Portland CBS television station WGME 13’s Road Trippin’ show recently featured The Inn at English Meadows. Road Trippin’ highlights the best that northern New England has to offer in places to stay, places to eat, and things to do and see. Host Dave Eid visited Kennebunk and Kennebunkport to interview Liz and showcase the lovely accommodations and deliciously creative breakfasts found at The Inn at English Meadows. Watch the video on WGME 13’s Vimeo channel.
We are excited to unveil our newest room – the Serenity Suite. Over the winter we added an addition to the Inn to house a new apartment for us and simultaneously renovated the previous living space into a lovely suite. The Serenity Suite is unique because it is the only suite in the Inn with two rooms and two bathrooms. The bedroom features a King size bed dressed in luxurious FRETTE sheets, a cozy gas fireplace and a bathroom with a double sink vanity and an over-sized shower.
The sitting room has a queen size pull out sofa and a second bathroom with a radiant heated floor and an indulgent soaking tub. Other amenities include: flat screen TVs in both rooms, a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks and bottled water, and a Nespresso machine. We have carried our signature chic, modern style through the furnishings and decorations, pairing clean lines with finishes and fabrics that are delightfully soft and comfortable. The Serenity Suite is located on the second floor of the main house and has a private entrance, promising a peaceful oasis for a romantic getaway. We invite you to come seek serenity on the beautiful coast of Maine.
The Huffington Post recently ran an article in their Travel section highlighting chic, modern bed and breakfasts. The title says it all: “6 Doily-Free B&Bs.” The Inn at English Meadows is mentioned as a stylish place for a getaway that offers premium amenities, access to a curated wine collection, and a location that is convenient to everything that Kennebunkport and Kennebunk have to offer. Read the full article here: 6 Doily-Free B&Bs.
On February 28, 2013, The Examiner featured The Inn at English Meadows in an article in their travel section. The theme of the article was that women need not despair during the basketball fueled frenzy of March Madness. Our inn is one of several properties mentioned as great destinations for a Girl’s March Madness Getaway.
We are always happy to custom tailor a stay to include elements that will personalize and enhance the experience of escaping to Kennebunk / Kennebunkport and the beauty of southern Maine. To read the complete Examiner article click here
We will be announcing a March Madness special soon. The rate discounts for March are sure to cure your cabin fever and offer an attractive opportunity to plan that Girl’s Weekend getaway!
We are proud to share the news that Select Registry announced that the Inn at English Meadows has joined its portfolio of celebrated B&Bs.
“Only 330 properties throughout North America have qualified for the Select Registry designation,” explains Will Carlson, the association’s executive director. “Each property must pass rigorous, unannounced inspections to attain and then maintain its membership. We set the bar extremely high. Our goal is to give guests the assurance that when they check into a Select Registry inn, they’re in for an exceptional experience.”
Select Registry properties combine the charm of B&Bs with modern comforts like free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions and complimentary breakfasts featuring contemporary gourmet cuisine, according to Carlson. He says the 22 new member inns offer a range of getaways, from adventure travel to romantic escapes. They are located in the countryside and in major cities, from Washington’s Cascade Mountains to Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks and Florida’s sunny shores. We are pleased to join this distinguished group of properties, offering a chic and relaxing getaway in Southern coastal Maine.
We are very excited that the new web site for The Inn at English Meadows is almost ready to be launched! It’s taken longer than we hoped for but good things are worth waiting for. Our photographer Christian Giannelli and his wonderful wife Melissa did such a fabulous job with the pictures, they certainly exceeded my expectations. We had such a wonderful time working with them I know we will be friends for a long time to come. We also now have pictures of the Bungalow to share!
This week we had a few guests that had stayed at the inn with the previous owner and they couldn’t believe the magic we worked in such a short period of time. They visit the Kennebunk’s often so it was so nice that they enjoyed the changes we made. At the end of their stay they mentioned how much they loved my breakfast and the daily afternoon cookies I baked. They couldn’t wait to see what I would bake each day. Being an innkeeper is so rewarding when you have guests who truly appreciate the effort you put in to make their stay special. I must say we have had such great guests it’s been a lot of fun for us to meet and get know our guests. I do believe that quite a few will be returning.
