Meadowmere Resort

Construction near our Ogunquit hotel: How to Plan for Good Customer Service

Rt1logoAs our fellow hoteliers at Opus Hotel wrote, a hotel cannot simply play dumb and say “what construction?” to guests when it is obvious that a major undertaking is going on. A hotel has an expectation of comfort and for the construction in Ogunquit, it was important to plan for good customer service at our hotel. We fully expect the beautification of Ogunquit to be a challenge to manage –However through proactive communication and planning, we know that this construction activity will be a chance for our hotel’s customer service to shine.

Unlike Opus Hotel, our Ogunquit hotel does not run the risk of sending guests fleeing to competitors – everyone in Ogunquit is in the same boat. However, there are serious concerns that many guests might simply skip their annual – and in some cases monthly – visit to us. But the only option is to be upfront with our customers, knowing that they would never believe we were caught off guard. And really, with a major construction project, who is going to believe that over the course of months? Maybe a hotel can pull off the deer in the head lights for the first week, but once the jack hammers and trucks are rolling, no guest is going to be fooled. Management only has so much wiggle room to feign shock, as though a multi-million dollar town wide investment just popped up overnight.

Often complaints are handled in the only way hotels know how: with discounting/freebies. If the guest is mildly irritated, he or she might get an apology and a head nod. Clearly ticked off? Maybe 10% off last night’s room charge. Having a temper tantrum in the lobby? An escort off property by management or worse, the Ogunquit PD.

Well, our friends at Opus inspired us to think about long- and short-term interests. Rather than approach the Ogunquit Beautification construction like an unspeakable secret, we would embrace the challenge and communicate with guests. To be honest, this seems a little terrifying. What if guests assume that construction is only near the Meadowmere and book at other hotels?

But the alternative to telling the truth seems even more terrifying. There really isn’t a way to maintain guest satisfaction with dump trucks, paving, bridge repairs and more all about town unless one is fair and upfront.  We decided to take the (only slightly) less scary route of telling guests in advance. Several times. And maintaining that communication throughout the project.  If our motto is family serving family, well, it just made sense.

Yes, we are giving prospective guests and visitors a reason to stay elsewhere. Our hotel will not necessarily be a part of the construction site for very long, and there will even be a suspension of majorly intrusive activity from end of June til Labor Day. Why potentially upset all guests when perhaps none would be disturbed?

Because we feel to avoid the issue is to not respect our guests. Many might arrive and try to suffer in silence – only to never return not only to our Ogunquit hotel, but to the town.

In following the Opus experience, hotel guests are more understanding—and surprisingly accepting—when communication is proactive and sincere. We want to avoid the unpleasant surprise of construction. So our hotel is communicating the following steps:

  • Telling the guest about the construction activity at the time of reservation
  • Placing a notice and helpful directions on our website and in confirmation letters
  • Providing additional detail on where to find updates and alternative directions in a separate letter
  • Keeping guests informed by placing information in guestrooms
  • Inviting guests to contact the front desk if they have concerns

And finally, as the General Manager at Opus said, do everything possible to address concerns—including, if necessary, letting the business walk. In the long run, the hotel will be better off. With larger construction projects we won’t be able to please everyone and sometimes all that can be done is to offer sincere apologies. We know that despite our best efforts, guests may fall through the cracks. We hope that our earnest efforts to be transparent will be rewarded with honest understanding.

We know that communicating such an important project in advance of a vacation can help guests better prepare.  Along with the Ogunquit Chamber, Town of Ogunquit, residents and business owners, we have worked diligently to help our village remain open for business. All we can do is kindly ask for patience and understanding.

Our hotel rolled up its sleeves, mapped out a plan, did our homework to find best practices and we invite you to be our guest and enjoy this adventure together. And hope you will support our local businesses and the Meadowmere Resort during the beautification of Ogunquit.

