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Souvenirs: Kennebunk Shopping Guide!

May 21st, 2016 by englishmeadows

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Everyone needs souvenirs from a great vacation! Either to remember how awesome it was, or to apologize to the people you didn’t want to invite.. Don’t even worry. Sarah and I went scouting for the best souvenirs in the Kennebunks, so you can get such amazing presents that you will end up keeping them for yourself!

Transform your home with all the luxuries from the Inn!

Transform your home with all the luxuries from the Inn! Featuring wire art by Alex Parisi.

The first and best place to start is the Inn, of course. They have all the luxuries from your stay available for purchase! Malin + Goetz soaps (don’t they just smell all kinds of amazing??), English Meadows coffee mugs and gorgeous hand-blown Italian drinking cups, Tea Forté tea bags and tea trays, the cute little tea pots, everything! These are the perfect things to bring home to remind you to relax and enjoy yourself, and to bring to people who don’t like trinkets!

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Trying hats at the Daytrip Society

The place to go for the cutest Mainey trinkets is Definitely the Daytrip Society. They have everything you will need to impress your friends with your thoughtfulness and generosity. Also, they have great sunglasses, and a Junior store for all the babies in your life who need to be spoiled.

Just look at all these cute things. Literally everything adorable.

Just look at all these cute things. Literally everything adorable.

Their card selection is straight up KILLER. You can buy them all and send them to your inlaws like, ‘oh darn, you would love it so much here, super sorry you couldn’t come. We’ll almost certainly remember to invite you next year probably.’

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What adept organization! Card by Screech Owl Design

Next, we went to our favourite place for KENNEBUNK merch- Saxony Imports. It’s not as adorably curated as the Daytrip Society, but they do have really soft sweatshirts, cute hats, stickers, etc: Kennebunk souvenirs are their jam. Sarah got a great hat with a leather tab at the back, and will now be representing KPT in all of her paparazzi shots from now on.

Size extra cute, thank you.

Size extra cute, thank you.

After all of that shopping, it is definitely time to walk across the green bridge into Kennebunk to relax with a glass of something at Ports of Italy. You have earned it for SURE. Ask Mike the bartender for book recommendations- he’ll hook you right up!

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Can you even stand how pretty this is?

Can you even stand how pretty this is?

That was so easy! What a success. Now you can go home with all of your beautiful trinkets and remember your favourite vacation!

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Our Loot. Greetings from Maine! Not shown: Malin + Goetz soaps- those are already right by the sink!!

Thanks for coming shopping with us, we hope to see you around the port this summer! We’re so excited to show you all of our favourite places around town, pretty soon you’ll be able to tour the town like a local! Don’t forget to book your room, cause we can’t wait to have you stay with us!

See you soon!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

 

Photos by Sophie Hines

Mother’s Day Weekend!

May 16th, 2016 by englishmeadows

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers and children in the world! We certainly had a great weekend here at the Inn! On Saturday, we had blueberry cake, melon with mint and lime, and the most delicious breakfast sandwiches with avocado, bacon, and an egg. It was KILLER.

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Kate making the sandwiches.

Kate worked her usual wizardry on the sandwiches, and everyone’s favourite sous chef, Sarah, handled the cake and fruit! What a couple of true professionals. This was my first weekend working on the kitchen crew for the Inn, and I just had a blast and a half. My name is Sophie, and I am Sarah’s roommate- she has had so much fun cooking up a storm for everyone that I started coming in to work with her! You may see me dancing around the kitchen this summer, trying not to drop things in front of the guests, and I’m also going to be exploring the whole town and reporting back to you with the inside scoop! If you want to really experience the Kennebunks like a local, the Inn at English Meadows is Definitely the place to stay. We will hook you up with the most delicious breakfasts, all the best places to go, and all the secret insider spots! Book your room now and connect with us on Facebook to follow along with the blog and start planning your trip!

Snug Harbor Farm

Snug Harbor Farm

Our very best and favourite spot to show you is the magical land of Snug Harbor Farm. Everyone should come here at least four times a week. They have the most beautiful collection of plants, including tiny trees in pots, a stunning array of succulents, and such cute animals!! They keep ponies, exotic birds, and flocks of geese that roam around leaving feathers EVERYWHERE. If you are an aspiring Beatrix Potter, it is advisable that you should secretly move into one of the greenhouses.

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There was literally a mouse eating seeds in the greenhouse. I’m not even kidding you when I say that Anthony petted it.

We stopped to talk to Anthony, the owner, and learn about his four dogs. He loves all the animals, and keeps four poodles, all different sizes and colors, and they go all over the property together to keep an eye on everything. They are so friendly and will absolutely want you to pet them. They are the only dogs that Sarah likes. (Including the one that we own.)  If you have a dog with you, however, it is not invited to Snug Harbor on account of the delicate constitutions of the birds. But if you need any beautiful garden decoration things, the gift shop is NOT TO BE MISSED. Trust me on this one.

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Parson’s Beach

After Snug Harbor, we visited Parson’s Beach! We love this beach so much!! Parson’s is VERY beautiful, but also it is very small, so try to get there early to make sure there’s parking.

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Sarah’s favourite place: Any Beach.

We showed up at high tide, and there was hardly any beach at all! We were trying to perch above the waves on a washed up tree trunk, but even so we got knocked off and got our shoes wet!! Sarah waded in, but I’m not trying to die of hypothermia of the toes so I just guarded the rosebushes (with my face accidentally).

Parson's Beach

It is stupid gorgeous here.. Sarah said the water was warm but I am not about to believe her.

