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Fiery Foliage

October 11th, 2012 by Liz Brodar

The Kennebunk River in Fall

The Kennebunk River dressed in its fall finest

New England is famous for its glorious foliage as billions of leaves change from green to a kaleidoscope of colors. The air is crisp and cool – perfect for hiking, biking or a classic drive along back roads, where farm stands are piled high with crunchy apples and orange pumpkins.

The leaves started turning colors in the northern regions of Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire around late September and will probably peak around mid-to late October. Along the coast of New Hampshire and southern Maine, color starts later and often lasts up until November.

Maine’s official tourism website has put together a particularly interesting driving route that begins in Kittery and loops up along the southern coast through York, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough, CapeElizabeth, Portland, and Freeport. After checking out the iconic L.L. bean flagship store, the route heads west through the Sebago Lakes Region and includes a covered bridge and an historic Victorian village before looping back to Kittery. The route offers myriad vistas of woods, water, and mountains while pointing out great opportunities to take in some of the most interesting cultural, historic, and scenic spots in Southern Maine. To check out the route, click this link: Antiques and Boutiques.

For those more inclined to explore on foot some excellent spots to get in a quick hike are listed below:

  • The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust preserves tracts of land that have helped maintain the scenic and idyllic charm ofKennebunkport Maine and the surrounding areas.  The Trust maintains large parcels of land with excellent trails. In particular, the Smith Preserve is well known for its trees and unique wildlife.
  • Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm features seven miles of easy to moderate trails that cover a variety of habitats and offer rich opportunities for discovery.  Take the beach trail down to the ocean, passing trees and grasses reaching their peak of color.
  • The North Loop Trail at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport presents an exceptionally bright yellow display that normally peaks in mid-to-late October.
  • Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal provides views of surrounding forests and Casco Bay’s Calendar Islands. The foliage color peaks usually occur in late September to mid-October.

Regardless where your interests lie, Maine in Autumn offers a beautiful destination rich with tradition and endless entertainment opportunities. We will gladly offers suggestions to help you tailor the perfect visit to Maine and Kennebunk / Kennebunkport.

Fall Fun

August 27th, 2012 by Liz Brodar

Image for the Great Gatsby at On The Marsh

September is a perfect time to visit Southern Coastal Maine. The beaches are less crowded and the weather tends to feature warm, sunny days and evenings with cool breezes. Ideal conditions for sitting by the ocean or exploring everything Kennebunk and Kennebunkport have to offer. September is also a great time to take advantage of fairs, festivals, and events. An upcoming special event that promises delicious food, distinctive cocktails, and an opportunity to mingle and dance in a picturesque setting will be held at On The Marsh Bistro on Saturday, September 15, 2012. On The Marsh will present “The Great Gatsby” to benefit The Food Pantries of York County tented in the meadow outside their restaurant. 6pm Cocktails and hearty Hors d’oeuvres will be followed by 7pm Dinner and dancing to the ever popular “Straight Lace Band.” Dress for Prohibition times, and be prepared for an evening of surprises! $110 per person all inclusive, Cash Bar. Limited seating. Reservations for the event have begun. The phone number for On The Marsh is 207-967-2299. Download a PDF flyer for more information here. Come for a weekend getaway at the Inn at English Meadows and remember the Roaring 20′s at a fun event that also supports a worthy cause.

Some other events of note:

SCHOOL AROUND US SUMMER CRAFT FAIR

School Around Us 37th Annual Summer Craft Fair is Saturday, September 1st, 2012 from 9am to 4pm, on the Green, Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine. Featuring 70 juried artists and artisans, live music and food. Rain date Sunday, September 2nd, Info: (207) 967-3143, www.schoolaroundus.orgsaucraftfairs@yahoo.com

ANNUAL CAPRICCIO & FESTIVAL OF KITES

A celebration of the Arts! in Ogunquit. Festival of Kites to take place on September 8, 2012. Rain date: September 9, 2012. Directly on Ogunquit Beach. Sponsored by Ogunquit Rotary Club and Ogunquit Performing Arts. Info: (207) 646-2261.

