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April 25, 2016

Planning an Intimate Wedding in Ogunquit Maine : Small Gathering Venues in Southern Maine

_SWP2842Every bride and groom knows that the wedding day is all about celebrating the joy of being together and sharing that joy with friends and family.

Of course, that last part is where a lot of stress and money goes: Who to invite? How many? The venue costs what???

Maybe you both fell in love in a special spot and that spot only hold 50 persons. Maximum. That’s okay – it is your day. And you are in luck – Intimate weddings are surging in popularity for the charm, budget and special atmosphere to a cozy gathering.  Even better, our hotel in Ogunquit is surrounded by these special small venues.

Best Places to Plan an Intimate Wedding in Southern Maine

Time to make your wedding dream come true. Here are tips on great small wedding venues in Ogunquit Maine.

Wedding Ceremony Want: Water

Ocean view ceremonies can bring big price tags even for little gatherings. Have no fear, there are options.

If rolling waves is the back drop for your perfect day but your budget is drowning, consider such options as the Marginal Way, the Ellis Park Short Sands Gazebo and Hope Hobbs Gazebo for your ceremony. All have the ability to see the water, allowing for the ocean to be the back drop to you ‘I do’s’. Just remember these options are town parks and paths. That means curious onlookers and well-wishers. Which it can be fun to have complete strangers clapping and cheering for you - A small trade to have these spectacular ocean views. And sometimes just a few hundred dollars and a little time with administrative forms is all you need.

Wedding Venue Want: Woods

Sure the smell of Maine Pine is romantic, but you don’t want to chop a clearing to gather.

If the romantic Maine woods sounds perfect but you don’t want to head too far north or go too rustic, consider such options as Clay Hill Farm and Jonathan’s. With the option to enjoy the fairy gardens and nature paths balanced with lawn and cuisine, Clay Hill Farm offers Maine woods, high heel friendly. And at Jonathan’s, you’ll have your choice of the Ogunquit Heritage Museum park with dappling light or the Josias River Park with flowing brook (flats, no heels for this one).

EDBMsubhomepgWedding Venue Want: Lobster

Maine means lobster. And dipping butter. Way more delicious than smashing cake.

If the lure of a wedding in Maine is lobster, but you have visions of Aunt Sue covered in butter, have no fear. Mainers have cleaned up the lobster experience a bit.  With fresh farm to table food, craft beer, local wineries, you can personalize your menu and impress your taste buds. Harvest and Plate Catering in Ogunquit is a wonderful option with Chef Trip and The Velveteen Habit is a gorgeous back drop with expert Chef Chris at the helm. Whether a private homes, special farmhouse or our cozy pub, you’ve got space to make your intimate gathering yummy too.

Wedding Venue Want: Out to Sea

For when you really want to limit who sets sail.

If your vision of saying I do involves as few witnesses as possible, your ship has come in. Literally. From the romantic Silver Lining Sailboat to the down Maine Finestkind Lobster cruiser, you can sail away with only the closest of friends and family to create an amazing wedding day.

Finally, you need a hotel that is open and central to your Southern Maine wedding venue with easy access to a well maintained road. And you want to give your guests a place to be cozy and comfortable so you can convince your family, your friends - whoever you have in mind for this Maine celebration – to travel to Vacationland.

Meadowmere is close to all the venues mentioned and allows for direct access to Route 1. The hotel also is easily accessible for bus, limo and trolley transportation.  Finally, your guests have three airports, Amtrak, coach bus and car as options to reach Ogunquit. Wedding services and  blocks in Southern Maine are available year round.

January 25, 2016

Ways to Create a Charitable Wedding: How to Celebrate and Make a Difference in Southern Maine

The excitement of your wedding – It is truly a special time. However, soon enough the reality that you will need a budget and some serious planning help arrives. Occasionally, a bride asks our hotel if all this expense for just one day in Maine is normal.  Well, yes. It is a very special day (there is a lot of history to why – for another blog). But if you are looking a way to make a difference with your Southern Maine wedding (or anniversary or birthday – really any celebration), then you may want to consider a charitable wedding.

HopkinsMeadowmereWays to Create a Charitable Wedding

  • Volunteer. Bond you bridal party with a day spent helping a local shelter or making a difference with kids. Looking to volunteer your time based on your ability and location? There are many websites that can help you out. The point is to plan a few hours giving back together. Here are a few:
  • Register for charitable gifts. As in add a charity that you and your love care about. And if you can’t choose, options like amazon smile can let your guests give to what matters to them and really spread the impact.
  • Skip the party favors. Instead of little gifts for your guests, make donation for what you would have spent to a local charity. In Southern Maine, there are many worthy choices such as Caring Unlimited, York County Shelter, Animal Welfare Society and many, many more.
  • Save the leftovers. Ask when booking your caterer where leftovers go and if they don’t have an answer, request that the local food panty receive them. This means less of the food you purchase for your wedding goes to waste and if this is the first time the caterer has been asked this, who knows. You just might start them on a path to help more.
  • Honeymoon Helper. Sure you can book a trip to lie on a beach and get couples massage. But you could do that and help make a difference for a day or two as well. Websites such as projects-abroad.org can help you find trips.
  • Donate the Dress. Okay, this one is a big step. But if you are truly never going to wear your wedding dress again, Brides Against Breast Cancer would love to hear from you.

And finally, you want to ask your vendors about green and charity practices that they have in place. Of Course a hotel that is central to your Southern Maine wedding venue for guests is important. At the Meadowmere Resort, our Ogunquit hotel is close and it is a leading green hotel in Maine. The hotel and it’s team have received numerous awards and recognition for our community efforts, including hosting weekends throughout the year to benefits local charities. Our wedding services and blocks in Southern Maine are available year round and our sales team can find a local charity to fit your wedding plans.

All this planning for one day – but truly it is up to you how far and wide your wedding day can reach!

We wish you happy wedding planning from Southern Maine!

October 14, 2015

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

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

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

Best Wedding Cake Bakeries in Southern Maine

Wedding Cake Want:  Tiered & Photo Ready

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

Wedding Cake Want:  Local & Delicious

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

Wedding Cake Want:  Fun & Simple

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

Wedding Cake Want: Eco-friendly & Yummy

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

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

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

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

July 15, 2015

Tips on Planning a Rustic Maine Wedding In Ogunquit at the Meadowmere Resort

JfrgoatsMost people know Maine as Vacationland. However it is also a beautiful destination for a rustic wedding.

KnotTurns out, 2015 is the Year of the Wild West Wedding according to the Knot. Think leather, wildflowers and even cowhide. Well, partners-to-be, that may be all fine and dandy for your inner cowboy and cowgirl. But what if packin’ up the ranch of bridesmaids just isn’t in the budget? And what if you’d like a rustic farm feel, but without tumbleweeds?

Howdy! Welcome to Southern Maine. Home of Rustic yet Refined (at least enough to wear white and have no worries on cow pies. Look it up if you need to.)

Meadowmere’s Tips on Planning a Rustic Maine Wedding In Ogunquit

Time to make your rustic wedding dream come true – complete with a ride into the sunset. Hi-Ho Silver! Here are some tips on how to plan a Wild West Wedding in Maine.

Wedding Venue: A place to kick up those heels – or kick them off.

CHFredbarnAhh, the romantic smell of Maine Pine and a farm setting. Consider such options as Clay Hill Farm and Josias River Farm (yes, both have the barn).  Both are minutes from your wedding block at the Meadowmere Resort. At Clay Hill Farm, a big red barn is steps from a dance floor and you are surrounded by Maine woods. But it’s still high heel friendly and ready for a few western touches such as banded napkin rings and craft beer.

And if you’d rather a more remote, quaint barn feel complete with goats, Josias River Farm is warm and friendly. You can design the décor with Black Tie Company to have just the right amount of cowhide and lace.

Wedding Venue Want: Music – Country Music that is.

Jerks of Grass - The Jerks of Grass are Portland Maine bluegrass royalty, having been voted Portland’s best roots and acoustic act seven times. It’s high-energy and the four person band gathers around one mic to give you that real deal bluegrass feel.

Tricky Britches - These group is young and making waves in the Maine bluegrass scene.  Don’t let their age  scare your pony - the Tricky Britches are professionals all the way. A stompin’ good beat – and a darn tootin’ good price.

Wedding Beverages: Wet Your Whistle

CrvodkaWe’re not recommending any bathtub gin or cowboy grain alcohol here. It is a day to remember after all. So saddle up to the bar with a copper tin cup and fill it with down home Maine Craft Beer from SOME brewers, Tributary  or Theory Brewing. All locally made.

Course a good cowboy - or girl – has something on hand that’s a little stiffer. Lasso up some Cold River Vodka and Gin or have that bluegrass playin’ while you enjoy some of Sweetgrass’s spirits. Maine may be East, but a thirst as big as the west can be fixed with Maine Made whistle wetters.

Wedding Want: A home near the range

Finally, you need a hotel that is close to the chuck wagon (that’s cowboy for where you ate) and stuff for all the little buckaroos to enjoy too. The Meadowmere Resort is cozy and comfortable and while we would ask that your leave your ponies at home, we’d certainly be happy to provide your wedding block in Ogunquit for when your guests are ready to take their boots off.

Our Ogunquit hotel is close to the venues mentioned – just in case some of your guests like the theme of wild west but would much prefer modern comforts for sleeping. And no need to cowboy shower in the morning.

BridalcowgirlAnd what about that ride off into the sunset? Take your pick – saddle up with Carousel Horse Farm or ride behind with Rockin’ Horse Stables.

Yee-haw!

