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June 27, 2016

5 Simple Ways to Enhance Your Ogunquit Maine Vacation

Although there are certainly many ways to spice up a long awaited Ogunquit vacation, we wanted to write a brief list showing 5 things (just about all of which are year round) you may consider to spice up the overall enjoyment of your trip.

Keep in mind that as you read the following ideas they are just that-- ideas, and by no means a requisite to having a beautiful vacation in Ogunquit. As we always say, it’s better to be on vacation in Ogunquit without all the bells and whistles than it is to have the perfect vacation with every option you ever dreamed of......in your head.

HPmarginalwayWithout further ado, here goes:

  1. The Fancy Restaurant: Stuffy restaurants, especially if you’re considering packing lite, have gone the way of the dinosaur in Ogunquit. We’re not really sure anyone ever did enjoy having a personal napkin folder standing at attention. And to this we say good riddance. Approachable fine dining shares amazing food, great memories and good conversation. Often times, the right restaurant creates that ‘homey’ feel so many are looking for. Yes, you can still get dressed up – just now you can spill breadcrumbs on the table. Good spots to go fancy, not stuffy: The Velveteen Habit, MC Perkins Cove, David’s KPT, Northern Union.
  1. The Romantic Spot: This can be a bit tricky when traveling with kids but have no fear. In Ogunquit, you really can’t go wrong with Marginal Way. Even if the kiddos are on the adventure too, while they explore the rocks, you and your spouse can site hand in hand on one of the many benches. Marginal Way just has the effect on people. Maybe it’s the soothing waves, maybe the scent of the ocean – whatever it is, it’s the perfect spot to reconnect. Good spots to park: The lookout point just north of Perkins Cove. The path has a little extra loop – you might even sneak in a kiss and really gross out the kids.
  1. The Sweet Stuff: At some point, almost everyone sees Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s a rite of passage. It’s also darn near the stuff of reality at Harbor Candy Shop in Ogunquit center. From the quaint store front to the intoxicating smell of chocolate upon entering, you’ll think you found a golden ticket. Homemade fudge, turtles and these little raspberry baskets – plus buckets of sugary glory waiting for you to make your very own bag of goodies. It’s like hitting the candy bullseye (which you can also enjoy). Good spot to see: Head all the way inside to watch candy being made and see an entire wall of truffles.
  1. The Fresh Air: Maine is vacationland – so get out and enjoy it. Whether that’s a winter afternoon in the outdoor hot tub or a summer day walking the beach, you’ve got to get outside to get into Maine. There are a couple of rather ‘undiscovered’ ways to get your fair share of that Maine fresh air: Ogunquit River paddle boarding and Mt. A hiking. While Ogunquit Beach is definitely the main attraction, these two spots make for a special experience. You’ll encounter amazing birdlife paddling up the River and see the estuaries up close. As the highest point in Southern Maine, Mt. A offers outstanding views of the entire coastline. Yeah, sure you can drive to the top, but remember, it’s all about the fresh air. Good spots to catch the best views: On the River, just into Wells, the pretty line up of beach cottages facing the ocean. On the Mountain, just off to the right of the lookout house, there is a picnic table to gaze out at the Nubble Lighthouse.
  1. EDBMsubhomepgThe Lobster: Assuming that you want what the locals got. Well, it’s not just lobster. There’s a couple of snack spots that may not look like much, but you’ll find us there. Anyway, say hi, be friendly and don’t mess too much with what you order. When in Maine, do like the Mainers. Good spots: The Lobster Shack, Perkins Cover; Flo’s Hot Dogs, Route 1 Cape Neddick; Cornerstone, Lobster Pizza, Ogunquit Village Center; Billy’s Chowder House Homemade Bar Chips, Wells; Barnacle Billy’s Steamers & Rum Punch, Perkins Cove; The Clam Shack, Fried Clams, Kennebunkport.

There you go, five simple ways to enhance your Ogunquit Maine Vacation. If you are ready to get those plans in place, give us a call or check out the hotel at meadowmere.com . There's also our handy "Things to Do in Ogunquit" section for more tips. 

March 14, 2016

Maine Vacation Cost & Common Parent Questions : Why to Vacation in Ogunquit

Family vacations in Maine
Family vacations in Maine

If you’re considering a Maine vacation, you are probably also considering how much it will cost and how to keep your family entertained.  As we work with hundreds of families planning a Maine vacation each year we have the opportunity to answer tons of questions about the cost of vacations and family fun activities.  In this article, we’re going to tackle some of the most popular Maine family vacation questions we receive on a daily basis.  Let’s jump right in!

Why should I spend my Maine vacation in Ogunquit?

First of all, Maine is well known for being the vacation state full of natural wonder and quaint towns.  Ogunquit Maine is set in the southern region of Maine known to many as the beach region which will allow you to take full advantage of your Maine vacation, experiencing both the Maine Woods and Maine Beaches without traveling vary far from home.  Many families find the combination of spending a day at the beach and the next hiking along Mount Agamenticus a wonderful experience, and it’s easy to do as both features are such a short distance from our hotel in Ogunquit.  Our central location allows peace of mind when traveling with the whole family, even little ones will enjoy exploring the tide pools along Ogunquit Beach or the learning lodge atop Mount Agamenticus.

How many nights should I plan to visit Ogunquit?

It depends on the type of Maine experience your family is looking for, but we currently have families joining us for an average of three nights.  At a minimum, our family rooms require a two night stay on weekends and three nights during peak season periods.  Please note that, most folks end up staying 3 nights, and some even join us up to 10 nights the best thing to do would be to give us a call to see if there are any restrictions on the date you are looking to visit Ogunquit.    

What are my family room options and what are the pros and cons of each?

The predominant family room at our hotel in Ogunquit is the Two Bedroom Family Suite in our South Meadow building, but other room options are also available to accommodate a family vacation in Ogunquit.  Let’s take a closer look at each.    

Two Bedroom Family Suites – South Meadow Location. 
By far the most popular choice of family rooms at our hotel in Ogunquit the Two Bedroom Family Rooms feature a private balcony or patio with indoor access to all resort amenities.  Choose from a King Bed or Two Double Beds for the adults with an adjoining room featuring Two Twin Beds for the Kiddo’s.  Each bedroom offers a flat screen cable tv, basic Wifi, simmons beautyrest mattresses and custom designed furnishings just steps from the Tv room and Roman Spa (Indoor Salt Water Hot Tub for the whole family to enjoy).

Apartment Suite – Country Squire Location. 
The seasonal Apartment Suite is available May through October and features a full kitchen, living room with a pullout sofa and flat screen tv, as well as Two Bedrooms each with one double bed.  Located on the first floor of our Motel Style building this room offers a shared patio area and easy access to the South Meadow and all resort amenities.

Two Queens – West Meadow Location.  
With a private balcony overlooking our custom outdoor pool these large rooms feature ample space for a pack’n’play and all the toys!  The larger beds ensure everyone enjoys a goodnights sleep and indoor access to the resort amenities is a plus rain or shine! 

Two Doubles with Sofa – Country Squire Location. 
The seasonal Country Squire is available May through October the rooms with Two Double Beds and a Sofa provide extra space for your family vacation in Maine and the sofa pulls out for added sleeping arrangements when needed.

