Meadowmere Resort

October 14, 2014

What to do on Columbus Day Weekend in Ogunquit, Maine 2014

Traditionally Columbus Day Weekend notates the end of the season for many Maine Coast Businesses

Fall Fun Farm Day
Fall Fun Farm Day

In Ogunquit, Maine it’s a celebration for all those who head south as the seasons change.  This Columbus Day weekend we enjoyed the Sidewalk Sale at the Kittery Outlets with incredible savings on over 100 Designer Outlets, the start of the Scarecrow Contest and some beautiful fall weather.  Just down the road from the Meadowmere Resort the Youth Enrichment Center at Hilton-Winn Farm hosted their 11th Annual Fall Fun Farm Day to York County families and visitors.  Offering a unique setting to bring families to the outdoors for fun, fresh air and a chance to grow and learn from the natural world around them.  The activities included meeting Friendly Farm Animals, Pony Rides, Nature Based Arts & Crafts, Scarecrow Making, Pumpkin Painting, Nature Hikes, Haunted Walk and Hayrides and Live Music.

Of course true Mainers aren’t afraid of the cold air or fresh snow that is headed our way in a few weeks! At the Meadowmere Resort guests find winter to be the best time to enjoy the hot water in the Roman Spa and the glow of our fireplaces.  We’re here year round allowing guests to enjoy all four seasons with the warmth of Maine’s hospitality.  Here are a few service stories from Columbus Day Weekend.

Hannah was looking over reservations due to come in on Friday when she noticed one guest had two reservations on completely opposite sides of the building.  She took some time moving reservations around to get these guests in rooms side by side.

An elderly guest was visiting us in a motorized scooter, realizing that the battery was dying our staff called around to offer a variety of options for rentals in the area during their stay.

Michelle noticed we had guests joining us for their Birthday and Anniversary over the Holiday Weekend.  She headed down to the Village Food Market for some Maine Maple Lobster’s and a card for their room.  

October 06, 2014

Where to Find Great Pumpkins in Maine at the Meadowmere Resort

October is here and so are our fabulous fall decorations including the Great Big Pumpkin.  Guests are

Meadowmere Resort Giant Pumpkin Contest
Meadowmere Resort Giant Pumpkin Contest


coming in from all over the country to Maine to guess the weight of our Great Big Pumpkin and enter to win a Complimentary Night’s Stay at the Meadowmere Resort.

Throughout the Village of Ogunquit, Maine the trees are colorful, the scarecrows are out and pumpkins are everywhere.  At Cornerstone you’ll find seasonal artisan craft beers such as Woodstock Inn Autumn brew, Heavy Seas Aarghtoberfest and other great fall drafts.  The Ogunquit Playhouse is featuring their final show very fitting for this time of the year with the Adams Family.  If you haven’t visited in a while or are in need of a fall escape come join us at the Meadowmere.  Our staff is committed to ensuring your vacation is enjoyable and as easy as the fall breeze.  Here are some of their stories from just this week.

Our Housekeeper Merlene was getting ready for the day when she noticed a guest checking out of their room.  One member of the party had an injured arm and was trying to juggle all of her luggage.  Merlene went right over to take this guests bags to her car.  

Fall is for Family and often time families love to take the Meadowmere Wagons to the Beach.  Another favorite amenity for our guests.  Hannah was at the front desk when a family requested a wagon, the two little girls were all dressed up and begging their daddy for a ride around the property.  As Hannah unlocked the wagon she noticed it was full of beach sand.  She quickly grabbed some cleaning supplies and had it shining like new, she even put a towel down just in case to ensure the girls didn’t get their dresses dirty.

As many of our guests visit from far away boarding passing for their flights are a must.  Guests are happy to use our complimentary business center to print out their flight information but sometimes it’s a tricky process.  Just yesterday a guest came to the desk after getting frustrated by the airport website.  Being well experienced with boarding passes Hannah stepped away from the desk and assisted this guest with his flight registration and printing of boarding passes.  Now that’s full service!  The guest was so thankful for the help.

October 05, 2014

Where to Go Maine Apple Picking in Ogunquit

Maine Family Apple Picking
Maine Family Apple Picking

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest.  At our green hotel a fall favorite is the smell of homemade apple cider and a basket of fresh Maine Apples placed in the lobby daily for guests at our Ogunquit hotel to enjoy.  Our talented and well seasoned staff has been preparing this Apple Cider Recipe for over 10 years and we were able to convince them to share how to make Maine apple cider with you:

Meadowmere Hot Apple Cider  

1 Gallon of Maine Apple Cider

4 Cinnamon Sticks

Mulled Spices

2 Cups of Fresh Orange Juice

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally

Of course the secret ingredient at our Ogunquit hotel is the fresh, local cider from Giles Family Farm – our #1 choice for Maine apples and cider.  Labor Day to mid October this family farm opens its gates on weekends and holidays so you can Pick-Your-Own Maine Apples right off the trees in their orchard.

When you check-in to our Green Hotel in Maine this October you won’t just find fresh Maine Apples and Hot Apple Cider. We also have an Apple Picking Map with directions from our Ogunquit hotel to a variety of Maine Apple Farms.  These are local favorites and family traditions for a lot of our employees. Here is a quick list of Where to Go Maine Apple Picking:

A great place to take the kids! At Spillers Farm, Farmer Bill heads to the orchard daily to mark his Maine Apples with a pink ribbon notating they are ready to be picked.  You’ll also find cows, free fun children games, Jamboree and Hay Rides.   Grab a sandwich at their market for a picnic and enjoy a day of picking Maine Apples.

