Meadowmere Resort

September 12, 2014

Maine Family Vacations in Ogunquit During the Off Season

Our Ogunquit Maine Family Resort prides itself with attention to detail, Maine Hospitality and wonderful amenities.  In fact these three factors are the main reason why so many of our guests come back to our Ogunquit hotel time and time again.  It’s always fun to see generations returning year after year as our Ogunquit hotel becomes part of their family traditions.  Here are a few of our favorite upcoming Maine Family Vacation Traditions for you to enjoy when visiting our hotel in Ogunquit.

Ogunquit Fest 2014– October23-25 OgunquitFest kicks off with the Scarecrow Contest beginning

Gordy the Scarecrow at Meadowmere
Gordy the Scarecrow at Meadowmere


Columbus Day Weekend.  Watch as local businesses put up their Fall Decorations! Here at the Meadowmere, Gordy and the Witch have been guest favorites for years.  Be sure to vote for your favorite by October 25, 2014.  Throughout OgunquitFest enjoy Family Friendly Maine Activities including scavenger hunts.  The Maine Outdoor Film Festival will be coming to Ogunquit on Thursday, October 23, 2014 and the weekend brings Monster Mash, Autumn Bazaar, Wagon Rides, Great Pumpkin Patch, Costume Parade and of course the Bridge to Beach Bed Race.  There are so many more great Maine Family Activities.

Fall Foliage & Apple Picking – Throughout September and October experience the famous foliage of New England in our Seaside Village of Ogunquit!  The trees are turning all different beautiful colors from green to reds, oranges and purples.  The local farms offer a great place to take in the views of the foliage with warm apple cider and of course lots of apples for the kids to pick.

Christmas by the Sea

Christmas By the Sea
Christmas By the Sea

December brings two weeks of Holiday Cheer as our neighbors in Kennebunkport host their Christmas Prelude the first weekend with the popular Dock Square Tree Lighting and Hat Parade.  Followed by Ogunquit’s Annual Christmas by the Sea the second weekend.  In Ogunquit experience the Tree Lighting combined with caroling in the center of town followed by the Bonfire at the Beach just moments from our Ogunquit hotel.  Christmas By the Sea
Christmas By the SeaKeep warm with the Maine Chowder Tasting Competition and Christmas Crafts.  Snap pictures of the kids on Santa’s Lap and finish up some last minute Christmas Shopping as the local shops  launch their holiday sales.

School Vacation Escape February and April bring a well needed break from school for the kids.  With daily showings in our TV Room and game room fun it’s no question why so many choose our Maine Family ResortJonathan’s restaurant is right next door with a great family menu and just down the street you’ll find sledding, ice skating and cross country skiing.

Maine Maple Sunday
Maine Maine Sundaythis Annual Event is like no other and always falls on the 4th Sunday in March as spring arrives on the calendar.  Our Maine Family Resort will provide a Maine Sugar Shack & Maple Trail Map to our favorite maple farms where you will find demonstrations, maple candy, maple ice cream and course Maine Maple Syrup. 

Maine Maine Sunday
Maine Maine Sunday

September 11, 2014

September Things to do in Ogunquit Maine

Ogunquit Maine Capriccio Festival
Ogunquit Maine Capriccio Festival

Wondering what’s going on in Maine now that August is gone?  Here are a few of our September Favorites in Ogunquit, Maine:

Capriccio Festival of the Arts – for the first two weeks in September experience the music around the village, special art events at the museums and galleries and of course the kite festival on the beach.  Ogunquit Performing Arts has been organizing this festival for 24 years – join us September 2014 to celebrate Ogunquit Maine’s anniversary as an independent town.

Judy Collins visits Ogunquit Maine this September.  For nearly 45 years her poetic lyrics and dulcet tones have graced our ears experience this folk icon in person at Jonathan’s Restaurant. Helpful hint - experience our Ogunquit Maine hotel and receive a discount when you show your concert ticket from that nights show.

Open Lighthouse House day – what is a trip to the coast of Maine without visiting our amazing lighthouses?  On the 13th of September experience Open Lighthouse day to tour a number of historic and wonderful lighthouses such as Portland Head Lighthouse, Spring Point Lighthouse, Wood Island Lighthouse and so many more.

September brings the Fair Season and lots to experience.  Learn about Maine’s agriculture with experiences of harness racing, steer & oxen show, great music, tractor pulls and so much more.  Our favorites include the Fryeburg Fair and Cumberland Fair.

