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Maine Restaurant Week 2014

March 6th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

Maine Restaurant Week is one of my favorite times of year in Kennebunkport, and it is finally back again!  Not only is it a wonderful way to test out new restaurants or enjoy different options at some old favorites, but it’s also an excuse to order more than you normally would and enjoy leftovers for #Maine Restaurant Week´s Kickoff Signature Event is tonight in Portland!lunch!  And again this year, quite a few restaurants in Kennebunkport and the surrounding area are participating in 2014.  But unlike other restaurant weeks throughout the country, the entire state is participating, so no matter whether you stay nearby or go day tripping, you’ll have tons of great options!  As usual, Maine Restaurant Week is held from March 1 to 10, and that gives you plenty of time to indulge in loads of amazing meals.  And one of the best things about Restaurant Week is the three course prix fixe menus that get rolled out, so for $25, $35, $45 (and one for $55), you can enjoy a carefully crafted meal that is great for the wallet.  Plus, with many of the restaurants serving lunch, you can get a steal of a meal for just $15.

But whatever your reasons are for indulging in an evening of dining out, Maine Restaurant Week (until March 10) is sure to satisfy all of them!  And with our Third Night Free Special in full swing, visiting during this great culinary event means that you can enjoy a relaxing getaway that is perfect for your budget, without sacrificing any of the luxury you expect from Kennebunkport and the Maine Stay Inn. So don’t miss out on your chance to try any of the amazing participating restaurants during this year’s Maine Restaurant Week.

Celebrating National Clam Chowder Day in Kennebunkport

February 26th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

chowder @ clam shack

Every day can be National Clam Chowder Day in Kennebunkport!

While New England is certainly known for its clam chowdah, it recently came to my attention that Tuesday was National Clam Chowder Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate than in Kennebunkport Maine!  I mean, honestly, unless you’ve got a shellfish allergy, chances are very good that you’ll enjoy a cup or bowl of this semi-solid deliciousness before heading out of town.  It helps that almost every restaurant in the area has their version on this New England staple on the menu.  In fact, I can only think of three places in town where you can’t find a bowl of clam chowder on the menu! (And one’s a Mexican place, one’s a Thai restaurant, and one specializes in Asian fusion.)

None of us at the Maine Stay Inn would be willing to say where we think you can find the best  chowder in Kennebunkport, but that’s simply because everyone likes theirs a different way – thin vs. thick, fishy vs. potato-y, smokey or not.  And there really are no two places in town that concoct their chowdah the same way, so National Clam Chowder Day seems like a perfect opportunity to test them all out!  With that in mind, it’s time to meander on over to Alisson’s Restaurant in Dock Square or Federal Jack’s overlooking the marina or Pier 77 in Cape Porpoise…. or all three!  But no matter where you turn for a nibble or nosh, you’re sure to find great clam chowder in Kennebunkport Maine!

Watching the Superbowl in Kennebunkport

January 28th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

The Peace Hat in Maine (With Sea Dog Blueberry Ale)

There are lots of places to grab a locally brewed beer and watch the big game in Kennebunkport Maine!

Although many visitors to Kennebunkport ME are bummed that the New England Patriots won’t be strutting their stuff during this weekend’s Superbowl game, I know that won’t squelch their passion for watching the big game. You can be sure that there will be lots of viewing parties across town this Sunday, and while some will choose to watch from the comfort of their own rooms or sitting by the fire in the living room of the main house, there are tons of Kennebunkport restaurants to watch with a gang.  Every year Federal Jack’s BrewPub draws a big crowd for Superbowl Sunday, and this year certainly won’t be an exception, because of its large number of big screen televisions, beer brewed on site, and extensive munchies on the menu. Now Fed’s might take the cake for the number of televisions and largest bar, but Alisson’s Restaurant is the closest spot to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  So even though Fed’s is certainly within easy walking distance, folks planning to indulge in game-time noshing (think fried goodies like chicken tenders, potato skins, and wings galore) that they’ll wash down with a few brewskis might choose Alisson’s instead… or even hop from one to the other during a commercial break (not that anyone would want to miss those!).  But these big guys aren’t the only Kennebunkport restaurants to catch the game.  Both Pedro’s and The Ramp have great bars for watching sports on television, but the food offerings here, while less characteristic of your neighbor’s Superbowl party, are truly excellent.  Plus, who wouldn’t want a great margarita while watching this great match up?  So don’t stress because Kennebunkport Maine has  tons of great spots to watch the Superbowl this Sunday!