We’ll be exploring the Kennebunks and our favourite nearby spots all summer, so keep checking back to find your new favourite spot! It’s gonna be the best summer ever! (we can already tell.) Don’t forget to book your room, cause we can’t wait to have you stay with us!

See you soon!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

 

Photos by Sophie Hines

Lighthouses Near the Kennebunks

March 25th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Lighthouses Near the Kennebunks - Portland Head Light

Maine’s oldest lighthouse: Portland Head Light

Planning a Maine Coast Lighthouse sight-seeing vacation? There are a number of lighthouses near the Kennebunks worth seeing, including Maine’s oldest lighthouse, the Portland Head Light.

Maine is known for its scenic coastline, dotted here and there with historic and iconic lighthouses. If you’re on the Maine coast, you’re near a lighthouse – and the Kennebunks are no exception. It’s one of the more common attractions we’re asked about!

Luckily, there are seven lighthouses near the Kennebunks, all within an hour (or much less) of our Maine Coast B&B!

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Get A Taste of the Kennebunks’ Best Restaurants

March 14th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Get A Taste of the Kennebunks' Best RestaurantsMaine Restaurant Week just passed and it got us to thinking about the Kennebunks’ best restaurants. Kennebunk and Kennebunkport offer seemingly endless choices, from casual to fine dining, an array of styles from traditional American to Mexican, French, Italian, Thai – and of course an abundance of fresh lobster!

Putting together a list of the Kennebunks’ best restaurants isn’t that easy. The Kennebunks are a culinary crossroads, replete with an assortment of unbelievably good dining venues. There simply isn’t space enough to list every great restaurant in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, much less those in Portland and the rest of the immediate area!

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Get Ready for LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival

February 26th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival, June 17-19, 2016Come help celebrate the nautical history of the Kennebunks with the inaugural, three-day LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival, scheduled for June 17-19, 2016!

The Kennebunks – Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel – here on the Southern Coast of Maine have long been known for their shipbuilding, lobstering, and commercial fishing. LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival aims to celebrate this colorful history with three days of exciting and fun events designed to evoke memories of yesteryear.

Set for summer 2016 – June 17-19 – the inaugural LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival will be staging numerous events throughout the entirety of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel: historical tours, boat launches, live music, fresh seafood, cooking competitions, craft fairs, and so much more.

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Maine Restaurant Week 2016

February 5th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Maine Restaurant Week 2016Maine Restaurant Week 2016, March 1st through the 14th, is a wonderful opportunity to try interesting and exquisite cuisine at neighborly, discount prices!

During Maine Restaurant Week, across the state, participating restaurants will offer multi-course, prix fixe meals from $25 for dinner, and $15 for lunch. Incredible culinary opportunities will abound!

Begun in 2009 as a way of celebrating Spring’s imminent return, Maine Restaurant Week is also an opportunity for local chefs to strut their stuff. The biggest payoff, though, is for the gourmands who know to come take advantage not only of the deals but this culinary burst of creativity signaling the official start of the dining season.

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Discover Kennebunk’s Lower Village

January 15th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover Kennebunk's Lower VillageThe Kennebunks are often thought of as a playground for the wealthy – former President George H.W. Bush famously has a compound here – but Kennebunk’s Lower Village offers a vibrant alternative to this upper-crust impression and stands on its own as a separate, attractive destination.

Kennebunk means “long cut bank” in the language of the Abenaki people, likely in reference to the Great Hill at the mouth of the Mousam River. Native Americans knew the area for the abundant fishing and hunting they discovered here as they cruised the coast in their ocean-going canoes.

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Paint The Town Red In the Kennebunks for Valentines!

January 8th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Kennebunks' Paint The Town Red 2016February is for lovers here in the Kennebunks as we celebrate romance with the annual, month-long series of events and savings we like to call Paint the Town Red!

The Kennebunks are known as a romantic getaway, no matter the season, but when February rolls around each year, the Kennebunks go all out with offers of great, romance-themed savings and events available throughout businesses in both Kennebunk and Kennebunkport!

You’ll find deals and savings at local restaurants, offering Red Plate Specials that include complimentary desserts, savings on champagne, and other romantic perks. Local shops, galleries, and boutiques get in the act, too, with Red Tag Specials – sales and discounts on select or store wide merchandise, making an afternoon stroll around the shops that much more exciting and fun!

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Enjoy the 6th Annual Fire & Ice Celebration!

November 20th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The Kennebunks Fire & Ice 2015Blazing bonfires, incredible ice sculptures, live music, dancing, food, and specially-themed drinks served over bars carved from blocks of ice. That’s the annual Fire & Ice celebration in Kennbunkport, scheduled for December 11th and 12th, 2015 – and you’re invited!

Christmas Prelude really gets the Christmas season off to a wonderful start here in the Kennebunks and the annual Fire & Ice event is great way to top things off.

For starters, it’s a 21 and older only event serving Fire & Ice-themed cocktails (along with beer, champagne, wine, well drinks, and non-alcoholic fare), served over bars that have been hand-carved from blocks of ice … and it’s not just the bars that are made of ice.

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Attend Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude 2015!

November 9th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude The Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude is almost upon us, scheduled for December 2nd through the 13th, and the excitement is building for one of the most popular Christmas festivals in the US!

If you’ve never experienced the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude (or even if you have), you really should consider giving yourself and your loved ones a seasonal treat by coming to the Kennebunks and joining us in all the holiday season warmth and fun!

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