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Snow Day fun at a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

February 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Many folks around New England are going to enjoy an unexpected snow day tomorrow, but we think the best way to spend a day is at a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast!  Honestly, what could be better than playing in some fresh powder?  Yes, we’re forecasted to get all white stuff, unlike the southern coastlines of New England, and we’re excited and raring to go!  Fortunately for us, Kennebunkport is tops when it comes to snow removal, which means that even in some of the most challenging storms, driving around town is no sweat – or stress (but we always recommend exercising caution on the road!).  But the idea of celebrating a much needed snow day in town got me thinking about some of my favorite ways to enjoy a fresh coating of snow, so here are some of my

Snow meets the beach in Kennebunkport!

Snow meets the beach in Kennebunkport!

top picks!

  • Grab your snowshoes and go exploring one one of the great golf courses or amazing nature preserves in the area!  With thousands of acres of land to explore a stone’s throw from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  Not to fret – if you forgotyours at home or have never given them a try, Harris Farm in Dayton has rentals of snowshoes and cross country skis to use on their miles of groomed trails.  Plus, you can warm up with hot cocoa in their warming hut afterwards!
  • Sometimes a snowstorm is the perfect excuse to catch up on your favorite films with a trip to the movie theater.  And at nearby Smitty’s Cinema, you can stay all day, because not only can you order real food (delivered to your table in the theater), but their oversized leather recliners mean that you’ll be comfortable flick after flick!  Not willing to change out of your jammies?  Borrow a movie or two from our collection and enjoy them in the privacy of your room or suite and you’ll have control over stop and start!
  • Lace up your boots and stroll along the coast, because there is absolutely nothing more stunning than the waves lashing the coastline, so enjoy it.  Or Instagram it.
  • Snuggle!  No seriously, I just love cozying up on a comfy couch with a good book, reveling in the heat of a glowing fire, and staring out the window as snow quietly falls around me.  And for a change of scenery, you can grab freshly baked cookies at teatime and hop in the tub for a leisurely soak.  No sore shoveling muscles for you, because the Maine Stay Inn is taking care of it!

So get ready for a snow day like no other, because spending it at a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy wintertime in New England.  Let the snow begin, because once it’s over you can enjoy winter wonderland fun in the sun!

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!

Watching the Game in Kennebunkport

January 20th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

As we all know, today is a big day in the sports world, and it got me thinking about where you can find the best game-watching in Kennebunkport.  Now, the really sharp sports fanatic will note that I am writing this entry after the kick-off for the Pats vs. Ravens game, but I am watching, I promise!  Nevertheless, in a small town like Kennebunkport, you might think that great sports bars would be tough to find, but think again!  Yep, when you’re visiting, you certainly won’t be confined to your room at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast (though many folks do choose to snuggle in and watch!), so here’s a selection of great local spots to cheer for your favorite team:

  • Federal Jack’s is definitely a favorite spot, because with a dozen or so big screen TVs you’re sure to get your fill.  Plus, as the home of shipyard ales (with seven different homemade brews tapped directly from the brewery below), and a huge assortment of other draft beers, you’ll find just the thing to quench your thirst!  Worried about noshing – they’ve got a big
    A view of Cape Porpoise Harbor from Pier 77's The Ramp

    A view of Cape Porpoise Harbor from Pier 77′s The Ramp

    menu of traditional pub food (and more sophisticated entrees as well) so nachos and wings are available nearly at the snap of a finger.

  • Alisson’s Restaurant, located at the very center of Dock Square, just a stone’s throw from the Maine Stay Inn, features quite a few TVs and a great bar.  Plus, their assortment of finger food is just as extensive as that at Fed’s.
  • You’ll find a small gathering of local folks at Pier 77‘s the Ramp, which, while only offering 2 viewing screens, has a great homey atmosphere.  Looking around, you will find the walls and ceilings plastered with vintage sports memorabilia, which just adds to the viewing experience.  And with standout food choices, this the Ramp is a great spot for the non sports fan and the enthusiast alike.
  • Looking for something a little different?  Check out Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant in Lower Village Kennebunk.  The food’s pretty stellar (and not at all like commercialized Mexican eateries) and their margaritas are out of this world.  So pull up a seat at the bar and enjoy!

