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. 

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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! 

 

 

 

Road Trip anyone?

March 27, 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

Beach Day!

June 12, 2016 by englishmeadows

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Kate puts the final touch on a zucchini frittata

What a beautiful day here at English Meadows! Is it spring or is it summer? Who can know. After another of Kate’s wonderful breakfasts, lemon blueberry scones, berry yogurt, and zucchini frittatas (yum I’m DYING), we’re going to force the issue. It’s summer, and we’re having a beach day.

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If you want to take a dog to the beach, Gooch’s beach is the place to go! (Starting June 15th however, dogs are only allowed in the mornings and evenings to make sure everybody has a good time.) Lola and I decided to visit to make friends with all the other pups having a beach day. We ran all over the place meeting dogs and their people, and Lola had a great time! I thought she might enjoy to learn how to swim; as it turns out, she has been watching way too many scary ocean movies, and is not on board with swimming at all. She is now feeling highly put out.

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She’s very worried about swimming now. I ruined her.

When swimming turned out to be a bust, obviously the best thing to do to follow up a beach day is to drive into Kennebunkport and go to Rococo Ice Cream!!

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I always love to walk by the Library, because obviously the library is a great place to visit, and because look how cute the green door is! Also, I’m obsessed with how adorable all the signs are in Kennebunkport. What are we, in Maine or something?! I can’t get over it.

Rococo always has different flavours every single time you go, and they will ALWAYS be so delicious it is ridiculous! This time, I got Lemon Pink Peppercorn and Pink Lemonade Mint Sorbet. They were skeptical of me mixing the sorbet and ice cream, but I figured they’re both lemon and pink, so they can’t be wrong together. I was right, obviously.

Did you remember that next week is the LAUNCH! Festival?? Ah! It’s going to be crazy fun, we can simply not wait. We still have one or two rooms left available for the weekend- it’s definitely time to be spontaneous, drop ALL your weekend plans, and come to Kennebunk for the festival!! It’s going to be a blast and a half, and I’m getting a time machine so I can go to every single one of the activities- see the full itinerary here. To book a room with us, just call Kate or David in our office at (207) 967-5766, or you can check out our beautiful rooms and suites right here! And don’t forget, if you’d like to bring your dog to cuddle with on your beautiful vacation, we have a luxurious private Bungalow that allows dogs!

See you soon!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

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

Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival 2015

August 7, 2015 by englishmeadows

Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival 2015

The 28th annual Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival – Saturday, September 12, 2015 – Sunday, September 13, 2015 – is a prestigious event that brings more than 100 juried, master artisans to Wells, Maine every year, the weekend after Labor Day, for 2 days of spectacular crafts, food, music, and fun!

If you’re a fan of fine arts and crafts – or just a great time at a spectacular Maine seaside setting – then the Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival is for you! Jury-selected, one of a kind, hand-wrought jewelry, pottery, wood, glass, fiber arts, and more are the focus at this long-lived and highly popular coastal festival, with artisans coming in from across the region to share and sell their wares.

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Don’t Miss The 2015 Maine Boatbuilders Show

February 21, 2015 by englishmeadows

The 2015 Maine Boatbuilders ShowIf you’re a boating fan – whether that means sailboats or powerboats to you, canoes or kayaks – you won’t want to miss the 2015 Maine Boatbuilders Show. A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom builders on the East Coast, it’s been described as wall-to-wall eye candy for those who loves boats.

The 2015 Maine Boatbuilders Show, scheduled for the weekend of March 20th, is the 27th annual return of this popular event to Portland; a gathering that is described as a celebration by the boating community and has a reputation for being unique among boating events. Of the 200+ companies that exhibit their products at the show, many only attend one or two other shows a year, making this exhibition that much more of an event.

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Broaden Your Horizons at the Portland Museum of Art

February 14, 2015 by englishmeadows

Portland Museum of Art Featuring more than 18,000 works and founded in 1882, the Portland Museum of Art is the state of Maine’s oldest and largest art museum. As such, it is always worth a visit when one is in the area.

Portland, Maine offers numerous temptations for the visitor – the burgeoning restaurant scene alone makes the city an obvious destination – but whatever brings you here, the Portland Museum of Art should be up near the top of your reasons for sampling a little of what this great town has to offer.

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