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Holiday Shopping in Kennebunkport Maine

November 18th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

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Check out the unique shops in Kennebunkport’s Dock Square!

Kennebunkport Maine is often known for its assortment of fine shops, and that means that it’s a prime location to get some holiday shopping done!  All of us at the Maine Stay Inn are feel so lucky to have such a great spot for retail therapy just steps away.  And unlike many vacation destinations, Dock Square is not overrun with T-shirt shops and souvenir stands.  Instead, you’ll find incredible art galleries, chic boutiques, and fine crafts with products from many local craftsmen.  No, you’re not going to find the Gap or an H&M, but the products sold in Kennebunkport Maine really reflect the character of New England and the uniqueness of the area.  Now, if more mainstream stores are what you’re searching for, don’t worry!  There are two world-class outlet centers not far from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  Heading to our south, you’ll find the Kittery Outlets by Tanger, with more stores and brands than I could ever imagine!  Frankly, the only downside I see here is that this outlet center is in a strip mall kind of set up, which means that walking or driving between cluster isn’t the most exciting or inspiring of events.  That said, whatever Christmas shopping you can’t get done in Kennebunkport you can definitely cross off the list here.  Or you could head north to the Freeport Outlets, with LLBean as the crown jewel of this shopping area.  And while they don’t have quite as many stores as you might find in Freeport, you’ll experience a very pleasant small town feel while enjoying all the  benefits of a huge shopping complex.  And if you’ve got the bug to hit up LLBean at 2 am just because you can, this is definitely the place to go.  But no matter which direction you head or if you stay right in town, you’re sure to enjoy your holiday preparation this year when shopping in Kennebunkport Maine!

 

Favorite Things About Kennebunkport Maine

May 11th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

So while last night’s surprise thunderstorms sidelined my plans for some outdoor fun, a day like today reminded me of some of my favorite things about Kennebunkport Maine.  Now, we all know that there are way too many amazing things about this seaside town, so I will do my darnedest to keep this list reasonable.  But since I am making this a short one, apologies if I left anyone else’s faves off!

  • The beach –  Whenever.  No seriously, in rain or shine, snow covered or so-hot-you-could-fry-an-egg, the Kennebunkport Maine beaches are incredible.  Mother nature does such a wonderful job at keeping the coastline exciting, and making sure that you can never get bored looking at it!  But fortunately for us, the variety of beaches and coastline in and around town has something for everyone – secluded stretches of
    How could you not love this coastline?!

    How could you not love this coastline?!

    sandy beach, classic rocky Maine coast, slips of waterfront meandering through our quaint village, and even beaches with wide paved paths for those who want to enjoy the ocean without dealing with the sand.  Plus, unlike many vacation destinations, you can head there on foot from the Maine Stay Inn or by car and not worry about parking – we’ve got plenty!

  • The food – Most of you know that enjoying great culinary creations is one of my favorite past times, and fortunately for me, Kennebunkport Maine has eateries that can compete with those from any big city.  So whether you’re craving a simple boiled lobster or a stunning five-star tasting menu, we’ve got you covered. Yum!
  • The shops – It makes sense that my two favorite kinds of shopping are for food and room decor, but that doesn’t do me much good come Christmas and birthday time.  Fortunately  Kennebunkport Maine makes it so easy for me!  The amazing mix of stores in Dock Square means that I can find almost anything for that perfect gift.  On the rare occasion when I can’t, I know that I’ve got two world-class Outlet centers barely a half hour away!
  • The outdoor fun – If there’s anything I love more than food, it’s playing outside.  So whether it’s enjoying cross country skiing and horse-drawn sleigh riding in the winter or hiking, biking and running in the summer, I am in.  Over the past few years, the amount of conservation land in and around Kennebunkport Maine has just exploded, which means that there are about a gagillion options for peaceful and pristine outdoor activities.

I could go on all night about why I love this town, but you’ll just have to come and explore Kennebunkport Maine for yourself!

Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks Opens in Lower Village

January 22nd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

A great new shop has joined the ranks of quaint shops and boutiques in Kennebunkport and Lower Village, Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks.  Just a stone’s throw from the Maine Stay Inn, this adorable new store is a combination specialty beverage shop and gift store, and with its adorable new facade, you just can’t help but go in!  For the past several years, we’ve watched the transformation of

Now open - Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks!

