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Planning Your Summer Vacation to a Maine Bed and Breakfast

March 27th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

Today I noticed buds on the trees and that the birds seemed especially active, which means it’s that time of year again – time to plan your summer vacation to a Maine bed and breakfast!  Most people can’t just spontaneously jaunt off for a couple of days along the coast, so taking that fun trip means planning.  Now, that’s not my favorite thing, especially because time is always at a premium.  But since you’ve already decided to hit coastal Maine for your vay-cay, I’ve put together a few questions to help guide your efforts.

  • When?  July and August are prime time in Kennebunkport Maine, but if you’re looking for some quality time in the surf, consider early September, which is known for peak water temps.  If quiet, but still toasty, time on the sand is  tops on your list, June is also a great time for a visit (plus, our Early Summer Special starts at just $169 per night!).

    Maine Summer Vacation sunset

    Whether you’re on a romantic getaway or family vacation, add “sunset watching” to your itinerary!

  • Midweek or weekend?  Midweek visits tend to feel a little more laid back than weekend ones, but time away from work can be harder to snag than a quick weekend escape.
  • How long?  Your to-do list keeps growing and the important people in your life are all vying for your attentions, but you deserve some time to just rest, relax, and recharge.  After you check off all the must-dos on your list (think shopping, beach time, sightseeing, etc.), that doesn’t leave much time for R&R, so no matter how long your Maine Summer Vacation, add a day or two – you won’t regret it!
  • Who’s comin’?  Is this going to be a family vacation or mini-honeymoon part two?  And we know from experience, combining the two doesn’t work too well for anyone, so it’s definitely best to decide early.  And if you’re going to live the tykes at home, work on the baby sitting situation early so that your kiddos don’t end up joining in the cuddle sessions during your romantic getaway!  So when you give our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast a call, let us know what kind of mood you’re going for and we’ll be happy to help!

Late Summer Savings at a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

August 22nd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

It seems like this summer has just flown by, and everyone I talk to seems to feel the same way, so our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast has decided to make squeezing in an end of summer vacation even more affordable!  So starting this Sunday, you can enjoy rates starting at just $199.  That

A gorgeous day at the beach!

A gorgeous day at the beach!

means that any Sunday through Thursday night (with the exception of Labor Day weekend) until September 20, you can take advantage of these great rates.  But not to worry, you will still enjoy all of the perks that you’ve come to love at the Maine Stay Inn.  Gourmet breakfast will be served daily, and with tons of great weather in August and September, you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy that morning meal or first cup of joe on the front porch.  Our signature cookies will come out of the oven around 3 every afternoon, just in time for your return from the beach (or shopping or whatever fun activities you choose for the day).  And since the water is at its warmest temperatures from late August through September, our Kennbunkport bed and breakfast has complimentary beach passes so that you can park right along the Kennebunk beaches.  Plus, there’s no need to drag along sandy beach towels or rummage around for your trusty chairs, because we’ve got all of that for you!  Not to mention a solid supply of umbrellas, mats, sand toys and boogie boards!

When taking advantage of this Late Summer Special, you’ve got great options, so it might be the time to try out a new option or stick with a tried-and-true favorite.  At the $199 level, you can select the Victorian Charm room, the Four Poster Room, or even the brand new Abbie’s Retreat!  Or for $229, two of you can sample cottage suites 4, 8, 9, or 11 and have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast delivered to your door.  What’s not to love about breakfast in bed?  Or for an added boost of luxury, you could try Captain Walker’s Suite 16 or Cottage Suites 3 or 7 for just $249.  So don’t feel forlorn that the summer might pass you by, because there’s plenty of time to enjoy a late summer vacation to a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast!

Staying Cool During a Kennebunkport Heat Wave

July 20th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

This week has brought an intense heat wave to New England, and Kennebunkport is no exception.  Temperatures have soared into the early and even mid nineties, which is highly unusual for the Maine Coast, but fortunately every room and suite has air conditioning (and some even have brand new energy efficient heat pump based cooling

Ice cream in Kennebunkport is proving to be a great way to beat the heat!

