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Let the Holidays Begin in the Kennebunks

November 17th, 2011 by Liz Brodar

Blue Ocean Themed Christmas TreeNow that Halloween is over and there are only 35 days left to get your shopping done, here are some ideas for those impossible-to-shop-for people on your list.

Most people you are shopping for have bed, so how about a set of Frette lines? Sets include a fitted and flat sheet and two pillow cases, in either queen ($105.25 including tax) or king sizes ($126.30 including tax).

With the winter chill in the air, bathrobes are always a popular gift. Our cozy microfiber “The Inn at English Meadows” Frette bathrobe fits the bill. There’s nothing like wrapping yourself in a terry line luxury robe after a hot bath or shower for a little indulgence. Available in white ($94.75 including tax).

Recent guests have taken away our Tea Forte Samplers (large size at $21.00, small size at $15.75) and Pugg tea pots ($26.25 including tax).

Need a stocking stuffer or two? How about our Malin & Goetz travel toiletry sets, which we provide as amenities in our rooms.

If you order these by calling 207-967-5766, we offer fee shipping within the United States.

Kennebunkport’s Prelude to Christmas

November 9th, 2011 by Gail

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Get into the holiday spirit. Join us for Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport.

For more than a quarter of a century, the citizens of Kennebunkport/Kennebunk have joined together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. The Christmas Prelude is a way for local businesses to give thanks to the visitors and residents who have supported them throughout the year. It is a celebration of community, friends, family, and the holidays. We are really looking forward to it here at our Kennebunkport/Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast.

Christmas Prelude 2011 begins on Thursday, December 1, with the annual Clothesline Art Show and the Maine Women in the Arts Pre-Prelude Show Opening. Holiday festivities continue through Sunday, December 4, and then resume the following weekend, Friday to Sunday, December  9-11.

It would be a monumental task to list all Christmas Prelude events in this blog. Highlights include:

  • Live Music: Carolers, a  Wandering Christmas Minstrel, a Fife and Drum Duo, Barbershop Quartets, Chamber Music, and more.
  • Tree Lighting Ceremonies. Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, and Kennebunk’s Lower Village.
  • Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree. It may be the most unique holiday decoration in the world.
  • Historic Trolley Tours. Ride an historic trolley through the lovely Maine woods.
  • Crafts Fairs. Find unique gifts for friends and family.
  • Treats. Shops provide holiday goodies for all who walk through their doors.
  • Holiday Wine Tasting.  Sample wines from around the world.
  • Fire and Ice Bar. Sit by a fire, admire ice sculptures, and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants.
  • Santa. He travels by lobster boat while on the coast of Maine.
  • Bonfires.

The residences and businesses of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport dress elegantly for the holidays. Colorful lights, pretty wreaths, bows, and ribbons line the streets. Perhaps nothing captures the spirit of the holidays in Maine like the Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree and the wonderfully creative seashell wreaths – stunning circles of cedar or juniper decorated with slender starfish, delicate sand dollars, sparkling sea glass, and pretty shells. See them at least once in a lifetime.

It isn’t too early to reserve your spot in our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast. As of this writing, we still have openings the weekend of December 9, 2011. Our inn is within walking distance from Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, the heart of the Christmas Prelude.

For a complete list of  holiday events, please see Christmas Prelude.

 

The Personalities of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Maine

October 18th, 2011 by Gail

Welcome to Kennebunkport

Friendly neighbors: Kennebunk and Kennebunkport

To many guests of our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast, the distinction between the villages of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport is not immediately apparent. That’s because the heart of the two are separated only by a short bridge over the Kennebunk River. Kennebunkport’s Dock Square Area lies on the east bank of the river, while Kennebunk’s Lower Village lies on the west bank. Restaurants and shops companionably sit shoulder to shoulder on both sides of the river, giving the impression that the two villages are really one.

Yet Kennebunkport and Kennebunk do have distinct personalities. Their differences are subtle, to be sure, but they can be felt.

Jonathan Vatner of the New York Times visited the area and our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. He writes about the “close-knit community of locals and big-city imports”  who have energized Kennebunk’s Lower Village, filling the historic buildings with “funky restaurants, shops, and lodging options”. To him, Kennebunk is “a vibrant destination distinct from its upper-crust neighbor”.

We’re some of those big-city imports who are thrilled to make our home and our livelihood in Kennebunk. We are also happy to be neighbors with Kennebunkport. As far as we’re concerned, we’ve got the best of all worlds.

Please read Jonathan Vatner’s New York Times article “Detour Near Kennebunkport, Me.” We hope you’ll then come visit both Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

 

 

Get Out On The Water

October 8th, 2011 by Gail

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Explore the Kennebunk River by boat the next time you stay at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.

