Maine Stay Inn and Cottages

1- or 2-Night Stay with Cheese-and-Dessert Platter and Beverages at 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 that once belonged 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. Photos and descriptions of available room types can be found 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 a cheese-and-dessert platter and beverages

Valid Sunday–Thursday

  • Option 1: $129 for 1 night in room 15 or 18 (up to a $219 value)
  • Option 2: $159 for 1 night in suite 3 or 16 (up to a $264 value)

Valid Thursday–Saturday

  • Option 3: $239 for 2 nights in room 15 or 18 (up to a $408 value)
  • Option 4: $345 for 2 nights in suite 3 or 16 (up to a $578 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 2/7/14
Travel by: 5/20/14

  • Blackout dates: not valid 12/13–12/14, 12/31, 2/14/14–2/16/14, or 4/18/14–4/20/14
  • Cancellation policy & fees: all cancellations subject to $25 fee; 14-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 8% tax not included
  • Additional fees: $10 daily cleaning gratuity not included

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

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 2/7/14 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 5/20/14
  • Not valid 12/13–12/14, 12/31, 2/14/14–2/16/14, or 4/18/14–4/20/14
  • 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 and check-in
  • $10 daily cleaning gratuity not included
  • 8% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Rooms 15 and 18

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Suite 3

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Suite 16

  • One king bed and sofabed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • 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 on 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

Customer Reviews

Beautiful B&B -facility is amazing - owners are great - breakfast is the best anywhere - can't wait to return - highly superior experience !!
Heidi B. · May 24, 2014
friendly staff, walking distance to the town center, comfortable rooms
Ed M. · May 23, 2014
It was a beautiful house with the best hosts we've ever had. It was without a doubt our favorite B&B ever. The breakfast was served to you in a lovely dining room and was gourmet. Judi and Walter were enthusiastic and genuine. They offered us an additional night for a steal so we took them up on that! We are definitely going back.
Sue M. · May 10, 2014
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