Resort Doubles – Are located in the Main Building, South Meadow, East Meadow and Country Squire Locations. 
These standard sized rooms feature simmons beautyrest mattresses, private bath, basic wifi and are budget friendly.  With the exception of the country squire location (which have a shared balcony) the Standard Doubles feature private balcony or patio with resort views and are less costly than the other family rooms mentioned.

How much do Maine Family Vacations cost?

At the time of this writing, family accommodations in Ogunquit can range in price depending upon the time of year.  In the winter months the cost for family accommodations start at $99.00, Spring & Fall begin at just $20.00 more and the starting price for summer family vacations in Ogunquit will start with a range from $150.00 to $310.00 depending upon the dates and availability.       

What activities should I plan for my family in Maine?

Regardless of the time of year you plan your Maine family vacation, our hotel in Ogunquit has plenty to offer for the whole family.   From Indoor and Outdoor Pools and Hot Tubs to our Game Room and TV room you can plan on spending at least some of your time taking advantage of our award winning amenities. 

With the state of Maine known for the outdoors there are countless hiking trails, birding spots and water ways to fish or kayak.  Not to mention the miles of white sand along Ogunquit Beach and the tides pools for the little ones to explore!

January 15, 2016

Focus on a Great Family Vacation: Start a New Tradition in Ogunquit at the Meadowmere Resort

Family Traditions in Ogunquit
Family Traditions in Ogunquit

Great family traditions can start anytime from the proposal to the wedding or even when your baby’s too little to know what’s going on.  Combining your annual vacation with a family tradition allows for countless memories at the most beautiful place by the sea.  Here are a few ideas on how you can establish a family tradition at the Meadowmere Resort and strengthen your family’s bond, enrich the life you share and create lasting memories:

Start a collection of photographs through the years at your favorite spot along the marginal way.

Find your home away from home.  The Meadowmere Resort features over 20 room types to ensure you find the perfect accommodations for your family to enjoy year after year.

Enjoy a Family Meal at your favorite Maine restaurant.  Ogunquit features a number of family friendly restaurants sure fit the needs of your family.  Share your favorite vacation stories or plan to explore a new activity in the area.

Movie Night with complimentary movie’s daily at the Meadowmere Resort your family movie night will be picture perfect.

With a motto of family serving family for the past 30 years the Meadowmere Resort is here to ensure your family vacation is one to remember here are a few stories from our team:

Liz was assisting a guest with a reservation when the guest inquired about hot chocolate.  Liz informed the guest that it would be available in the lobby and as a surprise sent some up to the room before the guest arrived.

Janet was cleaning a guest room when she realized they were celebrating their 50th Anniversary, she made swans out of the towels in front of the Jacuzzi and left a note wishing them a Happy Anniversary!

September 18, 2015

Top Three Fairs for Families in Maine this September

Family Fairs in Maine
Family Fairs in Maine

The state of Maine encompasses the highest number of working farms in all of New England - and that  count that continues to grow, despite the decline of farms overall throughout the country.  These centuries-old traditions are showcased annually at the county fairs - events that show case a way of life and bring together communities and families.  Thousands of people flock to their favorite county fairs to observe the farm animals, show off their skills in contests, enjoy the rides and get their fill of fair foods.  Who does want more fried dough? Yum!

With over 8,000 farms and 26 Agricultural fairs each year make your Maine family vacation one of tradition as you head to experience the Top Three Fairs for Fmailies from our hotel in Ogunquit, Maine

The Farmington Fair is held in Franklin County Maine just a couple hours away from our hotel in Ogunquit Maine.  Take in the views of September in Maine as you head off the coast and experience the natural beauty of central Maine.  Filled with 175 years of traditions for your Maine family vacation the kids are sure to love the rides, barnyard animals, Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull and the dog show.  The whole family will enjoy the Demolition Derby, Miss Farmington Fair Pageant, live music, Races, maple syrup demonstrations and so much more.  The fair is held Sunday, September 20, 2015 through Saturday, September 26, 2015.

Maine’s Common Ground Fair is always fun and the perfect stop on your travels from our hotel in Ogunquit to Acadia National Park.  Hosted by the Maine Organic Farmers Association the Common Ground Fair is a celebration of rural life with Maine-Organic foods, crafts and livestock.  Held on the last weekend of September the timing is perfect for your Maine family vacation and an escape to our hotel in Ogunquit Maine to experience the beauty of the Southern Maine coast and relax before trekking north to Unity Maine.  In addition to the traditional Fair activities the Common Ground fair features Native American Games, Honeybee, Canning, Dog Sled and Foraging demonstrations to name a few.

Many guests that choose to visit out hotel in Ogunquit often take a day to explore the beauty of Portland and enjoy the renowned culinary skills of Maine’s largest city.  The Cumberland County fair is located just few minutes from Portland, Maine and offers 147 years of agricultural traditions for your Maine family vacation.  With Maine’s ultimate yard sale, daily horse racing and the annual gourd weigh off its sure to be fun for the whole family!  

June 22, 2015

Splash into Summer in Maine:Top 3 Ways to Enjoy Ogunquit by Water

Splash into Ogunquit Maine
Splash into Ogunquit Maine

June brings more than sunshine as we welcome the first day of summer in Ogunquit, Maine.  It’s no doubt that the most beautiful place by the sea was named such for its rocky coastline, long sandy beach and everlasting estuaries.  With the Ocean connecting people from across the globe we want to share with you our Top 3 Ways to Enjoy Ogunquit by Water.  We hope you find love for the sea and try all three!  

#1 Stand Up Paddle Board – For thousands of years many river based and coastal cultures have stood up when paddling canoes or rafts so it’s no wonder The worlds fastest growing water sport has become a favorite activity in Ogunquit, Maine!  Liquid Dreams Surf Shop offers lessons and rentals so your family can experience SUP and if you already know you love to SUP their shop has over 200 boards to choose from.  Join us again in August for their Annual Paddle to the Point Charity Event!

#2 Kayak Maine – There are a number of Kayak Guided Tours and Rentals available on Maine’s Southern Coast.  Kayak Fish New England is one of them and offers an adventure for sightseeing and enjoying the coastal serenity and peace or a fishing excursion that perfect Father’s Day Gift for the dad that has it all.

#3 Surfing – Ogunquit Beach has always been a place where you will see a surfer out in the distance waiting for that perfect wave.  Liquid Dreams Surf Shop and Wheels and Waves are just down the road offering lessons to all ages, rentals and plenty of boards to choose from.

With World Oceans Day kicking off the month of June and first day of summer bringing in the caboose June is the ultimate time of the year for your visit to Ogunquit, Maine and it’s waterways.   Take a lesson, rent or bring your own boards and kayaks and hit the waves or relax in the flowing rivers of Maine’s estuaries.   

At our hotel in Ogunquit Maine our Maine Surfing Getaway package pairs with Liquid Dreams and the Ogunquit Conservation Committee to preserve our local Maine beaches and oceans to offer you the chance to soak up the summer sun and experience the joy of being on the water!

June 18, 2015

Top Three Golf Courses in Southern Maine for Father’s Day Fun

Father's Day in Maine
Father's Day in Maine

With Father’s Day around the corner a trip to our hotel in Ogunquit Maine is a sure way to celebrate and honor the Dad in your life.  Southern Maine is home to a number of beautiful golf courses, endless fishing and boating and so much more.  Below are our Top Three Golf courses located minutes from our hotel in Ogunquit Maine.