May 25, 2015

Best Places to Get Married in Southern Maine for Music, Water, Woods and Cuisine

HonqWeddings in Maine are very special. The beauty of Southern Maine coast provide a romantic back drop to a wedding celebration. Of course finding the best places to get married in Southern Maine can be a challenge.  The crowds flood the coast in summer and those ocean views can get expensive for some budgets.  Still, lines for lobster rolls and site fees are no reason to shy away from Southern Maine for your special day!

Best Places to Get Married in Southern Maine

Time to make your wedding dream come true. These are some tips on how to find the best place to get married in Southern Maine and why for a Maine Wedding, there's no place better than Ogunquit.

Wedding Venue Want: Water

Ocean view ceremonies can bring big price tags. Have no fear, there are options.

If the sea is calling for your Maine wedding but your budget is crying, consider such options as the Ellis Park Short Sands Gazebo and Hope Hobbs Gazebo for your ceremony. All have the ability to see the water, allowing for the ocean to be the back drop to you ‘I do’s’. Just remember the Gazebo options are town parks and come with curious onlookers and well-wishers. Which it can be fun to have complete strangers clapping and cheering for you. However, the tradeoff is that these venues offer spectacular ocean access for sometimes just a few hundred dollars and a little time with administrative forms.

Wedding Venue Want: Woods

Sure the smell of Maine Pine is romantic, but you don’t want to chop a clearing to gather.

If the romantic Maine woods sounds perfect but you don’t want to head too far north, consider such options as Clay Hill Farm and Josias River Farm (yes, both have the barn).  With the option to enjoy the fairy gardens and nature paths balanced with lawn and cuisine, Clay Hill Farm offers Maine woods, high heel friendly. And if you’d rather a more remote, quaint barn feel, Josias River Farm is warm and friendly – including cute mini goats.

Wedding Venue Want: Cuisine

Yeah, sure there’s Maine lobster.  However, you were really hoping to skip the bib.

If the lure of a wedding in Maine is lobster, but you have visions of Aunt Sue covered in butter, have no fear. Us Mainers have cleaned up the lobster experience a bit. From lobster brioche to chilled lobster bisque, this crusty crustacean can roll (haha) into any menu.  However, there’s more to Maine cuisine. With fresh farm to table food, craft beer, local wineries, you can personalize your menu and impress your taste buds. Harvest and Plate Catering in Ogunquit is a wonderful option with Chef Trip and The Velveteen Habit is a gorgeous back drop with expert Chef Chris at the helm.

Wedding Venue Want: Music

Let’s get this party started on the dance floor.

If your first stop after saying I do involves a beat and a dancing partner, Southern Maine has a spot on the dance floor for you. Jonathan’s is home to an outstanding concert series and that means serious sound for your wedding day.  And if your wedding music plans make you think ‘I’m going to need a bigger dance floor’ than the Red Barn at Outlook Farm has the elbow and boogie room you want for your wedding.

MmrwedFinally, you need a hotel that is open and central to your Southern Maine wedding venue with easy access to a well maintained road. And you want to give your guests a place to be cozy and comfortable so you can convince your family, your friends - whoever you have in mind for this Maine celebration – to travel to Vacationland.

Meadowmere is close to all the venues mentioned and allows for direct access to Route 1. The hotel also is easily accessible for bus, limo and trolley transportation.  Finally, your guests have three airports, Amtrak, coach bus and car as options to reach Ogunquit. Wedding services and  blocks in Southern Maine are available year round.

 

January 15, 2015

Tips on Creating Gift Bags for Your Maine Wedding Guests

GiftbagAmong the many, many things that go into planning a wedding in Maine, inevitably the question of wedding gift bags comes up. Do you or don't you? And if you do, what exactly goes into a wedding gift bag?

If you want to create a great first impression for your guests traveling to your Maine wedding, greeting your guests with a bag full of goodies is a start to a memorable weekend. There are simple options - such as rolling and tying an information sheet on your wedding activities - and there are extravagant baskets with monogrammed shirts and custom label candies. More often creating gift bags for your Maine wedding guests does not have to be a stressful or time consuming chore or a quick after thought.

Here are tips to creating gift bags for your Maine Wedding:

  • Make it Heart Felt: Rather than a quick "We-are-so-happy-you-are here-to-celebrate-us-please be-at-the-ceremony-at-this-time" message, take a moment to share your story in welcome letter. This is your chance to share why you fell in love with each other or with Maine and maybe save having to tell the story over and over again at the reception (when you would much rather be dancing!). It doesn't have to be a novel - just a simple sweet paragraph. And once you figure this part out, feel free to type it up for easy printing on stationary that fits your theme, even if it's just one of your wedding colors. A hand signature space let's you sign for a personal touch.
  • Water, water everywhere: Your guests will be walking into a hotel room after traveling and one of the best ways to refresh is hydrating. It's easy to give this a Maine touch - simply include Poland Spring water bottles. If you can't bear to be so plain, add a Maine-ah favorite with Moxie to your wedding gift bag.
  • Sweet,sweet treats: Everyone has a favorite candy from when they were a kid. Include your and your sweethearts. Then add a little something extra from a local chocolatier, such as Harbor Candy, to bring a touch of Ogunquit to your gift.
  • WeddingMeadowmereIt's the Destination Baby: Ogunquit, Beautiful Place by the Sea. So why not help your guests explore? Ask the Ogunquit Chamber for touring maps and guidebooks to include in your gift bags. Not only is this a great time saver, but guests will be able to swap stories of what they have explored during cocktail hour. With the Meadowmere Resort's central location to Ogunquit Beach, Marginal Way, Ogunquit Playhouse, shops, restaurants and more, they'll have lots to talk about!
  • Now Your Jammin': Want to have something custom labeled, local to Southern Maine and long lasting? Create a custom label Stonewall Kitchen Jam Jar for your wedding gift bags. Based in York Maine, Stonewall Kitchen features delicious Maine Blueberry Jam. Pick from different size jars, create a message and share one of Maine's most wonderful locally made products. Of course, it may not last long after your Maine wedding once they try it!
  • Send them to Sea: Once your guests have journeyed to the Southern Maine Coast, a nice touch is to share one of most unique ways to see Ogunquit - by sea. With sunset cruises each night in season, you can include a ticket aboard the FinestKind for your guests to use during their stay. It's an easy and fun way to share a ride aboard a Maine Lobster boat and past the rocky coastline and Nubble Lighthouse. Worried that you have land lovers? Send to close to the sea then with a pass to the Ogunquit Museum of American Art - home to some of Maine's finest art and most beautiful gardens. And with gift shop, they can finda Maine treasure to take home.

Want to get more creative ideas? Check out wedding welcome gift bags and baskets at The Knot.

Worried about how to get gift bags to all your guests? Don't be! At the Meadowmere Resort, we make it easy - With any of our official wedding blocks, simply drop off your gift bags and we take it from there.  Contact our wedding sales today for your Ogunquit Maine wedding accommodations. And remember, the best tip we can give you for creating gift bags for your Maine wedding is to enjoy each moment of your very special day!

August 11, 2014

100 Reasons to visit Ogunquit Maine at our hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 17, 2014

March Sweet Taste of Spring in Ogunquit Maine

HopesrpigsLots of things Spring eternal - hope, tigger, daylight savings. And with Spring officially just around the corner, Spring in Ogunquit is upon us. Yes the flowers have a long and muddy way to go and you are not quite ready to break out the flip flops - but Spring in Ogunquit is still the time to shake those winter blues. An Ogunquit vacation to our Maine resort can celebrate just surviving this winter and taking a good thaw in the hot tub.

In fact, your room can even come with a hot tub - with Spring deals the value of our Ogunquit hotel's Luxury Suites is amazing. Our Maine resort's Honeymoon Suites received a wonderful recognition as the Best Place to Honeymoon in New England.

Another sweet reason to join us - Maine Maple Sunday, which is really a whole weekend of fun. From alpacas to syrup on ice cream to pottery to syrup on pancakes to, well, more syrup, Maine Maple Weekend is a celebration of artisan crafts and delicious yummy syrup. Syrup so good, it's a good thing this travel mug was found!

  • Janet was checking the Fitness Center at the Meadowmere Resort and inspecting the ladies locker room area. She found a travel mug left behind and decide to check the health club area for any ladies that may be using the hotel gym. After taking the time to check with several women, Janet found the owner of the travel mug who was surprised and delighted - she had completely forgotten about it! Janet taking a few minutes to go this extra mile saved her from a visit to Lost N Found and made the guest's day.
  • Right tighty, left losey. But sometimes one doesn't know their own strength and righty tighty becomes can't turn on the shower. Jodi was cleaning a room when a guest asked her for help - she had been struggling to turn the shower on and had just plumb given up. Jodi happily gave it a twist and set it losely off so that the guest could easily adjust when and how she would like. The guest was grateful for the help and Jodi quickly and discretely helping her.

January 13, 2014

Find a Great Winter Wedding Venue in Maine

How to Find a Great Winter Wedding Spot in Southern Maine

 

Winter is Maine is breathtaking – and not just because it’s cold. The beauty of quiet season is that winter is just that – Quiet. The crowds are gone and you have your pick of venues with romantic snow covered barns and warm cozy fireplaces.  So you have fallen in love with winter in Maine - now let’s find the place of your cozy dreams to get married!

 

Meadowmere Weddings in Ogunquit Maine

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Cold. Snow. Sometimes that makes it a tough sell to head to the Maine Beaches.  But hey, it is your wedding  day and your wedding dream to come true. Just tell friends and family that there’s a hot tub outside and an amazing indoor Roman Spa to enjoy. Our Ogunquit hotel is open year round and eating a Maine lobster happens every day. Snowshoe along the rocky Maine coast of Marginal Way with miles of soothing ocean sounds. Cross country ski local trails and sled with real Mainers. You can even arrange for a horse drawn sleigh ride. All wonderful winter things to do in Maine that make the hot cocoa taste even better.