Sports Bars in Kennebunkport for World Series Watching

October 24th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

I am probably breaking some kind of cardinal rule in New England by writing this blog while the Red Sox are playing in the World Series, but I realized that not everyone knows where to find sports bars or similar settings in Kennebunkport. And while I enjoy watching the game all curled up in a cozy bed or sofa, I know that a lot of people live for the group dynamic when lots of people are cheering together.  Given how fanatical New Englanders are about their Red Sox, there are more than a few sports bars to grab a drink and cheer for your team.  St. Louis fans, just keep your jerseys under your jacket.  When you’re visiting, you won’t just be confined to your room or the living room at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, so here’s a selection of great local spots to cheer for your favorite team (as long it’s one from New England – kidding, kind of):

Don't miss the World Series in Kennebunkport!

Don’t miss the World Series in Kennebunkport!

  • Federal Jack’s is definitely a favorite spot, because with a dozen or so big screen TVs you’re sure to get your fill.  Plus, as the home of shipyard ales (with seven different homemade brews tapped directly from the brewery below), and a huge assortment of other draft beers, you’ll find just the thing to quench your thirst!  And with their big menu of traditional pub food (and more sophisticated entrees as well) there’s lots to satiate you, even if the game goes into extra innings.
  • Alisson’s Restaurant, located at the very center of Dock Square, just a stone’s throw from the Maine Stay Inn, features quite a few TVs and a great bar.  Plus, their assortment of finger food is just as extensive as that at Fed’s.
  • You’ll find a small gathering of local folks at Pier 77‘s the Ramp, which, while only offering 2 viewing screens, has a great homey atmosphere.  Looking around, you will find the walls and ceilings plastered with vintage sports memorabilia, which just adds to the viewing experience.  And with standout food choices, this the Ramp is a great spot for the non sports fan and the enthusiast alike.
  • Looking for something a little different?  Check out Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant in Lower Village Kennebunk.  The food’s pretty stellar (and not at all like commercialized Mexican eateries) and their margaritas are out of this world.  So pull up a seat at the bar and enjoy!
  • While the bar areas are not too big at Tia’s Topside and Ryan’s Corner House, both are sure to draw a good crowd for the World Series.  Plus, since you can walk from the Maine Stay, you can grab a beer or two and not worry about hopping in the car.

And, really, this is just the tip of the iceberg!  So instead of wishing you had an “in” for World Series tickets, you can sit back, enjoy a drink and some finger food, and watch the big game in Kennebunkport.

Finding Great Lobster in Kennebunkport During the Winter

October 21st, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Finding great lobster in Kennebunkport is probably at the top of nearly every visitor’s list (except you shellfish allergic folks – I send my condolences), and visiting during the winter months doesn’t change that.  And surprisingly, it doesn’t make it much harder!  But yes, I said it.  The W word.  And while there is still tons of

Cold weather won't hamper your chances of finding great lobster in Kennebunkport!

Cold weather won’t hamper your chances of finding great lobster in Kennebunkport!

glorious fall weather to enjoy, the days are getting a bit shorter and the temps a bit cooler.  I for one am always reluctant to admit that fall will undoubtedly fade into winter and I will have to eventually break out a real coat.  And mittens.  But there is one thing that always jars me into acceptance, and it happened this past weekend.  Nunan’s Lobster Hut closed for the season.  Don’t fret!  There are still lots of spots to enjoy that perfect Maine lobster you’ve been craving, and you won’t have to venture far from the Maine Stay Inn to enjoy it.

  • For the next few weeks, you can still get that old fashioned lobster shack experience at Mabel’s Lobster Claw on Ocean Avenue, or the down home Maine feel at Arundel Wharf, just a block from the Maine Stay.  Both offer that traditional charm you think of when you think of classic Maine.  Once the weather gets too cold for them to keep their pipes from freezing, pop over to Mike’s Clam Shack in Wells for that old fashioned flair.
  • You can almost always count on Federal Jack’s to be serving, and since they keep tanks for lobsters, it’s a spot that has never disappointed when it comes to delivering a fresh, hot old fashioned lobster dinner.  Even in January!
  • David’s Kennebunkport also whips up a mean lobster dinner within walking distance.  And by that I even mean walking in the snow kind of walking distance.  Seriously it’s like 2 minutes away.  It will take longer to warm up the car than get there on foot.  Plus, they earn big bonus points in my book for a stellar water view.
  • In the heart of Dock Square, just a hop, skip, and a jump from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, you’ll find Alisson’s Restaurant, which is almost as consistent as Federal Jack’s when it comes to operating hours.  So while you won’t get a great water view, you can pop in for a quick (and award winning) lobster roll that’s sure to satisfy.
  • In Cape Porpoise, situated right on the harbor, you’ll find Pier 77 and the Ramp, which offers breathtaking views of Goat Island lighthouse and Kennebunkport’s fleet of lobster boats.  And great lobster.  Obviously.

