Tuesday, July 31, 2007 

River Day in Kennebunkport

Come celebrate River Day, here in Kennebunkport. The activities kick-off at 10:00 am and continue until 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 11th.

There will be more than 20 exhibits celebrating the history of the river and its uses. Bring your kayak or canoe for a guided paddle down the river or, go flyfishing with a Maine Guide.

Don't bother to pack a lunch. Lobster rolls and hotdogs are just some of the choices available to satisfy hungry adults and children.

This event is sponsored by The Kennebunkport Conservation Commission and the Public Health Department.

The Green is just a short walk from The Maine Stay Inn. If your staying with us, stop at the front desk and we'll point you in the right direction. If you are not staying with us, parking is free to all at the North Street fire station parking lot.

At The Maine Stay Inn, "we have the nicest guests!"


Saturday, July 28, 2007 

Paddy Homan Returns to Kennebunkport

Save the date for this fantastic Irish Tenor, Paddy Homan who is returning to The River Tree Center For The Arts on August 4th at 7:00 pm.

Originally from Cork, Ireland, Paddy will entertain us with many of the best ballads from Ireland's rich musical and cultural history.

Joining Paddy for this special event is Don Wessels , a well known local area performer of Scottish and traditional Irish tunes on the guitar and chromatic harmonica. Don is an an instructor at the River Tree Center for the Arts, Chappell School of Music.

Homan is on his 5th tour of New England. Although Paddy is originally from Cork, he now resides in Chicago where he often performs at the Irish American Heritage Center.

"Listening to Paddy sing…the extra element that he adds to each lyric separates mere music from art. The man is an artist," according to our own David Fouts of the Landmark Gallery, Kennebunkport who expressed his observations after last year’s concert here in the Kennebunkport.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. They are only available at the door on the night of the performance. River Tree Center for the Arts is on Western Avenue in Lower Village, Kennebunk and the doors open at 6:30 pm. Plan to get there early as this will undoubtedly be a very popular concert.

Unfortunately, we don't have any rooms left at The Maine Stay Inn but, if you give us a call we will check the availability of the other Historic Inns of Kennebunkport.

At The Maine Stay Inn, "we have the nicest guests!"

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Sunday, July 22, 2007 

Where's The Best Cheeseburger In Kennebunkport?

I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes...

I want your help. I am in search for The Insider's Guide to the "Best Cheeseburger in Kennebunkport" and the surrounding area. Let's say within a 20 mile radius of Kennebunkport.

If you would submit your selection, I will take the opportunity to personally try each and every cheeseburger (someone has to do the hard work).

After a reasonable period of time, we will identify The Insiders' Guide pick for Kennebunkport's Best Cheeseburger.

The person who submits the winning cheeseburger will win a Maine Stay Inn tee shirt (Hanes Beefy Tee, sizes S, M, L and XL).

Please include your email address with all submissions.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007 

We're Waxing Down Our Surfboards...

Surfing lessons are now available in Kennebunkport, thanks to a variety of programs offered by Aquaholics Surf Shop. Whether you choose private lessons or group lessons, you will receive instruction from one of Aquaholics professional surf instructors.

If you would prefer something more intensive for the beginner or novice, how about surfing camp? Perfect for children or adults, Aquaholics provides the surfboards and the wetsuits.

One other great opportunity from Aquaholics, "Free Surf Morning." Aquaholics offers free surfing for adults who want to learn in a less structured environment. This year, free surf takes place under the instruction of Nanci Boutet, the owner, on Tuesdays 9 AM-10 AM. Please let Aquaholics know ahead of time if you will be attending. Their number is (207) 967-8650.

You of course already know that, if everybody had an ocean across the U.S.A. then everybody'd be surfin' the Kennebunkport way.


Friday, July 20, 2007 

Circus Smirkus is Coming to Kennebunkport

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...MEN...MEN...MEN...right here in Kennebunkport, under the big top, a one-ring circus extraordinaire.

Circus Smikus will be held at Rocking Horse Stables on August 6th and 7th and is sure to delight children of all ages.

Circus Smirkus began 20 years ago and is made up of talented Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, their coaches and crew. They tour New England for two months, putting on performances in conjunction with local non-profit or community youth organizations. This year's Kennebunkport performance is being presented by the Kennebunkport Consolidated PTA.

Smirkus Troupers are selected by audition and work hand-in-hand with professional circus artists. Troupers become completely immersed in circus life. They undergo rigorous training and participate in all aspects including setting up and packing up the big top and all related chores (perhaps this will make some think twice about running away with the circus). A Circus Smirkus Trouper can expect to participate in over 70 shows, presented in 14 towns over the 7 week schedule.

So, come one, come all to the Greatest Show in Kennebunkport.

We still have accommodations for families traveling with children at The Maine Stay. Give us a call at (800) 950-2117 and make lasting memories for you and your family.

At The Maine Stay Inn, "we have the nicest guests!"

Update July 23, 2007 ~~Check out the comment posted today (click on "comment" below). It will give you an idea of just how much fun you and your family will have. This really is the Greatest Show in Kennebunkport.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007 

Go Kayaking in Kennebunkport

"Is there any place in Kennebunkport where we can go kayaking?"

Finally, the answer is yes.

Port Paddle has recently opened and is located with Cape Able Bike Shop. Port Paddle offers an entire menu of choices for your kayaking needs. Many of their Tours begin with some basic instruction as well as some warm up exercises.

Among others, they offer a Sunset Paddle at Goose Rocks Beach. After sunset, it's back to the beach for a good, old fashion campfire complete with smores. Yum!

Their Gourmet Picnic Paddle heads out to the islands of Cape Porpoise where you will enjoy a custom picnic lunch prepared by area gourmet restaurants and chefs.