Ice cream in Kennebunkport is proving to be a great way to beat the heat!

systems), so everyone has been cool as a cucumber indoors.  That said, on a bright sunny day, hanging out inside is not normally the number one thing on most agendas!  So we loaded folks up with cool beverages and coolers full of ice to keep them refreshed and well hydrated during their fun in the summer sun.  But even with lots of ice water on board, the high temperatures drove many (but not all!) visitors to Kennebunkport to alter their activities.  Because of the extraordinarily warm weather the water is now unseasonably warm, which means that beach time is really a must, but without a cloud in the sky, most folks have been choosing to hit the sand early in the morning or later in the afternoon and opting for other midday plans.  Many have swapped their sunset sails on multi-masted schooners for those during the day, as the water still brings a deliciously cool breeze even on the hottest of days.  Others have chosen to explore shadier areas like the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge or the Wells Reserve, each of which offer the cooling ocean breeze and tree protection from the sun.  But don’t forget the bug spray, because neither Reserve treats the properties for mosquitos, and it’s never fun to leave a vacation with oodles of bug bites.  Others have chosen to explore as they normally would, but return for a siesta in our backyard in the shade, courtesy of some towering pines.  But my personal favorite way to spend a Kennebunkport is to cool off with a frosty treat!  And with fabulous spots like Goose Rock’s Dairy, Rococo Artisan Ice Cream, and Yo Goody (among quite a few others), you can enjoy your favorite activities with a cool treat in hand.  No matter where you spend your heat wave days in Kennebunkport, there are lots of great options for staying cool!

Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport Open for Visitors

July 18th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

After many years of litigation between homeowners in Goose Rocks Beach and the Town of Kennebunkport, visitors this summer are likely to see few changes during their trip out to Goose Rocks.  For those who don’t know, Goose Rocks Beach is the northeastern part of Kennebunkport that lies on the Biddeford line along the Atlantic Ocean.  Named after a crest of rocks that look like geese floating on the water when exposed during low

Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport is great for a long walk!

Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport is great for a long walk!

tide, this area is primarily residential with a long stretch of sandy beaches.  And for years the homeowners along the beach have contended that they, and not the town or the public, own the beach.  But it appears that the legal battle has drawn to a close, bringing compromise from both parties.  The great news is that the beach is still open to the public, with reminders to be respectful of the area and the private property adjoining the beach.  However, this year, you’re likely to see a police presence to remind folks that certain homeowners do have rights to 25 feet of sand in front of their homes (although that shrinks to just 10 if the high water mark falls within their 25 feet).  That means that if the owners are inclined, they or the police may ask loungers to move to a different area – but chances are that respectful and quiet visitors are not likely to bring much attention.  If you want to read the complete list of restrictions, click here. That said, I like Goose Rocks Beach best for a long walk, and none of these restrictions apply to walkers or those just passing through these questionable zones.  One important reminder, though, is that you’ll require special parking stickers that can only be obtained at Kennebunkport Town Offices (just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Maine Stay Inn) on Elm Street, the Kennebunkport Police Station (on your way out to GRB), or the Goose Rocks General Store if you’ve forgotten to pick one up on your way.

But if you don’t want to worry about restrictions, we’ve got plenty of parking passes for the Kennebunk Beaches (just about a mile from the inn), which offers much more in the way of parking spots and convenience!  Or we could recommend other favorites, like Colony Beach, which is just a short walk from the Maine Stay, or the Wells Reserve, where you’ll find a great nature walk before hitting the sands.  But no matter whether you choose Goose Rocks Beach or one of the other great beaches in the area, you’ll find gorgeous sand and sparkling surf waiting for you in Kennebunkport this summer!

Summer Vacation at Maine Bed and Breakfasts

July 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Maine bed and breakfasts will help you find gorgeous spots like this to visit!

Maine bed and breakfasts will help you find gorgeous spots like this to visit!