To learn more about Ogunquit's Project on Facebook: Facebook/OgunquitProject

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August 28, 2015

Ogunquit Maine Family Activites : Explore & Enjoy the Sea Creatures

Maine Sea Creatures
Maine Sea Creatures

Family vacations to Ogunquit Maine are full of new experience and learning.  Our hotel in Ogunqut is steps from the variety of Sea Creatures your family can explore on your family getaway to Maine!  Please reminder to leave the animals where you find them, they will not survive in your home.  Please remember these are living animals just like you and me.  Take a picture to capture the amazing Sea Creatures on your family vacation to Ogunquit Maine!  Here are a few sea creatures for your family to find at the most beautiful place by the sea:

Ogunquit River & Ogunquit Beach

Sand Dollars range in size from about 1 ½ inches to 2 inches they come in a variety of colors such as green, purple, brown and gray.  They move with little suckers under the body and have spines all around the body that feel velvety they are generally found washed ashore along the beach.

Mussels have blueish black hinged shells with a flat oblong shape.  Normally they stick together and can each grow up to 3 inches long.  They have very long life spans and are generally found in rocky areas of the waters shore.

Dog Whelk is like a snail with a spiral shaped shell.  They are about 4 cm longs and use their shell to shield itself from sea predators.  They are fully formed from birth and are round around the rocks in shallow waters.

Green Crab can be found hiding under rocks and seaweed.  They have a green top shell with yellow and black and a yellow belly.  Be careful picking them up as their teeth are sharp.

Marginal Way Tidal Pools

Star Fish look just how they sound like a Star! Some can grow up to 3 feet long and come in a variety of colors such as purple orange and a creamy yellow.  They like to blend in and hide in the sea weed so keep your eyes peeled.

Hermit Crabs make their home in periwinkle or whelk shells as they grow they have to find new shells that fit right (kinda like your clothes).  They are a reddish brown color and look like a snail with a crab inside.

Sea Urchins are olive green and round with movable spines that grown out of their shell.  They have five rows of reddish purple feet and five triangular teeth for eating.   They are good at finding camouflage and often travel in groups.

Barnacles can be found all along the rocks they are gray round crustacean with a shell like covering and love to attach to rocks, boats and docks.  The barnacle eats with its feet when the tide comes in and once it finds a home on a rock or wherever it never comes off!

At our family hotel in Ogunquit Maine we are here to ensure your family is making memories every step of the way.  Here are a few ways our team did just that:

Hannah was checking a guest in at the front desk when she overheard their young toddlers say they wanted their own keys.  She gave them each a blank key to play with so the parents didn’t have to worry and the kids were happy as can be.

Liz was checking in a guest who had just had hip surgery, at check in the guest noted she forgot her ice pack.  Liz ensured extra grab bars were placed in the shower area as well as placed an ice pack in the freezer to ensure the guests comfort.

Whitney at our front desk was assisting a guests whose son had cut his foot.  After offering alcohol and band aids from the first aid kit Whitney walked to the store and purchased hydrogen peroxide to ensure the cut didn’t get infected allowing the mom and dad to focus on the boy.

August 20, 2015

Best Ocean Activities near Ogunquit Maine: Jet Ski, Parasailing & Deep Sea Fishing

Out to Sea in Maine
Out to Sea in Maine

At the most beautiful place by the sea everyone knows that walking along the Marginal Way, Sunbathing at Ogunquit Beach and strolling around the shops of Perkins Cove are the best way to take in the true meaning intended by the Abenaki Indians.  There are more exciting ways to experience Southern Maine and the beauty of the Ocean – so head out to Sea with our Top Three Picks

Deep Sea Fishing is full of unexpected events from minke whales swimming right next to the boat to small sharks swallowing the fish on your line – you never know what you’re going to get deep out to sea.  Aboard the Bunny Clarke the Captains also happy to share the stories from their fishing trips aboard the 40 foot deep sea fishing boat.  No need to bring your own pole your fishing excursion with the Bunny Clarke includes custom boat rods designed by Tim Tower, just hope on in Perkins Cove and head deep out to sea for an exciting day of fishing.

Jet Ski the Atlantic with rentals from Ocean Jet Ski Rental in Wells Harbor.  No previous jet ski or boating experience required the team there will provide safety orientation and go over the basics for operating a jet ski ensuring you are comfortable and ready to go.  Experience the thrill of flying across the pristine Maine waters with these Yamaha Jet Skis.

Fly to the Sky with Parasailing in Old Orchard Beach.  Parasailing offers a breathtaking aerial view from up to 1200 feet above the ocean.  With the Pier and Palace Playland right at the Beach Parasailing is the perfect addition to your day trip.  For the more adventurous OOB Parasailing offers their “free fall” with or without a lil’ slash in the Ocean waters!

