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Charity Benefit at our Maine Bed and Breakfast

April 18th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

Patriot’s Day is not just a regional holiday, but also the start of a feel-good period for our Maine Bed and Breakfast, when we offer guests the opportunity to stay for half price – in exchange for a small donation to Habitat for Humanity.  The Maine Stay Inn and other inns across the state open their doors and slash rates to support Maine based chapters of Habitat for Humanity.  So from April 21 until May 23, you can visit Kennebunkport Maine on Sundays through Thursday evenings and indulge in a stay in one of our most luxurious and romantic suites!  IMG_1389_2And with springtime finally here, it is definitely time to enjoy this beautiful season in Southern Maine.  

Now, as with any crazy good deal, there’s a catch, but this is a good one!  In exchange for getting such a dramatically reduced rate at a Maine Bed and Breakfast, you’ll need to make a donation to Habitat for Humanity.  While $35 is required, visitors are welcome to contribute as much as they’d like to local Maine chapters, especially because every last dollar goes directly toward building homes for needy families within the state of Maine.  In its 11th year, the “Hospitality for Habitat” program organized by the Maine Innkeepers’ Association ensures that not only will you enjoy a budget-friendly getaway to a participating Maine Bed and Breakfast (but, hopefully, we’ll get to see you at the Maine Stay!) in the next month, but you can feel great about “paying it forward” and helping out others in need!recently completed winter projects or stick with your favorite staple, but no matter which you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy a bit of pampering during your stay.  Have you been hankering for a great shower, like the one in Deluxe Fireplace Suite 12 (yes, it has six different heads/jets)?  Or looking forward to reading a book in bed while admiring a glowing fire – try Captain Walker’s Suite 16! As always, you’ll enjoy gourmet breakfast (whether you choose to stay one night or several), afternoon tea and freshly baked goodies, and as much help and guidance as you desire to make your May-cation absolutely perfect.  So this year, not only can you enjoy a relaxing getaway with incredible savings to our Maine bed and breakfast, but you’ll also be helping a great cause and needy families across the state!

 

It’s Not Too Late: Third Night Free!

March 26th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

While April is fast approaching, it’s not too late to take advantage our March savings, where you’ll enjoy three nights for the price of two at the Maine Stay Inn in Kennebunkport.  And with New England’s classically confused spring weather, it’s almost like two seasons for the price of one!

It is a Mole Hill:  Mount Agamenticus from Kennebunkport Shore

If anything is certain, though, it is that you will want to curl up by our cozy fires at night with your special someone, relax in our jetted tubs, and dig into our hearty gourmet breakfasts each morning.  So join us for three nights this winter (or is it Spring?) for the price of two, because two nights at the Maine Stay Inn just isn’t enough!

“Spring Ahead” Comes to Kennebunkport

March 9th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

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A beautiful low tide scene at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm.

While the first part of March has been unseasonably cool in Kennebunkport, the start of daylight savings and the “spring ahead” of the clocks coincided with a lovely Spring weekend!  So not only were we already enjoying the lengthening days, but we racked up an extra hour of daylight that we all enjoyed by spending a little extra time outside.  But boy, was it a tease, because it just made all of us at the Maine Stay Inn want more warmth, more sunshine, and more signs of Spring… right now!  That got me thinking, though, about some of my favorite springtime activities to enjoy in Kennebunkport and the surrounding Southern Maine area.

Of course, one of the first things I want to do each Spring is to go for a long walk or run on the beach – preferably right on the sand, because getting sprayed by the salt water isn’t quite as “invigorating” as it is during the winter months.  So ditch your scarf (by maybe keep the coat for a few more weeks, although it’s probably safe to unzip and enjoy the breeze!), and head over to any of the local beaches or just along Ocean Avenue for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic.  Now usually I would add a hike at the many nature preserves in the area, but this time there is one requirement – boots!  They don’t have to be the kind for snow, but something that can get a little mucky, because since we’ve had so much snow this winter the melting could make things  a bit soft.  But, at Laudholm Farm, you can enjoy that great hike you’ve been hankering for on raised pathways for many of the loops.  Plus, you’ll have the best viewing for exciting signs of Spring!  No matter what you choose to do with that extra hour of daylight, you’ll have lots of opportunities to enjoy the Spring in Kennebunkport!