 

These are some tips on how to find a winter wedding spot in Maine.

 

Tip 1: Ocean view or Wooded Wonderland for your Wedding Venue?

 

There are options – crashing ocean with snow covered coast or romantic wooded scene with winter birds and birches.

 

If the sea is calling for your winter wedding, consider such options as the Stage Neck Inn or Beachmere Inn for your ceremony. Both have the ability to see the ocean from the comfort of inside, allowing for the waves to be the back drop to you ‘I do’s’. Just remember this option still comes with the cost of ocean views and limits your guest list to the capacity of the ceremony room - which often means either a small event or second venue for the wedding reception. However, this type of venue gives you the opportunity for spectacular pictures should the weather allow.

 

If the romantic winter woods sounds perfect, consider such options as Clay Hill Farm, Outlook Farm or Josias River Farm (yes, we have quite a few farms in Maine). All have the classic Maine barn for your wedding. The difference is what you would like with your barn experience: rustic romance on private estate (Josias River), classic farmhouse with winter gardens (Clay Hill) or post beam barn with modern comforts (Outlook Farm). And with these venues you can still get some amazing winter images.

 

If neither is working for you – really you just want classic winter wedding in Maine with a resort and venue together, consider Jonathan’s Restaurant for your wedding. Directly next to the Meadowmere, guests can walk from the comfort of our cozy rooms. Pictures can be taken in the foyer entrance of Jonathan’s in front of a gorgeous fieldstone fireplace and the ballroom means your guests list can be up to 150 people.

 

Tip 2: Book a hotel room block at a central year round hotel.

 

You need a hotel that is open and central to your venue with easy access to a well maintained road. It is winter in Maine. That means snow.*

 

And you want to give your guests a place to be cozy and comfortable so you can convince your family, your friends - whoever you have in mind for this Maine celebration – to travel to Maine in winter.

Meadowmere is close to all the venues mentioned and allows for direct access to Route 1. The hotel also is easily accessible for bus, limo and trolley transportation.  Finally, your guests have three airports, Amtrak, coach bus and car as options to reach Ogunquit. Wedding services and  blocks in Southern Maine are available year round.

 

Tip 3: Plan winter activities in and near your venue

 

Winter may be the quiet season but there is still plenty for your wedding guests to enjoy in and near Ogunquit Maine.

 

If close and cozy is best, wedding guests can enjoy our Ogunquit hotel amenities:  Roman Spa, fitness center, onsite massage, steam, sauna, TV room, pub, outdoor Jacuzzi and heated indoor pool. There is even a game room and the option thru Ciao Baby to have toys ready in room upon arrival.

 

If a brisk walk is the chosen adventure, guests of your winter wedding 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. Wedding guests can jam it up – Stonewall Kitchen Flagship York Store is just minutes away and free samples abound. From chocolate sauces to Maine blueberry jam to homemade treats, this is a full afternoon of fun – especially if you take a tour or a cooking class. Just a little farther, the Kittery Outlets brings excellent deals and the chance to try Moxie, a Maine staple, at Robert’s Maine Grill. Speaking of tap - The Maine Beer scene is amazing. Tully’s in Wells is like a magic carpet ride for beer lovers and Federal Jack’s is just up Rt 1 in Kennebunkport. In pinch, Cornerstone in Ogunquit brings all that closer – artisan beer and gourmet pizzas.

 

*This comes with a caveat question ‘What if it snows on my wedding’? All the venues mentioned and the Meadowmere have snow removal down – your guests will make it to the ceremony on time. Even during the blizzard of February 2013, with over 30 inches of snowfall, the outdoor hot tub opened on time. And every car was cleared. There is always the test drive – Plan a winter vacation to Maine and see how you like it. And you did dream of a winter wedding in Maine after all - you might find yourself cheering FOR snow.

September 29, 2013

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This coming weekend we Fb have a romantic Maine getaway as multiple couples celebrated their anniversaries, three big ones of 20th, 25th, and 30th! Don't worry we got their secrets, you just need to come visit to hear them yourself! This weekend also is a special one for guests we have celebrating a wedding here in Ogunquit. Come celebrate and make your memories here at the Meadowmere where family and friends means everything..

•  Janet and Crystal, two of our outstanding housekeepers, noticed a room whose two guests had not used their coffee mugs yet.. The ladies automatically thought that the guests may need spoons so they retrieved them in case! How thoughtful :)

• Tori, one of our observant and caring housekeepers, noticed that a guest was going through an awfully lot of tissues and had cold medicine on the counter top. SickTori sensed that someone most likely was sick so she gave them an extra box of tissues anticipating their needs.

 

"Merely satisfying customers will not be enough to earn their loyalty. Instead, they must experience exceptional service worthy of their repeat business and referral. Understand the factors that drive this customer revolution." - Rick Tate

 

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

July 25, 2013

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June was made for Romance! There are so many weddings in June and there is something special about sharing your special day on the oceanside. Come and share the romance with your amore and experience a true romantic Maine getaway! Start a new tradition with your sweet heart and sweep her off her feet, don't forget you can add gifts to your stay to shower her with surprise all day, every day!

  • Surprise surprise! The Meadowmere loves nothing more than a celebration! For a lucky lady this week it was a proposal. The soon to be fiancé upon check in slipped that he was proposing in hopes of making a memorable experience. The front desk advised Matt, our evening runner, of the arrangements. The guest had requested a bottle of champagne be delivered to the room while they were out for dinner and also had some cloth flower petals that he wished to have spread through the room. Matt did as the guest wished and also added a few embellishments of his own including a heart shaped towel on the bed and a box of chocolates, he was careful to remove the Meadowmere card so that the guest could take full credit for the room set up. The guest called later in the evening to let us know that it was a success she said YES and once again thank Matt for his efforts. Romantic Maine getaways always guarenteed a YES!
  • Warm blankets and cozy cuddles...One of our guests requested that the blankets on her bed be changed as she was allergic to the current type on the bed, Ceila retrieved two different types of blankets for the guest to review before completing the linen change for the guest. The guest was delighted and was impressed with Celia's attention to detail and the fact that she gave the guest a choice.

 

"It is best to learn wisdom by the experience of others." - Latin Proverb

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

March 10, 2013

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This Week's Stories!

Mother Nature can be fickle when she wants, but spring is surely around the corner. We have even seen a few robins out in the trees! What is your favorite thing about spring? Is it that clean smell that the air has or maybe it's the spring tides treasures that are left upon the beach. Whatever your favorite may be this time of the year gets everyone up and moving and ready to shake off those winter blues.

  • It's all about going the extra mile just to put a smile on someone's face. Trisha had ended her shift for the day and was on her way out the door when she was stopped by a guest who had just checked in. They wanted to know if we have luggage carts, she regretted to inform them Luggage that we did not but would be happy to help with their luggage, the guest happily accepted her offer. Once the luggage was all delivered the guest offered to give her a tip, she politely declined and told the guest to just enjoy their stay.
  • We have many happy couples that visit our property in hopes of finding the perfect spot for the newly weds and their wedding guests to stay while celebrating their nuptuials. Janet noticed that one of the rooms in her section was scheduled to be shown to the bride and her bride-groom to be. She made swans for the bed and added our wedding binder filled with creative ideas and suggestions on local area vendors for the guest to flip through while they toured the room. The couple was delighted and look forward to their fall wedding.

"The longer you wait, the harder it is to produce outstanding customer service." - William H. Davidow

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

February 10, 2013

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This Week's Stories!

It's official we are going to have an early spring according to Punxsutawney Phil who did not see his shadow this ground hog's day. Thank you Phil we will toast to you when we are laying on the hot white sand with a cold drink in our hand!

  • Why is it men never like to ask for directions, even when it comes to vacations. Alec was working in the Main building when he noticed a Ground hogguest who looked a little lost and was reading the direction sign at the end of the hallway, the guest's wife look a bit perturbed and he decided to ask if he could help. The Mrs. spoke up quickly and stated they were looking for the Roman Bath, he escorted them down to the spa and made sure they had towels before he left them to relax in the hot bubbling water.
  • Every now and then we have the opportunity to be a part of someone's special day or events in their life. It is an opportunity that we hold near and dear and are appreciative that we are privileged to be a part of. Carrie was assisting a couple with their plans for a small intimate wedding in our pub, she helped with the floral arrangements, the set up for the ceremony and was there standing by in case they needed anything. During her interaction with the happy couple she learned they were expecting their first child. At the end of her shift she went down to the local toy store and purchased a small gift for the baby and had it placed in their room the next day. The guests were so delighted thanked her and even sought her out the next day to give her a hug.

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." - Booker T. Washington

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

September 15, 2012

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Apple pie oh my! September is prime apple picking month, come check out our Apple picking map and get the inside scoop on the best places to pick yummy macintosh, courtland and gala apples.  PumpkinFiddle at Laudholm Farm is just around the corner, enjoy this family fun festival and enjoy the beginning of Autumn with us!

  • Celebrating an Anniversary is always memorable of reminiscent of your special day. Janet had made the towels into swans and left them on the bed with fresh flowers for the arrival of our honeymoon suite as they were celebrating their anniversary. She replaced the flowers and swans each day as the guests were so delighted with the swans upon their arrival. During the second night of the guest's stay the wife was admitted to the hospital as she was not feeling well, upon cleaning the room on the following day Janet left a get well card for the guest as well. The guest saw Janet the next day and thanked her for her kindness and told her "this place is just like home".
  • Sheila was working at the front desk when a women with two small children checked in late in the evening, the guest was having difficulty finding parking so Sheila offered to move her vehicle so that the guest could park closer to her room. Sheila then double parked her vehicle so that she could assist the guest with her luggage. The guest was so tired when she arrived and so grateful for Sheila's help, it's the kind of understanding that can only be understood between two mothers.Maid
  • We frequently have wedding guests stay with us at the resort. Janet noticed a young lady trying to carry all of the bridesmaid floral arrangements and having a little difficulty. She offered assistance and shortly returned with a box that the guest could use to carry the arrangements to the wedding ceremony. Even the best maid of honor needs an extra set of hands when helping to make the brides day perfect.

