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A Taste of Summer In Kennebunkport Maine

March 18th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Kennebunkport Maine gets ready for summer

Summer, Spring, or Winter?

After a day like today, it’s hard to believe that summer isn’t already here and that spring is, in fact, just on its way to Kennebunkport Maine.  By the time we finished serving breakfast it was already well into the 50s, and more than a few guests of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast donned on shorts for a midday walk.  Granted, it was still a little too chilly for that in my book, but by lunchtime, I was definitely regretting the choice to wear corduroy pants today and had to shed layers all the way down to a tank top!  The bright sunshine and still air made it feel even warmer than it actually was, but Mother Nature was definitely giving us a taste of what’s to come, which inspired me to think back on what some of my favorite summer activities are in Kennebunkport Maine.  Now, it’s still a teeny bit to cool for a few of my faves – and by that I mean eating lobster on the beach (thanks to cold, wet sand), swimming in the ocean (ummm, it is still Maine in March), and taking a nap on the beach.  But it’s absolutely ideal for exploring the outdoors (while staying dry, of course!), so this afternoon I decided to wander down to Laudholm Farm.  While it is technically known as the Wells Reserve, that just sounds a little too formal for this incredible parcel of protected land.  Just a few minutes down the road from Kennebunkport Maine, Laudholm Farm offer trails through a variety of terrain and vistas like you can’t imagine.  Today, however, I explored some unfamiliar turf, but still ended up along the beach just as the sun was beginning to set.  Images like the one here just reminded me so much of summer in Kennebunkport Maine that I couldn’t help but share – enjoy and get inspired!

Upcoming Events in Kennebunkport Maine

August 20th, 2011 by avadmin

August is a busy month in everyone’s lives, and the calendar of events in Kennebunkport Maine is no exception!  So in between catching some rays at the beach, dining at our amazing restaurants, and checking out the new products in the adorable shops that Kennebunkport is famous for, here is a peek at some of the things that aren’t to be missed:

  • Philip H. Mathews Memorial Lobster Bake on Sunday, August 20. What’s better than a summer lobster dinner
    Kennebunkport Maine Lobster

    Lobster's on the Menu at the memorial lobster bake!

    with fireworks and dancing?

  •  Enjoy a “Life Between the Tides” walk at the beautiful Laudholm Trust in Wells (10 am, free admission) on Monday morning.
  • Tuesday also brings fantastic activities, starting with a 5k run through Kennebunk and Arundel.  The Run for the Fallen starts at 9 am and honors all the soldiers lost since 9/11.  If running’s not your cup of tea, learn about horses at the Nonantum Resort, as Blixx horses Lexxie and Fritz interact with the audience.  Itching to explore the Kennebunkport Maine coastline?  Don’t miss out on kayaking the Little River Estuary through Laudholm Trust (reservations required).
  • On Wednesday, head south to Ogunquit for adventures in the arts – gallery tours, exhibits, and workshops.  Or head north for a horticultural walk at Scarborough Marsh or Music in the Park in Biddeford.
  • Thursday brings another awesome guided walk through Laudholm Trust, as well as a celebration of its 25th anniversary.  The 38th Annual Sidewalk Art Show and Sale commences in Ogunquit with over 70 artists – not to be missed!

But like I said, this is just a peek – it’s up to you to decide what to do on your vacation to Kennebunkport Maine!