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Maine Bed and Breakfast Getaway!

May 5th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Just a friendly Public Service Announcement – Mother’s Day is just one week from today, and if you’re still trying to decide how to honor the moms in your life, look no further than a surprise getaway to a Maine bed and breakfast!  Now, there’s something very sweet about little ones preparing their version of breakfast for their mommy, but most women I know would feel really appreciated if they were rewarded with gourmet breakfast served piping hot, while

Try a getaway instead of flowers this Mother's Day!

Try a getaway instead of flowers this Mother’s Day!

lounging in plush pillow top bed.  And if you choose one of the Maine Stay Inn‘s cottage suites, you can make that become a reality!

In fact, this weekend we had a super cute young couple visiting for a much deserved getaway (their first trip alone since the birth of their children more than five years ago).  This morning she told me that it was the best early Mother’s Day present she’s ever had – especially because it meant she (and her husband) both slept until well past 9 o’clock!  Now, I know that not too many families can carry off a surprise getaway planned just for mom, because a). life can sometimes be insanely busy and b). Moms know all.  So if you’d rather let Mom pick her room and the dates of a vay-cay, a gift certificate to our Maine bed and breakfast is a great alternative!  Plus, you’ll have it in time for the special day and gift wrapping is a cinch!

So this year, reward the moms in your life with a little bit of luxury and a healthy dose of pampering with a trip to Kennebunkport.  And if your family is anything like mine, most presents to Mom aren’t quite right and end up being exchanged, but a Maine bed and breakfast escape is one that she’s sure to love!

Maine Bed and Breakfast Supports Habitat for Humanity

May 2nd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

The start of May marks the start of a feel-good period for our Maine Bed and Breakfast, whewhen we offer guests the opportunity to stay for half price – in exchange for a small donation to Habitat for Humanity.  All around the state, inns are opening their doors and slashing rates to support Maine based chapters of Habitat for Humanity.  So from now until May 24, you can visit Kennebunkport Maine on Sundays through Thursday evenings and indulge in a stay in one of our most luxurious and romantic suites!  Yes, that means you can test out one of our

Maine Bed and Breakfasts Support Habitat for Humanity

The Hospitality for Habitat program through Maine Innkeepers Association supports Habitat for Humanity

recently completed winter projects or stick with your favorite staple, but no matter which you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy a bit of pampering during your stay.  Have you been hankering for a great shower, like the one in Deluxe Fireplace Suite 12 (yes, it has six different heads/jets)?  Or looking forward to reading a book in bed while admiring a glowing fire – try Captain Walker’s Suite 16! As always, you’ll enjoy gourmet breakfast (whether you choose to stay one night or several), afternoon tea and freshly baked goodies, and as much help and guidance as you desire to make your May-cation absolutely perfect.

Now, as with any crazy good deal, there’s a catch, but this is a good one!  In exchange for getting such a dramatically reduced rate at a Maine Bed and Breakfast, you’ll need to make a donation to Habitat for Humanity.  While $35 is required, visitors are welcome to contribute as much as they’d like to local Maine chapters, especially because every last dollar goes directly toward building homes for needy families within the state of Maine.  Arranged by the Maine Innkeepers Association, the “Hospitality for Habitat” program ensures that not only will you enjoy a budget-friendly getaway to a participating Maine Bed and Breakfast (but, hopefully, we’ll get to see you at the Maine Stay!) in the next month, but you can feel great about “paying it forward” and helping out others in need!

 

Spring Beach Day in Kennebunkport

April 27th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

April is one of those months in Kennebunkport, and in all of New England, that can bring weather characteristic of just about every season.  Yes, that means hot, sunny days or even those nasty cold snowy days that are reminiscent of January.  Fortunately, though, today was a gorgeous day that felt like the epitome of spring.  No, it wasn’t quite sundress and flip flop weather, but it was definitely warm enough to leave your jackets and fleeces in your room at the Maine Stay Inn.  And since I can’t imagine a better way to spend a perfect spring day in

A perfect day at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport!

A perfect day at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport!

Kennebunkport than at the beach, that’s just where I went!