 "Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!." - William Arthur Ward

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

August 18, 2012

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It's nearly the end of summer, but there is still plenty of time to book your Ogunquit getaway! Grab a towel and soak up the last of the sun's rays at the Ogunquit's Main Beach. A scenic stroll down Marginal Way is a perfect family outing, but if you are looking to add some adventure to your vacation, check out our "Ohm and Foam"Surf and Yoga Package. Join us at the Meadowmere in the West Meadow Pub for some of the last summer deals of the season. Fall is just around the corner, so come and get in while it lasts!

  • One of our guests had ordered a wine and cheese basket to be delivered to their room prior totheir arrival to surprise hi party. Unknowingly the guest ordered a bottle of red wine when his party only drinks white wine. He called to see if the wine could be chilled and was advised that it was a red wine. He questioned to see if the wine could be switched before they arrived.  AriannaMosquit went to the pub to see if we had the wine selection available, unfortunately we did not. She took the bottle of wine back to Village Food Market to exchange it for the guest. She had to walk down to the market because the traffic was so heavy due to the rain that she would not have made it there and back before the guests arrived. The guest was delighted and his party was none the wiser to his mistake with the bottle of red wine.
  • How many times as a child did your mother tell you to hold her hand or look both ways when crossing the street? One of our guests was traveling with her small son for a special mother-son mini vacation. She had her hands full filling the car, Alec noticed her packing the vehicle and asked if he could be of assistance. She asked if he would hold her young son's hand in the parkingDog groom lot while they she finished loading the car.
  • We have many wedding parties that stay with us to celebrate their big day. Tracy was working at the front desk when a guest approached the desk to get directions to his room, he was lost and had his hands full, he was responsible for carrying the tuxes and his suit case but had lost his groom's men. Tracy escorted the guest to his room and carried his suite case so he could properly carry the tuxes.

"Customer service is awareness of needs, problems, fears and aspirations." - Unknown

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

June 10, 2012

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Celebrate Dad! Treat him to a relaxing getaway complete with a nap by the pool, check out our Father’s Day Package. Soon the kids will be out of school, what to do with all that extra energy in the house? Bring them to Ogunquit and let them purge that energy exploring tidal pools and building sand castles. Rainy day do not fret, our indoor pool is heated and waiting for you! Make your plans now for your summer vacation!

  • Can I get a witness! There is nothing more romantic then wisking your sweetheart awayDog wed to beautiful coastal Maine to get married at an improptu ceremony. One guest did just that and was married in our Tea Room. The only problem was they didn't consider that they would need a witness to this joyous event. Jeneise was vacumming in the South Meadow building when she was approached by the guests who inquired if she would be kind enought to stand in as a witness to their marriage ceremony. She was honored and gladly obliged, it was short and sweet and everything th couple wanted. She will always share this special memory with the guests as her name was signed to the marriage certificate as a witness to the happy nuptials.
  • It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring. Celia was cleaning one of her departure rooms when she saw a guest who was juggling with his bag of laundry. She retrieved her umbrella for the guest to use so that he could get to guest laundry without looking like he fell in the washing machine himself.
  • Maine is know for many things one of it's most popular attractions is it's Lobster! Two of ourLobster guests mentioned to Janet that they were on their way out for their very first boiled Maine Lobster. When she cleaned their room she left them two little lobster soaps to commemorate the experience.
  • Maybe we over packed, just a little. Two guests approached the front desk and checked in with Anna. She noticed that the guests seemed winded and they said that they had walked from our Squire building and had foolish decided to drag their luggage with them instead of leaving it in the car. She checked them in and then offered to assist them with the rest of their luggage. The guests gladly accepted the extra set of hands.

 "I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."  - Albert Schweitzer

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

March 20, 2012

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It's Maine Maple Weekend! Yummy, what is your favorite maple syrup accoutrement? Don't forget to check out the sugar shacks on Sunday and get a first hand look at how Maple Syrup is made. Hop, Hop, Hop over to the Meadowmere and checkout our Easter Weekend Package. Spring time is the best time to check out all Ogunquit has to offer.

  • "Being happy in your skin, that's what it's all about" One of our guests inquired with Janet if weAel103sphad any lotion for sale or had a gift shop. The guest had forgotten her body lotion at home and the small bottle provided with the room amenities wasn't working for her. She advised the guest that we id have a gift shop but didn't believe that we sold any body lotion. She verified that the gift shop did not sell body lotion. She purchased body lotion for the guest and left it in the room with a small note wishing her a pleasant and comfortable stay.
  • Here comes the bride. Crystal was working on Saturday when a future newly wed couple stopped by for a site visit. The couple was interested in seeing a suite, she showed them one of our Honeymoon suites. They mentioned that they were also curious in seeing our West Meadow Pub, she showed them the pub as well and took them on a tour of all of the amenity areas. The bride to be was very happy with what we had to offer and excited to make the next plans for their big day.Bday02
  • Ashley was working in housekeeping when she noticed that a guest that was due to arrive was celebrating their birthday. She left them a little note thanking them for spending their special day with us and wishing them a happy birthday.

"Customer Service is not just a department, it's everyone's job"  - Unknown

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

January 12, 2012

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This week's stories!

Winter is here! There is something magical about the ground all covered in snow. Come and join us for Martin Luther King weekend and enjoy all Ogunquit has to offer in every season. Don't forget that Valentine's day is coming up, what a better way to treat your sweetheart then to a romantic escape to the Meadowmere, check out our Valentine's Day Package.1995-03-09

  • Jack received a call late one night from a young man who needed a little encouragement in popping the big question. The young man had called to inquire what extra items he could order for his room such as flowers or chocolates. The guest was given the possible in room gift selections and decided not to add any additional items to his stay. After their conversation Jack upgraded the guest to a Deluxe room with King bed and gas Fireplace to help set the mood for their special moment.
  •  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Janet noticed a guest who had her hands full with pints of ice cream. She retrieved a bag for theImagesCA3MLZAX guest so that she could comfortably carry her desert back to her room. 
  • Sheila was checking in a guest who had received a gift certificate as a holiday gift. They were originally interested in booking a standard room with two double beds. She suggested that they upgrade their accommodations and splurge on themselves as we had a king with fireplace and their gift certificate would cover most of the cost. Sheila continued with their reservation for the king with fireplace but unfortunately the room was only available for one of the nights of their stay. She suggested instead a room in the same locations with two queen size beds, the guests were happy with her suggestions and look forward to staying in our king fireplace rooms on their next visit. 

"To my customer. I may not have the answer, but I'll find it. I may not have the time, but I'll make it"  - Unknown

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

November 19, 2011

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This week's stories!

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we have many things to be thankful for this year, including all of you. Still haven’t made plans for Turkey Day, why not spend it with us and our Thanksgiving Gobbler Package. Santa is making his list and checking it twice and we hope that we were nice this year, we have been busy at work with preparations for the upcoming holiday season and we can’t wait for the all the decorations and twinkle lights to be in place for the Christmas By the Sea Festival, we hope to see you there!

  • Weddings are filled with memories that the happy couple will cherish forever. There are some very important factors to the big day, one of these happens to be the wedding cake. It is tradition that ont he first anniversary the happy couple will eat the topper of their wedding cake.ImagesCAL1T9SS
    Matt & Dan were closing up the resort when they noticed a newly wed couple returning from their reception and carrying their cake, they offered their assistance and helped carry the cake for the guests. The following day Janet noticed the same couple departing from their Honeymoon Suite. She congratulated them and noticed that they did not have a box to transport their wedding cake home. She found a proper box and gave it the guests so that they could transport their cake home in one piece and enjoy on their first anniversary.
  • Our Movie Room is a favorite among many of our guests. Stuart had just begun the scheduled movie when he received a call from a guest inquiring about the schedule. The guest had thought a different movie was to be shown. Stuart returned to the Movie Room and changed the showing for the guest as they were the only guests present for the movie.

"If you get everybody in the company involved in customer service, not only are they 'feeling the customer' but they're also getting a feeling for what's not working."  - Penny Handscomb

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

October 16, 2011

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This week's stories!

OgunquitFestis next weekend! With the cooler weather this fall come and warm up with a hot cup of apple cider and enjoy that all festivities that Ogunquit has to offer. There is sure to be something for everyone from the high heel dash to pumpkin decorating and Catacombs. Come and watch the Meadowmere team defend their title for fastest bed in this year's bridge to beach bed race. Don't forget Ogunquit Restaurant week October 30th through November 3rd, yummy!

 

  • Wardrobe malfunctions always happen at the most inopportune time. While getting ready for aImagesCAKI77PX wedding one of our guests was having difficulty with her dress. Sophia was working in our Main building when she overheard the guest inquiring with other wedding party guests if they had a pin. She looked through her purse and was able to find a pin for the guest to use. The only problem was that the guest needed two pins to make the adjustments to her dress. Sophia was on the search, she was able to find the guest another pin and saved the day! The guest was so happy that she gave her a big hug and thanked her for her help.
  • Elfreda was finished her work for the day and returning home when she noticed a guest in the entrance way who seemed lost. She approached the guest and inquired if she could be of assistance. The guest was lost and unable to find her room. To top things off it was raining and the guest seemed apprehensive to venture out into the inclement weather and get soggy. She verified the guest's room number and escorted the guest with her umbrella to herImagesCAAODQ82 room. She also took the time to show the guest where the breakfast would be served the next morning.
  • A father was traveling with his two little girls and was unable to locate his room. Timmeea was finished with her work for the day and noticed the frazzled father in the parking lot. She inquired if she could be of any help, the guest admitted that he was having difficulty finding his room. She showed the guest where his room was located and advised him where to park and where the  elevator was located.

