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Inn Featured in The Examiner

March 7th, 2013 by Liz Brodar

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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 but in the meantime, be sure to check out our Cabin Fever Special. The rate discounts for March are sure to cure your cabin fever and offer an attractive opportunity to plan that Girl’s Weekend getaway!

March Events

February 25th, 2013 by Liz Brodar

Whether you are interested in delicious food, gardening, or boats, some wonderful events are coming up in Southern Maine during the month of March. As an added incentive to come come experience these great happenings, we are offering our Cabin Fever Special which features big savings on all rooms throughout March (rates are $129 – $199).  Also, stay tuned for our March Madness Special which will be revealed soon.  Check out all of our specials and packages by clicking here.

2013 marks the 5th year for Maine Restaurant Week. Over 70 restaurants are offering special prix fixe three-course dinners and some are also offering special $15 prix fixe lunches. Maine Maple Sunday is another upcoming event that is sure to please anyone who has affection for all things maple. The Portland Flower Show is a showcase event for anyone interested in gardening or landscaping. Rounding out the events in March are the Portland Boat Show and the Maine Boatbuilders show. The Inn at English Meadows is the perfect place to use as a base to take advantage of all of these great happenings. We have compiled details about each of these events below: maine-restaurant-week

Maine Restaurant Week – March 1 -10, 2013 – Maine’s reputation as a foodie destination is well deserved. Maine Restaurant Week celebrates the ingenuity and innovation of our favorite independent, locally-owned restaurants. More than 70 restaurants are participating this year, offering customers three-course prix fixe dinners priced at $22, $32, or $42. Customers love it because dining on special 3-course menus at these prices feels downright decadent. Some restaurants are also featuring prix fixe lunches for $15. Through annual fundraising, local non-profit organizations also benefit from Restaurant Week. For 2013, the target is the United Way. Check out the lineup of fantastic restaurants at the Maine Restaurant Week website.

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Maine Maple Sunday – March 24, 2013 – The Maine Maple Producers Association welcomes you to join Maine’s Maple Syrup Producers, statewide, as they celebrate Maine Maple Sunday. Most sugarhouses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats (including pancakes, maple sundaes, maple coated nuts, maple whoopie pies, maple butter, maple baked beans, and maple candy), sugarbush tours, music, and much more. This is a great opportunity to indulge your sweet tooth while peeking into the interesting process that syrup producers undertake to create their delicious amber product. The Maine Maple Producers Association has a great, interactive map that details the sugarhouses that are participating in Maple Sunday: Maple Sunday Map.

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The Portland Flower Show – March 6 – 10, 2013 – Northern New England’s only annual flower show. The event features spectacular garden themed exhibits, vendor booths and informational seminars. This year’s theme is “Timeless Gardens.” Check out the Portland Flower Show website.

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Portland Boat Show – February 28 – March 3, 2013 – For boating enthusiasts, people interested in checking out the latest boating accessories, or folks looking to jump into purchasing a new boat, this event features the largest display area of any of the local boat shows, with exhibits including center console & walkaround fishing boats, bowriders, cuddy cabins, cruisers, pontoon boats, wakeboard boats, and tournament ski boats. For details, visit the Portland Boat Show website. Boating season is right around the corner.

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Maine Boatbuilders Show – March 15 – 17, 2013 – The Maine Boatbuilders Show brings the best in Maine marine craftsmanship together with some of the most discerning boat enthusiasts. The show includes everything from a 50-foot day sailer displayed by Brooklin Boat Yard to Rangeley Boats’ rowboats, as well as all the equipment and components in between – with each booth manned by a company owner. The show draws exhibitors from around the country and customers from around the world. Check out the Maine Boatbuilders Show website for more information.

Winter Wonder In Maine

November 20th, 2012 by Liz Brodar

Maine is a true winter playground, offering myriad ways to get out and explore the beautiful landscape, but also packs plenty of indoor ways to enjoy the season. The Inn at English Meadows is the perfect place to use as a base for your winter adventures, whether they involve sliding through wooded glades on cross-country skis or learning new cooking techniques in a cooking class. Afterwards, return to the Inn to relax by the fire with a mug of hot cocoa or a glass of wine. We have compiled a sampling of some of the many ways to enjoy Maine in the winter below:

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Cross Country Skiing – In southern Maine you can cross-country ski alongside the ocean, across golf courses and through scented pine forests. Check out the trails at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm or the lovely Bridal Path. L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools offer inexpensive “Walk-On Adventures” in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing right from their retail store in Freeport. Some other resources for cross-country skiing include:

  • Harris Farm XC Ski Center - Dayton, (207) 499-2678, www.harrisfarm.com - This 1,000-acre center has 40 kilometers of trails for novice, intermediate and advanced skiers, with skating lines. Snowshoeing also available. Amenities include a day lodge with woodstove, snack bar, rentals, and ski shop.
  • Smiling Hill Farm - Westbrook, www.smilinghill.com – 34 kilometers of trails for novice, intermediate and advanced Nordic skiers and snowshoers, as well as marked nature trails. Amenities include rentals, a farm building with snack bar, woodstove, changing area, gift shop and dairy store.
  • Five Fields Farm - Bridgton, (207) 647-2425, www.fivefieldsski.com – This 70-acre orchard offers 27 kilometers of trails for novice, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowshoers. Of special note is the unlimited backcountry terrain to the top of scenic Bald Pate Mountain and the surrounding 450-acre land preserve. Other amenities include a warming house and rentals.

