Kate Parisi Signature Breakfast Pit at the Inn at English Meadows Kennebunk Maine Bed and Breakfast
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Happy New Year from the Inn at English Meadows! Winter Getaways in Maine

December 29, 2017 by Kate and David Parisi

Inn at English Meadows Kennebunk Maine Bed and Breakfast Winter Getaways

Winter Getaways in Kennebunk, Maine!

Welcome to the New Year and a glorious Winter Season in Maine. This holiday season, Mother Nature brought us a bounty of fluffy snow, and outside the Inn, it looks like a bucolic scene from a Winslow Homer painting.

It is a time of true beauty here in Lower Village, Kennebunk. The gardens around the Inn have long-been put to bed, and the ice covered winter berries look like frosted jewels.

It is peaceful, quiet, and absolutely lovely.

The New Year is the perfect time for us to cook our favorite comfort foods and to cozy up by the front room fire. We have been busy baking and testing new recipes, and preparing for the upcoming winter guests.

We think winter is a great time to get away to Maine.

There is so much to see and do, for both adventurous visitors, and for those who want a calm and cozy weekend getaway. We hope that you will join us this season. We have a bounty of things happening at the Inn at English Meadows and around the Kennebunks and Southern Maine. Read on for a list of some of our favorite Inn and regional activities.

Find out why a recent guest, Michaela Cotas, called us a “Simply Magical” Bed and Breakfast on Tripadvisor. We are so honored by this! Read her full review at Trip Advisor.

Call us to book your Winter Weekend Getaway and find out about our special 25% off room rates, Prosecco-upon-check-in, and late check-out options. 207-967-5766

WINTER EVENTS AT THE INN AT ENGLISH MEADOWS:

LOCAL’S BREAKFAST

We want to welcome our seacoast locals to breakfast this winter season. Kate will be cooking up her beloved Three-Course breakfasts that feature select homemade breads & pastries, seasonal fruits, and a sweet and savory main course. Selections can include Kate’s signature orange cranberry or fig cardamom walnut scones, and her house-roasted pears with ginger, or her Breakfast Pita, topped with lemon mascarpone, poached egg, and prosciutto.

The menu rotates based on seasonal availability. Please advise upon making your reservation if there are any food allergies.

Cost is $25/per person and includes three courses, coffee, tea and juice. Additional charge for alcohol. Breakfast can be booked for Saturdays or Sundays. Reservations are required and are open to everyone. Call 207.967.5766 to make your reservation today.

COOKING CLASSES WITH LOCAL CHEFS

Work in our spacious, naturally-lit kitchen, as you learn from local chefs like Derek Bissonnette. Chef Bissonnette is a kind and talented teacher, chef, and cookbook author, who honed his skills as the Executive Chef of Kennebunk’s Relais & Chateaux, White Barn Inn. Our chef-instructors are eager to help you master and enjoy fine cuisine. Learn in a hands-on way, how to prepare and cook dishes like classic Maine lobster, finished with a beurre blanc or a pan reduction sauce. Chef instructors can vary based on season and availability. Classes are 2-3 hours. Dine with the chef on your creation. Class instruction includes a bottle of wine per couple.

Cost is $225/per person. Classes must be booked by phone and require a credit card deposit. Call 207.967.5766 to make your reservation.

SUPPER CLUB

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for our upcoming Supper Club event. Local chefs make a multi-course meal that is paired with small vintage wines. This limited-seated event will be sure to make your winter season sparkle! These dinners are popular and sell out quickly. Follow us on Facebook to stay tuned to our event announcements.

Supper Club at English Meadows Maine Kennebunk Winter Getaways

Join us for our next Supper Club, coming this winter! Local chefs prepared a multi-course meal paired with distinct, small vintage wines.

THINGS TO DO AROUND THE KENNEBUNKS:

Ice Skating: The Waterhouse Center is a jewel in the crown of Main Street Kennebunk. Nestled next to the historic Kennebunk Inn, this community rink is open to the public and admission is free. Bring your own skates (there are NO rentals on site). The ice is cleared every hour, and there are benches and a small hot-beverage cart on-site during the weekends. 51 Main Street, Kennebunk.

Dine on truly local foods: Warm up across the street from the Waterhouse Ice Rink at Kennebunk’s award-winning Farm-to-Table Bistro, 50 Local. Husband-and-wife owners, David Ross and Merrilee Paul, along with their Chef Alex LeBlanc, craft exquisite, locally-driven food and creative cocktails. Try out their Crispy Farm Egg Salad, the Lobster Tagliatelle, or the homemade Beignets with warm Creme Anglaise. Top it all off with a signature “Ghost of Mary” vodka cocktail. Everything is made on-site. Reservations are recommended. 50 Main Street, Kennebunk. Mon-Sat: 5-9pm Bar open late. localkennebunk.com 207.985.9850

Get “Bowled” Over: Kennebunk’s newest hot spot is the Garden Street Bowl. This combination of ten-pin bowling alley and pub is in the heart of town and is popular with locals and visitors alike. The in-house kitchen and tap house serves up decidedly unique dishes for a bowling alley: Duck Confit Poutine and the Shaved Pork Belly Bahn Mi make for perfect strike companions. Open daily. Find out more at gardenstreetbowl.com or 207.636.7799.

