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Art of Dining – Maine Home+Design Dinner

June 10th, 2012 by englishmeadows

Maine Home+Design Dinner

Maine Home+Design Dinner

On Friday, June 8th we proudly hosted the Maine Home+Design Dinner for the Kennebunkport Festival. Maine Home+Design editor Rebecca Falzano and interior and fashion stylist Erin Gates of www.elementsofstyleblog.com joined our guests for an evening of conversation and wonderful food prepared by Chef Dennis Franceschini, Executive Chef-partner of New York City’s Bar Italia. Chef Franceschini, known for conjuring savory multiregional Italian dishes, designed a creative four-course dinner with wine pairings that definitely celebrated the “Art of Dining.”

Proceeds from this dinner benefited Share Our Strength Maine in their efforts to end childhood hunger through nutrition education offerings like Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ program. This program teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals which in turn helps ensure that no child in Maine goes hungry.

Historic Homes and Designer Homes in Kennebunk

May 21st, 2012 by englishmeadows

Maine Lobster Bisque and Lobster Roll

Maine Lobster Bisque and Lobster Roll - the perfect meal.

A summer vacation in the Kennebunks necessitates lounging on beaches, perusing the shops of Dock Square, and consuming lobster rolls. Beyond that, there are whale watching cruises, lighthouses to visit, and dozens of restaurants to try.

For architecture and history buffs, there are also historic homes and Designer Homes to tour.

The history of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport is long and rich. First settled (by white folks) more than 360 years ago, the area has been a shipbuilding hub, a thriving port, and a summer destination for the rich and famous. It’s no surprise that Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are home to numerous historic buildings.

The Kennebunkport Historical Society offers tours of several historic homes in town, such as:

  • Nott House. A Greek Revival home from 1853.
  • Benson Blacksmith Shop. A historic and blacksmith shop that still has a working forge.
  • Town House School. A charming one-room school house from 1900.
The Wedding Cake House

The Wedding Cake House is just up the street from our Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast.

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Memorial Day in Kennebunkport

May 4th, 2012 by englishmeadows

Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who lost their lives in the service of the country. It’s also the unofficial start of summer and a wonderful time to visit our Kennebunkport, Maine Bed and Breakfast.

Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast Memorial Day Weekend.

Stroll Kennebunk Beach over Memorial Day Weekend.

City folks have been traveling to Maine over Memorial Day Weekend for more than a century. They come for the fishing, the fresh lobster, and the first big outings of the summer: boating trips, beach walks, hikes. They come to feel the fresh breeze blow in from the sea, watch the sun set, and to see the stars at night.

kennebunkport sunset

Sun setting over Kennebunkport.

Like many small towns, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport celebrate Memorial Day with parades. Like many small towns, the parades consist primarily of local organizations, school children, floats, and bands. They bring community together, and are always enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Maine Bed and Breakfast in the Kennebunks.

Picture yourself here, glass of wine in hand.

Spend Memorial Day Weekend at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. Indulge in amazing, gourmet breakfasts. Go for long walks on the beach and paddle along the shore. Watch a parade. Poke in and out of the shops of Dock Square. Spend an afternoon sipping wine on the patio of the Inn at English Meadows. Relax. Let the spirit of summer infuse your soul.

Kennebunkport Festival 2012

April 24th, 2012 by englishmeadows

Kennebunkport Festival is a relatively new event, but it is one that was greeted with enthusiasm from the outset. It’s a time to celebrate good food, fine wine, and amazing art; a time to rendezvous with old friends and make new friends. In 2012, the Kennebunkport Festival takes place June 5-9. We encourage you to make your plans to stay at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast soon.

The festival is not located in one specific place. Events will be held in private homes, art galleries, restaurants, and public spaces overlooking the sea. We’re even hosting a couple of events here, at the Inn at English Meadows. This is very exciting.

Kennebunkport Festival 2012.

Join us June 5-9 for the Kennebunkport Festival.

Highlights of the 2012 Kennebunkport Festival include:

  • Cocktails and Conversation, 5-7 p.m.

Mingle at One Dock on June 5th, the Old Fort Inn on June 6th, and Chicks Marina on June 7th.

 

  • Art of Dining Dinners, June 5th and 6th, 7-10 p.m.

Intimate dinners held in private homes and prepared by Maine’s most respected chefs. Each course is paired with wine.

 

  • Pop the Kennebunks, June 7th, 6-10 p.m.

Guests savor gourmet dishes, inspired wine, and live music.

 

  • Maine Home+Design Dinner, June 8th, 7-10 p.m.

Join Home+Design Editor Rebecca Falzana and us (Eric and Liz) for an evening of conversation and excellent food at the Inn at English Meadows. Executive Chef Denis Francerschini of Bar Italia in New York City is creating a menu that is sure to make you sigh with delight.

