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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

North Atlantic Blues Festival

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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Photo Courtesy of Granite Inn – Rockland

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.

Grand Manan Room Photo Courtesy Lime Rock Inn

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 Inn Waterfront B&B exterior

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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.

Chart Room at Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B

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

Except Where Noted Courtesy Captain Jefferds Inn

 

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. 

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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

Except where noted Courtesy 1802 House

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The Inn at English Meadows: Kennebunk

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Photo Courtesy The English Meadow Inn – Kennebunk

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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For Arranging a spectacular visit.

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Feature Photos By Melissa Tyler

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What’s Your Adventure

Mt Washington Valley

New Hampshire

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Spring time, April through June is a great time to visit Mt. Washington Valley in New Hampshire!  The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce  has created a fun way to remind you to explore the valley in New Hampshire.  It’s called “What’s Your Adventure”.  What’s Your Adventure  focuses on five themed adventures that include Outdoor Sports, Arts & Culture, Foodie Adventures, Shopping and Golf. 

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Outdoor Sports 

Mt Washington Valley is home to a mecca of  year-round athletic sports. Biking, hiking, kayaking, cycling, running and more are great to pursue in  Spring from the most challenging to a mild adventure for you and your family. Outdoor adventure programs are available that include stays at lovely Bed & Breakfasts. Participate in a triatholon, marathon or try your hand at fly-fishing. If you enjoy wildlife and bird watching, Mt Washington has  accommodations and packages to offer you. It’s also a great place for hiking and guided hiking tours.

Click Here for More information on Outdoor Sports in Mt Washington Valley 

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Arts, Culture + Heritage

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 Murder Mystery Dinner Train, A Night at the Opera & lots of live Music!  You’ll find a rich and vibrant arts community. Year-round theater, music and dance venues for professional entertainment, hands on farming and gardening experiences, art galleries, historical and cultural programming and more! You’ve come to the right place for art theater music and culture.

Click Here for Art + Cultural Experiences including live Music 

 

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Foody Adventures

There is no shortage of foody events and fine dining. From chocolate to cheese, beer and more! Take a New England Foody Escape or explore local breweries like Tuckerman Brewery  while staying at a local inn.  There’s farmers markets and if you’ve been looking to brush up your cooking skills in a fun way try cooking classes that are offered.  Plus,  there’s everything from bakeries to pubs and plenty of restaurants for casual and fine dining.

Click Here To Discover Your Foody Adventure

 

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Shopping, Shopping + Shopping

 

Craft Shops, Made In New Hampshire, Clothing, Novelty items, it’s all here! From unique shops in North Conway to Settlers Green and so much more!

To Find out about destination Shopping that you can only find here Click Here 

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Golf Adventures

It’s no secret Mt. Washington Valley boasts some of the most prestigious golf courses in New England. From challenging play to spectacular scenery. A GOLF ADVENTURE in the White Mountains is just what the doctor ordered!

To Find out about Golf Adventures in Mt Washington Valley Click Here 

Photos  + Video Provided by  Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce 

Photos By Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative Photography

 

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5 Places To Stay DAFFY Weekend on Nantucket

 Daffodil Festival on Nantucket

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The Last Weekend in April   The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce holds their Annual Daffodil Festival. It’s a weekend of events that celebrate the Springtime awakening on the Island.  Three decades later this years festivities include  several parades on Saturday, April 30th, including the Antique Car Parade of more than 100 Vintage vehicles adorned in Daffy style and a tailgating picnic in ‘Sconset.

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Saturday, is also the day of the 42nd Annual Nantucket Community Daffodil Show sponsored by the Nantucket Garden Club.  There are many other events and we will have more updates to come.  In the meantime, be sure to make your accommodations and travel plans to Nantucket by Cape Air, Hyline Cruises + The Steamship Authority. There are  more than 25 places for accommodations that will be open for Daffodil Weekend according to Nantucket Visitor Services. Here’s our Pick’s for 5 Places to Stay.

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5 Places To Stay DAFFY Weekend On Nantucket 

Friday April 29th – Sunday May 1st

1. The Regatta Inn

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The Regatta Inn offers a fresh take on the Bed & Breakfast experience. Comfort , sophisticated design and a mix of high-end luxury with a touch of whimsy.  

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The Federal style building has a reconstructed interior and  features 8 guest rooms with an enlarged spa-like bath. Everything is bright, light and airy! Only a short 5 minute walk from the Steamship Authority Nantucket Terminal. 

