Kennebunk Beaches: An Insider’s Guide

July 31st, 2017 by englishmeadows

We may be a bit bias but Kennebunk has some of the best Maine beaches.  There is something for every beach goers taste.  Whether you are a sun bather, a beach comber, castle builder, sunset watcher, or surf chaser, allow us to point you in the right direction.  While you visit The Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunk, we help to make your day at the beach easy.  With chairs, umbrellas, towels, tote, and even a complimentary beach pass!  All you have to bring is a good read and a your favorite suit! We even offer picnic lunches packed fresh included when you book a beach package. Look no further, here is our run down of the best beaches to visit this summer. 

Mother’s Beach:

This is the spot if you are visiting with kids, the name says it all.  With a great big playground that over looks a wide beach with tidal pools and rocks to explore with your little ones. There is plenty of sand to set up camp and soak up the sun. Play in the surf here with out a worry, there are lifeguards on duty and facilities.  Dogs are also welcome at this sandy spot!

Middle Beach:

This beach is rocky and relaxing. Perfect for the beach comber. It’s a great place to listen to the waves roll in and out and watch the sunset. Situated between Mothers and Gooch’s its a beautiful spot.

Gooch’s Beach:

This one is for you surf fans! Year round this is the spot to catch the best waves in Kennebunk. There are also lifeguards on duty during the summer months.  Its important to check out the tide charts before you visit because during high tide the swells reach the tide wall.  

To hit all three in one day is easy because this string of beaches are all connected by a sidewalk running along Beach Ave.  Scenic 1.5 mile walk, three miles round trip. 

Image of path to Parsons Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parsons Beach:

Probably our favorite of all, this secluded spot has a limited 25 parking spots.  Just muster up some parking karma and you’ll get a spot for sure! Its worth the possible wait. Parsons has a magical untouched estuary and is accessed by a narrow path between a thick bramble of beach roses, that opens up to a short beach with gorgeous views at high tide. The water to the left is coming from the tidal marsh and the beach to the right has large waves.  At low tide the beach becomes expansive and speckled with rocks and tidal pools. All around this beach is peaceful and never crowded.  Stroll here at sunset for an unbelievable view. 

Image of Parsons Beach

 

The English Meadows Supper Club – A Pop-Up Dinner Experience

June 9th, 2017 by InsideOut Solutions

The English Meadows Supper ClubThe Inn at English Meadows and Curate Maine are proud to announce our third Pop-Up Dinner Experience at The English Meadows Supper Club, June 24th, 2017!

Pop-Up Dinners have been gaining in popularity of late – and why not? When it comes to experiential dining, a Pop-Up Dinner can be hard to beat. The idea of transforming an otherwise unsuspecting space into a temporary restaurant offers lots of unique appeal.

And when the event takes place at a venue as beautiful as Kennebunk’s historic Inn at English Meadows? You know you’re in for a treat!

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

June 3rd, 2017 by englishmeadows

 

How Does Your Garden Grow?

 

Gardening is a big part of life here at The Inn at English Meadows.  It has been our passion project, to make the grounds as beautiful as the inside of the inn. Our big plans are beginning to come together.  Cedar raised beds are being assembled and filled with Coast of Maine Organic Soil, only the best for our plants and our guests.  We love to use homegrown ingredients in our breakfasts.  Today we served fresh lemon – peppery arugula, straight from the garden for our pita pizza.  Soon zucchini for the frittata, chives and dill for our goat cheese scramble and blueberries and rhubarb for our breakfast cake.     

  

 

Vegetables aren’t the only thing in our garden.  Today, three new Viburnum will grace our grounds as well as an Alaskan Cedar.  The bright yellow Tamarack Tree and Landscaping trucks’ arrival this morning was thrilling for our grandson Wren.  Bob Palmer, a local arborist well known for saving the Elm Trees of Kennebunkport, has taken us on as a pet project. We have become fast friends while he worked with us to rejuvenate our 100 year old lilacs, and tame what will be our woodland garden.

 

 

We are so glad to see many indigenous birds and pollinators making our garden home, blue birds are nesting in our blue-bird box, and a family of wrens staked their claim on another.  It’s a magical time of year, full of new growth, and new birth, and new gardens.  We are creating a beautiful sanctuary for our guests, and on your next visit we hope you enjoy a game of bocci in the garden or a glass of Channing Daughters  Rosato di Merlot on our patio. This summer we are saying yes to rosé! 

 

 

 

B.E.A.C.H. – Best Escape Anyone Can Have.

May 27th, 2017 by Damien Callahan

Image of Parsons Beach

The 2017 countdown to summer has begun!  The Kennebunks have had a taste of summer already with some of our Spring days having reached temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s!  When we have a Spring like that, we know it is time to pull out the beach gear and dust off last year’s sand.  At The Inn at English Meadows, that is exactly what we’ve done!  Did you know that when you stay with us, all you need to pack is your swimsuit and your favorite sunscreen?  We can supply you with beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrellas, a beach parking pass and beach directions!  All you have to do is decide which beach you want to explore and what form of transportation you will take. 