At McDougal Orchards you’ll find a great variety of Maine Apples including Mac, Cortland, Blondee, Fuji and Gala.  Join them this year for their 40th Season of Pick Your Own Apples in Maine.  They don’t just have Maine Apples - Here you can also grab Local honey and Capt Jacks Cider Donuts. If you’re a long way from home they will even ship what you pick for when you return home from our Ogunquit hotel.  The whole family will enjoy Farm Animal Displays, Hay Rides, Corn Maze and the Fairy Village.

Maine Apple Hayrides
Maine Apples and Hayrides

Libby and Sons boasts over 40 Acres of Fruity Family Fun.  With Maine Apples, Blueberries, Raspberries and Peaches explore the wonders of locally grown, fresh fruit.  You’ll also find Apple Cider, Blueberry and Pumpkin Donuts, Caramel Apples and their freshly pressed Old-Fashioned Apple Cider.  They are located just ½ mile from Sawyer Mount - for the adventurer in you, climb to the summit and take in the breathtaking views of the foliage.

Make your Fall Maine Vacation a fun one and explore the simple but splendid with our guide on Where to Go Maine Apple picking in Ogunquit at the Meadowmere Resort.

September 29, 2014

Fall Foliage and Fairs in September in Maine at the Meadowmere Resort

September in Maine brought a few cold days along, just in time for the leaves to change. 

Ogunquit Maine Foliage
Ogunquit Maine Foliage

This past weekend the weather has been beautiful – it feels like summer as we stroll along Ogunquit Beach, Mount Agamenticus or drive up to the Maine Agricultural Fairs in September.  The Cumberland Fair ended this weekend with lots of fun for the whole family Farris wheels and cotton candy for the kids, harness racing and Maine liquors for the adults.  The Fryeburg Fair has always been a favorite to visitors and we are excited to see its gates opening Sunday, September 28, 2014.  At the Meadowmere we always know what’s going on and how to make your stay a memorable one.  Here are a couple of stories from our Ogunquit hotel this week.

Ioana, our Front Desk Agent, was checking in a woman traveling alone, they had an extensive conversation about the on-goings in Ogunquit during this guests visit.  Finding a little time between check-ins and phone calls Ioana arranged a vacation plan for this guest.  Scheduling out all of Ogunquit’s Highlights to ensure she didn’t miss a beat, including a Cruise around the Nubble Lighthouse aboard the FinestKind, stroll around the Marginal Way, lunch in Perkins Cove and so much more.

On the other end of the hotel our Room Attendant Jodi was chatting it up with a lovely couple in one of our King Fireplace Suites.  These guests were visiting us for well over a week and come to find out they were here for their very own Ogunquit Wedding.  Jodi offered her congratulations and on her way home from

Nubble Lighthouse Cruise
Nubble Lighthouse Cruise

worked stopped into one of the unique boutique shops in Ogunquit Village.  She picked up a Card, a Romantic Candle and box of sweets.

 It’s always a pleasure to be a part of such a special occasion.

September 28, 2014

October brings more than Fall Foliage in Ogunquit Maine!

Autumn is a distinctive season for visitors to experience the southern Maine Coast and our Maine Family Resort.    The famous New England Foliage brings many guests who are eager to experience the brilliant colors painting the landscape along Maine’s country side.  Although the foliage is magnificent that’s not all Ogunquit, Maine has to offer in October.  We’ve pulled together our Top 5 Favorite October Festivals for your visit to our Maine Family Resort this fall.

Meadowmere Resort Scarecrow Contest
Meadowmere Resort Scarecrow Contest
 
 

# 1 OgunquitFest

Each year Ogunquit Village residents and businesses unite in decorating their properties for the fall season.   All year round we find guests admiring our array of trophies located in our lobby.  It’s always fun to share the stories and memories of the OgunquitFest Celebrations and the Beach Bed Race.  This Annual Festival kicks off with a Scarecrow Contest, Monster Mash and new for 2014 is the Maine Outdoor Film Festival.  As the weekend continues so does the family fun with Autumn Bazaar, Great Pumpkin Patch, Beach Obstacle Course and the Ghostly Tours there’s no better time for your Maine Family Vacation.

#2 Columbus Day Weekend

What better to way to celebrate Columbus Day Weekend than a visit to New England?  At our Maine Family resort experience a long weekend by the sea with gourmet dining and the colors of fall.  Head north on Saturday to the countryside town of Kennebunk for their HarvestFest with scavenger hunts, live bands and crafts or visit the Hilton-Winn Farm for their Fall Fun Farm Day right here in Ogunquit.

#3 OktoberFest

Our friendly neighbors in York pair up with us here in Ogunquit for Maine’s Oktoberfest with Flavors of Fall, Salefest, Antiquefest and tours of historic innsExperience Southern Maine like never before steps from our Maine Family Resort.

#4 Harvest on the Harbor

For the foodie in you spend a day in Maine’s historic city of Portland to enjoy the annual Harvest on the Harbor.  With events including Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition, Harvest Dinner, Grand Tasting and The Big Eat these Maine Chef’s are sure to excite your palate.   With your belly’s full enjoy the scenic drive along Maine’s Coast to relax in our cozy pub in front of the wood burning fireplace.

#5 HarvestFest

Take in the colors of fall as you drive along Shore Road from Ogunquit to York.  Landing on Short Sands Beach enjoy Live bands, Local food vendors, crafts and Kidsfest with pony rides, pumpkin carving and horse-drawn wagon rides.

 

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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