The Links at Outlook is located in South Berwick Maine and features undulating bent grass fairways and greens surrounded by rolling dunes and scattered sand bunkers.  The course is set on 140-acres where golfers will enjoy many breathtaking views designed by Golf World Magazines Architect of the Year 1999.

Cape Neddick Country Club is an 18 hole semi-private golf course, featuring a newly renovated outdoor driving range and putting practice facility.  Lessons are available for any ability level and the Pro Shop is equipped with Rentals, Apparel and repairs.

Webhannet Golf Club is located on Kennebunk Beach is a 6100-yeard par 71 course featuring serpentine fairways, tidal-fed water hazards and undulating greens that challenge and tempt golfers of all handicaps.

At the Meadowmere Resort our Tee & Sea Package is sure to delight your dad on his special day!  Our staff is always here to ensure every stay is special.  Here are a few stories from just this week:

Hannah was tending to the front desk when a gentleman inquired about the tide schedule – she pointed out the chart that is hanging in the lobby area and offered to print a copy out for him to take with him.  He was very happy as he relaxed by the outdoor pool exploring the tidal chart for the best fishing times.

Michelle was assisting a guest who mentioned he forgot his toiletry bag at home.  She quickly acquired a toothbrush, toothpaste, razor and shaving cream ensuring  his comfort.

May 04, 2015

Top 5 Best Mother's Day Brunch in Ogunquit Maine : Where to Celebrate in Maine

Mother's Day Brunch in Maine
Mother's Day Brunch in Maine

Experience Mother’s Day at the most beautiful place by the sea!  At our resort in Ogunquit Maine we specialize in ensuring our guests feel special everyday of the year.  This is why so many of our guests trust in our Ogunquit Mother’s Day Escape to ensure Mom has the perfect day. 

Here are our Top Five Brunch Picks for your Mother’s Day Escape in Maine: 

MC Perkins – Set in Perkins Cove, this Ogunquit Favorite offers a fabulous Mother’s day brunch with breathtaking views of the sea.

Bintliffs – Just north of Ogunquit village Norm & Norm are famous for their brunch with Lobster Benedict and Crème Brulee French Toast it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the celebration with your mom

Jonathans – Adjacent to the Meadowmere Resort and a long time favorite for breakfast and brunch, Guests are thrilled to hear Jonathan’s will be opening for brunch on Mother’s Day 2015.

Roost – Featuring worldwide flavors made in house Roost has fast become a desired destination for brunch from Maine Blueberry Pancakes to the Woodsman Omelet, try it once and you’ll have to come back!

The Links at Outlook – Located in South Berwick Mom will enjoy the views of the golf course from this wonderful setting.  With traditional pancakes and benedicts along with unique choices such as the crispy farmer bowl or Maine Scramble, the perfect setting for your Mom in Maine Photo.

Memories at the Meadowmere Challenge!  Mother’s Day Getaway - Share your favorite photo of Mom In Maine for a chance to win a $25.00 Meadowmere Gift Certificate.

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Guidelines:

Open to all Meadowmere Facebook Friends

Photos must be suitable for all viewing audiences

Photos must be posted to Facebook and must use hashtag #meadowmere

https://www.facebook.com/MeadowmereResort

By submitting an entry, contestants grant the Meadowmere Resort permission and authority to use said pictures in any advertising or promotional activities.

Photos must be posted by 5/15/15

All votes or “Likes” must be submitted by 12 noon May 31, 2015.

Prize will be awarded to entrants that have the most “Likes” on their photos.  Winners will be notified via Facebook.

April 30, 2015

Ogunquit Family Adventure's on Mt. A

Ogunquit Family Adventure
Ogunquit Family Adventure

Directly across from our family resort in Maine is Agamenticus Road named such as it leads to Mount Agamenticus.  Today Mount Agamenticus is known for its unique trail systems many of which follow the old ski trails of “The Big A”.  This conservation region boasts 10,000 acres of land and is one of the largest remaining expanses of undeveloped forests in coastal New England.  A visit to our family resort in Maine allows ample time for your family to explore the natural wonders and history of this unique landmark.

As you explore the woods and the trails the bedrock shows the impact of the Glacial ice sheets that once covered this region.  Additionally a number of artifacts from “The Big A” still remain throughout the woods.  The Big A was a ski area in the 1960’s and 1970’s various foundations, lift equipment and even the T bar still remain.

Prior to the 1960’s this was the site for the first US radar tower as well as a Lookout Tower for the US Army in the 1940’s.  Barracks were constructed here to house the 551st Signal Battalion, the viewing deck that currently sets on the summit covers the four footings that once supported the radar tower.  For the army and history buffs in your family an escape to our family resort in Maine offers the perfect setting to explore and experience this region first visited by Europeans in 1602.

In addition to the trails and wildlife Mount A boasts the Learning Lodge with a number of seasonal educational activities for families visiting Maine.  As a focus area of Statewide ecology there are many natural gifts for your family to experience rare animal sightings on MT. A include spotted turtle, Spring Salamander and New England Cotton Tail.  There are also a number of rare plants and exemplary natural communities and habitats.

The adventure starts at our family resort in Maine where our staff continues to ensure your memories of Maine are un-surmounted:

Crystal on our Housekeeping Team was putting out fresh Sea Coast Coffee for our guests to enjoy when one guest inquired about microwaving her breakfast, Crystal quickly heated up her food.  Later as Crystal was cleaning the common areas she saw the guest with dirty dishes in hand and offered to clean them and deliver them back to the guests room when she was done.  The guest was so thrilled by the attention and assistance!

Hannah at the front desk noticed one of the guests arriving this week had never visiting our Ogunquit hotel before.  Hannah upgraded the guest to one of our Luxury Suites so she could enjoy an extra special escape in Maine!

April 23, 2015

Top Five Green Family Fun Ideas from Ogunquit

Family Grows in Maine
Family Grows in Maine

At our Maine Family resort we know the importance of growth and want to help you share this knowledge with your kids.  As spring blossoms in the New Year there’s no better time to get your kids excited about the new life unfolding outside.  As our Maine Family resort we have a few tricks to peak their interest in Gardening. 

Here are our Top Five Gardening Tips for your Kids

#1 Making a Terrarium is a great way to show your kids just how important the environment and climate is to growth and life

#2 Growing Potatoes is a good way to teach your kids about the diversity of life, when you chit the potatoes (sitting them in day light) they will see the eyes begin to sprout prior to planting.  Try a 2 liter plastic bottle once the potatoes are ready to plant so that the little ones can continue to watch the process

#3 Growing in an Egg Shell is a great technique if you have a garden at home as it allows them the chance to plant the seed in a small confined area and care for the seedling.  Once the garden is ready they can get outside and add their new plant.

#4 Homemade Bird Feeders are a great family project for the garden as the birds will help protect the garden against pesky bugs all summer long

#5 Add a Theme into your garden can also peak interest in your little ones.  Set aside a small portion or row just for the kids and let them choose a theme to help foster a lesson in responsibility.  Here are a few theme ideas:

When it comes to gardening we always ensure the landscape of our Maine family resort is flowering native plants.  Our staff is always here making sure that your vacation to Maine will flower into memories that last a life time, here are a few examples of how they exceeded our guests expectations this week.

