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Super Savings for a Maine Bed and Breakfast Getaway

February 7th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

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Raise a glass to the most romantic time of year!

With Valentine’s Day just one week away, it really is time to start planning that romantic escape and the Maine Stay is unveiling some super savings for that Maine bed and breakfast getaway you’ve been thinking about.  I mean, what could be more romantic than a few days away in beautiful Kennebunkport with your special someone?  Enjoying that gourmet breakfast you never have time to enjoy at home, freshly baked cookies in the afternoons, all in a winter wonderland setting that doesn’t require hurtling down mountains with popsicle sticks strapped to your feet!  Just kidding, I enjoy downhill skiing as much as anyone, but sometimes you just need some downtime to rest and relax.  But with plenty of great cross country skiing and snowshoeing nearby the Maine Stay Inn, outdoor athletes won’t be left in the lurch!

When most people think of a Maine bed and breakfast getaway, they think of yummy food (check! obviously…), lounging by a warm fire (check!), soaking in a deep tub (check!), and snuggling with their special someone (that one’s all you, folks!).  So this winter, you can enjoy some or all of those things at rock bottom prices:

  • $200 for a 2 night stay in one of our just renovated Standard Rooms (#15 or 18)
  • $250 for a 2 night stay in a room with a fireplace and a soaking tub or whirlpool (#14 or 17)
  • $300 for a 2 night stay in a King suite with fireplace and whirlpool tub with optional breakfast in bed! (#1, 2, or 3)

So it’s time to get crackin’, because this deal is only valid for reservations booked between now and February 17 on any Sunday through Thursday reservation until May 1!  Even if you can’t sneak away for Valentine’s Weekend, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a romantic getaway to a Maine bed and breakfast and celebrate the “season of love” with the special person in your life.

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!

 

Winter Weekend Activities in Kennebunkport Maine

January 15th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

Boatyard in Winter

What could be prettier than a light dusting of snow on one of the Kennebunkport Maine marinas?!

A long weekend lies just ahead and that got me thinking about all of the great winter activities there are to enjoy in Kennebunkport Maine and the surrounding area.  While some people aren’t huge fans of lots of snow, it sure makes things awfully pretty and we might even see a very light dusting on Saturday – what a treat! It’s just the kind that transforms our already lovely winter landscape into a perfect winter wonderland, without causing any trouble on the roads or even much shoveling!  The great forecast ahead for this long weekend always makes me 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:

  • 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 (weather and ice conditions permitting, of course)!  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!

Winter Wonderland Comes to Kennebunkport Maine

December 16th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Now Kennebunkport Maine really feels ready for the holidays!

Now Kennebunkport Maine really feels ready for the holidays!

After a lifetime of living in New England, I’ve come to entirely distrust the weather forecasts, but much to my chagrin, the meteorologists were spot on this past weekend, with their snowy forecast for Kennebunkport Maine.  And truthfully, we’d all been wishing for a little of the flaky stuff to really make it feel like the holiday season.  None arrived for Thanksgiving, and the ground remained bare for the first weekend of Christmas Prelude.  The second weekend of Prelude arrived with not a speck of snow to be found, and my doubts for flakes faded as Saturday afternoon turned to evening without a hint of snow.  But when I woke up to over a foot of snow on Sunday morning, Kennebunkport Maine had been transformed into a winter wonderland!  Fortunately Mother Nature blessed us with precipitation in the form of soft powder, which meant that nearly blizzard like conditions couldn’t stop us from delivering piping hot breakfasts to guests in seven of the cottage suites at our Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast.  Now the fact that all of them didn’t choose the room service option is a little surprising, but it turns out that lots of people enjoy the snow as much as I do!  And with Christmas just nine days away, it finally feels like the holiday season after this snowstorm transformed Kennebunkport Maine into a Winter Wonderland!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Romantic Winter Getaways

November 4th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Over the last few days, the weather at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast has gotten chillier and it reminds us that the season for romantic winter getaways is starting!  I mean, now that the Halloween decorations have been packed away, the leaves are really falling, and the grocery stores’ piles of clearance candy are finally dwindling, it is the start of Third Night Free time!  Yes, it’s true!  So now you can enjoy a romantic getaway to Kennebunkport

It's time to snuggle up by the fire!

