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Nantucket Restaurant Week

Fall Restaurant Week

Sunday, September 26th – Sunday, October 2nd

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Nantucket is home to some of the BEST Restaurants in the world. Join us in celebrating Nantucket Restaurant Week. Over 20 Restaurants will be participating. It’s a week long celebration of culinary excellence and tradition that can ONLY be found on Nanutcket! 

Exceptional food, wine and Nantucket hospitality at some of the island’s internationally acclaimed culinary establishments. 

Experience Five Course Dinners from $35 to $45

This is the perfect opportunity to taste something new or to dine with an old favorite.

Click Here For Participating Restaurants

Be sure to Check the Nantucket Restaurant Week websites for updates in the next week leading up to Fall Restaurant Week 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Duck Boots

It’s getting to be that time of year again! How can the weather change and get so cooler in  48 hours?

Checks calendar "oh it's the 1st of September". Takes off boat shoes, steps into Bean boots. @puffinandbennie

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Cute Pups like this Lab Bennie know where to find a rugged boot.

Summit Sunday on Hurricane Mountain in New York. (Photo: @ambpitch) #LLBeanMoment

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Since 1912, L.L. Bean has believed in the adventure of a life lived outdoors, the promise of a fair deal, and the guarantee that everything they make is designed to last.

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Nature Has All The Answers

L.L. Bean was founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean. It is still family-owned, and has been inspiring people to live life outdoors.  Connecting with nature every day, and the belief in making classic, long-lasting, high functioning pieces that help you experience it your way whether that’s a picnic in the park or a 10 day trek. 

Dark clouds and a light heart, hiking in Maine's Grafton Notch. (Photo: @gilly1287) #LLBeanMoment

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in 1911, an avid outdoorsman named Leon Leonwood (L.L.) Bean returned from a hunting trip with cold, damp, feet and a revoulutionary idea. L.L. enlisted a local cobbler to stitch leather uppers to workman’s rubber boots, creating a comfortable, functional boot for exploring the Maine woods. 

This innovative boot – the Maine Hunting Shoe – changed outdoor footwear forever and began one of the most successful family-run businesses in the country. 

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Maine Hunting Shoe

L.L. began his business in the basement of his bother’s apparel shop. In 1912, he obtained a mailing list of nonresident Maine hunting licence holders and prepared a three page flyer that boldly proclaimed

“You Cannot Expect Success Hunting Deer or Moose If Your Feet Are Not Properly Dressed. The Maine Hunting Shoe is Designed By a Hunter Who Has Tramped the Maine woods For The Last 18 Years. We Guarantee Them To Give Perfect Satisfaction In Every Way.” 

The public could not resist the commonsense logic and genuine enthusiasm of this appeal. 

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Although a hundred orders came in for the new product, L.L. did not meet immediate success. The rubber bottoms separated from the leather tops and 90 of the first 100 pairs were returned. Although it nearly put him out of business, L.L. kept his word and refunded the purchase price. He borrowed money, corrected the problem and with undiminished confidence, mailed more brochures. L.L. learned the value of personally testing his products and honest advertising based on firm convictions and keeping the customer satisfied at any cost. 

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Customers spread the word of L.L.Bean’s quality and service. L.L. built on his success, using all company profits for advertising. He was so intent on building his mailing list that Maine writer and Freeport resident John Gould was inspired to say,

“If you drop in just to shake his hand, you get home to find his catalog in your mailbox.”

Leon Gorman noted decades later, “The most important legacy of L.L.’s genius was the power of his personality. It transcended the buying and selling of products. His personal charisma based on down-home honesty, a true love for the outdoors and a genuine enthusiasm for people, inspired all who worked for him and attracted a fanatic loyalty among his customers.”

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Weather Channel Partnership 

Since 2005, The Weather Channel meteorologists have relied on L.L.Bean outerwear to keep them warm and dry in the field. Designed by experts, tested in extreme conditions and proven to deliver superior performance – whether you’re battling the elements in front of the camera or in your own backyard.

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Whatever your adventure, be brave, dress warm and be prepared for the elements.

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Sea Bags Maine

Any Day On The Water Is A Good Day

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Sea Bags are born and as sails and transformed into nautically inspired totes and accessories that bring customers great happiness.

Sea Bags Believes That Sails Soak Up SUN, SALT, SMILES and ADVENTURE! 

