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Spending Valentine’s Weekend at a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

February 15th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

lobster bouy in snow.

Kennebunkport sure is beautiful in the snow!

Valentine’s Weekend is always a special time in town with “February is For Lovers”, but two recent snow storms have made spending this weekend at a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast even more special!  Sometimes I worry about sounding like a broken record, but it seems like there are still lots of people who are entirely unaware that Kennebunkport Maine is really a year round destination.  Sure, there are some shops and restaurants that close their doors during the winter months, but they are certainly in the minority – and we sure are happy about that!  Unlike many other coastal vacation destinations in New England, Kennebunkport doesn’t roll up its streets when the weather turns chilly, which means that  visitors to our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast have lots of options for dining, shopping, and exploring, and Valentine’s Weekend is no exception.  So tonight, after heading out to a romantic dinner (or a casual meal spent watching the Olympics), visitors headed back to the inn as light snow fell slowly around them.  And with plenty of snow on the ground, but very clear roads, the town looks absolutely stunning – perfect for setting the mood for a romantic weekend.  And fortunately we’ve got lots of gas fireplaces for couples to snuggle around and loads of rooms and suites with whirlpool tubs to enjoy a long soak.  But possibly best of all, when guests wake up to a fresh blanket of snow in the morning, they can have gourmet breakfast delivered to their very own Cottage Suites.  How does breakfast in bed sound to top off a romantic Valentine’s Weekend getaway?  And tomorrow, you can expect lots of cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and horse drawn sleigh rides through the countryside will certainly be on the agenda.  So while it’s been a snowy winter here in New England, and that means a truly beautiful setting for your Kennebunkport bed and breakfast getaway this Valentine’s Weekend!

February for Lovers is Coming to Kennebunkport!

January 29th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

♡ Happy Valentines Day from Maine! ♡

Valentine’s Day’s coming to Kennebunkport!

Can you believe that the end of January is already here and that February for lovers is about to begin in Kennebunkport?! Well I sure can’t!  Now if only I had a Valentine…. :)  But that won’t hold me back from enjoying such a wonderful love-filled time in the area.  And all of us in Kennebunkport know that it’s just not enough to celebrate love for one another for a single day, so you can enjoy the Valentine’s Day spirit all month long in town.  While there aren’t millions of organized events that make February for Lovers a thing, all of the shops and businesses in town, including the Maine Stay Inn band together to bring the spirit of romance alive for the entire month of February.  So it’s time to get crackin’ and plan your special getaway to Kennebunkport next month and show your special someone just how much you really care for them!  And if you need inspiration for romantic gestures, special dinners, or intimate activities just for two, all of us at the Maine Stay are happy to help plan as many or few details as you’d like.  It’s time to make sure that next month includes a romantic getaway for the record books, so don’t miss out on February for Lovers and an entire month of Valentine’s Days in Kennebunkport!

Luxury Kennebunkport Cottages Feature Styles for Everyone

September 10th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

While the Maine Stay Inn is lucky to have an 1860 Italianate Victorian main house, one of the most unique features of the inn is just outside – the luxury Kennebunkport cottages that feature a wide range of styles and decor, which means there’s something for everyone’s individual style preferences.  Over the past few years we’ve had tons of fun renovating each of the Cottage Suites from top to bottom – some even more than once!  And because we don’t have to work around the confines of a central hallway, each room can be really different.  Yes,

Bold teals, crisp whites, and soothing sands make up the modern color palette of Cottage Suite 11

Bold teals, crisp whites, and soothing sands make up the modern color palette of Cottage Suite 11

each of the guest houses might be your average white ranch style building on the outside, behind each red door lies a truly unique experience. Even with 11 of our luxury cottage suites, no two are exactly alike or even that similar!  Because some of our guests want the main house feeling with the added privacy and spaciousness that comes with our luxury Kennebunkport cottages, Cottage Suite 7 sports traditional Thibaut wallpaper, a classic sleigh bed, and reproduction furniture.  But not to worry, you won’t find any floral or lace here, because even our traditional rooms have been simplified and modernized to reflect the looks of today.  Romantic Cottage Suite 5 takes transitional decor even a step further, mixing sleek sofas and bold paint colors with custom made furnishings from antique millwork.

We really love color, and that trend continues in Romantic Cottage Suites 1 and 4.  And this spring, Suite 3 got a new look that’s been getting rave reviews – a bold, contemporary wallpaper with geometric designs contrast the rich mahogany furniture in a way that just works.  This transformation took our luxury Kennebunkport cottages to a new level in terms of our expectations for our design projects – I guess I had better get working on the next plans (I wonder which one will be up next…)!  Once cute and country, Cottage Suites 8, 9, and 11 have all taken on a modern look, but even these are all different – some are soft and soothing, while others are bold and fun.  But since these are cottages, after all, we’ve renovated Suite 10 to be exactly what you’d expect from an upscale New England cottage!  But no matter what style makes you most comfortable, our luxury Kennebunkport cottages are sure to have just what you need – just ask for some guidance and any of the Maine Stay staff would be happy to help you pick the right one!

Sneak Peek at Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Renovations

February 19th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Now this might sound crazy, but one of my personal favorite things about wintertime at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is the chance to work on renovation and redesign projects.  That probably sounds crazy, planning a new look is a ton of fun (although watching guests’ expressions when they walk into a room they love is definitely better)!

A sneak peek at our renovation!

A sneak peek at our renovation!