Port Paddle offers several other tours. They are sure to have something perfect for you. Port Paddle is a Registered Maine Guide Service. Call Cape Able at (207) 967-7382 for additional inquiries and, as Port Paddle says...
...Sea Life From The Water Line ~ Go Paddling


Tuesday, July 17, 2007 

Bicycle Rentals In Kennebunkport

Are you considering biking around Kennebunkport? Great idea! It is a fantastic way to get around and see the wonderful sites of this quaint seaside village and the rugged Maine coast.

Don't go to the effort of strapping on your bike racks to the car. You don't have to drive through all sorts of weather with your bicycle exposed to the elements. Simply contact Cape Able Bike Shop right here in Kennebunkport.

Cape Able offers road, hybrid, mountain and specialty bikes from many of the finest bicycle manufacturers.

In business for more than 30 years in Kennebunkport, Cape Able has evolved every bit as much as the biking styles and fads over that same period. Cape Able Bike Shop offers suggested routes for nature lovers as well as for those interested in observing the popular tourist sites. They also offer group ride opportunities through the Maine Coastal Cycling Club.

If you are staying at The Maine Stay Inn, you're in luck. We have a covered bicycle rack for your Cape Able bicycle rental or, for you own bicycle.

At The Maine Stay Inn, "we have the nicest guests."

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007 

While In Kennebunkport, How About A Lighthouse Tour

This is not Wood Island Lighthouse
Wood Island Lighthouse was authorized by President Thomas Jefferson and built in 1808.

Wood Island is a 35-acre island off the coast of Biddeford, Maine at the mouth of the Saco River. The lighthouse, which is coming up on its bicentennial anniversary, has been cared for and restored by The Friends of the Wood Island Lighthouse.

Tours of the lighthouse, along with some tidbits of its interesting history, are available now through September 1st.

Call the reservation line at (207) 286-3229 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Other days can be iffy inconsistent.

The boat leaves from Vine's Landing in Biddeford Pool (weather permitting) and the guided tour takes about 1.5 hours. The Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse ask for a $10.00 per person donation.

If you are staying at The Maine Stay Inn, we'll make your reservation and give you directions so you won't miss this great island and lighthouse tour.

At The Maine Stay Inn, "we have the nicest guests."

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Friday, July 06, 2007 

Pier 77 ~ A Kennebunkport Restaurant Review

Live piano music at Pier 77. A wonderful touch.
Our Fourth of July evening began with wonderful company at a wonderful restaurant. Janice and I were joined by Pete and Miriam at Pier 77 for our annual pre-fireworks 4th of July dinner.

I have said it before but it is worth repeating, Pier 77 is an excellent restaurant in a fantastic location.

We received a warm greeting from Kate (the owner, along with her husband Pete who was hard at work in the kitchen) when we arrived. Our table was right by the window. Most of the tables are by the windows and, those that aren't have an equally spectacular view anyway.

Pete and Miriam shared a Classic Ceasar Salad to start. It looked delicious and they both confirmed it. For Janice, it was the Spinach Salad, complete with candied pecans and Goat Cheese. It is served with beets but, I didn't mention them as we both hate beets. Sorry, but neither one of us can stand them. Janice loved the salad. The candied pecans are an excellent complement to the Goat Cheese and the vinegarette dressing. For me, I skipped the starter as I was determined to eat light since we were heading out on a boat to see the fireworks.

For the main course, Miriam got the entree with the "wow factor." The Seafood Stew was piled high with clams, mussels, shrimp and fish in a light tomato saffron sauce. She did a good job with it but, Pete was there to take care of making sure there was no waste. Pete, Janice and I all got the special entree. It was Grilled Swordfish that was served over Puerto Rican dirty rice with broccoli rabe. The swordfish was cooked just right, nice and moist. I had never heard of Puerto Rican dirty rice but, it was fantastic. I think it would make a great accompaniment to several of their dishes. The broccoli rabe was very good. I'm not much of a vegetable person but, I ate it all and I liked it.

No dessert tonight, we had to catch the boat and we didn't have time. Next year... we eat earlier. I've had the pleasure of Pier 77's desserts in the past and they shouldn't be missed.

Two reminders, first Pier 77 makes a great spot for a wedding reception. They do a wonderful job. And second, if you are looking for more casual dining (shorts and tee shirt) visit The Ramp Bar and Grille. Tucked under the main restaurant, the Ramp is casual, comfortable, adorned with Pete's sports memorabilia and sits right on the water. Have a "boat drink" and order from the grill menu.

If you are staying with us at The Maine Stay Inn, we'll be happy to make your reservations.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007 

Kennebunkport's Lobster Summit Ends With A Fish Tale

Security was tight before Putin arrived.
After his arrival visitors, weren't even allowed this close to Walker's Point.
As the Lobster Summit ended, Kennebunkport again takes its place in history.

While Presidents Bush and Putin may not have moved very far forward in reaching mutual goals, hopefully they have eased the tensions of the past several months.

Their fishing trip seemed to go all Putin's way. Joined by President Bush (41) and (43), President Putin was the only one to land a fish. Reported to be 30 inches, my estimate based upon photos I saw had the catch closer to 24 inches. But hey, they had two rulers and one former ruler on the boat so perhaps their measurement was more accurate (do you get it?).

A peace rally gathered on the Kennebunkport Green on Sunday morning. There were speakers, music and a whole lot of banners. It was peaceful and after the initial gathering they marched along Ocean Avenue toward the Bush compound. For security reasons, they were stopped short.

The sounds of jets circling the area 24 hours per day and the sounds of helicopters overhead (literally) have subsided. The motorcades and their disruption of traffic have ended (and it was no big deal). Everything is back to normal in Kennebunkport and The Maine Stay Inn is ready for the Fourth of July.


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