Maine Stay Inn and Cottages - Kennebunkport, ME

One- or Two-Night Stay and Cheese-and-Dessert Platter at the Maine Stay Inn and Cottages in Kennebunkport, ME

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B&B at Former Sea Captain’s Home near Dock Square

When longtime Bostonians Judi and Walter Hauer decided to become innkeepers, they had only one requirement: the inn had to be in New England. Before long, the couple stumbled on the Maine Stay Inn and Cottages, a restored 19th-century property once belonging to a merchant sea captain. Located just a block from the water and a five-minute walk from Dock Square in Kennebunkport, the bed and breakfast met the Hauers’ requirement and then some. In fact, it’s hard to improve on Kennebunkport when it comes to New England charm. “It’s a bed-and-breakfast town,” Judi says. “There are no chain stores. No hotel chains. That’s why people come here.”

The main house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is set on 2 acres of manicured grounds dotted with 11 cottage suites. Inside the house, you’ll see Queen Anne touches including a spiral staircase, ornate mantels, and bay windows. Outside, the wraparound porch overlooks a quiet, tree-lined street. On warmer mornings, this is where lodgers enjoy the gourmet breakfast.

That’s where Judi really shines. At the beginning of each week, she plans out meals based on the dietary restrictions of guests. There’s always fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and a hot entree that changes with the seasons. If you’re lucky, you might get to try the most recent hit: carrot-cake pancakes.

The main-house rooms and carriage-house suites are similar, though the carriage-house suites are larger and more private. Captain Walker’s suite room 16 in the main house features wallpaper in warm peach tones, a massive mahogany bed, and a gas fireplace. Romantic cottage suite 1 is decorated in forest green and has a double whirlpool jacuzzi tub. See photos and read descriptions of available room types by clicking here.

Kennebunkport, Maine: Seaside Village on Maine’s Sandy Southern Coast

The historic fishing village of Kennebunkport lies about 90 miles north of Boston. Settled in the 1600s, it became a center for shipbuilding during the age of schooners and five-mast ships. The town’s many mansions—such as the one housing the Maine Stay Inn—got their starts as homes for wealthy sea captains. In more recent decades, Kennebunkport has become a popular vacation destination for well-heeled East Coasters. Forty-first president George H.W. Bush has a summer home here.

Located along the southern coast of Maine, the town has sandy beaches rather than the rocky shorelines you’ll find farther north. The beaches are a haven for sunbathers in the summer, but even in the fall and winter they remain open. “The beach in winter is glorious,” Judi Hauer says.

Dock Square, the commercial center of town, is a five-minute walk from the inn. There you’ll find antique shops, excellent seafood restaurants, and fish markets. If you’re visiting in the winter, consider taking a horse-drawn-sleigh ride through the historic district.

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What You Get

Stay for two with cheese-and-dessert platter

  • Option 1: $124 for one night in standard room 14, 15, 17, or 18, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $214 value)
  • Option 2: $159 for one night in upgraded room 1, 2, 12, or 16, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $264 value)
  • Option 3: $244 for two nights in standard room 14, 15, 17, or 18, valid for check-in Sunday–Tuesday (up to a $373 value)
  • Option 4: $289 for two nights in upgraded room 1, 2, 12, or 16, valid for check-in Sunday–Tuesday (up to a $473 value)
  • Option 5: $259 for two nights in standard room 14, 15, 17, or 18, valid for check-in Thursday–Saturday (up to a $453 value)
  • Option 6: $344 for two nights in upgraded room 1, 2, 12, or 16, valid for check-in Thursday–Saturday (up to a $613 value)

Book by: 12/22/12
Travel window: 11/1/12–3/31/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Complimentary gourmet breakfast
  • Some rooms with whirlpool tubs and fireplaces
  • Flat panel TVs and iPad/iPhone docking stations in rooms
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Guest computer with printer
  • Concierge service
  • Afternoon tea with sweets
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The Fine Print

  • Book by 12/22/12 or promo value expires
  • Travel 11/1/12-3/31/13
  • Not valid 11/30-12/1, 12/7-12/8, 12/23-12/26, 12/28-12/31, or 2/14-2/18
  • Limit 4 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 4 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $25 fee
  • 14-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking
  • $10 daily cleaning gratuity and 7% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Standard Rooms: 14, 15, 17, 18

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Upgraded Rooms: 1, 2, 12, 16

  • One king bed, one queen bed, or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 or 4, depending on room
  • Adding occupants above standard: $35 per night for each additional guest

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property or within 20 feet of doors, entryways, or windows
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside or outside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 28 miles from Portland International Jetport (PWM); 83 miles from Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • By car: about 30 miles southwest of Portland; about 86 miles northwest of Boston


96% of 51 customers recommend

  • “Incredibly friendly and made you feel like family.”

  • “The location in town, the wonderful breakfast, the comfort and thoughtful amenities provided by the owners”

  • “Excellent customer care. Extremely helpful staff. Superior location. Amazing breakfast. Best Groupon we ever used.”

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