Tuesday, May 29, 2007 

Cape Arundel Inn ~ A Kennebunkport Restaurant Review

"The closest you'll find to a table on the ocean"
It has been nearly a year since I last reviewed The Cape Arundel Inn, located across from Walker's Point in Kennebunkport.

In my last review my intent was to share with my readers just how wonderful this unique restaurant truly is.

The Cape Arundel Inn is our special spot for the occasional celebration or, when we want to show off Kennebunkport to special friends.

Last night it was the former, Janice and I celebrated our 24th anniversary. Time flies!

We began the evening the way we always suggest our guests begin their experience at The Cape Arundel Inn. We arrived early so we could enjoy a drink on their incredible front porch. The evening was perfect and so was the weather. We both enjoyed a rum punch and a view that can't be beat.

We were escorted to the best seat in the house (actually, all their seats are excellent). For our First Plate (formerly known as hors d'oeuvres) Janice had the special bisque, Butternut Squash with chunks of Lobster. Janice describes the bisque as fresh and flavorful. It was a great choice. For me, it was the Broiled Maine Crabcakes in a crisp Panko Crust with Spring Vegetable Slaw and Sweet Chili Sesame Remoulade. Now, there are a couple of words in the description of this dish that I don't even understand but, the crabcakes were delicious. So many different and wonderful flavors.

For our Main Maine Course, Janice had a plate of Veal Medallions, Lobster Tail and Shrimp broiled and served on home-made egg noodle pasta with a wonderful tomato garnish. Lucky for me, Janice couldn't eat her entire meal. That's where a good restaurant critic (like me) comes to the rescue. Her meal was excellent.

My entree was the Lazy Lobster. It was simply the best, better than all the rest. It really was unbelievable and there was just the right amount. The vegetables that were included were excellent but they were clearly overshadowed by the outstanding lobster.

And for dessert...yes, this time we had dessert. For Janice it was Gingered Strawberries over a warm buttermilk biscuit topped with whipped cream. A great improvement to Strawberry Shortcake.

I had the Warmed Peaches on Ginger Bread with French Vanilla Gelato and Macadamia Nuts.

And finally, I never under estimate the the importance of a good cup of coffee. In this case it was an outstanding cup of coffee.

An incomparable location, outstanding cuisine and service that is second to none. Is it any wonder that this is our special spot?

Stay at The Maine Stay Inn and dine at The Cape Arundel Inn, what a great combination.

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Friday, May 25, 2007 

Now In Kennebunkport ~ You'll Look Sweet Upon The Seat...

Who's that riding the Pedicab in front of The Maine Stay?
...Of A Bicycle (Pedicab) Built For Two.

In the start of its second year, Pedicabs, can be seen peddling the streets of Kennebunkport. Whether it's a delightful (and very relaxing) historic tour of the community or, a fun way to travel to and from your favorite restaurant, the Pedicabs are just what you are looking for.

During a summer visit to Kennebunkport, Pedicab owners and operators, Debbie and Brian found themselves returning from a wonderful dinner at Grissini with only one option, walking. While their walk to dinner at Grissini seemed like an enjoyable and healthy idea, they would have preferred different options for their "after dark" trip back.

It was this void that Debbie and Brian would seek to fill. Inspired by visits to Charleston, South Carolina, and after many months of planning and working with the town of Kennebunkport, this void was indeed filled last summer in the first year of operation for the Pedicabs.

The Pedicabs will peddle into their second season beginning on June 15 and after last year's very successful debut, all indications point to even better times for Kennebunkport and its Pedicabs. What a great addition to this community.

And one more thing...don't make the mistake of thinking this is just for visitors. As you can see, Janice and I went for our own trip and what a blast. It's fascinating how many things you can see riding along at the speed of a Pedicab.

You'll also find Brian on the web with his fly fishing company, H.L. Leonard Rod Company, the maker of The World's Best Rod!


Friday, May 18, 2007 

Kennebunkport Vacation Update ~ The Beaches

Are you planning a summer vacation in Kennebunkport? Are you wondering the conditions of the beaches after the Patriot's Day storm?

You should plan to make the beaches a big part of a wonderful Kennebunkport vacation. According to the Kennebunk Post, in describing the status of the rebuilding of the hardest hit beach, Kennebunk Beach (more specifically, Gooch's Beach), "The Beach Avenue sidewalk and wall on Gooch's Beach near completion."

Since the storm, the town of Kennebunk has worked diligently and the promised repairs are already nearly finished. Governor Baldacci's assurance that the town would bounce back from this storm in time for the upcoming tourist season, was right on the money.

So, plan your summer vacation in Kennebunkport and you will have a wonderful time at the beaches.

At The Maine Stay Inn, we provide our guests beach chairs, beach towels and umbrellas. All you need to pack is your bathing suit.

