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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!

Kennebunkport Hotels to Host Garden Party

May 7th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

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Garden Party joins Kennebunkport Festival 2012 itinerary!

For many, the Kennebunkport Festival serves as the area’s official kick-off to summer, and this year instead of sponsoring an event, several small Kennebunkport hotels and inns have teamed up to host a progressive Garden Party.  Much like a “round robin” or progressive dinner, guests of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport can enjoy a chauffeured tour of each of the unique gardens and lush lawns, and in a limo, no less!  Yes, a limo!  But while most of the inns are within close proximity, but a few require hopping in a car or on a bike, and these Kennebunkport hotels know that after a glass of wine or two, that might not be such a good idea.  So instead, we’re making sure you end up at your destination safely!

Because this great event will be held on the afternoon of June 9, 2012 (from about 3 to 6 for all of you planners out there), the gardens should be rich with flowers and foliage and temperatures ideal for lounging about.  Some of the inns will be serving complimentary wines and nibbles, while others, like the Maine Stay, will 0ffer a tea-tasting.  With warm and iced varieties of different blends and tea time treats (and not just our famous cookies!), the assortment will be ideal for a summer afternoon.  So mingle with visitors and innkeepers alike while resting up for an evening of Kennebunkport Festival activities at each of the participating Kennebunkport hotels and inns – it’s sure to be fun and worry-free!

Christmas Prelude is Underway in Kennebunkport Maine

December 3rd, 2011 by avadmin

Kennebunkport Maine is alive with the activities of Christmas Prelude, and tonight is no exception! Now that the tree has been lit with its signature lobster topper, town looks particularly festive.  That

Christmas Prelude Tree Topper in Kennebunkport Maine

The signature lobster-topped tree in downtown Kennebunkport Maine

said, this time of year is always especially cheerful, with Christmas trees lining the downtown area, light posts wrapped in garlands, and historic homes (including our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast) sparkling with their Christmas lights.  In 2010, over 9,000 people lined the streets to celebrate the 29th anniversary of Christmas Prelude, and while the total for 2011 hasn’t been tallied yet, estimates are that the 30th year was an even bigger hit!

This afternoon’s activities featured a multitude of craft fairs, shopping extravaganzas, art shows, and, of course, the signature Crazy Hat Parade.  We strolled leisurely from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast downtown, feeling sorry for the lines of traffic unknowingly driving (or attempting to drive) through Dock Square, as the streets were barricaded for over an hour for this annual event. On the bright side though, they got front row seat to this fantastic event!  Crowds lined the street (akin to a miniature version of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade) while several hundred enthusiastic folks donned on the most ridiculous costumes and hats you could imagine.  Laughter and cheering followed each group, and children were rewarded for their patience and cooperation with candy canes!  For a full recap of images, check out our Facebook album dedicated to Christmas Prelude 2011.

The incredible array of activities continue well into the evening and throughout tomorrow, but if you didn’t make it this weekend there is still some availability to join us next weekend for Prelude Round 2!  Tonight many will enjoy the candlelit caroling at the Franciscan Monastery, festive dinners at our fantastic area restaurants, dancing in Cape Porpoise, and live music.  Now, we’re off for lobster dinner at the Washington Hose Fire Station for an old fashioned lobster bake!  Hope to see you there!

Enjoying Autumn in Kennebunkport Maine

October 17th, 2011 by avadmin

Though Columbus Day has come and gone, the glorious fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maineis still in tact, and, in some cases, yet to reach its peak.  So now you can visit coastal Maine at lower prices (thanks to the “Shoulder Season” Pricing special at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast) and still enjoy the beautiful scenery that characterizes fall in New England!  There’s tons to do in

fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maine

Gorgeous fall foliage image courtesy of Symphony999

this vibrant, yet quaint, seaside village throughout the year (think hiking, biking, beach walks, and carriage rides), but in case you need some inspiration for your getaway, here is a peek at some of the awesome activities coming up in the area:

  • Friday marks the beginning of the 8th annual OgunquitFest.  Spend a day or just a few hours just south of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast enjoying classic fall festival activities with a twist.  Yes, you’ll get your fill of a scarecrow contest, haunted house, and pumpkin decorating, but you can also oogle at a classic car show and the unique Bridge to Beach Bed Race!
  • Looking to stay a little closer to “home”?  Downtown Kennebunk’s Harvest Fest 2011 offers a 5k Road Race, Scavenger hunt, pumpkin painting, hay rides, and live music on the new (and finally about to open!) bridge spanning the Mousam River. Plus, you’ll get the opportunity to witness the ribbon cutting on the new bridge, which will now improve traffic flow up and down Route 1 – less traffic is always great when enjoying your vacation!
  • You can even tap your inner artist with a Relief Printing Workshop at River Tree Arts.  Offered from 10 AM to 2 PM, you can enjoy breakfast at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast and still sneak in an afternoon nap or bike ride!  You’ll be introduced to relief media in printmaking with single and multiple block woodcutting.
  • Missing Fido?  Check out the Canine Fashion Show at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport Maine.  Even pet-less folks will be sure to get their share of laughs at this event, and best of all, it is a fundraiser for the Animal Welfare Society!
If none of these events strike your fancy, check out some of the dozens of other events in the area featured in the Tourist News or Seacoast Online.  Plus, Kennebunkport Maine is so spectacular at this time of year, there’s no reason to not just relax and do nothing, because you’ll still be enjoying the incredible scenery!

Just Around the Corner: the Kennebunkport Festival

May 27th, 2011 by avadmin

With Memorial Day Weekend off to a great start, all of us in Kennebunkport Maine are looking forward to next week’s exciting event – the Kennebunkport Festival.  This kick-off to summer has been around for several years under a variety of names, including Arts in the Inns and the Kennebunkport Fine Living Festival, but this year the reins have been turned over to Maine Magazine.  Despite all the changes, the Kennebunkport Festival is celebrating the start of the summer season with a five-day party honoring the best of Maine living – incredible food and wine, warm hospitality, fantastic artwork, and an amazing destination – Kennebunkport Maine.

From May 31-June 5, enjoy the finest things in life (while some events have sticker prices to match, others are free!) in a destination you already know you love – or one you are just beginning to discover.  The beauty of the Kennebunkport Festival is that you can pick and choose your involvement – stay for five days and indulge in outstanding private dinners in area mansions, or come for a night and enjoy great craft beer and live bands.  There’s something for

Summer in Kennebunkport Maine

Summer in Kennebunkport - it's a beautiful thing!

everyone!  Some folks might favor events like Oysters and Pearls or the Grand Tasting, while others may prefer the lively After parties at some of Kennebunkport’s hippest restaurants or Brews and Tunes (sponsored by the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport, of course!).

And don’t forget, ticket holders will receive 50% off their third night at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, perfectly located to enjoy all of the Kennebunkport Festival!  Walk to great dining (and, more importantly, the rockin’ After parties), live musical performances, and phenomenal tastings sure to excite your palate.  But don’t neglect your other palette – your artistic one!  With amazing artists and galleries filling the town, you’re eyes won’t be neglected. We hope you’ll join us next week for this incredible event – enjoy!