Welcome to Maine Stay Inn, a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Inn and Cottages.

View our Blog · Purchase Gift Certificates Book Now

(800) 950-2117 · (207) 967-2117

Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast Accommodations and Cottages

Boats 2 copy dusk copy

Posts Tagged ‘Things to do in Kennebunkport’

April Vacation Week in Kennebunkport

April 23rd, 2014 by Judi Hauer

The weather in Kennebunkport can sure keep you on your toes, and this April Vacation week is no exception!  Yesterday felt like late spring or early summer with temps soaring into the seventies, but today definitely felt more like early Spring, with sun, clouds, wind, rain, chill and warmth…all in the same day!  They say that if you don’t like the weather in New England, wait ten minutes and that sure was true today!  And this great weather means that the beach is really calling

Now that's some great weather!

Now that’s some great weather!

my name, and I know that I am not the only one, because I’ve found lots more sandy footprints to vacuum up recently.  So while lots of folks are enjoying the seashore, not too many are going for a swim.  Although there are some brave souls hitting the surf out there – with wet suits, of course!  And whether you decide to take a plunge or just dip in your fingers or toes, we’ve got lots of beach towels to dry you off!

This April vacation week, folks are definitely drinking in the ocean air with strolls through town, picnics on the beach, and bike rides along the coast, but there’s also plenty of shopping and dining going on too!  The Freeport and Kittery Outlets are definitely being frequented.  I mean, you’ve got to add to your spring wardrobe, right?  Plus, with the shops in Dock Square switching over to their Spring/Summer hours, there are lots of great sales going on and new products filling the windows and shelves just around the corner from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  And with the seasonal restaurants opening what almost seems like daily, there’s lots of delicious meals to enjoy to sustain you for the limitless activities in and around the area. But many visitors to Kennebunkport during April vacation week are content to relax in our backyard and wraparound porch while they rest, relax, and recharge.  So whether you’re on va-cay or just looking to play some hooky, Kennebunkport is calling your name to come and enjoy April vacation week nonetheless!

 

April Vacations to Kennebunkport Maine

April 9th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

Back Alley Kennebunkport Maine

The perfect backdrop for some shopping in Kennebunkport Maine!

While this winter was especially long in New England, April is finally feeling like spring in Kennebunkport Maine, with lots of suns and seasonable temps on the forecast! Now, it doesn’t quite feel like summer vacation or time to take a plunge in the ocean, it really is lovely for exploring the seashore or heading out for a scenic bike ride.  And with April vacations weeks coming up and Patriot’s Day looming, there are all kinds of reasons to head to Kennebunkport Maine for a “spring break.”  So ditch the classic ideas of palm trees and teeny bikinis, and have a grown-up spring break in Kennebunkport this year!  Don’t worry, though, because if the surf is really calling your name, we’ve always 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 April.  But without any foliage to block the sun’s rays (yet… they are coming!), don’t forget to pack some sunblock!  This beautiful spring weather brings visitors out to enjoy walks and picnics along the Kennebunk beaches.  Plus, it’s just a two minute drive from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  Others are dusting off the hiking boots and really getting in touch with nature, at  the Wells Reserve/Laudholm Farm, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust properties, and the Kennebunk Land Trust trails.  But some visitors might just be content to relax with a book on the wraparound porch at the Maine Stay Inn, in close proximity for yummy beverages and freshly baked cookies!  So whether you’re on va-cay or just looking to play some hooky, Kennebunkport Maine is calling your name to come play this April!

“Spring Ahead” Comes to Kennebunkport

March 9th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

low tide

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!

Winter Activities For Your Bed and Breakfast Getaway

February 1st, 2014 by Judi Hauer

first snow of the season.

Even winter weather can’t stop us from enjoying outdoor activities in Kennebunkport!

With the Superbowl and Winter Olympics on the immediate horizon, I started thinking about my favorite winter activities and trends for those enjoying a bed and breakfast getaway.  Now, the first thing that comes to mind in terms of winter sports is usually skiing, and mountains are not something that Southern Maine is really known for.  But truthfully, not everyone is a ski bunny, so I don’t personally  see a lack of slopes as a big drawback when it comes to planning a bed and breakfast getaway.  That said, you can hit the slopes just over an hour away, so if your escape is not complete without it, you can still enjoy a full day of skiing not far from Kennebunkport.  There is, however, quite a bit of cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the immediate vicinity, so folks looking to enjoy some quality time in the great outdoors without hitching a ride on a chairlift will still find just what they’re looking for!

