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New England Bed and Breakfasts Receive the “Red Chair”

August 23rd, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Many of you know that the Maine Stay Inn has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a very special visitor – the traveling red chair.  It began its journey on Cape Cod, and has since traveled to many New England Bed and Breakfasts, experiencing iconic destinations

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Can you spot the fisherman in the background?

throughout the region.  Over the past few months, it has spent three or four days at a time relaxing at B&Bs throughout the area.  As the hosts of the red chair, we have just a few obligations – to show treat the chair as a cherished guest, showing them all around our community, and take pictures of the red chair enjoying the setting.

So on day one (today), I began to get used to some of the weird looks I got,I hauled this rather heavy wooden red chair through town.  Because the weather was glorious, I decided that this was a great excuse to go to the beach.  And, since I was feeling

especially adventurous, I decided to introduce the chair to Colony beach for a shot on the jetty.  Unlike our human guests, though, I was worried that the salt water might damage the finish, so I placed it just outside the reach of the waves.  Considering that this image was taken from a dinky little iPhone camera, it’ pretty impressive that this little Red Chair takes such a good pic!  That just goes to show you how spectacular the coastline and New England Bed and Breakfast destinations really are.  So stay tuned for more images and explorations of the Red Chair during this visit to our New England Bed and Breakfast!

The Red Chair Makes Journey Across New England Bed and Breakfasts

August 9th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Move over Flat Stanley, the Red Chair is the newest travel icon and it is coming to Kennebunkport!  Where travelers once held photos of Flat Stanley in unusual places, photographers now shoot photos of a humble red chair. Long considered simply a place to rest one’s buttocks, the lowly wooden chair has been elevated to celebrity status, and is being welcomed at New England Bed and Breakfastsand inns. It’s all part of a consciousness raising experiment among New England innkeepers, and soon the chair will

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The Red Chair visits New England Bed and Breakfasts!

be making its way to Kennebunkport and the Maine Stay Inn. Look for images to come of all the staff shooting images of the Red Chair at some favorite places like Dock Square and the Kennebunkport beaches, as well as the around the Maine Stay.

Throughout the spring, the Red Chair developed a personality of its own being photographed by innkeepers in communities from one end of Cape Cod to the other.  You can follow the Red Chair’s travels on www.RedChairTravels.com where inspiring photos
of the Red Chair can be seen from beaches to bandstands across New England.  It all started last winter with a single image.  Woods Hole Inn innkeeper Beth Colt posted a picture on Facebook of her simple red chair perched on the ice behind her house and watched her page light up with “likes”. The picture was shared on the Facebook page of Julie Ann Cromer, a photographer from Santa Barbara, CA, who was inspired by the image to visit the Inn. Colt blogged about the chair and soon interested fans were asking for more.  This inspired Colt to share the chair with other innkeepers, sending it on a journey through towns and villages throughout Cape Cod last spring. As innkeepers all over the Cape were inspired by the chair it has taken on a personality of its own.  Look for tales of the Red Chair’s travels to us later this month, and you’ll be able to read about our experience with the chair right here! And, of course, we’ll be posting lots of fun pictures with the Red Chair on Facebook as well.  So stay tuned for our adventures and (hopefully) some great pics around Kennebunkport and our New England Bed and Breakfast!

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

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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.