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Kennebunkport Historical Society Hosts Fundraiser

August 17th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Today was a very exciting day on Maine Street, as the Kennebunkport Historical Society hosted a family friendly daytime fundraiser.  Last month, former President George H.W. Bush found himself all over the news, as he and his secret service staff appeared in photos with shaved heads.  It was quite a sight!  But the story behind the image was even more heartwarming.  The two year old son, named Patrick, of one of the President’s security detail was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and after undergoing treatment, the toddler lost his hair.  As a show of support for little Patrick, 41 and his staff shaved their heads too!  Patrick’s Pals was set up for folks who heard the story to donate funds to support his ongoing treatment.

But today, the newly christened First Families Museum at White Columns, just up the street from the Maine Stay Inn, opened its doors and donated all proceeds to Patrick’s Pals.  Formerly known as the Nott House, the White Columns mansion is the crown jewel of the Kennebunkport Historical Society.  It has recently been revamped to celebrate the history of the founding families of Kennebunkport, as well as the Bush Family legacy in town.  Not to worry, though, the incredible architectural and design history has been well preserved!  And to make the event even more fun, the Historical Society held badminton and croquet in the side lawn.  Visitors and locals alike flocked to this historic mansion for a great day and a heartwarming cause.  They certainly couldn’t have asked for a better day to hold this great event, because the skies were a brilliant blue, without a cloud to be seen, and temps hovering just around 80 degrees – positively perfection!  Visitors certainly enjoyed the outdoor events, hanging around for hours, sometimes just to watch the fun, and we at the Maine Stay are certainly hoping that this resulted in off-the-charts donations for little Patrick and his family.  We’re so grateful to the Kennebunkport Historical Society for hosting such a fun and worthwhile fundraiser!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts Prepare for Garden Party

June 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Guests enjoy complimentary limo service to the Kennebunkport bed and breakfasts!

Guests enjoy complimentary limo service to the Kennebunkport bed and breakfasts!

Now that the Kennebunkport Festival is underway, a group of Kennebunkport bed and breakfasts are busy preparing for this weekend’s Garden Party.  Tomorrow, guests of any of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport can enjoy complimentary limo service from inn to inn.  They’ll get an opportunity to explore each of the very unique properties while socializing with other visitors to the area.  Plus, at each of these Kennebunkport bed and breakfasts, they will find refreshing beverages (both adult and otherwise, depending on the location and predetermined menu) and a selection of delectable treats!  At the Maine Stay Inn, visitors will be treated to a true Maine classic – the whoopie pie.  And while we’re serving the traditional devil’s food cake with fluffy marshmallowy filling, we will also be serving “reverse” whoopies with tender golden cake and an ultra-rich chocolate buttercream, and a third variety that will just have to be a surprise!  For the past few weeks, we’ve had many testing sessions and competitions judged by our guests to help select their favorites, and it’s taken all of my willpower to not joke about “making whoopie” – but tonight and tomorrow morning will be filled with making whoopie…pies, that is!

Last year’s Garden Party was a phenomenal success, and serenaded by the musical stylings from the Kennebunkport Festival‘s Brews and Tunes held on the town green just a block away, do all of the participating Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts are thrilled to bring it back this year!  Plus, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy some of the offerings of the Kennebunkport Festival without committing to any of the high ticket events.  But as an aside, food and wine lovers who frequent festivals like this one know that the schedule of events provides an intimate setting for incredible selections of culinary creations and locally crafted spirits.  Stay tuned for an update on the Kennebunkport Festival and the Garden Party hosted by the Kennebunkport bed and breakfasts!

The Kennebunkport Festival 2013 is Coming!

