The fullness of summer is upon us and our gardens are in full bloom. Pockets of green with punches of color are sprinkled around our property creating mini oases that invite rest and relaxation. Some of our favorite blooms include the showy Lacecap hydrangeas, which love the soil in Maine, and the intensely yellow Asiatic lilies. We’ve created a pallet that mixes cool purples and blues with riotous reds, sunny yellows, and punchy fuschias. We invite guests to stretch out in these tranquil spots and experience the full beauty of late summer in Maine: warm, languid days punctuated with cool, star-filled nights.
It’s no secret that inns and hotels can be bastions of wastefulness, with the average guest discarding about two pounds of paper, plastic, cardboard and cans each day. Pat Maher, the green consultant for the American Hotel and Lodging Association, states “Right now, half a million of those little bath product bottles end up in landfills every day.” Most are only 1/4 to 1/2 used, which sends a shocking amount of unused chemicals into our groundwater supply.
Another item that contributes to the amount of waste generated by the lodging industry is bottled water. “Each year, people are drinking 30 billion throwaway bottles of water,” said the Sierra Club’s Ruth Caplan. “If you put them end to end, it would go around the world more than 150 times.” Four out of five plastic water bottles end up in landfills, but even before they get there, they’ve taken a toll on the environment.
In an effort to be more green and waste less, the Inn at English Meadows is implementing some new eco-friendly practices – water carafes have been added to each room, which cuts down on the number of plastic water bottles needing to be recycled.
To reduce the number of individually sized bath products that would contribute to the waste stream, the Inn is now using full-size pump bottles of (MALIN+GOETZ) rum hand (+ body) wash and neroli hand+body lotion. When guests leave, the pump bottles are refilled so nothing is thrown out. It is a wonderful marriage of offering luxury bath products while keeping an eye towards being good stewards of the environment.
Another green practice in which English Meadows participates is the soap recycling program managed by Partners In Development, Inc. Each year, a staggering number of children die from hygiene and sanitation related illnesses. Partners in Development works to prevent those deaths and improve community health, by recycling used hotel soap and turning it into new bars that are distributed to vulnerable populations in Haiti. With 4.6-million hotel/motel rooms in theUnited States, an estimated 2.6-million soap bars are discarded every day. By participating in the recycling program, tons of waste are diverted from the landfill. We feel that small steps can have a large impact.
Interior and fashion stylist Erin Gates, who writes the Elements of Style blog, joined us during the recent Kennebunkport Festival and took part in the Maine Home+Design dinner that we hosted. Erin put together a really nice piece, including some lovely photographs, about her experience here as well as some of the other events she attended and places she visited during her stay in Kennebunk – Kennebunkport. You can find the blog entry at the following link: A Kennebunkport Weekend. Below is one of the images she includes in the blog.
Seems that Erin took quite a liking to our English goldendoodle, stating that he has an “irresistible little face.” We might be biased, but we couldn’t agree more! Erin also enjoyed the “seriously amazing food” at the dinner created by guest Chef Dennis Franceschini, Executive Chef-partner of New York City’s Bar Italia.
We greatly enjoyed hosting Erin and hope that you will check out her Elements of Style blog!
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.
I want to share with everyone the before and after pictures of the renovation we did to the Inn over the last three and a half months. We started the first of January by taking getting ride of all the unusable furniture, gave it to Goodwill, then took down all the wall paper. Then the carpenters came in and did the demo on the kitchen and some of the bath rooms. We added new wiring where needed, new toilets in all the bath rooms, new bath room fixtures, Flat screen T.V.’s in all rooms and then all the rooms were painted and updated with new beds, new bedding, new furnishing, and new furniture. A huge under taking but as you can see well worth the time and effort.
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.