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October 29, 2015

Maine Made on the Southern Maine Coast : Local Food & Treats near our Ogunquit Hotel

Maine Farmers Market
Maine Farmers Market

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a Maine’s Farmers Market and fresh Maine Made goodies!  Just down the street from the Meadowmere you’ll find York Maine’s Farmers Market held until October 10th.  You’ll find some of our favorite treats like homemade artisan breads from When Pigs Fly and Green Parrot Woodworks with their handmade cutting boards and wooden boxes.  If you’re lucky you’ll catch Amalie Candle Co and their hand poured natural soy candles or Washed Ashore Designs with handmade copper jewelry.  Of course plenty of fall produce and natural products from around southern Maine be sure to stop in and check it out on your way to Stonewall Kitchen!  At our hotel in Ogunquit Maine we here to grow your vacation into a yearly tradition with our familiar and friendly staff here help 24 hours a day each day of the year.  Here are a few stories from just this week:     

Michelle was walking down the hall when she overheard a few of our guests discussing how to get to the ice machine.  As she heard them speaking of the ice machine in the lobby she chimmed in and informed them there was an additional ice machine right around the corner.  The guests were happy to hear it was so close to their room.

Liz at the front desk recieved a call from one of our guests who was struggling to connect to the resort wifi, she went right up to the room and ensured all of his devices had the appropriate setting and was able to get them all connected right away.

 

October 22, 2015

Fall in Maine : Things Mainers Do with Great Big Gaint Pumpkins

Maine's Great Big Pumpkins
Maine's Great Big Pumpkins

The fall season in Maine brings more than colorful leaves, it’s also a time for Maine Farmahs to show off their agricultural skills at a number of County Fairs throughout the state.  A favorite Maine event for any fair is the pumpkin weigh off, sure we don’t grow ‘em quit as big as they do in Switzerland but we sure have fun.  In Lincoln County Maine they care more about the buoyancy than the weight of their Great Big Pumpkins that’s right -its gotta float how else are they gonna paddle around the lake in the fall?  Mainah’s also have innovative approach to smashing pumpkins with the Pumpkin Drop and Pumpkin Hurl.  At the Meadowmere you’ll find hundreds of pumpkins sprinkled the grounds of our hotel in Ogunquit including our Great Big Pumpkin grown by New England Farmers each year.  Stop on in and give us a guess on what it weighs to win a free vacation by the Sea!  We’re here each day to ensure your vacation is in good hands here are a few stories from our staff this week:    

Noah was taking out the trash when he saw a guest wandering about the parking lot looking a bit lost.  He asked if there was anything he could help them with and they informed him they needed to get to the Main Lobby to check in.  He dropped what he was doing and walked them over to our friendly front desk staff.

Jake was heading to car after a long day at work when a guest inquired where they could get an additional laundry bag.  He went back in to get one and hand delivered it to their room.

A few guests stopped in during their fall Harley tour through New England and wanted to see some of our guest rooms, as Michelle was walking them around the hotel and showing them the available rooms she realized their only hesitation was with parking.  As the building they were most interested in was located on a slight hill she walked them to the alternate entrance to point out flatter parking spaces.  The guests were thrilled to have rooms close to their bikes and a flat safe parking spot for them as well!

October 19, 2015

The History of Pumpkins : Fall Fun at the Meadowmere Resort Ogunquit

Pumpkins from the Meadowmere Resort
Pumpkins from the Meadowmere Resort

There are many tales of the origin of Jack-o-Lantern from a variety of cultures.  Common folklores of a blacksmith doomed to haunt the earth are shared in tales of Will-o-the-wisp and Stingy Jack in which a trickster banned from heaven and hell is given an eternal light, which he places in a carved turnip and uses as a lantern as he roams the earth.  What a fitting story on Halloween a time of year to carve Jack-O-Lanterns and remember spirits that have passed.   While many of us may be out trick o treating and dressing up in our scariest costumes some people still light candles on graves in respect for the dead and the spirits of All Hallows’ Eve. 