A Lazy Day – Getting Takeout in Kennebunkport

August 15th, 2011 by avadmin

In a town like Kennebunkport Maine that is full of incredible restaurants and food shoppes, it is hard to imagine feeling so relaxed or slothful that only takeout or delivery will do.  But Saturday was one of those days!  Victoria (a fantastic

Kennebunkport Maine Beaches

Lunch without ever leaving your spot!

member of the staff at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, as well as a friend) and I prepared to close up for the evening while we waited to greet the last few arriving guests.  A light rain was just beginning and the sky grew dark, so together we were dreaming about our ultimate comfort foods. Suddenly we looked to each other and knew we just had to have some!  Deciding to indulge, we turned to Lower Village Takeout, because we certainly couldn’t leave the inn and abandon our guests.
So a half hour later, a bag of thick french fries, a buffalo chicken pizza, and two greek salads showed up at our front desk.  “Which room?” the delivery guy asked.  “Uhhh… Here is fine!”  We snatched the bag and tore into it.  We were not disappointed.  The small pizza had just the right proportion of cheese and sauce, with plenty of kick from the buffalo sauce, which was offset by the container of ranch dressing, conveniently provided.  The fries were good, but exactly as expected.  I’ve got to give them credit, though, because they arrived hot – something that’s hard to do with fries!  But the icing on our takeout “cake” was the non-authentic Greek salad we had both been craving.  With oodles of iceberg lettuce, slices of hothouse tomatoes, sliced olives, and, of course, feta, it was exactly what I wanted.  The only better thing I could have imagined was eating it on the beach.  Oh, wait!  Now you can!  Yup, Lower Village Takeout delivers to the beach!  So the next time you don’t want to give up your parking spot or drag the kids away from their sandcastles, you can order and soda, subs, and salads will be on their way to you without ever leaving your beach towel!  Somehow I think a day at the beach in Kennebunkport Maine just got better.

A Kennebunkport Getaway Before School Starts

August 7th, 2011 by avadmin

It’s hard to believe that, while August has just barely begun, many people are facing the dreaded “back-to-school,” so instead of squandering summer, it’s time for a vacation to Kennebunkport Maine!  To make your summertime getaway

Kennebunkport Maine Beach

Now who could pass this up?

even sweeter, we’ve decided to offer 15% off stays from August 28 through September 2 when staying for two nights or more. That means that a fantastic escape could start at just $194 per night!  As always, we’ll include gourmet breakfast daily, afternoon tea and freshly baked snacks, and everything you need for a trip to the beach.  Plus, what better time is there to enjoy breakfast served on our wraparound porch?  It’s the perfect spot to watch Kennebunkport Maine wake up with a steaming mug of coffee or tea (or cocoa, if that’s your preference!).
Whether you’re taking the opportunity to reconnect with your other half, relax with the whole family, or just unwind after a whirlwind summer, Kennebunkport is the perfect destination!  The beaches are begging for sandcastles, seaside naps, and frolicking, and our scenic streets are ideal for meandering.  But, best of all, this quaint New England village is sure to bring you back to a simpler time. A visit to the Seashore Trolley Museum, with its antique and vintage trains and trolleys (yes, you can even ride the rails on these beautifully preserved trams), is a must for old-fashioned fun.  Nothing, however, revives yesteryear quite like the horse-drawn carriage rides through the historic district, home to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  As you clip-clop past beautifully preserved historic mansions you’ll learn about the rich past of the area and some of the quirky characters that made Kennebunkport Maine such a unique place!  So to de-stress before the school year begins, there’s no better destination than the Maine Stay Inn – don’t miss out!

Last Week of June Rates in Kennebunkport Maine!

June 23rd, 2011 by avadmin

It’s hard to believe that we are entering the last week of June, but that means that special rates in Kennebunkport Maine are soon to disappear!  Although this evening was a little on the chilly side, the warm summer weather is soon

Boats in the Kennebunkport Maine Marina

The boats are sittin' pretty!

to return to the area, so make sure you take advantage of this incredible season and the low, low “Shoulder Season” special this month.
The beaches are looking lovely, with the long stretches of sand begging for bare feet and sandcastles.  And while the sea changes with every moment, the waves beckon swimmers and waders alike.  The docks and marinas that line the downtown waterways are full of beautiful boats (though I don’t know anything about them, they sure are fun to look at!).  Even the kayakers are out and about enjoying Kennebunkport Maine!
One of the best things about June vacations are the plethora of things to do – festivals and fairs, performances and exhibits, and awesome activities!  But if you’re not looking for structure, there’s nothing better than relaxing on the beach or in our backyard. Don’t miss out on the final days of our outta-this-world special, and head to Kennebunkport Maine to jump start your summer vacation!