UNITED MAINE CRAFTSMEN’S FALL FESTIVAL OF ARTS & CRAFTS

A show and sale of unique handcrafted products, made by over 100 Maine Artisans, on the grounds of Smiling Hill Farm. Exhibitors will be selling, locally handcrafted Pottery, Fused & Stained Glass, Jewelry, Baskets, Folk & Fine Art, Wood Products, Specialty Foods, Fiber Arts, Soaps, Candles and much more. Ample Free Parking, Food Vendors, Rain or Shine.

Smiling Hill Farm
781 County Rd
Westbrook, ME 04092
September 8th, 2012
10am – 4pm
$2.00 at the gate. Children under 12 free.
www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/
Contact: Laurie Kelley
(207) 621-2818

SHAKER HILL APPLE FESTIVAL

A beautiful old Shaker village in Alfred, Maine, comes alive on Sat. Sept. 22, & Sun. Sept. 23, 2012, from 10-4. Juried arts & craft fair, Shaker Museum exhibits & demonstrations, book & yard sales, silent auction, apple & pumpkin picking, wagon rides of Shaker village, live music, children’s activities, antique car rides, farm & food booths, Museum shop, continental breakfast, Giles Family Farm Store, pie sales, chili & chowder lunches, Bakery at Notre Dame, Brothers’ Apple Store, apple crisp. Free Parking & Free Admission. Proceeds benefit homeless children of York County Shelter Programs, Friends of the Alfred Shaker Museum, and Giles Family Farm.

York County Shelter Programs
Shaker Hill Road
Alfred, ME 04002
September 22nd, 2012 — September 23rd, 2012
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free admission, free parking
www.shakerhillapplefestival.org/
Contact: Mary Doyle
(207) 324-1137

CELLARDOOR WINERY VINFEST 2012

Vinfest 2012, our annual fall harvest celebration takes place Saturday, September 29th and includes a full day of family-friendly fun! Grape-stomping, food and wine pairings, BBQ, music, winery tours, demonstrations and much more. $10 per person. Check out our website for many more events, classes and tours. http://mainewine.com/events/special-events/

Cellardoor Winery
367 Youngtown Rd
Lincolnville, ME 04849
September 29th, 2012
10:00 A.M-5:00 P.M.
$10 per person
www.mainewine.com/
Contact: Jasie Costigan
(207) 763-4478

CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Located on the rugged coast of Maine, the Camden International Film Festival will return for its eighth season. Recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers, the festival highlights work that show dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. Films are selected because of their ability to arouse discussion on documentary film as an art form, a catalyst for change and as an outlet for the independent voice. For information on the festival, the purchase of passes, our film selection or the Points North Pitch forum, visit http://www.camdenfilmfest.org/

Theatres in Camden, Rockport and Rockland
September 27th, 2012 — September 30th, 2012
www.camdenfilmfest.org/
Contact: Lara Sitruk
(617) 817-5376

FRYEBURG FAIR

Maine’s Blue Ribbon Classic! The largest agriculture fair in Maine! Eight days of entertainment and education for the whole family – A variety of livestock, draft show horses and ponies, pulling horses and oxen, a forestry research center, an agricultural exhibition center, crafts, a flower show, educational exhibitions and demonstrations, sheep dog trials and a huge parade on Saturday. A thrilling midway with amusement rides and delicious food. Live music all day, and nightly entertainment. The Fair attracts upwards of 300,000 visitors each year.

1154 Main St
Fryeburg, ME 04037
September 30th, 2012 — October 7th, 2012
Gates open at 7 – Buildings open 9-9
General Admission – $10 every day; Includes Night Shows; Children under 12 always free; 65 & over – Senior Citizen Tuesday – No Charge
www.fryeburgfair.org/
Contact: Jane Lounsbury
(207) 935-3268

Celebrate the 4th of July in Kennebunk – Kennebunkport

July 3rd, 2012 by Liz Brodar

Image of Kennebunk - Kennebunkport Fireworks

Spectacular fireworks at Kennebunk Beach

Every year at this time America gets ready to celebrate it’s birthday, and the Kennebunk / Kennebunkport area is ready to celebrate as well! Come stay with us and have easy access to the festivities.