 

Saturday, June 9th, will be a full day. There’ll be art viewing, live music, and lots of amazing wine, beer, and food served in lovely locations, including our Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast, Inn at English Meadows.

To see a complete list of events and purchase tickets, please visit Kennebunkport Festival. Let the festivities begin!

Maine Home+Design Dinner at English Meadows

April 21st, 2012 by englishmeadows

Maine Home+Design Dinner

Maine Home+Design Dinner

7pm-10pm – Inn at English Meadows

Join us and Maine Home+Design editor Rebecca Falzano for an evening of conversation and great food at the exquisitely renovated Inn at English Meadows. Chef Dennis Franceschini, Executive Chef-partner of New York City’s Bar Italia, is creating a menu with wine pairings that will become a much-talked-about end to your Kennebunkport Festival experience.

Bar Italia Executive Chef-partner Dennis Franceschini is known for conjuring savory multiregional Italian dishes that are light and well-balanced. Examples include Polenta Gratinata (polenta with mushrooms) and Tuna al Balsamica, seared slices of tuna, fennel, and balsamic dressing whose presentation is as beautiful as the dish is tasty.  Before opening Bar Italia, Dennis spent 20 years at Cipriani’s, eventually becoming the Executive Chef. During his career he opened 23 Cipriani restaurants all over the world, including in Argentina, Uruguay, Hong Kong and London.

This creative four-course dinner, which includes dessert, is $200 per person. Seating is limited to eight with advanced reservation and ticket purchase required. Reservations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be purchased through the Kennebunkport Festival website http://www.kennebunkportfestival.com/tickets/.

Proceeds from this dinner benefit Share Our Strength Maine. Thanks to the Kennebunkport Festival and the commitment of the local community, including the many sponsors and volunteers, proceeds from the Art of Dining ticket sales will support Share Our Strength Maine’s efforts to end childhood hunger. With your help, we are teaching more families how to cook healthy, affordable meals through Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ program and by funding other nutrition education programs. And we are bringing more good people like you to the cause through the No Kid Hungry Campaign and Pledge. Your participation in the Kennebunkport Festival is helping us spread the word about how, together, we will ensure that no child in Maine goes hungry.

Special guest Erin Gates of www.elementsofstyleblog.com will be attending to blog about the event. Founded in 2007 by interior and fashion stylist Erin Gates, Elements of Style has become a touchstone for readers all over the world in search of design inspiration, advice and a few laughs.

Maine Maycations and Scenic Cruises

April 7th, 2012 by englishmeadows

Maine is lovely any time of year; we love the snow as much as we love the warm, summer evenings. Yet there are some people, we know, who would never dream of traveling to a Maine Bed and Breakfast in the winter.

It is undeniable that some of Maine hibernates during the winter. But these days, signs of spring are everywhere. Restaurants are opening their shutters, shops are opening their doors, and boats are coming out of dry dock and making their way up the coast. Everyone is enjoying the fragrant combination of salt water and spring flowers that permeates the air.

Many guests of our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast like to spend a few hours on a boat while they’re here. Scenic cruises are, after all, part of a quintessential Maine vacation. Happily, most boats open their decks to passengers in May.

Rugosa Lobster Tours, Kennebunkport

Picture yourself aboard the Rugosa this spring.

The Schooner Eleanor is a wonderful 55 ft sailing ship with four sails, a large teak cockpit, and a spacious, cushioned cabin. She sails up the coast daily from mid May to mid October.

Watch a classic New England wooden lobster work the Kennebunk River, or roll up your sleeves and lend a hand. Rugosa Lobster Tours opens for the season towards the end of May; the date varies depending on the weather.

Whale watching is another fun way to get out on the water. First Chance Whale Watch heads out to big waters in search of the great beasts. Finbacks, Humpbacks, Minkes, and even Blue Whales are frequently spotted during the 4.5 hour adventures. The first Whale Watch cruises depart over Memorial Day weekend.

We’re already looking ahead to the salad days of spring and summer at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. We hope you are, too.

Kennebunkport Whale Watching Cruises.

A Minke whale surfacing.

Dining in the Kennebunks

March 29th, 2012 by englishmeadows

Kennebunkport B&B with gourmet breakfasts.

Our fresh twist on the breakfast sandwich.

A vacation without great food is but a shadow of a vacation. With this thought in mind, we strive to create the best possible breakfasts and treats at our Kennebunkport/Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast. We also spend a fair amount of time “scouting” local restaurants so we can recommend them to our guests. It’s a tough job, but….

Read on for a list of some of our favorite restaurants. This list is not exhaustive, but it will give you a good idea of where to start when you’re hungry in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Maine.