April 06, 2015

Back to the Basics with your Ogunquit Family Vacation

Maine Family Vacation
Maine Family Vacation

Spring has come to Family resorts in Maine and we’ve got a few tips on how to get your kids to look up from their Ipads, Iphone or whatever electronics they are using these days and enjoy the beauty of nature in Maine.

Family resorts in Maine offer a unique experience, as our great states highlight is the beauty that nature provides there’s no better place to encourage your kids to play outdoors than a trip to the Meadowmere Resort.  We’ve pulled together the TOP 10 Adventures in Ogunquit for you to enjoy as you visit our family resort in Maine.

#1 Enjoy the simple pleasures as you stroll along the Marginal Way with the official “Kids Guide” your family will be fascinated with the scavenger hunt, animals and geology of the most beautiful place by the sea

#2 Go on at Treasure hunt at Ogunquit Beach with the river wrapping around one side you’ll find plenty of rocks and pools to explore as your family searches for crabs, mussels, snails and all the wonderful marine life of the Ocean!

#3 Take Flight the name says it all with this Arial Adventure course fly through the Maine woods on zip lines, test your balance and your strength - can you make it out of the lobster trap?

#4 Watch Wildlife as you hike Mount Agamenticus and explore the learning lodge at the peak.  Discover the beauty of over 40 miles of trails through undeveloped forests and watersheds

#5 Get Dirty!  At Laudholm Farm explore the trails and the marshes engage in their educational programs such as Marshy Mysteries as you wade through the muddy marsh to explore the wonders below

#6 Discover the facts of one of the top industries in the state aboard the FinestKind.  Watch as real lobstermen pull authentic lobster traps and explore all the treasures they hold

# 7 Get Wet as your family learns a new hobby with Liquid Dreams.  Experience Maine’s beauty from the sea as you surf or paddleboard through the waves

#8 Play With your food a visit to local farms provides a family pick experience featuring Maine Blueberries, Maine Apples, Maine Blackberries and so much more!  The kids will love enjoying the berries for snacks or nature paintings.

# 9 Explore the wonders of a Photo Sarfari as you make your way along Rachel Carsons National Wildlife Refuge home to New England Cotton Tail, Piping Plover, salt marhes and estuaries.

#10 Gaze at the wonderful birdlife of ClayHill Farm with their nature trails and bird sanctuary.  Enhance your families imagination with Eco Events in season such as Fairy House Building and Scavenger Hunts.

Get back to the basics of family fun in Maine as you explore our family resort in Maine.  Teach your kids to love the outdoors – worried about the weather?  Don’t bother if your fun filled day of exploring nature gets rained on we have you covered.  At the Meadowmere Resort the kids will enjoy our arcade room, indoor pool and Jacuzzi and 40 seat TV room with family friendly movie showings daily.

March 26, 2015

Memories at the Meadowmere 2015 Challenge

Share your Meadowmere memories
Share your Meadowmere memories

Join us this year for our Memories at the Meadowmere Challenge! As more and more people are signing up to share their memories on social media, the Meadowmere Resort invites you to join us in sharing the awesome experiences you have on your Maine Vacation. From walking along the Marginal Way to enjoying a cocktail with friends in the West Meadow Pub we invite you to share your photo’s on our Facebook page.

2015 brings you our Memories at the Meadowmere Challenge where you can win Meadowmere Gift Certificates and Memorabilia just by sharing your Maine Vacation Photos. For six select months this year we will be posting our blog with the “Theme” for the photo challenge. This month it is the Best Maine Maple Shack Photo in celebration of Maine’s Maple Weekend!

Stay tuned for upcoming themes and your chance to win. At the Meadowmere Resort it’s always about making memories and ensuring our guests have an exceptional experience on their Maine Vacation! Here are a few ways this week our staff went above and beyond to ensure your stay in Ogunquit Maine was unforgettable.

Hannah at the front desk was booking a reservation for a new guest.  This guest explained they were getting away for their 9th Anniversary and that they never had a Honeymoon.  Hannah knew right away this was a great opportunity to do something special and had the housekeeping staff place a box of chocolates and a happy anniversary card in their room along with turning the bath towels into elegant swans!

Our Maintenance guy Andy was checking on the pool areas when he noticed a couple with no towels, he went right to the desk to grab a few and delivered them to the guests so they could dry off.

 

March 16, 2015

Maine Maple Sunday: A History of Maine Maple Syrup from Ogunquit

Ogunquit Maine Sweet Escape
Ogunquit Maine Sweet Escape

Ogunquit Family Vacations foster education with tales from the tribe that named this village beautiful place by the sea.  In Abenaki Legend Gluskabe was hero who taught the indigenous people the arts of civilization and protected them from danger.  One of these lessons pertains to laziness and gluttony. This legend describes Gluskabe stumbling upon an Abenaki Tribe who had discovered Maple Syrup pouring bountifully from the Maple trees.  Gluskabe noticed that the tribe had abandoned the responsibilities of their lives and village, so he filled the maple trees with water making it much harder to harvest and ensuring the syrup could only be produced once a year.

As one of the top Maple producers in the country Maine is the state to visit for the Annual Maple Sunday Celebration.  The history of Maple syrup goes back much farther than the settlement of the United States as the legend above notates.  This process was taught to the English settlers by native tribes such as the Abenaki and has deep roots in the history of Maine.  Spend your Ogunquit Family Vacation learning the process of how maple syrup finds its way from the tree to your children’s pancakes.

Ogunquit Family Vacations at the Meadowmere Resort during the 4th Sunday of every March include a map of the states’ best maple farms.  2015 brings our 32nd Annual Maine Maple Sunday Event including Educational Demonstrations, Sugarbush tours and of course lots of delicious samples. 

Ogunquit Maine is located in York County which boasts over a dozen Certified Maine Maple Farms whose doors will be open for the event.  Just down the street you’ll find Chase Farm with their unique wood fire Maple process the kids will enjoy wagon rides and face painting.  Additional local farms are offering sweet memories with pancake breakfasts, maple cotton candy, maple apple crisps, maple syrup ice cream to name a few.  With the kids hyped up on maple sugar running around on the farms with scavenger hunts, calf naming and sap running contests is sure to wear them out!

Start a tradition at the Meadowmere with Maine Maple Sunday and foster education and appreciation with your Ogunquit Family Vacation.  

Memories at the Meadowmere Challenge!  Join us for Maine Maple Sunday and share your photo of the Best Maine Maple Shack for a chance to win a Meadowmere Gift Certificate.

Guidelines:

Open to all Meadowmere Facebook Friends

Photos must be suitable for all viewing audiences

Photos must be posted to Facebook and must use hashtag #meadowmere

By submitting an entry, contestants grant the Meadowmere Resort permission and authority to use said pictures in any advertising or promotional activities.

Photos must be posted by 3/27/15

All votes or “Likes” must be submitted by 12 noon Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Prize will be awarded to entrants that have the most “Likes” on their photos.  Winners will be notified via Facebook.