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This is the place to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit and indulge in endless pampering. Tantalize Your taste-buds and enjoy island dreaming. The Regatta offers a delectable continental breakfast. Selections vary from day to day and will include: house-made granola, A selection of sweet savory breakfast treats, yogurt, fresh seasonal fruits, juice, Nantucket Roasted Coffee and assorted teas.  

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Garden Patio with cafe’ tables and chairs.

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Tea Time is served in the afternoon with delicious deserts like this hazelnut cheesecake brownie bar with chocolate ganache frosting and fresh raspberry.

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Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts have a wonderful nutty flavor.  More cake-like than a fried doughnut topped with a brown butter glaze and toasted pistachios.

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Make the most of your visit and indulge in the luxurious coastal elegance of the Regatta Inn!  For Reservations Click Here! 

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2. The Roberts Collection

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©2013 Ben Gebo Photography

The Roberts Collection is a long standing notable Inn of four buildings right in the center of the downtown Historic District.  The oldest of these four buildings date back to 1846.  A highlight is the one of a kind courtyard and covered porch that makes you forget you are right in the middle of all Nantucket has to offer. 

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©2013 Ben Gebo Photography

This quality boutique hotel offers diverse rooms and suites. It’s the perfect choice for couples, families and groups of any size. 

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The Gate House is the Crown Jewl  of the Roberts Collection. Meticulously respectful of Nantucket’s architectural history, yet created with every possible amenity that one would expect from new construction. 

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Originally built  circa 1846 is designed in a style typical of the whaling era in traditional interior design.  It was one of the first family houses on Nantucket to be converted to an inn and operated for 100 years. 

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The Manor House is a charming and delightful place to visit that offers 15 unique guest rooms with original wood flooring and high ceilings. Several of the rooms have working fireplaces. The lower level features an art gallery called Nantucket Artworks. 

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The covered porch at the Manor House overlooks the one of a kind courtyard that features numerous perennial plantings and is a great spot to gather both day and night. 

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The Meeting House is quaint and comfortable

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Built in the late 1800’s it is now known as the Meeting House and home to a unique collection of restaurants and shops on the ground level and  guestrooms above. 

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The Robert’s Collection offers a variety of accommodations for every need you may have.  For Reservations Click Here 

3. Union Street Inn 

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Union Street Inn is an Intimate Boutique Nantucket Inn beautifully renovated to showcase period details against tailored, elegant interiors which Conde Nast Traveler describes as “Impeccable New England-By-way-of-France.” 

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Each of the 12 Nantucket accommodations feature designer furniture and fabrics, private bathrooms, luxurious bedding with Frette linens and Matouk duvets. Fireplaces are available in some rooms.  Boston Magazine calls this the “BEST Nantucket Boutique Hotel” 

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This Inn is known for their Gourmet Breakfast.  They are the only Nantucket Bed & Breakfast that serves a full cooked-to-order breakfast. Co-owner Deborah Withrow features signature dishes and deserts. A home-cooked entree  is available every morning. You’ll find  gourmet eggs benedict with a light lemon hollandaise sauce, fresh chives and dill, fresh fruit plate and artisan breads. Guests can also help themselves to granola, cereals, yogurt, orange juice, coffee and teas. In the afternoons, you can enjoy home-baked treats such as white chocolate chip cookies with macadamia nuts and carrot cake. 

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To Book Your Accommodations and Full Breakfast at this Favorite Nantucket Bed & Breakfast Click Here

4. Brass Lantern Nantucket

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The Brass Lantern Inn Nantucket  operates out of an 1832 home in Nantucket’s old Historic District and a 5 minute walk from the Ferry Terminal.

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This is the place to experience cozy Nantucket hospitality in 15 renovated guest rooms with en-suite baths and 2 renovated suites. Rooms are decorated with a fresh, up-to-date setting and a soothing decor in a style that is uniquely “Nantucket”. 

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A continental breakfast tempts you with homemade granola and yogurt, fresh baked pastries, fresh fruit platter and all the trimmings.   You can also enjoy cookies and tea in the gardens. This downtown location is kid and pet friendly! 

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To Book Your Accommodations at The Brass Lantern Inn Click Here 

5 . White Elephant Hotel

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The White Elephant Hotel is a luxury waterfront  hotel with suites and cottages and beautiful views of the harbor.