May 29th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Now that the Memorial Day festivities have passed, we are gearing up for The Kennebunkport Festival 2013.  Each year in early June, food and wine enthusiasts from all around the country flock to Kennebunkport for this new celebration of fine food, wine, and art.  In a spectacular setting, of course!  This festival kicks off summer with delectable events sure to appeal to your palate, ranging from intimate dinners in some of the most spectacular private homes in the area to a boisterous bash featuring locally brewed beers and hot new artists

Limo picking up guests for the Garden Party during last year's Kennebunkport Festival

Limo picking up guests for the Garden Party during last year’s Kennebunkport Festival

to the Maine music scene.  The dining scene in Kennebunkport, as with much of coastal Maine, is red hot, with tons of new restaurants opening under the guidance of top notch chefs, and during the Kennebunkport Festival, the best of the best from other areas of the state are visiting town.  But even if you don’t choose to partake in the exclusive private dinners catered by some of the biggest names in food, you can still take advantage of special festival dinners with prix fixe meals at our favorite restaurants in town.  That means that you can get a “taste” of an elite food and wine festival without committing to any of the bigger ticket events.

But whether you choose to partake in any of the organized events or not, guests choosing to stay at the Maine Stay Inn will enjoy our second annual Garden Party with all of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport.  That means that visitors will enjoy tasty treats and beverages at each of the inns, but those choosing to imbibe at the selected inns (it’s complimentary, of course!) will also enjoy a chauffeured ride from inn to inn.  Safety first!  Last year’s inaugural Garden Party was such a hit, that we’re eagerly awaiting this year’s fun.  Plus, with a variety of whoopie pies on the menu, we’re going to make sure to bring our appetites.  But even if you choose to join in the fun with some of the ticketed events to the Kennebunkport Festival, this younger event means that you can still enjoy a world class food and wine festival starting at just $15 per event.  No matter how many or few of the 2013 Kennebunkport Festival events you take part in, you’ll be sure to feel the exhilaration of this incredible food and wine festival!

A Look Back on Historic Inns of Kennebunkport Events in 2012

January 12th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

It’s about that time of year when the innkeepers of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport gather to look back on the joint events we held in the previous year and put together a plan for the coming year’s functions.  And I can honestly say that there wasn’t a single gathering that wasn’t a blast!  So that’s where you come in – we’d all love feedback on your favorites and what sounds like the most fun to you!

During the month of February, the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport, along with the restaurants, shops and galleries have created “February is For Lovers,” a month-long celebration of romance in the area.  And while there are no specific dates or parties, all of

Historic Inns of Kennebunkport Garden Parties during the 2012 Kennebunkport Festival

Historic Inns of Kennebunkport Garden Parties during the 2012 Kennebunkport Festival

us team up to inject romance into your stay all month long!  And in March we had events up the wazoo.  Despite warm winter weather, we held our annual maple syrup weekend with tours of a syrup farm and maple infused recipes.  A few weeks later, we held our annual cookie tour – a traveling open house of all of the Historic Inns featuring each property’s signature cookies.  At the Maine Stay Inn, we offered our incredible chocolate chip delights, as well as gluten-free dairy-free treats to cater to food-allergy afflicted visitors (but they were so delicious that everyone chose to indulge as well!).  Several of the inns, the Maine Stay included, are also part of a group of select bed and breakfasts called Select Registry, and this group produced a progressive dinner.  As guests from all the inns migrated from inn to inn, they enjoyed complimentary soups, salads, desserts, and and an assortment of beverages and small nibbles while socializing with other visitors.  Such fun!

Later in the spring, we held a traveling Garden Party that coincided with the Kennebunkport Festival, a celebration of fine food, fine wine, and fine art.  Guests enjoyed open houses at each property, hors d’oeuvres, sweet treats, an assortment of adult beverages, as well as specialty teas and refreshing drinks.  But, because we wanted everyone to indulge without worry, we provided complimentary limousine services between all of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport.  And best of all, there was a live music performance being held on the town green that provided a great musical backdrop for many of the parties!

Fast forward a few months, and the group offered a great celebration during Veteran’s Day with food, drinks, and art displays available for all of our guests to enjoy.  Then, during Christmas Prelude, the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport held their annual charity open house – a festive afternoon activity with tasty nibbles at each property and a chance to tour each inn and a few guest rooms!  But this year, we brought back our new favorite event.  “A Walk to Bethlehem” reenacts Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn, featuring candle-lit caroling, selected readings, and, of course, a fun filled barn reception when the manger is finally found.  Barnyard animals and costumes make the experience extra special.

