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Halloween’s Coming to Kennebunkport

October 28th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

As American as mums cabbage and pumpkin

Can you spot the creative use of pumpkins in downtown Kennebunkport?

 

It’s the end of October and signs all around Kennebunkport say that Halloween is on its way!  While many trees are still boasting some incredible fall foliage, many are shedding theirs and sporting their winter look.  But at this time of year, you’ll spot loads of mums all across Kennebunkport (and the Maine Stay Inn is no exception) and pumpkins galore.  Whether they may be perched atop scarecrows or the monument in Dock Square, you’ll surely enjoy picking them out in some unexpected places.  One of my favorite things to enjoy at this time of year is a stroll through the historic districts of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, viewing spectacular historic homes dolled up in their Halloween finest while hearing the crunch of fallen leaves under foot.  No matter how you spend your days during a getaway to Kennebunkport, you’re sure to discover why Halloween and late fall is such a great time!

Pumpkins! Yes, It’s Fall in Kennebunkport!

October 16th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Roadside Pumpkins

Snug Harbor Farm always has great pumpkins!

Throughout much of the country, fall is synonymous with pumpkins, and Kennebunkport is no exception!  You’ll find pumpkin spice lattes in area coffee shops, pumpkin creations on most restaurant and bakery menus, and on the front steps of homes and businesses across town.  You’ll even find them topping the festive scarecrows on the door steps of many stores and restaurants in the area, and the best one is floating in a row boat on the river But the best spots to see some great big piles o’ pumpkins, is at one of the great farms stands in Kennebunkport – happy fall!

 

Fall Fun in Kennebunkport Maine

September 12th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Despite the fact that the temperature over the last few days has felt more like July than mid-September, autumn really is in the air and there is tons of fall fun to be had in Kennebunkport Maine. Now we all know that leaf peeping in Maine is sort of a given.  I mean, you just have to do it.  The colors become so vibrant that you just can’t help but take note of them, and the idea of opportunities to really take in the landscape and the snap

Apple picking really is a fun fall activity!

Apple picking really is a fun fall activity!

amazing pictures always becomes a top priority.  So whether you choose to take in the scenes by land or by sea, you can’t go wrong!  Hop aboard one of the gorgeous schooners moored just down the street from the Maine Stay Inn or paddle around the coast under your own steam, the view of the changing leaves from the water is not to be missed.  Unless, of course, you decide to head out for a scenic drive or hike, because we’ve got lots of routes and destinations if that’s more your style.  But what fun would a fall getaway be if you didn’t have great activities to enjoy as well?  Don’t worry – there are tons of classically fall activities available in and around Kennebunkport Maine!

Right about now the trees in nearby apple orchards are brimming with crisp ripe fruits, and they’re just waiting for you to take advantage of this class fall activity.  What could be more fun than wandering through beautiful orchards in the autumn sunshine and gathering just the right fruits for a healthy snack or at home baking project?  I certainly can’t think of anything!  And fortunately for us, there are lots of great orchards near Kennebunkport Maine.  Just a few minutes away lies Spiller Farm, featuring orchards, vegetable gardens, and even pumpkin picking – although you’ll have to wait just a touch longer for those.  For those looking to enjoy a scenic drive, you can head out toward Limington, ME, the home of Doles Orchard, where you’ll find them in the heart of fall raspberry and apple picking season. Plus, their hay maze is sure to bring lots of fun and laughter to your trip.  And if that seems like it’s right up your alley, you can take advantage of the incredible six acre corn maze at Pumpkin Valley Farm in Dayton, ME.  But to really get in the fall spirit, you can enjoy a classic hayride and even bring home pumpkins you pick yourself for just 45 cents a pound!  And while there are countless farms in Southern Maine that bring fall spirit to life, this blog just wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Wallingford Farm just over the border in downtown Kennebunk.  They’ve got pumpkin picking and hayrides that are first rate.  No matter how you choose to spend your days in Kennebunkport Maine, you can be sure that there are lots of activities available for your fall fun during your autumn getaway.

Enjoying a Fall Getaway to a Maine Bed and Breakfast

September 3rd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

While officials say that summer is still sticking around for a few more weeks, Labor Day has come and gone and September is underway, meaning that it’s prime time for enjoying a fall getaway to a Maine bed and breakfast.  Today’s temperatures rose to around 80 and periods of bright sunshine drove many visitors to the beach for some sand and surf, just like you would during the heat of the summer, but the cool evening weather says that fall

The morning fog burned off quickly today, but not before I could snap this pic!

The morning fog burned off quickly today, but not before I could snap this pic!

really is on its way.  Yep, it’s time to break out the light jackets and thin sweaters, because you’ll certainly want one during a nighttime stroll!  And with the crisp, cool breezes, there’s nothing I like more than a moonlit walk along the water.  But one of the things I like about fall is that often a thick fog rolls in during the wee hours of the morning, so if you’re up early you can catch a glimpse of this beautiful scene before it burns off, revealing the characteristic bright blue skies.