We love that each one of our rooms and suites has a distinct personality – you certainly won’t find that at a hotel!  But even more fun is sharing our vision with visitors before we carry out the plan, and often they shed great light on things that would enhance their stay.  Sometimes their suggestions are simple as adding extra shelves or hooks, and sometimes they help us with bigger things like bed placement, but it’s always helpful!  And this winter has been no exception.  A little less than a year ago, I stumbled across a wallpaper pattern that I thought was the perfect union of modern geometric patterns and traditional styling, which seemed like an ideal fit for an update on Cottage Suite 3 at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  I filed that away, and during December we started searching in earnest.  After bringing more than a few wallpaper books back to the inn, we narrowed down it down to two, but after the input from friends, family, Maine Stay staff, and guests, the one we picked out so long ago won out!

Fast forward a few months and the renovation in Suite 3 is nearing completion, and although we are waiting on a few final touches on the bathroom, the delivery of a new love seat, and a chandelier (yes, a chandelier!), we’ll be ready for visitors at the end of the week.  This room has seen an incredible transformation in a short period of time, and we can’t wait to share the pictures with you once the photographer comes at the end of the month.  But we couldn’t keep you in suspense, so we’ll give you a peek at the wallpaper that inspired the entire transformation.  We hope you love it as much as we do!

Romantic Getaways to Maine Bed and Breakfasts

February 13th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is upon us and that means it is the perfect time for planning romantic getaways, and what better place than to Maine bed and breakfasts?!  With the landscape rejuvenated by the recent snowfall, the scene is set for an idyllic wintertime escape, so this Valentine’s Day, skip the flowers and chocolate and trade up to something extra special for the one you love and plan a getaway to take advantage of the incredible beauty of the season.  For many people, the idea of Maine bed and breakfasts conjures up images of doilies and lace, fake flowers and teddy bears, which doesn’t exactly scream “romance.”  But the truth is that the B&Bs of today offer amenities that are perfect for setting the mood, so it’s time to banish the idea of creaky beds and and nosy neighbors!  Here are some of the things visitors enjoy during their romantic getaways:

  • Say bye-bye to those kitchy patterns, because the Maine Stay Inn offers modern, contemporary, and transitional decor, as
    Dessert by the fire?  Yes, please!

    Dessert by the fire? Yes, please!

    well as updated and simplified decor that brings the main house’s Victorian identity into the 21st century!  And along with it comes technology to match, with flat screen televisions and iPad/iPod docking stations.

  • What could be better than snuggling up with your special someone in front of a glowing fire?  Only one that you don’t have to stoke yourself!  So take advantage of the ambience of the warm gas fireplaces in most rooms and suites.  But if your chosen spot doesn’t offer a gas one, we’ve got electric fireplaces for that very purpose.  Not to mention the fact that every visitor is always welcome to enjoy the warmth of the living room fire!
  • No more shared bathrooms like Maine bed and breakfasts of the olden days, my friends, because every room and suite at the Maine Stay offers private baths, many with those features that set the scene for your romantic getaways.  Yes, you’ll find showers built for two and even double whirlpool tubs!
  • But romantic getaways wouldn’t be complete without breakfast in bed, and guess what?  You can even find that in our cottage suites and deluxe fireplace suite 12 in the main house.

There’s no question about it – Maine bed and breakfasts really are the the spot for your next escape, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect reason to get away!

5 Ways to Add Romance to Your Maine Bed and Breakfast Vacation

August 13th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

For some folks, coming up with ideas to add romance to your Maine vacation is a piece of cake, while for others, it’s as daunting as explaining particle physics.  But no matter which camp you fall into, there is no better place to enjoy a romantic getaway than Kennebunkport Maine, with its assortment of incredible restaurants and breathtaking vistas.  Nevertheless, I am going to share five of my favorite intimate adventures in the area (and get your mind out of the gutter – they’re all totally PG):

romantic picnic in kennebunkport maine

A scenic spot like this one is perfect for a romantic picnic!

  • Have a quiet picnic lunch.  Seriously, what could be more relaxing that picking up a gourmet lunch at one of our favorite markets with high-end prepared foods and layering on a bottle of wine and an assortment of cheese?  Nada, that’s what I think!  And fortunately for us at the Kennebunkport Maine Stay Inn, there are plenty of quiet, tucked-away spots just a stone’s throw from the inn.
  • Choose the perfect room.  Think about a favorite color or whether you (or rather your special someone) likes a fireplace or a whirlpool tub.  Those little details can go a long way in setting the right tone for your Maine vacation.  And consider one of our Cottage Suites, because the option for having breakfast delivered to your door and indulging in breakfast in bed is something you can’t really have at home.  But if you need guidance, the staff of our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast is happy to help!
  • Take schooner or sailboat ride.  Kennebunkport is fortunate to have several companies that offer trips on large, multi-masted schooners, and they all provide relaxing cruises along the coastline for small groups.  There’s little worry when it comes to seasickness, because the captains won’t go out if the water is rough.  So sit back, relax and enjoy each other’s company while drinking in the views of the Maine coastline.
  • Enjoy a romantic dinner at one of Kennebunkport’s many excellent restaurants.  At the Maine Stay, we’re happy to help guide you to a spot with just the right vibe, whether that means dining by candlelight or something fresh and modern.
  • Catch a sunset!  There’s something so romantic about watching the sky light up in the evening right by your partner’s side, and Kennebunkport is known for some pretty spectacular displays.  Dock Square, with its historic facades and waterfront location, is often an ideal backdrop for a beautiful sunset, but there are also plenty of quiet coves along the coast that offer seclusion and a place for lounging (or, if you’re feeling creative, a great spot for a sunset picnic!).

So seize the opportunity to inject a little romantic spirit into your Maine Bed and Breakfast experience, but keep in mind that the staff at the Maine Stay has lots of great ideas (okay, not all of them are original, as plenty of guests have given us some great ones over the years), and they are all happy to share with you.  Happy planning!