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Don’t Miss The 2015 Maine Boatbuilders Show

February 21st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2015 Maine Boatbuilders ShowIf you’re a boating fan – whether that means sailboats or powerboats to you, canoes or kayaks – you won’t want to miss the 2015 Maine Boatbuilders Show. A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom builders on the East Coast, it’s been described as wall-to-wall eye candy for those who loves boats.

The 2015 Maine Boatbuilders Show, scheduled for the weekend of March 20th, is the 27th annual return of this popular event to Portland; a gathering that is described as a celebration by the boating community and has a reputation for being unique among boating events. Of the 200+ companies that exhibit their products at the show, many only attend one or two other shows a year, making this exhibition that much more of an event.

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Broaden Your Horizons at the Portland Museum of Art

February 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Portland Museum of Art Featuring more than 18,000 works and founded in 1882, the Portland Museum of Art is the state of Maine’s oldest and largest art museum. As such, it is always worth a visit when one is in the area.

Portland, Maine offers numerous temptations for the visitor – the burgeoning restaurant scene alone makes the city an obvious destination – but whatever brings you here, the Portland Museum of Art should be up near the top of your reasons for sampling a little of what this great town has to offer.

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Winter in the Kennebunks: Maine Cross Country Skiing

January 31st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Maine Cross Country SkiingSnow transforms Maine into a winter-wonderland of outdoor entertainment, replete with skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and more. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the better Maine cross country skiing areas near the Kennebunks.

Maine Cross Country Skiing

Harris Farm XC Ski Center – 280 Buzzell Road, Dayton – www.harrisfarm.com
Harris Farm’s 1,000-acre cross-country ski center, open 9am to dark, offers 40 kilometers of ski trails for skiers of all levels.

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A Kennebunkport Valentine’s Day – February is For Lovers

January 17th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Kennebunk Kennebunkport Valentine's DayFebruary is for Lovers in Kennebunkport – so what better way to celebrate your romance than with a Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Valentine’s Day getaway at The Inn At English Meadows?

For romantic Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Valentine’s Day lodging, you need look no further than The Inn At English Meadows and our Valentine’s Day Special!

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Learn to Cook in Maine Luxury

January 11th, 2015 by englishmeadows

Boston Sunday Globe, January 11th, The Concierge / Tips for Touring Here and Abroad features  The Inn at English Meadows  “Maine Indulgence”  with many offerings plus dinner at The White Barn and private cooking class at 50 Local.  Two of Kennebunk’s finest restaurants, just minutes from the Inn.

Thanks for a Great Year from Inn at English Meadows

December 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Inn at English Meadows2014 is all but gone and we here at Inn at English Meadows are looking back at a great year and forward to 2015 and more of the same!

We love what we do and are proud to be able to offer uncommonly good comfort and value, year round, here in Kennebunkport lodging. The wonderful people we get to meet and share our home with make for a very special business and it seems like we’re not alone in that feeling.

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Visit Kennebunk’s Brick Store Museum

December 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Kennebunk's Brick Store MuseumA piece of history, itself, Kennebunk’s Brick Store Museum opened during the great depression and has since become one of the premiere history and art centers in Southern Maine.

Located in a block of 19th-century buildings at the heart of Kennebunk’s historic district, the Brick Store Museum was originally constructed in 1825 by William Lord as a dry-goods emporium. Known as Lord’s Store, the building was unique in its then extravagant use of locally kilned bricks, rather than the far cheaper and more typically used lumber.

It was Lord’s great-granddaughter, Edith Cleaves Barry, who founded the Brick Store Museum on the second floor of the Lord’s Store building in 1936. It wasn’t long before the museum expanded into three other buildings on the block, all dating from 1810 to 1860. The interiors of these four historic buildings were linked together and now house a regional history, art, and archives center as the Brick Store Museum.

The Brick Store Museum’s collection had its start in heirlooms from the extended Lord family but now houses upwards of 70,000 artifacts, works of art, and archival materials from a variety of sources. You can see quilts with secret pouches, a rare chest from 1685, a painting of a Kennebunkport ship’s captain found floating at sea, items salvaged from area shipwrecks, the largest collection in Maine of posters from World War I and II, and artworks by Thomas Badger, John Brewster Jr., Abbott Fuller Graves, Louis Norton, and Hannah Skeele. The Brick Store Museum archives center features maps, documents, photographs, genealogical materials and more for researchers.

