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December 29, 2015

Warm up this winter: Cozy Fireplace Suites at the Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit Maine

Cozy Fireplace Suites
Cozy Fireplace Suites

The changing of seasons in New England can have a varying of effects on people’s mood.  Whether you’ve got the winter blues or just need to get away the Meadowmere Resort is the place to warm up this winter.  The crackle of the wood fireplace in the West Meadow Pub and the warmth of the Roman Spa are just the tip of the iceberg on your winter vacation in Ogunquit Maine!

The cozy fireplace suites at the Meadowmere Resort offer a warm retreat from the chill of the winter air.  Our West Meadow Fireplace Rooms allow for indoor access of all the resort amenities from the indoor pool to the state of the art fitness center.  These rooms all feature a king sized bed, wifi, mini fridge and a gas fireplace.

For the ultimate retreat the Luxury Suites at the Meadowmere Resort provide top level accommodations with our four poster king sized beds, in room double Jacuzzi and Gas Fireplace.  Pair the Luxury Suite with a Mainely Stone Massage and a romantic movie night for the perfect Winter Romance in Ogunquit Maine!

Warm Maine hospitality is what you’ll find at the Meadowmere Resort year round, here are a few stories from our staff:

Lauren was at the desk when a guest called down looking for flowers to be delivered.  Unfortunately it was after hours for the local flower shop which Lauren explained to the guest with sympathy.  When they returned from dinner they found a box of homemade chocolates in place of the flowers.

While Michelle at the front desk was assisting a guest with checking out the guest inquired about Meadowmere’s Craft Beer Package as a gift for her son for the holidays.  As the package dates did not fit into her son’s schedule needs Michelle offered to put together options in Southern Maine to enjoy Craft Beer including dates for Exceptional Craft Beer Dinners at Cornerstone, The Maine Craft Beer Map and information on favorite local brews.

The importance of Customer Service at our Ogunquit Hotel : Family Serving Family

Gift of Service
Gift of Service

Customer service at our Ogunquit hotel is important. Over 5 years ago we launched our Gift of Service Program at the Meadowmere Resort. This program was designed to help teach employees, old and new, the value of personal connections with our guests, through the process of sharing the stories of connections with their peers. All employees at the Meadowmere Resort understand the importance of customer service at our Ogunquit hotel. And this program fosters a deeper and more personal connection between our staff and our guests allowing our moto of Family Serving Family to shine.

This week the Meadowmere Resort celebrated our Annual Christmas Party at Jonathan’s Restaurant, a wonderful evening of relaxation, delicious food and great company. The evening also allows us the opportunity to thank our team for their hard work and dedication over the past year. We share customer service stories at our Ogunquit hotel and each have a chance to vote on our favorite one. We honor the employees who went above and beyond for our guests and choose our favorite story of the year. The story with the most votes receives a mini vacation at a New England Inns and Resorts property - a chance to become a guest ourselves!  Our favorite stories that highlight customer service at our Ogunquit hotel from 2015 are below:

January ~ Hannah Front Office   A guest came to the desk to check out with Hannah.  She ranted and raved about how much she loves the place. As she was leaving she mentioned warming up her coffee and then proceeded to walk further into the lobby. Hannah realized she was looking for a microwave and when she turned around to leave she offered to warm the coffee up for her. The guest expressed how thankful she was and left with a smile and hot coffee.

February ~ Hannah Front Office  Hannah noticed the arrival for 508 had never stayed here before. Seeing that she was from York she upgraded her to a Luxury Suite so she could see what quality rooms we have to offer. This way the guest will be more likely to recommend us to family and friends who come to Maine to visit her!

March ~ Hannah Front Office      An elderly woman who will be staying with us for the first time in 25 years, called Monday to make a reservation. She said she received a birthday coupon via email for her third night free but she does not have a printer. Hannah had her forward the email to us and she printed out her coupon to save until her arrival date next month.   The guest was very happy.

April ~ Michelle Front Office    A guest had to send a fax for her daughter's medical records.   Michelle told her of the charge and she declined and inquired about another place that would send a fax for her. Michelle offered her this service and complimentary sent the fax so the guests stay was not interrupted.

May ~ Michelle Front Office  A guest had a belly ache and asked about where to get Alka-Seltzer.   Michelle stated it is a 10 minute walk but if she could wait 30 minutes she would run down for her. She was very grateful for the offer.