New Age NightClay Hill Farm Restaurant are expanding horizons join this unique Restaurant slash Bird Sanctuary for night in the intuitive realm.  Their New Age Night will feature a 3-course dinner paired with a personal, intuitive reading in the private Veranda Room, readings include Psychometry, Feng Shui and cards.

Head south in September for a day in Hampton, New Hampshire and experience the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival – there’s no better way to experience the local cuisine anf have a little adventure this September in Ogunquit Maine.

September 09, 2014

Maine Hospitality at our Ogunquit hotel - Meadowmere Resort!

Ogunquit Maine holds something for everyone, whether you’re retired and looking for golf, enjoying a cocktail at the bar or in the pool with puddle jumpers.  You will find all that and more here at the most Beautiful Place by the Sea - Ogunquit Maine. 

Just this week we had a couple a visiting us enjoying their retirement and their sunny September

           Maine Hospitality
Maine Hospitality


vacatio. Unfortunately, very late one evening one of these guest tripped in their room and got a nasty bump on the head.  Lucky for them Jack, our seasoned over-night employee, was at the desk when he got the call.  He went right up to the room to assist them. After making sure everyone was ok, he offered to call an ambulance just in case she had a concussion.  The guest declined the offered but agreed a visit to the doctor would be in order.  Jack quickly printed them directions to the closest hospital.  Once the guests were on their way he went back to their room to straighten it all up so they would be comfortable when returning to our Ogunquit hotel.

Also this week our Ogunquit resort had a wonderful family visiting. Upon arriving to the hotel they were having a hard time finding where to park for their room.  Trisha and Whitney noticed that they looked confused in the parking lot and offered assistance.   With kids anxious to get into the pool and parents wanting to relax after a long ride, our team helped them find the best parking spot for their room and even helped them to parallel park.  They were so happy to begin their vacation here in Ogunquit with some Maine Hospitality at our hotel.  

September 03, 2014

2014 Labor Day Weekend in Ogunquit, Maine!

Labor Day in Ogunquit Maine
Labor Day in Ogunquit Maine

Labor Day was yet another interesting weekend in Ogunquit, Maine with Bob Marley kicking off the holiday with his hilarious performance at Jonathan’s Restaurant on Thursday night.  Friday we were pleased to welcome guests from all over the country as they gathered for a seaside wedding.  Fortunately the weather was almost as beautiful as the bride. 

The Ogunquit Playhouse finished up with Mary Poppins on Saturday which had been the talk around town since opening night July 30th. We heard so many people comment that it was better than BroadwayThe Ogunquit Museum of American Art completed the exhibition of Richard Brown Lethem: Figure Abstraction on Sunday afternoon, a wonderful show of emotional consciousness connecting with the visceral form. The arts were everywhere!

As we say good-bye to summer and the wonderful events it brought in 2014, we are pleased to welcome September and autumn. We can't wait to experience the marvels Fall will bring!  New performances at Jonathan’s, new Shows at the Playhouse, new exhibits at the Art Museum and so much more!

There is no better way to celebrate the holiday than a vacation to Ogunquit.  This past weekend we were excited to welcome new guests, returning guests and wedding guests to our Maine Resort!  As usual our staff was happy to take care and share memories this Holiday Weekend!

For example, Celia was met in the hallway by a guest who had stepped in some gum outside.  The guest asked if she had a rag or something that would help get it off her shoe.  Celia grabbed some goo-gone (magical stuff!) and a few other helpful tools and removed the gum for the guest.

Maine Hospitality
Maine Hospitality

As always our front desk team went out of their way ensuring our guests found the perfect spot for dinner whether they were looking for a romantic evening at the Old Village Inn, breathtaking views at MC Perkins or a farm to table experience at Frankie and Jonnies.  One of our employees even helped secure last minute transportation for a guest to catch his flight at Boston’s Logan Airport.  She called a cab to pick him up and provided schedules along costs of C & J bus lines and the Amtrak.

August 25, 2014

End of August Activities in Ogunquit Maine

Capriccio Festival of the Arts
Capriccio Festival of the Arts

Well the last week of August is upon us, it’s been a little chilly lately and our Ogunquit hotel is excited for the warm weather expected this week!  The Farmer’s Almanac predicts this September will be quite warm as well.  We are looking forward to enjoying  the apple picking, foliage and fall fun with the sun shining down on us.

Coming up at our Ogunquit hotel, we are looking forward to the Capriccio Festival of the Arts as Ogunquit Celebrates its 10th anniversary as an independent town.  The Ogunquit Playhouse begins Witches of Eastwick with Sally Stuthers and Jonathan’s Concert Series hosts Melissa Ferrick & Vicki Monroe.  There’s lots of excitement heading to Ogunquit - be sure you don’t miss out!

