6.24.2016

Captain Jefferds Inn | Kennebunkport, Maine


In a charming, historic Kennebunkport neighborhood, filled with former sea captains' stately homes and mansions, resides one of the prettiest inns I've ever seen, The Captain Jefferds Inn. Built in 1804, the innkeepers, Erik and Sarah Lindblom, have managed to capture and maintain the welcoming nostalgia of an old, coastal New England home.

The parlor desk


The inn's dining room

In the dining room


The beautiful, federal style inn

Situated in the historic district, one of Captain Jefferds Inn's many benefits includes an easy walk or bike ride to Dock Square and all the shopping and dining offered in downtown Kennebunkport. When you want to be in the middle of it all, it doesn't get better than this.

Bikes at Captain Jefferds Inn for guests

At Dock Square

Captain Jefferds is near all the great shopping



It's not only the proximity to all the action of downtown Kennebunkport that makes Captain Jefferds Inn the ideal location, but also the historic neighborhood in which it resides. The historic district is the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll, and be truly immersed in Kennebunkport's history though the old captains' homes and beautifully maintained colonials and federals. One of the the most charming neighborhoods in New England.





Beautiful Captain Jefferds Inn


Captain Jefferds Inn is part of the prestigious and always reliable Distinctive Inns of New England, and it's obvious why. If you want to surround yourself in a stunning piece of Kennebunkport's history, while being close to the charming Kennebunkport village center, Captain Jefferds Inn is the perfect place to stay. 

Thank you Captain Jefferds Inn for the wonderful stay! And thank you for being the friendliest innkeepers I've ever met! Such a pleasure. (And thank you Cape Arundel Inn for an amazing dinner. Post on that to come!)


6.14.2016

Deerfield Inn | Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts


Deerfield Inn, a member of the renowned Distinctive Inns of New England, sits in the impossibly quaint and sigh-inspiring village of Old Deerfield, Massachusetts. Surrounded by the rolling, green hills and the lush, New England countryside of western Massachusetts, this working inn is part of Historic Deerfield, an authentic colonial village and museum.

Historic Deerfield Visitor Center

Deerfield post office

On the perfectly preserved, mile-long Old Main St in Deerfield, you will find the house museums belonging to Historic Deerfield, historic private homes, and the prestigious Deerfield Academy boarding school, founded centuries ago. The whole street is a flawless slice of nostalgic, New England life. Built in 1884 and retaining its quaint, country charm (and featuring a porch that beckons you to sit for a spell), the Deerfield Inn is the ideal place to stay to truly immerse yourself in the history and magic of this old village.


These bikes, with their Nantucket baskets, are for rent at Deerfield Inn.

Historic Deerfield museum store


I stayed at the Deerfield Inn for two nights, and not only was it a wonderfully homey and historic place to stay, but its location in the heart of Historic Deerfield meant I never had to get in my car. I walked out of my room each morning, immediately surrounded by the beauty and seclusion of this gorgeous, little village in the lush Connecticut River Valley. To visit the house museums, I merely had to take a pleasant, little stroll from my comfy room. 

The Wright House (c.1824) is part of the Historic Deerfield museum 

Dwight House, built in the 1750, is also part of the museum 

First Church of Deerfield

Wells-Thorn house, built in 1747, and painted robin's egg blue in 1803


Williams House in 1730, extensively remodeled in 1816





The Sheldon House, built in 1754/7



This tucked-away village may have you feeling you've magically been transported back in time, to an age when a first-class, carefully prepared meal was harder to come by. However, the reality is Deerfield Inn provides all the tempting food and drink your little, foodie heart desires. Champney's Restaurant and Tavern, a much-loved local treasure, is located at the inn and is absolutely delicious! I couldn't stop eating there. I even ordered take out after eating because I knew I'd want more.

I could go on and on about this village and the Deerfield Inn. Deerfield's history extends not only to English settlement in the 17th century, but to thousands of years of native habitation, primarily by the Pocomtuc people. This unassuming, little village, nestled away among unspoiled forests and the picturesque hills and mountains of Pioneer Valley, holds a wealth of complex history and beauty. Its story can be told in the colonial and federal architecture we can touch and explore, through the lichen-covered stones at the old burial ground at Deerfield Academy, and through the small remnants left behind of the village's native Pocomtuc population, a tribe that has sadly long since dissolved. There is so much more to this quaint village's story, so much more to tell and explore. (Because of that, I will add another post about Deerfield, Massachusetts in a couple of weeks.)

To truly feel a part of Deerfield's history, to sleep, tucked among its abundant nature and bright stars, there is no better place to do this than at Deerfield Inn. And at Deerfield Inn, you need only walk downstairs from your room to enjoy a mug of beer at an old inn's tavern and you're only steps away from exploring a historic village, a village that will most likely charm you into visiting again and again.

Thank you, Deerfield Inn, for the wonderful stay and incomparable meals! I will be back.


6.02.2016

Kennebunkport, Maine | The Tides Beach Club

Enjoying cocktails and buffalo shrimp on the porch of The Tides.

Beginning life as a grand Victorian inn and gathering place along Goose Rocks Beach, The Tides Beach Club has become an irrisistable location for those seeking a true Kennebunkport experience. It is Kennebunkport at its most ideal, and when I was offered a stay, my bff, Emily and I, immediately headed to Maine and for an enchanting stay at The Tides.

The beautiful Tides Beach Club

Our gorgeous room, filled with goodies and treasures! Thanks, Seabags for our nautical gifts!

The beachy, casual decor creates a relaxing atmosphere

The Tides was purchased by Kennebunkport Resort Collection in 2011 and was completely overhauled into the perfect blend of coastal, rustic chic that you are greeted with when you walk through The Tides door today.



Emily playing at The Tides

Not only is The Tides one of the most quaint places to stay in Kennebunkport, but it also delivers some of the town's best food and artisan cocktails as well! I could not stop trying different cocktails and drooling over the menu.

A view into the bar and dining

One of the best places to enjoy a drink is on The Tides' porch. With a stunning view of Goose Rocks Beach, the porch has the best seats in the house!



Delicious buffalo shrimp on the porch

Enjoying the view and a drink


No stay or visit to The Tides would be complete without a little relaxation on Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport's prettiest, little beach.





If you are looking for Kennebunkport at its most charming and in a to-die-for location, The Tides Beach Club is the perfect choice!


5.20.2016

Cocktail Friday | Watermelon Royal Fizz


Last weekend I stayed at the gorgeous Tides Beach Club in Kennebunkport, Maine, and I was treated to some of the most delicious cocktails I've ever had. One of my favorite drinks was a watermelon cosmo. I'm not usually a fan of cosmos or watermelon, but this drink was truly yummy!

Enjoying buffalo shrimp and a super yummy cocktail on the porch of The Tides Beach Club. With a view of Goose Rocks Beach, this location can't be beat!

I don't think I can recreate the divine watermelon cosmo made at The Tides, but that drink did inspire me to create my own watermelon drink, and I'm so glad it did!

Ingredients:
3 oz watermelon juice
1 1/2 oz gin
1 oz lemon sour or 1/2 oz lemon juice and 2 tsp sugar
3-4 oz champagne or sparkling wine
lemon slice for garnish

Directions:
In an ice-filled shaker, add watermelon juice, gin, lemon sour (or lemon juice and sugar). Shake well. Pour into ice-filled highball glass. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne or sparkling wine.

This drink tastes like summer and will forever remind me of an amazing weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine. Cheers!