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Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Kennebunkport

June 22nd, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Since I was one of those kids that would try (and almost always love) anything you put on my plate, the idea of hunting for restaurants with kids’ menus is pretty foreign, but fortunately for families visiting Kennebunkport, there are quite a few great options for pint-sized visitors.  Inspired by a little guy visiting us with his family this week, I decided to look into menus that are

view from Tia's Topside in Kennebunkport

A view of the river from Tia's Topside

specifically designed with kids in mind, because while most Kennebunkport restaurants are happy to tailor their offerings for simpler palates, there aren’t that many who put out a special selection available to kiddos.

A relatively recent addition to the Kennebunkport dining scene, Tia’s Topside has jumped on bandwagon, offering a gluten free and a kids’ menu!  A short walk from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, Tia’s overlooks the inlet and river in Dock Square.  So while the parents can enjoy an elegant meal in a lovely atmosphere, their tykes can tuck into a special serving of mac & cheese or chicken fingers.  Slightly off the beaten path in Cape Porpoise lies Lucas on Nine, a family favorite with a hard-to-find specialty – cooking veggies exactly right!  So while  the menu doesn’t stand out as being unfriendly for children, the availability of a kids’ menu is sure to please even the fussiest eaters!  But despite not having a designated childrens’ menu, the offering at Nunan’s Lobster Hut, bears mentioning.  And while likely designed for finicky eaters in mind, the presence of gooey grilled cheese or a piping hot hot dog on their limited menu certainly calls to many of our little friends.  But despite the short list of places catering to kids, there are countless restaurants in Kennebunkport that happily adjust their regular menu to meet the needs of Maine Stay Inn guests who can’t yet see over the counter.

Are They Ready? Bringing Children to a Maine Bed and Breakfast

June 16th, 2011 by avadmin

At our Maine Bed and Breakfast, our adult guests are often surprised to find that we welcome families with small children in our Cottage Suites.  Their initial shock usually gives way to more bewilderment – that they weren’t aware

Kid Friendly Bed and Breakfast adirondack chairs

We've even got mini Adirondack chairs for our mini-guests!

that kiddos were around.  Yep, they couldn’t even hear them!  Generally this leads to a conversation whether our littlest guests are usually this good (yes) or how parents decide that their kids are ready for the Maine Bed and Breakfast experience.
Since I am not a parent, I don’t know exactly how the thought process goes, but after countless conversations with guests, as well as those who decide their children aren’t ready, I feel as though I can make a decent guess.  The number one deciding factor seems to be whether they can sleep through the night.  If they can’t, parents just don’t subject others to their plight.  The second most common thing I have observed is that the kids who visit a Maine Bed and Breakfast don’t tend to have screeching meltdowns.  That’s not to say they don’t have meltdowns at all, but they just tend to be more tearful and subdued than anything else.  I suppose the overall trend is that our pint-sized visitors are mature and well-behaved.  Now I suppose that could be attributed to the parenting styles adopted by BnB goers or to the nature of the child – take your pick! (But I like to thank the parents!)
The question I ask parents who are contemplating bringing children along is really the deciding factor: can they create their own fun and entertainment or do they need incredible amounts of external stimulation?  If your biggest concern is where they closest miniature golf or amusement park lies, then your little ones likely aren’t ready (give ‘em a tad bit longer). Now, Kennebunkport Maine is known for its glorious beaches and great dining, so if the kids are fans then you should be in the clear.
Families with children under 12 will enjoy breakfast delivered to their door or the back yard bistro sets.  For child-less guests that means peace and serenity at the table (though probably not when Walter’s serving), and for families, that means no “inside voices” lectures or getting everyone out of jammies and set for the day.  Speaking of breakfast, don’t let gourmet breakfast be a turn-off when traveling with kids – at our Maine Bed and Breakfast, we always stock kid-friendly cereals and are happy to deliver any available side dishes they might like (or like to try).
So if your kiddos fit the bill, then bring them on up – it’s time to experience a Maine Bed and Breakfast!