At our Ogunquit Maine hotel our staff is ensuring you’re in good hands in fact here are a few stories of how they are going above and beyond to ensure our guests have a great Ogunquit Maine Experience!

A potential guest had just arrived in Ogunquit, never having been to Maine they had quite a few questions about our Ogunquit Maine Resort.  They mentioned to Michelle, one of our reservationist, that they were just down the street.  She offered to give them a tour of the hotel and available rooms if they were able to stop in.  After viewing the hotel amenities as well as a few different room options these guests settled into a Honeymoon Suite to enjoy a relaxing weekend exploring the coast of Maine.

Trisha was cleaning one of our Junior Suites when a guest inquired about the closest ice machine.  She walked him down the hall and pointed out the closest vending location conveniently located in each building. The guest was impressed with the time and attention on a little request - he knew he was in good hands.

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August 20, 2014

August Art Week 2014 in Ogunquit Maine

Art by Brandy Cressey
Art by Brandy Cressey

Coming up this week in Ogunquit in August - we are looking forward to the 41th Annual Sidewalk Art Show & Sale on the 21st.  The streets of our charming Maine village will be lined with talented local artists come and explore the fine arts of Ogunquit.  Often our Ogunquit Hotel finds treasures for our hotel rooms and hope you’ll find a few to take home. And for the collectors, the week ends with Art by the Sea Gala at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Unique experiences and beautiful art by famous names such as John Laurent and Donald Jurney. When planning a trip to Ogunquit at our hotel for this week, carve out some time to enjoy the art!

In this past week, with a full house, our staff showed off their Maine Hospitality - after all, good service is a work of art too. Here are a few of their stories:

          A guest, in need of a wheel chair for his Ogunquit vacation, stopped at the front desk for assistance.  He thought that he had ordered the wheel chair from a local providerin advance and wasn’t sure why it never arrived.  Lauren, knowing the importance of this guest need to enjoy his vacation, quickly called the company to find out what had gone wrong.  She spent over 20 minutes on the phone trying to figure it out and ensuring they rushed the delivery to our Ogunquit hotel. The guest never had to worry - Lauren covered each detail for him.

          Tori was cleaning a room at our Maine hotel and noticed their igloo cooler was leaking all over the guest table.  She cleaned up the melted ice and grabbed and extra bath mat to place under the cooler to make sure that nearby belongings stayed dry. Just another example of how an eye for detail can help make a vacation at our Ogunquit hotel go smoothly.

          Whitney was in the hallway when a guest approached her and mentioned that she didn’t sleep well due to the pillows on her bed.  Knowing the quality of our pillows is excellent - We inspect daily and replace as needed - but that personal preferencse might change a guest need, she asked what it was that the guest disliked.  The guest explained that they are too fluffy and that she preferred flat pillows. Whitney happily retreived two flat pillows to make that guest comfortable and help her enjoy her stay in our Ogunquit accommodations.

August 15, 2014

Best Ogunquit Restaurants when in Maine for an August Getaway

 

Stonewall Kitchen Cooking Class Maine
Stonewall Kitchen Cooking Class Maine

 

Have you realized the vast array of dining experiences that Ogunquit, Maine has to offer?  We wouldn’t want you to miss out so here are a few of our favorites for you to try if you visit us this August.

If you’ve found your accommodations in Ogunquit Maine with the Meadowmere Resort then you’ve just got to try Jonathan’s Restaurant.  You can’t beat the convenience and location a quick walk from your room and you’re there. 

But what makes it special? 

Well let us start with the food – this family owned and operated restaurant also has Jonathan’s Farm down the road so their lamb and many of their fruits and vegetables are local and sustainable.  They even have a special Chef’s Table menu offering hand-crafted dishes using only the freshest local and sustainable ingredients because nothing beats the flavor of quality locally grown food!

Then there's the entertainment it can’t be beat, from the local art and beautiful gardens to the piano bar and 400 gallon Aquarium there is always something to enjoy.   Of course their Premier Tickets will get you dinner & a show.  Take a look at Jonathan’s year round concert series and enjoy artists such as Bob Marley, Ben Taylor coming us this August!  Also featured this year have been Paula Poundstone, Craig Campbell, Judy Collins and so many more.  Get  a 10% discount on accommodations in Ogunquit Maine when you show that nights concert ticket at the Meadowmere Resort.