Take in the Winter Scenery: If you are a fan of country landscapes and small family farms, then Cross-Country Skiing and Winter Fat Biking at Harris Farm is for you! This family-run dairy farm transforms in the the winter to an ideal snowsport landscape. Trails are both groomed and track set for beginning and advanced skiers. Top off your adventure with a trip to the dairy store to buy the farm’s award-winning milks and maple syrup. Located 25 minutes from the Inn in Lyman, Maine. Open daily, weather permitting. Find out more at harrisfarm.com or call Dixie Harris at 207.499.2678.

Take in the spirits and sample the best of Portland, Maine: Join Master Sommelier Erica Archer for her Wine Wise tours in Portland. Erica is a warm, knowledgeable guide. Her aim is to help you build your wine and spirit know-how through fun, interactive beverage and food tastings. Tours offered most weekends in January in Portland, Maine. Check out the full schedule at winewiseevents.com.

Maine’s Most Romantic Town: Join us from Saturday, January 27, 2018 though February 28, 2018 for “Paint the Town Red.” This Chamber of Commerce month-long celebration features events from Ice Bars and Cooking Classes, to wine tastings and speciality coursed dinners. Find out the full schedule at Paint the Town Red

Tap into our knowledge: Here at the Inn at English Meadows, we take vacations, mini breaks, & destination dining seriously. We would be happy to help you arrange reservations and share our ideas for a perfect winter getaway. Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are filled with year-round treasures and secret local spots that we are happy to share with you. Call to make a reservation and we would be happy to work with you. 207.967.5766

 

Happy New Year & we hope to see you soon!
~ Kate & David Parisi, Innkeeper’s at the Inn at English Meadows

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Kennebunk Beaches: An Insider’s Guide

July 31, 2017 by Kate & David Parisi

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. 

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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. 

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

June 3, 2017 by Kate & David Parisi

 

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! 

 

 

 

Best Lobster in Kennebunkport

August 13, 2016 by Kate & David Parisi

When Sarah and I decided to move to Maine, a family friend told us that Mainers eat lobster more often than they eat ground beef. While I’m still not convinced that this is entirely accurate, does anyone have time to not eat a lobster when they’re in Maine? Not I. Not here. Not now. So buckle up, we’re going on a Lobster Expedition!

Note: this list is not exhaustive, apologies to the other wonderful chefs and restaurants who prepare delicious crustaceans for the people of  Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

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1. Our very first stop is David’s KPT. If you’re looking for dinner with a view, this is your place. It’s right on the water, with a lovely view of all the neighboring ships and river traffic.

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They serve a lovely lobster roll with an option for DOUBLE LOBSTER, as well as David’s Lobster Dinner, which include a chowder, blackened shrimp cocktail, and a steamed Maine lobster.

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2. Next up, we’re heading to Mabel’s Lobster Claw! They’ve got every kind of lobster on the menu: a Lobster roll, Lobster Scampi pasta, Lobster Salad, as well as an entire section of Every Lobster Thing. Lobster stew, baked and stuffed, steamed, and Mabel’s Famous Lobster! YEAHHHH

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3. Alright lobster friends. Our third Lobster destination is Stripers at the Breakwater Inn and Spa. They have a lovely restaurant, with outdoor seating looking over the river and lawn. They serve whole steamed lobsters and lobster raviolo with oyster mushrooms and portobellos. But the star of the show is their outdoor Lobster bake on Monday evenings, complete with Lobster, Steamers, Corn on the Cob, Potatoes, and Blueberry Cobbler! You couldn’t ask for a more Maine-ish evening!

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Remember; these are only a few of the amazing restaurants in the area, and if you have any questions we’d be happy to offer recommendations and make reservations for you at any time! If you need us, we’ll be out researching more restaurants. It’s a tough life.

The summer is going fast, so don’t forget to book your stay at the Inn at English Meadows! You can call us at (207) 967-5766, or check our availability online right here! We can’t wait to meet you!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

Launch! Festival

June 1, 2016 by Kate & David Parisi

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the Launch site!

Wow. There is such an amazing festival coming up in town- are you even ready to hear about this? This month is the very first annual LAUNCH! Maritime Festival in Kennebunk!! There’s going to be all kinds of yummy seafood everywhere, cooking contests and parties, a boat parade, and art walks! They really have things for everyone- a 5k run, historic costumes, and a seafood pizza night! You definitely will NOT want to miss this festival!

