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…
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 Maine Twist
3 ½ cups flour
½ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
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
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!
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!
Maine is famous for its lobsters but did you ever wonder about lobster fishing? Take a Kennebunk Lobster Tour to learn all about Maine lobster fishing as well as enjoying scenic views of the Maine coast!
Lobstermen (and lobsterwomen) have been harvesting this tasty bounty from the Maine Coast since before the birth of the United States and now you can learn how and where they collect the biggest, finest Maine Lobster specimens on a Kennebunk Lobster Tour with First Chance tours.
First Chance offers whale watching and Kennebunk lobster tours from May to October, weather permitting. They’ll take you out on their 65 foot sightseeing vessel, Kylie’s Chance – one of the largest touring ships plying the New England coastal waters! With options for covered seating, bottled water and soda on board, you’ll be set for a comfortable day of sightseeing.
During your Kennebunk Lobster Tour, you’ll learn about the fascinating history of Maine lobster fishing, from the days when they washed up on the shore in two foot piles to today, when only careful maintenance keeps the lobster industry alive. You’ll see the tools of the trade, the best waters for harvesting Maine lobster, and even how these delicious and amazing creatures are caught.
But that’s not all – your hour and a half long, First Chance Kennebunk Lobster Tour will also provide you with gorgeous views of the iconic Maine coastline, including seals on Bumpkin Island, and the Bush Compound where, if you’re lucky, you might even see President Bush 41 casting a line into the waters. Sure, go ahead and wave – he often waves back!
Kennebunk Lobster Tours
June 20 through Sept. 7: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Sept 9: 11am, 1pm
Sept 12 through Oct. 11, Saturday & Sunday only: 11am, 1pm
October 12: 11am & 1pm
For reservations: 207 967 5507
For more information about Whale Watching and Kennebunk Lobster Tours, please visit: www.firstchancewhalewatch.com
The Inn at English Meadows has five rooms, five suites, and a private bungalow for your comfort. Let us pamper you during your Kennebunkport getaway with flat screen TVs, Vera Wang hypoallergenic mattresses, FRETTE throws & MALIN+GOETZ toiletries, and much more. Our convenient location in Kennebunk’s Lower Village puts all the best of the Kennebunks at your doorstep. Let us show you the best of the Kennebunks with the unrivaled luxury and value of a stay at The Inn at English Meadows!
The weather was so perfect we decided to sneak away and take off on the Rugosa lobster boat. What a great way to see the Kennebunk river and the beautiful coastline. Our captain Dave was great too bad we only caught 2 lobsters! We did have the opportunity to see President Bush (Sr.) out in his speed boat of course the secret service was near by. Since the sun was so tempting to stay and play we decided to have a quick cocktail at the Arundel Wharf Restaurant riverside – it was perfect on a day like today. Well our fabulous photographer Christian and his lovely wife Melissa will return tomorrow to finish the pictures of the new Quiet Moments Suite, The Bungalow and the outside of the inn so we went and bought beautiful hanging baskets I think they will look great in the pictures. Tried another new recipe today poached peaches in honey syrup wow they were delicious can’t wait to make them for you. Very excited that summer bookings are coming in strong, life is good!