It’s time to snuggle up by the fire!

and get a third night at absolutely no cost.  That means 33% extra time for snuggling by the fire, soaking in a whirlpool tub, and 33% more complimentary gourmet breakfasts (which can even be delivered to your suite at no charge!).

From now through April 1, you can enjoy an especially budget friendly getaway to the Maine Stay Inn (certain holiday periods excluded, of course).  Now, whether you are looking for a foodie-filled retreat from daily life or are spicing things up with that special someone, our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast has just the thing you need!  So after a scenic stroll through town or a vigorous walk along the ocean, you can indulge in freshly baked cookies and piping hot cocoa in front of a glowing fire.

We’re happy to suggest just some great indoor and outdoor activities, so no matter the weather your days can be as full as you want them.  Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking might be top on your agenda, but if something more leisurely is up your alley, consider a horse-drawn sleigh or carriage ride, visit to one of the area’s art galleries or museums, or even just a snuggle by the fire.  No matter what you choose, anyone at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is more than happy to suggest the perfect spot for dinner out… or dinner in if you’re just that relaxed!  There are a few restaurants in the area that offer a delivery option or the option to grab and go.  Since every couple deserves a chance for a rejuvenating getaway that’s also friendly on your wallet, visit us this winter for two nights and get your third night free!

A Romantic Evening in Kennebunkport Maine

February 27th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

On a blustery evening like tonight, there is nothing better than a cozy, romantic dinner before settling in for the night, and fortunately for everyone, Kennebunkport Maine has some great destinations that fit the bill perfectly! Now, I have to admit that sometimes on wintry nights like this one, visitors choose to bring their dinners in, to enjoy before the living room fire (yep, I’ve certainly been known to do this myself!), because it is just oh-so-tempting to hop into bed or slide into a hot bath without having to brave the elements.  But when you’re hankering for a romantic dinner out, consider checking out one of these great nearby restaurants that score a perfect 10 for setting the mood.

  • Just a moment’s drive from the Maine Stay Inn, you’ll find Grissini, an Italian restaurant with an upscale main floor and a more casual lower level, known as the Grotto.  And on a snowy winter evening, there is
    Enjoy a romantic dinner on a snowy winter night

    Enjoy a romantic dinner on a snowy winter night!

    nothing more romantic than sipping a glass of your favorite wines in front of their roaring fireplace.  

  • Want a spot that sets the mood that’s close enough to walk to  - even in the snow?  The fireside lounge style dining and cozy bar area at One Dock is a great choice.  Plus, with great gluten free options, it’s a personal fave.
  • Just a few minutes down the road on the Wells border, you’ll find Joshua’s Restaurant.  Set in a colonial farmhouse, you’ll find an intimate dining atmosphere (and yes, it has fireplaces – plural!) with positively incredible concoctions.
  • But if you are looking for fine dining a little closer to home, On the Marsh Bistro is always a hit.  There you’ll enjoy a stellar meal by candlelight with attentive, never oppressive service.  And since it’s located about two minutes from your Kennebunkport Maine bed and breakfast, you’ll hardly have time to feel the winter chill before snuggling into bed!

So even though Valentine’s Day has passed, there are plenty of great ways to celebrate the ones you love, and enjoying a romantic dinner on a classic winter evening in Kennebunkport Maine seems tops the list.

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!

Budget Friendly Getaway to A Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

November 9th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

November marks the start of a very special time of year at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, and we don’t mean the holiday season!  I mean, now that the Halloween decorations have been packed away and the grocery stores’ piles of clearance candy are finally dwindling, I suppose it isthe start of the holidays, but what it means for us is that it’s Third Night Free time!  Yes, it’s true!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast winter getaways

A snow-covered scene in Kennebunkport!

From now through April 1, you can enjoy an especially budget friendly getaway to the Maine Stay Inn (certain holiday periods excluded, of course).  Now, whether you are looking for a foodie-filled retreat from daily life, or are spicing things up with a romantic escape with that special someone, our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast has just the thing you need!  So curl up by the fire, warm up with a freshly baked cookie and some cocoa, or indulge in a long, leisurely soak in your whirlpool tub during your three night escape, because two just isn’t enough!