During the fall season, there are lots of great ways to enjoy the foliage.  One of my favorite things to do in the autumn (or spring and summer, for that matter) is to cruise the coastline on an elegant sailboat, like the Schooner Eleanor or the Pineapple Ketch.  Each of these ships leave from docks within walking distance from our Maine bed and breakfast, and offer trips lasting between 90 minutes and two hours – the perfect length for relaxation and sightseeing but still leaves you with plenty of time for exploring Kennebunkport!  The local nature preserves are ideal for enjoying walks in the midst of the fall foliage, and places like Laudholm Farm or Mount Agamenticus let you enjoy views of the woods and the coastline –  setting the stage for a perfect photographic opportunity!  But no matter how you choose to spend your fall getaway, a Maine bed and breakfast is the ideal setting for a classic New England experience.

Fall Fun in Kennebunkport Maine!

October 14th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

There’s no other way to describe autumn in Kennebunkport Maine than simply awesome, and a getaway with fun fall activities is the ideal way to make it even better!  What could be better than apple picking and corn mazes, or hayrides and pumpkin patches?  Since we are very big fans of utilizing local ingredients and seasonal produce, you’ll surely enjoy some classically New England fall fare while visiting the Maine Stay Inn.  Ever had pumpkin and sage “home fries”?  They’re such a treat, and we’ll even share the

pumpkin picking in Kennebunkport Maine

Don’t forget to pick up some pumpkins!

recipe if you’d like.  So get pickin’ so you can bring some Maine flavor home with you!

Not far from Kennebunkport Maine, you’ll find Spiller Farm, where you can pick your very own pumpkins – for painting, carving, or  (my personal favorite) eating!  It’s just over the border in the town of Wells, and is a great spot at any season (berries and veggies in the warmer weather and pumpkins and a few varieties of apples in the fall!).  But for mature orchards, check out Giles’ Family Farm, just up the road in Dayton, ME.

Also in Dayton, you’ll find a fantastic corn maze spanning 6 whole acres at Pumpkin Valley Farm!  In their 11th year, you’ll be sure to have a great time – and it’s fun for the whole family.  But if you are bringing along some pint-sized visitors on your trip to Kennebunkport Maine, you shouldn’t miss out on their giant pumpkin themed bounce-house style jumping pillow.  But a little closer to your home-away-from-home, you can enjoy a horse-drawn hayride at Rockin’ Horse Stables right here in Kennebunkport!  So take advantage of the beautiful fall weather to enjoy some classic autumn activities, and don’t forget to pop in to the main house for afternoon snacks and a cup of tea or mug of coffee to warm you up from those brisk October breezes.

Exploring the Fall in New England

October 8th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Most of you know that at the Maine Stay Innwe are pretty big fans of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, and that certainly doesn’t change at this time of year.  In fact, we probably love it even more!  I mean, with the glorious colors and crisp breezes, how could we not?   Of course, we love just wandering through the seven miles of trails on this incredible piece of property, meandering down to the shoreline, where the pristine beach just begs for a stroll.  But fall in New England also means the return of some great

Celebrating fall in New England at Laudholm Farm

One of the many estuarine inlets at Laudholm!

programming, with opportunities for the whole family.  Here are just some of the great upcoming events that you’ll find at the Wells Reserve this month:

  • Wood lot harvesting – ever wonder what the right way is to deal with invasive species?  Need to clear some trees or miscellaneous fauna in your yard?  Find out from the pros how to do it right!
  • Tracking the Migration of Shorebirds in the Western Hemisphere – We all learned about avian migration in, oh, about the second grade and love when the birdies return each spring.  Here in New England the chirping come April is a very welcome sound!  But there are three bird species that have to overcome pretty substantial hinderances to their annual trek.  So check out the latest movie about their journey and learn how communities can help these critters!
  • Fun with Fungi!  I know I love mushrooms (and hope you do too), but they’re certainly not all edible, so enjoy a tour of the property while learning about native New England fungi.
  • Get your spook on with an Owl Prowl with Owl Banding.  Enjoy an evening walk and lesson in calling for owls, as well as a live demo on banding these flying friends.

Fortunately for us and for visitors to Kennebunkport, this is just a selection of some of the great events celebrating fall in New England this month at Laudholm Farm.  We hope you’ll get a chance to enjoy some of them!

Celebrating Columbus Day Weekend in Kennebunkport

October 4th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Columbus Day Weekend is upon us and with it comes some of incredibly fun fall events to enjoy in Kennebunkport.  The seasonal festivities are already underway, so if you can sneak out of work early, go for it!  Playing hooky from work Friday?  We won’t tell!  But if you find yourself in town during the morning or afternoon hours, don’t forget that you can actually tourthe Wedding Cake

a fall landscape in Kennebunkport

Enjoy a glorious Columbus Day Weekend!