There will be a lovely fireworks display on July 4th held at Kennebunk Beach. For the best view of the show it’s good to arrive early because parking is limited. There are many other great places to view the fireworks such as one of the restaurants that line the Kennebunk River like the Arundel Wharf Restaurant, Cape Arundel Inn, or Stripers. Another great place to see the display is the jetty at Colony Beach. Or how about a scenic lobster boat cruise to experience the spectacular show right from the water. Whatever your plans, be sure to take your time and enjoy the show.

Historic Homes and Designer Homes in Kennebunk

May 21st, 2012 by Gail

Maine Lobster Bisque and Lobster Roll

Maine Lobster Bisque and Lobster Roll - the perfect meal.

A summer vacation in the Kennebunks necessitates lounging on beaches, perusing the shops of Dock Square, and consuming lobster rolls. Beyond that, there are whale watching cruises, lighthouses to visit, and dozens of restaurants to try.

For architecture and history buffs, there are also historic homes and Designer Homes to tour.

The history of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport is long and rich. First settled (by white folks) more than 360 years ago, the area has been a shipbuilding hub, a thriving port, and a summer destination for the rich and famous. It’s no surprise that Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are home to numerous historic buildings.

The Kennebunkport Historical Society offers tours of several historic homes in town, such as:

  • Nott House. A Greek Revival home from 1853.
  • Benson Blacksmith Shop. A historic and blacksmith shop that still has a working forge.
  • Town House School. A charming one-room school house from 1900.
The Wedding Cake House

The Wedding Cake House is just up the street from our Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast.

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Memorial Day in Kennebunkport

May 4th, 2012 by Gail

Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who lost their lives in the service of the country. It’s also the unofficial start of summer and a wonderful time to visit our Kennebunkport, Maine Bed and Breakfast.

Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast Memorial Day Weekend.

Stroll Kennebunk Beach over Memorial Day Weekend.

City folks have been traveling to Maine over Memorial Day Weekend for more than a century. They come for the fishing, the fresh lobster, and the first big outings of the summer: boating trips, beach walks, hikes. They come to feel the fresh breeze blow in from the sea, watch the sun set, and to see the stars at night.

kennebunkport sunset

Sun setting over Kennebunkport.

Like many small towns, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport celebrate Memorial Day with parades. Like many small towns, the parades consist primarily of local organizations, school children, floats, and bands. They bring community together, and are always enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Maine Bed and Breakfast in the Kennebunks.

Picture yourself here, glass of wine in hand.

Spend Memorial Day Weekend at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. Indulge in amazing, gourmet breakfasts. Go for long walks on the beach and paddle along the shore. Watch a parade. Poke in and out of the shops of Dock Square. Spend an afternoon sipping wine on the patio of the Inn at English Meadows. Relax. Let the spirit of summer infuse your soul.

Maine Home+Design Dinner at English Meadows

April 21st, 2012 by Liz Brodar

Maine Home+Design Dinner

Maine Home+Design Dinner

7pm-10pm – Inn at English Meadows

Join us and Maine Home+Design editor Rebecca Falzano for an evening of conversation and great food at the exquisitely renovated Inn at English Meadows. Chef Dennis Franceschini, Executive Chef-partner of New York City’s Bar Italia, is creating a menu with wine pairings that will become a much-talked-about end to your Kennebunkport Festival experience.

Bar Italia Executive Chef-partner Dennis Franceschini is known for conjuring savory multiregional Italian dishes that are light and well-balanced. Examples include Polenta Gratinata (polenta with mushrooms) and Tuna al Balsamica, seared slices of tuna, fennel, and balsamic dressing whose presentation is as beautiful as the dish is tasty.  Before opening Bar Italia, Dennis spent 20 years at Cipriani’s, eventually becoming the Executive Chef. During his career he opened 23 Cipriani restaurants all over the world, including in Argentina, Uruguay, Hong Kong and London.