We’re happy to suggest just some great indoor and outdoor activities, so no matter the weather your days can be as full as you want them.  Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking might be top on your agenda, but if something more leisurely is up your alley, consider a horse-drawn sleigh or carriage ride, visit to one of the area’s art galleries or museums, or even just a snuggle by the fire.  No matter what you choose, anyone at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is more than happy to suggest the perfect spot for dinner out… or dinner in if you’re just that relaxed!  There are a few restaurants in the area that offer a delivery option and, especially at this time of year, the ability to grab ‘n go.  And since every couple deserves a chance for a rejuvenating getaway that’s also friendly on your wallet, so visit us this winter for two nights and get your third night free!

Spring Skiing From Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

March 11th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Despite the unseasonably warm weather we’ve had lately, there’s still plentiful skiing to be had not far from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  Luckily for vistors to Kennebunkport Maine,  there are many wonderful mountain options located close enough for a day (or even half day) ski trip.  Although it may seem like spring is upon us, the New England ski season is far from over, with some of the best conditions yet to be seen during the spring months.

Enjoy spring skiing not far from Kennebunkport!

You're not too far to enjoy some great spring skiing!

With a variety of amenities for families, Cranmore Mountian Resort in nearby North Conway, NH is just an easy drdive away.  After enjoying a hearty breakfast at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be on the slopes of Cranmore in under two hours (assuming you don’t stop for some outlet shopping, of course!).  Boasting 39 trails of varied terrain, multiple terrain parks, glades, and three lifts designed for beginners, it’s perfect for the whole family! 

But if you’re up for great skiing, but not putting the miles on your car, consider Shawnee Peak, just an hour and 15 minutes away.  It’s the hidden gem of Maine skiing and offers something for everyone, even the sightseer with the wonderful views Maine’s Lake Region.  Offering the most extensive night skiing in Maine (with  great prices!), you can spend the day relaxing at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, and the night cruising down the slopes!  Plus you can come back to snuggle by the fire with hot chocolate or warm cookies at the Maine Stay.

Any plug for New England skiing would be incomplete without a mention of Sugarloaf, which has arguably the best skiing in the East.  It can be a daunting trek, located  4.5 hours from Boston and 8.5 from New York City, but you’re part-way there once you’ve reached Kennebunkport Maine!  In under three hours you can enjoy 153 trails and glades, plus the only above treeline line lift-serviced skiing in the East at their Brackett Basin.  Even the most daring and skilled skier is sure to be challenged there!

But if you’re schedule’s packed until April, don’t stress! There’s plenty of skiing still to be had – it is Maine after all!  Plus, Sugarloaf is typically open until early May.  Even with spring knocking, it’s not too late to grab a ski trip during your visit to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, because even if there’s no snow on the ground at home, there’ll be plenty on the slopes!

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Digs Out From Wintry Blast

March 2nd, 2012 by Judi Hauer

A mild February lured us into believing that springtime was just around the corner (and it may indeed be!), but a surprise winter storm has left this Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast digging out from under nearly a foot of snow!  It started slowly, with a few lonely flakes falling throughout the day on Wednesday, and even by dinnertime, the accumulation was hardly noticeable.  But by

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Digs Out From Wintry Blast

That's one mountain of snow!

the time breakfast rolled around, shovels were definitely needed, so Walter spent the morning dusting off cars and making sure that our visitors could get to their vehicles with ease.  Instead of tapering off in the afternoon as we typically see in Kennebunkport Maine, the snowfall grew steadier and the wind picked up steam.  It was one blustery day, which made afternoon teatime around the living room fire at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast especially welcome.  Even at nightfall, the snow had yet to let up.

But this morning, skies were clearing (though not yet blue – something achieved this afternoon) and we all woke up to nearly 12 inches of fresh powder!  It was such a treat! We really haven’t seen too much of the white stuff this winter, and as happy as that makes some people, it really hasn’t seemed like winter yet.  All the shoveling and clearing and sweeping today certainly made it really feel like a Maine winter, though.  It took most of the day, but this Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is finally cleaned up – shuffling the cars, waiting for the plow, cleaning off the cars, snow-blowing the walkways, and shoveling the steps of the main house and the cottages.  Any amount of snow can be a challenge to get under control so that staff and visitors can safely and easily come and go, but a foot – that takes diligence!  Finally, though, we can sit back and enjoy the beauty of the fresh snow.