B.E.A.C.H. – Best Escape Anyone Can Have.

We’ve got a few to choose from, which would you like to explore?  To name some: Kennebunk Beach (there’s one in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport), Gooches Beach, Mother’s Beach and Parsons Beach.  Not bad for a small coastal town!  If you do not find that special seashell, starfish or sand dollar, don’t fret – step into one of our shops and find the perfect keepsake to remember your beach days with us.  

Kennebunk and Kennebunkport have scooters, bicycles, and kayaks for rent and they are all within walking distance from our Inn.   Scooters: Harbor Village Scooters, Coastal Maine Scooter.  Bicycles and Kayaks: Coastal Maine Kayak

The Kennebunks are bike and foot friendly New England Seacoast towns.  We are aware of the beauty that surrounds us and sometimes you miss taking it all in when breezing by in a car, so go ahead and take your time.  Our historic homes, quaint boutiques, and shops, rocky and beach-laden shorelines await you!

Let’s get our summer clothes out, dig down and find those flip flops and plan your beach getaway with us at The Inn at English Meadows.  

Your 2017 summer, New England Seacoast adventure is waiting for you…

Getaway in May & Get your 3rd Night Free!

April 24th, 2017 by Damien Callahan

Put Some Spring In Your Step

Spring fever got you wanting to get out and start getting that heart rate up?  Come stay with us at The Inn at English Meadows in the beautiful Kennebunks of ME and we’ll get you started!  April 29th marks the 25th anniversary of the Kennebunks Rotary’s Seaside Presidential Duathlon through the beautiful historic towns of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.  It consists of a 5k run followed with a 16-mile bike ride along the beach and passing President Bush’s Walker Point estate ending with a 5k smooth trail run.  Don’t worry if you are not that ambitious, you can enjoy any one of the events!  Return to our historic inn to unwind with one of our martinis or our spa package.

Need more time to plan and wanting a relaxed and get away that is full of music?    We got you covered, have a romantic Maine getaway at The Inn at English Meadows and kick off the weekend for Cinco De Mayo (May 5th  it’s a Friday this yr. ;)) at Pedros.  Celebrate with $5 margaritas, $2 beers, and other specials while listening to Gorilla Finger Dub band playing 9 p.m. – midnight (they also offer a happy hour from 3-6), relax and enjoy your time, it’s a couple minutes’ walk back to our historical inn and your luxurious room!  Wake to partake in the freshly made 3-course breakfast, Kate and David will be serving up a Mexican style dish in honor of the holiday. 

We’re not done with the fun!  The 19th annual May Day Festival is on May 6th on Maine St. in downtown Kennebunk.  It offers a full day of festive activities including Shakespeare pop up mobs, Maypole dancing and a parade at 1:30 (don’t miss The Portland School of Ballet, Gym Dandies, Shoestring Theatre, Shriners, classic cars and Dunlap Highland Band pass by).  All day live music from the Kennebunk River Band, The Ketchfish Band, 207 BLUES Band and finish the day with the “My American Song Book” piano concert at 7:30 p.m.  But wait, there’s more!  Check out a full list of activities here.

There is much more to do in the Kennebunks so stay a third night on us!  We’ll include a glass of wine on arrival and tapas at neighboring Toroso restaurant, the fun never ends when you are here!

Spoiler Alert:  The Inn at English Meadows is planning another “Pop-Up Dinner” this coming May!  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the date reveal.  Fun-filled evening with a private chef preparing you and guests a scrumptious 4-course meal.  There will be limited tickets so keep an eye out!

 

Road Trip anyone?

March 27th, 2017 by Damien Callahan

Spring is here and we all know what that means, “ay-yuh”, it’s time to get out of the house – Waahoo!!  Pack a bag, jump in your car and hit the road, don’t look back just get here.  Let The Inn at English Meadows sooth away your winter woes with our complete spa package and begin the unwinding.

Then swing through the car wash to relieve your ride of the winter slush (while you do the same for your soul) and take a road trip.  Cruise along the coast (the summer Rte. 1 traffic excluded), take in the sites you’ve been waiting all winter to see again.  Then stop off to visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and be among the first to see the early spring bulbs and ephemerals while strolling through their gardens which comprise 295 acres of tidal shoreland

Irish Soda Bread , with a twist!

March 9th, 2017 by Damien Callahan

Irish Soda Bread with a Maine Twist

 

3 ½ cups flour

½ cup sugar

1 tsp salt

½ tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

 

2 eggs

1 pint Greek yogurt

1 cup of dried Maine blueberries

2 tsp caraway seeds

 

Mix dry ingredients, then fold in wet, then stir in berries

And caraway.

Very lightly knead and form 2 round loaves.

Place on a baking sheet and score a cross on the top of the loaves.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until well browned.

 

*a more traditional soda bread could be made with currants or raisins

Try it toasted with butter, Yum! 

Skies, skates, sleds, skis, & snow-shoes.

February 22nd, 2017 by Damien Callahan

The “S’s” of Winter:  Clear skies, skates, sleds, skis and snow-shoes. 

