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Finding Great Lobster in Kennebunkport During the Winter

October 21st, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Finding great lobster in Kennebunkport is probably at the top of nearly every visitor’s list (except you shellfish allergic folks – I send my condolences), and visiting during the winter months doesn’t change that.  And surprisingly, it doesn’t make it much harder!  But yes, I said it.  The W word.  And while there is still tons of

Cold weather won't hamper your chances of finding great lobster in Kennebunkport!

Cold weather won’t hamper your chances of finding great lobster in Kennebunkport!

glorious fall weather to enjoy, the days are getting a bit shorter and the temps a bit cooler.  I for one am always reluctant to admit that fall will undoubtedly fade into winter and I will have to eventually break out a real coat.  And mittens.  But there is one thing that always jars me into acceptance, and it happened this past weekend.  Nunan’s Lobster Hut closed for the season.  Don’t fret!  There are still lots of spots to enjoy that perfect Maine lobster you’ve been craving, and you won’t have to venture far from the Maine Stay Inn to enjoy it.

  • For the next few weeks, you can still get that old fashioned lobster shack experience at Mabel’s Lobster Claw on Ocean Avenue, or the down home Maine feel at Arundel Wharf, just a block from the Maine Stay.  Both offer that traditional charm you think of when you think of classic Maine.  Once the weather gets too cold for them to keep their pipes from freezing, pop over to Mike’s Clam Shack in Wells for that old fashioned flair.
  • You can almost always count on Federal Jack’s to be serving, and since they keep tanks for lobsters, it’s a spot that has never disappointed when it comes to delivering a fresh, hot old fashioned lobster dinner.  Even in January!
  • David’s Kennebunkport also whips up a mean lobster dinner within walking distance.  And by that I even mean walking in the snow kind of walking distance.  Seriously it’s like 2 minutes away.  It will take longer to warm up the car than get there on foot.  Plus, they earn big bonus points in my book for a stellar water view.
  • In the heart of Dock Square, just a hop, skip, and a jump from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, you’ll find Alisson’s Restaurant, which is almost as consistent as Federal Jack’s when it comes to operating hours.  So while you won’t get a great water view, you can pop in for a quick (and award winning) lobster roll that’s sure to satisfy.
  • In Cape Porpoise, situated right on the harbor, you’ll find Pier 77 and the Ramp, which offers breathtaking views of Goat Island lighthouse and Kennebunkport’s fleet of lobster boats.  And great lobster.  Obviously.

Now, I know that this just barely scratches the surface of places to get great lobster in and around Kennebunkport, but it’s a handy list to keep in mind during an off season visit – now get eating!

Celebrating National Pizza Month in Kennebunkport

October 2nd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

So while October might be known for its candy corn and fun size candy bars, it is also National Pizza Month and Kennebunkport has lots to offer in the way of pizza pies!  And while we could choose something like salad or soup to keep our blood sugar from surging, pizza is just so much more fun – and since it’s the food of the month, we’re just being festive.  It’s like a rule or something.  Right?  Fortunately, there are options for every pizza palate right here in Kennebunkport!  So here are just a few of the spots where you’ll find some stellar slices!

  • Owen’s Farmhouse – While this favorite is located over the river (but not through the woods!) in


    downtown Kennebunk, it’s more than worth the short drive from the Maine Stay Inn.  With inventive toppings, including homemade sausage, and creative salads on the menu, this is a great spot for some casual digs.  Plus, they’ve even got gluten free pizzas to enjoy!

  • Federal Jack’s BrewPub – An all-American menu wouldn’t be complete without some cheesy, gooey, piping hot pizzas, and Fed’s doesn’t disappoint.  Although they call their regular pizzas “flatbreads” and their gluten free option “pizza” – it’s all the same to me.  Bread. Sauce. Cheese. Yum.
  • Abbondante – this Italian Trattoria would not be complete without some authentic pizza pies, now would it?  Even though this converted New England barn has kept its casual, unpretentious atmosphere, this new Kennebunkport restaurant channels its Italian roots so well, but you’ll have to taste it for yourself!
  • In the heart of Dock Square, you’ll find some tasty pizza options at Alisson’s Restaurant, Atlantic Pizza, and some upscale “flatbreads” at One Dock.  All three offer great locations, and some different flavors that will round out your pizza tasting perfectly!

With all these great options, who even needs an excuse like National Pizza Month to indulge?  Nah, I’ll still take an extra reason to enjoy an indulgent slice (or two…or five…)!  But no matter where you choose, Kennebunkport is lucky to have so many different and creative twists on an old fashioned favorite!