We’re here each hour of everyday to ensure our visit to our hotel in Ogunquit Maine is a success!  Here are a few stories from just this week:

Richard was tending to the Bar in the West Meadow Pub when a couple of guests came down for a cocktail, as they chatted Richard learned they were here celebrating their anniversary.  He had the kitchen make them up a chocolate cake and offered complimentary champagne in celebration!

Taylor was serving drinks by the outdoor pool when she noteice a few guests that didn't have pool towels, she stopped into the lobby and grabbed a few so the guests could continue relaxing

August 13, 2015

Ogunquit Maine 's Farm to Table Foods : Local Greens to Look for on Your Plate

Maine's Edible Greens
Maine's Edible Greens

As an Eco-Friendly hotel in Ogunquit we are always thrilled to find new Farm to Table restaurants in our area.  And there are quite a few we’ve noted in past blogs – they just keep popping up, were not complaining!  But there are just a few that have really set sail with the idea and gone back farther than the local farmer to bring you items that have a deep history in being foraged in Maine by our ancestors.  Here are our Top Three Edible Maine Greens served just down the street from our hotel in Ogunquit Maine.

Dandelions have a deep routed history in Maine and have long been a delicacy.  Among the most familiar plants in the world today dandelions seem to be either loved or hated.  That wasn’t always the case prior to the invention of the lawn the dandelion was praised as a bounty of food and medicine. Gardeners even used to weed grass out to make room for them.    Dandelions are said to heal baldness, dandruff, toothache, sores, fevers and depression among other things.  They also contain more vitamin A then spinach, more vitamin C than tomatoes and are rich in iron, calcium and potassium.  Here in Southern Maine at Golden Harvest Produce in Kittery you can buy dandelion greens stop on in after a day at the Kittery Outlets and try your hand at one of the 10 Ways to use Dandelion Greens.

Wild Asparagus.  I’m sure your familiar with Asparagus sold at the grocery store and regularly served in many restaurants.  At Earth in Kennebunkport they’ve gone back to the basics by taking great pride in sourcing their foods from local farmers, artisans and ranchers.  One menu option features Scarpinocc (their homemade pasta) with Goat’s milk ricotta, spring leek soubise, wild asparagus, cherry peppers and pecorino.  Here is a video showing tips on how to find and transplant wild asparagus to grow at home.

Fiddleheads. Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth NH isn’t far from our hotel in Ogunquit, Maine their Paella Verde features calaspara rice baked with asparagus, fiddleheads, peas, peppers and crispy morels.  They also seek to build public awareness about locally raised heirloom produce, heritage meats and sustainable seafood with their Heirloom Harvest Project.

 At our Eco-Friendly hotel in Ogunquit we’re here to ensure you don’t miss a "beet" on your vacation in Maine.  Here are a few stories from just this week of our staff going out of their way to make your stay unforgettable:

Richard was getting ready for his bartending shift in the West Meadow Pub when he noticed a mother  filling up the cooler with ice before heading to the beach.  This guest had her hands full with little ones and another one on the way – Richard offered to help her bring it out to car which she was so grateful for!

Crystal was cleaning up our state of the art fitness center when she started chatting with some guests – they noted they were waiting for their spa services.  She noticed the guests didn’t have their spa slips in hand and asked if they had stopped by the front desk first.  They had completely forgotten and were happy when Crystal offered to go get them.

August 06, 2015

Ogunquit Playhouse Summer Theatre : Enjoy a Million Dollar Quartet & Some Nice Work

Ogunquit Maine Performs
Ogunquit Maine Performs

With the natural beauty surrounding us at the Most Beautiful Place by the Sea it’s no wonder that Ogunquit Maine is a place where creativity flourishes.  For generations the performances at America’s Foremost Summer Theatre has brought us the finest professional theatre productions and stars like Sally Struthers.  The Ogunquit Playhouse performs this August 2015 with amazing titles we just have to share with our guests.

The month starts out with “Nice Work if you Can Get It” a musical full of laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin.  This 2012 Tony Award-winning musical comedy hits the stage featuring Sally Struthers as the town temperance enforcer against a gang of bootleggers.  Experience the Roaring Twenties at the Ogunquit Playhouse this summer!

