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Best Lobster in Kennebunkport

August 13, 2016 by englishmeadows

When Sarah and I decided to move to Maine, a family friend told us that Mainers eat lobster more often than they eat ground beef. While I’m still not convinced that this is entirely accurate, does anyone have time to not eat a lobster when they’re in Maine? Not I. Not here. Not now. So buckle up, we’re going on a Lobster Expedition!

Note: this list is not exhaustive, apologies to the other wonderful chefs and restaurants who prepare delicious crustaceans for the people of  Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

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1. Our very first stop is David’s KPT. If you’re looking for dinner with a view, this is your place. It’s right on the water, with a lovely view of all the neighboring ships and river traffic.

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They serve a lovely lobster roll with an option for DOUBLE LOBSTER, as well as David’s Lobster Dinner, which include a chowder, blackened shrimp cocktail, and a steamed Maine lobster.

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2. Next up, we’re heading to Mabel’s Lobster Claw! They’ve got every kind of lobster on the menu: a Lobster roll, Lobster Scampi pasta, Lobster Salad, as well as an entire section of Every Lobster Thing. Lobster stew, baked and stuffed, steamed, and Mabel’s Famous Lobster! YEAHHHH

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3. Alright lobster friends. Our third Lobster destination is Stripers at the Breakwater Inn and Spa. They have a lovely restaurant, with outdoor seating looking over the river and lawn. They serve whole steamed lobsters and lobster raviolo with oyster mushrooms and portobellos. But the star of the show is their outdoor Lobster bake on Monday evenings, complete with Lobster, Steamers, Corn on the Cob, Potatoes, and Blueberry Cobbler! You couldn’t ask for a more Maine-ish evening!

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Remember; these are only a few of the amazing restaurants in the area, and if you have any questions we’d be happy to offer recommendations and make reservations for you at any time! If you need us, we’ll be out researching more restaurants. It’s a tough life.

The summer is going fast, so don’t forget to book your stay at the Inn at English Meadows! You can call us at (207) 967-5766, or check our availability online right here! We can’t wait to meet you!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

Rhubarb Scone Extravaganza

July 4, 2016 by englishmeadows

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We’re deep into rhubarb season here in Maine! We’ve been using it in our cocktails, on our bread, and now in our rhubarb scones! We used Kate’s recipe for Dreamy Blueberry Cream Scones, and adapted it to make use of our abundance of fresh produce! And now you can make them yourself! Here’s how:

Ingredients:

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

3 tablespoons sugar

½ teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt

5 tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter, cut into ¼ inch cubes.

½ cup finely chopped rhubarb

1 cup heavy cream

Heat oven to 425 degrees

Directions:

Slice your rhubarb stalks into narrow lengthwise strips. Chop into 1/4 inch cubes.

Slice your rhubarb stalks

Place flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in large bowl or work bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade. Pulse six times.

measure dry ingredients

Chop butter into 1/4 inch cubes. Using food processor, remove cover and distribute butter evenly over dry ingredients.

slice butter for rhubarb scones

Cover and pulse 12 times, each pulse lasting 1 second. Add rhubarb and pulse one more time.

add chopped rhubarb to dry incredients

Transfer dough to large bowl.

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Transfer to larger bowl for rhubarb scones

Use your hands to shape a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the cream into the center of the well. Stir in cream with a rubber spatula or fork until dough begins to form, about 30 seconds.

Add creme to dry ingredients for rhubarb scones

Knead dough by hand until it comes together.

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On a lightly floured surface press into a 8 inch circle, smoothing the edges. Cut into 10 to 11 wedges.

roll out dough for rhubarb scones

Place wedges on a parchment covered baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar, (optional) and bake until very light brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Bake rhubarb scones

Cool 10 minutes and enjoy warm, or at room temperature.

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Served with strawberry butter!

Yumm!!! Now invite all your friends over for tea and scones, and discuss literature and flower gardens, and feel very fancy. Tra la la.