  • 50 Local. If you happen to be at our Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast during the week, don’t miss their Tuesday $2 Tapas.
Maine lobster rolls

The incomparable Maine lobster roll. Is there anything better?

  • Cape Arundel Inn. All of the food is wonderful, but the Prime Rib is impossible to resist.
  • Ryan’s Corner Bar. When you’re having a pint at Ryan’s, it feels like you’ve been transported to Ireland.
  • The Clam Shack. We dream of summer lobster rolls from the Clam Shack.

Bring your appetite when you come to the Inn at English Meadows, and explore the many restaurants of the Kennebunks.

Homemade cookies at Maine B&B.

Another amazing creation by Liz: coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate.

Scenic Spots in Kennebunk

March 9th, 2012 by englishmeadows

We spend more and more of our free time exploring our surroundings on foot. Daily walks lead us to secluded beaches, wooded trails, and down quiet lanes in historic Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. Each walk is a joyous occasion; there are always interesting scents and sounds, and of course friends to greet. It’s been great fun to see our community through the eyes of a dog.

One of our favorite spots to walk is Parson’s Beach*, which is only a few miles from our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

Another favorite spot is the Rachel Carson Trail, in the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. It, too, is just a few miles from our Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast; in fact, it’s close to Parson’s Beach. The flat trail meanders through woods and over wooden bridges through a salt marsh. It is a lovely, peaceful spot.

Walking trails near Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast

The trail at Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge.

Both Parson’s Beach and the Rachel Carlson Trail are within biking distance of the Inn at English Meadows. This is good news, since there is limited parking at Parson’s Beach.

* Parson’s Beach is privately owned; please follow the posted rules and be respectful of the environment while there.

 

Changes Afoot in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport

February 24th, 2012 by englishmeadows

There are changes afoot in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, Maine.

We’ve been keenly interested in changes happening around Kennebunkport and Kennebunk lately. We’ve been watching the progress on The Grand, a new hotel being built in Kennebunk’s Lower Village. We’re told The Grand will also have retail space, and we’re excited to see what new shops fill it. The Grand is scheduled to open this spring, and it seems like it will open on time.

The Grand in Kennebunk's Lower Village.

Coming soon to Kennebunk's Lower Village: The Grand.

Another big change in Kennebunkport is The Landing. It’s gone. A new restaurant and inn, Portwatch, is going to be built in its place. Portwatch is owned and operated by the folks who run the Cape Arundel Inn, a place known for its amazing dinners. We’re already looking forward to our first meal at Portwatch!

Our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast has been hopping lately. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to slip away for a little romance, and since it was closely followed by Presidents Day Weekend, many couples enjoyed several days here. It was fun to surprise some guests with Jacques Torre Chocolates and bouquets of flowers. Often it’s men who treat ladies to such treats, but this year, one lovely lady showered her Valentine with champagne, chocolates. and rose petals. Such fun.

Kennebunkport The Landing

In Kennebunkport, The Landing is gone. Portwatch will replace it.

 

Have a Culinary Adventure in the Kennebunks

January 26th, 2012 by englishmeadows

Mixed Berry Earl Grey Cake

Have you always wanted to learn how to bake the perfect cake or prepare some other culinary delight? You can, during a Culinary Getaway at our B&B in the Kennebunks.

Some people like to escape the kitchen while on vacation. Others like to spend their vacations in the kitchen. Our Bed and Breakfast in the Kennebunks can accommodate both kinds of travelers.

Most of our guests don’t get anywhere near the kitchen, of course. All indulge in three-course gourmet breakfasts, and some opt for additional treats such as homemade cocoa, marshmallows and cookies, or artisanal cheese trays with fruit. But from time to time, we hosts guests seeking to enrich and broaden their own cooking skills through a culinary adventure at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.

We recently hosted a bridesmaids’ dinner with close to ten women. The bride and her friends gathered in our kitchen for a demonstration by Chef Timothy Jordan. After watching him prepare the meal, the ladies enjoyed it in our dining room. They had a delicious evening here at the inn, and departed the following day with new recipes and fond memories.

The bridesmaids’ dinner was arranged through Epitourean.com, our partner in culinary travel. Plan your own gustatory adventure in the Kennebunks of Maine through Epitourean.com, or give us a call. Many talented chefs in the area are interested in offering cooking classes and demonstrations at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.

Fear not! You won’t spend all of your time in the kitchen. A culinary getaway allows plenty of time for visiting Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, walking on the beach, and exploring the rocky coast of Maine. You’ll have time to visit a lighthouse, drive by the summer home of President George H.W. Bush, and sip wine by the fire back at the inn. Yet you’ll also have fun in the kitchen. For some, that’s the ideal vacation indeed.

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