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Originally built in the 1920’s this serene waterfront hotel is a 6 minute walk to Brant Point Lighthouse. The accommodations feature modern, cozy rooms with fireplaces and charming cottages.  Amenities include a fitness center, business center, spa, library room, lawn with views of the harbor, and The Brant Point Grill.

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Known as one of the finest luxury hotels on Nantucket. This resort offers chic light filled rooms and suites, garden cottages and in-town lofts with balconies. Magnificent harbor views are available.

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Relax and rejuvenate at the Spa with massages, facials + body treatments 

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The Brant Point Grill  is the restaurant on property that offers harbor views and specializes in steaks and seafood. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is served at Brant Point Grill. This is a  great place to have cocktails with views of the harbor. 

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To Book Your Accommodations at The White Elephant Hotel Click Here

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Straight Warf - Nantucket

I LOVE Movie Set Places

I LOVE movie set places and in New England there are many!

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What I really love are waterfront and coastal towns that have a vibe to them. Yes, sometimes they are very busy, especially in-season.  I like to visit them off-season, early in the morning or at sunset….You know the magical times! Which is not to say the magic isn’t there when things are bustling. Here’s a look at three of my favorite places that evoke that magical feeling.

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I’ve been going to Perkins Cove for over 25 years. Guess what, every time I go it’s just as magical as the first time I was there! I love the small paths with shops and restaurants. I still remember going into the Pottery Shop at Perkins Cove for the first time and being in awe of their hand crafted goods. I love finding true New England finds in all the shops here. Restaurants like Barnacle Billy’s and MC Perkins are casual and relaxing and serve good food.

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I’ve taken Finest Scenic Cruises to Nubble lighthouse and I’ve walked the Marginal Way in all seasons.   Beyond the shops, restaurants and bustle, it’s the moments you experience! The moments when the sun is rising and there is barely anyone there as you take photos. Or the windy winter days where snow is hitting you sideways. Or it’s the smell of salt water while you are enjoying an ice cream or coffee. That ‘s the movie set life of scenic places I love. I can’t wait to breathe it all in again on my next visit to Perkins Cove. Perkins Cove Boats 1 - Copy

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Sunapee Harbor is a movie set! Well at least it looks like one! This has been a popular destination for summer vacations since the days of the steamship, when people use to come from Boston and New York City. The Grand Hotels are long gone but beautiful custom homes dot Lake Sunapee.

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MV Kearsage 1 Restaurant Boat & MV MT Sunapee II Narrative Boat         Tours available on Sunapee Cruises

It’s a great place to visit in Summer when the few shops in the harbor are open. Lunch or dinner at the Anchorage is a must as is ice cream from the Quick Shack. A highlight here is Sunapee Cruises narrative scenic and dinner cruises.  The views on their sunset cruises are great and the air is so clean. Being in the center of Lake Sunapee is one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been. 

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View from Cru Nantucket. Every seat in the house has a great view!

I have a funny story about Nantucket. I was there twice over 30 years ago…pretty much just around Straight Wharf and town for the day. So that was my early Nantucket experience, no beach and the shops are not what they are today! Then for many years, when I would hear or read about Nantucket in tourism pieces I read there was barely any electricity on the island and you needed a bike to get around the island.

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Isobel & Cleo! One of my favorite shops! Luxury handmade American made        knitware, Nantucket artisanal goods, made in USA

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Vineyard Vines an American clothing and accessory retailer founded in 1998 by brothers Shep and Ian Murray. The brand markets high end ties, hats, belts, shirts, shorts, bags for men, women, and children.

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One Orange a collaborative men’s lifestyle store

Two years ago I lived on Cape Cod for a year. I went to Nantucket several times because it is one of the most coolest places I have ever been! I have met a circle of people  who are the most creative individuals I have ever met! Enter Serendipity Again! I have learned more from these people and about about myself in the last two years than I could have ever imagined!

My admiration for these designers, shop owners, entrepreneurs and creative people that promote the island runs deep.  Honestly, almost daily, when I am not there…I am thinking about it…wishing I was there. In my opinion, there are more creative trend-setting things happening on Nantucket than in New York City!

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 There is a coastal vibe from people who live and work here year round who literally travel all over the world for their work.  Nantucket is pure eye candy! From the shops on the wharf which catch the most amazing light. Each shop is creative in its own way and the staff are always so hospitable,  smiling, helpful and so upbeat!

From Sankaty Lighthouse to Brant Point the ACK feeling is amazing! Sconset can only be described as breathtaking + delicious. View some of the best sunrises and walks on the beach and sunsets at Galley Beach are speechless.