Now that July Fourth has come and gone, it is definitely summer vacation time, and there’s no better place than at Maine bed and breakfasts, which offer a combination of the amenities of high end hotels and the comforts of home. Now that doesn’t mean that you’re actually going to be in someone’s home – staying at a bed and breakfast doesn’t mean sleeping in Granny’s spare bedroom.  It is, however, distinctly different from a hotel.  Generally Maine bed and breakfasts are smaller in scale, so that means that the person checking you in is also likely to be serving your breakfast or making your theater reservations.  The staff is going to greet you by name and remember the restaurant where you had dinner last night.  When was the last time that happened at a Hilton?

While some people might envision the innkeepers at a B&B hovering or tucking you in at night (can you say creepy?), in reality, the staff is happy to be available as much or as little as you need us.  If you want help planning every second of your summer vacation, we’ve got lots of ideas!  But if you’d rather fly by the seat of your pants, we’re good with that too.  The truth is that everyone who works at Maine bed and breakfasts wants to make sure that you have the best possible vacation, so you might get an “Are you sure I can’t help you with…?” kind of question more often than you would at a hotel.  But on the quest to ensure that you have a great vay-cay, Maine bed and breakfasts try to think of everything – beach parking passes (for free!), beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, you name it.  But the best part, at least in my opinion, is waking up to a great breakfast!  No soda fountain OJ or miniature boxes of cereal here – you’re in for a multi-course gourmet delight.  And since we alternate daily between sweet and savory entrees, there’s something for  every palate.  I can’t remember the last time I was served a plated meal for free by a hotel – can you?  So this year, when planning your summer vacation, skip the vanilla and Maine bed and breakfasts!

Summer’s Heating Up in Kennebunkport Maine

July 6th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

A mini heat wave arrived in Kennebunkport Maine just in time for the July 4th holiday weekend, and while temps in the low 90s are a bit unusual in this neck of the woods, everyone seems to be enjoying a chance to hit the beach!  Fortunately, there’s lots of coastline to enjoy in southern Maine, and you don’t have to venture far from the Maine Stay Inn to find a spot that’s right for you.  In fact, we’re located just a block from the harbor! And that means we are treated to a fantastic afternoon breeze off the water every afternoon.  So after a day at the beach, you can put your feet up, relax in a hammock or just hang out on the front porch watching the horse drawn carriage go by and be cool as a cucumber!  Plus, we’ve always got refreshing cool beverages (like our signature fresh mint iced tea) each afternoon and some sweet freshly baked treats to give you that afternoon pick-me-up we all need.

High tide at the Wells Reserve!

High tide at the Wells Reserve!

This week I have been casually surveying visitors to find out where there favorite spots are to beat the heat in Kennebunkport Maine, and here’s what I’ve found:

  • Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve seems to be a favorite for those looking for peace and quite, as well as those looking to enjoy the ocean without baking in the sun.  They’ve got miles of trails that offer sun protection, but you can still hear, feel, smell, and often see the water.  Plus their quiet beach is very private and serene when you’re ready to frolic in the waves!
  • Gooch’s Beach, just over the bridge in Kennebunk, seems to be a walker’s paradise with paved walkways extending for over a mile.
  • Mother’s Beach is especially family-friendly, offering a more enclosed stretch of sand and a playground for the littlest visitors.
  • Colony Beach is the closest to our Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast (just about a half mile stroll from the inn) and the favorite of those looking to head out on foot.
  • The walk along Ocean Avenue and the Parsons Walk out by the Bush Family Compound is the top choice for people looking to enjoy the ocean without getting sandy.  You’re able to enjoy the ocean breeze and cooling mist all along this over two mile stretch, but you won’t feel the pressure to go for a dip if that’s not your thing.

But no matter where you spend the day (and many choose to explore multiple spots), you’ll always be happy to return for some R&R back at the Maine Stay. However you choose to spend your summer vacation in Kennebunkport Maine, you’re never far from the relaxing and refreshing Atlantic Ocean!

Fireworks on the Fourth in Kennebunkport Maine

July 3rd, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Check out the fireworks from the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Maine jetties!

Check out the fireworks from the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Maine jetties!

