The fullness of summer is upon us and our gardens are in full bloom. Pockets of green with punches of color are sprinkled around our property creating mini oases that invite rest and relaxation. Some of our favorite blooms include the showy Lacecap hydrangeas, which love the soil in Maine, and the intensely yellow Asiatic lilies. We’ve created a pallet that mixes cool purples and blues with riotous reds, sunny yellows, and punchy fuschias. We invite guests to stretch out in these tranquil spots and experience the full beauty of late summer in Maine: warm, languid days punctuated with cool, star-filled nights.
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It’s no secret that inns and hotels can be bastions of wastefulness, with the average guest discarding about two pounds of paper, plastic, cardboard and cans each day. Pat Maher, the green consultant for the American Hotel and Lodging Association, states “Right now, half a million of those little bath product bottles end up in landfills every day.” Most are only 1/4 to 1/2 used, which sends a shocking amount of unused chemicals into our groundwater supply.
Another item that contributes to the amount of waste generated by the lodging industry is bottled water. “Each year, people are drinking 30 billion throwaway bottles of water,” said the Sierra Club’s Ruth Caplan. “If you put them end to end, it would go around the world more than 150 times.” Four out of five plastic water bottles end up in landfills, but even before they get there, they’ve taken a toll on the environment.
In an effort to be more green and waste less, the Inn at English Meadows is implementing some new eco-friendly practices – water carafes have been added to each room, which cuts down on the number of plastic water bottles needing to be recycled.
To reduce the number of individually sized bath products that would contribute to the waste stream, the Inn is now using full-size pump bottles of (MALIN+GOETZ) rum hand (+ body) wash and neroli hand+body lotion. When guests leave, the pump bottles are refilled so nothing is thrown out. It is a wonderful marriage of offering luxury bath products while keeping an eye towards being good stewards of the environment.
Another green practice in which English Meadows participates is the soap recycling program managed by Partners In Development, Inc. Each year, a staggering number of children die from hygiene and sanitation related illnesses. Partners in Development works to prevent those deaths and improve community health, by recycling used hotel soap and turning it into new bars that are distributed to vulnerable populations in Haiti. With 4.6-million hotel/motel rooms in theUnited States, an estimated 2.6-million soap bars are discarded every day. By participating in the recycling program, tons of waste are diverted from the landfill. We feel that small steps can have a large impact.
Interior and fashion stylist Erin Gates, who writes the Elements of Style blog, joined us during the recent Kennebunkport Festival and took part in the Maine Home+Design dinner that we hosted. Erin put together a really nice piece, including some lovely photographs, about her experience here as well as some of the other events she attended and places she visited during her stay in Kennebunk – Kennebunkport. You can find the blog entry at the following link: A Kennebunkport Weekend. Below is one of the images she includes in the blog.
Seems that Erin took quite a liking to our English goldendoodle, stating that he has an “irresistible little face.” We might be biased, but we couldn’t agree more! Erin also enjoyed the “seriously amazing food” at the dinner created by guest Chef Dennis Franceschini, Executive Chef-partner of New York City’s Bar Italia.
We greatly enjoyed hosting Erin and hope that you will check out her Elements of Style blog!
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.
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.
Autumn in New England is extraordinary. It really is.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!