The First Day of Summer in Kennebunkport Maine

June 21st, 2011 by avadmin

Parsons beach Kennebunkport Maine

Beautiful in Bloom!

The summer solstice in Kennebunkport Maine was met with spectacular weather, which just begged for a visit to the beach.  Parson’s Beach is a personal favorite, particularly in the evening.  Yes, the beach is especially lovely, but its shortage of parking means that desertion is practically guaranteed.  The beach roses (Rosa rugosa) are in full bloom and emanate a deliciously soft odor that I have associated with summer for as long as I can remember.  A short, sandy path through the flowering bushes leads down to the water, which, even on the first day of summer, was barely sprinkled with people.  During my evening walk, I passed perhaps a half dozen people, all of whom left by the time the sun set over the dunes.  In all honesty, Parson’s Beach is probably the most romantic spot in all of Kennebunkport Maine. Fellas, that hint’s for you!
As the light began to fade and the sun set behind my back, the air remained warm on my face. I returned to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast still enjoying the colors of the evening sky.  Yes, summer has officially arrived in Kennebunkport Maine!

Sunset in Kennebunkport Maine

Summer Sunset over the Beach Grass

Top 10: June in Kennebunkport Maine

June 10th, 2011 by avadmin

Kennebunkport Maine is a wonderful town to visit at any time of year, especially once the weather has warmed.  And with temps reaching into the high 80s this week, June is certainly one of those times!  Granted, I might be a little biased, but there are millions of reasons that Kennebunkport Maine is the ideal spot for a getaway.  Here’s a peek at my top ten:

10. June means lower rates and better deals.  Our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast offers incredible reduced rates during the entire month (with the creation of a new “Shoulder Season” starting at just $169 per night), and many area activities and restaurants offer incentives to travelers (and residents) – follow us on Twitter for retweets of the best deals around.

Parson's Beach Kennebunkport Maine

Sunset at Parsons Beach

9.  Cool nights, and I don’t just mean fun!  In June, evenings are generally a little cooler than they are in July and August, which is great, because that means you’ll be very comfortable when snuggling with your special someone in front of your gas fireplace.  Plus, it’s the perfect temperature for shorts and a light sweater – my favorite!

8.  Restaurants are less crowded, which is always a win-win situation.  Smaller crowds mean better service and shorter (or non-existent) waits at your favorite Kennebunkport Maine restaurants.

7.  Parking at Parsons Beach.  With barely a dozen spots to park, we only dare to send summer guests on bikes, early in the morning or near sunset.  But in June, you’ll be able to claim that primo location.

6.  Soft-shell lobsters.  While the restaurants might tell you that hard shell lobsters are the thing to choose, I find that the soft-shell variety tend to have sweeter meat.  Plus they’re easier to break into – no crackers required!

5.  Great flowers.  It might not seem like an important thing, but when all the gardens in Kennebunkport Maine are in bloom, there’s no prettier sight!

4.  Nunan’s Lobster Hut and the Clam Shack are open!  ‘Nuff said.

3.  Breakfast on the porch.  There’s nothing more relaxing that dining on our wraparound porch each morning, listening to the birds chirp and the horse-drawn carriage clop by.

Kennebunkport Maine Bridge picture

A beautiful June afternoon!

2.  Peaceful beaches.  There’s ample opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sands that grace Kennebunkport Maine shorelines, and in June there’s little risk of tripping over abandoned  sand toys.

1.  It’s beautiful!  And I mean spectacularly beautiful.  But you will just have to visit and see for yourself, and, of course, create your very own “Tope Ten” list!