You can’t visit Maine or coastal New England without noticing these UNIQUE bags in gift shops that are made from sails.

Hannah Kubiak, Founder and Co-owner created Sea Bags in Portland, Maine in 1999, and was inspired by a nickname her father went by. In 2006, Beth Shissler became a partner and co-owner of the world known custom bag maker made on the Portland waterfront.

Sea Bags makes eco friendly boat bags and products from recycled sails. The cornerstone of the business has been built on three principals.

1. Keeping their products and practices GREEN

2. Keeping their product made in the USA, primarily in Maine

 3. Giving back to the community 

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The sails they acquire are cleaned before they are made into bags and the materials retain the essence of what they once were, where they’ve been and what they’ve done. 

It Is THIS Previous Life That Makes Each BAG Unique!

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Sea Bags Boat Builder Collection in Red

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Fall 2016 Sea Bags

Custom Sea Bags

Custom Sea Bags

Stars, Anchors and Metallic bags are some of the well known signatures of this water-bound brand. They currently have 9 company stores and are available at gift shops all over New England & beyond. You can visit a Sea Bags Company store in Portland & Freeport, Maine, Cape May, NJ, Chatham, Mashpee, Newburyport & Rockport, MA, Greenpoint NY and Mystic, CT. 

One of a Kind Totes, Wine Bags, Vintage Sea Bags and Accessories

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At SEA BAGS “Recycled” + “Sustainable” are NOT afterthoughts. They are the cornerstone of the brand. Products are up-cycled from used sails, echo-friendly inks are used and innovative solutions are developed to reduce scrap. 

Over the last 15 years SEA BAGS has saved over 500 tons of material from going to landfills.

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The Lilly Essentials

The Things You Should Know

Love The Sun + Sand, Long Lunches + Short Dresses and Bright Vibrant PRINTS.

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The Staples 

The Shift Dress

What happens when a lady (rebellious socialite) with a Palm Beach juice stand gets stains on her dresses? Most people would have worn an apron, Lilly decided the only logical way to avoid colorful juice stains on her dress was to hide them with wild prints!

Lilly’s Shift dresses became so popular that Jackie Kennedy Onassis wore them. The Lilly shift was liberating to Palm Beach residents. Sleeveless, collarless, ever so lightly skimming the body. It was a welcome change from the wound too tight dresses and gloves they were accustomed to.

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PINK IS HER FAVORITE COLOR

“These Clothes Make People Happy.”

“You Feel Happy Wearing Bight Colors. It Makes You Smile. Who Doesn’t Want To Smile A Little Bit More these Days” – Lilly Pulitzer

This caftan is the definition of summer love. 😍 #SummerInLilly

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And Smile We Do! 

Resort Wear Is Born

It’s not that they meant to start a shift dress revolution; it’s their lives were too fun NOT to emulate. Everyone wore the Lilly shifts because it was one step closer to Lilly – an embodiment of the resort life and a magnet of pure joy, fun and sun!

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Tag the bestie who’s always by your side. #SummerInLilly

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Are You A Lilly Girl

From shifts to party dresses, beach wear to resort wear. Lilly Pulitzer makes dresses, tops, bottoms, accessories and shoes. 

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Just in case… #Resort365

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Grab some bags, notebooks and a cell phone cover and start planning your dream!

Looking good from every angle, @katiesbliss #Resort365 #Regram

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Inns Along The Coast: Rockland

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Lighthouses, Jazz, Lobster Fests & More!

Inns Along The Coast 

Maine’s coastline  is home to 65 lighthouses. No wonder Maine is referred to as the Lighthouse State. From nearby York and Kennebunkport to a ride up to Bar Harbor, we’ve explored the entire coastline when we partnered with Inns Along the Coast. From Breakwater Lighthouse in Rockland to Marshall Point Lighthouse in nearby Port Clyde. Lighthouse enthusiasts and tourists as well as locals can find enjoyment in visiting the area’s lighthouses.  Rockland is also home to the Maine Lighthouse Museum

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Rockland has much to offer and many national known events throughout the year. The North Atlantic Blues Festival  is held the second weekend in July. It brings world-class musicians to Rockland for two days of soulful music making. It’s considered one of the most prestigious Jazz festival’s on the East Coast and held at the Public Landing overlooking the picturesque harbor.  