February 26, 2015

How to Survive School Vacation: Keep the Kids Entertained in Ogunquit Maine

In the Meadow(mere) you can build a snowman...
In the Meadow(mere) you can build a snow

Whether your visit with us has become a tradition for your family or if you’re staying with us for the first time this school vacation, the Meadowmere Resort has all you need to keep your kids entertained.  With hotel amenities included in the room such as indoor pool, game room and TV room all within the quaint village of Ogunquit your family is safe and sound in Southern Maine.

At the Meadowmere Resort our guests often forget about the large back yard behind our East Meadow Building.  Tucked in away from the road this secret spot is the perfect place to build your family snowman and snow-angels. 

Not used to the snow?  Here are some tips to help your family enjoy their winter escape.

Dress warm!  Maine winters are cold, make sure your family has a winter coat, snow pants, hat, gloves and a scarf to keep warm.

Five Steps to Make a Snow Angel

  1. Pick a Spot – fresh powdery snow works best
  2. Fall Backwards
  3. Move your arms and legs – like you’re doing jumping jacks!
  4. Press your head to the ground
  5. Have someone help you to stand up

Five Steps to Make a Snow Man

  1. Build The Base – Make a large snowball, pack it tightly and roll it along the ground.  As it accumulates more snow it will begin to grow.  Once it reaches around 2 feet wide your snowman is ready for the body
  2. Build the Body – Repeat step one, the body should be about 2/3 the size of the base.  Have an adult lift the body and place it on top of the base.
  3. Build the Head – Repeat step one, the head should be about ½ the size of the body.  Place the head on top of the body.
  4. Create the Face – Using Rocks for the eyes and Mouth and a Carrot or small stick for the nose
  5. Accessorize – Find an extra Hat and Scarf to complete you’re snow man and add three rocks to the body for buttons.

No matter the season we are here bringing your family a Maine experience, here are a few ways our team did just that this week:

While getting the day started at our Front Desk, Hannah noticed a family arriving with multiple rooms.  Althought they were booked into the same building the rooms were on different floor levels.  Knowing families generally like to be close together when traveling to our Ogunquit Maine hotel, Hannah took a few minutes to move some things around and get the rooms right next door to each other.

Crystal in our Housekeeping department was refreshing the complimentary coffee in our lobby when she noticed a guest waiting in line at the front desk.  This guest had some left overs that needed to be heated in the microwave for his family.  Crystal asked if she could assist him, and heated the food up right away so he could get back to his hungry kids.

 

February 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 19, 2015

A Maine Family Resort : School Vacation Traditions at the Meadowmere Resort

Meadowmere Tradition
Meadowmere Tradition

A tradition at our Maine family resort for many children is spending each of their School Vacations enjoying the Indoor Pool and Game room.  There are many other reasons why parents choose our family resort in Maine to celebrate family time and escape for February Break and the Meadowmere Resort would like to share these from our family to yours.

Family Amenities at the Meadowmere Resort.

                Indoor Pool

                Roman Spa

                Game Room

                TV Room with family friendly movies at 1:00pm, 5:00pm and 8:00pm

Local Family Friendly Businesses & Attractions

                Jonathan’s Restaurant

                Bessie’s Diner

                Ogunquit House of Pizza

Local Family Friendly Attractions

                Marginal Way Kids Guide

                The Youth Enrichment Center at Hilton-Winn Farm

                Laudholm Farm Children’s Nature Programs

                Family Ice Skating

                Sledding

And of course our family friendly service here are a few examples from the Meadowmere Resort:

A family joined us from New York City, unfortunately an emergency at home required one of these guests to take the car back to the big city.  When it was time for the rest of the group to check out they inquired how to get back to New York.  Michelle searched the various options such as C.&J. Bus Lines, Amtrak, Car rentals ect. and provided the family with the information they needed.  Fortunately this spring C&J will be bringing guests from New York City right into Ogunquit Village!

 

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

June 09, 2014

Maine Strawberry Festival A June Treat in Ogunquit

StrawberryJune blooms. The days are long, the temperatures tease of summer and the farmer's markets return. Maine is an agricultrual state - potatoes are just the start. Just minutes from our Ogunquit hotel, one of Maine's favorite festival happens the last weekend in June - The Strawberry Festival. Celebrating the little red delicious strawberry, locally grown and delightful. Come up and see us in June to enjoy the Strawberry Festival and some of our favorite Farms.

Here are some tips on planning a Maine Strawberry Festival trip:

  • Pack those dancing shoes: The festival features live swing music and your toes will be tapping. Plus this is an excellent way to work up an appetite for more Strawberry Shortcake.
  • Feel Crafty: The festival doesn't just feature delicious little strawberries. It also is home to over 120 artisans boothes. From homemade goodies to art, you can stroll the gifts while trying the amazing strawberry pie. Hmm - with 120 boothes, we think that is definitely a two slice trip.
  • Bring the Kids: Whether it is the grand kids, your little ones or the kid in you. Bouncy castles, hay rides and good outdoor family fun await. No battery charging necessary - unless you count fueling up on strawberry ruhbarb.
  • Down Home on the Farm: From Beach Plum Farm to York's Farmer's Market, Southern Maine has a farm scene worth exploring. Take in ocean views as Roby Littlefield's vision for a community farm comes to life in season. Stock up on healthy snacks of fresh fruit for the beach Saturday from 9a to 1p. And since the artisan Stonewall Kitchen is right there, maybe a jam or jelly too. Unless of course, you are waiting for those homemade strawberry jams at the festival.

In Ogunquit Maine, at our Ogunquit hotel, Strawberry Festival is just 15 minutes away in South Berwick, a beautiful drive past farms and the wandering York River. And our team will be here to welcome you home and make your festival getaway special:

  • Creating memories is second best part of a vacation. The sharing of them is number one. When a guest was so excited to share his trip with friends and family that he brought 11 Ogunquit postcards, Hannah generously took care of providing complimentary postage for the guest as a thank you. She could see how happy he was to be with us in Maine and excited to send a personal card to each person.
  • TissuesGetting everyone together for the ride home can be daunting. Checking and rechecking that every swimsuit and toothbrush makes the return trip home from Maine. Jackie was cleaning a departing room whenshe noticed that a bag had been left in the fridge. Rather than throw the bag out right away, she placed it on her cart just in case. A few minutes later the guest returned worried that the items were lost - especially as they were her mother's and important. Jackie happily turned to give her the bag, safely waiting on her cart. The guest was relieved and very thankful for the extra care given, even after the guest had checked out.
  • Allergies? Cold? Either one can make a vacation miserable. When Janet spotted that a mom in the family suite had run out of tea and cold medicine, she took the time to get extra tea, a mug and tissues for her. Leaving these set up in the room with a note to get well soon and relax when with us in Ogunquit.

Ogunquit Celebrates Father's Day Weekend in Maine

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Dad's Day always comes amongst the flutter of summer's star at our Ogunquit Resort. Graduations, BBQ's, summer parties, weddings and in the middle, a day to celebrate Dad. In Ogunquit Maine, there are plenty of ways to make him feel special.

