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:
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.
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.
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
When you think of Maine, you probably envision warm summer days strolling the docks, visiting countless lobster shacks, and walking the sandy coastline while soaking in the stunning sunsets. But did you know the Pine Tree State is also a winter wonderland of fun? Not only will cold-weather enthusiasts enjoy the endless opportunities for skiing, snowshoeing, or ice skating, but there are also plenty of indoor adventures to be had for those looking to escape the chill.
Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm in Wells, Maine, offers seven miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. If you’re looking for a more intense cross-country skiing experience, Harris Farm in Dayton, Maine, offers 40 kilometers of trails over 500 acres, ranging from beginners’ level loops to advanced adventures. The day lodge has a wood stove, and the large sunroom is the perfect spot to warm up while sipping a hot beverage!
A day trip will get you to some of the best downhill skiing in the region, including Shawnee Peak located in Bridgton, Maine. It’s the closest ski area to the inn (about 1.5 hours away), and the drive will take you through the picturesque Sebago Lakes region. A bit further out and about 2.5 hours away, you can enjoy verticals of 2,340 feet at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine, and also some of the best resorts in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, including Bretton Woods, Black Mountain, and Attitash.
A former Mobil gas station lot on Main Street in downtown Kennebunk transforms into an ice skating rink in the winters, while the Park at Crow Hill in Kennebunkport offers a skating pond. Biddeford’s West Brook Ice Rink is popular, along with the frozen pond in the center of the 52-acre Deering Oaks Park in Portland, considered one of the best spots in the state for ice skating.
Rockin’ Horse Stables offers family-friendly rides in authentic sleighs pulled by draft horses. Each ride lasts around 30 minutes and leaves from a 100-year old barn. Afterwards, you can thaw out while savoring a mug of hot chocolate next to a cracking fireplace in the reception area.
With all the physical outdoor activity, you may need to soothe some of your sore and tired muscles. You can book a 60 or 90 minute massage here at the inn (available in the suites only), or at nearby Cottage Breeze Day Spa.
Want to raise a toast without ever having to leave the comforts of the inn? You can purchase a delicious varietal right on-site! But, if hitting the town for an evening wine tasting is on your menu, try Down East Wine Imports in Lower Village. Do you harbor aspirations of being the next Julia Childs or Mario Batali? Like you, they both started somewhere. You can schedule a personal cooking class at the inn or at Stonewall Kitchen’s location in York, and learn the foundations for becoming more proficient in the kitchen.
Mast Cove Galleries in Kennebunkport features over 80 artists and is Maine’s largest privately-owned group gallery. But they don’t just features paintings; they host a music series featuring jazz and blues. The Chris Becker Gallery also in Kennebunkport features the artist’s own works of fine art and documentary photography.