Maine Lobster Festival

Maine Lobster Festival  is a 5 day event known around the country and the world! The annual event is usually held the first week in August. This year’s five day event is Wednesday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 7th. This marine festival was created to revive Midcoast Maine communities and has turned into an internationally-recognized celebration of local seafood. You may have even seen it on Food Network and The Travel Channel! People come from nearby as well as from countries throughout Europe and Asia to experience local seafood. 

Maine Lobster Festival. Photo Courtesy Inns Along The Coast

Maine Lobster Festival. Photo Courtesy Inns Along The Coast

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Besides all the delicious seafood, there are carnival rides, parades, beauty contests, live music and vendors of all kinds, the festival has the atmosphere of an old fashioned county fair.

Rockland hosts the Maine Boats, Home & Harbor Show  the weekend after the Lobster Festival a Festival of Lights  and Pies on Parade 

Drying sails in Rockland. #tbt July.

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With All these large scale events,there’s also outdoor life. Boating, windjammer sails, lobster boat tours at Captain Jack’s Lobster Adventure and so much more. Rockland’s history of shipbuilding and lime production goes back to the 1850’s. It was home to twelve lime quarries and 125 lime kilns supplying much of the lime for cement to build cities from Boston to New York. There were close to 300 vessels coming in and out of Rockland to transport the mineral to various parts of the country. 

So with all these things to do, you’ll want to stay nearby.

Inns Along The Coast has three inns close to everything in Rockland.

Granite Inn

The Granite Inn began as a private residence when this Federal Colonial house was built in 1840. It overlooks Rockland Harbor and is close to the arts and dining scene and the islands throughout the Penobscot Bay. Owners and Innkeepers are Edwin and Joan Hantz. This inn is known for it’s hospitality, contemporary comfort and artistically decorated rooms. It’s a stay for romantic couples, families, business travelers and has pet friendly rooms. 

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The Inn is within easy walking distance to many of Mid-coast Maine’s finest museums, restaurants, stores, galleries, and historic schooner berths. There are eight distinctive rooms including two, two-room suites. All have private baths and air conditioning

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Photo Courtesy Granite Inn Rockland

Breakfast is served in a bright, airy dining room. Fresh coffees, teas, fruit and  hot entree’s range from seafood and vegetable quiche to fruit pancakes and crepes with real Maine syrup. The Blueberry Muffins here are perhaps the BEST I’ve ever had!

For More Info Or To Book Your Stay at The Granite Inn Click Here

Lobster Quiche, Blueberry Muffin and fresh fruit

Lobster Quiche, Blueberry Muffin and fresh fruit

Limerock Inn 

The Limerock Inn is a Victorian mansion and an exquisite example of Queen Anne architecture reminiscent of the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era. It has eight guest rooms, two front parlors,  an inviting wrap-around porch, backyard grounds and is in the historic district close to the waterfront. It offers guests a chance to experience elegance in a historic setting with modern amenities.

Located close to shopping, restaurants and the renowned Farnsworth Museum   which has one of the finest regional art collections and major exhibits of  N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth.  

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Photo Courtesy Lime Rock Inn

LimeRock Inn serves a hearty country breakfast, has whirlpool and European soaking tubs, private fireplaces, and king beds that offer luxurious amenities for the perfect romantic getaway.

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Grand Manan Room Photo Courtesy Lime Rock Inn

The Limerock Inn offers many packages for romantic getaways, boating and Foodie experiences. It is one of Rockland’s most elegant bed & breakfasts and is tucked away on a quiet side street encircled by a wraparound porch and landscaped gardens.

Monhegan Room Photo Courtesy Lime Rock Inn

Monhegan Room Photo Courtesy Lime Rock Inn

Frank and PJ, the Innkeepers are well traveled domestically, so the breakfast entrees emphasis is on traditional American Cuisine with infusions of other influences which include family recipes of Frittatas and Italian pastries. You’ll find seasonal fruit, homemade breads, regional fruit jams and, of course, plenty of freshly brewed coffee using a special blend from the locally owned Rock City Roasters. Tea drinkers are offered tea from a generous selection of black and herbal teas.

