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What to Expect at a Maine Bed and Breakfast

June 3rd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

As someone who has stayed at B&Bs since childhood, I am always surprised at how many folks never have, so it seems like a good idea to talk about what you can expect when staying at a Maine bed and breakfast.  Quite a few people have this idea that staying at a bed and breakfast is kind of like staying at your grandmother’s house, and while that was apparently kind of true back in the day (and by that I mean before I was born), it certainly isn’t the case today.  In fact, BnBs are often just as swanky and professional as high end hotels, but on a smaller scale.  As far as decor goes, though, styles run the gamut, and that is certainly something that holds true at the Maine Stay

You can even have breakfast in the privacy of your own suite!

You can even have breakfast in the privacy of your own suite!

Inn.  I mean, you could choose to stay in an updated traditional room in the main house, or you could choose a bold modern cottage suite or anything in between.  One thing you won’t find?  Doilies.  Many people planning their first ever trip to a Maine bed and breakfast are worried about noise, but there’s no need.  And without those characteristic long hotel hallways, you’ll actually experience much less sound transmission than in a hotel.  In fact, there’s only one thing guests report that draw them out of their cozy beds in the morning – the smell of breakfast!

Which brings me to a very important topic – food!  It seems like a lot of people are worried about having to get up too early in the morning, and since our Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast has multiple seating times, there’s no need to lose any beauty sleep.  Plus, if you’re uneasy about sharing a table with strangers, guests in the Cottage suites and Deluxe fireplace suite 12 in the main house can have breakfast delivered to their door.  Or during the warmer months, you can stake a claim on one of the tables for two on our wraparound porch.  But I digress.  Breakfast is not served continental style and it’s definitely more than just muffins and juice.  In fact, our two or three course gourmet breakfast is carefully crafted daily to provide inventive cuisine with a balance of nutrients to keep you fueled throughout the day. No need to worry if you’re a food allergy sufferer or on a special diet – our chef is more than happy to accommodate dietary needs (gluten-free diets are our particular specialty!) as long as you give us a few days notice.

You can expect to enjoy many of the same amenities at a Maine bed and breakfast as you would at a traditional hotel.  You’ll find flat screen televisions, hair dryers, and personal care products, but you’ll also find things like iPod/iPad docking stations, bathrobes, complimentary DVD rentals, and free WiFi.  Free.  And yes, you’ll have your own bathroom.  While many seem to be worried that they might have to share, that is a feature of the past and every room or suite has its own en-suite bathroom.  But there is something that really sets Maine bed and breakfasts apart from a hotel and that is personal attention.  By that I mean attentive staff that want to help you make your getaway as perfect at possible, assisting with everything from finding the ideal restaurant or suggesting running routes to booking your spa appointments or helping stage a romantic proposal.  Even your room shows special care, as every room is decorated individually, so no two are alike!  While I could write an entire book about BnBs, hopefully this addressed some of the myths about this branch of hospitality and helped paint a better picture about what to expect at a Maine bed and breakfast!

















































































































































Passing Along the Red Chair to Another Maine Bed and Breakfast

August 25th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

The last few days have been lots of fun as we welcomed the traveling Red Chair to Kennebunkport and the Maine Stay Inn.  But all good things have to come to an end, an this is no exception, as we prepare to pass it along to another Maine bed and breakfast.  It seems funny to give this slightly worn red chair a crash course in visiting Kennebunkport, but it sure has been a blast!  It’s taken a

Kennebunkport St. Ann's Church

The red chair at the door of St. Ann’s Episcopal church

tour of Dock Square and stopped at the “Welcome to Kennebunkport” sign; it’s been to the beaches (but not gone in the water – we’ve got to save some of that bright red paint for others to enjoy!) and out to Cape Porpoise.  It’s been photographed by the Bush estate and the anchor honoring George H.W. Bush’s contributions to the United States.  It’s been on jetties and rocky crags, on hillsides and on river banks.

So today, after joining us on the porch for breakfast, we decided to take the red chair one last place before we pass it along to another Maine bed and breakfast.  And given the absolutely spectacular weather we experienced this morning and afternoon, we decided that it should visit St. Ann’s Episcopal church for a little look-see.  Visiting turned out to be a real treat, as it’s been quite a while since I last checked it out.  No wonder couples wait years for the opportunity to marry inside – it’s just incredible!  But regardless of religious preference, the church’s historic edifice and amazing location meant that it was ideal for picture taking.  Next on the agenda?  Stopping by to experience one of their outdoor services… right along the coastline! Unfortunately, that will have to wait for another visit from the Red Chair, as we pass it off tomorrow to another Maine bed and breakfast.

Summertime Improvements at a Maine Bed and Breakfast

July 18th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

At your average Maine Bed and Breakfast, summertime doesn’t bring much in terms of changes – trimming bushes, touching up paint, or fixing those problems that just crop up now and then – but the Maine Stay Inn is no average B&B!  We’re working on projects daily and, of course, keeping on top of those daily issues (think a rattling air conditioner or a loose toilet seat).  This

We’ve been working on the gardens, and the day lillies are loving it!

summer we’ve debuted some great new lawn and porch furniture, with more to arrive shortly – absolutely fantastic for soaking up some sun in our wonderful backyard.  The gardens have seen some major overhauls and expansions, with a host of new plants that should bring some great color and texture to the landscape.  And as we speak, we’re in the middle of two sizable projects in the yard – creating a peaceful retreat in the side yard between cottage suites 5 and 6 and removing the old foundation and “sunken garden” from the backyard.  Trying to save the existing perennials while leveling the area is proving to be a fun adventure!

Inside our Maine Bed and Breakfast, too, the changes keep coming!  The living room renovation is finally complete, and we’ve even brought in a flat panel TV so that we have a good spot for casual Olympics watching.  Can you believe the Opening Ceremonies are just days away?!  Even the kitchen has seen some big changes, with new cabinets, a fresh color scheme, and a brand new ceiling!  Of course, we couldn’t stop there, could we?  Of course not!  So with tech-friendly changes in mind, we’ve added iPad docking stations to more rooms and even brought a bigger flat screen to Captain Walker’s Suite 16.  So now you can flip on your favorite station in the morning and brew yourself a cup ‘o joe, because we’ve even brought in your very own Keurig coffee brewer.

But as you know, we’re not a Maine bed and breakfast known for sitting on our laurels, so stay tuned for more changes inside and out as the summer progresses.  Stay cool!