Here are some tips on planning Father's Day weekend in June in Southern Maine:

In Ogunquit Maine, at our Ogunquit hotel, Dad's Day is a place for great memories. And with our central, yet secluded location, you and he can jump into the fun of Ogunquit village, Ogunquit Beach and more, then return to unwind poolside. And our team will be there to notice the little touches that make a difference:

  • WinecheersCelebrations at the Meadowmere happen often. And we just love to be a part of them - from birthdays to anniversaries to just the joy of a vacation. As Janet was working she spotted that one of the Luxury Suite guests were celebrating with wine and were using plastic cups. She headed down to the West Meadow Pub to see if wine glasses could be brought to the room. The guests were so surprises when Janet arrived bearing wine glasses and wishing them a great stay.
  • Arriving at a hotel can be confusing - new place after traveling and you are ready to just relax. Whitney was preparing a room when the guest next door arrived. They were just settling in and wanted a luggage rack. Whitney happily showed them where in the room the rack was, then noticed that they had quite a bit of luggage. She offered to bring a second one and the guests were happy to have it. A few minutes later, they returned, struggling with the slider door to enjoy their balcony. Whitney was happy to paused again and show them how to open the lock and enjoy the view of the outdoor pool.

May 12, 2014

Memorial Day Fun in Maine May 2014

OutdoorpoolpeopleOne of the things hotels in Maine look forward to is Memorial Day weekend. From Maine ocean view resorts to lake side cabins, Mainers love Memorial Day weekend. The grilling, the warmer temps, the end of mud season. It's time to get outdoors without layers. So everyone, including our resort in Maine thinks 'Good times ahead'! Hotels in Maine are open and looking forward to welcoming guests from all over. (Did you know our resort in Maine will host weddings from England, Californian and Texas this year? Wow!) Maine is not just a bucket list vacation, it's a romantic destination too. And a romantic escape is effortless in Ogunquit where you can enjoy Maine ocean views steps from our resort along Marginal Way, walk along the beach and enjoy everything from ice cream cones to a real Maine lobster together.

Memorial Day Weekend in Ogunquit Maine signals the start of the summer season - so as you are unwinding, we are just getting started. BBQ's, the outdoor pool officially opens, seasonal breakfast begins, the AIDS quilt makes its only stop in Maine at the Ogunquit town hall, Judy Collins performs at Jonathan's. Long weekends like Memorial Day weekend were made for unwinding, unplugging and recharging but maybe not quite for standing still. After all, there are great Maine vacation memories to be made!

And even if you cannot plan a Maine vacation to enjoy the ocean view steps from our Maine resort on the holiday weekend, there are midweek May packages: Golf, Spa, Dining, Make Me A Chef. Take that quick Spring trip and let us help you unwind.

  • The Meadowmere Resort has long been a family vacation favorite. Named Best Southern Maine Family Resort by Family Fun magazine, our Ogunquit hotel features oodles of amenities for the little ones. Of course Mom and Dad are traveling too and sometimes all those toys from home that helped make the car ride so good, end up scattered all over the hotel room. Janet was cleaning a family's room and the stuffed animals were everywhere. She carefully searched under beds and arranged the toys on the bed to welcome everyone back after a day of fun. Giving Mom and Dad one less thing to worry about or step on! (And here's a tip - if you forget a cherished toy at home, check out Animal Instinct in Ogunquit for a new addition to the toy family. It's a wonderful local shop - you'll feel like a kid)
  • KidbookOur team at our Ogunquit resort realize that one of the many reasons to travel is to recharged. In fact, it seems some of our guests are so in need of rest, coffee is the only way to get started. Rowan noticed that one of her guests had gone thru extra coffee and she made sure to give them plenty for the next morning's tank. The guest was so happy that she sought Rowan out to say thank you for such a wonderful personal touch. And if you need a pick me when in Ogunquit and our handy in room coffee makers or wonderful Maine made coffee is not nearby, try Bread & Roses or Village Food Market - Ogunquit features local shops, no Starbucks here.)
  • At the Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit, one of our many hotel amenities is a library area filled with puzzles, old fashioned board games and real books. We know that sometimes a trip back in time and away from anything iphone, ipad or internet makes the best memories and gives true relaxation. Janet was helping a guest who mentioned she just was not finding a book to her liking in our library. Janet told her about Annie's Book Stop on Route 1 in Wells and then retreived the phone number with directions so that the guest could find that perfect book. The guest was impressed with the thoughtful suggestion and extra step!

April 28, 2014

Ogunquit Maine May 2014 Things to Do

OmaaMay day, may day! Good times ahead! And we are not just saying that because we are big fans of Maine vacations. May is a great time to visit our Maine coastal resort andenjoy our lodging in Ogunquit maine.  For those of you who are big fans of Maine vacations, we have compiled a list of the best ways to enjoy our lodging in Maine in May. For those of you who are on the fence, come check out a getaway to Maine with our accommodations in Ogunquit Maine. May is a great value - and without further ado - here is your tips on planning great Maine vacations in May:

  • Ogunquit AIDS Walk - With the warmer temps coming to our Ogunquit Maine hotel, it is time to get outside. And why not make a difference too. May 2-4 is the Frannie Peabody Center Ogunquit AIDS Walk with music, tshirts and a great cause. Plus, this means your lobster can have extra butter.
  • Kentucky Derby Day - Ok, so this isn't really an Ogunquit event. But here's the thing, you can have Derby Day fun by the sea. There are specials from Maine Street to Cornerstone and beyond. And in Ogunquit, we love it if you bring your best Derby hat to our Southern Maine resort. On the first Saturday of May - May 3rd - Sipping a rum punch at Barnacle Billy's post race ranks right up there with any mint julep.
  • Ogunquit Museum of American opening is May 1st. So right away on the very first day of the month, you can enjoy the beauty of this little museum by the sea. This season features John Laurent, new additions to the permenant collection and those gorgeous gardens.
  • Mother's Day Fun - up next, Mom. Of course it is easy to enjoy a Mother's Day Maine vacation at our loding in Ogunquit. Our spa resort in Maine features award winning massage and treatments steps from our accommdations. So Mom can enjoy a Swedish massage or you an really say thank you with a LaStone Treatment. By the end of Mother's Day weeked - May 9-11 by the way - she will have forgotten all abou, well, whatever it is, you are off the hook!
  • Victoria Day Weekend - May 16-18 - the Memorial Day of Canada for those not in the know. A holiday weekend worth celebrating at our hotel in Ogunquit Maine. In fact, with Victoria Day dining packages complete with dinner and breakfast at Jonathan's, you can unwind to a nice long Spring getaway to Maine.
  • Breathe NH Bike Event - May 17-18. Yes, Victoria Day is a two for one special weekend with a holiday and another great cause to support. Breathe NH Bike Event is a two day ride with the Day 1 Finish Line at our Ogunquit hotel. Celebration includes BBQ, live DJ and radio broadcast, eveing party wih dancing and even massage for riders. Day 2 begins at the Starting Line at our Ogunquit hotel - and we cheer the riders off to help fight against lung disease. BreatheNH FINALlogoJPEG (3)
  • Memorial Day  - May 23-26. Phew, May is busy and we have finally come to the major event. Memorial Day Weekend in Ogunquit Maine. That long weekend that signals the start of the summer season. BBQ's, the outdoor pool officially opens, seasonal breakfast begins, the AIDS quilt makes its only stop in Maine at the Ogunquit town hall, Judy Collins performs at Jonathan's. Memorial Day weekend at our resort in southern Maine is special. It means you have officially become one of those in the know - Ogunquit in May is Marvelous!