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The food and presentation at ACK restaurants like Cru, Straight Wharf and Town Restaurant are among the world’s best! Plus, there are many other restaurants that are open during the season that are equally as good. If the best in shopping and dining weren’t enough…Nantucket has some of the world’s best beaches.  You can see the sunrise and sunset like nowhere else! Everywhere you turn, there is magic on this island! 

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Brant Point Lighthouse

There is peace! There is  a quiet that I have only experienced while living on Cape Cod. Clearly, there is a creative vibe among the people who live, work and play here that is second to none! No wonder people call Nantucket their “Happy Place”! It will be good to be bACK!

All Photos by Melissa Tyler

 

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Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring Chocolate Festival

Ski + Snowshoe + Chocolates and More! It Must be North Conway!

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Every February people come to ski, snowshoe, walk, or ride from Inn to Inn and receive free chocolate treats at each inn. Stay at least 2 nights at 1785 Inn that weekend and receive 2 comp tickets to Mount Washington.

1785 Inn & Restaurant is a quaint country inn nestled in the White Mountains of NH and well-known for its spectacular mountain views, fine dining, cozy pub, friendly service, comfortable lodging rooms, and reasonable rates.

Call 603-356-9025 to reserve. Event Fee $35 per person.

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Vermont Sleigh Rides

A Romantic Adventure…Not Just For Romance Vermont Sleigh Rides

Winter’s Classic Romantic Adventure Is Not Just For Romance!

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Whether it’s a romantic ride with that one special someone or the whole family and friends Vermont Sleigh Rides is the place to go!

Vermont Sleigh Rides at Stowehof Inn features beautiful Belgian and Percheron horses and three different sleighs to chose from – the romantic couples sleigh, the family sleigh and the group sleigh that seats up 12 of your friends and family members.

The sleigh trails on the grounds of the Stowehof Inn are the best in the area, featuring fields, wooded areas, and magnificent views of Mount Mansfield. Enjoy the warm fire in the Inn before and/or after your ride, visit the Coslin’s Pub, downstairs for a cocktail, or take advantage of the dinner at Emily’s Fine Dining. Dinner and sleigh ride packages are available.

Sleighs feature lanterns for night rides and warm blankets for your snuggling comfort.

These private rides will cross fields with awe-inspiring views, delve into a pine forest, and cross a lighted-bridge behind the elegant Stowehof Inn.

Nothing says “Vermont” better than a sleigh ride at Stowehof.

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Winter Horseback Trail Riding, Sleigh Rides & Skiing…This is PARADISE

Vermont is the GO-TO Winter Wonderland Experience! 
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With numerous ski resorts, unique country roads and magnificent views! Here are a couple of options to think about.

   The Highlands at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort

The Mountain Top Inn and Resort is just 11  miles from Killington and Rutland. It is Vermont’s classic four star resort located in central Vermont.  Set on 350 acres of majestic views including a sweeping view of Green Mountain National Forest.

Known for destination weddings, the resorts rustic elegant barn, lake and the above mentioned Green Mountains as a backdrop. Vacation Rentals include trail-side cottages with all amenities. Take YOGA  classes in the barn, Sip delicious wines and dine in their restaurant.

Mountain Top Nordic Ski and Snowshoe center is one of the first community cross country ski touring centers in the east! Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides are available Wednesday – Sunday between 9am – 5pm. Private rides are also available. 

Stowe Mountain Lodge

  Stowe Mountain Lodge is Vermont’s destination resort!

Winter Horseback Riding, Sleigh Rides and skiing…This is Winter Paradise! Enjoy Winter Horseback riding trails with breathtaking views of Mount Mansfield while crossing Black Creek to water your horse! This 1 hour winter horseback riding trail is a great relaxing outdoor activity! STOWE MOUNTAIN LODGE is home to the finest Dining and voted “BEST OF NEW ENGLAND” – BOSTON MAGAZINE.

Winter Sleigh Rides are available on 2 horse open sleighs with blankets and other infamous farm animals to greet you! Enter the hardwood forest where you can hear only silence! Stowe also offers Nordic Skiing that features an inter-mountain transfer gondola connecting Mt. Mansfield with Spruce Peak. New trails, new beginner area, two new high-speed detachable quads and new fully automated snow making on Spruce Peak has reinforced STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT’S position as the east’s premier skiing and snow boarding vacation resort!

 

 

 

 

 

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