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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.

Happy New Year from Kennebunkport, Maine

January 5th, 2012 by englishmeadows

“2011 ended with a bang. I had my first great adventure. Liz and Eric took me to New York City for Christmas, and showed me where they lived and worked before they became innkeepers in Maine. Wow! Life in the city is so different from life here at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast. There were so many new smells in the city, so many sounds, and so many people! Each day was exhaustingly full.

One of the highlights of the journey for me was our trip to Rockefeller Center; the Christmas tree there was so beautiful, and so very, very, big. It was fun to watch all the people. Boy, did I want to get my paws on the ice skating rink! Too bad I wasn’t allowed on it.

We saw lots of family, and I have to say, I was the toast of the town. Everyone loved me (and the fact that I don’t shed), and I loved everyone. I hope they can all visit me here in Maine, and that I can visit them again next year.

Our trip to New York City was fun, but honestly, it was a little overwhelming. I was happy to return home to our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, where the air smells of the ocean, and  where I have room to run and play.

Liz and Eric got right to work after their vacation, for the week between Christmas and New Year’s was busy here at the inn. We hosted a dinner for a lovely bride and her bridesmaids one night, which was great fun. On New Year’s Eve, we served our guests hors d’oeuvres and champagne before they all headed out for dinner at different restaurants in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. Breakfast Sunday morning was served later than usual, so everyone could sleep in. Well, almost everyone. I wake up early every day, and the first thing I do is wake Eric so he can take me out, feed me, and play with me! We’re best buddies, Eric and I.

2011 was Liz and Eric’s first full year as innkeepers in Maine, and they were tired but happy as the year drew to a close. They say the best part of the innkeeping is that they meet so many wonderful people. That’s my favorite part, too.

We hope to see you at our Maine Bed and Breakfast in 2012. Happy New Year!”

The Christmas Prelude of Kennebunkport

November 29th, 2011 by englishmeadows

Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude is underway. We’ve enjoyed evening strolls down the street to the heart of Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, where a Christmas tree stands tall and holiday lights glitter. In the other direction, the town of Kennebunk is also dressed in its holiday best. The atmosphere is contagiously festive.

Find warmth after the Christmas Prelude at our Kennebunkport/Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast.

Christmas Prelude, 2011, continues both next weekend and the weekend of December 9th. Since we still have some availability at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast on December 9 and 10, this blog will focus on activities for that weekend.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square takes place at 5:30 on Friday the 9th. It’s followed by fireworks, which are best viewed from the bridge and surrounding areas. By the end of the evening, you’ll be ready to curl up back in your warm room at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast with a glass of wine.

Anyone interested in the history and architecture of Kennebunkport, Maine should take advantage of the Christmas Prelude Historic Trolley Ride and Historic Village Walking Tour. The walking tour is through downtown Kennebunkport. The trolley, in a delightful twist on the sleigh ride, leads through the woods.

One of the best parts of Christmas Prelude is the abundance of live music. Street performers create a cheerful atmosphere in Dock Square and the Lower Village, and performances take place in a variety of churches, shops, and pubs. At every turn you’ll hear music.

From 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 9, there will be live music at Fleurant, a great shop just down the street from our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. At 7 p.m.,  Rock My Soul Sextet will sing “Gospelized” Christmas Carols at the Village Baptist Church.  Dave Peloquin, the Wandering Christmas Minstrel, will wander through Dock Square and Lower Village shopping areas with guitar in hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 10th. At noon on the same day, a Barbershop Quartet will sing favorite old tunes at Flaherty Imports and The Whimsey Shop. And when was the last time you saw a fife and drum duo? See one this year on the 10th from 1 to 3 p.m., in Dock Square and the Lower Village. Dance to a Very Cuban Christmas at the Franciscan Monastery Hall on Saturday, at 7 p.m. Or listen to the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir perform seasonal carols and choral music  at the Village Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m.

Stop by the Fire and Ice Bar if you’re in need of refreshment between 5 and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The ice bar is a fantastic creation, and the bonfire warms even the coldest hands and feet. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from many local restaurants and, of course, live music. Tony Boffa plays Friday, and Matt Fogg takes the stage Saturday.

It should go without saying that one of the most popular activities of the Christmas Prelude is holiday shopping. Indeed, for many people, gift shopping begins and ends with Christmas Prelude. In addition to the many shops of Kennebunkport and Kennebunk, there is also the Annual Clothesline Art Show in the the Lower Village. Here shoppers will find fine paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculptures made by local artists. It’s a wonderful place to pick up truly one-of-a-kind gifts.

Christmas Prelude is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. And since it takes place at the beginning of December, it doesn’t interfere with other holiday plans.

Treat yourself to an early gift this year. Spend a weekend indulging in the best of Christmas, and luxuriate at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.

A complete list of holiday events is available at Christmas Prelude.

 

Let the Holidays Begin in the Kennebunks

November 17th, 2011 by englishmeadows

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 englishmeadows

ornament.

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 englishmeadows

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 englishmeadows

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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.

 

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