism – she really is attending courses, seminars, and meetings!  The Professional Association of Innkeepers International holds a terrific conference once a year in different cities throughout the nation, and we never miss out on a chance to

Kennebunkport meets Las Vegas at the 2013 Innkeeping Conference

Kennebunkport meets Las Vegas at the 2013 Innkeeping Conference

learn about the ever changing hospitality industry.  So while Walter’s feeling a little jealous that Judi is skipping out on him and some light snow showers this week, he knows that she always gets a tremendous amount of information out of the meetings.  And what is she busy learning about, you might ask?  With dozens of classes ranging from cooking and social media to photography and software, there are more options than one person can take advantage of during the week.  We’ll certainly fill you in on all of the great things she’ll learn this year, but we’ll have to wait until she comes back to Kennebunkport on Friday for that!

Each year we learn about changes in technology that impact hospitality, in our office, on the web, and in guest rooms and then have the opportunity to check out some great solutions in the trade show (oh hey, iPad docking stations in our rooms).  But one of the best things is getting to meet and work with vendors that specialize in working with bed and breakfasts like ours.  Ever wonder where we find our linens?  At the PAII conference!  I mean who could buy towels without getting to feel them first?!  Or how about our awesome hand-thrown mugs that you can microwave?  Yep, we found those from Deneen Pottery, one of the sponsors of the PAII conference!  So while all of us in Kennebunkport are missing Judi this week, we know that she’s working hard to bring back awesome ideas and products to the Maine Stay Inn!

Finding the Maine Stay Inn and Cottages

July 5th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

It turns out that finding the Maine Stay Inn is a pretty easy task, but things like smart phones, navigation systems, MapQuest, and GPS have made it even easier!  Visiting us from the south is very straightforward, with I-95 cutting a path not far from Kennebunkport.  The best route into town is actually to take exit 19 and hop off in Wells.  No, I’m not crazy!  It actually is easier and faster to not get off on the exit labelled Kennebunk/Kennebunkport (that would just be too easy, right?).  So once you’re off the highway, follow the signs to Route 1 (these ones actually are correct), where you will want to go north.  After a few miles laced with

map of Maine Stay Inn and Cottages

Finding the Maine Stay Inn is a breeze!

ice cream shops and restaurants (hungry, anyone?), Route 9 East bears off to the right.  Here you’ll want to take note of the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, the Wells Reserve, and Riverhurst Farm – all must see spots for your trip to the Maine Stay Inn and Kennebunkport.  After a few more scenic miles, Route 9 takes you right through the heart of Kennebunkport and appears to come to a halt at a stop sign directly in front of the Nott House, home to the Kennebunkport Historical Society.  Turn right and travel just 8 houses further, where you will find us on your left.

For guests visiting from the north, the Biddeford exit will give you the most direct path, where you will again look for Route 1.  This time, though, you’ll want to head south.  After a rather unexciting drive, you’ll come to a stoplight surrounded by antique stores on the corners of Log Cabin Road.  A left turn puts you on a direct trajectory toward the Maine Stay Inn.  6.2 miles further and you’ll find yourself home sweet home!

But many of you will choose to let TomTom or Siri guide you, but to make them happy, you can plug in our GPS coordinates for the most accurate results.  So while roads may change and routes may be constantly “recalculating”, you’ll always find the Maine Stay Inn at 43°21′35.7582″N 70°28′22.965″W – see you in Kennebunkport!