If you get these into the oven and your kitchen looks rather worse for wear, do not fear your mess: our kitchen looks appalling after baking, too. And we’re pretty much professionals, so you can definitely feel better about yourself about that one.

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Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook

We’d love to see how your Dreamy Rhubarb Scones turn out, and what other interesting variations you can think of! You can tag us in your photos on Instagram or share them on our Facebook Page– We can’t wait to see what you dream up!

Happy Baking!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

Our Favorite Cocktail: Rhubarb Shrub

June 26, 2016 by englishmeadows

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Cutie Bee tasting the flowers!

It’s been such a whirlwind at the Inn recently! Kennebunk celebrated its first ever LAUNCH! Maritime Festival last weekend, and English Meadows took part in the town-wide Historic Inns of Kennebunkport Garden Party! Guests visited several parties, ferried between events by the lovely Hydi Drive, and were greeted with a wonderful rhubarb cocktail and delicious hors d’oeuvres to complement the tours around our lovely grounds.

Alex of Curate Maine, a lifestyle designer and personal concierge, brought us the most amazing strawberries from the farmer’s market, and we used them to make party bread for our party guests!

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The star of the show, however, was definitely Kate’s homemade Rhubarb Shrub cocktail! Our guests loved it so much that Kate made them for scavenger hunt participants at the LAUNCH! festival last weekend! If you ever have the occasion to try it, it is absolutely impossible not to love. And it’s so easy to make! Here’s what you do:

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So pretty! All your friends will be jealous of your homemade cocktail skills.

Kate’s Rhubarb Shrub Cocktail

Ingredients: 

6 c. Rhubarb

1 c. Fresh or Frozen Strawberries

1.5 c. Brown Sugar, or to taste.

1.5 c. Water

1 medium piece fresh ginger root

For the Cocktail:

Prosecco or Champagne

Ginger Beer

Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions:

Pick the reddest stalks of rhubarb- these are the tastiest!

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Wash and roughly chop the stalks. If they are very large, slice lengthwise down the center before chopping. Cut the ginger into large pieces for easy removal after cooking. Throw together into a large stock pot and stir in the sugar and water, and place on medium heat.

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Yumm Rhubarb!

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Before and after!

About halfway through the cooking, add the strawberries. These help to add a little more natural sweetness to the rhubarb, as well as enhance the red color! Because pretty food is the goal of cooking, obviously.

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Adding the strawberries

When the rhubarb has cooked all the way down, taste and add more sugar if desired. Place a large, fine sieve over a bowl or pitcher, and strain the liquid out of the sauce. It may be reluctant to drain out, in which case you can add more water to the mixture, or help it along with a spatula. Pour the Shrub syrup into an airtight container, and keep in the fridge up to a week!

To make the Shrub cocktail: pour one part syrup, a splash of apple cider vinegar, one part ginger beer, one part Prosecco. Adjust to taste.

The leftover purée can be used for a ton of things! Some of our favourites include, on a baguette with ricotta cream and strawberries, a rhubarb version of banana bread, and added to margaritas! Seriously, try the margarita thing. It’s killer.

Time to party!

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Cheers!

We hope you have a wonderful time making our favourite cocktails, and don’t forget to book your relaxing getaway at the Inn! We’re even running a special for the summer- you can book a night in a gap in our calendar and receive 20% off your stay! How awesome is that? You can call us at (207) 967-5766, or check our availability here!

See you soon!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

 

 

 

 

Beach Day!

June 12, 2016 by englishmeadows

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Kate puts the final touch on a zucchini frittata

What a beautiful day here at English Meadows! Is it spring or is it summer? Who can know. After another of Kate’s wonderful breakfasts, lemon blueberry scones, berry yogurt, and zucchini frittatas (yum I’m DYING), we’re going to force the issue. It’s summer, and we’re having a beach day.