We finish the month of August in Ogunquit with “Million Dollar Quartet” yet another Tony Award Winning Musical re-live history as Elvis, Jerry Lee, Perkins and Cash come together to make music.  An irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, friendships and celebrations featuring timeless hits like “Blue Suede Shoes”, Great Balls of Fire”, “I Walk the Line”, “Hound Dog” and many more!

A visit to Ogunquit Maine in August is full of fun, great performances and warmth.  At our hotel in Ogunquit we are hear with warm welcoming smiles to ensure your Maine Vacation goes off without a hitch.  Here are a few stories from our staff:

Jodi was heading home after a long day at work when she noticed a guest struggling to fit large water jugs into their fridge.  She found an extra fridge and offered it to the guests for added space to keep their goodies cool.

Liz on our front desk team was assisting a new guest with a reservation, as this guest had never stayed at the Meadowmere or even visited Maine before she had a lot of questions.  Liz put together a packet of hotel information and brochures of local restaurants and attractions and sent it along to the guest to help out with planner her vacation.

 

 

August 03, 2015

Forty Fun Motor Coach Activities in Ogunquit Maine

Ogunquit, Maine Motorcoach
Ogunquit, Maine Motorcoach

With four seasons of excitement, it’s no wonder so many groups visit Maine to experience Vacationland.  Our hotel in Ogunquit Maine is steps from the beauty of the rocky Maine coastline, quaint fishing village.  The perfect start to your Maine tour with countless day trip activities everyone will enjoy.  Below are our favorite highlights for your group to enjoy!

