Inn at English Meadows (Kennebunk - Kennebunkport, Maine)

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Kennebunk Beaches: An Insider’s Guide

July 31, 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. 

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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. 

Image of Parsons Beach

 

How Does Your Garden Grow?

June 3, 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! 

 

 

 

Launch! Festival

June 1, 2016 by englishmeadows

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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

Explore Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

July 24, 2015 by englishmeadows

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Piping Plover are just one of the rare species you’ll see
at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Did you know that the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge – less than a 10 minute drive from our Kennebunk Inn – contains 5,400 acres of protected forest and coastline unlike any other in Maine?

Established in 1966, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge consists of ten divisions – between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth – spread along 50 miles of York and Cumberland county coastline with an eye on eventually containing 14,600 acres, pending further land acquisition.

Endangered shorebirds and mammals, migratory waterfowl, shellfish, and more rely upon the protected marsh lands, estuaries, and shrublands of the refuge. The beauty of the resulting, unsullied nature contained within Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is difficult to describe and overstate.

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Coastal Maine Guided Kayak Tours

May 29, 2015 by englishmeadows

Coastal Maine Kayak - Maine guided kayak toursSummer is almost upon us and what better way to enjoy the weather than with coastal Maine guided kayak tours from Coastal Maine Kayak?

Coastal Maine Kayak’s guided kayak tours will get you out on the water and off to explore Cape Porpoise Lighthouse, the Kennebunk River, Mousam River, and Casco Bay!

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Winter in the Kennebunks: Maine Cross Country Skiing

January 31, 2015 by englishmeadows

Maine Cross Country SkiingSnow transforms Maine into a winter-wonderland of outdoor entertainment, replete with skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and more. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the better Maine cross country skiing areas near the Kennebunks.

Maine Cross Country Skiing

Harris Farm XC Ski Center – 280 Buzzell Road, Dayton – www.harrisfarm.com
Harris Farm’s 1,000-acre cross-country ski center, open 9am to dark, offers 40 kilometers of ski trails for skiers of all levels.

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