"Merely satisfying customers will not be enough to earn their loyalty. Instead, they must experience exceptional service worthy of their repeat business and referral. Understand the factors that drive this customer revolution."  - Rick Tate

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

October 02, 2011

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Pumpkins and Cider and Fall, oh my! Fall into all that Ogunquit has to offer, from fine dining to casual walks along the Marginal Way, there is sure to be something to relax and renew as mother nature reveals her beautiful colors. Don't forget about Columbus Day Weekend October 7th thru the 10th or OgunquitFest October 21st thru 23rd.

  • It isn't always about singin' in the rain, Jeremey was bringing linens down to laundry on the golf cartThumbnailCAXQLE5O  when he noticed a guest who was standing on the landing outside and looking discontentedly towards the rain pouring down. Jeremey greeted the guest and inquired if he could be of assistance. The guest responded that he was contemplating making his way next door, as he was meeting his party members at Jonathan's for dinner. He offered the guest a ride in the golf cart over to Jonathan's so that the guest did not get soaked and could enjoy his dinner in comfort.
  • Who needs a luggage cart when you have love! Timeea was cleaning rooms in the Main Building when she noticed a couple carrying their luggage to their vehicle. She greeted the guests and offered to assist them with their luggage.  The guest declined and made a joke in passing, that is why she is keeping him, and thanked her again for offering assistance. 
  • Tracy had assisted and briefly spoke with the mother of the groom of one of our wedding blockThumbnailCAKC13JJ  stays. She was happy to help when they arrived and had a few last minute details to complete, she also sent up blueberry jam and a card to her room as well as a congratulatory card to the newly weds.
  • Sheila received a call from a guest shortly after they checked in, the guest was disappointed in her accommodations and thought that her room would be larger. Guest had booked on-line and thought that a larger luxury suite had been booked. She personally showed them other accommodations and made arrangement for assistance with their luggage. Her personal attention and time saved the day and the guest had a wonderful and relaxing stay.

"Every company's greatest assets are its customers, because without customers there is no company."          - Michael LeBoeuf, Author of: How to Win Customers and Keep Them for Life

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

August 19, 2011

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The nights are getting cooler but the days are still hot and Ogunquit Beach is the hot spot! There is still time to take a family trip to Ogunquit before the kiddos go back to school. Don't forget about next week's Sidewalk Art Show and Sale on August 25th, the premier of Ogunquit's up and coming artists.

  • Your wedding day is an important milestone in your life and you will never forget where you1991-03-09  spent  your special day and most couples return to the same place they honeymooned each year.Tracy made our guests honeymoon a little more memorable. While she was reviewing arrivals for the day she noticed a couple who was getting married that very day. She placed a wild flower bouquet, and a congratulatory card in their room for their arrival.  
  • Janet was cleaning a stay over room when she noticed that the disposable razor they had on the counter was broken. Not wanting our guest to try and shave with a broken razor she replaced the broken razor with several new razors, one for each day of the guests stay.
  • There are so many great dining options in Ogunquit that it can be hard to make a decision on where to eat. Janet suggestedRman5640l MC Perkins in Perkins Cove, she showed  them a menu and gave them directions. She also left an Ogunquit dining guide when cleaning their room so the guest could look for dining options for the remainder of their stay. The next day Janet conversed with the guest again and asked them how their dinner at MCs was, guest was so pleased with her recommendations and the thoughtfulness of the the dining guide. The guest's ate like kings during their stay!

"We see our customers as invited guest to a party, and we are the hosts. It's our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better" - Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon.com

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

July 28, 2011

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July is Jumpin! Summer is flying by, it's been such a busy season with so many great things to see and do, we can't wait for August and all the fun it will bring too. It's time to pack up the car and take a trip up to Maine, Ogunquit has lots to offer for all members of the family from fun in sun to relaxing evening strolls in Perkins Cove. Come see why Ogunquit is a favorite vacation destination!

  • Summer means weddings, it is such a pleasure and honor to be the destination for lovebirds.Ghrn53l  Janet understands just how important the special day is for the happy couple. She was cleaning rooms when she noticed the photographer snapping shots of the groom to be and his groomsmen. She moved all of the linen and the maid's cart to the other end of the hallway so that the photographer could take photos of the groom getting ready for his wedding day.
  • Everyone wants to be poolside in the summer, especially during last week's heat wave. Janet was returning from her break when she noticed a guest who had their hands full with poolside necessities. She assisted the guest with their belongings and made sure the guest had everything they needed to enjoy their fun in the sun.    Daln382l
  • Katie was working at the front desk when a couple walked in looking for accommodations. She  showed them a few different room types and gave them a personal tour of the resort and it's amenities. The guests were so pleased with all the resort had to offer and the extra time Katie took to show them around they decided to stay with us for four nights.

 

"Friendly makes sales - and friendly generates repeat business" Jeffrey Gitomer

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to your face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

July 20, 2011

2011 Green Wedding Winners Wed in Ogunquit Maine!

DSC_0040 Under sunny skies on a picture perfect Ogunquit Maine summer day, surrounded by friends and family representing three continents, Amy Watson of Wiscasset, Maine and Douglas Figueredo of Rio de Jeinero, Brazil, exchanged vows at Clay Hill Farm on Sunday, July 10th. The Grand Prize winners of Clay Hill Farm’s third annual Green Wedding Giveaway, Amy and Douglas attracted votes from 63 countries in their five-week contest campaign this past spring, to spread the contest message of green connectedness and encourage environmental awareness. Two cultures came together for the wedding at Clay Hill Farm, to celebrate a great love and the beauty of nature. While Amy read her vows from a Blackberry having forgotten her notes, Douglas’s long time friend translated in Portuguese. The green irony of saving paper by reading vows from a phone raised a chuckle from both sides of the gazebo aisle.

DSC_9976 Having won an all-inclusive wedding ceremony and catered Reception at Clay Hill Farm for up to 75 guests, Amy and Douglas enjoyed the talents of countless wedding professionals who generously donated their products and services to the Green Wedding Giveaway project. Included in the Grand Prize were wedding Florals, Photography, Videography, Trolley transport, Cake, Live cocktail music, DJ Services, Favors, Bridal accessories, Personal Ice Sculpture, Bridal Hair & Make-up, Formalwear, Spa Services, Rehearsal Luncheon, Accommodations at the Meadowmere Resort, and a Mexican Honeymoon.

Part of the messaging of the Green Wedding Giveaway is that couples do not have to sacrifice a single dream to make a difference in the world. “I feel like I’m dreaming”, said Figueredo re-capping the day on camera just before leaving the Reception. “Thank you to all who made this possible for us. Muito Obrigado a todos que tornou possível que nos.”

DSC_9935 Clay Hill Farm’s annual Green Wedding Giveaway contest encourages couples to explore the parallel between a commitment to each other and a commitment to the Earth. Amy and Douglas’s video entry highlighted how their commitment to each other, and to a higher purpose, the environment, allowed them to overcome the challenge of living on separate continents. They waved each other’s native flags outside on their wedding day as a symbol of two cultures uniting in love, surrounded by the sights and sounds of natural beauty. Commenting on the Green Wedding Giveaway contest’s trademark slogan, We are all green in some way, so pick your shade and shout it to the world, the Grand Prize couple answered simply in unison, ‘We did.’

May 17, 2011

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This week's stories! 

Memorial Day is almost here! With warmer weather on the way we can’t wait to enjoy some sun and fun at the outdoor pool, walks along the Marginal Way, and what would the kick off to the summer season be without a boiled lobster dinner from Jonathan’s. We just love Ogunquit it May, what a perfect time to enjoy Maine!  

  • Cartoon1 You can certainly get lost in love and that’s exactly what happened to a newly wed couple who joined us for their honeymoon. Jack received a call late one evening from a couple who were lost and looking for the resort. He was able to give them directions, but once the love birds arrived they were still a little confused about how to get to their Honeymoon Suite. He personally escorted the couple to their suite, assisted them with their luggage, and turned on the lights for them. While settling them into their suite Jack was able to answer their questions about the resort and get them on track for a great Honeymoon in Maine!
  • While Donna was maintaining morning coffee service in the pub she noticed the wedding party from the weekend celebrating with the newly wed couple. The party was gathered for a farewell breakfast. She provided the group with ice water and fresh coffee. When the group was finished she offered to clean up their tables and discarded their trash and congratulated the couple on their nuptials.
  • Kayla was cleaning in one of her stay over rooms, this typically includes replacing towels and toiletries, making the beds, and a few other touchups, wanting to make our guests feel at home she organized their books and snacks and also folded the laundry on the bed. The guest was pleasantly surprised to return from a day of exploring Ogunquit to the personal touch that she had left in their room.
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    Sometimes computers don’t always work the way we want them to. Tracy received a call at the front desk from a guest who was having difficulty connecting to our complimentary wireless internet. She assisted the guest over the phone but guest was still having difficulty with the connection, she personally went to guest’s room and walked the guest through connecting to the internet. She also advised guest where to find technical support should the guest need any further assistance. Guest was happy to be able to surf the internet from the comfort of their own room.
  • It can be hard to plan your vacation from hundreds of miles away, especially when you are not familiar with your destination location. While Stuart was assisting a guest over the phone with their vacation plans at our resort the guest mentioned that they would be traveling further north along the coast of Maine. Stuart being savvy with not only local attractions but also other locations in throughout Maine he assisted our future guest with accommodation suggestions for the duration of their travel. He called ahead to other resorts in Cape Elizabeth as well as Monhegan Island to complete the total Maine experience. Guest was so pleased with his above and beyond customer service that the guest decided to stay with us for the duration of this stay and confirmed his reservation with us for five nights.