5 Reasons to Choose a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast This Summer

May 23rd, 2012 by Judi Hauer

I hate to admit it, but I am a teeny bit biased – I just love BnBs, so staying at a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast for a summer vacation would seem like a natural choice, but it turns out that there are plenty of folks who have only stayed in big hotels.  For them, choosing to visit a B&B would stretch their comfort zone.  But as I enjoyed a leisurely jog through town today, I passed the only big hotels in town, and it got me thinking about why choosing a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, like the Maine Stay Inn, is the logical choice for a summertime (or anytime) getaway.  By the time I got back, I had pared my list down to five main reasons (and not in any particular order):

  • Location, location, location!  The fact is, that because B&Bs are smaller than hotels, you’ll get much closer to “the action”  -
    Kennebunkport harbor

    Just a block from the harbor!

    in Kennebunkport you’d be able to walk to shops, galleries, restaurants, and the waterfront from a bed and breakfast, but not if you chose one of the few area hotels.

  • Top-notch service.  Years ago, a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast might have been just that, but not today!  Innkeepers and staff members are dedicated to providing visitors with the best service possible, without being overbearing.  Not to worry, there won’t be any grannies pounding on your door, reminding you to leave room for the holy ghost here!
  • The food!  At a big hotel in town, you’re lucky to find a continental style smattering of cold muffins or pastries that you can pretty much guarantee haven’t been baked fresh, but at the Maine Stay Inn, gourmet breakfast will greet you daily!  Honestly, what could be better than waking up to the smell of freshly baking breads or rolls?  Plus, close proximity to great restaurants means that you’ll have easy access for the meals we don’t serve.
  • Peace and quiet… shhhh!  Let’s keep this our little secret, but despite being just a few short blocks from the heart of downtown, the Maine Stay sits on nearly two acres of land, which means that the grounds are nice and quiet.  Perfect for relaxing, reading, or socializing with your family!
  • Unique accommodations.  Who wants to have the same experience as the guy at the end of the breakfast table?  Not me, that’s for sure!  So with 17 different rooms, suites, and cottages, you can be sure to have something to fit your style and the experience (and price) you are looking for!

So this summer, the choice is clear – try a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast for your summer vacation!

Karen Brown and Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

November 28th, 2011 by avadmin

Although many visitors to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast arrive on the recommendation of Karen Brown and her New England Guidebook, many others have never heard of this valuable travel resource.  Honestly, it wasn’t obvious to me why so many choose to rely on Karen Brown’s expertise for guidance

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast in Karen Brown Guidebook

Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is featured in Karen Brown's New England Guidebook

when planning trips both within the United States and abroad.  All that changed recently, when I had the opportunity to speak personally with Karen and to actually read one of her books.  I can’t believe what great advice she has for planning the perfect New England tour, as well as travels across the globe.

It can often be overwhelming to plan a trip to an entirely unfamiliar area, especially with recent explosion of online review sites (with widely varying degrees of reliability), booking sites, and travel blogs.  Who is a traveler to trust?  A trip planner for 35 years, Karen Brown has written 17 guides to Europe, Mexico, and the United States, never once accepting or soliciting payment for her services.  She has actually visited every establishment she recommends, including our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  In order to keep up with today’s virtual culture, Karen Brown’s World of Travel provides extremely helpful information about lodging, restaurants, and attractions – though I must admit, the level of detail available in her books more than justifies the purchase price (e-reader users, rejoice – Karen Brown is soon to debut the new virtual version of the guidebooks).

Although the Internet can be a great resource for directions, Karen Brown will make sure you don’t miss out on the sights and attractions along the way.  Sure, weather.com can tell you the forecast for your destination of choice, but Karen Brown will even translate that into appropriate packing suggestions.

Karen Brown’s New England Guidebook does such a wonderful job of portraying the area around our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, but it is the careful suggestions and detailed itineraries for travel throughout New England for which I am most grateful.  Congratulations, Karen, for producing such a quality product and thank you again for selecting the Maine Stay Inn as one of your choice destinations!