And even if you cannot plan a Maine vacation for any of the great reasons to visit Ogunquit we mentioned, there are midweek May packages: Golf, Spa, DIning, Make Me A Chef. Perfect to sneak a trip to Maine in. And we are here waiting to make your stay special - here's a few quick ways our team at our Ogunquit hotel recently helped out:

  • The Meadowmere Resort is a pretty big place. We understand. And on your first stay, finding all the great amenities at our Southern Maine resort can be a challenge. Our team has training on the layout of the hotel, relation to where the amenities are, hours - you name it, they know it or know how to find it for you. Jodi noticed a family at the end of the hall looking confused and she instantly knew that they needed help. She took the time to offer assistance and walk them through the TV room, Roman Spa, fitness center and spa and elevator, giving them tips on how to find other amenities and make their way thru the hotel. The family was so surprised at this personal touch and thanked Jodi over and over again for taking the time.
  • With indoor and outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, our Ogunquit hotel has a lot of fun to choose from. Sometimes kids get so excited to go to the next amenity, they forget towels. One little boy had such a problem - and wasn't sure how to find any towels either. As Tori came down the hall, this little boy asked and she told him to wait just a minute. Tori headed to the laundry area to grab four freshly folded towels and returned. The little boy was off and running, right into Roman Spa fun.

April 23, 2014

April Showers bring the 2014 Season to Ogunquit

FamvacaMany take a Maine family vacation this April especially with the school Spring break. Tis the Season to enjoy budding flowers, Marginal Way and family fun. Of course, many ask what it there to do on a familiy vacation to Maine now? At our Ogunquit Maine family resort we are happy to help. Planning a family vacation to Ogunquit beach is really wonderful anytime of year - but April/May is a great pick for many reasons: less crowds, great value and good memories.

Planning a family vacation for April break in Maine can be filled with ol'fashion fun. From our family resort in Maine you can enjoy these Maine family vacation picks for Spring:

  • Barnacle Billy's  - Even if the whole family does not eat our state critter, Lobsters are still a kick to look at and Perkins Cove is full of real lobster boats. So crack open the steamers and don that bib - it's time for some butter dipping in Ogunquit!
  • Marginal Way - Sure kids today are attached to an i-something. But the beauty of Marginal Way and the lure of just what might be in that tidepool or just how those rocks are balanced will break that spell. Or at least give them something natural to twit pic. Wholesome family fun with perhaps with a seal sighting.
  • Mt. Agamenticus - Go play in our backyard. Mt. A is a hiking blast and the tallest point in Southern Maine. Meaning even this far inland, you will have a family sighting of the ocean. You might even sneak a little education in with the cool trails signs explaining local critters and trees. Your Maine family vacation can stay on tracks with well groomed hiking trails and easy parking.
  • Harbor Candy Shop - Okay, so this one is not on the healthy list. But if your family vacation to Maine is walking and hiking, this gets a pass. Plus, this shop is a locally owned Maine made Willy Wonka kind of candy shop. Stop in for the smell of fresh chocolate and indulge a little on your Maine family vacation - it is a chance for everyone to be a kid.
  • Liquid Dreams Paddle Boarding - What you say?!? It's freezeing in that Maine water. Wetsuit technology is amazing, the whole family will be warm and toasty. Paddle boarding is fun and great for almost all ages - 5 and up can get in on the fun. Your family can take a 2 hour trip up Ogunquit River, view the estauraries just coming to life for the season and once again, i-phone,pads and gadets get left ashore. It's a chance to make memories and grab that elusive feeling of peace. For 2 hours.

And it's not just planning an April Family vacation that has our Maine Resort looking forward to the Spring season. Even the occasional April shower can by overcome - Our family resort in Ogunquit has indoor pool, hot tub, TV room, Roman Spa, game room and plenty of amenities to wait out the rain drops til it's time to take your family adventure out for pizza. Or have it delivered - it's your Spring family vacation to Ogunquit after all! Put your feet up and now read how a little thing makes a big difference at our Maine family resort: Shower

  • One of the beautiful things about a family vacation to Maine, is that the beauty of Maine makes one disconnect from technology. Skip those emails, miss text and socialize within arms reach not Facebook webs. But for one guest the real world could not be ignored and he had to check his email - it was so important, he was up in the middle of the night. Using our guest computer center, this guest was struggling with an AOL sign in. Jack came to the rescue as it was late and quickly the guest was able to access his account and catch up. The guest was thrilled.
  • One of the best things about our family resort in Ogunquit is the chance to add a few hours more to a vacation with a complimentary guest pass to freshen up before heading home. Two ladies had decided to enjoy the afternoon with the pools and hot tubs and then headed to the Ladies locker room - only to discover that they had packed their shampoo and soap. Though the locker room has a shampoo/soap combination, it was not the same - especially when you had hopes for your own products from home. Janet happened to be walking through checking for cleanliness and said hello, noticing that the ladies seemed to need some help. Once she learned of the concern, Janet headed up to housekeeping cart for our amenity shampoo and soap and returned to save the day. Or at least the hair day!

April 14, 2014

Easter Preparation in Ogunquit Maine

EasterEggHuntSpring has so many wonderful signs - flowers, sunshine, longer days, warmer afternoons, buds on trees. And it is all happening as Spring arrives in Ogunquit Maine. Of course, Easter is another Spring tradition at the Meadowmere Resort. With kid's easter crafts, egg hunts and Jonathan's famous Easter Day brunch, planning an Easter weekend in Maine is a fun and relaxed way to celebrate.

And if traveling for the holiday is not a fit, April school vacation is just around the corner. With Ogunquit favorites like Ogunquit Lobster Pound, Barnacle Billy's and more open to enjoy, planning a family vacation for April break in Maine can be filled with ol'fashion outdoor fun. No iphones or epads required. Hike Mt. Agamenticus, stroll Marginal Way, grab an early season ice cream and perhaps cast a line for dop fishing on Ogunquit's bridge. Yes, April Showers (which bring May Flowers! No complaining!) may happen but with indoor pool, TV room, Roman Spa and plenty of games, puzzles and room service, there is a always a way to unwind rain or shine at our Ogunquit hotel. 

And it's not just planning an April Family vacation that has our Maine Resort looking forward to the sunshine. Our are celebrating and revving up at the thought of warmer temps too -  Check out a few of this past week's service stories:

  • Even after a great night's sleep in a suite at the Meadowmere, morning coffee is a must - after all, it's Maine made! Jodi was tidying up a guest room when she noticed that both of the regular coffees were used and non of the decaf. Rather than just replace the two regulars, Jodi set up the guests with four coffees to start of the next morning with a full tank. The guests were so surprised that she had noticed such a small detail that they left a personal hand written note telling Jodi how much they appreciated it!
  • MarrymeRecently the Meadowmere Resort was named the best Honeymoon spot in New England. So we aren't surprised when some of our guests get swept up in the romance of Ogunquit Maine. When Janet discovered that guests had just decided to become engaged during their stay, she placed a complimentary box of chocolates in room, made some of our famous kissing swans and put a complimentary copy of Real Maine Weddings to help the wedding planning begin.
  • Staying at a hotel for the first time can be unnerving - is it clean? are they friendly? will I sleep well? We understand. When guests walked into the hotel after a long drive and in need of accommodations, they had many questions. Matt offered to take the guests on a short tour and show the room and all the amenities at our Ogunquit Maine hotel. The guests were so pleased with the personal touch and the Meadowmere Resort, that they checked in immediately and relaxed after a long day's trip.