Current exhibits include “Vitamin V: How Food Fought the Second World War,” “To Walk Through the Pasture Barefoot,” based on the Museum’s natural history collection, and a wonderful, seasonal display: “Christmas in the 1940s.” The Museum’s new Christmas Store is open with unique gifts for everyone.

Kennebunk’s Brick Store Museum is open year-round – stop in for a look at one of the best historic and art collections in the state!

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The Brick Store Museum

Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 4:30pm
Saturdays, 10am to 1pm
117 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043
www.brickstoremuseum.org

Kennebunk Lodging
Make your Kennebunkport vacation the very best it can be with a stay at The Inn at English Meadows! Our mid-1800’s, Greek Revival home is located in Kennebunk’s Lower Village, with lovely beaches and Kennebunkport’s Dock Square just minutes away on foot. Our unique combination of modern and classic amenities will delight your senses while the personal touches will have you thinking of The Inn at English Meadows as your second home.

Kennebunk’s Waterhouse Center Ice Skating Rink

November 22nd, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Waterhouse Center Ice Skating Rink in KennebunkWinter just got a little friendlier and a lot more fun in Kennebunk with the addition of the Waterhouse Center ice skating rink!

This is not to imply that Kennebunk winters aren’t already fun and friendly but, let’s face it, an ice skating rink ups the fun factor with measurable results.

Opening on October 11th, 2014, Waterhouse Center ice skating rink is the brainchild of Geraldine Waterhouse. Seeing local children skating at a temporary rink in downtown Kennebunk spurred memories of her own childhood.

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Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude 2014

November 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude 2014

Since 1982, the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude has been ringing in the holiday season and now boasts 14 days of ceremonies, festivities, and, of course, a visit from a certain, jolly, old elf …

Having grown from humble origins, these days the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude encompasses nearly two weeks of tree-lighting ceremonies, arts and crafts fairs, numerous holiday meals and teas, fascinating historical programs, and 12 holiday music presentations. Top it all off with Santa and his “lobster elves” arriving by traditional lobster boat and you have the enviable results of an entire community coming together in the spirit and joy of the Christmas season.

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Ideas for Adventure Vacations in Maine

June 12th, 2014 by englishmeadows

Are you itching to pack your bags and explore the great outdoors? You’re in luck.

June is Great Outdoors Month, which makes it the ideal time to hit the open road and explore some of this country’s natural wonders. Maine is filled with stunning landscapes and terrains for every level of outdoor explorer, including mountains, rivers, and ocean with miles of coastline. You could even decide to hike it on foot, sail by boat, or hitch a plane ride and jump out to soak in an aerial view!

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Hiking

Whether you’re a novice or advanced, the Pine Tree State offers thousands of miles of trails, and many of them are open all year long.

Climb the mountain peaks and scramble over pink granite cliffs and ledges along the coastline of Acadia National Park for a beautiful view of Mt. Desert Island and the Atlantic Ocean. Peregrine falcons and eagles can be seen flying over ahead, and sometimes whales and seals can be spotted offshore. Running from Georgia to Maine, the Appalachian Trail and its 267-mile portion that cuts through this state extends from the Mahoosuc Mountains to Mt. Katahdin’s summit. It’s geared towards advanced level hikers due to its extremely rugged landscape. Try the Barren-Chairback and Whitecap Ranges or explore easier and less-traveled stretches near the Carry Ponds, Sabbathday Pond, and the Piscataquis River in Horseshoe Canyon.

Each of these locations is about three hours from the inn.

Rock Climbing

Would you rather climb with the sea at your back or amongst a wooded landscape? In Maine, you can do both! There are more 400 rock climbing routes located throughout the state, including Mount Katahdin, Shagg Crag, and Acadia National Park.

whitewater-Kayak-99-ppi-1006-wideWhitewater Kayaking

In Maine, you could grab a kayak and gently glide over the state’s abundant lakes, or strap yourself in for a wild ride down one of the country’s “Big Three” whitewater rivers.