  1. Foliage come in and see for yourself why Conde Nast Traveler and Yankee Magazine continue to recommend Maine as the one of the best places to experience the colors of fall.      
  2. Lobster Bakes, because nothing beats a fresh Maine lobster, a traditional lobster bake is all about the experience from the bib to the crackers.
  3. When Pigs Fly Bakery tour the bakery where the famed artisan breads are made, sample the variety at the store or stop in for lunch after a day of shopping the Kittery Outlets.
  4. Kittery Outlets explore the Kittery Trading Post paired with over 100 designer outlets, VIP group treatment and discount passes.
  5. Freeport Outlets visit a village rich with history, designer outlets and of course L.L. Bean.
  6. Wedding Cake House admire the unique architecture of this famous home located in historic Kennebunk.     
  7. Perkins Cove home to one of the only double-leaf draw-footbridge in the United States, explore the wonderful views and shops of Perkins Cove filled with authentic lobsterman and the best lobster rolls around.
  8. Marginal Way named beautiful place by the sea by the Abenaki Indians, Ogunquit has long had a history with the arts as many artists find boundless inspiration here along this breathtaking foot path.
  9. Lobster Cruise the FinestKind Cruise offers the popular lobster cruise where authentic lobsterman offer educational demonstrations of Maine’s Lobster Trade right from Perkins Cove.
  10. Lighthouse Cruise scenic boat tours showcasing  the beauty of Ogunquit from Sea as they head south to most photographed lighthouse in  Maine – Nubble Light
  11. The Nubble Light Your visit to Maine would not be complete without a visit to one of our Historic Lighthouses.  Today visitors are welcome year round; bus parking is available in Sohier Park along with restrooms and the Nubble Light Gift Shop in season.
  12. Museums of Old York head back in time as you explore one of the earliest English settlements in the country.  A perfect addition to American Heritage Tours throughout New England, the Museum of Old York is legendary with the John Hancock Wharf, Emerson-Wilcox House, Perkins House and the National Historic Landmark of the Old Gaol.
  13. Ogunquit Heritage Museum explore the history of Ogunquit Maine nestled in the Dorothea Jacob Grant Common, a lovely park with large open areas and winding paths just steps from our hotel in Ogunquit.
  14. Brick Store Museum founded in 1936 during the great depression is located in the heart of historic Kennebunk, examine pieces salvages from area shipwrecks and so much more.
  15. Ogunquit Museum of American Art In the early 1900’s Henry Strater first visited the charming village and ultimately built the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Stop in to explore the exhibitions and enjoy the breathtaking views.
  16. OgunquitFest the best of the foliage season held every October. Your group will enjoy Ghostly Tours, Monster Mall Marketplace, Wagon Rides, Great Pumpkin Patch Celebration Scarecrow contest and so much more!
  17. Southworth Planetarium is a perfect place for your group to enjoy an engaging, education and entertaining experience discovering the solar system and exploring space.
  18. Ogunquit Playhouse Million Dollar Quartet With 83 Years of Broadway at the Beach the Ogunquit Playhouse is a favorite for locals and visitors.  Your group is sure to enjoy a show at “America’s Foremost Summer Theatre” with stars such as Sally Struthers, William Shatner, Betty White, Lorenzo Lamas and many more
  19. Seashore Trolley Museum –  Enjoy the Pumpkin Patch Trolley tours this fall at the largest electric railroad museum in the world! 
  20. Stonewall Kitchen explore the Country Store packed with homemade jams and goodies.  The production room allows for the whole group to watch the process as they create and jar their famous products. 
  21. Strawbery Banke Museum truly a trip back in time with historic streets, walkways and buildings along the Piscataqua Riverfront.  Enjoy the 18th and 19th century architectural      forms and town planning practices.
  22. Portsmouth Historical Society located in New Hampshire and just a 20 minute drive from our hotel in Ogunquit explore the Portsmouth Historical trails, marine society and historic homes of this great city.
  23. Whale Watching Explore the vast Atlantic with this 4 ½ hour adventure.  Journey 20 miles out to sea to view whales, dolphins and marine life of the gulf of Maine.
  24. Albacore Museum the Albacore was a one-of-a-kind submarine built by the skilled craftsmen of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.  The museum showcased the naval history as well as honors the sacrifices made by our submariners with the Memorial Garden.
  25. Portland Headlight a popular landmark along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park.
  26. Laudholm Festival Solstice Craft Show this annual event held in September boasts over 100 artisans selected by jury on the beautiful grounds of the Wells Reserve.
  27. Capriccio this annual event held right here in Ogunquit showcases the arts throughout the village, the festival of Kites is one not to miss.
  28. Cumberland County Fair with unique Maine crafts and of course the sugar shack paired with education and history of Maine's Agricultural industry the Cumberland County Fair is treat for all.
  29. Walker’s Point Kennebunkport is presidential with the Bush Compound located along Ocean Avenue drive along the sea to catch a glimpse of the beautiful mansion built ni 1902.
  30. Franciscan Monastery Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the Maine Woods and Kennebunk River as you explore the outdoor chapels and beautiful gardens.
  31. Hampton Beach Seafood Festival a tradition for generations explore the best of New England Seafood as over 60 chef's, entertainment, fireworks and even a lobster roll eating contest.
  32. Knights Quilt Shop Stop in for VIP group treatment as you expore this unique shop featured in Better Homes Quilt Sampler classes and demonstrations are also available.
  33. Jonathan’s Restaurant located adjacent to our hotel in Ogunquit, enjoy local cuisine offering group meals for breakfast, lunch  and dinner with a variety of choices both plated and buffet style to fit your budget and desires.
  34. Clay Hill Farm the nation’s first restaurants deemed a wildlife refuge and bird sanctuary.  With a commitment to local and sustainable foods you’ll enjoy a gourmet meal in a classic setting.  Clay Hill Farm offers a unique Dinner Theatre Option, Group Lunch and Dinner Menu’s and guests are always welcome to explore the trails and grounds of the surrounding eleven acres
  35. Warrens Lobster House located by the Kittery Outlets enjoy fresh Maine lobster with a view after a day of shopping!  
  36. DiMillo’s On the Water in Portland's Old Port District enjoy a historic tour of the great city before sitting down for a relaxing meal on this 206 foot boat full of history!
  37. Longfellow House & Garden join the Maine Historical Society as you tour the home built in the 1700's and explore the beautiful Maine gardens.
  38. Victorian Mansion this 19th century home is one of the most important in the nation with amazing architecture and extraordinary interiors.
  39. Meadowmere Resort featuring elegant furnishings, balcony or patio, private full-bath, television, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, wireless internet access and individual climate control.  All resort room accommodations are smoke free.  Enjoy a Wine & Cheese      Welcome Reception, provided complimentary to groups arriving between 3-6pm.
  40. Saturday Night Fever at Ogunquit Playhouse with 83 Years of Broadway at the Beach the Ogunquit Playhouse is a favorite for locals and visitors.  Your group is sure to enjoy a show at “America’s Foremost Summer Theatre” with stars such as      Sally Struthers, William Shatner, Betty White, Lorenzo Lamas and many more