March 28, 2014

Southern Maine Strawberry Festival Great Family Trips

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South Berwick's Annual Strawberry Festival in Southern Maine

How to Plan a Great Ogunquit Family Trip to the Strawberry Festival in June

June is Southern Maine is a hidden gem – and not just because the flowers are in bloom. And that means your family vacation to Maine can start early with a quick trip up to enjoy South Berwick's Annual Strawberry Festival. Planning a vacation for the family to Southern Maine in June is a great idea – the crowds have not yet arrived, the trolleys are running and everything tastes better with strawberries!

Meadowmere Family Vacations in Ogunquit Maine

School's out. Summer is in air - and that makes it the perfect time to head to the Maine Beaches.  But hey, it is a family trip and once everyone gets over the bridge, even a tween will show a smile.  Just tell the kids that there’s a game room and an amazing indoor Roman Spa to enjoy – and a TV room that is state of art if Dad wants to be sure there are evening activities and amenities at our Ogunquit hotel to enjoy. Our Ogunquit hotel is open year round and eating a Maine lobster happens every day. Plan a family walk along the rocky Maine coast of Marginal Way with a mile of soothing ocean sounds. Share an ice cream cone in Perkins Cove with real Maine Lobstermen hauling the day's traps. You can even arrange for the Ogunquit Beach Caddie to take the family to Ogunquit Beach. All wonderful things to do in June in Maine that make you the family vacation hero.

These are some tips on how to plan your family trip to the Annual Strawberry Festival in Maine.

Tip 1: Maine It Up!

Not just a little, but bring a lot of Maine to your family trip. From lobster to potatoes, beer to wine, Maine has delicious food produced right here in state and you can see how much fun enjoying the festival is with this photo gallery. A Strawberry Festival is celebrating sustainable, local and yummy food. Green points to you family vacation planner.

Strawberry2If the tween in your world is calling for you to make this trip cool, consider such options as the Sarah Orne Jewett House, site of  her romance novel, The Tory Lover; or a visit to the Short Sands Fun-o-Rama or just promise that there is plenty of time to go to the beach and Maine Moose Poop to be found (It's a candy). Maine has the ability to laugh, delight and provide a snack for the ride home. Just remember the Meadowmere team will you find activities from Portsmouth to Portland to make the family vacation a success.

And the South Berwick Maine Strawberry Festival is just 15 minutes from our Ogunquit Resort. A quick trip to enjoy the shops, food, games and rides for children and trolley rides at the Festival. The festival is held on the grounds of Central School, the primary elementary school for the town of South Berwick - so you can easily park and enjoy. Plus there is golf nearby at the Links at Outlook Farm  (rain or shine - there's even indoor golf!) and a yummy dinner spot at the Isidore's to help make a full day of it.

Tip 2: Book a hotel room block minutes from the Festival.

You need a hotel that is open and minutes from the Strawberry Festival with easy access and plenty of amenities. It is summer in Maine. That means beach.*

And you want to give your family a place to be cozy and comfortable so you can convince them - whoever you have in mind for this Maine adventure – to travel to Maine in June. Enter the Roman Spa and Outdoor Hot Tub. There is even a chance to impress Dad with an upgrades to a Family Suite. Then the kids have a separate bedroom.

Meadowmere is steps from Jonathan’s Restaurant, complete with live concerts and kids play space.  The hotel also is easily accessible for bus, limo and trolley transportation.  Finally, your family has three airports, Amtrak, coach bus and car options to reach Ogunquit. Planning a family vacation in Southern Maine can be done year round at our Ogunquit hotel.

Tip 3: Plan summer activities in and near your venue

June may be the just before the summer season but there is still plenty for you and your family to enjoy in and near Ogunquit Maine.

Strawberry3If close and cozy is best, your family can enjoy our Ogunquit hotel amenities:  Roman Spa, fitness center, onsite massage, steam, sauna, TV room, outdoor Jacuzzi and heated indoor pool. There is even a game room for the kid in all of us and the option to have a wine welcomes for a grown up treat on our Ogunquit Maine dining package.

If a brisk walk is the chosen adventure, your family can stroll to Marginal Way for ocean view and village shops for gourmet chocolates and coffee.

If a quick drive is on tap, just hop on Route 1 to explore Kennebunkport to our north or York to our south. Both are within a 20 minute drive. You can arrange for early arrivals to jam it up – Stonewall Kitchen Flagship York StoreThe Maine Beer scene is amazing. Cornerstone in Ogunquit brings artisan beer and gourmet pizzas just minutes from the Meadowmere.

So in the end, a weekend spent at the South Berwick Strawberry Festival is a weekend of family fun in Ogunquit Maine and quite possibly the best reason to visit Maine in June.

*This comes with a caveat question ‘What if it rains on our family vacation? The Meadowmere has rainy days down – your family vacation will still be a success. Even during a down pour, the game room, Roman Spa and TV rooms are open to enjoy. Plus there is always local options for rainy days– Check out what to do on rainy days in Ogunquit and see how you like it.  You might find yourself cheering FOR clouds to try all this out.

March 10, 2014

March Means Luck of Ogunquit Maine

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You most certainly do not need a lucky leprechaun to enjoy this March. With Spring skiing, Maine Maple Sunday and St. Patty's Day fun, March is full of excused to venture outside our Ogunquit Hotel. Shake off the cabin fever - or better yet, spa away winter blahs. March means mud season and mud season means great travel deals all over New England.

Our friends at the Frannie Peabody Center announced the 2014 AIDS Walk/Run 5K May 1-4 and we are proud to be a sponsor. What a great cause and great reason to plan a Spring trip to Ogunquit Maine. We also received a wonderful letter from our friends at Dana Farber Cancer Center who received our January Appreciation Donation.

With all these warm feel good reasons for visiting Ogunquit, here is a few other of our favorite reasons to see us in March:

-The Southern Maine coast antiquing 

-Cuddling up to a Craft Beer getaway.

-Awesome concert at Jonathan's in Ogunquit

-Stonewall Kitchen Cooking Classes, especially on Make Me A Chef (there's a discount!)

And while we may not have Leprechauns, we certainly have some amazing team members creating that Meadowmere Resort magic: 

  • Melinda was talking with a guest who just had to say, she had the best sleep and raved about our Maine resort's rooms and pillows. The guest mentioned how her neck always hurts but our pillows were amazing and she had not one bit of pain. Melinda thanked the guest then headed over to see Housekeeping about connecting the guest with our pillow vendor so she could feel just as good at home. The guest was thrilled to have the information - already dreaming of a great night's sleep, no doubt!
  • One of the best reasons to travel is to celebrate. And birthdays are always fun to celebrate! Hannah spotted that one of our regular returning guests was staying over their birthday and had a surprise of Harbor Candy chocolates left in room with birthday wishes.
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