The Penobscot River offers 12 miles of rapids that begin at the Exterminator Rapid at the head of Ripogenus Gorge, continues through the Staircase Rapid and the Cribworks above the calm of Big Eddy. Twelve-foot falls at Nesowadnehunk and the rapids of Big Ambejackmockamus, Abol, and Pockwockamus, await downriver. Intense waves at Big Mama and Whitewasher lead to an exciting plunge through Magic Falls at Kennebec River. “Playboater,” or freestyle kayakers, will find space to showboat between the dam at Harris Station and the village of West Forks. The Dead River provides 16 miles of whitewater that starts with the mild Spencer Rips, and then moves on to the turbulent waves at Humpty Dumpty and Elephant Rock. The trip ends with a flourish at Big Poplar Falls.

Whale Watching Trips

Beginning each April, whales make their long voyage to the waters of Maine to feast on sand eels, copepods, plankton, and fish. They feed and play about 20 miles off the coastline which makes for the perfect whale watching trip. These majestic mammals can be spotted breaching the ocean surface, spouting water, and nursing their young. Humpback whales, pilot whales, minke whales, and the massive finback whale, which can grow up to 80 feet in length, are frequent visitors.

Whale watching cruises offer a front row seat to all of the action. Kennebunk’s Nick’s Chance Whale Watch Tour provides plenty of room on their observation deck to snap photos, along with breakfast and lunch fare in the gallery. Cap’n Fish’s Whale Watch in Boothbay Harbor is located about 1.5 hours away from the inn. Their main salon boasts cushioned seating and 360 degree viewing, while the upper deck allows free roaming for better vantage points.

horseback-beach-high-five-on-the-beachHorseback Riding

Instead of walking or hiking to view Maine’s breathtaking beauty, why not try going by horse? Many of Maine’s state parks and multi-use trails welcome horseback riding, whether you’re an experienced equestrian or a newcomer. Riverhurst Farm in Kennebunk offers lessons in a variety of disciplines, including Western, English (Basic Balance Seat), Dressage (up to first level), and Jumping. You can even opt for a romantic horseback ride along the beach. You can find a full list of stables around the state here.

Moose and Bird Watching

The moose population in Maine is estimated to be close 75,000, the second largest populations of moose in the U.S behind Alaska. Moose can be seen throughout the state, but their population is greatest in the Western Lakes and Mountains, the Kennebec & Moose River Valleys, the Maine Highlands, and Aroostook County. One of the best ways of spotting a moose is to set off on a moose watching tour, otherwise known as a moose safari. A day trip to Greenville to take one of Northeast Whitewater’s moose tours or safaris will get you close to these magnificent creatures.

With its vast amounts of forest, isolated islands, and numerous wetlands, Maine is home to a large number of migratory and non-migratory bird species. The variety of birds grows in the summer months to include the ruby-throated hummingbird, the common loon, and the iconic bald eagle. You can sign up for a tour by checking out the Maine Birding Trail or with organizations such as Down East Nature Tour in Bar Harbor.

skydive-4164_1Skydiving

You’ve heard the saying, “One if by land, two if by sea.” What about adding “Three if by air?” Satisfy your inner-dare devil, and see the state’s striking beauty from 10,000 feet in the sky on a skydiving excursion. You can observe the landscape from the soaring mountain peaks all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Lebanon’s Skydive New England, located 40 minutes from the inn, offers programs for tandem (jumping with an instructor), accelerated freefall, and experienced jumpers. Vacationland Skydiving in Pittsfield, about 1.5 hours from the inn, offers similar programs along with video services to capture the jump.

Hot Air Ballooning

If you’d prefer a more leisurely air ride, a hot air balloon excursion might be for you. You’ll still get the 360-degree views, but this time at a much slower pace! Kennebunk Balloon Rides and Balloons Over New England located near Kennebunkport will carry you 1,500 feet in the air above the gorgeous scenery below.

Whichever activity you choose, an adventure awaits you in Maine!

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