This creative four-course dinner, which includes dessert, is $200 per person. Seating is limited to eight with advanced reservation and ticket purchase required. Reservations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be purchased through the Kennebunkport Festival website http://www.kennebunkportfestival.com/tickets/.

Proceeds from this dinner benefit Share Our Strength Maine. Thanks to the Kennebunkport Festival and the commitment of the local community, including the many sponsors and volunteers, proceeds from the Art of Dining ticket sales will support Share Our Strength Maine’s efforts to end childhood hunger. With your help, we are teaching more families how to cook healthy, affordable meals through Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ program and by funding other nutrition education programs. And we are bringing more good people like you to the cause through the No Kid Hungry Campaign and Pledge. Your participation in the Kennebunkport Festival is helping us spread the word about how, together, we will ensure that no child in Maine goes hungry.

Special guest Erin Gates of www.elementsofstyleblog.com will be attending to blog about the event. Founded in 2007 by interior and fashion stylist Erin Gates, Elements of Style has become a touchstone for readers all over the world in search of design inspiration, advice and a few laughs.

Maine Maycations and Scenic Cruises

April 7th, 2012 by Gail

Kennebunks Bed and Breakfast in the winter.

Bailey enjoying a romp in the snow.

Maine is lovely any time of year; we love the snow as much as we love the warm, summer evenings, and Bailey quite possibly prefers the snow. Yet there are some people, we know, who would never dream of traveling to a Maine Bed and Breakfast in the winter.

It is undeniable that some of Maine hibernates during the winter. But these days, signs of spring are everywhere. Restaurants are opening their shutters, shops are opening their doors, and boats are coming out of dry dock and making their way up the coast. Everyone is enjoying the fragrant combination of salt water and spring flowers that permeates the air.

Many guests of our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast like to spend a few hours on a boat while they’re here. Scenic cruises are, after all, part of a quintessential Maine vacation. Happily, most boats open their decks to passengers in May.

Rugosa Lobster Tours, Kennebunkport

Picture yourself aboard the Rugosa this spring.

The Schooner Eleanor is a wonderful 55 ft sailing ship with four sails, a large teak cockpit, and a spacious, cushioned cabin. She sails up the coast daily from mid May to mid October.

Watch a classic New England wooden lobster work the Kennebunk River, or roll up your sleeves and lend a hand. Rugosa Lobster Tours opens for the season towards the end of May; the date varies depending on the weather.

Whale watching is another fun way to get out on the water. First Chance Whale Watch heads out to big waters in search of the great beasts. Finbacks, Humpbacks, Minkes, and even Blue Whales are frequently spotted during the 4.5 hour adventures. The first Whale Watch cruises depart over Memorial Day weekend.

We’re already looking ahead to the salad days of spring and summer at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. We hope you are, too.

Kennebunkport Whale Watching Cruises.

A Minke whale surfacing.

Scenic Spots in Kennebunk

March 9th, 2012 by Gail

Now that Bailey is a member of the family, we spend more and more of our free time exploring our surroundings on foot. Daily walks lead us to secluded beaches, wooded trails, and down quiet lanes in historic Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. For Bailey, each walk is a joyous occasion; there are always interesting scents and sounds, and of course friends to greet. It’s been great fun to see our community through the eyes of a dog.

One of our favorite spots to walk is Parson’s Beach*, which is only a few miles from our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. Bailey is particularly fond of it, because he loves to dig and play tag with the surf. Here he is, inviting us to romp with him.

Kennebunkport Beach

Bailey, on a sunny day at Parson's Beach.

Another one of Bailey’s favorite spots is the Rachel Carson Trail, in the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. It, too, is just a few miles from our Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast; in fact, it’s close to Parson’s Beach. The flat trail meanders through woods and over wooden bridges through a salt marsh. It is a lovely, peaceful spot.

Walking trails near Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast

The trail at Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge.

Both Parson’s Beach and the Rachel Carlson Trail are within biking distance of the Inn at English Meadows. This is good news, since there is limited parking at Parson’s Beach.

* Parson’s Beach is privately owned; please follow the posted rules and be respectful of the environment while there.