July 30, 2015

Best Maine Lobster Dishes : Top Three Lobster Recipes from Ogunquit Maine

Maine Lobster Pizza
Maine Lobster Pizza

Lobster, Lobster, Lobster.  Generally the first question we get from guests is “where do the locals go for lobster”?  But there are so many great restaurants and different ways lobster they prepare it in Ogunquit Maine.  And although three doesn’t come close to the variety of delicious dishes containing lobster – we thought we’d share our favorites for each meal.

Breakfast

Bintliffs is located just north of Ogunquit center and features their signature Maine Lobster Benedict with market fresh native lobster served on English muffin halves and topped with two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.  The perfect start to any day in Ogunquit Maine!

Lunch

CornerStone located in the heart of Ogunquit Village offers a Cold Picked Lobster Pizza.  Their play on a “lobster roll’ turned pizza featuring tarragon-sherry ricotta, mozzarella-provolone blend finished with chilled Maine lobster salad and lemon aioli Gluten free dough is also available

Dinner

The Ogunquit Lobster Pound is located just north of Ogunquit Center and features Hot Boiled Maine Lobster in a friendly Down East comfortable atmosphere.  Phantom Gourmet named them “best boiled lobster” in New England.  The lobster is boiled to perfect in Ogunquit River sea water.

At our hotel in Ogunquit Maine we’re always looking for ways to make your stay one to remember.  Here are a few stories from just this week:

Crystal, a member of our housekeeping team, was cleaning the fitness center when she noticed a guest was having difficulty with the soda machine.  She asked if she could be of assistance and was told the machine didn’t seem to be working.  She told the guest she would fix it and to go ahead and start their work out.  After fixing the machine she delivered a bottle of water to the guest.

Michelle on our Sales Team quickly realized that the Group Leader had a rough day.  They had discussed the bottle of wine the guest had in her suitcase for when the day was over and while the group was out to dinner a wine glass and plate of cheese and crackers was placed in the Group Leaders room along with a note to enjoy her free time.

July 27, 2015

Top Five Family Adventures at our hotel in Ogunquit, Maine

Maine Family Adventure
Maine Family Adventure

Family vacations in Ogunquit Maine have long been a July tradition at our Maine beach resort.  Within walking distance to Ogunquit Beach, Marginal Way, Perkins Cove and the Village of Ogunquit guests enjoy a great location combined with state of the art amenities.  Our Maine family resort offers all you need to keep the kids occupied the whole week with movie showings three times a day, game room, indoor & outdoor pools and Jacuzzi’s and lunch served right on site all you need is right at your finger tips.

Southern Maine has a lot to offer and our family resort provides the perfect starting point to 2015’s Top 5 Family Adventures.

York Wild Animal Kingdom - York, ME (4.6 miles) Steps from York Beach there is something for each member of the family.  The zoo features animals from around the world, Live interactions with Duck Feeding, Petting Zoo, the Deer encounter and Animal Presentations.  The Butterfly kingdom boasts 5,500 square feet where butterflies fly freely.  As well as an amusement park featuring miniature golf, batting cages, rides and games.

Take Flight Adventures – Kittery, ME (10.5 miles)  Maine’s largest high ropes challenge course and the first Seacoast Adventure Zip Tour.  This challenge course has over 60 activities and elements and two different Zip Tours to take your family on a high flying adventure through the Maine trees!  Family Discounts are available and children must be a minimum of 48'' tall and weigh at least 50lbs.  After a day full of aeriel adventure head inside and watch the slide show of the day to see your family in action!

Fun Town Splash Town USA – Saco, ME (23 miles) Southern Maine's Amusement Park features Maine's only wooden roller coaster, Excalibur, and New England's longest and tallest log flume, Thunder Falls for the thrill seekers in the family the 220 foot drop tower, Dragon's Decent is a must.  With Splash Town right next door, family pricing and a large variety of rides, activities, games and food your family is sure to ensure this Maine Adventure!