June ~ Jodi Housekeeping  When Jodi was leaving, she was walking by room 805 as they were bringing their stuff in. They asked her for help since they brought gallons of water and because of the way their fridge is the shelves can't be pulled out. She went to the pub to see if they had a pitcher that would fit but it happened to be too wide.   She asked maintenance for a small fridge to add to their room.   And the guests were extremely happy for the help!

July ~ Ethan Maintenance  Ethan was painting next to the game room. A little girl won a toy in the claw machine but it wouldn't come out.   Ethan came to the office to see if we had a key, but we don't. He took a shovel and pail from the office closet and brought it to the little girl. She was thrilled!

August ~ Lauren Front Office  Lauren noticed a visitor in the parking lot during our busy season.  She left a trail of bread crumbs to the Josiah River Park next store for the duck to follow and to ensure our guests could get in and out of the parking lot.

September ~ Liz Front Office    Liz used her service allowance to purchase Ginger Ale and Saltines for a guest who had an upset stomach and had to stay behind from the rest of her group. She hand-delivered the items to the room with a "get well soon" note!

October ~ Michelle Front Office Michelle checked in a guest who was joining us for the first time.   She gave them a tour of the hotel amenities and showed them to their room!

November ~ Katelyn Housekeeping as Katelyn was cleaning a guest room she noticed a bottle of wine on the counter.  She grabbed a couple of wine glasses from the pub along with a Meadowmere corkscrew and placed them in the room so the guests could enjoy!

Check back next year for our Story of the Year Winner for 2015.  We hope you can come join us in 2016 and experience our gift of service!

December 22, 2015

Top 5 reasons to enjoy a Massage this Holiday Season

Maine-ly Stone Massage
Maine-ly Stone Massage

Are the holiday’s causing you stress?

Are you looking for a perfect gift for that special someone?

Our hotel in Ogunquit Maine has the treatment for you!  Our award winning fitness center doesn’t just feature state of the art equipment for exercising the stress away, it also holds our steam and sauna rooms and spa suites.  With the winter season upon us we bring you The Top 5 Reasons to get a Mainely Stone Massage:

1 To warm up - it’s cold out there and massage increases blood flow

2 To relieve tension - carrying all those gifts puts stress on those shoulders

3 To increase Metabolism (very important with all the holiday meals!)

4 To relax after all the holiday stress - recover and unwind

5 Because it feels so good to be pampered and you deserve it!

Join us for an overnight escape at our hotel in Ogunquit, or stop for the day to take advantage of our fitness, massage and Roman Spa with a day pass.  We’re always here and working hard to ensure you’re visit is memorable and relaxing.  Here are a few stories from our team.

A guest called to make a reservation for their 51st Anniversary and mentioned they wanted something special.  As the Whitney was going through the options for gift bags, flowers and chocolates the guests mentioned their favorite bottle of wine.  Whitney knew it wasn’t one we carried in our pub but made sure it was here for them to enjoy upon arrival!

Liz was working at the front desk when a group leader altered us to a guest who wasn’t feeling well and would be staying at the hotel rather than heading off with the motor coach tour.  Liz had our pub send up a glass of ginger ale and some crackers to help soothe the upset tummy.

Michelle was checking in a guest with limited hearing.  After providing a tour of the hotel and amenities she walked the guests to their room and ensure the tv settings for close caption were set.

December 18, 2015

Romantic Holiday Getaways in Maine: Mistletoe Moments in Ogunquit

Ogunquit's Season of Romance
Ogunquit's Season of Romance

There’s no denying that the Christmas season is a pretty romantic time of year. With Christmas lights setting the mood and the cozy warmth of a fire it’s not hard to believe December is one of the biggest months for engagements.Romance is definitely in the air this holiday season.  Now that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Ogunquit Maine some of the most beloved holiday activities are in fact some of the most romantic things to do this holiday season with the one you love. 

We take a closer look at Ogunquit Maine’s Mistletoe Potential – ideas for your vacation in Ogunquit that are romance-focused and inspire the same reaction as standing under the mistletoe.

"On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…"

A Romantic Maine Getaway!  With off season pricing and the New Year just a head December is the perfect month to plan your romantic escape to the Meadowmere!  All of our rooms include complimentary access to our amenities. The Roman Spa is the perfect place to unwind and warm up while you watch the snow fall outside or take in the view of the waterfall cascading in this salt water hot tub.