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If you want to take a dog to the beach, Gooch’s beach is the place to go! (Starting June 15th however, dogs are only allowed in the mornings and evenings to make sure everybody has a good time.) Lola and I decided to visit to make friends with all the other pups having a beach day. We ran all over the place meeting dogs and their people, and Lola had a great time! I thought she might enjoy to learn how to swim; as it turns out, she has been watching way too many scary ocean movies, and is not on board with swimming at all. She is now feeling highly put out.

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She’s very worried about swimming now. I ruined her.

When swimming turned out to be a bust, obviously the best thing to do to follow up a beach day is to drive into Kennebunkport and go to Rococo Ice Cream!!

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I always love to walk by the Library, because obviously the library is a great place to visit, and because look how cute the green door is! Also, I’m obsessed with how adorable all the signs are in Kennebunkport. What are we, in Maine or something?! I can’t get over it.

Rococo always has different flavours every single time you go, and they will ALWAYS be so delicious it is ridiculous! This time, I got Lemon Pink Peppercorn and Pink Lemonade Mint Sorbet. They were skeptical of me mixing the sorbet and ice cream, but I figured they’re both lemon and pink, so they can’t be wrong together. I was right, obviously.

Did you remember that next week is the LAUNCH! Festival?? Ah! It’s going to be crazy fun, we can simply not wait. We still have one or two rooms left available for the weekend- it’s definitely time to be spontaneous, drop ALL your weekend plans, and come to Kennebunk for the festival!! It’s going to be a blast and a half, and I’m getting a time machine so I can go to every single one of the activities- see the full itinerary here. To book a room with us, just call Kate or David in our office at (207) 967-5766, or you can check out our beautiful rooms and suites right here! And don’t forget, if you’d like to bring your dog to cuddle with on your beautiful vacation, we have a luxurious private Bungalow that allows dogs!

See you soon!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

Launch! Festival

June 1, 2016 by englishmeadows

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the Launch site!

Wow. There is such an amazing festival coming up in town- are you even ready to hear about this? This month is the very first annual LAUNCH! Maritime Festival in Kennebunk!! There’s going to be all kinds of yummy seafood everywhere, cooking contests and parties, a boat parade, and art walks! They really have things for everyone- a 5k run, historic costumes, and a seafood pizza night! You definitely will NOT want to miss this festival!

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The Fleet all ready to go!

The whole thing is going to be kicked off by the Landing School Boat Launch, which is so much fun to watch. Everybody in the school has been working on making their own boats entirely by hand, and now that they’re ready they’ll all take them out for the very first time and christen them!

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Lannigan Bridge overlooks the launch site

The Launch is followed by local brew and wine tours, cooking classes, open house tours, parties, they really have a killer lineup- check out the full itinerary here. It’s a whole three days of fun, planned for June 17-19th. Some events require a sign up as there are limited spots available, so you should definitely get a move on! We’re all very jealous of Kate and David, as they will be attending the Rock the Boat after-party on the Spirit of Massachusetts, which you may have seen docked in the river!

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The Spirit of Massachusetts!

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LOOK AT THE BOAT

For everyone who didn’t get tickets to the VIP party, our consolation is participating in the town – wide historical landmark scavenger hunt! It’s hosted by all the historical Inns in the area, English Meadows included, and the prize is $100 that can be used at English Meadows or any select registry Inn!! How cool is that? I have a feeling I’m about to be staying at English Meadows very soon…  I’m already figuring out where all the landmarks are! Here’s a hint… This might be one of them!

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Smile!

Then again, you should absolutely not take my word for it, as I have a very poor sense of direction.

Right now, we still have openings available at English Meadows for the Launch weekend, but we’re anticipating our rooms to be booked quickly as more people hear about all the fun going on! You can call Kate and David at our office and book directly at (207) 967-5766, or you can check out our rooms and their available dates right here!

See you soon!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

Souvenirs: Kennebunk Shopping Guide!