"Care more than others think wise. Risk more than others think safe. Dream more than others think practical. Expect more than others think possible." - Howard Schultz

Thank you for letting us share this week's service stories with you. Each week we hope our little differences help bring a smile to you face - remember, service is not dead. It just took a vacation to Maine!

November 02, 2010

Maine Weddings Shows - Help Planning a Wedding in Maine

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Now that the quiet season has arrived in Southern Maine, many a hotel, reception venue, florist, baker and more are off to wedding shows. Brides-to-be are dreaming of the perfect wedding day and searching out the vendors to make their dreams come true. Likely in tow are maid-of-honor, mothers-of-brides, a few fathers-of-brides and the occasionally groom-to-be. Goody bags, champagne and bridal magazines abound. Let the wedding planning begin!

November brings great opportunities to find help planning a wedding in Maine. Madeliene's Event Central hosts shows in South Portland and Portsmouth, both of which are near to Southern Maine. However, sometimes the local shows can provide access to wedding vendors in the specific area you wish to get married. Two such wedding shows are on the same day this year - Sunday, November 14th. Whether you are planning a wedding, a wedding coordinator, planning an anniversary celebration or just feel like a wedding consultant (moms out there know this one), being able to visit two shows in the same day is a jackpot.

The Nonantum Wedding Show is 12-3pm with free admission. Held in Kennebunkport at the Nonantum Resort, there are over 40 vendors, chocolate fountains, music, giveaways and more. The sow is hed in the ballroom and there is free food in the river room. More info can be found at : http://www.nonantumresort.com/weddings/weddingshow.html

Many brides are looking to Ogunquit for their special day. In addition to the Kennebunkport wedding show, the Ogunquit Chamber is hosting Celebrations by the Sea at the Dunaway center on Sunday November 14th from 11am-3pm. Perfect to visit first with the early start. Roughly 30 vendors, there will also be live music, refreshments and bridal gifts with free admission. For more information on the Ogunquit wedding show: http://www.visitogunquit.org/event.php?id=17

If you cannot make November 14th, remember that Southern Maine has great resources for planning your wedding - the Ogunquit Chamber is a ready source of help and we often have complimentary Seacoast Bride Magazines to help our couples find everything for the big day. Plus we are always happy to welcome brides at the Meadowmere and help with planning your wedding blocks and much more.

Happy plannning - enjoy the shows!

October 14, 2010

David Tutera Gowns at New England Wedding Shows

DTChelsea As a member of Madeleine’s Event Central, New England premier wedding vendor group, the Meadowmere is happy to share with you some exciting news!

At the upcoming November Event Central wedding shows in Plaistow, Portsmouth and Portland, David Tutera’s new line of bridal gowns by Faviana has been selected to be showcased during the show. These gowns will then be exclusively available at 125 Bridal in Plaistow, NH. To preview the collection: http://davidtuterabyfaviana.com/ 

The Meadowmere Resort will be at the Portsmouth and Portland shows this November – please feel free to RSVP to the shows and stop by with any questions. Events are "By Invitation Only" for the bride, and 3 guests. The shows are a wonderful and unique way to your wedding vendors and get ideas.  http://www.madeleineseventcentral.com/madeleines-event-central-by-moonlight

Planning a wedding in Maine? Here are some resources for the Ogunquit area!

Getting a marriage license in Ogunquit Maine  

What you should know about getting married in Maine

Churches and synagogues in Ogunquit Maine area

Wedding accommodations in Ogunquit Maine

Happy planning!

June 08, 2010

World Ocean Weekend - Help Us Help the Gulf Coast

Dawn-Dish-Soap620653As we prepare at the Meadowmere to celebrate World Ocean Weekend June 11-13 in Ogunquit at our hotel, we can't help but think of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Oil Spill. We know how important Ogunquit Beach is to us and how much our waters here in Southern Maine impact many, many lives. From family vacations to local surf spots tp lobstering, the ocean is important. We can only imagine how devastated communities, businesses, wildlife and families must be.

How can we do something? It does seem so very helpless - we can't return the fish to the sea, we have no idea how boom works and we certainly do not know how to plug what seems like an endless flow of oil from the bottom of the sea. But we can help make a difference by sending something needed to the cause. And the countless images of oil covered birds and wildlife got us thinking - let's put this year's World Ocean Pub Party to use.

Join us from 4pm-6pm on Friday June 11th in the West Meadow Pub at the Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit. Join us for a moment, join us for the evening. And bring whatever size bottle of Original (Blue) Dawn Soap that you can. We're going to ship it to the Gulf Coast. All of it. Whatever we can collect. Every ounce will go the National Aududon Society. It may not be the solution, but it is help. And sometimes that brings hope.

Yes, we will show you our solar panels, ozone laundry or any other part of our green hotel program. But what we really want this year for World Ocean Weekend is to help the Gulf Coast. Even if you just stop in to drop off a bottle, we thank you.

March 02, 2010

Meadowmere & Ogunquit Fan Hopes to Win A Wedding

Diclemente One of the great things about being a hotel is you get spend time with so many people. After all, they come live with you for a little bit, right?

So all of us at the Meadowmere have had a lot of fun being on Facebook and Twitter to connect with fans and friends. We learned about Martin and Marginal Way, our hotel has help many through ice storms and power outages, and - we just found out about Nancy and her quest for the Ultimate Wedding.

If any of you are familiar with wedding contests from our Green Wedding Giveaway sponsorship, you know that a little bit of online help goes a long way. Debi and Sean, this year's winners, connected with people all over the world. Who knows? After all, Nancy is a Red Sox fan and an Ogunquit fan - both good reasons to help her!

Here's Nancy plea:

I’m in search of about 500 more votes lol, reaching out anywhere I can . It's one vote per email address, so if you have more than one, just click "logout" and vote again! Could you please forward to co-workers, friends, family, pets, neighbors, etc... lol Also, if you have ever ordered anything from Crate and Barrel.com, all you have to do is log into your account!
 
http://www.ultimateweddingcontest.com/entries/28315
 
Here’s my little story in addition to the one there…
 
In April 2009, we got engaged and we were on top of the world, everything was looking up. But then in mid October my father's health took a turn for the worse and he passed away on October 31st. With all the grieving, holidays, moving and turns of events leading up to now, this has left us little time to plan and finance our wedding. But we're doing it, step by step, but could use a total boost to help us back on our way to a happy future.
 
Thanks for any help you can give to me!


January 27, 2010

Online Reservations are BACK!

Thank you everyone for being so patient! Welcome to our hotel's new online reservations!

With our online system you will now be able to make reservations for any package of your choice. You will be able to see more online, choose your location by building, by in room amentity. You can make your Ogunquit vacation yours.

Please visit us online at meadowmere.com and check out our specials at the packages page

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January 26, 2010

Top 12 New England Wedding Photographers

N1666006794_7362 The Meadowmere is part of Madeleine's Event Central - a by-invitation-only group of professional wedding vendors. Madeleine's carefully chooses who to recommend, based on years of experience and excellent results. They want to share the best with their brides.

That's why our hotel was thrilled to see Madeleine's Event Central's 2010
Top 12 New England Wedding Photographers.

This impressive group of fine professionals have been invited to appear in the upcoming Open House Tour, Madeleine's by Moonlight. It is a wedding event designed around you, the bride, having a chance to have real conversations with the resources you what to know about - cakes, invitations, and of course, photographers.

We wanted to take a moment to send you the link to each of their sites. Often, brides and grooms like to visit their websites prior to meeting them in person. It's a great way to see the style a photographer may specialize in.


So drum roll please...we encourage you to entrust one of these outstanding photographers for your big day:

Patrick McNamara Photography

 

Focus Photography

 

MAC Photography

 

Fine Day Photography

 

Leah Kelly Photography

 

Tara Photography

 

Riley Photographic

 

Felix Rust Photography

 

NH Images

 

Photography by Jane Lydick Staid

 

Drinker Images

 

Carl D. Walsh Wedding Photojournalist

January 21, 2010

Kate Parker Weddings - A Great Resource

GRP-wedding Planning a wedding is exciting . . . and overwhelming. Suddenly there are so many options and so many businesses that offer all sorts of ways to personalize your special day. Or stress you out. It depends how you look at it.

Kate Parker and her team have been making sure that brides are excited and not overwhelmed for years. We at the Meadowmere have had the pleasure of working with Kate several times and we think the best way to know if a wedding planner is working is how much the bride smiles the day before, day of and day after. Kate and team are responsible for a lot of smiles.

So when we were asked to join my Kate Parker wedding and provide a resource for couples in need of wedding accommodations in Southern Maine, our Ogunquit hotel said yes! One of the best parts to the site is real advice from real vendors that Kate and her team know personally. They are helping you, the bride-to-be, with a great personal resource. And our Ogunquit hotel was thrilled to be a part of this forum.

As anyone who has used any online wedding checklist will tell you, the list of things to do when planning a wedding can be a bit much (who really needs a twice a day email about latest colors and how much you should remember to smile? who wants to see a check list of 396 things you have to do?). This site is designed to be your resource. Set reminders on what you want.

Check out the Meadowmere and many other wedding resources for Southern Maine and the seacoast area. We'll look for you to be smiling the day before, the day of and the day after!

April 06, 2009

Just a few dates left at the Barn

Redbarn Planning a wedding in Maine is a great thing - there are so many wonderful venues to choose. One of our local favorites is the Red Barn at Outlook Farm in South Berwick, Maine. The setting overlooks the golf course and Mt. Agamenticus and the Barn is really a gorgeous post and beam venue.