For More information or To Book The Lime Rock Inn Click Here 

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Breakfast Room at Lime Rock Inn

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Farnsworth Museum. The Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum is one of only two centers in the country dedicated to the three generations of Wyeths:

Berry Manor Inn

The Berry Manor Inn   is considered one of the area’s premiere luxury Maine coast inns. Guests enjoy the elegance and grandeur of the Victorian era and indulge in the luxury and modern conveniences today’s travelers expect. The Inn is renowned for its homemade pies, grand hospitality with a Victorian flair and luxurious comfort. Watch the clip below from the Bobby Flay show on Food Network

Owners and Innkeepers Cheryl Michaelsen and Mike LaPosta have been running this busy historic Inn and making history while they do it. Guests enjoy the elegance and grandeur of the Victorian era; indulge in the luxury and modern conveniences today’s travelers expect; and relax with exceptional warm and gracious hospitality without any pretense. Located in a historic residential area (not on busy Rt. 1) and just a few miles south of Camden; Rockland is the ideal for your travels along the coast of Maine.

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Photo Courtesy Berry Manor Inn

Photo Courtesy Berry Manor

Photo Courtesy Berry Manor

Examples of some breakfast dishes you may see are Poached Pears with Yogurt Sauce, Raspberry Stuffed French Toast, Lemon Poppy-seed Cake, Baked Eggs with Tomatoes & Basil, Red New Potatoes with Dill and Maine Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake. 

The Berry Manor Inn has many packages for romance, celebrations, food & wine and the arts as well as enhancements like flowers, chocolates, champagne and massages.

For More Information or To Book Berry Manor Inn Click Here 

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Photo Courtesy Berry Manor

Dining in Rockland

When in the Rockland area be sure to visit Eclipse for dinner and tell them we sent you! Their right on the harbor and also offer live music in the Speakeasy. Be sure to order the Shrimp toast appetizers for starters! It is a MUST! The Mushroom Ravioli was a treat too!

Another place to go for a few glasses of wine and dinner is In Good Company. We stopped in and were impressed with their wine list. They have quite a good reputation in the area for small plates and dinner entree’s as well.

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Plus, no visit to the area would be complete without a visit to McLoons Lobster.  They are open for the season for what is known as some of the best lobster rolls. This family owned Maine lobster shack is located on Spruce Head Island, across from the area’s oldest working lobster wharf. Enjoy picturesque views of the harbor and surrounding islands and watch local lobster-men unload their day’s catch. You can experience stunning shack sunsets. The view can only be rivaled by straight-from-the-water steamed lobster dinners, award winning lobster rolls, local oysters, delicious homemade soups and chowders.

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Inns Along The Coast: BAR HARBOR

Cruise ships, hikers, tourists…everyone wants to visit Bar Harbor

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This Summer Acadia National Park Celebrates it’s 100th Anniversary

 Bar Harbor is home to the largest parts of Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain. Cadillac Mountain is the highest point within twenty-five miles of the coastline of the Eastern United States. Acadia National Park is the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi River.  Early industries of Bar Harbor included fishing, lumbering and shipbuilding. 

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Landscape architect Charles Eliot is credited with the idea of the park. George B. Dorr, called the “father of Acadia National Park”, along with Elliot’s father Charles Eliot (the president of Harvard) supported the idea with donations of land and through advocacy at the state and federal levels.  Today, there are over 50 miles of gravel carriage trails, 17 granite bridges, two gate lodges and almost all are still in use today. 

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Cadillac Mountain is one of the first places in the United States to see the sunrise. Miles of carriage roads were originally built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The mountains of Acadia National Park offer hikers and bicycle riders views of the ocean, island lakes and pine forests. 

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View & Photo Courtesy Saltair Inn Waterfront Bed & Breakfast

In the 1840’s, the rugged maritime scenery attracted the Hudson River School and Luminism artists Thomas Cole, Frederick Edwin Church, William Hart and Fitz Henry Lane. Inspired by their paintings, journalists, sportsmen and “rusticators” followed.

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 Park Loop Road is a 27 mile scenic drive and the crown jewel of ANP and the primary avenue for navigating through the eastern portion of the park by vehicle. There are 125 miles of hiking trails to explore.

In town, the rich and famous tried to outdo each other with entertaining and their estates, often hiring landscape gardener and landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, a resident at local Reef Point Estate to design their gardens. A glimpse of their lifestyles can be seen by walking the Shore Path in town. 

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B 

Saltair Inn Waterfront Bed & Breakfast   is a romantic, in-town, four-season waterfront B&B on the shores of Frenchman Bay.  This waterfront Bed & Breakfast has 5 suites, 3 rooms and back deck and lawn to enjoy breakfast and a fabulous view. Innkeepers Kristi and Matt Losquadro  are the current owners.