"Snuggled up together like two birds of a feather would be."

Just as the Christmas Carol tells us a Sleigh Ride through the snow paired with the charming backdrop of Maine is just about as romantic as it gets.  Snuggled up together watching the waves crash along the shore is sure to inspire that perfect moment you’ve been waiting for…

 “The fire is so delightful and since we’ve no place to go...”

Let it snow!  When you escape to Ogunquit to visit the Meadowmere there’s no reason to worry about the snow – we’ve got it covered!  So you and your love can snuggle up by the fire, take a dip in the pool and watch the snow fall along the Marginal Way.

December 15, 2015

5 Steps to Planning a Proper Family Vacation in Ogunquit, Maine

Vacation in Ogunquit
Vacation in Ogunquit

Yippy Skippy! Hip-Hip-Hoorary!...Why all the celebration you ask? Well it's time to plan a Maine vacation! Before long, the sounds of children and family laughing, splashing, and playing in the pool will be heard throughout the lobby at the Meadowmere Resort. But before we can start to relax and enjoy our getaway, we must all plan our vacation properly. This article will discuss the correct steps to planning a proper vacation in Ogunquit, Maine.

Step 1: Finding Ogunquit Accommodations for you

Finding the right accommodations to fit your needs can sometimes be quite precarious, especially when planning for the whole family and taking into account every ones wants and desires. The best way to ensure you find the best accommodations for everyone is to make a list of the #1 “must haves” for each person traveling.  Vacation Planners often times attempt to make their decision based on one thing only – the lowest price, the best view, an indoor pool ect., without considering what they might be missing out on. This can lead to higher overall vacation costs and even disappointment.  So cast a broader net consider each “must have” and look to accommodations that check off most of the list.  Choosing a hotel with more included with the room can save you money as you plan for activities and even dinning costs.

Step 2: Choose the Season best for you

In this phase, one should consider where they are traveling to.  Maine is the vacation state and full of amazing things to do and natural beauty.  All planners should consider the season or seasons you wish to experience Ogunquit Maine.  Winters are magical with the cozy warmth of a fireplace or a dip in the indoor pool.  Spring is beautiful as they flowers begin to bloom and the birds come out to sing a stroll through the Maine outdoors is just the thing, Summer are exciting with Beach Days and  BBQ’s, Falls are stunning with the autumn leaves and all the Harvest Decorations.  Also at this time, plan the activities you wish to experience Snowshoeing and Ice Skating, Hiking and Biking, Kayaking and Surfing, Apple Picking and Scenic Drives.  During this phase use the hotel staff as a resource for available activities for the season of your vacation.

Step 3: Find the right Restaurant

Set on the coast of Maine Ogunquit Village is packed full of seafood specialists, use the hotel staff as a resource for local favorite spots to ensure your getting a good value.  Choose local and sustainable dining options to ensure quality and freshness such as Clay Hill Farm, Jonathan’s, Frankie & Johnny’s to name a few.

Step 4: Plan to Experience the Culture of Ogunquit

Culture varies quite a bit from state to state even town to town. For Ogunquit, Maine the attraction has always been in the beauty with Ogunquit Beach and the Rocky Maine Coast many visitors forget to consider the culture.  Paired with the Natural Beauty of Ogunquit is a deep rooted history in the arts, visit local galleries and the heritage museum to learn more about Ogunquit’s beginning as an artist colony, the history to the shacks in Perkins Cove and the wooden drawbridge.  Take in a Play at the Ogunquit Playhouse and explore its history in American Theatre, peak at the long list of famous performers that have graced the stage over the years.  Or plan your vacation during an annual performance of favorites such as Sally Struthers at the Playhouse or Judy Collins at Jonathan’s Restaurant.

Step 5: Made in Maine Shopping

Most Vacation Planners are familiar with Maine’s more notorious stores and although you purchase Stonewall Kitchens Blueberry Jam and LL Bean merchandise online a visit to their flagship stores are sure to make an impact on your vacation to Maine.  Plan your trip around seasonal events focused on Maine Made items such as the Laudholm Farm’s Pumpkin Fiddle or Holiday Festival Craft shows or Maine Maple Sunday to enjoy Maine Made goods you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Best Maine Holiday Traditions at our Ogunquit Resort

Holiday Traditions at Meadowmere
Holiday Traditions at Meadowmere

The holiday season is full of traditions generally celebrated at home.  With the Meadowmere Resort as a home away from home for so many New Englanders we’re delighted to have all the families that are beginning to include the Meadowmere in their Holiday Traditions.  For those of you worried of missing out on your favorite traditions we’ve compiled a list of admired holiday traditions celebrated at the Meadowmere.