Phew!  The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport really have been busy in the past year, but now we need your help for suggestions for new events and whether we should make changes to any of our past favorites!

Upcoming Events in Kennebunkport Maine

July 13th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Kennebunkport Maine is full of fun activities throughout the year, but this weekend offers an exceptional number of exciting things to do – both indoors and out!  And while the weather is forecasted to be phenomenal, some of the indoor options might just be what the doctor ordered when you need a break from the sun, which is something I certainly need in order to not look like a lobster (that particular shade of red is excellent on my plate, but not on me!).  So here’s a sampling of some of the great events happening around town and the nearby area this weekend:

  • Tomorrow morning, ambitious visitors can jump in to Nicole’s Run, a 5k course along Kennebunk Beach, benefitting Caring Unlimited, a non-profit aimed at preventing domestic violence and assisting sufferers in need.  Plus, you can sneak in your
    summer evening in Kennebunkport Maine

    Enjoy a glorious summer weekend filled with great events in Kennebunkport Maine!

    morning run while benefitting a great cause and still be back for breakfast at the Maine Stay Inn.

  • If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, try the guided bird walk at Laudholm Farm.  Since it starts at 7:30, you can make our 9:30 or 10:00 breakfast options with no problem!
  • Later in the day, you can explore the 18th Annual Private Gardens of the Kennebunks Tour or check out the Designer Show House at the Kenneth Roberts Estate.  Either way, you’ll get to enjoy some of the most spectacular homes and gardens in the area, though with the garden tour, you’ll have to settle for being a pepping Tom!  No medicine cabinet poking allowed!
  • Closer to your home away from home (that is what we strive to be, after all), you can hit up the book blowout at the Graves Memorial Library or the gallery show at Home Away, featuring Lakota inlay artist, Kevin Pourier.
  • And if you’re hankering for some cultural refinement, check out the opening artists’ reception at the True North Gallery in Kennebunkport Maine or the Dance By the River, hosted at the Kennebunk River Club, just up the street.
  • Sunday is Moxie Day at the Seashore Trolley Museum and features Moxie model railroads and memorabilia – a day not to be missed!
  • Cap it off with a Broadway Revue on Sunday evening at the Colony hotel – the perfect opportunity to enjoy live music and a cocktail on a glorious summer evening!

As always, though this is just a smattering of the incredible things to do in Kennebunkport Maine and is definitely not anywhere close to an exhaustive list, so let us know what interests you, and we’ll happily guide you!

HBO Documentary “41″ Premiers in Kennebunkport

June 13th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Over the last week or so, there has been a flurry of activity not far from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfastat the Bush family compound, and it certainly warrants a bit of attention.  Not only did George H.W. Bush just celebrated his 88th birthday, but the Navy just completed construction of the USS George H.W. Bush, a Nimitz-class supercarrier.  Honestly, I have no idea what that

Bush Compound

The Bush Estate has been buzzing with activity this week!

means, but I am pretty sure it means big, powerful, and pricey!  But after a small, contained vacuum cleaner fire at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, it set sail on its way to Kennebunkport, where the former President  took a helicopter from his estate to the ship.  It apparently came close enough to shore that you could see it very clearly, but, of course, I missed that incredible photo-op! Nevertheless, this was a momentous occasion, especially because it was the first time in naval history where such a ship was commissioned for a still-living namesake.

But what seemed to cause an even greater stir this week was the premier of the HBO documentary “41,” which took place on the grounds of St. Ann’s Church.  An easy walk from the Maine Stay Inn, many visitors took the opportunity to stroll by.  Of course, security was tight, but the unimaginably large tent was visible from the Kennebunk Beaches and was quite a sight to behold when viewing from Ocean Avenue.  Now, the rest of us will just have to wait for the public airing of this supposedly wonderful film, but fortunately, the wait’s not too long – it runs on HBO tomorrow night!  For a preview, check out the trailer here on HBO’s YouTube channel.  I don’t know about you, but I will certainly be watching – even if only to catch a glimpse of Kennebunkport “back in the day!”