"We have the nicest guests!"

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007 

Kennebunkport's Arundel Barn Playhouse Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary Season

...and it's going to be a great one.

If you're visiting Kennebunkport this summer, set aside an evening and plan to attend this wonderful summer theatre. You will be delighted that you did and, you will likely become one of the many loyal Arundel Playhouse Theatre goers.

The season begins with I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. This hilarious show has been described as Seinfeld set to music. This show begins on June 12 and runs through June 30.

Next on the playbill is Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This always popular "blast from the past" starts on July 3 and runs through July 21.

And then...hold on to your pants because the next offering is The Full Monty. This show is for mature audiences only (Kennebunkport may never be the same). The Full Monty runs from July 24 through August 11.

From there it is back to the PG rating with the season finale featuring Leading Ladies. This comedy is about two actors impersonating soon to be heiresses with their eyes fixed on a million dollar inheritance. There is laughter at every turn. Leading Ladies runs from August 14 through September 1.

The Arundel Playhouse's 10th Aniversary Season is going to be a blockbuster.

Call us at The Maine Stay Inn and, when you make your reservations, let us know you would like to attend a show. We will take care of the details. The theatre is a 5 minute drive from the inn.

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

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007 

Paint The Port Comes Back To Kennebunkport, Maine

The 3rd annual Paint The Port art event is coming to Kennebunkport on Sunday, June 24th.

Artists will come to this quaint seaside village to choose a desirable scene (Kennebunkport is loaded with great scenery) and will spend the day painting. Our community will be littered with very talented artists who will choose their medium. They can select oils watercolors, pastels or perhaps photography.

For a fun and memorable day, plan to tour Kennebunkport throughout the day. Travel by auto, by foot or, better yet, by bicycle from artist to artist and experience their subjects from a new perspective. Look for the "Artist At Work" sign. Examine the works-in-progress and learn a new appreciation for the talents of these wonderful artists.

Gather later that day at the Nonantum Resort for an opportunity to preview the finished works. A reception with hors d'oeuvres begins at 5:00 pm followed by the best part of all...at 6:00 pm the live auction of these works begins. These wonderful works will be auctioned and that presents the opportunity for art lovers to acquire a collectible work (or works) of art at a competitive price.

As pictured above, Artist Peter Hoff puts some final touches on his 2006, Paint The Port offering. Peter retreated to his studio to complete his work as the rain began during last year's event. His subject, The Maine Stay Inn, was a great selection and the finished product was absolutely outstanding. You can also enjoy Peter's work at The Wright Gallery, a wonderful gallery on Cape Porpoise Harbor.

Mark your calendars now. If you are an art lover, Paint The Port is a must see event. Bring your checkbook because you will likely see something that captures your interest.

Proceeds from this great event go to the Kennebunkport Historical Society and the Heartwood College of Art.

If you are looking tickets, a guide to the event and/or a great place to stay for the weekend, call us at The Maine Stay Inn. We'll see you at the auction.

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Monday, May 07, 2007 

Enjoy Your Summer Vacation In Kennebunkport

Summer is around the corner and Kennebunkport is a great place to enjoy this year's vacation.

You and your family will enjoy our beautiful beaches, our quaint village and a diverse selection of wonderful restaurants. Fill your day with a whale-watching excursion, a lobster boat trip, or a scenic schooner cruise.

Explore our nature trails, ocean cliff walks, visit the Trolley Museum or one of the nearby amusement parks. You may choose to rent bicycles or take a horse-drawn carriage ride. But, don't forget why you came to Kennebunkport...the beaches and the lobster.

You can choose your favorite activities and custom tailor a summer vacation just for you and your family. Check the Summer Vacation Packages at The Maine Stay Inn and read what Family Fun Magazine says about The Maine Stay.

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

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007 

Memorial Day in Kennebunkport

Memorial Day in Kennebunkport is a slice of Americana. Its small town parade along with the gathering to honor those that gave their lives for our freedoms make lasting memories.

Often attended by President Bush and his wife Barbara, the events of Memorial Day in Kennebunkport will have you rubbing elbows with some pretty fancy people.

Originally known as Decoration Day, there are no less than two dozen towns that attempt to lay claim to its birthplace. Even though Waterloo, New York was officially proclaimed as the birthplace of Memorial Day by Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, the origins have never been proven.

In 1915, Moina Michael came up with the idea of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died in service to our country. Inspired by this, on Memorial Day 1922 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to nationally sell poppies.

Consider celebrating Memorial Day 2007 in Kennebunkport. At The Maine Stay Inn, we have 3-night packages starting at $537.00, plus tax. Of course our rates include a full New England breakfast each morning (on Memorial Day, our fresh fruit course will include the Maine Stay's traditional red, white and blue fruit).

Don't forget, at The Maine Stay Inn, "we have the nicest guests."

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