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“Saltair” was built in 1887 as a guest house for William and Elizabeth Rice of Massachusetts and New York. Mr Rice was an investor and businessman. Mrs. Rice was one of the founding benefactors of what is now MDI Hospital. Saltair was one of six summer cottages the Rice’s built in the West Street Historical District, which includes 17 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

IMG_1628 An expansive back lawn slopes gently from the rear of the inn to the water’s edge. Low tide reveals a sand bar connecting the Saltair Inn to Bar Island, from which Bar Harbor adopted its name in 1918. Saltair was designed by Boston architect Arthur Rotch, who designed over 15 other buildings in Bar Harbor, including St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church located on Mt. Desert Street.  St. Saviour’s is graced by a collection of 42 stained glass windows, 10 of which are original works of art by Louis Comfort Tiffany himself.

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 Mr. Rice sold the home in 1896 to Anthony Bleecker Banks of Albany, NY.  Mr. Banks was the President of Banks & Company, the publisher of the oldest law books published in the United States.  He also served as mayor of Albany, NY in 1876.  Mrs. Banks was Phoebe Wells.

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Breakfast on the deck of the great lawn. Photo Courtesy Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B

 In 1926, the house was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Langhorne of Virginia and Washington D.C.  Mr. Langhorne was a politician and Mrs. Langhorne was Mabel Johnson.  Mr. Langhorne was a cousin of Lady Astor, society hostess and social critic who was the first woman seated on the British House of Commons in 1919.

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The Chart Room. Photo Courtesy Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B

Sedgwick Room. Courtesy of Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B

Sedgwick Room. Courtesy of Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B

 Breakfast is served from 8:00 to 9:30 and includes fresh fruit, freshly baked muffins and pastries, juice, tea and coffee, and one of Matt and Kristi’s favorite hot dishes such as wild Maine blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict or a breakfast strata. Hot and cold cereals and yogurt are available upon request.  They are happy to accommodate your specific dietary needs. Depending on current weather conditions, breakfast may be served on the rear deck overlooking Frenchman Bay, or in the formal dining room accompanied by a cheery fire.

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Bar Harbor is also a romantic wedding destination and the Saltair Inn makes memorable accommodations for the bride and groom and  members of the wedding party. 

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 For the tourist, Bar Harbor offers  several restaurants in town including Geddy’s, Paddy’s Irish Pub, and Stewman’s Lobster Pound to name a few. There’s also shopping in town from several boutiques and novelty shops.

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Crabcakes at Stewman’s Lobster Pound

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Acadia National Park this year and plan a trip to Bar Harbor Click Here

For More information or To Book The Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B Click Here 

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Feature Photos by Melissa Tyler

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Inns Along The Coast: Kennebunkport

Victorian, Romantic Getaways

Inns Along The Coast 

I got the inside look at two busy Inns while in Kennebunkport. Captain Jefferds Inn and the 1802 House. 

Captain Jefferds Inn

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Captain Jefferds Inn is a former sea captains home. Sarah and Erik Lindbolm are the owners and innkeepers of the Inn which has 13 rooms, 2 suites and a carriage house.  Each individually decorated room has a private bath and many have a gas fireplace or wood stove to add to the romantic ambiance.  

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Arundel Suite – Photo Courtesy Captain Jefferds Inn

The story of the Lindbolm’s, current innkeeper’s goes back twenty five years prior to buying the Kennebunkport B&B. Erik and Sarah took their first “innkeepers” course and proceeded to look on and off for the “perfect inn” on the coast of Maine. The moment they stepped through the front door, they knew they had found it.  They sold their home in Redding, Connecticut and purchased the quintessential Kennebunkport lodging and began a wonderful journey in this special place along the Maine coast. 

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The Inn features a garden with a lot of nooks to sit, relax and soak up coastal life. Bottles of wine are available on the premises to enjoy after a day at the beach or shopping. 

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Bikes are available for guests and a great way to ride around town, visit nearby beaches or a ride out to Walker’s Point.

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Parsons Way overlooking Tompkin’s Island and the Bush compond.

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A three-course breakfast is served in the dining room each morning where you will have the opportunity to meet other guests and exchange your stories and experiences. If you would prefer a more intimate setting, tables for two or four are available.  

