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The Maine Stay Inn & Cottages

34 Maine Street P. O. Box 1800, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
Innkeeper(s): Judi & Walter Hauer
  • Introduction

     The Maine Stay Inn & Cottages frontMaine Stay Inn & Cottages, a luxury Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast Inn, offers year round luxury accommodations on the Southern Maine Coast. 2 cottage suites can easily accommodate up to 4 people.

    "One of only a few small Kennebunkport hotels, Maine Stay Inn offers romantic Kennebunkport lodging with the intimacy of a charming bed and breakfast inn. This distinguished Kennebunkport b&b offers year round historic New England lodging, romantic fireplace Cottage Suites, exceptional hospitality and the unsurpassed beauty of the sandy coast of Kennebunkport Maine."

    Whether you seek a romantic getaway or family vacation, the exceptional warmth and hospitality at this luxury Kennebunkport inn will make your visit to the Southern Maine coast a most memorable experience. The main house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the surrounding 11 cottages suites have been beautifully restored and offer premier accommodations with a charming, comfortable ambiance within the quaint seaside village of Kennebunkport, ME. Choose a luxurious 19th century room in the main house or the private intimacy of a Cottage Suite. The 11 Cottage Suites offer a wide range of accommodations, some feature fireplaces and whirlpool Jacuzzi tubs, and heated floors. Breakfast delivery is available to all suites.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Judi Hauer for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We are fortunate to be located just a block from the harbor and about three blocks to downtown Kennebunkport, which is home to excellent restaurants, shops and galleries. Our assortment of rooms, suites, and cottage suites makes us a unique property that guests really enjoy.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our mixture of traditional bed and breakfast accomodations and luxury cottage suites sets us apart from other properties in the area. We are also known for our gourmet cooking, which we are happy to modify to accommodate special diets, like gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan (advance notice for special diets is required). Plus, guests in any suite may opt to have their breakfast delivered right to their door - breakfast in bed is a special luxury that we are happy to provide to these guests!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Most people come here for the ocean and our gorgeous beaches. We are also famous for our wonderful restaurants.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The nicest thing our guests tell us is that they had a great, relaxing time here.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Kennebunkport itself is the area's best kept secret! Due to some strict zoning laws instituted decades ago, Kennebunkport is extremely well preserved - there are no chain restaurants, no giant parking garages, and not even a stoplight. This seaside village has retained a charming, old-fashioned feel while becoming home to world class restaurants, charming shops, and stunning galleries.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    It certainly depends on the time of year, but for a summer vacation (like in the months of July or August) or during fall foliage season (mid-September through late October), I certainly would suggest exploring the incredible natural beauty of the area. The beaches are stunning, as are the area nature preserves. Schooner rides provide a unique view of the Maine coastline, and a chance to view local wildlife - nothing better than a close up with a porpoise or two! Visitors also enjoy other on the water activies like whale-watching, kayaking, and deep sea fishing, while others prefer to enjoy the water from afar, like with a tour of area lighthouses. But no visit to Kennebunkport would be complete without a few great meals at area restaurants or a visit to the shops and galleries of Dock Square.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are within walking to many restaurants, whale-watching, kayaking, bike rentals, and schooner rides.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    There are too many to choose. It really depends on what our guests want.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    We provide information for each guest based on what they want to do while they are here. We will help them plan activities and give them restaurant information when they arrive to help them plan their stay.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 6 rooms in the main house and 11 luxury cottages.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets.


  • About Our Inn


    Perfectly located in the quiet residential Historic District of Kennebunkport Maine, you are just a short stroll along tree-lined streets to the shops, galleries and restaurants in Kennebunkport's Dock Square. Our expansive property, peaceful gardens, and proximity to town set the Maine Stay Inn and Cottages apart from other Kennebunkport hotels. Nature trails, sandy beaches, and quiet coves provide tranquility that will soothe your soul. Whether visiting for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, the Maine Stay Inn, a luxurious Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, offers exceptional hospitality, personal attention and those little extras not found in a traditional hotel.