 

The Christmas Prelude of Kennebunkport

November 29th, 2011 by Gail

Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude is underway. We’ve enjoyed evening strolls down the street to the heart of Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, where a Christmas tree stands tall and holiday lights glitter. In the other direction, the town of Kennebunk is also dressed in its holiday best. The atmosphere is contagiously festive.

Find warmth after the Christmas Prelude at our Kennebunkport/Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast.

Christmas Prelude, 2011, continues both next weekend and the weekend of December 9th. Since we still have some availability at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast on December 9 and 10, this blog will focus on activities for that weekend.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square takes place at 5:30 on Friday the 9th. It’s followed by fireworks, which are best viewed from the bridge and surrounding areas. By the end of the evening, you’ll be ready to curl up back in your warm room at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast with a glass of wine.

Anyone interested in the history and architecture of Kennebunkport, Maine should take advantage of the Christmas Prelude Historic Trolley Ride and Historic Village Walking Tour. The walking tour is through downtown Kennebunkport. The trolley, in a delightful twist on the sleigh ride, leads through the woods.

One of the best parts of Christmas Prelude is the abundance of live music. Street performers create a cheerful atmosphere in Dock Square and the Lower Village, and performances take place in a variety of churches, shops, and pubs. At every turn you’ll hear music.

From 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 9, there will be live music at Fleurant, a great shop just down the street from our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. At 7 p.m.,  Rock My Soul Sextet will sing “Gospelized” Christmas Carols at the Village Baptist Church.  Dave Peloquin, the Wandering Christmas Minstrel, will wander through Dock Square and Lower Village shopping areas with guitar in hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 10th. At noon on the same day, a Barbershop Quartet will sing favorite old tunes at Flaherty Imports and The Whimsey Shop. And when was the last time you saw a fife and drum duo? See one this year on the 10th from 1 to 3 p.m., in Dock Square and the Lower Village. Dance to a Very Cuban Christmas at the Franciscan Monastery Hall on Saturday, at 7 p.m. Or listen to the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir perform seasonal carols and choral music  at the Village Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m.

Stop by the Fire and Ice Bar if you’re in need of refreshment between 5 and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The ice bar is a fantastic creation, and the bonfire warms even the coldest hands and feet. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from many local restaurants and, of course, live music. Tony Boffa plays Friday, and Matt Fogg takes the stage Saturday.

It should go without saying that one of the most popular activities of the Christmas Prelude is holiday shopping. Indeed, for many people, gift shopping begins and ends with Christmas Prelude. In addition to the many shops of Kennebunkport and Kennebunk, there is also the Annual Clothesline Art Show in the the Lower Village. Here shoppers will find fine paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculptures made by local artists. It’s a wonderful place to pick up truly one-of-a-kind gifts.

Christmas Prelude is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. And since it takes place at the beginning of December, it doesn’t interfere with other holiday plans.

Treat yourself to an early gift this year. Spend a weekend indulging in the best of Christmas, and luxuriate at our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.

A complete list of holiday events is available at Christmas Prelude.

 

Let the Holidays Begin in the Kennebunks

November 17th, 2011 by Liz Brodar

Blue Ocean Themed Christmas TreeNow that Halloween is over and there are only 35 days left to get your shopping done, here are some ideas for those impossible-to-shop-for people on your list.

Most people you are shopping for have bed, so how about a set of Frette lines? Sets include a fitted and flat sheet and two pillow cases, in either queen ($105.25 including tax) or king sizes ($126.30 including tax).

With the winter chill in the air, bathrobes are always a popular gift. Our cozy microfiber “The Inn at English Meadows” Frette bathrobe fits the bill. There’s nothing like wrapping yourself in a terry line luxury robe after a hot bath or shower for a little indulgence. Available in white ($94.75 including tax).

Recent guests have taken away our Tea Forte Samplers (large size at $21.00, small size at $15.75) and Pugg tea pots ($26.25 including tax).

Need a stocking stuffer or two? How about our Malin & Goetz travel toiletry sets, which we provide as amenities in our rooms.

If you order these by calling 207-967-5766, we offer fee shipping within the United States.

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