Now open – Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks!

a historic property on Port Road in the heart of Lower Village, and the attached carriage house has finally morphed into an inviting new spot that’s quickly becoming a new fave.  Not only do they stock oodles of loose teas, coffee beans, and brewing devices, but the actually roast the beans right on site! So take a scoop of your favorite blends and sip easy, knowing that you’ve purchased the highest quality, locally produced beans.  And best of all, the aroma of beans roasting just inside is positively incredible – it just pulls you inside.  To be honest, I’m more of a tea kind of gal, but the smell is what really drew me inside, because where can you find freshly roasted beans these days?!

But the selection of great gifts also sets Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks apart from other beverage retailers, as well as the other unique shops in town.  You can find inventive cards, small gifts, sweets and dried fruits, and even fun personal accessories (yep, I love the scarf I scored there!), and any kind of host/hostess gift you could imagine.  We’re so lucky that this great establishment has opened in Kennebunk/Kennebunkport and can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself!

A Fun Shopping Weekend in Kennebunkport

October 17th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

We all know that a fall getaway to Kennebunkport is a great opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of a seaside village.  With blazing foliage displays, many folks (myself included!) choose to enjoy the great outdoors – especially our friends escaping the heat of the South!  That said, sometimes a girl’s just gotta shop!  Fortunately for us and visitors to the Maine Stay Inn, there are nearly endless retail therapy opportunities right here in Kennebunkport, as well as in neighboring communities.  In fact, the closest shop

shopping in kennebunkport

Shopping with a view!

sits just two doors away.  The Home & Away Gallery sits in one of Kennebunkport’s many antique homes, this one an 1813 Colonial.  It’s native and inuit art and jewelry collection is unlike any I’ve ever encountered, and it’s a place you can always find a one-of-a-kind gift.  Plus, this weekend, you can check out the Cape Dorset Collection of Inuit prints, which will be released for sale starting Friday.

Venture another block or two from the Maine Stay, and you will find the plethora of unique shops and galleries that call Dock Square their home.  Here you’ll find everything from preppy New England clothiers and Bohemian chic boutiques, to craftsman-made home goods and modern (and reasonably priced!) silver jewelry.  And what could be better than meandering through our quaint New England streets, breathing in some crisp salt air?  Well, full shopping bags, of course!

Looking for something a bit more mainstream?  Just south of Kennebunkport lies the Kittery Outlets, where you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.  Didn’t get your fill?  Check out the outlets in Freeport, about a half an hour drive north from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, where you’ll get the perks of major outlets shopping in a town-like environment.  But if you’re in the mood to channel autumn into your shopping expedition, consider exploring the Farmer’s Market in downtown Kennebunk.  Held every Saturday from May to mid-November from 8 am to 1 pm, this market has been rated one of the top 20 in the nation for markets of this size!  Who knew?!  Well, I mean, I’m not surprised we’ve got a hidden gem on our hands…  And this weekend you can head just down the road to Ogunquit for their 9th Annual OgunquitFest, a fall festival with craft fairs and shopping opportunities not to be missed!  So grab your purse (or man-bag) and get shopping!

Visiting a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast from Boston

June 29th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

As I drove toward our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfastfrom Boston, it struck me how much changes in 86 miles.  Yes, that major metropolitan area lies less than an hour and a half away, but it’s worlds apart.  The pace here is noticeably slower and the stars brighter.  Now I could go on and on about why Kennebunkport Maine is so different from city life, but that’s a matter for a separate blog.  But, nevertheless, on my short drive I realized just how many great things there are to do and places to nosh on the trip to

Catch a glimpse of sunsets like this one from the bridge into Kennebunkport!

Kennebunkport.  So I started to make a mental note of some of the favorite things guests might enjoy doing to kill some time before 3 pm check-in.

Now, you’re barely out of the city (and the vehicle volume on Route 1 confirms this), when you hit Saugus, home to Karl’s.  It’s been a destination in itself for as long as I can remember, but this summer the traditional German sausage kitchen is moving a few doors up and little off the beaten path for a much needed expansion.  So this summer, as you cross over the Peabody line, be sure to stop for some cold cuts (they’d be perfect for some picnic lunches at the beach – if they last that long!), or a full lunch at their new location, complete with prepared foods and a traditional German menu.  But keep in mind that noshing too much now might mean spoiling your appetite, which comes in handy a few miles further north when you hit Portsmouth.  This New Hampshire city has seem a tremendous revitalization over the last few years, and now the Strawberry Banke is known for (no, not the fruit) its wonderful assortment of shops and restaurants.