It’s hard to believe that July Fourth is upon us, but that means that we will get to enjoy fireworks commemorating Independence Day in Kennebunkport Maine!  There aren’t too many small towns in New England (or anywhere in the country, for that matter) that are lucky enough to enjoy fireworks displays as large or involved as ours, and boy, are we ever lucky!  And considering our seaside location and undulating coastline, there are lots of great spots to enjoy the show.  While I think the best way enjoy the Fourth festivities are found on foot, any of the viewing spots are also accessible by car – as long as you’re willing to wait a little while to get your buggy back to the Maine Stay Inn.  Since the fireworks are shot off from Narragansett Point between Gooch’s and Middle beaches, the Kennebunk beaches are a great place to watch the Kennebunkport Maine fireworks.  Plus, you’ll get the full experience because you’ll even smell the gunpowder (one of my favorite aspects to a July Fourth fireworks display)!  But if you’d rather stay a little farther away, you can pick a spot on the jetty overlooking Gooch’s Beach.  Any of the peaceful outcroppings of rock along Ocean Avenue are also great locations to watch the fireworks, but my absolute favorite spot is the jetty popping out from Colony beach.  Just about a half mile from our Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast, it gives you a chance for a leisurely after dinner stroll before the show.  Best of all, you can stop at the ice cream window of Mabel’s Lobster Claw for a delicious treat on your way!  But one of my favorite things about watching the fireworks in town is that you’ll also see the York and Ogunquit firework shows in the distance – it’s like getting three shows in one.  Wishing everyone in Kennebunkport Maine and across the country a happy fourth of July!

Kennebunkport Hotels and B&Bs Gear Up for July 4th!

July 1st, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Our flag will be flying high on July 4th!

Our flag will be flying high on July 4th!

Summer is in the air and all around town you can feel the excitement gearing up for July 4th, and the Kennebunkport hotels and bed and breakfasts are certainly no exception!  To show our patriotism and our sense of celebration, everyone is encouraged to dress their best in red, white, and blue this Thursday.  And with our flags out and flying proudly, we’re excited to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day!  Plus, since it falls on a Thursday, that means that most folks will be enjoying a long weekend, and will be just that much more relaxed when visiting Kennebunkport.  We’re also looking forward to taking our red, white, and blue theme a bit farther – right into the kitchen!  And unlike the Kennebunkport hotels, the Maine Stay Inn will be serving its gourmet breakfast with an infusion of patriotic colors, but I am not about to spoil the surprise by leaking hints about the menu – you’ll just have to wait for updates on that!  But if you’re really itching for some inspiration, you can check out our Facebook page on the morning of the 4th to see a snapshot of this year’s tasty treats.

Now, what would the fourth of July be without incredible fireworks?  Well, I’m not sure I’d want to know, and fortunately for us and for visitors to Kennebunkport, there is always a fantastic show right off the Kennebunk beaches.  And with a viewing spot on Colony beach (named for its location just across the street from the Kennebunkport hotels property) or out on the jetty, you can enjoy the sights, while simultaneously catching a glimpse of the Ogunquit and York fireworks in the distance.  Obviously I know which ones I prefer!  I have to admit, though, the reason that I am partial to this spot.  Yes, it’s a just a short walk from the Maine Stay, which means that you don’t have to fight the post-show gridlock (basically the only time we see traffic in this town!), but it’s perfectly situated so you can grab a cup or cone of your favorite ice cream at Mabel’s ice cream window before staking claim on your viewing spot.  Mmmm!  No matter where you choose to view the fireworks in town this weekend, it’s clear that at the Kennebunkport hotels and B&Bs are getting excited for July 4th!

A Great Summer Day in Kennebunkport!

June 29th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

A gorgeous beach day in Kennebunkport!

A gorgeous beach day in Kennebunkport!