Clear Skies:  Ay-yuh!  The snow is here, the sky is clear and the air is crisp.

Skates:  Lace up your skates and head over to the Waterhouse Center.  An open sided ice rink with skating until 9 pm 7 days a week.  Heat up your skate time on March 5th during the annual Chili cook off!  Click here for details.

Sleds:  Get your romance on and take a sleigh ride with “Rockin’ Horse Stables” or get the giggles going whilst sledding at the Consolidated School and the Sea Road Sledding Hill.

Skis (cross country) & Snow Shoes:  600 acres to explore at Harris Farm.  They rent all equipment and offer hot chocolate and other refreshments in their cozy barn – the warm fire is free.  Take an adventure, with your own equipment, at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge or Laudholm Farm.  Join Laudholm Farm on February 23rd for their Winter Wildlife Day & Snow Day.  Click here for details.

Are you famished now?  Add dinner, spirits and zzz’s

Maine’s “Restaurant Week” runs March 1st -12th.  Take a bite out of one of the Kennebunk’s many fine restaurants.  They will be offering 3+ course meals and special menus at discounted pricing for two.  We suggest trying our neighbor “Toroso” who are proud participants of Maine’s restaurant week.

The moon is up, it’s getting chilly, come reside by our fire at The Inn at English Meadows, enjoy some spirits before you get your, well-deserved, long winters nap in one of our luxurious accommodations!

Culinary Occasions

January 31st, 2017 by Damien Callahan

English Meadows Culinary Occasions!

Congratulations, you made it through January!  For we New Englanders, it is the hardest winter month to plow through.  Now it is time to think of having some fun before it all melts away to Spring.  Meanwhile, enjoy something fresh, convenient, and mouthwatering to break the monotony.  Time to look forward to the weekends again! 

Hot Fresh Breakfast is Served! 

This Saturday or Sunday, sleep in a little, clear the driveway and head over to The Inn at English Meadows for a tantalizing 3-course breakfast.  Everything is homemade so go ahead and relax, have a Mimosa, Bellini or an Espresso.  Settle in, meet someone new, hobnob with a local you haven’t seen since the cold and snow trapped you indoors or enjoy a long overdue date while pleasing your pallet.  Had a fantastic time?  Do it again, Breakfast is now available every weekend morning from 8:30-11:00 through April 30th.  Don’t miss out, call and make a reservation as seating is limited!  

A POP-UP DINNER!

Not a morning person?  Many of us aren’t, no worries, we get it and have something for you too!  A “Pop-Up Dinner” February 11th starting at 7 p.m.  Take a pause with the ones you enjoy and romance your food senses together!  Allow yourselves to be pampered with a freshly prepared with local ingredients – 4-course dinner –  after sipping on your welcome cocktail fireside.  Make this Valentine’s Day date truly special, the nearby restaurants will be there every other day…  Seriously, let Chef Chris Groman and The Inn at English Meadows warm your senses and ease your winter tension with a well-deserved scrumptious meal!  Didn’t make your reservation in time?  No worries, subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Facebook or visit our website to learn when our next “Pop-Up Dinner” will be.  Yes, there will be more!

Welcome 2017!

December 28th, 2016 by englishmeadows

 

Stay up, Sleep Inn & Brunch with us this New Years’! 

New Year’s is all about clean slates so this year get out of town, ring in the New Year in a new place, The Inn at English Meadows, Sleep in and join us for brunch and take your time with a 1:00pm check out.  You’ll have plenty of time to rush in the New Year so start off on the right, rested, well-fed foot with us. 

Let’s Paint the Town Red!

Celebrate all things love in The Kennebunks this February with an array of events, romance-centric hotel packages, and lovely offerings from shops and restaurants. The month long event kicks off January 28th with “Frosted”, a festive party featuring ice bar, sculptures and creative nosh and cocktails! Each weekend in February, The Kennebunks offer cooking and mixology classes, activities and engaging events that center on love and romance. The towns also adorn themselves with beautiful red lights, giant hearts and red, red, red! Check lovethekennebunks.com for a full schedule and more information!

New Year, New Traditions! 

That’s right just steps from our front door is the brand new and highly anticipated Toroso Kitchen & Cocktails.  Owned by the famed Shannon Bard, Toroso is a local Neighborhood Restaurant Serving Small Plates Inspired By The Flavors of Spain.

A highlight of Culinary communities Kennebunkport is your New Years Eve’ destination.  Leave the car and take a stroll to over 25 superb eateries in and around Dock Square or skip the walk altogether and sample local offerings from all new Toroso (right next door) 

Go Outside & Play! 

 

Go outside and play!  You know you’ve heard it a million times and you probably just read it in your Mother or Fathers’ voice.  It’s still great advice today and especially important for you grown ups!  
 
Here are a few ideas to help you enjoy the season:

Never underestimate the romance of a Sleigh Ride.

Take a walk on the snow: Snow Shoeing

Explore Nature:  Kennebunk Land Trust

 
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