But mere minutes closer to Kennebunkport lies the well known shopping town of Kittery, ME.  Home to a plethora of outlets, Kittery  is prime territory for retail therapy.  And after some great eats earlier on the trip, the opportunity to stretch your legs is often well received.  Plus, guys like my father are often perfectly content to browse at places like the Kittery Trading Post while the girls and I check out our favorite shops.  But no trip to Kittery is complete without a stop at Yummies, a candy store with more inventory and variety that any shop I have ever encountered – and if you know my sweet tooth at all, that’s an accomplishment in itself!

Still looking to kill some time before checking in to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast?  Choose a leisurely path up Route 1, and consider stopping at some personal favorites like When Pigs Fly Bakery or the Stonewall Kitchen.  Once you hit York, Woods to Goods is a must see, with most products made on the inside to enjoy on the outside – but you won’t find any stonework here, because, after stories like those from Shawshank Redemption, there’s only wood to be found in the penitentiary workshops.  Who knows?  You might even find a great present or two!  And while the towns of York and Ogunquit are great for exploring, there’s often not a more welcome sight than the bridge into Kennebunkport.  Your vacation to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast has arrived!

A New Kennebunkport Addition: Galleries at Morning Walk

May 14th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

About six months ago, a construction site popped up in a field along Route 35 in Kennebunk, just under a mile from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  We passed it at least once daily as we check off items on the “to-do” list – grocery store, FedEx, hardware store, etc. – each time wondering what would become of this strange collection of shed-like buildings.  Could they be

Galleries at Morning Walk in Kennebunkport

Now Open - the Galleries at Morning Walk!

some kind of house? Nah, they’re too small for that.  How about storage?  Nope, the beautiful french doors on each one killed that idea.  Finally, though, a sign was posted for “The Galleries at Morning Walk.”  This collection of art galleries and retail spaces are a perfect way to greet visitors to town, as the unique, elegant, and still charming vibe perfectly represents all that Kennebunkport offers.

So about a week ago, we decided to venture out of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast on a rainy evening to check out the grand opening of this great collection.  We were all pleased to see that the community had come out in droves to support these groundbreaking merchants.  As we strolled from cottage to cottage, we enjoyed a great assortment of wares, from photography and paintings to housewares and jewelry.  But we were never so pleased as when we stepped into one, tucked into the far corner.  A new branch of Calluna Fine Flowers!  This unique floral design, gift, and clothing shop has become a staple for us, and a place we turn to for inventive and stunning floral arrangements.  And while guests ask often where they can find these great products, a trip to Ogunquit (while just 12 miles away) is sometimes just not in the cards.  So now, guests of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast can just stroll across the bridge (or drive – there is parking) and check out all of the amazing things she has to offer.  We are all so excited about the Galleries at Morning Walk, and can’t wait to go back and explore, this time when it’s not raining!

Where Do Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts Get Flowers?

February 13th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

As we all know, Valentine’s Day seems almost synonymous with floral arrangements, and the need for flowers at Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts is perhaps even greater than most.  Fortunately for us, though, there are ample florists located just a stone’s throw from the inn. Fleurant, a combination home-good and floral shop, is conveniently located in Lower Village Kennebunk.  While you wait for your exotic potted plant or cut flowers to be arranged and packaged for travel, you’ll surely keep yourself occupied by admiring the unique ideas for the home or oogling at the great, funky jewelry that abounds. Or if you find that you aren’t in any hurry, pop next door for a pick-me-up at Old Vines Wine Bar(don’t worry, they serve excellent sodas and tapas style entrees too!).   A little further outside of town lies a shop called Blooms and Heirlooms.  About five miles from the historic Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts, Blooms and Heirlooms sits unassumingly along US route 1.  Event and special occasion orders are something B&H

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts flowers

Because sometimes this just won't do!

handles easily, but my favorite part of their store is the wall of windows and door that allow you to look into their cooler and create your own floral arrangements.  With convenient delivery options, this shop is a favorite of lots of locals.

Most often, though, a change of pace is required and a truly spectacular display of unique flowers and inventive vegetative accents is needed (or just desired), and for that we turn to Calluna Fine Flowers located in Ogunquit Maine. Unfortunately for us and guests of the Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts, she does operate seasonally, which means that for some of the winter period (though Valentine’s is usually an exception), Calluna’s incredible arrangements are unavailable.  But the hidden perk of an extended hiatus means that anticipation for her creations builds throughout the winter, leading up to a joyful springtime reopening.  And when you’re looking for just a little pop of color to brighten up your table, try one of our local farms.  During the summer months, the plethora of small farms in the area allows for creative folks to assemble their own bouquets with locally grown flowers and support community agriculture.  In fact, at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, we often participate in CSA flower programs to help keep these farms going strong!  So with all these options, don’t let Valentine’s Day craziness paralyze your flower-shopping attempts, because there are so many great places to find just the right arrangement in Kennebunkport Maine!