A wonderful experience for your Maine Getaway.  With regular classes year round it’s a must –view the menu in advance and choose the best fit for your palate; enjoy cuisine ranging from Italy to Asia and the Maine classics we all love.  The class includes generous portions of each course, beer or wine, live Chef Demonstrations, great tips & facts and a complete recipe packet so you can recreate meals at home.  Featured classes this August include Venire a Cena with Lobster Risoto, Stick to Your Ribs will create Smores Whoopie Pie, and Summer Picnic with Buttermilk Fried Chicken.

Located in the heart of Ogunquit Maine you’ll find Artisanal Pizza & Craft Beer.  That’s gourmet stone oven pizza paired with hand crafted local & imported beer.  Their seasonal wine or beer tasting menus are a great way to expand your knowledge and so much fun!  Find out more about special Craft Beer packages including Cornerstone and accommodations in Ogunquit Maine.

Also in August heading north from Ogunquit Maine you will find Freeport with outlet shopping including the popular L.L. Bean store it’s a great day trip.  This August Wolf’s Neck Farm will be offering their Family Barn Yard activities along with Farm to Table Dinner.  

 

 

August 11, 2014

100 Reasons to visit Ogunquit Maine at our hotel

100 Point Inspection at our Ogunquit Maine hotel
100 Point Inspection at our Ogunquit Maine hotel

Did you know that every room at the Meadowmere goes through an intensive 100 Point Inspection?  That's right there are 100 things that our housekeeping team looks for when cleaning your room.  It's a lot of work and well worth it with all the positive comments we receive about cleanliness.  We know that a clean room is why so many guests join us time and time again, and why many of them refer to us as their Home Away From Home.

Just this week Whitney was cleaning a room while our guest was enjoying a day in the sun at the Outdoor Pool.  She noticed that the mini refrigerators, which are standard in all rooms at our Ogunquit Maine hotel, didn't seem to be working properly... Upon further investigation she realized that pesky thing was going through the automatic defrost.  A great feature and it certainly helps out our housekeeping team, but not when it interferes with a guests stay.  Whitney turned off the automatic defrost and reset the fridge so that this guest wouldn't have to worry.

Up and coming this week we have a huge wedding party visiting our Ogunquit Maine hotel!  We are so excited to be a part of this couples special day.  They even have our favorite florist Calluna Fine Flowers preparing their flowers for their extraordinary day.  Weddings in Ogunquit Maine are so much fun, especially when they bring family and friends together that are spread out around the country. 

Calluna Fine Flowers in Ogunquit Maine
Calluna Fine Flowers in Ogunquit Maine

Needless to say we have a lot of new guests visiting and just a few days ago Celia was cleaning uparound the hotel when she noticed someone who seemed to have a hard time finding his way around our Ogunquit, Maine hotel.  Celia dropped what she was doing and offered to show this guest around – after all with all we have to offer we don’t want any of our guests to miss out on our amenities.  

August 09, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Tour Ogunquit Maine by Motor Coach

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Why do so many groups choose lodging in Ogunquit Maine when planning their tours?  There are countless reason - but let's start with the Top 5:

1. Variety of Culinary Experiences in Ogunquit Maine

  • Jonathan’s Restaurant: Groups are welcome to enjoy their exquisite gardens and local art while enjoying a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner menu options - enjoy Maine Hospitality.
  • Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School: With generous portions of each course, beer or wine, live Chef Demonstrations, great tips & facts and a complete recipe packet for each guest to recreate at home.
  • Jackie’s Too: Located in Perkins Cove experience the amazing view of the Atlantic Coast in the active fishing harbor of Perkins Cove all while enjoying a casual lunch.
  • Fosters Clambake: “No tour of the Maine coast is complete without experiencing a genuine Maine Clambake” Foster’s is the only way to go for a traditional Maine lobster bake. 

 2.    Location for Day Tours –  lodging in Ogunquit Maine puts your group right in the middle of some of the best New England towns

3.    Group Activities – Ogunquit Maine offers a diverse selection of activities for groups from the forest to the sea, adventure and culture you’ll find the perfect fit for any itinerary

  • Ogunquit Playhouse:  One of Maine’s cultural jewels and a cornerstone of America’s theatrical heritage with over 80 years producing the highest quality theatre.
  • Finestkind Cruise: Departs from Perkins Cove and combines the scenic beauty of Villages’ shoreline with a firsthand lobstering experience.  Also offering breakfast, lighthouse and cocktail cruises
  • Hilton-Winn Farm: non-profit offering a country farm experience for children as well as unique Teambuilding excises and volunteer opportunities for your group.  Surrounded by countless acres of conservation explore Maine’s farm and forest land
  • Take Flight: Maine’s largest Aerial Adventure Course with over 60 activities and elements and 2 different Adventure Zip Tours a challenge like no other