And, really, this is just the tip of the iceberg!  We’re really fortunate in Kennebunkport to have tons of great spots to watch your favorite sports games, and even luckier that they are also comfortable and fun for those who aren’t quite so enamored with sports!

Winter Wonderland Activities in Kennebunkport Maine

January 17th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

A light dusting of snow fell today in Kennebunkport Maine, which really got me thinking about all of the great winter activities to enjoy in the area.  And while some people aren’t crazy about the white stuff, today’s coating was just right – the kind that makes the landscape look like a perfect winter wonderland, without causing any trouble on the roads or even much shoveling!  All those big, fluffy snowflakes just made all of us anxious to head outside and enjoy the scenery, but with so many great options, what should you choose?!  Here are some of our favorite winter activities in and around Kennebunkport:

Enjoy fun winter activities in Kennebunkport Maine!

Enjoy fun winter activities in Kennebunkport Maine!

  • Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at Harris Farm in nearby Dayton.  Outdoor enthusiasts should feel free to bring their own equipment and take advantage of the miles and miles of groomed tracks and trails.  But they’ve even got oodles of rentals for those who are casual skiers or are just looking to test the waters.  Plus, their warming hut (with snacks available) is a welcome treat after a day of fun in the snow!
  • Skating in downtown Kennebunk at their outdoor rink or on nearby Roger’s Pond!  What could be better than some old-fashioned outdoor skating time?  Plus, with lots of great restaurants offering fantastic lunch menus nearby, you’ve got excellent options for refueling before or after.  Just remember to bring your own skates, because neither of these public arenas offer rentals, but never fear, if you’ve got the itch to go for a loop around the rink, you can head inside for rentals and refreshments at  Biddeford Ice Arena.
  • Outdoor activities of all kinds about at nearby Laudholm Farm – visitors bring their own snowshoes, XC skis or even just some boots or warm sneakers to enjoy the 7 miles of trails and paths (plus beachfront, of course!) on the property.  Aren’t up for a real wintertime trek?  Head over to Kennebunk beach for a stroll along the paved (and plowed) paths for some scenery without any fuss!
  • Want to enjoy the great outdoors without breaking a sweat?  Consider heading over to Rockin’ Horse Stables for a horse-drawn sleigh ride.  And with cocoa and blankets to keep you warm, you can enjoy every second of a sleigh ride through the woods and fields just a moment’s drive from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.

Winter is an incredible time in Kennebunkport and we can’t wait to share more great pictures of the area with you on Facebook, Pinterest and here on the blog, but that usually just isn’t enough, so we hope to share this beautiful time of year with you soon!

Fall Foliage in New England

October 24th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

The 2012 Fall foliage in New England has been spectacular, with some truly spectacular colors.  And in Kennebunkport, we have been fortunate to enjoy quite a long foliage season.  While the weather forecasters have just announced that the area has become “past peak,” that certainly doesn’t mean that there aren’t lots of glorious leafy displays to enjoy in the area!  It’s particularly hard to

fall foliage in new england

Check out this gorgeous foliage display! And who said we were past peak?

believe that the weatherman thinks we’ve seen the best of the colors, because the giant maple outside my bedroom window is just beginning to turn yellow.  Fortunately, that means from mid-September through late October we (and visitors to our Maine bed and breakfast) can drink in the iconic displays of fall foliage in New England!

But since there are some trees that have passed their prime or are dropping their crimson leaves, the best opportunity to enjoy brightly colored leaves are in areas where there are oodles of trees.  One of the best spots for glimpsing these great hues is the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.  With a variety of sites throughout town, you’re sure to find a favorite.  One of ours is the main site off of Gravelly Brook Road, which offers scenic paths leading to charming fields.  So grab your walking shoes and a camera, because this is a spot just waiting to explore!  Another glorious spot is one we’ve talked about often, because we just love it so much!  Just over the border in Wells, you’ll find the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm.  With seven miles of trails in a variety of terrain, you’ll even have the opportunity to enjoy the late fall foliage while walking a deserted beach!  But one of my favorite spots is the elevated pasture located at the center of this beautiful property.  So enjoy a leisurely hike through the trails, while enjoying the crunch of leaves under your feet and the colorful foliage arching above your head or kick back and relax in one of the sun-filled fields.  Here in Kennebunkport we are enjoying the last of fall foliage in New England and hope you are too!

