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.
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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!
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!
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
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
Hello and Happy New Year!
We want to introduce ourselves, Eric and Liz Brodar, as the new Owners and Innkeepers of the English Meadows Inn. Last Wednesday, December 29th, we took over from Bruce and Valerie Jackson.
We are excited about moving to the Kennebunks and all the wonderful plans we have for this Historic Inn. We will be closed for the winter while we make the upgrades and add new amenities to make your experience of staying at our Inn even more satisfying than ever before.
Please keep ‘tuned’ as we will be updating the blog with news and images of our progress on a regular basis.
Thanks and we look forward to welcoming you to our Inn come Spring 2011.
Liz & Eric
We’ve decided to participate in the B&B’s for Vets day on November 10, 2010. As a way to say a small “thank you” to our county’s veterans we’re joining up with hundreds of bed and breakfast inns nationwide to offer a free night’s stay at our inn. We’ve set aside six of our rooms for any vet or active duty service person who would like to stay with us on that evening. This great program was started by an innkeeper in West Virginia who started letting military families stay free for Veterans Day in 2009 has recruited 400 inns across the U.S. and Canada (and the number is growing) as part of an initiative to offer free rooms this fall. The word was spread through the innkeeping industry trade association, PAII, and it was an easy decision to decide to participate. If you’d like to read more about the program, go to www.bnbsforvets.org/
The Kennebunk River has been the lifeblood of this part of Maine for 200 years. It was the basis of the economy, the creator of wealth, the provider of jobs, and has continued to be a major part of the local culture and economy. Shipyards, transportation, grist mills and the fishing industry were all dependent upon and thrived on the river. Today, “the Port” and its 18th and 19th century warehouses (which are now fashionable shops and restaurants) is still the center of activity in the area.
On Sunday September 12, the Brick Store Museum sponsored a guided kayak excursion on the Kennebunk River. Fourteen intrepid museum members/kayakers signed up for a trip called Kayaking Through History which was a tie-in with one of the Museum’s current exhibits called In the Maine Stream. This wonderful exhibit includes the Museum’s 1899 Wabanaki Indian canoe (made on the banks of the Kennebunk River) and other collections reflecting art, history and nostalgia of the Indian traditions and canoeing on the River. Coastal Maine Kayak was the official outfitter for the afternoon’s tour and guided the pack of kayakers up the river. Tracy Baetz, the Director of the Brick Store Museum, briefed the kayakers on some of the sights we’d see on the trip. Leaving from the marina alongside the bridge over the Kennebunk we headed up the river as the tide was coming in. First stop was the site of the Clark Shipyard which built some of the last of the coastal schooners including the four masted Eagle Wing in 1891, the Savannah in 1901 and the Kennebunk in 1918. Not far up the River from the Clark yard was a tidal grist mill which was still in operation up until WWII. The historic Cape Arundel Golf Club came next and once was the location of a canoe dock for the famous canoe races of the 1890’s. The trip proceeded up the River past Picnic Rock, underneath Durrells Bridge, past the early shipyards at Kennebunk Landing, and finally stopped at an old, abandoned railroad bridge (which is still an impressive bit of architecture!).
In some places the River is so quiet and serene that it doesn’t take much to imagine you are back in the 1890’s and you are on the River to watch a shipyard launch another schooner. The River bends like a snake and because of the tidal changes it can behave very differently from day to day. It is surprisingly deep in places and there are few narrow spots, like at Picnic Rock so picking the time to be on the river is important if you want to avoid a lot of work paddling against the tide. The grassy banks attract lots of wildlife and we must have seen over 100 ducks.
On the way back, we all did a little River clean up and in addition to filling a large crate with plastic bottles, cans and bags, we also fished out a floating trash can which we managed to strap on to the back of my kayak and take back with us to the Port.
There are lots of great places to take a kayak out in Kennebunkport. Paddling trips on the Kennebunk River, the Mousam River, or in the coves around Cape Porpoise and out to Goat Island Lighthouse are all great trips to make. So bring your kayak with you (or contact Coastal Maine Kayak) and add kayaking to your list of things to do while staying at the English Meadows Inn our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.
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