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A large sun-room looks out to an outdoor patio and garden with plenty of room to stroll the grounds. There’s nooks to enjoy time with family, friends and that special someone and a bottle of wine.

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A few blocks away are shopping, galleries and restaurants. The evening we were a guest at Captain Jefferds Inn, we dined at Bandaloop Restaurant and had the most unique sauteed NY Strip steak we’ve ever had. Our hostess recommended an Allagash White Beer with a slice of orange in it and it has become our new favorite! Allagash is brewed in nearby Portland. Bandaloop Restaurant is a locally sourced, globally influenced organic eatery. Many vegetarian and vegan options are available and an array of appetizers and entrees and sauces to choose from. Everything is created in-house from organic bread and sauces to desserts. 

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Bandeloop in Kennebunkport. Grilled NY Strip (12oz) Port wine roasted shallot reduction, oven roasted cauliflower, crispy Yukon gold potatoes

The New Hampshire is a large two room suite on the second floor of the carriage house with an outside entrance through a screened porch. It’s decorated in earth tones, reflecting New Hampshire’s heritage. 

New Hampshire Suite Photo Courtesy Captain Jafferds Inn is a pet friendly room.

New Hampshire Suite Photo Courtesy Captain Jafferd’s Inn is a pet friendly room.

Some rooms are pet friendly at Captain Jeffreds Inn. These rooms have their own private entrance and the Inn supplies extra towels, a bowl and treats for your four-legged companion. Pet sitters are available with advance notice should you wish to have an afternoon or evening to yourself. 

CAmden Room

Camden Room Photo Courtesy Captain Jeffferds Inn

Garden Room

Garden Room Photo Courtesy Captain Jefferd’s Inn

For  Information & To Book Captain Jefferds Inn Click Here

Feature Story Photos By Melissa Tyler

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1802 House 

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The 1802 House Bed and Breakfast is a historic Colonial a few blocks away from Dock Square.  Peaceful landscaped gardens and towering pines offer a quiet setting.  Innkeeper Teri Walker brings a wealth of knowledge about the area and provides a truly personalized experience for guests. 

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The Bed and Breakfast offers elegant accommodations at affordable prices with six beautiful unique and comfortable guest rooms and suites.

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This Inn Along the Coast offers true comfort and modern amenities such as flat-screen TV’s, audio docking stations, complimentary Wi-Fi, premium bedding, plush robes, deluxe toiletries and more.

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A freshly prepared three course gourmet breakfast is made with local and organic ingredients. 

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Asparagus Chevre Scrambled Eggs. Photo Courtesy 1902 House Bed & Breakfast.

This Inn offers unique touches for a romantic getaway.  Perfect for celebrating an anniversary, birthday, wedding, retirement or just a get away! Golf & spa packages are available. You can also add a fresh seasonal bouquet of flowers, roses and chocolates by calling in advance. 

Weddings & Romance 1802 B&B

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The Inn is close to shops and restaurants in town. There are over 35 restaurants in the area. If sailing, kayaking or lobster tours are your thing, there’s an assortment of something for everyone. 

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 For More Information and  to Book the 1802 House Click Here

Feature Story Photos by Melissa Tyler

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The Inn at English Meadows: Kennebunk

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Inns Along The Coast 

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We kicked off our  Inns Along the Coast tour in Kennebunkport, known as an ultimate waterfront destination in Maine.  We were excited to visit this coastal water front town having never been there before. From Dock Square to the Kennebunk River to it’s five beaches, shops, galleries and restaurants this town offers many things to see and do. 

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Historically, known as a  shipbuilding and fishing village for well over a century the town  is also a popular summer colony and seaside tourist destination. In Maine, the Kennebunks are bordered by some of the most beautiful and accessible beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard. 

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The Inn at English Meadow in Kennebunk is a newly renovated mid 1800’s Greek Revival Home and is a perfect Maine Getaway. Innkeeper’s David and Kate Parisi offer luxurious lodging which is just an 8-minute walk to Dock Square shopping and restaurants, and two miles away from Kennebunkport Beach. 

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From the second you pull in the driveway and walk the Inns entrance, you know you are in for a welcoming warm stay. David and Kate call it a “SOHO meets the Kennebunks” vision.  The B&B offers a unique combination of modern furniture and fixtures paired with impeccable maintained original moldings and wide plank floors. 