An Intimate Maine Bed and Breakfast Wedding

October 20th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

While the typical “wedding season” is drawing to a close here in New England, I am preparing to go to several in the coming weeks, which has gotten me thinking about planning an intimate wedding at a Maine bed and breakfast.  No, I’m not telling you that I have one on the horizon – I promise!  Over the last few years, and certainly over the Maine Stay’s 150-plus year history, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting quite a few small, intimate weddings.  And each of the happy couples chose a different location to exchange their vows, which just goes to show that Kennebunkport is a great spot to ensure that your wedding will be unique.  But if

maine bed and breakfast wedding view

The view from Colony Beach

you are working on plans for your nuptials and need some inspiration, here are some ideas we loved and a few more that we think would be fantastic!

If you’re planning a warm weather wedding, a beachfront destination is almost a no-brainer.  But chances are that you’re looking for something that feels like a secret cover, and fortunately there a a few spots near our Maine bed and breakfast that might just fit the bill!  So consider Colony beach, which boasts a convenient location on Ocean Avenue with a small size that makes it feel like something just for you.  Plus, there’s parking (though limited) that won’t be difficult to navigate with heels.  If you’re party is really petite, keep heading out Ocean Ave, and during low tide you’ll find a quiet cove just beyond St. Ann’s Church.  With stone steps leading down to the water’s edge, the bride can make a picture perfect entrance.  But if you’re looking for something a little more pastoral, consider one of the area’s private beaches that have been kindly opened to the public.  However, if the crash of surf isn’t a requirement and the presence of quiet waters will suffice, we’ve always thought that the waterfront coves near downtown Kennebunkport could be incredible!

Sometimes smaller wedding parties enjoy the ambience of one of Kennebunkport’s more sophisticated weddings, and those with private party rooms are an even better option (and work great for very small groups).  For example, the upstairs dining room at Pier 77 Restaurant is a fave pick, especially with it’s waterviews.  Plus, the lighthouse backdrop and sunset exposures just screams Maine wedding!  More than a few brides have taken advantage of the intimate dining atmosphere and glorious gardens at On the Marsh Bistro.  Less traditional brides have opted for quirky Bandaloop’s small Bohemian-chic style, and since it’s walking distance (even in heels) from our Maine Bed and Breakfast, it works well for guests post-wedding toasts too!

So whether you’d like to test out a tried-and-true favorite or tap our minds for some innovative ideas, everyone at the Maine Stay Inn is happy to help make your big day one for the picture books, so give us a holler!

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!

Fall Fun in Kennebunkport Maine!

October 14th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

There’s no other way to describe autumn in Kennebunkport Maine than simply awesome, and a getaway with fun fall activities is the ideal way to make it even better!  What could be better than apple picking and corn mazes, or hayrides and pumpkin patches?  Since we are very big fans of utilizing local ingredients and seasonal produce, you’ll surely enjoy some classically New England fall fare while visiting the Maine Stay Inn.  Ever had pumpkin and sage “home fries”?  They’re such a treat, and we’ll even share the

pumpkin picking in Kennebunkport Maine

Don’t forget to pick up some pumpkins!

recipe if you’d like.  So get pickin’ so you can bring some Maine flavor home with you!

Not far from Kennebunkport Maine, you’ll find Spiller Farm, where you can pick your very own pumpkins – for painting, carving, or  (my personal favorite) eating!  It’s just over the border in the town of Wells, and is a great spot at any season (berries and veggies in the warmer weather and pumpkins and a few varieties of apples in the fall!).  But for mature orchards, check out Giles’ Family Farm, just up the road in Dayton, ME.