When Walter's in Charge of Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

September 12th, 2011 by avadmin

In our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, the ladies tend to take charge of the morning routine – making and serving breakfast, brewing coffee, and getting guests set with their daily activities.  For nearly four years, Judi has been

Yep, that's Walter in an apron!

threatening Walter that one day he will be in charge of breakfast.  The threats seemed empty – until recently, that is.  As usual, Walter was taking credit for breakfast preparation and execution, and the “ladies” just had it!  So we picked a day when Walter would be in charge – Monday, September 12.
Fortunately for Walter, we had already planned the gourmet breakfast – fresh baby spinach sauteed with grape tomatoes and topped with grated parmesan cheese and poached eggs, homemade dill bread with an herb and cheese spread, and pork sausages, as well as our usual fruit started.  Just as expected, Walter announced that it would be “no problem!”  But he was sure that this was, yet again, an empty threat.  He was wrong.
The ladies bailed him out when it came to ordering supplies, but he was certainly on the hook for everything else.  Yes, Walter even had a bread-baking lesson!  Miraculously, all three loaves rose just as expected.  But Walter’s experience with baking cookies (especially gooey in the middle) didn’t seem to translate.  He didn’t really get the fact that bread has to be totally done all the way through.  I guess you could say we bailed him out again, but you just can’t serve undercooked bread!
It is a running joke in our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast that Walter seems to like his eggs basically raw, so he was forced to poach eggs with supervision – no eggs left the kitchen without confirmation that they were cooked (we’d like to avoid salmonella, thanks).  Needless to say, he certainly had a lot of “guidance” this morning - but Walter did it.  And even got compliments!  Now maybe the ladies can sleep in… Maybe not.

Farm to Table Dining in Kennebunkport Maine

July 9th, 2011 by avadmin

Before Farm-To-Table dining became the new “it” thing for restaurants, several Kennebunkport Maine restaurants offered this to their patrons.  Just down the street from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast lies Bandaloop, a small, slightly funky restaurant that focuses on utilizing local ingredients and organic products.  Their menu changes regularly so as to accommodate the freshest seasonal ingredients.  A personal favorite, I could honestly eat at

Bandaloop Restaurant

Even the red door lets you know you're in for a fun, funky dining experience at Bandaloop!

Bandaloop any (and every) night of the week.  Not only is the cuisine good for you and the environment, the preparations are incredibly inventive (when was the last time you had an egg roll with sour port wine and balsamic reduction?).  Plus, you can mix any protein on the menu with any of the signature sauces, so if you’re craving Scott’s caramelized onion gorgonzola cream sauce but aren’t feeling a Maine ribeye, try it on a

Local farms at 50 Local

Today's list of local suppliers at 50 Local

bone-in pork chop or even fried tofu (and yes, he’ll even make it gluten free by coating it in corn starch!).
But if you don’t mind driving to dinner from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, you can hit up 50 Local in downtown Kennebunk, just an 8 minute drive from Kennebunkport Maine.  A relatively recent addition to the dining scene in the area, 50 Local is owned and operated by a native of Kennebunk, and even offers produce raised right here in town!  Considering that there are only two farms (and one is more farmstand than farm), that is quite an achievement!
The restaurant who takes the cake when it comes to Farm-to-Table dining is Joshua’s Restaurant in Wells.  Joshua, the chef, was born and raised in a farming family in Wells that sold organic produce, which, to this day, supplies much of the restaurant’s produce needs.  When the farm cannot sustain the needs of patrons, Joshua and his family use other farmers in the area (organic when possible).  The small set menu allows for and ensures the freshest of ingredients are used, even in their homemade breads and ice creams.  The 6 mile drive from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is so worth it.
Honestly, the dining options in Kennebunkport Maine (as you probably realize) are terrific, but these three restaurants truly stand out in terms of their commitment to providing patrons with the freshest ingredients grown as nearby as possible.  Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast shares in this commitment, as we are working on obtaining more local ingredients daily – we’ve even planted an extensive herb garden this year!  But in the meantime, to satisfy the locavore in you, check out 50Local, Bandaloop, and Joshua’s for some incredible meals.