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Ice Skating – Close by, the Park at Crow Hill in Kennebunkport offers a skating pond and a former gas station in downtown Kennebunk has been transformed into an outdoor community ice skating rink. West Brook Ice Rink in Biddeford is also a popular outdoor skating destination. When the conditions are right, the pond in the middle of the beautiful 52-acre Deering Oaks Park in Portland is considered by many to be one of the best ice skating spots in Maine. City crews make a special effort to keep the ice cleared and its surface well groomed for skating. Up for a bigger challenge? The ice goes on for miles at Sebago Lake and other lakes of the nearby Lakes Region.

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Skiing – Some of the finest skiing in the east is to be had at Maine mountains. Located less than two hours away are Shawnee Peak in Bridgton and Lost Valley in Auburn. Sunday River in Bethel is close enough for a day trip, as are numerous ski areas in the White Mountains of New Hampshire like Cranmore Mountain ResortBretton Woods, Black Mountain, Wildcat and Attitash.

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Snowmobiling – Northeast Snowmobile Rentals, with locations in Gorham and Fryeburg can set you up with everything you need for an adrenaline-filled adventure over miles snow-covered trails and open fields. (800) 458-1838 or www.northeastsnowmobile.com.

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Go for a sleigh ride – Enjoy snow sprinkled pine trees and frost tipped fields while you glide leisurely in a horse-drawn sleigh. Rockin’ Horse Stables offers horse-drawn sleigh/carriage/wagon rides. 245 Arundel Road, Kennebunkport 207-967-4288.

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Bowling – The classic indoor sport is a favorite of young and old alike! Vacationland in Saco is a quick drive away, offering candlepin lanes and a billiard room. At Bayside Bowl in Portland’s revitalized Bayside neighborhood, you can bowl in an intimate, upscale alley and enjoy excellent food served right at the lanes.

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Catch a game – The Portland Pirates tear up the ice at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland – look for their home games all winter long as well as those of Maine’s D-league basketball team, The Maine Red Claws.

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Relax in a spa – What better way to unwind in winter than by pampering yourself at a day spa. Treat yourself to massage, a facial and aromatherapy; it’s the perfect antidote to the mid-winter blahs. Cottage Breeze Day Spa is right around the corner and numerous other spas are mere minutes away.

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Take in a cooking class – Schedule a personal cooking class here at the Inn at English Meadows. Alternatively, at Stonewall Kitchen’s company headquarters in York, classes are held almost daily on such savory topics as bread making, holiday menus, ethnic specialties and seafood delights. 877.899.8363 or www.stonewallkitchen.com. Wine lovers can often find a tasting at Down East Wine Imports in Lower Village Kennebunk or at Browne Trading Company or LeRoux Kitchen in Portland’s Old Port.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Kennebunkport’s Prelude to Christmas

November 9th, 2011 by Gail

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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.

 

Get Out On The Water

October 8th, 2011 by Gail

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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.

 

Autumn in Maine

September 28th, 2011 by Gail

Autumn in New England is extraordinary. It really is.

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Autumn view from Hurricane's Restaurant in Kennebunk, Maine.

The trees around our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast have started to turn. Most trees boast a few leaves tinged with red, yellow, and orange. Here and there a tree stands out in full glory – a beacon of what is yet to come.

Early October is a fabulous time to visit the coast of Maine: fall foliage peaks; summer crowds are gone; shops and restaurants are open; and the weather is pleasant. There is almost a festive atmosphere in the air. It feels like we’ve won the jackpot  every time we spot a tree fully dressed in fall finery.

Guests of our Kennebunkport/Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast take scenic drives along the coast of Maine and long bike rides through the countryside. They pick up gallons of freshly pressed apple cider at farm stands and pick pumpkins at beautiful old New England farms. They take off shoes, roll up pants, and walk barefoot on beaches on sunny days. They put on hiking boots and head for the colorful woods.

The lingering summer heat is at last beginning to abate, and from time to time we can feel the promise of crisp air on the wind. It’s still pleasant to breakfast on the terrace of our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, and for now it is quite comfortable to enjoy a glass of wine there in the afternoon. In just a few weeks, our guests will prefer to take their coffee and wine inside, by the fire – one of the best parts of blustery fall days.

People who live in New England look forward to the fall every year, no matter how many they’ve lived through. We feel like kids before Christmas, kids in the spring. It’s worth traveling to experience that feeling.

 

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