September 12th, 2011 by Eric 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.
September 8th, 2011 by Eric 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!
July 8th, 2011 by Eric 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.
June 24th, 2011 by Eric 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.
June 9th, 2011 by Eric Brodar
June 7th, 2011 by Eric Brodar
The weather was so perfect we decided to sneak away and take off on the Rugosa lobster boat. What a great way to see the Kennebunk river and the beautiful coastline. Our captain Dave was great too bad we only caught 2 lobsters! We did have the opportunity to see President Bush (Sr.) out in his speed boat of course the secret service was near by. Since the sun was so tempting to stay and play we decided to have a quick cocktail at the Arundel Wharf Restaurant riverside – it was perfect on a day like today. Well our fabulous photographer Christian and his lovely wife Melissa will return tomorrow to finish the pictures of the new Quiet Moments Suite, The Bungalow and the outside of the inn so we went and bought beautiful hanging baskets I think they will look great in the pictures. Tried another new recipe today poached peaches in honey syrup wow they were delicious can’t wait to make them for you. Very excited that summer bookings are coming in strong, life is good!
June 1st, 2011 by Eric Brodar
We had a full house at The Inn at English Meadows for our first Memorial Day weekend and a lot of great memories were made thanks to all our wonderful guests! Thankfully the sun was shining and our guests were able to see what makes Kennebunkport so special. Everyone spent most of their time out and about, one guest who went golfing was lucky enough to have the pleasure of meeting President Bush at the golf club now that’s a memory that he will never forget. My breakfasts were a BIG hit and I had several requests for recipes which I am happy to share. Most guests needed to a take a walk to the beach after breakfast because they were so full, there were only crumbs left on the plates. We were delighted that our guests all enjoyed the upgrades we made to the inn the new decor was a HUGE hit some guest are asking for the paint colors so they can use them when they get home. Several guests enjoyed our Tea Forte tea’s and Frette robes so much they choose to purchase them to enjoy back at home. On Memorial Day we servedour breakfast a little bit earlier than usual so guests could go the parade. We were all hoping to see President Bush make his annual speech but this year he and Barbara were just enjoying the day like the rest of us. I also must thank again Bjorn & Christine who after check out went into town and brought us back a bottle of wine to thank us for making their stay so special – I can’t tell you how much that meant to us. If all our guests are as wonderful as the guests we had for Memorial Day weekend we will be very happy innkeepers.
May 19th, 2011 by Eric Brodar
It’s official: The Inn at English Meadows is open for business! Yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming the members of the Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce to view our newly renovated inn. The evening was a great success, we were so happy to have so many new friends and neighbors come celebrate the opening of inn with us. I wish you could all see the amazing flowers & plants our new friends sent us to welcome us to the neighborhood of Kennebunk, they are so beautiful and we are so thankful to be here. It’s hard to believe it’s Spring with the northeast being rained on for the last few weeks, but we are all optimistic that all this rain will depart and leave us with a nice sunny summer! The reviews on TripAdvisor have been so heartwarming, and we are so lucky to have welcomed so many wonderful guests to The Inn at English Meadows. We hope you will be able to visit us this summer.
May 6th, 2011 by Eric Brodar
It’s hard to believe it’s May already but it was a beautiful day in Kennebunk, it almost made you forget what a long winter it was but when we busy renovating the inn time fly-ed! We have the town buzzing about what’s going on here, all we keep hearing is people talking about all the trucks that have been in the driveway. It’s exciting to now be able to invite our new local friends in and welcome our guests. We have guests visiting this weekend from Mass. who commented on what a great job we did transforming the inn. It’s hard to believe how much we were able to accomplish in a short period of time and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to see the new Inn at English Meadows! There are so many new things happening in the area Ryan’s Corner Pub opened a few weeks ago, we also have Anniebells gifts & flower shop, Pedro’s is still buzzing and Old Vines now has a full bar – all are walkable from The Inn at English Meadows so why fight the congestion in the port when you can walk from our inn. Our web site has been updated with new pictures of the renovations but our new web site is still “under construction.”
We are currently working on putting together some get packages for you to enjoy on your next visit so please make sure to check back often.
Have to go get breakfast prepped for the morning – lemon ricotta pancakes with macerated strawberries doesn’t that sound good….
Tomorrow is the May Day Parade in Kennebunk -everyone loves a parade! and let’s not forget the Kentucky Derby, may the best horse win!
April 27th, 2011 by Eric Brodar
We had the pleasure of welcoming Dabney & Gary as our first guests to The Inn at English Meadows . It was so exciting to host them while visiting Kennebunk from California. I was so excited to prepare a special breakfast of crustless lobster quiche and house baked croissants with homemade orange honey butter for them, thankfully it was a big hit! When Dabney came to breakfast her first comments were how wonderful the Frette sheets were what a wonderful dinner they had at Pier 77 - it was just what they were looking for. Although they were only with us for one night it felt like we had known Dabney & Gary for many years by the time they had to leave for Boston.
Please check our current web site www.EnglishMeadowsInn.com - we just posted some new pictures for the rooms that have been completed. Our new web site is under construction and we hope to have it up and running by the end of May. We are so excited to show the changes we couldn’t wait for the new web site to be ready.