Visit Santa – Only in Maine will you see Santa arrive on a lobster boat to visit your children

Christmas Cards – Hung above the front desk from friends and families sending us holiday cheer

Caroling – Strolling all around town for you to enjoy on your way to dinner or feel free to hope in and join them!

Watch Classic Christmas Movies – Everyday through Christmas enjoy the classics in our 40 seat TV room

Donate Holiday Gifts – With a toys for tots box in the lobby bring in gifts, pick em up in town or at the Kittery Outlets and drop them off on your way to the indoor pool.

Religious Traditions – A full list of holiday services posted in the lobby with a front desk team ready with directions! 

Christmas Eve Dinner – Take Out from your favorite Ogunquit Restaurant, Mek hong Thai and the Cape Neddick Inn are our favorites!

Stop on by and see why the Meadowmere resort is a growing tradition through the generations!  Our staff is here year round ensuring your family Maine vacation is one to celebrate year after year.  Here are a few stories from our team:

Michelle was at the front desk when a few couple who frequent Ogunquit Maine for their annual vacations stopped in for a tour.  Although they’ve stayed at waterfront properties for the past decade they had always wondered what the Meadowmere had to offer.  Michelle provided a full tour of the hotel as well as a variety of rate and package options for their favorite time of the year to visit Ogunquit.  The guests were thrilled with all the unique amenities on property and secured reservations for next season.  We are delighted to welcome them and they are excitedly looking forward to joining us and revamping their tradition!

Lauren was at the front desk when a guest altered her that the laptop they brought wasn’t working and they were unable to check-in for their flight.  Lauren offered her assistance and was able to check the guests in for their flight, print all boarding passes and even provided driving directions to the airport. 

December 08, 2015

Maine’s Homemade Hot Chocolate Martini Drink Recipe : Best Holiday Martini Drinks

Maine's Homemade Hot Chocolate Martini
Maine's Homemade Hot Chocolate Martini

Tis’ the Season to escape from the holiday stress and enjoy a Maine Getaway!  At our hotel in Ogunquit Maine there are countless ways to de-stress and keep warm.  On the weekends guests are found relaxing in the outdoor hot tub surrounded by countless holiday decorations before heading to the West Meadow Pub.  With Live entertainment every Saturday night, a roaring wood-burning fireplace and a delicious Hot Chocolate Martini the West Meadow Pub is the perfect way to spend your Maine Getaway!

Looking to enjoy Maine’s Homemade Hot Chocolate Martini from home?  At our hotel in Ogunquit Maine we’re all about making memories and sharing memories.  Here’s our recipe along with a few memorable stories from the staff:

Hot Chocolate Martini

Combine 3 ounces of homemade hot chocolate, 1 ounce Dark Crème de Cacao,  1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream, ¾ ounce vanilla vodka in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake.  Strain into a chilled martini glass and add mini marshmallows!

Memories at the Meadowmere

As our housekeeper Janet was cleaning up she noticed a guest struggling with all their shopping bags & luggage.  She offered her assistance to ensure the guests only had to make one trip to the car!

Michelle was heading home for the day when she noticed a guest in the parking lot trying to find their room.  Once she confirmed the room number with the guest she realized they were at the wrong building and offered to drive over to the parking lot closest to their room, they were very happy to follow in their car.  When they arrived at the building for their room Michelle pointed out the elevator and amenities nearest them and offered assistance with luggage.

December 04, 2015

Top 10 Best Maine Christmas Festival : Don't Miss All the Holiday Cheer!

 

Christmas in Southern Maine
Christmas in Southern Maine

There are so many reasons why Southern Maine’s holiday festivities have become an Annual Tradition bringing visitors from all over the country year after year.  In Kennebunkport the Christmas Prelude Event has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2015 as well as the #2 Christmas Town in America attesting that the historic village has perfected the art of celebrating the season since the festival was born on the first weekend in December 1982.