Now, we all know that one of my go-to spots is the trails and fields and (of course) beaches of Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve, but I decided to mix things up and head out to Goose Rocks Beach.  Located at the northeastern end of Kennebunkport, Goose Rocks is named after the collection of rocks that sit just at the water’s surface a bit off shore and look strikingly like geese bobbing on the water.  While certainly not crowded, I did encounter a handful of others on my walk, but was startled to turn a corner and see a large group of people releasing two giant balloons into the air.  What on earth could they be doing?  As I got closer, it became perfectly clear – a wedding!  Boy, that lucky bride hit the weather jackpot!  Not only was this one of the most pristine spring days that I could imagine, but the water took on a stunning shade of aquamarine.  And as I got closer to the water’s edge and contemplated the idea of putting my feet in, I was reminded of just how clean the water is in Kennebunkport.  Now, if I hadn’t remembered that it is still April and that the last vestiges of snow melted about two weeks ago (yes, we sure had some big piles this year!), I totally would have!  Now that spring has officially arrived in Kennebunkport, it’s time to take advantage of the pristine, quiet beaches!

Spring Vacation to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

April 17th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

For many school districts throughout New England, this week marks April Vacation Week, which means that spring has really arrived at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  Now that the vast majority of restaurant that close for portions of the winter have reopened and the shops are transitioning to their springtime window

The tulips are coming!

The tulips are coming!

displays, it really feels like winter is finally coming to an end.  For the first time last night, I heard the crickets on my way home from dinner, and a cacophony of bird calls can be heard each morning – and if I was at all experienced in birding, I would be able to tell you which critters have returned to Kennebunkport, but, alas, that is not one of my strengths.  Fortunately for those who are avid birders or those who are looking to expand their horizons, there are three great nature preserves just minutes from the Maine Stay Inn.  Both the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge and the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm sit just over the border in Wells, while the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust operates a variety of preserved parcels of land throughout town.  So whether you’re looking for birds that are partial to wooded areas or open ocean or anything in between, we’ve got you covered!  And with great walking trails, all three of these preserves are perfect for an active outdoor adventure or just a leisurely springtime stroll.

But while the leaves on the trees aren’t quite ready to pop, the tulips are beginning to poke their leaves through the soil and the paper whites are actually starting to bloom!  Now if only the grass in the backyard would turn green soon…  The teeny patch of snow that remains in a shaded corner of the yard tells of one of my favorite parts about spring – the fact that the days are warm and the nights are chilly.  So that means you and explore during the day without the layers we’ve become accustomed to wearing throughout the winter, but at night, a jacket is a welcome accessory.  Even better, though, is returning from dinner to a glowing fire or enjoying a relaxing soak in a whirlpool or soaker tub!  Plus, during the month of April you can stay for two nights and get a third for free, which means even more snuggling by the fire  Everyone at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is enjoying the start of spring and hope you are too!

April Vacation Week in Kennebunkport Maine

April 16th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

beach in kennebunkport maine

A great day for the beach in Kennebunkport Maine!

While it’s only Patriot’s Day and April Vacation week, it feels like summertime has arrived in Kennebunkport Maine, with temps spiking into the 80s today.  And with more of the same expected tomorrow and incredible, but not quite so hot, weather continuing this week, it really feels more like summer vacation is upon us!  And looking around town and our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, only two things seem to give it away that it’s really only April – the water is still super cold and there aren’t any leaves on the trees yet.  So while not too many are going for a swim, there are lots of great summer-like things to do around town this week.  Don’t worry, though, because if the surf is calling your name, we’ve still got lots of beach towels to dry you off!

In addition to the shopping and dining opportunities that exist all year long in Kennebunkport Maine and surrounding communities, there are oodles of great outdoor activities to occupy your visit this week.  But without any foliage to block the sun’s strong rays, be sure to remember lots of sunblock – sunburns hurt just as much now as they might in a few more months!  (And yes, that lesson was learned the hard way…)  This week many visitors are enjoying walks and picnics along the Kennebunk beaches, which tops the charts for length and convenience.  Plus, it’s just a two minute drive from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  Others seem to be hankering to dust off the hiking boots and really get in touch with nature, so Wells Reserve/Laudholm Farm is attracting lots of attention.  And with its ever-popular beach trail, you can get your fill of sand, sun, and streams all in one place.  But many visitors to Kennebunkport Maine are just celebrating this glorious stretch by relaxing in our very own backyard, enjoying our just-power washed assortment of comfy lawn furniture.  So whether you’re on va-cay or just looking to play some hooky, Kennebunkport’s calling your name – come play!