Old Orchard Beach & Palace Playland (28.5 miles) Set in the heart of Old Orchard Beach featuring the famous Pier Fries is Palace Playland.  The kids will love the carousel, convoy, dizzy dragon and many more family friendly rides.  This playland also features one of the largest arcades in New England holding more than 200 games and attractions.  Take in the views of Old Orchard Beach as you ride the Ferris Wheel or watch the firework display Thursday nights all summer long!

Summit Adventures – South Portland, ME (34 miles) Right at the Maine Mall is the extreme adventure center - Summit Adventures.  Featuring extreme family entertainment with a collection of sports simulators to offer a new activity for mall goers and adventure seekers.  With Rock Climbing, Laser Tag, Human Hamster Balls, Spooky Golf, Wrecking Ball and the Sweeper there is something for everyone in the family.

July 23, 2015

Splash into Family Fun : Ten Water Tips from Our Ogunquit Maine Hotel

Splash into Ogunquit
Splash into Ogunquit

Family vacations in Ogunquit Maine tend to include more than a few hours pool side at our hotel in Ogunquit Maine.  Here at the most beautiful place by the sea there are countless ways for your family to enjoy the water.  Check out these TOP 10 Water Tips to ensure your family is entertained all summer long:

1.  Check into the Meadowmere Resort and soak up the sun with our pool side service while the kids swim around the Indoor pool, Outdoor Pool or one of a kind Roman Spa.

2.  Head down to Ogunquit, Beach to jump the waves with the whole family.

3. Take a drive to Drakes Island – you’re sure to find the best rocks for your family rock skipping contest.

4. Rent some boogie boards right at the beach and rides some waves.

5. Relax on the Beach on Ogunquit River while the kids search for sea creatures such as mussels, crabs and snails.

6. Wait for low tide at the Beach on Ogunquit River to see who can swim to the sand bar first.

7. Cruise aboard the Finest Kind to view the sights by the sea and experience the art of lobstering.

8. Take a family surfing lesson from Liquid Dreams.

9. Rent Kayaks and explore the estuaries.

10. Sign the kids up at the Wells Reserve for their Stream Scientists day camp to discover the vast aquatic life in Maine!

At our hotel in Ogunquit we’re hard at work ensuring your Maine family vacation is one to remember – here are a few stories from staff members who have done just that:

One of our Housekeeper’s noticed a guest at breakfast preferred sweet n low with her coffee and made sure there were extra packets in her room for the in room coffee maker.

Richard just joined us a few months ago in the West Meadow Pub, as he was chatting with our guests enjoying their cocktails he learned the whole family was here celebrating a 50th Anniversary!  He got a plate of Cabbot Cheese and cracker,  a few complimentary glasses of wine and delivered it as a gift.

July 17, 2015

Ten Ways to Eat a Lobster like a Maine-ah in Ogunquit Maine

Maine Lobster
Maine Lobster

At our hotel in Ogunquit Maine we know the best ways for our guests to enjoy a genuine Maine lobster.  Whether you’ve joined us before or have never stepped foot in the state Maine we’re sure you can find the best lobster meal to fit your palette.  With lobstermen heading out to pull traps from Perkins Cove daily, Ogunquit Maine provides the perfect place to munch on the freshest Maine Lobster – just like a Maine-ah.  Here are our Ten Ways to Eat a Lobster from Ogunquit Maine.

  1. Baked Lobster - Barnacle Billy’s Ect. Located in Perkins Cove Ogunquit Maine enjoy views of the lobstering boats with Baked Stuffed Lobster uniquely cooked to ensure moist lobster meat and stuffed with “Barnacle Bunny’s” special lobster meat stuffing.  A favorite Ogunquit Restaurant for the Bush families Maine getaway

  2. Lobster RavioliBintliffs Ogunquit restaurant features the perfect start to your meal with their Lobster Ravioli poached and finished with sherry, fresh cream, capers and black pepper.  Executive Chef and co-owner Norm Hebert’s expertise from Johnson and Whales brings the freshest ingredients in presenting  traditional New England Cuisine.