May 21, 2016 by englishmeadows

Everyone needs souvenirs from a great vacation! Either to remember how awesome it was, or to apologize to the people you didn’t want to invite.. Don’t even worry. Sarah and I went scouting for the best souvenirs in the Kennebunks, so you can get such amazing presents that you will end up keeping them for yourself!

Transform your home with all the luxuries from the Inn!

Transform your home with all the luxuries from the Inn! Featuring wire art by Alex Parisi.

The first and best place to start is the Inn, of course. They have all the luxuries from your stay available for purchase! Malin + Goetz soaps (don’t they just smell all kinds of amazing??), English Meadows coffee mugs and gorgeous hand-blown Italian drinking cups, Tea Forté tea bags and tea trays, the cute little tea pots, everything! These are the perfect things to bring home to remind you to relax and enjoy yourself, and to bring to people who don’t like trinkets!

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Trying hats at the Daytrip Society

The place to go for the cutest Mainey trinkets is Definitely the Daytrip Society. They have everything you will need to impress your friends with your thoughtfulness and generosity. Also, they have great sunglasses, and a Junior store for all the babies in your life who need to be spoiled.

Just look at all these cute things. Literally everything adorable.

Just look at all these cute things. Literally everything adorable.

Their card selection is straight up KILLER. You can buy them all and send them to your inlaws like, ‘oh darn, you would love it so much here, super sorry you couldn’t come. We’ll almost certainly remember to invite you next year probably.’

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What adept organization! Card by Screech Owl Design

Next, we went to our favourite place for KENNEBUNK merch- Saxony Imports. It’s not as adorably curated as the Daytrip Society, but they do have really soft sweatshirts, cute hats, stickers, etc: Kennebunk souvenirs are their jam. Sarah got a great hat with a leather tab at the back, and will now be representing KPT in all of her paparazzi shots from now on.

Size extra cute, thank you.

Size extra cute, thank you.

After all of that shopping, it is definitely time to walk across the green bridge into Kennebunk to relax with a glass of something at Ports of Italy. You have earned it for SURE. Ask Mike the bartender for book recommendations- he’ll hook you right up!

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Can you even stand how pretty this is?

Can you even stand how pretty this is?

That was so easy! What a success. Now you can go home with all of your beautiful trinkets and remember your favourite vacation!

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Our Loot. Greetings from Maine! Not shown: Malin + Goetz soaps- those are already right by the sink!!

Thanks for coming shopping with us, we hope to see you around the port this summer! We’re so excited to show you all of our favourite places around town, pretty soon you’ll be able to tour the town like a local! Don’t forget to book your room, cause we can’t wait to have you stay with us!

See you soon!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

 

Photos by Sophie Hines

Mother’s Day Weekend!

May 16, 2016 by englishmeadows

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers and children in the world! We certainly had a great weekend here at the Inn! On Saturday, we had blueberry cake, melon with mint and lime, and the most delicious breakfast sandwiches with avocado, bacon, and an egg. It was KILLER.

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Kate making the sandwiches.

Kate worked her usual wizardry on the sandwiches, and everyone’s favourite sous chef, Sarah, handled the cake and fruit! What a couple of true professionals. This was my first weekend working on the kitchen crew for the Inn, and I just had a blast and a half. My name is Sophie, and I am Sarah’s roommate- she has had so much fun cooking up a storm for everyone that I started coming in to work with her! You may see me dancing around the kitchen this summer, trying not to drop things in front of the guests, and I’m also going to be exploring the whole town and reporting back to you with the inside scoop! If you want to really experience the Kennebunks like a local, the Inn at English Meadows is Definitely the place to stay. We will hook you up with the most delicious breakfasts, all the best places to go, and all the secret insider spots! Book your room now and connect with us on Facebook to follow along with the blog and start planning your trip!