Pedicure Pampering in Kennebunkport Maine

April 11th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Just as the flowers are beginning to peek out in Kennebunkport Maine, so too are tootsies, and plenty of those on display are boasting spanking new pedicures for the start of sandal season.  I hadn’t noticed quite so much as I did this evening in line for

time for pedicures in Kennebunkport Maine

The beach is calling - are your toes ready?

check out at our local Hannaford grocery store, but all those around me had already broken out their flip-flops and peep to heels.  What truly caught my eye, however, was the array of fun colors being sported on their toenails.  It got me thinking – what better time to pamper yourself with a summer-style pedicure than while on vacation at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast?  So whether you’re sneaking away for just a night and need an extra few moments for yourself or you want to prep your paws for their beach debut, there are lots of options for a fabulous and relaxing spa session right in the area.

Given the season, appointments for pedicures are in rather high demand, so visitors to Kennebunkport Maine might find that their first choice location is booked solid.  Cottage Breeze Day Spa and Boutique is a favorite of locals and travelers alike, and its convenient location just a half mile from the inn makes it a natural fit.  Plus, with incredible services in a serene (and a more beachy than “zen” style) atmosphere, it can’t be beat.  And, even better, it’s situated perfectly to grab some lunch on your way back.  But when this small spa is full, there are lots of other great spots to turn your feet from raunchy to rockin’.  Along Ocean Avenue heading out to the Bush Family compound sits the Breakwater spa, which offers a seaside vibe in a less personal environment.  A little outside of town (and just over the bridge into Kennebunkport Maine) you’ll find the All Seasons’ Day Spa, a location frequented by many, but one I haven’t had the pleasure of testing out personally (though since I am certainly not sandal- ready, that might just be my next stop!).  Also nearby, you’ll find the  Spa at River’s Edge with a modern and Zen-like vibe with a location perfect for those day-tripping along I-95.  Clearly, you won’t find yourself without spa services in Kennebunkport Maine if you want them, but don’t hesitate to ask us to help find the best match and book your appointments for you!

Signs Spring Has Arrived in Kennebunkport Maine

March 27th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

It’s official – Spring has arrived in Kennebunkport Maine!  Yes, it has now been springtime for a whole week and life around our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfastis showing signs that the annual reawakening is well underway.  Admittedly, the summer-like temps we experienced last week certainly helped expedite the process, but summer is definitely a-comin’!  Over the last few days,

magnolia blossoms in kennebunkport maine

Soon we'll be seeing blossoms like these in Kennebunkport Maine!

though, I have really noticed a few things around town that scream “Spring is here!”

While Kennebunkport Maine might not be quite as far along in its foliage progression (no, the Magnolias are not quite ready for their splendorous display yet, but I’ll keep you posted!), we are definitely seeing buds on all the trees.  The bright yellows of the Forsythia is starting to poke out and breathe some much needed color into our landscapes.  Even the birdies are celebrating, and many more species have begun their trek north, meaning that there’s so much more to see at the wonderful reserves near Kennebunkport Maine.  Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge in particular is teeming with fauna (and the flora’s not far behind), so grab your specs and head out to catch sight of some favorites without many leaves blocking your view!  Of course, Wells Reserve and the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust lands are both great opportunities to do some bird watching or just to enjoy their wonderful songs during a brisk (or meandering) walk.  And while you’re out and about, you can take note that lots of our favorite spring flowers are beginning to poke through the ground, with daffodils and hyacinths making an early debut this year!

But for us, the biggest signal that springtime is here in Kennebunkport Maine, is the preparation for opening the four cottage suites closed for the winter.  Yes, we’ve even turned the water back on in Contemporary Cottage Suites 8 and 9, and while they’re not quite ready for visitors to enjoy, they are getting close.  So take advantage of this early spring to make sure you don’t miss out on a visit to a Kennebunkport Inn!