It’s sunny and warm at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, and glorious weather is expected for the foreseeable future. Foliage is peaking in the northern portion of the state, though we’re still waiting for the leaves to peak here. We expect the change to take place any day now, especially as our nights turn cooler.

This is one of the best times to explore the coast of Maine by boat. The water off Kennebunkport is fairly cool – just under 60 degrees – but it’s much warmer now than it will be in a few months. There is much less boating traffic now than during the summer, but it’s still possible to rent boats and enjoy chartered trips and tours.

Many guests of our Kennebunkport/Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast bring kayaks and canoes with them. Folks who don’t have their own boats may rent them at nearby Kennebunkport Marina, which provides single and double kayaks, canoes, Boston Whalers, Inflatables, and Outrage boats. Meander up and down the coastline or head up the Kennebunk River.

People who feel uncomfortable captaining their own boat may be interested in some sort of scenic cruise. Several options are available.

  • Spend an hour aboard a classic wooden lobster boat, watching (or helping) haul in lobster traps. Call 207.468.4095 for more information.
  • Enjoy a romantic Sunset Excursion aboard a sailboat. Call Pineapple Ketch, 207.468.7262.

Nothing feels better after a day on the water than curling up by the fire with a warm drink or a glass of wine. Several rooms in our Bed and Breakfast Kennebunkport/Kennebunk have their own gas fireplaces, and guests are always welcome to relax in the common areas. Or warm up after a chilly outing with a hot bath, and enjoy a glass of wine in your room before heading out to dine at one of the many nearby restaurants.

 

Autumn in Maine

September 28th, 2011 by Gail

Autumn in New England is extraordinary. It really is.

View from Hurricane´s

Autumn view from Hurricane's Restaurant in Kennebunk, Maine.

The trees around our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast have started to turn. Most trees boast a few leaves tinged with red, yellow, and orange. Here and there a tree stands out in full glory – a beacon of what is yet to come.

Early October is a fabulous time to visit the coast of Maine: fall foliage peaks; summer crowds are gone; shops and restaurants are open; and the weather is pleasant. There is almost a festive atmosphere in the air. It feels like we’ve won the jackpot  every time we spot a tree fully dressed in fall finery.

Guests of our Kennebunkport/Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast take scenic drives along the coast of Maine and long bike rides through the countryside. They pick up gallons of freshly pressed apple cider at farm stands and pick pumpkins at beautiful old New England farms. They take off shoes, roll up pants, and walk barefoot on beaches on sunny days. They put on hiking boots and head for the colorful woods.

The lingering summer heat is at last beginning to abate, and from time to time we can feel the promise of crisp air on the wind. It’s still pleasant to breakfast on the terrace of our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, and for now it is quite comfortable to enjoy a glass of wine there in the afternoon. In just a few weeks, our guests will prefer to take their coffee and wine inside, by the fire – one of the best parts of blustery fall days.

People who live in New England look forward to the fall every year, no matter how many they’ve lived through. We feel like kids before Christmas, kids in the spring. It’s worth traveling to experience that feeling.

 

culinary destination

September 12th, 2011 by Liz Brodar

Did you know that today we hosted our first private cooking lesson for our guests Brian & Linda who came to Kennebunk to celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary Brian & Linda!

 A few weeks ago we were contacted by Epitourean.com, a division of Bon Appetit to see if we would be interested in hosting cooking lessons with a private chef at our inn. Epitourean.com had been receiving numerous inquiries from travelers who wanted to visit Kennebunk and take culinary classes. After much research Epitourean felt The Inn at English Meadows would best suit their clients needs. Of course with my passion for cooking I was delighted that The Inn at English Meadows was selected. Linda & Brian asked to take lesson on gluten free cooking as Linda is gluten intolerant. Chef Tim Jordan prepare a wonderful menu and taught Linda several new recipes as well as a few good cooking tips.

We were also contacted by a group of women who are interested in designing a bachelorette party inclusive of a cooking lesson – doesn’t that sound perfect for a bride to be.  The package designed by Epitourean and The Inn English Meadows would also make a wonderful gift for the upcoming holiday season or a great winter escape.

Make sure you check out the great culinary package we have put together with Epitourean.com and book you cooking class soon! Here is the link to the package make sure to take a peak cooking classes.

Our First Summer in Kennebunkport

September 8th, 2011 by Liz Brodar

It’s hard to believe September has already arrived and we survived our first summer as innkeepers. The summer flew by faster than any summer I can remember. We would  get into the kitchen by6:30am get the coffee brewing,  do the final prep for breakfast and before I knew it the time was 10:30 and on many days we had served 23 guests breakfast – now it was onto baking for the afternoon snack. The addition of the new patio was perfect to serve breakfast al fresco after being inside all winter the guests really enjoyed be able to sit outside to enjoy their gourmet breakfast. The patio was also the perfect place to come back and enjoy a bottle of wine or a fresh baked cookie to unwind after a day at the beach or before going off to dinner. We all enjoyed the beautiful gardens on the property of the inn – they are quite special and something is always blooming.