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 Two dramatically decorated common rooms filled with art from the owner’s personal collection will delight your senses. The Inn features five rooms, five suites and a bungalow. Each room is decorated with a palette that is relaxing and comfortable and cozy. This is a historic farm house that was renovated into a wonderful modern style Inn.

The former Greek Revival home was first built by local farmer Asa English circa 1860. The Englishes began a dairy business after the Civil War, keeping the cattle in the attached barn and renting rooms in the main house. Later, the barn became a carriage house, which was divided into seven rooms. The hayloft inside the old barn was converted into a large suite which is now called the Carriage House Suite. In addition, a small private cottage was added in the rear meadow, which is now referred to as the Bungalow.

Sunrise Room - Photo Courtesy The Inn at English Meadow, Kennebunk

Sunrise Room – Photo Courtesy The Inn at English Meadow, Kennebunk

We loved touring the Inn as well as our stay in the Sunrise Room. Elegant amenities at this MUST VISIT Inn include Frette fine linens, bath robes, slippers and towels, toiletries by Malin + Getz and beds by Vera Wang. We had such a delightful nights rest staying at this Inn. Other special touches are WiFi Internet, docking stations, flat-screen TV’s, Nespresso machines and  fireplaces. 

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Another highlight of your stay is innkeeper Kate’s three-course gourmet breakfast and homemade baked goods that are served each morning and afternoon. Everything from the breakfast yogurt parfait to the fresh baked breads had delicious bites of honey and cinnamon that just exploded in your mouth. The quiche was equally as  hearty and delicious.  The apple cranberry juice served from a local Kennebunkport company was very refreshing. 

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A delightful patio and landscaped English garden are a great place to have breakfast or enjoy a bottle of wine and your favorite cocktails. This can be an almost inclusive stay if you like with a trip to the beach and Dock Square for dinner. 

Lobster Ravioli with scallops and shrimp at David's KPT in Kennebunkport

Lobster Ravioli with scallops and shrimp at David’s KPT in Kennebunkport

Speaking of dinner, I enjoyed the MOST delicious Lobster Ravioli with scallops and shrimp at David’s KPT.  Acclaimed Portland chef, David Turin opened David’s KPT Spring 2013. The restaurant offers creative contemporary cuisine and has outdoor dining and a deck with one of the BEST waterfront views in town. There are two vibrant bars and Kennebunkports only Raw Bar.

I will be craving this meal again…and envision another trip to Kennebunkport just to enjoy this dish and stay at The Inn at English Meadow again!

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All of this is just a short walk or drive to the beach. You can also enjoy a short drive up to Cape Porpoise or the ocean views of the Bush compound at Walker’s Island.  Shops in town like Dock Square Emporium offer unique items that we haven’t seen elsewhere.

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Chatham Chino Company

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 Those Chino’s…What’s The Story

Chino’s…There Everywhere! A Classic! But, did you know these  popular pants have a unique story tied to New England, on Cape Cod? 

In 1925, Abraham Penn, founder of the clothing store Puritan Cape Cod opened his first Cape Cod location in Chatham and sold chino pants to the Chatham U.S. Coast Guard station. 

February 18th, 1952 – Upon the sinking of the SS Pendleton, Puritan’s Cape cod manager Ben Shufro met the survivors at the Chatham Coast Guard station to outfit them with dry clothing.

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Chatham Chino Company salutes the film The Finest Hours recognizing the story of the SS Pendelton and its survivors in Chatham. The rescue of the SS Pendelton is often called the greatest small boat rescue in the U.S. Coast Guard history.

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2012 – Inspired by these roots and the Coast Guard’s rugged, seaworthy pants, Chatham Chino Company was born.

Puritan Cape Cod owners Rick and Jim’s family history on Cape Cod naturally led them to create the label. Feeling fortunate to be a part of Cape Cod for 93 years, they felt it was the right time to develop the authentic Cape Cod lifestyle brand. 

 

Chatham Chino Company

A Cape Cod Exclusive Lifestyle Brand

Chatham Chino’s feature hardworking, high-quality cotton with a comfortable fit and a salt-washed weathered look that emphasizes the clothing’s rugged, Cape Cod heritage.  

The pants are perfect for men who appreciate good looking, high quality casual clothing with a style that captures the spirit of Cape Cod. 

chatham_chino Local authentic details include the signature dual hurricane flag logo. The same flag that the Coast Guard raises in storm conditions. Today, shirts, belts, hats and other items include the brand signature.