Now a days October is the month when carved pumpkins line windows and door steps throughout our quaint village and our hotel in Ogunquit Maine.  Visitors and Locals alike gather to our favorite pumpkin patches in search of the perfect backdrop for their creativity.  Just down the street from the Meadowmere Zach’s Farm offers tractor pulled pumpkin pickin hayrides to their half mile patch where you’re sure to find the perfect one.  Heading north from our hotel in Ogunquit you’ll find Spillers Farm with their pumpkin hayride and farm tour; explore the farm with the little covered bridge, calves, bee hives and geese to name a few then head into the pumpkin patch and find the one that’s just right.   

Who knows this year’s Jack-O-Lantern could be scary, silly or sweet we’re sure you will find lots of variety here in charming New England.  With beautiful fall foliage flourishing all around it’s no wonder the Northeast holds the world record for the most jack-o-lanterns carved and lit in one place. 

Pumpkins, of course are good for a lot more than decorating they’re also super yummy!  The adored tradition of roasting the pumpkin seeds when the carvings complete offers a tasty and nutritious snack.  Pumpkin seeds are filled with heart healthy magnesium, zinc to support the immune system, Omega-3 fats and many more benefits for your health.  Pumpkin is one of the most popular field crops around the world and full of antioxidants and vitamins no wonder pumpkin pie is a fall tradition!

In Ogunquit Maine our creative chef’s cook up some deliciously unique meals in fall, pairing their culinary skills with the seasonal harvest makes for a few can’t miss pumpkin specialties.  With a dining room overlooking the micro farm The Velveteen Habit is sure have a few surprise specials on the menu and at our hotel in Ogunquit our fingers are crossed that CornerStone will be bringing back their pumpkin mac & cheese real soon.  We hope to see you there!   

October 15, 2015

Foilage in New England: Fall in Maine at the Meadowmere Resort

Fall in Ogunquit
Fall in Ogunquit

The Northeastern United State, the Northeast, New England terms defining a region known for its Colonial past, long Atlantic coastline, beautiful autumn foliage and forested mountain regions.  In October New England holds the most scenic drives in the US.  The favorite drive to our hotel in Ogunquit is of course the Kancamagus Highway in NH where getting here is half the fun.  As you travel along the scenic White Mountain National Forest through Maine’s picturesque roads taking in the views of the autumn leaves and charming towns the calm relaxing culture of New England starts to sink in.  By the time you reach the Meadowmere and Ogunquit’s delightful village you’ll be ready to stretch your legs with a stroll along the quaint shops, stunning cliff walk and one of the most beautiful beaches on the Atlantic.  At our hotel in Ogunquit Maine we’re here to ensure the beauty of Maine and New England is at your fingertips with a knowledgeable staff ready to send you on your way to experience the specialties of Maine!  Here are a few stories from our staff this week:

At the front desk Liz was busy assisting guests with their reservations at our hotel in Ogunquit when a first time guest called in.  This guest told Liz that she is a single mom and in the middle of moving, she was able to find a babysitter and looking forward to a relaxing and much needed getaway.  Liz took care of her reservation ensuring an in-room Jacuzzi to ensure ultimate relaxation and sent up a box of homemade chocolates along with a note to unwind & enjoy!

October 14, 2015

Southern Maine Weddings Tips: The Best Places to Find a Wedding Cake in Southern Maine

Keep-Calm-and-Let-Them-Eat-CakeThe wedding cake. A sweet ending to a beautiful day. That moment when the happy couple feed each other the first slice. The wedding cake has a long tradition, starting in ancient Roman times as a way to bring good fortune to the bride. In medieval England, the most important part of the wedding meal was the bride cake, as it was instrumental in insuring happiness.  And while maybe in our modern times, we realize that some flour, eggs and frosting isn’t the key to prosperity and fertility, we still all agree that the wedding cake is tasty tradition.

As you plan your wedding in Southern Maine, you may be wondering where is the best place to get your wedding cake? At our hotel in Ogunquit, we have had the pleasure of working with (and tasting!) quite a few. Here are our recommendations on the best places to find a wedding cake in Southern Maine.