 All of our guests took the time to tell us how much they enjoyed all the upgrades and amenities we made to the inn. The comment we heard the most was that the inn was very “soothing.” After all the years Eric & I spent traveling the world we wanted our guests to enjoy the comforts that were important to us when we traveled – a good bed, great sheets, plush robes & towels, great food and good conversation.

 I knew we were  off to a good start when all the breakfast dishes came  back to the kitchen without a crumb on them! I love finding new recipes for breakfast so I can continue to surprise the guests with a gourmet delight. Many husbands wanted to know why their wives didn’t serve breakfasts  like I did but if they did then staying at the inn wouldn’t be as special for them.  My breakfasts were such a big hit many guests told us they didn’t need to have lunch they were so full but I am sure after a walk into Dock Square they could find room to try a lobster roll at The Clam Shack or Mabel’s.

Guests were quite pleased with all there was to do in Kennebunkport - biking, kayaking, lobster tours on The Rugosa, sails on The Eleanor Schooner, The First Watch – whale watch just to name a few! We  managed to sneak away one afternoon for lunch down in Ogunquit and who came and sat 2 tables away from us… President Bush and family, it was our first real Presidential sighting this summer.

We weren’t sure how the fireworks on the 4th of July would compare to Macy’s fireworks in New York but they were quite special and watching them while out on a sail boat made the festivities very special. The best part of being new  innkeepers was all the new friends we met who took the time to write reviews, send birthday cards to Eric on his big “0″ birthday, and contacted us to see if we were OK when the hurricane came .

 The guests truly made our first summer a memory maker that we will never forget – a BIG thank you for staying at The Inn at English Meadows and all the memories we will cherish from our first summer in Kennebunkport.  We hope to see you again!

 

 

 

 

New Website Design for The Inn at English Meadows

July 8th, 2011 by Liz Brodar

The Inn at English Meadows has launched their new website. The Inn at English Meadows is a modern, chic bed and breakfast located in the Kennebunk’s Lower Village, and a enjoyable 8 minute walk from Dock Square Kennebunkport, Maine. This beautiful new site really showcases the wonderfully modern decor, deliciously prepared three course breakfast items, cozy rooms and the Inn’s convenient location by many local attractions and activities. The new website really compliments the recent renovation of The Inn at English Meadows located in Kennebunk Maine.

 

Almost Ready!

June 24th, 2011 by Liz Brodar

We are very excited that the new web site for The Inn at English Meadows is almost ready to be launched! It’s taken longer than we hoped for but good things are worth waiting for. Our photographer Christian Giannelli and his wonderful wife Melissa did such a fabulous job with the pictures, they certainly exceeded my expectations. We had such a wonderful time working with them I know we will be friends for a long time to come. We also now have pictures of the Bungalow to share!

This week we had a few guests that had stayed at the inn with the previous owner and they couldn’t believe the magic we worked in such a short period of time. They visit the Kennebunk’s often so it was so nice that they enjoyed the changes we made. At the end of their stay they mentioned how much they loved my breakfast and the daily afternoon cookies I baked. They couldn’t wait to see what I would bake each day. Being an innkeeper is so rewarding when you have guests who truly appreciate the effort you put in to make their stay special. I must say we have had such great guests it’s been a lot of fun for us to meet and get know our guests. I do believe that quite a few will be returning.

I am starting to plan my breakfast and cookie menu for the July4th weekend – we only have 1 room left for 2 nights and I am certain it will be reserved shortly. It should be a great weekend to visit The Inn at English Meadows. This week we will be dining for the first time at The White Barn Inn, I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

The last update we need to share with you is that we just got our wine license! So now our guests can enjoy a relaxing glass or bottle of wine on our patio or in their room to add to the luxury experience at our inn. Our web site will have more details about the wines.

The Inn at English Meadowns Renovation, Before and After Photos

June 9th, 2011 by Liz Brodar

I want to share with everyone the before and after pictures of the renovation we did to the Inn over the last three and a half months. We started the first of January by taking getting ride of all the unusable furniture, gave it to Goodwill, then took down all the wall paper. Then the carpenters came in and did the demo on the kitchen and some of the bath rooms. We added new wiring where needed, new toilets in all the bath rooms, new bath room fixtures, Flat screen T.V.’s in all rooms and then all the rooms were painted and updated with new beds, new bedding, new furnishing, and new furniture. A huge under taking but as you can see well worth the time and effort.

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