This morning I awoke to a thick fog that was like rain just suspended in mid air, but by the time breakfast was on the table, you could see the sun fighting to emerge from the clouds, and by early afternoon, Kennebunkport was experiencing a truly great summer day!  And what better way to celebrate than to play outdoors?  Well since I couldn’t think of any, I swung through Dock Square to take in the sights and see what others were doing to celebrate the amazing weather.  Sure, there was plenty of shopping and strolling, but there were lots of bikers, kayakers, and runners out and about as well.  Since I still just had to stretch my legs a bit more, I headed out to one of my absolute favorite places (and somewhere that is a must-see during your Maine summer vacation) – the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm.  Less than ten minutes from the Maine Stay Inn sits this special tract of land, a former farm encompassing over 1700 acres that has been converted into a nature and wildlife preserve.  As usual, the parking area was pretty empty, but I knew it wouldn’t stay that way for long, because strategically placed signs let me know that some lucky couple was going to be exchanging vows there that evening.  You could hear the soft musical stylings of a talented musical group and see the white chairs being set up in the field.  It was so picturesque!  And while I may have been inclined to oogle, I was on a mission to hit the beach!  So off I went on a leisurely stroll across the fields and into the woods.  Which brought me to my favorite bit of salt marsh.  Which brought me to the beach.  As usual, it was nothing short of spectacular!  Because of the curve of the shoreline, you can look across the water to Kennebunkport, and see St. Ann’s Church poking out into the Atlantic.  Relaxing to the sound of the waves what just what this gorgeous summer day called for, but as the evening breeze picked up, I decided to make the “hike” back and sneak one last peek at the beautiful wedding being held in the Laudholm Farmhouse tonight.  Yes, it sure was a great summer day in Kennebunkport!

Summer Solstice Approaching in Kennebunkport

June 20th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Now that the summer solstice is just hours away, I thought I would reflect on some of my favorite things to do in Kennebunkport during the summer.  Granted there are about a million things to do in the area and countless places to eat, so this isn’t even close to

Nothing better than watching the boats go by in Kennebunkport!

Nothing better than watching the boats go by in Kennebunkport!

exhaustive, but these are the things I most look forward to during the summer months.  So here goes!

  • Picnic dinners on the water.  And while I am a food lover, it’s not the cuisine that matters, because let’s face it – everything tastes better in the ocean air!  But since Kennebunkport Maine is known for its lobster, I am certainly partial to the idea of a lobster dinner!  So if I was hankering for lobsters with all the fixin’s, I would head out to Cape Pier Chowder House and enjoy a meal overlooking Cape Porpoise Harbor and the sun setting over the moored lobster boats.  But what I really love is grabbing snacks and sides from Cape Porpoise kitchen and picking up a boiled lobster from Port Lobster, which is a perfect stop between the Maine Stay Inn and Colony beach.  Plus, with a jetty sticking out into the Atlantic, there’s no better spot to enjoy a sunset picnic without worrying about sand getting in your food or bugs “bugging” you!
  • Riding bikes through Kennebunkport.  Cruising through the historic district and waterfront streets is always beautiful, but sometimes I’m in the mood for a longer ride, so I’ll head out to Goose Rocks Beach (don’t forget your water bottle!) and enjoy some time on the beach.  But I have to admit, I always have an ulterior motive when heading that direction – Goose Rocks Dairy, a family run ice cream shop with incredible homemade ice creams.  And with such generous portions, a bike ride is a great excuse for some sustenance!
  • Water sports of any kind – seriously.  Whether it’s surfing, stand up paddle boarding, wake boarding, kayaking or canoeing, I am all in!  And if you’re game for something a little more leisurely, you can pick up a spectacular sailboat ride on the Schooner Eleanor just down the street from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.
  • Fun in the sun!  I love the beach as the next person, and there’s nothing better than a leisurely day on the beach.  Unlike some vacation destinations, visiting the beach is a breeze (especially with the complimentary parking passes we provide!), with no schlepping required since your parking spot is just steps from the sand.  But the protected beach at the Wells Reserve is one of the area’s hidden gems, so while you’re in for a bit of a stroll, you’ll find yourself on a nearly deserted beach.  And what could be better than that?
  • Breakfast on the porch, of course!  Sometimes referred to as the front porch of Kennebunkport, you can enjoy gourmet breakfast served on our wraparound porch, and watching the horse drawn carriage go by with a cup of coffee in hand is my favorite way to start the day.

Now that the Summer Solstice is upon us, that means loads of daylight to enjoy your favorite summer past times in Kennebunkport.  So whether you’re into dining and shopping or surfing and sailing, Kennebunkport has got the summer activities for you!