The next thing that comes to mind is ice skating, clearly!  And that is something that is really not hard to find close by the Maine Stay Inn.  There’s outdoor skating in Biddeford Pool, just north of town, and an outdoor rink in downtown Kennebunk.  But if you’re looking for something even more authentic, when weather permits, there is even skating on Roger’s Pond overlooking the Mousam River in Kennebunk.  If that’s a little too outdoorsy, though, there are beautiful indoor rinks in Biddeford and Portland, so you can channel your inner Michelle Kwan in a more climate controlled environment.  Plus, if the Sochi Games inspire you to test out speed skating, there are often drop in sessions at the nearby Biddeford Arena, so there’s no excuse not to try it!

But some of us are more interested in watching sports than participating in them, and fortunately, there are lots of great viewing opportunities in Kennebunkport.  Superbowl Sunday is sure to draw a big crowd to Kennebunkport restaurants that have a sizable bar area, like Federal Jack’s, Alisson’s Restaurant, and Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant, but you can bet that we’ll be broadcasting the game (and the Games) on the small screen from our bed and breakfast living room.  So this year, don’t miss out on your favorite winter activities when enjoying a bed and breakfast getaway to Kennebunkport Maine!

 

Holiday Shopping in Kennebunkport Maine

November 18th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Honeymoon (105)

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!

 

Enjoying a Perfect Fall Getaway in Kennebunkport Maine

September 25th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

As today’s incredible weather and cloudless skies melded into a perfect evening, I was reminded of why a fall getaway in Kennebunkport Maine is so special.  The day was absolutely ideal for wandering through town, walking on the beach, or even enjoying a scenic hike, but there was nothing more welcome than snuggling up in front of a warm (and non-smoky) gas fireplace – and fortunately for me (and you!) there was one with my name

A gorgeous fall night like tonight was perfect for a walk on the beach!

A gorgeous fall night like tonight was perfect for a walk on the beach!

on it right in the living room of our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast.  And with ten of our guest rooms and suites with their very own, there were plenty to go around!  Fortunately, more of this stellar weather is in store, which means plenty of opportunities to enjoy all that the fall has to offer in Southern Maine.  So lace up your shoes and hit the streets, because the activities abound at this time of year!  The seasonal crops are ready to go, so if apple or pumpkin picking is your thing, there are tons of farms in the area that are just waiting for you.  But if you are looking for something a little lower key, you can enjoy a scenic ride on one of the historic trains at the Seashore Trolley Museum.  And this weekend kids and adults alike can experience the Pumpkin Patch Trolley, where they will take a colorful ride along the property’s loops of rail, paint a keepsake pumpkin, and snap some great photos before picking up their pumpkin to take home. A museum like this one is unique to Kennebunkport Maine and shouldn’t be missed.

One of my favorite spots for some outdoor fall fun is Mt. Agamenticus in York, not far from Kennebunkport, where you can climb some rolling hills to reach scenic overlooks like no other – not only will you have a great vista full of fall foliage, but on one side you can see out into the Atlantic Ocean, while on the other you can see clear to the White Mountains!  And on your way back you can stop at the Ogunquit playhouse for an evening show or a matinee.  I mean, how could you turn down a world class performance of “West Side Story”at neighborhood showhouse prices?  But no matter how you choose to spend your fall getaway to Kennebunkport Maine, you’re sure to have the quintessential New England experience you were looking for!

Fall Foliage Hikes in Kennebunkport

September 16th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Now that it is officially mid-September (what?!), it is time to start enjoying the fall weather, and there’s no better way than taking a great fall foliage hike in Kennebunkport.  And fortunately there are tons of great opportunities for trips that suit all fitness levels and attention spans not far from the Maine Stay Inn.  Now, we have to be realistic – this is Southern Maine, after all.  So that means that you’re not going to find any soaring mountains

A fall hike is the perfect way to enjoy the colors of foliage season!