We've just learned that the Barn is almost sold out for 2009 - just a few in season dates remain:

Fri. July 3, Sat. July 4th , Sat. Sept. 5, Holiday Mon. Sept 6

We've also heard that 2010 bookings have begun. That's not to make anyone feel rush - We just know that the date and the place are extremely important. If you are thinking about the Barn, give Jeff and his team a call or stop by on May 3rd for a meet and greet - the Meadowmere team will be there too!

February 13, 2009

Congratulations Joelle & Jonathan - 2009 Green Wedding Winners!

Acceptingthe-Green-Wedding The tension was thick, the anticipation was building and everyone was holding their breathe. It went from 5 to 4 to 3 until there was just 2 couples left.

And then there was one - Joelle and Jonathan from Portsmouth, NH were annouced at 230pm this afternoon as the 2009 Green Wedding Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations and huge thank yous go out to all the finalists - they are amazing couples. We hope each will stay in touch and share the big day with us.

Check out the website for more and check out our pics of the big annoucement on our Flickr site.

February 12, 2009

There's always time for chocolate!

Store Say you were to drop off a giant bag of chocolate to our front desk at the Meadowmere and stay a night or two. Odds are that giant bag would be short lived - perhaps even gone before you left! This has actually been tested - we have a guest who visits us regularly and arrives baring the gift of chocolate candy. Bags of it.

And since this upcoming weekend is a big one for chocolate - we thought a few recommendations would be nice . . .

Top Spots Near Ogunquit for Chocolate

  1. Harbor Candy Shop -Delicious, homemade chocolate and 5 minutes from the Resort (distance can be important, we're talking the cure for a chocolate fix). An old fashioned shop with incredible fudge and even vegan treats - Right on Main Street in Ogunquit.
  2. Cacao - Unique gourmet tuffles in Kittery Maine. They have actually truffles with eatable gold for very reasonable amount. A neat way to give a little something special, a little something extra.

  3. Yummies Candy & Nuts - Everything under the sun. Remember when you were a kid and filled a baggie with candies such as peanut butter bars, bit o honey and bullseyes? Yep - all there. They even have Wonka Bar - now that's the ticket! Visit Yummy's on Route 1 in Kittery, just before the outlets.

  4. Lindt - Well now, this is nothing new, you say. Yes, we know - but really, you can't beat a store of truffles by the 19oz bag. And of course, that offer samples. There's one in the Kittery Outlets on Route 1 - about 15 minutes from us.

  5. Divine Chocolates - A smaller shop than most, but hand dipped belgium chocolate is worth a trip. Located on Route 1 in Cape Neddick - in a very Maine way, next to the Bait & Tackle shop. Also - their website has a section on how chocolate is health food. We knew it all along.

  6. Byrne & Carlson - This shop just had a write up on boston.com and much like Harbor Candy, it is a shop not to miss.  Pick your dark chocolate out for by the country and the percentage. Check out the chocolate bars with flowers in them (eatible of course) - or bars with chocolate in chocolate!

So there's a quick tour of local chocolate and candy shops in the Ogunquit area. Should help with sweets for the sweetie!

February 01, 2009

Here come the brides! York Wedding Expo is Feb 15

62891bfbf0068be8a80fb0d8141cbdf5_player Before you get visions of Bridezillas or screaming masses of brides or shiver at the thought of attending yet another wedding show - We are happy to say that York Wedding & Event Expo is nothing like that.

Really. Yep. Nothing at all.

So take a deep breath, relax. It is a show that is actually fun. You enjoy limo rides between the venues, everything is spaced out, there isn't a loud speaker screaming about raffles or a radio station DJ running around chasing you for 'an interview with a real bride - live!'. No 'fashion' show hype - dresses, tuxes or otherwise. The day is relaxed - the vendors have time to spend with you and really listen.

Which is really important to us in group sales at our Ogunquit hotel. After all, we have to listen to figure out the best way to help you. Weddings are special because they are so unique - everyone may get a dress, but ony you got your dress for your day to go with your colors to fit your (hopefully by you we mean you two) vision.

If you are just beginning (congratulations newly engaged!),  the show is a good place for ideas to start to see what's most important. If you are far along and just have a few last things, it's a good place to network and get great recommendations (and congratulations on acing wedding planning with flying colors!).

Weddings are a speciality here at the Meadowmere - we enjoy working with our couples and being a part of the big day, but also a part of the planning. So stop by, say hellp and tell us what you've always wanted since you were a little girl (or since you had to start to think about planning this whole thing and started losing sleep - we've seen and helped every type of bride!)  - the York Wedding Show is a great chance for us to listen! (Oh alright - and sneak cake too - yummy . . .)

September 29, 2008

Congratulations to Lauren & Tom!

Bilde On May 17th, Tom, Lauren and their friends and family visited Ogunquit and the Meadowmere to celebrate their wedding vows. Set at beautiful Arrows Restaurant, the happy couple live in Boston and we are happy to send our congratulations to them both!

Check out their official annoucement online at http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20080928-LIFE-809280303

September 26, 2008

Green Wedding Giveaway - Pick Your Shade!

Aisle The green wedding giveaway to now live - and open for entries! It's time to pick your share and shout it to the world!

Now until December 31st, couples can enter to win a green wedding at Clay Hill Farm. That's right - the entire wedding. Dress, photos, cake, reception, honeymoon suite - it all. Over $40,000 worth.

"well, I'm not green" you say. "I'm so overwhelmed with this whole green business - I couldn't possible try to think green right now." you say. "heck, I drive an SUV/use my recycle bin for storage/can't remember where the organic food aisle is." you say.

That's okay. Green is a process and everyone is doing what they can, when they can. And maybe tomorrow you can do more, but for today, you do what you can. It's about commitment to trying to make it work. And hey - isn't that a lot like marriage? A commitment to working together on it.

So share what green means to you - how you are part of the process, beginning steps or daily tree hugs.

Check out http://www.greenweddinggiveaway.com/index.html to enter, learn more and - hopefully!- win!

September 19, 2008

CLAY HILL FARM ANNOUNCES UNIQUE GREEN WEDDING CONTEST

Bride7_3 First-of-its-kind, Eco Initiative Launched by Celebrity Relationship Expert

Clay Hill Farm’s unique new concept THE GREEN WEDDING GIVEAWAY will be launched on September 25th by celebrity relationship expert, Steve Santagati, at a Press-Only Preview Reception to be held Thursday, September 25th.

Clay Hill Farm’s Green Wedding Giveaway, www.greenweddinggiveaway.com, is a contest of commitment. Couples are encouraged to explore the parallel of a commitment to each other and a commitment to the earth. Couples are asked to submit a play, a poem, a painting, or a song, along with a two-minute video or a photograph and essay that creatively answers the contest question and demonstrates an understanding of the contest message. We are all green in some way. Pick your shade and shout it to the world. Applications for the Green Wedding Giveaway, contest rules and complete details will be available online at www.greenweddinggiveaway.com.

“When it comes to marriage, I have been quoted as saying don't do it,” says Santagati, “…because most people are not fully aware of the commitment it takes to make a marriage work for the long haul. However, I've discovered that people who are aware of matrimonial reality are usually aware of other things as well; safe driving, health, and yes, the environment.  So will a couple's common sense transcend the relationship and carry over into their green practices?  I think so."

“With product prizes well over $40,000, Clay Hill Farm’s Green Wedding Giveaway project is fighting green fatigue in a big way” says, Jennifer Lewis-McShera, founder of Clay Hill Farm’s Green Wedding Giveaway Contest.

The top-five couples will be decided by a panel of Clay Hill judges and will be revealed at a bridal fair in January. After the top-five couples are revealed, the public will vote and pick the winner. Public ballots will be available at www.greenweddinggiveaway.com. The winning couple will be announced just in time for Valentine’s Day. The Green Wedding Giveaway will be a daytime wedding ceremony and reception at Clay Hill Farm on the Summer Solstice, June 21.  Rehearsal dinner, ceremony, catered reception, flowers, hand-painted watercolor invitations, photography, DJ services, live cocktail music, cake, hybrid bridal transportation, spa services, organic beverages, tuxedo rentals, wedding-night suite and honeymoon week…are all part of the Grand Prize package.

In addition to the Grand Prize Wedding Package valued at over $30,000, the top-four couples will be awarded prize packages, and random prizes will be awarded to contestants and voters.

“We are really proud of the Green Wedding Giveaway Contest,” continues Lewis-McShera. “It is a great way to give back with a positive message of connectedness and empowerment. So much about green today is overwhelming and intimidating. How can we fit in?  The truth is, we are all green in some way. So, pick your shade and shout it to the world. It’s time to feel good about all that we do, commit to improvement and celebrate all contributions.”   

*****

Santagati_photo_3 Clay Hill Farm is an award-winning restaurant and wedding venue on eleven sprawling acres of colorful gardens and protected woodlands. The first restaurant in the country to be certified as a wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary, Clay Hill Farm a state certified Environmental Leader. www.clayhillfarm.com.

Steve Santagati has appeared as a relationship expert on the Today Show, Oprah,  Rachael Ray, Fox News, CNBC, VH1, The View, and The Tyra Banks Show. He is the author of The Manual, has modeled for companies such as Swiss Army, the GAP,

J. Crew, Armani, and Gillette; has appeared in more than seventy national and international television commercials; and has been seen on television as a host on Extra! and a guest judge on America Next Top Model. He has been a contributor to Men’s Journal and Jane, and has written or been quoted in numerous magazine and newspaper articles on dating and relationships, including Us Weekly, Star, New York Magazine, and Life & Style. Visit Steve online at www.AskSteveSantagati.com.

September 09, 2008

Thank you 500th Bomb Squadron!