Sewn with 100 percent rugged weathered cotton twill, these pants are as well-suited for weathering the salt spray on a sloop in Vineyard Sound as they are for an afternoon with the family. 

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Each pair of chinos includes the Puritan story, which is embossed on the inside pocket of the flat-front pants. The Coast Guard’s famous bright red and blue hurricane double flags logo can be found on hats,  shirts, sport belts and of course the popular chino’s. 

Committed to the quality of their brand the Penns returned the first shipment of 1,000 pairs of Chatham Chinos in 2012, losing an entire summer of profits. “The chinos arrived for our June launching—we were all excited and the labels were right, and everything looked just great,” says Jim. “But we tried the pants on and they were the wrong fit, the wrong silhouette—so we sent the entire order back and waited to launch the line in September.”

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With the exception of their website, Chatham Chino Company is kept close to home where they first began, exclusively available at Puritan Cape Cod’s four locations.

The Chatham Chino Story is a real New England Story. Shoppers get to own a true piece of Cape Cod history.

 It all goes back to something Abraham used to say; if you live in a community, you should give back to the community.

This is our way to celebrate the core values our grandfather instilled in us.”

 

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The Vineyard Vines Story

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Shep and Ian Murray, Photo Courtesy Vineyard Vines

Every Day Should Feel This Good 

It has for Shep and Ian Murray since the Summer of 1998. 18 years ago, these two brothers traded their business suits for bathing suits and stopped wearing ties and started selling them. 

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Living The American Dream

It started with humble beginnings in the late 1990’s. Two brothers who worked in New York City after graduating from college. Shep worked on Wall Street and Ian worked in public relations. Ironically, they both quit their jobs within 10 minutes of each other, ordered some drinks and clinked their glasses to the future, and that’s how Vineyard Vines was born! 

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TIES…WHALLEY

Shep and Ian were accustomed to traveling the world as kids. Their father was a travel writer for the Robb Report, Connecticut Magazine and other publications. They accompanied him on business trips and stayed at resorts and got an up-close chance to see how hospitality operations ran. The family lived in Connecticut and summered on Martha’s Vineyard and the brothers were huge fans of the water, fishing and having fun.

Flash forward to the Summer of 1988. There was no real reason why it was Ties. Aside from T-shirts, there was nothing to tell anyone that you had been to the Vineyard. That’s where the idea came from.

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Why Not Make Ties That Represent The Things That We LOVE To Do On The Vineyard

They took advantage of the casual Friday trend that was blooming and a need for a young, energetic preppy look and said  “Why not make ties that represent the things that we love to do on the Vineyard?” They went on to make cool ties that other people would wear. Icons of the good life of sailing, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, martini’s and cigars.

Let’s Make Cool Ties For Other Guys To Wear

 They made and delivered the first 800 ties  July 3rd, 1998 to Carol Fligor of Fligor’s in Edgartown. She took the ties on consignment and they sold out in a week. They quickly reordered and the rest is history!

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Today, Vineyard Vines includes a full range of shirts, jackets, caps, skirts, pants, belts, flip-flops and totes for men, women and children that are sold across the country. The vacation-themed gear  is available at over 30 Vineyard Vine stores nationwide, as well as online and at 600+ specialty boutique and department stores including Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Sak’s Fifth Avenue.

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It all started on Martha’s Vineyard. Shep and Ian’s parents were the ones who really taught them about the Vineyard. The island is a place they love more than any other in the world. The goal of Vineyard Vines is to embody the relaxed life that so many enjoy during Vineyard summers. The initial concept was to take your relaxed state of mind with you whenever a tie is necessary. They wanted to help people dress for the way they want to live and were inspired by other grassroots companies like Nantucket Nectars, which took a simple product and made it special. 

Men’s Wear, Ladies Wear, Kids Wear

Vineyard Vines carries a full line of women’s dresses, skirts, shirts, pants, shorts, sweaters and outerwear. 

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Photo Courtesy Vineyard Vines

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 Baseball + Football + Hockey & More

Vineyard Vines has several licensing partnerships with Major League Baseball, the NFL and the NHL to produce custom ties and totes for all teams. It has agreements with the New York Giants, and the company has produced custom ties for 150 schools  for major championship events and colleges and has a licence agreement with the Kentucky Derby. Vineyard Vines is the “Official Style” of the annual event. In addition they have a Golf Collection and custom products for major championship events.

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