    Exceptional warmth and hospitality greet you at the Maine Stay Inn. Innkeepers, Judi and Walter, will help you plan your daily activites to complete your getaway. From elegant breakfast and delightful afternoon tea, to your cozy room at night, The Maine Stay Inn Bed and Breakfast is the ideal base from which to explore Kennebunkport, enjoy the ports and beaches of this quaint seaside village or to take day trips to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Boston, Salem, or up the rocky coast to Portland, Freeport, Boothbay and Camden, ME. The Maine Stay Inn is a perfect choice for your Kennebunkport inn accommodations.

    Each of our guest accommodations at the Maine Stay Inn & Cottages, Kennebunkport Maine lodging is uniquely and exquisitely decorated for your personal comfort. Choose a romantic room in the 19th century main house or the private intimacy of a luxurious cottage suite, complete with a cozy gas fireplace and double whirlpool Jacuzzi tub.

    The Maine Stay Inn and Cottages, a lovely Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast Country Inn, offers year round luxurious lodging.

  • Amenities

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    The enchanting cottages feature a variety of amenities, all offer private baths. 7 cottages have gas fireplaces and advanced heating and cooling systems. 9 cottages have king beds and 2 offers 2 queen beds, a perfect choice for girlfriend getaways. 6 cottages have whirlpool tubs. All offer extra space and are uniquely and exquisitely decorated. Breakfast can be delivered to any cottage.

    Guest Room Amenities Include

    • 100% cotton sheets
    • 100% cotton towels
    • Cozy bathrobes
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Maine spring water
    • Hypo-allergenic bedding
    • Down pillows available
    • Select Registry Guide Book
    • Welcome sweets
    • Keurig coffee system
    • Comfortable beds
    • Seasonal air conditioning
    • Guest refrigerators
    • Current magazines
    • Flat screen TV's
    • IPad dock/radio alarm
    • Ironing board and iron
    • Hair dryers

    The Maine Stay Inn is rated 3-stars by Mobil and 3-diamonds by AAA.

  • Gourmet Breakfast at the Maine Stay Inn

     The Maine Stay Inn & Cottages breakfast

    “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” is our motto. We promise to serve the freshest and most interesting breakfasts possible and we look forward to surprising you daily with a different entrée, even if you’re here for an extended stay. Don’t be surprised if we serve summer fruit bruschetta with candied walnuts one day followed by savory french toast with poached eggs and baby field greens the next.

    We aim to present beautiful and delicious breakfasts, generally beginning with a fresh fruit starter and choice of juices, coffee and gourmet teas, and entrée accompanied by a side dish or two.

    Allergies and dietary concerns need to be discussed in advance with the innkeepers (at time of reservation or at least seven days prior to arrival), but we will always try our best to satisfy your needs. A quick email to the office in advance of your arrival is the best way of assuring your special needs can be met. Because most don’t have the time for gourmet breakfasts at home, we aim to produce very special breakfasts that make you king for a day (or more!).

    If you have a limited palate, cereals and homemade granola are always available, but let us know and we will try to accommodate you. At the Maine Stay Inn, we are experienced in nut-free and gluten-free cooking.

  • Guest Comments

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    "One of the most relaxing and enjoyable places we have ever stayed. We cannot wait to return!" ...John & Theresa

    "This weekend and our cottage suite were perfect...thank you so much for making our engagement so special! We will definitely be back!" ...Kelly & Russ

  • Area Information

     The Maine Stay Inn & Cottages boatsThe historic seaside village of Kennebunkport has long been a destination for summer travelers seeking the cool ocean breezes and mild temperatures of Southern Maine’s magnificent rocky coastline and long sandy beaches.

    Spend the day on one of our beautiful local beaches. Play in the crashing surf, explore the tidal pool, or stroll along Maine’s signature rocky coast! We provide complimentary beach passes to the Kennebunk beaches (with a stay of two or more nights), chairs, towels, and umbrellas to ensure our guests’ comfort and enjoyment.

    Kennebunkport is a lovely getaway in the fall and winter when the beaches are deserted. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage or sleigh rides through the historic district and take in the exquisite foliage. The solace of winter provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic escape. Opportunities for cross country skiing, antiquing, and retail therapy abound! Enjoy the area’s fine dining and exquisite galleries, then relax in our whirlpool tubs or before our gas fireplaces.