Best Wedding Cake Bakeries in Southern Maine

Wedding Cake Want:  Tiered & Photo Ready

The glamour cake. Three or more levels of frosted and fondant delight. Custom designed to your theme and, besides the happy couple, the most photographed item at the wedding. When you want your guests to awe over your cake, Let Them Eat Cake in Kennebunk Maine is your baker.  Award winning and with over 25 years of wedding experience, you will work with Gayle and her team and have the wedding cake of your dreams.

Wedding Cake Want:  Local & Delicious

Lobcake2Part of the fun of destination wedding in Maine is using our talented local vendors to create a real Maine wedding feel for your day.  Ayuh – us Mainers are a fun brunch to know. When planning your wedding the Ogunquit area, you’ll have two amazing options for your wedding cake. The tasty Bread & Roses  Bakery – really good desserts, best possible ingredients combine to make a yummy wedding cake. And if that doesn’t tickle your sweet tooth, the Village Food Market bakery in Ogunquit makes cakes for all occasions, with endless flavor choices and even o for groom’s cakes and pies.

Wedding Cake Want:  Fun & Simple

Every couple has an idea of what they want their special day to be. Sometimes it is just a fun, simple celebration with friends and family. The Cookie Jar in Cape Elizabeth specializes in wedding cakes and cupcakes with a little whimsy. Elegant and affordable – simply good cake.

Wedding Cake Want: Eco-friendly & Yummy

WedcupcakeWho says green isn’t yummy? Not our friends at Beach Pea Bakery and their amazing fine cakes! Featuring sustainable practices, community commitment and endless chocolate and cheesecake, you’ll not only have a tasty cake, but you’ll also have acted locally to make a difference (there’s an amazing list of causes Beach Pea Bakery supports).

And to end your wedding on a sweet note, you need a hotel that is central to your Southern Maine wedding venue for guests to return to after eating your delicious wedding cake.

The Meadowmere Resort & Ogunquit hotel is close to all the venues mentioned and allows for direct access to Route 1. Our wedding services and  blocks in Southern Maine are available year round. So easy to plan, it’s a piece of cake!

So we wish you happy wedding planning and cake tasting from Southern Maine!

October 12, 2015

Best Fall Recipes from our Ogunquit Hotel : Caramel Apple Pie and Donuts

Favorite Fall Treats from Ogunquit
Favorite Fall Treats from Ogunquit

At the Meadowmere Resort October is a month we look forward to all year.  Decorations cover the town and our Ogunquit hotel throughout the month, the smell of homemade apple cider fills the lobby and the journey along the back roads gives new meaning to “beautiful place by the sea”.  The tradition of Apple Picking brings families and couples, locals and visitors together at a number of Maine Farms and Orchards.  It’s the simple things that make up a great life like a day of picking apples surrounded by the unrivaled foliage of New England in the company of good friends and family.

As you escape to the Meadowmere resort Maine this year and continue the tradition of apple picking we know you will leave with more than just a bag full of apples.  A heart full of memories collected in the natural beauty of the most beautiful place by the sea and the surrounding forests full of fall color.  Upon returning home we hope you share those memories with more friends and loved ones which is why we’ve complied our Top Two Favorite Fall Treats from Ogunquit for you to enjoy and share.

#1 Apple Cider Doughnuts

There’s nothing like waking up in the morning and mixing up a batch of homemade Apple Cider Doughnuts to share with friends over a hot cup of coffee on a cool fall day.

What you’ll need:

    1 Cup Maine Apple Cider

    ½ Cup Fresh Maine Apple Grated & Peeled

    2 Tablespoons Sugar

    1 Egg

    ¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg

    ¼ Teaspoon Vanilla

    2 Cups dry Pancake Mix

    Cinnamon Sugar

Directions:

    Simmer Maine Apple Cider until reduced to ¼ cup, let cool.  

    Mix in the grated Fresh Maine Grated Apples with Sugar, Egg, Nutmeg, Vanilla and Pancake Mix

    Roll the batter into 1 inch balls and deep-fry in 375 degree oil

    Drain on a paper towel then roll in cinnamon sugar

#2 Caramel Apple Pie

Nothing says fall like a homemade Maine Apple Pie after a long day!