Now, I know that this just barely scratches the surface of places to get great lobster in and around Kennebunkport, but it’s a handy list to keep in mind during an off season visit – now get eating!

Gluten Free Bakery Options Come to Kennebunkport Maine

October 15th, 2013 by Judi Hauer


A new coffee shop and bakery comes to Kennebunkport!

A new coffee shop and bakery comes to Kennebunkport!

Kennebunkport Maine restaurants have done a great job jumping on the gluten free bandwagon, but the coffee shops and bakeries have been slow to meet the demand.  Earlier this year, Mornings in Paris, an “old world” style coffee shop located in the heart of the Old Port of Portland, opened a new location here in Kennebunkport Maine.  They’ve brought a tremendous assortment of teas and coffee varieties, great WiFi (for free), and delicious treats to town.  But since the Maine Stay Inn has oodles of tea and coffee available 24 hours a day and bakeries and gluten free diets generally don’t mesh well, a visit to Mornings in Paris was not at the top of my to do list.  This weekend, though, an old friend dropped by for a visit, so we decided to go for a stroll through Kennebunkport Maine and enjoy the glorious fall weather.  After exploring town and taking lots of pictures of the fall foliage, we decided that a warm beverage was just what we needed, so I finally got to cross off this item on my “to-do” list!

The outdoor bistro tables and market style umbrellas set the tone for a relaxing and inviting afternoon respite.  After opening the doors, a wave of wonderful spices and the aroma of freshly brewed coffees got my appetite going.  Much to my surprise, there were quite a few gluten free treats available!  How could I have ignored these gluten free treats all

... and they have gluten free treats!

… and they have gluten free treats!

summer?!  With cookies, whoopie pies, and cupcakes available, I felt like a kid in a … bakery!  The only thing that I needed to complete my afternoon rendezvous was a warm drink to hold during my walk along the ocean, and while the Pumpkin Latte was getting rave reviews, I needed something a little lighter to wash down my gluten free indulgence, so an Oolong tea fit the bill nicely.  While I chose to take my nibbles to go, the inside eating areas were comfy, cozy, and interesting to look at – no plain white walls here.  So even during weather that’s not quite as ideal as yesterday, Mornings in Paris is going to be a great spot for an afternoon cup o’ joe.  So all of us at the Maine Stay are happy to welcome the Mornings in Paris Bakery and coffee shop to Kennebunkport Maine and love their gluten free options!

Celebrating National Pizza Month in Kennebunkport

October 2nd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

So while October might be known for its candy corn and fun size candy bars, it is also National Pizza Month and Kennebunkport has lots to offer in the way of pizza pies!  And while we could choose something like salad or soup to keep our blood sugar from surging, pizza is just so much more fun – and since it’s the food of the month, we’re just being festive.  It’s like a rule or something.  Right?  Fortunately, there are options for every pizza palate right here in Kennebunkport!  So here are just a few of the spots where you’ll find some stellar slices!

  • Owen’s Farmhouse – While this favorite is located over the river (but not through the woods!) in


    downtown Kennebunk, it’s more than worth the short drive from the Maine Stay Inn.  With inventive toppings, including homemade sausage, and creative salads on the menu, this is a great spot for some casual digs.  Plus, they’ve even got gluten free pizzas to enjoy!

  • Federal Jack’s BrewPub – An all-American menu wouldn’t be complete without some cheesy, gooey, piping hot pizzas, and Fed’s doesn’t disappoint.  Although they call their regular pizzas “flatbreads” and their gluten free option “pizza” – it’s all the same to me.  Bread. Sauce. Cheese. Yum.
  • Abbondante – this Italian Trattoria would not be complete without some authentic pizza pies, now would it?  Even though this converted New England barn has kept its casual, unpretentious atmosphere, this new Kennebunkport restaurant channels its Italian roots so well, but you’ll have to taste it for yourself!
  • In the heart of Dock Square, you’ll find some tasty pizza options at Alisson’s Restaurant, Atlantic Pizza, and some upscale “flatbreads” at One Dock.  All three offer great locations, and some different flavors that will round out your pizza tasting perfectly!

