Inn at English Meadows (Kennebunk - Kennebunkport, Maine)

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Scenic Spots in Kennebunk

March 9, 2012 by englishmeadows

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 29, 2011 by englishmeadows

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 17, 2011 by englishmeadows

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.

Kennebunkport’s Prelude to Christmas

November 9, 2011 by englishmeadows

ornament.

Get into the holiday spirit. Join us for Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport.

For more than a quarter of a century, the citizens of Kennebunkport/Kennebunk have joined together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. The Christmas Prelude is a way for local businesses to give thanks to the visitors and residents who have supported them throughout the year. It is a celebration of community, friends, family, and the holidays. We are really looking forward to it here at our Kennebunkport/Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast.

Christmas Prelude 2011 begins on Thursday, December 1, with the annual Clothesline Art Show and the Maine Women in the Arts Pre-Prelude Show Opening. Holiday festivities continue through Sunday, December 4, and then resume the following weekend, Friday to Sunday, December  9-11.

It would be a monumental task to list all Christmas Prelude events in this blog. Highlights include:

  • Live Music: Carolers, a  Wandering Christmas Minstrel, a Fife and Drum Duo, Barbershop Quartets, Chamber Music, and more.
  • Tree Lighting Ceremonies. Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, and Kennebunk’s Lower Village.
  • Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree. It may be the most unique holiday decoration in the world.
  • Historic Trolley Tours. Ride an historic trolley through the lovely Maine woods.
  • Crafts Fairs. Find unique gifts for friends and family.
  • Treats. Shops provide holiday goodies for all who walk through their doors.
  • Holiday Wine Tasting.  Sample wines from around the world.
  • Fire and Ice Bar. Sit by a fire, admire ice sculptures, and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants.
  • Santa. He travels by lobster boat while on the coast of Maine.
  • Bonfires.

The residences and businesses of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport dress elegantly for the holidays. Colorful lights, pretty wreaths, bows, and ribbons line the streets. Perhaps nothing captures the spirit of the holidays in Maine like the Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree and the wonderfully creative seashell wreaths – stunning circles of cedar or juniper decorated with slender starfish, delicate sand dollars, sparkling sea glass, and pretty shells. See them at least once in a lifetime.

It isn’t too early to reserve your spot in our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast. As of this writing, we still have openings the weekend of December 9, 2011. Our inn is within walking distance from Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, the heart of the Christmas Prelude.

For a complete list of  holiday events, please see Christmas Prelude.

 

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!

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