  3. Lobster - Seafood RisottoRoberto’s offers a traditional fine Italian Ogunquit Restaurant taking pride in the best ingredients from Southern Maine.  Their Seafood Risotto features a classic risotto combined with Maine Lobster meat, Jumbo Shrimp and fresh sea scallops for a delicious and rich entrée.

  4. Traditional Boiled Lobster – The Ogunquit Lobster Pound is located just north of Ogunquit Center and features Hot Boiled Maine Lobster in a friendly Down East comfortable atmosphere.  Phantom Gourmet named them “best boiled lobster” in New England.  The lobster is boiled to perfect in Ogunquit River sea water.

  5. Lobster Mac & CheeseMC Perkins Cove located in Perkins Cove this Ogunquit restaurant offers spectacular ocean views and contemporary American food created by James Bear Award winning chefs, Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier.  Their Lobster Mac & Cheese is topped with herb bread crumbs.

  6. Maine Lobster RollWest Meadow Pub at Meadowmere Resort provides a cozy atmosphere steps from your room.  The perfect spot to enjoy a traditional Maine Lobster!

  7. Lobster BisqueClay Hill Farm is a unique restaurant in Ogunquit set amidst a bird sanctuary and wild life refuge your evening out can include a stroll along the wooded trails in hopes to spot Maine’s wildlife.  After working up an appetite be sure to try their award winning Lobster Bisque (including real Lobster Meat).

  8. Lobster BurritoHooks Bar & Grille is Ogunquit’s newest dining destination featuring Baja inspired cuisine on the coast of Maine!  No where else in Ogunquit will you find a Maine Lobster Burrito served with yellow rice, black beans, lettuce, cheese, guacamole, corn salsa and spicy salsa verde wrapped in a 12’’ flour tortilla.

  9. Surf & TurfBeachfire Bar & Grille offers a crackling fire steps from the beach!  Their house specialty of Stake and Lobster includes a 10 oz sirloin grilled how you like it paired with butter poached lobster.  Enjoy a great meal before heading out to the patio for a Maine beachfire.

  10. Lobster - Seafood Chowder – Jonathan’s Restaurant Ogunquit steps from your hotel room features casual fine dining, exquisite gardens and local artwork.  The Seafood Chowder is a Maine-ahs homemade recipe filled with fresh scallops, lobster, shrimp, potatoes and bacon in a rich and creamy broth.

Stop by Ogunquit Maine this summer where you are sure to find the very best Maine Lobster prepared how you like it!

July 16, 2015

Birding Tips from our Eco Hotel : How to Find the Best Birdng in Ogunquit Maine

Birding in Maine
Birding in Maine

At our hotel in Ogunquit Maine we pride ourselves on our commitment to the environment.  With solar panels, salt water pool filtrations and tons of recycling we do our best to ensure the natural beauty of Ogunquit is here for generations to come. 

Birdlife is a big part of that natural beauty and here are a few tips on how you can enjoy the melody of Maine’s birds:

  1. Step outside – year round the Meadowmere resort is home to Chickadee’s, Robins, Cardinals and more just steps from your room!
  2. Eat Well – Down the street is Clay Hill Farm Ogunquit Maine’s only bird sanctuary enjoy the sites of countless species of birds while enjoying a delicious meal.
  3. Take a Hike – Mt. Agamenticus is Maine Audubons top spot for birding in Southern Maine with deciduous forest, pocket wetlands and upland passerines the variety doesn’t get much better than this.  Sightings of migrating hawks and bald eagles are common.

As you relax on your Ogunquit Maine vacation watch and listen for Maines summer bird songs.  We’re always here to ensure your stay is one to remember here are a few of our stories from just this week:

Lorraine was finishing up after breakfast when a first time guest popped in, noticing the pub was closed they apologized but before they got to the door Lorraine stopped them and asked how she could help.  They let her know that they slept in and didn’t realize they missed breakfast.  She went out back and made a few plates of our homemade pastries and fresh fruit for our guests to enjoy.

A return guest had mentioned in the past that Pistachio Ice Cream was her favorite and becoming more and more difficult to find in stores.  Knowing Barnacle Billy’s offers some great ice cream and countless flavors - Michelle stopped into Perkins Cove prior to the guest arrival to surprise them with a cup of fresh pistachio ice cream placed in their room freezer.

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