Inn at English Meadows (Kennebunk - Kennebunkport, Maine)

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The Personalities of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Maine

October 18, 2011 by englishmeadows

Welcome to Kennebunkport

Friendly neighbors: Kennebunk and Kennebunkport

To many guests of our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast, the distinction between the villages of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport is not immediately apparent. That’s because the heart of the two are separated only by a short bridge over the Kennebunk River. Kennebunkport’s Dock Square Area lies on the east bank of the river, while Kennebunk’s Lower Village lies on the west bank. Restaurants and shops companionably sit shoulder to shoulder on both sides of the river, giving the impression that the two villages are really one.

Yet Kennebunkport and Kennebunk do have distinct personalities. Their differences are subtle, to be sure, but they can be felt.

Jonathan Vatner of the New York Times visited the area and our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. He writes about the “close-knit community of locals and big-city imports”  who have energized Kennebunk’s Lower Village, filling the historic buildings with “funky restaurants, shops, and lodging options”. To him, Kennebunk is “a vibrant destination distinct from its upper-crust neighbor”.

We’re some of those big-city imports who are thrilled to make our home and our livelihood in Kennebunk. We are also happy to be neighbors with Kennebunkport. As far as we’re concerned, we’ve got the best of all worlds.

Please read Jonathan Vatner’s New York Times article “Detour Near Kennebunkport, Me.” We hope you’ll then come visit both Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

 

 

Get Out On The Water

October 8, 2011 by englishmeadows

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Explore the Kennebunk River by boat the next time you stay at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.

It’s sunny and warm at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, and glorious weather is expected for the foreseeable future. Foliage is peaking in the northern portion of the state, though we’re still waiting for the leaves to peak here. We expect the change to take place any day now, especially as our nights turn cooler.

This is one of the best times to explore the coast of Maine by boat. The water off Kennebunkport is fairly cool – just under 60 degrees – but it’s much warmer now than it will be in a few months. There is much less boating traffic now than during the summer, but it’s still possible to rent boats and enjoy chartered trips and tours.

Many guests of our Kennebunkport/Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast bring kayaks and canoes with them. Folks who don’t have their own boats may rent them at nearby Kennebunkport Marina, which provides single and double kayaks, canoes, Boston Whalers, Inflatables, and Outrage boats. Meander up and down the coastline or head up the Kennebunk River.

People who feel uncomfortable captaining their own boat may be interested in some sort of scenic cruise. Several options are available.

  • Spend an hour aboard a classic wooden lobster boat, watching (or helping) haul in lobster traps. Call 207.468.4095 for more information.
  • Enjoy a romantic Sunset Excursion aboard a sailboat. Call Pineapple Ketch, 207.468.7262.

Nothing feels better after a day on the water than curling up by the fire with a warm drink or a glass of wine. Several rooms in our Bed and Breakfast Kennebunkport/Kennebunk have their own gas fireplaces, and guests are always welcome to relax in the common areas. Or warm up after a chilly outing with a hot bath, and enjoy a glass of wine in your room before heading out to dine at one of the many nearby restaurants.

 

culinary destination

September 12, 2011 by englishmeadows

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.

Our First Summer in Kennebunkport

September 8, 2011 by englishmeadows

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!

 

 

 

 

Ribbon Cutting

May 19, 2011 by englishmeadows

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.

Open for Business

May 6, 2011 by englishmeadows

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!

Maine Restaurant Week

March 9, 2011 by englishmeadows

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.

Moving In

February 26, 2011 by englishmeadows

What an exciting and exhausting week for us! We have finally made our move to The Inn at English Meadows. There are boxes everywhere we look but we are taking it one day at a time. After a very long day of moving in, our good friends Jan & Rick Wolf of the B&B Team stopped by to welcome us to Kennebunk by presenting us with a gift labeled I.S.K. — well, we had no idea what that could be but it was the perfect gift. The I.S.K. gift (seen in the attached picture) is an Innkeepers Survival Kit — are you wondering what that would include? Well is has all the essentials we need – vodka, olives, & toothpicks! It was a perfect gift for relaxing after a long day.

This weekend is Winter Festival in Kennebunk – it’s a beautiful sunny day, a bit cold but the sun feels really good after an all day snow storm yesterday. The snow was appreciated by all the snowshoers at the festival today! I am sure that after the day’s festivities everyone will stop by Pedro’s, which had its grand opening this week and so far it has been a sellout every night! I highly recommend the blood orange margaritas — this place will be quite a hot spot this summer!

Moving on up!

February 20, 2011 by englishmeadows

As moving day draws near we are getting more excited about becoming innkeepers, everywhere I look I see boxes! We are looking forward to getting settled in to our new life in Maine. It will be a big change for us but one we are ready for.

Since there are so many upgrades to the inn and to lower village Kennebunk we decided to give the name of the inn an update too so it will now be called The Inn at English Meadows and for your convenience the web address will remain the same www.englishmeadowsinn.com

The adventure has only just begun so stayed tuned for more  updates. We will have so many to share now that we will be living full time in Kennebunk we look forward to sharing them all with you.

Kayaking on the Kennebunk River – Then and Now.

September 14, 2010 by englishmeadows

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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