Enjoying the Perfect Lobster Dinner in Kennebunkport

September 1st, 2013 by Judi Hauer

While I can’t think of a single restaurant in Kennebunkport  where you can’t get some kind of lobster at dinnertime, there are very few spots I would say serve the perfect lobster dinner.  Now let’s be real – this is Maine. So chances are good you’ll get good lobster just about anywhere.  But as a lifelong lobster connoisseur (seriously, just ask my mom), I will tell you that there is an immense difference between a decent lobster and a knock your socks off, craving inducing, must drive hundreds of miles just for this, kind of lobster.  And one of those incredible finds is just up the

Found: a perfect lobster dinner at Nunan's Lobster Hut in Kennebunkport!

Found: a perfect lobster dinner at Nunan’s Lobster Hut in Kennebunkport!

street from the Maine Stay Inn at Port Lobster.  Now, this is not your average restaurant.  In fact, it’s not a restaurant at all.  But this fish market does cook up the freshest lobsters you could ask for.  So when visiting Kennebunkport, it’s a great idea to pack your own gourmet lobster picnic to enjoy by the water.  Hop on over to Cape Porpoise kitchen to pick up a bottle of wine, some amazing cheeses, and an assortment of off the charts sides to complete your feast.  Then pick up your hot and steamy lobster to enjoy wherever you like!  We’ll happily supply the cracking equipment – just ask!

Looking for an old fashioned lobster dinner that you can walk to?  Check out Mabel’s Lobster Claw, just a ten minute walk from the inn.  And while it’s not on the water, its old school flare is pretty neat.  But the hands down favorite when it comes to Maine lobster is Nunan’s Lobster Hut.  You may have to drive, and you may wait in line (they take no reservations), and you may have to pay cash (sorry, plastic not accepted), but it is SO worth it. Not only is the atmosphere exactly what you think of when you think of a charming lobster pound,  they know exactly how to make every lobster spot on.  That’s probably because they basically just do lobster.  They fish it, they catch it, and they cook it!  Honestly, it’s heaven on a plate.  Rather, it’s like heaven times two, because you’ve got to get the twin lobster special option – it’s the best buy around.  Then top off your meal with a hearty slice of homemade blueberry pie ala mode. Yummmm.  So when visiting Kennebunkport on the hunt for the perfect lobster dinner, you’re sure to find your ideal meal not far from the Maine Stay Inn.

Ryan's Corner House – A New Kennebunkport Maine Restaurant

April 22nd, 2011 by avadmin

Ryan's Corner House - Kennebunkport Restaurant

Ryan's Corner House is the Newest (and Cutest) Restaurant in Kennebunkport Maine!

After a winter’s worth of anticipation, Ryan’s Corner House, the newest Kennebunkport Maine restaurant, has finally opened, just steps from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  This Irish Pub is the real deal, serving up plates of Bangers and Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, and loads of potatoes!  The atmosphere is definitely cozy, with the bar and mixed height tables filling every spare inch.  In other Kennebunkport restaurants, this might feel cramped, but at Ryan’s Corner House, with its friendly staff and jovial patrons, the feeling is entirely welcoming.  That said, I can’t wait for the weather to be warm enough for their patio seating to open!

The noise inside is punctuated by fiddles and jigs and more than a few jolly Irish accents – and, yes, they are real.  The Ryan family moved to Kennebunkport Maine from Ireland less than two years ago.  And speaking of families, theirs was all there – mom, dad, two kiddos, and an uncle or two – the whole shebang.  Obviously I am rather partial to family businesses, but there is something incredibly homey and comfortable about walking into a restaurant where everyone is pitching in – even two little guys on school break.  Okay, there was a lot more socializing from them, but it absolutely adds to the experience! Plus, the kids have the inside scoop on what to order!

So down to the food:  For genuine Irish fare (with a few Maine staples interspersed for good measure) and great comfort food, Ryan’s Corner House is a must.  The potatoes are real, and real delicious – fried or mashed (there’s none of that “potato product” here), and the portions are large enough to last even the heartiest eaters two meals.  If you’re hankerin’ for leafy greens, this probably isn’t the spot for you (although their are salads on the menu), but if you need a stick-to-your-ribs meal or the ultimate grilled ham and cheese, head directly from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast to Ryan’s Corner House.

PS – I still think a Reuben sandwich needs to be on the menu, even though it was patiently explained to me that neither Reubens, nor corned beef, are actually Irish.  But I want one, and I know that these guys can do it right and get all the cheese to melt, even in the middle!