With all these great options, who even needs an excuse like National Pizza Month to indulge?  Nah, I’ll still take an extra reason to enjoy an indulgent slice (or two…or five…)!  But no matter where you choose, Kennebunkport is lucky to have so many different and creative twists on an old fashioned favorite!

Greater Kennebunks Restaurant Week is Coming!

September 20th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

We're welcoming Greater Kennebunks Restaurant Week to town!

We’re welcoming Greater Kennebunks Restaurant Week to town!

For the first time ever, the incredible restaurants of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are teaming up to present the Greater Kennebunks Restaurant Week, starting this Sunday, September 22, 2013 until the 28th!  While we absolutely love Maine Restaurant Week (and any excuse to try fun new spots), we’re stoked that nearly all of the area restaurants are participating in this inaugural event.  So not only is fall foliage season upon us, but the restaurants are also showing us their true “colors” by whipping up a three course meal for participants this week.  Each restaurant chooses their price point (either $25, $35, or $45), and plans a special menu accordingly.  And how could you ask for more?  I mean most entrees would normally put you darn close to those prices, so how could you possibly turn down a full three courses for such stellar deals?  I certainly know that I couldn’t!  So this week, I better hit the streets and beaches with my running shoes, because I think there’s going to be some hearty eating going on! Fortunately, though, lots of the participating restaurants are within comfortable walking distance from the Maine Stay Inn, so that means I’ve got just one more excuse to dig into dessert this week.  But whether you choose to enjoy the full three courses or opt to select a la carte from each of the Kennebunkport restaurants regular menus, there’s no way to go wrong.  And since so many restaurants are choosing to participate in the first ever Greater Kennebunks Restaurant Week, you’ve got countless options for enjoying some stellar eats at superb prices.  This new event is sure to be a hit, and in anticipation, they’ve set up a great website with information on the participating restaurants and the head chef in each location.  But all of us at the Maine Stay are happy to help make recommendations based on your personal preferences and reserve a table at the restaurant of your choice.  So don’t miss out on Greater Kennebunks Restaurant Week starting this Sunday, September 22!

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!

Enjoying the Perfect Lobster Dinner in Kennebunkport

September 1st, 2013 by Judi Hauer

While I can’t think of a single restaurant in Kennebunkport  where you can’t get some kind of lobster at dinnertime, there are very few spots I would say serve the perfect lobster dinner.  Now let’s be real – this is Maine. So chances are good you’ll get good lobster just about anywhere.  But as a lifelong lobster connoisseur (seriously, just ask my mom), I will tell you that there is an immense difference between a decent lobster and a knock your socks off, craving inducing, must drive hundreds of miles just for this, kind of lobster.  And one of those incredible finds is just up the

Found: a perfect lobster dinner at Nunan's Lobster Hut in Kennebunkport!

Found: a perfect lobster dinner at Nunan’s Lobster Hut in Kennebunkport!

street from the Maine Stay Inn at Port Lobster.  Now, this is not your average restaurant.  In fact, it’s not a restaurant at all.  But this fish market does cook up the freshest lobsters you could ask for.  So when visiting Kennebunkport, it’s a great idea to pack your own gourmet lobster picnic to enjoy by the water.  Hop on over to Cape Porpoise kitchen to pick up a bottle of wine, some amazing cheeses, and an assortment of off the charts sides to complete your feast.  Then pick up your hot and steamy lobster to enjoy wherever you like!  We’ll happily supply the cracking equipment – just ask!

Looking for an old fashioned lobster dinner that you can walk to?  Check out Mabel’s Lobster Claw, just a ten minute walk from the inn.  And while it’s not on the water, its old school flare is pretty neat.  But the hands down favorite when it comes to Maine lobster is Nunan’s Lobster Hut.  You may have to drive, and you may wait in line (they take no reservations), and you may have to pay cash (sorry, plastic not accepted), but it is SO worth it. Not only is the atmosphere exactly what you think of when you think of a charming lobster pound,  they know exactly how to make every lobster spot on.  That’s probably because they basically just do lobster.  They fish it, they catch it, and they cook it!  Honestly, it’s heaven on a plate.  Rather, it’s like heaven times two, because you’ve got to get the twin lobster special option – it’s the best buy around.  Then top off your meal with a hearty slice of homemade blueberry pie ala mode. Yummmm.  So when visiting Kennebunkport on the hunt for the perfect lobster dinner, you’re sure to find your ideal meal not far from the Maine Stay Inn.