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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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Photo Courtesy 1802 House Bed & Breakfast

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

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Photo Courtesy 1802 House Bed & Breakfast

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

Photo Courtesy The English Meadow Inn - Kennebunk

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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Thank you to Inns Along The Coast 

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For Arranging a spectacular visit.

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Except Where Noted Courtesy of The Inn at English Meadow

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