Great Antiquing Near Maine Bed and Breakfasts

January 22nd, 2012 by avadmin

One of the many things I take for granted is the amazing opportunities for antiquing in a community known for its Maine Bed and Breakfasts.  People ask all year long about the best places to shop for antiques, and while I have been to quite a few, I usually blow through, just picking up a particular item I know is just waiting for me.  For instance, we regularly use an all-natural beeswax based furniture polish on the wooden furniture at our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast.  And I can get 16 ounces of this magical citrus-scented goo for just $8.50 at Arundel Antiques, located at the corner of Route 1 and Log Cabin Road, which

Antiquing in Kennebunkport Maine

Antique weathervane from a local summertime antique show!

conveniently turns into Kennebunkport’s Maine Street just 6 miles from its front door.  So yes, that means it’s just six miles from our front door!  Plus, we’re talking six miles of straight-shot driving with just one stop sign – no city style driving here.  Or how about Antiques on Nine, which carries my favorite silver and brass sea animal statues and fantastic tote bags made from woven rugs?  Luckily for me, but not my wallet, that’s just a two minute drive from the Maine Stay – I couldn’t ask for closer if I tried!

But today, I was on a mission, and while I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, I had the opportunity to explore at least six of our local antique shops.  Boy, are they fantastic!  While some offer truly incredible pieces of furniture in the finest condition, others feature immense collections of cups and saucers, books, or dolls.  Plus, many offer some of both and a little of everything in between!  So this afternoon, after all of our rooms were cleaned and breakfast prep squared away, my mother and I headed out to do some shopping.  Now I am not sure that we would have ordinarily ventured out on such a cold day when we had so much to do at the inn, but we had a tip from one of our wonderful guests that inspired our mission.  Unfortunately the piece she spotted was just a hair to narrow for the Keurig coffee maker.  Shucks!  Despite the disappointing outcome of the expedition, I realized what gems are located so close to the amazing Maine Bed and Breakfasts located in Kennebunkport Maine, and no matter the season, antiquing is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon!

So the next time you are at a loss for how to spend your much needed vacation time, take a swing by some of our incredible antique shops.  And if you happen to find a circa 1860s piece that is no more than 36 inches wide and at least 13 inches deep with at least two drawers that could house our coffee and tea bar, give us a holler!  I am more than ready for my next antiquing trip in Southern Maine!

A Kennebunkport Maine Shop Sure to Please Your Pets

July 14th, 2011 by avadmin

Sad to leave your canine friend at home while enjoying your vacation in Kennebunkport Maine?  Not to worry!  Shopping in our coastal village will allow you to come home with gifts for the dogs and dog lovers in your life!  Just two blocks away from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is Scalawags Pet Boutique.  A dog lover myself, I was delighted to find this full

Pet store in Kennebunkport Maine

Scalawags even carries clothing for your pooch!

service and unique pet store so close to home!After a gourmet breakfast in your cottage suite, our dining room, or on the porch of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, take a short stroll downtown and follow the stuffed dogs to Scalawags’ second floor location (in the building next to Ben and Jerry’s – can you imagine a better location?).  Once you step inside you will immediately be greeted by the extremely friendly and knowledgeable owner and staff.  Be warned forewarned… it is impossible to leave empty handed. This one of a kind pet boutique carries everything from collars and leashes to dog beds and 100% organic and locally made Maine dog treats.  Looking for something nautically- inspired to bring Kennebunkport Maine home with you?  Scalawags has that too!  How about a Bay Line dog leash for your canine companion?  Made by Maine lobstermen from their trap lines, these leashes are built to withstand the toughest pooch!  Something a bit more decorative up your alley?  There are also Maine inspired dog collars and leashes emblazoned with lobsters, crabs, and sailboats on them (just to name a few!).  If your pooch is more the lethargic sort, Scalawags sells indoor/outdoor dog beds that are silk screened with colors and patterns (lobster or crab) of your choice!
Don’t fret if you’ve left a feline friend at home, as Scalawags also offers many gifts for cats and cat lovers alike!  They carry a wide variety of cat goodies and gifts ranging from kitty umbrellas to catnip!  So leave the guilt behind when you choose to visit Kennebunkport Maine and our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast sans furry friends, because you won’t come home to them empty-handed!