What you’ll need for the caramel:

                1 Cup Sugar

                ¼  Cup Water

                4 Tablespoons unsalted butter

                ¼ Cup Heavy Cream

                ¼ Teaspoon coarse salt

What you’ll need for the Maine Apple Pie:

                3 Pounds Fresh Maine Apples peeled, cored and cut into ½ inch slices

                ½ Cup Sugar

                2 Tablespoons lemon juice

                ¾ Teaspoon coarse salt

                Pie Crust (homemade recipe)  

                ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour

                1 Large egg, beaten

Directions:

                For the caramel mix water and sugar in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil, stirring regularly until sugar dissolves.  Continue cooking, stirring periodically until it’s a deep golden brown.  Remove from heat and stir in butter, heavy cream and salt.  Let mixture cool.

                For the pie combine apples, sugar, lemon juice, flour and salt in a large bowl.  Add ¾ cup of the caramel mixture and toss to combine.  Follow the instructions for the pie crust and pour the filling into the pie crust.  Roll the remaining pie crust on a lightly floured surface and cut into 16 ½ inch wide strips.  Lay the strips across the pie weaving a lattice pattern, brush with egg and place the pie in the freezer for 20 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees with the rack in the center of the oven and tin foil on the lower rack for easy clean up. 

                Bake the pie in the oven until crust is golden brown and juices are bubbling the center.  About 1 hours and 20 minutes allow it to cool completely on a wire rack for above 4 hours and enjoy!

                

October 08, 2015

Columbus Day Celebration in Ogunquit ; Hotel Packages, Shopping and Fall Fun in Maine

Ogunquit Abenaki Indian
Ogunquit Abenaki Indian

Columbus Day is a day to celebrate the discovery of the “New World” in some regions it is known as Indigenous People’s Day, Native American Day and Day of the Race honoring the many different cultural backgrounds of the Americas.  Guests visit the Meadowmere Resort for a final summer escape during the long weekend, a time to capture moments in a quaint village that pays tribute to the Indigenous tribes that deemed the area “Ogunquit , in the Abenaki language “Most Beautiful Place by the Sea” .  

The staff at our Ogunquit hotel is here every holiday to ensure your holiday vacation is special and an experience to remember.  Here are a few of their stories from just this week:

Hannah was assisting a returning guest who had difficulty making a phone call, she offered to call for the guest and once she got through to the other line transferred the call to the guests room.

Bryanna was cleaning a guest room when she noticed one of the bath towels laid out inside the tub, she went to laundry to retrieve a non-slip bath mat and placed it in the clean tub.  Later in the day the guest found Bryanna in the hallway and thanked her.  

 

 

 

October 01, 2015

October in Maine : Fall Celebrations in Ogunquit at the Meadowmere

Scarecrow at Meadowmere
Scarecrow at Meadowmere

October is a favorite month for many visitors to our hotel in Ogunquit.  With our quaint little village fully decorated for fall and tons of fun festivities the buzz is out - Ogunquit is where you need to be in October.  At the Meadowmere Resort Ogunquit the scarecrow is an attraction in itself every year visitors stop by to snap selfies and share the enjoyable displays of autumn in Maine.  Maine is full of fall fun all month long with Freeports Fall Festival and the Fryeburg Fair starting off early October followed by Kennebunkports Harvest Fest and York Harvestfest mid month.  The annual OgunquitFest begins Columbus Day Weekend as locals and visitors alike set off to find and vote on their favorite Scarecrow in town.  The real fun kicks off October 22-25 with a Maine Horror Film Fest in Ogunquit’s Historic Theatre, Ghostly Tours, Autumn Bazaar, High Heel Dash and new this year the Waiter Races!

Don’t miss out head to Maine this October!  At our hotel in Ogunquit Maine we strive to ensure our guests have a great time making memories in Maine!  Here are a few stories from our staff from just this week:

One of our guests had broken her favorite sandal and was so disappointed.  She let Matt at the front desk know to her surprise he offered to fix it and had it back to her in no time.

Hannah had stepped away from the front desk to refill the flavored water in the lobby when she noticed a guest in a wheel chair leaving his room.  She offered to shut the room door for the guest so he didn’t have to turn around. 

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