Snug Harbor Farm

Snug Harbor Farm

Our very best and favourite spot to show you is the magical land of Snug Harbor Farm. Everyone should come here at least four times a week. They have the most beautiful collection of plants, including tiny trees in pots, a stunning array of succulents, and such cute animals!! They keep ponies, exotic birds, and flocks of geese that roam around leaving feathers EVERYWHERE. If you are an aspiring Beatrix Potter, it is advisable that you should secretly move into one of the greenhouses.

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There was literally a mouse eating seeds in the greenhouse. I’m not even kidding you when I say that Anthony petted it.

We stopped to talk to Anthony, the owner, and learn about his four dogs. He loves all the animals, and keeps four poodles, all different sizes and colors, and they go all over the property together to keep an eye on everything. They are so friendly and will absolutely want you to pet them. They are the only dogs that Sarah likes. (Including the one that we own.)  If you have a dog with you, however, it is not invited to Snug Harbor on account of the delicate constitutions of the birds. But if you need any beautiful garden decoration things, the gift shop is NOT TO BE MISSED. Trust me on this one.

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Parson’s Beach

After Snug Harbor, we visited Parson’s Beach! We love this beach so much!! Parson’s is VERY beautiful, but also it is very small, so try to get there early to make sure there’s parking.

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Sarah’s favourite place: Any Beach.

We showed up at high tide, and there was hardly any beach at all! We were trying to perch above the waves on a washed up tree trunk, but even so we got knocked off and got our shoes wet!! Sarah waded in, but I’m not trying to die of hypothermia of the toes so I just guarded the rosebushes (with my face accidentally).

Parson's Beach

It is stupid gorgeous here.. Sarah said the water was warm but I am not about to believe her.

We’ll be exploring the Kennebunks and our favourite nearby spots all summer, so keep checking back to find your new favourite spot! It’s gonna be the best summer ever! (we can already tell.) Don’t forget to book your room, cause we can’t wait to have you stay with us!

See you soon!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

 

Photos by Sophie Hines

Lighthouses Near the Kennebunks

March 25, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Lighthouses Near the Kennebunks - Portland Head Light

Maine’s oldest lighthouse: Portland Head Light

Planning a Maine Coast Lighthouse sight-seeing vacation? There are a number of lighthouses near the Kennebunks worth seeing, including Maine’s oldest lighthouse, the Portland Head Light.

Maine is known for its scenic coastline, dotted here and there with historic and iconic lighthouses. If you’re on the Maine coast, you’re near a lighthouse – and the Kennebunks are no exception. It’s one of the more common attractions we’re asked about!

Luckily, there are seven lighthouses near the Kennebunks, all within an hour (or much less) of our Maine Coast B&B!

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Arundel Barn Playhouse Summer Season 2015

May 16, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Arundel Barn Playhouse Summer Season 2015The Arundel Barn Playhouse, known for enlivening the Kennebunks with lively, modern stage productions, are nearing the start of their 2015 Summer Season – have you gotten your tickets yet?

The Arundel Barn Playhouse has a reputation for making theater lovers out of those who might normally turn their nose up at live stage productions. They do it by focusing all their seriousness on making their productions lively, funny, uplifting, and fully entertaining – the kinds of performances that have you laughing, humming along, and on your feet with applause at the end of the show.

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Follow the Maine Art Museum Trail

April 25, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The Maine Art Museum TrailYou’ve heard of wine trails, cheese trails, brewery trails and – of course – hiking trails but how about an art museum trail? The Maine Art Museum Trail is 8 art museums, within 200 miles of each other, and containing over 73,000 works of art.

Maine and art are a natural fit, our beautiful state having inspired and played home to generations of artists: Frederic Edwin Church, Edward Hopper, George Bellows, Georgia O’Keeffe, Fitz Hugh Lane, Winslow Homer, and three generations of the Wyeth family. Thus it should come as no surprise that Maine plays host to a number of fine art museums.

The Maine Art Museum Trail details eight of the state’s leading art museums, all within a day’s scenic drive of each other, if not closer, from Bangor to Ogunquit.

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