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Happy New Year from Kennebunkport, Maine

January 5th, 2012 by Gail

Our English Goldendoodle, Bailey, writes again:

Take a Deep Breath

Rockefeller Center, so big, so beautiful!

“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!”

Bailey

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.

A sold out weekend!

June 1st, 2011 by Liz 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.

Our First Guests

April 27th, 2011 by Liz 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.

Maine Restaurant Week

March 9th, 2011 by Liz Brodar

If you were hungry Maine was the place to be this week.  We kicked off  Maine Restaurant Week by attending the Breakfast Cook Off at Sea Dog Brewery and what a great kickoff it was. The tastings were all amazing but the winner was The Good Table’s - Brulee French Toast, this was their 2nd win 2 years in a row!  Our next stop for dinner that night was  Portland,  Five Fifty-Five - delish! To work up our appetite we took part in Art Walk which takes place the first Friday of every month. Although it was a little cold the attendance was strong we can’t go back. Saturday  we back to Portland, our destination was Grace. Grace was formerly a Methodist Church so you have to go even if it’s just to see the transformation but highly recommend staying for dinner, what a great spot for cocktails! For our next tasting we decided to stay in Kennebunk and try Stripers – the lobster mac n cheese was exactly what I need for a cold winter’s night;can’t wait to go back and enjoy the view when the weather gets warm.  I had to try the lobster pot pie at Academe Brasserie which I had seen on The Food Network as one the best things I ever ate – well all I can say it wasn’t a disappointment!  A few more days to go but better find a gym quick! Hope you can join us next year – make sure to bring your appetite.

Decorating the inn

February 12th, 2011 by Eric Brodar

Our decorator Annie has chosen so many exciting colors, textiles, and furniture for inn we are very pleased that everything is coming together so nicely for your stay at the English Meadows Inn.

Our new Vera Wang mattresses will provide the maxium style & comfort and they are hypoallergenic! The beds will all have tone on tone patterns and the finest quality that Frette has been known for now  for 150 years. We are sure you will have pleasant dreams while staying at English Meadows Inn.

Visiting The Kennebunks  just got even better – Pedro’s (a new Mexican restaurant) will open later this month. Pedro’s is a short walk from the inn and has the same owner’s as Pier 77 & The Ramp. Margarita’s anyone….

Stay tuned for all the latest updates!

Cold Winters Morning Baking

February 6th, 2011 by Liz Brodar

What could be better on a cold winters morning than the aroma of a cinnamon sugar muffing baking in the oven….I can’t wait for you to taste this wonderful new recipe I found.  Waking up to the smell of cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg  at English Meadows Inn you make you fill all warm inside, what a great way to start your day in Kennebunk!

We shopped until we dropped!

February 1st, 2011 by Liz Brodar

What an exciting 2 days! Eric & I attended the NY Gift show to shop for our new dishes, glassware, stemware, and linens for your next visit to the  English Meadows Inn. We wanted to make sure that we found the newest fashions and highest qualities to insure your stay would be memorable and enjoyable. The vendors we met with at the show we very excited to hear about Kennebunk and the upgrades we are making to the inn. I can’t wait to receive all the samples we ordered to work with over the next few weeks – it’s all very exciting. We look forward to sharing our next update with you, check back soon!

Liz & Eric

Men at work

January 28th, 2011 by Liz Brodar

“Meet the Contractors”

Renovations are well under way at our English Meadows Inn thanks to Dave, Richard, Chris.

Walking through the Inn this week we were so excited to see all the progress that has already been made.  The plumber, electricians, carpenters and painters are all working side by side on the improvements that will enhance the Inn and everything we are doing is designed to make your stay as enjoyable and memorable as possible. During some work in one of the rooms, a discovery of Christian Science newspapers from 1924 were found in a wall.we are not sure if they were there for insulation or left by a builder when that room was built as a ‘signature’.  With all the snow Dave, Richard & Chris are very happy to be working inside our warm inn this time of year and yes it’s snowing again today!

New Flat Screen TV’s, WiFi everywhere, new lighting throughout, several additional in room Fireplaces, newly painted walls, and refreshed bathrooms are just some of the improvements  the team is working on!  And a brand new kitchen for Liz to prepare her gourmet breakfasts & baked goodies!

We are dedicated to insuring that your experience while staying at the English Meadows Inn in the Kennebunk’s will be truly extraordinary.  Thanks for checking in and keep tuned for more exciting news!

Liz and Eric

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