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The Fleet all ready to go!

The whole thing is going to be kicked off by the Landing School Boat Launch, which is so much fun to watch. Everybody in the school has been working on making their own boats entirely by hand, and now that they’re ready they’ll all take them out for the very first time and christen them!

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Lannigan Bridge overlooks the launch site

The Launch is followed by local brew and wine tours, cooking classes, open house tours, parties, they really have a killer lineup- check out the full itinerary here. It’s a whole three days of fun, planned for June 17-19th. Some events require a sign up as there are limited spots available, so you should definitely get a move on! We’re all very jealous of Kate and David, as they will be attending the Rock the Boat after-party on the Spirit of Massachusetts, which you may have seen docked in the river!

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The Spirit of Massachusetts!

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LOOK AT THE BOAT

For everyone who didn’t get tickets to the VIP party, our consolation is participating in the town – wide historical landmark scavenger hunt! It’s hosted by all the historical Inns in the area, English Meadows included, and the prize is $100 that can be used at English Meadows or any select registry Inn!! How cool is that? I have a feeling I’m about to be staying at English Meadows very soon…  I’m already figuring out where all the landmarks are! Here’s a hint… This might be one of them!

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Smile!

Then again, you should absolutely not take my word for it, as I have a very poor sense of direction.

Right now, we still have openings available at English Meadows for the Launch weekend, but we’re anticipating our rooms to be booked quickly as more people hear about all the fun going on! You can call Kate and David at our office and book directly at (207) 967-5766, or you can check out our rooms and their available dates right here!

See you soon!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

Souvenirs: Kennebunk Shopping Guide!

May 21, 2016 by Kate & David Parisi

Everyone needs souvenirs from a great vacation! Either to remember how awesome it was, or to apologize to the people you didn’t want to invite.. Don’t even worry. Sarah and I went scouting for the best souvenirs in the Kennebunks, so you can get such amazing presents that you will end up keeping them for yourself!

Transform your home with all the luxuries from the Inn!

Transform your home with all the luxuries from the Inn! Featuring wire art by Alex Parisi.

The first and best place to start is the Inn, of course. They have all the luxuries from your stay available for purchase! Malin + Goetz soaps (don’t they just smell all kinds of amazing??), English Meadows coffee mugs and gorgeous hand-blown Italian drinking cups, Tea Forté tea bags and tea trays, the cute little tea pots, everything! These are the perfect things to bring home to remind you to relax and enjoy yourself, and to bring to people who don’t like trinkets!

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Trying hats at the Daytrip Society

The place to go for the cutest Mainey trinkets is Definitely the Daytrip Society. They have everything you will need to impress your friends with your thoughtfulness and generosity. Also, they have great sunglasses, and a Junior store for all the babies in your life who need to be spoiled.

Just look at all these cute things. Literally everything adorable.

Just look at all these cute things. Literally everything adorable.

Their card selection is straight up KILLER. You can buy them all and send them to your inlaws like, ‘oh darn, you would love it so much here, super sorry you couldn’t come. We’ll almost certainly remember to invite you next year probably.’

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What adept organization! Card by Screech Owl Design

Next, we went to our favourite place for KENNEBUNK merch- Saxony Imports. It’s not as adorably curated as the Daytrip Society, but they do have really soft sweatshirts, cute hats, stickers, etc: Kennebunk souvenirs are their jam. Sarah got a great hat with a leather tab at the back, and will now be representing KPT in all of her paparazzi shots from now on.

Size extra cute, thank you.

Size extra cute, thank you.

After all of that shopping, it is definitely time to walk across the green bridge into Kennebunk to relax with a glass of something at Ports of Italy. You have earned it for SURE. Ask Mike the bartender for book recommendations- he’ll hook you right up!

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Can you even stand how pretty this is?

Can you even stand how pretty this is?

That was so easy! What a success. Now you can go home with all of your beautiful trinkets and remember your favourite vacation!

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Our Loot. Greetings from Maine! Not shown: Malin + Goetz soaps- those are already right by the sink!!

Thanks for coming shopping with us, we hope to see you around the port this summer! We’re so excited to show you all of our favourite places around town, pretty soon you’ll be able to tour the town like a local! Don’t forget to book your room, cause we can’t wait to have you stay with us!

See you soon!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

 

Photos by Sophie Hines

Mother’s Day Weekend!

May 16, 2016 by Kate & David Parisi

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers and children in the world! We certainly had a great weekend here at the Inn! On Saturday, we had blueberry cake, melon with mint and lime, and the most delicious breakfast sandwiches with avocado, bacon, and an egg. It was KILLER.