TondelaoRecently the 500th Bomb Squadron - World War II veterans - join us in Ogunquit to celebrate a reunion. With friends and families visiting, the veterans spent time enjoying the grounds of the hotel (the group was arranged by a lovely woman name Diane and her son Andrew - they put on quite a spread in the Hospitality Suite) and Southern Maine. There were day trips to LL Bean, boat cruises and even a USO dance.

We at the Resort would like to say thank you to everyone who joined us - for visiting Ogunquit, but even more important for their service to our country. It was a special gathering and an honor to be a part of such a wonderful event. Many shared their stories with the local newspaper and tv stations (check out the Seascoast article here http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20080909-NEWS-80909026) - and we thank them for sharing their stories with us.

June 27, 2008

Congratulations to Noah & Weatherly!

Weatherly_noah_w1349 Our best wishes to Noah and Weatherly who joined us in June to celebrate their big day. The setting was at Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit and the day and the bride were beautiful. As one of the top restaurants in the country, Arrows is a spectacular location for a ceremony and reception in Ogunquit.

To see pictures of Noah and Weatherly's day, check out Christy Murray's Photography site.

Congratulations from the Meadowmere!

June 23, 2008

Creative Tips for Green(er) Weddings

Pid_38 We recently came across some good tips on how to make your wedding green - or at least greener. Interestingly enough, this Newsweek article was next to planning a trip to the Andes Mountains. While backpacking the honeymoon is certainly an eco-friendly way to go, maybe the suggestions below are a little easier to work into the wedding plans!

Greener Weddings Tips

  • Have extra entrees and other courses donated to food shelters and groups like secondharvest.org or our local Good Shepard Food Bank of Southern Maine.
  • Use local, in season flowers to avoid the shipping and refrigeration of more exotic choices. Local flower shops can help with this - such as Bette Jean's, Brenda's Bloomers and Calluna's Fine Flowers
  • Donate bridesmaids dresses, mom's dress or even the bridal gown to charities that reuse them (suggestions were glassslipperproject.org and donatemydress.org - but ask you bridal shop about others. You may find options that truly connect with you and make it easy to part with your gown)
  • If you already have one of every kitchen gadget and matching towel sets, have guests donate to charities that reflect causes you care about and support. (If you are getting married in Southern Maine, consider involving local charities - such as the Marginal Way Fund, Ogunquit Heritage Museum, Clean Beaches, the Ogunquit Playhouse, Greater Works Land Trust, or the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.)

On the other hand, if you are booking that backpack adventure want to go green from rehearsal to honeymoon, wedding planners that specialize in green weddings include vibrantevents.net and angelweddingplanners.com. Also, our friends at Clay Hill Farm have gathered green offerings from each of their vendors as part of their Environmental Leader efforts. Just ask your reception venue - they may be greener than you think!

June 18, 2008

Tips from Clay Hill Farm on Green Weddings

Dc_0701 Jennifer and her team at Clay Hill Farm are experts in weddings. They have won numerous best of the best awards and are also members of Madeline's Bridal Event Central with our Ogunquit hotel.

Recently, Clay Hill Farm became an Environmental Leader and the first restaurant in country to be certified by the National Wildlife Federation. The historic farmhouse is set on a 30-acre tree farm and is really beautiful. We've seen some spectacular wedding photos and many happy couples - And it's wonderful to have them join us as an Environmental Leader for Maine.

Jennifer recently shared in the Portsmouth Herald her tips on planning a green wedding. Click here to read the full article. Her recommendations are great:

Pp_445 Choose a venue that can host both your ceremony and reception on-site. This reduces transportation, cutting down on your carbon footprint while adding convenience for your guests.

Consider a naturally beautiful venue: wildlife preserve, botanical garden, state park or local green space.

Think solar power - Plan an outdoor brunch or early afternoon wedding in the sun to enjoy New England's lush natural light. Your pictures will be gorgeous and you'll reduce energy consumption. Stock up on lead and paraffin-free beeswax candles for candlelit evening celebrations and inclement weather.

Ask for local, seasonal, organic, wild-harvested and vegan menus items add flavor to your celebration. Personalize the menu with delicious options including local vineyards, microbrews and spirits.

Keep floral selections local, pesticide-free and consider keepsake potted plants as centerpieces.

Check out more green tips and websites at our hotel's Environmental Resources page.

June 17, 2008

Congratulations to Bob & Kim!

Kb_001 Over this past weekend Bob & Kim celebrated their wedding with us in Ogunquit. The ceremony was set at the Beachmere Inn with a small reception to follow onsite. Guest enjoyed both the Meadowmere and Beachmere during their visit as part of the Oceanmere Wedding partnership. To see more great wedding photos taken by Jeff Newcum Photography, click here.

Best wishes to the happy couple and thank you for letting us be a part of the big day!

May 27, 2008

June is Sweet! Harbor Candy Special at the Meadowmere!

Candybars_234_thumb Everyone loves that old fashioned candy store in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory - the one where they sing about Willy Wonka and dreaming while dancing through aisles of candy bars and tasty treats. It's every kid's fantasy candy store - and we suspect a few adults too!

Harbor Candy Shop in Ogunquit Center is just that candy store. With dark wooden interior, rich chocolate displays, homemade fudge, a wall of jelly beans, buckets of candies and so much more - Harbor Candy is a must see when in Ogunquit. One can watch through the glass as candy is made and to this day, the shop is family run. They've been making chocolate bars for over 50 years and they are worth every bite.

Hmmm  . . . Chocolate. Remember how Charlie saved and saved on his paper route for chocolate treats? And grandpa wished for chocolate bars - or at least a very special bar?

Well, just like Charlie - you've got a Golden Ticket! For every reservation in June, guests at our resort will receive a special treat when in Ogunquit. A special Harbor Candy gift for each stay. Now that is one sweet treat! Enjoy!

May 21, 2008

Belated Congratulations to Stacey & Errol!

Dsc_1085 Every now and then a bride sends us a note and shares with us a wedding picture or two from the special day. Last October, Stacey and Errol had a beautiful weekend at our Ogunquit hotel and a gorgeous day at Clay Hill Farm.

Afterwards, Stacey sent us an email saying "I just wanted to say thank you for all of your assistance with our stay at the resort! We had beautiful autumn weather for the weekend and everything went very smoothly.Thanks again for taking care of us and our guests so well!" - and attached this great picture.

It was such a pleasure to have everyone stay at our Ogunquit resort - several people traveled from Arizona and afar and really all the thanks goes to the friends and family! Congratulations, Stacey and Errol - and thanks for the update!

April 08, 2008

NewEnglandFineLiving.com - Check Out The Engagement Package

Just a quick follow up to yesterday's posting about our Ogunquit hotel's new Engagement Package. Check out NewEnglandFineLiving.com and the Honeymoon / Engagement section - They've feature our new getaway!

WOW - Word travels fast!

April 07, 2008

Propose in Ogunquit with Romance & Champagne!

Ogunquitengagementgetaway_2 Pop the question at The Meadowmere Resort!

Starting today, we have launched our brand new Engagement Package Getaway. Fireplace Suite accommodations, custom designed Bette Jean's Romance Bouquet and a delicious Champagne Celebrations gift. Plus we will be happy to help with recommending a restaurant so you can have the perfect setting -the only thing left is to pick the perfect time!

Restaurants that we recommend in the area for that special moment:

  • Jonathan's Restaurant  - Cozy and onsite, with a special table by the fireplace or request a garden view
  • Old Village Inn - Quaint inn setting and romantic porch seating overlooking Ogunquit village
  • MC Perkins Cove - Almost every table has ocean views and romantic Marginal Way setting
  • Arrows Restaurant - World famous cuisine and stunning gardens - Experience dining for a very special experience!
  • Clay Hill Farm - Set on a wildlife habitat, this is a favorite for its charm and romance
  • Five-O Shore Road - Sophisticated and hip setting with village views

Just think - you can enjoy award winning relaxation, deluxe amenities and outstanding accommodations just moments from the Sea. Your partner will be swept off their feet! And you have a romantic getaway in the peaceful setting of Ogunquit - celebrating each other as the next chapter begins.

Our Engagement Package is available year round for one or two night stays, weekend or midweek in Ogunquit by the sea. Now that's a great way to take the plunge!

November 14, 2007

Ogunquit Wedding Packages on the Ocean

Ogunquit_ocean_front_weddingOne of the most frequently asked question about planning a wedding in Ogunquit is 'Where can I get married by the water?'

Actually, an oceanside wedding is easy in Ogunquit depending on what you have in mind. If you are planning a small, intimate ceremony with no frills and a Justice of the Peace, Ogunquit Beach and Marginal Way are beautiful wedding locations. In fact, quite perfect with crashing waves and the romance of the sea.

However, for most of the brides-to-be that ask us about seaside ceremonies, the vision is a bit more grand. And now, that's okay. We've figured out how to make an oceanfront wedding happen by developing the Oceanmere Wedding Package. The package offers a ceremony setting on Marginal Way overlooking the Atlantic for 80-120 people, reception, guest accommodations, trolley program and the ever important Honeymoon Suite.

But that's not really what got us . . .

What is really impressive is that the wedding package is a collaboration between three family businesses - all in at least their second generation. The ocean front ceremony site is provided by the Beachmere Inn, with over 70 years of family run innkeeping with the Mace Family. The reception and champagne toast is provided by Jonathan's Restaurant, with over 80 years in hospitality with the West Family. The guest accommodations and Honeymoon Suite package are provided by the Meadowmere Resort, with over 25 years (yes, we are the baby of the bunch!) as an Ogunquit hotel with the Cavaretta Family. I guess one could say, the Oceanmere Wedding Package is a historic event!

2008 will mark the beginning of this partnership and will bring the first - of what we hope are many! - Oceanmere bride. We'll keep you posted on this neat new offering from us old timers - til then, happy travels!

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