July 4th Weekend Events in Kennebunkport Maine

July 1st, 2011 by avadmin

July 4th weekend is full of fun and excitement in Kennebunkport Maine.  But there’s plenty of opportunity for just relaxing at the beach or reading a good book while lounging in our backyard hammock if you are in need of a quiet escape.  Of course, at our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast, we are always happy to help plan your day or just a single excursion, but here’s a peak into some of the great activities happening in the area this weekend!

  • 36th Annual Craft Fair on the Kennebunkport Maine town green.  Don’t miss this!  With over 80 juried crafters, an assortment of live music, and food, this is an event everyone should attend.  Just steps from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, you can check out the fair just after breakfast or as a post-teatime activity, as it runs from 10 to 4 (Saturday).
  • Interested in a lighthouse tour?  Check out the smallest lighthouse in Maine, Wood Island Light of Biddeford
    A Beach Near Kennebunkport Maine

    Check out these views near Biddeford Pool's Wood Island Light!

    Pool.  Tours leave at 10 and 11 am – reservations encouraged (Saturday).

  • Lobster Roll lunch and yard sale at the First Congregational Church in Kennebunkport Maine.  A perfect way to spend a summer afternoon (Saturday)!
  • Head to York Harbor for evening fireworks after dinner.  9 p.m (Saturday).
  • Bring the kids to Ever After Mustang Rescue in Biddeford for free pony rides and tours (1-4 pm Sunday).
  • Before grabbing dinner, enjoy an outdoor concert at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport Maine.  Free admission, but donations will proceed Graves Memorial Library, just steps from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast (Sunday).
  • Fireworks at 9 in Sanford or 9:30 on Short Sands Beach in York (Sunday).
  • On Monday, enjoy a bike parade and carnival at Goose Rocks Beach in the morning, and in the evening, head to Kennebunk Beach for the best fireworks display around!  Plus, best of all, you’ll be able to see the displays from Wells and Ogunquit!

This July 4th weekend in Kennebunkport Maine is sure to be a blast, so if you missed out, make sure to reserve early for next year.  Start the summer off right with a stellar trip to Southern Maine!

Recycling at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

June 30th, 2011 by avadmin

Guests at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast often ask about whether we recycle, and I always answer with a resounding, “Yes!”  While our rooms and suites might not feature those ugly, divided waste bins, all of the staff at the Maine Stay is committed to protecting the environment.  As a result, we sort through your bins each and every day,

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast recycling

Our mounting recycling pile!

recycling as much as we can.  That may seem a little icky, but we’re just that committed.
Three and a half years ago, the Maine Stay Inn didn’t recycle a single item.  As avid recyclers, it was a shock to come to a place where everything was thrown away, even returnables!  Yes, every water bottle left in rooms was sent to the landfills.  The idea of making our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast eco-friendly was a daunting task, so we started slowly.  We began simply by returning recyclable bottles and cans.  Quickly, however, that change felt insufficient, as we noticed that every milk and juice container went directly into the garbage.  Not cool.  After a trip to the local hardware store for extra large bins and spray paint, the newest addition to our recycling plan was in place.  All the kitchen and office waste that could be recycled was deposited in the bins.  Again, this made a dent.  Well, a small one.
Next we tackled the plethora of boxes which flow into our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, bringing everything fromRecycling at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast toilet tissue and teas to cleaning products and new linens.  So while we were suddenly faced with a growing (and rather ugly) pile of recycling, we realized that the aesthetic unpleasantness encountered twice a month was vastly overshadowed by the positive feedback from guests.  It makes everyone feel good to know that we are recycling.  So we took the plunge and trained our housekeeping staff on what can be recycled and what can’t.  To their credit, they are extremely diligent!
Currently we are working on finalizing the modifications that will allow our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast to become certified as an Environmental Leader.  Yes, soon we hope to be an official Maine Green Lodging Property!  So rest easily on your vacation to Kennebunkport Maine, knowing that we’re doing our part to protect the environment for posterity.