     The Maine Stay Inn & Cottages pierSpring – Summer possibilities

    Beach going, antique shopping and galleries, lighthouse touring, kayaking, biking, birding, hiking, surfing, fly fishing, whale watching, golfing, or cruising the ocean on a lobster boat or schooner ship, or just relaxing – Kennebunkport has it all. At the Seashore Trolley Museum of Kennebunkport, ride restored historic electric railway vehicles and explore the world famous international transportation collection. Or take a tour of the Kennebunkport Brewing Company, the home of Shipyard Ales. Consider an old fashioned night of minor league baseball with The Portland Seadogs, Boston’s “AA” team, less than an hour away. Local theaters; The Arundel Playhouse and the world class Ogunquit Playhouse offer spectacular summer entertainment.

     The Maine Stay Inn & Cottages rocksConsider a car-less vacation, ride the Downeaster train from Boston’s North Station to Wells, then hop the trolley and head for the Maine Stay Inn and Cottages. We will happily arrange your bike rentals.

    A few suggestions for area activities:

    • Historic district horse-drawn carriage ride or walking tours
    • Taking in our Maine beaches
    • Watersports (kayaking, canoeing, swimming)
    • Whale-watches, lobster cruises, or Schooner sails
    • Nature walks or hikes
    • Museums, galleries, and boutique or outlet shopping
    • Sporting events and summer-stock theater

    If you choose you can come to simply relax, enjoy our wrap around front porch, nap in our hammock under the pines, and indulge in an easy game of bocce ball with family or other Maine Stay guests.

     The Maine Stay Inn & Cottages waterFall – Winter possibilities

    In the fall, visit nearby Spiller Farm for apple and pumpkin picking or an old-fashioned hay ride, or explore the scenic Historic District on a horse-drawn carriage ride. The beaches and nature preserves are perfect for leaf-peeping in Maine. Shopping, Shopping, Shopping, we are located midway between the two largest shopping outlets in Maine. Kittery Outlet is south and Freeport, home of L.L. Bean, north, plus fabulous boutique shopping in Dock Square right around the corner.

    When the landscape is dusted with snow, enjoy romantic horse drawn sleigh rides across the snowy Maine landscape at Rockin Horse Stables or cross country skiing at Harris Farms. Outdoor ice skating opportunities abound. The nearby Portland Pirates provide excellent winter entertainment on the ice with great minor league hockey games. If you are a museum fan, the Portland Museum, Maine’s oldest and largest museum is just 30 minutes away. Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude has been named one of the world's top Christmas Festivals and brings holiday spirit to life during the first two weeks of December. During the month of February, experience romance all month long with "Paint the Town Red" a celebration that has helped earn Kennebunkport the title of one of New England's most romantic towns.

     The Maine Stay Inn & Cottages lakeWhatever your fancy, whatever the time of year, we are only 90 miles from Boston, and are the perfect destination for the rest and relaxation you need.

    At the Maine Stay Inn and cottages we have accommodations to suit a variety of travelers and we are situated perfectly for easy access to numerous activities. A short walk will take you into Dock Square, the main shopping and eating area of this pristine, seaside town. Give us an idea about your interests and we will help to organize your days.

  • How to Find Us

     The Maine Stay Inn & Cottages doorwayInterstate 95 to Maine Turnpike to Exit 25 (Kennebunk/Kennebunkport)

    1. Take a left onto Route 35 South
    2. Follow Route 35 approximately 1.7 miles to traffic light at intersection with Route 1
    3. Take a left at the traffic light onto Route 1 (which is also Route 35 South)
    4. Bear right at the next set of lights to continue on Route 35 South/9A toward Kennebunkport
    5. Follow Route 35 South for another 3.5 miles to traffic light at intersection with Route 9 East
    6. Turn left onto Route 9 East; continue through Lower Village Kennebunk, over the bridge into Kennebunkport’s Dock Square
    7. Continue through the square to the T-intersection and turn right at the stop sign onto Maine Street
    8. The Maine Stay is 0.2 miles down the street on the left

    Approximate Traveling Times

    • 90 minute drive north from Logan Airport in Boston, MA
    • 90 minute drive north east from Manchester Airport in Manchester, NH
    • 40 minute drive south from Portland Jetport in Portland, ME