A fall hike is the perfect way to enjoy the colors of foliage season!

and above tree line treks.  At least not in our immediate area.  But if that’s your thing, we can certainly recommend some spots for a day trip!  So with that in mind, there are still lots of options in terms of length and terrain to keep you busy in the great outdoors.

Now, I certainly know that some folks aren’t psyched about lacing up their running shoes or hiking boots and hitting a dirt trail, so for those who aren’t the walks along the Kennebunk beaches or Parson’s Walk out to Walker’s Point are a great choice.  Looking for a longer route?  Try the packed gravel path along the Eastern Trail, a converted railroad course that runs from Kittery to Portland.  And while these are great for enjoying the autumn air, you might experience more fall foliage on a hike at some of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust properties.  Each offers loops and trails of different lengths, without too much elevation change.  And if you’re willing to venture a little bit from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, the Kennebunk Land Trust also offers a huge variety of different trails not far from Dock Square.  And as many of you know, one of my absolute favorite places in the area is the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, and with 7 miles of trails (even some leading to the beach!) it also offers a great chance for a fall foliage hike just a few miles from the Maine Stay.  But if you’re looking for a little more elevation and challenging terrain, head just south to Mount Agamenticus in Ogunquit.  From the top you can see the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the White Mountains on the other – what a stunning sight!  So no matter what your skill or interest level, there are almost limitless possibilities for fall foliage hikes in Kennebunkport!

Fall Fun in Kennebunkport Maine

September 12th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Despite the fact that the temperature over the last few days has felt more like July than mid-September, autumn really is in the air and there is tons of fall fun to be had in Kennebunkport Maine. Now we all know that leaf peeping in Maine is sort of a given.  I mean, you just have to do it.  The colors become so vibrant that you just can’t help but take note of them, and the idea of opportunities to really take in the landscape and the snap

Apple picking really is a fun fall activity!

Apple picking really is a fun fall activity!

amazing pictures always becomes a top priority.  So whether you choose to take in the scenes by land or by sea, you can’t go wrong!  Hop aboard one of the gorgeous schooners moored just down the street from the Maine Stay Inn or paddle around the coast under your own steam, the view of the changing leaves from the water is not to be missed.  Unless, of course, you decide to head out for a scenic drive or hike, because we’ve got lots of routes and destinations if that’s more your style.  But what fun would a fall getaway be if you didn’t have great activities to enjoy as well?  Don’t worry – there are tons of classically fall activities available in and around Kennebunkport Maine!

Right about now the trees in nearby apple orchards are brimming with crisp ripe fruits, and they’re just waiting for you to take advantage of this class fall activity.  What could be more fun than wandering through beautiful orchards in the autumn sunshine and gathering just the right fruits for a healthy snack or at home baking project?  I certainly can’t think of anything!  And fortunately for us, there are lots of great orchards near Kennebunkport Maine.  Just a few minutes away lies Spiller Farm, featuring orchards, vegetable gardens, and even pumpkin picking – although you’ll have to wait just a touch longer for those.  For those looking to enjoy a scenic drive, you can head out toward Limington, ME, the home of Doles Orchard, where you’ll find them in the heart of fall raspberry and apple picking season. Plus, their hay maze is sure to bring lots of fun and laughter to your trip.  And if that seems like it’s right up your alley, you can take advantage of the incredible six acre corn maze at Pumpkin Valley Farm in Dayton, ME.  But to really get in the fall spirit, you can enjoy a classic hayride and even bring home pumpkins you pick yourself for just 45 cents a pound!  And while there are countless farms in Southern Maine that bring fall spirit to life, this blog just wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Wallingford Farm just over the border in downtown Kennebunk.  They’ve got pumpkin picking and hayrides that are first rate.  No matter how you choose to spend your days in Kennebunkport Maine, you can be sure that there are lots of activities available for your fall fun during your autumn getaway.