Yank's Franks: A Twist on Tradition

May 22nd, 2011 by avadmin

What could possibly be better than an amazing grilled hot dog on summer afternoon in Maine?  A gluten-free hot dog (well, the bun, I mean)!  I have spent half my life pining after that simple treat, and now I can enjoy a wiener along with everyone else, thanks to Yank’s Franks.

The doors opened on Saturday, May 21, 2011 for the first time this season, and they debuted a variety of new menu options, all of which I am sure are fabulous.  But I cared about only one: their gluten free buns.  So a 11:15 a.m., I

Yank's Franks

Now Offering Gluten Free Buns!

strolled in, where I found a line already. And they only opened at 11!  So instead of ordering my usual – a Yank’s Frank with no bun, pickle on the side, I got the works (on a gluten-free bun, of course)!  I could barely contain my excitement, bouncing onto my toes just enough to draw the curiosity of the other patrons.  Janice and George Yankowski, owners of Yank’s Franks (and former innkeepers at the Maine Stay Inn in Kennebunkport), kindly came to my rescue, explaining about their newest addition, which was making me positively giddy.  When I told them I hadn’t had a real hot dog since I was twelve, they understood my eagerness.

Frankly, I was beyond thrilled that when warming my bun they did not put it on the grill with the other buns (risking potential contamination), even though I chose a grilled dog.  Great job, guys! But the best was yet to come.  I couldn’t even tell the bread had been nuked – it was soft, fluffy, and delectable! The perfect complement to my already mouth-watering hot dog.  I just don’t know how they do it!  These frankfurters are the best I have ever eaten.

I quickly devoured this summer treat, smothered in just the right amount of diced onion, ketchup, pickles, and seasoning, and on my way out the door exclaimed, “This made my day!”  Janice and George chirped that they were glad to hear it and chuckled, without really understanding my joy.

Today, after recommending Yank’s Franks to a gluten-free guest, she returned, raving about her experience.  And walking away, she turned back and said, “It just made my day!”  You don’t have to be gluten free to appreciate this fantastic spot for a classic hot dogs, but if you are, don’t miss out something that is sure to make your day – a gluten free Yank’s Frank.

 

A Maine Bed and Breakfast Summer Vacation

May 5th, 2011 by avadmin

It’s not too often that someone’s perfect summertime vacation  is the same when they’re three as when they’re 23, but for me, that’s the case – hands down, I would pick a Maine Bed and Breakfast!  For as long as I can remember, my parents have taken me to BnBs, but from the time I tasted my first lobster, I have had an affinity for Maine. When I

A Kennebunkport Maine Sunset

A Summer Sunset

visited Kennebunkport Maine at age 15, I knew I had found my perfect vacation spot – and obviously I would choose an inn or B&B.  Now a local, I’ll give you 10 tips for what I would do during my perfect summer getaway to a Maine Bed and Breakfast:

10. Eat lots of lobster.  Lots.  Some people express that they become “lobster-ed out.” Personally, I don’t get it.  I could eat lobster every day, but if you do, there are oodles of other options fresh from the sea – don’t miss ‘em. But when you choose indulge, don’t crack into one at a fancy Kennebunkport Maine restaurant.  Do it right and have it cooked at the local fish market or go to one of our lobster shacks.

9. Catch a sunset from the bridge joining Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Maine.  It’s stunning, and it’s incredibly close to a passel of great spots for dinner or dessert!

8. Go for a bike ride.  The area around our Maine Bed and Breakfast is packed with incredible historic homes, featuring amazing architecture, as well as glimpses of the Maine coastline.  Fill your lungs with fresh salt air while you work up an appetite (more lobster anyone?), and enjoy some of the things that make Kennebunkport a quintessential New England town.

7. Explore Kennebunkport’s art galleries and community art center.  The area’s connection to the artistic community is one of the things that sets Kennebunkport apart from other resort towns, so don’t miss out!

6. Play a game of bocce ball in the backyard of our Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Not your cup of tea?  How about volleyball?  If you’re looking for some extra relaxation, the hammock or reclining lounge chairs and a good book might beckon.

5. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride.  No, they’re not just reserved for fairy tales and the royal wedding.  There is

This so says "Summer in Maine"!

something so relaxing about the clip-clop of horse hooves and the swish of their tails.  So turn off your smartphone and step back in time – plus you’ll get a chance to hear the history of the area, but only if you want to!

4. Check out some lighthouses.  I can’t figure out exactly why they are so captivating, but they are!  You can’t go inside very many, but I could stare at them for hours.  Something about the history behind the buildings and the fact that they still stand, despite centuries of assault by the sea, makes them magical.

3. Choose to have breakfast on the porch.  It’s the perfect opportunity to savor gourmet breakfast in the sea air and watch this sleepy New England town as it wakes up.

2. Enjoy our phenomenal beaches!  Most of the Maine coast features rocks and cliffs that aren’t exactly foot-friendly, but Kennebunkport Maine offers miles of soft, sandy shoreline.  Parson’s beach, just over the bridge in Kennebunk, is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen.  Please don’t miss it.  Since there is only parking for a handful of cars, hit this spot by bike or at off-peak hours, like the early morning or in the late afternoon.

1. Choose to stay in a Maine Bed and Breakfast!  You’ll get much more bang for your buck, and the whole staff will dedicate themselves toward making sure your vacation is absolutely perfect.

Granted, these are just my favorite things to do on vacation in Kennebunkport Maine, and I don’t claim that these things are going to make the perfect vacation for you.  Now it’s your turn to visit this incredible area and compile your list.  And please share!

 

Summertime Bring Sweet Treats to Kennebunkport Maine

April 30th, 2011 by avadmin

In Kennebunkport Maine, the return of ice cream means the return of summer – and by that I mean that my favorite spots for a cup or cone have now opened, all just minutes from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a good, healthy meal, but sometimes a girl’s gotta have ice cream!  Honestly, though, what’s better on a hot summer night than a double scoop dribbling down the sides of a waffle cone as you sit by the ocean?  That’s just around the corner (in terms of time and geography)!

kennebunkport maine desserts

Cookies in the afternoon and ice cream after dinner - sounds good to me!

So when you’re visiting our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast this summer, make sure not to skip the best places for ice cream.  Two staples sit just a few blocks away in downtown Kennebunkport Maine.  If you prefer cups to cones (or are watching your figure), test out Roly’s English Fudge.  Don’t let the name deceive you, because it dishes up some of the best gelato around!  Decadent and creamy, gelato has fewer calories and fat than ice cream, so it’s the ideal option for an evening treat, even if you’re regretting that extra cup of chowder or three pound lobster from dinner.  Plus, it’s just delicious!

Only about 12 houses separate the Maine Stay Inn from a New England staple – Ben & Jerry’s.  So this summer, when you’re craving some Chunky Monkey to top off your Berry Berry Extraordinary vacation to Kennebunkport Maine, don’t pass up on a cone.  Or cup, whatever you like.  Plus, even though Ben & Jerry’s is a chain, it’s made in New England, so you’re still supporting the local food movement!

But sometimes nothing will do but a DQ (who doesn’t love a rhyme now and then?)!  Their soft and creamy blends may only come in two flavors, but there’s always something for everyone.  Located in downtown Kennebunk, this American favorite might be off the beaten path, but is still less than ten minutes from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  So indulge in a candy packed Blizzard as you say “hello” to summer!

The hometown hero when it comes to ice cream is Big Daddy’s, located in Wells, Maine.  The last of my faves to open, it’s well worth the wait.  Everything is homemade – even the peppermint stick – and you can absolutely tell.  The ice cream here is so good that I dream about it all winter long, even when it’s snowing.  But they’ve opened for the season, reminding me that summer is almost here!  So plan your vacation to Kennebunkport Maine today.  And don’t forget the sign as you cross into Maine “the way life should be” – in my book, that means calorie free, so leave ‘em at the border!