I am starting to plan my breakfast and cookie menu for the July4th weekend – we only have 1 room left for 2 nights and I am certain it will be reserved shortly. It should be a great weekend to visit The Inn at English Meadows. This week we will be dining for the first time at The White Barn Inn, I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
The last update we need to share with you is that we just got our wine license! So now our guests can enjoy a relaxing glass or bottle of wine on our patio or in their room to add to the luxury experience at our inn. Our web site will have more details about the wines.
We had a full house at The Inn at English Meadows for our first Memorial Day weekend and a lot of great memories were made thanks to all our wonderful guests! Thankfully the sun was shining and our guests were able to see what makes Kennebunkport so special. Everyone spent most of their time out and about, one guest who went golfing was lucky enough to have the pleasure of meeting President Bush at the golf club now that’s a memory that he will never forget. My breakfasts were a BIG hit and I had several requests for recipes which I am happy to share. Most guests needed to a take a walk to the beach after breakfast because they were so full, there were only crumbs left on the plates. We were delighted that our guests all enjoyed the upgrades we made to the inn the new decor was a HUGE hit some guest are asking for the paint colors so they can use them when they get home. Several guests enjoyed our Tea Forte tea’s and Frette robes so much they choose to purchase them to enjoy back at home. On Memorial Day we servedour breakfast a little bit earlier than usual so guests could go the parade. We were all hoping to see President Bush make his annual speech but this year he and Barbara were just enjoying the day like the rest of us. I also must thank again Bjorn & Christine who after check out went into town and brought us back a bottle of wine to thank us for making their stay so special – I can’t tell you how much that meant to us. If all our guests are as wonderful as the guests we had for Memorial Day weekend we will be very happy innkeepers.
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.
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.
The Inn’s vegetable garden was a big success this year. Unlike last year when we had Noah’s Ark-like weather for all of June and most of July and the worst tomato blight that Maine has ever seen, this year has been just about perfect. The early spring was warm and wet and we never got the last late frost that we usually get in early May. This was the third season for our rhubarb plant and it is a monster. Next year I think I will split it as it is just getting too big. But it did its job and kept us well supplied with rhubarb for our strawberry rhubarb compote. As expected our herbs did great and we use a lot of our sage and thyme in our breakfast stratas and quiches.
In late May I bought three heirloom tomato plants from a local farmer at the Kennebunk Farmer’s Market (more about that later). I really like heirloom tomatoes. I think the crazy colors and wildly irregular shapes make them taste better! I know this is insane but there is nothing like a tomato that you grow and pick. The Prudence Purple is a large, multi colored, slicing tomato with low acidity. The Costoluto is red, orange and green and is smaller than Prudence Purple. And for small tomatoes, I planted a Black Cherry which grew all over the place. All did well and peaked last week but we’ll have tomatoes for at least another week or two. The zucchini are coming in late but are beautiful. We use a lot of zucchini and its the leading actor in our Zucchini Quiche. For a description go to http://englishmeadowsinn.com/breakfast.htm .
The Kennebunk Farmers Market is the source for nearly all of our other produce in the summer and fall. I make it a point to go every Saturday after breakfast. The outdoor market (it goes on whether rain or shine) is located just off Main St. in Kennebunk and over 30 farmers and purveyors are usually there. Local farms sell their produce (and a few of them are all organic), artisan cheese makers always have samples, and the best lamb sausage anywhere comes from a lamb farm in Sanford. This market has been very popular over the past few years as the community has become very “farm to table” conscious. Check out their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kennebunk-ME/Kennebunk-Farmers-Market/79800570783?v=wall
The Farmers Market runs from the first week in May until about November 1. Its great fun and I’m sure that you will enjoy making a trip to the Market part of your stay at the English Meadows Inn.