4.    Four Seasons of Excitement when lodging in Ogunquit Maine

  • Winter: December brings famous Holiday Festivals to the Southern Maine Coast with Christmas by the Sea and Christmas Prelude enjoy wreath making, hat parades, craft fairs, and chestnuts roasting on the open fire! 
  • Spring: April breathes life back into us all as the snow melts away, the flowers begin to bloom and the butterflies flutter around.  What a great escape - no crowds, mild temperatures and great deals right thru June.
  • Summer: For the group that likes the hustle and bustle. Explore the Marginal Way, experience the coast by sea with Group Kayaking Excursions or sit back and take in the famous Ogunquit Playhouse summer theatre production. The town is buzzing in peak season.
  • Fall: Autumn arrives and the leaves begin to turn showcasing the legendary New England Foliage.  Tour the Maine Coast and back roads of Ogunquit for the best views.  Return to the Meadowmere for a relaxing evening with fresh hot apple cider!

5.    Meadowmere Resort is considered a local favorite for group lodging in Ogunquit Maine here’s why…

  • Value: competitive rates inclusive of resort amenities along with Complimentary Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception and Complimentary Coach Parking
  • Amenities: when rainy days ruin your plans you can rest assured your groups have plenty to do with an indoor pool, Indoor Roman Bath, Award-Winning Health Club and Spa paired with a 40 seat stadium TV Room . There’s something for everyone to enjoy rain or shine.
  • Location: Central location offers a great advantage for day trips, walking distance to Ogunquit Village, Ogunquit Beach and the active fishing harbor of Perkins Cove.
  • Service: With a motto of "Family Serving Family" you'll find service at this Ogunquit Maine Resort that you just can't find anywhere else!

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August 05, 2014

Maine Family Vacation in August!

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We’re more than half way through the year 2014 so if you haven’t taken that Maine Family Vacation yet or if you need to get away for a day or two now is the time.  Don’t let another moment pass you by.  Our Maine Family Resort puts you steps from all the action or relaxation you desire.  Here are a few fun ideas to consider for your Maine Family Vacation this August!

  1. Stories by the Sea – Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am the Ogunquit Museum of American Art hosts a local author to share a wonderful children’s story and create a hands-on piece of art to take come.  And for only $5 per child your free to explore the Exhibitions including Henrey Strater: Arizona Winters, Richard Brown Lethem: Figure Abstraction, Andrew Wyeth: The Linda L. Beach Collection and so much more!
  2. Take in a show at the Ogunquit Playhouse with their 2014 Children’s Theatre featuring performances by their Children’s Theatre Jr. Players, your kids are sure to enjoy productions such as Peter Pan Jr. & Dinosaurs Before Dark kids.  Also on stage this month you’ll find Marry Poppins featuring Gail Bennette
  3. Explore the wildlife at York’s Wild Animal Kingdom featuring an interactive Deer Encounter, Petting Zoo and Paddle Boat rides around the main lake with over 100 domestic ducks!  Ask about discount coupons at our Maine Family Resort!
  4. Discover the fun and history of our town trolley on your Maine Family Vacation.  Head to the beach or Perkins Cove on the Ogunquit, Maine Trolley or Visit Kennebunkport’s Seashore Trolley Museum featuring Ice Cream & Sunset Rides Wednesday & Thursday nights! 
  5. Trust your Family is in good hands at our Maine Family Resort – where our employees care about you and your vacation needs.  Here are a few stories from our guests showcasing the thoughtful nature you’ll encounter on your Maine Family Vacation:

Tori, a seasoned housekeeper, was cleaning a room upon a guest departure.  She noticed right away that a dress was left behind.  Hoping to catch the guest before they left town she quickly headed to the parking lot.  Fortunately she found the guests as they were loading up their car to head home!  The guest was so grateful as this was her favorite dress!Umbrella

Rain ensures our natural landscape flourishes this time of the year and we all enjoy seeing the beach rose, the lavender and the hydrangeas in bloom.  But on your Maine Family Vacation, with your umbrella at home, rain can be disappointing. At our Maine Family Resort there’s plenty to do for the whole family rain or shine.  One particular morning a guest was bringing breakfast to her family when it started to pour!  Having booked in our East Meadow Building to enjoy the spacious backyard she inquired with Hannah the best way to get back to her room.  Hannah directed her down the hall and out the back exit to avoid the rain as much as possible and offered her personal umbrella to keep this guest dry!

 

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