Also in Dayton, you’ll find a fantastic corn maze spanning 6 whole acres at Pumpkin Valley Farm!  In their 11th year, you’ll be sure to have a great time – and it’s fun for the whole family.  But if you are bringing along some pint-sized visitors on your trip to Kennebunkport Maine, you shouldn’t miss out on their giant pumpkin themed bounce-house style jumping pillow.  But a little closer to your home-away-from-home, you can enjoy a horse-drawn hayride at Rockin’ Horse Stables right here in Kennebunkport!  So take advantage of the beautiful fall weather to enjoy some classic autumn activities, and don’t forget to pop in to the main house for afternoon snacks and a cup of tea or mug of coffee to warm you up from those brisk October breezes.

Exploring the Fall in New England

October 8th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Most of you know that at the Maine Stay Innwe are pretty big fans of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, and that certainly doesn’t change at this time of year.  In fact, we probably love it even more!  I mean, with the glorious colors and crisp breezes, how could we not?   Of course, we love just wandering through the seven miles of trails on this incredible piece of property, meandering down to the shoreline, where the pristine beach just begs for a stroll.  But fall in New England also means the return of some great

Celebrating fall in New England at Laudholm Farm

One of the many estuarine inlets at Laudholm!

programming, with opportunities for the whole family.  Here are just some of the great upcoming events that you’ll find at the Wells Reserve this month:

  • Wood lot harvesting – ever wonder what the right way is to deal with invasive species?  Need to clear some trees or miscellaneous fauna in your yard?  Find out from the pros how to do it right!
  • Tracking the Migration of Shorebirds in the Western Hemisphere – We all learned about avian migration in, oh, about the second grade and love when the birdies return each spring.  Here in New England the chirping come April is a very welcome sound!  But there are three bird species that have to overcome pretty substantial hinderances to their annual trek.  So check out the latest movie about their journey and learn how communities can help these critters!
  • Fun with Fungi!  I know I love mushrooms (and hope you do too), but they’re certainly not all edible, so enjoy a tour of the property while learning about native New England fungi.
  • Get your spook on with an Owl Prowl with Owl Banding.  Enjoy an evening walk and lesson in calling for owls, as well as a live demo on banding these flying friends.

Fortunately for us and for visitors to Kennebunkport, this is just a selection of some of the great events celebrating fall in New England this month at Laudholm Farm.  We hope you’ll get a chance to enjoy some of them!

A Fall Weekend in Kennebunkport Maine

September 28th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

On a chilly evening like this one, there’s nothing better than snuggling up in front of a warm (and non-smoky) gas fireplace – and fortunately for me (and you!) there’s one with my name on it right in the living room of our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Not to mention the fact that nine of our guest rooms and suites have their very own, which is ideal for cuddling with your special someone!  But given the chilly weather and light drizzle tonight, cozying up with some tea in front of the fire is a perfect

Fall getaway in Kennebunkport Maine

What could be better than snuggling by a cozy fire this fall?!

activity.  Tomorrow’s forecast, however, is much better!  A few light showers might pass through the area, and in the event that your fall hike, bike or stroll is interrupted, there are lots of great weather-independent activities this weekend that you might enjoy.

After breakfast at the Maine Stay Inn, you can head over to the Maine Women in the Arts Craft Show at the Consolidated Elementary School.  It’s just around the corner, but in the event that you haven’t brought inclement weather appropriate footwear, there’s plenty of parking too!  And this weekend you can enjoy a real fall escape with the Pumpkin Patch Trolley ride at the Seashore Trolley Museum.  For kids and adults alike, you can put your feet up and drink in the view during a scenic and colorful ride along the property’s loops of rail, paint a keepsake pumpkin, and hop back on for great photo ops before picking up your pumpkin to take home.

Sometimes, though, you just need to spice up life with a little drama – onstage, that is!  Whether it’s on the big screen or the big stage, there are plenty of options near Kennebunkport Maine.  Traditional movie theater, the Wells Five Star Cinema, is just a few moments’ drive up the road, where you can catch the latest blockbusters.  But if you’re in the mood for something a bit different, Smitty’s Cinema in Biddeford offers “one-stop shopping” with meals and movies all in the same spot.  Yes, that means you can get a burger and a beer while watching your new fave flick.  Looking for something you can’t get at home?  Consider a trip to the Ogunquit playhouse for an evening show or a matinee!  With world-class performances at neighborhood showhouse prices, how could you go wrong?  But no matter what you choose, you’re sure to have a phenomenal fall weekend in Kennebunkport Maine!