Must-Do Things for Your Kennebunkport Maine Vacation

September 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

One of the questions I am asked most frequently is what visitors should do and see during their Kennebunkport Maine vacation, and honestly, it’s a hard question to answer, because it really depends on what you like to do!  I mean, many people come to Kennebunkport to enjoy the plethora of great shops with unique assortments that you just can’t find in many places.  But I am not really a shopper, so chances are that won’t be at the tippity-top of my must-do list.  Now don’t get me wrong, I certainly enjoy having such high quality stores within a short walk from the Maine Stay Inn, because if I need a new pair of shoes or a special gift, I never have to go very far to find the perfect thing!  Now, I for one really like to play outside, no matter the weather or the season – so give me a great hike, bike, or run any day.  But I definitely know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so I’ve made my must-do list for Kennebunkport Maine with that in mind.  So here goes!

A traditional lobster dinner is not to be missed!

A traditional lobster dinner is not to be missed!

  • Check out the beach.  While much of Maine is known for its craggy rocky coast, Kennebunkport is lucky to have long stretches of pristine sand as well.  Because the seascape changes so rapidly, I think you should visit the coast every day, and since I love to be outside, I am always in favor of a brisk walk.  Fortunately for those who aren’t so nature loving, there are beautiful benches along the wide sidewalks by Kennebunk beach. That means enjoying the water without having to get sandy or messy!
  • See the Bush Compound.  It might sound hokey, but it’s one thing you have to do.  And not just because it’s a Presidential retreat, but because their property is one of the most stunning pieces of land in Kennebunkport Maine.  The way the water crashes on the rocks of their peninsula and the sea gets calm as it comes into the inlet is just breathtaking.  Do it – you won’t regret it.
  • Visit Cape Porpoise.  This quaint fishing village sits in the eastern end of town and is still home to a working fish pier.  During the afternoon, you’re sure to find all the lobster boats moored in the harbor and a pile of traps on the dock – just perfect for a great photo session.
  • Have a lobster dinner.  Assuming you’re not allergic to shellfish, that is!  And while I think that you’ll get the classic lobster shack experience at Nunan’s Lobster Hut, the truth is that no Kennebunkport restaurant is going to steer you wrong.
  • Stroll through Dock Square, whether its for shopping, dining, walking or just people watching.  The iconic center of town is just a short stroll from the Maine Stay and is not to be missed!

These are just a few of the items that top my list of things to do in town, and it’s certainly not complete.  There are millions of ways to spend the days during your Kennebunkport Maine Vacation, and we at the Maine Stay Inn are more than happy to make suggestions based on what you like to do – we’re your travel agent and concierge all in one!

Kennebunkport Historical Society Hosts Fundraiser

August 17th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Today was a very exciting day on Maine Street, as the Kennebunkport Historical Society hosted a family friendly daytime fundraiser.  Last month, former President George H.W. Bush found himself all over the news, as he and his secret service staff appeared in photos with shaved heads.  It was quite a sight!  But the story behind the image was even more heartwarming.  The two year old son, named Patrick, of one of the President’s security detail was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and after undergoing treatment, the toddler lost his hair.  As a show of support for little Patrick, 41 and his staff shaved their heads too!  Patrick’s Pals was set up for folks who heard the story to donate funds to support his ongoing treatment.

But today, the newly christened First Families Museum at White Columns, just up the street from the Maine Stay Inn, opened its doors and donated all proceeds to Patrick’s Pals.  Formerly known as the Nott House, the White Columns mansion is the crown jewel of the Kennebunkport Historical Society.  It has recently been revamped to celebrate the history of the founding families of Kennebunkport, as well as the Bush Family legacy in town.  Not to worry, though, the incredible architectural and design history has been well preserved!  And to make the event even more fun, the Historical Society held badminton and croquet in the side lawn.  Visitors and locals alike flocked to this historic mansion for a great day and a heartwarming cause.  They certainly couldn’t have asked for a better day to hold this great event, because the skies were a brilliant blue, without a cloud to be seen, and temps hovering just around 80 degrees – positively perfection!  Visitors certainly enjoyed the outdoor events, hanging around for hours, sometimes just to watch the fun, and we at the Maine Stay are certainly hoping that this resulted in off-the-charts donations for little Patrick and his family.  We’re so grateful to the Kennebunkport Historical Society for hosting such a fun and worthwhile fundraiser!