With Ogunquit, Maine just a few miles to the south the seasons festivities were enhanced just 4 years later with the addition of Christmas by The Sea on the second weekend in December 1986.  The quaint village set along the rocky Maine coast was deemed Beautiful Place by the Sea for the spectacular views which inspired so many artists over the years.  Once an artist colony there’s no wonder as to why Ogunquit’s Christmas by the Sea festival incorporates creativity with crafting workshops and the Annual Art Sale.

December is a month full of Holiday Fun and with so many great events it can be hard to choose which is why we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Maine Christmas Festival Events You Can’t Miss so you can plan out your winter visit to Maine!

Kennebunkport Tree Lighting Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square officially begins the season. Join in Christmas caroling with the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir.  Friday, December 4, 2015 at 5:30pm

Hat Parade A parade of holiday hats for children and adults led by the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo. Show off your handmade or store bought creations. All hat wearers welcome! Gather at the town parking lot behind Dock Square by 2:45pm. Parade through Dock Square and over the bridge to Best of Everything where prizes will be awarded for various creative categories. Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 3:00pm

Holiday Craft Fairs Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 5:pm through Saturday, December 12, 2015 10am-3pm

White Christmas at the Music Hall Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, these showbiz buddies follow two beautiful singing sisters to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well-known standards including “Sisters”, “Count Your Blessing Instead of Sheep”, “Happy Holidays” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.”. Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7:30pm through Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 4:30pm

Visit Santa at the Ogunquit Firehouse upstairs at the Ogunquit Fire Station on School Street.  Be sure to arrive early to see Santa arrive by fire engine!  Have your photo take with Santa and then head over to the Ogunquit Camera shop to pick up your holiday picture! Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 9:30am

Taste the Season Local dining establishments join together in this charitable event at the Dunaway Center in Ogunquit.  Taste a variety of foods including lots of Maine Chowder and some Beer & Wine.  Drop off canned goods for the local food pantry and enjoy!  Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 11:00am

Ogunquit Ocean Rescue Polar Plunge head down to Ogunquit Beach to support Toys for Tots and cheer on the daring Ogunquit Ocean Rescuers as they brave the wintry elements.  Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Noon.

Five O Patio Party join in the fun on Shore Road in Ogunquit enjoy lunch on the patio and watch the Christmas Parade during the holiday party!  Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 11:00am.

Ogunquit Beach BonFire warm up in front of the Ogunquit Beach bonfire while you wait for the fireworks display.  Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 4:00pm

Contrary to Christmas in July!  Watch the Fireworks on Ogunquit Beach in December Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 5:30pm.

December 02, 2015

3 Easy Holiday Wreath Decorating Tips from Ogunquit

Holiday Wreath
Holiday Wreath

The holiday season has begun in Ogunquit!  Maine-ah’s have spent the last few weeks hanging their lights, bows and wreath all around town.  To help spread the holiday joy we bring you 3 Easy Wreath Decorating Tips from Ogunquit.

#1 Keep it Simple.  A snowman wreath is an easy way to decorate for the holidays.  Simply take three wreaths in varying sizes (5 inch, 12 inch, 24 inch) and attached with 2-3 cable ties.  Add an old scarf, hat and some twigs for arms and all that’s left is to hang it on the door sit back and enjoy!

#2 Make it Sweet.  Candy Canes are a family favorite this time of the year.   Sweeten up your decorations with a Candy Cane Wreath.  Just wrap a foam wreath in red ribbon, pick up some red & white striped straws, cut half the straws by 1/3 and glue it all together with a hot glue gun.

#3 Learn from Maine-ah’s.  Head up to Ogunquit, Maine for our Annual Christmas Festivals and join River Tree Arts for their Holiday Wreath Making Workshop or shop around at the Holiday Craft Fairs to find the perfect wreath.

At our hotel in Ogunquit we’re all about spreading joy especially this time of the year!  Here are a few stories from our team:

 Matt was at the front desk late one night, our complimentary coffee had been put away for the day when a few guests inquired about a cup of tea.  He went out back and brewed them a cup right away.

Michelle was assisting a guest joining us on a motor coach when the guest asked where he could get distilled water for his defibrillator.  As there wasn’t a store within walking distance Michelle offered to pick some up on her way in the next day.  The guest was thrilled to check this concern off his list!

Lauren was at the desk checking in newlyweds.  She snuck away for just a moment to have our housekeeping team deliver a box of chocolates and a congratulations card to surprise them when they got to their room.

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