House instead of just admiring it on the outside.  And with amazing weather in the forecast for tomorrow, hopping aboard one of the local multi-masted sailboats would be a great way to start off a special weekend escape.  Of course, there are always a plethora of activities and events to make your visit to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast especially enjoyable, but in case you need some extra inspiration, here is a selection of some fun things happening in the area this weekend:

  • Catch a show at the Ogunquit Playhouse!  The Buddy Holly Show is a Rock ‘N Roll musical sure to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.
  • Looking for music that’s a little more “low key”?  Check out the organ and trumpet duo at Christ Church in downtown Kennebunk.
  • All weekend long you can enjoy the arts scene of Kennebunkport with the Maine Women In the Arts Fall Fine Art Show.  Just around the corner from the Maine Stay Inn, you’ll find it at the Masonic Hall, across the street from our local Post Office.  Keep your eyes peeled for some of the artists whose work graces our walls!
  • Fall Farm Fun Day in Ogunquit brings all of the best things about fall in New England to one place.  Go for a hayride, paint some spooky pumpkins, and even make your own scarecrow!
  • Get in touch with nature at Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve as you enjoy a guided walk.  Experience the glorious fall foliage up close and personal and learn something about the miracles of foliage in New England!

All of us are looking forward to a spectacular fall weekend and fall foliage season and can’t wait to share it with you!

Early Fall at a Maine Bed and Breakfast

September 25th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

September and October are prime times for leaf peeping in New England, and there’s no better place to experience all that encompasses foliage season than at a Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Despite some unusually chilly mornings lately, the days have been absolutely ideal for exploring the Maine coastline and taking in the changing of the leaves.  The iconic coves off the Atlantic become the perfect spot to take pictures, soak in some sunshine and just frolic at the water’s edge.  But sometimes you need another spot to explore other than the beach, and any of the staff at the Maine Stay Innis happy to help you figure out where to meander next – that’s part of the fun of visiting a Maine Bed and Breakfast!  But in case you’re feeling a little shy, here are a few of my favorite fall foliage oogling spots!

Maine fall foliage

Thanks to photographer Bob Dennis for this incredible shot off Ocean Avenue!

  • Parson’s Walk along Ocean Avenue.  Where else can you enjoy incredible views of the ocean and amazing architecture, featuring historical “cottages” sandwiched by modern reproductions.  Plus, you can make pit stops along the way at the shops and restaurants scattered between our Maine bed and breakfast and the Bush family compound and stop at St. Ann’s Episcopal church for one of the best nearly 360 degree views of the water.
  • The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust properties are great for hiking, especially at this time of year, when the foliage is beginning to blaze with color.  While these leisurely hikes may have been passed over for beachfront trails during the summer, they are a must-try during the autumn months!
  • Cape Porpoise and Goat Island Light – right here in Kennebunkport lies one of Maine’s smallest lighthouses, just off the pier in Cape Porpoise.  Kill two birds with one stone for this mini-expedition, as you’ll see a scenic harbor and working fish pier, a stunning lighthouse, and the foliage ablaze on and off shore.  What could be better than that?

The Atlantic Ocean, just steps away, is constantly changing the view, and during the autumn months, the leaves on the trees are as well, and it’s so exciting!  Plus, the opportunities to capture some incredible scenes exist at every turn.  So break out your walking shoes and your camera, and we’ll see you in Kennebunkport!

New England Bed and Breakfasts Revamp Reward Program

May 2nd, 2012 by Judi Hauer

The Maine Stay Inn and Cottages is honored to be part of a select group of New England Bed and Breakfasts called Passport to New England, which helps travelers plan their trips throughout the region to some of the area’s most enjoyed vacation destinations.  All members of the Select Registry, a quality stay is virtually guaranteed, and since each property is operated by owners we know and

Passport to New England Bed and Breakfasts

Passport to New England Bed and Breakfasts meet to revamp their rewards program for tours of New England

love, we all feel more than comfortable passing on our guests (and new friends) to their next destination.  But unlike many associations, we all meet twice a year to make sure we are very familiar with these spots and to discuss how to better assist travelers on their New England tours.

Having just returned from our latest gathering, we are excited about a new “Rewards Program” set to launch in the next few weeks.  However, we haven’t been given the green light to unveil the specifics about the program, but we can say that it’s going to be a phenomenal addition to any New England tour.  Plus, great savings at these New England Bed and Breakfasts are certainly nothing to sneer at!  Now, despite the fact we haven’t dotted every or crossed each T, it is time to start planning that scenic tour of New England.  But take my word for it – making sure to visit every participating inn will definitely pay off, and, of course, add to your enjoyment of the region.