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Kate making the sandwiches.

Kate worked her usual wizardry on the sandwiches, and everyone’s favourite sous chef, Sarah, handled the cake and fruit! What a couple of true professionals. This was my first weekend working on the kitchen crew for the Inn, and I just had a blast and a half. My name is Sophie, and I am Sarah’s roommate- she has had so much fun cooking up a storm for everyone that I started coming in to work with her! You may see me dancing around the kitchen this summer, trying not to drop things in front of the guests, and I’m also going to be exploring the whole town and reporting back to you with the inside scoop! If you want to really experience the Kennebunks like a local, the Inn at English Meadows is Definitely the place to stay. We will hook you up with the most delicious breakfasts, all the best places to go, and all the secret insider spots! Book your room now and connect with us on Facebook to follow along with the blog and start planning your trip!

Snug Harbor Farm

Snug Harbor Farm

Our very best and favourite spot to show you is the magical land of Snug Harbor Farm. Everyone should come here at least four times a week. They have the most beautiful collection of plants, including tiny trees in pots, a stunning array of succulents, and such cute animals!! They keep ponies, exotic birds, and flocks of geese that roam around leaving feathers EVERYWHERE. If you are an aspiring Beatrix Potter, it is advisable that you should secretly move into one of the greenhouses.

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There was literally a mouse eating seeds in the greenhouse. I’m not even kidding you when I say that Anthony petted it.

We stopped to talk to Anthony, the owner, and learn about his four dogs. He loves all the animals, and keeps four poodles, all different sizes and colors, and they go all over the property together to keep an eye on everything. They are so friendly and will absolutely want you to pet them. They are the only dogs that Sarah likes. (Including the one that we own.)  If you have a dog with you, however, it is not invited to Snug Harbor on account of the delicate constitutions of the birds. But if you need any beautiful garden decoration things, the gift shop is NOT TO BE MISSED. Trust me on this one.

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Parson’s Beach

After Snug Harbor, we visited Parson’s Beach! We love this beach so much!! Parson’s is VERY beautiful, but also it is very small, so try to get there early to make sure there’s parking.

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Sarah’s favourite place: Any Beach.

We showed up at high tide, and there was hardly any beach at all! We were trying to perch above the waves on a washed up tree trunk, but even so we got knocked off and got our shoes wet!! Sarah waded in, but I’m not trying to die of hypothermia of the toes so I just guarded the rosebushes (with my face accidentally).

Parson's Beach

It is stupid gorgeous here.. Sarah said the water was warm but I am not about to believe her.

We’ll be exploring the Kennebunks and our favourite nearby spots all summer, so keep checking back to find your new favourite spot! It’s gonna be the best summer ever! (we can already tell.) Don’t forget to book your room, cause we can’t wait to have you stay with us!

See you soon!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

 

Photos by Sophie Hines

Discover Kennebunk’s Lower Village

January 15, 2016 by Kate & David Parisi

Discover Kennebunk's Lower VillageThe Kennebunks are often thought of as a playground for the wealthy – former President George H.W. Bush famously has a compound here – but Kennebunk’s Lower Village offers a vibrant alternative to this upper-crust impression and stands on its own as a separate, attractive destination.

Kennebunk means “long cut bank” in the language of the Abenaki people, likely in reference to the Great Hill at the mouth of the Mousam River. Native Americans knew the area for the abundant fishing and hunting they discovered here as they cruised the coast in their ocean-going canoes.

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Visit Saint Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery

October 23, 2015 by Kate & David Parisi

The Shrine at Our Lady of Lourdes at Saint Anthony's Franciscan Monastery

The Shrine at Our Lady of Lourdes at
St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery in Kennebunk

You don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy the peace and beauty of a monastery and Saint Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery is easily one of the top 5 attractions in the Kennebunks.

With all the beautiful Maine coastline, the Bush compound at Walker’s Point, kayaking, lighthouses, great dining, shopping, and galleries of the Kennebunks, it’s almost hard to believe one of the most visited attractions of the area is a monastery – but then, monasteries aren’t exactly typical in the U.S. … and Saint Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery isn’t your typical monastery!

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Enjoy A Kennebunkport Sailing Tour

August 21, 2015 by Kate & David Parisi

Kennebunkport Sailing TourMaine’s coast is iconic and beautiful no matter how you look at it – but a view from aboard a tall masted schooner on a Kennebunkport sailing tour may be one of the best ways to see it!

There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as setting out into clear blue waters aboard a multi-masted sailing ship. The smell of the sea, the creaking of the ropes as the wind catches the canvas, transporting you across the waters and into a slower paced world of sun dappled waves.

Add in gorgeous views of Maine’s famous coast and you have a Kennebunkport sailing tour to a ‘t.’

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