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Things to do in Kennebunkport Maine; Summer Theatre

When talking to guests the question i’m always asked is “what should we do?” Now this is a loaded question because Kennebunkport and the surrounding areas are loaded with activities. So over the next few weeks i’m going to post some of my favorite activities.
First is summer theatre. Nothing to me represents a timeless summer vacation better than summer theater. After a long day at the beach or on the water, you shower, eat a fine local meal at one of Kennebunkport’s fine eaters and then head off for a evening of theatre. The following are three very different, but all incredibly entertaining productions.

Kennebunkport Summer Theatre.

Shakespeare in the Park.

Mainestage Shakespeare.
Also known locally as “Shakespeare in the Park.” 2015 will be their 5th year of free, open air, Shakespeare productions. The company is made up of young, passionate actors from all around the country. The performances can be seen during the summer months at Lafayette Park in downtown Kennebunk Maine, Kennebunkport Village Green or the Kennebunk Town Hall during adverse weather conditions. If you’re looking for simple, fun, summer night entertainment, look no further!

Arundel Barn Playhouse

Arundel Barn Playhouse

Arundel Barn Playhouse.
Less than five miles away from the Inn you’ll find the old “Smith Sisters Farm.” This farm was in the Smith family for generations until it was turned into the Playhouse. It is a charming New England experience with professional acts running from June to Labor Day. The productions are great, the atmosphere incredible. Not to be missed!

Ogunquit Playhouse

Ogunquit Playhouse

The Ogunquit Playhouse.
The crown jewel of New England summer theatre. The Ogunquit Play House has produced Broadway quality productions for generations. Do not miss the opportunity to witness the magic of their shows. I’ve had guests confess to not enjoying theatre, only to return giddy with what they had witnessed after a show. It truly is worth the price of admission and it’s only 12.5 miles south of the Inn!

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Best Ice cream in Kennebunkport and Wells Maine.

Looking out the window at the snow covered ground I can’t help but dream of summer! So in celebration of that dream I want to share two of our favorite ice cream haunts.

First is the Scoop Deck in Wells (just 9 miles to the south). This third generation establishment boasts more delicious flavors than a person can comprehend. During the summer months there is good reason why customers happily wait in line for flavors such as Moose Tracks, Mint Explosion or Fool’s Gold. Add one of their hand made fresh waffle cones and you’ll discover what real happiness is!

Scoop Deck Flavors

Scoop Deck Flavors

The other spot is Rococo’s in Kennebunkport (just over a mile from the Inn.) I’m told that Rococo was a whimsical art movement in 18th century France. The name fits the product (superb hand made, small batch ice-cream/gelato) that will transport you back to a time when summer meant play! At first the unique flavors may appear odd, but once you try a free sample of Cinnamon Caramel Cajeta, Spicy rocky Road or Banana Salted Almond Caramel I promise you will be asking for more!  No matter if you are walking from the inn, already in kennebunkport or you don’t mind a short drive to Wells, I promise you will not be disappointed.

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Rococo Kennebunkport

 

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Thirty Years!

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Way back I had this brilliant idea that for fun I would open a bed and breakfast. It would be like a hobby… or so I thought.  The ‘hobby’ concept lasted about a month or so the first year.  I began with five rooms, all upstairs in the main house and none with private baths. I was so inexperienced I didn’t have mirrors in many rooms and often no curtains or shades on the windows. As rough as the beginnings were, lots of great guests helped out by making suggestions of how we could improve. There was no TripAdvisor then, thank God. People were kind and forgiving of our faults…. and slowly we improved and many of those original guests kept coming back.  Jim was a commercial fisherman back then so Bufflehead was my baby for a few years. I did it all with a lot of help from one employee. Eventually Jim took over much of the breakfast cooking and I was able to hire more help.  We have met so many wonderful people over the years and have so many loyal guests who keep returning and have become a bit like family. We also have had lots of great people work with us.  We are a bit long in the tooth now but have our son Erin whom we call ‘The Boss”.  Hopefully, with Erin’s help, Bufflehead Cove will continue on for many more years.  Thanks to you all: guests, family, employees and friends who have been so wonderful to us.
Harriet and Jim Gott
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Kennebunkport Festival

It’s that time again!  The week long Kennebunkport Festival kicks off on June 1st with daily events around the Kennebunks.  Check out their website www.kennebunkportfestival.com for full details and schedule.

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Helena’s Breakfast Examples

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Helena, my sister, is the mid week breakfast chef and is creating new and wonderful breakfasts. Jim, who is the cook in the fall and spring and also two days a week during the summer season, cooks a more traditional breakfast. It’s fun to have Helena shake it all up a bit.
Here is a sample of Helena’s creations:

Watermelon, Kiwi & Blueberries with coconut lime creme (photo above)
Crab quiche
Lemon Blueberry bread
Baby Asparagus
Panko tomato

Papaya Mango and Strawberries with Lemon Basil
Fried Eggs on wild mushrooms
English with tomato and bacon
Glazed carrots with dill and cranberries
Baby Greens

Pineapple Boats
Apricot, Blueberry, Strawberry Crepes
Sausage

– Harriet

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It’s Almost That Time of Year! – HIK Garden Party 2013

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In conjunction with the Kennebunkport Festival, on Saturday, June 8th from 3:00pm – 6:30pm, each of the seven member inns of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport (HIK) will be hosting a Garden Party. Wine, tea and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The Garden Parties are only open to guests staying at one of the HIK inns: 1802 House Bed & Breakfast, Bufflehead Cove Inn, The Captain Fairfield Inn, The Captain Jefferds Inn, The Captain Lord Mansion, The Inn at English Meadows, or The Maine Stay Inn. Transportation between the inns will be provided.

To learn more about the Kennebunkport Festival, visit the Kennebunkport Festival’s homepage!

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BedandBreakfast.com Top 10 Award

Thanks to all of our great guests, we have been chosen by BedandBreakfast.com as one of the ten best bed and breakfasts in the United States.  We are so pleased with this honor but also a bit nervous about living up to such a high standard. We will continue to do our best.  Have a great winter everyone and we will hopefully see you in 2013!
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Tidewater Charters is catching fish!

I wanted to post an update to my original post for Erin’s new fishing charter business and let everyone know that they are catching fish!  Go Erin!  Here are a few photos of some happy fisherman/women.  Tidewater Fishing Charters is based out of the Yachtsman so give Erin a call if your interested in going out.

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Latest Additions: Honey & Wine

Erin just finished bottling the honey from our bees and it is out in the gift shop available for purchase!  Yum!  Also, we now have an official wine list featuring a small selection of reds, whites and sparkling wines.  If you are booked to stay with us this season, or looking to book, make sure you check out the gift shops new additions.

 


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Garden Room Sneak Peak

This year we decided to give the Garden Room a little facelift and we thought we’d give you a sneak peak!  We haven’t updated the photos on the website just yet so hopefully any of you already booked in the Garden Room won’t be too surprised when you walk in and it’s completely different.  We hope all of you love it!

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